Milgram Revisited: Craig Zobel's "Compliance"

Psychology Today recently co-hosted a screening of Craig Zobel's acclaimed film Compliance. The film is an examination of a real-world Milgram experiment, conducted not in the name of science but as part of a sick criminal act.

Hunting for Coincidences

The tendency to learn a new word or concept only to "suddenly" encounter it everywhere strikes people as somewhere between notable and miraculous, even though it can be explained by our brain's capacity for selective attention: We home in on novel stimuli while filtering out myriad unrelated data.

Sex, Love, and Other Drugs

Years of neuroimaging research show that our brains, not our hearts, are by-and-large responsible for hurtling us into consistently craving a certain someone. A recent study finds that a specific group of structures are uniquely geared to process these intensely passionate inclinations. Intriguingly, these regions are the same neuronal locales that process sexual desire.

Can Victoria's Secret Twist Time?

Meditation not working for your man? Try flashing him a couple Victoria's Secret ads. A new study shows that's a surefire way to get him more focused on the present moment.

When You're the Difficult Person

If you’re consistently annoyed by (and annoying to) a select few—congratulations, you’re human. Knowing the person or situation that sets you off is half the battle.

Fear Thyself?

Not only are homophobic individuals more likely to harbor unacknowledged inclinations towards the same sex. The divergence between what they say they want and what they truly desire may derive from having been denied their own autonomy in childhood.

A Second Take on Swedish Parents

As a Swedish parent, allow me to correct a PT blogger's summer-vacation observations about kids and parents in Scandinavia.

Aging and the Good Earth

People who are physically active during their leisure hours may well be biologically younger.

An Apology from Psychology Today

Last week, a blog post about race and appearance by Satoshi Kanazawa was published--and promptly removed--from this site. We deeply apologize for the pain and offense that this post caused.

Announcing: The PT Psyku Challenge

Turn on the creative machinery. Amp up the wit. Rise to the PT challenge!

10 Hard Truths About Marriage

#1 There will be one disagreement in your marriage that will never be resolved--and you will never agree on what it is! The earlier you identify and accept it, the better. Encourage your partner to do the same with his or her complaint.

Top Strategies for Handling a Bully

No, it's not just boys being boys, or kids being kids. It takes a special breed of person to cause pain to others. Kids, parents, and school authorities take notice: Here are the top research-based strategies for dealing with bullies.

"No Kidding, Me Too": The Long Reach of Mental Illness

In his new documentary, Soprano's alum Joe Pantoliano shows the impact of mental illness on patients and families alike.

Haiti Living Hell

Even if you can't find the language to describe your thoughts and feelings, even if you think you've lost your voice, try. The words are somewhere inside of you.

Willem Dafoe on Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe's remarkable range as an actor has earned him acclaim both as the villain and as the good guy. I spoke to him about his acting method.

Pulp Nonfiction

An interview with Tim Roth, the star of Lie to Me, in which he plays a deception expert—based on real-life psychologist Paul Ekman—who can spot lies by observing people's body language, facial expressions, and words.

Why Getting Revenge Isn't Worth It

Kill Bill, Revenge of the Nerds (I-IV), and Fatal Attraction... all make revenge look oh-so sinfully sweet, but does it really satisfy?

I Hate Dating in NY

I met my first emotionally available man in New York. I had heard they were mythical creatures, like leprechauns or the Loch Ness Monster-- lots of stories, but never actually documented in real life. Until now. And Barry Schwartz explains why I didn't want him after all.

Starting Over at Age 37

My father and grandparents arrived in New York 58 years ago, fleeing the communists who had seized their native Czechoslovakia. New York City was the end of a three-year odyssey that took them from Switzerland to North Africa and back. For my grandfather, who was 37, it was the beginning of a second adult life.

Tripping at Horizons Psychedelic Conference

Ecstasy treats PTSD? A cannabis knock-off more potent than the real thing? Psychedelic experts from around the world share personal anecdotes, research, and new perspectives on this taboo sub-culture.

Paula Scher on Failure

Paula Scher is one of the world's most famous graphic designers, known for creating Citibank's umbrella logo as well as for design work for The Public Theater, The New York Times Magazine, the American Museum of Natural History, The New York City Ballet, and Herman Miller. She believes failure is the secret to artistic success. "You have to fail in order to make the next discovery," says Scher. "It's through mistakes that you actually can grow."

Mary Higgins Clark on Failure

Mary Higgins Clark knows something about getting through tough times. She lost her father when she 11, her brother when she was 16, and her husband when she was 36—after which she was left to raise five children on her own. That didn't stop her from becoming one of the most successful suspense novelists of all time, writing 28 books that have sold 100 million copies in the U.S. alone. At age 81 she's still going strong. Her new book, Just Take My Heart, is on sale now. I reached her at her home in Saddle River, New Jersey.

Donald Trump on Failure

Donald Trump's comeback is one of the most dramatic of all time—as well as one of the most visible. According to a well-known anecdote, one day when he was $1 billion in debt, he pointed out a homeless man to his daughter and said, "See that bum? He has a billion dollars more than me." The Guinness Book of Records lists him as having the biggest financial turnaround in history. "In the early 1990s, I owed billions of dollars and many people thought I was finished," says Trump. "I refused to give in to the negative circumstances and I never lost faith in myself. I didn't believe I was finished even when the newspapers were saying so. I refused to give up. Defeat is not in my vocabulary."

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