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Imposter Syndrome and Fear of Failure

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on December 10, 2017 in Trust
When we feel like the token minority, it's not surprising that we fear being uncovered as a 'fraud.'

Global Mental Health Challenges and Remedies in Chicago

By  Stevan Weine, M.D. on December 07, 2017 in Cafes Around the World
Are there global mental health problems in our university's backyard?

How Culture Affects Depression

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on December 06, 2017 in Between Cultures
The meaning and symptoms of depression can vary around the world. So can the ways people cope with it.

Political Overconfidence

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on November 26, 2017 in Without Prejudice
President Trump is not alone in stating that complex and time-consuming tasks can be accomplished easily. Is this a political phenomenon, or basic human nature?

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Suicide Prevention: Warning Signs and Keys to Prevention

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Here is what the science says about prevention.

45’s NFL Comments: A New Low for the American Presidency

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on September 26, 2017 in Intersections
Is the President's twitter habit wearing you out? Why his latest tirade, which he says isn't about race, really is.

When Pretty White Women Kill.

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on September 25, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
When an attractive young, white woman goes on trial for murder, a public feeding frenzy ensues for graphic images and information about the case in the media.

The Oreos Bullying Lawsuit

By Izzy Kalman on September 25, 2017 in Resilience to Bullying
Rather than eliminating bullying, laws often foment hostilities. The current race-based lawsuit against Hand Middle School in South Carolina is a prime example.
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Latino Lives

By The Research Lab on September 25, 2017 in The Fundamentals
Who will care for us when we get old? By Jacqueline Angel, Ph.D.

Asian Shame & Perfectionism

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on September 23, 2017 in Minority Report
Asian shame can impact perfectionism. Whether it's the drive to succeed academically, vocationally, or relationally...the deeper fear with Asian perfectionism is being rejected...

Conservatism Predicts Lapses Back to Meat Consumption

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Without Prejudice
Although those on the right eat more meat in general, some nonetheless attempt to quit. New research provides insights into why they may struggle.

Moving from Fault to Cause

By Miki Kashtan Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Acquired Spontaneity
I am confident that fighting back, name calling, shaming, denouncing, and other similar tactics recently are feeding rather than quelling this upsurge of white supremacy.

Playing Hurt

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Ethics for Everyone
A vulnerable and inspiring story from sportscaster John Saunders.
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The "One-Two" Method

A positive perspective is important and useful—but acknowledging feelings before shifting to rationality can be valuable.

4 Ways Culture Impacts Acceptance of Mental Health Problems

By Lauren Mizock Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in Cultural Competence
Four cultural factors that impact the process of acceptance of a mental health problem.
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The Psychology Behind Racism

Can racism and other forms of bigotry be categorized as mental illnesses?

Can Brain Imaging Teach Us Anything about Racism?

Confused and exasperated over recent events in Charlottesville? Here's a look into what neuroscience can and can't tell us about racism.

Racism Hides Behind The Small Things People Say And Do

By Monnica T Williams Ph.D. on September 04, 2017 in Culturally Speaking
New research finds that White college students who engage in microaggressions are more likely to have racist attitudes.

Light After the Darkness of the American Eclipse

David Baron’s “American eclipse” is not about bigotry. But bigotry is part of the intergroup context of America that must be shown even in a book about early American astronomy.

Hate at Home

Dehumanizing others makes it easier to intimidate and threaten violence on people who are not people.
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Treating Nazis: Analytic Considerations on Hate

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on August 28, 2017 in Full Living
Hate is a normal part of the human condition. What separates us from those in hate groups is we had a childhood that helped us learn how to manage our feelings.
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Teaching Kids the Difference Between Prejudice and Respect

By Azmaira H. Maker Ph.D. on August 26, 2017 in Helping Kids Cope
Help your children cope with going back to school in tumultuous times.
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Understanding Hate in the Wake of Charlottesville

The tendency to dehumanize the "other" was on display in Charlottesville.

Old-Fashioned and Modern Racism At Play Post-Charlottesville

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on August 24, 2017 in Presence of Mind
A social-psychologist explains how white hate groups and some politicians exploit the dynamics of prejudice and how Confederate monuments cause psychological and social harm.

Empowering Students of Color (Part 3 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 Ethics of Engineering

By Chester S Spell Ph.D. on August 22, 2017 in Team Spirit
Life is full of ethical dilemmas. We asked project teams of civil engineering students to respond to some of them while designing a toll highway.

Projection in Race Relations

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on August 22, 2017 in The Me in We
Considering projective mechanisms in U.S. race relations.

Mom? Dad? Can I Have Lunch with a Nazi?

By Linda M. Woolf Ph.D., on August 21, 2017 in The Fight Against Hate
If your child asked if it was okay to have lunch with a stranger who is a Nazi or KKK, chances are you would say “No.” So, is your child at risk for exposure to a hate group?

Top 10 Concerns Parents Have for Their Own Kids (and Others)

By Christopher Bergland on August 21, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Bullying/cyberbullying, internet safety, racial inequities, and school violence top parents' list of concerns for their children's well-being, according to a new 2017 report.

Mind the Gap

When those who fall outside of the dominant culture are judged because they fall outside of the dominant culture, are they given an equal opportunity?

Thresholds for Racism

Some people have high thresholds for racism. But subtle racism is more widespread than blatant racism. An awareness of history can improve accuracy in detecting racism.

The Civil War Continues in Charlottesville

The science of social connection explains the allure of racist supremacist movements, and what we can do to reverse bias and discrimination.
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The Virtues of Science-Based Thinking

By Mona S Weissmark Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Justice Matters
Did science-based thinking help pave the way for the Gates Foundation motto, “All lives have equal value"?

Where Do You Really Stand in the Wake of Charlottesville?

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Following the Charlottesville riots, reactions are disturbingly mixed. Here’s how to strengthen your thinking about the effects of racism.