Psychology is one of the top majors in college, ranking only behind Business/Management according to the Princeton Review. Yet, you commonly hear, “What are you going to do with a Psychology major?” “There aren’t any high paying jobs for psychologists?” and the like. Is this true, and what is the value of pursuing a Psychology degree? Read More
Some of us hide our resentment and frustrations because we were taught that anger is bad. We were taught that we had to be nice, not angry. We were not taught what to do with our anger when it shows up. It then is toxic to our relationships, our happiness, and our health. Read this post to learn how to give a healthy voice to your anger so you release it for good.
Our mental health system is in tatters. There has been a great deal of finger-pointing and hand-wringing over how things got to be so bad. Some blame lack of funding. Others blame misguided priorities. Democrats blame Republicans. Republicans blame Democrats.
This blame game misses the forest for the trees. There is a single underlying cause of the current mess. Read More
Behavioral researchers have hit upon what they believe to be the basic building blocks of intelligence - a set of skills, known as relational framing skills, that appear to function as behavioral precursors for a wide range of intellectual abilities. Read More
One aspect in choosing a romantic partner is the weight we give to bad and good qualities. Although we tend to focus more on the partner's bad qualities at the stage of choosing a partner, it seems that in the long run, good qualities become more important and eventually outweigh the bad qualities. Read More
New research into how pairs create collaboratively is surprising and enlightening. From John Lennon to Penn Jillette, from William Wordsworth to Madame Curie, individuals working in creative duos have changed the world. Read More
Lots of people complain about inequality, especially since the Occupy movement and the publication this spring of Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Still, not enough has been said about why we should be disturbed by it. Read More
I prepared questions I wanted us to explore together, questions like: What do you feel grateful for in your life? What new things do you feel are struggling to grow and be born in you? What do you want to let go of, so that the new can be born? Read More
Far too often when we confront someone, we’re not considering how our requesting (or demanding!) that they change will actually benefit them. Rather, in the moment our sole concern is for ourselves. And this is the case whether our encounter is contrived to offer us an advantage over them, advance our particular preferences, or simply make us more comfortable with them.... Read More
A new study shows dogs display jealousy (snapping, getting between their owner and an object) when owners show affection to a stuffed dog, but not when they show affection to nonsocial objects. While some believe dogs and other animals don't display cognitively complex emotions such as jealousy, arguments from evolutionary continuity show this is not a surprising result. Read More
As risk issues grow more and more complex we need more and more trustworthy information to figure them out. But some scientists are not neutral. Advocates use the internet and social media to spin and distort. And the modern news media oversimplify and shorten–and leave things out–as never before. Read More
Forgiveness, as many of us have come to know is not given exclusively for the benefit of the forgiven, but for the benefit of the forgiver. Letting go of a grievance or past injury doesn’t just help to alleviate the other’s guilt, but the offering of forgiveness is itself redemptive in that it relieves the giver of the emotional weight of that resentment. Read More