Essential Reads

Can You Get Drunk Off of Water?

The placebo effect at work in the pub

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

8 Negative Thoughts of Chronically Unhappy People

Three Dead Grannies, or the Psychology of Deadlines

How to miss a deadline and get away with it, sort of.

“Islamic Extremism” vs “Violent Extremism”

Is naming, blaming? The pathological avoidance of naming enemies.

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Is Your Job Ruining Your Marriage?

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on February 27, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
Most of us have had the impulse to yell at our boss or even burst into tears at work—but we typically don’t, because we don’t want to get fired. But suppressing our emotions at work can have a big impact on our home lives. Here's why:

How People Quit Being High Maintenance

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 26, 2015 in Ambigamy
Holding our heads high is good an necessary, but higher than other heads is exhausting both for us and the people who have to deal with us. Here's an alternative.

Can You Get Drunk Off of Water?

Don't blame it on the alcohol! Blame it on your expectations about drinking.

Peer Pressure Affects Actions More Than Recommendations

By Art Markman Ph.D. on February 26, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
As a parent, I am often confronted with the hypocrisy of advice-giving. There are plenty of things I have recommended to my kids that are courses of action that I have not taken myself. Some of that is that I want my kids to avoid some of the mistakes I have made. But, some of it is also that the way you give advice differs from the way you decide what to do yourself.

Hoax, Dehoax, Rehoax

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 25, 2015 in One Among Many
What harm is in a hoax? The recent hoopla over about the alleged encounter of a temporarily dead priest with mother God is instructive.

Looking for the Right Relationship? Make a Plan!

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and you’re still alone. Or maybe you’re just wishing you were alone because clearly you’re dating a total loser. Or maybe you’ve decided to address your long-standing dating dilemma with a bold new approach. If you’ve opted for the latter, read on.

Do Friends Shame You For Not Believing Them?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 24, 2015 in Ambigamy
We have freedom of speech, but we have to earn our audience and credibility. The sooner we realize this, the freer we become and the more responsibility we take for getting heard and winning hearts and minds.

How to Encourage Non-Liberal Students in Psychology

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on February 23, 2015 in Rabble Rouser
How do you encourage non-liberal students to pursue careers in the social sciences? It is simple. Stop being hostile to them and their ideas. What a shock. If one creates an environment safe and supportive for all students, regardless of their politics, non-left students become interested in psychology.

The Angry Asian Showdown at the Social Media Corral

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on February 23, 2015 in The Pacific Heart
The "Angry Asian Man" (Phil Yu) and "Angry Asian Girl" (Lela Lee) are involved in a dustup that some say has "damaged the Asian-American community." Here's my take on the social media firestorm. My takeaway: depending on social media to connect us is a really, really big mistake. The medium itself is inherently flawed and beyond repair.

Banking Reform Comes Through the Back Door

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on February 23, 2015 in Hidden Motives
​After many high profile failures to reform banking, thwarted by the power of the banking lobby, including efforts to break up banks “too big to fail,” it now seems that a simple and obvious rule has made a significant difference.

There Is No Choice but to Trust

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on February 23, 2015 in Am I Right?
Whenever we lie to a friend or don’t keep our word to colleagues or jump the line at the checkout counter, we undermine the very thing that makes life doable.

What Exactly Is 'The Best Interest of the Child?', Part 2

When parents are asked about the essential needs of their children during and after parental separation, children’s emotional, psychological, social, moral and spiritual needs are seen to be of paramount importance. But what exactly are these “metaphysical” needs?

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

All of us experience negative thoughts from time to time. How we manage our negative attitudes can make the difference between confidence versus fear, hope versus despair, mastery versus victimhood, and victory versus defeat. Here are eight negative attitudes of chronically unhappy people...

The Mind of the Authoritarian

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 22, 2015 in A Sideways View
It was around 70 years ago that the famous book entitled THE AUTHORITARIAN PERSONALITY was published. What was the central theory and how is it considered today

Three Dead Grannies, or the Psychology of Deadlines

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 21, 2015 in One Among Many
A deadline is a blunt cudgel to beat students (and others) into submission. Can we do without them? [this is a rhetorical question]

Fear and Loathing in Ferguson

Is the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri another illustration of our Borderline Society?

“Islamic Extremism” vs “Violent Extremism”

Some refuse to use the term "Islamic Extremists" to describe the terrorist group, ISIS, calling them "Violent Extremists." By attributing cause and accountability, we are better able to define who they are, delineate their mission and goals, and derive solutions to stop them. Naming them DOES NOT blame, or indict non-violent Muslims - not guilt by religious association.

Jealousy in Street Art

By Peter Toohey on February 19, 2015 in Annals of the Emotions
Does jealousy have a role in street art? Can it help to keep things fair?

Is There Time in Your Type-A Lifestyle for Friendship?

By Rick Miller LICSW on February 19, 2015 in Unwrapped
Socializing, connecting and laughing with friends are an essential part of happiness. We need to take a moment, press "escape", unplug, and make space for friendship. Don’t click “like” if you agree, call me!

Flow and Happiness

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 16, 2015 in One Among Many
What is the relationship between the state of ‘flow’ and happiness? I suggest here that flow is beneficial but limited in scope because it is bound up with work and expertise.

Corporate Succession

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on February 16, 2015 in Hidden Motives
There are a lot of ways to get it wrong

5 Things You Need to Know About Body Language

If you want to become a “master” of nonverbal communication, there are some things you need to know.

Teaching Adolescents How to Manage Money

When parents neglect money management training with their child and adolescent, the lack can be expensive when they graduate a young person from their care who lacks a very important pillar of self-management responsibility.

Top 5 Questions About Psychology and Sports

There is a surprisingly large amount of research on the psychology of sports. Here are the top 5 questions that are asked about the psychology of sports.

How did "the Gossip" Become a Woman?

By Frank T McAndrew Ph.D. on February 14, 2015 in Out of the Ooze
Although everyone seems to detest a person who is known as a “gossip” and few people would use that label to describe themselves, it is an exceedingly unusual individual, male OR female, who can walk away from a juicy story about one of his or her acquaintances. So, how did gossip become thought of as a primarily female activity?

Who's Telling The Truth?

By Russ Gerber on February 13, 2015 in Our Health
What will be your impact on the moral atmosphere?

The Psychology of Dreaming

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 13, 2015 in A Sideways View
Is the psychology of dreaming a forgotten backwater? There are many claims made about how, when and why to interpret dreams but are they true?

The Keys to Rewarding Relationships: Secure Attachment

By Hal Shorey Ph.D. on February 12, 2015 in The Freedom to Change
If everyone could read social situations accurately, not get flooded or hijacked by strong emotions, and respond in a kind, empathetic, non-defensive and constructive manner, the world would be a more accepting and predictable place. Understanding the processes underlying secure attachment can help you get there and experience more rewarding and healthy relationships.

What Do Your Tweets Reveal About You?

It makes sense that we could tell something about someone’s political leanings based on their Twitter rants, but can we tell more about a person from their tweets?

The Way We Were?

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on February 11, 2015 in The Secular Life
Life was not better when religion was stronger