Essential Reads

5 Paradoxical Ways to Capture the Elusive Art of Creativity

Have you ever wondered how you can change your brain and lifestyle to be more creative?

The Psychology of Selfies

By David Ludden Ph.D. on June 24, 2017 in Talking Apes
A new study shows how people adjust the camera angle of their selfies to manage the impression they want to make on other persons.

Ford Motors Makes an Inventive Leadership Choice

By James Bailey Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in At the Helm
From office furniture to automobiles? New Ford CEO Jim Hackett has what it takes.

Four Pitfalls of Being a Grandparent

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on June 16, 2017 in Life After 50
Becoming a grandparent is one of life’s milestones. But no matter how close you are to your son or daughter and his/her spouse, you’re bound to have different ideas about it.

More Posts on Emotional Intelligence

What Does It Mean to Do Your Own Work?

Here is a reason why we use the phrase "doing your own work" so often.

12 Tips to Build a Stronger Sibling Bond

How do siblings build up a reservoir of good feelings to draw on? Mostly, by having a good time together.

Love Is like a Butterfly

"Happiness is like a butterfly, when pursued is always beyond our grasp. But if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Sexual Harassment

It's 2017, so why are we still talking about sexual harassment? Here's how to talk to the person who needs it the most.

The Psychophysiology of Flow and Your Vagus Nerve

New research offers fresh clues about the psychology and physiological components that come together to create what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi famously describes as a state "flow."

Does Peaceful Parenting Mean Letting Kids Do What They Want?

It's not that peaceful parents aren't "in charge." In fact, they're more in charge than most parents--of their own reactions, and therefore of the mood in their house.

Marriage Can Heal Old Wounds From the Family

Sometimes, the greatest lessons that we learn in our family of origin have more to do with what we don’t want than what we do.

Games Master Manipulators Play: Boundary Blindness

How to know when your personal boundaries are being crossed, and what to do about it.

12 Ways to Get Past No

It is possible to say "No" in a way that honors your own truth, while still staying in positive contact with your child.

How to Get Work Done in a Politically Charged Office

Read these tips to stay sane and productive while avoiding political dialogue.

What Does Prayer Do? What Does Love Do?

The two aspects of human consciousness that must be experienced and their psychological significance personally understood if one is to become psychically whole.

The Best Preparation for Marriage

Great relationships aren’t discovered; they are created.

Measuring Happiness: How Can We Measure It?

Can positive psychology researchers really measure happiness? Here are five ways they try—and some of the surprising and interesting findings that come from measuring happiness.

The Price of Being a Loner

By Barb Cohen on May 21, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Without a social brain, imperfection is never “normalized;” the soothing mantra “Everybody feels this way sometimes” cannot be internalized.

Empathy in Literature and Film

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on May 18, 2017 in Hot Thought
Empathy in literature and film works by three modes of empathy: verbal analogies, physiological mimicry, and non-verbal simulation of chains of emotional experiences.

Keep Your Cool! How to Stop Meltdowns in Their Tracks

By Meg Selig on May 18, 2017 in Changepower
Do you sometimes have meltdowns when faced with the daily hassles of life? Here are 12 ways to get back in control and feel better about yourself.

Fair Contests Vs. "Fair" (Even) Outcomes

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 17, 2017 in Ambigamy
GOP antics teach key lessons about what fairness really means.

Real Love: A Conversation With Sharon Salzberg

By Mark Matousek on May 17, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
Meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg talks about the real meaning of love, and how to bring sanity—and compassion—to the turbulent landscape of our times.

Forgiveness Part 3

Her transformed self-image has been earned and hard-won. She has become a courageously outspoken advocate for and an inspiration to many men and women...

Don't Sweat the Really Huge, Horrible Stuff Happening Daily

By Eliezer Sobel on May 15, 2017 in The 99th Monkey
Truly, don’t sweat it. That kind of thing always happens when the end of the world is nigh.

20 Ways to Get Closer

Happy couples are skilled in the art of attentive listening. They allow themselves to be penetrated by each other’s words and feelings.

You Think You’re Helping, Do You?

Considering that psychology is the study of the mind and behavior, shouldn't psychologists understand how things impact the mind and behavior?

Seven Successful Strategies from Safari

The benefits of copycat behavior

The Firing of Comey and the Empathy Gap

Are you as perceptive as you believe?

Forgiveness Part 2

Monica found her way to forgiveness the hard way, the way many people do, by experiencing pain and betrayal.

Forgiveness Part 1

Beginning at the age of ten, Monica was frequently sexually assaulted for a period of more than six years. The assailant was her father.

“I Went to See About a Girl”

Are you trying to make a choice between what's best for your love life and what's best for your career?

Interpersonal Rules that Undermine Your Relationships #4

By Amy Banks on May 08, 2017 in Wired For Love
In a power over system, it is essential to know who is in charge – and quite easy. The people in the dominant group are always in charge.

How to Identify and Avoid Toxic People, via Trump's Tweets

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on May 06, 2017 in Finding Love
First step to a happy life: Know how to recognize toxic people and situations and do your best to stay away. Here are four warning signs.

How Couples Can Use Criticism Constructively

By Caitlin Cantor LCSW, CST on May 05, 2017 in Modern Sex
Is criticism destructive in your relationship? Learn to have a conversation that leads to closeness instead.