Essential Reads

The Vices of Conspiracy Thinking

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Trust
Trying to argue with conspiracy theorists can be distressing. Instead, philosophers suggest we should talk about intellectual character, virtue, and vice.

Can You Turn Sucking Up On and Off?

The monster within: How habitual toadying transforms you.

If Your Therapist Harasses You: #MeToo

By Kimberly Key on October 17, 2017 in Counseling Keys
What happens when you've been sexually harassed and/or assaulted by your therapist?

2017 Nobel Literature Winner on Sycophancy

Ishiguro's brilliant portrait of the excruciating side of sycophantic self-nullification.

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A Psychology of Rescue

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
A nurse gave patients lethal injections so he could dazzle colleagues by bringing the victims back to life. He may have been driven by "heroic rescue," one of our core motives.

Five Typical Charity Scandals

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Corrupt charities are a fact of life — often including the most sanctified, and sanctimonious, charities and their leaders. Here are some highlights of this tradition.

Trump's Transgender Gaslighting

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Is the Trump administration's spin around the transgender directive gaslighting the transgender community?

Alternative Facts in Intimate Relationships

By Holly Parker, Ph.D. on August 30, 2017 in Your Future Self
Generally speaking, the practice of lying to a romantic partner to promote the relationship, spare feelings, and ease personal discomfort commonly occurs. But does it work?

The Many Ways We Lie to Ourselves

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in Science of Choice
Everyone is in denial about something.
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My Six Discoveries

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in Face It!
Lies can be detected from nonverbal behavior—but only some people can do it.
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The Role of Motivation in Delusional Belief

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on August 27, 2017 in Science of Choice
Motivated delusions can have psychological benefits that might lead both to the formation or maintenance of delusions.

America's Myopioid Epidemic

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on August 25, 2017 in Ambigamy
Myopium: Myopic (short-sighted) beliefs turning people into closed-minded fanatics, high on themselves, unrealistic about the future.

Excuse Me! How Rationalizing Weakens Relationships

Regardless of how good an excuse seems, it will usually aggravate problems rather than resolve them.

Criticizing a Saint Part 2

By Timothy Pytell Ph.D. on August 09, 2017 in On Authoritarian Therapy
Revisiting the decision not to interview Viktor Frankl.

False Is the New True—Part 2

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
Humans have never really like the truth, simply because it is almost always inconvenient. So, what's different now about blizzard of lies we experience everyday? Backsliding.

How to Deal With a Workplace Psychopath

Science has identified what it means to be a 'successful psychopath.' Here's how to stay mentally strong when you have to deal with a psychopath in the workplace.

When Jokes are Actually Angry Lies

By David J Ley Ph.D. on August 03, 2017 in Women Who Stray
When can we, should we, allow angry lies to be defended as jokes?

Is Critical Thinking the New Mindfulness?

Think "sexy" and think "critical thinking," at least in the not-so-distant future.
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Lying in Relationships: 3 Steps to Making It Stop

Lying is always destructive to relationships. The causes and ways to stop it.

Untangling Myths About Human Trafficking

With human trafficking being known as 'modern day slavery,' it's imperative that we shatter the commonly-held myths about this criminal act to help better identify and stop it.

How To Avoid Regret When You Open Your Heart

Want to protect yourself from regretting opening your heart and being charitable? This article can help you avoid making bad decisions about your generosity.

Three Ways People Try to Manipulate You

Three ways people try to manipulate us. Watch out for these common logical fallacies.

Is It Narcissism or Sociopathy?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on July 19, 2017 in Evil Deeds
What is the nexus between narcissistic and antisocial personality?

Avoiding Political Precommitment

Warning! Your worldview may be undermining reason-based decision-making. This article can help you steer clear of that problem.

Is Deception in the Eye of the Beholder, or the Deceiver?

Can you tell a liar by looking? Possibly — if you are looking at their eyes. Research reveals the eyes are one of the best indicators of deception.

Telling "Little White Lies"

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 05, 2017 in Media Spotlight
For all that we value honesty, people still lie for a variety of different reasons. A new research study examines the role that compassion plays in lying for a good cause.
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Women Who Run With Killers

Some women discover only later that they once dated a serial killer, and that they were lucky to survive.

Psychology, Gullibility, and the Business of Fake News

By Joe Pierre M.D. on July 01, 2017 in Psych Unseen
President Trump keeps using the phrase "fake news." Does it really mean what he thinks it means?
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Tips to Spot Bad Apples Online: Volume One

Do you have the skills to recognize when you are being duped?

45's Unprecedented String of Inflammatory, False Claims

It’s no bull: He could (truthfully) claim to be one of the most frequent, flagrant liars to ever serve as President.

Leucidal Liquid: Safe or Not?

By Donna Flagg on June 29, 2017 in Honestly
A study shows surprising results from a leading natural preservative.

A Better Understanding of Betrayed Spouses

Do therapists sometimes treat betrayed spouses in unhelpful ways?

Ethical Dilemmas

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 24, 2017 in How To Do Life
Exploring nine common conundrums.

Games Master Manipulators Play: Exploiting Your Strengths

You might expect master manipulators to exploit your weaknesses. To conceal their motives, they may need to exploit your strengths instead.