The Syrian Refugee Issue. Why Does Fear Turn Us Into Bigots?

When we're afraid, we turn to our tribes for a sense of safety and protection.

Causes of Students’ Emotional Fragility: Five Perspectives

Teachers, professors, employers, parents, & students explain students’ problems.

Why Are So Many Indian Arranged Marriages Successful?

The upsides of relinquishing choice, deciding quickly, & lower expectations

"Mail Order Brides" Still Exist

Is a "mail order marriage" doomed to be a bad match?

20 Questions to Ask This Holiday Season

How to foster more connection at the dinner table

Save Me From the Fact-Checkers

Can you be the most honest man if your story isn’t actually true?

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Seven Simple Ways to Fight the Holiday Blues

By Jennifer Haupt on November 25, 2015 in One True Thing
During this season of giving, it's often the small gifts and everyday gestures of kindness that are matter most. Here are seven low or no-cost ways to help you find your holiday spirit.

8 Ways to Eat Mindfully During the Holidays

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on November 25, 2015 in Comfort Cravings
It's not easy to eat mindfully during the holidays! Here are a few simple psychological tips that can help you avoid overeating while still mindfully eating holiday foods you love like pumpkin pie and sugar cookies.

The Daily Gratitude List

By William Irwin Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 in It’s Your Choice
My gratitude list started for me as a cure for self-pity, but it has now become a matter of prevention for all kind of negative thoughts and feelings.

Lose Weight Instantly With Optical Illusions

Forget the gym this holiday. Applying perceptual neuroscience is faster.
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4 New and Helpful Insights on Gratitude

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on November 25, 2015 in What Matters Most?
Gratitude is easy to apply and brings nice benefits. If you relate to gratitude practice then you'll want to see these 4 new findings. If you don't relate to gratitude, check out what you can prioritize instead.

3 Tips for Rejecting Diet-Mentality This Thanksgiving

By Jennifer Rollin MSW, LGSW on November 25, 2015 in Mindful Musings
How to stand up against diet-culture over the holidays.

The Syrian Refugee Issue. Why Does Fear Turn Us Into Bigots?

By David Ropeik on November 25, 2015 in How Risky Is It, Really?
Humans have historically become tribal and bigoted towards others during times of peril. As much as we lament how ugly we behaved in hindsight, we are doing it again toward Syrian refugees. The psychology of risk perception explains why this behavior is so instinctive.

Marriage, Living Together, or Staying Single

Now that you are in a stable relationship, what is the best way to move forward? Perhaps you should not marry, choose to live with your partner or get married.

A Quick and Easy Guide to Surviving the Holidays

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on November 25, 2015 in Quite Queerly
No matter how functional your family is you are guaranteed to be disappointed by the holidays in some way, and also to disappoint. But you can get ahead of all this with my help; forewarned is forearmed. Here are some easy do's and dont's to help you navigate through the Helliday minefields and to even possibly have a good time.

Going Home for the Holidays — Tragedy or Comedy?

If a family’s drama can’t be handled or the dysfunction runs too deep or lies too close to the surface, keeping your distance may be the only choice. In other cases, do what you can to show how well you’ve turned out — because of, or in spite of, the family that raised you.

Marriage in Today’s World

What are the factors that make marriage more difficult today than it was in the past?

4 Psychological Smartphone Apps Designed to Benefit Behavior

Too little sleep, too much stress, anxiety over getting the kids to school on time, and a fear of flying are common issues that can be relieved from these smartphone or tablet apps.

Causes of Students’ Emotional Fragility: Five Perspectives

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 in Freedom to Learn
The high and apparently increasing rates of emotional disorders and problems of everyday living among college students have generated great concern on campuses throughout the nation. Here I present a sample of views expressed by K–12 teachers, professors, employers, parents, and students about the sources of students’ emotional and coping difficulties.
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How to Save the World

Could the same nightmares we fear possibly also be the soul-stimuli that we need to grow in compassion and love?

