Additional "A Line on Life" Articles

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Choosing a Spouse – A Product of Evolution? (How evolutionary psychologists view choosing a marriage partner — 9/8/96)

Love, Commitment and Communication (Love is not enough; it needs communication and commitment to help a marriage succeed — 9/3/95)

"Marriage isn't what it used to be." (Comparing marital standards to those in previous eras — 8/26/91, Revised 11/2/02)

Recipe for a Happy Marriage (Qualities of a relationship that lead to a good marriage — 2/6/94)

Myths of Marital Infidelity (Some incorrect beliefs about marital infidelity — 10/16/94)

Managing the Monthly Menace (Problems related to menstruation and some ways to deal with them — 8/18/96)

Making the Most of Medication (What patients can learn and do to make their medications safer and more effective — 9/25/94)

Myths of Menstruation (Why we still believe some of the myths about menstruation — 12/3/87)

The Definition of Manhood (How we are effected by the changing definition of masculinity in our culture — 4/27/97)

Menarche and Thinness (How the body image of maturing girls can lead to anorexia or bulimia — 7/9/95)

Managing Family Meetings (The importance of family meetins and how to make them more effective — 12/25/94)

News Media and the Mean World (How media overdependence on negative news stories influences our perception of the world — 4/21/96)

The Media and Meanness (How fictional media violence leads to desensitization and viewing violence as a social norm in real life — 11/5/95)

Making the Most of the Media (How to evaluate the thurthfulness of media information — 9/3/90)

How Great Is the Power of the Media? (Although the media does influence people, it is not as effective as some people think — 4/25/90)

The Media Magic of Michael Jordan (How the media promoting the fame of star athletes effects black students — 12/14/97)

Meditation – Another Option (How changing one's lifestyle to include meditation can help us to become more aware of our experiences — 12/7/97)

Memory? What Memory? (Aspects of memory, including how we remember and forget — 1/7/88)

Do You Remember? (Only some types of memory are affected by aging — 3/8/92)

"Remember What's His Name?" (Causes of memory lapses that occur in all of us — 9/13/92)

Helping Your Memory (Methods to help you remember better — 10/2/94)

Recovered or False Memories? (Are newly-discovered memories of sexual abuse real? — 11/20/94, Revised 2/14/03)

Getting the Message Across (Verbal and nonverbal methods to communicate more effectively — 8/31/98)

The Mexican Clock "Walks" (Differences in nonverbal communication with time — 4/13/83, Revised 5/5/01)

Past, Present or Future? (Cultural and individual differences in time perspectives — 10/30/94)

Caught in the Middle (Facts and myths about the lives of middle-aged people — 12/1/96)

Self-Monitoring in the New Year (Managing the self-image you present to others — 12/27/89)

Moral Development (Kohlberg's levels of moral development — 6/11/86)

The Gender Gap in Morality (Morality differences between men and women — 6/28/94)

Working Mothers and Their Children (How maternal employment affects both parents and children — 5/12/88 & 5/19/88)

(Mis)Fortunes of the Working Mother (How mothers can develop a balance between working and childrearing — 1/26/97)

Home and Work: Adversaries or Allies? (How companies and families can either conflict or support each other — 9/14/97)

Do You Speak "Motherese"? (How adults can communicate and teach language more effectively to toddlers — 1/21/87)

Single Mothers (Causes of unwed motherhood and some ways to help these single mothers — 10/6/96)

Body Ritual of the Nacirema (Miner's anthropological analysis of the Nacirema and how it relates to us — 1/29/86, Revised 8/2/02)

The Night Walkers (Various theories for Restless Leg Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disroder — 11/19/95)

Fighting Obesity (Some theories about why people become fat — 5/24/92)

Orphanages vs. Welfare Mothers (Problems with using orphanages to take care of the children of teenage, unwed, welfare mothers — 12/3/95)

Dealing with Osteoporosis (Risk factors associated with osteoporosis and ways to deal with it — 12/15/96)

Living with Pain (The effects of arthritis and some ways to deal with them — 4/15/91, Revised 10/31/02)

Soothing Infant Pain (Attempting to reduce the stress that babies experience in painful situations — 1/19/97)

Predicting Panic (A method for predicting those who are at high risk for panic attacks — 12/29/96)

Don’t Panic! (How anxiety leads to panic disorders and how to deal with them — 1/4/98)

The Persuasive Person (Criteria to help you to be more effective in influencing others — 7/30/86)

