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Misperceptions

Excerpted from Symbols And Deception, And The Social Murder of Identity By Vahik Ovanessian, Ph.D. Nothing is more amazing than a dream. The ornate intimations of a dream are as inscrutable as they are self-revealing. They are unfathomable because the images in our dreams represent something other than the images themselves. We encounter a snake in a dream, but that may be an expression of our fear of elusively dangerous situations surrounding us in real life. We may fl

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Growing Yourself Back Up

Excerpted from Growing Yourself Back Up By John Lee Regression is what happens to us when, emotionally, we leave the present moment. By contrast, staying present with yourself, your partner, your children, friends, colleagues, and boss means that, emotionally, you are completely in the here and now, and that a small part of you is neither wandering over the hills and valleys of your past nor trying to predict the future. While staying present is one of the greatest gift

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Building Your Confidence Muscle

Excerpted from Change Your Life in 30 Days; A Journey to Finding Your True Self By Rhonda Britten Take a few moments to answer the questions and fill in the blanks. There are no wrong answers. Write down the first thought that comes to your mind. Self-confidence is the result of taking risks. Once you have successfully taken risks, you have learned through your experiences that you can count on yourself. Your belief that you can accomplish somet

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The Race Myth - A Brief History of Racism

Excerpted from The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America By Joseph L. Graves Jr., Ph.D. Nineteenth-century naturalists believed that race or biological features determined a person's position in society. They saw these positions as natural, the result of special creation, fixed and unchanging. These ideas were not new or original. We know that this idea goes back as far as the Greek philosopher Plato (c. 428-347 B.C.). Plato created the concept of the natural

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Self-Promotion: Writing a Right-Brain Marketing Plan

Excerpted from Self-Promotion for the Creative Person: Get the Word Out About Who You Are and What You Do By Lee Silber Define and Refine You don't want to be running around in circles without a clue about who your target is. Knowing who needs what is a key to success. A niche is a specific area that you specialize in. One man creates golf-related art and sells it through pro shops, country clubs, and ads in golf magazines and newsletters. This

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Heirs and Force: The Tenets of Passing the Torch

Excerpted from What Would Jackie Do? An Inspired Guide to Distinctive Living By Shelly Branch, Sue Callaway If you've chosen to have children, you're probably hip to Jackie's number-one goal when it came to raising Caroline and John Jr.: She wanted them to be little APs-Admirable People. And from a young age, they were-despite a tragedy bigger than any youngster should have to bear and the world's endless scrutiny. The classic images of Jackie and her young offspring ca

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Making Changes That Stick

By Theun Mares Anne has a weight problem. She has tried many different diets, but they just don't seem to work. Although she sticks with them, and sometimes loses weight, the effects never last for long. In the end, she gives up, feeling disheartened and that she really can't change her situation. Anne is typical of many who want to alter their lives in profound ways, but find that they are unable to make these changes last. Is there a remedy? Yes. The secret to long-lasting personal c

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Men - Emotional Absence

Excerpted from If Men Could Talk: Unlocking the Secret Language of Men By Alon Gratch, Ph.D. "Perhaps things are changing," I was thinking, as the third consecutive male "customer" walked into the office. Contrary to what the subject matter of this book may suggest, I generally do not divide the world into men and women. But subconsciously, I must have still expected women, not men, to come see me in the plush but sterile, up-in-the-sky Wall Street office which was mine

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Uncovering the Books That Will Change Your Life

Excerpted from The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life By Steve Leveen Choosing books to read can seem an overwhelming task. Each week thousands of additional titles are added to the imponderable number already weighing down libraries and cramming bookstores. Feeling oppressed by the number of books is nothing new. In the 1700s, Voltaire worried that "the multitude of books is making us ignorant." John Ruskin, the eminent English essayist and c

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TV Helps To Handle Loneliness

By Margarita Nahapetyan Favorite characters on TV shows and illusionary relationships with them can provide people with genuine feelings of belonging, even after being rejected by close friends or family members, indicates a new research by psychologists at the University at Buffalo and Miami University of Ohio. The scientists conducted four linked studies among undergraduate students and came to the conclusion that television can cas

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Dysfunctional Families

Excerpted from It Ends With You; Grow Up and Out of Dysfunction By Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D. What does it mean to grow up in a dysfunctional family? If you've followed pop psychology, been in a twelve step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Adult Children of Alcoholics, watched Oprah, or read books and magazines, you've probably seen or heard the term dysfunctional many times, and may even have an idea that it means a messed-up family with problems. Perhaps the word h

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From The Bachelorette to The Bachelor

Excerpted from What a Difference a Year Makes: How Life's Unexpected Setbacks Can Lead to Unexpected Joy By Bob Guiney When I first got the offer to write this book, I didn't know I was going to be the main man of the next The Bachelor. Actually, when the producers called me and told me ABC wanted me to be the next bachelor, I just laughed and said, "I don't think so." They didn't think it was funny. "Why aren't you jumping up and down with exci

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Facebook Users Opt For More Privacy

