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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.

Discipline with Babies and Toddlers

Even the most endearing of babies manage from time to time to do things that are provocative. It's best though to eliminate punishing them or even getting mad. There's less stressful, less hurtful, and far more effective ways to take charge.

Hidden Emotions in Withdrawal and Silence

By Thomas Scheff Ph.D. on October 13, 2011 in Let's Connect
Why I don't complain when I am unhappy.

Energy Therapy Acupoint Tapping: The Best PTSD Treatment?

War horrorsm bullying, accidents and many other intensely negative emotional events can induce long-lasting psychic wounds. The good news is that the new alternative treatment methods called energy therapies can yield rapid and sustained relief.

Money, Drugs and Partying: Is This Why Kids Kill Their Parents?

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on October 13, 2011 in The Human Equation
Kids who kill their parents are either desperate to escape abuse, coldly calculating psychopaths, or severely mentally ill.

Open Letter to Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

By Izzy Kalman on October 13, 2011 in Resilience to Bullying
I would like to offer Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, the free solution to bullying in schools.

How Steve Jobs Knew What You Wanted

When Steve Jobs was asked how much market research was conducted to guide Apple in its incredible string of new product successes, he responded, “None. It isn’t the consumers’ job to know what they want.” Steve Jobs could see things that the rest of us could not.

Love: Made in Cupertino, Engineered by Apple?

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on October 13, 2011 in The Pacific Heart
Are you craving an iPhone 4S? The apple is the biblical symbol of temptation. How true that is! What is the psychology of craving iDevices? What exactly is that iPhone doing to us?

Word Ladders Meet Anagrams

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on October 13, 2011 in Brain Workout
In a previous post, I dealt with word ladders, the puzzle genre invented by Lewis Carroll. As you might recall, you are given two words, with steps in between, as in a ladder.

The Tribal Roots of Team Spirit

By David Ropeik on October 13, 2011 in How Risky Is It, Really?
Sports are only less violent surrogates of a basic human need: belonging to a tribe that's doing well.

Comas Don't Count as Sleep

I was rapidly scanning BBC News when I shouted "No" at the monitor and gasped before recognizing why. Michael Jackson was so young. How could he die? We're now finding out. And hopefully the public will learn that anesthesia is not sleep, and cannot substitute for the necessary regeneration it provides.

3 Ways Happiness Can Improve Health

By Shawn Achor on October 13, 2011 in The Happiness Advantage
To achieve health-related goals, put your brain before your body.


Sometimes people ask about my qualifications. It’s a fair question with a simple answer: I have none. There’s absolutely no reason I should be doing pretty much anything I’m doing these days.

Letting Go of What You Cannot Change

When we're caught up in painful thoughts and emotions, we have a choice. We can choose to feed them by going over and over our grievances: "This isn't fair." By repeatedly conjuring up images or thoughts that evoke envy and resentment, we, in effect, become an envious and resentful person. But we can make a different choice...

Living the Game: Fans in Love, Players at Work

Psychological pressures increase the amount that fans love their teams. The pressures on players push them in the opposite direction. Here's why players play the game but fans live it.

What's Your One Big Theme?

By Peter Bregman on October 13, 2011 in How We Work
My thought was that if I focused only on that one theme, everything else would improve.

Do You Believe That Things Really Are Going to Be Okay?

By Pamela Madsen on October 13, 2011 in Shameless Woman
Today on Facebook, I got this message in my news stream from one of my friends. It went like this: "I hate to ruin the ending for you - but everything is going to be okay". I wasn't sure if I found that message reassuring or patronizing. I guess it depends on your point of view.

Steven Jobs: The Power of Being Crazy Enough

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on October 13, 2011 in Mood Swings
Of the many encomia Steven Jobs has received after his recent death, few have focused on not just how special he was, but why he was so special. Here it is: Like so many great leaders, he was crazy enough to think differently.

8 Tips to Stop Procrastinating

By Gretchen Rubin on October 13, 2011 in The Happiness Project
How many times each day do you try to work yourself up to tackle some undesirable task?