Wicked Thoughts

Wicked Thoughts

Why we love to gloat and derive pleasure from the misfortunes of others.
How Videogames Can Promote Empathy

How Videogames Can Promote Empathy

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
There's an upside to pro-social videogames

The Upside of Negative Emotions

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D.
Why feeling fully leads to a better life

Animals Compete and It's Not Always Pretty

By Loretta G. Breuning Ph.D.
Competition is not a survival threat, but it feels that way.

Bragging—When is it OK and When is it Not OK?

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
Use your bragging rights with caution

How to Beat OCD Without Drugs (It's Simple But Not Easy!)

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D.
How to beat your OCD by doing something about it instead of taking drugs for it

Envy: What Good Can We Glean from Such a Toxic Emotion?

By Julie J. Exline Ph.D.
Envy has a nasty side, but it can also be a useful signal of what matters to us.

Struggling with Scrupulosity

By Fletcher Wortmann
Faith is never enough for religious OCD

What is Grandiose Narcissism? Why Does it Matter?

By Ronald E Riggio Ph.D.
Does Narcissism aid or harm performance?

Essential Secrets of Psychotherapy: What is the "Shadow"?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D.
Understanding the "dark side" of our psyche.

6 Taboo Thoughts That Parents Have

By Kate Roberts Ph.D.
Parents negative thoughts about their children need to be accepted and resolved.

Why Affairs Tempt Us, And How to Prevent Them

By Susan Heitler Ph.D.
Emotional affairs can prove as disastrous as sexual ones. Prevention is key.

On Revenge

By Sheila Kohler
Or how to get back at your enemies

Do You Know Someone With I-Can-Never-Be-Wrong Syndrome?

By Ronald E Riggio Ph.D.
Why leaders and lovers often fail.

People Posting Vile, Hateful Comments: What’s That About?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D.
People posting cruel comments can be very interesting, psychologically

Me, Ourselves and Us: Multiple Personalities R Us

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D.
Roses are red; violets are blue, I’m chameleonic and so am I

Four Reasons Why Luis Suarez Bites

By Ian H. Robertson Ph.D.
Suarez's soccer genius means switching off impulse-control parts of the brain.

Are You A Blurter?

By Heidi Reeder Ph.D.
Why we say things we shouldn't, and 3 tips for stopping.

Joking Matter: Adam West and Colleagues Analyze the Joker

By Travis Langley Ph.D.
Film and comic book creators join the 1960s Batman in examining the Joker.

Necessary Evil Documentary: Exploring Super-Villainy

By Travis Langley Ph.D.
Psychologists join comics creators and film pros in examining super-villains.

The Secret,Taboo Aspects of Male Sexual Desire

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D.
Might sexual interests be all the more thrilling because they’re illicit?

Envy and Gloating: An Unnecessary Surrender

By Billi Gordon Ph.D.
Why humans cannot make accurate social comparisons.

Make Fear and Anxiety Your Friends, Not Your Enemies

By Billi Gordon Ph.D.
Never serve anxiety or fear, always make them serve you

Hiring Wisely

By Marty Nemko Ph.D.
Use these selection strategies and you'll probably hire better employees.