Essential Reads

Why Narcissists Try to Make You Feel Bad About Yourself

A narcissist’s insults can get to you until you consider the source

The Secret of Behavioural Control

It all comes back to goals.

Conservative Feminism

Liberals have no monopoly on advancing women's interests

Do First Amendment Rights Apply to Students in School?

Guest blogger Alex Walker interviews Free Student Press founder Damon Krane.

Recent Posts on Social Life

The Psychology of Gestures

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on August 29, 2015 in A Sideways View
Think of a rude gesture, and when you last used it. Think of a famous TV star and their peculiar and very personal gestures. What information are these gestures conveying? What can we read into head, hand and foot movements?

Sleep, Dreams, and Income Inequality

Low-income people tend to have worse sleep, and fewer lucid dreams, than do high-income people. Those are some of the findings from a new demographic survey of the sleep and dream patterns of American adults.

Mapping Your Position in Cultural Space

This blog offers a way to get a larger perspective on one's position in social space.

We need a folksy free will

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in One Among Many
Andrew Monroe, who is an expert on moral psychology and folk beliefs about free will responds to an earlier post on 'Free Will Depletion.'

Who Do You Find Attractive?

Take a look at your standards for a potential partner. Now look again: they might be less stable than you think.

Stereotypical Gender Differences in Sexuality Are Crumbling

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in The Human Beast
Marked differences between male and female sexuality used to be supported by solid evidence around the globe. The trouble is that such distinctions are getting blurred in developed countries.

Making Sense of Common Sense

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in Consumed
How understanding the taken-for-granted can enrich behavioral science

Killing Academia: The Death of America's Colleges

Wake up, America! Your children are no longer being taught by professors.

A Game of Cards: A Gateway to Social Literacy

By Bernard L. De Koven on August 27, 2015 in On Having Fun
It becomes a better game, not because of the particular rules that you’re playing it by, but because you’ve played it so many different ways that it becomes a celebration of a growing bond between each and all members of the community.

Loving Competition

By Bernard L. De Koven on August 26, 2015 in On Having Fun
Of all the spaces in which we find each other, this space, the space between, the moment lightly held, where we face each other freely, is where the play is deepest.

Language Learning in a Multilingual Country

What is everyday interaction like in communities where everyone speaks several languages? What language learning strategies do they use? What assumptions do they make about language learning? Dr. Leslie C. Moore answers questions about the two multilingual communities in northern Cameroon where she did her research and about her own language learning in the field.

Why Narcissists Try to Make You Feel Bad About Yourself

It’s never pleasant to be the target of an insult. However, before you let an insulting remark get the better of you, stop and consider who’s doing the insulting. It’s likely that it’s just a narcissist, trying to feel better by making you feel bad.

When Working Shifts Works Against You

By Shelby Harris Psy.D. on August 25, 2015 in The Land of Nod
A discussion of Shift Work Sleep Disorder

Who Is Living with Whom?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on August 25, 2015 in Living Single
Alongside the well-known increase in the number of people living alone is another very different and less heralded trend – people who are living with all sorts of other people who are not their spouse or romantic partner.

Where Do We Draw the Line with Office Romance?

Many organizations ask themselves where the line is between “none of our business” and “hurts our business.”

Your Three Languages and How to Speak Them Well

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 in Ambigamy
There's a lot of confusion about when it's best to be positive, negative and neutral. Here we sort it out.

Online Activities of Youth who Engage in Self-Harm Behaviors

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 in Connected
In our new infographic, we explore what young people who engage in self-harm behavior do online. Compared to youth who do not engage in self-harm, youth with self-harm behaviors use the Internet in different ways.

Grade Flation

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 in One Among Many
Grades are a mixed curse. We can't leave without them, unless the culture changes radically, which it won't. Here's some of the psychology between the preference for easy (and hard) As.

How to be a Groomsgal

Marriage equality is not just for "the gays." Wedding ceremonies and customs are evolving for all couples.

The Gorilla in the Concert Hall

By David Ludden Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 in Talking Apes
Inattentional deafness can have serious real life—as well as life and death—consequences.

Zero Tolerance for Delay

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on August 23, 2015 in A Sideways View
Has the fact that so many services have become so much more efficient caused people to become unreasonably intolerant about any sort of delay?

Why Emoji Are Romantic and Belong in the Workplace

By Tim Leberecht on August 23, 2015 in The Romance of Work
Providing a third place between corporate jargon and watercooler chit chat, emoji are a digital form of rebellion against protocol; they allow us to be safely vulnerable, and express ourselves in a more subtle but at the same time more primal way. They take us out of our heads and put us back into our hearts. They make our work lives more meaningful.

Anxious America

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on August 23, 2015 in Hidden Motives
We spend over 2 billion dollars a year on anti-anxiety medications. What are we so anxious about?

The Secret of Behavioural Control

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on August 23, 2015 in In Control
It’s our own private collection of goals that determines what will be sticks and carrots for each of us.

Men, Women & Children (& Technology)

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on August 21, 2015 in The First Impression
In what ways is the digital world changing what it means to be human? This question, and many other provocative ones, are raised by Reitman's new film, Men, Women & Children

Free Will Depletion

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on August 20, 2015 in One Among Many
After tortured administration of surgery and double-blind medicinalization, free will remains clinically dead. Here's another dyslogy.

5 Lessons From Informal Sports

By Bernard L. De Koven on August 20, 2015 in On Having Fun
“Real life is an informal game. The rules are endlessly modifiable and you must do your part to create them. In the end, there are no winners or losers; we all wind up in the same place." - Peter Gray

Look to Your Own Life

By Saul Levine M.D. on August 19, 2015 in Our Emotional Footprint
You Don't Need the Kardashians!

Collaboration, a Core of Humanity

By Lybi Ma on August 19, 2015 in Brainstorm
We can and do benefit from collaboration. A guest post by Mish Middelmann

Conservative Feminism

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 19, 2015 in Rabble Rouser
If you want to be accepted by mainstream, contemporary feminism, you must identify as pro-choice, reject the reality of innate or biologically based gender differences or the concept of human nature, condemn traditional relationships and family dynamics, and subscribe to specific avenues for achieving gender equality and justice.