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The Perils of Corporate Social Responsibility

By Hans Villarica on August 09, 2011 in Better Business Behavior
It’s time to stop assuming consumers reward brands’ CSR efforts across the board - because they don't. A new Journal of Consumer Research study says messages of social responsibility from luxury brands may even backfire.

Living with Loss

Life goes on after the death of someone close

Is Polygamy Wrong?

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on August 09, 2011 in Am I Right?
The West believes intimacy is necessary for marriage; I learned differently in Kenya

Do Your Genes Respond to Everyday Social Experiences?

We often assume that our genes influenced embryonic development, then lie dormant (till they’re sent out on an erotic recombination mission). But your genes are actually working every day of your life, responding flexibly and dynamically to your social experiences

Does the World Have Financial PTSD?

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on August 09, 2011 in Just Listen
When FDR said: "We have nothing to fear but fear itself," he was right. PTSD is the fear following an initial trauma -- that caused you to feel vulnerable -- of retraumatization, that you're afraid will finish the job and destroy you.

The Silence That Kills

Time to Break Dangerous Silence about What Veterans Need

Captain America: A Psychologist's Review

By Robin S. Rosenberg Ph.D. on August 08, 2011 in The Superheroes
As an origin story, Captain America must make a compelling case for why the physically slight and asthmatic Steve Rogers volunteers for a radical experimental procedure (and the risk of death) in the hope of becoming a super soldier. In my opinion, the film fails in this regard. Let me explain why.

Bad Boys Have Lower Standards

How do bad boys rack up so many sexual partners? Recent research suggests a possibility: they lower their standards.

No Child Left Behind: Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2011

By Pattie Thomas Ph.D. on August 08, 2011 in I Take Up Space
Why would Congress omit protection of height/weight in SSIA? To support both an anti-obesity effort and an anti-bullying of fat kids effort at the same time would be difficult to pull off. Maybe Congress is aware of this conflict and the omission is intentional. Perhaps, they believe that it isn’t bullying if the fat kid needs to hear it in order to change their behavior.

Writer's Block and Burnout: Getting Unstuck

Interview with Emmy award-winning writer Gene Perret on beating writer's block and burnout and getting your book written now!

Boobies In the News (Birds That Is)

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 08, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Abused baby boobies grow up to be abusers themselves. This is the first evidence from a wild animal that, as in humans, abuse can be socially transmitted to future generations.

The Mystery of the Veil

We must stand beside women that are struggling against oppression and offer them support and a hand up… not a fine and ‘reeducation classes’. We can do better than this for women. We MUST do better than this for us all.

Double Take

By Jennifer Hamady on August 08, 2011 in Finding Your Voice
On Friday, John and I were at the New York City courthouse applying for our marriage license. What could have been another item on our wedding to-do list became far more as we watched men and women gather together to celebrate their unions.

Weddings are always special. But what made this particular day truly magical was to whom those men and women were getting married.

7 Reasons We Can't Turn Down Fast Food

By Joshua Gowin Ph.D. on August 08, 2011 in You, Illuminated
Many recent neuroscience discoveries about food's effects on our brains and how we make decisions about food are actually gold-standard trade secrets from super chains such as McDonald's. With billions and billions served, they must be on to something.

Are You a Mac or a Mac User? How the Language of Identity Persuades

By Julie Sedivy Ph.D. on August 08, 2011 in Sold on Language
Do you think of yourself as a beer-drinker, or do you merely drink beer? Are you a Democrat, or do you just vote for Democratic candidates? Wielding the right language to tap into people's sense of identity can make for potent persuasion.

The Cloud Is Here to Set You Free

Distractible and disorganized adults -- the cloud is here to set you free!

Venti Coffees, Super Colossal Olives, and Jumbo Shrimp

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on August 08, 2011 in Words To Eat By
Am I the only person who has a hard time getting the words out of my mouth at Starbucks? It's not that I'm a fan of "skinny venti caramel macchiatos," which, no matter how many times you say it, just doesn't trip off the tongue.

Blogging to Promote Positive Ethics: The Pennsylvania Experience

The Pennsylvania Psychological Association launched a blog in April 2011. The overarching goal is to promote ethics in a way that is positive, and moves beyond the ethical floor to help psychologists strive to do their best work. Check it out!

What Kind of Mindless Eater Are You?

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on August 08, 2011 in Comfort Cravings
Read about 8 types of mindless eating. See if any of these sound familar...

We Need a Bipolar President

By Tom Wootton on August 08, 2011 in Bipolar Advantage
Those of us who have done the work to change our bipolar condition from disorder to IN order can be tremendous assets to society instead of burdens.

How Empathic Parenting Is the Antithesis of Narcissism

If you had a narcissistic parent or if you just live in this narcissistic culture today, you may be wondering a lot about parenting and how to do things differently so you can raise a healthy, emotionally sound child.