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The Evolution and Ethology of Terrorism: We Are Unique

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 21, 2015 in Animal Emotions
Detailed ethological data show that human exceptionalism reigns uncontested in the arena of within-species violence.

Inequality Aversion, Evolution, and Reproduction

By Jesse Marczyk on November 21, 2015 in Pop Psych
What determines how quickly a gene spreads throughout a population is how well it reproduces itself, relative to its competitors. What does this tell us about how we respond to inequality, and the shape of cognitive mechanisms more generally?

Self Help Books that Work

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 21, 2015 in Open Gently
Some self-help books really work; others are bunk.

Why Meds Are Not a One Stop Cure for Anxiety and Depression

By Kristen Lee Costa Ed.D., LICSW on November 21, 2015 in Reset 24/7
Have you seen all the drug commercials lately? The rise in prescriptions for anxiety and depression in America, along with increasing lifestyle illness begs our individual and collective attention and action.

The Psychology of Terrorism

By Ray Williams on November 21, 2015 in Wired for Success
We need to restrain ourselves from retributive justice and focus on restorative justice, one not fueled by vengeance.

Lessons From the Paris Attacks

In the words of the next door neighbor of the ax-murderer, “But he . . . (say it with me) seemed like such a nice guy!” Why did she have that impression? Because her neighbor, whom she knew nothing about, had become familiar.

Can Us Dieters Really Have Our Cake and Eat it, too?

By Gregg McBride on November 21, 2015 in The Weight-ing Game
When working to get or stay healthy, any food and drink requires portion control. This is as true for green beans as it is for fresh-baked treats. That's what moderation is all about. And whether you incorporate moderation into your lifestyle before, during or after a diet, it's something you're going to want to master at some point.

Why It's Hard to Be Thankful on Thanksgiving

New research reveals what stops us from being grateful during the holidays.

Shame and Envy in the World of Social Media

From a mental health standpoint, you should be more likely to browse through the Facebook posts of your friends and acquaintances to make yourself feel better. The reality is that social networks can just as often stimulate the unpleasant emotions of shame and envy. Here's how to shrug off those posts that peeve you.

The Unparented Child

By Atalanta Beaumont on November 21, 2015 in Handy Hints for Humans
Wrong child/wrong parent: how to heal a mismatch and champion your neglected inner child

3 Things to Do When You're Not Sure About Your Relationship

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on November 21, 2015 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Ambivalence is common in long-term relationships because it’s easy to drift apart over the years, but you stay because leaving is too complicated. And yet ambivalence is a stressful place to park. Is your marriage really worth saving? Here are some reasons to set yourself free from indecision and tips for moving toward a more peaceful, fulfilling existence.

Lifting the Covers: Sex with the Undercover Police

Has reporting over-simplified the predicament of undercover agents and their relationships?

Life in the Slow Lane in the Fastest City on Earth

By Christine Louise Hohlbaum on November 21, 2015 in The Power of Slow
Is it possible to decelerate when everyone else around you is going at the speed of light. Journalist Bill Powers gave it a try. And discovered you can shape society by going slower.

Figuring Out What Sort of Work to Pursue

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 21, 2015 in How To Do Life
An excerpt from a career counseling session

This Is Your Brain at 100%

By Kevin Bennett on November 21, 2015 in Modern Minds
Is your brain operating at only 10% capacity? Here is why the answer is a lot like Bigfoot.

Examining the Effects of Mobile Phones on Kids and Teens

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on November 20, 2015 in Sleep Newzzz
Navigating technology with children and teenagers isn’t easy, especially when it comes to nighttime and sleep.

Is Keeping Muslims out of US Un-American?

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on November 20, 2015 in Am I Right?
"America First" or "I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door" are competing versions of American history. Both are accurate.

7 Questions to Get You Through Any Challenge

If stress is a given, how can you build your resilience to it? How can you evaluate the challenge in a flexible and accurate way? Whether you’re dealing with a minor adversity or going through a big life crisis, these seven questions will give you some perspective and build your resilience.

The Uneven Distribution of Violence and News

By Miki Kashtan Ph.D. on November 20, 2015 in Acquired Spontaneity
Which violence counts? It is as if the entire world is complicit in some unconscious belief that violence in some parts of the world is unavoidable, part of life, and therefore not important, and only some parts of the world, those that have managed to export violence elsewhere, those are the parts of the world about whose rare acts of violence news media speak.
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Altered Minds

By Hara Estroff Marano on November 20, 2015 in Nation of Wimps
In a new film, Altered Minds, director Michael Z Wechsler bases the psychological suspense on covert mind-control experiments.

Who Would Jesus Stone?

By Rebecca Coffey on November 20, 2015 in The Bejeezus Out of Me
Classic nonviolence is far from passive. It is smartly aggressive. To get under their oppressors’ skin, civil rights and social reform leaders have had to be psychologically astute. (“What will get their goats them this time?”). And, apparently, thinking that way works. A growing body of research suggests that nonviolence is more effective than violence.

5 Reasons Bad Guys Always Seem to Win (and How to Stop Them)

There are specific psychological reasons why bad people are able to exploit others to their advantage, and part of the problem is our tolerance for bad behavior, and an unwillingness to intervene. There is more that we can do to stop the bad and promote the good.

Terrorists Want Us to Feel Insecure - 5 Ways to Triumph

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on November 20, 2015 in Off the Couch
5 ways to keep the terrorists from winning.
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Top 10 Highly Popular Strategies for Boosting Happiness

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on November 20, 2015 in What Matters Most?
Here are 10 of the most popular interventions for boosting well-being. The science of happiness is young but there are many good strategies that have begun to show consistency in both research and popularity. Which ones will you try?

A Rose by Any Other Name: Is All Pain the Same?

By Howard Schubiner M.D. on November 20, 2015 in Unlearn Your Pain
Modern medical approaches to chronic pain have not been dramatically successful. Therefore it is generally assumed that chronic pain will never go away, so the best we can do is to cope with it. Scientific advances in understanding the brain reveal that many times the pain is literally "in the brain." It is critical to recognize when the brain is producing pain.

Sugar on the Brain

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on November 20, 2015 in Minding the Body
When your blood sugar is already a little elevated, it's even harder to resist reaching for a sweet treat.

Should You Boycott Holiday Baking?

By Susan Biali M.D. on November 20, 2015 in Prescriptions for Life
Are you already stressed about the weight you'll gain over the holidays? Here's a simple tip that will go a long way: Stop baking. Say no to anything that involves bringing or exchanging sweet treats. Trust me, you'll thank me later.

12 Easy Ways to Shrink Annoying Problems Down to Size

By Meg Selig on November 20, 2015 in Changepower
Got a problem? Shrink it! These 12 techniques will relieve stress by shrinking annoying problems down to a more manageable size.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence: Can we break the cycle?

Why Some Math Anxiety Might Actually Be a Good Thing

We typically think of math anxiety as universally bad for math learning, but a team of scholars have now discovered that the relationship between math anxiety and learning is much more complex.