Essential Reads

The Five Best Ways to Ruin an Apology

Here's how to de-code those relationship-busting apologies in love and work.

16-Year Study: Surprising Findings about Marriage and Health

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 27, 2017 in Living Single
In a 16-year study, more than 11,000 people were followed as they married and divorced. Here’s what happened to their health, life satisfaction, and depression.
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The Child Mental Health Crisis

Childhood mental health issues are on the rise. It will take a village to identify and treat them. Better understanding them is a start.

Online Dating Photo Fraud: The Person Behind the Profile

Online daters with attractive photos are both distrusted and desired.

Costly Curves

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on May 25, 2017 in Consumed
The thin ideal turns big people into big spenders.
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The Healing Power of Placebos: Fact or Fiction?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on May 25, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Does new research really prove that placebos don't require deception?

Hassles Are Part of Being Human, Even for Our Ancestors

Being human, with all its messiness, is worth the hassle

Are Dogs Self-Aware?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on May 24, 2017 in The Human Beast
The standard test of self-awareness is being able to recognize ourselves in a mirror. Although chimpanzees pass this test with flying colors, dogs flunk.

18 Questions to Ask Before Getting Married

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on May 24, 2017 in Friendship 2.0
The more love, the better. But love can often blind you to differences that need to be worked out before the wedding. Here are some unexpected things to think about.

Consciousness and Information

Our conscious experience contains and depends upon many different kinds of information. What is the relationship between how information is processed and conscious awareness?

Grit, Talent, and Character

Talent and grit combine to influence individual performance, but for teams performing under high-stakes, high-stress conditions, other character attributes are necessary additions.

The Meaning of Disaster

Disasters have many different meanings for many different people. Here is a personal perspective on disasters from the point of view of a volunteer disaster responder.

Free Health Insurance Makes Kids Resilient

In the debate over health insurance, we’re forgetting that research proves that children with access to health care out-perform children with none.

Toxic Friend or Just the Product of a Toxic Environment?

Sometimes non-toxic friends display toxic relationship behaviors.

Tips for Parents of Trans Kids: Lessons from 'Real Boy'

Parenting a transgender child has challenges that are unique to that experience. The documentary 'Real Boy' offers some supports and insights for parents.
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Suicide Is a Scary Word

Passive thoughts of suicide should alert every therapist to the possibility that darkness is looming.
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Picture Perfect?

Parents often do not intend to relay the message that comes with unwanted photography: it is more important for me to get the right shot of you than to respect your wishes.

Understanding Skirt Club

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on May 22, 2017 in Stepmonster
Can an all-women's sex party help us understand our deeper selves?

Why Social Stigma Matters

Hate crimes are on the rise. New research helps to explain why.
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Surprise! Nagging Your Spouse to Lose Weight Backfires

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on May 22, 2017 in Scientocracy
Sometimes the worst way to keep people from engaging in harmful behaviors is to tell them to avoid those behaviors.

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