Fear of Inadequacy and What to Do About It

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Ambigamy
More than we notice, we're driven by fear of inadequacy. Here's the way to manage it.

The GOP, Convention Turn Taking, and the Primacy Effect

When voters watch competing messages during both conventions, political turn-taking can benefit the party who goes first. This is true even when controlling for partisan bias.

7 Tricks for Turning Mega-Threats into Micro-Triumphs

How do you convert big fat ominous threats into bite-sized micro-triumphs? Here are a few suggestions, based on some of the best applications of psychological research.

Do We Become Less Optimistic As We Grow Older?

Research shows that optimism declines with age, but not for older Americans.

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5 Effective Ways to Respond to Backhanded Compliments

Do you find yourself at a loss for words when someone offers a backhanded compliment? Try these responses.
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Why Change Is So Hard

Change is hard only if you think it's so.

Free-range psychology

Just as the heath care field is moving towards personalized medicine, free-range psychology is well positioned to be the wave of the future.

What Explains Demographic Gaps? Simpson's Paradox

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Racial, gender, and other gaps do not always reflect discrimination

Cooling Down Couple Fights

By Temma Ehrenfeld on July 25, 2016 in Open Gently
Tell a different story next time you fight.

The Counterintuitive Case for Cougars

Conservationists believe increasing the cougar population will actually save human lives. Will logic trump our ingrained fear of large predators?

How to Help the Homeless

When a homeless person asks you for spare change, what should you do?

In Tragedy, There is Hope

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Jacob's Staff
When faced with tragic loss, what lessons can we learn? Death is inevitable. Life presents challenges and opportunities for us to grow in wisdom. Hope Gratitude + Empathy.

Unconscious Pig Latin? How Conscious Thoughts "Just Happen"

By Ezequiel Morsella Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Consciousness and the Brain
Can high-level thoughts (e.g., Pig Latin) occur involuntarily? If so, what does this reveal about the brain and consciousness?

So Many Ways to Cheat

Are some types of infidelity more painful than others?

Compassion Fatigue in a Globalized Society

How can we stay informed about tragedy and suffering in the world around us, while also maintaining a caring perspective about others and a healthy life for ourselves?

Feathering the Empty Nest

By Ann Smith on July 25, 2016 in Healthy Connections
Couples who were able to maintain their connection through the child rearing years will have a smoother transition into empty nest years.

New Zealand to Kill Goats Using Self-Destructing Dingoes

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Animal Emotions
New Zealand's plans to kill millions of animals using dingoes implanted with a time-activated poison and other methods challenges conservation psychology and anthrozoology.

The Long Way Around

By Susan Sparks on July 25, 2016 in Laugh Your Way to Well-Being
Sometimes a detour is the fastest way to arrive.
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Storming on Bastille Day

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Play in Mind
Sometimes, we learn most when things go haywire.

Skepticism Surrounding Sex

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Pop Psych
The information that men and women distrust isn't always the same

Eating Anger

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on July 25, 2016 in Cravings
You're angry because you're hurt. Don't make it worse by overeating or otherwise self-destructing; find new ways to cope.

The 'A' Word

There’s a reason many adults hate the label ‘ADHD’. It’s cruelly synonymous with ‘incompetent,’ ‘lazy’ and ‘fail!’ to too many people who use it. This stereotyping hurts us all.

Substance Abuse Counseling and an Arm Implant: A Good Match?

Is an arm implant for substance abuse really a good shot in the arm for substance abuse counseling? What counselors should know.
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'True Grit' as a (Strangely) Therapeutic Movie

We expect coming of age films to show an adolescent protagonist grow up, but in the Coen Brother's quirky remake of 'True Grit,' true development is hidden at the end of the film.

How Thinking Before You Speak Can Save Your Relationship

Dysregulated relationships have a hard time surviving the transition from the passion of the honeymoon period into a mature, profound, and sustainable commitment to reciprocity.

Try to Forget: The Psychology of Repression

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in A Sideways View
What do the cognitive psychologists and the psychoanalysts say about repression?

No Horsing Around About the Human-Equine Bond

For millennia, horses have worked hard for humans, and today they serve as the ultimate therapists. Here's a look at the important roles horses play in the human experience.

How Stress Makes Us Healthier and Happier

By Nick Tasler on July 25, 2016 in Strategic Thinking
We all know that stress kills. But what if we are all wrong? What if stress is not killing us, but carrying us?

The Surprising Emotion Behind Anxiety

Are you seething inside but acting cool on the outside? Learn how to safely let go of your controlled demeanor, and communicate honestly and directly.
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Adolescence and Speed of Life

The demands of adolescence become more numerous as one grows because one must get up to speed to cope with the increased complexity of life.

A Five Second Health Secret Your Doctor Will Never Tell You

A fast, fun, simple solution for longstanding health problems

Why Is Pokemon Mania Becoming Such a Pain in the Neck?

By Steve Sisgold on July 25, 2016 in Life in a Body
With millions of people distracted by something other then what is in front of them, problems can occur. Here’s some solutions to enjoy the game.

Ridding Happiness Contaminants 9: Addictions and Compulsions

In this second installment of Ridding Addictions and Compulsions, learn the powerful three strategies to getting started getting stopped. They can put you on the road to recovery.

Art Thinking or The Importance of Inventing Point B

By Tim Leberecht on July 25, 2016 in The Romance of Work
Business is too important to be left to business people. What if companies thought and acted more like artists?