Essential Reads

The Reality of Whiteness

Why are some white people so reluctant to acknowledge racism and white privilege? Opening minds and hearts to the need for more progress.

Taking a Stand When Taking a Knee

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Mental Mishaps
How we rewrite and romanticize memories of protests.

Why Is Doing Arithmetic With Fractions So Difficult?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in Talking Apes
We may never use algebra or geometry, but we can’t avoid fractions in our daily lives. Although fractions are difficult, there are ways to improve the way we teach them.
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To Kneel or Stand: The National Anthem

By Michael B. Brennan PsyD on September 26, 2017 in The War Within
Would you kneel or stand?

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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.

How Are African Americans Doing? I: Violence and Segregation

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Addiction in Society
African Americans' status has deteriorated over the last 50 years, while whites strive to isolate themselves from black problems. Liberals do so while denying this segregation.

Racism Is Everywhere…or Is It, Really?

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on October 07, 2017 in Adaptive Behavior
Should some speech be suppressed? When is in not legitimate to present both sides of an argument?

How Alienation Manifests in the Public Education System

Research examines dimensions of alienation in the lives of youth.

What Do Biracial People Have to Teach Us about the World?

By Tiffany McLain LMFT on October 04, 2017 in Living Between Worlds
In an increasingly polarized social and political environment, where black-and-white thinking prevails, multiracial Americans have valuable lessons to share.

Allegiance to What?

“Who” and “what” are we respecting when we proclaim our devotion to country? And who gets to say what our expressions of commitment – or non-commitment – "mean"?
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Why Is It Important for Black Parents to Talk About Racism?

Research shows that talking about racism is protective against negative mental health for Black youth.

How Much Diversity Can We Handle?

When we embrace diversity, we reap benefits in the long term, with much conflict in the short term.
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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.