The financial reporter for The New York Times Gretchen Morgenson notes that the report of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission "makes for compelling reading because so little has changed." It's what's missing that captured her attention.
More ink is spilled on the subject of leadership than almost on any other topic in our culture. That's probably a sign of how little we know about it -- and how desperate we are to understand the knowledge and skills we lack.
We all have our personal theories about what helps and what hinders our mind's capacity to think. And our culture is rife with fads. There is probably no more engaging question for us to ask ourselves than how we can enhance our mental powers. But there is little hard evidence about what actually works.
More Americans say they go to church than actually do, according to recent research. As Shankar Vedantam reported on Slate, "two in five Americans say they regularly attend religious services," but studies of actual behavior show that the real number is half that.
The American Psychiatric Association has decided to eliminate Narcissism as a personality disorder. It probably it has to do with the absence of rigorous diagnostic standards, a problem of particular concern to researchers.
In an unexpected convergence, the logic behind WikiLeaks is coming to resemble the ideology of the Tea Party movement. They are both anti-establishment, of course, and seem to relish rebellion and defiance. But Assange's hero is Daniel Ellsberg. . . .
I don't know who coined the term, but whoever it was deserves a medal. I was introduced to it early in my training as a psychologist and psychoanalyst, and it's a good diagnosis for those who cannot tolerate doubt. Read More
In daily life people get caught up in mutual hatred, unable to see anything about the other person apart from their faults. It often happens in families and between groups as well. And it happens in the larger world.
Do We Really Want to Know?
The number of people who understand the meaning of the votes cast in the election is astonishing. They can’t all be correct, and yet so many are stridently certain -- and eager for the rest of us to get the message they hear so loudly.
More and more, the internet is being mined and scratched for data - and, of course, at the moment our current focus is on forecasting the election. Tuesday night, for example, CNN will use "sentiment analysis" to track the themes that preoccupy voters.
Economists often talk as if money has a life of its own. As Dan Ariely, a Duke University Professor, put it: "The entire question of how emotion will change people's behavior is pretty much outside the standard model of economics."
News about Iraq and Afghanistan fills the media. At the same time we are besieged with stories about the up-coming election. But where are the stories about how the war is affecting election campaigns?
A new study strongly suggests what many of us have suspected - or feared: "the earlier people retire, the more quickly their memories decline." Interestingly, the data was compiled by economists, not psychologists or physicians.
Why Alvin Greene Won the Senate Nomination in South Carolina
Like everybody else, I don‘t know much about Alvin Greene. Nor do I have any theories about what motivated him to run in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat in South Carolina. What intrigues me is how he got over 100,000 votes and won the nomination.
For some time, research has shown how much we each unconsciously distort our perceptions to enhance self-esteem. We amplify the good and modify the bad. We tend to think we are more attractive, smarter, better and nicer than we actually are.
Anger frightens us. That's what it's designed to do. Indispensable to our evolutionary struggle, it generated the extra energy and alertness we needed for defense and counterattack. The mere signs of anger warn and intimidate potential enemies. And anger still serves those adaptive functions. But more recently we have seen it as a way of getting attention - and it has been getting a lot of attention.
Suddenly, economic inequality is a hot topic. The gap between the rich and poor has been growing for over 30 years, but a tipping point in our collective consciousness has now been reached. What made this possible? (For a review of the issue, see Slate: "The United States of Inequality")