The Psychology of Tipping

Do American tipping practices help the customer more than the waitstaff?

How Minds Work: As Little As Possible

Minds aren't machines but they mechanize what they can. And then some.

Creativity Is Not About Amateurs or Academies

There’s tension about the culture of creativity.

What’s Happening to College Students Today?

I have a sad story to tell you...

Forgiveness May Harm Society

What is good for the individual may be harmful to the community.

Saving Primary Care

How can patients get better healthcare access and quality while lowering costs?

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Exercise, Movement, and The Brain

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 in What a Body Knows
Studies of bodily movement and human health generally fall into two categories that reinforce one another: exercise studies and sitting studies. What emerges in the crossfire is a sense that bodily movement is the determining ingredient of health.

Compassion After Loss

It says a lot about me that I really, really looked forward to a six-and-a-half hour training on grief after suicide.
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Is Fear of Death Behind The Anxiety Disorders?

By Paul Rhodes Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 in Post Clinical
Anxious? Is it really all about the fear of death?

The Unseen Human Being: Reflective Gear Saves Lives

By Christopher Bergland on November 30, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
As we approach the shortest days of the year, it’s important to remember to wear reflective gear anytime you are walking, jogging, or cycling on public roadways after dark.

What Do Men and Women Want in a Mate Overall?

There are certain categories of features that we all consider when choosing a romantic partner. Knowing them can help you make better choices about who you pick for a mate—and help you be more desirable to others too. Learn what the research has to say...

Authentic Leadership Rediscovered

By Bill George on November 30, 2015 in What Is Your True North?
Authenticity is discussed commonly around leadership. But, what does it actually mean? In this article, Bill George, author of Discover Your True North, discusses what authenticity means for leaders.

Considering the Negative Consequences of a “Bikini Body”

By E. J. R. David Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 in Unseen and Unheard
From "#thinsperation" to the "Bikini Body," there is an abundance of "products" that are endorsed by celebrities and "experts" who perpetuate the "thin body ideal." The impact of this message on society is troubling, ranging from body image problems to serious eating disorders. One nutrition and health psychology expert shares an open letter about this disturbing reality.

Does Reading Matter?

Every decade, fewer adults in the U.S. are reading for pleasure. Does it matter?

These Words Will Take You a Long Way

One of the characteristics that sets the blue ribbon relationships apart from the rest of the pack is the tendency for both partners to live in a state of appreciation for all the ways they enhance each other’s lives.

The Psychology of Tipping

By Jean Kim M.D. on November 30, 2015 in Culture Shrink
Does tipping benefit the American customer more than the service staff receiving them? Is tipping more about control and power than we realize? Should we follow the rest of the world's lead in getting rid of them?

The Connoisseur and the Caveman

By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 in Talking Apes
Experts aren’t better than non-experts at making decisions. But they are better at rationalizing their intuitions.

Understanding Dreams About Inner and Outer Criticism

Creatures with sharp eyes and red pens watch our thoughts, feelings, and actions and invariably conclude we have erred or that we are simply unworthy. Exploring our dreams, we can study their habits and learn how to deal with them. Here are 3 dreams that illuminate the dynamics of inner and outer criticism.
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Have You Ever Lost Your Love for Something?

By Gretchen Rubin on November 30, 2015 in The Happiness Project
Have you ever left behind one activity or subject you loved?

How Minds Work: As Little As Possible

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 in Ambigamy
Once we're familiar with the windy contours of a path it becomes to us a straightaway. We love straightaways. They free our attention and fill us with confidence that we can cruise forever more.

Using a Couples Therapy Group to Build Your Best Marriage

By Judith Coche Ph.D., ABPP on November 30, 2015 in No Ordinary Life
Four couples work to build optimal lives through monthly group psychotherapy for couples.

Confronting Evil, Again

When we see photographs of the terrorists, they often look as affable as their victims. Shouldn’t they appear as something different? Pamela Katz discusses how Hannah Arendt’s genius was in recognizing the everyday nature of evil.
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Creativity Is Not About Amateurs or Academies

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on November 30, 2015 in Tracking Wonder
We have big problems causing big divides. We have a huge global class divide that is becoming canyon-wide and deep. We have people resurrecting primal fears and prejudices and hatreds.

The Scientific Truth about Giving Thanks: Just Do It!

By Judith Coche Ph.D., ABPP on November 30, 2015 in No Ordinary Life
Karen did not intend to be physically and emotionally abused by her husband, but life had other plans. Being coerced into dressing up in provocative outfits and posting her photo on the Internet shamed her sense of decency and deeply disturbed her values of fidelity and modesty. As a result she fled the marriage, using all available funds to pay an attorney.

Risky Behavior and Victimizers: Two Issues, Not One

By David M. Allen M.D. on November 30, 2015 in A Matter of Personality
A teen passes out drunk at a frat party and is raped. A woman whose husband beats her goes back to him repeatedly, despite having the ability to leave. Lately, anyone who even brings up the subject of risky behavior by people like this are accused of "excusing" the victimizer and "blaming" the victim. Nonsense. Though connected, these are two separate issues, not one.

CEO Characteristics and the Adoption of Diversity Policy

By Eddy Ng Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 in Diverse and Competitive
Organizations are a Reflections of their CEOs

Turn Change Into Opportunity

Change is going to happen. It’s a fact of life - don't resist it. Capitalize on opportunities by understanding your responses and making good choices in managing it. Here are 7 steps to prepare for the next big change!

What’s Happening to College Students Today?

By Tim Elmore on November 30, 2015 in Artificial Maturity
So, what’s going on? Is life really that bad for these students?

Ridding Happiness Comtaminants 4: Catastrophizing Depression

By Russell Grieger Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 in Happiness on Purpose
No one is exempt from hardships and hassles. It is when we catastrophize about these vicissitudes that we create depression. Learn how not to do this and lead a depression-free life.

Are You Holding Onto Feeling Wronged?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 in Your Wise Brain
Appreciate the value of forgiveness. Ask yourself: what does my grievance, my resentment, cost me? What does it cost others I care about? What would it be like to lay those burdens down?

Choosing Hope Over Denial

By Dana Klisanin Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 in Digital Altruism
Are you responding to the climate change conversation with resilience?
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When Parents Name-call Their Adolescent

When parents get upset with their adolescent, they can be tempted to use hurtful labelling to express their discontent. When this occurs, damage can be done to the relationship.

Forgiveness May Harm Society

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on November 30, 2015 in Am I Right?
After the shooting in Charleston and terrorist attacks elsewhere, a question arises: is there anything that cannot be forgiven?

83 Definitions of Play

By Bernard L. De Koven on November 30, 2015 in On Having Fun
Maybe play is everything we imagine it to be. Everything we name when we say it.

No, Single People: Your Lives Are Not Second Rate

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 in Living Single
No, single people, your lives are not second rate. That's not what the science shows. Claims about the superiority of marriage are often based on massively flawed studies, and ignore research showing something else entirely.