Essential Reads

Born in the USA

The Evolutionary Psychology of Patriotism

How to Kick Fatigue? Try Science’s New “3-Day” Rule

Three days of post-workout recovery may be optimal to return to top form

How Psychologists Can Help Curb Cheating in Sports

The trick is to prevent cheating before it occurs

The Problem With Youth Sports?

WOSPs: Well-intentioned, Overinvolved Sports Parents!

Recent Posts on Sport and Competition

Bad Sports: 'Deflategate' and the Psychology of Cheating

By Jason Powers M.D. on January 27, 2015 in Beyond Abstinence
A study suggests that most cheaters, if found guilty, wouldn't experience much remorse. Researchers found that the "high" may be mitigated by the magnitude of the perceived consequences. However, over time and perhaps through self-reflection, cheaters may become more likely to regret their actions.

The Inherent Paradox of Online Dating

The trauma of online dating

Best Parenting Books of 2014?

By Polly Palumbo Ph.D. on January 26, 2015 in Momma Data
Do you avoid parenting books? Do you devour them? In either case, here are some books worth reading that aren't the typical "how to parent" fodder. These thought-provoking selections question what we know about brain science, adolescence, child vaccinations, anxiety and postpartum depression among other topics. No potty training or self-esteem building tips included.

Youth Sports 101 Revisited: More Tips for Moms and Dads

Youth sports are not a free babysitting service! To help youngsters get the most out of athletics, parents can make positive contributions by following some effective guidelines.

Why Friendships Are So Vital

By Jennifer Verdolin Ph.D. on January 25, 2015 in Wild Connections
Lasting friendships are built on repeated actions that foster cooperation and support that can have immediate benefits which, over time, increase your survival and success. But not all friendships are created equal and it can be critical to determine what the true nature of your friendships are.

Music and Dreams: The Case of the Beatles

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on January 25, 2015 in Dream Catcher
Why are some forms of music relatively rare in dreams? Dreams screen out redundant and parasitic forms of information but will process musical phrases that violate expectancies

How Abusive Bosses Can Destroy Teamwork

By Ray Williams on January 24, 2015 in Wired for Success
There is increasing evidence that there is a clear link between bad leaders and employee health and productivity problems, which is turn, can be a huge liability for organizations.

Are You a Debbie Downer?

Some people see the glass as totally empty, most of the time. What makes a Debbie Downer so negative, and what can you do if suspect you are one?

How Evolutionary Science Can Make Us Morally Better

Because morality is so important, we ought to make sure that we're doing it right. Evolutionary science can help us with that.

How to Have a Well-Behaved Child, Part 3

By Kenneth Barish Ph.D. on January 19, 2015 in Pride and Joy
Self-regulation, especially in childhood, is not learned well from consequences or punishment. The threat of punishment has its place, but it is a small part of learning discipline and self-control.

10 Ways to Overcome Fear of Missing Out

In our previous blog we addressed the concept of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and the dangers of being possessed by this insidious condition. In this posting we are offering ten valuable practices that are guaranteed to help to free you from the grip of FOMO and to enhance the quality of your relationships as well as the overall quality of well-being in your life.

Why Writing Matters

At the end of life, people sometimes find time and focus to do things they've always wanted to do. Often, surprisingly, it's writing.

The Effects of Psychology on Athletic Performance

Understanding of psychology’s effect on athletic performance has broadened with increased study in the field of athletics at both the university and professional levels. Numerous psychological influences on athletic performance have been discovered, including many that are subconscious.

Are You Psychologically Ready to Retire?

The key questions here are: Will you be happier retired or working? Will you be psychologically and physically healthier retired or working? Are you psychologically prepared to retire? Will you live longer if you retire?

Crisis of Confidence

Confidence when poorly defined and poorly understood can be both arrogant and ignorant. Not a great combination when high performance is the goal. “Positive of victory.” A quaint wish. Perhaps a nice pop psychology mantra. Performance confidence at its truest, is likely more honest than this statement.

Does Processing Language Differently Mean More Efficiently?

Current research is helping us understand in what way bilinguals are different from monolinguals when they process language and in what way they are similar. But where does efficiency come in? An example is taken from a study that has received world wide attention just recently.

How to Win

Smart effort is a good thing. It might well win Urban Meyer another national championship. But he learned the hard way that bottomless, pull-your-hair-out effort produces more stress than success.

There Is Nothing Either Good or Bad But Thinking Makes It So

Lack of empathy is the black hole in our social relations.

In Tragedy, Putting Sports in Perspective

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 07, 2015 in The Power of Prime
When young people lose their lives in sports, it is a bracing slap in the face about why we are involved in sports and a reminder about what is really important (and it’s not the results!). Let’s honor them by keeping sports in perspective as a marvelous part of life, but not life itself.

Redefining Success in 2015: How Much Is Enough?

By Craig Dowden Ph.D. on January 07, 2015 in The Leader's Code
The desire for success is a universal phenomenon. Yet, many of us forget to ask ourselves some critical questions before embarking on this pursuit.

10 Surprising Facts About Failure

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on January 06, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
You cannot always control whether you fail in life but you can and need to control how you respond once you do.

Active Rewards

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on January 06, 2015 in In Excess
Research appears to indicate that at times of psychological and/or emotional hardship, some habitual exercisers engage in such activity as a form of escape. The reliance on exercise as a means of coping with adversity has the potential become to become addictive. I and some colleagues carried out the first ever national study on exercise addiction - but what did we find?

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!

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.

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.

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.