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Maybe This Time It Will Stick: ‘Get Married and You’ll Live Longer’ Is a Myth

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 16, 2011 in Living Single
One of my favorite quotes from the 8-decade study of longevity: “if you are a single woman with a number of friends and an interesting life, don’t think you need to follow the misleading message to get married (or remarried) to improve your health.”

If you really love me, please misunderstand me

By Lubomir Lamy Ph.D. on March 16, 2011 in The Heart of It All
Empathy regarding personal relationships is twofold. Love can make us blind or clear-sighted.

Thinking and Dreaming in Two (or More) Languages

Bilinguals are often asked about the language(s) they think and dream in. When analyzing their answers, we must not forget that thinking and dreaming can also be independent of language.

How to Compete With Your Frenemies

"Annoying people can be helpful to you. Ask an adversary to coffee or lunch," advises Kathryn Mayer, a leadership development consultant and author of Collaborative Competition. What do you do if an adversary is threatened by your gifts or accomplishments? “If you get good enough, someone will be threatened by you,” she says.

Should Your Character Really Get A Diagnosis?

A lot of writers are eager to diagnose their characters with a disorder when a diagnosis might be either too extreme or misleading for the story. The problem appears in all types of media!

And God Created Women

When the average size of an American woman is 14 and the average size of the ”ideal” woman has been one seventh of this amount, imagine the millions of women who feel that the body they have is not the right one! As I encounter women young and old, personally or professionally, I have thankfully noticed a subtle shift.

Worried? Stressed? View Your Life With A "Bifocal Lens"

By Karen Salmansohn on March 15, 2011 in Bouncing Back
Sometimes becoming happier is simply a matter of switching your lens from short-term to long-term - or vice versa. Once you learn how to view your life with a bifocal lens, you'll feel less stressed and more confident.

Humor as Catalyst (another example)

By Seth Roberts on March 15, 2011 in Personal Science
I drew cartoons that illustrated why clients might not be paying us - e.g. "You're probably just trapped under something heavy" under a crude illustration of a guy pinned to the floor by a filing cabinet. Weird, whimsical stuff.

Seven habits of sometimes effective critics: Unreliable sure-fire recipes for speaking your mind

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 15, 2011 in Ambigamy
An alternative take on this month's PT cover topic: Giving feedback.

This Is Your Tax Return on Behavioral Economics

A tax refund is the return of your own money, but only 19% say they'll reduce their holdings next year.

America's Got Talent

Who is America's greatest idol? Hint: It's not Bill Gates.

A commentary on the state of math and science education in our country.

A Great Tool For Teaching Toddlers With Spectrum Related Disorders

"With a sensory processing disorder mainly characterized by visual and auditory hypersensitivity, I have come to notice that my son relies mostly on his tactile senses to make sense of his world."

What Are Dogs Trying to Say When They Bark?

It becomes a lot easier to understand common dog barks if you pay attention to the pitch, duration and frequency of the sounds he is making. 

When disaster strikes others: How your brain responds

On the anniversary of 9/11, the nation's attention once again turns to the suffering of the survivors. Disasters caused both by people and nature capture our attention, even if we are not directly affected. Research on how the brain responds when we see other people suffer provides important clues about our abilities to empathize and relate to people in trouble.

Learning To Speak Desire

By Pamela Madsen on March 15, 2011 in Shameless Woman
When I opened my email this morning, I received a little inspirational message. Do you get any of those magically delivered to your inbox every morning?

How to Test Your Empathy

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on March 15, 2011 in The Squeaky Wheel
Something is amiss in our discussion of empathy. I came to this conclusion after a brief search through recent news articles yielded the following headlines: College students have less empathy than past generations, too much testosterone lowers empathy, empathy is a cause of yawning, and my favorite newsflash, chickens are capable of empathy too!

My Adult ADD Books: The Excitement of Helping Others

People have told me that my books are the first books they've ever been able to read all the way through.  It is a privilege to have other people with ADHD share their experiences with me.

Don't Retire

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on March 15, 2011 in Hidden Motives
The Surprising Benefits of Continuing to WorkMore and more evidence suggests that retirement is not good for you. It's not just that we can't afford it, as pensions and other benefits are cut. It's bad for your health. 

Trauma, Loss and Recovery from the Inside Out

The key to recovering from trauma and loss is learning to live with life never being the same again.

The Angry Smile at Work: Passive Aggressive Behavior at the Office

A Philly pizza shop owner learns firsthand how vulnerable businesses are to damaging acts of passive aggression.  

Speed and confidence

By Art Markman Ph.D. on March 15, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
Sometimes thinking fast makes people confident.  Sometimes thinking slow makes people confident.  In what situations are fast and slow thinking most prized?

Getting Out of the Way: The Balance Between Homeostasis and Growth

There is a constant dynamic tension between homeostasis and creative change. Too much change at once can disrupt internal balance. Too little change can lead to stagnation. With the media impact of constant stories of disasters and difficulties, we may develop a habitual tendency to focus on homeostasis, pulling back from creative change.