Essential Reads

Why Study Expertise?

The study of expertise has implications for psychology, education, coaching, and artificial intelligence. It emphasizes the positive aspects of the human mind.

Why Is Neuroticism So Toxic?

By Christopher Bergland on February 03, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroticism is widely considered the most toxic of the "Big Five" personality traits. Read this blog post for some easy tips on how-to become less neurotic.

The Replacement of Awe

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on February 03, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
Many of the most popular media events in history are similar in that they elicit a sense of awe. In doing this, they can replace sources that traditionally have inspired people.

College Athletes May Be More Depressed Than You Think

Similar to the compulsive exerciser whose tireless adherence to fitness most people admire, many college athletes may be struggling beneath a veneer of achievement.

More Posts on Sport and Competition

5 Epic April Fool’s Pranks and the Psychology Behind Them

There are psychological reasons why we fall for April Fool's pranks, and these 5 are among the best.

High School and Beyond

As a parent, you understand the desire to help your child succeed in the world and have the best future possible. Many parents dream their child will be successful, obtain postsecondary education, excel academically and most of all: find a career that is rewarding and satisfying. After all, isn't that the American dream?

The Facts of (Business) Life

Is the Business School degree the ideal passport to health, wealth and happiness?

The Important Lesson in March Madness

By Kory Floyd Ph.D. on March 29, 2015 Affectionado
March Madness reminds us that winning and losing are a natural part of life. We should teach our children the same.

Pressure Anxiety: A Contemporary Plague

Pressure Anxiety---if you don't have it, chances are great you know many who do!

The Case of the Incentivized Applicant

How much is a job interview worth?

Who Participates in Dog-sporting Events and Why?

Although people can be highly competitive in the various dog-sports, recent research shows that internal motives and social benefits are more important than trophies and accolades.

The Effective, Ethical, and Less Stressful Job Interview

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 25, 2015 How To Do Life
You risk failure if you sit there passively and give canned answers.

Yes, You Can Get Addicted to Exercise

For approximately 3 percent of the population, striving to stay fit does them more harm than good.

Are You a Free-Range Parent? You Should Be

Children need to have the freedom to explore their worlds on their own without parents acting like helicopters, always hovering around to "protect" them for the apparently dangerous world in which they now. Yet, our children are fenced in, literally and metaphorically, almost every moment of every day.

Pressure: Meet The Villain

Pressure downgrades your "cognitive success tools," compromises your ethics, makes you a damaging parent, and can destroy your marriage. You'd be wise to learn how to manage pressure.

If Selfish Genes Build Brains, Why Aren’t We All Solipsists?

Contrary to what you might think, the “selfish gene” paradigm does not imply that we should be self-centered to the point of believing that only we exist.

A Peculiar Work Situation

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on March 22, 2015 Fighting Fear
There may be worse problems at work than simply being paid very little and being asked to do the job of two or three people all at once.

The Pathways of Experience

When asked to describe the most important challenges of living, Freud is reputed to have said – for there is no firm evidence of his doing so – that every person should “work and love.”

The Neurobiology of BDSM Sexual Practice

How can one experience pain, either the physical pain of a smack on the tush or the emotional pain of humiliation, as pleasurable? Aren’t pain and pleasure diametrically opposed? The answer, informed by neurobiology, is that the opposite of pleasure isn’t pain but ennui— a lack of interest in sensation and experience.

The Urge to Connect

A 3 billion year perspective on where the human race is headed

Do You Like Your Sister?

Sympathy, compassion, understanding, respect, generosity and a willingness to forgive are essential features of every important relationship, including ones between members of an immediate family.

An Analytical Approach to Finding Your Career

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 18, 2015 How To Do Life
What are your core skills, interests, values, and non-negotiables?

Treating William Shakespeare

Asking which of the things I did that worked and which didn’t is exactly the same as asking which things the patient does in response I should feel rewarded by.

Don’t Close More State Hospitals

Should we bring back the state hospital system?

Martial Arts and Philosophy

What does pursuing a passion, with all the blood and pain involved in doing that properly, add to our lives?

Music Probably Doesn't Make Kids Smarter. So What?

Music lessons probably don't make kids smarter. But they have lots of other benefits.

7 Hints for Making It as an Artist

Are you a weekend artist who putters and creates but longs for more time to pursue a career as a “real” artist?

18 Ways to Add Oomph to Your Everyday Activities

Physical exercise has many brain health benefits, and reduces the risk of mild cognitive impairment and dementia. But you don’t have to hit the gym to get your heart pumping! Here are 18 ways to add umph to your everyday activities.

How Music Can Help You Get Ahead, The Right Way

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on March 13, 2015 The New You
Music can often boost, or hurt, performance. So what do professionals and athletes need to know about the benefits and traps of using music to motivate?

The Psychology of Online Customization

The decision to buy a customized product is mediated by a number of unconscious factors that shape the customers’ final decision.

Spring Sports: Concussion Safety Tips

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on March 12, 2015 Brain Trauma
Do you really know about concussions? With Spring and Summer come a variety of sports with high incidence rates for concussion. Whether it's water polo, soccer, lacrosse or other sports, every parent and coach should have a handle on basic concussion safety. Although this may sound like hyperbole, the future may depend on it.

The Importance of Failure: A Culture of False Success

It is becoming commonplace to give every child a trophy and generally dilute the competitive nature of sports. These changing trends are bringing new, long term challenges and repercussions that need to be taken note of. By fostering a false sense of success, we are ultimately doing a psychological disservice to children in more ways than one.

How Over-Thinking Kills Your Performance

By Gregory Ciotti on March 11, 2015 Habits, Not Hacks
Why assessing your performance will often steer you wrong.

The Hard Problem of Life

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on March 11, 2015 Hot Thought
Life and consciousness are problems allegedly so hard that no amount of scientific progress can ever solve them.