The Savage Empathy of Safe Spaces

Empathetic professors who subscribe to the invention that words equal violence, and that hearing certain views is a threat to students' "humanity" can do incalculable damage.

Sticks and Stones Just Break My Bones

Colleges can either give in to "Brittle Self Disorder" or empower students to get past the discomfort of confronting objectionable ideas and teach them to think critically.

Silencing Is Golden: The Chilling Dogma of AntiNormalization

Many college students are unable to debate bad ideas because they aren't learning the difference between a firmly held opinion and a self-evident truth.

Uncivil Rights

Violent protests aimed at preventing “hate speech” at Berkeley show how dangerous we become when we can’t tell the difference between vile words and real violence.

Politics and Poison: Casualties of Fake News

The FDA warns that some natural remedies contain poison. Meanwhile partisan rhetoric poisons the body politic.

We Say We Want Free Speech and Civil Dialogue

Our country is divided. There seems to be no middle ground. President Obama calls for free speech and listening to replace silencing and shouting down the opposition.

Angry About the Election?

Headlines call for intolerance toward Trump voters. Families are stressed, and friendships are frayed. Tolerance is a paradigm that has outlived its purpose.

I’m Right, You’re Evil

Will this election ever end? And when it's over, who will we be?

What's Wrong With Locker Room Talk?

In the wake of Donald Trump's lewd comments, there's a debate about whether "locker room talk" is really all that bad.

How Do Strong People Handle War?

What about the stigma of seeking mental health care for the injuries of war?

Sitting Is the New Smoking and Mindfulness Is the New Black

The Aspen Brain Lab convenes experts on living life to its fullest

When to Sweat the Small Stuff

Want to end bullying? Talking about kindness isn’t the same thing as being kind.

Is "Be Yourself" Bad Advice?

Should we stop telling people to "be yourself"? Wharton professor Adam Grant thinks so.

We’re Giving Bullying a Bad Name

Think your child’s school needs an anti-bullying program? Here’s why you might be wrong.

Bullies, Bystanders and Tattletales

'Nobody likes a tattletale' is a myth that makes bullying worse.

The Secret to Better Date Nights

A surprising way to keep the romance alive.

Bullies With a Cause

How do schools deal with nonconformists, and what happens when "excellent sheep" go to college?

Want to Keep Your New Year's Resolution?

Are you making a New Year's Resolution? These three things will help you stick to it.

Trump and Clinton in Your House for the Holidays

Will you be spending the holidays with relatives whose political views you can't stand? Here's a simple strategy for dealing with them.

How Making Colleges 'Safe Spaces' Makes Us All Less Safe

After years of colleges’ efforts to cultivate tolerance on their campuses, college students may be less tolerant than ever.

Why We Care About Self-Esteem, And What Matters Even More

Three things that provide the gifts that Self-Esteem promised but couldn’t keep

What is Reality?

Who are you? What does it mean to be a person in the world? What is reality? These are the questions Neuroscientist David Eagleman tackles in his book, The Brain: The Story of You.

Could Donald Trump Make Us More Informed?

Donald Trump, the stock market, and being irrational. Behavioral economics tells us that having "The Donald" in the race could actually make us more informed.

Are You a Giver or a Taker?

Think you are a Giver? There's something to watch out for that could turn you into a Taker.

How the Things You Say Pave the Road to Character

How does what we say pave the road to character? David Brooks has some words of wisdom.

What Makes an Extraordinary Teacher?

What makes someone an extraordinary teacher? Teachers teach, but they also befriend, mentor, guide, and care. Being an extraordinary teacher is about more than being a skilled technician. My personal experience with an exceptional teacher illuminates some of what makes a teacher extraordinary.

What Is The Best Commencement Speech of All Time?

Whether graduating or not, we love commencement speeches. Maybe that's because they say something we need to hear.

What You Need to Know About a Know-it-All

The feeling of knowing is an essential brain sensation without which we might not strive to learn. And yet, the feeling of being right isn't necessarily connected to being correct.