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Igniting the Spark

Five ways to get you back on track to motivation and commitment to take the steps you need to take. Move forward!

How Facing Nuclear Destruction Could Make Us Wiser.

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on August 11, 2017 in ExperiMentations
We are apparently in a nuclear standoff. Do we find ourselves here again because we can't cope with death anxiety? Terror management theory informs the discussion.

The Bandwagon Effect

The bandwagon effect is a psychological phenomenon whereby people do something primarily because others are doing it, regardless of their own beliefs.

Study Suggests Most Effective Way to Cut Sugar from Coffee

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on August 11, 2017 in Urban Survival
A new study finds the most effective way to cut back sugar in your coffee.

How Are You Preparing for the Apocalypse? I'm Hoarding Books

The way that other Doomsday Preppers might line their cellars with canned goods, gallons of water, boxes of batteries, and cans of Spam, I'm stockpiling every book ever written.

A Guide for Gay Men on Both Open and Monogamous Marriage

A conversation with therapist and author Michael Dale Kimmel about open and monogamous marriage, for gay men and for us all.

Diluting the Gold of Analysis

Not all psychotherapies are created equal.

Even Psychologists Need Help with Civility Guidelines

APA's efforts to improve civility might become a best practice that other groups could benefit from. Time will tell but hopefully, psychologists are onto something here.
Dmitriy Melnikov

"I Had No Idea I Was Overdoing It"

If you think you might be overdoing it, you probably are.

Crime and Punishment (and Twitter)

Scientists are exploring what social media can reveal about patterns of wrongdoing.

Why Too Many Sperms Spoil the Egg

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on August 11, 2017 in How We Do It
Men can produce too many sperms as well as too few. Excessive sperm numbers around an egg can result in multiple fertilization, abnormal chromosome numbers, and miscarriage.

An In-depth Analysis of the Crisis at Google

The crisis at Google in the wake of the Damore memo controversy is an unfortunate symptom of our hyperpolarized society. This post explains how to understand it and move forward.

Two Parallel Events Together Send a Message to You

Conjunctions of Meaningfully Parallel Events (CMPEs) is a coincidence type that provides highly useful messages to those who learn how to use them.

Who's More Emotionally Intelligent, and Does Gender Matter?

Are women really poorly suited for careers in tech? One Google engineer’s claims got him fired. The facts based on personality research prove that Google made the right decision.

Sexual Disorientation of Male Sexual Abuse Survivors

Sexual abuse disorients you; it does not orient you. Consider straight men who have sex with men due to childhood sexual abuse.

How to Sabotage Your Job Search

By Alan A. Cavaiola Ph.D. on August 11, 2017 in Beyond Bullying
Actively seeking employment? Don't inadvertently sabotage your efforts. Here are some things to consider.

Do You Ask for What You Want?

By Atalanta Beaumont on August 11, 2017 in Handy Hints for Humans
Ask for what you want, and surprise yourself by how often you get it.

Music Is Good for the Soul, and Your Health

Study after study has found that music therapy has a positive effect on a broad range of physical and psychological conditions.

Seven Tips for College and Graduate Students

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 11, 2017 in How To Do Life
Common-sense ideas that, alas, are too-often neglected.

5 Ways to Turn Mistakes Into Valuable Life Lessons

You can gain a lot of wisdom from your mistakes. Here's how to learn the most from your blunders.

Follow The Bread Crumbs to Your Purpose

By Megan Dalla-Camina on August 10, 2017 in Real Women
Are you struggling to work out what your purpose is, or even how to start discovering what it is? This will help, and it's not what you think.

When Words Can Kill

The power of words can traumatize and ultimately lead to suicide, or they positively lead to healing. Here's how.

Why Advertising Falls Flat in Individuals With Autism

Individuals with autism may be impervious to misleading marketing. Mental differences are often considered weaknesses, but autism may not be entirely a disability.

Rock Star Suicides

Why is depression a "demon" while cancer, MS, diabetes, heart disease, sickle cell anemia, and so many other conditions are simply deadly illnesses?
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What Is Mental Illness? Does Trump Have One?

When the term "mentally ill" is used to describe President Trump, is the term being used appropriately?

A Psychology of Humor

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
Jokes hold up a mirror in which we can learn to see our hidden hopes and fears and ask, What kind of animals are we?

Preventing Hangovers

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in The Human Beast
They can have adverse effects on productivity, health, and well being. Is there an effective remedy?

Defining Playfulness

By Bernard L. De Koven on August 10, 2017 in On Having Fun
If you look for playfulness in the young, you will find it. If you join them, you will find it in yourself.