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.
Hunting for Coincidences

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

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

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?