Essential Reads

A Tipping Point: We've Finally Noticed Boys' Struggles

Parents and grandparents of boys, take heart: Their time has come.

Secrets Your Brain Hides From You

A look "under the hood" of your most mysterious organ

How a Suggestion Can Change Your Life

Whatever you think might happen—probably will.

Are Muslim Arabs Especially Fatalistic?

Moroccan students offer insights into fatalistic thinking in the Islamic world.

Recent Posts on Race and Ethnicity

Life Expectancy

By Mario D Garrett PhD on March 26, 2015 in iAge
Check a dictionary and the entry for Life Expectancy is wonder so many people misunderstand the concept.

A Tipping Point: We've Finally Noticed Boys' Struggles

For several years now a bipartisan group, which includes experts in the area of boys’ issues and fatherhood—and many of these are women, some of whom strongly identify as feminists—has been pushing for a White House Council on Boys and Men which would parallel the one that President Obama established for women and girls shortly after he took office in 2009.

Racism: Our Collective Complicity, Denial and Naiveté

To honestly confront the psychological illness of racism, America needs a true mirror, one that reflects our light and our shadow; one that provokes a real moral and spiritual awakening.

Who Needs Marriage?

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on March 24, 2015 in Time Out
Diversity, inequality and social change are an important context in which to view the decline in marriage and other changes in American family life.

Ethical (and Effective) Letters for Job Seekers

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 23, 2015 in How To Do Life
Job-seekers' letters are much more likely to be helpful if they are more human, honest and devoid of job-seeker jargon than the typical such letter. And your letter is much more likely to meet those criteria if you write it yourself, even if it's less well-written than if you hire a resume writer.

Secrets Your Brain Hides From You

Why you can't trust your brain

Whipping Horses: A Critical Analysis Shows It is Unwarranted

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on March 22, 2015 in Animal Emotions
The British Horseracing Authority's (BHA) conclusion that whipping horses is okay, that it is in the best interests of horse safety, is flawed. The BHA "is an organisation that exists to promote, as well as regulate, the racing industry," and the authors of a recent critique note that many of the BHA's conclusions are not supported by available data.

Cancer Risk and Weight: Our Body and "Pathologies of Space"

Being overweight or obese has been associated with metabolic abnormalities such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and abnormal triglyceride and cholesterol levels, as well as cardiac disease, osteoarthritis, and even sleep apnea. Researchers also have found strong associations between excessive body weight and many forms of cancer. Women are even more at risk than men.

How a Suggestion Can Change Your Life

By Polly Campbell on March 20, 2015 in Imperfect Spirituality
We are influenced by all kinds of things. But knowing that, we can use those external influences to shape success.

What Schizophrenia Teaches Us About Perception

By Allie Burke on March 20, 2015 in Paper Souls
The very definition of schizophrenia stigmatizes the entire human race as a parallel universe, thereby refusing the reality of exclusivity.

The Urge to Connect

A 3 billion year perspective on where the human race is headed

Do You Like Your Sister?

Sympathy, compassion, understanding, respect, generosity and a willingness to forgive are essential features of every important relationship, including ones between members of an immediate family.

Clarifying Racism: Selma Lord, Selma

So for those who wonder why Psychology Today is publishing blogs about racism, the answer is straightforward.

Bigotry on Campus

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on March 17, 2015 in Time Out
Why do racism and anti-Semitism continue to be a problem on college campuses in 2015? And what should we do about it?

Are Muslim Arabs Especially Fatalistic?

Many commentators claim that Muslim Arabs are fatalistic, that they believe what happens in life is mostly beyond their control. Are these claims valid?

Empowered by Love

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on March 16, 2015 in The Empowerment Diary
In honor of National Women's Month, the focus is on empowering women and humanity. Empowerment means to unlock your inner voice and to affect change to self and others. In order for the process to begin, love for self and humanity must be present.

Stark Racial Disparities in Kidney Disease Treatment

A comprehensive, streamlined, and coordinated-care evaluation experience may reduce negative perceptions of the healthcare system.

The Journal of Social Issues--50 Years Ago

Fifty years ago the Journal of Social Issues published a special volume on "The Negro American Personality." While the language is dated--and the subject itself sounds questionable to modern ears--some of the concerns from 1964 remain relevant.

Guided Imagery can Relieve Anxiety

Guided imagery can help people struggling with anxiety

Want to Live Longer? Make Good Friends.

By Dawn C. Carr MGS, Ph.D. on March 15, 2015 in The Third Age
It may be surprising, but who you choose as a friend matters, and so does the quality of those friendships. Good relationships have a potent beneficial impact on your health.

Eyes on the Prize: A Review of Selma (2014)

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D. on March 12, 2015 in Intersections
Films like Selma offer us an opportunity to consider where we are today in regards to race relations and civil rights.

Where's the Racism at the University of Oklahoma?

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity members free and "fun" use of the idea of lynching is disturbing because it shows the cavalier thoughts about the value of a black life. No one can make an excuse for that hate. Yet, none of the fraternity members are racist; they are bigots.

Oklahoma Fraternity Incident, Just a “Joke?"

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on March 10, 2015 in Without Prejudice
Psychologists often study the up-side of humor (well-being, social bonding). But what are the implications of passing off derogatory communications, such as jokes or chants, as harmless and thus not to be judged seriously?

Is the Intense Pressure to Succeed Sabotaging Our Children?

Last week, a 13-year-old killed himself after receiving an email from his school that he was behind in his homework. What is the toll of putting so much academic and extracurricular pressure on children? What can parents, teachers, and policy makers do to break this vicious cycle and reduce the insanity of the K-12 rat race of trying to get into an A-list college?

Finding Meaning in Work

By Steven Mintz Ph.D. on March 10, 2015 in The Prime of Life
How can we find significance and purpose in work in today's economy?

A Follow-Up Conversation About Colorblindness

We are only post-racial in that racial-bigotry is not the only form of bigotry people have to deal with.

Sexism, Bias, Disadvantage, Science, and Integrity

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on March 10, 2015 in Rabble Rouser
A frank discussion about the existence of sexism and other biases distorting social psychology and STEM fields.

Universities Not Immune to Implicit Bias

Implicit bias is evident across academic departments, including in the sciences, where one might be tempted to believe that applications are more likely to be evaluated objectively.

Why We're in Need of Music

In Arthur C. Clarke’s novel Childhood’s End, a highly cerebral species of aliens known as the Overlords have been studying the human race from their spaceship, but they have encountered one puzzle they cannot solve. Why do humans spend so much of their time playing with, listening to, and preoccupied by meaningless tonal patterns—something the humans call music?

Are Pregnancy, Marriage, and Divorce Contagious?

We think our relationship decisions are decisions we make: but are we being influenced by our friends?