Essential Reads

The Prevalence of the Arab-as-Terrorist Stereotype

It's surprisingly easy to evoke anti-Arab sentiment

Singles, You Can Lower Your Risk of Divorce

The things you can do before you marry that can change your odds of divorce

Understanding the Islamic State - A Fool's Errand?

The quest to understand the "validity" of a religious sect will be unsatisfying.

Do Generations Exist?

Are generations caricatures or are they drivers of social and cultural change?

Recent Posts on Race and Ethnicity

Happy Pie

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on March 04, 2015 in One Among Many
Some say that 50% of happiness is due to genes, 10% to circumstance, and the rest to what you do. I want to believe that but can’t.

An International Adoptee's Need to Connect to Her Roots

An adult adoptee from India seeks funding for a documentary film about a search for her cultural roots.

The Prevalence of the Arab-as-Terrorist Stereotype

Playing video games featuring Arab terrorists evokes both explicit and implicit anti-Arab sentiment. There’s little surprise there. But so prevalent is the association of terrorism with Arabs that playing the same game but with Russians as terrorists still evokes anti-Arab sentiment—as does playing a game involving Arabs in a non-terrorist, non-violent setting.

Gone with the Wind and Xica: Two Myths of Slavery

Seventy-five years ago, Gone with the Wind was released, a movie that romanticized slavery with stereotyped images of African-Americans that remain familiar to this day. Slavery in Brazil was more widespread and lasted longer than in the U.S. The Brazilian movie Xica is also about slavery, but its stereotypes of Afro-Brazilians are very different from the American ones.

Colorblindness Is a Poor Adaptation to Neo-Diversity Anxiety

American racial, intergroup anxiety is getting worse. And one poor adaptation people are trying to use to avoid their own racial neo-diversity anxiety is the “I don’t see color” strategy.

Singles, You Can Lower Your Risk of Divorce

Many singles are interested in marriage but fear divorce. You can do things before marriage to increase your odds of lasting love in marriage.

Our Evolving Black American Naming Traditions

Understanding the meaning and origin of names provides important social clues, spiritual insight, and understanding.

Are Canadian Voters Really This Dumb?

By Gregg Murray Ph.D. on March 01, 2015 in Caveman Politics
One of the nonpolitical shortcuts people use when evaluating politicians is their nonverbal displays—the messages they send with their facial expressions, body movement, eye contact, voice, and touch. How much does style matter over substance in politics?

Why You Can't (and Shouldn't) Be Happy Most of the Time

By Frank T McAndrew Ph.D. on March 01, 2015 in Out of the Ooze
We work very hard to reach goals, anticipating the happiness that they will bring us. After a brief fix of “yippee," however, we quickly slide back to our sorry-ass, humdrum, ordinary state of being. Studies of lottery winners and others who seem to "have it all" throw cold water on our dream of a different life. And yet, we persist. Why?

8 Warning Signs Your Lover is a Narcissist

The Mayo Clinic research group defines narcissistic personality disorder as “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration." How do you know when your romantic partner may be a narcissist? Here are eight telltale signs...

Understanding the Islamic State - A Fool's Errand?

By Frank T McAndrew Ph.D. on February 28, 2015 in Out of the Ooze
Attempts to identify the beliefs that define the "validity" of any religion are doomed to fail because of our own cognitive biases and the nature of religion itself.

Why We are all More Rational than Mr. Spock

By Eyal Winter on February 28, 2015 in Feeling Smart
Mr. Spock, Emotions, Super Rationality, Leonard Nimoy

How to Find Proof That Hope is Not Lost

By Gregg McBride on February 28, 2015 in The Weight-ing Game
The little, seemingly innocuous ways you take care of yourself are your proof that you care about yourself. And this "proof of caring" can be the first step toward committing yourself to lasting and permanent change when it comes to other matters like losing weight, embracing wellness, and/or getting healthier.

Intimate Partner Abuse: Walk Away Before the Cycle Starts

We should never live in fear of the people who say they love us.

Do Generations Exist?

By Steven Mintz Ph.D. on February 26, 2015 in The Prime of Life
Is it misleading to speak about a self-absorbed “Me Generation” or jaded, cynical GenXers, overeducated and underemployed?

9/11, President Obama and the Haunting of America

By Rupert W Nacoste Ph.D. on February 25, 2015 in A Quiet Revolution
Talk about being haunted. In the context of the shock of 9/11 and the shock of electing a non-white to the Presidency, America is filled with fear of psychological ghosts; filled with intergroup anxiety.

Malignant Narcissism and the Murder of a Parent

By Carrie Barron M.D. on February 24, 2015 in The Creativity Cure
This blog explores Malignant Narcissism and the damaging impact that it can have on family members and others.

How to Slow Down Your Busy Life

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on February 24, 2015 in Making Change
If you feel overwhelmed by the pace of your life, it is time that you slow it all down and take back control. It will make your life better and you happier. You can do this by using four basic approaches.

Missing That 'Vast Wasteland'

The real problem is that when people tell you about a series they've been watching or have watched, they never just say it's "pretty good" or "worth watching." They say it's "great!" or "incredible!" and that you just HAVE to watch it. Back in the old days, I don't remember anyone saying, "You just HAVE to watch 'Lassie'!"

The Benefits of Being Blond

Is it better to be blond? Prior research suggests that blond women enjoy a wage premium and preferential treatment from men. But does this really translate into higher lifetime earnings or better odds of marriage? And might blond men be similarly-advantaged?

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

All of us experience negative thoughts from time to time. How we manage our negative attitudes can make the difference between confidence versus fear, hope versus despair, mastery versus victimhood, and victory versus defeat. Here are eight negative attitudes of chronically unhappy people...

New Conservation Science is Misguided and Too Much About Us

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 21, 2015 in Animal Emotions
New Conservation Science argues conservation should focus on human self-interests. It is wrong-minded and ignores the magnificence of nature including the fact that other animals and diverse ecosystems have intrinsic value and should be valued for whom and what they are, not for what they can do for us. There are far too many of us and it shouldn't be all about us.

Fear and Loathing in Ferguson

Is the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri another illustration of our Borderline Society?

How To Solve The Diversity Problem

By Katerina Bezrukova Ph.D. on February 21, 2015 in Team Spirit
Can tolerance between different religious groups and races be increased or is it just something “we have to live with?”

Object Permanence In Adult Life

Eye contact, a pat on the back, a smile of appreciation, and a shared laugh-out-loud of sheer pleasure are the best and most direct signals of communication, after all.

“Islamic Extremism” vs “Violent Extremism”

Some refuse to use the term "Islamic Extremists" to describe the terrorist group, ISIS, calling them "Violent Extremists." By attributing cause and accountability, we are better able to define who they are, delineate their mission and goals, and derive solutions to stop them. Naming them DOES NOT blame, or indict non-violent Muslims - not guilt by religious association.

How Old Is Language?

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on February 19, 2015 in Language in the Mind
Can the time-depth of language be uncovered without a time-machine? Recent evidence, ranging from genetic dating, to new archaeological finds, is transforming what we know about language's vintage.

Can We All Just Get Along?

By Rupert W Nacoste Ph.D. on February 18, 2015 in A Quiet Revolution
Look, neo-diversity has come upon us very fast. Rapid social change has put each of us in situations where we have to interact with people on an equal footing, but with people who do not look like, sometimes do not even sound like, sometimes do not even believe like us.

Believe the HYPE: Hip-Hop Heals Youth

Hip-hop music as an avenue to improve mental health functioning and adjustment in youth.

What Does That Person Really Mean?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 16, 2015 in How To Do Life
For different groups, the same sentence can have a very different meaning.