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Psychopathy: A Rorschach test for psychologists?

By Karen Franklin Ph.D. on April 10, 2011 in Witness
Evaluators who score low in compassion and thrill-seeking are more likely than others to label criminals as psychopathic.

Our Brothers' Keepers

By Jennifer Hamady on April 10, 2011 in Finding Your Voice
Our minds, by design, present reasons and excuses why things are ok the way they are. Cognitive dissonance requires us to make a choice: to see the world as generally fine so that we can be fine within it, or to acknowledge that it is not and necessarily be propelled into action. We so often choose the former so as not to have to deal with the latter.

School Shooting in Brazil: Shock and the Search for Meaning

By Peter Langman Ph.D. on April 10, 2011 in Keeping Kids Safe
Why is it so hard to recognize that violence can happen anywhere?

Thinking and Talking: Where's the Human in David Brooks' Social Animal?

Symbolization and exchanging symbols with each other (thinking and talking) helps makes us uniquely human. David Brooks' social animal ignores those processes and presents a shallow, limited vision.

Is Sex The Key?

By Pamela Madsen on April 10, 2011 in Shameless Woman
I am starting to wonder if sex is the gateway drug to personal transformation. You may be rolling your eyes, or think that I am crazy. But you are not sitting where I am sitting, in Sedona at a nine day workshop designed to teach women how to access their sexuality in a sacred way that is just for them.

Interacting in Just One Language

Researchers have long been interested in the way bilinguals manage to control the language they are speaking and keep out their other language(s). But how "language tight" is the process?

How Well Should You Know Your Online Lover?

People want to know more about their online lovers. However, one of the seductive characteristics of the net is that you have less information about each other. Should then lovers replace online communication with regular offline communication? The answer is no.

Reflection on Our Desires: "Free Will" and Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 09, 2011 in Don't Delay
I might desire a piece of chocolate cake, but at the same time desire that I didn't desire it. This capacity to reflect on our desires and to have "second-order" desires reflects a notion of free will and raises the issue of weakness of will that helps us understand procrastination.

A Simple Ritual That Will Make Your Goals “Stick”

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on April 09, 2011 in Wander Woman
Do you struggle with sticking to your exercise, diet or "being nicer and more patient" goals? You are probably sabotaging your chances at success by the way you think. This post will give you the steps for stretching and redirecting the pathways in your brain so you can achieve your goals once and for all.

Questions from the TV show, "Lie to Me"

By Joe Navarro M.A. on April 09, 2011 in Spycatcher
The show Lie to Me follows a line of progression in TV crime dramas. Each has sparked interest. Here Joe Navarro answers the questions he is most often asked by people around the world about the show Lie to Me and how we can become human lie detectors, or can we?

Staring at Sixty: Some Musings About Mortality and the Bucket List

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on April 09, 2011 in Evil Deeds
In the 2007 film "The Bucket List", Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman play two terminally ill, mid-sixty-ish men who meet in the hospital, receive prognoses of having a year or less to live, and decide to literally list and then actively pursue certain life experiences that had eluded them to that point before "kicking the bucket" (dying).

Why Gender Equality Does Not Always Work In The Bedroom

One sexual enigma perplexes both women and their clinicians: Why do so many American women report difficulties in bed?

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the FDA

By Julie K Hersh on April 09, 2011 in Struck By Living
How many people would do this to testify for the FDA?

An Introduction to Love, Lust, and the Luster of Life

By Mari Ruti on April 09, 2011 in The Juicy Bits
We all know the routine: we get up, eat breakfast, commute to work, make a dozen phone calls, fight rush hour traffic, cook dinner, talk to our kids or cats. But then there are The Juicy Bits: what I’m calling the trinity of love, lust, and the luster of life. And let’s be honest, it’s the Juicy Bits that make life worth living.

Childfree Adults— Not All Alike: Three Subtypes Explored

Misconceptions about childfree adults, many of which are unflattering, abound. Such misconceptions lead to typical stereotyping, in which a group of people is treated as a whole, as if they were all exactly the same. The reality is that childfree adults are as varied as any other category of men and women.

A Relationship Myth to Avoid: Having To Be " In Love" Forever

Being in love is an emotional high for most normal people. It's a time when reality can be better than your dreams. I've heard some describe it as a time when the world changes from bleak black and white to vibrant color. Who wants this feeling to be extinguished? No one!

Doggerel: About a Dog

By Mindy Greenstein Ph.D. on April 09, 2011 in The Flip Side
This is how much I didn't want a dog....

The human-animal bond revisited: Power is not license to do what we please because we can

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on April 09, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Wayne Pacelle's book about our kinship with other animals is a must read. Readers will learn a lot about the other beings with whom we share Earth and also about the issues with which we must deal as we move into the 21st century. Every individual counts and each of us can easily make positive differences in the lives of animals with little effort.

The New Scoop on Emotional & Binge Eating

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on April 09, 2011 in Comfort Cravings
At the Binge Eating Diosrder Conference, I met many people who are working hard on prevention, treatment and research. If you are looking for more information, here are some new books that may help.

Children Playing on the Street Makes a Community Resilient

During a recent visit to Spain, I saw plenty of children playing in the public squares and alleyways of beautiful Bilbao and wondered how a community like that manages to make everyone feel so safe and connected.

Love and the Strip Club

A strip-club regular customer ...

Six Mindful Strategies to Recover from the Shock of Loss

I don't believe we ever get over a significant loss, but we do learn to move through it and live with it, and perhaps even learn to use it creatively to find our life's purpose as well as harvest its lessons. Here are 6 strategies to help you recover from loss.