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Warning: Blatant Self-Promotion (I'm Warning You!)

By Gretchen Rubin on December 16, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Have I suggested that The Happiness Project might make a good holiday gift? I have? Oh right, maybe I have.

Losing and Regaining My Sense of Being

When my traumatized states could not find a hospitable relational home or context of human understanding, I became deadened, and my world became dulled. When such a home became once again present, I came alive, and the vividness of my world returned.

A Gift of Time

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on December 16, 2011 in Laugh, Cry, Live
What would you do if your unborn baby was diagnosed with a fatal condition? Like many people, you may assume the only option is to terminate the pregnancy. But what if there was an alternative that was more compassionate and humane? And what if this alternative gave you the gift of time to lovingly care for your baby to the natural end of his or her precious little life?

What Explains Different Expectations about Pleasure?

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on December 15, 2011 in Cui Bono
Terri Conley of the University of Michigan claims that women and men are equally motivated to pursue pleasure in casual sex and that pursuit of pleasure explains sexual behavior better than concepts from evolutionary psychology. I explain why this claim is incorrect.

The End of Solitude, the Eternity of Aloneness

By Stanton Peele on December 15, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Human consciousness is evolving into a a cyborg-like state where we are constantly hooked up to some form of electronic stimulation or communication channel. We do this in order to escape the eternity of the solitude of death. Paradoxically, it makes us lonelier than ever.

The Benefits of Generosity

By Judith Orloff M.D. on December 15, 2011 in Emotional Freedom
In my book on positive energy I describe how generosity is a key element of emotional health and abundance. Generosity accelerates the free flow everything positive in your life. It is an expansive energy. Stinginess sabotages abundance.

Resolved: Find Yourself Some Trouble

I once heard that problems need to be understood in the context of development. Sometimes have to remind myself of this when my kids experience emotional extremes over small things. The other morning, I asked my son to put on his socks and shoes while I dressed his little brother. Five minutes later, he threw the socks across the room and started crying.

Politics as a Video Game

By George Davis on December 15, 2011 in Modern Melting Pot
In America, politics and a video game can give similar satisfactions.

Hope for Dyslexics

Read how a world-class editor, a Pulitzer Prize winning poet, and a motivational speaker/reading researcher/writer struggled through child- and adulthood dyslexia and rose to the top. Can kids and adults who can’t find words become champions at the very thing that smacked them down? You bet. Read on.

Are You Sure We Prefer Taller Leaders?

By Gregg Murray Ph.D. on December 15, 2011 in Caveman Politics
Previously, I discussed a study resulting from a conversation with my 6’7” co-author about whether voters like their presidents to be tall. (Yes, my co-author was pleased to find.) In this post, I take the perspective of potential leaders. Maybe followers are not necessarily looking for taller leaders, maybe taller people are more likely to volunteer to lead.

What It's Like to Be a Collaborative Lawyer and Mediator

By Mark Banschick M.D. on December 15, 2011 in The Intelligent Divorce
Rita Pollak, past president of the International Academy of Professionals, writes her second guest blog. This one talks about the personal experience of being a collaborative lawyer in a world of adversarial law.

Remarriage: Factors for Success

Have an emotional attachment to an ex-spouse? Have kids and stepkids? Support from family and friends? Find out what a study says about what makes remarriage work.

How Would More Women Help the Economy?

The ratio of males to females has profound effects on other animal’s behaviors, but can it affect human economic behaviors, such as credit card debt, savings, and how much you spend on a Valentine’s Day Gift? A new series of studies demonstrates the power of evolutionary economics.

Unleashing Your Inner Steve Jobs Part 3

By Moses Ma on December 15, 2011 in The Tao of Innovation
Steve Jobs was the CEO of two major companies simultaneously - Apple in the morning, Pixar in the afternoon. Understanding why was Jobs successful as the world's most famous 'parallel' entrepreneur reveals the unique mental skills he developed - that are applicable for everyone wanting to run just one company.

Psychosis And The City

By Sandeep Gautam on December 15, 2011 in The Fundamental Four
Does living in the city increase your risk for psychosis? If so, what are the mediating factors and mechanisms? Does being obsessed with 'the big picture' have something to do with it? Find out today!

10 Tips for Making the Most of Dinnertime

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on December 15, 2011 in Singletons
The why, how, and essential ingredients for reaping the benefits of family dinner.

Self-Knowledge and Religious Faith

By Michael W Austin on December 15, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
In one sense, the motives for what we believe about religion are irrelevant. In another sense, they are very important. A bit of self-knowledge can be useful as we consider whether or not there is a God.

The End of Boys

The titles of three recent publications sound almost like they are a joke. There was Maureen Dowd’s 2005 book, Are Men Necessary? And then, in 2010, Hanna Rosin’s article in The Atlantic, “The End of Men.” And, most recently (September 2011), a debate at NYU on the resolution, “Men are finished.”

Hanukkah and Christmas Overlapping: Hallelujah!

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on December 15, 2011 in Turning Straw Into Gold
Hanukkah can start any time from late November to late December. I remember how special it was when one of the eight nights overlapped with Christmas—we’d light our Hanukkah candles as our Christmas tree glowed nearby...

Does Waiting In Line Drive You Crazy? 8 Reasons Why.

By Gretchen Rubin on December 15, 2011 in The Happiness Project
It's holiday time, and that means waiting in line: at the grocery store, at the airport, at shops, everywhere. I'm an impatient person, and standing in a slow-moving line is one of those very small, maddening aspects of life that drives me crazy.

Language, and How to Have a Fair Fight with a Chimpanzee

By Mark Changizi on December 15, 2011 in Nature, Brain, and Culture
Could language seem like an instinct without actually being one? Yes, if it culturally evolved to sound just like what our non-language brain already knew how to process.

Sex, Lies And Body Weight

By Susan Carnell Ph.D. on December 15, 2011 in Bad Appetite
How much do you weigh? Are you sure about that? It turns out that most people - and some more than others - are unspeakably bad at telling the truth about their weight.

This is Your Brain on Christmas: The Psychology of Altruism

What prompts us to give to others? What happens to our brains when we give? And why do we continue to give to those in need?

Why You Should Study Psychology and Why You Should Not

Being a college professor, I often am asked by students (and parents) about the employment possibilities - and salaries - for psychology majors. They are asking the wrong questions.