The Top 50 Posts of 2011

23. Sleep Helps Us Remember What We Need To

By Faith Brynie Ph.D.
Expectation "tags" memories for consolidation during sleep.

24. You Mean Anything Is Possible?

By Pamela Gerloff
How to radically expand beyond the limits of your mind.

17. You Become What You Pretend To Be

By Michael Michalko
Attitude influences behavior and behavior influences your attitude.

16. Which Is More Important: Truth or Happiness?

By Raj Raghunathan Ph.D.
Could it be that Truth leads to Happiness and vice versa?

15. Do Narcissists Know They're Narcissists?

By Scott Barry Kaufman
Surprising research on what they know about themselves and how others see them.

25. Self-Sabotage: The Enemy Within

By Edward A. Selby, Timothy Pychyl, Hara Estroff Marano, Adi Jaffe Ph.D.
We all get in our own way occasionally.

26. My Monkey Could Have Painted That

By Matthew Hutson
Can monkeys match humans at abstract art?

31. Sense and Sensitivity

By Andrea Bartz
Say hello to the highly sensitive; you've probably already made him cry.

30. The Sex You Cannot Speak O

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D.
One kind of sex with more action than talk

29. How Will I Know If He Really Loves Me?

By Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz
The Seven Tests of True Love

26. Writing the Dreaded Cover Letter

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D.
Even confident job seekers find cover letters daunting.

14. The Dangers of Crying It Out

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D.
Harming children and their relationships for the long-term.

13. Six Clues to Character

By Hara Estroff Marano
The traits that shape us remain fairly stable, making them the closest thing we have to a crystal ball.

6. Mistakes Introverts Make

By Sophia Dembling
The pitfalls of giving your introversion too much power.

5. Ten Truths about Healthy Relationships

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D.
Couples who practice these techniques have longer and stronger relationships.

4. Seven Speaking Tips for Stage Fright

By Harry Beckwith J.D.
And these beat Pretend Your Audience Is Naked.

2. Twenty Five Quotes on Humor

By Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D.
Laughter is a gift we can give to ourselves and others.

3. Homophobic Men Most Aroused by Gay Male Porn

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D.
Homophobia and male-on-male sexual arousal.

7. How to Spot a Narcissist

By Scott Barry Kaufman

And why YOU can't help falling for them.

8. How to Tell If Someone Likes You

By Norman Li M.B.A., Ph.D.
There's a funny way to tell.

12. How Your Greatest Insecurities Reveal Your Deepest Gifts

By Ken Page L.C.S.W.
Your core gifts: The unexpected path to love

11. Why Atheism Will Replace Religion

By Nigel Barber Ph.D.
The illusion of religion helps people feel good, despite miserable experiences.

10. The Trouble With Bright Girls

By Heidi Grant Halvorson Ph.D.
For women, ability doesn’t always lead to confidence. Here’s why.

9. How Big Is Your Limbal Ring?

By Jena Pincott
Why the ring around the iris is so attractive.

38. How We Shoot Ourselves in the Foot in Committed Relationships

By Steven Stosny, Ph.D.
At the gates of commitment, leave all illusions behind.

39. Why Would Someone Have No Friends?

By Irene S Levine Ph.D.
Not an uncommon problem, many reasons why

43. Seven Things McDonald’s Knows About Your Brain

By Joshua Gowin Ph.D.
It may be junk food, but its tactics are far from junk science.

40. The Moral Example of UC Davis Students

By Michael Chorost Ph.D.
If America needs a moral turning point, this is it.

44. Ways to Kill Creativity

By Michael Michalko
Habits that destroy personal creativity.

42. Let Yourself Make Mistakes

By Heidi Grant Halvorson Ph.D.
Allowing mistakes is the best way to avoid making them.

41. Wittiest Sex Quotes Ever

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D.
Sexual humor helps us laugh at our baser instincts.

45. How to Know If You're Boring Someone

By Gretchen Rubin
Don’t get me started on happiness...

20. Tylenol and the War on Drugs

By Kurt G. Harris M.D.
Are you better off dead than high?

22. Myths about Circumcision

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D.
CIrcumcision does great harm to babies

19. Witty and Cynical Love Quotes

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D.
Romantic love: it inspires poets, philosophers, humorists--and skeptics.

21. Asperger Idol Blows Judges Away

By Lynne Soraya
A performer with Asperger's wows American Idol judges

18. Six Signs He's Just Not That Into You

By Jen Kim
This is how you know he's just not that into you.

50. How Geniuses Think

By Michael Michalko
The thinking strategies used by creative geniuses.

48. How Renaissance People Think

By Scott Barry Kaufman
The thinking style of polymaths

46. How to Take Feedback

By Karen Wright
Learn to give and get criticism.

49. The Thoroughly Modern Guide to Breakups

By Elizabeth Svoboda
Yes, breaking up is hard to do, and we’re primed to avoid delivering or digesting such deeply threatening news. Still, it’s possible to end affairs with dignity and minimal distress.

47. Training the Brain to Avoid Temptation

By Sian Beilock Ph.D.
Working memory training decreases alcohol use in problem drinkers

28. Creativity: Get out of Your Box in Three Minutes

By Stanley H. Block M.D.
Creativity is already yours — let it flow.

32. The Neuroscience of Relationship Breakups

By Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
Is the pain all in the brain?

33. Ten Survival Tips for Highly Sensitive People

By Susan Biali M.D.
Secrets to surviving a highly sensitive (HSP) life

37. Disbelief Is Not a Choice

By David Niose
Nature, nurture and your beliefs about gods

36. Twelve Things School Didn't Teach You About Creative Thinking

By Michael Michalko
Aspects of creative thinking that are not usually taught.

35. Are You Teaching People to Treat You Badly?

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D.
Don't treat unkindness with kindness

34. Gender Equality Doesn't Always Work in the Bedroom

By Ogi Ogas Ph.D.
The neural circuitry of dominance and submission

1. Get Anyone to Like You, Instantly

By Jack Schafer Ph.D.
This golden rule of friendship works every time.