Essential Reads

These U.S. Presidents Suffered from Mental Illness

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 in The Squeaky Wheel
How many presidents would you guess had mental illness?

Do You Share Political Preferences With Your Parents?

By James M Sherlock on February 01, 2016 in Great (Ape) Expectations
It seems intuitive that our parents should have an influence on our political leanings, but just how this occurs might surprise you.

How to Change Minds About Vaccine Safety

If there is only one thing you could say about vaccine safety, what should it be? The answer might be surprisingly simple.

Obama's Tears

By Erika Rosenberg Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 in About Face
Amidst controversy over the authenticity of President Obama's emotional behavior during a press conference on gun control, a facial expression expert offers a scientific analysis.

More Posts on Politics

It's the Negative Campaigning, Stupid

Do negative campaigns risk alienating voters? Opinion polls have long suggested that they do. But new experimental research tells a different story.

Why New Jersey Can’t Fix Its Anti-Bullying Law

By Izzy Kalman on February 05, 2016 Resilience to Bullying
New Jersey is repeatedly bemoaning the problems with its anti-bullying law and wondering how to fix it. It can't because the problem is the psychology, not the law.

Do Citizens or Politicians Make the Best Political Choices?

New research suggests that ballot initiatives produce more happiness and equality than the "oligarchy" of representative institutions.

Must Hillary Be Likable?

Why does Hillary Clinton have problems on the stump?

Practicing the Art of Living

When we commit to love relationships we do not renounce our individual powers; we do not give ourselves away. Instead, we build those selves.

Barbie for President!

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on February 03, 2016 Social Studies
Is the new Curvy Barbie a revolution? Probably not and here's why.

Assessing the Constructiveness of Political Discourse

The key to successful democratic elections is constructive political discourse. Often political discourse is destructive. Here is a framework for assessing its quality.

High Profits

High Profits is an 8-part series about Colorado’s marijuana legalization law. It shows the actual issues that arose, which differed from the ones commonly hypothesized or feared.

Punching Anti-Gay Hate Right in the Nose

By Rebecca Coffey on February 01, 2016 The Bejeezus Out of Me
One amazing organization providing safety and support to homeless LGBTQ kids was bombarded by hate — by a church. What happened next will knock your socks off.

How Others Judge You

The need for acceptance is fairly high on our list of social priorities. What's more important is how others see us, or how they receive us, and what they do with that.

Utah Declares War on Porn Epidemic

By David J Ley Ph.D. on January 29, 2016 Women Who Stray
A Utah resolution continues the political efforts to blame society's sexual problems on the scapegoat of pornography.

An Explanation for Trump's Appeal

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on January 29, 2016 Fighting Fear
An examination of those aspects of personality and behavior that have led to Donald Trump's success. A comparison to an incident long ago that also had political implications.

5 Types of Support That Would Complement PPD Screenings

Here are 6 ways we could provide moms with support that would complement universal screenings.

The Worst State in the Country for LGBT Rights?

By Rebecca Coffey on January 29, 2016 The Bejeezus Out of Me
Oklahoma's legislators are currently considering 25 bills that would threaten LGBT rights. Don't they know what Sigmund Freud learned—the hard way?

On Religion, Sanders and Clinton Differ Sharply

By David Niose on January 28, 2016 Our Humanity, Naturally
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have many differences, but few are more prominent that the religious contrast.

Your Status as a Single Person Is a Diversity Issue

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 28, 2016 Living Single
Here's why unmarried status is a diversity issue. In this article, I focus on the workplace.

Changing the Game: Politics and the Call of Self

With politics big on the horizon, can we become better people? What if change does start with us? Let's not make everyone who disagrees with us, a "bad guy." That's a good start!

Star Wars: Answering the Big Questions

By David Kyle Johnson Ph.D. on January 27, 2016 Plato on Pop
Who are Rey’s parents? Why exactly did Luke go into hiding? Who is Supreme Leader Snoke? What’s the deal with Kylo’s lightsaber? Careful reasoning might reveal the answer.

The Rise of Toxic Leadership and Toxic Workplaces

By Ray Williams on January 27, 2016 Wired for Success
The truth of the matter is that we are hypocrites, and we are witnessing the rise of toxic leaders and workplaces. We tend to choose or follow a very different kind of leader.

An Open Religious Market

Religions in America must adapt to changing conditions in order to survive in a competitive marketplace.

The Psychoanalysis of Politicians Like Donald Trump

The study, published in the academic journal ‘Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society’, was inspired by the recent sudden emergence of a new popular right-wing movement in US politics.

Why Psych Majors Should Watch Altered Minds

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on January 25, 2016 The Squeaky Wheel
Part one of my interview with the director of the psychological thriller 'Altered Minds' starring Judd Hirsch

Buffalo Trump

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on January 23, 2016 A Swim in Denial
Do you feel conflicted about politics? Does political talk stress you out? The psychology of play can help.

Getting Rid of Death and Taxes

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on January 22, 2016 Fighting Fear
A solution to "Making America Great Again," should not only include lowering taxes. Defeating death with bring considerable economic advantages.

A Trump Presidency Can Happen, and Here’s Why

Could a wave of authoritarianism sweep Trump into the White House? Yes.

4 Truths About Lies and Liars

By Jennifer Haupt on January 21, 2016 One True Thing
As much as we say we detest being lied to, most of us stretch the truth an average of three times during a 10-minute conversation. Is it sometimes better to lie—and be lied to?

Trump, Bullying, and Narcissistic Culture

The mockery launched at detractors (anyone “un-American” enough to have alternate points of view) is undergirded by a sense of patriotism that meshes well with the me-generation...

Trump, Bullying, and Narcissism

Social aggressions can be re-cast when the narrative is one of a mythic lone rebel taking justice into his own hands, or David taking on Goliath (America loves an underdog).

My Singles Agenda

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 Living Single
Enough with the stereotyping and discrimination against single people. We need resources to support enlightened thinking, research, and writing about single life.

Narcissism at Work: The Arrogant Executive

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on January 17, 2016 A Sideways View
We place emphasis on the benefits of high self-esteem. But when does high self-esteem turn into subclinical narcissism?