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What to Do If You're Graduating Without a Job

You're graduating. And the news media is filled with articles about the lack of jobs. So it's likely you'll spend some time wandering over the next few years. Time to develop a strategy.

The Neurology Of Near-Death Experiences

I've never had a patient confess to having had a near-death experience (NDE), but recently I came across a fascinating book called The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain by Kevin Nelson, M.D. that reports as many as 18 million Americans may have.

Narcissistic Parents: Contact or Not?

The most frequently asked question from adult children of narcissistic parents is whether or not to remain in contact with that parent and/or the rest of the dysfunctional family nest. It goes deep and is difficult to know what's best.

Real Law and Order: SVU Dealing with DSK of the IMF

Can you just imagine the thousands of screenwriters doing scripts whereby Det. Olivia Benson gets to clobber the head of the International Monetary Fund as he chases her down a Sofitel hallway?

Graduation as Gratitude

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on May 15, 2011 in Head of the Class
Graduation can be a time for reflection and gratitude.

Heather Lende: Finding Faith in Everyday Life

By Jennifer Haupt on May 15, 2011 in One True Thing
About a year after I was hit by a truck while riding a bicycle, my friend Doris asked if I had found God that day. When I said "no," I think we were both surprised.

Excessive Celebration in Football and Politics

By Robert Kurzban Ph.D. on May 15, 2011 in Mind Design
Is it morally acceptable to celebrate the death of an enemy? Or is it unsportsmanlike conduct?

Four "Money Scripts"

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on May 15, 2011 in Hidden Motives
What Money Really Buys

There are four basic attitudes to money, according to Brad Klontz, a research associate professor at Kansas State University. He calls them “money scripts”: money avoidance, money worship, money status and money vigilance.

Men’s Testosterone Levels at a Sex Club: Can You Feel the Rise?

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on May 15, 2011 in Homo Consumericus
What happens to men’s testosterone levels when they visit a sex/swingers club? Well, it depends on whether they actively participate in various sexual activities, or simply engage in some steamy voyeurism.

Helping Your Eating-Disordered Child Negotiate Summer Camp

Is my eating-disordered child well enough to go to summer camp?

The Man Who Shot Osama bin Laden

By Stanton Peele on May 15, 2011 in Addiction in Society
In John Ford's epic westerns, heroes are hard to pick out. John Wayne often played a violent, hatred-spewing figure who was necessary to restore order. "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence" is a complex story of how Wayne murdered an arch villain so that Jimmy Stewart could be lionized and lead America to greater glory. The same thing has happened to Barack Obama.

Watch the CBS Sunday Morning Segment on Happiness

CBS Sunday Morning did a segment on happiness -- and included me! It was a lot of fun.

Why Scotty McCreery Will Win American Idol

Scotty McCreery Will Win American Idol This Season. Here's Why.

The Dangers of Email, Facebook and Twitter

Do others get what we mean when we send a tweet or an email?

How the drug companies control our lives Part 2

By Ray Williams on May 14, 2011 in Wired for Success
In Part 1 of this article I described how the drug companies are making huge amounts of money marketing drugs, particularly psychotropic drugs. Part Two will examine how the profession of psychiatry is driven if not controlled by pharmaceutical companies

ESPN Special: The Relationship Between QB and IQ

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on May 14, 2011 in Reel Therapy
A recent special on ESPN, "Year of the Quarterback," displayed interviews of former and current star quarterbacks in the NFL in the service of better understanding the secret to QB success. The answer was unanimous, and it may surprise you.

Keep Hope Not Fear Alive

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on May 14, 2011 in Your Wise Brain
Reducing negative experiences entails taking action in three domains: in the world (including your relationships), in your body and in your mind. All are important. So don't take painful experiences lightly, neither the ones you get nor, honestly, the ones you give. Prevent them when you can, and help them pass through when you can't.

Weird Design II: The Stovetop (Der Klassiker)

For those of us who are interested in the intersection of psychology (and common sense) and the design of everyday things, the stovetop is a land of mystery. Which dial do you need to turn which way to start the burner under the pot and no other? Shouldn’t it be easier to boil water?

Politically Correct Animal Language

By Julie Sedivy Ph.D. on May 14, 2011 in Sold on Language
The editors of the Journal of Animal Ethics have called for re-vamping animal language. So-called negative words like "pets" or "wildlife," they say, should be replaced by "companion animals" and "free-living animals." Could changing the language also change attitudes towards animals?

What A Female Mid-Life Crisis Looks Like

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on May 14, 2011 in Wander Woman
For smart, goal-driven women, a mid-life crisis isn't about recovering lost youth. It's about discovering the application of their greatness. When faced with your restless craving to discover what is next and best for you, you need to take the time to explore some powerful questions.