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Your Legacy

Legacy isn't only how others remember you. It's how you witness the significance of your own life

Alison Gopnik’s Advice to Parents: Stop Parenting!

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on August 19, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
Everything Professor Gopnik says in The Gardener and the Carpenter indicates that our schooling system is very very wrong. So why does she point her finger at parents, not schools?

Does Loving Longer Mean Loving More?

Loving longer is associated with lower romantic intensity, but it is also related to profound love. Does loving longer increase or decrease love? It all depends on what love is.

Autism, Socrates and Our Inner Self

What is autism? What does Socrates say about it?

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Size Matters

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on August 25, 2016 in Adaptive Behavior
When is a gift not a gift? The hidden, but predictable, cost of real-life changes in reinforcement schedule

Weird Beliefs

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Excellent Beauty
You have some weird beliefs, beliefs that do not fit well with all your other everyday beliefs. To you, though, these beliefs are not weird at all. What explains this?

Impure Replications

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in Critical Feeling
A new replication failure in social psychology caused hype in social media. But is the failure real?

On an Albert Ellis Quote

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 19, 2016 in How To Do Life
How much free will do we really have?

A Letter to Aliens

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 17, 2016 in How To Do Life
A description of earthlings that might help us examine ourselves.

George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” at 70

Seventy years ago, between Animal Farm and 1984, George Orwell published his famous essay, Politics and the English Language—a work that has relevance for our upcoming election.

Being Something vs. Doing Something

If the ancient world was over-personalized, than today personal and family life face the threat of becoming ‘professionalized.’

"Man Plans and God Laughs"

By Saul Levine M.D. on August 10, 2016 in Our Emotional Footprint
We all experience successes and setbacks, loves and losses, pleasures and pain: How we face disappointments with courage and successes with grace are measures of our humanity.

Do We Discover Meaning to Life or Do We Create It

Many people go through life on a headlong frenzy to find the one thing that will give meaning to their lives. Discover meaningful relationships in the "rest areas" of our lives.
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Our Anger Crisis: Can Philosophy Help?

By Michael Cholbi Ph.D. on August 03, 2016 in Ethics in Question
We are facing a rising tide of anger in public and private life. Can philosophy help us navigate our way through—or even beyond—anger?

Face It, Accept It, Deal With It, Let It Go

By Kristi Pikiewicz Ph.D. on August 02, 2016 in Meaningful You
A practicing-Buddhist Taiwanese immigrant and an American secular Jewish psychoanalyst walk into a bar...

The Ever Unfolding Present: Dance, Music & Living in the Now

Every singular moment is a tightly textured tapestry of trajectories that began long ago and will continue long into the future. So how do we decide to move?

Do You Truly Love Animals?

Do you know how to show your love for animals truly? This article helps illustrate some surprising insights!

What Do Politics Have to Do With Meaning and Purpose in Life

Recent research shows the kind of impact that politics has on meaning and purpose in life - check out this post to learn more!

In Tragedy, There Is Hope

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Jacob's Staff
When faced with tragic loss, what lessons can we learn? Death is inevitable. Life presents challenges and opportunities for us to grow in wisdom. Hope <=> Gratitude + Empathy.

Is the World More Dangerous Now Than Ever?

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Excellent Beauty
Fear of violence seems to be governing our lives these days. But should it? Could the world actually be safer now than it has ever been?

What's Wrong in America?

If you are frustrated or angry with what you see wrong in America, you could be part of the solution by simply changing your frame of mind. Learn how.

The Question of Choice

By Alfie Kohn on July 22, 2016 in The Homework Myth
Claims that too much choice isn't good are based on a trivial kind of choosing. Also, beware attempts to hijack the word to legitimize other agendas, such as privatization.

Trump's Republic

A look at what Trump's candidacy tells us about our country, and ourselves.

The Psychology of Temptation

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on July 15, 2016 in A Sideways View
How often are you tempted to commit one of the deadly sins? What do we now think about this very old-fashioned sounding list?

Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?

Shaped significantly by American traditions, interactions between neighbors, marked by reciprocity, speaking out, and live and let live, reflect the democracy of everyday life.

Sex—A Freak of Nature

Sex. What's the origin of this term? What did philosophers have to say about it? Are we scared of it?

As We Wonder: A Heroine's Wisdom for Violent Times

A superheroine gives wisdom: "Don't kill if you can wound, don't wound if you can subdue, don't subdue if you can pacify, and don't raise your hand until you've first extended it."

To Make Marriage Better, Should We Expect Less?

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on July 05, 2016 in Insight Therapy
The philosopher Alain de Botton has a theory about the malaise of modern marriage and how to fix it. He may be missing the target on both counts.

The Global Declaration of Interdependence

Unless the world finds a way to pull together, it will pull apart.

Why Is Academia So Negative?

By Liz Swan Ph.D. on July 03, 2016 in College Confidential
Is academia wearing you out? Did it start out being fun but now is just sheer tedium?

Is There a Replication Crisis in Experimental Psychology?

Recent worries about the failure to replicate the findings of important studies in experimental psychology may well be unfounded.

Obey the Flower: Lessons Learned From Drawing a Rose

How a practice of drawing roses helped me appreciate the transformative power of beauty.

Love in Outer Space - Or Just in Your Head?

Water worlds? Kelper 62f? Stanislaw Lew’s sci-fi novel "Solaris" gave them a living angry mind. Tarkovsky’s and Steven Soderbergh’s psychological films saw it differently. Why?

Dying to Tell a Good Story

Sometimes meaningful stories are what we really want.