Essential Reads

When Children Learn About Other's Minds, They Learn to Lie

Lying requires understanding that other people don't always share your beliefs.

When Psychologists Deny Guantanamo’s Abuses

Deception and self-interest are again undermining efforts toward APA reform.

Humankind's Current Growing Pains Are Right On Schedule

An optimistic interpretation of our current crises

The Ethics of Recent Protests on College Campuses

Can campus protest movements embrace important ethical principles?

Recent Posts on Ethics and Morality

Might Alcohol Be The Smoking Gun With College Assaults?

You manage the alcohol consumption on college campuses and you’ll find that sexual assaults will be greatly reduced as well. They are related and we need to treat them as such.

The Facebook Charitable Initiative Disaster

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on December 01, 2015 The Pacific Heart
Facebook CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, just announced they would be giving away most of their fortune. But is the applause misplaced?

10 Things About Sigmund Freud You'll Wish You Hadn't Learned

By Rebecca Coffey on December 01, 2015 The Bejeezus Out of Me
December 3 is the 120th anniversary of Anna Freud's birth. What most people don't know about Anna is that the secrets she held threatened to shake the foundation of her father's legacy. And so he analyzed her.

Do Today’s Teens Lack Character?

By Elizabeth Wagele on December 01, 2015 The Career Within You
Teens who study the Enneagram learn to observe behavior and put themselves in others’ shoes, which builds kindness, caring, and character.

When Children Learn About Other's Minds, They Learn to Lie

By Art Markman Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 Ulterior Motives
Lying is a pretty sophisticated behavior. When you lie to someone else, you need to understand that when you tell them something that you know is not true, that they come to believe the false information. That means that you need to understand that their belief and your belief will differ.

When Psychologists Deny Guantanamo’s Abuses

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 Dangerous Ideas
Disgruntled factions are pursuing a deceptive and self-protective campaign aimed at discrediting the recent Hoffman Report, which documented extensive and compelling evidence of collusion between leaders of the American Psychological Association and Department of Defense officials. The latest entry comes from the leadership of the APA's military psychology division.

Confronting Evil, Again

When we see photographs of the terrorists, they often look as affable as their victims. Shouldn’t they appear as something different? Pamela Katz discusses how Hannah Arendt’s genius was in recognizing the everyday nature of evil.

CEO Characteristics and the Adoption of Diversity Policy

By Eddy Ng Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 Diverse and Competitive
Organizations are a Reflections of their CEOs

On Thanksgiving: Patients Who Gift Their Time to Research

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 Trouble in Mind
In neuropsychology, functional MRI and other high-tech methods cannot give the detail single cases can provide. And the history of science, whatever the discipline, still has lessons for students and researchers in today's world.

Misandry Again, Part 2

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 Rethinking Men
The strange thing about misandry is its rapid rise. Until the 1950s men were generally respected, I think.

Why Leaders Often Lose Loyalty... Unnecessarily

By Victor Lipman on November 29, 2015 Mind of the Manager
“At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” Though in this famous quote Maya Angelou wasn’t commenting on management or leadership specifically, she might as well have been...

The Harmful Hypocrisy Of "The Right To Life" Movement

By Allen J Frances M.D. on November 29, 2015 Saving Normal
"Right To Lifers" fight for the premise that all life is sacred when it is in the uterus, but show callous indifference to people once they are born.

Thank You! Parisian PhD Candidate Ludvig Levasseur!

On occasion, we receive requests from PhD candidates for assistance in their research regarding time perspective theory and therapy. Last week, one such candidate emailed with a request that opened our eyes to the magnitude of a problem we've been unaware of: What is the potential cost savings of our talk therapy?

Radicalization of Young Muslims

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on November 28, 2015 Stop The Cycle
Radicalization is a growing and terriffying problem from Paris to Canada and around the world. The radicalization process has been well studied by scholars and much is known about it. Publicising what is known can help us put prevention strategies in place. Risk reduction is found in interventions in violent homes and communities, reaching out to disinfranchised youth.

Why Don't Bankers Learn?

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on November 28, 2015 Hidden Motives
Banks Keep on Incurring Massive Penalties.

Humankind's Current Growing Pains Are Right On Schedule

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 26, 2015 Ambigamy
Taking stock is a good use of the holiday season, hard this year what with the calamities all around us. Still, from a broad vista humankind is doing fine, just what we'd expect to be doing now given evolutionary and human history.

Author Claims Borderline Disorder Behavior is "Sinful"

By Randi Kreger on November 25, 2015 Stop Walking on Eggshells
A Christian therapist/author writes that's "God’s Word holds the solution and his Spirit alone can heal the havoc of borderline personality disorder." She thinks that this scriptural perspective though "tough love" offers hope to people who have BPD.

Insight into Extremism and the Terrorist Mentality

What are the psychodynamics behind extremism, absolutism and all insidious forms of polarization? On some level, the answers all relate to human beings’ inherent fear of death and their need for psychological defenses to deny or ease the endemic pain of the human condition.

Darth Vader: The Value of Redemptive Sacrifice

The Star Wars character of Darth Vader is a mythic “traveler,” as we each make choices we regret and must bear the consequences. The tragedy of noble cause corruption through the story of Luke Skywalker’s father is a cautionary tale and his redemption can be an inspiration for all of us to rise above our challenges.

Explaining Americans' Reluctance to Accept Syrian Refugees

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 Presence of Mind
The Syrian conflict has created the biggest humanitarian crisis since WWII yet over fifty percent of Americans oppose Syrian resettlement in the United States. Terror management theory, the principle of moral exclusion, and the study of prosocial behavior help explain why.

The Ethics of Recent Protests on College Campuses

Excellent models of protest movements exist such as those conducted by Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, and Mahatma Gandhi. Perhaps our current college students might take a page from their playbooks and model them in their efforts to assist in righting previous and current wrongs and to do so ethically so that their desire for change is consistent with ethical behavior.

Income Inequality, Fairness, and Envy

By William Irwin Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 It’s Your Choice
Life does not guarantee approximate equality of outcomes, and the demand for such equality in the name of fairness is grounded in envy and resentment. You can change your frame of reference to turn envy into gratitude.

The Big Lie Professors Are Telling Their Students

The big lie is this: That a college education is ....

What to Do if Your Kid Is a Sociopath?

Recent neuroscience suggests there might be hope.

Is Keeping Muslims out of US Un-American?

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on November 20, 2015 Am I Right?
"America First" or "I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door" are competing versions of American history. Both are accurate.

The Uneven Distribution of Violence and News

Which violence counts? It is as if the entire world is complicit in some unconscious belief that violence in some parts of the world is unavoidable, part of life, and therefore not important, and only some parts of the world, those that have managed to export violence elsewhere, those are the parts of the world about whose rare acts of violence news media speak.

5 Reasons Bad Guys Always Seem to Win (and How to Stop Them)

There are specific psychological reasons why bad people are able to exploit others to their advantage, and part of the problem is our tolerance for bad behavior, and an unwillingness to intervene. There is more that we can do to stop the bad and promote the good.

Rethinking John B. Watson's Legacy

Should Watson be taught to students as a cautionary tale? In tracing his research, it becomes clear that in addition to ethically questionable studies, Watson was promoting problematic and dangerous assertions regarding child rearing without legitimate support for any of his claims.

Is There Pure Good?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 20, 2015 How To Do Life
I thought I had identified 10, but on reflection, I had to settle for 4.

What's The Difference Between Rationality And Rationalizing?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 Ambigamy
We toss around rational and rationalize as though we know the obvious objective difference between them when actually, it's a little more complicated than that.