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Disclose Yourself

How self disclosure cultivates attraction

Can THIS Tiger Change His Stripes?

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on August 12, 2011 in Just Listen
Most breakthroughs are preceded by breakdowns. The key is to not do anything stupid to cope with the breakdown so that you miss out on the breakthrough.

What About Our Aspie Elders?

Eventually, Aspies grow up and when we do, we have a whole new range of challenges that will need to be met with new kinds of support and different sets of coping skills.

Child Beauty Pageants: What Are We Teaching Our Girls?

Today, television and magazine covers are splashed with images of little girls coiffed as women, thus driving home the message that "beauty matters." "The Princess Syndrome" spurs young girls to embody physical beauty at a young age, instilling in them the desire to strive for the fairy tale ending of complete physical perfection and beauty.

When Perfect Couples Don’t Have Perfect Relationships

The sense of closeness can seem a horrible delusion and create a painful sense of betrayal when the inevitable differences show up.

Your View of the Future Is Shaped by the Past

By Art Markman Ph.D. on August 12, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
It seems easy to think about what you will be doing next week.It seems harder to imagine what you'll be doing in five years. How do you envision the future?

The Motivational Wisdom of Lady Gaga versus The Secret

The queen of music takes on the queen of self-help in this Lady Gaga versus Rhonda Byrne's The Secret motivational slugfest. Both have record breaking stints on their respective charts, one in music and the other in books. In the end, though, only one can win.

Ill-Fated Interview Part I

By Christopher Ryan on August 12, 2011 in Sex at Dawn
Of all the interviewers I've spoken with in the past year, none was more thorough and professional than Mark Leviton. But his in-depth interview got spiked by the magazine that commissioned it. So here you have it. (Part I)

Is Autism Rising?

By Jann Gumbiner Ph.D. on August 12, 2011 in The Teenage Mind
Austism as a diagnosis is constantly changing.

Women: Feeling Fat, Fuzzy or Frazzled?

By Steve Sisgold on August 12, 2011 in Life in a Body
So if you are feeling fat, fuzzy or frazzled or having panic attacks, irritability and anxiety you may have thyroid slowdown.

Undermined at Work by a 'Friend'

Friendships carry risks when they unravel and this is particularly true in the workplace. Yet, we spend so much of our lives at work that it's natural we would develop close friendships there.

The London Riots: When the Empathic Brain Switches off

Normal citizens turn into ruthless rioters in the ‘social network riots’ in London. We normally empathize with other people, and this keeps us from harming them. Recent brain science shows that our empathic brains get turned off if we consider others not to belong to us. Are the London Riots a case of reduced empathy? What can we do to restore empathy?

Teenage Wasteland: A Clinician's Front-Line Look at Generation V, The Virtual Generation

They’re young, plugged in, and tuned out. Alone and isolated with thousands of virtual “friends.” They’re globally connected yet perpetually distracted, self-absorbed rather than self-reflective. Apathetic and cynical, they’re not interesting nor are they interested. Welcome to Generation V.

Why I Still Don’t Believe in Precognition

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on August 11, 2011 in One Among Many
People believe parapsychological claims because they do not think through the implications. Parapsychological claims are cool and thinking is hard.

Susan Parker: Connecting the Polka-dots

By Jennifer Haupt on August 11, 2011 in One True Thing
As an Evangelical Christian and a married mother, my reckoning with the fact I was gay happened when I turned forty, but it really began years before then.

When Your Partner's Love Isn't Enough

By Craig Malkin on August 11, 2011 in Romance Redux
We’re used to thinking that a loving partner is enough to keep us happy and healthy. But is that really true?

The Adultery Poem

Remorse, however genuine, is no substitute for love.

Is Your Life Shorter if Your Mom Was Stressed?

By Jena Pincott on August 11, 2011 in Love, Sex, and Babies
Why prenatal stress sets a baby's life expectancy clock to tick faster -- or not

Saving Detective Goren: First, Diffuse Worst Fear

By Nadja Geipert on August 11, 2011 in Eye of the Storm
Salt in the wound anyone? A fictional therapy session exposes a frequent mistake made by therapists.

Just Be: Don't Argue, Just Do It

Overscheduling and overextending is a choice. Learn how to make a new choice of letting go.

Can Empathy be Bad for Intergroup Interactions?

You'd think it'd be difficult to argue against the following straightforward recommendation: Increase empathy towards outgroups, and you should be able to reduce prejudice and improve intergroup relations.

Alas, as with most things having to do with human behavior, the reality on empathy is not straightforward.

Can Boys and Girls Be Friends?

Visit any playground and you'll see it: From about age four onwards, boys mostly play with boys; girls mostly play with girls. Are boy-girl friendships doomed to dissolve?

Are We Aware of What We Do? The Answer Is Yes and No

It seems that, while speaking, one is aware of what one has just uttered, and that one has a general inkling regarding what one intends to say, but that one is often unaware of the exact words that will be selected by our brains when trying to convey some information.

At the Heart of Anger is Sadness

By Gordon S Livingston M.D. on August 11, 2011 in Lifelines
Our political discourse has been degraded by the rise of an angry and self-righteous minority that thinks it is legitimate to impose their vision of the future through threats to damage our political and economic systems if they don’t get their way.