Top 25 List: May 2013

Here's a list of the best of the month, including: dating answers from the pros, why we're confused about happiness and what to do about it, and what big muscles and breast size have to tell us about the male mind.

8. The Pleasure Trap

By David Finch
The important difference between pleasure and joy

1. The NIMH Withdraws Support for DSM-5

By Christopher Lane Ph.D.
The latest development is a humiliating blow to the APA.

3. UFC Fighters Who Smile Before a Fight Lose More

By Gil Greengross Ph.D.
Smile as a sign of submission and lack of aggression

4. Porn Is Not the Problem—You Are

By David J Ley Ph.D.
Complaining about the dangers of porn distracts from personal responsibility.

12. Does Trying to Be Happy Make Us Unhappy?

By Adam Grant Ph.D.
Searching for happiness might lead us to misery.

5. Jodi Arias: A Psychiatric Analysis

By Dale Archer M.D.
Arias is guilty of murder 1. Can a psychiatric diagnosis explain why she did it?

2. This Is Your Brain on Meditation

By Rebecca Gladding M.D.
The science explaining why you should meditate every day

6. 12 Tips from 12 Years Sick

By Toni Bernhard J.D.
What I have learned from 12 years of chronic illness

9. Angelina Jolie Missed an Important Opportunity

By Karolyn A. Gazella
Here is a different perspective on prophylactic mastectomy.

10. Ten Traits of Emotionally Resilient People

By Brad Waters
Part 1 of 2 in this blog series, “Cultivating Resilience for Total Well-Being"

11. Heal the Hurtful Divide Between Actual and Idealized Selves

By Suzanne Lachmann Psy.D.
Release your "shoulds" to overcome disappointment, dissatisfaction and sadness.

7. Atheist vs. Atheist—What?!

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D.
Paradoxically, there are two distinct types of non-believers.

13. How to Be Highly Productive

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A.
Vincent Chin Case Awakened Many Asian Americans

21. The Price of Sex: Women Rule, Men Drool, the Market's Cruel

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D.
Surprising insights from the new field of sexual economics

14. 21 First Date Questions

By Alice Boyes Ph.D.
Try these ideas for questions to ask on a first date.

16. Pet Store Dogs Versus Breeder Dogs

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C.
Pet store dogs have more psychological problems than dogs from breeders.

17. What Is It About Men and Breast Size?

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M.
New research reveals clues to the mystery of erotic preferences.

25. What States Have the Highest SAT Scores?

By Susan Newman Ph.D.
Key elements that affect competition of all kinds for all of us.

18. How To Be Happy in 30 Seconds... Really

By Susan Weinschenk Ph.D.
Happiness isn't elusive. Here's a simple technique anyone can learn.

15. What Does It Mean to Be Happy?

By Art Markman Ph.D.
The word “happy” has many meanings. Why does that matter?

19. Why God-References Are a Big Deal

By David Niose
"Crisis-induced devotion" and the importance of church-state separation

22. A Man's Drive for Muscularity and His Views about Women

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
The surprising ways that a man's body image reflects his attitudes toward women

23. Better Sex Quickly—Just Say This One Magic Word

By Michael Castleman M.A.
The easy way to speak up while lying down

24. Are You Making Love or Just Having Sex?

By Elliot D. Cohen Ph.D.
Find out what love-making really is and how you can do it.

20. Ten Dating Do's and Don'ts From Six Therapists

By Jamie Long Psy.D.
Dating advice from relationship experts, six of them!