Essential Reads

Does Uncertainty Breed Prejudice?

New research suggests that it does - for some people.

Viola Davis Matters

Casting with diversity in mind is good for everyone

52 Years Later: The Distortion of Martin Luther King's Dream

How the "Colorblind" and "Melting Pot" Nightmares Prevent Justice and Equality

Attitudes Toward Asexuals (ATA) Prejudice Scale

New scale taps prejudice toward a now-recognized sexual minority, asexuals.

Recent Posts on Race and Ethnicity

Does Uncertainty Breed Prejudice?

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on September 30, 2015 The Big Questions
How does the quest for certainty impact prejudice towards people who do not belong to our social groups?

Internalized Oppression: We Need to Stop Hating Ourselves

By E. J. R. David Ph.D. on September 30, 2015 Unseen and Unheard
Have you ever used bleach or skin whitening products? Have you ever refused to speak your heritage language or tried to get rid of your accent in order to fit in? Did you ever try to hide an important part of your identity—like your ethnicity or sexual orientation—because you were ashamed? Do you know someone who has? Ever heard of "Internalized Oppression"? Read on.

Borderland Journey: Stories from Deported Latinas

Women crossing the Southwest border into the United States can be treated inhumanely by the coyotes who help them cross and by the border patrol agents if they are caught. They rely, above all, on their faith to see them through.

What Is Dr. Ben Carson Talking About?

Bigotry can be about any group. Nowadays too many are confused about that fact. Anybody, you see, can be a bigot. Skin color does not prevent or absolve bigotry.

Giving Psychology Away

SPSSI's 2016 Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota will explore theme of “giving psychology away.” What does it mean to “give psychology away?” What is it that we want to give away, and how can we best do that? December 10 is the deadline to symposia, presentations, discussions, and poster ideas.

Sukkahs for Syrians

What if we Jews here and in Europe embraced our common humanity with Muslims and offered up our symbolic 'sukkah' shelters to the millions fleeing the atrocities of Syria? Human beings wandering thousands of miles, on foot, to seek refuge in Europe. Pregnant women. Newborn babies. Disabled elders. People without a country. Or shelter...

False Fear Of Feminism(FFF Syndrome)

If you are not a feminist, chances are you have an irrational and curable phobia.

Viola Davis Matters

Onscreen storytelling is only enhanced by diversity, both in front of and behind the camera. Letting a variety of people into our imaginations and our lives often yields huge rewards.

5 Facts About Asian-American Christian Shame

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on September 23, 2015 Minority Report
Asian-American Christianity is growing in the United States and abroad yet many Asians do not recognize how their cultural messages of shame negatively impacts their spiritual and emotional-well being.

70% of Wives Kill Their Husbands: I Read It on the Internet

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on September 22, 2015 Intersections
The internet and TV are wonderful sources of fictional truths. Consume multiple sources critically.

Sometimes a Joke is Not Just a Joke

Nowadays, and too often, a joke is used to camouflage anti-group feelings (i.e. prejudice). But the camouflage is itself a neo-diversity problem. Camouflage, you see, does not eliminate the bigotry of the joke. Outward, behavioral (word or deed) expression of anti-group feelings is bigotry. No matter how it is dressed, bigotry is still bigotry.

Open Letter to Angela Merkel from 100 Social Psychologists

How will Germany deal with the massive influx of Syrian refugees? Will there be a backlash--and how best to deal with it?

That's So Gay!

By Oscar Holmes IV Ph.D. on September 20, 2015 Beyond the Cubicle
Similar to the popular TV show Mythbusters, Matthew and I surveyed a large sample of people and asked them what common sayings, beliefs, and/or questions they had about LGBTQ people that they wanted to know whether or not were true. Are you LGBTQIA culturally competent? How many questions did you get right?

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Vester Flanagan

By Jay Richards Ph.D. on September 18, 2015 The Violent Mind
A critical analysis of the radically different approaches to America's race problem taken by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Vester Flanagan.

Are We Trapped Inside Patterns?

Are you trapped by the way your brain organizes patterns? Reframing meaning can change everything.

The Resilience Secret I Learned From the Apache People

By Sherry Hamby Ph.D. on September 15, 2015 The Web of Violence
I thought I knew a lot about psychology until I moved to an Apache reservation.

Will the Obama Girls Stay Up Late for Miss America 2016?

What does Vanessa Williams' return to the Miss America Pageant say about our changing society?

Skin-to-Skin Contact

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on September 10, 2015 Minority Report
We all are familiar with the stereotype of Asian families not being physical with their children (the exception being spankings). Is this a cultural issue or one of biology. I believe we are biologically hard-wired to be physically connected especially as I'm learning this as a new dad but through the years maybe culture impacts what is permissible later on in life.

Fight Song and Hero: Pop Anthems of Lonely Resilience

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on September 06, 2015 Intersections
Popular songs about resilience suggest that people should tough it out on their own, alone.

Is Gender Just A Performance and Are We All Just Performers?

Are you tired of performing gender or is it second nature. Does it always feel natural?

The Link Between Racism and PTSD

For African Americans, the experience of trauma extends beyond what we see on the news to the everyday challenges Black people face with omnipresent racism, leading to what’s known as “race-based stress and trauma.”

Stopping the Pain of Social Exclusion (Banks and Craddock)

By Amy Banks on September 06, 2015 Wired For Love
This neuroscience finding requires that we stop bifurcating pain into physical and emotional and start realizing that pain is pain and that social exclusion and marginalization are forms of violence that impact individuals and whole groups of people.

Psychology Uncovers Racism at the Movies

New research finds racial bias against movies with black leading actors and white supporting roles is rife amongst mainstream newspaper critics - resulting in an average revenue loss for these films of up to $2.57 million, per movie

Punishing the Innocent

Our "get-tough-on-crime" policies are needlessly vindictive to the children of incarcerated parents. That's mean-spirited—and short-sighted.

Crossing the Line

Undocumented immigrants may be scapegoats this election cycle, but their plight demonstrates the need for new and more humane state and national policies.

Tips for Parents to Increase Physical Activity in Children

According to research, physical activity plays an important role on academic achievement in children and adolescents. As a parent, your child is dependent on you to guide their healthy habits to cope with life. Here are a few tips to help increase physical activity in youth.

Engendering Psychology and Psychotherapy

What happens in psychotherapy when gender is given proper attention? So-called aberrant disorders are replaced with STDs-socially transmitted disorders.

Between the World and Me: Walk a Mile in Someone’s Shoes

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 Mental Mishaps
To understand someone else, the advice is to walk a mile in that person’s shoes. Putting on shoes isn’t the way into another person’s existence. I need to get inside that person’s experiences. But how can I walk a mile inside someone else’s skin? I know one way to move inside someone’s experience – and it isn’t by putting on shoes.

Limiting Abortion to Healthy Fetuses?

To make a point, states are criminalizing abortions that don't exist.

6 Ways to Overcome Your Biases for Good

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on August 20, 2015 In Practice
How to break down your own prejudices.