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The Patriarchy and Bella Swan's Vampire Desires

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on January 31, 2012 in Cui Bono
Is the patriarchy to blame when Bella Swan demands another round of bedboard-breaking, bruising sex and chooses not to abort the demon-baby that is killing her?

Collaboration Trumps Competition in Health Care

By Lissa Rankin M.D. on January 31, 2012 in Owning Pink
You shouldn't feel tension or division between your doula and your OB/GYN, or your Chinese medicine doctor and your Western physician. Or your psychiatrist and your psychologist.

Can Facebook Boost Your Social Brain?

Social networks exist not only in the virtual world, but also in our brains. There’s evidence that the two might even be linked. Regions of the brain involved in social relationships seem to be larger in people with larger and more complex social networks.

Oops, What'd I Do With That New Year's Resolution?

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on January 31, 2012 in The Dolphin Divide
To salvage your goal, rededicate yourself to gradual, consistent progress. Resolutions are notoriously some of the most shortest-lived and easily ditched phenomena of the New Year because motivation and consistency are among the toughest parts of a training regimen to maintain. But they can work wonders when you resurrect them.

Getting out of the Anxiety Trap: Make it RAIN!

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on January 31, 2012 in The Pacific Heart
What is anxiety, exactly? What purposes does it serve? How to use it and how to overcome it? Also an explanation of the RAIN method for working with difficult emotions and thoughts.

Creative Vitality for the Midlife Body & Brain

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on January 31, 2012 in Tracking Wonder
Creatives age. Even by your late twenties if not sooner, the body creaks and falters. The mind's microprocessor slows down. And the physical energy that propels your sheer will and volition gets sapped.

So you push through your work, knowing that you're not creating at your best but "good enough" and that faking it really well will have to suffice.

What to do?

Scheduling Spontaneity

By Jonathan Fields on January 31, 2012 in Awake at the Wheel
Ritual is important. So it routine. They help create certainty anchors in your day, moments where you know what's coming next and you can get into a rhythm that allows creativity and productivity to flow.

Study Smarter, Not Harder

Good students don't just study harder, they study smarter. A study published this week identifies some habits of successful college students.

Three Tips for Sexing Up "The Happy Enough" Yet Desire-less Marriage

By Pamela Madsen on January 31, 2012 in Shameless Woman
"Do you believe that lost desire can be reclaimed? Specifically, in a long, happy enough marriage, where sexual desire and satisfaction used to exist, can we find a new way to pleasure when it's been gone for a while?"

Radical Acceptance

We are born into a world that is not of our making. We are given a place to grow up, parents, a family, a home, neighbors, teachers, friends—and an era in which we evolve. We don't get a choice in so much that really counts.

Handwriting—the Most Elegant Form of Communication

E-mailers, text messengers, and skeptics be damned. Handwriting—American style—is born again!

Is Online Dating as Much Fun as You Thought It Would Be?

By Donna Barstow on January 31, 2012 in Ink Blots Cartoons
It's easy to fall in love online. But how do you know it will work out IRL? A cartoon about how to make him be a hardcopy boyfriend.

The Movie "The Help" Is for White People?

Jobs are hard to come by for Black actresses in Hollywood, so to get any gig in the industry is wonderful; I AM happy for Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and the other ladies. Having said that, what is the deal with the movie The Help? Why do movies that continue to show Black women as slaves, whores, maids, etc., get lauded?

The Need to Believe in the Ability of Disability

By Scott Barry Kaufman Ph.D. on January 31, 2012 in Beautiful Minds
Our society has clear expectations regarding students who don’t fit the norm.

Tricks of the Psychic Trade

By Karen Stollznow Ph.D. on January 30, 2012 in Speaking in Tongues
Unless the psychic medium performs a hot reading, otherwise known as cheating, the main tool is cold reading. This involves observation, psychology and elicitation to provide the appearance of psychic powers. Let's look at the typical formula used by stage mediums, and explore some commonly used linguistic and psychological techniques.

My Parents Aren't Cool!

By Steve Baskin on January 30, 2012 in S'mores and More
Parents must always remember that their children have many friends, but only 2 parents. As such, they must be willing to set limits and say no.

Building Bulletproof Courage

By Christopher Bergland on January 30, 2012 in The Athlete's Way
When was the last time that you were fearful of an upcoming event? Did you 'let them see you sweat' or did you exude confidence? Professional athletes learn to manage their emotions and create an aura of invincibility. In this entry I will give you 3 simple tricks for creating the illusion (and reality!) of bulletproof courage borrowed from the world of Mixed Martial Arts.

Vision + Mastery for No-Goals Creatives this New Year

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on January 30, 2012 in Tracking Wonder
Many creatives aren't goal-driven. At least not consciously. But maybe there's a way for us creatives to look toward the horizon without compromising the present.

Health at Every Size Is Anti-Dieting

By Pattie Thomas Ph.D. on January 30, 2012 in I Take Up Space
Poretsky explains: “If you love your body, you don't need diets or lap bands or botox or weight loss drugs. If you love your body, you're less likely to accept ill treatment, discrimination, bad medical care, etc. We have huge industries like the diet, pharmaceutical, beauty, marketing industries that literally bank on our self-hatred to sell products.”

Digitizing Sexual Health Promotion and HIV Prevention

At the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program at Northwestern University we have been focused on using the internet for sexual health education. Read about some of our approaches to promoting the sexual health of young people through videos and social media.

BPA and the Single, Spacey, Sex-Starved Male

By Jena Pincott on January 30, 2012 in Love, Sex, and Babies
Among the many subtle evils of BPA, a chemical used in food packaging, is its effect on manhood. What is it doing on a societal level?