Essential Reads

Are Conservatives More Anti-Science Than Liberals?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on August 26, 2016 in Talking Apes
Skepticism about scientific findings depends on your core beliefs, not your level of science literacy.

Nonconformity Has Counter-Intuitive Benefits, Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on August 22, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A new study reports that going along with a group—whose viewpoints you are diametrically opposed to—triggers a physiological threat response.

What Do You Hear? Clinton, Trump, and Their Predecessors

By Gregg R. Murray Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in Caveman Politics
What do you hear Hillz and the Donald saying? Do the data say the same thing?

Trump´s Tweets and Twitter Psychology: You Talkin´ to Me?

Twitter is both public and personal. Facilitating interaction between political candidates and prospective voters creates synthetic intimacy which can translate into votes.

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How the Federal Gov. is Fighting Against the Opioid Epidemic

One of the federal government’s important roles is to take on our county’s most pressing issues and respond with solutions on a national scale.

Is the “All Lives Matter” Slogan Racist?

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on August 25, 2016 in Without Prejudice
In the lead up to the 2016 US election, racial tensions are running high. Many Blacks are offended by White retorts that “All Lives Matter.” Racism may underpin this slogan.

Post-Presidency Career Advice for Obama With Lessons for All

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 25, 2016 in How To Do Life
Career ideas for the president, with implications for all of us.

9 Hidden Habits That Make Us Miserable at Work

By Nick Tasler on August 24, 2016 in Strategic Thinking
Want to be happier at work? Pick one of these habits to break.

Should We Want a President Who Can’t or Won’t Lie?

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on August 23, 2016 in Face It!
When it comes to lies, they are not all created equal. At what point do we accept that some lies are beneficial, especially when it comes to our leaders?

How Happy Are You?

If researchers really wanted to know how happy people are, they’d ask those people’s colleagues, neighbors, and family members, not the people themselves.

Leadership Lessons From The Godfather

What can a movie about mafia bosses and gangsters teach us about leadership?

Seduced by Abandon

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on August 22, 2016 in A Swim in Denial
"Throwing caution to the winds" can be exhilarating or dangerous. In politics the idea manipulates us in wild ways.

Firebird Redux

The human spirit is imbued with an individual and social resilience worth celebrating.

The Lessons of Homelessness

Are you tired of the same old rhetoric about homelessness? Here is a different way to view the problem of homelessness.

Sea of Sadness

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on August 20, 2016 in Bear in Mind
For elephants in India, epic social changes are bringing hardships and hope.

Politics, Values, and Youth Sports

With the political blitz on “values,” where do sports fit in?

The Fear Behind Women in Power

By Kimberly Key on August 19, 2016 in Counseling Keys
With a woman running for president, what kind of differences do women bring to leadership? How far have women come and where are women's rights headed?

An Era of Incivility

By Saul Levine M.D. on August 18, 2016 in Our Emotional Footprint
Living with constant incivility breeds unrest, unhappiness and discord between people. This is an incremental step towards animosity and enmity, leading to aggression and violence.

All the Presidents' Men

Men need male friends. Even presidents, including the current Republican aspirant, need their friends. But the most interesting male presidential friendship was that of Lincoln.

Anti-Racist Action and Becoming Part of the Solution

For many well-intentioned white people, it is easy to slip into despair and passivity when it comes to taking action on social issues related to racism.

Is Donald Trump an Alpha Male?

Do we need to be more precise in applying terms such as “personality disorder” and “alpha male” to political candidates?

The Dark Side to the 2016 Olympics

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on August 17, 2016 in The First Impression
Behind the pageantry, what are some of the hidden aspects to the Olympic games, and how do they trace back to the Nazi regime?

George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” at 70

Seventy years ago, between Animal Farm and 1984, George Orwell published his famous essay, Politics and the English Language—a work that has relevance for our upcoming election.

Why Millennials Owe Donald Trump a Big "Thank You"

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on August 16, 2016 in Just Listen
By doing unto the GOP, what the GOP has done unto the Democrats for decades, Trump might actually be the catalyst that ends divisiveness. Who knew?

Seven Misleading Memes of Political Analysis

By Robert N. Kraft Ph.D. on August 15, 2016 in Defining Memories
In the next 80 days, what mistakes by political commentators should we watch out for?

Evicted and the Meaning of Home

What is the meaning of home and what author Matthew Desmond has to say about it in his new book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

Are We Living in Salem Circa 1693? Lessons for America 2016

By Leon Hoffman M.D. on August 14, 2016 in Beyond Freud
A great deal has been written about the dangers of ultra-nationalistic leaders in today's world. But only recently, have we begun to talk about the potential dangers of groups.

"I'm NOT Sorry" - Why Ambitious People Don't Apologize

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on August 13, 2016 in Just Listen
If you haven't said or done anything intentionally to hurt someone, are you responsible when they feel hurt by what you said or did?

Trump and the Death of Civility in America

The entrepreneur in Trump must know only civility can open doors to opportunity.

Does Trump Suffer from Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 10, 2016 in The Human Beast
Narcissism is a personality dimension as well as a clinical diagnosis.

Open Letter to Hillary

Lest you come off as a privileged bully who has no accountability, you must come clean.

Beating Back Trump's Threat to US Democracy

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 10, 2016 in Saving Normal
Democracy is a precious, but historically infrequent and perilously fragile method of governance. Trump Threatens it and must be stopped.

Mental Illness and Violence

The psychotic killer may make a great Halloween costume, but in real life, they're surprisingly rare.