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Break an Ankle, Become Schizophrenic

Break an Ankle, Become Schizophrenic

In court, an expert must be prepared for anything, no matter how outrageous.

Is It Cancer Yet?

When it's hard to take "Yes" for an answer.

The Case Against Networking

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 22, 2014 in How To Do Life
Networking is often about giving so you can get more. Ethically dubious.

Twenty Ways to Catch Employees Who Lie at Work

Employees lie for all kinds of reasons. Here are the tips HR professionals use to catch them.

Streetchat, SnapChat, Yik Yak & 5 Basic Media Literacy Rules

A new app makes headlines every week as teens migrate to the next new thing, and in the way of teens, do things that horrify their parents. The solution is not, however, to blame the tools or take away the smartphones. The solution is digital citizenship and media literacy. Here are 5 basic rules on media literacy for teens.

6 Taboo Thoughts That Parents Have

By Kate Roberts Ph.D. on June 21, 2014 in Savvy Parenting
Parents love their children and yet they sometimes confuse their child’s needs with their own needs in order to fulfill unmet wishes in their lives. When parents are able to grieve and accept their disappointments and resolve their inner conflicts, they can build strong connections to their children.

On the Uses of Animals

By Sheila Kohler on June 21, 2014 in Dreaming for Freud
How do animals change our lives?

Avoiding the Biggest Dating Mistakes II

Dating, relating, and mating can be a challenge in modern times. You can avoid some painful mistakes if you apply a little common sense and refuse to settle for less than you deserve.

Always Ask for Directions

By Ran Zilca on June 21, 2014 in Confessions of a Techie
When I was on the road, riding my motorcycle across the country, I used mobile applications to navigate, to find the best places to spend the night, and to calculate the number of miles left in my tank. Yet somehow, I still found myself stopping to ask for directions every day.

A Unified Field Theory of Consciousness

The key to consciousness is that it is created by the limbic-cortical mappings of experience. A theory of consciousness has to correspond to the actualities of human nature. It has to be consonant with the living of a human life.

Under-the-Radar Careers

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 21, 2014 in How To Do Life
Less traveled career paths may be more navigable.

Why We Really Hate Our Jobs

What REALLY causes us to hate our jobs? You'd be surprised!

Clinical Treatment with Implacable Good Will

Diagnoses of Borderline Personality Disorder and Schizophrenia reflect strikingly different characteristics in terms of symptoms and presentation. Those with BPD may seek engulfment and detachment intermittently, while schizophrenics dissociate from emotional experience. Treatment of both of these disorders should reflect implacable good will.

Sad, Worthless, Hopeless?

Do you feel “sadness” all of the time or some of the time? 10.1 percent of the random sample said yes. That’s one in ten people who are sad more or less frequently. In a subway car with a hundred people, ten of them will be sad.

Is There a Right Way to Brag?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on June 21, 2014 in Off the Couch
No one likes a show off. But is it ever okay to brag about yourself, your accomplishments, your loved ones? Why do we need to share our good experiences with others? What can you do about the braggarts in your life? And what can you do when you really do need to show off?

The Neurobiology of Dr. Seuss

By Lydia Denworth on June 21, 2014 in Brain Waves
Neuroscientists have been able to peer inside the brain and see what happens when children hear and learn language. They know now that Dr. Seuss was on to something. Repetition, rhythm and rhyme help children in crucial ways to process the speech they hear, and fine-tune the connections between auditory and language networks.

4 Ways to Make a Better Apology

Love may mean never having to say you’re sorry, but there are times when you’ve got no alternative. Whether in your romantic, work, or social life, these 4 tips will make sure you achieve the forgiveness you seek.

Survey of Grown Unschoolers III: Pursuing Careers

By Peter Gray on June 21, 2014 in Freedom to Learn
Our survey of grown unchoolers—who had skipped all or much of K-12—revealed, not surprisingly, that many went on to careers in the creative arts. But that is not all. Many also pursued STEM careers and many become entrepreneurs. They chose careers that are enjoyable, meaningful, and high in occupational self-direction.

Why You Stare at Beautiful Things

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on June 20, 2014 in Creating in Flow
Beauty. It’s in the eye of the beholder. A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Thousands of such superficial and contradictory sayings claim to explain what beauty is. Without taking anything away from the experience of beauty, experts have now gone more deeply into aesthetics.

A Weighty Matter

By Joann P. Galst Ph.D. on June 20, 2014 in Fertility Factor
Is it fair for fertility specialists not to treat overweight and obese infertile women because of the increased risks to them during pregnancy and to their potential fetus?

Money or Group Love?

By Chester S Spell Ph.D. on June 20, 2014 in Team Spirit
Can fundamental human drives for belonging to social groups overrun the power of money? As the recent election defeat of Eric Cantor shows, the answer is yes!

How to Achieve the Perfect Imperfect Relationship

When we limit our search to that "perfect" someone, we're very likely to give up too easily on finding the perfect imperfect relationship.There are many unexpected choices that could make us happy, but to make a relationship work means being willing to take the plunge with someone and then looking inward. Here are 3 steps to improve any relationship.

Can Your Body Express Multiple Emotions Simultaneously?

All feelings–vs. thoughts–have a certain physiology to them. You cannot experience an emotion without at the same time experiencing a corresponding bodily sensation (or sensations). And each of your emotions resides in a particular place(s) in your body–their “native home,” as it were. Unless you feel an emotion so intense and overpowering that it’s all over your body

Why We Don't Give Each Other a Break

Interestingly, social psychologists have found that we make the fundamental attribution error (or FAE, as I have never heard it called) about other people and rarely ourselves. When we do things, we always have a good reason. It’s other people we see as defective.

A Really Good Lecture

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on June 20, 2014 in A Sideways View
Many students complain about their professors. Just look at data from RateMyProfessor.com. But why are so many university teachers so poor at lecturing? Is it possible to define the characteristics of a good lecture?

IDA: A Film Review

It is a pilgrimage that Ida and her aunt go on, since its ultimate purpose (unbeknownst to them at first) is to transform each of their lives, to liberate each of them to find peace.

Going for the Real Gold!

The more intense the feelings and reactions that we experience towards each other, the greater possibility to discover more about who we are and what we really need.

On Revenge

By Sheila Kohler on June 20, 2014 in Dreaming for Freud
What is the best way to get back at those who have hurt us?

How Social Networks Can Inflame Jealousy

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on June 20, 2014 in Mental Mishaps
When a relationship ends, memories change. We rewrite memories to reflect current emotions. But the internet doesn’t change. People update their relationship status–changing from “in a relationship” to “single.” But Facebook accumulates and maintains detailed photographic evidence of a wonderful relationship past. Should you edit Facebook to match your memories?

Contemptuous Expressions: The Secret to an Objective Mind

By Ryan Holiday on June 20, 2014 in The Obstacle Is the Way
Contemptuous expressions are Stoic exercises that removes the unhealthy perceptions and embellishments we give people and things in our lives.