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).
Now we have the false promise that the hallucinogen Ketamine, street name - Special K - raises hope as a treatment for depression. This tells us how far afield, my field, psychiatry has really gone - that it is even a consideration to use an hallucinogen for the treatment of depression. Read More
Studies are finding that the healthiest, most successful, best learners, who enjoy the deepest well-being have the psychological agility for example to navigate between positive and negative emotions, mindfulness and mindlessness, kindness and selfishness. Discover three unusual ways you can embrace the upside of your dark side and finally live a life you love. Read More
Psychologists are turning to short scales to assess our attitudes and personality. We have developed several brief instruments to measure beliefs about the use of other species. You can take the 5-item Animal Attitude Scale here. Read More
"The Christmas Song" teaches a surprising lesson on having a joyous holiday season. The key isn't picture postcard perfection. What you really need is a little distance and a fuzzy focus to enjoy your holidays more. Read More