Essential Reads

Two Psychiatrists Weigh in on Netflix’s 'To the Bone'

We wish the film’s message had been more clear: Eating disorders are severe, life-threatening illnesses that have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness.
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The Stars in Our Eyes

Nothing today is the same as it was pre-Internet and social media. Certainly the way we think about fame has changed drastically.

How to Stop Robots From Harming Themselves—and Us

If the "suicidal robot" followed this new model, it wouldn't have drowned.

Things May Look Better When You Have Company

Bringing a friend along to the movies or a trip to the museum could make you enjoy it more—even if you don’t interact with your friend. Here's why.

Why Brilliant Girls Tend to Favor Non-STEM Careers

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 20, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
If there are bona fide gender differences in preferences and interests, equal opportunities may never translate into equal outcomes.

The Covert Bullying of Obese Adults

Negative judgments of a job candidate's weight can carry over to other traits.
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Faking It

Even though students claim to, they often don’t know what educators mean by ‘critical thinking’.

She's Such a Kind, Malicious Narcissist

By Steven Berglas Ph.D. on July 19, 2017 in Executive Ego
There's a paradoxical form of narcissism that involves compulsive giving. Essentially it's a way of bribing people into attachment.

Arts-Based Activities Boost Emotion Regulation, Study Finds

We all know from life experience that creative expression makes us feel good. Now, a new study reaffirms that arts-based activities boost positive emotions and reduce negativity.

Husbands Watch Porn, Wives Despair—But Why?

By Marty Klein PhD on July 19, 2017 in Sexual Intelligence
When couples argue about porn, they're usually arguing about something else.

Why Would Anyone Build Their Own Coffin?

In the remote Tasmanian town of Ulverstone there’s a community group who’ve taken to building their own coffins years before they need them. Why are they doing it?

Distracted from Life

Too much self-thought distracts you from the things that really matter.

Relationship Satisfaction Entails Playing By the Rules

Alternative relationship types come under scientific scrutiny in a new study on monogamous, open, and polyamorous couples. As long as you play fair, it seems that anything goes.

The Challenges of Intimacy

By Neel Burton M.D. on July 18, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Why intimacy requires constant vigilance.

No, Empathy Isn’t a Universal Value

By Sara Konrath Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in The Empathy Gap
Which countries score the highest on empathy?
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Don’t Tax Robots to Save Jobs

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in Innovation You
We’ve seen revolutionary shifts take us from farm to factory, and more recently, from corporate cubicles to the wide open digital spaces where free agents gather.

Does the Unconscious Really Exist?

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in Supersurvivors
One of the oldest ideas in psychology is that we have an unconscious mind that, despite our best intentions, is the real controlling force in our lives. But is this really true?

Stand Up For Civility

If we all do our part to reinforce civil behavior and provide corrective feedback for uncivil behavior we may help to turn our increasingly uncivil community into a more civil one.

Make Up or Break Up? 5 Ways Couples Reconcile After a Fight

New research has identified what men and women think are the most effective tactics used by couples to reconcile after a conflict.

True or False: 20% of Young Women Are Sexually Assaulted?

The one-in-five statistic hides variability as some women and some college campuses have higher rates.

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