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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 Ph.D. 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.

Confidence Matters Just as Much as Ability

By Scott Barry Kaufman Ph.D. on December 08, 2011 in Beautiful Minds
Differences in performance may not have to do so much with actual ability, as confidence in that ability.

Young Girls’ Body Image: Resisting Size 0

By Terri Apter Ph.D. on December 08, 2011 in Domestic Intelligence
There’s too little research on how girls engage with associations of "worthy" and "thin".

How To Overcome a Bad Night's Sleep

Most Americans have a bad night's sleep; perhaps a third of us regularly. There are some simple day things we can do to overcome our torpor and fatigue - and make the next night more restful.

Downsizing, Rightsizing, and Fantasizing

By Dale Dwyer Ph.D. on December 08, 2011 in Got a Minute?
Not all top managers understand the detrimental effect layoffs have on the long-term financial and cultural health of their organizations.

The Key to Happiness: Strong Relationships

By Gretchen Rubin on December 08, 2011 in The Happiness Project
For the last month of this year, instead of tackling a theme, I'm going to discuss a question: What is the key to happiness? That's a question that can be answered in different ways, depending on what framework you use to address the issue of happiness. The resolution for each week will reflect that week's answer.

Studying and Engagement: Consider a Sense of Place as Well as Pace

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on December 08, 2011 in Head of the Class
Results from the recent National Survey of Student Engagement made the news recently in many venues with variations on the headline "Engineering Majors Study More than Business Majors Do." But a more careful read of this survey reveals a bit more complexity.

Some aspects of women's (hetero)sexual desire

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on December 08, 2011 in SexualityToday
The male leads in romance novels tend to work in "alpha male" occupations. Those associated with high status (kings, noblemen), confidence (surgeons, ranchers, cowboys), or power (captains of industry). No middle managers, janitors, or bookkeepers.

How Children Learn Bravery in an Age of Overprotection

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on December 08, 2011 in Freedom to Learn
I doubt if there has ever been any human culture, anywhere, at any time, that underestimates children’s abilities more than we North Americans do today. Our underestimation becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy, because . . .