The Takeaway

The Hidden Power of Vulnerability

Monday, September 17, 2012

Vulnerability: it's when we feel fragile, uncertain, and isolated. But there's a power hidden within vulnerability. Embracing those emotions can radically change our lives, says Brené Brown.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Happier Home

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, talks about her new project to improve her home life. Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life is an account of her nine-month experiment to make her home a place of greater simplicity, comfort, and love.

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The Takeaway

Getting in the Minds of Con-Artists

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Spending almost 10 years diving into the minds of those who have collectively carried out over a 100 Ponzi schemes, law professor Tamar Frankel wrote her findings to unfold more of the psychology of these schemers.

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The Takeaway

What Does Your Sneeze Say About You?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Until recently, we thought of laughing, sneezing and hiccuping as ordinary human actions. But it turns out that these seemingly-mundane behaviors have a long evolutionary history. In fact, how we cough, laugh and hiccup says a lot about our psychology, and that of our ancestors.

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Joseph LeDoux on the Emotional Brain

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux describes the underlying brain mechanisms that make us feel emotions. He's the author of The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life, which investigates the origins of human emotions such as fear, love, hate, anger, and joy, and explains that many exist as part of complex neural systems that evolved to enable us to survive. He is also the singer and song writer in The Amygdaloids, a rock band that sings about mind and brain, and with which  Rosanne Cash has recorded.

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The Takeaway

The Truth Behind Self-Deception

Monday, August 06, 2012

A new study in the journal Preventive Medicine found that Americans finds that a great majority of Americans are deceiving themselves when it comes to weight gain, but it turns out that self-deception is a fairly common phenomenon.

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The Takeaway

Exploring the Psychology of Droughts

Friday, August 03, 2012

For the past several weeks The Takeaway has been talking to farmers about the worsening drought conditions in the Midwest. The USDA has designated over 1,500 counties in 32 states as disaster areas. If a flood hit 32 states, we'd be in a panic.

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The Money-Empathy Gap

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lisa Miller, contributing editor at New York magazine, discusses whether having more money makes people less kind. Her article "The Money-Empathy Gap" appeared in the July 1 issue of New York magazine.

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Military Suicides

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

While only 1 percent of Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan—they account for 20 percent of U.S. suicides; an active duty soldier commits suicide every day on average, about as many as are dying on the battlefield. Mark Thompson, Time Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, and Nancy Gibbs, Time Deputy Managing Editor, discuss the situation, which they call the military's "ultimate asymmetrical war," and one it is losing.  Thompson and Gibbs spoke with two widows of soldiers who killed themselves a continent apart on the same day—March 21, 2012. The army had clear warning signs that these men were at risk. Their article “The War on Suicide” appears in the July 23 issue of Time.


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Disarming IEDs in Iraq

Monday, July 16, 2012

Brian Castner served two tours of duty as the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq. He describes the nerve-racking yet exhilarating work of disarming the deadly improvised explosive devices—or picking up the pieces when the alert came too late. He also gives an account of returning home and facing the lonely battle against the enemy within—the haunting memories that will not fade, the survival instincts that will not switch off. His book The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life that Followsexamines the toll war takes on the men and women who are fighting it.

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Please Explain: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Friday, June 29, 2012

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by anxiety and unreasonable thoughts and fears that lead to repetitive behaviors. Trying to ignore or stop these thoughts often only increases distress and anxiety, and people who suffer from OCD  feel driven to perform compulsive acts to reduce or ease feelings of stress and anxiety. Dr. Helen Blair Simpson, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and the Director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and Dr. Tamar Chansky, Founder and Director of the Children’s Center for OCD and Anxiety in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, join us to explain symptoms, treatment, and how to cope with the disorder. Dr. Chansky is the author of Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

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The Art and Science of Delay

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Frank Partnoy explains how delaying our reactions to everyday choices—large and small—can improve the quality of our lives. In Wait: The Art and Science of Delay, he finds that effective decision-making runs counter to our fast-paced world and argues that we benefit from  slowing down our responses decisions.

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Magic and the Mind

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Alex Stone tells of his quest to join the ranks of master magicians and explains magic’s connection to psychology, neuroscience, physics, history, and even crime. Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind looks at the world of magic and uncovers a wealth of insight into human nature and the nature of perception.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sally Koslow discusses "adultescents" and looks at why many in the current generation’s unwillingness—or inability—to leave home and become fully independent adults. In Slouching Toward Adulthood: Observations from the Not-So-Empty Nest, she includes the latest research, interviews frustrated parents and their frustrated offspring, and writes of her own experiences with her grown children.

Join the conversation! Share your experiences—as a parent or as an adult living at homeby leaving a comment or by calling us at 212-433-9692.

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Money and the Good Life

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky argue that economics is a moral science, and they trace the concept of the good life from Aristotle to the present day. In their book How Much Is Enough? Money and the Good Life, they investigate what the good life really means, what the true value of money is, and why we concentrate so much on acquiring greater wealth.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Living, Thinking, Looking: Essays by Siri Hustvedt

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Acclaimed novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt will discuss Living, Thinking, Looking: Essays, her new collection of meditations on philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, literature and psychoanalysis.

→ EVENT: Siri Hustvedt in conversation with Paul Auster at The Strand, Thursday, June 14, 7:00-8:00pm

→ EVENT: Reading, Q&A, and book signing at Community Bookstore (143 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn), Thursday, June 21, 7:00-8:00pm

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Dan Ariely tells the Truth about Dishonesty

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explores how unethical behavior works in the personal, professional, and political worlds, and he argues that irrational forces often determine whether we behave ethically or not. In The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves Ariely shows why some things are easier to lie about; how getting caught matters less than we think; and how business practices pave the way for unethical behavior, both intentionally and unintentionally.

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Phil Stutz and Barry Michels Teach the Tools

Monday, June 04, 2012

Phil Stutz and Barry Michels discuss their groundbreaking approach to therapy. In The Tools: Transform Your Problems into Courage, Confidence, and Creativity they present five tools that can bring about dynamic change. In their approach, obstacles become opportunities—to find courage, embrace discipline, develop self-expression, deepen creativity.

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The Takeaway

Is Technology Making Our Children Narcissists?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Does technology hurt a child's character development? Psychotherapist Sheri Noga believes there are potentially negative sides. As she sees it, today’s technology amplifies the mindset of immediate gratification; and that can be bad for children, parents and the world.

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The Takeaway

Why Kids Are The Best Scientists

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The next time your children get filthy playing in the riverbed or taking apart the remote control, stop before you scold. Scientists say that this kind of play is actually like hands-on science experimentation for your kids; they're learning to decipher the world around them through exploration. Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, explains how these findings should change how we educate our children.

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