The "School Did Nothing to Stop the Bullying" Lie

By Izzy Kalman on August 25, 2016 in Resilience to Bullying
When children like Daniel Fitzpatrick commit suicide because of bullying, parents accuse the schools of having done nothing. They're usually wrong.

How to Become the Best Company in the World

By Dan Pontefract on August 25, 2016 in Working on Purpose
Volkswagen chose to serve its shareholders. Johnsonville Sausage has always aimed to serve all of its stakeholders. Who wins in the long term?
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How to Overcome FOMO

Fear of missing out got you down? Not for long with these 5 tips.

Who Am I? Someone? Or Nobody?

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on August 24, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
Celebrity is competitive. The outrageously competitive have no limits on what they do to get noticed. Winning often means being a bigger jerk than anyone else is willing to be.

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Crazy Busy? What Would You Pay for an Hour of Calm?

As you reflect on your life for a moment, how much would you pay to avoid feeling negative emotions or to experience more positive emotions?

Size Matters

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on August 25, 2016 in Adaptive Behavior
When is a gift not a gift? The hidden, but predictable, cost of real-life changes in reinforcement schedule

10+ Ways Exercise Can Change Your Life

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on August 25, 2016 in Cravings
One of them is bound to give you the motivation you need to get moving.

News From the 2016 Annual Dreams Conference

This year's IASD conference included talks on jihadi dreams, emotional processing, gender differences, social cognition, and existential dreams of "sublime disquietude."

Serious Learning Happens at Summer Camp - Without Technology

For those ending a summer at camp, the transition back to home, school and screen time can be infused with lessons from June, July and August.

The Problem With Positive Thinking

By Joel Minden, PhD on August 25, 2016 in CBT and Me
Does positive thinking lead to greater happiness? If only it were that simple. When negative thinking gets you down, here’s what to do instead.
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10 Cognitive Biases Ruining Your Diet

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on August 25, 2016 in Science of Choice
Cognitive biases lead to craving and overeating thereby contributing to weight gain and obesity

The Immune System and Psychiatry

Recent evidence demonstrates that the immune system plays a central role in regulating brain function.

Why So Many Leaders Fail and Derail

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on August 25, 2016 in A Sideways View
There is a growing literature on the derailed executive. It outlines the paradox of leadership: that some of the factors that help you climb the greasy pole also cause failure!

Easing a Child’s Summer to School Transition

School is right around the corner but your child is still sleeping until noon and moving in slow motion. Here are some suggestions to help get them ready for the new year.

Post-Presidency Career Advice for Obama With Lessons for All

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 25, 2016 in How To Do Life
Career ideas for the president, with implications for all of us.

There Is More Than Butterflies in Your Stomach

By Emeran Mayer M.D. on August 24, 2016 in Gut Sensations
Is all the hype about the gut microbes, probiotics and certain foods and your brain health really justified? Separating speculations from scientific evidence is crucial

Divorce an Unreliable Predictor of Aggressiveness

Even amongst a small fraction of children, severe aggression is rare.

Muscle Memory—It’s in Your Head, Not Your Limbs

Don’t believe promises of “accelerated learning.” Four proven practices can boost retention and give you peace of mind instead.
What Is the Face of Truth?
What Is the Face of Truth?
Do People Everywhere Cheat?
Does Everyone Cheat?
How to Spot a Liar or Just Someone Trying to Avoid the Truth
Avoiding the Truth
Cheats and Deceits: Trickery and Deception Are Widespread
Even Animals Lie

Farm Animal Suffering Leaves a Bad Taste In Your Mouth

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Animals and Us
In a series of recent experiments, researchers found that whether we think animals were raised humanely or on a factory farm affects the way their meat tastes.

How “Good Stress” Helps Creativity in the Workplace

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on August 24, 2016 in Tracking Wonder
Not all stress is equal. Which stressful factors can contribute to an employee's creativity and innovation?

So You're Starting Grad School This Fall?

By Amy Green M.A., C.C.C. on August 24, 2016 in Psy-curious
Graduate school is not simply the older sibling to undergrad. Embracing some of the differences sooner rather than later can help set you up for success.

Dancing With the Shadow: A Conversation With Connie Zweig

By Mark Matousek on August 24, 2016 in Ethical Wisdom
The pioneering Jungian analyst talks about the gifts of the shadow and the importance of bringing mindfulness, as well as compassion, to our forbidden zones.

STI Testing: What Are Teens Concerned About?

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Connected
1 in 2 new cases of STIs occur among young people. How can we change this?

To Bribe or Not to Bribe

Reading incentive programs, where students get points or prizes, and sometimes even grades, for reading “fun” books, are a ubiquitous feature of many literacy programs.

Weird Beliefs

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Excellent Beauty
You have some weird beliefs, beliefs that do not fit well with all your other everyday beliefs. To you, though, these beliefs are not weird at all. What explains this?

Safety First Before You Pokémon Go Out Into the World

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Screen Time
Interest in Pokémon Go has waned a bit in the US, but it is still very much active in other parts of the world, as evidenced by the recent stampede in Taiwan.

Why Juries Should Be Skeptical of Forensic Evidence

There are many reasons why forensic evidence can be inaccurate and unreliable. The FBI's own crime lab has a 20 year track record of flawed forensic results.

Frigatebirds Sleep While Flying: Somnambulism Gone Wild

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Animal Emotions
No friggin' kidding, frigatebirds can fly for weeks on end by power napping in ten-second bursts with only one side of their brain.

Professional Misunderstanding of Parental Alienation

Until professionals attain an in-depth understanding of the actual dynamics of parental alienation, cases of severe alienation will continue to be discounted.

Choosing the Mindful Path in the Woods

By Michele Weiner-Davis MSW on August 24, 2016 in Divorce Busting
How my self-induced attitude adjustment changed my day...and my life.

Playing Games With Memory

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Play in Mind
New technology makes it less urgent that we commit facts to memory.

My Mother Won't Listen to Me

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in The Teen Doctor
What to do when your mom won't talk to you

DSM-5 Made a Mistake Eliminating Substance Abuse

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 24, 2016 in Saving Normal
By eliminating "Substance Abuse," DSM-5 confounds the very different treatment, course, and prognosis of the typical college binge-drinker and a down-and-out end-stage addict.