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When Safe Spaces Become Danger Zones

The most important psychological characteristics for becoming a good citizen and mature adult are not forged in safe spaces.

Exercising Our Freedom and Intelligence Part 1

Indeed, if Spinoza was right, we may need to understand teams in order to be free.

What, Exactly, Is Gender Equality? It’s Not Numbers

Gender differences in behavior may have a biological as well as a social determinant. Can we envisage a time when we accept these as true examples of individuality?

The Narcissistic Personality

Over the past several months, we’ve heard the word “narcissist” repeatedly used by newscasters and pundits to describe Donald Trump. But what exactly is a narcissist?

Donald Trump Is a Black Swan

Human psychology and the unpredictable -- a dangerous mix, forcing us to explain the unexplainable. Trump's ascendency was a complete surprise, in spite of whatever you think.

5 Reasons This Election Is Nuts—and the Science Behind It

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on March 24, 2016 Feeling It
Here's why the leading candidate is someone everyone hates.

Political Bullies and Your Child

In the current political race for president, a leading candidate peppers his speech with insults, put-downs and "potty" words. What's the impact on our kids? What's a parent to do?

Are America's Best Days Over?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on March 16, 2016 The Human Beast
In his book, The rise and Fall of American Growth, Robert Gordon argues that America's exceptional growth is over, and that innovation isn't what it used to be.

Gene Editing Eugenics in The X Files

Will a biotech elite make society-altering decisions on the planet's behalf?

Donald Trump's Values

What can science tell us about Donald Trump's values? How do those values shape his behavior and decision making? How similar are your values to his?

Beware America's Shocking Loss of Empathy

Without empathy, where are we as a society? As America considers its dysfunction, the loss of empathy should be part of the focus.

Frontrunner Brags About His Wee-Wee, What's a Parent To Do?

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on March 05, 2016 Grand Rounds
How do we plan to explain the current political climate to our kids?

The 3 Big Questions of Philosophy

We must take the great questions of philosophy seriously. Our very existence is being threatened by the deep existential confusion of our times.

Smart People Are Good at Being Dumb in Politics

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on March 03, 2016 Pop Psych
Good quantitative abilities don't help people understand evidence when they dislike the conclusion.

Srebrenica Massacre Continues to Haunt Victims

Vivid memories of war are retold in the trial of an infamous war criminal.

5 Ways to Spot the Hypocrites in Your Life

If you’re very lucky, everyone you know or care about tells it like it is. Unfortunately, hypocrites are out there, you just have to know how to find them. These 5 tips will help.

What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About War?

Years of looking for beetles on the underside of elephant dung in Africa led biologist Doug Emlen to keen insights into human warfare. Here’s how.

The Psychology of "Feeling the Bern"

Here's how Bernie Sanders has captured the hearts of Progressives in America.

Reluctance to Blame the System

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on February 26, 2016 Scientocracy
If we voters don’t demand that candidates lay out specific ideas of how to change our healthcare system to promote efficient spending, we will have no one to blame but ourselves.

Looking for America's Future in America's Past

A recent Bernie Sanders campaign ad featured a nostalgic oldie as the soundtrack to Sanders' revolutionary vision of the future. Was the song choice misguided, or right on target?

What Disagreements Would Lead you to Unfriend or Break Up?

If a Facebook, close friend, or romantic partner disagreed with you, how likely would you be to break up? Find out just how common it is to end it when politics gets in the way.

We Need to Value Intellectual Integrity

Intellectual integrity is a core human value. It is a deep concern that Trump wears his disdain for intellectual integrity on his sleeve.

Our Greatest Global Challenge

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on February 18, 2016 In Control
How can we create a world where you and I can both get what we want?

What Happens When You Take Ayn Rand Seriously?

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on February 17, 2016 Good Thinking
Among Ayn Rand's devotees are highly influential celebrities, such as Brad Pitt and Eva Mendes, and politicos, such as Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz. Here's why that's a problem.

Single in America: 6 Cutting Edge Perspectives, 2 Others

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 15, 2016 Living Single
If only the first 6 invited experts contributed, it would have been 1 of the most insightful and respectful set of articles about single life ever to appear in a major publication

Presidents and Psychotherapists

Politicians addressing their own emotional and psychological needs would go a long way towards reducing the stigma that prevents many American citizens from seeking treatment.

Breaking the S Barrier in New Hampshire

The Great Depression brought FDR and the New Deal. Now, the Great Recession seems to have allowed the word "socialism" to come in from the cold in American politics.

Bullies With a Cause

How do schools deal with nonconformists, and what happens when "excellent sheep" go to college?

A Humbling, Helpful Adage to Live By

This blog offers a useful maxim for reflecting on one's beliefs.

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.