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Preventing Disaster Through Screening and Assessment

Screening and Assessment Are Vital Tools We Can Use To Avert Disaster

The Truth Behind Your Rainbow Profile Picture

Psychological research with your profile pic analyzes more than you think.

The Psychological Benefits of Legalized Gay Marriage

Gay marriage is more than a legal issue

Supreme Court Upholds Marriage Ideology

We can celebrate marriage equality but let's resist marriage ideology

Recent Posts on Politics

The Privilege of Sexual Freedom

By Laurie B. Mintz Ph.D. on July 04, 2015 in Stress and Sex
This Fourth of July, as you watch the fireworks and celebrate our country’s freedom, please remember that sexual freedom is a human right that not everyone has. Please appreciate your freedom and at the same time, consider helping those who don’t have this freedom.

Declare Your Independence from That Which Shackles You

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 04, 2015 in How To Do Life
Is it finally time to start throwing off your chains?

Tim Hunt, Sexism and the Cult of Science

Nobel Laureate Tim Hunt 's comment that "girls" shouldn't do science with men went viral.—and opened up an important dialogue on the institutional sexism of the natural sciences and medicine. But that's not the whole story...

Turning Point in Trust

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on July 02, 2015 in The Pacific Heart
Trust vs. Mistrust is the first Eriksonian developmental stage. America has been in the grips of mistrust socially and politically for decades. The last two weeks have brought a meaningful sign of hope, as we've stood for equality and against bigotry. This coming together marks a historical turning point in trust. There's work to be done, but there's reason to hope.

The Sexism in Science Controversies

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 02, 2015 in Rabble Rouser
Are scientific claims of sexism in science overstated?

Reflections on the Soul of Washington, D.C.

By Pythia Peay on July 02, 2015 in America On The Couch
"In my view, Washington is the spiritual center of the country. I don't mean that in terms of a church or beliefs. I mean that in the very real sense of a religious way of being." Thomas Moore

Why (Almost) Everyone Is Happy About Same-Sex Marriage

By Ran Zilca on July 02, 2015 in Confessions of a Techie
How is it that a topic that was deeply divisive for years becomes so vastly supported, almost unanimously perceived as a victory?

Preventing Disaster Through Screening and Assessment

By Kathryn Seifert on June 30, 2015 in Stop The Cycle
Recently we have seen two convicted murderers, Richard Matt and David Sweat, escape prison with the help of two prison employees, Gene Palmer and Joyce Mitchell. It leads us to ask the question, how does this happen?

The Truth Behind Your Rainbow Profile Picture

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on June 29, 2015 in Friendship 2.0
In a spontaneous and beautiful display of support, many people rainbow-tinted their profile pics to celebrate marriage equality. What many did not know was how much cold, hard data analysis goes on about their decision to do so.

Fighting Back Against Bias in "Intellectualism" or "Reason"

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on June 28, 2015 in The Pacific Heart
David Niose's arguments against anti-intellectualism are interesting, but betray some significant cognitive distortions. Reason, in the end, cannot be totally free of bias without humility and relationship.

Fighting Back Against Anti-intellectualism

By David Niose on June 28, 2015 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Anti-intellectualism is rampant in America, but we shouldn't rely on intellectuals to eradicate it.

Scalia's Dissent; A Direct Attack on American Democracy

In his outrageous dissent in the gay marriage ruling by the Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia directly states in several ways that American's should not trust the Supreme Court, and should question American Democracy itself.

The Psychological Benefits of Legalized Gay Marriage

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on June 26, 2015 in More Than Mortal
Marriage provides psychological security and meaning. And now these benefits are fully available to same-sex couples.

Supreme Court Upholds Marriage Ideology

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on June 26, 2015 in Love, Inc
We can celebrate the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality without swallowing the Supreme Court's marriage ideology.

How Do You Feel About Giving Human Rights to Corporations?

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on June 26, 2015 in So Sue Me
People do not realize this, but the United States Supreme Court has been treating corporations increasingly like human beings — by giving them fundamental rights. Is this crazy? Is this dangerous?

It Is Time to Legalize and Accept Same-Sex Marriage

Researchers, the majority of the American public, and even advertisers are calling for acceptance of same-sex marriage—isn’t it time the Supreme Court and our legal system followed suit?

What the Charleston Massacre Does Not Tell Us About Racism

It is too convenient to allow events such as the AME shooting to represent what racism looks like.

What Would the Buddha Do?

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on June 24, 2015 in Pura Vida
It's a kind of dog-car problem: a dog who chases cars eventually catches one. What does he do with it? Similarly, when we catch a violent perpetrator, what should we do with him?

Can Changing a Symbol Change People's Attitudes?

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in BrainSnacks
Maybe the attachment that some Southern people feel toward the Confederate flag is less an expression of overt racism (which it certainly seems to be, in part), and more an expression of a lingering cultural/historical sense of loss and defeat they feel for the disastrous outcome of the Civil War. Could abolishing the flag lead to a new sense of Southern identity?

Anti-intellectualism Is Killing America

By David Niose on June 23, 2015 in Our Humanity, Naturally
America's social and political dysfunction is rooted in dangerous pathology: anti-intellectualism.

Selma and I Turn 50: Thoughts & Feelings About Charleston SC

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D. on June 22, 2015 in Intersections
Yes, black lives matter, but your mileage may vary.

Ignorance About Race Is Killing Us

If we don’t seriously engage the problem underlying Race in the USA, more people will die and many more will continue to suffer

3 Reactions to the Massacre That May Serve the Terrorist

The long term answer to racism will be to decrease the prevalence of situations where race matters, but the conundrum is that while racism exists, efforts to decrease this prevalence are usually efforts by the privileged to draw attention away from their privilege.

An Apple a Day Keeps the Tyrant Away

By Gregg Murray Ph.D. on June 21, 2015 in Caveman Politics
This simple question predicts a person's health and their likelihood of turning out to vote pretty well.

Charleston: 8 Questions About Race and Guns for Republicans

By Stanton Peele on June 19, 2015 in Addiction in Society
Can we try to get beyond the meaningless banalities uttered by politicians following the Charleston mass murder, with a gun, by a probable racist?

How Trump Has Already Trumped Reagan

By Christopher Ryan on June 19, 2015 in Civilized to Death
"Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." –Mark Twain

Francis Underwood: Classic Sociopath?

An analysis of Francis Underwood from House of Cards.

Time to Work Together

By Paul Gionfriddo on June 19, 2015 in Finding Tim
The issues that we hope will be debated in Congress this year will put some focus on screening, on earlier identification and intervention regarding mental health concerns, on integrating health and behavioral health care, and on evaluating programs to assure that they lead people to recovery, not to more serious illness and worse outcomes. Surely we can agree on this.

Which of Us Has Looked Into His Father's Heart?

By Pythia Peay on June 19, 2015 in America On The Couch
A man of his time, Joe Carroll had been shaped by previous eras as much as his era had shaped my own. Like one of those Chinese nesting boxes, his psyche had been formed by the psyches of each of his own parents, who had in turn been shaped by events of their time—and so on back through generations.

Dylann Roof Is White Like Me

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on June 19, 2015 in Social Studies
Dylann Roof is a terrorist. But his terrorism was committed in the name of white supremacy and cannot be excised from white culture, white history, white politics and white money. In other words, Dylann Roof is white like me.