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Hate Speech: Is a Higher Standard Fair for Teachers?

"Homosexuality is a perverted spirit...I know sin and it breeds like a cancer." Should a teacher be reprimanded for expressing such views publicly, but out of school?

Service Providers: Compliment Your Customers, You’ll Receive Larger Tips.

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on October 14, 2011 in Homo Consumericus
When a service provider offers you a compliment, do you accept it as truthful or discount it as Machiavellian in spirit? It turns out that customers react favorably to such compliments via their wallets…compliments translate into larger tips.

How Belly Bugs Control Your Mood

By Gary L Wenk Ph. D. on October 14, 2011 in Your Brain on Food
When you induce an imbalance in their numbers by what you chose to eat they may punish you with anxiety or depression.

Curing Depression with Mindfulness Meditation

Imagine if you could cure depression with a therapy that was effective, long-lasting and side-effect free

Habits Are Incredibly Powerful

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 14, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
We like to think we have a tremendous amount of control over our own behavior. Yet, our habits have a huge influence on the way we act. In general, we like to do what we did last time in the same context.

The Mathematics of Middle East Conflict and Peace

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D. on October 14, 2011 in The Five Percent
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict requires new thinking. Try mathematics.

Convincing the Stubborn to Accept Mental Health Care

By Julie K Hersh on October 14, 2011 in Struck By Living
Have you tried EVERYTHING to get your loved one to go to a psychologist/psychiatrist? Here are some thoughts Julie Hersh has collected after talking to thousands of people in her talks about depression.

Lucian Freud and Depersonalization: Dis-clothing Self

By Elena Bezzubova on October 14, 2011 in The Search for Self
Sometimes art can see more deeply into human nature than science. The paintings of Lucian Freud open up a dimension of understanding self unknown even to his famous grandfather Sigmund Freud.

The Three Keys to Dealing with Feelings

In infancy, there are various responses to stimuli, which later become our feelings and then our more complex emotional life. The question is: How do we use this information? That is, can understanding the embryology of feelings help us with infant and child development?

The Embryology of Emotional Life

"We don't have to choose whether an expression is part of an emotion or a communicative signal. In reality, it is both..." — Paul Ekman, 1998, in Charles Darwin's The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (Third Edition), 1872.

If feelings are so important—they do cause behaviors, after all—what are feelings? How do they work?

Prime and Prejudice: Why We Are All a Little Bit Racist

By Paul Verhaeghen Ph.D. on October 14, 2011 in Mind: The Gap
Everyone, or so the song goes, is a little bit racist. But it may not be entirely your fault, according to research in the latest edition of the British Journal of Social Psychology. In looking for the culprit as to why people tend to display tinges of racism, sexism or ageism, even towards members of their own group, we found that our culture may be partially to blame.

Text Message to the 99 Percent

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on October 14, 2011 in The Fair Society
Text message to the 99 Percent: “Focus your anger on a demand for a 'fair society'.”
Open letter to President Obama: “If you want to lead the 99 Percent, stop triangulating. It’s time to get behind your 2008 campaign promise and champion radical change. In case you've forgotten, here’s the agenda...”

One of the Most Unhappy Periods of My Life Led to My Happiest

By Gretchen Rubin on October 14, 2011 in The Happiness Project
I've always thought that funny writing doesn't get the respect it deserves. As G. K. Chesterton observed, "It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light." In fact, it's very, very, very hard to be light.

Sex at Dawn Near You

By Christopher Ryan on October 14, 2011 in Sex at Dawn
I'll be on a speaking tour in the US and Vancouver. Come say hello if you can.

Preserving Mental Health During Unemployment

Unemployment is a chronic stressor that affects the mental health of you and your family. Learn how to keep up your spirits and mental health during this difficult period.

Could You Empathize with a Sex Offender?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on October 13, 2011 in Creating in Flow
The latest novel by celebrated author Russell Banks takes on a particularly difficult subject, that of how sex offenders are treated. And he makes us care.

Did Sherlock Holmes Have Asperger Syndrome?

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on October 13, 2011 in BrainSnacks
Sigmund Freud and Arthur Conan Doyle did their best work at about the same time. Which of those thinkers, and their intellectual descendents, have taught us more about people?

Beyond the Limits of Empathy

By Miki Kashtan Ph.D. on October 13, 2011 in Acquired Spontaneity
David Brooks, in his recent article "The Limits of Empathy," suggests that empathy is no guarantee that caring action will take place. Nazi executors early in the war wept while killing Jews. And yet those strong feelings didn't stop them. Why does this happen?

*I Deserve the Best: Entitlement in Narcissists

By Randi Kreger on October 13, 2011 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
Narcissists think "I demand to be served, attended and catered to by the most senior doctor, the head waiter, the government Minister, leaders and senior executives and editors-in-chief. With my illustrious career and superior traits, skills, and talents I deserve my match and only the best and am entitled to the grandest."

Is Someone in Your Life Enabling You to Gain Weight?

A friend recently lost 10 pounds, to the envy of all who know her. We asked how she did it. "I simply stopped my husband from enabling my eating," she replied. Seeing our puzzled looks, she went on. "Finally, after 32 years of marriage, I realized that half the time I was putting food in my mouth, it was because he was suggesting that I eat.

Back to the Bathroom

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on October 13, 2011 in One Among Many
The zen of coping with hotel bathrooms and their ill-designed fixtures: Just let it flow.