Your life story in metaphors

Your life story in metaphors

What’s your favorite metaphor for your life story? A box of chocolates? A bowl of cherries? How do you think about the ways that you’ve changed over the course of your life? Studies that follow lives through time show that it’s less about the passages and more about the pathways.
From Online Dating to Job Interviews: Controlling your Image

From Online Dating to Job Interviews: Controlling your Image

We all want to present ourselves in the best light possible. How do you decide what and how to reveal about yourself in crucial settings from online dating sites to job interviews? Learn to avoid the common traps such as the “foggy mirror” and take advantage of ways to remain true to yourself while still putting your best foot forward.
Protect Yourself from the Seven Sins of Facebook

Protect Yourself from the Seven Sins of Facebook

The benefits of Facebook as a social media tool can easily be outweighed by its dangers. Fortunately, each of the “seven sins," from Facebook jealousy to "Fear of Missing Out" syndrome can be overcome by informing yourself about the dangers and taking curative actions.
The lure of celebrity endorsements

The lure of celebrity endorsements

Celebrity advertising works because Images of famous people stimulate areas of our brains involved in emotions. Turning off your brain's response may save you from making poor consumer choices.
Stress and your social memory

Stress and your social memory

Wish you had a better memory for names? Social memory is an important skill, especially in clutch situations when you're trying to make a good impression on others. Learning how to control cortisol, the stress hormone, can help you improve your social memory, and the impression you make on others.
Risky business? Why women earn less than men

Risky business? Why women earn less than men

How do gender stereotypes lower women's earnings? From Walmart to "Jeopardy!," new research suggests that the answer may lie in women's subconscious unwillingness to take risks.
The Tweets That Bond

The Tweets That Bond

Being active in the world of Twitter (the “Twitterverse”) has its pros and cons. If you haven’t yet jumped in, you may be surprised to learn of recent research in social psychology suggesting that many Twitterers (“tweeple”) are actually reaping important personal benefits.
When disaster strikes others: How your brain responds

When disaster strikes others: How your brain responds

On the anniversary of 9/11, the nation's attention once again turns to the suffering of the survivors. Disasters caused both by people and nature capture our attention, even if we are not directly affected. Research on how the brain responds when we see other people suffer provides important clues about our abilities to empathize and relate to people in trouble.

The end of talk therapy?

Depressed, anxious, or stressed? Need to talk to a professional? According to a recent New York Times story, if you see a psychiatrist you won't have a chance to talk about anything other than whether your medications are working. Talk, apparently, isn't cheap, or even available from most psychiatrists.

Family Caregiving Across the Generations

Family caregivers face a unique set of challenges. The latest advice from psychology experts shows how people of all ages and in all family situations can cope successfully with caregiving.

Making sense of psychology headlines

News stories about psychology use provocative language and images to capture your attention. How do you know how much to believe of what you see and hear?
Get Out and Walk! Your Brain Will Thank You

Get Out and Walk! Your Brain Will Thank You

Getting outside and walking can help keep your brain in top shape. Follow five simple steps to improve your own brain's potential to remember and learn.
5 Ways to Reset Your Sleep Habits

5 Ways to Reset Your Sleep Habits

Poor sleep habits can ruin your memory, health, happiness, and relationships. Yet, for most people, a restful sleep is just 5 simple steps away.
MRI's: The new phrenology?

MRI's: The new phrenology?

Brain scans have many valuable applications, but it's time for a reality check on what they can actually tell us about how we think, feel, and behave.
Mindlessness and memory slips: How to find what you've lost

Mindlessness and memory slips: How to find what you've lost

Memory is notoriously unreliable, leading many of us to misplace valued objects only to spend hours or days of frustrated search. Finding what you thought was lost forever can certainly boost your spirits, but if you "use your head," you'll be less likely to lose it in the first place.
How to make recommendations work for you

How to make recommendations work for you

Recommendations are a key component to success in the workplace, whether for a job, university admission, or internship spot. Many people's opportunities pass them by because they failed in this process. This simple guide will help you figure out the best way to get, and write, the all-important recommendation letter.
Writing a compelling life story in 500 words or less

