Essential Reads

Holiday Conversations in a Polarized World

In today’s highly polarized political climate, even time spent with family and friends can quickly turn contentious.

This Thanksgiving, Don’t Mistake Getting Along For Giving In

By Andrew Shtulman Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 in Inconceivable
Don’t let the pundits make you feel guilty about breaking bread with your family while refusing to break your commitment to evidence and logic.

Cognitive Dissonance and the Franken Sexual Misconduct Case

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Presence of Mind
Democrats and feminists must honestly grapple with the uncomfortable feelings generated by the Franken case.

How “Manipulation Armies” Are Undermining Democracies

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Side Effects
A new report on the “closed loops” of disinformation stoking chaos and confusion almost everywhere.

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Facing History: My Reply to APA CEO Arthur Evans

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on October 25, 2017 in Dangerous Ideas
Only a clear-eyed view of past transgressions can light the way for a vigorous and unflinching defense of psychology’s do-no-harm principles.

Dupre' Kelly Wants Newark Vibrating on One Frequency

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on October 25, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Anytime you can galvanize millions of people through words or entertainment, through arts, through culture, you have a voice.

Will Rape Culture Finally be Taken Seriously?

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on October 24, 2017 in The First Impression
Has rape culture reached a tipping point with the recent revelations regarding sexual predator Harvey Weinstein?

Justin Brannan and the Politics of Hardcore

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on October 23, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“If you don’t like something, it’s up to you to stand up and do something about it.”

Which Politicians Should We Trust in the Nov. 7 Election?

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky on October 23, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Which politicians should you trust with your vote in the November 7 elections? Here is an easy way to tell who's trustworthy.

Psychotherapy in the Trump Era

The forces shaping our politics are also shaping our therapies.

How to Wield the Power of Vulnerability

Think about the last time you tried to have a conversation with someone who didn’t already agree with you. How well did it go?

What Does Identity Have to Do With Inequality?

Does identity explain inequality?

Does Cutting Taxes Sap Productivity?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in The Human Beast
The bigger the government, the more productive the workers.
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Questing for Economic Utopia, Part 2

By Chris Kutarna Ph.D. on October 11, 2017 in Age of Discovery
Worried that we're all serving the economy instead of the other way around? You're right, and here's how to flip that logic.

Are We Living in a Culture Where Heroism is Celebrated?

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on October 11, 2017 in The First Impression
Are there public figures willing to risk their reputations or brands to speak out against injustice?

Risk, Fear, and the Rise of Demagogues

By George Michelsen Foy on October 11, 2017 in Shut Up and Listen!
Politicians have traditionally appealed to our fight-or-flight reflex to save their political bacon. Donald Trump looks set to do the same.

Are Same-Sex or Heterosexual Relationships More Stable?

As Americans become more accepting of sexual minorities, differences between same-sex and different-sex relationships are smaller than ever.

Towards a Reinvigoration of Our Pluralistic System

By Leon Hoffman M.D. on October 10, 2017 in Beyond Freud
How can we promote the value of a pluralistic system with checks and balances? Economic revitalization is not enough.

Why You Should Come Out For National Coming Out Day 10/11

By John-Manuel Andriote on October 10, 2017 in Stonewall Strong
Coming out as gay is personal and political. It's also a powerful boost for your health.

6 Ways to Treat Anxiety and Depression from the Constitution

Identify and include the relevant marginalized parts of the self.

Why Some People Can't Stop Trolling Monica Lewinsky

By Sue Scheff on October 09, 2017 in Shame Nation
People are harassed online for many reasons, and political reviews are one of them. Will Monica Lewinsky ever stop being trolled online?

The Evidence on Reducing Gun Violence

As the nation reels from last week's shooting, some are calling for new laws while other want to protect gun-owners rights. But what does the data say about reducing gun violence?

Who’s Really Responsible for Hurricane Relief Aid?

Thanks to the media we know the heroes who rushed to aid Houston after Hurricane Harvey. But why is it so hard for media to name the causes and culprits behind the catastrophe?

Knowing Just Enough to Be Dangerous

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky on October 07, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Can too much confidence be a bad thing?

Interrupting the Growing Gap between 'Haves' and 'Have Nots'

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in The Five Percent
Another big idea on peace and justice from the career of Morton Deutsch.

Is President Trump Mentally Healthy? The Pros Weigh In

Recently many leading mental health professionals have argued that the duty to warn provision (excuse the pun) "trumps" the longstanding Goldwater Rule when it comes to Mr. Trump.

What Do Biracial People Have to Teach Us about the World?

By Tiffany McLain LMFT on October 04, 2017 in Living Between Worlds
In an increasingly polarized social and political environment, where black-and-white thinking prevails, multiracial Americans have valuable lessons to share.

Pharma Corruption Started the Opioid Epidemic

By Allen J Frances M.D. on October 04, 2017 in Saving Normal
Pharma caused the deadly opioid epidemic and should be held accountable for cleaning up the mess it created.

Grieving for Las Vegas

By River Jordan on October 01, 2017 in Praying for Strangers
Just for one day let's all walk away from the wars and rhetoric, the killing and the evil.

Allegiance to What?

“Who” and “what” are we respecting when we proclaim our devotion to country? And who gets to say what our expressions of commitment – or non-commitment – "mean"?

Why Athletes Should Get Political

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on October 01, 2017 in The First Impression
In what ways have sports and politics been connected?

Hugh Hefner: No Saint, But a Revolutionary

By Marty Klein Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in Sexual Intelligence
Do you enjoy the freedom to craft your unique sexuality? Thank Hugh Hefner, who pioneered the way for women and men.

How Much Diversity Can We Handle?

When we embrace diversity, we reap benefits in the long term, with much conflict in the short term.