Essential Reads

To Be American: Is Drinking Coca-Cola Enough?

By Arash Emamzadeh on February 15, 2018 in Finding a New Home
What does it mean to acculturate? It's more complex than once thought.

Why Racial Violence Keeps Us Trapped In Fear

is racial violence going to disappear? What are the disadvantages to racial violence? Defining racial violence

More Empathy for the Privileged?

By Jennifer Baker Ph.D. on February 06, 2018 in For the Love of Wisdom
Can we solve the problem of racism by "showing up" and "doing the work?" The limits of Brené Brown's approach to racism.

Immigrant Acculturation: All the World's a Stage

By Arash Emamzadeh on February 02, 2018 in Finding a New Home
Did you know that acculturation has a few things in common with acting in a play?

More Posts on Race and Ethnicity

Did the Election of a Black Man Inadvertently Harm Women?

The backlash against Barack Obama has turned toxic.

Why Did Diversity Become a Bad Word?

"Diversity" is one of the seven words banned by the Trump administration. But research indicates that diversity can benefit everyone.

Congress Needs to Take Immediate Action on DACA

Identifying ways to move forward on DACA is a bipartisan concern. Without congressional action, the Administration will begin a phase-out of DACA on March 5, 2018.

A Gameplan for Combating Oppression

How work on race can inform efforts to combat class divisions.

Religion and Mental Health: What is the Link?

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on December 18, 2017 in Talking About Men
A growing body of research indicates that religious belief and practice can promote good mental health, as well as foster recovery from mental illness.

Tired of Arguing About Politics, Race, or Social Policy?

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Tired of arguing about politics? You may even be dreading family or social gatherings this holiday season. But you can build bridges, not walls, with compassion and warmth.

What Role Does Dehumanization Play in Human Cruelty?

How are we supposed to square the humanizing conception of those targeted for oppression with the dehumanizing and othering tendencies that feed the motivation to oppress?

America’s Mission Statement Is Our Light Against Bigotry

By Rupert W Nacoste Ph.D. on December 06, 2017 in A Quiet Revolution
America's mission statement is "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal." Here's how you can use that light to stand up against everyday bigotry.

Judicial Notebook: Racism in Jury Deliberations

In October 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court heard two cases that explore the extent to which racial bias can be remedied when it infects jury deliberations.

What’s In a Name?

Changing your name can help you be accepted, but there are costs and benefits.

Mandatory Implicit Bias Training Is a Bad Idea

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on December 02, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Mandatory implicit bias training is all the rage. And seriously counterproductive.
Confederate Flag sinisamaric1 CC0

You Can Love Your Country and Still Take a Knee

We are more divided than ever. The controversy over "taking a knee" and honoring our country reflects how we confuse signs and symbols. Here's a better way to think about it.

Empowering Students of Color (Part 6 of 8)

Authors Thompson and Thompson share strategies from their book Yes, You Can!: Advice for Teachers Who Want a Great Start and a Great Finish With Their Students of Color.

The Mental Health Impact of 'Blame a Black Man Syndrome'

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Talking About Men
Data suggests that black men have high rates of wrongful conviction. This can ruin individual lives, creating fear and mistrust in black communities. This can damage mental health.

You Can't Be Mad At Your Mind for Having Unconscious Biases

By Elizabeth R Thornton on November 15, 2017 in The Objective Leader
You Can't Be Mad at Your Mind for Having Unconscious Biases You can be proud of yourself for overcoming your biases with the help of a Bias Transformation Worksheet

Making Space for White Mothers of Biracial Children

By Tiffany McLain LMFT on November 15, 2017 in Living Between Worlds
For white parents, having a biracial child is an eye-opening experience. It's time for society to make room to help these parents grow into their new roles.

American Bigotry: Now It’s Personal

By Rupert W Nacoste Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in A Quiet Revolution
Today we are seeing the panic that results when a sense of group superiority is no longer supported by legal social structures.
Altha Stewart, used with permission

A Historic Election

Is it about time?

Adolescent Identities and Our Biases

Are you wondering what it can mean to affirm adolescence? Let's talk about identities adolescents are coming to understand, and the biases that may be directed towards them.

Filipinos, Colonial Mentality, and Mental Health

By E. J. R. David Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Unseen and Unheard
Ever wanted some empirical or "scientific" data on colonial mentality and its psychological implications among Filipinos? Well, the efforts have begun and here is some basic info.

Is the Grass Greener on the Other Side?

Moving to a new place can be alluring. But social connectedness is more important for your health than where you move.

"I'm Sorry If I Caused Offense": How Not to Apologize

By Joe Pierre M.D. on October 29, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Yuli Gurriel's apology for a racial slur was a pseudo-apology. Here's how to make it right.

Do Minorities Have Equal Access to All Emotions?

Where a person lies in the hierarchy set by society determines which emotions to express and which to suppress.

How Are African Americans Doing? II: Economics and Education

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in Addiction in Society
In economics and educational opportunity, African Americans have barely been keeping pace in recent decades (if even doing that well), even as whites overestimate their status.

Me Too!

The original questions of feminist psychotherapy have finally become public questions for us all. Why did it take so long?

What Does Identity Have to Do With Inequality?

Does identity explain inequality?

Don’t Just Blame Facebook for Fake News: It’s Us, Too

Is social media use a race to the bottom of our brainstems?

Empowering Students of Color (Part 5 of 8)

Authors Thompson and Thompson share strategies from their book Yes, You Can!: Advice for Teachers Who Want a Great Start and a Great Finish With Their Students of Color.