Central Standard
11:23 am
Tue July 8, 2014

The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Sibling Relationships

Kids can be really loving, but they can also fight like cats and dogs.
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The bonds and battles between siblings are unique and long-lasting. For some people, their brother or sister is the most treasured person in their life; others can't spend an hour in the same room together. On Monday's Central Standard, we discuss the psychology of these lifelong relationships. 


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Central Standard
3:10 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Let's Talk About Death, Baby

At the Death Cafe, conversations about mortality are an important part of a life well-lived.
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It's one of life's great inevitables, and we don't mean taxes.

Death Cafes, where people get together to hang out and talk about death and dying, have started popping up in cities worldwide. Locally, we have two Death Cafes: one in St. Joseph, Mo. and another in Kansas City, Mo. 

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Central Standard
1:15 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Kick It Like A Habit: Giving Up Old Behaviors And Developing New Ones

Excessive television, overindulging in junk food and soda: Can we replace bad habits with good ones?
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Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." 

But making excellence a habit is easier said than done. For most people, the word habit evokes thoughts of junk food or television, not excellence.

Psychologist Bruce Liese stopped by Central Standard to talk about the ins and outs of habit formation, and help us recognize the difference between a good habit and a bad one. He offered advice on getting to the root causes of our most deeply ingrained patterns and offered insight into the common problem of relapse. 

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Central Standard
12:02 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Abuse Narratives Inform Recovery In Domestic Violence Shelters

A University of Kansas professor's recent research at a domestic violence shelter indicates that the way survivors must tell their stories in order to gain access to resources could be working against the emotional recovery process.

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Central Standard
12:25 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Does Our City Bring Strangers Together, Or Keep Them Apart?

This crowd on Kansas City's westside probably assembled lots of strangers; where else does that happen, and how often?
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A recent article in the New York Times compiled a growing body of evidence suggesting that the more frequent our interactions with strangers, the happier we tend to be. The findings apply to introverts and extroverts alike. In response to the enthusiasm around that article, Central Standard asked whether the people of Kansas City encounter strangers often enough in their day-to-day lives. Does Kansas City's built environment facilitate or prohibit these kinds of interactions?

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Central Standard
12:18 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Psychology Of Hatred And What Defines A Hate Crime

Experts agree that hate is a bitter potion (Adriaen Brouwer, The Bitter Potion at the Stadel, Frankfurt).
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In the aftermath of the shootings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom on April 13, a suspect has been charged with murder and hate crime charges will likely be filed against him.

As that question looms, Central Standard inquires into the nature of the word hate — its psychological underpinnings, as well as the definition of hate crime in our legal code. 


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Central Standard
9:34 am
Tue November 5, 2013

3 Tips For Better Work-Life Balance

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We live in a wired, digital world where our work is as portable as a smartphone or tablet. It’s tempting to check our email or reply to a message when we should be more focused on ‘living in the moment.' For many people, the work week is stretched far beyond the typical 40-hours per week. But in a fast-paced work environment, how does one rationalize between putting food on the table, and still being able to enjoy life?

What is balance?

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Central Standard
4:51 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

What Is Sex Addiction?

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Now more than ever, our society seems preoccupied with sex. Sexting and twerking are a part of our lexicon. Whether we’re talking about television, popular music or movies, sexual images and innuendo are everywhere. And access to pornography is as easy as a click of a mouse for the over 40 million people who log into porn websites. Given the highly sexualized society we live in, can a person really become addicted to sex? And at what point does sex become an unhealthy addiction—a bad habit that interferes with work, relationships and mental health?

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Central Standard
10:05 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

Obsessive hand washing is one of the typical symptoms of OCD.
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Obsessive thoughts can lead to obsessive behaviors. According to psychologist Dr. Bruce Liese, obsessive compulsives typically have a recurring, persistent and unwanted thought or thoughts that won't go away. These thoughts tend to be irrational and very closely correlated with anxiety and can often cause anxiety themselves.

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Central Standard
6:08 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

The Practicality Of Personality Tests

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There are multiple tests out there that reduce your personality to a number, a one-word description, or a series of letters. Some say they’ve helped match the right person to the right job—maybe even to the right colleagues or romantic partners. But is personality simple enough to fit in such a box, or could a personality label lead people to change it, or live into it?

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Parents, Teens & Sexual Development

Psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to discuss how sexual material teens find online affects their development.
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When it comes to pornography, the days of sneaking a peek at a Playboy at the drugstore have faded. The internet seems to have everything, and that’s especially true when you’re talking about porn.

