We All Want to Fit In

But some people can't sandpaper themselves down to fit society’s expectations.

Cities and Years

When people ask me what impact a move will have on a child, I have a four-word answer: Depends on the child.

Diary of a Non-Wimp: A Trans Case History

Guest post by Amy Colbert.

Smart But Not Happy

Raj Raghunathan tells us why intelligence and joy don't always go together.

What Is Passion? Part 2

Guest Post by Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.

What Is Passion? Part 1

Guest Post by Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.

It Takes More Than a Village

Spreading the word about prenatal education through a worldwide movement.

The Revolution That Takes Us Partway

The problem has nothing to do with inherent limitations in technology or computational power. It has everything to do with the deeply social needs of human beings.

The Power of Small Data

How carrying around a clipboard makes us feel more important, and other odd truths about human behavior. A guest post by Martin Lindstrom

Is "Retroprognosis" a Word?

The snapshot depicted two boys years before tragedy struck; as such it was a momentary portal to an alternate reality in which the Unabomber never came into being.

Confronting Life, Logically

A conversation with Elliot D. Cohen, Ph.D., on logic-based therapy.

A Story of Autism

Guest Post By John Donvan and Caren Zucker

The Wisdom of Elders

It's not just a scrapheap.

What's The First Thing You Read?

In initial encounters we think in heuristics to be safe, not to be correct.

Twin Connections

The study of twins and siblings, and how environment and genes influence us.

A Generous Spirit Is Good for Business

Generosity, not greed, is the key to better leadership.

The Runaway Train in Our Heads

Part of the nature of obsession is that you cannot easily obtain sufficient distance from it: The thoughts, worries, and compulsions feel utterly overwhelming.

Collaboration, a Core of Humanity

We can and do benefit from collaboration. A guest post by Mish Middelmann

Cognitive Signatures of Creativity and Genius

Dr. Albert Rothenberg articulates cognitive processes that undergird breakthrough discoveries and the most inventive minds.

A Riddle For All Ages

When my son was old enough to understand the basic concept of infinity (but hardly its nuance), he presented me with a “trick riddle.”

A Deeper Look at the Evil Within

When ordinary people took on roles of prisoners and guards, even the researchers were shocked at what happened. With the release of a Stanford Prison Experiment movie, here's a look at the research surrounding the study people are still arguing about decades later.

The Higher You Climb, the Less You Control

How does a leader achieve his best results?

A Surprising Influence on Your Emotions

Recent research has found that group members actually become more similar in their expressions of anger and gratitude over time.

When Bipolar Disorder Moved Into the House

In this new film, a bipolar father learns to take care of his two daughters Or did they take care of him?

How Phones Are Tearing Us Apart

Research suggests that smartphones may decrease our trust in one another, lower the quality of our relationships, and degrade the quality of our conversations.

Expanding the Mental Health Workforce

A guest post by Chirlane McCray, the First Lady of New York City.

A Lesson From Junior High Exile

The inner voice is both symptom and salve, partly indicating what you believe about yourself and partly indoctrinating you into a way of thinking, as I discovered in a middle school library long ago.

Psychologists and Torture, a Shameful Saga

Damning evidence hits the front page.

Enter the Epiphany Machine

Struggle, whether creative or emotional, can be a trapdoor to another place entirely.

Hitting the Gym, Too Much

Is exercise addiction real and harmful?