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The Dao of Daddy

By Michael W Austin on March 28, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
Being a good dad is not a matter of method, but of wisdom.

What Do Names Tell Us? Part II--Last Names

Names communicate a lot of information, which is subject to both interpretation and misinterpretation. This discussion of last names and the cultural information they may (or may not) convey is the second of a five part series, "What Do Names Tell Us?"

Digital Media and the Future of Beginning Reading: Brilliant Babies Reading Words!

Do babies have brain-reading capacity between the critical brain-building years from birth to age four that is creating a paradigm shift in the world of beginning reading? Does baby + parent + computer + fun = the perfect mix for baby reading? Eighty per cent of American children five years of age and under use the Internet on a weekly basis. Something new is happening.

If The Glove Fits

A news item relegated to the local section of the New York Times caught my attention. The New York City Fire Department found that it had nearly a million dollars worth of defective fire-safety gloves on its hands. The back-story would be fitting for the dramatic plotline of a modernist morality play in the tradition of Ibsen or even Arthur Miller.

Five Ways To Evolve Within Your Lifetime

Research shows you are capable of evolving during your own lifetime.

Infertility: Do You Wear A Scarlet Letter?

For those of us with infertility, the letter "I" can be a prominent symbol in our lives: sometimes public -- sometimes not. And we have many choices about how to "wear" that symbol in our relationships.

Can "Seeing" Your Future Self Help You Save More—or Procrastinate Less?

Are we more likely to think about the future when confronted with a picture of our "future self"? If so, why—and what does say about us?

Charlie and the Psychic Time Bomb

By Nadja Geipert on March 28, 2011 in Eye of the Storm
How divorce and parenthood can prey on a fragile mind

I Am (Juror) Number Four

By Jen Kim on March 28, 2011 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Crime and punishment from the jury box and other observations.

Despite being an avid fan of Law & Order: SVU for the last three seasons, I never experienced firsthand what the American legal process was like, until my first and (I pray, last) jury duty experience.

Zoikes, Yesterday Was the 5-Year Anniversary of My Blog

By Gretchen Rubin on March 28, 2011 in The Happiness Project
I'm on vacation, so I'm not posting this week, but I realized with a start that I started my blog five years ago, today. I remember so well writing that first post, and the terror of hitting the button to "publish."

When Cheating Makes Us Think We're Smart

Cheating is a fact of life. Most students think it's wrong but do it anyway. But a new study demonstrates a surprising twist on cheating: We tend to give ourselves credit for being smart when we get answers right by cheating.

Turning Friends into Porn Stars

By Maryanne Fisher Ph.D. on March 28, 2011 in Love's Evolver
People have been looking at their ‘friends' on Facebook for years now, and men especially have been fantasizing about the people they know using this site. New software now explicitly helps us take those unsuspecting friends into pornographic directions.

The Truth About Your Son's Fascination with "Star Wars"

Ever wonder why little boys can't seem to get enough of "Star Wars," or why they are endlessly fascinated with outer space?

Early adolescence and the age of intolerance

Personal insecurity from developmental change and the need to fit in so they can socially belong both contibute to making many adolesents more intolerant of individual differences than they were before.

America, the New Banana Republic - Whoever's In Is Thrown Out

By Stanton Peele on March 28, 2011 in Addiction in Society
America has become more of a banana republic than the Latin American countries which gave the concept its name. We instantly sour on the politicians we just elected as governors when they fail to remedy our insoluble financial crises.

Philosophy Goes To the Gym

Why would anyone think it wise to elevate brawn over brain power? If our minds are in bad shape, what will become of us? The last question of the morning stays with me still. "I want to know what to do with my heart. Where should I give it?" What could be more important than knowing THAT?

Secrets: Should you tell your friend her husband's been unfaithful?

I've been burdened with the knowledge that the husband of one of my closest friends was unfaithful to her. They have two very young children (one 3 years old and the other 6 months). I am certain that she is not aware of the incident. And I have known about it for several months, debating on what I should do about it.

The Place of Place in Our Lives

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 28, 2011 in Living Single
What is meaningful to humans besides other humans? Let’s consider the power of place.

Sign Language and Bilingualism

Bilingualism in a sign language and an oral language, in its spoken or written modality, is relatively frequent but is still not fully accepted. Thus, children who are Deaf or hard of hearing are not systematically brought up knowing and using a sign language and an oral language.

Mobile Manners and Modern Day Etiquette

By Vicki Salemi on March 27, 2011 in Big Career Corner
"Can you hear me now?" asks the ubiquitous cell phone user in that popular commercial. Truth is, we can all hear you. Intel's mobile etiquette survey results may surprise you - most of all, we can spot the mobile faux pas on someone else but rarely on ourselves.

When Someone You Love Is Unhappy

A patient of mine has a mentally ill brother who's depressed and anxious, as well as manipulative and stubborn. He often refuses to take medication that's helped him in the past and as a result often ends up lying at home in his bed, unwashed and unkempt, for days at a time.