Essential Reads

Creative Concerns

Uncertainty and bias against creative ideas

Childhood Sexual Abuse Taken Out of Context

What goes on when the abuse is NOT happening is often just as important

Earth to Humans: Why Have You Forsaken Me? Sunk Costs

Climate change will keep advancing unless we slay the dragons of inaction.

5 Tips for a More Relaxing Urban Walk

How to make a sidewalk stroll more relaxing and refreshing

Recent Posts on Environment

Taking Egoism Out of Consumerism

In a two part series, we invite readers to find the egoism in their consumerism and push it aside to make room for solidarity and a new kind of consumer society rooted in sustainability--of healthy conditions in the world's workplaces, fun spaces, and ecosystems. In this column we look at how inward-looking consumerism offers no way out of our stress filled digital lives.

A Stroll in Nature Improves Mental Health

As more and more of us live in cities, we spend less time in natural settings, including parks. Studies also show that people in urban settings without access to green spaces have higher levels of psychological problems than those with access to green spaces.

Henry David Thoreau: “Simplify, Simplify”

We’re probably not going to do what Henry David Thoreau did and live at a lake to make our lives simple. But we could move in that direction.

Why Grow and Make Your Own Food? Especially as an Artist?

Why grow and make your own food? Why put it in all those hours slaving under the hot sun, covered with dirt, when you could stroll through an air-conditioned grocery store? Why spend all that time processing milk when there are others who can do it for you? And what does it have to do with being an artist?

Changing Our Brains in a Good Way

Nature can help calm our overactive, multitasking brains.

Creative Concerns

At first glance, the notion that creativity perturbs us is oxymoronic. We live in an age in which we are encouraged to prize all things ingenious. However, novelty also brings risk and uncertainty.

Childhood Sexual Abuse Taken Out of Context

Child sexual abuse is a big risk factor for a wide variety of psychiatric disorders. But why do some victims turn out one way, others a different way, and still others turn out without any disorders at all? So called empirical studies of child abuse are limited to such variables as who the perpetrators were, what did they do, and how often. There's a lot more to the story.

Wilderness Therapy

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on July 27, 2015 in Minority Report
Why getting outdoors may be the best medicine for your psychological health. It can not only free you from your daily world of connection but also test you psychologically as you push yourself in your various pursuits.

Earth to Humans: Why Have You Forsaken Me? Sunk Costs

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on July 25, 2015 in The Green Mind
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 fourth post in a seven-part series.

5 Tips for a More Relaxing Urban Walk

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on July 25, 2015 in Minding the Body
A walk down city streets is generally less calming than a nature hike. But these tips can make an urban walk more relaxing and refreshing.

Leveraging the Biopsychosocial Model

The biopsychosocial model is a metatheory and clinical philosophy; however, are we leveraging its power?

Stories of Seclusion: A Child Who Couldn't Resist the Swamp

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 24, 2015 in How To Do Life
Hasn't every child wondered what it woulld be like to leave home for the wilds?

Your Brain and Health in Nature: Rewilding Is Good For Us

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 23, 2015 in Animal Emotions
Two new studies show how walking in nature changes the brain and how trees can make people healthier including cardio-metabolic conditions. For those whose frenetic lives leave little time for getting outside, this is good news. And, there don't appear to be any downsides to taking a short break and getting out in nature and rewilding our hearts.

Finding My Daughter Again Through the Outdoors

I think much parenting anxiety centers around how the kids will turn out and whether the choices you made will impact them in good ways or not so good ways. You wonder how you’ll feel about them as people, too, whether you’ll like who they become as adults. You know you’ll love them, but will you like them?

Nature Calms the Mind—Even in Photos

By Temma Ehrenfeld on July 23, 2015 in Open Gently
Brain research on why nature is calming and restorative.

Why Science Does Not Need Female or Male Mice

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 20, 2015 in Animal Emotions
An editorial called “Why Science Needs Female Mice” by the New York Times Editorial Review Board relies on a new study that concludes that research performed only on male mice are inadequate to understand human disease. Yet, numerous prominent researchers have concluded that studies on mice and other animals of either sex are inadequate to understand human disease.

Revisiting the Stanford Prison Experiment

A review of the Stanford Prison Experiment, out in wide release this weekend. Does the film bring anything new to Zimbardo's infamous study?

The Stanford Prison Experiment Hits the Big Screen

Humans are clearly capable of greatness. But one of the best-known studies in the behavioral sciences tells us that human nature also has a dark side. A VERY dark side. And you can now see this for yourself in a theater new you …

My Absent Mother Wants to Be My Mother Now

What To Do When Your Mother Re-enters Your Life

What Are Situations?

What were you doing yesterday at 10am? 2pm? 8pm? Why were you doing those things? A moment’s reflection on our day’s activities makes it obvious that situations impact our behavior. But what are situations actually? I’ve spent the past 9 years doing research aimed at answering this very question. This post describes what we currently know about situations.

Releasing Greatness

Since our modern society is fueled by innovation, leaders are needed in every field to develop ingenious, out-of-box thinking not just in themselves – more importantly in their people. Creating environment that release greatness in others is quickly becoming the most important challenge of the 21st century and one that will pay off for generations to come.

Living in the Candy Store

Taking responsibility for yourself sometimes means taking responsibility for the world you live in. Change where you are and change who you are. The latest generation of technological assists do that exactly that, helping you march to your own tune and do the work you think is important.

Does Human Nature Make Genocide Inevitable?

I just appeared in a BBC debate about whether future genocide is inevitable. I said that it wasn't, especially if we utilize knowledge about human nature. Here's why I'm so optimistic about our evolved psychology and potential for peace.

Everyday Access to Nature Promotes Well-Being As We Age

A new study reports that spending time in natural environments promotes healthy aging and overall well-being.

Nine Strategies for Enhancing Enrichment for Cats with Jobs

From our homes, to shelters, to research facilities, we should consider the unique perspective of the cat and modify our interactions and the environment to celebrate the welfare of the cat.

Women by Design: Transforming Home, Transforming Self

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on July 11, 2015 in Design on My Mind
Inevitably being 'at home' means abiding within yourself

The Psychology of Surveillance

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on July 08, 2015 in A Sideways View
What are the benefits and drawbacks of public surveillance?

Women by Design: Transforming Home, Transforming Self

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on July 07, 2015 in Design on My Mind
Women can express and transform their psychic and home interiors

5 Lessons From the World’s Happiest People

By Jaime Kurtz Ph.D. on July 07, 2015 in Happy Trails
Can Americans be more Scandinavian?

Spiritual Beings on a Human Journey—Remembering Our Stardust

Something in us already knows that we are spiritual beings on a human journey, not just finite and little me-s. So what gets in the way of our remembering our infinite nature, our stardust. How to not forget who we really are...