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Psychologically informed reflections on how we interact.
Noam Shpancer Ph.D.
The threesome resides between excitement and trepidation, between problem and solution, and between adventurousness and carelessness.
The decision to have sex may be made by you. But what makes you?
The prevailing sentiment which sees stereotypical thinking as faulty cognition and stereotypes themselves as patently inaccurate is wrong on both counts.
Life requires hard choices. Shakespeare’s "to be or not to be" is the most fundamental example. But once we have chosen to be, the challenge remains of how to be.
There are certain steps clients can take to improve their odds of benefiting from therapy.
Understanding anxiety is a necessary first step toward managing it well.
Lessons from the therapy room may apply to national politics.
What we’re after: Psychological science looks at human motivation.
The work of therapy involves interpreting old patterns in new ways.
Are mass shootings the price we must pay for living in a culture that prizes individual freedom?
The recipe: Find a hobby; don’t fight with your spouse in front of the guests; volunteer; pack a sandwich; and read the funnies.
A majority of American parents believe that spanking children is effective and good. They are wrong on both counts.
Affairs are as costly and widely condemned as they are common.
People often are advised to go to therapy to “process” some issue. But what does “processing an issue” actually mean?
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” FDR once famously declared. But was he right?
Every year, for the last 20 years, I’ve taught a human sexuality class. Over so many years of this work, one observes things.
A good metaphor is worth a thousand explanations.
Most American children will experience nonparental care. America has yet to adequately address the implications of this reality.
We fancy ourselves rational and independent, eager to learn and adapt. But are we?
Most of us don’t wish success on selfish, nasty, and dishonest people, and yet many such people are successful. How come?
Can therapy rewire your brain? Can brain differences predict therapy outcomes? Can brain differences diagnose psychological disorders?
What we talk about when we talk about talk therapy.
What might rappers, gender studies academics, and abusive parents have in common?
It’s quite impossible to watch president Trump and remain unperturbed. But why?
What explains our ability to suspend our moral principles and inflict cruelty on others, in clear violation of the moral principles we claim to espouse?
A previous post listed several mental health errors that may hinder psychological well-being. But wait, there’s more…
If you don’t hear much about propaganda, that’s what you’re hearing.
These common mental health ‘blunders’ that may undermine well-being.
You don’t need to be a psychologist or a committed politico to recognize that Donald Trump makes for a fascinating psychological case study.
People who fake orgasms deprive themselves of great pleasure for an empty show of it, introduce a lie into an act of trust, distance into an occasion for closeness. Why?
Noam Shpancer, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Otterbein College and a practicing clinical psychologist in Columbus, Ohio.