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5 Ways to Develop Meaning at Work

These days, more people are asking themselves: "Is this all there is?"  Finding meaning at work is possible and achievable.  Meaning is all around us; we just have to know where to look! 

Do Photojournalists Lie?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on January 07, 2011 in Creating in Flow
Do photos lie? Of course, especially when they're political. We should think deeply about how news and photographs affect reality, how they affect OUR reality. "Danger Pay" is a memoir of a crisis of conscience, and more.

When work and friendship are a volatile mix

Hi Dr. Levine,I'm 28 years old and have had a major relationship bust up. I worked for someone named Risa on and off for a year. She's a graphic designer with her own business. It was a very up and down relationship. She could be very abusive at times and tough to work with but she had days when she could be sweet as an angel.  

The Baby Business: A Fairy Tale?

By Marcy Darnovsky Ph.D. on January 07, 2011 in Genetic Crossroads
The New York Times Magazine publishes yet another first-person account that puts rose-tinted glasses on the potential for exploitation in the commercial surrogacy business.

Transmedia Storytelling: The Reemergence of Fundamentals

Transmedia storytelling is one of the most exciting developments in the last few years for two reasons. First, it represents the continuing shift from a technological to human focus and, second, storytelling taps into a fundamental form of human communication that engages our imagination and through that, empathy and creativity.

Parents & Children in Conflict

By Nancy S. Buck Ph.D. on January 07, 2011 in Peaceful Parenting
Happy New Year! Is this the year you have resolved to stop arguing with your kids? Are you tired of feeling as though your teenager never agrees with any request you make? Does it feel like your third-grader is already practicing to become a lawyer, arguing and negotiating every request or rule that you make?

Eating Meat Makes Us Hate Animals

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on January 07, 2011 in The Big Questions
 Recent research tested the effects of eating meat on attitudes toward animals.

5 Easy Ways to Make "Music as Therapy" Work for You

By Dr. Kimberly Sena Moore on January 07, 2011 in Your Musical Self
Do you consider music to be therapy? If you're like most humans--and I use "most" in a strictly informal way--the answer to that will be a resounding "yes"! Then read on to learn 5 ways to use music to validate, change, and challenge the way you feel.

Ninety Is Not The New Sixty

By Ira Rosofsky Ph.D. on January 07, 2011 in Adventures in Old Age
When we put cut flowers in water, or old people in nursing homes, are we only prolonging the agony?

Bad Medicine: GlaxoSmithKline's Fraud and Gross Negligence

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on January 07, 2011 in Side Effects
What can we learn from the 60 Minutes' investigation into GlaxoSmithKline's defective plant at Cidra, Puerto Rico? For starters, just how far a major corporation will go to mask the truth, even when that means actively trying to deceive the FDA . . .

You Didn't Make a New Year's Resolution? Advice from Ebenezer Scrooge

By Meg Selig on January 07, 2011 in Changepower
Scrooge says: "Don't scrooge up your life.  Make a resolution."

The "Programming" of Self-Sabotage (Pt 3 of 5)

Most everything that's psychologically dysfunctional has its origins in outdated childhood programs. These programs of adaptation, more or less useful as a child, typically become ever less so as you age.

Did Kanye Create A Monster?

By Mikhail Lyubansky Ph.D. on January 07, 2011 in Between the Lines
One of the defining characteristics of monsters is that they don't have redeeming qualities. The moment we begin to like or sympathize with any part of the monster, it is no longer a monster but a flawed being. What, then, are we to make of Kanye West's new video?

The Truth About Grief

By Gretchen Rubin on January 07, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Happiness interview: Ruth Davis Konigsberg.

A Hut of Questions: A Friday Interlude from Information

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on January 07, 2011 in Tracking Wonder
I often write information-laden articles. But numerous psychology studies would support my saying we often need to welcome a space of not-knowing. "A disposition to wonder," that perpetual questioner Socrates reminds us, "is the beginning of all wisdom." Why? Because not being a know-it-all is the beginning of true knowing. 

Stop Having Children: Why Many Are

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on January 07, 2011 in Singletons
For as long as any of us can remember, children have been central to most people's lives. Today, some are wondering if they should have them at all.  

How context helps you retain content

By Susan Pinker on January 07, 2011 in The Village Effect
We retain and recall information best when we're put to the test in the spot where we learned it.

An America Built on Addiction

By Stanton Peele on January 07, 2011 in Addiction in Society
American states, mimicking Nevada (itself currently under water), have increasingly turned to gambling to remedy their fiscal woes.  Despite - or because of - their worsening financial conditions and gambling's demoralizing effect on the poor, states must double down on this investment.

Why Child's Play Is Tough for Parents: Part I

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on January 07, 2011 in Thinking About Kids
Play is the natural way for kids to learn, grow, be happy, and fit into the world they will inhabit as adults. But they don't just do it themselves. They want to do it with YOU.

A Few Words In Defense of the N-Word, in the Novels of Mark Twain

By Mikhail Lyubansky Ph.D. on January 07, 2011 in Between the Lines
The new edition of Huckleberry Finn will replace the words "nigger" and "injun" with "slave" and "indian" Is this racial sensitivity or a whitewashing of history?

Why Your Brain Is Better in Love

By David DiSalvo on January 06, 2011 in Neuronarrative
The old saying is true: your brain is the sexiest part of your body. Science writer Jena Pincott explains a few reasons why.

How to go from "I think I can" to "I know I can"

If life were to present you with a challenge or if something were to go wrong unexpectedly, would you be able to handle it?  Understanding the value of self-efficacy and strategies for boosting it.