The Ambience of a Restaurant Controls What We Eat and Drink

Serving tasty food doesn’t do a restaurant much good if customers don’t stay long enough – or never even walk through the door in the first place. How do restaurants entice us?

What are 'Horizontal Hostilities?'

Horizontal hostilities occur between groups whom one would expect to have close affinities. "Compromise" becomes the stuff of betrayal, more heinous than straight-out opposition.

Pimp Culture Glorification and Sex Trafficking

What may seem like a harmless portrayal of pimp culture has detrimental impacts on sex trafficking and other forms of sexual violence.

“Why Did I Ever Leave You?”

By Randi Gunther Ph.D. on April 28, 2017 in Rediscovering Love
People who have not learned the skills to transform their romance into deeper love come to a halt when the most passionate phase of the relationship naturally wanes.

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Does Watching Porn Promote Submissiveness in Women?

A study suggests that women who watch more porn, engage are more sexually submissive. Does this reflect the influence of porn on their behavior? Or just their pre-existing taste?

The 7 Stages of Gaslighting in Relationships

How gaslighters emotionally manipulate, traumatize, and exploit victims in personal and professional relationships.
K. Ramsland

Backwoods Predators

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on April 30, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Terror in the deep, dark woods is not just a movie script; predators look for relaxed arenas where people tend to trust strangers.

Dogs Want and Need Much More Than They Usually Get from Us

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on April 30, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A video called Downward Dog and an essay about stress show when we say, "It's a dog's life" to suggest things are wonderful, this isn't necessarily so for numerous companion dogs.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Creating Together

Adult couples show love when they create together, whether a child, a family, a home, an enterprise or business, support for an initiative, or solutions to everyday challenges.

Breaking Whole

Trauma may break through the limits of our beings and create space for beautiful, unencumbered strength.

How Are You? Really, How Are You?

Don't be afraid to show concern and compassion. Acknowledging a person and listening to them may remind us all of the meaning of humanity.

A Journal Entry About Rumination

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 30, 2017 in How To Do Life
Another short-short story.

Unfriendly Skies: United Airlines and Police Violence

Education and status do not protect people of color from police brutality. United Airlines' proposed remedies are too little and too late.

The Slow Path to Acceptance

By Susan Hooper on April 29, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
A swirl of negative thoughts had a firm grip on me, but time, perspective and the counsel of friends helped restore my peace of mind.

“Who Am I?”

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 29, 2017 in How To Do Life
How I help clients find a career...and themselves.

What Do Psychologists Say About Sexual Harassment?

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on April 29, 2017 in Presence of Mind
The sexual harassment shenanigans of Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes at Fox News remind us that sexual harassment remains a workplace problem.

What Can Be Made of Schadenfreude?

By Richard Smith Ph.D. on April 29, 2017 in Joy and Pain
Taking pleasure in the suffering of others usually gives us moral unease. But there some circumstances, which set the table so well, that the pleasure is exquisite and memorable.

The Psychology of Effective Fundraising

Research on the psychology of fundraising can help you avoid these 4 common mistakes!

Are Accusations of Cultural Appropriation Misguided?

By Liane Gabora Ph.D. on April 29, 2017 in Mindbloggling
When Newton said he saw further by standing on the shoulders of giants what mattered was that he assimilated these 'giants' ideas perhaps more deeply than their own biological kin.

Facebook Can Create Psychological Safety Nets During Crises

Facebook has many pros and cons, as most of us know. Two recent studies have found that Facebook can create a surprisingly effective "safety net" in times of crisis and distress.

What's Better? Emotionally Intelligent or Mentally Strong

You can develop skills that help you build mental strength and develop emotional intelligence. And while they have some similarities, there's a big difference between the two.

How A Psychologist Lost Weight Drinking Soda

A psychologist visited Paris and lost weight. He credits the soda.

Bret Stephens: Out Of The Bubble

Pulitzer Prize winning Bret Stephens makes some readers of the New York Times uncomfortable, and some, angry. He says that's his job. But many readers want him fired for his views.

Here's How To Feel Satisfied With Your Life Decisions

By Caroline Beaton on April 29, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Modern psychology offers three ways to make peace with your decisions.

A Weird American in Trump's Post-Truth America

Distressed by recent political events? This article provides research-based strategies to cope with such negative emotions


By Mark Derr on April 29, 2017 in Dog's Best Friend
Rats bred for tameness confound predictions of several popular theories of animal domestication.

Pissing Matches in Dogs: Territorial, Lots of Fun, or Both?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on April 29, 2017 in Animal Emotions
We really don't know what dogs are talking about when they over-mark or counter-mark as it becomes a game of peeing to their heart's content. Surely, they can and do piss us off.

Why Training So Often Fails

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on April 29, 2017 in Adaptation
To train people well, teach them to step outside their comfort zones.

The Well-Being Wheel: An Experiential Activity

This blog describes an experiential activity to lead groups in rich discussions about their well-being.

Face of Controversy

By Dara Greenwood Ph.D. on April 29, 2017 in Mirror, Mirror
Why Plagiarism Isn't the Only "Lesson in Exploitation" of Michelle Obama's Controversial Mural Image

Change, Little Bit by Little Bit

Large changes start small. Sometimes they stay that way.