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Twitter and Sheen: A Match Made in Media Heaven

Twitter's Authenticity and Immediacy are turning Charlie Sheen into (even more of) a Media Sensation. It's more than morbid curiosity.  Sheen has created a very compelling narrative and we crave the sense of closure.

Puberty brings changes that are difficult for teens with autism

Most children with autism have a terrible time with change. They like things to stay the same, as they are used to the familiarity of routine. Imagine what it is like for them when they notice something really freaky - their body is changing and they have no control over it. It is even worse if no one has told them what was going to happen.

Do Couples Divorce Because Of Autism?

By Kymberly Grosso on March 03, 2011 in Autism in Real Life
After the Diagnosis...Parent Perceptions of Divorce and Autism  Parents share their perceptions of divorce and autism.  Was autism a reason for their divorce and why? 

Sheen's Slippery Slope

Charlie on the kids...the godesses...the drugs.

Wrong Question: Is It Nature or Nurture?

Some social scientists apparently still haven't heard the news about the nature vs. nurture debate. It is over. Good riddance. It was a dead-end path to nowhere.

Wrestling with regret

By Polly Campbell on March 03, 2011 in Imperfect Spirituality
Comparing yourself to others can help ease feelings of regret, but recognizing a poor choice might help you steer clear of more regrets down the road.

Parental Love and a Nation of Wimps

By Michael W Austin on March 03, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
Parents need to offer accepting love and transforming to their kids in order to give them the best chance of flourishing. Too much focus on accepting love has led to what some have called "A Nation of Wimps."

The Inner Voices Behind Violent Behavior

Many risk factors for violence can't be changed, but a person's thinking is a risk factor that can be. Understanding what is going on in the mind of someone who is violent allows us to better assess the risk for violence and to intervene, protecting both the potential perpetrator and the victim.  

The Art of Losing: Giving Up Diet Soda

By Susan Shapiro on March 03, 2011 in Unhooked
A lifelong diet soda addict finally gives up the sauce...

Charlie Sheen: Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on March 03, 2011 in The Media Zone
Sheen has been making the media rounds like a King Kong puppet on speed, beating his chest, braying at his enemies and detractors and roaring out his sobriety.

Simplifying Complexity

By Perry R. Branson M.D. on March 03, 2011 in ShrinkWrapped
One of the problems facing our society is that we have lost the ability to determine what kinds of problems are solvable versus those that are not.

Worried About Your Memory? Take a Walk

If you're worried about Alzheimer's, don't reach first for the crossword puzzles - take a walk.

Can Machines Be Intelligent?

By Richard Yonck on March 03, 2011 in The Intelligence Report
With the development of artificial intelligence, we'll have to start thinking differently about the nature of intelligence and whether this rapidly evolving technology may one day challenge our intellectual supremacy.

Expanded Monogamy

By Pamela Madsen on March 03, 2011 in Shameless Woman
I just finished reading Sex at Dawn which makes the case that we humans are at our core not monogamous creatures. That in many ways - monogamy is a societal concept - imposed on us by religion and many other factors. For me - it is a big leap from there to being polyamorous.

8 Tips for Feeling Happier During an Unhappy Time

By Gretchen Rubin on March 03, 2011 in The Happiness Project
At some points in life, it's not possible -- or at least not easy -- to feel happy. However, even then, it's sometimes possible to feel happier. By taking whatever steps you can manage to give yourself whatever happiness boost is possible, you give yourself a deeper reservoir to deal with your happiness challenge. Here are some strategies to consider:

The Power of Brevity And Deletion

By Jonathan Fields on March 03, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
Hemingway, it's said, was sitting around a table with a gathering of friends, when he wagered a bet. I can write a complete story, he said, in six words.Money fell onto the table.Then Papa shared:

Language Forgetting

Language forgetting is the flip side of language acquisition and it is just as interesting linguistically. Both adults and children forget languages but the latter do so much more rapidly.

The Last of the Last

By Marc E. Agronin M.D. on March 02, 2011 in How We Age
On the day of his special honoring, Mr. Buckles was brought to the World War I Memorial in Washington, DC. Bystanders on the sidewalk stood along both sides of the stone pathway and applauded as he was wheeled past. These clapping crowds . . . stood in wonder as the last of the last World War I veterans came to honor the memory of his compatriots.

Hot Tips for Relationship Success!

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on March 02, 2011 in The Pacific Heart
Want a successful relationship?  Here's how to do it.  Based on the work of John and Julie Gottman in Seattle's "Love Lab".

Taking the time to stop

By Ethan Gilsdorf on March 02, 2011 in Geek Pride
Culture Stops! imagines a world without creativity, arts and culture. Why? "We in this culture, we have a lot. But we don’t have the experience of taking away. If people are upset about it, that might be the best thing. I was inspired by what came out of Egypt. America knew at one point how to take to the streets. Perhaps we are at that point again."

Students' Stress Levels Rise

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on March 02, 2011 in Hidden Motives
Is It About Unemployment?A recent survey revealed unprecedented levels of stress among college students in the US. Many commentators leaped to the conclusion that this reflected the uncertain job market. But do high levels of unemployment actually cause stress in students? 

The language of power in the anti-prestige age

By Julie Sedivy Ph.D. on March 02, 2011 in Sold on Language
We expect broadcasters to have a little bit of linguistic class, and this includes not dropping g's and turning ing into in', pronouncing nuclear as nucular, or seasoning their speech with generous dashes of double negatives. But Presidents, it seems, are an entirely different matter.