Experts on television medical shows (e.g., The Dr. Oz Show; The Doctors) dispense a wide array of advice to audience members. Are such recommendations scientifically valid? A recent study sheds light on this exact issue. Read More
There are two sides to leadership. On the positive side, great leaders can inspire others to share a vision and to work together to achieve great things. On the negative side, there are comforts that come with leadership roles including higher salaries, respect, and other perks. So, when someone attains a leadership role, they are reluctant to give it up. Read More
The view that grammatical knowledge of language is innate, akin to an instinct, has dominated the study of language science for over 50 years. The idea is intuitive, simple, and completely wrong! Read More
Yesterday, the two middle-school girls who stabbed their classmate nineteen times to appease a fictional online character known as "Slender Man" were ruled competent to stand trial. But how can girls so delusional be considered competent? Read More
What can we do to slow down our fast paced lives? As we approach the new year, transitions can be hectic and busy. Here are six simple tips on how we can take a moment to relax and take care of ourselves during the holidays, new year, and beyond. Read More
No matter how hard you try to advance in your job, there are several ways that your boss can ruin your work career – some are obvious, some not so. How to keep your boss from sabotaging you and to keep your career on track. Read More
When we dwell with others’ unendurable pain, their shattered emotional worlds are enabled to shine with a kind of sacredness that calls forth an understanding and caring engagement within which traumatized states can be gradually transformed into bearable painful feelings that can be seamlessly and constitutively integrated into whom one experiences oneself as being. Read More
How can religion generate both savagery and nobility? How can the principles of religious faith be used to justify terrorism, and at other times encourage acts of great altruism and justice? This only makes sense if we distinguish two fundamentally different types of religion.
The bell curve has been used in education for decades - as a way to discriminate "the good" students from "the bad" students. This approach to education flies in the face of education itself - which is all about inspiring young minds to learn about the nature of the world and their place in it. I think it's time to take the bell curve out of education. Read More
The ASPCA's advertisement "Puppies Are The World's Best Gifts" troubled me. I beg everyone who is thinking of giving a puppy or other animal to someone as a holiday or other type of gift really think it through. I worry that if indeed the animal is "the wrong animal," he or she will pay a huge price for the well-intentioned move that turns into a grievous mistake. Read More
Peace begins inside of each person and it is there that it is nurtured. As peace grows inside, it will, inevitably, reach into the world, through kindness, love, compassion and wisdom. In that way, each human being, as an act of inner work, can help bring peace to the world. Read More
Women initiate more divorces than men and women may suffer less post-breakup. The negative physical and emotional health effects of divorce are larger for men, perhaps in part because men depend more on their spouse to encourage healthy behavior and provide emotional support. In addition, men may find it more difficult to seek support during a breakup. Read More
Psychopaths, narcissists, and sadists, oh my! Personality psychologist Del Paulhus has bucked the positive psychology trend, with a series of rigorous studies delving into the "Dark Side" of human personality. He has shown that four dark traits have distinct but often unexpected consequences in the workplace and in relationships. Read More
Confused about what to get your friend of family member who has a child with autism or special needs? Most of the time, they just want what any other parent would like – a gift from the heart that shows that you really care. I’ve worked with Shannon Penrod, host of Autism Live, to compile some go-to gifts that are sure to please. Read More
The Egyptians and Greeks were at the forefront of setting grooming trends, but is all this buffing, waxing, and mud just about beauty or could there be a practical and deeper biological explanation for some of the grooming practices we see in humans? Read More
Someone who has had a blackout while drinking cannot remember part of their drinking episode. Unfortunately, most people do not understand how dangerous blackouts are, yet up to 50% of drinkers may have an alcohol-related blackout (ARB).