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Two Important Lessons from My Much-Procrastinated Trip to the Dentist

By Gretchen Rubin on April 26, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Yesterday, I finally went to the dentist. I was due for a check-up in July, and for the last eight months, I've been moving the reminder card around my office and coming up with new excuses about why I couldn't make an appointment.

If and When to Have Your Babies: The Happiness Measure

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on April 26, 2011 in Singletons
During what 20-year period would you rather risk being less happy?

Can You Think Your Way Out of a Depression?

Thinking is useful and good, but it is difficult to think your way of depression.

Psychoanalysis Meets Existentialism: Robert Stolorow on Trauma and Authenticity

By Carlo Strenger on April 26, 2011 in Homo Globalis
Our culture is addicted to the promise of quick fixes for all ailments. Robert Stolorow, in a poignant study of trauma, shows that only by embracing life's tragic dimension, can we truly understand our own lives, and live them authentically.

Are You Too Picky?

By Donna Barstow on April 26, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
If you always got straight A's, you might not understand this cartoon. If you didn't get straight A's and then beat yourself up about it, you definitely should see this cartoon.

Welcome to Body of Evidence

By Carrie Arnold on April 25, 2011 in Body of Evidence
When I was first diagnosed with anorexia over a decade ago, no one told me about biology. No one told me about serotonin and anxiety and how starvation affects brain chemistry. Instead, I was peppered with questions about my intrusive mother, society's beauty ideals, and what I needed to choose recovery.

Full Recovery from Eating Disorders Really IS Within Reach

By Aimee Liu on April 25, 2011 in Life After Recovery
Tomorrow is the official publication date of my new book Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives, and as luck would have it, I'm quoted in an Article in the New York Times today on the topic of recovery from anorexia. The article is sure to stoke some controversy among ED veterans, professionals, and families.

On learning abstractly versus through direct experience

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on April 25, 2011 in Sleeping Angels
Even before going to Haiti last year, I had read many of Paul Farmer’s books on his work in that country and others, in which he describes among other issues how the lack of understanding of a patient's cultural and societal milieu will often result in failure to provide good medical care, no matter how good the intentions

Failure Can Become Freedom

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on April 25, 2011 in The Gift of ADHD
Five tips for overcoming impulsiveness.

Does Size Matter?

Men worry more about their reproductive organs than their female partners do ...

Techno Tyranny

Why do technology professionals force their useless bells and whistles on the public?

Zero Tolerance for Underage Alcohol and Drug Experimentation

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on April 25, 2011 in
What is normal adolescent "experimentation" with drugs and alcohol versus a process that is unhealthy, addictive, and not normal? My answer is simple: If someone uses illicit drugs it is not healthy.

7 Surprising Facts About Animals (And Us)

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on April 25, 2011 in Creating in Flow
Think of morality as an organ, like a nose. Its function, then, is to "negotiate the inherent conflict between self and others." And, of course, understood in that way, animals certainly do have moral lives. Here are a few fascinating facts to ponder...

How, When and Why to Ask for a Raise

By Donna Flagg on April 25, 2011 in Office Diaries
Approaching the boss, asking for more money, trying to explain why you think you deserve it and expressing your inherent value in a convincing manner without embarrassing yourself, can seem both an impossible and terrifying task, and rightfully so. But, it's not.

When People think Obama is a Foreign Anti-Christ

What role does focusing on racial factors play in people thinking Obama is the anti-Christ, and Muslim?

Spalding Gray: The Power of a Dandelion

By Julie K Hersh on April 25, 2011 in Struck By Living
Spalding Gray's description of his mother's suicide makes a deep connection at the American Association of Suicidology.

If Food Addiction Is Real, How Do We Treat Eating Disorders?

By Nancy Matsumoto on April 25, 2011 in Eating Disorders News
Studies revealing evidence of "food addiction" raise concerns for those who suffer from and treat eating disorders.

Undercare: The bane of American life?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on April 25, 2011 in Moral Landscapes
Undercare, not getting the care the body and brain expects, especially influences right hemisphere development--the initial seat of emotional development and where knowledge built from experience is initially stored.