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Do You Listen to Others or to Yourself?

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on February 04, 2011 in Science and Sensibility
Do you feel beaten down when someone throws a wet blanket on your ideas? Can you avoid this effect?

Why People Cling to Mythologies About Marriage, Part 2: Answers from 5 Studies and 30 Nations

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 04, 2011 in Living Single
Why do some people get defensive when myths about marriage and coupling are challenged? The first 5 studies from 30 nations only offered insights about men. It will take 2 more studies (the next post) to figure out the women.

How strong is your will power? The Psychology of Motivational Profiles

Find out how you are doing on different domains of motivation

Our Murky Crystal Ball

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on February 03, 2011 in Insight Therapy
As recent events in the Middle East show, our ability to predict the future is dismal. Yet our failures at the task don't seem to diminish our enthusiasm for it, or our self confidence.

The Founding Fathers on the Mubarak Crisis

By Derek Bickerton on February 03, 2011 in Strange Tongue
The Founding Fathers gave us very clear instructions about what America's foreign policy should be.  Why can't we just follow those instructions?  Those guys were a whole lot smarter than the people who rule us today!

Uncle Sam could want YOU and your DNA, too

By Jillian Theil on February 03, 2011 in Genetic Crossroads
A secretive group of scientific advisors recommends that the Department of Defense collect DNA from US soldiers, and gives little attention to the potential implications of such a practice.

Appeals Court Overturns Sentence Based on "Porn Gene"

By Pete Shanks on February 03, 2011 in Genetic Crossroads
When we ridicule a "gene of the week" we are usually pointing fingers at the press, or at scientists trying to exploit the press for publicity. But genetic hype can have important and very disturbing consequences. A case just came to light that might have cost someone two extra years or more in prison.

The Jersey Shore: Does dysfunction really make for good drama?

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on February 03, 2011 in Reel Therapy
What is the relationship between psychological dysfunction and reality television? I came across a recent Psychology Today post in which reality television shows like the increasingly popular "Jersey Shore" were cited as the epitome of mentally unhealthy living - not exactly an endorsment.

Writers Can Be Made, If Not Born

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 03, 2011 in Creating in Flow
Born into a stifling upper-class social world, the little girl who became the famous author Edith Wharton was fascinated by stories, but she had a lot to overcome...

Aristotle on Amusement and the Good Life

By Michael W Austin on February 03, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
Aristotle thought that it would be absurd to make amusing ourselves our highest aim in life. I think he was right.

"Dinner for one" and the Big Five

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 03, 2011 in One Among Many
We have a few things to say about person perception and personality assessment, but we ask that you watch "Dinner for one" first. Thank you, YouTube.

I used to be fat: Chiseled physiques and healthy identities

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on February 03, 2011 in Reel Therapy
MTV has a new show called, "I used to be fat." As the title implies, each show follows an individual presenting as overweight and greatly dissatisfied with that fact.

Why Neurochemical Models Make No Sense

By Stanton Peele on February 03, 2011 in Addiction in Society
People claim they can explain addiction through brain models and images. They cannot. They can only offer a good yarn about why addicts, incuding those who quit or reduce use, behave as they do.

Superheroes Are Everywhere in the News

By Robin S. Rosenberg Ph.D. on February 03, 2011 in The Superheroes
The word superhero is used to inspire others to engage in prosocial behavior.

Mixed marriages

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on February 03, 2011 in Love, Inc
Experts want to fix our sex lives, but should we let them?  Especially when their motive is more profit than pleasure?

Who's in Charge? Food and Control in Parenting

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on February 03, 2011 in A Million Meals
Have people always been so worried about control? It's a constant theme and buzzword in modern society: we're worried about who controls us, whom we control, and whether, actually, we really have any control at all. In some ways this preoccupation seems a luxury of the modern and well-to-do: the average serf surely didn't spend his days pondering how much control he had.

Brain Study Reveals Secrets of Staying Madly in Love

By Adoree Durayappah-Harrison MAPP on February 03, 2011 in Thriving101
What's the secret to staying madly in love? Is it even possible to feel madly in love with someone after five, ten, twenty years together? Due to recent neurological research, we are a bit closer to answering these perplexing questions and demystifying the secrets behind achieving intense, lasting, romantic love.

Fear of Man's Best Friend: A Self-Help Strategy that Works

By Robert London MD on February 03, 2011 in Two-Minute Shrink
Unlike other phobias, such as fear of elevators or fear of flying, a dog phobia can be effectively cured by a motivated patient himself, using cognitive-behavioral therapy tools and techniques. All it takes is self-awareness, patience, time, and a willing friend with a dog.

The Girl with the Turquoise Scarf

By Jeffrey A. Kottler Ph.D. on February 03, 2011 in Change
A story of how helping someone in desperate need produced such transcendent experience for both people.

Is That What McDonald's Really Thinks of its Customers?

By Donna Flagg on February 03, 2011 in Office Diaries
What is going on with McDonald's and their new commercials? They make men look stupid and weak and women look manipulative and controlling.