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Leslie Pietrzyk: Grief and Condolences

By Jennifer Haupt on October 07, 2015 in One True Thing
After my husband died I needed help but didn't know how to ask. A funeral is many things, including that giant to-do list, but repairing a shattered life is pretty much only one thing: hard work. The paradox is that no one else can do it for you, yet you can’t do it alone.

Sailing or Struggling? Tips for Facilitating School Success

"Hi. School was fine." Some tips for identifying if your child is having a hard time at school that they might not be telling you about.

Does Being Religious Make Us Happy?

By Todd B Kashdan Ph.D. on October 07, 2015 in Curious?
Forget common sense and media reports. What have scientists discovered about the link between religion and happiness? And was Obama right that during times of trouble, people cling to their religion? Read about this hot-button topic.

Why Are So Many Parents Limited in Loving Their Children?

In my observation of families, I have noted countless examples of well-meaning parents engaging in behavior that is insensitive, mis-attuned, or harmful to their children, while earnestly believing that they love them and have their best interests at heart. There are several reasons why it’s often difficult for parents to love their children.

Courage in Relationships: Conquering Vulnerability and Fear

It’s a profound—and paradoxical—truth that courage isn’t really courage at all unless there’s some fear attached to it. Without a moment’s hesitation before taking on something felt as hazardous, the act would exemplify not so much courage as foolhardiness or mindless impulsivity. As Mark Twain put it: “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear."

A Basic Map of Political Positions

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on October 07, 2015 in Theory of Knowledge
A quick and simple map of the major political positions in America today.

Why We Love to Be Scared

By Margee Kerr Ph.D. on October 07, 2015 in Why We Scream
Wonder why chills run down your spine (in a good way) at the first sign of fall? Here's why.

A Performance Review... for Your Marriage?

What's the secret to marital bliss? Maybe an occasional performance review.

Are Pets Really Family?

We should be cautious about using the phrase “pets are family” as an endorsement of the way companion animals are currently treated or as a sign that all is well, but should use the language of family very mindfully and with attention to what is at stake.

Strain Theory: A Real Stretch in Explaining Mass Shootings

"Social strain" theory does not reach into the depths of the mass shooter's mentality

Six Reasons Pop Singers Pronounce Some Lyrics in Odd Ways

By Siu-Lan Tan Ph.D. on October 07, 2015 in What Shapes Film?
Why do some pop singers pronounce words in songs in idiosyncratic ways, or seem to pick up or lose accents when they sing?

8 Ways to Tell If Your Boss Is a Bully

Workplace bullying has reached epidemic proportions. A 2014 poll by the Workplace Bullying Institute showed that 27% of workers are currently, or have been, the target of bullies at work. What if the bully is your boss? Here's how to know.
Would You Commit a Random Act of Kindness...

Would You Commit a Random Act of Kindness...

By Gretchen Rubin on October 07, 2015 in The Happiness Project
Have you signed the registry, or had a conversation about this issue?


As individuals and family members, the refugees I met were impressive, bringing home the value of treating them as kindly as possible, learning from them - about resilience, courage, perseverance and hope - through every encounter.

Bilingual Minds, Bilingual Bodies

It has been known for some time that the minds of bilinguals adjust to the linguistic and conceptual demands of different languages. Could it also be that their bodies differ in the way they process emotions and actions?

Ego Defence Mechanisms: The Work of Anna Freud

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on October 07, 2015 in A Sideways View
We all try to protect our ego from attack. But are our preferred defences effective and healthy?
What are the defence mechanisms and how can we categorise them?
How to Be More Conscious and Compassionate

How to Be More Conscious and Compassionate

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on October 07, 2015 in The Empowerment Diary
Did you ever wonder how you can be more compassionate in your life? Often times compassion is linked to being having a sense of consciousness in your everyday life. If we were all more conscious and compassionate this world would be a better place. The article uses examples of compassionate leaders and offers suggestions on how to increase compassion.

Male Suicide: The Silent Epidemic

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 07, 2015 in How To Do Life
There's a serious gender gap in suicide.

Let's Cut New Moms Some Slack

Modern mothering is the best and the worst, light and darkness, hope and despair, all rolled into one. And too few people are talking about it.

How All-You-Can-Eat Buffets Use Psychology to Make Money

All-you-can-eat buffets create the perception of providing variety and quality, but cleverly manipulate customers' choices and portion sizes.


By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in One Among Many
Gossip can be entertaining. We often thirst for it and delight in its consumption. There is also a dark side, however. Please don’t go there.

Why You Can't 'Just Say No' to Stress

By Kristen Lee Costa Ed.D., LICSW on October 06, 2015 in Reset 24/7
With mental health awareness month upon us, there's lots of information circulating that can either help or hinder our understanding of our emotions and reactions to stress. We need to weed through the messages to ensure we don't assume it's only a matter of will power, but something requiring all hands on deck across our social institutions to avoid becoming fried.

Is Your Dog Being Punished by Rewards

By Jennifer Arnold on October 06, 2015 in Through a Dog’s Eyes
The negatives of positive dog training.

Feeding the Adolescent Brain

As a parent myself, I know first-hand the challenges that can arise as a child faces adolescence. Paying attention in school, staying alert and focused throughout the day, and retaining the information taught is increasingly important for teens as they prepare for tests, college prep and a professional career.

My Gap Is Over, Now What? Grad School After a Break

By Sherry Hamby Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in The Web of Violence
Suggestions on preparing a strong application for graduate school after taking time off from school. The Data Doctor responds.

Two Low-Cost Ways to Avoid High-Cost Concussion Challenge

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on October 06, 2015 in Brain Trauma
Concussions are costing millions of dollars in research, treatment and prevention. Unfortunately, they can also cost lives. Here are two simple, low-tech, low-cost ways to get our heads in the game.
Performing Under Pressure: Martian Style

Performing Under Pressure: Martian Style

By Hendrie Weisinger Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in Thicken Your Skin
What do you want to be wearing in a high pressure moment? It's a lot cheaper than a 16 million dollar NASA space suit.

Can Your Birthday Predict Your Mental Health?

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on October 06, 2015 in The Truisms of Wellness
Despite debunking the myth of astrology, however, scientists have found that a person’s projected health can be linked to his or her birthday. The month in which people are born can influence their future, from their longevity to their future profession.

Overcome Feeling Like a Fraud or Failure

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in Making Change
Success often brings unexpected anxieties and feelings of being a fraud. When this happens, you may press for more accomplishments or accolades. But this only seems to perpetuate your anxieties. Despite what it seems, there is a way out of the seemingly unending self-doubt and self-criticism.

Can Dogs Learn Word Meanings by Just Watching and Listening?

Both dogs and human children learn language through simple observation — without the need for rewards for each word they learn.