Essential Reads

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.

More Posts on Ethics and Morality

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Are You Self-Sacrificing?

By Lisa Tessman Ph.D. on August 23, 2017 in I'm Only Human
Self-sacrifice doesn’t always involve sacrificing your own individual self. We also self-sacrifice when we give up what matters the most to us—which might not be our own self.

Excuse Me! How Rationalizing Weakens Relationships

Regardless of how good an excuse seems, it will usually aggravate problems rather than resolve them.

The Art of Persusasion

By Charles S. Jacobs on August 22, 2017 in Management Rewired
A simple set of psychological principles can ensure that you always get your own way.

The Ethics of Engineering

By Chester S Spell Ph.D. on August 22, 2017 in Team Spirit
Life is full of ethical dilemmas. We asked project teams of civil engineering students to respond to some of them while designing a toll highway.

Is it Time to Bring Back Mysticism?

By Ariel Gore on August 22, 2017 in Women and Happiness
"I wouldn't draw any direct or concrete connection between mental illness and mystical experience, but I did see lots of patterns in the lives of the prophetesses I wrote about."

Domestic Violence: Power and Rank Dynamics

Being unaware of power dynamics, leads many to blame and shame the victims of domestic violence. Understanding these dynamics empowers us to bear loving witness.

How the Media Influences Us...Perhaps Without Our Awareness

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 20, 2017 in How To Do Life
We explore using an example: the play, The Book of Mormon.

Your Legacy After You Die: Will It Be Anger or Love?

By Robert Enright Ph.D. on August 20, 2017 in The Forgiving Life
When you die, you might leave a legacy of anger in the world that could be passed to your children. Or you could leave a legacy of love that is passed on as a gift to others.

The One Thing Trump Got Right on Charlottesville

Trump got almost everything wrong, except this one thing

Psychiatric Treatment as Religious Experience

Like all religions, psychiatry's aim is social control and the explanation of deviant and socially undesirable human behavior.

Can You Sue Someone Over a Broken Promise?

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on August 18, 2017 in So Sue Me
Have you ever relied on someone's promise, only to be hurt when that promise was broken? Promissory estoppel is the little-known legal doctrine that holds people to their word.

The Civil War Continues in Charlottesville

The science of social connection explains the allure of racist supremacist movements, and what we can do to reverse bias and discrimination.

Wolves and Cows: Individual and Organizational Conflicts

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 16, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Killing wolves in Washington causes personal conflicts. Some groups say they're against killing but don't publicly say no, and some individuals who work for them want to but don't.
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Fantasies of Other Lovers? Relax, Almost Everyone Has Them

By Michael Castleman M.A. on August 15, 2017 in All About Sex
While making love with your honey, do you have erotic fantasies of other lovers? If not, you're unusual.

What Keeps the APA from Healing?

By Alice LoCicero Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Paradigm Shift
Is APA hiding something from psychology students?

Psychology Informs Us About Hate Groups

Decades of psychological research helps us better understand hate group behaviors. Learning from much of this research can make the incomprehensible more comprehensible.

Responding to Hate: Should We Just “Love One Another”?

Is "just love one other" a solution to rise of hate in the United States? Or do we need to take a deeper look at issues of social justice and human rights?

Why Leaders With a Moral Purpose Have More Engaged Workers

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on August 12, 2017 in The New Resilience
A sense of purpose underlies what we go after, or pass by; and affects the consequences of both. A new study shows how a moral vision of leaders leads to more productive workers.

An In-depth Analysis of the Crisis at Google

The crisis at Google in the wake of the Damore memo controversy is an unfortunate symptom of our hyperpolarized society. This post explains how to understand it and move forward.

When Words Can Kill

The power of words can traumatize and ultimately lead to suicide, or they positively lead to healing. Here's how.

Health Care and Equality in India

By Marc Nemiroff Ph. D. on August 10, 2017 in Where the Heart Is
Indian health care: Is America listening?

Slow Your Roll, ‘Pharma Bro’

How can we restore access to unaffordable medications?

The Case for Not Giving Grades

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in How To Do Life
Furthering intrinsic motivation while reducing undue student stress.

Criticizing a Saint Part 2

Revisiting the decision not to interview Viktor Frankl.
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Truth

By Matt James Ph.D. on August 09, 2017 in Focus on Forgiveness
In today’s world, truth seems to be a slippery concept. Learn how empowering the the Hawaiian practice of ‘oia’i’o’ can be in your life.

Love in the Bible

By Neel Burton M.D. on August 09, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Many traditional attitudes have come down from the Bible. What is their basis?

Zoos Shall Not Kill Healthy Animals: A Moral Imperative

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 09, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Zoos kill healthy animals when they don't fit into their breeding program. They call it management euthanasia, but it isn't euthanasia, but rather "zoothanasia," and it should end.

Sally Hemings

By Laura Betzig Ph.D. on August 06, 2017 in The Political Animal
This summer, Sally Hemings of Monticello is getting her own room. Just steps from where Thomas Jefferson slept.

The Irony of Physician Suicide

Are physicians who die by suicide, and their families, subject to higher stigma?