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Can You Immunize Yourself Against Prejudice?

Could washing your hands or getting a flu shot make you less prejudiced against foreigners? A series of fascinating studies just released in Psych Science explores the preventative implications of understanding the Behavioral Immune System.

Beware the Narcissistic Bubble

Ours is said to be a narcissistic society, fostering self-absorption, feelings of entitlement, and exploitation of others to meet personal goals. A little bit of narcissism may not be all that unhealthy, but when you let narcissism take over your life, you can get into real trouble. Take heed of these 5 danger signals that you’ve entered the narcissistic bubble.

The Penn State Scandal Continues, but Will the Punishment Fit the Crime?

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on November 22, 2011 in The Media Zone
Penn State did not rape the children. One man did! Penn State did not enact the cover-up. Some men did! It won't matter. There will be blood extracted in State College, PA.

Empathic Civilization in an Age of Trauma

If we can help one another bear the darkness rather than evade it, perhaps one day we will be able to see the light.

You Can Vent Your Anger If You Really Want to

By Art Markman Ph.D. on November 22, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
The beauty of psychology research is that it can make you think differently about things. A case in point comes from the ongoing research on the influence of violent video games on aggressive behavior.

3 Tips to Survive the Holidays

By Michele Woodward on November 22, 2011 in Getting Unstuck
Dreading the holidays? Can't wait until Thanksgiving dinner is over so you can get out of there? You're not alone. Here are three tips you can use to survive the holidays.

Anthony Bourdain's Addiction Report Card

By Stanton Peele on November 22, 2011 in Addiction in Society
A famous heroin and cocaine addict, Anthony Bourdain now travels the world filming his drinking and eating episodes. I'm okay about the drinking—but wonder about the eating.

Pitch Trainwrecks: How Not to Pitch Bloggers and Media

By Jonathan Fields on November 22, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
Been a while since I've shared any of the awful pitches I seem to get on a daily basis.

Why "Twilight" Inspired Me to Do Better with My Resolutions

By Gretchen Rubin on November 22, 2011 in The Happiness Project
I'm a huge fan of Twilight (books and movies)—a fact about myself that continues to fascinate and puzzle me. Last night, I went to see the fourth movie in the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn, which inspired me to look back at a post I wrote two years ago. I really love that post, so here it is again.

Sexuality Today at the Movies: Breaking Dawn

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on November 22, 2011 in SexualityToday
Many men complain that their wives seem to want "everything." Many contemporary women worry about this too. They wonder whether it's OK to "want it all."

Redefining the Workaholic in Our Digital Age

By Christine Louise Hohlbaum on November 22, 2011 in The Power of Slow
As the lines blur between work and home, we need to redefine the meaning of workaholism within the context of what we are doing and when.

My Grandfather's Dying Gift

Perhaps he meant that I would be the next one in the family to die. I wasn't ready. I was only twenty-seven at the time.

Single Women in 1960s and 1970s TV: What Should We Make of Their Relationships?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 22, 2011 in Living Single
What would count as a realistic portrayal of the relationships of single women? Did 1960s and 1970s TV do it better than today’s shows?

The Late but Not Great Steve Jobs

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on November 22, 2011 in Am I Right?
Let’s not be fooled into thinking that he was a good person

The Lure of Excess

By Kirk J. Schneider Ph.D. on November 21, 2011 in Awakening to Awe
How existential or awe-based psychology can address violence

The Natural High of Laughter

What drug would you choose to take you from tired to euphoric? Hear what Dr. Matt Bellace, author of "A Better High," has to say ...

After the Turning Point at UC Davis: Building Moral Politics

By Michael Chorost Ph.D. on November 21, 2011 in World Wide Mind
How, exactly, does nonviolent protest—or protest of any kind, for that matter—actually change anything? How does it deprive the violent, the unjust, and the selfish of their power? How does it put competent and fair-minded people in power? How does it take bad laws off the books and replace them with good ones? How, in short, does it change anything?

Challenging of DSM-5 Growing Fast

By Paula J. Caplan Ph.D. on November 21, 2011 in Science Isn't Golden
Many Divisions of American Psychological Association Support Anti-DSM Petition

Do We Need a New Federal Education Agency?

With state and federal governments struggling with shrinking education budgets, cutting out textbooks, laying off teachers, and taking draconian measures to cut back expenditures, is now the best time to create a new education agency at the federal level?

Family Dinners: Just Holiday Time or All the Time?

With the holidays upon us, there's likely going to be a lot of family gatherings - meals included. It brings up the question of how essential these rituals are to you - not just holiday time, but all the time.