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?

What’s the Best Way to React to an Insult?

When derogatory comments are directed to you, here’s how to respond

Will an Optimist Win the Election?

Classic study shows that optimistic presidential candidates tend to prevail.

Could New Facebook Features Help You Get Over Your Ex?

Features that let you see less of your ex may help you heal after a break-up.

Jane Austen Understood Deception and Discovery in Love

Thoughts on ambiguity in dating and mating

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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.

What Do You Need This Holiday Season?

By Linda Esposito LCSW on November 24, 2015 in From Anxiety to Zen
The holidays don't have to be stressful. A few mindset shifts can go a long way.

When Ideological Differences Are Developmental Differences

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 in Ambigamy
It's not about ideology or political theory. Through the lens of developmental psychology, today's Republican majority simply manifests immaturity. Sure, they'll cry, "hey, no fair!" but so do all children who try to stir theoretical debate when they don't get what they want.

The Existential Crisis of Birdman

Birdman embodies the struggle to discover your authentic identity.

Beware the Charming Narcissist

Puzzled about a relationship that started well, captured your heart but now seems to be going nowhere? Maybe you are involved with a charming narcissist.

Forensic Psychology Careers with a Bachelor’s Degree

Are you interested in a career in Forensic Psychology, but you don't want to go to graduate school? There are career opportunities available that only require a Bachelor's degree.

Why and How to Practice Gratitude

By Sara Villanueva Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 in How to Parent a Teen
Do you find yourself losing sight of what the holidays are all about? Check out these few tips on how to get back to practicing gratitude.

4 Steps to Prevent a Bad Divorce

By Wendy Paris on November 24, 2015 in Splitopia
While we've all heard horror stories of expensive, nasty divorces, there are steps we can take to help ensure our own break-up does not follow that model.

6 Ways to Maintain Sanity During Family Holiday Drama

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 in Friendship 2.0
The holidays are upon us—and every year, family tensions can cause more indigestion than that lumpy gravy. Here are six concrete steps to take in preparation for holiday drama, to help you banish stress and increase your enjoyment of the day.

Chronic Pain and the Risk of Suicide

By Judy Foreman on November 24, 2015 in A Nation in Pain
Chronic pain significantly increases the danger.

Pressures on Your Therapist Not to Be Psychologically-Minded

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on November 24, 2015 in Feeling Our Way
A psychologically-minded therapist is to mainstream psychology like a person practicing a forbidden religion.

Fearing the Wrong Things?

By David Myers Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 in Talk Psych
Horrific terrorist acts abroad have sparked fears of international travel—and of Muslims and Syrian refugees—and warnings to "be aware" of risks. The psychological dynamics that drive exaggerated fears also were at work in 1942, as my family observed first hand.

What’s the Best Way to React to an Insult?

Insults live at the bottom of the scale of socially appropriate behavior. Because our first tendency is to be polite, especially with people we don’t know very well, it’s not always clear whether to respond in kind or turn the other cheek. Here’s some guidance for how to handle these confusing situations.

I Can Barely Say a Word

By Gretchen Rubin on November 24, 2015 in The Happiness Project
Have you ever lost your voice? How did the silence and the listening affect you?