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Can You Have a Marriage Without Sex?

Prince William and Kate will marry as Christians, which means that the sexual pressure is on.

Does corporal punishment send the wrong message?

By Michael W Austin on April 27, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
Corporal punishment, if it is mild and infrequent, does not send the wrong message.

Children Who are Cruel to Animals: When to Worry

Animal cruelty in children is one of the best predictors of later violence and criminality. However, most young children do mean things to an animal at some point. So how do you know if it's a red flag or a normal part of development?

Will You Dance With Me?

By Alida Brill on April 27, 2011 in Chronic Healing
The strategies and techniques I've used to manage chronic disease have changed through the years. When fears begin to overwhelm me, I listen to those Suites transcribed for the Double Bass, recorded by the extraordinary artist Edgar Meyer. Dance, especially ballet, also transports me. . .

The Unanswerables

By Abby Sher on April 27, 2011 in Amen, Amen, Amen
All in the name of trying to control the uncontrollable.

Why Relationship Advice Fails To Improve Your Relationship

Most relationship advice fails to help because it tries to fix the the wrong things.

Are We Talking the Same Language? How Communication Styles Can Affect Relationships

It's pretty easy to identify the most readily recognizable sources of stress in our lives--too many commitments, financial strain, etc. But not as many people realize that "communication stress" can be one of the biggest sources of stress in relationships. After all, we're all talking the same language, aren't we?

Guest Post - Whom can you turn to for help with friendship woes?

When friendships go awry and you want help in improving your relationships with friends, it's important to understand your options.

Brief Career

By Peter D Kramer on April 27, 2011 in In Practice
Wit for a day.

Royal Wedding: A story about ourselves as well as love

With the Royal Wedding between William and Kate later this week, many people have become enthralled with soaking up every piece of news about the nuptials and purchasing official Royal Wedding Memorabilia. As a social psychologist and someone who does not spend my free time reading checkout-line tabloids, I find myself asking "Why?"

Cultivate Good Smells

By Gretchen Rubin on April 27, 2011 in The Happiness Project
2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is technically Memories, and last week’s resolution was to Make the most of your photographs

Do You Worry Too Much?

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 27, 2011 in Don't Delay
Do you feel it's your duty to worry? If your answer to this question is "yes," you may be suffering from a type of compulsive behavior called dutiful worrying. A new book authored by another Psychology Today blogger explains why some of us become compulsive worriers and offers a four-step program to end this vicious circle.

5 Key Questions For Success at Work

Father of Modern Management, Peter Drucker, suggested that there were 5 key questions that businesses should ask themselves to get them on the path to success. These questions can also be used to guide departments, and individuals, to success. Here they are:

Conversations on Creativity with Darold Treffert

Darold Treffert, M.D. was a technical consultant to the award-winning movie "Rain Man" that made "autistic savant" household terms. We chatted about autism, savantism, genius, nature, nurture, intelligence, creativity, lessons he has learned, recent advances, and the future. Here is the complete interview.

Words of Hope for Our Fragile Planet

The human capacity for empathy, the willingness to share pain and to stay there with it, makes a believer out of me. The healing power found within inclusive community is the most powerful source of hope for this fragile planet that I know.

Psychological Criticism of British Royal Ceremonies

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on April 27, 2011 in Insight Is 20/20
Some events are poison for your mental health.

Changes in the American Family

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on April 27, 2011 in The Me in We
American children endure more emotional disruption in familial relations than ever before.
Since the 1960s women have become more financially independent, resulting in increased tension in marriages between individuation and a concern for others. Adults drag unresolved conflicts into parenting, reenacting their own childhood dramas.

Why NOT Call War Trauma a Mental Illness?

Gains and losses of calling war trauma a mental illness

Is their autism getting worse when they reach puberty?

Something happens when children turn into teenagers. They go from demanding your attention to wanting their independence.

I’m Toasting Brits This Week, Too!

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 26, 2011 in Living Single
J. K. Rowling and ‘Gingerbread’ take on the stigma against single parents.

Modern Aging Marvel: Amazing Suit Instantly Adds 30 Years!

When researchers wear these encumbering suits, simple tasks become daunting. You may start asking yourself why the denture cleaner is on the lowest shelf at the drug store, or why can’t I open this pill bottle, am I as feeble as a child? But, never mind, who can read the nose-bleed print anyway?

Existential Musings of a 5 Year-Old

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on April 26, 2011 in Grand Rounds
On the beach last week near Santa Cruz, at a place called Bonnie Doon, we found a baby seal that my wife dubbed, appropriately, Bonnie.