Near Misses Are Motivating

Nearly winning a prize is more motivating than winning it.

Should Couples Share Their Sexual Fantasies?

Sexual fantasies excite the imagination—and sometimes are better left there.

Dr. Google

How mental health stigma affects struggling millennials.

How Does Physical Experience Affect Learning?

Real experiences help you learn more about the world.

Six Ways to Create a Culture of Ethics in Any Organization

Good ethics is good business: Why have so few gotten the memo?

What Is Transgender? A Beautiful Short Film With an Answer

The short film "Dylan" explores gender, transformation, and self.

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4 Signs That Your Relationship is Over…Maybe

4 Signs That Your Relationship is Over…Maybe

Deciding to end a relationship can be anguishing. Some suggestions for when it's time to pull to plug and when to slow down

Evil Geniuses Need Not Apply

Novel research demonstrates that being a team player can not only be nice, it can also be smart.

Parenting Without Punishment: A Humanist Perspective, Part 3

Tragically, since recorded history corporal punishment has been the “default” system for disciplining children. In the past century, however, evidence demonstrating its ineffectiveness has mounted to the degree that it can no longer—whether ethically or pragmatically—be justified. It’s therefore regrettable that today it's still common in the U.S.

Tips for Launching Your Young Adult

Six tips for parents of young adults who are stuck. Parents often have more power than they realize to help, and here is how.

Father, Daughter, and House: A Dialogue

In this post Miki Kashtan asks: How do we speak our truth authentically, and do it with care for the other person, letting them know how much we care? In this detailed example she helps a woman connect with her father over a difficult issue.

13 Signs Your Partner Lacks Emotional Intelligence

Emotionally intelligent/competent people (high-EQ) make better relationship partners. Here are some signs that someone lacks emotional intelligence.

Near Misses Are Motivating

By Art Markman Ph.D. on July 03, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
Modern slot machines are fascinating devices. Most of them are not mechanical, they are electronic. That means that you pull the lever (or press a button) and the machine draws a random number that determines whether you have won. After that, the machine displays a show on the screen that ultimately lets you see whether you won.

Can You Stay Married But Have Your Independence Too?

Perhaps the institution of marriage is failing society rather than all of those unhappily marrieds or divorcing men and women being the failures. Why not explore some new alternatives?

Examining Arousal And Homophobia

By Jesse Marczyk on July 03, 2015 in Pop Psych
In honor of the supreme court verdict legalizing same-sex marriages, let's discuss why homophobia does not imply that one is actually a latent homosexual

Orange is the New Bleak: What the SHU Can Do to Your Brain

By Jordan Gaines Lewis on July 03, 2015 in Brain Babble
What happens to the inmates of Litchfield Penitentiary when they're sent to the SHU? Not much; that's why it's so terrible.

Is Honesty Really the Best Policy?

Is it ever OK not to be completely honest?

Do Dietary Supplements Really Work?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on July 03, 2015 in Talking Apes
The evidence for dietary supplements is scant, and they’re unlikely to afford any benefit beyond what a healthy diet and an active lifestyle can provide.

Depression Army™ Strong

I’m telling you that if I was able to talk about my depression, you can talk about yours. It feels good to finally drop the mask
You Are Your Child’s “First Verb”

You Are Your Child’s “First Verb”

"First Verb Parenting" sees parents as a “child’s first verb”---loving action figures giving meaning, direction, guidance, and linking---to children, their attentive subjects.

The Neuroscience of Recalling Old Memories

Neuroscientists have identified how our brain encodes multiple aspects of a life event into a singular memory for later recollection.

The Most Beautiful Flowers on Earth: A Spiritual Experience

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 03, 2015 in How To Do Life
Staring at a flower can be a spiritual experience for atheists...or anyone else.

The Psychology of Repression

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on July 02, 2015 in A Sideways View
Repression is a well known Freudian concept, written about by both Sigmund and daughter Anna. The central question is how and why this process occurs and whether it is essentially healthy or unhealthy?

Separation Anxiety: The Great Imitator, Part 4

You’ve been waiting for it! In the grand finale of this series Dr. Stepita discusses treatment option for canine separation anxiety.
Are You A Strengths-Based Parent?

Are You A Strengths-Based Parent?

When it comes to parenting your kids do you spend most of your time pointing out what they’re doing wrong or what they’re doing right? If you’re like most time poor parents the chances are you’re quicker at identifying the things your kids need to improve upon, but is this the best way to raise kids who are resilient and able to cope with stress?

Turning Point in Trust

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on July 02, 2015 in The Pacific Heart
Trust vs. Mistrust is the first Eriksonian developmental stage. America has been in the grips of mistrust socially and politically for decades. The last two weeks have brought a meaningful sign of hope, as we've stood for equality and against bigotry. This coming together marks a historical turning point in trust. There's work to be done, but there's reason to hope.

The Power of Questioning in Sport Coaching

The coaching process continues to evolve. It appears that coaches are increasingly incorporating questioning into their training sessions. This article examines some of the potential benefits of such an approach.

What Can You Learn About People from Facebook?

As anyone who uses Facebook knows, different people post updates about different things: Your high school friend sharing photos of her kids, your colleague opining on politics, your friend posting funny animal videos. But what drives people to post what they do? A new study examines how our personality relates to the type of content we present on Facebook.

What Happens in the Shower May Not Stay in the Shower

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on July 02, 2015 in Think, Act, Be
Experiencing your shower in a different way might change your day.

White Supremacy and Dream Weddings

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on July 02, 2015 in Love, Inc
Dylan Roof's sister is upset because she couldn't have her PERFECT wedding in the wake of her brother's racially motivated murders of nine innocent people. We could read this as another sign that the Roof family is crazy, but in fact Amber's selfishness is part of the ideology of romance.

Erotomania Haunts Female Tennis Stars

Erotomania may mean the fixed false idea that someone is in love with you, and that she is prevented from declaring her love. This could be dismissed as a relatively harmless though annoying belief, except for the fact that erotomaniacs can turn vengefully upon the love object after perceiving themselves as rejected.

The Homospatial Process in Creativity

The homospatial process was discovered in extensive empirical investigations with outstanding literary prizewinners and Nobel Laureates in the sciences. It consists of conceiving two or more discrete entities in the same mental space or location, a conception leading to the articulation of new identities. The wide use in creativity and Does and Don'ts of use are specified.

How Your Beliefs About Yourself Limit Your Potential

At one time, your beliefs protected you and helped you navigate your life. But as an adult, believing you can't express your anger or that winning is all that matters - doesn't help you anymore. It limits you.

The Sexism in Science Controversies

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 02, 2015 in Rabble Rouser
Are scientific claims of sexism in science overstated?

The Truth About Cremation

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on July 02, 2015 in Creating in Flow
You know we all have to die, right? If you're willing to learn what happens afterward, whether in traditional burials or the more sensible cremation industry, you will enjoy this memoir of a quirky writer who worked for several years in the American funeral industry.

Women by Design: Transforming Home, Transforming Self

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on July 02, 2015 in Design on My Mind
Use Design Psychology to create homes that support women's growth and change