Essential Reads

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.

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13 Challenges and Opportunities in Long-Distance Love

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on December 04, 2016 in Life, Refracted
Tempted to begin a long-distance relationship? Awareness of unique challenges and opportunities can help you decide what you may be getting into.
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When Robots Reign: Getting Along with Robo Sapiens

Since power can be used not only to serve yourself, but to silence those who object to how you use it, self-aggrandizement and corruption are endemic.

A Self-Esteem Manifesto

As invisible and alone as you may feel, take this opportunity to declare, first to yourself and then to others, that you are committed to becoming fully engaged in life.

The Art of High-Stakes Psychological Diagnosis Pt. 2

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Ambigamy
When diagnosing or name-calling, call out the behavior and speculate carefully about the possible motivations for it or you'll get mired in debate over the motivations.

The FoMo Health Factor

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Media Spotlight
New research suggests that excessive fear of missing out be a greater health risk than you might think.

The Big Three

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in How To Do Life
A life key: Surround yourself with people who are intelligent, driven, & ethical.

3 Tips for Discussing Politics Over the Holidays

By Juliana Breines Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in In Love and War
Nervous about going home for the holidays because of the political blow-ups that might ensue? Try these three strategies.

The Art of High-Stakes Psychological Diagnosis Pt 1

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Ambigamy
Don't let your gut impulses decide how you diagnose people's problems. It will only make the problems worse. Be careful, patient, expansive and strategic instead.

Circle of Support: A Message for Teens About Friendship

We all need friends to help us get through life’s good and bad times.

Hire Emotionally Intelligent People

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in A Sideways View
It is not difficult to spot those who are, or are not, emotionally intelligent. Certainly emotional intelligence is a high benefit in the work place for all concerned
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6 Simple Ways to Make Yourself Happier Today

If you are tired of being down and dragging yourself through the day, try one of these 6 things to increase your happiness.

Playfulness in Hard Times

By Bernard L. De Koven on November 28, 2016 in On Having Fun
When times are hard, being playful, especially being playful in public, is a political act. A good one, too.

No Partner, No Worries: New Study of Psychological Health

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 27, 2016 in Living Single
The authors predicted a hierarchy of well-being, with married people at the top, then cohabiters, then daters, with unpartnered singles at the bottom. That’s not what they found.

Lose Your Phone, Find Your Body

By Emily T. Troscianko on November 27, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
As technology helps us live more and more distractedly, it becomes both more important and less likely for us to engage positively with our bodies, as subjects not objects.

How to Handle a Friend Who Pressures You to Buy Stuff

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on November 27, 2016 in The Friendship Doctor
As the holidays approach, friends may lean on you to help achieve their business goals. How can you respond graciously?
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When Robots Reign: Getting Along with Robo Sapiens

Immortality lies not in identifying with any one model of Homo or Robo Sapiens, but in participating in the progression.

Creating a Psychologically Attuned Holiday Party

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 24, 2016 in How To Do Life
Getting beyond eggnog and Jingle Bells.

Dealing with Dietary Differences During the Holidays

By Georgia Ede MD on November 23, 2016 in Diagnosis: Diet
Special diets don't have to be a recipe for disaster during the holidays. Here's some simple, helpful advice for hosts and guests alike to maximize everyone's health and happiness.

A Holiday Game For Talking Politics

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in Ambigamy
Here's the first draft of a game designed to be challenging, honest, respectful, and fair that anyone serious about their moral principles should be happy to play.

The Art of War, Theban Style

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in One Among Many
Innovation and victory can be as fickle as happiness. Being smart is not enough; you must outsmart someone who is trying to outsmart you.

Give the Best Gift -- A Hug and a Pat on the Back

How do you stay connected to your tribe? An increasing number of us tend to use technology that distances ourselves from friends and family in our efforts to stay connected.

Hey Straight Women: Need Dating Advice? Ask a Gay Man.

The bond between straight women and gay men is real, and here to stay.

The Attitude of Gratitude

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Emotional Fitness
I do my best to maintain an attitude of gratitude as much as possible throughout the year, and sometimes it isn't easy.

How to Win Over Your Romantic Partner's Parents

Dinner conversation can be an emotional minefield. Follow these 10 tips to become a celebrated dinner guest.

Getting Deep Fast

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 19, 2016 in How To Do Life
Everyone knows they should network. The key is to get deep with people quickly.

A Roommate Asks: Is Living and Working Together Too Much?

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in The Friendship Doctor
A woman living and working with a friend feels guilty about setting boundaries.

The Science Reform Effort and Its Discontents

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on November 17, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
A controversial essay by a former President of the Association for Psychological Science has evoked trenchant responses from science writers around the web.

Giving Guests Control, Making Them Comfortable

Inviting guests? Consider their options.

Taking and Giving Offense for the Fun of It

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in Ambigamy
Taking and giving offense is sometimes necessary and sometimes just a way of alleviating self-doubt. We should keep this distinction in mind.

Return on Equity in Life

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in Jacob's Staff
The context of retirement can bring a new perspective on the meaning of life. What can we "own" that will increase in value over our lifetime? How can that contribute to society?