Essential Reads

Science Is Not Political

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Mental Mishaps
Nonetheless, science is embroiled in politics. Why is science so controversial, and why are the scientists planning a big march?

Intellectual Humility Augments Nonpartisan Open-Mindedness

Regardless of your party or religious beliefs, new research from Duke shows that intellectual humility may be the key to breaking down barriers that divide us.

Silencing Is Golden: The Chilling Dogma of AntiNormalization

Many college students are unable to debate bad ideas because they aren't learning the difference between a firmly held opinion and a self-evident truth.

How Would Trumpcare Affect Mental Health Care?

People addicted to opioids and rural Americans would lose "big league"

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The 3 C’s of Engaging Political Discourse and Behavior

Without a commitment to civility, compassion, and the common good it is hard to image a hopeful future for any of us.

Trump's First 60 Days

By Allen J Frances M.D. on March 21, 2017 in Saving Normal
On our democracy and our societal sanity

We Are All Mojo Junkies

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 21, 2017 in Ambigamy
We all gravitate toward self-revitalizing signs of hope, and in the process, we generate social and interpersonal congestion.

Safe Spaces and Free Speech

Find out what students think about this polarized issue, and give us your own thoughts on the matter.

Want Insights on Executive Psychology? Ask a Wise Old Jew

By Steven Berglas Ph.D. on March 20, 2017 in Executive Ego
Leaders of all kinds would do well to heed what many grandfathers could tell them.

Killing Us Softly

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on March 20, 2017 in Obesely Speaking
From our brains to our veins - the real problem with politics.

Can Somebody Please Teach President Trump Civility?

Previously immune from the consequences of his own instincts, President Trump doesn't act like an adult.

Rachel Maddow Needs to Better Understand Her Audience

If reporters and journalists are to relate effectively to their target audience, they must be empathic, always attempting to perceive the world through the eyes of their viewers.

Lady Justice Is Not Color-Blind

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on March 19, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
The massive U.S. prison population does not mirror the demographic profile of U.S. society. There is a stark pattern of racial disparity in the prison population.

Can a Country Lacking Empathy Toward Others Be Great?

Caring for others and a commitment to fairness are essential to a healthy, civil, and just society.

The Sustaining Fires of Standing Rock: A Movement Grows

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on March 17, 2017 in Dangerous Ideas
Oil profiteers have awakened a movement that combines a commitment to addressing the trampled rights of Native Americans with a reinvigorated call for climate justice.

Why You Keep Rereading Some Sentences

Puzzled at the ballot box? You're not alone.

Patient in Chief

By Craig Malkin Ph.D. on March 16, 2017 in Romance Redux
Diagnosing Donald Trump from afar comes with a cost—including further dividing the country. Understand the debate and the one way we might heal as a nation.

Addicted to Hate

By Donna Flagg on March 15, 2017 in Office Diaries
Can our souls survive the current political landscape?

When It Comes to Health Care Reform

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in Innovation You
Innovation will matter more than politics.

Can a Friendship Survive Major Political Disagreement?

Can friends stay friends when they disagree about politics? Here's how strategies like self-determination, curiosity, and respect can help you keep your friendships intact.

A Libertarian Transhumanist’s Take on the Future of Taxes

Radical technology like robots, software, and artificial intelligence may soon eliminate the need for the IRS, its 74,000+ page tax code, and collection of income taxes.

The Challenges of Clinical Practice in Turbulent Times

Can mindfulness help us stay sane in turbulent times? Even some humorous metaphors can guide us

Fervor and Fanaticism

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on March 12, 2017 in Side Effects
On the parallels between Trumpism and other mass movements.

Go Back to Your Country

Are your biases literally causing other people to suffer from mental health issues?

Male Body Image and Neckties: What's the Relationship?

What a man's necktie says about his personality may not be exactly what you'd expect. Research on the male body image sheds light on this part of a man's clothing selections.

The Power of Stories to Heal or Harm

Stories can help us heal from painful life events. They can also divide us from one another and lead to terrible violence.

Avoid the Ad Hominem Attack

Arguments on all kinds of topics, between all kinds of people, are everywhere these days. In such a climate, we would be wise to avoid the ad hominem attack.

Why Donald J. Trump is Unfit to be President

By Suzanne Lachmann Psy.D. on March 10, 2017 in Me Before We
Donald J. Trump's distorted thinking and impulsive behavior, combined with his fixation on his own importance, directly imperils our safety as citizens of the United States.

The Health Care Crisis and the Addiction Crisis Are the Same

By Stanton Peele on March 10, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Our nineteenth-century ideas (based on a free-market economy and temperance) are ruining, both our health-care proposals and our approach to addiction policy and treatment.

On Criminology and Politics in the Social Sciences

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on March 09, 2017 in More Than Mortal
A biosocial criminologist's thoughts on the state of his field, professional challenges, and ideological bias within the social sciences.

The Dangers of Diagnosing Trump

Diagnosing is a convenient privilege. The real work of political change is a lot harder than a label.

Mothering Nature in the Age of Trump: Dr. Riane Eisler

By Rachel Clark on March 08, 2017 in Mothering Nature
We have to recognize that the rape of nature and the rape of women is of the same dominator cloth: part of an authoritarian and exploitive system of top down-rankings. —Dr. Eisler

What Would Your Protest Sign Say?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Whether you're for or against something or everything, there are many ways to be effective. You'll also feel better by doing something. Here's an idea.

The Dangers of Dehumanization

Dehumanization results in a vicious cycle and is associated with hostile behavior.