Essential Reads

When Students Talk About Wealth and Class

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in Listen Up!
Are our kids better at talking about wealth and class than we are?

How LinkedIn Profiles Reveal User Personality

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Business profiles are meant for professional networking, yet research indicates we leak our true personalities through sites meant to showcase our professional identity.

Exposure to Heat Can Improve Mental Well-Being

Are you dreading being alone this holiday season? Schedule in some hot baths.

These Three Moves Will Help You Stop Feeling Lonely

By Psychology Today Editorial Staff on December 11, 2017 in Brainstorm
A scientists gain a more detailed understanding of loneliness and its hazardous effects on our health, they’re also gathering evidence on ways to overcome it.

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Toward a More Self-Correcting Psychological Science

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Psychological "science" has a poor record of scientific self-correction. This post identifies possible practices that can make it into a self-correcting science.

The Burdens Posed by Invisible Physical and Mental Illnesses

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on December 12, 2017 in Turning Straw Into Gold
I look healthy. My friend, whom I’ll call Gail, also looks healthy. The difference is that I suffer from a physical illness and she suffers from a mental illness: depression.

Ten Tips for Preventing Infidelity

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on December 10, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
Preventing infidelity isn't something you have to worry about, as long as you and your partner stay communicative about your desires, your dreams, and your devotion.

Want to Seem Approachable and Likable? Start Nodding "Yes"

By Christopher Bergland on December 09, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
New state-of-the-art research on body language identifies specific psychosocial cues triggered by nodding "yes" as opposed to shaking the head "no."

Moral Relativism Is Tricky, but Smarter Than the Alternative

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 09, 2017 in Ambigamy
When push comes to shove, we dig in our heels, pretending that nature or the supernatural stands for what we stand for. That's a problem worth keeping an eye on.

Why You Talk About Your Relationship With Friends

It's not what we say — it's why we say it.

A Game-Changer for Difficult Holiday Dinner Conversations

Dreading spending the holidays with relatives whose politics you can't stand? Doing this one thing is a game-changer.

Are We Allowing Social Media to Dictate Our Happiness?

“A fixation with connecting with 'friends' online comes with the risk of disconnection with friends waiting for you to be present in the offline world.”

What Is Curbing the Impact of Cyberbullying on Teens?

By Sue Scheff on December 07, 2017 in Shame Nation
New research suggests teens who face online bullying likely recover in a week.
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It's Better Going With the Dogs

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on December 07, 2017 in The Power of Rest
The many advantages of humanity's best friend.

Is Psychology a "Self-Correcting" Science?

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on December 06, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Is psychology a science? If so, where is the "scientific self-correction"?

Bayes Odyssey

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on December 06, 2017 in One Among Many
Some of the pioneers of statistics were deeply religious. Little seems to have changed.

America’s Mission Statement Is Our Light Against Bigotry

By Rupert W Nacoste Ph.D. on December 06, 2017 in A Quiet Revolution
America's mission statement is "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal." Here's how you can use that light to stand up against everyday bigotry.
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How to Handle the Holidays When You Have Hearing Loss

By Shari Eberts on December 06, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can make the holidays tricky, but there is no need to miss out on all the fun. Follow these tips and enjoy a festive and joyful holiday season.
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Writing Letters for the Holiday

By Diana Raab PhD on December 06, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Are you wanting to do something different this holiday season or perhaps connect wit those who you haven't spoken to in a while? Try crafting a handwritten letter.
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The Kingdom of Bayes

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in One Among Many
Will there be a second coming of the Reverend, or is the Bayesian revolution a matter of rhetoric? Consider some eschatological perspectives.

The Vulnerability Hangover: A Fresh Take on Modern Eroticism

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in Standard Deviations
A psychotherapist/sex therapist explores eroticism and the 'vulnerability hangover', a new phenomenon in modern sexuality.

3 Common Friendship Mistakes for Kids

Every child faces friendship challenges at some time, in some way, but broadly speaking, there are three main ways that children struggle socially.

Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas?

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in The Social Thinker
Why is it that writers often can’t tell us where their story ideas truly come from? The answer has to do with the fact that the human mind is a dual-process system.
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Shopping Alone

What do we miss when we shop online?

The Psychology of Death and Dying

How many people fear death, how many embrace it, and what makes the difference?

Why the Embarrassment?

Too busy fixating on your "flaws" this holiday season?

Mandatory Implicit Bias Training Is a Bad Idea

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on December 02, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Mandatory implicit bias training is all the rage. And seriously counterproductive.
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What's the World Coming to?

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on December 01, 2017 in The Meaningful Life
Where would Aesop be if he had been unable to craft his stories, each fable fitting a definite moral?

Is Facebook Bad for You?

Find out if the way you use Facebook is helping or hurting your happiness.

Do You Have a Controlling Personality?

You may be causing your biggest relationship headaches.

The Paradox of Conflict

By Mikhail Lyubansky Ph.D. on November 29, 2017 in Between the Lines
Dominic’s big idea is that conflict is neither undesirable nor dangerous and that the danger lies not in the conflict itself but in ignoring or attempting to repress it.
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A Fill-In-The-Blanks Letter to Your Family

By Sophia Dembling on November 29, 2017 in The Introvert's Corner
Fill in the blanks on this letter and send it before you go home for the holidays and maybe your family will be more understanding of your introverted nature.

How a Man's Best Friend Is More Than Just a Companion

Dog therapy may make the world a better place, one lick at a time.
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How to Cope When You’re Envious of a Friend

By Miriam Kirmayer on November 28, 2017 in Casual to Close
As we move through life, the more our paths diverge from those of our friends, and the more important it becomes to learn how to manage feelings of envy.