Environment Essential Reads

Did You Get the Parental Guidance You Needed Growing Up?

As a child, did you frequently feel behind the curve—or eight-ball? If so, what was that like for you? And why do you think it was such a struggle for you to blend in with others?

Establishing Love With an Imperfect Partner

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on September 26, 2017 in In the Name of Love
The prevailing ideal of a perfect love is a major obstacle for establishing enduring, profound love.

How Your Diet Can Save You and the Planet

By Clair Brown, Ph.D. on September 25, 2017 in Buddhist Economics
Is eating a healthy diet and worrying about climate change too much to handle? Here's a doable way that makes a big difference.

Why Does God Want to Kill Me?

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in iAge
We are meant to die. It is nature's way of making our species survive. But our strategy as humans has been to develop a large brain and to live longer, to which there's a downside.

Why Do We Love the View From High Above?

By Andrea Bartz on September 19, 2017 in The Wandering Mind
The weird psychological reason you'll take an elevator to the 102nd floor.

Dogs Who Live with Smokers May Suffer from Premature Aging

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on September 19, 2017 in Canine Corner
Biomarkers show that living in a home with a tobacco smoker prematurely ages dogs at a cellular level

A Journey to Ecocentrism: Earth Jurisprudence and Rewilding

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Ecocentrism argues that a nature-centered view is essential for the future of our magnificent planet. Earth jurisprudence recognizes humans as one part of a community of beings.
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Rich People’s Problems

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in This Is America
As they address their lifestyles, affluent urban folks emphasize traditional values. They deal with discomfort about privilege by managing influential affect and not inequality.
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Suicide Shrines

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 10, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Some locations or events can inspire numerous life-ending acts. The allure might be obvious or obscure.

Our Worst Angels: Inconvenient Psychological Truths, Part 2

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on August 30, 2017 in Insight Therapy
We fancy ourselves rational and independent, eager to learn and adapt. But are we?

What's the Key to Winning Hearts and Minds?

You can’t change someone else’s mind or their habits. The harder you try, the more resistance you face, and frustrated you become. But, there is a better way.

When Learning a Foreign Language

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Between Cultures
The roads that lead to foreign language mastery are as fascinating as the languages themselves. Here are four tips to help you along the way.

Fated to Fear

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in The Infested Mind
Is there evidence that our fear of insects is rooted in evolution? Studies of human genetics and results of controlled experiments support the inheritance of the infested mind.

Few Women in Tech

Multiple causes underlie the lack of women in tech jobs. Complex thinking is required to understand the issue rather than simply arguing for either nature or nurture.

9 Quick Tips to Stay Sober on Your Next Vacation!

With summer in full swing, here are a few quick and easy tips to keep you or a loved one happy, healthy and sober on your next adventure.

I Love Him Most of the Time

Lively’s claim that she loves Reynolds most of the time runs counter to the nature of profound love. She probably desires him sexually most of the time, but loves him all the time.

Yearning for the Romantic Road Not Taken

In “The Road Not Taken,” Frost refers to “the road less traveled” and “the road not taken.” Are the two notions identical? How does this distinction relate to the romantic realm?

Nature vs. Nurture and Depression

Variations in the serotonin re-uptake transporter can make big differences in the lifelong risk of depression. How did this discovery happen, and where do we go from here?

Beyond the Bystander Effect

By Cameron Brick, Ph.D. on July 24, 2017 in Grasping Risk
Are you more likely to recycle if someone is watching? It may depend on your identity

The Mental Health Crisis is upon the Internet Generation

College-Aged students are undergoing nothing less than an all-out crisis in terms of mental health issues. Perhaps being raised with cell phones is part of the problem. Here's why.

Should We Have Children?

By Neel Burton M.D. on July 23, 2017 in Hide and Seek
This fundamental question raises profound ethical issues.

The Sense of Wonder

By Karin Arndt, Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in A Hut of Her Own
Feeling lonely, alienated, or disconnected? Reviving a childlike sense of wonder may be the key to recovery.

The Danger of Secrecy: What Happens to Unanswered Questions?

By Dr. Jennifer Bliss, LCSW, PsyD on July 14, 2017 in Navigating the Adoption Journey
A child raised in an environment of secrecy receives the unspoken message that the subject of adoption is taboo, and they will continue to have unanswered questions multiply.

What Is a “Good” Decision?

We often confuse the process of making decisions with its outcomes, leading to an incorrect understanding of what a good decision is.

I Turned Off My Cellphone for You

By Jan Albert on June 28, 2017 in Points of Observation
What in the world could convince a 20-Something to separate from his or her cellphone? Pratt University designers look to nature and the field of Biomimicry for inspiration.

Three Surprising Ways Nature Leads to Success and Joy

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Feeling It
Green spaces boost happiness, make you smarter and more creative. So many science-backed reasons to go take a hike!

Differences Between Self-Directed and Progressive Education

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
Self-Directed Education and progressive education both emphasize the education of the whole, unique person, but they differ greatly in how that education is best achieved.

Coping with Micro-Stressors: How Do I Work My Smart TV?

By Jasmin Tahmaseb-McConatha Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in Live Long and Prosper
How do I work my Smart TV? What can we do about micro-stressors?

Why Are Crowded City Dwellers Living the Slow Life?

By Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on June 23, 2017 in Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life
The big city means the fast life, unrestricted sexuality, street gangs, and hordes of uncaring people. Right? Maybe not, according to a recently published series of studies.