Essential Reads

Race as a Social Construction

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in Without Prejudice
With the release of an autobiography by the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, a biracial South African man, there are renewed questions about how we categorize people into racial groups.

You Can't Oppose Hate by "Opposing Hate"

By Michael Mascolo Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Values Matter
We often think that protesting against bigotry will make it go away. It won't.

Anxious About Hate Crimes?

By Patty Chang Anker on November 28, 2016 in Some Nerve
Hate crimes are in the news, minorities feel vulnerable and friends feel powerless to help. Here are 5 ways we can meet bias incidents head on.

Can People Overcome Their Implicit Biases?

Vice President-Elect Mike Pence probably underestimates the pervasiveness and the near inevitability of implicit bias.

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From Client to Counselor

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 09, 2016 in Minority Report
I grew up in a traditional Chinese immigrant household which stressed the virtues of collectivism, harmony, and honor. In a way, my upbringing shaped my sex addiction.

Trump Wins: Is America Headed Toward a New Racism?

By Rupert W Nacoste Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in A Quiet Revolution
Once he is inaugurated as president, Trump will have the power to propose policies that mirror his anti-group campaign rhetoric; we must understand that prejudice is not racism.

From Rags to Riches: Dominique Brown Reflects on Leveling Up

By Tiffany McLain LMFT on December 05, 2016 in Living Between Worlds
Dominique Brown grew up straddling the poverty line and went on to create a 7-figure income. Here's what his story can teach us about the rewards and challenges of upward mobility.

Navel Gazing

Most psychologists study people like themselves. But one size does not fit all with psychology research findings.

More About Race and Police Violence

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Pop Psych
When it comes to those killed by police, white officers are not more likely to kill black citizens than black officers; it's actually the reverse.

Post-Election Stress: Tips for Easing Children’s Anxiety

With the influx of social media, it is inevitable that children and adults will be exposed to political topics over the next few weeks. Here are some times for talking with kids.

Vanishing Grandmothers and the Decline of Empathy

Find out why empathy is declining, why grandmothers matter, and why disappearing cultures can show us a unique recipe to nurture compassionate children and happy people.

4 Questions to Ask Before Wearing a Safety Pin

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Considering wearing a safety pin? Make sure to ask these 4 questions to avoid the hidden dangers of wearing the pin!

Writing the Truth With Empathy and Ethics

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
Rebecca Skloot’s masterpiece on Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa story is also a study in the difficult art of sticking to the facts.

You’re Not a Bad Person: Facing Privilege Can Be Liberating

By Miki Kashtan Ph.D. on November 25, 2016 in Acquired Spontaneity
Time and time again I notice just how simple and strong it is to own and acknowledge my privilege where I have it, and to do so without guilt and shame.

Reflections from Standing Rock

By Mikhail Lyubansky Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Between the Lines
A report from Standing Rock and our attempt to stand in solidarity with native people who are fighting for their right to water, land, and liberation

The Worst Problem in American Politics?

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 19, 2016 in Intentional Insights
How do we deal with the worst problem in US politics? This post has a few research-based suggestions!

When It's Not About Race Per Se

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in Pop Psych
If it turns out racism isn't the cause of the issue you hope to address, spending your time addressing racism won't be as productive as you'd like.

Why Are We So Divided?

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in Trust
Sometimes we prefer not to know about the problems faced by other people.
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The Biology of Bigotry

By James M Sherlock on November 18, 2016 in Great (Ape) Expectations
It is commonly assumed that prejudice is purely a product of society; however, substantial evidence indicates that bigotry may be more deeply rooted than we thought.

The Beauty of Being Bound

By E. J. R. David Ph.D. on November 17, 2016 in Unseen and Unheard
This is a time to bring the fullness of who we are as psychologists to the forefront, to stand in solidarity with our communities that are under assault.

Election 2016: Hate Trumps Love

By Joye Swan Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in Up Close and Personal
Despite the protestations of Clinton supporters that Love Trumps Hate, psychology tells us, and the election bares out, that Hate, as a form of fear, trumps Love.

Winning the Battle Inside Your Mind

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in All about Anxiety
It’s 35 degrees this morning, and partway through a 3,000-meter race, I go into panic mode. I can’t breathe. Suddenly, the battle is not on the water but is inside my own mind.

What’s Behind Our Snap Judgments?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 15, 2016 in How To Do Life
An Up-and-Comer Interview with Jon Freeman

Why school climate matters with a President Trump

Incidents of biased harassment are on the rise. What this mean for parents and educators and what you can do.

Shaun King’s Timeline

We need to understand what is happening around America right now.

Self-Care Is Resistance

Self-care is not only a form of self-love, it is a form of resistance.

Loving Across Party Lines

By Alexandra Solomon Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in Loving Bravely
Did you and your partner cancel out each other's votes in the presidential election? If so, here are some ways to bridge that difference and find your way back to common ground.

Constructing and Deconstructing Prejudice

Prejudicial resources must be deconstructed at all the five stages of judgment—and shown to be defective as a framework for living in a civil society.

What if Women Controlled Our Own Bodies?

If girls and women did not have to think about the dangers of going out alone

Fighting My White Male Privilege—A Confession

By David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC on November 01, 2016 in Art on Trial
Before exploring anti-oppressive practices in therapy, do I need to to address my own white male privilege? In this current political and societal climate, it is imperative.

PsySR Stands with the Standing Rock Sioux

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Dangerous Ideas
The actions of the Standing Rock Sioux offer an inspiring model for everyone who wants a sustainable human future and an end to political-economic oppression.

Making Ofrenda With Our Clients

Engage children teens and adults with a culturally meaningful art project for Day of the Dead or Halloween