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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Choose Gratitude Your Own Way for Good

By Giacomo Bono Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 in Making Grateful Kids
The holiday season can seem like both the best of times and the worst of times. Don't just cope effectively with holiday stress, take advantage of the season to achieve your best life by choosing gratitude today and everyday and doing it in your own way.

5 Ways Mentally Strong People Overcome Rejection

Learning how to bounce back after rejection could be the key to reaching your greatest potential.

When Adult Siblings Struggle with their Relationships -

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 in Buddy System
Are sibling relationships getting you down this time of year?

Insight into Extremism and the Terrorist Mentality

By Robert Firestone Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 in The Human Experience
What are the psychodynamics behind extremism, absolutism and all insidious forms of polarization? On some level, the answers all relate to human beings’ inherent fear of death and their need for psychological defenses to deny or ease the endemic pain of the human condition.

Darth Vader: The Value of Redemptive Sacrifice

By Brian A. Kinnaird Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 in The Hero in You
The Star Wars character of Darth Vader is a mythic “traveler,” as we each make choices we regret and must bear the consequences. The tragedy of noble cause corruption through the story of Luke Skywalker’s father is a cautionary tale and his redemption can be an inspiration for all of us to rise above our challenges.

Women Don't Like How Condoms Feel Any More Than Men Do

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on November 25, 2015 in As You Like It
Necessary but....Women speak out about condom use.

Explaining Americans' Reluctance to Accept Syrian Refugees

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 in Presence of Mind
The Syrian conflict has created the biggest humanitarian crisis since WWII yet over fifty percent of Americans oppose Syrian resettlement in the United States. Terror management theory, the principle of moral exclusion, and the study of prosocial behavior help explain why.

Is Terrorism Changing Your Life?

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on November 25, 2015 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
Given all the recent terror issues, I feel security cannot truly stop an individual intent on harm. Am I being anxious for no reason? Do you truly feel that our security measures are 100%?

Does Breastfeeding Boost Intelligence in Children?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 in Media Spotlight
Of all the health benefits linked to breastfeeding, its presumed impact on a child's later intelligence is likely the most controversial. A new study shows that that breastfeeding was significantly associated with intelligence at all ages. The link between breastfeeding and intelligence actually rose for children between the ages of seven to sixteen.

What to Do About ISIS?

By Clark McCauley Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 in Friction
Iraq and Syria cannot be restored as centralized states. What's next?

Critical Thinking 101: Why Lies Travel Faster than Truth

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on November 25, 2015 in Intersections
Mark Twain said it best: "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."

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 matter most. Here are 7 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.'