Essential Reads

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

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 06, 2016 in Theory of Knowledge
This blog offers a useful maxim for reflecting on one's beliefs.

It's the Negative Campaigning, Stupid

By Brian Hughes Ph.D. on February 05, 2016 in Homeostasis Disruptor
Do negative campaigns risk alienating voters? Opinion polls have long suggested that they do. But new experimental research tells a different story.

More Posts on Politics

Picking Presidents: What Leadership Research Tells Us

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on February 12, 2016 BrainSnacks
Now I know where I stand: I’m going to vote for the candidate who looks most “presidential” – if they promise not to mess with Social Security.

What We’re Not Being Told About Anti-Bullying Laws

By Izzy Kalman on February 11, 2016 Resilience to Bullying
The NJ Board of Education is playing with statistics to make negative results of its anti-bullying law to look positive.

What if We Voted For First Spouse Instead of President?

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on February 11, 2016 Social Studies
If we could vote for the First Spouse, I'd vote for Michelle Obama in perpetuity. But if Michelle refused the job, then I'd take Jane Sanders.

One Soldier's Struggle With Torture, Trauma and Moral Injury

By Eric Newhouse on February 11, 2016 Invisible Wounds
LTC Bill Edmonds was put in an impossible situation: forced to decide between allowing torture to save American lives or risking death to American soldiers.

Will Hillary's Speaking Style Derail Her?

Will Hillary Clinton's speaking style derail her presidential bid?

We Are Polarized: Politically and Psychologically

Democracies are politically polarized because people are psychologically divided, too.

You Can Still Be a Feminist and Not Vote for Hillary

Feminists are calling on young democratic women supporting Sanders to pledge their allegiance to Clinton. Are feminists pushing too hard on this issue?

How to Acquire Authority

By Sheila Kohler on February 09, 2016 Dreaming for Freud
Kent: "You have in your countenance that which I would fain call master. Lear: "What is that?" Kent: "Authority"

The Power Tactics of Donald Trump

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on February 08, 2016 The Pacific Heart
Jay Haley’s 1969 essay “The Power Tactics of Jesus Christ” came to mind recently. Trump is no Jesus, of course, but we have to grapple with his alarming use of power.

After Three Years, Justice from the VA

By Eric Newhouse on February 08, 2016 Invisible Wounds
VA finally upgrades former Army Capt. Charles Gatlin's TBI disability rating, but one question remains: Why did it take them three years to read his DoD medical records?

Does Psychology Explain North Korea's Recent Missile Launch?

...the essential psychology of small states' nuclear proliferation is completely different from the 'second strike' deterrence that pertained between the US and the Soviet Union...

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 5 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.