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

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.

Finding Courage by Accepting Vulnerability

"The kick is no good!" As the announcer's shocked voice was heard across the nation Stanford's star kicker Jordan Williamson's life was drastically altered.

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!

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 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?