Essential Reads

Not All Marriages Are Equal at Protecting Longevity

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on December 06, 2016 in Life, Refracted
Arguments for the health and survival benefits of being married have their limitations. The quality of the marriage and the impact of its loss are critical.

Why Transgender People Experience More Mental Health Issues

The high cost of shame and stigma manifests itself in the mental health of transgender people.

Affirming Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

By David Ludden Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Talking Apes
It’s perfectly normal in adolescence to question your sexual orientation and gender identity. For some, these questions linger well into adulthood.

What Your Pillow Talk Reveals About Your Relationship

How is what your behavior after sex connected to your relationship satisfaction or the hormonal influences of sexual activity?

More Posts on Gender

How Gender-Fair Are You Really?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in How To Do Life
A self-assessment inventory.

Fighting for Life

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on December 04, 2016 in A Swim in Denial
What do role-playing knights and princesses tell us about the unsettled American psyche?

How to Speak Up and Take a Stand

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on December 03, 2016 in Wander Woman
The suggestions in this post will help you be heard when it is time to declare your point of view.

Quick Takes

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 02, 2016 in How To Do Life
My tweets that might most interest you.

The Male Perspective

By Megha Pulianda, M.S., LPC-I on December 01, 2016 in The In-Between
Our society expects men to be unemotional, so how can therapy challenge this?

Sedentary Lifestyle May Undermine Boys’ Academic Performance

By Christopher Bergland on November 30, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
The combination of excessive sedentary time and limited physical activity is linked to lower odds of young boys' success in elementary school.

Pet Ownership Impact on Well-being Depends on Marital Status

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 30, 2016 in Life, Refracted
Pet ownership is unrelated to well-being in married Americans. Single women benefit from having a pet, yet single men appear to be burdened by it.

Feeling Shame About Shame

Is it shame or guilt you're feeling about having an LGBT child? Learn the difference so you can resolve the conflict.

Nonverbal Communication and Strategic Flexibility

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on November 27, 2016 in He Speaks, She Speaks
Strategic flexibility means expanding your nonverbal communication repertoire to use the best skill available for a particular situation.

No Partner, No Worries: New Study of Psychological Health

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 27, 2016 in Living Single
The authors predicted a hierarchy of well-being, with married people at the top, then cohabiters, then daters, with unpartnered singles at the bottom. That’s not what they found.

The Perils of One-Sided Romance

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D. on November 27, 2016 in Close Encounters
New research examines the consequences of mismatched commitment in romantic couples. It turns out that one partner’s commitment may be key to whether or not the relationship lasts.

Make Identity Great Again

By Dawn R. Norris, Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in The Next Step
Did working-class identity loss help Trump win?

Why Do Men Get Over a Relationship Sooner Than Women?

By Jen Kim on November 22, 2016 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Despite what your ex is posting on Instagram, he's suffering, too. Just maybe not as much as you—and not in the way you are.

The Politics of Faking Orgasm: Saving Time, Saving Face

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Insight Therapy
People who fake orgasms deprive themselves of great pleasure for an empty show of it, introduce a lie into an act of trust, distance into an occasion for closeness. Why?

Improving School Climate

New opportunities to emphasize the importance of measuring and improving school climate

The Legacy of Misogyny: Let's Not Forget Geraldine Ferraro

By Harriet F. Senie Ph.D. on November 17, 2016 in The Mind Through Art
Look around you and consider the absence of memorials to women and other evidence of widespread misogyny.

What’s Behind Our Snap Judgments?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 15, 2016 in How To Do Life
An Up-and-Comer Interview with Jon Freeman

Three Cheers for Female Athletes!

Today, more girls and young women are playing sports than ever before.

Why school climate matters with a President Trump

Incidents of biased harassment are on the rise. What this mean for parents and educators and what you can do.

What Is the Secret to Hillary Clinton's Grit and Resilience?

By Christopher Bergland on November 13, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Regardless of your politics, Hillary Clinton's resiliency cannot be denied. How does she do it? In this post, I've unearthed one fundamental root of Clinton's tenacity and grit.

Muscle Tone Is Sexy, But You Don’t Want To Look Too Buff

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on November 12, 2016 in Fit Femininity
Women athletes need to be fit and strong. Are they happy with their bodies?

Female Power And Why We Need It So Badly

“Wait, can a woman become president?” asked my young daughter. Male dominance is not only holding down our daughters, but our entire nation. Empower every single female now!

Loving Across Party Lines

By Alexandra Solomon Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in Loving Bravely
Did you and your partner cancel out each other's votes in the presidential election? If so, here are some ways to bridge that difference and find your way back to common ground.

Nature or Nurture? Brain Science and Biological Essentialism

It is not unlikely that lived experiences as a man or woman in a wider sense of these words can alter gene expression.

How To Save Guys From Their Own Demise

From games to porn to lack of education. Many boys and young men are on a path that will have negative effects on their future careers and their lives.

Dispirited Men

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 04, 2016 in How To Do Life
A new movie calls attention to a gender double-standard.

He's Not Iron Man and She's Not Wonder Woman

By Dara Greenwood Ph.D. on November 03, 2016 in Mirror, Mirror
Viewing Trump and Clinton through the lens of popular culture may be tempting but dangerous.

Outdated Blueprints of Masculinity Often Sabotage Older Men

By Christopher Bergland on November 02, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A new study reports that clinging to outdated ideas of "what it means to be a man" can backfire as men get older.

The Wage Gap and Sexual Competition

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 02, 2016 in The Human Beast
A persistent wage gap in pay between men and women is often interpreted as clear evidence of gender discrimination. Another interpretation looks at job choice.