Essential Reads

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Lost Boy, Still Needs Name

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 25, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
America's Unknown Child is still an unnamed crime victim after 60 years.

Declinism: Why You Think America is in Crisis

Is America really on the brink of disaster? Studies show most people feel things are bad and getting worse. Declinism, based on cognitive bias, explains why.

The Con of Propaganda

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Insight Therapy
If you don’t hear much about propaganda, that’s what you’re hearing.

Playing With Politics vs. Playing Politics

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Play in Mind
Is the game of politics play?

More Posts on Media

The Lost Origin of Coulrophobia, the Abnormal Fear of Clowns

How serious an issue is an abnormal fear of clowns? Where did the term coulrophobia even come from? The answer may be lost to time, locked away behind a wall built by brain trauma.

Why Do Dog Breeds with Genetic Disorders Suddenly Get Hot?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in Animals and Us
Dog breeds like French bulldogs and Chihuahuas are skyrocketing in popularity despite their genetic problems. A new study examines why people are attracted to unhealthy pets.

5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Social Media Clutter

The clocks will soon "spring forward" for many of us—that means it's a great time to prepare for the loss of an hour by streamlining your electronic social networks.

Remembering Jodi Arias: Poster Girl for Narcissism

Jodi Arias reminds us we overuse the word “Narcissist,” and this serious diagnosis should never be just a slur for people who’ve hurt us, or who we don’t like.

Is Donald Truly Delusional? Part 2

In many instances, we find ample evidence that the facts are not as Mr. Trump insists they are.

Getting Inside the Heads of Consumers

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in This Is America
Why does any product break out of the pack and keep on selling? What is the psychology of hits and the role of social networks through which markets can be reached?

I Called the Trump Presidential MO Years Ago

By Stanton Peele on February 20, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Donald Trump practiced his exact method for making the United States a totalitarian state more than five years ago, as I detailed for Psychology Today.

Creative Thinking is no Longer an Option, It's Essential

The future belongs to creative thinkers. The real currency of our time isn't money, it's ideas. You need to become an ideas generator whatever field you work in.

Is Donald Truly Delusional?

What can we tell about such a powerful public person who makes so many startling and often preposterous statements and draws factually unsupportable conclusions?

Ignorance Is Not Bliss & Won't Make Concussions Go Away

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on February 13, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
The world? Not flat. Smoking? Causes cancer. Heavy collisions in sport? Cause concussions. Major sports leagues need to stop assessing blame and invest in solutions.
Courtesy of John Torous

To App or Not to App

By Dora Calott Wang M.D. on February 13, 2017 in The Kitchen Shrink
American Psychiatric Association takes Leadership in the Wild West of Mental Health Apps
'Reality & Realities,' Face Thinking, CC 2.0

Plato’s Prognosis of “Alternative Facts”

The idea of a fact is one upon which virtually every aspect of human existence depends.

Misandry AND Misogyny

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on February 09, 2017 in Rethinking Men
Both misogyny and misandry are back in the news again, not that they really ever left, but now they are highlighted.

Royally Bad Philosophy (A Reply to Craig and Colbert)

By David Kyle Johnson Ph.D. on February 07, 2017 in A Logical Take
The cosmological argument ("why is there something rather than nothing") is not nearly as strong as many suppose.

What You May Not Know About Serial Killers

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on February 05, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
Rather than being satisfied when they murder, serial killers are driven toward repeating their killings in an unending “serial” cycle.

StarTalk: Neil deGrasse Tyson on Game of Thrones Psychology

Neil deGrasse Tyson conducts interviews on "StarTalk" including this look at the science of "Game of Thrones" with a segment devoted to the psychology of both characters and fans.

Why Have Super Bowl Ad Prices Doubled Since 2007?

One big reason is growth of consumer engagement through social media.

Arousing Curiosity May Help Take the Politics Out of Science

By Christopher Bergland on February 01, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new Yale-led study has pinpointed a simple antidote that may help us take the politics out of science.

Why ESPN Is the Premier Learning Channel

By Joanne Broder Sumerson Ph.D. on February 01, 2017 in Research Notes
If you really listen, sports broadcasting provides significantly more substance than just the play-by-play of the game. These lessons are right there in front of us.

Beyond Good and Evil, Beyond Heroes and Villains

Do heroes and villains exist or was philosopher right to say we should look beyond good and evil. When dark clouds of cynicism spread, can we go farther and look beyond that?

Laura (and Emma) and Mary and I

By Susan Hooper on January 30, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
I watched “The Dick Van Dyke Show” as a child, but missed almost all of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” And yet both Laura Petrie and Mary Richards influenced my life.

Is Getting What We Want Whenever We Want It Good For Us?

Technology makes us believe that we can get whatever we want... instantly. But is this belief destroying our true happiness?

Executive Order. Executive Function.

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on January 29, 2017 in Screen Time
When faced with a decision, most rightfully gather information. Children are not brought into the world with this skill.

First Generation Iranian American Speaks Out

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on January 29, 2017 in The First Impression
What are the signs that a government is becoming authoritarian, and how can we resist measures as academics and civilians?

Shouldn't We Support Melania?

Melania Trump- Does she need help?

What We Know About Fake News

Unfortunately, fake news is everywhere now. But what does it mean? Is there any data on the impact of fake news in our society?

Monitoring the Self: Are You a High or Low Self-Monitor?

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on January 26, 2017 in A Sideways View
People who seem more socially skilled and confident than others may be more tuned in to their own behavior.

Trump’s Hostility and “Alternative Facts”

By Jonathan D. Raskin, Ph.D. on January 23, 2017 in Making Meaning
From the perspective of personal construct theory, President Trump's "alternative facts" exemplify hostility. But he's not alone. We all get hostile sometimes. It's human, but bad.

Some Individuals Kill for Their Own Sadistic Pleasure

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on January 21, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
Power/control killers are patient and they kill their victims slowly in order to prolong their own sadistic pleasure. They derive satisfaction from the suffering of their victims.

Social Media: Things are Not Always What They Seem

With a new president who likes to tweet, this might be a good time to remember that for most job seekers, social media should be used with caution.