Social Life Essential Reads

Snapchat: The Jekyll & Hyde of Social Media?

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Happy Trails
What research has to say about millennials’ favorite app.

Why Transgender People Experience More Mental Health Issues

The high cost of shame and stigma manifests itself in the mental health of transgender people.

5 Things You Really Shouldn't Brag About

When you're in a job interview or just chatting with your friends, bragging about these things could backfire.

What to Do When You're the Target of Negative Gossip

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in Feeling It
When it comes to being the target of negative gossip, you can make yourself resilient and avoid letting it get the best of you.

Are You in a Commitment Dilemma?

If you're in a dating relationship, are you both equally committed? Here's new research on the asymmetrically committed relationship.

How Parents Raise Children to Fit In

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in The Human Beast
There is a lot of skepticism about whether parents truly affect their children. Comparing kids in different societies finds links between parenting and outcomes.

Emotional Intelligence Doesn't Translate Across Cultures

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Adaptation
Emotions are tricky business when crossing cultures. Here's your cheat sheet for success.

Parenting Matters, Especially for “Difficult” Kids

By David Rettew M.D. on November 25, 2016 in ABCs of Child Psychiatry
No pressure, but a new study indicates that parenting behaviors matter most for temperamentally challenging kids.

Face-to-Face Social Participation Nourishes Quality of Life

By Christopher Bergland on November 24, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
New research suggests that it wouldn't be such a bad idea to practice the core values of Thanksgiving—gratitude and social connectedness—365 days a year.

These Dishes Didn’t Wash Themselves

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on November 22, 2016 in Mental Mishaps
Does anyone ever notice the work you do? Think about your unnoticed housework. All of those dishes washed and all of that laundry folded. Will anyone ever notice?

What We Need Now — A Little Civility

Following a contentious campaign, the nation is divided. How can small acts of kindness stop the spread of incivility and help heal a growing national rift?

The New Evolutionary Socialism

Darwinian models applied to society need not be red in tooth and claw. Here is a plan for how an evolutionarily informed approach to society can help advance a socialist agenda.

How Do People Explain Puzzling Behaviors?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
Suppose you see somebody do something odd. How do you explain what they just did? A new paper in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin answers that question.

7 Questions You Have to Ask Each Other Before You Commit

Marriage is a big deal. Before you commit, test your relationship with these seven questions to sure you're making a good decision.

3 Suggestions for Responding Wisely to the Election Results

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on November 19, 2016 in Turning Straw Into Gold
On November 17th, the New York Times had a front page story on the turmoil many families in the U.S. are facing this holiday season in light of the Presidential election.

4 Ways Your Front Yard Can Make You Happier

By Jamie Littlefield on November 18, 2016 in Placed
Re-thinking your front yard may result in an unanticipated sense of well-being.

The Machiavellian Boss

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in A Sideways View
How do we define and understand the Machiavellian approach to life? Is it a personality trait or a belief system? What does psychology have to say about this 500-year-old concept?

Even in Tough Times, You Can Find New Ways to Be Better Off

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 17, 2016 in Living Single
Author Courtney E. Martin answers questions about her thoughtful and inspiring new book, "The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream."

5 Signs That You're Giving Negative People Too Much Power

When you're not careful, negative people can take a serious toll on your well-being.

How Not to Believe

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on November 13, 2016 in One Among Many
The Mandela effect says that if many (how many?) ‘remember’ that the great man died in prison, then it was so, if only in a parallel universe. I consider this dangerous nonsense.

Beware the "All Trump Supporters Are Like That" Trap

The election is over, and it’s time to move forward. Here’s how.

Why Trump’s Victory Signals the Need for Better Education

The educational-attainment divide between supporters of Trump versus supporters of Clinton was enormous. Let's make education great again.

A Whole Lot of Schadenfreude and Gluckschmerz Goin' On

By Richard Smith Ph.D. on November 07, 2016 in Joy and Pain
If you are political junkie, chances are your emotions have run the gamut, partly stamped by schadenfreude (joy at another's pain) and gluckschmerz (pain over another's good luck)

Voting for Love: Politics and Romantic Attraction

Who your date or mate votes for could make (or break) your romantic relationship with them. Find out what the research has to say...

Soulmate Marriages Are "Greedy," New Research Shows

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 05, 2016 in Living Single
Is marriage a greedy institution that monopolizes couples’ time and attention? Maybe so, especially when wives think of marriage as a union of soulmates.

Jury Duty, Justice, and the Magic of Silence

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 01, 2016 in Life, Refracted
Silence can indeed have superb applications. The value of it during jury deliberations made me appreciate it from a new perspective.
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5 Ways You're Doing Introversion Wrong

By Sophia Dembling on November 01, 2016 in The Introvert's Corner
You're not doing introversion any favors if you think the introvert-proud movement is all about staying home.

10 Tips: Is Your Relationship Baggage Carry-on or Cargo?

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on November 01, 2016 in Emotional Fitness
Letting go of useless baggage will make your journey through coupledom a first class adventure. You'll find that a great relationship is the best trip you've ever taken.

The Culture of Childhood: We’ve Almost Destroyed It

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on October 31, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
Here are the lessons that children learn best in interactions with other children, away from adults. If we want our children to become adults, we must preserve childhood culture.
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Facebook Gets Ugly: Politics Brings Out the Troll In Us

Making Facebook safe again: How this presidential election is unsocial on social media and unfriendly to our friends, and what to do about it.