How “Manipulation Armies” Are Undermining Democracies

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Side Effects
A new report on the “closed loops” of disinformation stoking chaos and confusion almost everywhere.

Controversies in the Classification of Psychiatric Disorders

Why are diagnostic criteria for psychiatric disorders always so controversial? Different groups want and need different things and reaching an agreement is difficult.

Measurement Validity Explained in Simple Language

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Cui Bono
How do we know that a test that allegedly measures shyness actually measures shyness?

Pure Solitude, Away from Devices, Is Calming: New Research

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Living Single
Four new studies show that pure solitude, away from electronic devices, is calming. They also help explain when time alone is and is not experienced as sad, lonely, or boring.

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Are Your Strengths Making You Unhappy?

When it comes to doing more of what you do best each day at work are you missing the mark? So what’s the best way to put your strengths to work?

National Adoption Day

By Frances Kuffel on November 18, 2017 in What Fat Women Want
I've been pondering adoption for a couple of years as jealousy of my brothers and their children for finding their biological families tortures me each summer weekend.

Cognitive Dissonance and the Franken Sexual Harassment Case

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Presence of Mind
Democrats and feminists must honestly grapple with the cognitive dissonance generated by the Franken sexual harassment case.

3 Mindful Eating Tips to Savor Thanksgiving

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on November 18, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
3 simple tips to help you savor Thanksgiving without restrictions

Darwin's Classroom

According to a recent study, having an elementary school education that matches features of our ancestral past has positive and far-reaching outcomes in life. Here is why.

What is Love?

Most view love as the most important aspect in life. Why, then, do we spend most of our lives focusing on something else?

Beyond Reality: Pretend Play Matters

By Brittany N Thompson on November 18, 2017 in Socioemotional Success
What is pretend play? How does pretend contribute to social skill development? What does all of this mean for everyday contexts and interactions for young children?

How to Spot the Stalker: When Casual Dating is Dangerous

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
How many dates does it take to form a relationship? Stalkers might say one—or none. The distorted lens of unrequited love can be delusional and dangerous.

10 Things to Be Thankful For

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
Thanksgiving is a very special holiday. Embrace those around you and your ability to give thanks with the people you love.

7 Ways the Insecure Try to Seem Important

Some people will go through extreme and perhaps ridiculous efforts to seem important. These seven behaviors may be covering up their feelings of loneliness and inferiority.

Walking in Natural Environments Nourishes Parent-Child Bonds

By Christopher Bergland on November 18, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Spending time together in nature increases family cohesion, according to a new study.

Use Scientific Methods to Detect Fake News

Both fake news and science became salient issues during last year’s presidential election. Understanding the principles of scientific methods can help detect false information.

The Paradox of Self-Care Without A Self

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on November 18, 2017 in ExperiMentations
From childhood to our relationship with ourselves, carrying a negative or empty sense of self makes it learning self-love seem like an impossible bootstrap. Yet it can happen...

6 Things That Make Me Truly Grateful This Thanksgiving

My fears and anxieties have taught me that even if they can't be entirely overcome, they can be faced and sometimes outwitted. For that knowledge, I am grateful.
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Navigating Difficult People and Opinions During the Holidays

We are living in highly polarized, traumatized, and mistrustful times. Here's how you can avoid turning Thanksgiving into Thanksblaming.

Reducing Host-Guest Tensions: How to Be a Good Houseguest

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Presence of Mind
These houseguest guidelines will increase the odds of a visit unmarked by host-guest tensions.

10 Reasons Why Your Grown Kids Hate You

By Jane Adams Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Between the Lines
Wonder why you and your grown kids can't get along? Here are 10 reasons, just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.
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Is Caffeine Causing Your Sleeplessness?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
What you need to know about caffeine.

The Paradox of Relationship Commitment: Who Holds the Power?

When a relationship starts to go stale, here are some ideas for ramping it back up to speed.

Shame as a Barrier to Addiction Treatment

The largest barrier to alcoholics getting treatment is shame. This is ironic because getting help and getting sober should be an action that alcoholics feel proud of.

How to Break Free From Excessive Internet Gaming

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
There is a growing awareness that problematic Internet use can have serious consequences. A new study demonstrated one simple technique that can help.

The Parents of "Stranger Things"

By Mariana Plata on November 17, 2017 in The Gen Y Psy
What does Netflix's "Stranger Things" get right about parenthood? Exploring the psychology behind the hit series.

Our Entomophobic Culture

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in The Infested Mind
The playfulness of the Itsy Bitsy Spider can’t compete with the image of a frightened Little Miss Muffet. Nursery rhymes and adult stories tell us that insects are terrifying.
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Forget Intelligence. Aim for Mental Complexity

By Ryan Smerek, Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Learning at Work
Looking for a different way to think about expanding awareness of workplace dynamics?

Five Ways to Remain Calm This Holiday Season

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in The First Impression
Is it possible to get the joy out of the holiday season without the added stress and anxiety?
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How to Flip the Switch on Stress

Is stress wearing you down? Here is a simple practice that might make a difference.

College Students and Thanksgiving Break

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Social Lights
Tips for enjoying the holidays with your adult children.

Why Is It Important to Have Personal Boundaries?

Boundaries are our guidelines for what you will and won’t accept in a relationship. They show people how to treat you and what to expect from you.