Essential Reads

The Role of Creepy Characters in Popular Culture

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in Out of the Ooze
Watching disturbing people onscreen in the safety of a movie theater or in our living room may provide an opportunity for learning vicariously from the mistakes of others.

6 Tips for Decoding Emotions in Text Messages

Is she mad at you? Is he in love with you? Here's some ways to decode emotions in text messages to find out.

Teen Dating, Sex Hit Record Lows for Recent Decades

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 07, 2017 in Living Single
The authors think the path to adulthood is slowing. I think the story is bigger than that.

Can You Judge Trustworthiness From a Face?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on October 07, 2017 in Talking Apes
A sucker may be born every minute, but you don’t have to be one of them.

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Sexual Harassment at Work: Why Bystanders Fail to Intervene

"If you see something say something" applies in the workplace to more than threat assessment. It should govern the way we approach identifying sexual harassment.

What Does Identity Have to Do With Inequality?

Does identity explain inequality?

Boy Scouts Still Shut the Door on Some Kids

By David Niose on October 15, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
The Boy Scouts of America has gotten more inclusive in recent years, but this makes its exclusion of atheist children all the more conspicuous.

How Lack of Sleep Affects Your Social Life

By David Ludden Ph.D. on October 15, 2017 in Talking Apes
Although the cognitive effects of sleep deprivation are widely known, few people pay much attention to the social side of sleep.

How Can We Promote a Sense of Global Community?

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in The Five Percent
Sustaining our planet: How can we promote a sense of global community? 10 big ideas on peace and justice from the career of Morton Deutsch

Bigfoot Parents Have Small Brains

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in How We Do It
Birds and mammals mostly show intensive parenting, linked to their “warm-blooded” nature and quite large brains. Incubator birds show no care of their chicks and have tiny brains.

12 Things I Didn’t Expect to Happen As I Age

I’ve noticed some changes in my life as I age, and it’s been interesting to discover what a surprise each one is to me. Some things I’ve welcomed; others not so much.

How Are African Americans Doing? I: Violence and Segregation

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Addiction in Society
African Americans' status has deteriorated over the last 50 years, while whites strive to isolate themselves from black problems. Liberals do so while denying this segregation.

A Simpler, Smarter Response to Accusations

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in Ambigamy
"Well, of course, I'm biased, like you, like everyone. The only question here is whether I'm biased appropriately."

Trust: The Key to Social Harmony

By Joe Navarro M.A. on October 05, 2017 in Spycatcher
At the foundation of all great relationships whether at home or at work lies trust.

Anxiety Springs Eternal

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in The Human Beast
Anxiety is the unsolvable problem that gives rise to many others, from addiction and suicide to depression, obesity, and economic failure.
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3 Reasons Why People Refuse to Help Others

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Motivate!
Suffering and tragedy bring out the best and worst in humanitarian effort. Why do some generously volunteer time and money, while others flatly refuse to help those in need?

Virtues, Values, and Moral Bullying

Who shouts loudest on social media probably isn't the most critical of thinkers.

Dating Dealbreakers: How to Make or Break a First Date

Dating dealbreakers come in all shapes and sizes. From personality,to lifestyle, to health. Make it a priority to spot them on a first date, when you are at your most objective.

How a Picture With Friends Can Get You a Date!

Does who you surround yourself with matter when looking for a date? Can being near friends (or lovers) make you more attractive to potential partners? Find out here…

Why Does the Man Without Fear Become a Loner Among Heroes?

Why is the superhero nicknamed "the Man without Fear" arguably the biggest loner among Marvel superheroes? Do both disability and ability make Daredevil distant and disconnected?

Death and Transhumanism

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in More Than Mortal
As people become less traditionally religious do they become more interested techno-religions that use science to solve the problem of death?

How Much Diversity Can We Handle?

When we embrace diversity, we reap benefits in the long term, with much conflict in the short term.

It's (Not Always) A Wonderful Life

By Amie M. Gordon, Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in Between You and Me
There is a rather unfortunate term in psychology, hedonic adaptation, that summarizes the state of long-term relationships. It is the tendency to get used to the good in our lives.

Making Friends: There’s An App For That

By Miriam Kirmayer on September 30, 2017 in Casual to Close
With the success and ubiquity of online dating, it’s not too surprising that friendships are now making their way into the virtual world.

It Won't Take Long

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in The Big Questions
Do those in power estimate the time things will take to be completed more than those not in power?

Does Power Impact How We Perceive Emotion?

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in The Big Questions
Power plays a role in how effectively we recognize emotion in others.

‘Why is Everyone All Up in My Business?’

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on September 30, 2017 in The Dolphin Divide
Learning to cope when social interaction proves a distraction. If we are hard-wired to be social, why do we sometimes find the attentions of others so frustrating?

5 Habits of Successful Daters

Why is it that some people can date with ease and authenticity while others feel awkward and inhibited? Here are 5 habits of successful daters.

Is Stress Killing Your Relationship? Why You're Not Alone.

By Amie M. Gordon, Ph.D. on September 29, 2017 in Between You and Me
Stress. Does that word define your life right now? If so, you are not alone. Find out how stress spills into our personal lives, affecting the quality of our close relationships.

Honoring the National Anthem—Standing and Kneeling

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on September 29, 2017 in Am I Right?
Controversy around sports figures kneeling during the national anthem raises the question: What do the anthem and flag really stand for?

Dating with Mental Illness: What Is It Like?

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in Talking About Men
Researchers interviewed a range of people with mental illnesses to learn more about their dating and romantic experience. Findings were surprising, poignant and insightful.

6 Ways Highly Emotionally Intelligent People Deal With Anger

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in Feeling It
How to communicate frustration without destroying your relationships.

14 Signs You Are a Confirmed Bachelor (Or Bachelorette)

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in Living Single
Are you a confirmed bachelor? Here’s a serious set of answers, some of them based on research.

The Incivility Bug

By Christine Porath Ph.D. on September 27, 2017 in Thriving at Work
Have You Been Infected with the Incivility Bug? What Happens and What You Can Do to Inoculate Yourself.