Competing Views of Power in Trump’s America

Machiavelli proclaimed it was "better to be feared than loved." Social Psychologist Dacher Keltner has a different view. Which view will dominate in Trump's presidency?

A Trump Presidency: The Empire Strikes Back

The presidency is a powerful and important position - but it is only a proxy at best for our connections and ideals. What do we need to do next?

Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder

A response to Marty Nemko's blogpost On Being Unattractive.

Rome, Georgia: The Small Town Capital of Nice

Rome, Georgia is located in the heart of the South, and won me over with its friendliness. Here's an interview with the Mayor and Police Chief on community, division, and policing

What Is Psychological Voter Suppression?

What motivates voter turnout and what keeps people away from the polls? A psychological analysis.

The Limits of Facebook: Traumatization, Censorship and Walls

Facebook again got into hot water for censorship over the banning of photos of the "Napalm Girl". This reminded me of how limiting and shallow the online experience can be.

Letter to Young Activists

This post is adapted from a talk recently given to young community organizers about self-care and well-being on the journey to a more compassionate and just society.

Coming Home to Tibet: Author Tsering Wangmo Dhompa

"Coming Home to Tibet: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Belonging" is a wonderful new book that explores the people and land of Tibet. Here is an interview with the author.

Grit: Is It Baloney?

Angela Duckworth has popularized "grit." But here's why I believe the concept is flawed, and in the end a remedy that produces mental health problems, and ignores social needs.

Orlando – Terror, Hate or Antagonistic Style?

A discussion of hate, terror and the underlying antagonistic style that must be addressed if we are to deal with gun violence.

Last Season’s Director on War, PTSD, Healing and Filmmaking

The Last Season, a documentary about two men with PTSD who become unlikely friends, gives insight about relationship, trauma and healing. Here's an interview with the director.

Justice Breyer: Social Media Qs “Staring at Us in the Face”

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer weighed in on social media at the APA last week. Social Media problems are "staring us in the face," he said, and neuropsychology matters.

Report From the APA: It’s About Love

The American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting brought together over 10,000 attendees from all over the world. It was inspiring, informative, thought provoking, and humbling.

Taiwan Love Boat Doc Sets Sail, Its Mind on a New Romance

A new film explores how often marginalized Asian Americans found identity and camaraderie - and parties on Taiwan's famed "Love Boat". Help make this film happen!

A Noble Sadness: The Benefits of Sorrow

What are the benefits of sadness, sorrow and grief? We tend to shy away from these emotions, because they make us feel vulnerable. But could sadness lead to love and belonging?

Moped Mind: Mindfulness and Nonduality Inspire in Vietnam

On the eve of the 41st anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, here are some reflections on mindfulness and nondual awareness, inspired by Vietnam and – crossing the street!

Could #Striving Be the New #Woke?

Buddha was called "The Awakened One." Are you "woke"?

Trillin v. Twitter: Have They Run Out of Ordnance Yet?

Calvin Trillin drew online ire for a satiric poem about Chinese food. What does this tell us about the psychology of anger, racism and social media?

Sense and Sensibility - and Sexting? A Wake-Up Call

Teen girls are at risk from social media, pornography and sexual pressures. What are the dangers and what can we do? Here are the stories, as told by Nancy Jo Sales.

Top Pacific Heart Stories of 2015-2016

April 1, 2016 marks the end of my 5th year of blogging for Psychology Today. Here are my top and essential reads for the last year.

Trump's Language: Psychology, Politics & Danger of Disgust

Donald Trump often uses the word "disgusting" in describing his opponents, protestors or people he doesn't like. What is the psychology of disgust and its potential dangers?

Social Media - Do We Need a Medium?

A year after deactivating Facebook, I feel happier and the world seems more vivid and interesting. Here's why I think that is.

#Oscarssowhite: Antidote for Anti-Asian Racism is CAAMFest

Diversity has become an important issue for the Oscars. Yet tonight featured racist anti-Asian jokes. These jokes can perpetuate bullying and worse. The antidote - CAAMFest!

Donald Trump Should Be Charged With a Crime!

Donald Trump has been regularly making threats. Why are black men being charged while this billionaire gets off scot free with inciting violence, causing trauma to half of us?

The Year of the Monkey: Which Monkey Are You?

It's the Lunar Year of the Monkey. Are we more bonobo-like, favoring sex, or chimp-like, favoring aggression?

The Power Tactics of Donald Trump

Jay Haley’s 1969 essay “The Power Tactics of Jesus Christ” came to mind recently. Trump is no Jesus, of course, but we have to grapple with his alarming use of power.

The Facebook Charitable Initiative Disaster

Facebook CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, just announced they would be giving away most of their fortune. But is the applause misplaced?

Friendship Gardens – the Modern Victory Gardens

A meditation about both changes in San Francisco and the necessity of community, home and belonging in this time of war and refugees. World War II called for Victory Gardens. Maybe our time of division calls for Friendship Gardens.

Slow Is From the Heart

A trip to Cambodia, 40 years after the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge, leads to an encounter with ancient wisdom in the form of a dancer, Vong Metry. Here's what she taught me, and what is so relevant in the aftermath of violence and rage.

The Assault on the American Mind

Are students less resilient? Or are they protesting in their own way by demanding safe spaces and trigger warnings? A response to "The Coddling of the American Mind" in Atlantic.