Why They Let O.J. Out

O.J. Simpson will be released from prison after a parole hearing for his armed robbery conviction. But his self-image and demeanor are identical to when he was tried for murder.

The Conflict Over Russia and Trump Family Values

Values determine behavior. The way to understand the current administration, and especially the dispute about collaborating with the Russians, is to understand Trump family values.

The Myth of Addiction as "Equal Opportunity Destroyer"

As American experts consistently misplace their emphasis about addiction on drugs, rather than people, more people die. But those at high risk of victimhood are voiceless anyhow.

Trauma Nation

The cultural movement of recovering trauma is actually a psychological disaster of its own making. The answers—forward planning and community building—are nowhere apparent.

Anthony Bourdain's Updated Addiction Report Card

Anthony Bourdain, former drug addict, has kept up his frenetic, successful television career while drinking up a storm, most recently in Borneo. Meanwhile, post-60, he looks trim!

When a Recovery Princess Needs a Harm Reduction Intervention

Carrie Fisher maintained the image of a drug recovery princess. The image itself may have been lethal.
Stanton Peele: GS on subway home from bar

I'm Sorry If You Can't Drink Alcohol

I enjoy my time with my grandson going to the beach, riding the bus, and talking and thinking. These activities are part of living life on earth—along with drinking.

Trigger Warnings for American Classic Films

The film director Ernst Lubitsch, who was the toast of Hollywood for his light, "Lubitsch touch" before World War II, made films that would be banned on campuses today.

Our Drug Death Epidemic Is Worse than Ever

Our approach to addiction—as our epidemic of drug deaths accelerates—is itself addictive in as much as the responses we are drawn to in fact exacerbate the problem.

What Was Jerry Garcia's Addiction?

Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead are portrayed in the more than four-hour documentary, Love Strange Trip, representing the intricate connections of their music and lives.

Is Trump's Abstinence a Personality Disorder?

Rather than quitting drinking without going to AA, as Kurt Anderson indicated was so for George W. Bush, Donald Trump makes us think that abstinence itself causes problems.

Reducing Drug Deaths: Heroin Injection by Appointment

There's a new addiction service coming to your town—safe injection sites. These sites offer us the main, perhaps the only, option for halting the growth in American drug deaths.

Ranking the Last 14 Presidential Marriages

The American presidential marriage, from FDR and Eleanor to Barack and Michelle and beyond demonstrate a remarkable range of marital partnerships and intimacy.

Trump Won't Reduce the Ravages of Drug Addiction

Liberals and conservatives both marvel at how, given such great addiction treatment, our addiction crisis deepens. They agree we should redouble our disease campaign.

Donald Trump and Addictive Behaviors, Part II

Donald Trump's behavior in the aftermath of defeat is even more worrying than his bullying and gloating in victory.

The Peril of Ignoring Personality in Politics and Society

People differ in their basic outlooks, personalities, and performance. While much social and psychological research supports this point of view, we ignore it -- disastrously.

Donald Trump and Addictive Behaviors

When the addiction cycle characterizes dysfunctional human behavior.

My Meetings in Vancouver—this one with Tony Robbins

We are forever caught in this dilemma in our psychological theory and practice -- trauma as a lifelong cross we bear, resilience and optimism as our guiding lights.

The New Prohibition: The Hip Culture Wants You to Abstain

People encouraging others to quit drinking in the active neoTemperance movement have a heavy lift. Oh, and nondrinkers don't live as long and have less fun. So why do they do it?

Movies That Tell Us Life Is Livable, Even If It's Imperfect

Two new movies tell us that life is worth living, and love worth pursuing, even as it carries bitter disappointments.

The Solution to the Opioid Crisis

We struggle in the night to remedy opioid addiction, and in our thrashing about simply double down on the same old assumptions and failed solutions. Here is the answer instead.

The Health Care Crisis and the Addiction Crisis Are the Same

Our nineteenth-century ideas (based on a free-market economy and temperance) are ruining, both our health-care proposals and our approach to addiction policy and treatment.

Is Gabor Maté Sacrosanct?

Gabor Maté's trauma-based approach to addiction, and his workshops, have their own traumatizing effects.

Selling Mental Illness and Its Cure

Kay Jamison's presentation of her biography of poet Robert Lowell, "Setting the River on Fire," shortchanged his lived experience and creativity in favor of his mental illness.

I Called the Trump Presidential MO Years Ago

Donald Trump practiced his exact method for making the United States a totalitarian state more than five years ago, as I detailed for Psychology Today.

Normalizing Drug Use

We have entered an era in which drug use is widespread and at the same it is viewed as unmanageable and uncontrollable. We need instead to accept and to regulate it.

What Leading Critics Get Wrong About the Film, Toni Erdmann

The new film, Toni Erdmann, named after a mocking character, is seen as the new intellectual solution for our lives mired in corporate inanity. But it's actually inhumane mockery.

Donald Trump Illustrates These Fundamental Human Principles

Donald Trump illustrates fundamental human truths in a very obvious way. But these traits are fundamental to us all, even if less transparently so.

People, You're Praying Wrong

We are failing miserably in the prayers we are offering up to prevent Americans from killing one another. Why is our skill level so miserable in this area and how can we raise it?

Two Psychological Approaches to Photography

The two greatest American photographers, Diane Arbus and Robert Frank, while taking very different approaches to photography, both peered into America's soul, at a personal cost.

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