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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.

Privatizing Justice And Outsourcing Oversight

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on August 11, 2011 in Hidden Motives
Only a handful of bankers or brokers have been indicted for criminal actions during the frenzy that led up to the credit crisis, and yet there is widespread agreement that hundreds if not thousands are to blame...

Midlife Women: Why Are They More Assertive?

By Terri Apter Ph.D. on August 11, 2011 in Domestic Intelligence
Midlife women have long been observed to display more assertiveness and be more adventurous. What midlife research requires is a sharper focus on how we reflect on our own feelings and desires.

What Good Is Happiness? Part Two

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on August 11, 2011 in The Fair Society
There is a cynical old saying, “What good is happiness? You can’t buy money with it.” The point of this joke is that making “happiness” a goal takes the fundamentals for granted.

"Only Child" Redefined

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on August 11, 2011 in Singletons
With so many blended families, how do you define “only child”?

Quiz: Do You Make Other People Happy?

By Gretchen Rubin on August 11, 2011 in The Happiness Project
One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy;
One of the best ways to make other people is to be happy yourself.

What To Do When Your Medical Care Disappears

With fiscal, economic, and political crises, you know the money for health care won't be there - making this a great time to take control of your personal health.

Why Do You Really Oppose Recreational Drugs?

By Robert Kurzban Ph.D. on August 11, 2011 in Mind Design
What is the 2nd best question you can ask to determine a person’s stand on recreational drugs? The answer might surprise you…

Advancing on the Spiritual Path 2: Religious Spiritual Practices

Spiritual practices often form an important part of someone's daily or weekly routine. Impulses of devotion and duty arising from within are frequently accompanied by a willing sense of personal dedication, of deliberately making space and time to honour them.

If You Are Behind in Child Support, You Need to Watch This Video

If you have been a deadbeat parent, next time you win a prize, beware!