The Latest

Self-loathing in the Face of Facts

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on December 15, 2014 in Am I Right?
Torture isn’t moral, so to admit that this was carried out in our name is to create cognitive dissonance.

Consider This New Yorker Cover

By Gretchen Rubin on December 15, 2014 in The Happiness Project
As the cover shows, simplicity lovers and abundance lovers thrive in different environments. For instance, a simplicity lover is likely to work better in an office that’s quiet, with minimal decoration; the abundance lover in an office that’s lively and crammed with visual details.

A Simple Technique to Manage Anxiety

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on December 15, 2014 in Manage Your Stress
What you think affects what you feel. Learn these four simple steps to manage your anxiety.

Are You Being Too Assertive? Not Enough?

By Adoree Durayappah-Harrison MAPP on December 15, 2014 in Thriving101
Many people want to be more assertive in the workplace. Being assertive can help you voice your opinions to your coworkers, help you negotiate that promotion and pay raise, and also has a number of health benefits.

Racism and Allegations: Never Easy at Work

Racism and bigotry are alive and well, and their impact at work has hardly lessoned. Handling employee/employee issues requires all the skill you have.

Notes on Biographical Writing

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on December 15, 2014 in The Me in We
To write biography is to become another person's habitat and part of the history of storytelling.

Dear Dr. Kaslow: I Too Am "Outraged, Saddened and Pained"

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on December 15, 2014 in Dangerous Ideas
The president of the American Psychological Association has responded to the Senate report on CIA torture with a letter in the New York Times. Dr. Kaslow wrote that she was “outraged, saddened and pained that two psychologists allegedly devised and engaged in brutal interrogation methods.” I certainly share those feelings, but Dr. Kaslow should also widen her gaze.

Christmas for Atheists and Agnostics

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 15, 2014 in How To Do Life
How non-believers can enjoy Christmas.

Have You Been a Victim of Math Torture?

Children are missing out. Schools and teachers could help children to love math instead of dreading it.

Should Women Be Freed from the Motherhood Mandate?

By Ellen Walker Ph.D. on December 14, 2014 in Complete Without Kids
Should women be freed from the motherhood mandate?

Create Your Own Meaning for the Holidays

By Matthew B. James Ph.D. on December 14, 2014 in Focus on Forgiveness
What is the true meaning of the holiday season for you? And is your “true meaning” empowering you and getting you what you want?

Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: No More Business as Usual

By Oscar Holmes IV Ph.D. on December 14, 2014 in Beyond the Cubicle
While protests and movements fighting to end racism are not new, the #BlackLivesMatter movement has made it clear that it is committed to disrupt business as usual.

Dogs Don't Bite Out of the Blue

Dog bites are almost always provoked by something. The trigger may be subtle and missed, however, because dogs and people don’t speak the same language. In this blog Dr. Reisner explains how recognizing the signs of conflict or worry, and avoiding interactions that provoke them, can help to prevent defensive, but sometimes unpredictable, dog bites.

Clarify Three Misunderstandings about Acupuncture

In spite of increasing acceptance and varied use of acupuncture for treating pain and other ailments in the United States, there are still at least three misunderstandings about the practice and its mechanisms, which are typically found in some news reports about acupuncture (Sun, 2014a). Clarifying the misunderstandings also has implications for psychology.

Why Feminism Matters in 2014--and in 2015

Women and girls often regard their ability to please as, paradoxically, one of their greatest strengths. As a culture, we still encourage women and girls to “make nice.” We should be teaching them to “make trouble.”

Nude Gratitude

By Vance Z. Johnson M.D. on December 14, 2014 in What Hurts?
Training makes lithe muscled bodies that can endure under stress.
Training gratitude makes lithe supple minds that can thrive even with lifelong pain.
Rhonda's "nude gratitude" prepared her to get the most out of the spinal cord stimulator.
You can uncover the power too. Are you training?

Should Parents Use Time-outs?

It is crucial to resolve tricky situations with your child, by giving her a tool to use for the next time.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Commit

By Karl Pillemer Ph.D. on December 14, 2014 in Lessons for Loving
How can we decide on one person as a life partner? Long-married couples suggest you ask three key questions.

The #1 Most Important Fact to Know About Your Anxiety

Anxiety can operate like a silent thrum beneath our awareness. We may not recognize the mischief that anxiety is making for us right now.

How to Rekindle Your Relationship

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on December 14, 2014 in Living the Questions
What if you already had a tool to make your relationship stronger? To bring you and your partner closer? To build up your partner when he or she was feeling down?

What Do We Use Language For?

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on December 14, 2014 in Language in the Mind
Language is central to our lives. We use it to buy groceries, compose an email, flirt, propose marriage and get divorced. So, what are the major functions of language, in our everyday lives?

The Key for a Happier Relationship

Do you let toxic thoughts destroy your love?

Why Christmas Comes and Goes So Quickly

Doesn’t it seem like it was just Christmas a few months ago? Years seem to fly by more quickly the older we get. What is the best explanation for why time goes faster as we age?

How the APA Enabled Torture

By Christopher Ryan Ph.D. on December 14, 2014 in Sex at Dawn
The APA was the only major organization of health professionals to see no ethical problem with the torture program.

Kindness in Kids and The Nature-Nurture Debate

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 14, 2014 in Moral Landscapes
Lucy wants Charlie's toy. He gives it to her, happily. Is his kindness nature or nurture?

The Psychology of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

By David J Ley Ph.D. on December 14, 2014 in Women Who Stray
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the fastest growing and most popular martial art of recent years. Beyond its effectiveness in MMA, BJJ inspires powerful dedication and commitment in its students. BJJ taps into many powerful aspects of human psychology, inspiring devotion and promoting personal growth in its students.

Mindful Baking

By Susan M. Pollak MTS, Ed.D., on December 14, 2014 in The Art of Now
Can mindfulness help with holiday stress?

How to Teach Your Children Generosity During the Holidays

By Tamar Chansky Ph.D. on December 14, 2014 in Worry Wise
Self-centeredness and generosity are not mutually exclusive; they are more like next-door neighbors. In other words, your child has the capacity for both. It may drive us crazy to hear the gimmes, but if we want our kids to learn generosity, we’ll be better served to pause, exhale and teach our kids to feel good about giving.

The Other Thing You Need to Look For in a Partner

Not long ago, I talked about the "one thing" to look for in a partner. But there might be something important to look for before that...

Getting Shelter Dogs to Rescue Us: A Solution for Adoption

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 14, 2014 in Animal Emotions
A wonderful video shows how the "human walking program" organized by the Lost Dogs Home in Melbourne, Australia, helped 5000 shelter dogs get adopted. What I love about this program is how simple it is, and how people came to realize that by rescuing dogs in need, the dogs also rescued them. It's a win-win for both the dogs and the humans.