Makings of a Child

Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) expand the basis of a baby.

Gender Pathology

How is your definition of man or woman working out for you?

The APA Relied on the CIA for Ethical Guidance

New revelations cast further doubt on APA denials.

Are You A Status Seeker? The Chances Are Good that You Are

Exploring how status motivates all of us

Why the Germanwings Tragedy Couldn't Happen in the U.S.

The two-person rule keeps a pilot from acting alone.

Unbroken by Divorce: 5 Rules of Resilience

What's different about the people who are least likely to be undone by divorce

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14 Tips from 14 Years Sick

#14: When all else fails, go to bed.

The CIA’s Torture Consultant Darlings

By Jay Richards Ph.D. on May 05, 2015 in The Violent Mind
How the American Psychological Association has supported the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" (aka Torture) program.
8 Ways to Achieve More by Working Less

8 Ways to Achieve More by Working Less

Strategic slacking has enabled me to dramatically increase both the quality of my work and the amount I get done in a given day. It increases productivity because we don't think or work or create at the same rate throughout the day.

From Arrogance to Appreciation

Using the compass of character strengths to move through the journey of life, takes us from arrogance to appreciation.

Mentally Strong People Don’t Feel Sorry for Themselves

Every minute you spend hosting your own pity party is 60 seconds you delay working on a solution.

Role of Youth: Countering Violent Extremism, Promoting Peace

By Scott Atran Ph.D. on May 05, 2015 in In Gods We Trust
An anthropologist addresses the UN Security Council.

Your Dog and You: A New Book About Forming Close Friendships

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 05, 2015 in Animal Emotions
A new book by Gill Garratt, a psychologist and specialist in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) called "Your dog and you...: Understanding the canine psyche," is a very useful guide for forming close relationships between dogs and humans. The combination of scientific data, numerous case studies, and exceptional photographs make this book a most valuable read.

Are LGBTs More Likely to Pursue a Career in Nonprofits?

LGBTs Espouse Stronger Altruism Than Heterosexuals

Did Brian Williams Intentionally Lie? Was It Self-Deception?

Our thoughts have a profound affect on us—whether they are true or false. Although we cannot know exactly why Brian Williams lied to the public about his experiences in the Iraq war, it is quite possible that he believed his lies when he told them. And when any of us lie to ourselves, we will lie to others. For we will communicate our lies as if they are fact.

Dealing with Broken Unspoken Promises in Friendship

What do you do when a friend consistently lets you down?

The Good Divorce Story

By Wendy Paris on May 05, 2015 in Splitopia
When facing divorce, many people struggle almost as much from narrative disconnect as from the logistical changes. Their story about what should have happened plagues them almost as much as the facts themselves. Rewriting the narrative is not only necessary, but also can be powerful.

Makings of a Child

What is a father? How does assisted reproduction reshape how we think of fathers and mothers, and what are the consequences for children's genetic, epigenetic and cultural legacies?

What Does it Mean if Your Partner is Possessive?

An extreme form of jealousy, possessiveness is the desire to put a wall around your partner to ensure you have exclusive access. Take a quiz to find how possessive you are, and what this might say about you and your relationship.

When Someone You Love Is Dying

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 05, 2015 in Open Gently
Your loved one may be slower--or faster--than you are to accept death.

5 Ways to Stay Sober While Traveling

Whether for pleasure or business, travel presents challenges for those working hard to stay sober. With a little planning and foresight, however, you can minimize the risk and maximize the chances of actually enjoying your outing rather than feeling as though you’re running a gantlet.

Brutal Weather, Depressed Mood, What We Can Do About It

Our cruel winter in the Northeast took a greater toll on us than has been recognized. I know it took a toll on me and it took its toll on my patients. I could feel the effects of day after day without sunlight --cold weather, snow, rain and cloudiness --on my mood. Like my patients, I felt slightly depressed; had less energy than usual, and wanted to sleep more.

Is Crying Really Good for You?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 05, 2015 in Open Gently
Weeping may not make you feel better, if you're alone, depressed, or don't get a soothing response.

5 Warning Signs of Mental Health Risk

The American Psychological Association, with help from First Lady Michelle Obama, has launched a campaign to encourage troubled Americans to seek care for mental health problems. What are the warning signs?

Does Having Empty Time Tend to Increase Your Creativity?

“You have to sit around so much doing nothing,” Gertrude Stein wrote on developing creative genius. F. Scott Fitzgerald thought boredom was necessary for writing: “You’ve got to go by or past or through boredom, as through a filter, before the clear product emerges.”

Gender Pathology

If we constructed a society in which life’s roles were as bifurcated by ear lobes as they are in our culture by genitals, then the first thing parents and grandparents would want to know at birth would be attached or unattached, not boy or girl.

Importance of Positive Reframing and Attitude in Adulthood

You are in control of navigating your life. Older adulthood can come with challenges, but with the right outlook and goals you learn we are all resilient.

What Your Dog Wants

Living with a pet provides humans with many physical and psychological benefits. Research shows that the health and well-being of pet owners is greater than that of non-pet-owners. But what about our pets? Sure, we buy them treats and care for them. But do they get deeper, more important rewards from their human relationships? And how might this come about?

Bad Temper and the Internet

Does posting angry words on the internet and on social media console or inflame us?

Who Wants to Grow Up To Be A Spy?

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on May 05, 2015 in Time Out
Although the actor playing James Bond changes, audiences remain loyal to the brand. The spy fantasy is a classic, from John Le Carre’s spy who came in from the cold, to today’s favorite undercover Soviet family hiding in plain sight on TV's The Americans, the idea of leading a secret life grips our imagination. You can talk with a real spy tonight!

The APA Relied on the CIA for Ethical Guidance

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on May 05, 2015 in Dangerous Ideas
Last week’s release of previously undisclosed emails provides further evidence of the American Psychological Association’s extensive and secret involvement with the CIA and White House in crafting ethics policies that permitted psychologists to participate in abusive “war on terror” detention and interrogation operations.

What's the Difference Between Procrastination and Laziness?

By Neel Burton M.D. on May 05, 2015 in Hide and Seek
Are you a procrastinator or just a lazybones?

Lose the Booze

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on May 05, 2015 in In Excess
There is a general rule of thumb that where the opportunities and access to potentially addictive behaviours are increased, more people engage in that behaviour. One such behaviour is the drinking of alcohol. Given the wide accessibility of alcohol, what are the best ways to minimize alcohol intake? Here are some practical tips.

Are You A Status Seeker? The Chances Are Good that You Are

By Peg Streep on May 05, 2015 in Tech Support
Are we hardwired to crave status and to respond to people in programmed ways depending on their status? Is status about what money can buy or something else? A close look at what the research shows...

Early Academic Training Produces Long-Term Harm

By Peter Gray on May 05, 2015 in Freedom to Learn
Many preschool and kindergarten teachers are extremely upset by the increased pressure to teach literary and numerical skills to little children and test them regularly. They can see firsthand the unhappiness generated, and they suspect that the children would be learning much more useful lessons by playing. Their suspicions are well validated by research studies.