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How a Person Can Make His or Her Partner Feel Worthless without Even Trying

Donna Flagg's fantastically complex and intriguing blog post on break-ups invokes feelings of worthlessness. What makes a person feel worthless in his or her relationship? Let's consider three possibilities...

Are Flame Retardants Making Us Dimmer?

By Jena Pincott on July 06, 2011 in Love, Sex, and Babies
Inflammatory new science on a common chemical.

Do You Believe in Unconditional Love?

How to both experience unconditional love and develop healthy relationships while dating.

Self-Destructive Body Behaviors: Why, Cause, Self-Hatred

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on July 06, 2011 in Insight Is 20/20
Can you be self-destructive but love yourself overall?

The Land of the Midnight Sun—Or Maybe the Bronx

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on July 06, 2011 in Words To Eat By
The young man was clad in a spotless white uniform and held a clipboard in his hand. “What is your favorite flavor?” “Do you prefer soft-serve or hard?,” “Are you more likely to buy pints to have at home or to go out for a cone?” And then the clincher: “What, in your opinion, is the single most determining factor in the choice of which ice cream to purchase?”

Are You Shy, Introverted, Both, or Neither (And Why Does It Matter)?

Bill Gates is quiet and bookish, but apparently unfazed by others’ opinions of him: he’s an introvert, but not shy. Barbra Streisand has an outgoing, larger than life personality, but a paralyzing case of stage fright. Shyness and introversion are not the same thing.

Caressing Your Brain

By Art Markman Ph.D. on July 06, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
It is clear that touch is important to humans. A fascinating new paper explores how the brain processes comforting touches.

The Purpose of Punishment

By Michael W Austin on July 06, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
The case of Caylee and Casey Anthony points us to a fundamental legal and moral question: What is the purpose of punishment?

The Science Behind the Fiction

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on July 06, 2011 in
When I was a little boy, I loved to read comic books based on science fiction. Indeed, it was the science and the fiction that would always draw me in to these literary sojourns. At once, I could escape my reality and enter a world that did not exist - but perhaps had the scientific "virtue" to exist.

Do Something Every Day: Counter-Intuitive, But It Works

By Gretchen Rubin on July 06, 2011 in The Happiness Project
This month's theme is Creativity, and this week’s resolution is to Do something every day.

Is It Your Mind or Your Thyroid That’s Got You Down?

By Steve Sisgold on July 06, 2011 in Life in a Body
A thyroid imbalance in any person, diagnosed or not, can cause mental and psychological symptoms.

Open Your Mind And Say Ahhh

Self-awareness is an important part of developing an acceptance of who you are now, and making personal changes for who you would like to be in the future. Though not for everyone, meditation is one way to increase self-awareness. However, many people dismiss the idea without knowing what they are rejecting.

Sexuality, Shakespeare, and Saying Goodbye

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on July 06, 2011 in SexualityToday
Shakespeare, in his Sonnets, famously imagined three strategies for escaping death: creating art, having children, and loving deeply. It's a tribute to sex that it can sometimes be involved in at least two out of those three.

Ambition, Power-Drive, and the Psychology of Calculated Risks: Lessons from DSK

The relationship between financial risk taking and addictive personality traits

The Tree of Life: Does Terrence Malick's New Film Bear Artistic or Philosophical Fruit?

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on July 06, 2011 in Evil Deeds
The Tree of Life (2011), American filmmaker Terrence Malick's fifth movie in his forty-year-long career is, to me, a massive failure on almost every level: as entertainment, philosophy, theology, psychology or art.

How To Be a Dad To Your Aspergers Child

By Stephen Borgman on July 05, 2011 in Spectrum Solutions
There's a lot written about autism spectrum children. But what about those often invisible fathers who give their all day in and day out? This article is dedicated to all fathers who parent children gifted with autism.

The Good Old Days Were Awful

Why do people overlook the good in the present and dream of an idealized past? Today, our brains focus on social pain because there's less of the physical pain that pervaded life in the past. The social snubs in your life feel more brutal than thoughts of the plague and pestilence of the past.

The Messy Realities of Bisexuality

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on July 05, 2011 in Finally Out
Some men who call themselves bisexual experience considerable dissonance; their sexual attractions, behaviors and identity are not in alignment.