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Humans vs. Humanity

By Lynn Phillips on October 31, 2011 in Dream On
If the bulk of our psychological experiments in the U.S. apply only to the globe’s 5%, a great many experimental findings are due for a do-over.

Narcissists Already Know What You Think of Them, But Do They Care?

By David DiSalvo on October 31, 2011 in Neuronarrative
Are pathological narcissists blind to their affliction? In the parlance of the DSM-IV, is narcissism a true personality disorder or a character disorder?

The Malignant Divorce

Not all divorces are awful, but some are truly malignant. What do we do when our divorces become more like diseases than peaceful separations?

Trick or Treat?

By Michael F. Kay on October 31, 2011 in Financial Life Focus
Do you have sufficient emergency resources in the event of unexpected needs?

Witches, Wenches, and Sexual Women

What's the difference between a "slut" and a "good" woman?

The Lost Art of Appreciation

Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I know I am one of those imperfect people, too. But what I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each other's faults—and choosing to celebrate each other's differences—is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

The “Right” Kind of Orgasm: Feeling All Right with Pleasure That Is Rightfully Ours

By Laurie B. Mintz Ph.D. on October 31, 2011 in Stress and Sex
Our society's misguided beliefs about the correct form, of female orgasm—and the psychological impact that these beliefs have on women

A Second Take on Swedish Parents

By Guest Bloggers on October 31, 2011 in Brainstorm
As a Swedish parent, allow me to correct a PT blogger's summer-vacation observations about kids and parents in Scandinavia.

Suggestions for Purchasing Professional Services

Next time you purchase professional services, ask "Who sez?" you provide quality services? "I say" or "check out the references I provide you" are not sufficient reasons for you to write a check.

Going "Cold Tofu" to End Factory Farming

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 31, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Who we eat defines who we are in many significant ways. Our now 7 billion mouths are the center of our universe. There's no reason ever to eat animals from factory farms. Let's work together to end factory farming and reduce ecological devastation, human disease, and animal suffering, and add compassion to the world. Pick your reason and meal plan and it's easy to do.

Madoff Family Lessons in Suicide

By John Sharp M.D. on October 31, 2011 in The Emotional Calendar
The Madoff family recently discussed suicide. As a psychiatrist, let me illustrate two most important considerations in clinical staging, the progression of suicidal thinking—ideation, intention, and plan, and the lethality of suicide attempts—distinguishing low versus high lethality. Reaching out for help is ultimately what makes the critical difference.

To Be Happier: Look Out the Window

By Gretchen Rubin on October 31, 2011 in The Happiness Project
One of my resolutions is to Cultivate gratitude, but I find it very challenging; I'm always searching for new ways to remind myself how precious an ordinary day is.

Saving Psychiatry from Itself: The DSM-5 Controversy Heats Up Again

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on October 31, 2011 in Side Effects
An Open Letter to the DSM-5 task force is generating widespread interest. Here are just a few reasons why.

Why Do Chicks Like Music? Why Does Any One?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on October 31, 2011 in Animals and Us
Barry Manilow explained! Scientists have found that the chicks are born with a preference for "easy listening." music. In their experiment...

Not Your Typical Zombies and Spice

While it may be the season for goblins and ghouls, you don't want to experience "zombies" this Halloween. Ask anyone who works in the ER about "Zombie Weed" and "Spice" and odds are they'll know....

Liars and Lying! Who Cares?

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on October 31, 2011 in The Fair Society
There was a time when lying in politics was viewed as a betrayal of the public trust. Liars were often punished at the polls. Now the reverse is true. Lying often pays, and we’re to blame for this. How about creating a “Liars Hall of Shame”?

Wounded Souls I

By Eric Newhouse on October 31, 2011 in Invisible Wounds
PTSD is more than just the stress of being under fire. It's also the guilt of what a soldier does in combat. Our diagnosis and treatment should recognize that these are two very different aspects of this disorder.

Adjusting to Your Child's Entry into Adolescence

For many parents (fathers more often than mothers) the loss of the childhood relationship to their little girl or boy once adolescence begins can be a hard adjustment.

Naked in Shanghai, Massage Heaven

Lying on a massage table in China, I appreciate the miracle of trust among strangers. It took centuries to build this trust and we should never take it for granted.

Dropping Sutras with Deepak Chopra

By Pamela Madsen on October 31, 2011 in Shameless Woman
Retreats can feel a bit like being hand fed by the most famous chefs in the world - and then being sent home with the the cook book, and a set of pots. You know deep down in your soul you have the tools to continue - but will you?