Essential Reads

Will Robots Ever Have Emotions?

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Hot Thought
To be emotional like human beings, robots would have to approximate our cognitive appraisals, physiological perceptions, and linguistic and cultural contexts. How could they?

Kids with These Skills Are Twice as Likely to Go to College

All children have the ability to learn these skills, we just have to teach them. Here are five exercises you should start teaching your kids today.

How to Avoid War with North Korea

Is war with North Korea inevitable? Psychology offers crucial insights.

Why We Kill, According to Motivational Science

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on December 07, 2017 in Motivate!
Do you think your basic psychological needs are different from those of a killer?

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Five Steps to Convince Science Deniers Over Holidays

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky on December 15, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Want to convince science deniers without arguing? A five-step research-based strategy can help.

Better Recognizing Vocal Emotions Can Improve Relationships

A sound way to learn more about your partner and yourself.

The Science of Emotion From the Inside Out

By Rachael Bedford Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in If Babies Could Talk
How do we learn to recognize emotions, in real-life and in the movies?


Life is sometimes difficult. We don’t get what we want, and we get a lot of what we don’t want.

How Mentally Strong People Think (It's Not Always Positive)

There's a lot to be said for positive thinking, but it won't make you mentally strong. Here's how to train your brain to think differently.

Why Poetry Will Make Your Life Better

The best poetry has always made us gasp and laugh and has always relied on psychological and spiritual revelation.

Can Exponential Tech Enhance Early Childhood Education?

By Tim Leberecht on December 12, 2017 in The Romance of Work
When it comes to AR, Blockchain, or AI, most of us feel like pre-schoolers. So I learned a lot at a recent weekend that brought together education experts with tech leaders.

The 4 Types of New Year's Resolutions and Why We Need Them

There are four categories of New Year's resolutions that contribute to happiness and fulfillment. Learn what they are, why they each matter and how to make them work for you.

How to Deal With Irrational Family Members Over the Holidays

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky on December 10, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Want peaceful and productive engagements with irrational family members over the holidays in 5 steps? You can't skip this article!

The Cure for an Imperfect Childhood

Some of us got off to a rough start in life, and for many of us, our childhood was missing the kinds of experiences that every child needs in order to thrive.

You Don't Have to Make Up for Not Being a Perfect Parent

Our fantasy of the perfect family holiday can drive us to do more, more, more – but more of what we didn't need to begin with can't fill those deep longings. There's a better way.

Integrating Your Intellect and Intuition to Achieve Wisdom

By Mel Schwartz L.C.S.W. on December 05, 2017 in A Shift of Mind
Would you like to feel wiser and more confident in your decision making?

Is Your Greatest Strength Limiting Your Life?

Our personalities are like our bodies: They should be developed as part of an organic whole.

Feeling Bad?

By Jeff Corbin, MD MPH on December 01, 2017 in Rethinking Normal
Positive and negative emotions — we all have them. Here's why.
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How to Respond to Passive-Aggressive Behavior

Is someone’s passive-aggressive behavior driving you up the wall? Maybe you’re working too hard. Here’s what to do instead.

The Best Gift You Can Give Your Child

When your emotions are "triggered," your child looks like the enemy. You can't be the parent your child deserves at those times.

The Paradox of Conflict

By Mikhail Lyubansky Ph.D. on November 29, 2017 in Between the Lines
Dominic’s big idea is that conflict is neither undesirable nor dangerous and that the danger lies not in the conflict itself but in ignoring or attempting to repress it.

Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative

Negativity can be a healthy assertion of individuality. Here are 12 ideas to support young kids’ developing independence while moving them toward a more cooperative attitude.

There's a Difference Between Privacy and Secrecy

Talking about your emotional wounds can make you mentally stronger. But it's important to be intentional about who you share your story with and when you decide to share it.

Be Your Own Hero

Albert Einstein talked about this kind of respect when he wrote: "A human being is part of the whole called by us 'universe', a part limited in time and space..."

What We've Got Here Is a Failure to Communicate

By Robert H. Woody Ph.D. on November 27, 2017 in Live... In Concert
Although music is not a universal language, it can be the perfect medium to express feelings.
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The Seven Most Asked Questions About Gender Communication

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on November 26, 2017 in He Speaks, She Speaks
Unless we understand the code of the opposite sex, it makes it difficult to communicate fully with our family, friends, and colleagues.

Turn Off That Smartphone, Mom and Dad!

New research shows that things can go wrong in children’s development when parents are distracted and non-responsive.

Ten Varieties of Gratitude

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 23, 2017 in Ambigamy
Gratitude isn't just one thing. In addition to listing all the things you're grateful for today, list the varieties of gratitude.

52 Ways: Learn How to Deal with People Toxic to Your Couple

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 23, 2017 in Life, Refracted
After you identify a third-party threat to your couple, you can take several actions to limit current and prevent future damage. Many describe expressing love to the third-party.

“Learned Mindfulness”: Achieving Authentic Integrity

"Learned Mindfulness" is achieving Authentic Integrity. This Integrity Mindfulness model prevents job burnout and optimizes the quality of life.
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Discovering Meaning Through "The Village"

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in The Meaningful Life
Do you feel a sense of connection and belonging in your neighborhood and work community?

East-West Cultural Differences in Depression

By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in Talking Apes
The incidence of depressive and anxiety disorders is far lower in Asia than in the West. Different ways of thinking about negative feelings may be the key.

The Situation Is Urgent

There is usually one in the pair that can process information more rapidly than the other...

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.