The Spanking Debate Is Over

A majority of American parents believe that spanking children is effective and good. They are wrong on both counts.

A Secret Affair: Who Cheats and Why?

Affairs are as costly and widely condemned as they are common.

How Therapy Works: What it Means to ‘Process an Issue’

People often are advised to go to therapy to “process” some issue. But what does “processing an issue” actually mean?

Fear Is Nothing to Be Feared

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” FDR once famously declared. But was he right?

Top 10 Lessons I Learned in Sex Class

Every year, for the last 20 years, I’ve taught a human sexuality class. Over so many years of this work, one observes things.

Avoidance Is Heroin: Metaphors in and out of Therapy

A good metaphor is worth a thousand explanations.

Nonparental Daycare: What The Research Tells Us

Most American children will experience nonparental care. America has yet to adequately address the implications of this reality.

Our Worst Angels: Inconvenient Psychological Truths, Part 2

We fancy ourselves rational and independent, eager to learn and adapt. But are we?

Confused About Successful Jerks? Get to Know the Dark Triad

Most of us don’t wish success on selfish, nasty, and dishonest people, and yet many such people are successful. How come?

Will New Brain Research Revolutionize Mental Health Care?

Can therapy rewire your brain? Can brain differences predict therapy outcomes? Can brain differences diagnose psychological disorders?

Can Talking Cure? And If so, How?

What we talk about when we talk about talk therapy.

Our Worst Angels: Inconvenient Psychological Truths, Part 1

What might rappers, gender studies academics, and abusive parents have in common?

Psychological Science says Trump is a Four Year Old

It’s quite impossible to watch president Trump and remain unperturbed. But why?

Money Laundering for the Soul

What explains our ability to suspend our moral principles and inflict cruelty on others, in clear violation of the moral principles we claim to espouse?

Check Yourself (Again): More Mental Health Blunders

A previous post listed several mental health errors that may hinder psychological well-being. But wait, there’s more…

The Con of Propaganda

If you don’t hear much about propaganda, that’s what you’re hearing.

Check Yourself: Common Mental Health Mistakes

These common mental health ‘blunders’ that may undermine well-being.

America's Top Case Study

You don’t need to be a psychologist or a committed politico to recognize that Donald Trump makes for a fascinating psychological case study.

The Politics of Faking Orgasm: Saving Time, Saving Face

People who fake orgasms deprive themselves of great pleasure for an empty show of it, introduce a lie into an act of trust, distance into an occasion for closeness. Why?

Sexual Masochism: Torture and Transcendence Tied Together?

Why would anyone experience pain and humiliation as sexually arousing? No longer defined as a psychological disorder, sexual masochism still puzzles psychologists.

Sex Over Time: Keeping the Home Fires Burning

For most couples, sexual passion fades with time. But some manage to keep it up for years. What’s their secret?

How Your Personality Predicts Your Romantic Life

In love and sex, character is destiny; research points to a significant predictive association between the big five personality traits and romantic life.

To Make Marriage Better, Should We Expect Less?

The philosopher Alain de Botton has a theory about the malaise of modern marriage and how to fix it. He may be missing the target on both counts.

Paging Dr. Freud: Trump, Obama, and the American Psyche

Instead of asking what politicians’ behavior reveals about them, we may ask what it reveals about ourselves.
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How Many Sex Partners Does It Really Take to Be Happy?

When it comes to sex, most people will agree that the partnered version is better than the solitary one. But how many partners should a person have?

Beyond Abstinence-Only: Sex Ed Should Be Sex Positive

Sex education should focus on what sex is about in our time: Connection, pleasure, and (planned) parenthood.

10 Ways to Spot a Good Therapist

Good therapy is not hard to find, if you know what to look for.

Rape is Not (Only) About Power; It’s (Also) About Sex

The common explanation that ‘rape is not about sex’ is long on ideology, but short on accuracy.

Ritual Killing: In 2016, Resolve to Forego Mindless Rituals

Social rituals are useful, perhaps necessary, but their dark side should not be overlooked.

STIs: Risky, Scary, or Just Stigmatized?

Abstaining from sex is promoted as the way to avoid sex-related risk. Yet, abstaining from driving is not promoted as the way to avoid driving-related risks. Why the difference?