Essential Reads

Introducing Heterodox Academy

Organizing to Liberate Campuses and Scholarship From (Mostly Leftist) Dogma

What’s the Best Way to React to an Insult?

... and why it matters who it comes from, in what form, and in what context.

The 6 Things We All Need to Be Thankful For

First, it's a wonder we're here together at all.

Why Psychologists Never Give a Straight Answer

The challenge of describing complex phenomena in simple sound bites.

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Self Awareness

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 26, 2015 A Sideways View
Much of counselling and coaching, as well as education and therapy is about increasing self awareness. It is argued that self awareness and understanding is essential for happiness, health and well being. So how do you acquire it or increase it?

8 Secret Body Language Cues That Can Control Your Behavior

Subtle body language in others can trigger emotional, cognitive, and behavioral reactions in us -- and we may be completely unaware of them.

What If Your Mom Wore a Bone in Her Nose?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on November 26, 2015 Creating in Flow
When an anthropologist goes native and marries a woman from the Amazonian Rainforest, their son's story of growing up makes for fascinating reading.

Patients with Misophonia Require Help and Understanding

Sufferers cannot tolerate certain sounds, and avoidance leads to social isolation.

A Quick and Easy Guide to Surviving the Holidays

No matter how functional your family is you are guaranteed to be disappointed by the holidays in some way, and also to disappoint. But you can get ahead of all this with my help; forewarned is forearmed. Here are some easy do's and dont's to help you navigate through the Helliday minefields and to even possibly have a good time.

Introducing Heterodox Academy

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 Rabble Rouser
Fighting "Mirror Image McCarthyism" and Advancing Political Diversity on Campuses

All Electronic Devices Should Be Off the Thanksgiving Table

These are kids for whom it is not unusual to make a quick leap from the first awakening of sexual awareness to the first consummation of sexual experience. They haven’t had to wait for anything else--why wait for that?

Fearing the Wrong Things?

By David Myers Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 Talk Psych
Horrific terrorist acts abroad have sparked fears of international travel—and of Muslims and Syrian refugees—and warnings to "be aware" of risks. The psychological dynamics that drive exaggerated fears also were at work in 1942, as my family observed first hand.

What’s the Best Way to React to an Insult?

Insults live at the bottom of the scale of socially appropriate behavior. Because our first tendency is to be polite, especially with people we don’t know very well, it’s not always clear whether to respond in kind or turn the other cheek. Here’s some guidance for how to handle these confusing situations.

The 6 Things We All Need to Be Thankful For

From an evolutionary perspective, gratitude is a significant social emotion. It drives us to connect with others - and it works to remind us of the fact that we are always part of something larger than ourselves. Here is a list of 6 things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving (and all other days of the year as well).

How to Make a Great First Impression at Family Get-Togethers

Been invited to attend a family gathering by your "significant other" or boss? Here are 11 ways to "wow the relatives" when you're the newcomer to Thanksgiving dinners, family reunions, and other special occasions.

Why We’re Addicted to Our Smartphones, But Not Our Tablets

As mobile technology has become integrated into nearly every aspect of our lives, our smartphones are shifting from device to dependency.

Appetite for Risk: What Is Your Approach to Risk?

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 20, 2015 A Sideways View
People are quite different in their appetite for risk. Are "risky types" risky in all their behaviors: in the workplace, in their personal relationships, in the way they drive, in what they eat and drink?

A Con Artist’s Best Accomplice Is You

By Matthew Hutson on November 19, 2015 Psyched!
A couple months ago I got hustled in Istanbul, and it illuminated how much con games are like judo.

An Epidemic of Suicides

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 Hidden Motives
Why are suicide rates rising so rapidly in the U.S.?

Why Psychologists Never Give a Straight Answer

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 The Squeaky Wheel
Although I understand people’s exasperation with psychologists’ inability to give a straight answer to a seemingly simple question, there is nothing we can actually do about it. Here's why:

Have You Had a Good Argument Recently?

Engaging in constructive controversy will not only make your day more enjoyable and interesting, but it has the potential to improve your decision making, increase your creativity, and raise the level of your cognitive and moral reasoning.

Friendship Gardens – the Modern Victory Gardens

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on November 18, 2015 The Pacific Heart
A meditation about both changes in San Francisco and the necessity of community, home and belonging in this time of war and refugees. World War II called for Victory Gardens. Maybe our time of division calls for Friendship Gardens.

4 Reasons Thanksgiving is the Loneliest Holiday

By Kira Asatryan on November 18, 2015 The Art of Closeness
Can a holiday cherished for family togetherness induce the most loneliness? Absolutely. Learn why it's so common to struggle to connect with others on Thanksgiving.

How to Use Social Affinity Groups to Engage Customers

A simple, cheap and effective method to use current social memberships of customers to influence their long-term behaviors.

Why Is Your Relationship a Secret?

Historically, the closest a young woman could get to having power was to have sex with a man who had it. If the powerful man desires a woman privately, could he really deny publicly that she's the love of his life?

5 Ways to Defuse Holiday Stress

By Peg Streep on November 17, 2015 Tech Support
Is the thought of the holiday season getting you down or making you anxious? If so, you're not alone...

Why Are So Many People Unhappy?

Our brain evolved to scan for danger and we end up with a constant sense of threat until we know how we're creating it. Then you can easily rewire yourself to see the world in new ways.

Prisoner 819 did a bad thing…Prisoner 819 did a bad thing…

By Kevin Bennett on November 16, 2015 Modern Minds
What happens when you lock a group of college males in the basement for a two-week experiment? Find out this week on DVD.

My Return to Theism

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on November 15, 2015 One Among Many
Theism – Atheism is a false dichotomy. Setting aside deism as anemic theism, I distinguish between theism with love and theism without love. The former is easy to refute, as has been done many times by children and philosophers. The latter is far more resistant to disproof and psychologically more plausible.

Addicts and Non-Addicts: The New Odd Couple

By Amy Dresner on November 13, 2015 Coming Clean
Want a reality check about your addiction? Date outside the recovery circle.

Will This Turkey Inspire You to Trust People?

By Kevin Bennett on November 13, 2015 Modern Minds
Here's what might happen after your Thanksgiving meal this year.

Research Reveals New Risks for Daily Social Media Users

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on November 13, 2015 Motivate!
Social media usage is rampant, but the seemingly innocuous practice can be lethal to psychological health. Are you or your loved ones vulnerable to the hidden consequences of device devotion?

Six Thanksgiving Traps and How to Avoid Them

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 13, 2015 How To Do Life
Making sure you're not the Thanksgiving turkey.

7 Things Only Narcissists Do

Recognizing the signs of narcissism is the first step in effectively dealing with a narcissist.