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Life Isn't Fair!

Do you ever find yourself frustrated with your life, bemoaning to yourself—or to anyone who will listen—that it isn't fair that life isn't fair?

Virtual Reality, A New Therapy Part Two: The SimCoach

SimCoach employs engaging VR-based virtual humans for use on a web-based application which has the potential to revolutionize help-seeking as well as the internet of the future.

Mining Your Brain to Jump-Start Your Creativity

It's easy to spend lots of time working, but hard to come up with something new. Creativity may be necessary in a wide variety of realms—but where does that aha! moment come from? In a recent episode of "The Writer's Almanac," Garrison Keillor quoted an interview with J.K. Rowling on how she got the idea to write a novel about Harry Potter.

Using Transmedia Storytelling to Raise Awareness of OCD

Stories are powerful things; they are a primal form of communication that allows us to capture and share authentic human experience. . The International OCD Foundation is putting transmedia storytelling to work to raise awareness and overcome stereotypes about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) called "Dare to Believe"...

I Love You, Wait, Are You Dangerous?

Because we female Aspies aren’t super savvy when it comes to picking would-be mates, I’ve listed a few red flag warning signs to look out for when looking for a partner.

Depersonalization as a Way to Personalization

By Elena Bezzubova on August 22, 2011 in The Search for Self
Patients who experience depersonalization describe it as the loss of the feeling "I am myself." Like breathing, we sometimes aren't aware of the "I am myself" feeling until we lose it or have difficulty recalling what it feels like.

The Spoiler Paradox

We go through great lengths to avoid overhearing the ending of a movie we haven’t seen or a book we haven’t read, and if we do overhear the end we feel that our experience is spoiled. After all that’s why they call them “spoilers”. But as it turns out, knowing the ending of a story before you read it doesn’t hurt the experience of the story; it makes it better.

The Folly of Crowds

By Adam Alter on August 22, 2011 in Alternative Truths
Crowds are often wise, and we're in turn wise for listening to multiple voices when making decisions. For example, crowds are famously skilled when their members guess how many jelly beans fill a jar, or how much a large animal weighs. Sometimes, though, crowds are prone to lead us astray.

When a Curse Becomes a Gift

By Donna Flagg on August 22, 2011 in Office Diaries
My mom still agonizes over how I went through living hell in school as a result of being dyslexic and undiagnosed. I try to tell her that it was the best thing that ever happened to me.

You say "Tomayto" and I say "Tomahto"

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on August 22, 2011 in Words To Eat By
Think Italian food and you all but invariably think tomato. Where would pasta and pizza be without their blankets of red sauce?

The Hidden Cost of Inequality

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on August 22, 2011 in The Fair Society
Most Americans seem to think our income disparities are modest, like Scandinavia. In fact, ours' is among the worst of the democracies, and the outlook for the long term is ominous.

At Last, Following Your Heart's Desire

By Wendy Lustbader M.S.W. on August 22, 2011 in Life Gets Better
Putting off what you really want to do can go on for years.

A Snack to Help Reduce Comfort Eating

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on August 22, 2011 in Comfort Cravings
With my clients, I talk a lot about what you can ADD to your menu rather than what you can SUBTRACT. This is a very different way of thinking about food and eating. Here is an example of a food you can include into your snacking repertoire. It is a great item to help curb comfort eating...

Does Facebook Make Us Attention Hogs?

By Jen Kim on August 22, 2011 in Valley Girl With a Brain
How to deal with those annoying, braggy status updates that you just don't care about: Get used to it.

10 Rules for High-Performing Teams

A team is more than just a group of workers, located together, doing their jobs. Real teams are interdependent. That means they must rely on one another to get the job done. So what are best practices for effective teams? Here are 10 rules:

"Upbeat Dad" Lives the Sweet Life After High-Conflict Divorce

By Randi Kreger on August 22, 2011 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
High-conflict divorces can ruin body, mind, and spirit. But there is a way to survive--even thrive. One combat veteran says, "It doesn't matter how bad things may be, forgiveness is the key to moving on and letting go of the hurt. Even if you're dealing with heartbreaking issues such as domestic violence or infidelity, it really works."

Gossip: Should My Friend Tell Me Things I Don't Want to Know?

Just because you've heard gossip, doesn't necessarily mean you have to pass it along to its target

The Best Way to Learn

"We've always known that one-on-one is the best way to learn...but we've never been able to figure out how to do it." Until now.

So says Salman Khan, the lovable math nerd behind the much celebrated Khan Academy.

Regaining Trust in the Workplace

By Ray Williams on August 22, 2011 in Wired for Success
Trust is eroding in the workplace between workers and employers, and the erosion of trust has reached an all-time high.

School Forces Little Girl to Apologize to the Boy Who Raped Her

"I can write that I too have witnessed a significant increase in the number of referrals to my practice for children between the ages of 8 and 12 who have offended sexually against a peer or younger sibling."

How to Enhance Communication Between the Sexes: The Androgynous Bridge Part II

You might think of gender-flexing as a way to strengthen and tone your nonverbal muscles. After all, nonverbal behaviors are in great part centered in the body. We all have masculine and feminine nonverbal behaviors at our disposal—it’s just a matter of using these oft-ignored “muscles.”