Essential Reads

Do Generations Exist?

Are generations caricatures or are they drivers of social and cultural change?

Four Reasons to Worry About "Personalized Learning"

Personalized is to personal as sentimentality is to sentiment

Traveling Through Time

And why we do it every day.

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

8 Negative Thoughts of Chronically Unhappy People

Recent Posts on Creativity

Day 8. Offering One Small Gift With Love

our mental health hinges on many large matters -- but also on the smallest gestures

Ones vs Zeros— Inequality Reflected in 2015 Digital Design

In the science fiction world of technology predictions, the wealthy one percenters always seem to get all the attention. While tech built for them is mostly beyond reach for the rest of us, these technologies possess tremendous symbolic power--smart homes, smart cars, and on-line services conjured like magic via "on-demand." Is resistance futile?

Here's Hoping Your Muse (Like This Author's) Is No Floozy

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on January 08, 2015 in Creating in Flow
I’m not much into one-night stands, nor, for some of the same reasons, short stories. They don’t satisfy my craving to lose myself for an extended period of time in a new world. Still, the occasional short story manages to prove itself memorable...

The Power of Art in Crossing Inmates’ Prison Boundaries

By David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC on January 08, 2015 in Art on Trial
The latest post, by guest blogger Lariza Fenner, illustrates just how art and art therapy can be used to bring prison inmates together who might otherwise be in violently opposing groups.

Want to Be a Nicer Person? Read a Novel

By Kristine Anthis Ph.D. on January 08, 2015 in Who Am I?
Can the act of reading literature change our personality?

A Call for Heroic Leadership

By Kathy Cramer Ph.D. on January 07, 2015 in Lead Positive
As a leadership consultant, I often use a writing tool called the Hero’s Journey to explain the epic adventures that await leaders as they tackle tough challenges and opportunities to achieve greatness for their organizations. This is a brief overview of how the Hero’s Journey plays out in business and professional life.

7 Tips for Applying to a Psychology PhD Program

By Todd B Kashdan Ph.D. on January 07, 2015 in Curious?
the unwritten, behind the scenes wisdom for getting into graduate school. share these tips with anyone you know applying to a PhD program in (clinical) psychology.

A Brief Rant About Paris and Satire

Time to quote Mark Twain: "For your race, in its poverty, has unquestionably one really effective weapon—laughter..."

The 15 New Books to Read in 2015

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on January 07, 2015 in Give and Take
The most exciting books coming out on psychology and work

Irony: Brain Games Don’t Increase IQ, But Measure IQ?

Do brain games essentially function as IQ tests? Research suggests they do.

How Reading Can Change You in a Major Way

The myth that personality becomes set in stone early in life persists despite growing evidence that change is possible, and occurs throughout life. New research suggests a simple, and surprising way to jump start the process.

The Multifaceted Native American Naming Tradition

Native Americans have a multifaceted and evolving naming tradition that can revive and inspire our own sense of identity.

Why We Love Sad Songs

Happy music can elevate our mood and share our joy. So why would we risk losing our good mood by listening to sad music?

A Simple Formula for Getting Noticed & Getting Laughs

By Judy Carter on January 05, 2015 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Whether you're a speaker, a comedian, a psychologist, or the counter person at a McDonald's -- there's one thing you can do to take all your interactions to the next level, get laughs and get noticed. Read on to find out what that is...

The Top Innovations We Should've Seen in 2014

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on January 05, 2015 in Innovation You
Of course these are just the beginning. What about a reverse crowd-sourcing app that takes money away from people with stupid ideas? Because for every Kickstarter, we also need a Kickstopper.

What Makes a Book or a Blog Sell?

By Sheila Kohler on January 05, 2015 in Dreaming for Freud
How to sell your book or blog.

Transforming Thoughts into Action: Putting C-IQ to Work!

Culture transformation is an advanced leadership skill. The primary way to change a culture is to use your Conversational Intelligence to create an environment that infuses energy and commitment into relationships, teams and the whole organization. Too often we get stuck in habit patterns of “taking about” but not creating change.

Can the Right Music Make You Feel More Powerful?

Do you ever get a sense of feeling “pumped” when you hear certain kinds of music? A series of experiments suggests that some music can indeed give listeners a sense of power, as indicated in power-related cognitions and behavior.

Meet the Enemy: It Is Us

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on January 05, 2015 in The Me in We
By owning your aggression you can turn it to good use.

The Shape-Shifting Malleability of 'Universals' in UG

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on January 04, 2015 in Language in the Mind
If we assume something for which we have no evidence, and which cannot be falsified—Universal Grammar—we can indeed call it a “research programme”. But we cannot then generate “hypotheses” on the basis of it, which we then claim to be falsifiable, and claim to be doing science.

The Pleasures and Perils of Fighting Among Ourselves

The Pleasures and Perils of Fighting Among Ourselves. A polarized group becomes less effective as its members become more certain. By Susan Kolod, Ph.D

Success is Not a Straight Line

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on January 04, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
A book on leadership from a certified coach uses a vacuum cleaner as a surprisingly appropriate metaphor to demonstrate ten simple but powerful lessons for success.

How To Spot and Stop Narcissists

Pathological narcissists often come across as grandiose, egotistical, manipulative, self-absorbed, and highly conceited. It's not easy when you have such an individual in your personal or professional life. How can you spot and stop a narcissist? Here are seven important keys...

Why I Stopped Psychological “Interpretations” with Clients

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 03, 2015 in Minority Report
With the advent of neuroscience on brain development, science is focusing on the nonverbal and unconscious emotional world underlying clients within a therapeutic context. As a result, there is a rich world that awaits therapists willing to plumb the depths of not only their client's affective world but their own as well.

One Simple Way to Improve Your Ability to Focus

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on January 03, 2015 in Off the Couch
Debbie is on her way to work after the long holiday break. She’s thinking about what she did during her vacation and musing on a trip she’s planning for her next time off. She’s so caught up in these daydreams that she misses the turn off to her office building.

Happy Thoughts Can Make You More Competent

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on January 03, 2015 in Memory Medic
Have you chosen to be happy?

Resolution for a Better Sex Life in 1 Weekend, 3 Commitments

How many times have you wished for a better sex life? Resolve with these concrete suggestions to make in happen in the new year! Prioritize your intimate life, fine-tune what works and expand your sexual repertoire. Here’s your step-by-step instructions to recommit to and re”vamp” the bedroom!

7 Keys to Increasing Your Self-Esteem Today!

Self-esteem can be defined as healthy respect for yourself, as well as healthy self-worth. In our competitive society, the propensity to be affected by low self-esteem is chronic and pervasive. The good news is that having low-self-esteem is largely a learned phenomenon. Here are seven keys to enhancing self-esteem...

Never Stop Creating

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on December 31, 2014 in What a Body Knows
What is creativity? It is easy to link it with artistic ability, and assume that some people are creative while others are not. In this view, those who are creative make, design, and produce things. What if creativity is not so cerebral? Not so intentional? What if creativity happens every minute of every day, in the movements of our bodily selves?

How Babies Tell Us They're Musical Before They Can Speak

By Siu-Lan Tan Ph.D. on December 31, 2014 in What Shapes Film?
How do infants express musicality before they can form their first full sentences?