Taking Turns

Do your conversations with others seem to go nowhere? Taking turns can make a difference.

Cultural Identity Theft

Is it harmful to take something from someone else's culture and use it? Psychological science suggests that harm may occur.

Psychology Is like Oregon

Neither Oregon nor psychology is diverse. Examining one's perspectives on diversity may help with change.

Be True to Your School(s)

Sports team loyalties are similar to cultural identities. Sometimes you have more than one.

Losing My Religion

A solitary religious experience is common in White Christian churches. In contrast, Asian ethnic churches emphasize being part of a community.

Familismo

Familismo is a Latinx cultural value. But it can facilitate mental health for people from any cultural background.

Life as a Banana

Assimilation can be good for Asian Americans' mental health. But there may be hidden benefits of being Asian in the United States.

What Is Healthy Masculinity?

Traditionally masculine characteristics are associated with men's mental health problems. Healthy masculinity may involve a dose of femininity.

If You’ve Seen One, You’ve Seen Them All?

Single experiences sometimes lead to stereotypes. Attention to differences can reduce prejudice.

The Platinum Rule

"Where are you from? Could this question make someone feel excluded? Following the Platinum Rule can make people feel included.

Occidental Tourist

Mindfulness looks different in the West than in the East. Balancing a focus on self and others.

Secret Asian Man?

Why are Asian Americans academically successful? The reason is practical.

Never Home for the Holidays

Biracial people may never really feel at home for the holidays or anytime else. Tactful questions may make them feel more included.

Navel Gazing

Most psychologists study people like themselves. But one size does not fit all with psychology research findings.

Homeless for the Holidays

The U.S. has high rates of homelessness and individualism. Lack of connection results in lack of compassion.

Only Penguins Look Alike

People outside our group may “all look alike” because we have limited experience with them. However, looking like someone who may be dangerous does not make a person dangerous.
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Who’s Not in the “Basket of Deplorables”?

Hillary Clinton called half of Trump supporters "deplorables". But why would someone who is not misogynist, racist, or homophobic vote for Trump?