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ADHD and High School Planning: What It Takes to Thrive

The statement “he’s fifteen and should take responsibility for his school work” doesn’t always hold water. It doesn’t have anything to do with “should.” Either he can or he can’t keep track of it. You can “should” him and yourself and his school all you want ...

Cold People: What Makes Them That Way? Part 2

In response to feeling emotionally disconnected from their primary caregiver, a baby's psychological defense mechanisms relate mostly to their efforts to protect themselves from the painful sting of rejection.

How Is Your Happiness Challenge Going?

By Gretchen Rubin on June 01, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Unbelievable as this is, the year 2011 is half over. If you've joined the 2011 Happiness Challenge, how are you doing?

The Irish Ether Drinking Craze

County Derry, Ireland, 1880. During the 1830s Ireland was awash in alcohol, much of it produced locally in response to high alcohol import taxes imposed by the ruling British government. While many locals were assiduously distilling illegal poitín from potatoes or malted barley, a backlash against alcohol was also growing.

Having Your Dog and Eating It Too?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on June 01, 2011 in Animals and Us
Why is dog flesh considered yucky in some cultures and yummy in others?

How to Reduce Dating Anxiety

Have you ever felt nervous meeting someone new, trying to talk to them, or going on a date? If so, here is a method to lessen the stress and anxiety of flirting, dating, and relating.

Stretching from Struggle to Juggle in One Toss

Public speaking is just one of the things that makes us sweat. One fitness expert learned how to turn that into an advantage.

Sexual Relationships Always Consist of 'Leftovers'

The most profound truths about relationships are often stunningly simple to articulate and incredibly difficult to live with. We're too ready to think we have "irreconcilable differences" or "sexual incompatibility" or we've "lost the chemistry." If you don't understand how sex really works, you're more likely to needlessly get divorced.

Helping teens set boundaries with needy friends

My 15-year-old daughter is in a tricky situation. Her friend has just lost her dad, but my daughter is feeling overwhelmed by this friend's neediness. The problem is that my daughter felt somewhat suffocated by this friendship before the loss!

Sex, love, and Jonathan Franzen's new Blackberry

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on June 01, 2011 in SexualityToday
Let's continue to wrestle with what Jonathan Franzen in a recent New York Times essay called "the problems of actual love" - including the challenge of relating to someone who, unlike a piece of electronic equipment, was not designed to meet our needs.

Are you the First Member of a New Species?

By Liane Gabora Ph.D. on June 01, 2011 in Mindbloggling
Think 'being different' is tough? It has happened millions of times on this planet that an organism's DNA mutated, and the organism was not the same species as either of its parents, nor anyone in the neighborhood, nor for that matter anything that ever lived before. It's bound to happen again in our lineage. Here's where to turn if you're REALLY different...

A Manifesto Against Truth

The problem with truth is that it can be just as destructive as a lie, sometimes more so. This is self-evident for most adults. That's why we have the concept and vocabulary of a "white lie." Yet, when it comes to racism and anti-Semitism, "truth" and "facts" are frequently assumed to trump any other argument. They don't. Consider this a manifesto against truth.

My Mafia Roots

I started reading about Sicily for insight into my cultural heritage, and that's how I realized, in the safety of a suburban library, that the Mafia is my cultural heritage. What I mean is, my family was so traumatized by a legacy of violence that they treated all social interaction as potentially lethal.

A Lonely Child? Not in Today's World

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on May 31, 2011 in Singletons
You can feel sad and alone in a sea of people. Dana, one of seven children confides. “People would say to me, ‘you must never be lonely,’ and it boggled my mind. I remember being lonely the whole time I was growing up.”

Are Your Emotions Contagious?

Are you an "emotional gusher?" Gushers are experts at knowing their emotions and were born to share them. Sometimes too much! Learn what is healthy venting and how to tap the power within to find inner peace.

Ask Dr. Laundry

Having been invited to give a presentation at an upcoming scientific congress on the topic of cleaning agents and allergy on-the-job, I found that I needed to brush up on the subject. As it turns out, this is a very broad topic but not a bit esoteric. In fact, it’s all too much an everyday affair.

Two notes on Stauffenberg

Stauffenberg’s attempt on Hitler’s life was both likely and unlikely to succeed. To find out how, read on and consider what the variable estimation of uncertainty means for the events in your life. Moving on, I wonder how I can maintain my opposition to the death penalty if I support tyrannicide.