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Feeling Good Is a Learned Skill

What if you fed your brain with appreciation for yourself? It may sound like cheating, but it builds positive neural pathways that last longer than flowers.

Feeling Hatred Is Normal in Divorce

When any relationship ends, it's not uncommon for one or both partners to feel intense hatred for the other at some point. Some people feel intense dislike for their spouse even before their marriage ends.

What Will You Be Doing at 3 PM on Monday?

Will you observe the National Moment of Remembrance?

What if Parents Refuse to Buy Gender?

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on May 29, 2011 in Love, Inc
Do we have to gender our children? What happens if we refuse?

Music Lessons: They're Not Just for Kids Anymore

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on May 29, 2011 in Brain Sense
Learning and playing music are good for the brain at any age. Musical training and performance improve working memory, perceptual speed, motor skills, hearing abilities, and auditory memory.

Myths and Pregnancy

Using a transformative explanation to debunk a pregnancy myth.

Contemplative Dimensions of Leadership

By Arthur Zajonc on May 29, 2011 in The Meditative Life
The truly great societal and economic transformations occurred because someone was awake, profoundly awake, not because they were following a strategic plan. How can we awaken ourselves and keep ourselves awake?

Mom and Dad Have Something to Tell You: Six Tips for Talking to Kids About Divorce

Suffering and divorce are synonymous, but divorcing parents have an opportunity to teach their children how to handle pain effectively through divorce. In every dire circumstance exists the chance to learn and grow….parents who use divorce as one such chance can help their children learn this fundamental truth.

Worst Person in the World!

By Stanton Peele on May 29, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Ever since Keith Olbermann left MSNBC, we have missed his "Worst Person in the World" nightly feature. I attempt in my own feeble way to fill in this lacunae with the story of Ryan O'Neal -- alleged drug abuser, child beater, girlfriend threatener, child sexual. . . intimidator, and self-idolator who turned Farrah Fawcett's death into a paean to himself. What a guy!

‘New’ Findings on Married Households Dropping to Minority Status: Singlism Book More Accurate than NY Times

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 29, 2011 in Living Single
Media stories describe a ‘new’ trend – married couple households are in the minority. The journalists are a half-decade late, and totally clueless about the truly new implications about what matters in our lives.

Some Tips on Overcoming Sexual Performance Anxiety

Many partners who fail to reach a climax during sexual intercourse have no underlying physical problem. Instead, the problem may be due in part or whole to worrying about not being able to perform. In such cases you may need a bit of old fashioned reason rather than a Viagra pill!

Why we need livable, "walkable" cities

By Ray Williams on May 28, 2011 in Wired for Success
It's time to rethink what makes for livable cities.

Does Pain Change the Brain?

Does chronic pain change the brain? If so, are these changes reversible? A recent article in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that the answer to both of these questions may be yes.

Every Civilian Listen to a Vet's Story: Marking Memorial Day

Ending America's war-illteracy problem and increasing human connections

Social and Sexual Scenarios With Students: What Would You Do?

Can college instructors date their students? Consider this basic case outline: Chris is teaching a college psychology course. One of the students, Pat, is very attractive to Chris. Can Chris ask Pat out? Can Chris wait until after the semester and then ask Pat out?...

Mitch and Nation: When Family Comes First

Should Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels have permitted his wife and daughters to derail his presidential bid because of their fear of an embarrassing scandal? And what was that scandal? Do politicians have a larger duty to the country or to their family?

Take a Field Trip: In My Case, To Cultivate Good Smells

One of my very favorite new resolutions is to Cultivate good smells. It's astonishing to me how much pleasure my sense of smell gives me, now that I've tuned into it more forcefully.

We All (Think We) Are Non-Conformists

Are we alone in a crowd of sheep?

Blogging for LGBT families

This week there was media backlash about lessons on gender and sexual orientation in elementary schools. What is the controversy? At what age is this appropriate information?

Complaint Handling: Where Companies and Customers Both Fail

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on May 28, 2011 in The Squeaky Wheel
Consumers whose complaints are handled well by a company become loyal customers and spread positive word-of-mouth. Yet too many companies fail at complaint handling and then fail again in responding to these failures. Here’s why:

People with Schizophrenia: Each person is much more than any diagnosis

Everyone's well-being depends on knowing individually that we are making some kind of contribution to society. It is no different for people with major mental illnesses. It is particularly unhelpful to suppress their healthy emotions with excessive doses of medication.

Catch 'em being good!

There are four basic forms of discipline; however, the only one that works is positive reinforcement.

Loose Lips Sink Friendships: Cell Phones Impair Inhibitory Control in Social Situations

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on May 27, 2011 in Mental Mishaps
Sometimes I say the first thing that pops into my head. Whoops. I don’t mean to be rude, but sometimes I can’t stop that comment from flying out of my mouth. Cell phones may cause loose lips and loose lips sink friendships.