Essential Reads

Finding Sanity in Today's Political Chaos

By Kimberly Key on May 23, 2017 in Counseling Keys
Research shows that recurring negative stories (on TV or engaging in repeated negative discourse with friends) can have a deleterious effect on our mental and physical health.

Do Selfies Make Us Self-Conscious?

A new study explores how taking and sharing selfies can make us more attuned to how others’ see us.

Why Eating Avocado Toast Can Set You Back Financially

It’s not eating avo-toast that matters so much as what the choice signifies.

The Real Truth About Generational Differences

Do generations actually exist? The truth about Millennials.

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The Single Most Dangerous Word In Social Media

The Single Most Dangerous Word In Social Media

By John Nosta on May 23, 2017 in The Digital Self
Need to get a company's attention in the world of failed products and horrible customer service?

How Am I Supposed to Feel?

“Take a deep breath and walk away” is advice that often translates as “continue to take it.”

Growing Up in a False Reality

Seeking artificial validation not only results in addictive, destructive behaviors, it also displaces the very experiences that would otherwise offer us authentic validation.

Chris Cornell: When Suicide Doesn’t Make Sense

What might have been happening inside the rock star's mind.

Trump and the Psychology of Pro Wrestling

How does Donald Trump uses wrestling tactics to get ahead? This article on the psychology of pro wrestling sheds some light on our "heel-in-chief."

Fell on Black Days: Mourning the Suicide of Chris Cornell

By Joe Pierre M.D. on May 18, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Reflections on suicide, celebrity, and selfishness

Inside the Mind of The 'Celebrity' Serial Killer Ian Brady

...why this serial killer never garnered the media attention that others... did, include the fact, unlike the 'Moors Murderer', Trevor Hardy did not have a catchy nick name...

Psychology of Peak Performance

If you are looking for a competitive edge or trying to find more interest in life, these stories from around the web will get your juices flowing.
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What Empire Got Wrong About Social Workers

Contrary to misrepresentation by popular media, social workers are so much more than people who take children from loving families.

What’s So Sexy About Belly Buttons?

Academic journals examining the psychological and sexual aspects of the navel are almost nonexistent. But Wikipedia’s extensive, even scholarly, coverage fills this gap.

The Entire Truth of Dr. Mayim Bialik

“I hope that’s what young women and the people who love them will take away from this book—a full treatise on what it is to be female.”
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Steal From the Poor, Give to the Rich

The American Health Care Act is a health-care emergency.

Suicide in the Media

Talking about suicide is essential to getting people the help they need. However, the way in which we discuss, depict, and report on suicide is extremely important.

Streamin' Demon: Binge-Watching Isn't Good for Sleep

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on May 05, 2017 in Screen Time
Streaming television has become part of daily life. Watching before bed sounds like a blast, but the technology may affect your sleep.
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H. H. Holmes: Exhumations and Expectations

As we await the results of the high-profile exhumation of H. H. Holmes, we might not want this mystery solved.

Rescuing the Boy in the Bunker

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 04, 2017 in Media Spotlight
How the FBI helped resolve one of the most harrowing hostage crises in recent U.S. history

Sex and Darth Sidious

Carrie Fisher hated that bikini. But Darth Sidious should have been sexier than Jabba the Hutt.

Psychology's Final Frontier: Understanding Heroism

Stories like the Star Trek episode “The City on the Edge of Forever” offer a chance to consider how we would act when facing the profound unknown and facing great moral dilemmas.

Unfriendly Skies: United Airlines and Police Violence

Abuse of an Asian American doctor on a United flight reminds us that education and status do not protect people of color from police brutality.

Bret Stephens: Out Of The Bubble

Pulitzer Prize winning Bret Stephens makes some readers of the New York Times uncomfortable, and some, angry. He says that's his job. But many readers want him fired for his views.

How Much Does a Blog Title Matter?

By Emily T. Troscianko on April 29, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
Lately I’ve begun to wonder whether A Hunger Artist is an awful name for this blog. How do you interpret it? How do I worry you do? How would I like you to?

A Psychology of Conspiracy Theory

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
Conspiracy theories used to be kooky inventions homemade in somebody’s mental garage. Now they’re tools in mainstream contests for power.

13 Reasons Why "13 Reasons Why" Isn’t Getting It Right

The Netflix show is hitting the cultural mainstream at just the right moment to push an important issue into the spotlight.

#MarchForScience, Social Media, Diversity and Identity

UCSF showcased a panel of scientific leaders at their Stand Up For Science day. What does this tell us about diversity in science, and about social media?
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Is Trazodone the New Brain Wonder Drug?

Will an old, cheap drug end Alzheimer's?

LeBron James Goes Dark

LeBron James is a trail blazer. Is he on to something with #zerodark23?

Consciously Consuming Media and Narratives

By Barnet Bain on April 20, 2017 in Doing and Being
Are messages and media wearing you down? Here are some ways to approach it.

Do I Look Hot? Building Self Confidence With Selfies

With self confidence built on selfies, what kind of women will our daughters become?

Don’t Call Stephens the "Facebook Killer"

It may be catchy, but it’s irresponsible to call Stephens the Facebook killer. It's not about Facebook.

Sports Are Games Played by Humans

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on April 16, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Sports are played basically everywhere--but they aren't played at crime scenes. Time to push back on instant replay and slow-motion dissection of every event.