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Six Mindful Strategies to Recover from the Shock of Loss

I don't believe we ever get over a significant loss, but we do learn to move through it and live with it, and perhaps even learn to use it creatively to find our life's purpose as well as harvest its lessons. Here are 6 strategies to help you recover from loss.

Bringing Awe Into the Equation

Too often, cynical outlooks dominate conversations about what it means to be human. Kirk Schneider's new book revitalizes the dialogue because it is so open to the wonder of being alive.

When Reassurance Gives You the Jitters

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on April 08, 2011 in Hidden Motives
Trying to Calm the Public

Why is it that the efforts to calm the public after Japan’s nuclear disaster didn’t work?

Apocalyptic Allure: Romancing the End

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on April 08, 2011 in Grand Rounds
Why does the apocalypse seem so enticing?

A Bathroom on the Right? Misheard and Misremembered Song Lyrics

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on April 08, 2011 in Mental Mishaps
When we sing along with a song on the radio, sometimes we sing the wrong words. Often the mistakes are funny: “Scuse me while I kiss this guy” or “There’s a bathroom on the right.” Errors, like these funny song lyrics, provide insights about how people construct their perceptions and reconstruct their memories.

TiVo, or Not TiVo? That Is the Question

By William Irwin Ph.D. on April 08, 2011 in Plato on Pop
I’ll never TiVo a sporting event. The metaphysical fact that the game is finished, that the winner and the score are determined, makes watching the game unappealing to me. But why don’t I TiVo THE OFFICE?

Personal experience and statistical truth

By Earl Hunt Ph.D. on April 08, 2011 in Exploring Intelligence
The question I want to raise is one that is a real puzzler for intelligence researchers. Why don't we get no respect? (Yes, I know that's a double negative. I'm just trying to imitate a TV comic.)

The Meeting Eyes of Love: How Empathy Is Born In Us

By Mark Matousek on April 08, 2011 in Ethical Wisdom
From the doting reflection of its mother's eyes, a baby draws its earliest, wordless lessons about connection, care, and love, and about how being ignored--which every child is sooner or later--makes the good feeling disappear.

Will Tiger Woods Master His Demons?

Will Tiger Woods be able to re-find his greatness in golf now that we know he's a "duffer in life" just like the rest of us mere mortals?

Keeping Up, and Down, with the Joneses

By Sam Sommers on April 08, 2011 in Science Of Small Talk
I got a letter this week from my utility company. It included a colorful graph comparing my electricity use to that of my average neighbor. Turns out I use 3 percent less energy than the norm. This got me to thinking about the strategy behind sending out the information, and whether it could, under some circumstances, backfire...

Bondage and Procrastination

Ancient wisdom for an ancient problem. Precommitment dates back to the Trojan Wars but is useful for combating modern-day procrastination.

Dieting Can Make You Lose Your Mind Part 2

In my last post on calorie restriction and the Minnesota Starvation Experiment, I discussed how semi-starvation dieting in lockdown conditions in healthy young men led to serious physical and emotional distress in addition to food obsessions followed by rebound binging and fat gain.


Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid. Imperfect mothers embrace joys and challenges of raising special kids.

What Is Consciousness?

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on April 08, 2011 in Hot Thought
Everybody consciously experiences perceptions, sensations, emotions, and thoughts. Will psychology and neuroscience ever be able to explain consciousness?

Vanity Fair Writer Mike Sacks' Wildest Dream

By Jennifer Haupt on April 08, 2011 in One True Thing
Every writer dreads the task of seeking endorsements for their book. Funnyman Mike Sachs shares how not to go about it.

A Strategy for Writing the Dreaded Cover Letter

You never know what small factor might turn a job opportunity your way-- and a well-written cover letter is one way to entice a recruiter to interview you. Want to write a great one? SWOT it.

Marriage Problems: Why Couples Fight

Couples don't fight about what they think they fight about. It's not "the big five" they identify in surveys: money, sex, raising the kids, in-laws, or house-work. Lovers fight when they believe their partners don't care about how they feel. They fight about the pain of disconnection.

Are You Tempted by Adultery Even Though You Believe It's Wrong?

How do you resist the temptation to cheat, even when you feel it's wrong?

"So Many People Detract From Their Happiness By Worry About What Might Happen"

By Gretchen Rubin on April 08, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Alina Tugend writes the biweekly ShortCuts column for the New York Times business section, and she has a great new book that just hit the shelves: Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong.