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Ferreting Out the Whole Truth Behind the Half-Truth About Happiness – Oh Yes You Did!

Ferreting Out the Whole Truth Behind the Half-Truth About Happiness – Oh Yes You Did!

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 08, 2011 in Living Single
In my last post, I quoted a claim about happiness from a tenured professor who wrote one of the many recent books on happiness. Readers were all over it. They sensed in an instant what was wrong with that claim.
Love Letter to the Motherless on Mother's Day

Love Letter to the Motherless on Mother's Day

By Frances Kuffel on May 08, 2011 in What Fat Women Want
"It was..." My words caught in my throat and tears sprang to my eyes. "It was after I lost weight. They were SO PROUD. That's when I knew."

Generic Genitals

By Pamela Madsen on May 08, 2011 in Shameless Woman
Not so long ago I was driving with my young adult sons, and we were talking about something in the news that had to do with male genitals.

Thor: A Psychologist's Review

By Robin S. Rosenberg Ph.D. on May 07, 2011 in The Superheroes
Thor’s story is rich with opportunities to plumb the lead character’s psychological depths, which were missed opportunities in this case. The film seemed very formulaic, with so many explanations of the characters and their "mission" that even if you didn't know Thor's origin story when you sat down to watch the film, you could accurately predict the rest of the story.

I'm Normal, Are You?

I'm not a clinical psychologist -- I only play one online. Actually I'm the kind of psychologist without a license to do therapy. Though I sometimes attempt to "diagnose" my friends and acquaintances, when I come up with characters for my fiction, I want them to be realer than real.

Going Nuts

Losing a lover can be disabling, and nothing is worse than losing a child. But losing a dictatorship must come close.

Are You an Invisible Woman?

By Pamela Madsen on May 07, 2011 in Shameless Woman
"I am not sure when I became an invisible woman" my coaching client said to me. "Maybe it was when I turned 45. It might be my age, how I dress, or my weight - I am not sure. But I feel like nobody sees me in general anymore and certainly not as a sexual being!".

Reforming Our Obsolete Testing System

By R. Barker Bausell Ph.D. on May 07, 2011 in Too Simple to Fail
Our current tests of school learning are as obsolete as the classroom model of instruction itself. Since we know what causes learning (instruction) and what should be taught in our schools (the curriculum), the assessment of school learning is hardly rocket science.

When Your Friend Is Depressed...Don't and Dos

Statistics overwhelming say you will have to help a friend who is depressed...are you up to the task?

What Are You Really Mad At? Using Life Space Crisis Intervention Skills to Help Kids Manage Anger

The use of questions empowers your child to develop insight into his or her self-defeating behavior and to feel competent in developing solutions for the situation.

Who Are the Perpetrators of Child Abuse?

By Susanne Babbel Ph.D., M.F.T. on May 06, 2011 in Somatic Psychology

The Psychology of Why People Dislike Or Hate Fat People

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on May 06, 2011 in Insight Is 20/20
Obesity is a problem for which we need more empathy.

Attention Is the Most Basic Form of Love

By James V. Cordova Ph.D. on May 06, 2011 in Living Intimately
There is an epidemic ravaging the health and happiness of American families. We simply have no time for each other. All of our attention is paid elsewhere. One of the most common relationship concerns we have found in our Marriage Checkup study is that partners stop paying attention to each other in the struggle to accomplish the myriad demands of the day.

Why is the belief in global warming affected by temperature?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on May 06, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
Last week, I wrote about a strange finding. People are more likely to believe in global warming when the weather is warmer than usual for that time of year. As luck would have it, a fascinating paper was just published exploring why this happens.

The Stigma of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome II: Readers Respond

I've written this follow-up because of an email I received about a harrowing experience in the ER. Before I tell that story, here's a few of the comments I received from readers.

Can You Friend Your Way to a Serious Love Relationship?

By Gerry Heisler Ph.D. on May 06, 2011 in Relationship Boot Camp
It's miraculous to find someone you want to date who is available to date you. Can you build a friendship and realize you might be in queue?

This Is the Best Way for You to Flirt With Someone New

What you don't say matters in dating and mating. Your body language can enhance your flirting or ruin your first impressions. Find out how to up your game.

The Nature of Change

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on May 06, 2011 in In Flux
Life happens, and what happens is something called change. Some changes are the result of biology and the passage of time, within the natural cycle or order of things. Others are self-generated, under our own control and willful effort, or dependent upon encounters with significant others-family, friends, colleagues, and intimates.

Fifty Things I Love About My Mother

Parenting isn't just work, a skill, or a tool to optimize child development. It's an expression of who you are.