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Surprising Lessons From 525 Life-Changing Crucial Conversations

By Joseph Grenny on February 27, 2012 in Crucial Conversations
New research from the New York Times best-selling authors of "Crucial Conversations" reveals surprising lessons from 525 life-changing conversations.

11 Tips for Staying Safe

By Mary Ellen O'Toole Ph.D. on February 27, 2012 in Criminal Minds
Staying safe is not about paranoia or about worrying that a dangerous person could come into your life at any moment. All it takes is using your head rather than your gut.

Shared Parenting After Divorce: Please Share Research and Your Personal Experience

By Paul Raeburn on February 27, 2012 in About Fathers
Is shared parenting after divorce best for children?

Your Smartphone Might Be Making You Smarter

Are smart people inventing things that make us feel dumber?

Do We Need a DSM-V?

By Allen J Frances M.D. on February 27, 2012 in DSM5 in Distress
Here's an editorial (with the above title) taken from the newsletter of the Society of Biological Psychiatry and written by its editor.

10 of the Funniest Lines by Women

Tina Fey: The more New Yorkers like something, the more disgusted they are. "The kitchen was all Sub-Zero: I want to kill myself. The building has a playroom that makes you want to break your own jaw with a golf club." I can't take it.

3 Ways that Kids' Anger Bites Back

The goal of healthy socialization is to teach children to say "yes" to the existence of their anger and to say "no" to the expression of those angry feelings in hurtful and destructive ways.

Risky Business

It's true that today's teen is exposed to real and virtual threats to personal safety. Then why is it that in my travels, talking to so many parents, when I ask them if they know what risk-behaviors their children engage in, most parents honestly say they don't know?

Contraceptive Pet Food?

By Jessica Pierce Ph.D. on February 27, 2012 in All Dogs Go to Heaven
Did anyone else read Dear Abby this morning? I almost spit up my coffee when I read the headline: "Controlling pet population should be as easy as eating."

Rise in Middle-Aged and Older Women With Eating Disorders

By Nancy Matsumoto on February 27, 2012 in Eating Disorders News
Eating disorders in middle-aged and older women are on the rise, and fraught with their own difficulties.

Finding the Health Information You Need on the Internet

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on February 27, 2012 in Turning Straw Into Gold
The first dermatologist said, “When you get home, don’t look up this condition on the Web." The second dermatologist said, “When you get home, look this condition up on the Web."

What Does Psychology Have to Do With the Environment?

By Susan Clayton Ph.D. on February 27, 2012 in On Being Green
Some of you may be wondering how this is relevant to Psychology Today. Here's the basic argument—which will be further explored in future entries.

Casey Anthony a Hot Topic for Scientists

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 27, 2012 in Shadow Boxing
When scientists clash over methods and facts, they often don't recognize the role that their needs play in their interpretations. Recent debates about evidence used in the Casey Anthony trial highlight psychological factors.

Why Does God Allow Evil?

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on February 27, 2012 in Ethics for Everyone
The existence of evil and suffering is a philosophical and existential problem for those who believe in God. In this post, I discuss some responses that have been given by those who maintain faith in the midst of evil and suffering.

Are You Your Own Person?

To be happy, said John Stuart Mill, you need to be your own person. But what exactly does this mean? And how do you personally measure up? These are questions I want to address in this blog.

Fans of Fans

I recently watched a documentary about Harry Potter fans called "We Are Wizards." I'm afraid I can't recommend the film, it's pretty incoherent. But it was also fascinating in a disturbing sort of way, because it depicted a type of behavior I've never really noticed before: fans of fans.

What Did He Say?

By Francois Grosjean Ph.D. on February 27, 2012 in Life as a Bilingual
Some tongue in cheek reflections on Jean Dujardin's bilingual acceptance speech at the Oscars.

The Age of the Inner-Net?

By Viral Mehta on February 27, 2012 in Pay It Forward
The Cost of Your True Calling
The Passion Payoff
How to Fix Work Fatigue
5 Steps to Loving Your Job
The Impatient Heart: Is It Indeed Now or Never?

The Impatient Heart: Is It Indeed Now or Never?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on February 26, 2012 in In the Name of Love
The romantic heart is typically described as impatient—“It’s now or never. Tomorrow will be too late.” It is assumed that it is not natural to postpone satisfaction in matters concerning love. Contrary to this popular assumption, there are many circumstances in which the romantic heart can be very patient.
Encouraging Failure: Why Perfection Is Not Perfect

Encouraging Failure: Why Perfection Is Not Perfect

By Christopher Taibbi M.A.T. on February 26, 2012 in Gifted-Ed Guru
Recovery from failure is what encourages risk-taking. Recovering from failure encourages growth.

Picking Yourself Up After a Fall

By Susan R Barry Ph.D. on February 26, 2012 in Eyes on the Brain
A young musician tells an inspiring story.

9 Practical Tips If You're Home Alone

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on February 26, 2012 in The Friendship Doctor
I am 63. My husband brought me here many years ago. It is rural and here, family is everything—which is nice—but I have none. My life from the beginning was similar to a child in an orphanage. I was cared for by someone, I guess, but never had any modeling for family. There was no love, no touching, no hugging and no intimacy.

Why Bad Things Can Be Done in Religion's Name

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on February 26, 2012 in Am I Right?
Only the strictest pacifist understands the commandment not to kill to mean no taking of human life under any circumstances; only a psychopath thinks that killing doesn't need justification.

Green: Environmental Devastation and the Last Hours of an Orangutan's Life

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 26, 2012 in Animal Emotions
A heart-wrenching documentary about the last hours of a female orangutan's life. Some people deny the devastating and violent impacts we have globally, and few have the opportunity to see them first hand, but they are realities we must, and can, reverse now. It's very easy to avoid products that cause unspeakable harm to innocent animals and their homes.

Introducing the Ostrich Effect

By Bill Kahn Ph.D. on February 26, 2012 in The Ostrich Effect
When people discover that I am an organizational psychologist, they often tell me that they have some problem—a crazy boss, needy co-workers, departmental conflict—that would make a "great case study." I nod and smile or offer a companionable grimace. What I do not tell them: their uniquely astonishing situation is neither unique nor astonishing. 

Is Apple Making Us More Creative? Can a Brand or Telephone Improve Civilisation? Is There an App for It Yet?

Would Steve Job buy an Apple if he didn't work for the company (and was alive)?