Essential Reads

When You’re of Two Minds, Admit It

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in Ambigamy
Is integrity being consistent or is it being honest about your inconsistency? It's both and the latter matters more.

The Power of Contamination and Taint in Language

By Laura Niemi, Ph.D. on September 18, 2016 in Morality in Language
Do we need to distinguish between harm and purity to understand moral psychology? Contamination concepts in political rhetoric and coping suggest that we do.
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The Strange Link Between Attitudes Towards Sex and Drugs

According to evolutionary theories, people's attitudes to recreational drug use may be influenced by their preferred mating strategies.

How To Minimize Drama

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 16, 2016 in Ambigamy
Drama is a drag on any relationship, but what is it and how does it arise? Here's a roadmap with the pitfalls marked so you can avoid them.

More Posts on Ethics and Morality

Continue to BE Uncomfortable

By Josephine Ensign DrPH on September 25, 2016 in Catching Homelessness
On the importance of getting out of your comfort zone and confronting racism in constructive ways.
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The Murder Market

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 25, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Novelist takes readers on a very dark journey into the addictive world of the murder market.

Kaepernick Stays, Ditka Goes

By Christopher Ryan Ph.D. on September 25, 2016 in Civilized to Death
Far from being an act of disrespect, Kaepernick's protest is an expression of the best of America: moral courage and freedom of expression.

Our Anger Crisis: Self-Respect and Getting Angry

By Michael Cholbi Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in Ethics in Question
Martha Nussbaum thinks we don't need anger in order to have self-respect. But isn't the anger-free person weak?

The Formula!

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in Ambigamy
Here's the real secret, passed down through generations of tyrants and self-proclaimed infallible know-it-alls.

Biased Publication Standards Hinder Schizophrenia Research

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in Talking About Trauma
Since most research that exists on treatment of schizophrenia is directly funded by pharmaceutical companies, a bias exists towards silencing unfavourable research.

How to Know if You Are a Good Person

By Jen Kim on September 21, 2016 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Here's how science determines whether you are a good person.

The Gig Economy

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in How To Do Life
Is that trend good psychologically? Economically? For society? A debate.

Interview: The Hidden Life of Trees

By Rachel Clark on September 19, 2016 in Mothering Nature
"To regulate the destruction of nature by law is not half as effective as loving nature." ~ Peter Wohlleben

Make it Fun?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 19, 2016 in How To Do Life
A debate between a hedonist and a work-centered person.

The Challenge of Connecting Dots

By Miki Kashtan Ph.D. on September 16, 2016 in Acquired Spontaneity
What I realized in a moment of sharp and instantaneous insight that came from nowhere and hit me at the core was utterly simple: the Waltons and I see a different reality.

Pagan Perfection

By Matthew J Rossano Ph.D. on September 16, 2016 in Seeking Perfection
When humans thrive, the effort of daily life increasingly approaches a joyful ease.

How Volunteering Helps You

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 16, 2016 in Cravings
Want a long and happy life? Help someone else stay healthy.

The Lobby Against Medical Marijuana

By Allen J Frances M.D. on September 13, 2016 in Saving Normal
Protecting profit against patient welfare

Why I Still Don’t Like Diversity Events

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on September 13, 2016 in Feeling Our Way
Humility itself becomes a perfectionistic ideal, and it’s alarming how arrogant people can become about how self-effacing they are.

When Your Teen Has Done Something Very Bad

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in How To Do Life
Screw-ups as learning opportunities.

On Being Practical

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 12, 2016 in How To Do Life
An underrated way to live.

Who Is a "Demagogue"?

By Saul Levine M.D. on September 10, 2016 in Our Emotional Footprint
In this dramatic presidential campaign, the term has often been referred to, especially in regard to Donald Trump's style and substance. Is this an accurate depiction?

Why Aren’t People With Disabilities Talking About This?

By Emily S. Beitiks on September 08, 2016 in The Age of Biotech
Why do people with disabilities have to keep justifying their existence?
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What Keeps Us Glued to the Screen?

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 08, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
New TV series, Notorious, should inspire conversations about the entanglements of news, crime, and viewers.

I Know I Said I'm Sorry ...

By Stephen Gray Wallace on September 06, 2016 in Decisions Teens Make
What responsibility do people in positions of power, honor or prestige have to those who follow, particularly youth?

Mother Teresa: In The Shadow of a Saint

Mother Teresa is officially a saint. But her story is not only one of light, but also of shadow—the agony of the absence of her beloved, Jesus. How shall we understand her story?

Colin Kaepernick, Beyoncé, Chappelle and Black Lives Matter

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on September 04, 2016 in Full Living
Few folks want to be accused of being racist. And hating certain protests and protesters isn't proof of racism. Failing to see the need for racial discrimination protest is proof.

A Good Life: Embodied, Earth-Centric or Controlled, Detached

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on September 04, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
David Abram, Spell of the Sensuous, challenges assumptions about history, earth living and the good life.

The Milgram Experiments and Colin Kaepernick

By Jennifer Baker Ph.D. on September 03, 2016 in For the Love of Wisdom
Is "trivializing human authority" something good people must do? A look back at those who resisted in Stanley Milgram's obedience experiments.

Pride and Prejudice

Despite its happy ending and persistent exploration of love, "Pride and Prejudice" is no romance. It is about the challenges of human discernment in a changing, newly mobile era

On Using Animals in Medical Research

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 03, 2016 in How To Do Life
Musings on a Neal Miller quote

The Thin Line Between Fiction and Fact

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
A new novel about the relationship of Einstein and his wife Mileva, told from her point of view, strays too far from the truth.

Wise Words

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in How To Do Life
51 underused terms.

Can We Trust Our Feelings?

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on September 01, 2016 in Critical Feeling
Learn when you can trust your feelings.