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Do Strong Sexual Desires Universally Predict Cheating?

If you (or your partner) have a high sex drive, is there more risk of infidelity?

Trump´s Tweets and Twitter Psychology: You Talkin´ to Me?

Twitter is both public and personal. Facilitating interaction between political candidates and prospective voters creates synthetic intimacy which can translate into votes.

Can You Learn a Second Language After Childhood?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on August 19, 2016 in Talking Apes
While it’s true that that it’s easier to learn a language when you’re young, adults can still learn languages with the right motivation.
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Who Blames the Victim?

By Laura Niemi, Ph.D. on August 18, 2016 in Morality in Language
Moral values constitute a core framework that organizes psychological processes to motivate predictable patterns of condemnation toward victims. Still, language matters!

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Is Your Relationship Beyond Repair?

By Rick Miller LICSW on August 26, 2016 in Unwrapped
Your relationship is a gift -- deserving of care, attention, protection.

Survival, Aggression—and Compassion

What do you expect from those around you—competition or compassion? Here's a surprising example.

Serious Learning Happens at Summer Camp - Without Technology

For those ending a summer at camp, the transition back to home, school and screen time can be infused with lessons from June, July and August.

Playing Games With Memory

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Play in Mind
New technology makes it less urgent that we commit facts to memory.

Is Neuroscience Today's Phrenology?

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on August 22, 2016 in Am I Right?
To reject the findings of science is to choose stupidity; to reject the liberal arts is to choose an immature heart.

Stories of Our Good Single Lives: Thank You, Kim Calvert!

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on August 20, 2016 in Living Single
How a “singles expo” exposed the worst of single life and inspired Kim Calvert to create a magazine that instead shows us the best of being single.

Psychology of Scientific Integrity: Graduate Syllabus

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 18, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Scientific fields from biomedicine to psychology are a mess. How bad? No one really knows. Maybe it is not that bad. Maybe it is awful.

I Don’t Want to Fade Away

Recent research suggests that the average grip strength of men in America has decreased in the past 30 years.

George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” at 70

Seventy years ago, between Animal Farm and 1984, George Orwell published his famous essay, Politics and the English Language—a work that has relevance for our upcoming election.

Every Game Is Serious

By Bernard L. De Koven on August 15, 2016 in On Having Fun
Do games tell stories? Do the stories they tell mean something? Do you have to ask?

Psychology of Scientific Integrity: Undergraduate Syllabus

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 12, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Psychological science is a mess. How bad of a mess? No one knows. Here is the actual syllabus for my undergraduate course, The Psychology of Scientific Integrity.
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How to Get Unstuck When You Are Indecisive

Here's a client dialogue centered on strengths work. See what happens when a strength is spotted and is used to manage a problem.

Faking It: Dissimulation, Dishonesty and Lying at Work

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on August 11, 2016 in A Sideways View
Rather than punish people for faking certain responses should we not reward them? Does it only depend on what, where and why we fake?

An Out-of-Sync Friendship

A woman laments the loss of a long-time friend when their circumstances change.

3 Reasons Why People Who Feel Entitled End Up Miserable

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on August 09, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
A recent study explores why expecting more than we deserve leads to disappointment and damages relationships.

Power and Emotion

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on August 09, 2016 in Hot Thought
Interpersonal relationships operate with power based on coercion, benefits, respect, or social norms. These kinds of power depend on different emotions.

Do We Discover Meaning to Life or Do We Create It

Many people go through life on a headlong frenzy to find the one thing that will give meaning to their lives. Discover meaningful relationships in the "rest areas" of our lives.

New Book, Unlatched, Explores Whether Breastfeeding Is Vital

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on August 07, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
There are competing views about breastfeeding, pro and con. Is the con winning? If so, why? In Unlatched, Jennifer Grayson helps readers understand the history and the controversy.

Donald Trump as High in the Dark Triad

The dark triad has emerged as a powerful framework for understanding people. Here’s an application of this concept to presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

Neighbors

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 06, 2016 in How To Do Life
Do you want to know more about your neighbors? Them about you?

5 Powerful Strategies for Handling Unexpected Conflicts

Keep your sense of humor and make careful, gentle use of it. But guard against the temptation to become snarky. Lighten the mood; don’t unleash the sarcasm and satire that bites.

4 Expert Tips on Emotionally Preparing for Divorce

Many people I talk to want to know how to best manage the psychology of divorce. Direct your attention on these four key areas—financial, parental, emotional and social.
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The Secrets of Wild Women

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on August 04, 2016 in The Empowerment Diary
In this year of the first female presidential candidate ever, we should never underestimate the power of women in everything from politics to creativity.

The New World of Male Friendship

What is male friendship all about these days? We will look at this issue in the context of Abraham Lincoln and his most intimate friend, Joshua Speed.

Addicted to Gossip?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 03, 2016 in In Excess
It's often said that everyone loves to gossip. But are there people who gossip a bit to much? Are there individuals that are actually addicted gossip?

3 Things You Can Learn About Yourself From the Way You Play

There's a relationship between the ways we resolve situations in the games we play, and how we deal with situations in real life.

10 Reasons to Keep Moving Forward

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on August 02, 2016 in Emotional Fitness
Don’t let life throw you offtrack. Take the time you need to refocus and gain some clarity. You will be well prepared for your next adventure.

The Last Jew of Ingwiller

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on August 02, 2016 in One Among Many
Here’s a personal story, the psychology of which lies close to the surface.

The 2 Most Important Elements of Any Relationship

Embracing respect and compassion, and putting them into daily practice, will improve all of our relationships.

Why Pokémon GO Can Be Good for You

Can an augmented reality game help us augment ourselves? How might it impact physical and mental health, even social life?