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My chimpanzee afternoon

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on January 18, 2011 in SexualityToday
Are humans more like bonobos or chimpanzees?   Well, our romantic movies tend to be more bonobo-like.  But our battered womens' shelters bear witness to a chimpanzee-like tendency.

This, too, is a Face of Mental Illness

By Jeff Bell on January 18, 2011 in Beyond the Doubt
Like most people, I am haunted by the chilling mug shot of Arizona shooting suspect Jared Loughner.  But I must confess this picture impacts me in another way that I suspect the average viewer wouldn't even consider--one that has nothing to do with the mug shot, itself, and everything to do with the label implicitly attached to it: mentally ill.   

How Bad Intentions Can Destroy Good Ideas: The Case of Microcredit

By Kenneth Sharpe on January 18, 2011 in Practical Wisdom
When you do the right thing for the wrong reason, it eventually stops being the right thing.

The Internet Will Not Forget Your Birthday, Or Anything Else About You

By Michael Bruce on January 17, 2011 in Angst!
But how can we attempt to forget when our pasts have a life of their own online? How can we change and grow when we do not have control over what is put online or how long it stays there?

10 Things You Need To Know About Bad Boyfriends-- At Any Age

The weeks (or even, heaven help you, days) spent with the Bad Boyfriend leave a more lasting impression than the five years of your first marriage.

The Shame About Shame

By David Leibow M.D. on January 17, 2011 in The College Shrink
If nine out of ten college students report feeling overwhelmed at least once during the school year, eight out of ten feel very sad, and six out of ten feel hopeless, why is there still such stigma about having emotional distress?  And why is there still such reluctance to seek help?

Am I Narcissistic? How do I know?

Many adult children of narcissistic parents report their biggest fear or nightmare is discovering that they too may have some narcissistic traits. If a narcissistic parent raised you, have you wondered that as well?

Can You Catch Bad Habits from Second-Hand Exposure to TV?

A new study from Harvard Medical School suggests it's not the tv you watch that puts you at risk -- it's what your friends watch that shapes how you think, feel, and act.

Why Optimism Can Be Bad For Your Mental Health

By Clifford N. Lazarus Ph.D. on January 17, 2011 in Think Well
If you're an optimist, you might want to take it down a notch.  Here's why.

Mean Chinese Mom and Peaceful Parenting

By Nancy S. Buck Ph.D. on January 17, 2011 in Peaceful Parenting
Where is the joy? Where is the laughter? Where is the fun and creativity?  

How to Succeed By Having Good Posture

Remember when your mother would tell you, "STAND UP STRAIGHT"? Turns out, Mama ain't no fool! Your mother carped about your posture as a kid because she wanted you to become a successful adult. See, Mama knows that posture plays a pivotal role in whether you feel, and subsequently act, powerful. According to a recent study published in Psychological Science...

Blood-, Half-, and Step Siblings

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on January 17, 2011 in Mom Loves You Best
Siblings come in different forms, with different degrees of common genes, common history, common family values and a common culture.

Stop Fighting the Retention Battle; It's an Engagement War

Stop Fighting the Retention Battle When You are Really in the Engagement War!

The Ultimate One Line Self-Awareness Test

By Donna Flagg on January 17, 2011 in Office Diaries
Ask yourself one question.

How Much Do Behavioral Interventions Change Cardiovascular Risk Factors?

By James C. Coyne Ph.D. on January 17, 2011 in The Skeptical Sleuth
Is behavioral counseling an effective way to prevent cardiac problems?

Why Do We Need Wild Nature?

By Peter H Kahn Jr., Ph.D. on January 17, 2011 in Human-Nature
Sure, without wild nature we can live as biological meat.  But we won't thrive.

Martin Luther King to psychologists: We need creative maladjustment

By Karen Franklin Ph.D. on January 17, 2011 in Witness
Martin Luther King exhorted psychologists to take a stand for justice, whether or not it was safe or popular.

Are you destined for alcohol tonight?

Alcohol abuse and our patterns of drinking change significantly as we age and according to well characterized genetic and environmental risks. Some of us have more problems than others. Why?

We Are All Wounded

By Alida Brill on January 17, 2011 in Chronic Healing
We are a good people, compassionate, often forgiving and embracing. Yet we are a country once turned upon itself, North against South. Somehow we came back together. The road back to a unified nation wasn't easy, and the remnants still linger, but the war did not result in two countries with border patrols.

in memoriam

By Abby Sher on January 17, 2011 in Amen, Amen, Amen

Before Words: How to Think Like A Poet

Some years ago, in an interview with Bill Moyers, the poet Gary Snyder compared a vital aspect of writing to rummaging about in the sock drawer. "And that's how you write poetry?" Moyers asked. "Rummaging in the socks?" The exchange, short as it was, spoke volumes about how poets and writers think. 

Making Friends in a Thumb Talking World

You can bring so much joy to other people with such little effort, but... 

Should You Date Your Ex-Spouse?

By Harry K Wexler Ph.D. on January 17, 2011 in Getting Laid Over 60
Don't most ex-spouses fall into the category of childhood sweethearts? The preposterous proposition is that the sweetheart, who became the source of such pain, still has many of the endearing qualities that brought you together in the first place. And hopefully both of you have grown significantly since the divorce, perhaps enough to consider dating again.

Too desperate for friends at college?

I've been trying to make friends. But every one I meet and click with HAS friends already. I don't. I NEED friends and therefore, when I meet people it's not casual, it's survival.