Essential Reads

"Hey This Isn't A Competition And You Have Cooties So I Win"

88 ways to get the dangerously decisive last word

Stop Thinking Positively

The secret to accomplishing the impossible.

5 Psychological Lessons from Marathon Running

The psychology of pushing your limits.

Four Ways to Foster Ethics in College Athletics

College athletics can be an excellent venue to nurture ethics and character.

Recent Posts on Sport and Competition

Is Science a Religion for Non-Believers?

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on September 25, 2013 More Than Mortal
It has long been argued that people utilize religion as a coping mechanism. Loss, uncertainty, and feelings of meaninglessness have all been linked to religiosity. When people are facing difficult life experiences and emotions, their faith offers comfort, provides a sense of order, and bolsters the belief that everything happens for a reason. But what about non-believers?

Leadership Lessons (Seriously) from the Cowboys Cheerleaders

By Victor Lipman on September 25, 2013 Mind of the Manager
To help prepare myself for the NFL season, I recently watched an episode of the "The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders." To my surprise, it taught me as much about leadership as any MBA lecture.

Anger Management: What Works and What Doesn't

By Brad J. Bushman Ph.D. on September 25, 2013 Get Psyched!
Everyone gets angry, and most people don’t like the feeling. This article described what works and what doesn’t for managing anger.

Hey Sport Parents! Don't be Rude!

Some knuckleheads can turn a fun event into a nightmare for everyone.

The Criminal's Envy of the Responsible Person

It is difficult to fathom having contempt for a life that one also envies.

"I Love You, Man"

By Kory Floyd Ph.D. on September 23, 2013 Affectionado
Men may not be from Mars, but their ways of showing affection are different from women’s. Both approaches—men’s and women’s—have value in close relationships.

What We Can't Know About the Economy

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on September 23, 2013 Hidden Motives
Economics may no longer be the “dismal science,” the English historian Thomas Carlyle once said it was. So many students are drawn to it today and go on to enjoy lively and lucrative careers. Some can even become celebrities and earn Nobel Prizes along with considerable stature and respect. But how much of a science is it?

Being Around Smart People Makes Us More Innovative

“In today’s economy, it’s not necessarily what you do or who you know—it’s where you live.”

Adrift On the Job

When persons have undergone significant emotional abuse in the past, they have learned that actions have negative consequences. As adults, then, they can have difficulty making decisions and taking action. Often these are highly capable people who have developed the misconception that they are doomed to fail or that success is attained only through perfection.

When Bilinguals Listen

When bilinguals are listening to, or reading, just one language, are their other languages involved? For many years, researchers answered positively but positions are evolving as new studies are being done and more factors are controlled.

What to Do On a Second or Third Date

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on September 20, 2013 Fighting Fear
In order to be interesting on a second and third date, do interesting things. Some things to do and to avoid doing.

Controversy and Conversation

By Art Markman Ph.D. on September 20, 2013 Ulterior Motives
Take a look at the comments section on your favorite news website. Some topics generate a lot of discussion among participants. Other topics may be widely read, but people don’t feel compelled to say anything. What drives people’s desire to talk about a topic?

Gambling A-flick-tion

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 19, 2013 In Excess
The media undoubtedly has a large impact on how we perceive the world in which we live, especially on matters we know little or nothing about. Pathological gambling is one social concern that has been portrayed by a number of movie-makers around the world. This blog looks at whether movies (in particular 'The Gambler') accurately portray pathological gambling.

Seize New Opportunities with Starbucks Research

Information: the secret "sauce" that turns you from "competitor" to "winner."

Why School Lunch ISN’T Making Kids Fat

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on September 18, 2013 Food Junkie
Many school districts have changed their lunch program to adopt a more healthy menu. But it isn't working. Why is it that the change from 800-calorie Sloppy Joes to whole grains and bigger portions of fruits and vegetables hasn’t made a different? It is simple: we abruptly changed the foods and didn’t consider the psychological aspects of eating.

We Judge Music and Other Things by Sight

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on September 18, 2013 Am I Right?
We think we are being objective while we are taken in by appearances.

How to Achieve Success at Work, Part II

By Elizabeth Wagele on September 17, 2013 The Career Within You
Enneagram 3-Achievers focus on striving for success. If you want to be a successful manager or to succeed in another way, a good way to do it is to copy Achievers you know or you’ve heard about, like Paul Venables

An "Inside-Out" Life Helps You Redefine Success

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on September 17, 2013 The New Resilience
Building your inner life and awakening your true self provide the guidance for knowing what to go after, or let pass by, in your outer life choices -- in your career goals, material desires, and relationships.

What Your Selfies Say About You

Selfies are a manifestation of society’s obsession with looks and its ever-narcissistic embrace. There’s a sense that selfie subjects feel as though they’re starring in their own reality shows, with an inflated sense of self that allows them to believe their friends or followers are interested in seeing them lying in bed.

A Plea For Collaboration Among Online Sleep and Dream Orgs

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on September 15, 2013 Dream Catcher
Online sleep and dream communities are beginning to build vast collections of dreams and related sleep data. These communities should establish baseline data formatting conventions to make future collaborative efforts possible and fruitful.

How to tell the difference between good and bad competition

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on September 14, 2013 Off the Couch
Bob* was a college professor who was worried that he was not going to get tenure. Although he was very popular with his students, he knew that he hadn’t published enough.But his competitive impulses were getting in his way. And as a result, Bob couldn't write a word.

Animals Compete and It's Not Always Pretty

Competition triggers strong feelings because it has life-or-death consequences in the state of nature. We've inherited a brain that cares about social rivalry. Instead of getting upset about it, I like to learn from hummingbirds. They live in a perpetual arms race with flowers, but they don't waste energy getting mad at flowers. They just keep strengthening their wings.

Who's a "Sport Psychologist?"

If you want to work with a "sport psychologist", who do you go to? It's less obvious than it may seem. Figuring out who is competent and what's the best "fit" may be the most important things to consider.

Sticking to Your Path When the Way Looks "Closed"

By Susan Biali M.D. on September 13, 2013 Prescriptions for Life
When the path to your dreams appears blocked or impassable, it's easy to give up and turn around. Here's why you shouldn't.

TV Winners

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 13, 2013 In Excess
Over the past decade I have written a number of papers on various forms of television gambling. I have noted that various interactive television (i-TV) services are increasingly being linked to actual television programs. But are these TV programs a form of gambling in disguise?

Envy and Schadenfreude on the Mississippi

By Richard Smith Ph.D. on September 12, 2013 Joy and Pain
The young Mark Twain knew a boy who worked on a steamboat. Twain felt a "tranquil contentment" when this boy's boat blew up. Why?

Can E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit?

E-cigarettes create controversy and profits - almost equally. New data argue they can help people quit smoking - but will they also promote it?

Nadal Is Strong Enough To Cry. Are You?

By Peter Bregman on September 11, 2013 How We Work
Rafael Nadal, who just won the U.S. Open for the second time, is my hero. His athleticism is extraordinary. His focus is awe-inspiring. His skill is, clearly, second to none. His will is unremitting. It's a joy to watch him in competition. Yet those are not the reasons he's my hero.

The Plight of Being a Boycotter

By Eric Horowitz on September 11, 2013 The Inertia Trap
When you refuse to do something for a moral reason, it poses a threat to the moral standing of those who have chosen not to refuse to do it. In order to mitigate the threat, they may respond by viewing you in a more unfavorable light.

Better Fathers Have Smaller Testicles, But…

By Jesse Marczyk on September 10, 2013 Pop Psych
Recent research suggests that men with smaller testicles make better fathers. Well, sort of...