Essential Reads

The Art of Farming

Why dance when the corn plants are wilting?

The Psychology of Competition

How competitions can lead you to do the right thing for the wrong reason

A Surprising Influence on Your Emotions

How do the people around you affect your expression of anger and gratitude?

Creating a Home Alone, After Divorce

Four tips for feeling rooted in your space

Recent Posts on Environment

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...

“Minding” Egrets—Humility In Being Human

Waking at her beach cottage, Dr Coche reflects on the overarching presence of graceful white egrets in her summer world. She reminds us of conservationist Marc Bekoff’s warning: “We bear a human imperative to honor and preserve other species planet wide.”

Difficult Choices Following Bipolar Destabilization

Medical withdrawal from enrollment can be a painful but necessary choice sometimes encountered by university students with bipolar disorder. This blog post discuses the importance of carefully managing ones recovery during the time away from school in order to maximize chances of success upon return to the university environment.

Women by Design: Transforming Home, Transforming Self

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on July 02, 2015 in Design on My Mind
Use Design Psychology to create homes that support women's growth and change

Of Crime, Criminality, and Nature

By Joe Nedelec Ph.D. on June 30, 2015 in The Nature of Crime
Thieving primates, invading chimpanzees, alcoholic monkeys, and insect rape are a few examples of the criminality evident in nature discussed in this post. To further lay the foundation for a biosocial viewpoint of crime and criminality, this post examines how human criminal behavior has numerous analogues in the wild.

The Art of Farming

The corn did not look good. The transplants were bending over sideways. What good would it do to dance?

Developmental Psychology and Environmental Sustainability

By Sandy Olliges M.A. on June 29, 2015 in EcoMind
In a new book, A New Psychology for Sustainability Leadership: The Hidden Power of Ecological Worldviews, Steven Schein used the lens of developmental psychology to view the motivation of sustainability leaders, and he posits that sustainability leaders have developed an ecological self, a postconventional worldview, and an enhanced systems consciousness.

Earth to Humans: Why Have You Forsaken Me? Poor Comparisons

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on June 26, 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 third post in a seven-part series.

Thoughts Wandering in an Estonian Cemetery

Do Estonians, because of their surnames, feel more closely connected to nature? And what would happen if the dead wrote their own inscriptions on gravestones?

Keeping the Faith With Cindy Williams

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on June 25, 2015 in Brick by Brick
Cindy Williams of TV's "Laverne and Shirley" shares how her devout faith in G-d has shaped the person that she is today.

The Psychology of Competition

Competitions are fun, let’s be honest. At one point or another, you probably have enjoyed being part of some kind of competition. Of course, competitions are more fun if you actually “win” (but for you to win, someone else must lose). Given this basic inequality: can competitions promote pro-social behavior?

Violent Humans Are Animals, but Not Behaving Like Animals

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on June 24, 2015 in Animal Emotions
Each time there's a violent incident involving a human animal ("human") there are many snippets in various media claiming something like, "He's an animal." The use of the word "animal" always refers to nonhuman animals and this is a radically misleading and dismissive claim because while humans are animals science shows we are not really behaving like other animals.

A Surprising Influence on Your Emotions

By Guest Blogger on June 24, 2015 in Brainstorm
Recent research has found that group members actually become more similar in their expressions of anger and gratitude over time.

Creating a Home Alone, After Divorce

By Wendy Paris on June 23, 2015 in Splitopia
While it can seem sad and overwhelming to create a home alone after co-habitating with a spouse or partner, it’s also a chance to choose new décor, a new abode or even a new city that better supports and reflects you.

Pope Francis' Environmental Message

Pope Francis' encyclical on the ecological crisis strikes a blow to climate science deniers everywhere. He tells the truth about global warming and environmental decline using the combined powers of ecclesial authority, the scientific consensus, and a well-established communication network. Let's hope world leaders meeting in Paris in December follow his lead.

