Essential Reads

Can't Do It Perfectly? Just Do It, Badly!

By Christopher Bergland on September 06, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Most of us have a fear of failure. New research suggests that lowering expectations and vowing to "Just Do It, Badly" is a motto that can help you overcome performance anxiety.

What Leads to Cooperation and Competition?

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in The Five Percent
What leads to cooperation or competition in the first place? Exploring 10 big ideas on peace and justice from Morton Deutsch.
Thomas Wolter

The Stress of Competition: Alleviating Athletes' Anxiety

By Jay Winner M.D. on July 22, 2017 in Stress Remedy
Competition-related stress is universal. How can you minimize distress and maximized performance?

Does Testosterone Really Just Make Men Aggressive?

The conventional wisdom about testosterone is that it drives aggressiveness and competition. But new research reveals that social rank is also important.

More Posts on Sport and Competition

How Not to Apply Game Theory to Marriage

How Not to Apply Game Theory to Marriage

In my last post, I promised to reserve judgment on the new book Spousonomics, which applies basic principles of economics to marital situations. But one of the authors blogged at The Wall Street Journal's "Ideas Market" blog today, which gave me a chance to preview the book...

Education: Academic Success More Than ABCs

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on February 14, 2011 in The Power of Prime
Certainly, most young people need a solid foundation of the ABCs to "make it" in the big, cruel world in which we live. Yet, as anyone who has navigated the road to a successful career knows, there's more to success than just facts and figures.

Nothing but trouble: When a mom can’t stand her teen daughter’s best friend

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on February 14, 2011 in The Friendship Doctor
What should you tell a teen who's friend is nothing but trouble when she feels that the friend is her best friend in the whole world----but you already can see how bad her friend could be? Looking for advice for a mom who loves her daughter, but not always her daughter's friends.

How bad bosses can make you sick

By Ray Williams on February 13, 2011 in Wired for Success
 There is increasing evidence that there is a clear link between bad leaders and employee health problems, which is turn, can be a huge liability for organizations.    

The Ambivalence of the Tiger Mother

By Barbara Almond M.D. on February 04, 2011 in Maternal Ambivalence

How strong is your will power? The Psychology of Motivational Profiles

Find out how you are doing on different domains of motivation

Rose Colored Retirements

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on January 31, 2011 in Hidden Motives
The Real Problems of "Global Aging"Fewer people retire in the way they used to.... A report in the McClatchy Newspapers calls this erosion of traditional patterns of retirement "one of the biggest demographic shifts in history." 

Does Oxytocin Not Like the Look of Your Name?

By Meg Daley Olmert on January 27, 2011 in Made For Each Other
To connect or not to connect...that is the oxytocin question.     

The New Rules of Work - Part Two

By Michele Woodward on January 27, 2011 in Getting Unstuck
Today's workplace has changed - and you need to know New Rule #2 to do more that survive.  You need to know it so you can thrive!


By Stephanie Newman Ph.D. on January 26, 2011 in Apologies To Freud
 We all make downward social comparisons--and we do it often
On Jay Cutler: Why football injuries are like prejudiced remarks

On Jay Cutler: Why football injuries are like prejudiced remarks

Have you ever been in a group of people in which someone says something sexist or racist-- and not done anything? If you have, welcome to the majority. The truth is, most people don't say anything even when the prevailing social norm is wrong-- kind of like playing through serious injury in football to potentially disastrous consequences.

What weight-lifting can do for a former anorexic

By Emily T. Troscianko on January 24, 2011 in A Hunger Artist
What are the dangers, and the rewards, of taking up weight-lifting for someone who used to suffer from anorexia? I reflect on the changes this sport has wrought on my body and my attitudes to exercise, food, and body image, and how it can represent an escape from the concept of exercise as a means merely to move along the spectrum between thin and fat.

Tiger mothers and the case for fear-based parenting

By Gordon S Livingston M.D. on January 23, 2011 in Lifelines
     The debate takes place against a background of concern about narcissism and a sense of entitlement that, fairly or unfairly, are seen as implicit cultural values in 21st century America.

Escaping the Exercise Comfort Zone

By Martina M. Cartwright Ph.D., R.D. on January 22, 2011 in Food For Thought

Term Limits Make Me Sick

By Walter E. Block Ph.D. on January 22, 2011 in Defending the Undefendable

Have Westerners Fallen Off the Evolved Human Cycle?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 16, 2011 in Moral Landscapes
In The Human Cycle, Colin Turnbull contrasts the lifecourse of the Mbuti with that of Westerners. The Mbuti are able to maintain a remarkably high level of social order without laws.The cooperation that emerges later in Western life is mechanical, rather than organic, because it was learned by imposition rather than felt through reciprocation.

Men, Women, Single, Married: Who Really Exercises More?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 14, 2011 in Living Single
It is at the top of many people's New Year's resolutions. It is what people vow to do even when the dawn of the new year is a bleary memory. Get more exercise! So who really does get more exercise? Your choices are men and women who are currently married, divorced/separated, widowed, or have always been single.

School Made Easy: Character Education is the Key

By Neal H. Mayerson Ph.D. on January 12, 2011 in Quite a Character
In Mr. Sharp's 4th-grade classroom, the VIA Character strengths aren't just part of the curriculum. They've helped create a remarkable classroom culture.

A Virus in the Cross-Hairs

Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine reported on a novel viral infection formerly unknown in humans. Fortunately, this was not a mutated influenza strain threatening an outbreak of pandemic proportions. It wasn't even such a new virus...

Has Psychology Killed Philosophy?

By Jeff Wise on January 11, 2011 in Extreme Fear
How can we lead meaningful lives in an age when the broad culture no longer embraces a single vision of religious truth? In a remarkable new book, two philosophy professors come up with some surprising answers.

The Future of Therapy: A Unified Treatment Approach

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on January 09, 2011 in Insight Therapy
From the beginning, clinical psychology has been characterized by a diversity of approaches. But a field that splinters constantly may devolve into incoherence. Now, an attempt at integration may change the way therapy is practiced.

Sports: The Greatest Phenom You've Never Heard of

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 03, 2011 in The Power of Prime
Have you heard the name Mikaela Shiffrin? At least on paper, Mikaela may be the most phenomenal athletic phenom ever.

They've Got the Spirit, Yes They Do

By Alan Reifman Ph.D. on January 01, 2011 in On the Campus

Mothers: Why we need to maintain key friendships!!

By Meg Meeker M.D. on December 30, 2010 in Family Matters

Slugging Your Way to The Top

Why we think anyone interested in psychology or human nature should go see the Fighter, even if you don’t like fighting, you don’t like lower class Micks, and you don’t like spending ten bucks