Talk About Personality (The use of speech patterns to learn about personality — 12/14/88)

Phobias and Their Treatment (An exploration of some types of treatment of phobias and panic attacks — 10/8/95)

Has Your Pilot Had His Nap? (How the negative effects of sleep deprivation can can be reduced by naps to improve performance, even among pilots — 2/16/97)

Power of the Placebo (Exploring the placebo effect — 11/23/88)

Doubling the Power of the Placebo (How confidence or belief increase the placebo effect — 3/27/94)

A Balance of Pleasure (Viewing pleasure as a healthy choice — 3/25/91, Revised 10/31/02)

Police Families and Stress (How the stresses of law enforcement effects the families of officers — 1/16/94)

Car Accidents and PTSD (How PTSD is also a problem with severe car accidents — 12/17/95)

"The Cost of Caring" (How caregivers can develop compassion fatigue, a form of PTSD — 12/31/95)

Treatable Prostate Cancer (Ways of detecting prostate cancer so it can be treated more effectively and easily — 2/6/94)

Top of the Pyramid (Maslow's hierarchy of needs and qualities of self-actualizers — 4/25/84, Revised 6/28/01)

"What's in a name?" (Criteria for formal and familiar ways of addressing others — 7/4/99)

Obedient Killers (Extreme obedience leads to atrocities — 6/8/86)

Getting Optimistic about Optimism (Comparing the adjustment of optimists to pessimists — 4/19/98)

Why Are We Overconfident? (Exploring an overconfidence bias that exists in many people — 6/27/99)

Perception of Control (How merely the perception of control reduces anxiety — 5/30/84, Updated 6/28/01)

Person Perception — East vs. West (How Oriental and Occidental cultures differ in their perceptions of other people — 7/20/97)

Perceptions of Pornography (Differences in our perceptions of what is pornography — 8/23/89)

The Need for Power (Positive and negative types of power — 5/3/89)

Organizing the World (Factors that allow us to organize our perception of the world — 8/8/84, Updated 7/1/01)

A Cause of Cause (Contiguity as a mjor factor in our perception of causation — 8/15/84, Updated 10/27/01)

Controlling Pain (How people can control their subjective perception of pain — 11/7/84, Revised 11/5/01)

Pet Therapy (How having a pet can improve a person's health — 1/25/98)

Coping with Phobias (How to reduce phobic behavior — 5/19/96)

The Eye of the Pirate (Factors related to dark adaptation — 6/6/83, Revised 5/6/01)

One Day with the Potty Patrol (Effective techniques for toilet training of toddlers — 4/12/92)

Proxemics - Too Close for Comfort (The varied significance of face-to-face distances — 5/28/86)

Prejudice, Causes and Solutions (Some causes and solutions for prejudice are discussed — 10/25/98)

Prejudice (Prejudice and behaviors that accompany it — 5/20/91, Revised 11/2/02)

Changes in Prejudice (Changes in prejudices that have occurred over the past several decades — 1/17/99)

Reducing Prejudice (Methods to reduce prejudices — 5/17/98)

Treating People More Like "Us" and Less Like "Them" (How classifying others as outgroup members rather than ingroup members leads to prejudice — 11/9/97)

Framing a Question (The way a question is asked greatly influences the way it is answered — 9/18/94)

Race and IQ (How racial differences in IQ are caused mainly by environmental factors — 3/7/90)

Less Than Enthusiastic Letter of Recommendation (How to get a bad recommendation and how it will affect your life — 8/28/85, Revised 8/1/02)

Controlling Behavior by Reinforcement (How various schedules of reinforcement influence behavior — 6/26/84, Revised 6/29/01)

Every Once in a While (How the special case of random reinforcement influences gambling and superstition — 7/4/84, Revised 6/29/01)

Too Much Reward (How extra rinforcements can reduce intrinsically motivated behavior — 9/23/91)

Reward Children for Doing Well (Reinfrocement needs to be attacted to achieving goals — 11/2/97)

Starting Relationships – And Continuing Them (Factors that influence how relationships begin and how they are maintained — 2/4/88 & 2/11/88, Revised 8/15/02)

Religion and Helping Others (Are prosocial behaviors truly altruistic or merely a need to be needed? — 4/23/95)

Evaluating Rumors (The need to evaluate information and how to do it — 1/22/86)

Volunteerism — Not "Without Reward" (How Maslow's hierarchy and intrinsic motivation influence volunteerism — 8/1/84, Updated 6/30/01)