On Monday's Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to discuss how the availability and increasing explicit nature of pornography is affect sexual development in teens. We discuss why the impact of pornography is different today and how parents can approach the topic with their teens.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Analyzing The Texting And Driving Problem

KU professor Paul Atchley studies distracted drivers.
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We all know that texting while driving often results in accidents, and a New Jersey court recently ruled that it's not only the driver who's responsible-- if you know someone's driving when you send a text, you might be held responsible if he or she gets into an accident.

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Central Standard
5:00 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

The Negative Consequences Of Procrastination

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Human beings have always been pain-avoiding creatures. We seek to avoid the things we don't like or that could bring pain to us, and we pursue the things that bring us pleasure and happiness. Oftentimes, this human practice takes form in procrastination.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Preschoolers & Gunplay: What's Normal?

On Monday's Up to Date, we explore how much gunplay is normal for children.
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Playing cops and robbers is just part of normal childhood, right? Should we be more concerned about what children learn through these games?

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

Looking At The Friendfluence Factor

Author Carlin Flora speaks with Steve Kraske on the importance of 'friendfluence.'

Do you remember that friend your mom said was no good? Or that buddy your dad said was a bad influence on you? As it turns out, they might have been right.

In the first part of Monday's Up to Date, we talk with Carlin Flora, author of Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are, about how friends shape our personalities and help create the mold for our attitudes and future actions.

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Up To Date
12:00 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Embracing Anger To Be Happier

Harriet Lerner's book, The Dance of Anger
Credit HarperCollins Publishers

Have you ever felt so angry that steam could be pouring out your ears? 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Using Hope As An Educational Tool

Shane Lopez

Are you holding out hope for the future? You’re not alone.

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Central Standard
5:52 pm
Mon February 11, 2013


Today on Central Standard, we talk about conflict, and resolving it. Why is it that our workplaces, our families, even the international community have such trouble getting along? Our resident psychologist Bruce Liese is here to try to help … and to give us some ideas about conflict resolution in our world and in our lives.

Up to Date
6:00 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Constructing A Remarkable Relationship

Psychologist Harriet Lerner

When a couple is together for the long haul, sometimes a set of guidelines helps keep the harmony in the matrimony.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Stressed For The Holidays?

Harriet Lerner

The holidays are a time of good cheer, celebration and togetherness. So what do you do if your family has just gone through a divorce or other domestic clash?

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KC Currents
4:44 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

A Look At What Triggers Murder-Suicides

Daniel C. Claiborn Ph.D.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

Murder suicide is rare, but on the rise across the country. Missouri is in the top ten for women killed by intimate partners, and murder-suicide has increased in Kansas.

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Central Standard
9:17 am
Mon November 5, 2012


George Tames New York Times

What are the characteristics of a leader?  Is it a constant, even temperament?  The ability to command respect?  Possessing an unwavering state of courage?

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Central Standard
4:00 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Why Do We Dream?

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On Monday’s Central Standard, a look into dreams with psychologist Dr. Bruce Liese.

We’ll learn about the history of dream research and analysis. Plus, we’ll explore lucid dreaming, or dreaming when you know you’re dreaming.

Dr. Bruce Liese, KU Family Medicine

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Making Divorce Better For Children

Even with rates falling, divorce is still a common occurrence in the United States, yet have we gotten any better at putting ourselves, and our children, through the process?

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Central Standard
10:19 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Why Do We Work?

On Wednesday’s Central Standard, special guest host Brian Ellison talks with psychologist Dr. Bruce Liese about the meaning of work.

Why do we work? Are we searching for more than a job, more than a paycheck? How does one find their “calling?” Plus, we’ll discuss the role that the modern-day office job plays in the development of personal relationships.

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Central Standard
9:26 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Death & Dying

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I know it’s a beautiful summer day outside, and you’re busy thinking of a million things you have planned for the coming week, but sometimes, we have to step outside the day to day for a deeper discussion about what it means to be human, to be alive.

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Central Standard
3:32 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

The Secret Lives Of Secrets

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On this Monday's Central Standard, a look at the psychological implications of the secrets we keep. Are all secrets created equal?

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Central Standard
3:31 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

On Being Mindful

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On this Monday's Central Standard, the one thing you’ll need to get everything you want out of life: mindfulness. Learn how cutting back on multitasking, and learning how to focus your mind, can change everything.

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Central Standard
9:37 am
Mon June 4, 2012

What Your Story Says About You

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You know the phrase "that’s my story and I’m sticking to it?" Don’t! On this Monday's Central Standard, learn how changing the way you tell your story can help free you from your past.

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Central Standard
12:49 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Who Are You Really?

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Are you who you say you are? Do other people see you that way? Can you be one person at home and another person at work? Is that ideal?

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