Essential Reads

Jane Austen Understood Deception and Discovery in Love

Thoughts on ambiguity in dating and mating

Improving Public Engagement With Climate Change

Five “Best Practice” Insights From Psychological Science

Replication Problems in Psychology

Are replication failures in psychology a crisis or a 'tempest in a teapot?'

The Link Between the Refugee Crisis and Climate Change Talks

Biases hold the key to both Europe’s refugee crisis and climate change.

Recent Posts on Environment

Jane Austen Understood Deception and Discovery in Love

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.

We Are Becoming Gods

By Mario D Garrett PhD on November 21, 2015 iAge
While we are behaving more like gods, we are learning that we are less human.

How to Feng Shui Your Workspace

By Caroline Beaton on November 21, 2015 The Gen-Y Guide
The science behind your office environment.

Improving Public Engagement With Climate Change

In this article, we advance five simple but important “best practices” drawn from psychological science to help policymakers galvanize concern and thereby improve public responses to climate change.

My First Marathon

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.

The Elephant in Sigmund Freud's Consulting Room

By Rebecca Coffey on November 17, 2015 The Bejeezus Out of Me
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 Nature of Criticism

Did you know that few things are as good natured as criticism?

The Continuous Nature of Awe

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on November 16, 2015 The Pursuit of Peace
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.

Overwhelmed Much?

Here are 9 reasons most of us are more overwhelmed than we should be.

Replication Problems in Psychology

By Jeremy D. Safran Ph.D. on November 15, 2015 Straight Talk
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.

Paris, Religion and Human Evil

What do the tragic events in Paris reveal about human nature? Is religion the cause of all evil?

The Link Between the Refugee Crisis and Climate Change Talks

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.

Why People Become Sheeple

By Wendy Treynor Ph.D. on November 10, 2015 Identity Shift
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.

Why Nature is Good for Our Brains

When was the last time you enjoyed some time outside? Three reasons nature is good for your brain.

Ideology Matters (Too Much)

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on November 10, 2015 Without Prejudice
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.

The Human Seeking Perfection

One cannot be truly human alone. Other humans are required

Women by Design: Transforming Home, Transforming Self

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on November 06, 2015 Design on My Mind
Secrets produce an often invisible but lasting trail of debris.

10 Signs You’re Addicted to Online Shopping

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on November 04, 2015 Urban Survival
How do you know if your online shopping is becoming a problem? Here are 10 signs to watch out for.

Good Morning, Atlantis!

Some reflections on my own moral failings, and a city I have grown to love.

Family-based Programs for Substance Abusing Teen Girls

For those who are concerned about substance abuse in young girls

Twin Connections

By Lybi Ma on November 04, 2015 Brainstorm
The study of twins and siblings, and how environment and genes influence us.

Can Flying Be Addictive?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on November 04, 2015 In Excess
There are a few papers in the academic literature that have proposed the idea of ‘binge flying’ and ‘flying addiction’. But can constant flying ever be viewed as a genuine addiction?

Can Living With a Dog Prevent Asthma in Kids?

A study shows that kids exposed to dogs in the first year of their life may be protected from asthma and allergies later on.

At Home Or At School, If It’s Garbage In, It’s Garbage Out

Are Americans wasteful compared to other people? Can smartphones make us more aware of our environmental impact and help educate us about science in general? The research may surprise you.

The Quietly Burning Earth

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on November 02, 2015 The Green Mind
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.”

Earth to Humans: Why Have You Forsaken Me? Limited Behavior

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on November 01, 2015 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 seventh and final post in a seven-part series.

Recent Science Supporting "Why We Dance"

Today I begin a new series of posts dedicated to sharing recently published scientific experiments that support the philosophy of bodily becoming I develop in my book "Why We Dance."

Why is it Easier to Organize Evil than Good?

Pouring new wine in old bottles

Moving From the Biopsychosocial Model to the ToK System

This blog explains how the ToK System advances the standard biopsychosocial conception.

How to Help Prepare Boys For Success in the School System

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.