Games Master Manipulators Play: Exploiting Your Strengths

You might expect master manipulators to exploit your weaknesses. To conceal their motives, they may need to exploit your strengths instead.

What Drives Suicidal Mass Murderers?

Three recent mass killings by suicidal gunmen reveal the deadly effects of individuals caught up in a catathymic crisis.

Games Master Manipulators Play: Boundary Blindness

How to know when your personal boundaries are being crossed, and what to do about it.

Games Master Manipulators Play: Sandbagging

The difficulty of spotting it makes it a reliable tactic.

A Fool and His or Her Money, Psychologically Speaking

Three cognitive biases that can lead to unwise financial decisions.

Fallingwater: Where Design, Structure, & Psychology Converge

Asked to describe Fallingwater in one word, its owner replied, "Romance." Frank Lloyd Wright used design and structure to evoke psychological reactions.

Students' Grandmothers More Likely to Die During Finals Week

The "dead granny" effect: Research shows that midterm and finals weeks are the deadliest of all for students' grandmothers.

Why Celebrities Should Not Allow "Selfies" With Fans

The perils of fans' "approach behavior."

Emotional Strength in Uncertain Times

In this era of malignant ignorance and weaponized incompetence in high places, use the Stockdale paradox to develop emotional strength.

One Simple Method to Help You Decide If Someone's Lying

To recognize deception, we need a technique that can be readily applied and which minimizes false positive and false negatives.

White Guilt vs. White Empathy

Thoughts to commemorate the Martin Luther King holiday.

Briffault's Law: Women Rule

If a man seems to have the upper hand in a relationship, the woman may not be taking advantage of Briffault’s law.

Mandeville's Paradox: Springtime for Machiavellians

Convincing someone that virtue is vice and vice is virtue is a familiar manipulative tactic.

There's a Word for Men Who Grope Women

We don't enable gropers by rationalizing their behavior. Do we?

The Cobra Effect: Good Intentions, Perverse Outcomes

The law of unintended consequences has not been repealed. Wells Fargo is the latest high-profile victim of the cobra effect.

5 Ways of the Corporate Psychopath

How ruthless predators infiltrate and compromise organizations.

Vacations That Make People Mentally Ill

Some people experience a psychotic break when visiting these cities.

Othello Syndrome: Passion Can Be Pathological and Deadly

Psychotic jealously sometimes leads to stalking, murder, suicide

Murder of Mississippi Nuns Echoes Homicide From Long Ago

A suspect has been arrested—but did he know right from wrong?

Why Juries Should Be Skeptical of Forensic Evidence

There are many reasons why forensic evidence can be inaccurate and unreliable. The FBI's own crime lab has a 20 year track record of flawed forensic results.

Are You Easily Conned?

Machiavellians love to con others. If you allow yourself to be deceived, they’ll figure you had it coming.

7 Toxic Behaviors of Highly Aggressive People at Work

Aggressive co-workers create problems you might never expect.

The One False Belief Holding You Back

Metacognition is a key skill necessary for self-improvement.

5 Rare and Unusual Psychological Syndromes

How many of these rare psychological afflictions are you familiar with?

RIP Christina Grimmie: What We Know About Celebrity Stalkers

Celebrity stalkers are typically psychologically disturbed individuals who are pathologically attracted by others’ fame. Some are merely pests, but a few are deadly.

6 Biases That May Sub-Consciously Affect Your Thinking

Biases can become habitual over time and can even be triggered by others who wish to manipulate our behavior.

Walking Corpse Syndrome: Dawn of the Living Dead

A rare but very real delusional disorder causes those afflicted to believe that they have died and are no longer among the living.

The 7 Types of Stalkers, and How to Spot Them

Both men and women are at risk of being stalked. Learn how to predict who might become a stalker—before it's too late.

Are Corporations Inherently Psychopathic?

It has been said that corporations have "neither bodies to kick nor souls to damn." Can we diagnose psychopathy in non-human entities?

Stop Trying to Build Your "Personal Brand"

Diverting time and energy to "personal branding" may be a substitute for dealing with more important issues.

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