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 Can Predict Your Love 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 Partners Does It 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?

Sex and Happiness: Natural Allies or Strange Bedfellows?

Sex and happiness are linked, we know that. How exactly are sex and happiness linked? We don’t know that.

Is Marriage Worth the Trouble For Women?

Why are women more likely than men to initiate divorce?

Political Correctness Is Bad, When Applied Incorrectly

Trigger Warning: This piece may deeply frustrate those who feast on political correctness hysteria

Going Down is Coming Up: Oral Sex and its Confusions

Oral sex is popular, playful, and pleasurable, yet absent from most Sex Ed curricula.

The Causes of Infidelity: Players Gonna Play?

At some point in their lives most Americans enter a monogamous intimate relationship. Over time, up to half will stray. Why?

Good Guys Finish Last? Not So Fast…

“Good guys finish last,” goes the familiar lament of many ‘good’ men. “All the good guys are taken,” goes the familiar lament of many good women. So, which is it?

How to Understand the Germanwings Crash

The crash of Germanwings flight 9525, a murder-suicide perpetrated by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz killing all 150 people on board, is raising questions about how to account for, and protect ourselves against, such shocking instance of manmade terror.

Jealousy Hurts Love, or Does It?

Jealousy in relationships is common and universal, with deep evolutionary origins. Research shows it can affect relationships in complicated and surprising ways.

A Visit to the Psychiatric Hospital Made Me Sick

Our psychiatric inpatient care system is insufficient and often detructive. But the inpatient population is not a wealthy, vocal, or well-organized pressure group. In our current cultural moment, without a strong voice in the Halls of Power, you may well end up wandering aimlessly down the corridors of an ill-staffed and ill-equipped hospital ward, talking to yourself.

Why We Can't Stay Focused During Sex, and Why It Matters

We frequently think about sex when we’re not having it. But when we’re actually having sex, our thoughts often wander, undermining our sexual functioning and enjoyment.
How to Stop Worrying and Get on With Your Life

How to Stop Worrying and Get on With Your Life

The solution to the problem of excessive worry is in asking the right questions.

Laws of Attraction: How Do We Select a Life Partner?

What makes two people pick one another from among the myriad available candidates? Psychology studies have long been trying to answer this question, and with considerable success.

Why Do Men Sexually Assault Women?

More often than not, sexual violence against women is an expression—rather than a violation—of deep themes within the American social consciousness.