Watching Star Wars the Right Way

By David Kyle Johnson Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 in Plato on Pop
In what order should you watch the original saga? Release order? Episode order? Or an entirely different order altogether? And what all should you catch up on? The Clone Wars cartoon? The Zahn Novels (a.k.a. The Thrawn Trilogy)? The Holiday Special? What counts as canon?

A Letter From a Scared High School Senior

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 in How To Do Life
Her questions and my answers about college, career, and life.

Why Are So Many Indian Arranged Marriages Successful?

By Utpal Dholakia on November 24, 2015 in The Science Behind Behavior
Relinquishing difficult aspects of choice, deciding quickly, and starting the relationship with lower expectations may have upsides for longer-term marital outcomes.

In Discussing "Youth," Jane Fonda Touches on "Superfluidity"

By Christopher Bergland on November 24, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Jane Fonda recently described the awe-inspiring aspects of having a peak experience while discussing her upcoming movie 'Youth.'

5 Tips to Manage Your Eating Around The Holidays

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on November 24, 2015 in Eating Mindfully
The holidays can be a time of stress and turmoil, especially when it comes to our eating. In the sea of holiday food chaos, let mindful eating be your guide to a balanced and nurturing relationship with food and your body.

The Rise and Rapid Reduction of 'Rowdy' Ronda Rousey

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 in Black Belt Brain
Even though we enjoy watching the best athletes demonstrate their skills, we also like to see skillful, but super-confident athletes get beaten. Is it because we cannot identify with them?

The Ethics of Recent Protests on College Campuses

Excellent models of protest movements exist such as those conducted by Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, and Mahatma Gandhi. Perhaps our current college students might take a page from their playbooks and model them in their efforts to assist in righting previous and current wrongs and to do so ethically so that their desire for change is consistent with ethical behavior.

5 Resolutions for Enhancing Intimate Relationships

Finding true love is seldom easy, but maintaining it for the long-term can be challenging, too. Here are 5 resolutions that may up your odds in keeping the romance alive.

"Mail Order Brides" Still Exist

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 in Out of the Ooze
The mail order bride business as it now operates may be in the perverse position of attempting to match independent, nontraditional women with very traditional Western men, a situation which frequently leads to dissatisfaction for both parties.

20 Questions to Ask This Holiday Season

By Christine L. Carter Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 in Raising Happiness
Our friends and family know what to expect when they come to our house for a meal: Jeffersonian conversations. Thomas Jefferson seated all his guests at one table for dinner, where he asked each guest a single question for all to hear…no side conversations or small-talk allowed. Sounds rigid, but these sorts of dinners are FUN over the holidays.

Introducing Heterodox Academy

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 in Rabble Rouser
Fighting "Mirror Image McCarthyism" and Advancing Political Diversity on Campuses

Approaching the Holidays With a Positive Attitude

By Thelma Duffey Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 in Works in Progress
Are you experiencing the holiday blues? Here are some expert tips to help you out.

All Electronic Devices Should Be Off the Thanksgiving Table

These are kids for whom it is not unusual to make a quick leap from the first awakening of sexual awareness to the first consummation of sexual experience. They haven’t had to wait for anything else--why wait for that?

Eating Disorders and Parenting at the Holidays

The holidays can be a triggering time for anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder. It can be difficult to maintain (or achieve) a healthy relationship to food at this time of the year. And if you're also a parent, you must manage these challenges as you support and nourish your children. It's no easy task.

Forget Willpower: A Smarter Strategy to Resist Temptation

Just in time for the Holidays, with the endless parade of treats and snacks, a positive and appropriate method to fight temptation.

Save Me From the Fact-Checkers

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 in Mental Mishaps
Politicians lie. They also exaggerate and misremember. Each creates an autobiographical past that makes a great story but which probably isn’t completely true. But we are just like the lying politicians except for one critical difference.