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Personal Growth: Is the Self-help Industry a Fraud?

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on April 18, 2011 in The Power of Prime
Whether you call it self-help, personal transformation, growth, or just plain change, it is a goal to which virtually everyone aspires. And did you know that self-help is a $10 billion-a-year industry?

Secrets of The Vagina

By Pamela Madsen on April 18, 2011 in Shameless Woman
I want to take you into a universe that many of you have read about, wondered about, or heard about, but don't know a single person who has actually entered. It's the world of self enlightenment through erotic experiences and it is known to many as Sacred Sexuality.

"A Desire of Knowledge is the Natural Feeling of Mankind"

By Gretchen Rubin on April 18, 2011 in The Happiness Project
On Saturday, July 30, [1763] Dr. Johnson and I took a sculler at the Temple-stairs, and set out for Greenwich. I asked him if he really thought a knowledge of the Greek and Latin languages an essential requisite to a good education.

The Fragility and Distortions of Our Love of Neighbor

By Stephen G Post Ph.D. on April 18, 2011 in The Joy of Giving
The sources of our love for others are unstable aspects of human nature, and often overwhelmed. And yes, there are forms of giving and helping that are unhealthy. We need not overstate these things, or become skeptics, but we need to acknowledge them.

What to Do When Your Child Says: "I'm Gay!"

Your child has just come out to you as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or trangender...What should you do? Well, first, take a deep breath... (Good advice when first confronting any difficult situation, right?)

Adolescence and the Transition to Middle School

So your son or daughter will enter middle school next fall and you are wondering how to manage the transition? The answer is, "very mindfully" because your child's life is about to undergo a number of significant changes. Here are a few to consider.

Protecting Ourselves Against Abuse When We Are Vulnerable

People abuse other people. We might not want to think that someone will abuse us when we are vulnerable but it happens all the time.

Single Forever: Stories and Insights from Gay Men

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 18, 2011 in Living Single
Author Steven Bereznai tells his own story, and those of dozens of others, of what it means to be gay and single forever.

More Debate on So-Called Sugar and Food Addiction

By Nancy Matsumoto on April 18, 2011 in Eating Disorders News
We hear about food and sugar addiction daily. But do they really exist?

Why Are Older Parents More Likely to Have Daughters?

One of the consistent findings in the field of reproductive medicine is that older parents are more likely to have daughters. Why?

What I Learned From My Bad Boyfriends

While some choices seem less dangerous than others, life is not ultimately a game of tag.

Overcoming Burnout

Burnout robs the world of its best and its brightest by feeding on their energy, enthusiasm, and passion, transforming them into exhaustion, frustration, and disillusionment. But burnout isn't terminal. Although it requires a change in lifestyle, once it's recognized, it can become a positive force in your life, a chance to rediscover yourself and shine brightly again.

Is Addiction a Social Disease?

By Lynn Phillips on April 17, 2011 in Dream On
Does getting paid in millions get people hooked on an executive compensation high? Is addiction the most useful way to think about our craving for oil, or Wall Street’s compulsion to repackage bad loans in pursuit of profit? Is the very concept of addiction so addictive that we can’t stop using it, even when it isn’t the best metaphor for the job?

Managing Chronic Pain

I have a small cohort of patients who suffer chronic pain so intense and unremitting it prevents them from living normally. They often don't work, shop, go to restaurants or movies, leave their homes or sometimes even leave their beds except to visit doctors

Taking medication for depression during pregnancy

What are the guidelines for taking medication for depression while you are pregnant? Do the benefits outweigh the risks?

How Workaholism May Be the Price We Pay for Productivity

By Ray Williams on April 17, 2011 in Wired for Success
Productivity may have some undesirable side effects, of which the most serious is increasing "workaholism," and the health problems that go with it.

Gender Crimes and Misdemeanors

By Anne Fausto Sterling on April 17, 2011 in Sexing the Body
Pink toenails? Really? Even though this is much ado about nothing let's take the chance to see what we actually know about gender identity formation.

Still Figuring Out What Primary Care Is All About

By Shantanu Nundy M.D. on April 17, 2011 in Beyond Apples
After three years of clinical practice, I’m still not sure what being a primary care doctor means. This is especially odd because not only am I on the verge of completing my training in internal medicine (yes!), but have also decided to go into primary care and will be a fully fledged general practitioner starting in July.

Postamble

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on April 17, 2011 in One Among Many
As a determinist, I have abandoned the notion of free will, but my attitude towards the notion of intentionality remains unsettled. In this post, I reflect on guest blogger Andrew Monroe’s ideas on the pragmatic and folk psychological utility of these concepts.