Ethics and Morality Essential Reads

If Your Therapist Harasses You: #MeToo

By Kimberly Key on October 17, 2017 in Counseling Keys
What happens when you've been sexually harassed and/or assaulted by your therapist?
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Recovering from an "Act of Pure Evil"

After the unthinkable happens, how do we get our lives back together?

How Your Words Mask or Reveal Power and Compliance

By Laura Niemi, Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Morality in Language
The multitude of ways that we convey causation is both a blessing and a curse. It allows one to maintain a sense of self as a free agent. It also allows for moral ambiguity.

Can Unethical Customer Behavior Benefit Others?

Lawful yet unethical behaviors of customers can have positive effects and it raises interesting questions.
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Why Are Most of Us So Good at Deceiving Ourselves?

By Barb Cohen on October 08, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Columbus, cognitive dissonance and autism shed light on our coping strategies.

In Cyberspace, We Are All Open Books

By Susan Hooper on September 29, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
I miss the days when privacy could be protected with locked doors, locked filing cabinets, and maybe a bank safe deposit box. Cyberspace has made those protections obsolete.

A Classic Study of Sycophancy

The types of sucking up, or a pioneering theory of sycophancy

Another Dark Side of 9/11: Manipulating Trauma for Sympathy

By Jean Kim M.D. on September 24, 2017 in Culture Shrink
The heartbreak of 9/11 held the nation's sympathy. For a few wayward souls, the temptation of receiving that powerful sympathy was worth lying for.

Do We Humans "Need" Tragedies to Bring Us Together?

By Saul Levine M.D. on September 22, 2017 in Our Emotional Footprint
During major cataclysms, differences and conflicts between us seem to dissipate, and we tend to reach out to each other with increased caring, empathy, and sense of community.

Trusting What Disabled People Say

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on September 22, 2017 in Trust
Why is it sometimes hard to accept what disabled people tell us about their lives, their values, and their experiences?

The True Self

By Art Markman Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
What does it mean to believe that there is a "true self" inside of everyone?

Do Romantic Relationships Imply a Loss of Self? Should They?

A recent column by David Brooks raises the false dichotomy between individuality and sociality.

Mend the Gap Between Rich and Poor in School Achievement

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
The more rigid and authoritarian the school program is, the greater is the achievement gap between rich and poor. The more trusting and empowering it is, the smaller is the gap.

Praising Children May Encourage Them to Cheat

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Talking Apes
Praise is important for emotional growth. But new research shows that the way praise is worded—even for three-year-olds—can have a significant impact on their moral choices.

Sick of Sycophants

The stories we tell about sycophants.

Gaydar Goes AI and Populism Comes to Science

An upcoming study on a computer program that categorizes sexual preference from photos has come under fire.

How Speaking a Second Language Affects the Way You Think

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 09, 2017 in Talking Apes
The effort of speaking a second language impacts decision-making processes, but in unexpected ways.

Biased Algorithms?

Algorithms govern most aspects of our lives with secret, biased methods. A data scientist turned activist gives us tips to uncover these biases and demand accountability.

How to Email a Professor, or The Art of Kissing Pompous Butt

Do you want your professor to like you? Then you should probably play it safe and assume he/she is a jackass.

The Narcissistic Personality: How They Think

By Joe Navarro M.A. on September 01, 2017 in Spycatcher
A look at how the narcissistic personality sees the world around them and how they make us feel.
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The Debate Over an Egg Donor Registry

By Diane M. Tober Ph.D. on August 31, 2017 in The Age of Biotech
Is the quest for an egg donor registry emotional? Or a matter of scientific/medical ethics?

Should You Donate to Disaster Relief?

Disasters capture our attention and emotions, but we may do more good by ditching empathy as a moral guide.

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?

Parenthood's End

By Jean Kazez on August 30, 2017 in The Philosophical Parent
If your kids are all grown up, can you stop thinking you should do things for them?

The Blame Game: We Love to Blame Others, But Why?

By Rob Henderson on August 29, 2017 in After Service
Why do we love blaming others? Research explains this quirk in our psychology.

Open Letter to College-Bound Kids About Sex

By Marty Klein Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in Sexual Intelligence
Sex can be thrilling, awful, or even both. We should be honest with college students about the difference.

Transcending the Self

By Emma Stone, Ph.D. on August 28, 2017 in Understanding Awe
As one of the few self-transcending emotions, experiences of awe encourage us to move beyond the self into more collective, ethical modes of thinking and being.

Fight Hate

What do hate crimes have to do with public health? Learn why, and what you can do about them in your community.
Chris Chambers, "The 7 Deadly Sins of Psychology: A Manifesto for Reforming the Culture of Scientific Practice," 2017, Princeton University Press

The Reign of Error

Driven by the imperative to publish in prestigious journals, psychologists, all too often, are producing studies with weak data, faulty methodologies, and questionable conclusions.
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Heroes, Statues, and Moral Standards

By Mark Alicke Ph.D. on August 22, 2017 in Why We Blame
Judging people by the norms of their time is more complicated than it may seem.