The GOP, Convention Turn Taking, and the Primacy Effect

When voters watch competing messages during both conventions, political turn-taking can benefit the party who goes first. This is true even when controlling for partisan bias.

7 Tricks for Turning Mega-Threats into Micro-Triumphs

How do you convert big fat ominous threats into bite-sized micro-triumphs? Here are a few suggestions, based on some of the best applications of psychological research.

Do We Become Less Optimistic As We Grow Older?

Research shows that optimism declines with age, but not for older Americans.

Are You Smiling?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Talking Apes
Most people are prisoners of their emotions. Take control of yours, and you’ll see more positive outcomes in your social exchanges.

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New Zealand to Kill Goats Using Self-Destructing Dingoes

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Animal Emotions
New Zealand's plans to kill millions of animals using dingoes implanted with a time-activated poison and other methods challenges conservation psychology and anthrozoology.

The Long Way Around

By Susan Sparks on July 25, 2016 in Laugh Your Way to Well-Being
Sometimes a detour is the fastest way to arrive.

Storming on Bastille Day

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Play in Mind
Sometimes, we learn most when things go haywire.

Fear of Inadequacy and What to Do About It

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Ambigamy
More than we notice, we're driven by fear of inadequacy. Here's the way to manage it.

Skepticism Surrounding Sex

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Pop Psych
The information that men and women distrust isn't always the same

Eating Anger

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on July 25, 2016 in Cravings
You're angry because you're hurt. Don't make it worse by overeating or otherwise self-destructing; find new ways to cope.

The 'A' Word

There’s a reason many adults hate the label ‘ADHD’. It’s cruelly synonymous with ‘incompetent,’ ‘lazy’ and ‘fail!’ to too many people who use it. This stereotyping hurts us all.

Substance Abuse Counseling and an Arm Implant: A Good Match?

Is an arm implant for substance abuse really a good shot in the arm for substance abuse counseling? What counselors should know.
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'True Grit' as a (Strangely) Therapeutic Movie

We expect coming of age films to show an adolescent protagonist grow up, but in the Coen Brother's quirky remake of 'True Grit,' true development is hidden at the end of the film.

How Thinking Before You Speak Can Save Your Relationship

Dysregulated relationships have a hard time surviving the transition from the passion of the honeymoon period into a mature, profound, and sustainable commitment to reciprocity.

Try to Forget: The Psychology of Repression

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in A Sideways View
What do the cognitive psychologists and the psychoanalysts say about repression?

No Horsing Around About the Human-Equine Bond

For millennia, horses have worked hard for humans, and today they serve as the ultimate therapists. Here's a look at the important roles horses play in the human experience.

How Stress Makes Us Healthier and Happier

By Nick Tasler on July 25, 2016 in Strategic Thinking
We all know that stress kills. But what if we are all wrong? What if stress is not killing us, but carrying us?

The Surprising Emotion Behind Anxiety

Are you seething inside but acting cool on the outside? Learn how to safely let go of your controlled demeanor, and communicate honestly and directly.
Future Thinking and False Memories
Future Thinking and False Memories
What to Do When the Narcissistic Bubble Bursts
The Deflated Narcissist
Are You Your Millennial Child’s New Spouse?
Your Grown Child Moves In
Acceptance and Transformation
Acceptance and Transformation
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Adolescence and Speed of Life

The demands of adolescence become more numerous as one grows because one must get up to speed to cope with the increased complexity of life.

A Five Second Health Secret Your Doctor Will Never Tell You

A fast, fun, simple solution for longstanding health problems

Why Is Pokemon Mania Becoming Such a Pain in the Neck?

By Steve Sisgold on July 25, 2016 in Life in a Body
With millions of people distracted by something other then what is in front of them, problems can occur. Here’s some solutions to enjoy the game.

Ridding Happiness Contaminants 9: Addictions and Compulsions

In this second installment of Ridding Addictions and Compulsions, learn the powerful three strategies to getting started getting stopped. They can put you on the road to recovery.

Art Thinking or The Importance of Inventing Point B

By Tim Leberecht on July 25, 2016 in The Romance of Work
Business is too important to be left to business people. What if companies thought and acted more like artists?

Can Possession Be a Good Thing?

Possession is common in many spiritual traditions – is that a good or a bad thing?

The Power of Calm

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in How To Do Life
Equanimity is an underdiscussed key to success.

3 Easy Things You Can Do to Be More Successful

By Ryan Anderson on July 24, 2016 in The Mating Game
Are you wondering how to be successful? Greatness is within everyone. A few simple adjustments to your life can go a long way.

There's No One "Right" Reaction to Childhood Sexual Abuse

By Ariel Gore on July 24, 2016 in Women and Happiness
A writer who wrestled for years with the feeling that she'd been "doing her sexual abuse wrong" finally gets comfortable owning her experience.

The True Cost of a Tattoo

Even though more people are getting tattoos, employer bias against visible tattoos endures.

How Common Are Sex-Related Injuries?

By David J Ley Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Women Who Stray
People often report sex-related injuries, from masturbation or vigorous passion. How common are these experiences, and are they evidence of people being "out of control"?

Protect Your Relationships By Communicating Effectively

Are you afraid of your relationship suffering due to poor communication? The strategies in this blog post will go a long way to address relationship communication troubles!

How Intimate Partners Manipulate Each Other

Do you feel the need to use manipulative behaviors when you can’t get what you need by being more open and direct?

Is the World More Dangerous Now Than Ever?

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Excellent Beauty
Fear of violence seems to be governing our lives these days. But should it? Could the world actually be safer now than it has ever been?