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The Revenge of the Insulted Narcissist

It's now emerging that Colorado theater shooter James Holmes failed his graduate school oral exams last month. Although he graduated from UC Riverside with honors as an undergraduate, leading the chancellor of the university to say "Academically, he was at the top of the top," those who worked with Holmes directly say his research work was often substandard.

Offering Psychological First Aid After the Aurora Tragedy

There is no simple way, no straight-forward list of do’s and don'ts, to dispel the pain of the people going through real tragedy. However, Psychological First Aid is one of the most effective, immediate ways to help fellow human beings through the initial stage of crisis. The process is intended to lead to post-traumatic growth instead of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Female Mass Murderers

Female mass murderers can be as deadly as men, but they don't show up at movie theaters wearing camoflauge and seeking revenge.

Angry Hugs: Using Affection to Lie

Although it may sound counter-intuitive, romantic partners routinely express affection they do not genuinely mean. This article summarizes how often this occurs, the feelings that are masked, the dishonest affection expressed, and motives driving such communication.

Working Compassionately with Difficult Emotions: Starting with Acceptance

By Dennis Tirch Ph.D on July 25, 2012 in Practice Compassion
One of the biggest challenges to working with difficult emotions like anxiety and anger is to accept them in the first place. It’s hard to do.

Why America Is in Decline

By Ray Williams on July 25, 2012 in Wired for Success
The United States has been the strongest and most powerful nation in the last century, a beacon of progress and the good life for the world, but that view is becoming suspect. While predictions have been made before about the decline of America, there is good evidence now that makes the prediction more valid.

Introversion: A Killer Personality?

By Jennifer O. Grimes on July 25, 2012 in The Inner Voice
Is introversion necessarily antisocial? Why we assume that it is—and why we should stop assuming.

Doing Self Better

Eliminating selfish behaviors is an important part of most religious ethics. Many religions assume that when human beings are left to their own devices, they will be destructively egotistical—even evil. In the face of this spiritual and religious teachings often recommend and promote selflessness.

An Olympic Philosophy of Life

By Michael W Austin on July 25, 2012 in Ethics for Everyone
The Olympics may be the only sports movement that is explicitly guided by a philosophy of life, known as Olympism. This is due in part to the fact that both philosophy and the Olympics originated in ancient Greece, the stomping ground of Socrates and Plato. Here I briefly discuss some of the main elements of this philosophy of life.

Why You Can't Stick to a Diet: 5 Questions To Ask Yourself

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on July 25, 2012 in In Practice
Psychological factors that might be involved in why you can't stick to a diet. Practical tips.

Single Dads by Choice

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on July 25, 2012 in Singletons
“Linda and Jeffrey sitting in a tree K-I-S-S-I-N-G…First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes Linda with the baby carriage.” Today, Jeffrey with no partner, like other heterosexual and gay men, is more likely than ever to be steering the carriage.

The Happy Teen

In our rush to keep young people safe and alive, we sometimes too easily buy into the idea that this critical stage of human development is marked by conflict, moodiness, detachment, and acting out. Are we selling young people short? Probably.

Hacking Creativity

By Steven Kotler on July 25, 2012 in The Playing Field
A few thoughts on brain hacks for driving creative thinking forward.

Penn State, Hubris and Social Responsibility

The NCAA’s recent ruling against Penn State sent a clear message to institutions nationwide: reevaluate your priorities. While not going so far as to altogether shut the program down, the sanctions imposed are effectively crippling and set a course that will take decades to correct. More importantly, the judgment speaks volumes to issues of power and social responsibility.

The Aurora Shootings and The Mean World Syndrome

When the news and entertainment media normalize violence, we live in fear, which does us great harm in many ways.

Penn State, the NCAA and Moral Failure

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on July 25, 2012 in Am I Right?
Moral indignation needs to lead to real reform.