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Catalogs: Don't Look At 'Em, Big Time Suck

By Gretchen Rubin on December 09, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Kelly Corrigan is a writer well-known for her books, The Middle Place and Lift, and also from her YouTube video, Transcending, which has been viewed more than 4.75 million times.

Salander as Superhero

By Robin S. Rosenberg Ph.D. on December 09, 2011 in The Superheroes
Lisbeth Salander is a captivating protagonist. Her appearance and demeanor lead us-and the characters in her world-to make assumptions about her, to pigeonhole her as a goth, a slacker, a rebel.

My Botox Birthday

By Pamela Madsen on December 09, 2011 in Shameless Woman
I am coming out. I have turned fifty, and I love Botox its kissing cousin Dysport. Both Botox and Dysport do the same thing—they get rid of what I personally find so annoying, those deep creases in my forehead and between my brows that seem to have appeared over night on that landmark birthday.

He Has a Great Personality: The Negative Positive Description

By Art Markman Ph.D. on December 09, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
The statement, "(S)he has a great personality," has become a cliché for saying that someone is unattractive. How does this happen? After all, if someone has a great personality, that is a good thing.

No, I Insist, After You

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on December 09, 2011 in Creative Synthesis
If we can resist the urge to reach for the security blanket of a cell phone, long queues offer a built-in opportunity to slow down, to practice mindfulness, to watch life unfold at its own pace, to practice gratitude, even to daydream a little.

Do What You Love, Money Follows: The Coffee Cup Artist

By Susan Biali M.D. on December 09, 2011 in Prescriptions for Life
A passion is worth pursuing for its own sake. Yet if you accidentally discover that people love paying you to do what you love, it makes it that much sweeter. In this post, Life Coach Dr. Susan Biali, M.D. shares the unlikely story of how an artist's whimsical drawings on her used coffee cups became coveted and celebrated fine art.

Radical Acceptance Can Inhibit Suffering

By Randi Kreger on December 09, 2011 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
To accept your circumstances radically simply means that you do it from the depths of your soul and in every bone in your body. Radical acceptance of your loved one's disorder means that you acknowledge that you can't change the disorder, you didn't cause it, and you can't cure it.

The Woman in the Mirror

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on December 09, 2011 in SexualityToday
It's noteworthy that human sexual suffering so often seems to involve narcissistic wounds, rather than simply missed opportunities for pleasure. The link between sexuality and ordinary human self-love is a deep subject.

The Limits of Ambition

By Carl Beuke Ph.D. on December 09, 2011 in You're Hired
What can rock climbers, All Blacks, dogs with silly hats, professional basketball players, and pharmacists teach us about successful goal setting?

Is it Possible to Have Too Much Therapy?

By Donna Barstow on December 09, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Some therapists may be trying too hard -- and expecting too much from their patients. A cartoon about what happens when you go too far in one direction.

Life Satisfaction in the Wake of Disability

By Christopher Peterson Ph.D. on December 08, 2011 in The Good Life
One of the parable studies in positive psychology is an investigation reported some years ago by Phillip Brickman, Dan Coates, and Ronnie Janoff-Bulman (1978). These psychologists were then at Northwestern University, and the state of Illinois had just started to run a lottery.

Confronting Death in “Serenity”

Mortality salience in the film "Serenity" affects personality, love, and religion. A must-read for anyone who has confronted death--or for anyone who just loves Joss Whedon films.

Unleashing Your Inner Steve Jobs Part 2

By Moses Ma on December 08, 2011 in The Tao of Innovation
It's possible to achieve revolutionary change and deep innovation by making three fundamental shifts within your own awareness and within the consciousness of your team. What's more, these three shifts translate to ways that you encourage an innovative culture of success at your company.

Dominoes vs Rainbows

By Neil Farber M.D, Ph.D. on December 08, 2011 in The Blame Game
As Buddha said, "It is better to travel well, than to arrive." Becoming journey-oriented rather than outcome oriented is essential for creating our own positive reality in a mindfully spiritual way. I propose a "domino" theory of goal-setting and urge you to give up on the pot-of-gold at the end of the rainbow. Yes, you can still believe in the tooth fairy...

Take the Whoikilledtoday Challenge!

By Jessica Pierce Ph.D. on December 08, 2011 in All Dogs Go to Heaven
To find out about the animals in your daily life, take the whatikilledtoday challenge: for one day or, better, for one week or one month, imagine and record all the animals that you killed or in whose death you have participated, even incidentally.

Empathic Rats and Ravishing Ravens

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 08, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Rats and ravens caution us about proudly tooting our "aren't we special" horn. A new study shows rats display empathy-driven behavior to help other rats in distress while another has demonstrated that ravens use body language and gestures to communicate with other ravens. Best to keep an open mind about the amazing cognitive and emotional capacities of other animals.

How Effective Is Your Marriage Therapy?

If you and your spouse have had some tough times and turned for help to a couples counselor, how can you assess if the therapy is genuinely helping?

Many folks in couples counseling are uncertain as to what to use as a measuring stick.
Whether the therapist is "a nice person" is not sufficient. Try this quiz instead.

Beyond the Coffee Crutch: The Secret to Vitality at Work

What's the number one reason for procrastinating? Survey says: low energy. Tackling tasks or chores when we are already tired is a surefire recipe for putting stuff off. So if you are tired of feeling tired, read on.

Lindy Micheals: Discovering My Inner Crone

By Jennifer Haupt on December 08, 2011 in One True Thing
The author of Crones Among Us talks about learning to accept the three stages of aging: maiden, mother, crone. And, loving every minute that life has to offer!

Rats Might Be Empathic and Will Help Other Rats in Need

By Christian Keysers Ph.D. on December 08, 2011 in The Empathic Brain
We thought only humans are compassionate. New research shows that rats are empathic and will help other rats in need.

How to Soulfully Give and Receive

By Judith Orloff M.D. on December 08, 2011 in Emotional Freedom
One of the Laws of Energetic Attraction is that "Soulful Giving Generates Abundance." In order to manifest positive and caring relationships in your life learn the art of soulful giving.

Why I Work with Families

Family life is complicated and sometimes even messy, though one thing is clear: Positive interpersonal relationships are the single most powerful force in shaping a highly functioning family despite negative influences coming from within it or as a result of external pressure from the popular culture or forces beyond our control.

From Reactive to Creative

Long before research revealed the harmful effects of chronic stress, Henry David Thoreau knew that living at a frantic pace injures us at a deep level. He called this life "quiet desperation." It is far more desperate for busy men and women today.

Know Thyself?

By Michael W Austin on December 08, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
Self-knowledge is important for fulfillment, but it is sometimes difficult to acquire. However, there are steps we can take to help us cultivate our capacity for self-knowledge.

More Human Than Otherwise

I have worked with many individuals in long-term psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy. Each adapted to their inner disquiet in ways that were self-destructive. Yet they are not strangers. Through them we can recognize our shared humanity. Their pain and psychological dysfunction illustrates the human condition.

Tool Use by a Dingo and a Dog

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 08, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Read about and watch Stirling, a young male dingo, use a tool, and also about Grendel, a dog, make and use a back scratcher from a bone. As time goes on more and more animals are observed making and using tools. We must never underestimate the cognitive capacities of other animals.