Essential Reads

Why Is It So Hard to Be Altruistic?

Cooperation and generosity are the norm, not the exception.

Is It Truly Better to Give Than to Receive?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on May 05, 2017 in Talking Apes
When we give, we reap more than we sow, as long as we do so willingly and believe it will help.

Helping Your Neighbor

We often help others with expectations of help in return at a future point. Turns out, this is a basic feature of what it means to be human.

On Raising an Honest Child

How do we teach our kids to be honest, even if it means admitting to breaking the rules? Research on children's lying behavior might be able to provide us with some helpful hints.

More Posts on Altruism

The Spirit of Generosity Part 1

If you have been in a working partnership for any length of time, you will have discovered that true love requires sacrifice and a spirit of generosity.

Don’t Be Fooled on Giving Tuesday: Give Wisely!

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Some ineffective charities try to fool you by appealing to emotions. This article can help you make the best decisions in your giving!

The Politics of Faking Orgasm: Saving Time, Saving Face

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Insight Therapy
People who fake orgasms deprive themselves of great pleasure for an empty show of it, introduce a lie into an act of trust, distance into an occasion for closeness. Why?

7 Simple Ways to Become a More Grateful Person

Gratitude is one of the most underutilized superpowers of all time. These activities will help you become more grateful.

Deciding, Fast and Slow

By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in Talking Apes
The classical view of fast intuitive thinking and slow rational thinking may be flawed. Instead, it’s when our goals conflict that our decision making slows down.

Why Is It Better to Give Than to Receive?

How does giving of ourselves lead to us feeling more full?

Your Vote May Be Worth Millions!

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 03, 2016 in Intentional Insights
You think your vote is not important? Think again!
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The Sexual Censorship Controversy

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on November 03, 2016 in The Empowerment Diary
After its publication last week, Anais Nin's latest book of erotica was censored by Amazon, though Amazon later withdrew its censorship.
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Beware the Whistleblower

By Alan A. Cavaiola Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Beyond Bullying
A different slant on the "Whistleblower". . . better watch your back!

A Sense of Being, in an Evolved Life

By Saul Levine M.D. on October 23, 2016 in Our Emotional Footprint
A sense of Being is a cornerstone, as are Belonging, Believing, and Benevolence (Four B's), in evaluating if we are living evolved lives, which are both meaningful and fulfilling.

Personality and the Brain, Part 6

After his brain injury, Derek Amato became more agreeable and empathetic, suggesting that personality is not set in stone.

Can Society Exist Without Authoritarianism?

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on October 07, 2016 in Standard Deviations
Despite much social progress, authoritarianism continues to exist. Studies show authoritarian traits are common. We must ask ourselves "Can society exist without authoritarianism?"

Is Buddhist Enlightenment Evolving to Become More Communal?

By Dale Wright on September 30, 2016 in Buddhist Enlightenment
That there are good reasons to conclude that the meaning of "enlightenment" in Buddhism is evolving beyond individual spirituality toward deeper communal sensibilities.

Lending a Hand

By Susan Hooper on September 29, 2016 in Detours and Tangents
On two morning walks several months apart, I had starkly different experiences with strangers I thought might need help.

Matthieu Ricard's "A Plea for the Animals" Is a Must Read

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Matthieu Ricard's new book is one of the best in asking us to respect other animals and treat them with compassion. It is a game changer. It is indeed too late to be pessimistic.

The Ubiquity of Envy Is Fueling an Epidemic of Entitlement

By Christopher Bergland on September 19, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Of four basic personality types, a new study reports that "Envious" was the most common. How is envy linked to the epidemic of entitlement? What can we do to break this cycle?

How Volunteering Helps You

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 16, 2016 in Cravings
Want a long and happy life? Help someone else stay healthy.

Confessions of a (Former) Skeptic of Basic Income

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Are you skeptical about cash handouts? Find out if research supports your skepticism!

The Man Who was a Very Good Cook

Ever wonder what it is like to be a conscientious physician trying to practice medicine in contemporary America?

Goodness: An Often Underrated but Much Needed Virtue

There are many example of goodness out there. When we see it, it can inspire and motivate us. Perhaps we need to attend to goodness more often and model it as much as we can.

5 Lessons People Pleasers Need to Learn

Trying to please everyone robs you of mental strength. Here's how to stop saying yes to things you don't want to do.

What's Really Happening When a Narcissist Gives You a Gift

When a narcissist gives you a gift, they are really giving a gift to themselves.

Is the Warm Glow of Giving Universal?

If I gave you $20, would you feel happier spending the money on yourself or spending the money on someone else? If you’re like most people in the world …

The Neuroscience of Going from Machiavellian to Magnanimous

By Christopher Bergland on August 18, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Why would four U.S. Olympic swimmers fabricate a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro? A new Oxford study explains the brain mechanics of self-serving behavior.

Anti-Racist Action and Becoming Part of the Solution

For many well-intentioned white people, it is easy to slip into despair and passivity when it comes to taking action on social issues related to racism.

Do You Truly Love Animals?

Do you know how to show your love for animals truly? This article helps illustrate some surprising insights!

How to Help the Homeless

When a homeless person asks you for spare change, what should you do?

My Wife Interviews Me

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 18, 2016 in How To Do Life
Musings on making a difference, the decline of free speech and of good jobs, and fear of death.

Is Serving Others the Key to Meaning and Purpose?

Are you going through the motions day after day without feeling fulfilled, and tired of not having a sense of meaning and purpose in your life? Serving others might be the answer!