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Individual Differences

People come in all shapes and sizes, physically and psychologically. Here are nine of the core personality dimensions on which we vary from each other.

Saving the Planet Feels Good

Can positive emotions help save the environment? New research suggests that a warm-glow from engaging in virtuous moral behaviors can encourage green behavior.

The Benefits of Emotional Awareness

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on January 05, 2018 in Between Cultures
Insights into our emotions from one of the most influential psychologists of our time.

Freezing with Fear

Does scaring people about climate change lead them to freeze and do nothing in response? How to motivate action rather than inducing overwhelming fear.

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The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in Animal Emotions
An Interview with Peter Wohlleben, author of a new book on animal emotions called "The Inner Life of Animals," a sequel to his best-seller "The Hidden Lives of Trees."

Sexual Misconduct: What Is the Effect of the Environment?

Needed to deter criminal conduct in the workplace: more oversight and imposing of consequences.

Animals, Exploitation, and Art: The Work of Colleen Plumb

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 11, 2018 in Animal Emotions
A groundbreaking interview about how art can foster compassion and empathy for animals held in various forms of captivity, individuals who needlessly suffer for human enjoyment.
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Go Where It’s Green: A New Year’s Resolution You Can Keep

Why not make a New Year's resolution you can keep? Get outside and enjoy green spaces to improve your health year-round.

The Biophilia Effect: Exploring the Healing Power of Nature

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 10, 2018 in Animal Emotions
In an interview with Clemens Arvay about his book "The Biophilia Effect," he shows that nature is in our genes and humans have a natural urge to affiliate with other forms of life.
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Want To Be Happier? Live Like the Balinese

By Anna Akbari Ph.D. on January 10, 2018 in Startup Your Life
A few simple shifts can totally change your mindset.

Coming to Terms With Ecoanxiety

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on January 09, 2018 in The Me in We
What is ecoanxiety and how to recognize it.

Can You Tell a Psychopath from a Sociopath?

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on January 09, 2018 in Wicked Deeds
In addition to their many commonalities, sociopaths and psychopaths have their own unique, distinctive behavioral characteristics and origins.

Why Connecting With Nature Elevates Your Mental Health

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in The New Resilience
What happens when you immerse yourself in nature? Most people feel greater connection and calm, and now a new research study shows how it impacts your overall mental health.

Tears and Perfume

How can you overcome the sense of hopelessness that comes from feeling ashamed of yourself

Never in Vain

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on January 06, 2018 in Bear in Mind
One man's work from the ground up helps to unchain elephant minds and bodies.

Why Do People Move Countries? Global Warming?

Why do people migrate? Does it have to do with climate change? How should the media explain migrants' reasons for changing their lives?

Nurturing The “Better Angels Of Our Nature”

If we fully embrace ethical values that most people would actually agree to (e.g., the Golden Rule), we might be able to better steer this ship that has steered well off course.

The Psychology in Culture

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on January 01, 2018 in iAge
Studying culture as a psychological feature might result in a better understanding of how ourselves are a product of our environment.

Why Your Child is Not One of Your 2017 Accomplishments

By Paula L. White M.A. on December 31, 2017 in Shape Parenting
Trying to tally up your accomplishments for 2017? Great! Just leave your kids out of it!

Life In the Compassionoscene, Freedom and Justice For All

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 31, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Coexistence in the Anthropocene and beyond means compassion and justice for all. We must stop wantonly killing other animals and decimating their homes in the name of humans.

Don't Ask, They'll Tell

It's not a good idea to ask your child about their sexual orientation. Let them take the lead.

This Blog Is About You

By Liz Swan Ph.D. on December 26, 2017 in The Philosopher Is In
Ever wanted your own personal philosopher? Well, now you have one. Let's explore the light, the dark, and the various shades of grey of human nature together...

4 Keys to Understanding Our Weird, Inconsistent Morality

By Rob Henderson on December 26, 2017 in After Service
What science reveals about morality, and how to make better moral decisions.

Matter & Desire: Ecology As Erotic Love

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 24, 2017 in Animal Emotions
In this interview with biologist and philosopher Andreas Weber, we're asked to view ecology as a tender practice of forging relationships and of yearning for connections.

Superstition: Quirky Beliefs or Psychopathology?

Is superstition just anxiety in disguise?

Emotional Experiences Can Change the Nature of a Dog's Sleep

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on December 22, 2017 in Canine Corner
New data on the brain activity of sleeping dogs shows that the effect of emotional experiences on sleep is different for dogs and people.

Five Ways to Protect Yourself from Holiday Travel Thieves

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on December 22, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Holiday travel is both difficult and distracting. That is what thieves are banking on. Understand the psychology of distraction in order to stay focused, and stay safe.

The Joy of Living “Tiny”

By Susan Biali M.D. on December 21, 2017 in Prescriptions for Life
"Tiny" homes and small urban spaces have surged in popularity, in response to limited affordability and availability of housing. Who knew they'd be so much fun?

The Long and the Short of It: Sleep Duration and Health

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on December 21, 2017 in The Gravity of Weight
Does it matter how much sleep we get each night? Too much or too little may have important consequences for our metabolic health, including our weight. Why?

4 Ways Nature Can Help You Build Mental Strength

Not all muscle is built in the gym. There are several ways nature can help you build the mental muscle you need to reach your greatest potential.

Unwelcome Emotional Memories

Sometimes it's okay to put a lid on the past.

Youth Say “Listen to Science” and Do the Kind Thing

By Mica B. Estrada, Ph.D. on December 18, 2017 in Lead with Kindness
Youth feel climate science is clear and the response is to act. But what do we do? Social scientists say we can easily do these three things that go beyond changing a light bulb.

How to Make the World Better for Nonhuman Animals

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 17, 2017 in Animal Emotions
When asked how to do so, responses converged on key points including education, respect, overcoming apathy, compassion, the golden rule, and respecting individuals.

Five Steps to Convince Science Deniers Over Holidays

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