Why People Buy Dogs Who They Know Will Suffer and Die Young

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 25, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A study of French Bulldogs, Chihuahuas, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and Cairn Terriers highlights why people choose to buy dogs who they know will have short, miserable lives.

Is Your Smile Getting You Into Trouble?

We tend to believe that a simple smile is enough to grease the social wheels of life. New research shows when suppression may be the better, and kinder, part of valor.

Exploiting the Norm of Reciprocity on Bourbon Street

By Richard Smith Ph.D. on February 25, 2017 in Joy and Pain
The norm of reciprocity has certain features that make us vulnerable to exploitation by compliance professionals.

What If We Were All Politically Conservative?

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in Supersurvivors
Some psychologists believe that even liberal people, deep down, possess inherently conservative instincts.

The Latest

The Power of Small Talk

By Joe Moran, Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in The Secret Life of Shyness
Small talk is not an empty ritual: it's a vital life skill that even the shy have to learn.

The Gender Revolution Is Here

The take-down of black-and-white thinking about what it means to be a human being and liberates us all.

Strategic Lie: Stealing More than Money

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on February 25, 2017 in The I-M Approach
Who is lying? Who is telling the truth? Strategic lying is all around us. So we form groups with people who share our values and we can trust. We are desperate to trust.

The 5 Things You Should Really Look for in a Partner

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D. on February 25, 2017 in Close Encounters
Most of us have long list of things we're searching for in a mate. But what should we really be looking for to ensure relationship success?

The Trader

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 25, 2017 in How To Do Life
Sex, money, religion, and politics and your relationship.

Discovering the Gold

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on February 25, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
When we lock into a sense of falling short and the fear of failure, mindfulness and compassion practices help us to wake from this trance and remember who we really are.

The Big Picture: How Aging Theories Fit into Evolution

Why do we live as long as we do? Perhaps it depends on our perspective.

Breakup Strategies: The Brave and the Cowardly

By Samantha Joel on February 25, 2017 in Dating Decisions
Painful breakups can be made even worse by the way the breakup took place.

The Surprising Effects of Parents' Sleep Deprivation

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on February 25, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
Sleep deprivation inhibits parents' ability to manage their emotions and reactivity to negative stimuli. It may also interfere with their verbal and nonverbal expressions of joy.

5 Strategies to Relieve Anxiety

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on February 25, 2017 in In Flux
Anxiety is a state all of us will encounter probably many times during the course of a lifetime. Because it can cause much discomfort and worry, mastery of it is essential.
3Dman:shutterstock

So You Want to Be Happy? OK, But Consider This...

Research suggests that you should carefully evaluate your positive experiences. Those that you do not control can relate to negative outcomes.

Polite Doctors are Safer Doctors

Little things like polite communication and consistent use of basic safety habits can mean the difference between life and death medical care.

Why Progressive Humanist Values Will Ultimately Prevail

Increasing geopolitical instability may threaten progressive, Humanist values in the short-term. But here's why I'm optimistic that these values will ultimately prevail.
Source: Philadelphia PD

Lost Boy, Still Needs Name

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 25, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
America's Unknown Child is still an unnamed crime victim after 60 years.

The Emotions of Social Interaction

While we are quite sensitive to negative emotional displays of those with whom we interact, we’re hardly sensitive at all to our own.
Labelled for reuse: http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Lake-Sailing-Boat-Boot-Sailing-Vessel-Water-1915846

Controlling People

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on February 25, 2017 in In Control
Recognising people as controllers is very helpful for understanding and improving interactions.

John McCain Said: “That’s How Dictators Get Started”

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in Suffer the Children
“The first thing that dictators do is shut down the press” said Senator John McCain (R AZ) on Meet the Press.

The Most Popular Color in the World Just Got A Bit Trendier

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in General Intelligence
Consumer psychologists explore the power of the color blue

The Lost Origin of Coulrophobia, the Abnormal Fear of Clowns

How serious an issue is an abnormal fear of clowns? Where did the term coulrophobia even come from? The answer may be lost to time, locked away behind a wall built by brain trauma.

I Miss My Mom

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
What to do if your mother is emotionally unstable.

White House Targets Transgender Students: Bad For Us All

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on February 24, 2017 in Quite Queerly
No matter what your politics are, it is in the best interest of our collective mental health to protect all of our students, not just some of them.

Kenneth Arrow

By Eyal Winter Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in Feeling Smart
From the Impossibility Theorem to Ken's WWII story.

Did I Quit Drugs to Die from Smoking?

People in recovery often turn to cigarettes to help them cope, raising their risk of health complications from nicotine addiction.

Why Do Dog Breeds with Genetic Disorders Suddenly Get Hot?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in Animals and Us
Dog breeds like French bulldogs and Chihuahuas are skyrocketing in popularity despite their genetic problems. A new study examines why people are attracted to unhealthy pets.

Survey Finds Americans Are Stressed About the Future

Report from the American Psychological Association finds Americans are stressed, especially in Black Americans.

A Holistic Approach to Gut Health

By Atalanta Beaumont on February 24, 2017 in Handy Hints for Humans
Why good gut health is not the whole story.

The Happiness by Design App

By Diogo Gonçalves on February 24, 2017 in There Are Free Lunches
Paul Dolan, created an app to help us to focus on experiences of happiness.

Is Our Nation Suffering From a Dissociative Disorder?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on February 24, 2017 in ExperiMentations
There's a diagnostic feeding frenzy about the President, and every possible perspective weighing in on the debate. How about our collective psyche, though? What's up with that?

Beating the "Long, Dull Winter": Time Management 101

How to stay on track, beat procrastination, and live life to it's fullest!