Essential Reads

What Would It Take?

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on January 11, 2018 in Peace and War
Could we have another early 1980s-style, grassroots movement today? It’s not impossible.

How and Why to Diagnose Psychopathic Narcissism

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Evil Deeds
When are mental disorders defined and diagnosed by the suffering inflicted on others?

Violent Media and Aggressive Behavior in Children

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in The Baby Scientist
With recent gun violence in the U.S., one of the questions that always comes up is whether violent media promotes violent or aggressive behavior, especially in children.

The Benefits of Emotional Awareness

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on January 05, 2018 in Between Cultures
Insights into our emotions from one of the most influential psychologists of our time.

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3 Ways Kids Can Solve Friendship Conflicts

Conflicts are common in children’s friendships, but they don’t have to mean the end of a relationship. Here are three ways kids can move past disagreements.

Mandatory Implicit Bias Training Is a Bad Idea

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on December 02, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Mandatory implicit bias training is all the rage. And seriously counterproductive.

Why Sexual Aggression Is About Both Sex and Power

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
We should dispense with the myth that sexual aggression is only about power.

Can Dogs Tell Us We're Angry When We Don't Know We Are?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Dogs mouth-lick when they see angry human faces, but not when they hear angry voices. Might these data help therapists working with people who aren't in touch with their feelings?

In Search of Constructive Conversations

Initiate, be humble, listen, find common ground, be cool, think big, keep it short, and end on a positive note.

Does Getting Older Mean You're Wiser?

By Nicole F. Bernier, Ph.D. on November 29, 2017 in Ripening With Time
Why we may find ourselves saying or doing regrettable things without knowing why.
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Forgiveness Is a Gift of Clarity to Yourself

By Tara Well Ph.D. on November 26, 2017 in The Clarity
If you're having trouble forgiving, remember it's a gift to yourself.

In Long-Term Care, Patient-on-Patient Violence on the Rise

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 23, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Mental-health treatment plans may reduce aggression in dementia patients.

American Shootings: "Thoughts and Prayers" Are Not Enough

By Saul Levine M.D. on November 22, 2017 in Our Emotional Footprint
The repeated domestic and mass shootings in this country are astoundingly frequent. We do know how to stem this tragic tide, but our "thoughts and prayers" are simply not enough.

Your Body Is at the Root of Your Rage

By Jason Whiting Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in Love, Lies and Conflict
Is anger interfering with your intimate relationships? Your body may be hijacking your good intentions.

Can a 4-Step Self-Help Therapy Technique End Upset Feelings?

Therapists use this technique to help their clients gain insight and feel better. Can it also relieve upset feelings if you use it as a self-help technique?

The Seven C's of Thanksgiving

By Alexandra Solomon Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in Loving Bravely
Feeling nervous about an upcoming family gathering? The seven C's of Thanksgiving can help you prepare you, body, mind, and spirit for any family dynamics that come your way.

When Reconciliation Is Impossible

By Kathy McCoy Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in Complicated Love
What do you do when there's nothing you can do to reconcile with an estranged family member? What if you don't want to reconnect? Here are some ideas for making peace with what is.

Emotional Actions Are Not Exceptions

By Bence Nanay Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in Psychology Tomorrow
Actions can be more or less emotional, but they are never completely non-emotional.

52 Ways: Identify Threats to Your Relationship from Others

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 19, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Identify behaviors that undermine the integrity of your love relationship, create conflict between partners, or destabilize one member in a way that throws a couple into chaos.

10 Reasons Why Your Grown Kids Hate You

By Jane Adams Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Between the Lines
Wonder why you and your grown kids can't get along? Here are 10 reasons, just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.
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The Absent Presence for Suicide Grievers

By Elizabeth Young on November 16, 2017 in Adaptations
“I feel closer to them all,” Carla says.  “And I feel so sad to know they are gone from us.”

Block the Pop-Ups: Think Less, Think Better

By Nicole F. Bernier, Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Ripening With Time
Imagination is used in a positive way whenever it brings peace. Imagination is used negatively whenever it brings unnecessary agitation.

The Problem with Anger

How can we use anger to strengthen communication and enhance our relationships?

Seasonal Stalking: How Ex-Lovers Turn Rejection Into Revenge

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Tis the Season. Jilted, persistent paramours and lonely ex-lovers view the holidays as the season to turn rejection into revenge. Recognize when holiday blues become red flags.

Fanning the Flames of Anger

Ever feel consumed by anger and unsure what to do about it? You might be surprised to learn that listening to it can go a long way.

Can Bad Emotions Be Good for You?

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on November 12, 2017 in Wander Woman
Nonpositive emotions can motivate productive behavior. Learn how you can use them to channel your energy in positive directions.

52 Ways: What Motivates Others Who Threaten a Relationship?

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 12, 2017 in Life, Refracted
A couple's relationship can be threatened by others. To minimize potential damage, explore conscious or unconscious motives that a third party might have.

On Being Treated Unfairly: Don’t Let Them Win Twice!

By Robert Enright Ph.D. on November 11, 2017 in The Forgiving Life
Too often when people hurt us, we get so angry that we hurt others. "The bad guys" then win twice: first in their hurting us and then in our becoming injurers of others.
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Suicide's Grievers (Suicide-2)

By Elizabeth Young on November 08, 2017 in Adaptations
I feel like I don't breathe for 45 minutes, as each person describes the death of their loved one.

Dead Man Talking: Deceased Killers Reveal Motive for Murder

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 08, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Words Matter: In retrospect, mass murderers were in the best position to predict the crime. Threat assessors advise us to both look and listen.
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Managing Anger and Letting Go of it: Achieving Inner Peace

Is anger getting in the way of achieving inner peace? Learn when and how to let it go.

Preparing for the Holidays

Consider these five things when you have to spend your holidays around those who irritate or upset you.

No Search and Destroy: Part 3

Here is a good example of a couple that has been doing Shadow work, by interrupting a downward spiral and turning a breakdown into a valuable conversation.

Can People With Borderline Personalities Succeed In Life?

What happens in the lives of women and men who have a borderline personality disorder?