Writing a compelling life story in 500 words or less

Applications for jobs, schools, and internships require well-crafted essays and cover letters that are no more than 500 words. Learn the ten steps that will make your application stand out from the rest in this practical guide to the psychology of writing cover letters and essays.
Selling it: Making interviews work for you

Selling it: Making interviews work for you

The interview is often the last step in securing the job, position, or school acceptance you seek. You need to show, in person, that you've got what it takes. To make it in a make-or-break situation, all you have to do is learn the secrets of interview success.  
Beginnings: Psychological Perspectives on Four Types of Change

Beginnings: Psychological Perspectives on Four Types of Change

Beginnings come in many forms. No matter what calendar says, everyone can benefit from knowing how best to approach life changes. Learn about four types of beginnings and how they can apply to your life, both now and in the future.
Great gifts don't have to break the bank

Great gifts don't have to break the bank

When gifts are involved, holidays, birthdays, and celebrations can be wonderful occasions. But gifts can also serve as the basis for arguments and disappointment. There's no need to despair, whether you're on the giving or receiving end. Learn the five rules and five practical tips that psychology can offer to help make your gift exchanges successful and fun.
Time for a Body Image Makeover? A 10-Step guide

Time for a Body Image Makeover? A 10-Step guide

Body image issues can make life difficult at any time during the year, but concern over your body can be especially stressful during special holidays and celebrations. Follow these 10 steps and you can improve both your feelings about your body and your health all year long.
In-groups, out-groups, and the psychology of crowds

In-groups, out-groups, and the psychology of crowds

Stereotypes based on ingroup-outgroup distinctions are at the root of prejudice and discrimination. When crowds divide into camps on the basis of these distinctions, misunderstandings can often follow. However, people can overcome their biases if they understand its roots.
Thinking About Tomorrow to Guide You Today

Thinking About Tomorrow to Guide You Today

Although it's easy to become preoccupied with the problems of the present and the mistakes of the past, your health and happiness will benefit from having goals for the future. From college students to older adults, everyone can benefit from future-oriented thinking.
Discounting the discount: How to avoid retail traps

Discounting the discount: How to avoid retail traps

With psychology in your shopping bag, you can avoid common traps and make the most of those so-called bargains used to lure us into spending more than we want to or can afford.

We’ve come a long way since Pavlov

Psychology students often remember the classic studies Pavlov, Milgram, and Harlow carried out many decades ago. The discipline has moved well beyond these controversial but enlightening experiments. Advances in neuroscience, therapy, and cultural studies are leading rapidly to significant advances in our understanding of human behavior.
The Trouble With Optimism

The Trouble With Optimism

Contrary to what you might expect, optimists actually have more difficulty coping with long-term stressful situations, in part because the outcomes don't fit their expectations. It's okay to be an optimist as long as you realize that at times, you might not succeed.
Promises promises: When politicians don’t deliver

Promises promises: When politicians don’t deliver

Politicians make vastly unrealistic promises that they inevitably cannot keep. Like jilted lovers, voters turn against their elected officials when the visions of greatness they were promised fail to materialize. The "negative expectancy disconfirmation," a concept from marketing research, provides important insights into the psychology of broken campaign promises.
Time to Play Dress-Up in the Perfect Costume

Time to Play Dress-Up in the Perfect Costume

From costume parties to come-as-you-are, take advantage of opportunities to express your alter ego. Expressing yourself through a costume, or even something different from your everyday look, can provide a welcome boost.
The Neuroticism Paradox

The Neuroticism Paradox

Neuroticism is associated with a range of negative behavioral consequences. But are there ways that people high in neuroticism, and their spouses, might benefit? 
Is Our Society Getting Increasingly Angry?

Is Our Society Getting Increasingly Angry?

Open expressions of anger, rage, violence and aggression are reaching new levels in the media and indeed society at large.  Evidence from studies of rats exposed to aggressive behavior suggests that changes in our brains may be involved.

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