Menstrual Cycle Modulator: The Science of Smell

How Do Pheromones Affect a Female’s Menstrual Cycle? A woman’s menstrual cycle can be altered by the pheromones transmitted by either males or females. This chemical signal can cause her cycle to become synchronized, shortened, or lengthened. The male pheromones which affect females are the primer pheromones. Many studies have been conducted on different mammals…

Mother-Infant Bonding: The Science of Smell

How Are Pheromones Used? The bond between a mother and her child are much deeper than just emotional heart strings. Pheromones are exchanged in the womb, through breastfeeding, and through other means of physical contact which create a lifelong bond between mothers and their children. Both humans and nonhumans use pheromones as a means of…

Same-Sex Attraction: The Science of Smell

Is There Biological Reasoning for Homosexuality? Evidence supporting the biological reasoning for existence of homosexuality in the human species is growing. Even though there are still some who believe that homosexuality is a choice rather than an inborn trait, stemming either from a religious or conservative viewpoint, the recent research into pheromones has a reassuring…

Opposite-Sex Attraction: The Science of Smell

What Does Science Have to Do with Mate Selection? When thinking about mate selection, rarely do thoughts turn to science and biology, although both are shown to play an important part of mate selection. There are no romantic comedies called Love at First Sniff or articles in Cosmopolitan entitled: How to Get the Best Body…

Love Styles: An Analysis

Abstract This is an analysis of how the six love styles pertain to sexual styles, personality, and relational satisfaction. The research explains a positive relationship between relational and sexual satisfaction with certain love styles and that love styles can change over time, since love is learned. The studies also show relational satisfaction with couples who…

Patanjali’s Yoga Darsana – The Hatha Yoga Tradition

A Comparative Study of Their Means, Goals and Correspondences Introduction If atman is brahman in a pot (the body), then one need merely break the pot to fully realize the primordial unity of the individual soul with the plentitude of Being that was the Absolute.[1] In the above quote, which paraphrases the Chandogya Upanisad (6.8.7),…

The Americanization of Obesity

In recent months, world health officials have reported a dramatic growth in the percentage of the US population that can be classified as morbidly obese. The World Health Organization has characterized this increase in obesity as an “epidemic”, citing an estimated 60% of the people in the US as overweight. What is the source of…

Applying Jim Collins’ Good to Great to Human Service Organizations

I found Jim Collins’ bestseller Good to Great to be an interesting, surprisingly-applicable book for social workers. I began reading the book with a slightly cynical attitude, which I admittedly struggle with when reading about or discussing information related to Big Business. My pessimistic attitude was unwarranted, though, and in this book I found helpful…

Sartre’s Critique of the Freudian Explanation of Bad Faith

Sartre believes that a Freudian conception of consciousness is inadequate to explain the phenomenon of “bad faith” basically because of the fundamental differences between his construction of consciousness and Freud’s. Sartre believes that these differences, taken to their logical extremes, are enough to disprove Freud’s conception of consciousness. Sigmund Freud, unlike Jean-Paul Sartre, had a…

Historicized Usurpations

William Shakespeare’s King Richard III and Macbeth carry out analogous deeds of treachery and endure comparable fates in their rises by sin to the throne.  However, their personalities differ such that Richard III is innately willing to execute anything and anyone to satisfy his quest for the crown, while Macbeth must be spurred by his…