Essential Reads

The Adjustment of Adoptees

Studying the behavior and adjustment of adopted children

The Shot Clock and the Body Clock

How circadian rhythms win basketball games

March Madness

Why you should consider mental health services when choosing a college

The Bourgeois Revolution

Our fantasies and expectations about family life arose two centuries ago

Recent Posts on Sport and Competition

The Secret to Staying Engaged at Work

By Ron Friedman Ph.D. on January 05, 2015 in Glue
Within a knowledge economy, productivity and time off are no longer incompatible. Quite the opposite. Allowing yourself the opportunity to recover is a requirement for producing great work.

The Top Innovations We Should've Seen in 2014

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on January 05, 2015 in Innovation You
Of course these are just the beginning. What about a reverse crowd-sourcing app that takes money away from people with stupid ideas? Because for every Kickstarter, we also need a Kickstopper.

Are You Good Enough? New Year's Resolutions And Objectivity

By Elizabeth R Thornton on January 05, 2015 in The Objective Leader
Are you Good Enough? How to Avoid the Set-up and Make New Year's Resolutions….Objectively!

How To Spot and Stop Narcissists

Pathological narcissists often come across as grandiose, egotistical, manipulative, self-absorbed, and highly conceited. It's not easy when you have such an individual in your personal or professional life. How can you spot and stop a narcissist? Here are seven important keys...

Why You and Your Siblings May Still Be Rivals

No matter how much siblings love each other, they’re bound to have their share of conflict, often over the attention of their parents. Whether you’re a sibling, or a parent of one, you know that sibling rivalry is real. Here are some insights to help you understand where it comes from and what the effects of parental favoritism can be over time.

What Will Work Look Like In The Year 2030?

By Ray Williams on January 02, 2015 in Wired for Success
So the work world of 2030 will be significantly different than it is today. It will no longer be business as usual, and no longer be work as usual. Be prepared for a rough but exciting ride.

The Most Important Thing I Learned Last Year

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on January 02, 2015 in Black Belt Brain
Sometimes you have to see something familiar from a different perspective to realize just how much you don’t know about it. That’s the kind of experience I had last year. An experience that revealed to me just how much I don’t know about what the world looks like through the eyes of girls and women.

Girl Power is the New "It" Movement

Girl Power is the new “It” movement, and it is, without doubt, a much-needed movement. Yet, we are in need of a movement for boys. We need a movement that makes it trendy for boys to be nurturing, emotionally expressive, verbal, and non-violent. We need a cultural movement that treats nurturance and cooperation as skills that are just as important as engineering.

7 Keys to Increasing Your Self-Esteem Today!

Self-esteem can be defined as healthy respect for yourself, as well as healthy self-worth. In our competitive society, the propensity to be affected by low self-esteem is chronic and pervasive. The good news is that having low-self-esteem is largely a learned phenomenon. Here are seven keys to enhancing self-esteem...

7 Things We Just Learned About Human Nature

By Matthew Hutson on January 01, 2015 in Psyched!
Uri Gneezy and John List are known for their field experiments, testing hypotheses in the real world.

2015 Awareness Calendar

Happy New Year! The year 2015 is marked with many special days, weeks, and months dedicated and devoted to raising awareness about important emotional, physical and psychological health issues. Mark your 2015 calendar with these special dates. It takes one person to make a difference—just think of what thousands can do.

Getting into the Flow for the New Year

Whether you call it getting into your creative zone or flow, make sure you make it part of your health and wellness practice in the new year. Give yourself time to do what you love and reap the benefits of optimal experiences.

The 2014 Best & Worst Sex List

These are the 25 most inspiring, incredible, disturbing, and admirable news stories about sex and sexuality in 2014, as selected by Alexandra Katehakis and Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles for their annual Best & Worst Sex List. Each story is accompanied by in-depth commentary from a therapeutic perspective addressing why all this matters at this time in our culture.