By Margarita Nahapetyan According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project report, online social network users are getting more concerned about their privacy and online reputation than they did a couple of years ago. The report found that: Male users of social network sites such as Facebook were almost twice as likely as their female counterparts to have posted content that t

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How First Impressions Are Formed

Excerpted from First Impressions: What You Don't Know About How Others See You By Ann Demarais, Ph.D., Valerie White, Ph.D. Imagine you are sitting at a bar with your best friend, who is about your age, similarly attractive, and intelligent. You both strike up a conversation with the bartender. You're all laughing and having a good time. But as the conversation goes on you realize the bartender is paying much more attention to your friend than to you. You feel hurt, and

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Highly Sensitive Person - Going Deeper into Who You Are

Excerpted from The Highly Sensitive Person's Workbook By Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D. How the Two Parts of the Psyche Communicate with Each Other The unconscious part of the psyche includes automatic knowledge and skills that we are lucky we don't have to think about, like how to stand up and walk across a room. It also includes deeper matters-feelings and memories we have repressed, parts of ourselves that have been banished as too "unimportant" to de

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Television - Everything Bad Is Good for You

Excerpted from Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter By Steven Johnson The interactive nature of games means that they will inevitably require more decision-making than passive forms like television or film. But popular television shows-and to a slightly lesser extent, popular films-have also increased the cognitive work they demand from their audience, exercising the mind in ways that would have been unheard of thirty

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Do Our Genes Decide Whether To Make Us Popular Or Shy?

By Margarita Nahapetyan A new study has found that it is genes that might be responsible to determine whether a person is sociable or shy. The researchers Nicholas Christakis from Harvard University and Christopher Dawes and James Fowler from University of California in San Diego, compared the social behavior of two types of twins, identical and fraternal. 1,110 twins were studied in a population of more than 90,000 people. What resea

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Online Poker: The More You Win, The Bigger You Lose

By Margarita Nahapetyan A new Cornell University study of online poker came to the conclusion that more hands players win, the less money they are likely to get, especially when it comes to novice players. The reason for such paradoxical results was clear enough: the majority of the wins the gamers had, turned out to be for relatively small stakes. However, the longer they played, and the more excited and confident they got, the likel

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How To Deal With Nervousness

By Margarita Nahapetyan Everyone on this planet has experienced being nervous at one point in their lives. Being nervous is a normal emotional reaction to stressful, unknown, or intimidating circumstances. It is quite normal to feel nervous before an upcoming job interview, before your first date, and even before a doctor's appointment. While the feeling of nervousness may be uncomfortable, the feeling is temporal and eventually one c

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The Four Stages of Child Anger

Excerpted from The Angry Child: Regaining Control When Your Child Is Out of Control By Timothy Murphy, Ph.D. When children explode in anger, even adults can feel intimidated and overwhelmed by the strength and depth of their emotion. We may also feel there is little we can do to stop or control the situation. Fortunately, this is not true. Every angry outburst follows a predictable progression from buildup to explosion through a series of four stages, and the good news

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Anger And Irritation Management

By Margarita Nahapetyan Today psychologists do not see anger and irritation as signs of someone's abnormal behavior. It is considered as a normal process that has allowed humans to evolve and adapt. It is not a bad thing in itself, but problems arise if it is not being handled in the right way. Frequent manifestation of nervousness is ridiculous and proves lack of control, reasoning and sensitivity. Anger is a mixture of both emotiona

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Reconnecting: How Your Essential Self Says 'No'

Excerpted from Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live By Martha Beck, Ph.D. Anne's job search was not going well. When I met her, she'd just blown big corporate interviews, not with one company but with several. It was same thing every time: Anne would go into the interview process smiling and gracious, like a Miss America contestant, and pass the first screening with flying colors. As she moved on to the next round of interviews, Anne wou

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American Dream - The Crossroads: Chicago

Excerpted from American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare By Jason DeParle Much as Hattie Mae had feared, Chicago proved a "big raggedy place that you could get lost in," and countless people did. In the three decades before she arrived, Chicago's black population grew by eight hundred thousand. A city-within-a-city sprang up in its midst, and while it fostered a proud black middle class it also bred a destructive new street life, spreadi

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Mama's Boys Become Stronger Men

By Margarita Nahapetyan For generations, men have been ridiculed for being a mama's boy and criticized for being too feminine. Even Sigmund Freud cautioned about the unresolved oedipal complex in boys, saying that guys who were attached too close to their mothers were destined to be sexually confused, or even gay. However, now a new book claims that this is not a case anymore and that having a special mother-son bond actually is a good thing for a man.

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Work Doesn't Work - The Working Poor

Excerpted from The Working Poor: Invisible in America By David K. Shipler Christie did a job that this labor-hungry economy could not do without. Every morning she drove her battered '86 Volkswagen from her apartment in public housing to the YWCAs child-care center in Akron, Ohio, where she spent the day watching over little children so their parents could go to work. Without her and thousands like her across the country, there would have been fewer people able to fill

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