Essential Reads

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How Do We Improve Sexual Harassment Training?

Sexual harassment training has been ubiquitous for many years, despite being ineffective. A scientifically-grounded alternative could help change this.

Will Robots Ever Have Emotions?

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Hot Thought
To be emotional like human beings, robots would have to approximate our cognitive appraisals, physiological perceptions, and linguistic and cultural contexts. How could they?

Cultural Group Selection

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in This Is America
In addition to genetic differences and individual learning, a process called cultural group selection may help explain the ecological success of human beings.

Toward a More Self-Correcting Psychological Science

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
How to make psychology the true science it has always aspired to be.

More Posts on Ethics and Morality

Why is #Me Too everyone’s story?

How and why are the many accusations of sexual assault going viral at this time?

Who’s Afraid of Roy Moore? Incongruence in the Age of Trump

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on November 17, 2017 in Intersections
If ethical principles and moral codes really have a bearing in voters' daily lives, then they should probably not overlook the nine allegations, and problematic stances, of Moore.

Oh No! Not Louis C.K.! A Star Admits to Sexual Misconduct

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Louis C.K. is a talented and lauded comedian. What makes a good guy behave like a bad guy? And how can we come to terms with his grossly inappropriate sexual impositions on women?
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Why Don't Victims of Sexual Harassment Come Forward Sooner?

No wonder victims of sexual harassment keep quiet. It is time we supported them, rather than question them.

Masturbation: Self-Abuse or Biological Necessity?

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in How We Do It
Masturbation has slowly lost its evil reputation from previous centuries. Human studies and primate research both indicate that it brings benefits rather than health risks.

Why Random Acts of Kindness Matter to Your Wellbeing

Don't underestimate the value of being kind to others. One act of small kindness can release an enormous chain of positive events.

Compassionate Conservation Matures and Comes of Age

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Among the major goals of compassionate conservation (CC) is taking killing off the table. Conservation is a moral pursuit and as such CC focuses on individual well-being.

Stars Who Sexually Harass and Fans Who Love and Hate Them

How do we deal with it when someone we love does something we hate?
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What You Can Expect From an Authoritarian, Part 2

Based on research on authoritarian wounding, learn what you can expect from authoritarian contact and how you can heal the wounds inflicted by that contact.

The Power of the Little White Lie

By Michael Bar-Eli, Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Boost!
Though a moral quandary may exist, paradoxical reframing techniques often rely on “bending the truth.”

#MeToo: The Torrent Continues

Another voice is added to the heartfelt chorus: women who have experienced inappropriate, unwanted sexual advances. We must keep speaking out.

Are Sexual Predators and Harassers Everywhere? Yes!

Tragically, those with power and control over others will often use their influence to exploit. We all must do our part to make sure they don’t ever get away with it. Are you in?

Kindness is a Risky Business

Kindness is the last thing many of us want to try in these ideologically-divided times - but rethinking what kindness is and how to leverage it can reveal new solutions.

16 Easy Random Acts of Kindness to Practice Today

By Meg Selig on November 12, 2017 in Changepower
Once you start practicing random acts of kindness, you will notice a multitude of opportunities to help others. Soon you may notice that you've developed "the kindness habit."

Immortality—Who Will Get It, and Who Won't?

By David Niose on November 12, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
If you think wealth disparity is bad now, just wait until awesome medical breakthroughs redefine the human condition—for some of us.

The Myth of the Self-Made Individual

We should be wary of those who claim to be self-made, who tout themselves as the emblems of accomplishment. These prominent people simply disregard the support they’ve had.

The Wandering Eye and the Green-Eyed Monster

By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 11, 2017 in Talking Apes
New research shows that when people fantasize about illicit affairs, they often project their guilty feelings onto their partner.

The Passion Plea

By Joel Brockner Ph.D. on November 10, 2017 in The Process Matters
When did passion become an excuse for bad behavior?
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Four Psychological Traits of Sexual Harassers

By Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in How to Be Yourself
What psychological traits make someone more prone to sexually harassing others?

Guns, Drugs and Mental Health: Crises Everywhere

Life is hard and cries abound. What if each of us chose to become a better person?

Utopia

By Graham Collier on November 06, 2017 in The Consciousness Question
The Utopian concept of human consciousness seems extremely foreign nowadays.

"My Thoughts and Prayers Are With You"

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on November 06, 2017 in Am I Right?
Public condolences may actually be harmful.

The Truth About Fake Health News

How to tell real from fake health news.

Real Data in Real News About Fake Science

How do we know that some journals are fake? One way to provide evidence would be to gather empirical data and that's just what several researchers did.

Creating a Culture of Yes

By Ruth C. White Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Culture in Mind
How do we create a culture of sexual expression in which women feel empowered to say yes and men to hear no?

Monuments and Holidays

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on November 02, 2017 in Am I Right?
It's time to think about what we celebrate and why.

Machiavellians: Self-Made or Born that Way?

Are master manipulators genetically programmed that way, or do they become Machiavellians over time?

Hype

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in How To Do Life
We’ve become inured and shouldn't be.

Coaches Should Be Role Models

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Ethics for Everyone
What determines the nature of a coach's influence on athletes? There are many factors in play, but a primary one is the character of the coach.

Confronting the Extreme Vitriol and Hate in Society

People are so much more complicated than we'd like to acknowledge and not all good or all bad. The wisdom of the famous two wolves parable has quality research to support it.