Essential Reads

Trying to Explain the Inexplicable

By Gary Smith Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in What the Luck?
We are tempted to look for psychological explanations for successes and failures, when the more convincing explanation is simply that people get lucky—and luck is fleeting.

View Concussion as a “Brain Sprain”

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on September 20, 2016 in Brain Trauma
Defining concussions gets a variety of answers, so neurologist Harry Kerasidis outlines the brain injury and symptoms, by comparing it to the common ankle sprain.

Why Louisiana Defendants Say, "Geaux Tigers!"

Two economists suggest a surprising source of racial bias in juvenile sentencing.

Who Am I? Someone? Or Nobody?

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on August 24, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
Celebrity is competitive. The outrageously competitive have no limits on what they do to get noticed. Winning often means being a bigger jerk than anyone else is willing to be.

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Stress Linked to Breast Cancer

By Steve Sisgold on October 26, 2011 in Life in a Body
Psychological stress may be involved in the causation of breast cancer aggressiveness,

Saving Language

By Walter E. Block Ph.D. on October 25, 2011 in Defending the Undefendable

Friendship After College

By Michael Bruce on October 23, 2011 in Angst!
Have you noticed that the older you get, the harder it is to make friends? That your once large, and expanding circle of confidants has ceased growing and even shrunk?

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.

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.

Mom Liked You Best

By Ellen Weber Libby Ph.D. on October 04, 2011 in The Favorite Child

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.

Video Game Violence: Part I

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on September 30, 2011 in Reel Therapy
The Beauty of Sport and Why I Love Arsenal

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?


By Walter E. Block Ph.D. on September 26, 2011 in Defending the Undefendable
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?

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?