Interpersonal Attraction

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in A Sideways View
What has evolutionary science to say about physical attractiveness?

Hate Your Partner Some Days? Research Shows You're Not Alone

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on March 23, 2017 in Between You and Me
Do you sometimes hate your partner? If so, you're not alone. It turns out we all have times when we hate the people we love the most. Although some of us may not even know it.

Why Conflict Is Healthy for Relationships

Are you a conflict avoider? Read on to learn why conflict is actually healthy for your relationships.

The Psychology Behind London's Terrorist Attacker

A recent study found that much tactical planning goes into lone-actor terrorist events.

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Finish your Sports Season Mentally Strong

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in The Power of Prime
For athletes in many winter sports, the competitive season is almost over. Regardless of whether your season, has been great, mediocre, or terrible, you want to finish strong.

The Secret to Happiness

It is easier for us to create a list of what we want the world to give us than it is to think in terms of what we can give back to the world.

Do You Ever Feel That You're Not Interesting Enough?

In the book and film "About a Boy," the main adult character comes to realize his life of leisure and pleasure may prevent him from finding love. What can we learn from this?

6 Winning Body Language Techniques

Do you know about the secret powers of touch? of eye contact? How about the "bubble"?

Anxiety Is a Part of Human Nature

Is there a right way to be anxious? The philosopher Kierkegaard thinks so.

Here's How Blame Works

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on March 24, 2017 in ExperiMentations
We tend to blame easily, at our peril. Blaming can take the place of thinking, and lead to vicious cycles. Understanding how blame works can help us make better choices.
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Is Using Profanity a Sign of Honesty?

A recent paper suggests that profanity may be a reflection of emotional honesty and candor. However, closer examination of the studies' results casts doubt on this idea.

The Peril of Ignoring Personality in Politics and Society

By Stanton Peele on March 24, 2017 in Addiction in Society
People differ in their basic outlooks, personalities, and performance. While much social and psychological research supports this point of view, we ignore it -- disastrously.

Hyphephilia Explored and Explained

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in In Excess
Hyphephilia is a paraphilia in which individuals derive sexual arousal from touching skin, hair, leather, or fur. But what do we know about such tactile fetishistic behavior?

Are you a Luck Maker or Breaker?

How lucky are you? And if not, why not?

19 and Reclusive

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in How To Do Life
The latest in my series of interviews with reclusive people.

Is Global Warming Making You Fat?

Brown fat can help control your weight but only when you're cold.

I Did Not Raise a Narcissist

Will the most powerful man in the world have a negative impact on today's men?

The War is ON, and Nature Will Not Lose—People Will

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on March 23, 2017 in The Green Mind
Who will be the losers of Trump’s war on nature? Humans.

Why Grit Isn’t Everything

Is grit the key ingredient for your success? What should you cultivate in addition to grit?

Back to School

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on March 23, 2017 in One Among Many
From Kindergarten to graduate school, education is embedded in a system. Teachers and students are not free agents. Let’s liberate them a bit.

How Much Solidarity Do You Feel With Animals?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on March 23, 2017 in Animals and Us
A new scale helps researchers study why some people identify with animals and others despise them.

Trigger Warnings and Mental Health: Where Is the Evidence?

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on March 23, 2017 in Talking About Men
Recently, there has been a growing push for the use of "trigger warnings" on college campuses. But are they beneficial for mental health? And can they have unintended consequences?

Pets of the Homeless: Attachment Figures and Social Support

By Zazie Todd Ph.D. on March 23, 2017 in Fellow Creatures
Why do homeless people have pets? It turns out that homeless youth with pets are less depressed and lonely than those without, but pets bring disadvantages too.

Want to Build a Dog From A Fox? Here's How To Do It.

Tucked away in Siberia, there are furry, four-legged creatures with wagging tails that are as friendly as any lapdog. But, despite appearances, these are not dogs—they are foxes.

8 Things Mentally Strong People Do to Gain Financial Freedom

These strategies can help you gain better control over your mind and your money.

It's Not Me, It's You

By Lydia Denworth on March 23, 2017 in Brain Waves
New research on "you" reveals the power of pronouns in helping us process and make meaning from hard times.

Is Trump a Conservative Only by Accident?

By Alfie Kohn on March 23, 2017 in The Homework Myth
Narcissism and hypercompetitiveness, like certain other personality features, actually can predict political positions.

Finding Yourself in the New Tribalism

By Carol S. Pearson Ph.D. on March 23, 2017 in The Hero Within
Neotribalism is a sociological term that describes the way many countries are splintering apart in response to a global society in which it is difficult to find our individual iden

3 Surprising Books to Help You Write Your Own

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on March 23, 2017 in Tracking Wonder
Writing a book requires different kinds of cognition. What times of day are optimal to think big picture, write conceptually, edit rationally, and draft imaginatively?

Bowsers on Botox: Dogs Get Eye Lifts, Tummy Tucks, and More

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on March 23, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Just when you think you've heard it all, we learn dogs get face lifts, lip tucks, and testicular implants as part of a thriving industry to make them more lovable and cuddly.

Translating Trauma: Foreign Language Interpreting in Therapy

Language is an essential part of cultural competence. Therapy with a foreign language interpreter can be awkward but help is available. Beverley Costa PhD offers tips.
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Cracked Eggs Create a Crack Team

Stories shape us. Exploring the stories from your life offers undreamed insights, because when stories lie together, they grow a tangle of roots.