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Mirror, Mirror

By Paula Croxson Ph.D. on May 22, 2012 in Selective Memory
Research suggests that social interaction may prime us for understanding others' actions. How? Our mirror neurons might be responsible.

Forgiveness: When and Why do We Forgive

By Lynn E. O'Connor Ph.D. on May 21, 2012 in Our Empathic Nature
In a recent dissertation, Kirsten Acker found that we’re willing to forgive those who harm us when they feel guilt and regret.

Principle Number Six: Turn the Other Cheek

By Izzy Kalman on May 21, 2012 in Resilience to Bullying
The moral principal for defusing physical bullying has been known for thousands of years.

Why Animals Really Matter

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 21, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Do animals really help us along - are they good for us? Hal Herzog isn't so sure. Marian Dawkins claims they do and suggests that's why animals matter because we really don't know if they're conscious. Outlandish as this may sound it forms the basis for her strongly anthropocentric views. Animals matter because they exist.

Do You Know What You Are Feeling?

By Peter Bregman on May 21, 2012 in How We Work
Over the 23 years since we met, my wife Eleanor and I have spent considerable time, money, and energy on our development. Individually and together, we’ve taken workshops, studied meditation, practiced yoga, written in journals, talked about our dreams, participated in training programs, and gone to therapy.

Influence Yourself With a "Why-Do" List

The To-Do list has in many instances turned out to be a highly effective way of getting things done. However, we all have some to-do list items that we chronically fail to get around to despite all of the best intentions.
Full Exposure: The Sickening Treatment for OCD

Full Exposure: The Sickening Treatment for OCD

By Fletcher Wortmann on May 21, 2012 in Triggered
ERP works when, guided by a trained therapist, the sufferer approaches the object of his or her fear without indulging in any compulsive ritual behaviors. These exposure exercises often involve doing things that would make anyone, even someone without an anxiety disorder, deeply uncomfortable.

Falling in Love With Morally Ambiguous Television Characters

By Millie Kerr on May 21, 2012 in Consider the Zeitgeist
As a child, I gravitated towards stories featuring relatable characters. My favorite authors wrote about curious children, whimsical adventures, and animals, all things I knew or fantasized about.

Ultrasound and Autism—A Connection?

Could the increased use of ultrasound during pregnancy be implicated in the rise in autism?

Is Nonviolent Communication Practical?

One of the most common critiques I hear of Nonviolent Communication is that it’s simply not practical. “It would be great if this can work,” the line often goes.

Introducing Pyramids of Meaning

By Daniel Bor Ph.D on May 21, 2012 in Pyramids of Meaning
Consider this puzzling conundrum: When most other species meet their physical needs, they take the biologically sensible decision of conserving energy by resting. But in the same situation why do we reach for a Sudoku puzzle, or even glance at a science blog, seemingly absurdly choosing to engage the most energy-expensive organ we possess?

Does Power Make You Mistrusting?

Power is desirable, but it’s also lonely at the top. Perhaps Leonardo DiCaprio summed it up best when he said “I had better success meeting girls before Titanic... there wasn’t a perception of her talking to me for only one reason.” It turns out Leo isn’t the only one.

Endless Summer: A Disco Diva's Enduring Lesson about Female Sexuality

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on May 21, 2012 in Stepmonster
How a single song helped change the way we think about sex.

Internet Rule #34—Or, What’s Normal in Sex?

“If you can imagine it, there’s porn of it.” That’s about the simplest definition of this most evocative of Internet-linked axioms.

Welcome to Pleiotrope

By Geoffrey Miller on May 21, 2012 in Pleiotrope
Why most genes influence many traits, like mobile phone use and intelligence.

The Bogus Boomerang Generation

By Polly Palumbo Ph.D. on May 21, 2012 in Momma Data
Media reports claim 85 percent of college graduates will be "boomeranging" back home. Faced with steep student loans and a 50 percent unemployment rate, they (and their parents) have plenty of reasons to worry. Will they be sweating it out in mom's basement or is there reason to doubt the startling statistic?

Is it Alzheimer’s? Normal Aging? Or Simply Cyber Overload?

By Joanne Cantor Ph.D on May 21, 2012 in Conquering Cyber Overload
Do you sometimes wonder if that thing you forgot or that name you can’t remember is the beginning of Alzheimer’s? If so, you’re not alone, judging by the turnout at a recent UW Hospital public health symposium.

Demystifying Psychotherapy And The Myth of "Mental Illness"

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on May 21, 2012 in Think Well
Why do so many people who desperately need psychotherapy refuse to seek it? Is it because they already know about the myth of "mental illness," or is due to the stigma still attached to being in therapy?

Just Garbage?

We must seek a solution to the problem of environmental racism. As things stand, poor minorities bear the environmental burdens of the consumption of the rich.

Are You a Digital Voyeur?

By Peg Streep on May 21, 2012 in Tech Support
Looking at how technology feeds our inner Peeping Tom and what that does to relationships.

The Face of America Undergoing Change

As a first generation Iranian American, I have been the recipient of a number of prejudicial actions. ’d like to be able to write that I have been calm and eloquent in the face of these types of offensive confrontations, but more often than not, for lack of a better word, I have seen red.
A Wakeup Call for Mothers-to-be: New Pregnancy Stress Findings

A Wakeup Call for Mothers-to-be: New Pregnancy Stress Findings

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on May 21, 2012 in Singletons
If you are pregnant, thinking about getting pregnant or you know someone who is, you will want to know that “A mounting body of evidence clearly links too much stress and anxiety during pregnancy to many of today’s major issues of birth and childhood…”

A Mother's Day Conundrum

By Paula J. Caplan Ph.D. on May 21, 2012 in Science Isn't Golden
It's demeaning to mothers to claim that if they need care, that makes them children.

The Reading Model that Failed America

America’s reading failures are school induced. Beginning in 2001, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) steered beginning reading education down the wrong path by implementing a poor model of beginning reading instruction. It was a disastrous decision.

Child Serial Killing

Is there a link between multiple infant deaths in the same family and murder? It depends on who you ask.

Lessons About Happiness from Reality TV

I’ve always prided myself on my work ethic. So it may come as a surprise that I was relieved to get let go from the Fox Reality Channel.
Stigmas About Adoption Remain, and Hurt Families

Stigmas About Adoption Remain, and Hurt Families

By Abbie Goldberg Ph.D. on May 21, 2012 in Beyond Blood
Although I have not seen the movie, “The Avengers,” I am aware that it has recently gotten some heat from the adoption community.

Female Role Models: The Absent Conversation

By Peggy Drexler Ph.D. on May 21, 2012 in Our Gender, Ourselves
In my work studying the sons of single and two-mother families, I found deep concern about the lack of male role models for these boys. But shift genders, and girls and female role models is a conversation we seldom seem to have.

Passion for the Possible

Joey is a second grader who can explode at times, ripping down pictures from the classroom wall. At other times, he charges for the door if he gets frustrated with schoolwork and then lurks in the hallway.

Maintaining Attraction in Long-Term Relationships

By Vivian Diller Ph.D. on May 21, 2012 in Face It
Scott and Mary have been married for seven years. Given these tough economic times, they feel fortunate to be employed, have two great kids, a home and still have a little extra money, and energy, for some fun with each other.