Challenges of Retirement (Ways to make retirement more fulfilling — 1/5/97)

Road Rage (Causes and remedies for violent behavior on our highways — 2/21/99)

Legalizing the Good Samaritan (Laws are not enough to encourage or foster helping behavior — 9/30/91)

School Phobias (Causes of school anxiety with some ways to reduce them — 2/1/98)

Extended-Year School (Is year-around schooling a more effective way to teach children? — 2/5/95)

Home Schooling: Positives and Negatives (Advantages and disadvantages of home schooling along with another alternative — 2/5/95)

Self-Handicapping Your Resolutions (How and why some people sabotage themselves in reaching their goals — 12/31/87)

Graham Crackers, Corn Flakes and Sex (How diet was thought to be related to a person's sex drive — 7/18/99)

The Bible and Science on Sexuality (How we interpret the Bible effects our acceptance of scientific information about sex — 5/1/94)

Deciding about Sex (Questions to think through before engaging in sexual activities — 1/25/89)

Educating Your Kids about Sex (How parents can more effectively educate their kids about sex — 4/5/89)

Teaching Children about Sexuality (Like any factual information, sexuality education can help our children make better decisions — 11/22/98)

The First Sex Survey (The first known sex survey gives insight into sexual behavior of women in Victorian times. — 7/30/90)

Sexual Harassment Lingers in the Military (The military establishment can use its hierarchy to either promote or reduce sexual harassment — 10/26/97)

Consenting Adults (The freedom of consent — sexual or otherwise — involves knowledge and honest communication. — 2/18/96)

Compulsive Shopping (Can excessive buying be an obsessive-compulsive disorder? — 9/10/95)

"Deck the Malls with Bills of Folly...." (The compulsive/impulsive shopping of shopaholics increases during the holidays — 12/21/97)

Sleepwalking (Somnambulism typically is not a serious problem — 10/1/95)

Social Facilitation (How being observed can either help or hinder performance — 5/2/90)

Positive Solitude (How solitude can be a positive time for introspection to find out what you really want — 11/14/93)

Spare the Rod (There are more effective methods to discipline children than spanking — 3/19/95)

Expelling Unruly Students? (Only suspending or expelling unruly students will not reduce their problem behavior — 8/27/95)

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (Exploring the Relation between SIDS and sleep apnea, learning and botulism — 4/14/96)

So You Need Surgery.... (Questions to ask when confronted with the need for surgical treatment — 11/21/93)

Survivors (Factors that help children to survive being raised in dysfunctional families — 10/4/92)

Suspicions about Sex Research (Why people question the motives of sex researchers — 2/14/90)

Getting Treated for STDs (What happens when a person goes to a clinic to get treated for an STD — 1/11/89, Revised 9/23/02)

Erotophobia and AIDS (How fear about discussing sexuality contributes to AIDS and other STDs — 11/18/91)

Shyness (How lack of social skills is related to shyness — 7/6/97)

A Lifetime of Sleep (How sleeping patterns change throughout the life span — 2/1/89)

Go Ahead – Sleep With Your Infants (Parents do not need to be ashamed of letting their children share their bed — 10/19/97)

The Sense of the Siesta (Biological mandates for the afternoon nap — 2/2/92)

"Oops, I slipped!" (Monitoring of our own behavior is needed to avoid mistakes — 7/11/99)

"Do you smell or do you stink?" (Factors in sensing and giving off odors — 6/25/86)

Sweet Smell of SEXcess (How odors influence the genders differently — 2/11/87)

Second-Hand Smoke (How passive smoking effects nonsmokers — 1/2/94 and 5/22/94, Revised 1/3/2003)

Social Power and Its Abuse (Types of social power and ways they can be misused — 9/17/90)

Social Traps (How short-term gains can lead to long-term losses — 2/21/89)

Spanking Your Child (Problems with spanking and some alternatives — 4/12/89)

Speed Reading – Saving Time and Money (How to increase your reading rate — 4/2/86, Updated 8/5/02)

Speed Reading Is Not Good for Studying (Studying requires a higher level of attention to detail than speed reading provides — 3/8/98)

"Breech and the Spain" (How Spoonerisms slips in speeech patterns — 5/8/94)

Communicating Your Status (How nonverbal cues modify our ability to influence others — 6/3/91)

Standing Out in a Crowd (Factors that make others pay more attention to you, with good or bad results — 1/30/94)

