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How to Deal with Negative Emotions—Reflect or Distract Yourself?

By Ray Williams on July 07, 2011 in Wired for Success
When facing negative events or negative moods, often the advice given is either to reflect on your thinking or distract yourself with something else. Which is better?

If I Can't Accomplish Anything Else Today, I Can Do These 10 Things

By Gretchen Rubin on July 07, 2011 in The Happiness Project
We've all had days where it seems as though nothing gets done.

Conversations on Creativity with Tucker Max

Blogger and author Tucker Max on sex, attraction, evolutionary psychology, narcissism, creativity, and greatness.

When Epicurus Spoke of Pleasure, He Really Meant Introspection

Pleasure is not what you think, at least according to Epicurus. He believed that the greatest source of pleasure is "sober reasoning."

Quantum Mirage in the Sink

By Ian Stewart on July 07, 2011 in Math's Eye View
What your bathroom sink tells you about quantum mirages and black holes.

Do Sleeping Pills Work By Making Us Forget Sleeplessness?

Sleeping pills do a lot - beyond temporary amnesia and getting people to fall into sleep. Those many properties contribute to their usefulness and popularity, as well as their many side-effects.

Monogamy Lite

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on July 07, 2011 in SexualityToday
For those of you who missed "open marriage," the ethical non-monogamy movement of the 1970's: Ethical non-monogamy is back. Not that it ever actually disappeared. But it seems to be making news again.

Wolves, Dingoes and (Other) Feral Dogs Cooperate, But Do They Coordinate?

Wolf packs are both breeding units and hunting co-ops. Has domestication removed the tendency that young wolves have to defer breeding until they form their own packs, or would feral dogs form breeding units if they had the opportunity or need to hunt in groups? Research on the oldest feral dog of them all, the dingo, supports the former.

Who Do You Love?

By Sam Sommers on July 06, 2011 in Science Of Small Talk
There are some human experiences that we fancy as too ethereal to study. Like falling in love. But in the past several decades, behavioral scientists have had a lot to tell us about attraction and love...

Who's Minding the Children?

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on July 06, 2011 in Insight Therapy
A funny new bestselling book sheds light on a familiar and time honored, albeit mostly unspoken, aspect of parenting: rage. But does it also reveal something unique about today's parents?

Can It be That Men are More Stressed Than Women?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on July 06, 2011 in Singletons
New research from the Families and Work Institute suggests that the increased levels of work-family conflict are greater now for men than for women. I am not convinced. Are you?

Nature Gave Us Four Kinds of Happiness

The happy neurochemicals feel so good that we use our big cortex to figure out how to get more. But try as you might, you can't control your environment in a way that triggers all of them all the time. You could take this as evidence that "something is wrong," or just accept the fact that happy chemicals evolved to promote survival.

Is the eHarmony Guy Really Discouraging Marriage?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 06, 2011 in Living Single
A popular piece at the Huffington Post by the eHarmony Founder is titled, “On second thought, don’t get married?” He is a world-class matrimaniac. Does he really mean this?

George Clooney Is Dead?

By Harry Beckwith J.D. on July 06, 2011 in Unthinking
A crowd of independent thinkers acts wisely, as a famous book title once said. A crowd of people listening to others, however, easily becomes a Mob.

Relax, Relapse Is Normal

By Nancy Matsumoto on July 06, 2011 in Eating Disorders News
Relapses happen during recovery from an eating disorder; the important thing is getting back on track

There Are Lots of Dreams on Those Pillows

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on July 06, 2011 in Dream Catcher
Why do we accord less reality to dreams than to our waking lives?

How a Person Can Make His or Her Partner Feel Worthless without Even Trying

Donna Flagg's fantastically complex and intriguing blog post on break-ups invokes feelings of worthlessness. What makes a person feel worthless in his or her relationship? Let's consider three possibilities...

Are Flame Retardants Making Us Dimmer?

By Jena Pincott on July 06, 2011 in Love, Sex, and Babies
Inflammatory new science on a common chemical.

Do You Believe in Unconditional Love?

How to both experience unconditional love and develop healthy relationships while dating.

Self-Destructive Body Behaviors: Why, Cause, Self-Hatred

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on July 06, 2011 in Insight Is 20/20
Can you be self-destructive but love yourself overall?