Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Navigating the 21st century with a stone-age mind
Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D.
How do names help adoptive parents manage the balance between honoring a child's past and integrating them into a new extended family?
The evidence is that attitudes can be good predictors of behavior—as long as we understand the constraints that they operate under.
Why do we love exposing ourselves to things that terrify us? It may be just another form of play.
When parents choose whimsical names for children, is it because they forget that the child will carry that name for an entire lifetime?
Heroes are held in such high esteem because they set aside any thoughts of their own well-being for the good of their group. However, is there more to the story?
There was a movement to make the treatment of mental illness more humane during the 1700s and 1800s, but what did day-to-day life actually look like in the insane asylums of 1854?
Recognizing that happiness is a delightful visitor that never overstays its welcome may help us appreciate it more when it arrives.
The potentially deadly recklessness of young people has its roots in very old human psychology.
Why do we all want to be nonconformists, just like everyone else?
When the lockdown began, few of us grasped how long it might last and how dramatically we underestimated its emotional toll.
The face mask controversy may have stumbled into that part of our psyche that gives us the creeps, especially during times of uncertainty.
We often blame external factors for our stress, but sometimes we need to look within ourselves.
None of us want to believe that our homes are inviting targets for a robbery, and we think that we have taken adequate precautions. We should think again.
Some people hate small talk because they perceive it as a waste of time, but is it actually an important social skill?
We’re probably the descendants of individuals who were good screamers and were also good at reading the screams of their fellow humans.
Given how easily creeped out we are by haunted houses and horror movies, why do we intentionally seek them out?
The music from our youth holds a special place in our hearts. Why?
As something comes to look and act more like an actual human, it becomes more attractive to us, until it becomes almost exactly like a human but not quite.
Self-deprecation is best practiced from a position of strength – when you feel confident about your status and believe that this lines up with others’ perceptions of you.
Shooters driven by ideology and shooters driven by personal slights operate in different ways, but achieve the same horrific results. Understanding these differences is important.
What happens when everyone thinks they're smarter than everyone else? The inability to imagine that you are wrong may be undermining civil political discourse in America.
The relationship between heat and aggression is complicated. What does science have to say about it?
Managing the access that other people have to us is essential for well-being. What type of privacy poses the biggest challenge in your own life?
I got up at 5:30 a.m to walk my dog; the next 8 to 10 hours are a complete blank. I did not have a stroke or other malignant event; here's why I did not see it coming.
Quasi-courtship behaviors energize our everyday relationships and can be a force for good in work situations where cooperation and creativity are key.
Other people frequently try to deceive us about their feelings. Here's what to be on the alert for.
The "liking gap" explains why you should feel upbeat after meeting new people.
Zombies combine the worst of two different horror movie themes: they terrify us and creep us out at the same time.
Personality traits can be good predictors of behavior, but not always. How can we tell when they will be useful?
Our inherent naivete in dealing with strangers in cyberspace and our psychological predispositions make us easy prey for scammers.
Frank McAndrew, Ph.D., is the Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College.