Understanding the world as it really is—random—can liberate and empower us.
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Growing conscious about how media influences individuals and cultures.
Karen E. Dill-Shackleford Ph.D.
Has anyone ever compared you with a TV character? Have you seen yourself in a TV character? There can be pros and cons of making those connections.
The profound change you have been saying no to, and how to say yes.
Do couples go to Inspiration Point in real life? Do mice live in mouse holes? What's a kid to think after watching television?
I never thought using an app would help me deal with the death of my beloved dog.
In a distracted world, stories help us remember what really matters.
How to use pop culture and your imagination to beat stress this holiday season.
Is this how Jane Jetson bought her clothes? Everyday fashion in the era of social media.
This week, a film and a standup comedy routine gave me some ideas about how we deal with our anger in the current political climate.
Americans hungry for good news need look no further than the kids who spoke at the March for our Lives
How do we deal with it when someone we love does something we hate?
A conversation about struggling with what to post on social media in these times of social and political strife.
When the world is in chaos, who can set things right? (Cue music): Wonder Woman!!!
Why Carrie Fisher's death is such a loss to so many
Feeling stressed about the the election? A film can help you cope.
Are news stories about racial tensions causing you anxiety? Research on Harry Potter offers a new perspective on prejudice reduction.
It may have taken 40 years and we may have had to endure the prequels, but this new Star Wars film really gets the women right.
TV fans are addicted to the feelings we experience through our connections with the story world and its players.
Don't you think your daughter is smart enough to be Sherlock Holmes? Shouldn't you tell her so?
How is watching your favorite show a form of "social media"?
What exactly do we get out of watching romantic relationships on television?
A Sister's Eulogy Reflects on the Life of a Sibling with Mental Illness
Positive Psychology is making inroads to helping women feel better about ourselves and our bodies.
How our favorite films help us grapple with what's most meaningful in life.
What can we learn about parenting from Mad Men's Don and Betty Draper—fans know.
Are too many selfies and status updates telling your friends to back away slowly?
New media bring us a new window to the world of everyday people.
The Sexualization and Objectification of a Beloved Character Sparks Petition to Keep Merida Brave
On Facebook, passive lurking is associated with envy, but active participation is associated with good feelings.
Stressed by political coverage: How to chillax and not Unfriend your politically minded FB and Twitter friends.
When it comes to violence and race in games, the discussion shouldn't always be black and white.
Karen Dill-Shackleford, Ph.D., is a social psychologist at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara.
The Psychology of entertainment media's role in our social lives.