Transhumanism Grew Rapidly in 2014

By Zoltan Istvan on December 30, 2014 in The Transhumanist Philosopher
It was a great year for transhumanism. The concept of transhumanism and the movement appeared everywhere, from features in mainstream media to international conferences to Hollywood blockbuster movies.

A Tale of Three Psychopaths: A Decade Later

By Jean Kim M.D. on December 30, 2014 in Culture Shrink
Three films in 2005, Lord of War, Match Point, and Capote came out within months of each other and were character studies of American-style sociopathy, the blind hunger to conquer and the emptiness within. They were eerily prescient of the tone of the decade to follow, economic crashes, social media wars, and more.

The Biggest Reason We Steal Other People’s Ideas

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on December 30, 2014 in Give and Take
Kleptomnesia: the idea theft you didn't see coming

Brain Training for ADHD: Help or Hype?

Does Brain Training Improve Cognitive Skills in ADHD? Look at the Science Between Brain Game Products.

Have You Lost Touch With Your Inner Artist?

By Susan Biali M.D. on December 29, 2014 in Prescriptions for Life
Have you lost your sense of joy, play and fun? Children are innately full of art, and so are you. You have likely suppressed your natural creativity out of fear, discouragement, old wounds or simply through "growing up". Reconnect with your inner artist and rediscover the joy that comes from expressing your true creativity.

Talking to Teens: How to Start the Conversation Part 1

By Mendi Baron on December 29, 2014 in On the Verge
A healthy relationship starts with conversation.

On Women and Work

By Sheila Kohler on December 29, 2014 in Dreaming for Freud
How much should women have to work ?

How to Lead Innovation Like a Superhero

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on December 29, 2014 in Innovation You
Innovation is not about alignment. It is about constructive conflict--positive tension. What happens when pragmatic thinkers work with big-picture thinkers? What happens when the quick thinkers meet the patient thinkers?

The Trivialization of the Feminine

“Girl talk” is synonymous with triviality in the minds of many men and women.

What Marriage Offers and Why So Many Resist It

Since we don't need to marry for the same reasons we did even 20 years ago, should we just get rid of the marriage model or are there ways we can have the best of both worlds?

Why Watch the Holiday Classics This Season?

Holiday films captivate us and draw the family together. The classics can be watched year after year, and maintain their magical quality, in large part because they tap into the emotions that connect each individual with family and community.

Top 5 Reasons People Are Unhappy at Work

Annual surveys of workers tell us that job satisfaction has been on a continual and gradual decline since the 1980s. Less than half of U.S. workers say they are satisfied with their jobs. What are the top reasons for unhappiness at work?

An Eye For Talent

By Jesse Marczyk on December 23, 2014 in Pop Psych
How well does the peer-review system serve science?

Solving the Puzzle of National Differences in Self-Esteem

A well-documented finding in cultural psychology is that people in individualistic societies typically score higher on measures of self-esteem than people in collectivist societies. Less well understood are the reasons for this difference.

A Defense of Jealousy

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on December 23, 2014 in This Is America
In Jealousy, Peter Toohey provides a charming and instructive survey of a much maligned emotion. He examines jealousy in many of its guises, including sexual jealousy, the Oedipus Complex, and sibling rivalry. Aware that it can be an ugly emotion, he argues that jealousy is an evolutionary adaptation that "can be a beautiful thing."

Marijuana Use By Kids and Teens: Parents, Pay Attention!

I live in Colorado, one of the first states to legalize marijuana possession and use. Beware....Whether you call it pot, weed or marijuana, the long-term impacts of this mind-altering drug, especially for kids and teenagers, spells danger.

Concussions Not Just A Football Problem: Are You at Risk?

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on December 22, 2014 in Brain Trauma
When your brain sustains enough force, whether its from direct impact or whiplash, a mild traumatic brain injury or concussion can occur. And, if it's not detected or handled properly, resulting brain damage can occur. You don't have to be on a playing surface to experience a concussion. They happen frequently in normal daily activities. Here is what you need to know: