Keeping Up With Appearances

More time on Facebook is associated with higher levels of disordered eating.

Don't Eschew the Future You

Could correctives to our future-focusing flaws become as widespread as are strategies to boost willpower and grit, our culture’s cognitive obsessions du jour?

Psychedelics 2.0 and the Shadow of the Sixties

A collection on Timothy Leary sheds light on the state of hallucinogen research.

The Language of Secret Keeping

There is no vocabulary for the myriad ways in which a beloved’s secret can burden the person to whom it is revealed, though the possibilities are endless and, like many attempts to capture emotional complexity, quite possibly Germanic: Geheimnisaustausch? Stockholm-secret-keeping syndrome?)

Free, Poor, and Still Undaunted

He insists that he is a refugee, and one has to admit there is something to it. He is probably the only Dane who has fled authoritarian Denmark to receive permanent residency in another country for ”humanitarian reasons."

Are Hidden Biases Costing You Money?

You probably think that you know what influences you when deciding whether to invest your savings in a low-interest checking account or a speculative Internet start-up. But recent studies suggest that when it comes to personal financial matters, we might be affected by invisible, unconscious risk biases that can be triggered by events and circumstances irrelevant to the de

The Beauty of Trade-Offs

The fact that behavior itself is an endless exercise in trade-offs is fair warning not to become overly reliant on a single strategy or way of being.
Gaming Your Way to a More Focused Brain

Gaming Your Way to a More Focused Brain

Is it possible to gamify the way we treat neurological disorders like ADHD?
The Truth About Sacrifice

The Truth About Sacrifice

Is our first impulse to be selfless?

Abby Bales: Battling Ulcerative Colitis on a Blog

Three years ago, Abby Bales, a personal trainer in New York City, was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Considering what a taboo topic bowel diseases are to many people, most patients would have likely remained silent about their experience. But not Abby. "I have colitis. I had a colostomy bag. I have a J-pouch now. And I am a BADASS," she writes on her fitness blog.

Sex Scandals in Politics: Who Cares?

Although studies have shown that, in theory, most Americans disapprove of infidelity, they can be incredibly forgiving when it comes to politicians cheating on their wives.

Secrets of the Whistleblower

It is far easier to keep secrets of state than secrets of the heart. When the two become conflated, beware. Bradley Manning needed to air the combat footage that haunted him, such as the “Collateral Murder” Apache helicopter attack video, but equally he needed to air his emotional torment. Multiple secrets are, for most people, multiply difficult to contain.
The Hidden Costs of Resilience

The Hidden Costs of Resilience

Many children do surprisingly well in the face of adversity—at least superficially. But are we missing the big picture?

Enter Psychopath, Exeunt Certainty

To say that you can spot a law-abiding psychopath is almost an oxymoron, though it’s never stopped me from trying. Psychopaths are by definition masters of emotional disguise.

Missed Connections

A fascinating map of the most common locations where Craigslist "Missed Connections" occur.

Writing Thoughts Down Can Help Quell the Bad, Keep the Good

We can strengthen good thoughts and weaken bad thoughts by changing what we do with our bodies.

Does Temperament Predict Addiction?

A new animal model of temperament reveals why some brains gravitate towards addiction.

Judging Books—and Leaders—By Their Covers

Has Obama really aged ten years since 2008? Would Lincoln's visage preclude him from contemporary politics? Our judgments about faces will always be a blend of science and subjectivity, hard to untangle and rife with intrigue.

The Cost of Sobriety

How helpful are interventions in getting people to give up alcohol or other substances of abuse? The data are clear. And such confrontational methods can have lingering negative effects.

Don't Talk (or Listen) and Drive

Some types of conversation are more dangerous for drivers than others.

The Gentle Intellectual Giant

Remembering a mentor and friend.

Other People Matter

Colleagues, friends, and PT bloggers share their memories and reflections of Christopher Peterson—one of the liveliest minds in the field of psychology.

Remembering Chris Peterson

A pioneer of positive psychology will be sorely missed.

What Your Shopping Habits Reveal About You

Do you diligently read product labels and ask dozens of questions before buying a toothbrush? Or do endless descriptions of features and functionalities bog you down?

Seeing Red

Images of destruction induce our minds to think about death, the researchers write, and in response, we hold on more closely to our beliefs.

Is Text-Messaging About to Revolutionize Therapy?

Text-messaging software may prove to be an effective method for bringing therapy to the world's poorest communities.

When Waiting Pays Off

Author Frank Partnoy evokes Goldilocks in championing approaches to athletics, stock trading and communication that “optimize delay."

Life Lessons, Learned By Accident

Babies are our greatest prizes and our greatest teachers. This year, the lessons I’ve learned and relearned come from my second child, Mileva. When she was born, I thought I knew everything about parenting. I quickly reailzed that in key ways I know nothing.

The God Problem: An Interview with Howard Bloom

Howard Bloom believes in two rules of science: Find the truth at any price—even your life—and look at the things right under your nose as if you've never seen them before.

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.