Why Financial Incentives Don’t Improve Performance

Bonuses Actually Demotivate and Harm Productivity

Holiday Bullies: The Dangers of Overindulging Your Kids

3 Kinds of Kids Parents Should Never Reward with Gifts

How to Put Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes

Empathy works by analogy, mirror neurons, or embodied simulation.

8 Secret Body Language Cues That Can Control Your Behavior

How others can trigger your senses and emotions.

Humankind's Current Growing Pains Are Right On Schedule

An optimistic interpretation of our current crises

Waiting for the Haiku in Mindfulness

Have we taken the bones out of Dogen so that we can pick our teeth?

The Latest


Do Stronger Muscles Mean Better Brains?

It's not what you do with muscles - it's what you did to make them.

This Holiday Season: Say Nuts to Calories

By Michael Fenster M.D. on November 29, 2015 in You Are What You Eat
Quality over quantity; why the fixation on calories is ruining our health.

Review of Windt's book on dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in Dream Catcher
Windt expertly and systematically reviews the latest research on the nature of dreams.

The Bloody, Secret Life Of Theories

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in Language in the Mind
To the lay-person, the Academy is the venue where research is focused, with almost saintly zeal, on pursuing truth. But academic research is always framed in terms of a prevailing theory, which, like cultures, and people, are social phantasms, that come with baggage, good, bad and downright ugly.

Personality's 'Big One' and the Enigma of Narcissism

Narcissists can be charismatic yet also alienate others. Narcissism combines adaptive and maladaptive traits. This makes it difficult to reconcile narcissism with the theory that all personality traits express a single underlying dimension such as a general factor of personality.

Letter from a Nurse Who Accidentally Killed A Patient

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in How To Do Life
My advice on how to cope with having made a big mistake.

Why Financial Incentives Don’t Improve Performance

By Ray Williams on November 28, 2015 in Wired for Success
Performance bonuses for individuals, particularly CEOs, has been the norm across all industries for decades. Yet, increasing evidence indicates this is not a smart practice, that may actually detract from individual and team productivity and motivation.

Emotional Connection With Work Increases Wellbeing - How So?

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on November 28, 2015 in The New Resilience
Feeling emotionally engaged with your work appears linked with greater wellbeing and health, new research finds. But for this to occur, several qualities of the management culture that you experience are essential.

Thank You! Parisian PhD Candidate Ludvig Levasseur!

On occasion, we receive requests from PhD candidates for assistance in their research regarding time perspective theory and therapy. Last week, one such candidate emailed with a request that opened our eyes to the magnitude of a problem we've been unaware of: What is the potential cost savings of our talk therapy?

Radicalization of Young Muslims

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on November 28, 2015 in Stop The Cycle
Radicalization is a growing and terriffying problem from Paris to Canada and around the world. The radicalization process has been well studied by scholars and much is known about it. Publicising what is known can help us put prevention strategies in place. Risk reduction is found in interventions in violent homes and communities, reaching out to disinfranchised youth.

Mind Control: Psychology by the Numbers?

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on November 28, 2015 in The Dolphin Divide
How addition and subtraction affect our behavior. Are we truly in charge of our own choices, or does simple math routinely intrude to manipulate our mental equations? Just who or what is in control of our minds?

Holiday Bullies: The Dangers of Overindulging Your Kids

Buying too many gifts for your kids during the holiday? Here's why you want to stop.

When Going “Home” Makes You Crazy or Depressed

By Carrie Barron M.D. on November 28, 2015 in The Creativity Cure
Returning to the family home is a taxing experience for many people. Here are some thoughts about how to deal with it.

Why Don't Bankers Learn?

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on November 28, 2015 in Hidden Motives
Banks Keep on Incurring Massive Penalties.

The Holidays and Cognitive Dissonance

Merry shmerry. Six Ways To Survive Until January 2nd.

8 Tips to Make You a Great Story Teller

Telling a good tale may seem like an art that some people are born with. Even if you’re not known for your story-telling skills, these 8 simple tips can help you become the spell-binding spinner you always hoped you could be.

Is Failure the New Black in Parenting?

By Richard Rende Ph.D. on November 28, 2015 in Inside Parenting
Telling parents to back off and let their kids fail may sound very hip, but there's a hitch in the daily experience of being a kid. It's called a grade.

A Letter from a "Trapped" Government Employee

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 28, 2015 in How To Do Life
There are ways to escape from the golden handcuffs.

Men’s Conflict Mantra

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on November 27, 2015 in He Speaks, She Speaks
“It’s not if you win or lose, it is how you play the game.”


By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on November 27, 2015 in One Among Many
Let us take a look at some of the lesser-known aspects of self-love and an unconventional perspective on insurance. There’s always a psychology in that.

High Potency Marijuana Damages Cerebral Brain Connections

By Christopher Bergland on November 27, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
A new study reports that smoking marijuana with high levels of THC damages brain connections between the left and right hemispheres of the cerebrum.

How You Can Stop the Next Terrorist

Like most of the world, I felt fearful, angry and initially, powerless, as the news of the terrorism in Paris emerged. I asked myself, what can I do to stop terrorism? What can one person do to stop the madness? The answer came - plenty.

Why Ghosting Causes So Much Pain

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on November 27, 2015 in Living Forward
Regardless of the ghoster’s intent, ghosting is a passive-aggressive dating tactic that can leave psychological bruises and scars.

The Six Cs of Recovery

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on November 27, 2015 in A Family Affair
Courage, compassion, and community can help loved ones overcome co-dependency.

Community as a Heart

By Lois Holzman Ph.D. on November 27, 2015 in A Conceptual Revolution
Is the cruelty of the world getting to you? Are you seeking a haven?

Building Cognitive Reserve

It's never too late to build cognitive reserve

Trauma Informed Assessments - Part 7

What you need to do when clients prematurely reveal graphic details of their abuse or neglect experiences.

Understanding OCD

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on November 27, 2015 in Think Well
Here's some information that will help you to better understand the crippling anxiety disorder of OCD, how to best treat it, and why the treatment works.

How to Put Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on November 27, 2015 in Hot Thought
You can empathize with people in three ways: recognizing their situations as analogous to your own, perceiving their pain or emotions using mirror neurons, or simulating their experiences using unconscious embodied rules.

A Letter from a Dejected Young Person

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 27, 2015 in How To Do Life
Her liberal arts college education got her a job as a car rental clerk. I suggest options.