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Perceived Mind Control

Does thinking about someone negatively cause them to be sick? Do we all secretly think our thoughts have this power, even when the other person doesn't know we've thought them?

Three Is A Crowd

By Alida Brill on May 27, 2011 in Chronic Healing
Thugs are worse than bullies - thugs insist on things going their way and you can't always stare them down or walk away. The other problem with the Thug in my life is that I never know when or how he will choose to show his power.

How The Republicans Plan To Destroy Eldercare

Led by Paul Ryan, the Republicans' plans for the the poor and vulnerable elderly would be devastating, But who cares? Poor people don't vote.

A Gang of Tornados Made Me Miss Oprah's Farewell

Live, continuous coverage of storm tracks, damage reports, developing cells, unconnected to larger weather systems, following one another into communities, like marauding bands of adolescents intent on terrorizing, bullying and raping strangers.

Do You Do What You Say You'll Do?

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on May 27, 2011 in Don't Delay
To what extent do you keep your promises to yourself even if later on you don't feel like doing what you had promised yourself to do? A recent study reveals the predictive power of say-do correspondence in relation to procrastination.

An Apology from Psychology Today

By PT Editors on May 27, 2011 in Brainstorm
Last week, a blog post about race and appearance by Satoshi Kanazawa was published--and promptly removed--from this site. We deeply apologize for the pain and offense that this post caused.

The Ancient Greek Cure for Depression and Anxiety

As far as societies go, we’re one stressed out, anxious, depressed and self-medicating mess. Those of us who work on the front-lines in the mental health field know this all too well; others need only to take a careful look around the social-cultural landscape to appreciate that our collective mental health is not too, well, healthy.

Mental Evolution and the Freedom to Change

Evolution is what enables human behavior, so why do we think of as a constraint?

Did dogs inspire domestication?

The domestication of animals was self-evidently a crucial part of the human race's transition from hunter-gatherer through pastoralist, but despite its importance, many unanswered questions remain. Why, for example, have so few species of animals been domesticated? Animal scientists are divided as to whether the primary cause of this is biological or cultural.

Why believe in God?

There is an important difference between motivations for believing in God and reasons for believing in God.

A Yet More Pathetic Fallacy

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on May 27, 2011 in Hidden Motives
The Economy

Projecting feelings into forests and clouds is a great way to evoke moods, but it’s startling to see economist routinely doing this to the economy. When poets do this to nature, we call it the “pathetic fallacy,” but what should we call it when economists do it to economic data?

Race, Sensationalism, Stereotyping, and Freedom of Speech

My initial reaction to Kanazawa’s controversial blog posting was annoyance, but I now believe there is much to learn from this episode – about freedom of speech, "pseudoscience," sensationalism, stereotyping, and the ease with which otherwise well-intentioned people can adopt a lynch-mob mentality.

5 Ways to Indirectly Ask for a Date

How to make asking for a date easier, by being indirect and covert with your requests.

Smoked Out

By Kasia Galazka on May 27, 2011 in Pop Rocks
Growing up we got peppered with all sorts of anti-drug campaigns, which cemented my fear of ever feeling out of control, so I only smoked and drank on occasion. And then I quit. That is, until I started watching Mad Men.

Springtime for Hitler

By Lynn Phillips on May 27, 2011 in Dream On
While drinking excessively puts your at risk for addiction, quitting drinking carries some strange risks as well, as Lars Von Trier found out at the Cannes Film Festival, where he made a rambling speech that got him banished as an anti-Semite.

Four Relationship Busters And How To Beat Them

By Marcia Eckerd Ph.D. on May 27, 2011 in People Skills
How to keep that special closeness with your partner.

Oprah as Emerson

Oprah was an optimist, but what does this mean? Was she reflecting common sense or changing it? What philosophical ideas were being invoked as she changed our culture? And why are her ideas so uncannily close to Ralph Waldo Emerson's?

Love, Work, and Friends: You Actually Can Have It All, With One Caveat

You want a social life, with friends.
A passionate love life and as well
To work hard every day.
What's true Is of these three you may have two
And two can pay you dividends
But you never may have three.

"I Am Powerless Over My Anger"

By Stanton Peele on May 27, 2011 in Addiction in Society
We have certain unquestioned societal responses to problems people encounter that lead them into trouble -- like anger management training and Alcoholics Anonymous. Wait a sec -- aren't those two things at opposite ends of the therapy spectrum?