Essential Reads

Tom Brady Broke the Rules, But Don't We All?

What "Deflategate" can teach us about human nature

Putting Music to the Words

Some species sing, some species call, but only humans do both

Meet Danielle Meitiv: Fighting for Her Kids’ Rights

She’s accused of child neglect for allowing her children some freedom.

Recent Posts on Sport and Competition

Anger Management: What Works and What Doesn't

By Brad J. Bushman Ph.D. on September 25, 2013 in 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.

What Did You Say?! How Noise Pollution Is Harming You

By Meg Selig on September 25, 2013 in Changepower
I can't hear you! Ten habits that protect you from harmful noise pollution.

Hey Sport Parents! Don't be Rude!

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

Women Who Hate Other Women: The Psychological Root of Snarky

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on September 24, 2013 in Insight Is 20/20
As a male psychologist, I am occasionally surprised by the degree of spite some women feel toward other women they don't know well. While I don't blame the women, I do believe the culture is largely responsible.

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 in 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.

How to Overcome Sports Performance Anxiety

By Kristi Pikiewicz PhD on September 23, 2013 in Meaningful You
Sports performance anxieties appear to exist outside of us but, in truth, are projections of what could’ve, should’ve or would’ve happened to us during childhood. Here is how to defend against these phantoms from your past so they don’t influence your present.

What We Can't Know About the Economy

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on September 23, 2013 in 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

By Jonathan Wai Ph.D. on September 23, 2013 in Finding the Next Einstein
“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

By Francois Grosjean Ph.D. on September 21, 2013 in Life as a Bilingual
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 in 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 in 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?

Schools Are Good for Showing Off, Not for Learning

By Peter Gray on September 19, 2013 in Freedom to Learn
High pressure testing and evaluation inhibits learning and drives a wedge between those who already know and those who don't. That is one explanation of the education gap between children from economically well off families and those from poorer families, and why that gap has been increasing over the past few decades.

Rafa Tough

By Adam Naylor EdD, CC-AASP on September 19, 2013 in The Sporting Life
Rafael Nadal absolutely dominated the 2013 tennis hard court season. Color commentators and fans alike praise his relentless competitiveness as the foundation of his mental game. Such observations overlook his ultimate sign of mental mastery achieved.

Gambling A-flick-tion

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 19, 2013 in 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.

Five Ways Introverts Can Be Annoying

By Sophia Dembling on September 18, 2013 in The Introvert's Corner
Introverts have been feeling pretty superior since the introvert-positive movement started. But are we really without faults? I think not.

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 in 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 in Am I Right?
We think we are being objective while we are taken in by appearances.

Ninety Ways to Thrive in College

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on September 17, 2013 in Shyness Is Nice
From dorm living to finding your passion, this list of college tips has you covered. See what advice popular blogger, Erin McNaughton, shared with her younger, college-bound sister.

How to Achieve Success at Work, Part II

By Elizabeth Wagele on September 17, 2013 in 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 in 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.

The Success Principles of Breaking Boards Bare-Handed

I always thought that all those martial artists breaking boards were just trying to show how tough they were--until I did it myself. And then after teaching it, forget about it! The physical and spiritual teachings to be taken away from breaking a board are some of the most invaluable in the world.

What Your Selfies Say About You

By Peggy Drexler Ph.D. on September 16, 2013 in Our Gender, Ourselves
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 in 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 in 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 in 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.