Assisted Suicide – A Rational Choice? (Arguments about whether suicide can ever be a rational decision — 11/16/97)

Preventing Suicide (Methods to reduce suicidal potential in others — 2/8/89)

Looking for Hope (When depressed people find hope, they are not likely to attempt suicide — 12/27/98)

A Bridge to 1000 (Reasons why the Golden Gate Bridge "invites" those who want to commit suicide and ways to avert suicide — 10/20/96)

Teenage Suicide (Causes and some possible remedies for potential suicide among adolescents — 10/29/87)

A Matter of Taste (Even though genetic factors influence tasting, these can be modified by learning — 2/15/98)

Teen Decision Making (Adolescents need to learn and practice decision-making skills — 6/21/98)

The Myth of Teenage Turmoil? (Rather than indicating just a "stage," teen turmoil can indicate serious problems — 4/21/88)

"Boob Tube" Addiction (Factors that lead us to develop a television-watching habit — 1/14/91)

Taming the Electronic Babysitter (Problems that result when using television as a babysitter — 12/16/91)

Prosocial Television (There are conditions under which children can learn positive traits from TV — 9/16/91)

Qualities of a Good Test (Criteria used to gauge the effectiveness of tests — 9/7/83, Updated 6/21/01)

Reducing Test Anxiety (Ways to reduce anxiety and increase efficiency in taking tests — 5/11/83, Revised 5/6/01)

Dealing with Test Anxiety (More ways to reduce anxiety and increase efficiency in taking tests — 2/25/88, Revised 8/25/02)

Coaching for Standardized Tests (Conditions under which coaching can help test performance — 2/28/90)

Objective Tests — Should You Stay with Your Answers? (Research on the effectiveness of changing answers on bojective tests — 11/28/84, updated 11/5/01, Updated 5/6/01)

The Magic of "Thank You" (How expressions of appreciation help to get other to repeat desired behavior — 7/21/96)

Why Does Disclosure Help? (In psychotherapy, merely taking the risk disclosing confidential information can be helpful — 1/22/95)

When Compassion Hurts — Therapist, Heal Thyself (How trauma workers need help themselves, so they cancontinue to help others — 3/9/97)

"Throwing Like a Girl" (Causes for gender differences in throwing ability — 4/26/98)

The Benefits of Touching (Touching not only feels good, but it helps physical development — 4/4/90)

Miracles from Tragedy (Through donating organs, the death of one person can lead to life or improved living for several others — 3/26/95)

Skirts of Queen Victoria (How historical events influence our attitudes toward sexuality — 6/13/84, Revised 6/28/01)

Anger and Violence (Causes of teenage violence and some ways to reduce it — 5/16/99)

Why Vote? (Reasons for voting and factors that influence how we vote — 11/26/95)

Violence vs. the Gift of Choice (How allowing people the power of making choices reduces probability of violence — 12/26/84, Revised 11/5/01)

Innocent Violence Can Grow (Playful violence can too often escalate into harmful aggression — 5/3/98)

Violent Children (Discussion of signs of potential violence and aggression in children and adolescents — 3/7/99)

Avoid Vacation Disappointments (Ways to make your vacation a more positive experience — 3/26/86)

Relaxing on Your Vacation (Challenge and relaxation combine to make vacations more enjoyable and invigorating — 3/13/94)

Visual Depth Cues: Near or Far? (Explores monocular cues to visual depth perception — 3/14/84, Updated 6/21/01)

Visual Depth Cues: Near or Far? (Explores binocular cues to visual depth perception — 3/21/84, Updated 6/21/01)

Makings of a Winner (Ego-oriented vs. task-oriented goals for excelling in sports — 7/28/96)

Women's Health — More Than Physical (In fulfilling their responsibilities to family and work, many women neglect their own health — 3/24/96)

Women and Psychotherapy (Gender bias in getting psychotherapy — 5/31/89)

The Remnants of Witchcraft (How myths of witchcraft still influence our lives today — 10/25/89)

Your Personality and Your Body (How various body types are related to personality types — 4/18/84, Updated 11/5/01)

Cholesterol and Your Heart (How cholesterol effects your cardiovascular system and what can be done about it — 4/3/85, Updated 12/26/01)

Workaholics (How working can become addictive, interfering with relations with family and friends — 1/12/97)

Why Worry? (How worry is an ineffective way to deal with your problems — 11/8/89)


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