Essential Reads

Maybe It’s Harder to Kill Yourself Than You Picture

By Peter Toohey Ph.D. on February 09, 2016 in Annals of the Emotions
Is thinking about suicide ever therapeutic?

How to Make Public Bike-Sharing More Popular

Many consumers see urban bicycling as risky. Managing riders' physical risk perceptions is crucial for adoption & growth of ride-sharing programs.
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Why Do I Feel So Awkward?

The hit show 'Hamilton' reminds us that “awkward” can be an opportunity.

6 Ways of Using Facebook to Get and Keep a Date

Can social media help you get a lover and maintain a relationship? According to the research, social networking sites can offer unique advantages for finding love. Learn more here.

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Little Treasure, Little Sun, Little Mouse

Idiosyncratic communication among couples is associated with relationship satisfaction.

Here's the Article I've Always Wanted to Write

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 Living Single
Here's my briefest, most compelling case for why all those claims about the transformative power of getting married are wrong.

Can People Fall in Love Through Text Conversation?

By Kira Asatryan on February 08, 2016 The Art of Closeness
The answer, according to one study, is “probably not.” Learn why!

Analysing and Managing your Boss

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 07, 2016 A Sideways View
How smart is your boss? What is their personality profile? What really motivates them at work? The more you know about him or her the easier it is to manage them.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Single Life

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 07, 2016 Living Single
What would you like to know about single people or single life? You will probably find answers here.

Alone Together and Going Downhill

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on February 05, 2016 Play in Mind
Skiers who tune in tune out of the social side of skiing; insulated and cocooned this way, they miss attunement itself—a vital communal component of play.

The Most Beautiful Embrace of Solitude and Single Life

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 05, 2016 Living Single
The most beautiful expression of the single-at-heart sentiment was written nearly 200 years ago by the poet John Keats.

Combating Stigma Associated with Mental Illness

Often dealing with stigma by the mentally ill involves expectations for other, non-mentally ill people to change. This article examines practical steps to overcome stigma.

Is Nostalgia a Fountain of Youth?

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 More Than Mortal
My research lab has tested and found evidence for the assertion that people feel younger after engaging in nostalgia.

High Profits

High Profits is an 8-part series about Colorado’s marijuana legalization law. It shows the actual issues that arose, which differed from the ones commonly hypothesized or feared.

The Lousy Game

By Bernard L. De Koven on February 02, 2016 On Having Fun
Fun, like lousy and well-played, is a measure whose presence or absence has as significant an impact on the quality of the game as does “lousy” and “well-played.”

The Argumentative, Paranoid and Vigilant Manager

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 A Sideways View
Is a little paranoia a healthy reaction to the modern office where so much of your behaviour is monitored?

The Surprising Link Between Compassion and Success

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 Feeling It
Why nice guys do finish first.

Cam, Class, and Color

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on February 01, 2016 Minority Report
Have you wondered why Cam Newton is getting so much vitriol and attention as he will soon make his first Superbowl appearance? Well some believe it's because he's Black....

Everything Doesn’t Happen For A Reason

“Going through something” includes change or loss, whether anticipated or unexpected, that contributes to disappointment, sadness, or even devastation.

Creativity in Time and Place

The Leonardos of the world have appeared in clusters over historical time and geographical space. Popular writer Eric Weiner tries to make sense of it for you, sort of.

For Those About to Rock…Here are 5 Sensational Ideas

By Kevin Bennett on January 29, 2016 Modern Minds
Learn 5 new ways to be inspired by live music and improve your next concert experience.

Warning! Don't Date Online When You're Lonely

By Kira Asatryan on January 29, 2016 The Art of Closeness
It's tempting... but online dating will only make your loneliness worse.

The Consequences of Playing Playfully

By Bernard L. De Koven on January 29, 2016 On Having Fun
Is being playful good for you? Just being playful? For no reason other than the fun of it?

Binge-Watching: If You're Feeling Ashamed, Get Over it

Binge watching describes watching multiple episodes of a TV show in one sitting. There is nothing wrong with it, so if you’re feeling ashamed of yourself, get over it. Here's why.

6 Things Never to Say to a Friend Dealing With a Breakup

Sometimes, avoiding what NOT to say is just as important as saying the right thing.

6 Simple Strategies for Being Happy Alone

By Kira Asatryan on January 26, 2016 The Art of Closeness
You don't need anyone else to get happy.

Can this Friendship be Saved?

Anything is possible when it comes to relationships. But if you're trying to fix one, you need to be clear in your goal.

How to Live Compassionately: Forgive Yourself Forgive Others

Forgiveness is an act of compassion, the latter meaning reaching out to yourself and others to alleviate suffering. Forgiving yourself and forgiving others does just that.

The Myth of “Breastfeeding is Optional”

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 24, 2016 Moral Landscapes
The book, Lactivism, purports to shoot down breastfeeding. Let’s examine its wrong baselines and assumptions. Breastfeeding is not an option for a baby who wants to develop well.

Should the Social Media Be Called the Antisocial Media?

Some people who commented in an on-line forum on a suicide in Sweden showed a shocking callousness. Did they express it simply because they could?

When a Friend Complains but Doesn't Want Advice

When friends are in turmoil, they may snap at those who offer advice—even good friends.

Creeping Moralism

If you lack in self-control, you are probably an immoral person. This claim has recently been made in the starkest possible terms by prominent social psychologists. Let’s not

Panic-Shopping: The Psychology of the Bread-Milk-Eggs Rush

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on January 23, 2016 Happy Trails
Winter-weather behavior, explained.