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Sweet Solitude, Part 1: Two Meanings of Alone

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 20, 2011 in Living Single
Research in psychology on spending time alone and living alone has far too often focused on the painful experience of loneliness. But there are good reasons why solitude is often called sweet. It is time to look more deeply into the joys and rewards of solitude.

For Dads: What To Do, What Not To Do When Your Wife Has Postpartum Depression

You just had a baby. Your wife has postpartum depression. Are you making things better or worse?

Alone and Lonely

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on March 20, 2011 in Love Doc
Harbinger of spring brought with it the first thaw along with many a yearning heart. Lila's crusty exterior was giving way to exquisite pangs of loneliness.

If Psychology is Interesting, Why Aren't Scientific Psychology Papers?

The creative act of doing science is different than the creative act of making art. In the arts, the prototypic act of creativity is one that throws out old ideas and does something NEW.

Creativity in the sciences is different.

Dear Dominique Ramirez (Former Miss. San Antonio)

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on March 20, 2011 in Comfort Cravings
Miss. San Antonio was allegedly fired due to weight gain. The story is yet another reminder that we live in a world that still has an unhealthy emphasis on weight. Here is a message for anyone who has felt judged by their weight.

Nuclear weapons and the future of humanity

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on March 20, 2011 in Sleeping Angels
The dangers of nuclear weapons: how World War 3 might begin.

Shrinks on the Nod

By Lynn Phillips on March 20, 2011 in Dream On
Psychotherapist Lee Kassan and others discuss the problem of therapists who get too old to do their jobs well but too attached to their careers to bow out, and how you---whether you're a therapist of a patient, can most gracefully protect yourself.

Do Brothers Stall Their Sisters' Sex Lives?

By Jena Pincott on March 20, 2011 in Love, Sex, and Babies
Why do girls with brothers mature more slowly?

What IQ Tests Really Tell Us About Children with Autism

In the past nonverbal children with autism were considered mentally retarded. Now it has become more widely recognized that autism has nothing to do with intelligence. Studies show that IQ scores of children with autism may not be accurate reflections of their intellectual potential.

Do You Know A Woman With a Blue Menstruation?

By Pamela Madsen on March 19, 2011 in Shameless Woman
If I ever checked my menstrual pad and saw something blue there, instead of red - I think I would infarct! So, why do so many makers of "feminine sanitary supplies" feel the need to demonstrate menstruation with blue dye?

Frightened By Japan

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on March 19, 2011 in Hidden Motives
Keeping It in Perspective

The earthquake and Tsunami in Japan may not have as much of an economic impact on the world as we feared. “Globally, Japan will likely be a growth hiccup,” says The Wall Street Journal. On the other hand, many of us are reacting on a more personal level....

Behavior Drugs Given to Four-Year-Olds Prompt Calls for Inquiry—in the UK

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on March 19, 2011 in Side Effects
The overmedication of America's infants and children should prompt a national investigation.

Letting Go of Worry

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on March 19, 2011 in Wander Woman
Whether you talk about your worries or keep them to yourself, it is better to take time to explore the source of your angst instead of brooding over possible outcomes or ruminating on fixes. This post provides a series of questions you can ask yourself to release the hold your worries have on your brain.

Bring Weekly Spelling Tests Back!

A TV report from Solon City Schools presented an inaccurate and damaging retrograde view of spelling tests and made claims that Solon had found the silver bullet for effective spelling instruction in a new policy called “word study.” I presented a contrarian view. The community responded.

I didn't choose to starve myself

Even when I was clearly malnourished and my clothes were hanging off of me, people would look at me and say, "I wish I could have some of what you have." I also heard, "Tell me your
secret (i.e. for staying slim)." Both of these comments implied that starving myself was a choice and a trait they wished to emulate.

Productivity Is Up, Wages Are Down: What’s Up With That?

Do you feel like you work harder and produce more, but you still can't make ends meet financially? That's because it's true! According to a recent study, worker productivity has been on a steady increase, rising 62.5% from 1989 to 2010, but wages during that time are only up 12%. Where's the money going???

A letter from Japan

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on March 19, 2011 in Off the Couch
Is there any way to make peace with the horrible loss of life and destruction caused by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan?

The Slide into Depression: Untold Stories

Musings on the scientific and human aspects of the slide into depression

Happy Second Edition, Stop Walking on Eggshells!

By Randi Kreger on March 19, 2011 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
Whatever you think of Stop Walking on Eggshells by Paul Mason and Randi Kreger, you can't deny its influence. While most reviews are positive (an average of four-plus stars) those who didn't like it felt that way for totally opposite reasons. What else would you expect for a book about splitting?

Ladies: Pregnancy Sickness Is Potentially Beneficial For Your Growing Baby. Vomit!

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on March 18, 2011 in Homo Consumericus
Notwithstanding the discomfort associated with pregnancy sickness, a growing number of studies point to its adaptive benefits. Mothers: Your feeling miserable might be good for your baby!

Princess Di Is Dead, and So Are Royal Weddings

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 18, 2011 in Living Single
Much has changed about married and single life since Diana played fairytale princess at her wedding in 1981. We don’t look quite so reverentially at people who ride around in glass coaches. In fact, when Prince William and Kate Middleton put on their show, many of us are not going to look at all.