Jane Austen knew a secret or two about the problems with ambiguity in romance and love. Her most beloved novels hinge on a female character's misunderstandings on which man is the best for her, until time and circumstances reveal the truth.
Want to run a marathon? As with many things in life, the combination of perseverance and luck are often all you need. For me, it was mostly about continuing to put one foot in front of other and hoping for the best.
Imagine growing up gay in a household where your world-renowned father calls lesbianism a gateway to mental illness. And it is always, he said, caused by the father and curable by analysis. Now imagine that he analyzes you.
The emotion of awe fascinates as much as it confounds. Usually, awe is presented as an either / or phenomenon. Conceptualizing awe as a continuous variable, with different levels of strength possible, may clarify the concept and provide individuals with different applications to life enrichment.
A major research study recently found that many well known findings in psychology are difficult to replicate.This study and the media attention it has received have led to a considerable stir within the field. While some minimize the importance of these findings, they do rekindle longstanding debates about what kind of 'science' psychology is.
Although it may not seem likely at first glance, many crises share a common source in human decision-making biases. Whether it is the refugee crisis, climate change or another crisis, the barriers formed by a preference for short-term gains and the status quo are hard to overcome.
Anyone who has been a victim of the herd mentality-- whether for being a black sheep or going along with the herd- will want to know why people become sheeple— how the peer pressure process works, whether on the playground, in the locker room, in the boardroom, or on the battlefield.
Historically, theorists argued that political ideology is not meaningful in our day-to-day lives. But the psychological record now demonstrates that ideology matters a great deal to our personal and social lives. In fact, some might argue that it now matters too much, influencing our basic perception and decision-making.
Fires are raging out of control in Indonesia today, decimating vast areas of forests. Journalist George Monbiot writes, “A great tract of Earth is on fire and threatened species are being driven out of their habitats. This is a crime against humanity and nature.” Our search for food made with cheap palm oil means we all have a hand in this “eco-apocalypse.”
What are the psychological roadblocks that explain why we’re not doing much to solve global climate change—a phenomenon that threatens the core of our society? This is the seventh and final post in a seven-part series.
Our sons love to learn. They are seekers and searchers. The world is interesting to them. Numbers, rocks, trees, mountains, computers, games, thoughts, visions, life’s mysteries – anything and everything can fascinate them, including school.