Essential Reads

Krystine I. Batcho

Why Should We Grieve the Death of a Wild Animal?

It’s natural to mourn the death of a loved one or a beloved pet. But what would it mean to grieve the death of an animal we come upon in the wild?

My Partner Cheated on Me—Should I Try to Make It Work?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on October 12, 2017 in ExperiMentations
How do we decide whether to stay or go after someone cheats on us? New research sheds light on the decision-making process and helps us understand our own relationships.

How to Help a Grieving Friend

By Megan Devine on September 29, 2017 in It's OK That You're Not OK
Want to help a grieving friend, but afraid to say the wrong thing? A few simple rules can make things easier.

The Paradox of Confiding in (Near) Strangers

By Lydia Denworth on September 28, 2017 in Brain Waves
Think you only discuss important matters with your closest confidants? A new book suggests your inner circle is bigger than you imagine.

More Posts on Empathy

Practice Empathic Parenting to Help Cultivate Healthy Anger

Being mindful to be an empathic parent can be extremely challenging. Doing so can powerfully impact how you and your child manage anger.

Reading Minds Is a Skill We All Need to Work On

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on October 20, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
No one can read minds, but we can improve our ability to guess what people are thinking and feeling, and to know when what they say is not what they think.
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3 Million of Us

By Elizabeth Young on October 19, 2017 in Adaptations
I have had diabetes for 44 years, 6 months, and 29 days. But who's counting?
Kristen Fuller

Practicing Empathy in the Dating World: A Long Lost Skill

On the romance merry-go-round, many people will keep others in their lives until they find the next best thing while others may choose to "ghost" last night's date.

How to Be or Not to Be, That Is the Question

How to be is critically important in our current climate.

"Me Too" and the Limits of Internet Empathy

The "Me Too" campaign on social media highlights the prevalence of misogyny, sexual harassment and assault. But our online engagement may take us farther from resolution.

100 Practices for Great Relationships

This list will assist you in identifying where your work is still required to become eligible for a great relationship.

Me Too!

The original questions of feminist psychotherapy have finally become public questions for us all. Why did it take so long?

Sometimes the Simple Sound of “Sorry” Stinks

"Sorry" can be a sorry excuse for an apology, especially in a text. Here's a better way.

How to Ruin a Sister Relationship in One Easy Lesson

Want to heal things with your sister? Here's what NOT to do.

Field Notes: On Witnessing

What are the different ways we tell stories of illness and trauma and why does it matter?

Collective Intelligence in the Holocene: 7

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on October 13, 2017 in In One Lifespan
Notwithstanding the uniqueness of human beings, a focus on the broadest timescale of analysis reminds us that evolution unites Homo sapiens with all other living systems.

Choose Joy for Your Child

What does compassion for yourself and your child look like?

Understanding Children's Emotional Needs

Avoid criticism, for instance, telling your child,“You’re kicking the ball all wrong.”

Science Progressively Modifies Our Understanding of Agency

Do the increasing restrictions that the sciences' successes impose on agent explanations apply even to human agency?

The Las Vegas Shooter’s Motivations

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on October 07, 2017 in Face It!
Can understanding lead to prevention?

Our Search for Meaning Produces Universal Neural Signatures

By Christopher Bergland on October 07, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A pioneering new fMRI brain imaging study from USC illuminates our human commonality and the universality of our search for meaning in the stories we read.

Nature Versus Nurture: Where We Are in 2017

A lot has changed in our understanding of the timeless nature-nurture debate. Find out where we are now.
Thalia R. Goldstein

Drama Games Help Kids Gain Emotional Control

Dramatic pretend play games may be causally implicated in young children's emotional control, as found in a recent random control trial.

Why Ghosting Is Leading the World's Mental Health Crisis

Our social media bubble is about to burst. With so much information coming at us, we are quickly losing sight of the human connection it was meant to create.

Big Shot

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on October 04, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
A wealthy gambler uses an arsenal and a casino hotel to kill 58 concert-goers and himself, wounding hundreds. His actions can help us understand what it means to be human.
Jack Pemment

Why Do We Like Psychopaths?

By Jack Pemment MA, MS on October 03, 2017 in Blame the Amygdala
Given the predilection for antisocial behavior, why do we find psychopaths so appealing?
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Have You Been the News? Vegas, Puerto Rico, and the World

By Megan Devine on October 02, 2017 in It's OK That You're Not OK
The images coming out of Las Vegas are heartbreaking and enraging. But there are real families behind those photographs. The effects of violence last longer than headlines.
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How to Co-Parent with a Narcissist

Here are the things that you need to know to help your children when your co-parent has a Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Born To Be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks, and How We Can Help

What happened to that wonderful, even angelic child we knew before he or she turned teen? Did we do something wrong…

What Parents Need to Address About Sex

Talking with your kids about sex to open an ongoing and effective exchange requires engaging them on five levels. Can you address the five areas where your children need you most?

Does Power Impact How We Perceive Emotion?

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in The Big Questions
Power plays a role in how effectively we recognize emotion in others.

Aggression from Other Kids

We all need to learn to stay grounded in our own dignity and compassion as we cope with the unhappy people who will inevitably come our way.

Heart on Fire: Confessions of a Love Warrior

By Mark Matousek on September 27, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
After his parents were murdered, author Scott Stabile had a choice: to stop living or become a "love warrior," as he writes in his fabulous new book, Big Love.