Status in a Group Affects Generosity Toward the Group

By Art Markman Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
Groups of people naturally form groups that have status hierarchies. How does someone's status affect their generosity toward other group members?

Geert Hofstede: A Conversation About Culture

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Between Cultures
Decades after his pioneering research, Hofstede shares his insights on culture’s role in our lives.

The Neuroscience of Fearful Memories and Avoidance Behaviors

By Christopher Bergland on February 20, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists have identified how the brain remembers fearful experiences. And how fear-based memories can lead to avoidance behaviors.

Why Do People Lie?

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on February 20, 2017 in The I-M Approach
Everyone lies, some to save face, others to deceive for personal gain. This blog explores white lies, those untruths we say to preserve our value in the eyes of someone else.

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5 New, Short Mindfulness Activities

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on February 21, 2017 in What Matters Most?
One of the most popular mindfulness activities is referred to as "the mindful pause." Now, there are 5 variations for using this popular practice!

Ten Ways to Ruin a Conference

By Sherry Hamby Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in The Web of Violence
The secrets for hosting a truly boring meeting, with minimal learning or networking.

What Happens When Narcissism Turns Malignant

Narcissism is one of the Dark Triad traits that also include psychopathy and Machiavellianism. New research that sadism brings its own unique contribution to the equation.

How I Learned to Stop Lying

By Jennifer Haupt on February 21, 2017 in One True Thing
I couldn’t tolerate even one person knowing what had happened to me — even my therapist. The shame was crippling.

Preschool, Nanny, Parental Care, Daycare? What’s Best?

For the most part, when parents are warm, nurturing, responsive, and engaged, their children thrive. Family life is what matters most to a young child’s development.

Be Responsible For Your Relationships

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
We are 100 percent responsible for our relationships. We create them in our minds and hearts, and we have a hand in the twists and turns they take.

Post Election Stress Disorder: Is It a Thing?

The APA just released their Stress in America survey. Results suggest we are stressed out, especially over politics. Perhaps Post Election Stress Disorder is a thing after all!

Emotional Strength in Uncertain Times

In this era of malignant ignorance and weaponized incompetence in high places, use the Stockdale paradox to develop emotional strength.
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Do You Hate to Rush?

By Gretchen Rubin on February 21, 2017 in The Happiness Project
By figuring out easy, quick ways to make it faster to head out the door, we can give ourselves a bigger margin of time.

Are You Experiencing Low or Decreased Sexual Desire?

By Sarah Hunter Murray Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Myths of Desire
Five things that could be contributing to your low sexual desire. (Number 5: You were taught women shouldn't enjoy sex).

9 Ways of Being Stuck

By Elizabeth Wagele on February 21, 2017 in The Career Within You
He enjoyed roaming the land and meeting different folks. It intrigued him that the others were finding out who they were and what made them tick.

Beware Of Anger

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
In small and passing quantities, anger can be like medicine, but in large and lasting quantities it poisons the mind and relationships.

Give Technology — and Yourself — a Rest

By Mark Bertin M.D. on February 21, 2017 in Child Development Central
The brain needs a break to recover from activity just like our bodies do.

Getting Inside the Heads of Consumers

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in This Is America
Why does any product break out of the pack and keep on selling? What is the psychology of hits and the role of social networks through which markets can be reached?
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Five Things Not To Say To The Bereaved

By Kristin Meekhof on February 21, 2017 in A Widow's Guide to Healing
Wondering how to comfort the bereaved? Here are five things to avoid saying to them.

Just Wear it? Tech Won’t Improve Your Fitness On Its Own

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Nurturing Resilience
Using wearable tech is unlikely to solve the obesity crisis, but it might prevent obesity among those who have less risky lifestyles.

Feeling Stuck, Lost or Overwhelmed? There is Hope

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Making Change
Some people are better at managing life’s many challenges. You can learn to be one of those people by developing your ability to mentalize.
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How to Stand Firm in a Runaway World

By Svend Brinkmann Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Stand Firm
Are you buying one self-help book after another without really becoming happy? If so you are likely addicted to personal development and in need of anti-self-help.

Dealing with Fear of Growing Irrelevant

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in How To Do Life
Age often leads to becoming irrelevant. What to do?

Drug Use And Creativity

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in In Excess
A recent systematic review of the psychological literature reviewed all studies that provided empirical data on the relationship between psychoactive substance use.

Could Thinking Positively Be Dangerous Right Now?

Have you started opening the newspapers each day with a sense of dread and disbelief about that latest actions of President Trump and his administration?

Why Do Only Famous People Have Biographies?

By Robyn Fivush Ph.D. on February 20, 2017 in The Stories of Our Lives
Family stories bind us together and define who we are as a family. Whether you are 7 or 70, it is never too early or too late to start sharing family stories.

What's Ailing Fifty Shades of Grey?

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on February 20, 2017 in SexualityToday
Christian Grey’s dominant tendencies worked as erotica during the Obama years. But many women may soon find egalitarianism and restraint looking better and better.

Fake orgasms

By Sean M. Horan Ph.D. on February 20, 2017 in Adventures in Dating
Though often portrayed on the big screen, research reveals how and why this might happen.

On Always Seeing Things Through the Victim Lens

For a woman to assume that any interaction with a man that feels uncomfortable or demeaning is sexist could be an inaccurate appraisal.

Self-Injury Mortality: A Deadly Crisis

The number of deaths resulting from self-injury is staggering and growing. Over 70% of these deaths occur in people less than 55 years old.

6 Tips Toward Getting Your Book Published

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 20, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Anyone serious about turning written work into actual books must do a lot of research into the realities of publishing before sending anything into the world. Here are 6 tips.

I Called the Trump Presidential MO Years Ago

By Stanton Peele on February 20, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Donald Trump practiced his exact method for making the United States a totalitarian state more than five years ago, as I detailed for Psychology Today.

Find a Way

At 1:55 pm EDT on September 2, 2013, Diana Nyad, age 64, reached the shore of Key West Florida 53 hours after plunging into the Bay in Havana, Cuba