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Flap Over Designer Sperm in India

By Marcy Darnovsky Ph.D. on February 02, 2012 in Genetic Crossroads
An ad for sperm from “tall and fair” technology students sparks a debate in India about designer babies.

Time Magazine: "The Power of (Shyness)" and High Sensitivity

No, we are not necessarily shy and not always introverted, but the book which prompted the article, Susan Cain's "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking," is actually more about HSPs than social introverts, so we're getting there. Perhaps in a year or two the highly sensitive person will be Time's person of the year!

A 7 Step Valentine Love Plan

By Rita Watson MPH on February 02, 2012 in With Love and Gratitude
In the hustle and bustle of our overly committed lives, do we ever remember to take time to listen for love? Sometimes we need to clear our heads and hearts so that we can hear love. Perhaps this Valentine's Day, those wishing for love might want to make a promise to themselves to take a stand on clearing the path for love.

How Gender Differences Make Decision-Making Difficulties

Men rush for the finish line. Women explore, communicating about various underlying concerns. And therein lies the struggle.

Diagnosing ADD in College Students

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 02, 2012 in Theory of Knowledge
A recent blog asked for information about how clinicians might go about diagnosing Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD). Here are the five main points that we assess when making a diagnosis of ADD, listed in order of importance.

"ERDA", bronze by author, permanent installation Yale New Haven Hospital MICU

Envy Theory: A New Model of the Mind

"Love-envy" literacy is the mind's undeveloped module.
Unconscious envy is the primitive sensation of privation, powerlessness, inferiority, and hostile distress. Envy is the urge to rob and spoil in the face of advantages and their enjoyment existing elsewhere.
The healthy maturation of envy into admiration and gratitude is envy's potential gift!

Countertransference: When Is Yours Mine?

Meeting Lyn and Rob was hard from the start. I knew from her phone message that they had lost their dear son after nine months gestation, during delivery. It never gets any easier even after years of hearing one very sad story after another. "He was perfect," she sat close to her husband in my office and shook her head in disbelief.

Huge Increase of Calories in Cookbook Recipes

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on February 02, 2012 in Homo Consumericus
By comparing cookbook recipes from 1936 and 2006, this helps us shed light (not weight) on one source of the obesity epidemic.

What Are the Safety Concerns for People on the Autism Spectrum?

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on February 02, 2012 in The Autism Advocate
Children on the autism spectrum are at a higher risk of being hurt, victimized or wandering off, to name a few worries that are high on the list of parental concerns.

Why Facebook Is Failing

By Jeff Wise on February 02, 2012 in Extreme Fear
The company has striven to bind together every aspect of the internet experience, to achieve immortality through intrusiveness. And this, I think, will be their undoing.

The Importance of Planned Parenthood

By Jennifer Hamady on February 02, 2012 in Finding Your Voice
No matter your views on abortion, Planned Parenthood is doing very important–and indeed, lifesaving–work. I encourage everyone to remember that the issue of womens' reproductive health–and rights–is not black and white. In the gray areas, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of lives at stake.

Sleepy Teens

By Jann Gumbiner Ph.D. on February 02, 2012 in The Teenage Mind
Can't get your teen out of bed to go to school? Maybe the problem isn't him. Maybe the problem is his changing body.

New Ways Exercise Works

Moving transforms you—from the inside out.

Making Love: All of the Positions

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 02, 2012 in Ambigamy
A woman I know nearly throws up when anyone calls sex “making love.” You wouldn’t guess it to see her or hear her talk. She’s classy and refined, and a true romantic, too. Still, she much prefers calling sex sex or any of its other rougher names.

Why Does Richard Dawkins Take Issue With Agnosticism?

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on February 02, 2012 in Side Effects
Hitchens vs. Dawkins: Two ways of thinking about agnosticism.

Do I "Wiki-Meet" Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD?

I read an article about ADHD and seem to have many of those symptoms. Does that mean that I have the disorder?

Video Game Addiction: Does It Occur? If So, Why?

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on February 02, 2012 in Freedom to Learn
The concept of "video game addiction" has been rejected by the American Psychiatric Association, by many video game researchers, and by many psychotherapists who work with video gamers. I reject it too. Here's why; and here's how you might help someone you know who spends lots of time at video games and seems unhappy.

Owl Monkeys: Among the Most Amazing Mammal Fathers

By Paul Raeburn on February 02, 2012 in About Fathers
Owl monkey fathers mostly take over feeding after weaning.

Was Marilyn Monroe a Synesthete?

By Maureen Seaberg on February 02, 2012 in Sensorium
A blonder shade of synesthesia: Marilyn Monroe's cross-sensory experiences.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 deficiency and its detection have been in the news lately from the New York Times to The Dr. Oz Show. The effects of vitamin B12 deficiency are widespread. Vitamin B12 has a major influence on the function of neurons and also on the ability of the bone marrow to make red blood cells.

The Social Politics of Saying 'No'

It's not uncommon for us to establish an unfounded core belief that we are somehow unworthy as we mature. Holding on to this misperception we compensate, becoming overly accommodating and driven by a need to please. So, we often find ourselves in situations where we want, or even need, to say, 'No', but, instead, find ourselves saying, 'Yes'.

“I Can’t Believe Someone Would Do That!” Why Parents Get Mad at Other Parents.

By Ryan Martin Ph.D. on February 02, 2012 in All the Rage
Why do people get angry about other people's parenting decisions? On the surface, it does not really make sense. Typically, we get angry when we are provoked, when we think we have been treated unfairly, and when we feel we have been harmed. So why would anyone care if another parent lets his or her child play with food at the dinner table?

Your First Home Cooked Meal Together – A Psychological Perspective

The psychology of food preparation is as crucial to making a meal as the measure of ingredients used.

11 Brilliant Writing Commandments From Henry Miller

By Gretchen Rubin on February 02, 2012 in The Happiness Project
Cruising around Pinterest (my new toy), I came across this list of Henry Miller's eleven work commandments, posted by Sadie Skeels.

Would You Want a "Permanent Smell Collection" Like Andy Warhol's?

By Gretchen Rubin on February 02, 2012 in The Happiness Project
I've become transfixed with the power of the sense of smell, and I've also been on an Andy Warhol bender lately—not looking at his art, which I don't particularly admire, but reading his writing and his interviews.

Flirtation, Ambiguity and Suspense

Innocent flirtation can be energizing, both for the one doing the flirting and the person on the receiving end. Flirtation’s inherent ambiguity has its pluses, not least of which is “sizzle.” But ambiguity can also fuel miscommunication, self-deception and manipulation.

Go to Bed Angry

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on February 02, 2012 in Fixing Families
Kate's parents had this mantra that if they ever had an argument they would agree to hang in there and resolve it, and never go to bed angry. In her own marriage, Kate has tried a few times with mixed results to follow in her parents footsteps. A couple of times her husband refused to talk and simply went and slept on the couch.