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Where Training Fails

By Donna Flagg on June 23, 2015 in Office Diaries
Behaviors and knowledge need to be separated for training programs to work.

Anti-intellectualism Is Killing America

By David Niose on June 23, 2015 in Our Humanity, Naturally
America's social and political dysfunction is rooted in dangerous pathology: anti-intellectualism.

Dylann Roof—Evil or Ill?

How to think about the Charleston killings and Dylann Roof

When You See Objects, You Think Words

By Art Markman Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
Take a quick look around the room. Chances are, you looked at a number of different objects. From where I am sitting, there is a computer, a coffee mug, a tape dispenser, and a little green Gumby model.

Behavioral Economics—An Exercise in Design and Humility

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in Consumed
What's the state of your bad decision making? Read Dan Ariely's exclusive take on irrationality and its consequences.

Why You Should Embrace Your Insecurities and Not Mask Them

Overcompensating for failure could be your downfall.

Cupid at the Office

Many of us would like to think that our personal and professional lives are separate. Our work life seems to be a parallel universe filled with coworkers and casual relationships with acquaintances.

Delight, Cruelty and Young People

By Nick Luxmoore on June 23, 2015 in Young People Up Close
How can anyone delight in young people capable of doing terrible things?

The Diseased States of America

By Stanton Peele on June 23, 2015 in Addiction in Society
If addictions are life-long diseases, we're all doomed.

Marketing Forces

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in In Excess
It doesn’t take a psychologist to tell you that the psychology behind ‘comping’ is to get the gambler to spend more money. Comping is a legitimate psychological marketing strategy used as an incentive to either get individuals to gamble in the first place, or an incentive used to prolong gambling. This blog looks a little deeper into the psychology of comping in casinos.

Data Doctor: How to Discuss Charleston Shooting With Clients

A counselor seeks resources and guidance for discussing the Charleston shooting in a support group and the Data Doctor makes a plea to the media to stop reinforcing shooters with publicity for themselves and their disturbed ideas. The Data Doctor column addresses questions about research, practice, and policy related to violence, adversity, and resilience.

Ladies and Gentlemen

While these days I don’t think we’re hearing “lady” (and “ladies”) as much as “gentleman” (and “gentlemen”), when we do hear “lady,” it still carries an aura of goodness. But this association with goodness seems to be much more the case for lady than for gentleman. “Gentleman” is still widely used simply as a synonym for “man," sometimes even the perpetrator of a crime.

The Psychology of Delusions

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in A Sideways View
What different types of delusions do people suffer from?

Stories of Seclusion: Obese, She Decides to Lose It Alone

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in How To Do Life
It's tempting to hide to avoid embarrassment and hearing what we need to.

The Secret to a Fulfilling Life Is Not What You Might Think

The secret to a fulfilling life is not what you might think.

Do You Trust Employees to Tweet About the Company?

How comfortable would you be if your staff tweeted about the company? Would you trust them to be good ambassadors and brand advocates, or worry about their messages? Take a 30 second quiz to find out.

The Psychological Effects of Shaming Children

Public shaming videos seem to be on an uptick, and the recent story of a teen girl’s apparent suicide after a public shaming incident is an extreme example. Whether or not this particular case was a one of a parent shaming his child, there are lessons for all parents on the psychological risks of using shame to change your child or teen's behavior.

Beyond Atheism

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on June 22, 2015 in Excellent Beauty
Atheism, then, doesn’t really get at the heart of the matter. It is not that there are no gods or goddesses, but rather that there are no religions.

Inside Out Thinking

Inside Out thinking is the secret to success and a happier life. It makes learning a joy and not a chore—a good lesson for both adults and children.

Why Does Anyone Do Yoga, Anyway?

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on June 22, 2015 in Urban Survival
New studies show yoga helps keeps your brain young. But is that all yoga does for us?

Bite Your Tongue, Silence Is Often Delicious

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 22, 2015 in Ambigamy
The talking cure doesn't always cure. We psychology fans can be slow to learn the power of silence—safe, sound non-response to provocation, letting things pass rather than processing.

A Point of Reference: Weight and the Concept of Set Point

Considering all the food our bodies process throughout our lifetime, our weight remains, for the most part, within a fairly constant range. In other words, our bodies tend to “defend” that weight, especially after weight loss, and that is why it is so difficult for us to maintain our weight at a lower level. Is there a set point for weight?

Selma and I Turn 50: Thoughts & Feelings About Charleston SC

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D. on June 22, 2015 in Intersections
Yes, black lives matter, but your mileage may vary.

Headquarters? What Headquarters? Behind Pixar's Inside Out

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on June 22, 2015 in The Pacific Heart
Inside Out is a fantastic movie, highlighting the inner life of a girl, with plenty of positive female role models in the form of emotions. Sadness is the unlikely hero. We learn a lot about childhood vulnerability, emotional regulation, and adaptation. But emotional regulation, and the idea of a “Headquarters” in our mind, bear a closer look.

Is the Rachel Dolezal Controversy Much Ado About Nothing?

In lieu of the Dolezal controversy, can we have an informative dialogue about racial identity in America?
Preparing to Serve

Preparing to Serve

All sub-disciplines of psychology are represented in the general field of military psychology. Thus, the field offers opportunities for psychologists with interest in clinical practice, teaching, basic and applied research, and consulting.

Play, Common Core, and Early Reading Untangled

In a raging debate, leading researchers in reading education are speaking out in favor of keeping Common Core Kindergarten Literacy Standards. Their message? It’s perfectly fine for five year olds to play AND learn to read in school!

5 Benefits of Gossip (Even Negative Gossip)

By Jennifer Haupt on June 22, 2015 in One True Thing
Nobody likes to be badmouthed, but we all talk about co-workers behind their backs occasionally. Turns out, that's not always a bad thing.

Pope Francis' Environmental Message

Pope Francis' encyclical on the ecological crisis strikes a blow to climate science deniers everywhere. He tells the truth about global warming and environmental decline using the combined powers of ecclesial authority, the scientific consensus, and a well-established communication network. Let's hope world leaders meeting in Paris in December follow his lead.