Is Psychology Insecure?

The emotional reaction of psychology supporters to Jeb Bush's comment is diagnostic of the field being in an insecure state.

Moving From the Biopsychosocial Model to the ToK System

This blog explains how the ToK System advances the standard biopsychosocial conception.

The Biopsychosocial Model and Its Limitations

Although a "biopsychosocial" view is prominent in psychiatry and medicine, critics argue it is limited, especially because it is "fuzzy" and so inclusive as to being meaningless.

The Paradoxes of Our Time

We live in a paradoxical age marked by enormous technological achievement and deep existential confusion.

Integral Culture, Spirituality, and a Category Error

Part II in a blog series on Ken Wilber's quadrants. This blog, by Andre Marquis, responds to a debate in the integral community by showing how the quadrants should guide how integralists think about spirituality and general truth claims.

Positioning Our Knowledge in Four Quadrants

There are many competing perspectives in philosophy. Here is a map of four quadrants of knowing that can help make sense of the differing views.

A Basic Map of Political Positions

A quick and simple map of the major political positions in America today.

Understanding the Defensive System

Psychological defenses are both common and complicated. The blog answers the basic questions associated with the defensive system (i.e., where, what, why, and how) to provide a map to help folks get better insight in their own processes of defense.

Trump: A Psychosocial Analysis

An psychosocial analysis of why Trump appeals to disaffected, angry white men.

Mapping Your Position in Cultural Space

This blog offers a way to get a larger perspective on one's position in social space.

Pervasive Adult Developmental Disorder

Pervasive Adult Developmental Disorder is a conceptualization I developed in because I found the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV categorization system for severe mental illness to be inadequate.

The Meaning of Human Existence: A Review

Edward Wilson's latest book is simultaneously heroic and frustrating.

When Does "It" Become a Person?

Human life does begin at conception; however, personhood does not.

Finding the Missing Link between Economics and Psychology

The missing link between economics and psychology can be found in Behavioral Investment Theory.

How to Foster More Adaptive Thinking

A review of how to employ the cognitive approach to maintain an adaptive mindset during stressful conditions.

Finding Your Emotional Sweet Spot

The emotional sweet spot is the place between emotional awareness and attunement on the one hand and the adaptive regulation of feelings in accordance with long term goals on the other. This blog articulates key do's and don'ts for finding your emotional sweet spot.

Torture and the Identity of Psychology

The torture fiasco is partly a function of the APA being very confused about the identity of psychology and psychologists.

Your Version of Reality, and Mine

Although many folks assume that there is a single reality that is readily perceived, the fact of the matter is that we construct versions of reality based on our backgrounds, frames, motives, and broader life narratives. This blog explains how this insight can often be used to help couples break unproductive cycles of blame.

What is a Psychological Doctor?

A psychological doctor is different than a psychological researcher, psychiatrist, or a counselor. This blog explains why and offers a case example.

Understanding Behavior via the ToK System

Think you know what the term behavior means? Guess again. However, the unified approach helps make sense out of this central concept.

Emotions and the Gender Similarities Hypothesis

Although I started this blog writing about gender differences, it ended emphasizing similarities.

What Constitutes Psychological Health?

Psychological health is often a vague notion that is characterized in terms of the absence of psychopathology. This blog briefly reviews some frames for thinking explicitly about what constitutes psychological health.

Fear and the Fear of Fear

There are often two levels to our negative feelings, such as fear. Not only do we fear things, but we fear our fearful responses. This "affect phobia" is at the root of many emotional problems.

Who Was George Washington?

An analysis of George Washington's character and relational strivings on what would have been his 283rd birthday.

On Developing a C.A.L.M. M.O.

A C.A.L.M. M.O. is a stance of "Meta-cognitively Observing" our thoughts and feelings with a Curious, Accepting, Loving compassionate attitude that is Motivated to learn more and grow from a position of security.

What Is Mindfulness and How Does It Work?

Mindfulness is one of the most important developments in mental health in the past twenty years. Understand what it is and how it works.

What is Your Theory of the Person?

Although human psychology started by trying to develop a theory of the person, that goal has largely been abandoned by the mainstream. But the question is an excellent one for all of us to consider, and one that human psychologists should not lose sight of.

Adaptive and Maladpative Anger

The conversation about whether anger is ever adaptive continues.

Differentiating Anger from Aggression

It is the aggression, not the anger, that is normally the problem.

Well-being in College Students

Some data on college student well-being. Not surprisingly, symptoms of anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation were strongly inversely related to well-being. Napping was also. Binge drinking frequency was not related at all. The research demonstrates the utility of thinking about mental health in terms of well-being rather than disease-like mental disorders