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What's Wrong With Locker Room Talk?

In the wake of Donald Trump's lewd comments, there's a debate about whether "locker room talk" is really all that bad.

World Mental Health Day: Let's Break the Stigma

10 Common Warning Signs: Identifying a mental health condition.

Emotion Perception Across Cultures

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in Between Cultures
Culture influences how we perceive facial expressions in subtle yet important ways.

Rethinking Prejudice

Prejudice is a “resource system,” an arsenal of weaponry–cultural, social, and personal–that remains in storage most of the time but can be taken out and used strategically.

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Nutrition Trauma and Traditional Foods and Medicines

Food is either medicine or it is poison, and people who experience traumatic stress require food that is medicine; food that is poison exacerbates the effects of trauma on the mind
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Why Is It Impossible to Not Judge People?

It is impossible to meet someone and make zero internal judgments about them. Just like it is impossible to look at a word and not read it.

Why does Violence Persist?

Are gender and race real or invented?

Why Do We Tell Boys to "Man Up"?

How does telling your son to "man up" impact him later in life. This is what the research tells us.

This Election Is Not Just About You

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on October 14, 2016 in Quite Queerly
America is about freedom and opportunity for all, not just a few.

Don't Touch Our White Women!

By Peter Glick Ph.D. on October 14, 2016 in The Enquiry
Why did the Access Hollywood tape uniquely lead White male conservatives to defect from Trump? To preserve a benevolently sexist self-image as women's protectors and providers.

"Go Back to Your F!%#* Country!"

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on October 12, 2016 in Minority Report
You can be a fourth-generation Asian-American fully assimilated to this country but all of it can be dismissed with one dismissive comment. This happened to Michael Luo...

Why Some People Don't Apologize

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on October 12, 2016 in Just Listen
Have we reached such a point of incivility that a sincere, heartfelt, remorse filled apology is an idea whose time has come and gone?

Metaphors Help Explain Tough Topics Like Bias

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in Thinking About Kids
Metaphors can help us understand complex, emotionally charged topics like sexual consent and microaggressions.

The Gender Gap in the Presidential Race

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on October 06, 2016 in Intentional Insights
How emotional intelligence and gender norms for emotional expression might impact the presidential race

How Parents Inadvertently Foster Racism

Parents inadvertently cultivate a twisted superiority that hitches a ride on racial categories.

Educating the Educators About 21st Century Youth and Policy

By APA Division 15 on October 04, 2016 in PsychEd
America’s mostly white and female teaching force does not reflect the broad diversity of students they serve. As a result, there is a widening student-teacher “culture gap."

Was Tyre King’s Shooting Justified?

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on October 03, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Research-based approaches can help us think in rational ways about racial profiling, implicit bias, and other emotionally polarizing topics.

You Can Be Fired for Wearing Dreadlocks

A federal court and court of appeals held that an Alabama company had the right to rescind its offer of employment to an African American woman who insisted on wearing dreadlocks.

Five Lessons We Learned from the “Mail Order Family" Fiasco

By E. J. R. David Ph.D. on October 01, 2016 in Unseen and Unheard
NBC faced widespread backlash for attempting to develop a sitcom about a Filipina "mail order bride." Now that the project has been stopped, how do we not repeat the same mistake?

A New Science of Human Evolution—and Evolutionary Psychiatry

A new book highlights the revolution sweeping through evolution thanks to genomics and sets a precedent that the imprinted brain theory has already followed.

Respect Differences: Learn From the Boy Who Lived With Seals

By clinging to what divides us from others, we only hurt ourselves.

Bringing Methods of "The Voice" to the Presidential Debates

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 27, 2016 in Just Listen
What if the Presidential debates could be cleansed of persona and personality and see what content shows through.

The Prejudice That Infects Both the Alt-Right and Far Left

By Peter Glick Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in The Enquiry
Why do anti-Semitic conspiracy theories persist and why does this prejudice infect opposite ends of the political spectrum?

White Sensitivity Is Like Black Sensitivity

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on September 26, 2016 in Feeling Our Way
Being put in your body unexpectedly is status-lowering, whatever color your skin is.

Continue to BE Uncomfortable

By Josephine Ensign DrPH on September 25, 2016 in Catching Homelessness
On the importance of getting out of your comfort zone and confronting racism in constructive ways.

Using Harry Potter to Address Racial and Other Prejudices

Are news stories about racial tensions causing you anxiety? Research on Harry Potter offers a new perspective on prejudice reduction.

Going Beyond the Surface for Filipin@ American History Month

By E. J. R. David Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in Unseen and Unheard
We invite everyone–those with Filipin@ heritage and those without– to take it to the next level and get to know our communities beyond our traditional clothing, dances, and foods.

Mindfulness for All

By Susan M. Pollak MTS, Ed.D., on September 21, 2016 in The Art of Now
Can mindfulness and compassion reduce racial bias?

Colin Kaepernick’s Protest is as Patriotic as Apple Pie

By Rupert W Nacoste Ph.D. on September 14, 2016 in A Quiet Revolution
America is …ready for some football. But by not standing for the national anthem NFLer Colin Kapernick reminds us of Americas intergroup tensions; us-versus-them anger takes over.

It Is Time for Us to Evolve

By Elizabeth R Thornton on September 13, 2016 in The Objective Leader
To move beyond the increasingly divisive issues of racism and bias, human beings must evolve. We have the power right now to do so. Will you choose to evolve?

Why I Still Don’t Like Diversity Events

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on September 13, 2016 in Feeling Our Way
Humility itself becomes a perfectionistic ideal, and it’s alarming how arrogant people can become about how self-effacing they are.

Why Clinton’s “Basket of Deplorables” Is Not Romney’s “47%”

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on September 12, 2016 in Intersections
Was Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" comment vicious and vile, or a truthful gaffe?

Is Restorative Justice Exhausting?

By Mikhail Lyubansky Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in Between the Lines
School teachers and staff are already stretched thin. Is restorative justice the final straw?

Preventing Suicide in Youth: Steps for Parents and Teachers

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is a serious mental health issue that is often associated with depression. With help suicide is preventable.