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End-Of-Life Discussions

By Alex Lickerman M.D. on September 11, 2011 in Happiness in this World
When I was a resident working in the intensive care unit (the ICU) at the University of Iowa, one of my responsibilities was to communicate with the family members of my patients. However, an intensive care unit, as its name suggests, is an intensely busy place,

How AA Is Making College Drinking Worse, and Gaining Power in the Process

By Stanton Peele on September 11, 2011 in Addiction in Society
We have been actively teaching children and teens about alcohol and drugs for going on a half century. And more of them have learned that drinking in a way that has been shown to prolong life and reduce dementia is wrong than disapprove of weekend binge drinking!

Should I Let My Teenager Get a Tattoo?

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on September 11, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do if your teenager wants a tattoo.

On 9/11, Are We Remembering Heroism, Death, or Failure?

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on September 11, 2011 in The Media Zone
Surely on 9/11 we're not commemorating the Administration's deliberate intent to divert attention and resources from the real and continuing threat of Al-Qaeda onto the trumped-up threat of Saddam Hussein, for reasons still mired in double-talk.

How Do Sex and Power Abuses Lead to Terrorism and War?

By Susan Heitler Ph.D. on September 11, 2011 in Resolution, Not Conflict
What can Hysteria, a playful movie on sex in Victorian England, teach us about of the deeper motives for terrorism? It turns out that sex and power that are used abusivley lie at the heart of Islamic terrorism.

Myths about Circumcision You Likely Believe

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on September 11, 2011 in Moral Landscapes
With my first child, I just thought that circumcision was what you did, no big deal, and every man was circumcised. Then one day I saw a picture of a baby being circumcised, and everything changed.

Being There for Each Other: A Meditation on 9/11

By Marcia Eckerd Ph.D. on September 11, 2011 in People Skills
Meditation on 9/11: helping our friends is what life's really about.

Equal Powers Between the Sheets

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on September 11, 2011 in Love Doc
Male contraception is making scientific news as reported by Pam Belluck in the NY Times, Science Health section, July23, 2011. If we try to put men on the pill, will they take it? If they do we will be one step closer to equal powers between the sheets.

Airport Screening Post-9/11: What Happens Before You Even Get to Any of the Machines

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 11, 2011 in Living Single
Did you know that sometimes, as you are standing in line at airport security, before you even get to any of the machines, you are already being monitored?

See, Memories

By Judith Eve Lipton M.D. on September 10, 2011 in Pura Vida
September 11 is a day of mourning, but we all mourn different things.

Life After Analysis: The Five-Month Mark

By David Weiss on September 10, 2011 in Mr. Analysand
Can I Thrive Outside the Pod?

Do You Have a Bad Boss?

By Harriet Lerner Ph.D. on September 10, 2011 in The Dance of Connection
Is your boss driving you crazy a good deal of the time? Here's how to rate him or her--and your crazy workplace.

9/11 Children: Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events

Children who witnessed the violent act of terrorism of 9/11, either in-person or on television, may have been left feeling confused, unsafe, and worried by their parent’s shocked reaction.

Thoughts on 9/11 from a Close Observer

By Frances Kuffel on September 10, 2011 in What Fat Women Want
When there are fireworks a lot of us go home without bothering to watch the show. The sound of helicopters unnerve me. Silence on the streets unnerves me. The smell of candle wax is Proustian.

Pregnancy at 40: How Realistic Is It?

Why is it that some women wait until they are 40 to begin trying to conceive? Is it finally that their lives have settled down enough to contemplate children as the next step? Or, as a recent NYTimes article posed, do women who physically look much younger than their age actually believe their 40-year-old eggs are up to the challenge of conceiving a healthy baby?

What Domestic Batterers Can Teach Us About Terrorism

By Susan Heitler Ph.D. on September 10, 2011 in Resolution, Not Conflict
Home is where we learn the fundamentals for becoming citizens of a democracy. Cultures that tolerate chiild and spousal abuse are at risk for breeding bullies, tyrants and and terrorism. By contrast families with skills for cooperative parenting and partnering train young people to value and succeed in a democracy.

Myths of Regulation

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on September 10, 2011 in Hidden Motives
Conservatives have embraced the truism that businesses are hurt by government regulation. Ideologically, they argue, rules infringe on individual freedom, but they have also persuaded themselves that they are actually bad for the bottom line.

Depression Dis-ables: Learn to Be Able Again

Many of the smartest, most talented people I have treated in my career were not feeling smart or talented when we met. Gifted, successful people do not see their abilities when they are depressed.