Essential Reads

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.

Do Sleep Issues in Teens Predict Drug and Alcohol Problems?

The relationship between sleep and substance abuse in teens is complex.

Are Men or Women More in Demand?

You have to ask who is getting more of what they want.

Recent Posts on Sport and Competition

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:

The 3 Worst Things We Learned As Children

These three belief systems are both the most common and the most toxic beliefs we develop as children.

Peace of Mind On the Go

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on December 19, 2014 in Urban Survival
What can we do to slow down our fast paced lives? As we approach the new year, transitions can be hectic and busy. Here are six simple tips on how we can take a moment to relax and take care of ourselves during the holidays, new year, and beyond.

The Intelligence of the Feet

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on December 19, 2014 in Play in Mind
We play instinctively but not without instruction: nurture informs nature.

Why Dad’s “Talk” is Important

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 19, 2014 in Moral Landscapes
Does it matter if Dad doesn’t discuss emotions? Yes, yes, yes!

Dogmatic and Spiritual Religion

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on December 19, 2014 in Out of the Darkness
How can religion generate both savagery and nobility? How can the principles of religious faith be used to justify terrorism, and at other times encourage acts of great altruism and justice? This only makes sense if we distinguish two fundamentally different types of religion.

When It’s Hard to Feel Grateful

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 19, 2014 in How To Do Life
Questions that could help even strugglers feel gratitude.

NFL Injuries Leading to Medication Abuse

By Richard Taite on December 17, 2014 in Ending Addiction for Good
NFL injuries are treated with pain medications by team doctors. Are the players being responsibly medicated? Are they treated in ways that are for their benefit or in the team’s best interest?

How Your Favorite Team Is Making You Pack on Pounds

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on December 17, 2014 in The New You
If you’re a Raiders or Jets fan, this NFL season seems like punishment enough. But the vicarious sting of back-to-back losses might not be the only negative consequence of rooting for a losing team. Researchers are now saying fans are setting themselves up for an even bigger loss: binge eating.

5 Reasons Athletes Don’t Do Mental Training

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on December 17, 2014 in The Power of Prime
When I ask athletes how important the mind is compared to the physical and technical sides of sports, the vast majority say that it is as or more important. Yet, if I had to guess how many athletes actually make mental training an integral part of their preparations, even after learning all about it from me, I would put the number at less than 10%. Why is that?

Reversing the Psychology of Competition

By Linda Esposito LCSW on December 16, 2014 in From Anxiety to Zen
How to beat yourself at your own (mind) game. Entrepreneur extraordinaire Gary Vaynerchuk shares one amazing psychological hack for dealing with the competition.

The 7 Laws of Multitasking

If we understand what multitasking does in our brain, we can take advantage of it's benefits while avoiding its dangers.

Why Do People Care About Race?

By Jesse Marczyk on December 16, 2014 in Pop Psych
Given that humans were unlikely to have traveled far enough to encounter different races over our evolutionary history, the emphasis our mind can place on race seems a bit curious. Why might we attend to race as much as we do, and when might we stop noticing?

What One Thing Do You Want to Change about Your Life?

Change is, as they say, an inevitable fact of life. However, it’s not always so easy to make those changes that you most desire. By adopting the mindset of the "agile innovator,” however, those changes might be easier to tackle than you think.

Racial Anxiety Can Perpetuate Racial Inequalities

Sometimes the best way to reduce racial anxiety is the easiest: By hanging out together.

4 Ways Our Relationships Change Who We Are

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D. on December 16, 2014 in Close Encounters
When we are involved in serious romantic relationships, we find ourselves turning from a “me” to an “us”. That means that as we become increasingly committed to our partners, we find our self-concept actually changing. The “us” becomes “me”. But how does our self-concept change, and are these changes good or bad for us and for our relationships?

The Psychology of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

By David J Ley Ph.D. on December 14, 2014 in Women Who Stray
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the fastest growing and most popular martial art of recent years. Beyond its effectiveness in MMA, BJJ inspires powerful dedication and commitment in its students. BJJ taps into many powerful aspects of human psychology, inspiring devotion and promoting personal growth in its students.

If Santa Were Real

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 14, 2014 in How To Do Life
17 questions to help you figure out what you want, what you really want.