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Why the NFL should enter into therapy

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on January 24, 2011 in Reel Therapy
Psychologists can be very useful in the context of sports. Specifically, many psychological principles and skills that underlie therapy can also be used to maximize optimal performance on the field of play. Let's take the NFL.

When feet are warm, the heart and mind will follow

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on January 24, 2011 in Sleeping Angels
To all of you who are beyond being fed up with the snow, the ice, the wind, and the cold that only seem to get worse with each passing week, I have two words of advice:  

Creating simplicity: How music fools the ear

Your brain is anything but passive while you listen to music.

Is social networking changing tribal behavior?

By Ray Williams on January 24, 2011 in Wired for Success
Social critics are decrying the explosion of social networking such as Facebook, blogs and Twitter, which are predominantly used by young people.The proponents of social networking claim that it is a force that will create a new and powerful paradigm of tribalism. 

Have you given up halfway?

By Susan Biali M.D. on January 24, 2011 in Prescriptions for Life
Have you given up on a dream? If it still pulls at you, if daily reminders beckon to or grieve you, you may owe it to yourself and the world to go all the way.

So You Want to be an Art Therapist, Part One: Art Therapy as a Career Path

So how cool would it be to get a degree in art therapy and become an art therapist? That's a complicated question; this series will give you the best information on how to make that decision.

Depression: Your Elusive Secondary Disturbance

"Endogenous depression" is better understood and treated as "Secondary Disturbance."

What weight-lifting can do for a former anorexic

By Emily T. Troscianko on January 24, 2011 in A Hunger Artist
What are the dangers, and the rewards, of taking up weight-lifting for someone who used to suffer from anorexia? I reflect on the changes this sport has wrought on my body and my attitudes to exercise, food, and body image, and how it can represent an escape from the concept of exercise as a means merely to move along the spectrum between thin and fat.

Why No Jobs?

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on January 24, 2011 in Hidden Motives
Lawrence Katz, a Harvard labor economist, calls the full picture ‘genuinely puzzling.'" (See, "In Wreckage of Lost Jobs, Lost Power.")Perhaps I'm not puzzled because I'm not an economist. 

How To Box And Sell Air

By Jonathan Fields on January 24, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
Have you noticed anything about extended warranties at electronics stores lately? They come in boxes. There's nothing in the box, grant you, except maybe a few pieces of paper that make you feel good about buying the box.

Politics: The Futility of Civility

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 24, 2011 in The Power of Prime
In the aftermath of the Tucson tragedy, there has been much renewed discussion about the tenor of political discourse in America and the need for a return to a more civil tone among those with divergent views. But even such a horrible national event couldn't tear many in the politicosphere from their ideological high horses.

"A Lifetime Can Well Be Spent Correcting and Improving One's Own Faults Without Bothering About Others."

By Gretchen Rubin on January 24, 2011 in The Happiness Project
I love Weston's photography, and I love reading his written work. If you want to learn more about Weston, a fascinating, gorgeous book is Edward Weston: The Flame of Recognition (Aperture Monograph).

Eight Great Cold and Flu Cures!

With cold and flu season upon us, and standard medicine having "no cure for the common cold," it is good to know that our herbal "medicine cabinet" has many helpful tools.

The New Rules of Work - Part One

By Michele Woodward on January 24, 2011 in Getting Unstuck
The world of work has changed and if you're not hip to the new rules, you'll fall behind.  Ever heard of a "side hustle"?  :-)

How to Grow a Smart Baby

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 24, 2011 in Moral Landscapes
Who wins out in the battle between science and nature? Nature, of course. But science is right behind. Head growth in first year is linked to later intelligence. How do you support baby's growth? Here are three proven practices.

Underestimating How Moral We Are

What role do emotions play in moral decision-making?

Her 'other' best friend

My friend just moved here during the summer, and ever since then we've been really good friends. I feel like I can tell her anything and talk about anything. I think we hit Best Friend Status, but I really don't know because she's always talking about her best friend where she used to live..

Lions, Tigers, and Overbearing Mothers, Oh My!

By Jen Kim on January 24, 2011 in Valley Girl With a Brain
A 20-something perspective on growing up with an Americanized Tiger Mother.  

Why Optimists and Worriers See Their Worlds So Differently

Do you spend your life pursuing accomplishments and accolades, reaching for the stars? Or are you busy fulfilling your duties and responsibilities - being the person everyone can count on? In most situations, do you think you are focused more on what you have to gain, or what you have to lose?

Power, systems and happier choices

By Jessica Pryce-Jones on January 24, 2011 in Happiness at Work
Organizations are created in a way that humans don't work well in. So although most people want to do what's right and good, we're working within systems that are bad

Worthless Baby Girls?

By Jenny Lind Schmitt on January 24, 2011 in Lifestyle Design
Imagine the entire young male American population growing up with no prospect for marriage and children and the stability they bring. Do you know what that spells? TROUBLE.

Why Beliefs Matter

By Michael W Austin on January 24, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
Do we really believe what we think we believe? And does it matter?

Baby Boomers and technology

By Ray Williams on January 24, 2011 in Wired for Success
 Are Baby Boomers reticent to engage in technological innovation? The media and movies seen to depict that Boomers are the current version of Luddites, deferring to Gen Y for technological know-how and use. That may not be true. 

The Psychology of Prejudice and Racism

  On January 17, we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.  Many of us were happy to get a day off from work but this holiday also draws our attention to the seemingly intractable problem of social prejudice and racism. What can psychology tell us about this important topic?

Parenting adolescents and bridging differences with interest

When parent treat differences between them and their adolescent as barriers, constant conflict results. However, when they treat differences as bridges to further understanding, cooperation can be encouraged to grow.

Year, Interrupted: Guest Post by Psyngle (Continued)

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 24, 2011 in Living Single
In the mythology about singles, you are not a fully grown adult until you are married. The perception of singles as child-like is exacerbated when the single person is incapacitated. Here's the wrap-up of Psyngle's story of dealing with such a challenge. 

The Mind's Logic

Psychology is popular. Young people are hungry to learn about themselves and each other, but many educators blow it by excluding from serious reflection the most essential ingredient: subjective experience.