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When Words are Deadly Weapons: Michelle Carter´s Conviction

For people who would rather text than talk, words can be more dangerous than sticks and stones. Texting is pervasive and persuasive, facilitating cyber courtship to cyber stalking.

8 Ways to Ask Questions and Improve Your Relationships

Knowing how to ask the right questions is a fundamental skill to relationship-building. Based on new research, these 8 tips will help you get the answers you need.

The Psychology of Selfies

By David Ludden Ph.D. on June 24, 2017 in Talking Apes
A new study shows how people adjust the camera angle of their selfies to manage the impression they want to make on other persons.

Are You in Love?

What does love and being in love look like?

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Anthony Bourdain's Updated Addiction Report Card

By Stanton Peele on June 25, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Anthony Bourdain, former drug addict, has kept up his frenetic, successful television career while drinking up a storm, most recently in Borneo. Meanwhile, post-60, her looks trim!

Tagging Toxic Peers: How Online Friends Become Frenemies

Online friendship involves self-disclosure, which increases vulnerability. When friends become frenemies, disclosed personal information becomes ammunition for cyber-aggression.

First aid for when your toddler doesn’t communicate

Every parent knows the feeling of both joy and anxiety when a baby starts growing up and discovering the world, trying everything and experimenting.

The Most Powerful Word For Promoting Love And Intimacy Is...

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on June 24, 2017 in Think Well
There is one simple word that has incredible power when it comes to promoting love, closeness and good feelings in meaningful relationships. It might surprise you know what it is.

Do You Mate Like a Cavewoman?

By Donna Barstow on June 24, 2017 in Ink Blots Cartoons
If you've never used Darwin in your dating practices before, you're missing out. Cavewomen had multiple orgasms without even trying.

My Friend Is Backing Out of Our Trip

Whether this relationship is romantic or platonic, it sounds like he just isn’t that into you.

Our Worst Angels: Inconvenient Psychological Truths, Part 1

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Insight Therapy
What might rappers, gender studies academics, and abusive parents have in common?

The Loneliness Epidemic and What We Can Do About It

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Feeling It
Our need to feel special is may be feeding a loneliness crisis. Here's what we can do!

Involuntary Celibacy

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 21, 2017 in Minority Report
There's a growing subculture of men who identify themselves as "incels" (i.e. involuntary celibates) and they are expressing their frustrations online.

The Art of Choosing a Romantic Partner (Part Two)

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Why do we choose the romantic partners that we do? And what shapes the choices we make? New research provides some interesting insights into partner selection.

Social Loneliness May Make the Depressed Even More So

Clinically it has to be labelled mental illness, this depression. Is it an illness, however, this need to converse authentically?

Would People Agree About Everything If We Paid Them?

By Rob Henderson on June 19, 2017 in After Service
Do people change their minds about facts if they're paid? Research suggests the answer is yes.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Pitching In

In a situation requiring an extra hand, pitching in offers ways to show love.

Statistics as a Social Process

Statistics is a bag of tools for inductive inference. No more. Do not be afraid.

Is Your Partner Facebook Cheating?

When your partner is a friend, fan, or follower of a romantic rival, how does such divided attention impact your relationship?
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Helping Your Child with Autism Improve Social Skills

As a parent of a child with autism, do you wonder how you can help him approach social situations with confidence, rather than anxiety? These strategies can help you help him.

You Are Not Alone

Are we separate, autonomous beings, or do we operate more like a hivemind?

Should You Throw a Divorce Party?

By Wendy Paris on June 15, 2017 in Splitopia
Increasingly, people are seeking a way to honor their marriage, even as they end it.

The Art of Choosing a Romantic Partner (Part One)

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on June 14, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Why do we choose the romantic partners that we do? And what shapes the choices we make? New research provides some interesting insights into partner selection.
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Democrats, Take a Republican to Lunch (and vice Versa)

Is it possible to heal our divided society? Find out how two famous people reached across a big barrier with great success. And discover what made that success possible: humor.

Five Things Not to Say to Someone with Manic Depression

By David Leite on June 14, 2017 in Notes on a Banana
Do your words hurt or help someone with manic depression?
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Gen Z: A Strong Generation. New Data on Why

New insights and approaches in connecting with Gen Z. You'll want to thank the next Gen Z person you meet.

The Good Husband as Failed Lover

Romance can be a form of narcotic for a certain kind of woman, and Emma Bovary is the embodiment of the woman whose life can be shattered by too heavy a dependence on fantasy.

Watching Yourself Eat Changes How Much You Consume

Watching ourselves eat can sometimes help us eat less. Other times it can make us eat more. Why?

Why Do People Lie to You?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on June 10, 2017 in Living Single
What is it about you that tempts other people to tell you lies? Here are the good qualities and your not-so-good qualities that make you a target.

Defending Muslims, Critiquing Islam

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on June 09, 2017 in The Secular Life
The tricky balance of supportive empathy and skeptical secularism
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I'm Sorry If You Can't Drink Alcohol

By Stanton Peele on June 09, 2017 in Addiction in Society
I enjoy my time with my grandson going to the beach, riding the bus, and talking and thinking. These activities are part of living life on earth—along with drinking.

Adam Ruined My Research

What happens when you meet someone who criticized your research? A debate about generations, and a story of open discussion.

Status Update: Why Does Having Power Promote Promiscuity?

Why do powerful people often become scandalous headlines? Research supports a link between power and infidelity. Confidence increases perceived desirability and approach behavior.

An Eye for a Wandering Eye: Avoiding Promiscuous Partners

Does your partner enjoy meeting new people? Does he or she work the room at business events? Interaction dynamics reveal whether your partner is pursuing business or pleasure.