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Firebird Redux

The human spirit is imbued with an individual and social resilience worth celebrating.

How to Refer a Loved One for Counseling After a Disaster

By Jamie D. Aten Ph.D. on August 22, 2016 in To Heal and Carry On
Are you worried your loved one may need professional help? Here's how to know and how to help.

5 Ways a New Approach Can Improve Your Life Today

Studies show how humans have shorter attention spans than goldfish. Here's how you can fix that.

Siena’s Sublimation of Neighborhood Rivalries

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on August 22, 2016 in The Me in We
The palio horserace shows the social significance of sacrifice and the sublimation of group rivalries.

Ambition Versus Gratitude for What You Have

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 22, 2016 in How To Do Life
What to keep striving for and what to accept as-is?
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The Danger of Telling Kids "You Can Do Anything!"

Telling kids that they can do anything may have unexpected downsides. There is a better way.

Should Academic Achievement Be the Primary Goal of Education

We spend huge amounts of money determining whether schools are teaching academic material successfully. But is that the most important task for schools? Maybe not.

Should We Treat Business School Students Like Customers?

University professors and administrators should be customer-oriented, but we should not treat students like customers.
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What Death Teaches Us About Living

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in The Empowerment Diary
I've had the honor of being with two different loved ones this year at the time of their passing. In many ways this was an honor which reminded me what is important in life.

The Strange Allure of the Killer Living Next Door

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in Wicked Deeds
A serial killer is frequently an unassuming everyman who could easily be a next door neighbor or co-worker.

Why It Can Be So Hard to Stay Happy

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in Out of the Ooze
Can being too content actually be bad for you?
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Choice of Partners in Online Dating: The More, the Better?

By Catalina Toma Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in Virtual You
I examine how the number of matches online daters are provided with (few vs. many) affects these daters' satisfaction with a selected partner.
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What Happens When a Malignant Narcissist Starts to Unravel?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on August 21, 2016 in Off the Couch
Miriam thought her new boyfriend Harry was handsome, charming, smart and funny. But suddenly, he wasn't. What had happened?

Impure Replications

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in Critical Feeling
A new replication failure in social psychology caused hype in social media. But is the failure real?

Are Teachers Our Most Undervalued Leaders?

By Victor Lipman on August 21, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Some HR executives like to hire teachers because they have outstanding communication and presentation skills – highly valued in the corporate world.

Undermining "Black Lives Matter"?

The Blue movement can ALSO be legitimately viewed as co-opting the “Black Lives Matter” slogan, undermining its power; perverting its sentiment.

Why Is Getting Emotional Divorce Help So Hard?

You may have to create the support you need.

Valuing Dogs More Than War Victims: Bridging the Empathy Gap

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in Animal Emotions
In a recent essay Nicholas Kristof writes, "If only, I thought, we valued kids in Aleppo as much as we did our terriers." Why do we offer more empathy to dogs than to some humans?

Dangerous Thoughts

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in How To Do Life
Things that are hard to say, even to our diary.

Sea of Sadness

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on August 20, 2016 in Bear in Mind
For elephants in India, epic social changes are bringing hardships and hope.
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Tune in to Your Inner Olympians

By Margaret Moore on August 20, 2016 in Life Changes
Are you wondering how to organize inside out? Here's a new model of the human psyche, an adult version of the Pixar movie, Inside Out.

From Novice to Expert: Knowing & Moving Through the Stages

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on August 20, 2016 in Fixing Families
Learning moves through stages. Here's the 4 steps. Time to match up and look ahead.

Why Do We Judge Others So Harshly for One Negative Event?

Psychological research suggests three reasons why one negative event, such as Ryan Lochte’s false report of a robbery in Rio, can change our perceptions so strongly.

Politics, Values, and Youth Sports

With the political blitz on “values,” where do sports fit in?

What's the 4-Letter Word Your Diet Might Be Missing?

By Gregg McBride on August 20, 2016 in The Weight-ing Game
Wanting a quick fix (which can include fads, pills or even surgery), some dieters often ignore the actual "work" it takes to successfully lose excess weight once and for all.
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Care to Live Long? You Might Try Reading Books

It's better to read books than bumper stickers.
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Feed Your Body, Feed Your Brain

By Susan Noonan MD on August 20, 2016 in View From the Mist
Maybe “you are what you eat” is not just an old wives tale?
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Writers! 5 Ways to Tap Anxiety for Aha!

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 20, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Our brain seeks certainty to avoid anxiety, but being in the presence of uncertainty is where the creative juices flow.

Stories of Our Good Single Lives: Thank You, Kim Calvert!

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on August 20, 2016 in Living Single
How a “singles expo” exposed the worst of single life and inspired Kim Calvert to create a magazine that instead shows us the best of being single.