Psychology in "The Martian"

The correct way to live is based on a reasoned estimate of how much time we have left.

The Affluenza Defense

Poor black boys who steal booze and cars and recklessly kill people should be treated like the rich white boys, not vice versa.

Psychology in Making a Murderer

The most entrenched cognitive bias is in the direction of things we’ve already said and beliefs we’ve already acted on.

Why I Don’t Exercise As I Should

We don’t engage in treatment that is good for us if we don’t accept its mechanics or we don’t have a vessel for our positive feelings about the person treating us.

Dreams Are Allegories

Self-acceptance doesn’t mean an approving attitude toward everything you do.

Manualized Treatment and Teaching to the Test

So-called evidence-based treatment and educational assessment drive some of the best people from the profession.

What Scientists Take on Faith

Why should we trust a mainstream newspaper or a scientific journal more than the Bible?

Four Kinds of Depression and Self-Hate

Chemical solutions maintain the depressive frame, whereas philosophical solutions challenge it.

4 Major Sources of Anxiety and What to Do About Them

Sometimes the thing to do is to accept that nothing can be done.

How Anxiety and Depression Became Diseases

Only diseases are treated with medication, so philosophical problems like coping with uncertainty and managing loss and disappointment were framed as disorders.

Pressures on Your Therapist Not to Be Psychologically-Minded

A psychologically-minded therapist is to mainstream psychology like a person practicing a forbidden religion.

Is Your Therapist Psychologically-Minded?

A therapist who isn't psychologically-minded will feel superior to you.

The Mythology of the Helicopter Parent

Are helicopter parents primarily motivated to protect children from the parents’ own aggression?

You Don’t Have to Be Perfect

Procrastination, weight problems, and over-spending all depend on feeling special.

The Seasoning Problem in Marriage, Parenting, and Therapy

The system functions more smoothly if the diner eats whatever is served; the system is better if the cook provides what the diner likes.

Suicide as a Form of Homicide

There are as many reasons for killing oneself as there are for killing other people.

The Vicious Circle of Ignorance

Applying strategies for cancer denial to students who hide their ignorance

Aren’t Some People Just Smarter Than Others?

The different races can be analogized to identical twins reared apart.

Why I Might Buy a Gun

Jefferson hoped that people like that Kentucky clerk would think of equal treatment of people under the law as a gift to them from God that she dare not interfere with.

Examples of the 4 Things Competent Therapists Do

The problem with principles is that they can lead to rules and checklists instead of empathic understanding.

The Best Clinical Story Ever?

Great clinical stories teach us how to think, they liberate the mind from its ruts, and most importantly thy raise the bar of excellence to counter complacency and mediocrity.

4 Ways to Tell If a Therapist Is Competent

That’s only 4 things I’m looking for when evaluating in-office individual talk therapy. In my experience, the vast majority of therapists practice none of them.

Does Change Come from Within?

The environmental location of causality—change comes from without rather than from within—is awfully convenient for therapists, who happen to find themselves in their patients’ environments.

Confirmation Bias and Stigma

Confirmation bias confirms not only expectations about the percept, but also those relating to the kind of world we live in and our role in it.

The Tendency to Smugness in the Culture of Psychology

I hope your first thought about overt anger is that something unjust has happened and not that someone is too emotional or being mean.

Inside Inside Out (No Spoilers!)

If you want someone to know what you’re feeling, they’ll need the story, not just the headline, and certainly not just which section of the paper it’s in.

Motivation in Education, Therapy, and Parenting

Vengeful parental fantasies often take the form of protecting the child from invented or exaggerated external threats.

3 Reactions to the Massacre That May Serve the Terrorist

The long term answer to racism will be to decrease the prevalence of situations where race matters, but the conundrum is that while racism exists, efforts to decrease this prevalence are usually efforts by the privileged to draw attention away from their privilege.

Does Dolezal Get to Choose?

Your race is socially constructed in a given situation by other people, not by you.