Ecomodernism's Promise of A Good (Great!) Future? Too Rosy

The Ecomodernist promise that human wisdom and its technologies can spare us a dystopian future is correct. But the promise of a good, even GREAT future, ignores our survival instincts to place ourselves and the immediate over the greater common good and the future. We're just not as wise as the Ecomodernists propose.

Love for a Killer: "A Very Evil Kid”

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on June 22, 2015 in Moral Landscapes
When Adam Lanza massacred school children, people asked about his genes. But that was the wrong question. Genes are inert without experience. Families of victims of Dylann Roof’s gun rampage forgave him. It’s a show of love that he probably needed much earlier in his life.

Earth to Humans: Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me? Ideologies

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on June 21, 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 second post in a seven-part series.

How to Deal with a Toxic Work Environment

By Kerry Patterson on June 19, 2015 in Crucial Conversations
I'm an HR manager in a nonprofit mental-health organization -- experiencing many complaints from managers about dealing with poor workplace behaviors. Although not illegal, these behaviors are unhealthy and unproductive. Employees do not seem capable of getting along with each other, and it's harming our ability to work efficiently. What can I do to address it?

Men in Sexist Countries Win More Olympic Medals

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on June 19, 2015 in The Sports Mind
A new study challenges the claim that gender equality promotes Olympic success.

Where Is Your True Home?

By Anneli Rufus on June 19, 2015 in Stuck
Does living in a place that doesn't feel like home trigger trauma and anxiety? How can we find our authentic "homes away from home"?

Is CrossFit a Feminist Issue?

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on June 19, 2015 in Fit Femininity
High intensity exercise programs such as CrossFit have attracted large amount of women exercisers. Many CrossFitters testify that their workout has changed their lives and allowed them to build strong, muscular bodies. But is Crossfit safe and empower exercise for women?

Rachel Sussman

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on June 18, 2015 in Sensoria
Imagine you found out that the scrawny little plant inhabiting your back yard, the one whose value you’ve questioned so much that you’re always tempted to mow it over, was a continuously living organism millions of years old—a real relic of deep time!

Intuitive Decision Making

You make a lot of bad decisions because you don't follow Mother Nature's decision protocol.

Are We Shortchanging LGBTQ Youth?

By Izzy Kalman on June 17, 2015 in Resilience to Bullying
The news continues to bring us tragic stories of LGBTQ kids–even ones who attend LGBTQ support centers–committing suicide because they can no longer tolerate being bullied. Perhaps its because these kids are not being taught resilience. If we truly want to be helping LGBTQ kids, here are some messages we need to be giving them.

Earth to Humans: Why Have You Forsaken Me? Cognition

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on June 15, 2015 in The Green Mind
What are the psychological roadblocks that explain why we’re not trying hard at all to solve global climate change—a phenomenon that threatens the core of our society? The first post in a seven part series.

Do You Know Your Health Destiny?

Would you like to change your health? Do you want to know more about how your genetics don't have to be your destiny? Then tune in to an interview with Eva Selhub, MD, author of "Your Health Destiny."

Hippies as the Original Ancestral Lifestyle Proponents

Modern evolutionary science has implications for living a relatively natural life – a life that may resemble the lives of our pre-agrarian ancestors. In many ways, this is exactly what the hippies of the 1960s and 1970s were going for!

Nature’s Antidepressant: The Dog

How do dogs work their magic on our mood? Researchers believe a big part of the answer is found in the chemical oxytocin, also known as the “love hormone.” Dogs also affect our moods less directly, by being the catalyst of situations that help keep low spirits at bay, whether they spring from a diagnosed mood disorder or just a tough day at the office.

Nature’s Original Probiotic: Breast Milk

By Erica Sonnenburg Ph.D. on June 08, 2015 in The Good Gut
Mother's milk contains more for the gut than just the oligosaccharides that feed her growing child's microbiome. It also has another special ingredient to nourish her baby’s developing gut. Breast milk contains probiotics.