Essential Reads

The Real Reason Why Climbing Stairs Leaves You Breathless

Even if you're in good shape, you probably get winded by quickly running up a flight of stairs. Why? Because your brain tells your body to stop breathing.

Is Title IX Anti-Evolutionary?

Is Title IX against human nature?

Why Is There No “Linsanity” Over LA Lakers' Jordan Clarkson?

In 2012, people went "Linsane" over Jeremy Lin. Today, another Asian American NBA player--Jordan Clarkson--is playing even better, but yet there's no "Linsanity" about him. Why?

Why Do Animal Tragedies Go Viral?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 in Animals and Us
A new study investigates why the death of Cecil the Lion became an instant world-wide internet sensation.

More Posts on Sport and Competition

What's Occupying the 'Occupy Wall Street' Protesters?

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on October 19, 2011 in Insight Therapy
Underneath the disorderly, carnival-like surface, Occupy Wall Street protesters are raging against an old nemesis of social order: unfairness; they're just doing it 21st century style.

Pay Attention to Me! When Is It Borderline Disorder?

By Randi Kreger on October 17, 2011 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
People with narcissistic and borderline personality disorder want to be the focus of your life. This can make it difficult to tell BPD and NPD apart when you really want to know what you're dealing with. With a little education, you'll know whether or not the person in your life is a narcissist or borderline (although someone can have both).

Teens: Fit for Life

Have our teens become more sedentary than in the past? According to childhood obesity research, one would assume so. Where have we failed our kids? In looking at obesity statistics, our teens are unhealthier today than ever before.

Housewives of NJ: Triangulation

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on October 14, 2011 in Reel Therapy
For most of the current season the "Housewives of NJ" a boiling interpersonal feud has taken center stage. It's too bad it has taken the whole season to figure out why the feud happened in the first place.

One of the Most Unhappy Periods of My Life Led to My Happiest

By Gretchen Rubin on October 14, 2011 in The Happiness Project
I've always thought that funny writing doesn't get the respect it deserves. As G. K. Chesterton observed, "It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light." In fact, it's very, very, very hard to be light.

Living the Game: Fans in Love, Players at Work

Psychological pressures increase the amount that fans love their teams. The pressures on players push them in the opposite direction. Here's why players play the game but fans live it.

No. 1 Reason Practice Makes Perfect

By Christopher Bergland on October 13, 2011 in The Athlete's Way
The brain science of muscle memory

My Teenager Is a Nervous Wreck

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on October 11, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do when you feel like your teenager takes life much too seriously.

Women and Selfishness

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on October 02, 2011 in Insight Therapy
Women in particular appear vulnerable to the trap of confusing self-care with selfishness. But self-care is not selfish. In fact, it's necessary for our ability to care well for others.

The Beauty of Sport and Why I Love Arsenal

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on September 28, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
What is most important in sport--beauty or victory? Why not both?

"No Wedding No Womb" Might Save Lives--Are We Content With That?

By Mikhail Lyubansky Ph.D. on September 27, 2011 in Between the Lines
What does it mean to put the needs of children first? What does it mean to be emotionally, physically, and financially able to care for them? More importantly, who gets to decide?


Steven E. Landsburg, political economic maverick extraordinaire, and supposed advocate of free enterprise, has written a paper on theft and externalities entitled "Property Is Theft: When protecting your own property is stealing from others."

Why Sports Programs Don't Belong in High Schools and Colleges

By Ugo Uche on September 20, 2011 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
"The idea of working in a professional field as a college student should constitute an internship, where the student’s compensation is considered quality experience earned, or compensation in the form of a scholarship for tuition fees."

The Simplest Way to Reduce Stress

Here’s a very simple suggestion that makes a huge difference in reducing stress. Whatever you’re doing, don’t rush. That’s it. Don’t rush. That means that you schedule enough time to get wherever you’re going ten minutes early.

Strength Training Using Motor Imagery

By Alan Fogel on September 12, 2011 in Body Sense
Paying attention to your body while working out can increase cardiovascular fitness, strength and agility, and fat metabolism. A study published in August 2011 in the journal Frontiers in Movement Science and Sports Psychology adds another way in which body sense can enhance your workout: by imagining muscle contraction in place of actually doing some of the reps.

What's Wrong with Fantasy Football?

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on September 06, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
Fantasy football is good in some ways, and bad in others. What should we make of this recent phenomenon?

Rich Girl, Poor Girl: Can Their Friendship Survive?

Can women of different social status or socio-economic background sustain a healthy, non-competitive, equal friendship?

Anxiety and Second Generation Amotivation

Why don't your children feel motivated?

The Golden Psi: Psychology Goes to the Movies

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on August 30, 2011 in Reel Therapy
Everyone who is interested in movies and psychology should know about the Golden Psi Media Award. Everyone who is anyone, that is.