Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Gillian Ragsdale Ph.D.
From spanking to social distancing, can we trust advice we don’t like?
It's been a tough year—yet many teenagers are less anxious than they were last year. Why is school more stressful for them than COVID-19?
Spectators to conflict are never neutral: how biased reports evolve over time to escalate conflict – independent of the conflict itself.
As we get older, we become more discerning about how we spend our empathic energy.
Would women in developed countries have more children if they had robots to help them take care of them?
Does empathy develop from emotional contagion – catching an emotion from someone else? Aren't you more likely to empathize with someone when you can feel as they are feeling? Well, not necessarily.
The right song lyrics or briefest message on the check can make us tip waiting staff more generously.
The helping profession that has people squirming and begging for mercy.
There’s a common belief that having siblings promotes the development of empathy—but is it that simple?
The responsible use of social media needs to be taught at school because it is changing the way children’s empathy and social skills develop.
The emotional attachment of a hoarder to their stuff could stem from an excess of empathy. As if stuff had feelings that could be hurt.
If you really must ruminate—do it in the sunshine but keep busy in bad weather.
“Video games are bad for you? That’s what they said about rock and roll.” Shigeru Myamoto. Just what is the link between violent video games and bad behavior?
Could a link between facial symmetry and anti-social traits be an echo from the dark side of human history?
Perspective-taking means putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes. It helps us to understand other people and it undermines the way we create and maintain stereotypes.
Compassion fatigue is turning doctors away from primary care.
Encouraging children to make music teaches them more than a valuable creative skill—it makes them nicer to each other.
Gillian Ragsdale, Ph.D. is an Associate Lecturer in biological psychology with the Open University, in the U.K.