Essential Reads

Student-Athlete...or Athlete-Student?

Colleges suggest academics comes first, but is that really true?

WOSPs, the Amalfi Coast, and Unstructured Play in Children

Organized Sports Has Killed Unstructured Play in Children

Hunting Bwana the Dentist

What fantasies move a man to ambush an elderly tourist lion?

Penalty Shoot-Outs Are Not a Lottery

Revealing the keys to success in soccer's do-or-die moment

Recent Posts on Sport and Competition

Abusive Coaching

By Vivian Diller Ph.D. on July 17, 2013 in Face It
We have to open our eyes to cruel and unnecessary tactics being used to bring exceptional talent to fruition. Making winning a priority over all else is not good for anyone involved -- coaches, parents and definitely not students -- and ultimately muddies the spirit and joy of healthy competition.

The 'New' Midlife Crisis

By Vivian Diller Ph.D. on July 17, 2013 in Face It
The 'midlife crisis' has served as fodder for many a Judd Apatow movie, but the reality of the experience is anything but funny. In truth, it's emotionally more complicated and when a true midlife crisis hits, it can wreak havoc for both men and women as well as their families and friends.

Professionals Psychology – A Reflection

By Matthew Shanahan M.Sc. on July 16, 2013 in Living It
After many years of study, hard work, and entrepreneurship, many professionals find that it is the interpersonal skills and personal growth they may have missed out on in training that are sorely needed in their practices for dealing with the public, their staff, and taking care of themselves.

Why I Send My Kids to Camp

Sending your kids off to camp may incite anxiety in them and you. Today's post discusses why a little discomfort will ultimately lead to growth and happiness.

Daughters and Dads: How Close Is Too Close?

Daughters can be part of their father's lives without being central to them. Setting limits is not a lack of love, or loyalty or concern. Daughters need to have their own life and live it.

The Curse of Innovation

By Drew Boyd on July 15, 2013 in Inside the Box
Innovating is tough work especially in the face of many curses such as the US patent system. Fortunately, systematic creativity methods can help.

Shattering the Silence of Suicide

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth today. It is responsible for taking about 5000 lives each year. Every minute someone attempts suicide in the US. While these statistics are numbing, one positive message rings clear with survivors of suicide attempts...don’t do it, life gets better....

Metastability: A Necessity For Happiness and Evolution

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 13, 2013 in Ambigamy
In physics a system is called "metastable" when it's stable in a variety of different states. There's an analogy in personal life. You feel free innovate when you're confident that you'll be safe and stable exploring, when, in effect "it's all good." Here we explore the relationship between metastability, happiness and the joy of learning.

Say Yes to the Dress

By Frances Kuffel on July 12, 2013 in What Fat Women Want
Later this month I am leaving to visit my father and help and abet my youngest niece’s wedding. She has asked me to do one of the readings during the service and also, because it’s a huge family get-together, to consider a color palette in green-blue-yellow for photo purposes. And so started several days of staring at various websites looking for the Right Dress.

Kate and William: Poised to Influence Parents Worldwide

By Nanette Fondas on July 11, 2013 in WorkLife Matters
New research says "the famous get more famous." This means Prince William and Kate Middleton are poised to be the most influential parents yet.

Praising Kids: How Proper Praise Helps Children, Part 2

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on July 11, 2013 in Singletons
Vague praise can prevent growth. Here a six easy ways to praise your children constructively…and effectively.

Will Psychoanalysis Survive?

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on July 11, 2013 in The Me in We
Why the future of psychoanalysis leans toward the arts.

What Happy Children and Teens Do Differently

"Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will" - James Stephens. Happy children learn to not let fear stifle creative thought, feeling, or action.

How the Myth of Self-interest Caused the Global Crisis

The global financial crisis and the collapse of banks and businesses could have been prevented if we designed our firms and nations based on a sound understanding of human nature. So make way Homo Economicus!

The Key to Success in Sports and Life

By playing sports, kids get valuable lessons about achievement—training that carries over into their everyday lives.

The Most Important Thing People Learned in the 20th Century

By 2100, we’ll have very different answers to the age-old questions: Who am I? Who are you? Who are we? Our new answers will cause us, in partnership with the intelligent machines we build, to remake the world.

The Anatomy of a Concussion

By Gayatri Devi M.D. on July 08, 2013 in A Calm Brain
Twelve year-old Nellie gets hit by a sailboat boom and suffers persistent vertigo, headaches and fatigue a month after the injury. How can Nellie get better?

“F&%# It!” Get the Attitude That Will Set You Free

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on July 08, 2013 in The Power of Prime
The “f&%#-it!” attitude enables you to engage more deeply in your life. It liberates you to do so because, at the heart of the “f&%#-it!” attitude, is being able to let go of excessive attachment to the consequences of your actions. In other words, it means not caring too much about your successes and failures, your loves and rejections, your emotional highs and lows.

In Politics, Are Americans Now Like The French?

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on July 08, 2013 in Love, Inc
For well over a century, Americans have demanded bodily and especially sexual discipline from our political leaders. But with the comeback of Mark Sanford, Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner we may have entered a new era where we can accept that someone can be a completely competent politician and a lowdown, dirty dog.

If You Work on a Zombie Team, Kill the Zombies

By Jake Breeden on July 08, 2013 in Tipping Sacred Cows
Teams tend to outlive their usefulness. Learn to spot the zombie teams at your work. Once you do, you'll find more energy, productivity and resources for getting work done.

Ten or Twelve Reasons People Get Fat

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on July 07, 2013 in Fighting Fear
Excessive weight is not simply a failure of will power.

Learning In Unexpected Ways

By Lynne Soraya on July 07, 2013 in Asperger's Diary
I have had hearing loss for as long as I can remember. It’s something that’s “normal” for me – but every now and again, it impacts my life in a way that surprises me, peripherally or directly.

How the Brain Tracks Speeding Objects

By E E Smith on July 07, 2013 in Not Born Yesterday
Ever wonder how a batter knows when to swing at a pitch coming toward him, sometimes at more than 90 miles per hour?

Weather Experts Take Heat—But Some Have Cool Ideas

We often take weather experts for granted, when we're not complaining that they "got it wrong." But if we look closer at their worlds, we might discover they have more to offer about how to deal with some of life's challenges...even though it might not seem so.

The Natural Origins of Voodoo

By Bruce Hood Ph.D. on July 06, 2013 in The Self Illusion
Magical Reasoning in Children

Workaholism and Power

Why workaholics tend to misuse the power that is the result of their overly-ambitious goals and their reputation for having a public persona that broadcasts their success.

Olympic Gold Medalists and Raising Resilient Kids

Research with Olympic gold medalists teaches us what it takes for elite athletes to reach the highest levels of success. Their stories of endurance can also inspire us as parents and give us a great many good ideas for raising a resilient child who is better able to deal with setbacks, troubling thoughts, and low self-esteem.

Donuts Trump Healthy Desires, Hands Down

We are always of two minds when it comes to desires. We want one thing (losing weight) but undermine it by actions counter to our self-interest (eating ice-cream). Conflict is built into the human brain, and knowing what to do is not guarantee that we actually will do it.

Measuring Ambition in Today’s Youth

In our competitive culture, today's young people need to understand how to prove their ambition. Demonstrating ambition serves them in a multitude of ways - not the least of which is in gaining acceptance to a College or University of their choice. But how is this intangible quality shown, and measured?

Why Are Companies Still Losing Talented Women?

Despite progress, companies are still losing talented women at a rate that has caused the thought-leaders to invest in ambitious efforts to retain them.