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Savvy Auntie: Some Thoughts on Marginalized Roles and Styles of Writing

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 10, 2011 in Living Single
A new book about savvy aunties got me thinking about marginalized roles – and about styles of writing that are most effective and most authentic.

The common thread in successful eating disorder treatment

By Carrie Arnold on May 10, 2011 in Body of Evidence
Adults with eating disorders also have options--cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and interpersonal psychotherapy have all been shown to be effective for bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. But the high drop out rates have prevented researchers from identifying empirically sound treatments for adults with anorexia.

Food Porn Addiction: Diagnosis and Warning Signs

I have a psychological problem, and even my wife couldn’t see it, because she suffers the same disorder – a compulsion to read not only about cooking, but even about cooks, and to spend good money on books filled with erotic pictures of naked fruits and vegetables. Spot the warning signs....

The Superhero Within

The navy SEALs who took down Osama bin Laden inspired me to become a better person ...

Playing with Your Partner

My other half and I have ways of connecting that I think could help make any couple feel closer, so I thought I'd share a few of them.

Remember Pau (Gasol) and Phil (Jackson): "It's just a game!"

A significant percentage of men who feel and act suicidal and sadly commit suicide either have been or about to be humiliated.

Talking Like a Book

By David F Lancy Ph.D. on May 09, 2011 in Benign Neglect
Savvy parents have an arsenal of strategies to get their kids to "talk like a book."

What Can We Learn from Hollywood’s “Happily Ever After?”

Feminism and Hollywood's "happy endings" - are these impacting how today's youth see themselves and others? How can parents and educators talk about gender equity, sexual diversity, and healthy relationships through popular teen media? This post addresses these issues and offers some ideas to get you started.

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones . . . But Words Will Cut Me Deeply

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on May 09, 2011 in Brain Sense
Verbal abuse can leave deep psychological scars, but teens need not suffer in silence.

79 Commandos and One Dog Teamed Up to Kill Osama Bin Laden

There was a canine soldier on the SEAL team that assaulted Osama bin Laden's compound.

My Mother on Sex, Romance, and Being An Octogenarian

By Pamela Madsen on May 09, 2011 in Shameless Woman
I made my Octogenarian mother Roz famous by writing about her in a blog that was read by over 80,000 people called "My Mother and Her Vibrator". This made her a little nervous. She wondered if her bridge class read sites like Psychology Today and Jezebel. I told her that I didn't know - and then went on to write about "My Mother and The Gift of The Traveling Red Panties".

Michael Kimball: New novel and your life story on a postcard

By Jennifer Haupt on May 09, 2011 in One True Thing
Be forewarned: when you pick up Us, Michael Kimball's haunting story of love and letting go, you will not be able to put it down.

Enough with Evolutionary Biology: Follow-Up

By Mari Ruti on May 09, 2011 in The Juicy Bits
There is a difference between high-quality evolutionary biology and self-help-section "science" that twists evolutionary biology to sell us a caveman version of masculinity and a 1950s version of femininity. What if relationships are actually places where we can be liberated from hurtful stereotypes; where we can be complex beings rather than caricatures?

Curing the Loneliness of Illness

The suffering of serious medical illnesses is made worse by loneliness while companionship, even love, makes it easier to bear.

XMRV Update, Plus - A Possible New Treatment

A new study is out this week in the Journal of Virology, done by researchers I respect from the University of Utah, Fatigue Consultation Clinic, and ARUP Laboratories. The study was well done and did not find XMRV present in CFS patients.

Free advice

Let me put it this way: How would you feel it you gave a friend a toaster as a gift and she sold it on ebay? What if you knew beforehand she was going to do that? Now consider the gift economy of science.

Right Wingers and the Reptile Brain

By Jeff Wise on May 09, 2011 in Extreme Fear
A researcher finds that right wingers have more in the amygdala and less in the frontal cortex. But what, exactly, does that mean?

Decision-Making for Cerebral People

It can be hard for cerebral people to "go with their gut." We're so used to thinking things through -- we LOVE to think things through. It' s our form of meditation. But when it comes to many of life's big decisions, the very fact that you have to think about them suggests that you might be on the wrong path.

Who Am I Really?

My grandmother used to tell me, "If you look hard enough, you can always find the gold in others." Her warm wisdom can also be applied to self-discovery. When it's "All About Mom" growing up, the "You" can get lost in the mix.

"My Experience Is What I Agree To Attend To"

“My experience is what I agree to attend to. Only those items which I notice shape my mind.”