Essential Reads

Does Trump’s Election Disprove the Existence of God?

Trump's handy win among Christians, who value traits such as kindness, humility, and non-violence, raises interesting questions about the psychological functions of religion.

Race as a Social Construction

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in Without Prejudice
With the release of an autobiography by the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, a biracial South African man, there are renewed questions about how we categorize people into racial groups.

A Voice of Moderation in the Time of Trump

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 04, 2016 in How To Do Life
An interview with Robert Samuelson, a self-described “messy moderate.”

Post-Election Vertigo

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on December 03, 2016 in Side Effects
What the feeling of dislocation can teach us about these unsettling times.

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A Better Term Than Extremism

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Ambigamy
"Radical" and "extremist" are vague and relative terms. The better term is absolutist and it applies to any and all beliefs.

The Real Fear That Elected Donald Trump

By David Ropeik on December 08, 2016 in How Risky Is It, Really?
Donald Trump played on our fears, not of immigrants or terrorists or globalization, but the deeper fear of losing control over our lives and futures.

How to Frame Company Response to Election Using Neuroscience

By David Rock on December 08, 2016 in Your Brain at Work
How to frame outreach efforts to make the most of your company’s talent, and of people’s commitment, in these times of uncertainty.

We Are All More Fact-Free Than We’d Like to Think

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on December 08, 2016 in Feeling Our Way
Facts are opinions held by the right people.

Election Results Literally Making You Sick?

Have the presidential election results made you sick? Put yourself in charge of the remedies.

Making Lemonade: Part III

By Carol S. Pearson Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in The Hero Within
This is the last in a series of three blogs in which I offer an archetypal approach to understanding the forces at work both in the U.S. and around the world.

Why Did Hillary Lose the Election?

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Seeing What Others Don't
Too many commentaries on the 2016 election offer single-cause explanations. A Causal Landscape may help us maintain perspective and draw the right lessons for the future.

Empathy Can Lead to Profound Insights

As empathy wanes, so does critical thinking, and both concepts are essential to a democracy.

Fear and Anger Over the Ohio State Knife Attack

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Anger and fear dominate our responses to acts of terror. How do we channel these feelings to maximize our safety and security?

Making Lemonade, Part II

By Carol S. Pearson Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in The Hero Within
This is the second in a series of three blogs in which I offer an archetypal approach to understanding the forces at work both in the U.S. and around the world.

How to Deal With PTSD–Post Trump Stress Disorder

By Judy Carter on December 06, 2016 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Are you having the post-election flare ups? Ready to snap at anyone who voted differently? A personal story about how a Hillary supporter dealt with Post Trump Stress Disorder

Can These Zombies Be Killed?

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Time Out
Zombies of 20th century hatred are stalking the country again. We must defeat them.

Making Lemonade Part I

By Carol S. Pearson Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in The Hero Within
Struggling to make sense of current events the US? I offer an archetypal approach to understanding the forces at work around us.

A Politician's Guide to Clear Thinking

By Neel Burton M.D. on December 05, 2016 in Hide and Seek
Avoid these 26 logical fallacies and we'll all live in a much better world.

Media Highlights Transhumanism Politics Near End of Election

By Zoltan Istvan on December 04, 2016 in The Transhumanist Philosopher
After 731 days, I finally finished my run for the US Presidency as a transhumanist. Transhumanism was covered in a major way by the media in the weeks leading up to the elections.

Fidel

By Laura Betzig Ph.D. on December 04, 2016 in The Political Animal
Fidel Castro has been laid to rest. His words, and his descendants, live on.

A Farewell to Reality? Illusion in the 2016 Election

By Brenda Berger Ph.D. on December 04, 2016 in Hearts and Minds
Are you still shocked and confused about the results of the presidential election? Here are some thoughts about what might have been behind the outcome.

The Death of Facts: The Emperor's New Epistemology

By Joe Pierre M.D. on December 04, 2016 in Psych Unseen
Psychologically speaking, fact denialism represents narcissistic contrarianism, cognitive bias, and deception.

Why Are We So Powerless?

By David Niose on December 04, 2016 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Trump's victory resulted from powerless voters seeking to strike back at an uncaring Establishment. For those who want to reverse course, what does this mean?

Why Trump Can Be Loose With the Truth

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on December 03, 2016 in Theory of Knowledge
Everyone can agree that Trump is loose with the truth. How did this come to be and why are some fine with it and others horrified by it?

Can the New President-Elect Be a Wise and Mindful Leader?

By Ronald Alexander Ph.D. on December 02, 2016 in The Wise Open Mind
With the turmoil since the presidential election it is time to consider if the new president-elect has the wise and mindful leadership qualities to bring our nation together.
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What You Should Know Before Filling Your Prescription

By Richard Taite on December 02, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
If you are thinking of getting a prescription to help control your anxiety, consider other tools or skills you could develop to help alleviate your suffering.
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Medical Treatment Shouldn’t Limit Second Amendment Rights

There is a complication to marijuana legalization: Handgun ownership privileges are denied to those who use marijuana.

Narcissist-in-Chief

By Alfie Kohn on December 02, 2016 in The Homework Myth
To grasp what Trump might do, we have to understand who he is. The clearer that picture becomes, the more horrifying the implications.

Respectful Disagreements

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Face It!
With the holidays upon us after one of the most controversial elections, here are some tips on how to engage in respectful disagreements.

Beware of Criticizing Concepts You Don't Fully Understand

It's extremely harmful when respected news sources convey false and misleading information to the public.

Like Kryptonite for Kratom

By Mark Borigini M.D. on November 30, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
The American Kratom Association (aka, AKA) raised $400,000 from its newly motivated membership—its usual intake being $80,000 a year—to fund an army of lobbyists and keep kratom.

The Art of High-Stakes Psychological Diagnosis Pt. 2

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Ambigamy
When diagnosing or name-calling, call out the behavior and speculate carefully about the possible motivations for it or you'll get mired in debate over the motivations.

3 Tips for Discussing Politics Over the Holidays

By Juliana Breines Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in In Love and War
Nervous about going home for the holidays because of the political blow-ups that might ensue? Try these three strategies.