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Prove It! Birthers and the Presumptuousness of Prejudice

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 29, 2011 in Living Single
Those who are motivated to maintain a disparaging belief about another person or group (whether racism or singlism or some other ism), and who have found a like-minded community of believers, will continue to issue the demand, “Prove it.”

Where Did My IQ points Go?

How to maximize your potential with EI.

12 Reasons A-holes Win and YOU Don't

A "know-it-all" who doesn't know what he is talking about is a jerk; whereas a "know-it-all" who does know what he is talking about is merely an a-hole.

Science and the NFL Draft

The experts get it wrong a lot, so surely, drafting cannot be a science, can it?

How Fear Destroyed a Career

By Jeff Wise on April 28, 2011 in Extreme Fear
Up until three weeks ago, Tom Durkin was hard at work, studying for the upcoming running of the Kentucky Derby. Then he called up his employers and tendered his resignation.

Governmental Procrastination

Since the 1950s, the Debt Ceiling has been described as "a meaningless strait jacket." Like an alcoholic leaving the key in the liquor cabinet, politicians have voted away their previous debt resolution and installed a new higher limit, hundreds of times already, though undoubtedly each increase was going to be "just this once." Here's how to fix it.

Does Your State Have an Official State Dog?

A number of US states have designated an official or state dog. Some of the choices are interesting and surprising. However many states do not yet have an official canine.

True Confessions of an Adulterer... Who Happens to Be a Shrink!

I am an adulterer who happens to be a licensed clinician and is willing to tell the truth about why I did. I chose to have an affair that ended in a devastating divorce, left my wife and children, landed me in a jail cell, damaged my business and many important relationships and almost cost me my life. Welcome to my story...

What DO Sex and Murder Have to Do with the Meaning of Life?

What good can possibly come from mucking around in the gutter, studying topics like incest and homicidal fantasies, or from comparing cultured human beings to babbling baboons and howling chimpanzees? I think there are two answers.

Royal Wedding Frenzy - But Why?

By Allison Conner Psy.D. on April 28, 2011 in Therapy in Mind
The upcoming nuptuals of Prince William and Kate Middleton - why the fascination? And how does it make you feel?

What Is Courage? Lessons From the Cowardly Lion

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on April 28, 2011 in Evil Deeds
Courage is an indispensable yet--even in psychotherapy--surprisingly underrated commodity. Life requires courage. Yet we tend to lose sight of its vital meaning, power and importance.

The Real Reason "Chinese Mothers Are Superior"

In the wake of “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua’s manifesto, “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior,” Americans have done a lot of hand-wringing over why Chinese students do so much better in school. The Chinese drive their kids harder, it is said; they have more will power. But here’s another explanation: the Chinese respect quiet – and quiet people.

Marriage and the Bill of Rights

There is no Fifth Amendment in marriage. Fortunately, there is no law about perjury either. Faced with the fact that silence typically won't work, like when your spouse asks you where you have been for the last several hours or days, you lie. And hey, if you don't have the right to remain silent, what are you supposed to do?

Notes from the Situation Room

By Frances Kuffel on April 28, 2011 in What Fat Women Want
Waking up to a real problem rather than the unnameable black is waking up to what a weak and cowardly person I am. Poor and frightened, yes -- but that doesn't mean I am prohibited from taking a shower, doing laundry, cleaning a pile that looks like a hoarder's seedling, working on my book or walking the streets looking for loose change.

Bullying Works: Why People Fear Donald Trump

By Stanton Peele on April 28, 2011 in Addiction in Society
While we instruct our kids to intercede when they see bullying, we ourselves fear bullies. Donald Trump's success with even the best of the media corps making preposterous claims against President Obama shows just how well bullying works.

Who’s the Sperm or Egg in Your Home?

By Steve Sisgold on April 28, 2011 in Life in a Body
All men always act like Martians and all women always act like Venusians, right? Wrong.

Can You Believe Media Science Stories?

What is predictor? What's marker? Media stories often mistake the two - with unfortunate results.

The 7,000 Habits of Highly Imperfect Parents

Characteristics of special needs parents as seen through the eyes of two CHImPs.

Let the Backlash Against Birtherism Begin

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on April 28, 2011 in Side Effects
Birtherism—a symptom of Americans' growing disdain for facts and evidence.

A Day in the Strife of a Writer

By Eliezer Sobel on April 28, 2011 in The 99th Monkey
Things I did to prepare to be guest teacher at a writing class: Dug up old handouts from the desk drawer in my studio out back where I haven't set foot in months. I look around, notice how disgusting the studio is, the floor covered with dead stinkbugs. I get the portable dustbuster down from the storage loft, begin vacuuming,

Jenna Blum: Write what you know about, live what you write about

By Jennifer Haupt on April 28, 2011 in One True Thing
Jenna Blum researched her second novel, The Stormchasers, by chasing tornadoes for five years and it shows in the details of this tense, whirlwind of a read.

Got to Go? Wait. You'll Do Your Best Thinking.

By Sian Beilock Ph.D. on April 28, 2011 in Choke
Inhibiting the urge to Go facilitates impulse control