A Moral Compass for Troubling Times

We need a clear moral compass during these complicated times.

An In-depth Analysis of the Crisis at Google

The crisis at Google in the wake of the Damore memo controversy is an unfortunate symptom of our hyperpolarized society. This post explains how to understand it and move forward.

Maggie's Story: The Many Reasons Why Not

Maggie Nelson wanted desperately to end her life, to end the pain. But she gave hope a chance and found her way to flourishing.

A Note of Gratitude for My Friend

Dr. Leigh Shaffer has been an inspiration to me and I want to share my feelings of gratitude.

My 20-Year Journey Toward a Unified Framework

A retrospective on my work toward a unified framework for psychology and psychotherapy.

A Periodic Table of Behavior for Psychology

The Tree of Knowledge System provides psychologists (and scientists in general) with a new Periodic Table of Behavior.

Twenty Billion Fails to "Move the Needle" on Mental Illness

Former NIMH Head with remarkable admission: $20 billion in taxpayer dollars fails to move the needle on mental illness.

Depression and Psychological Nourishment

Depression arises from a failure to achieve "psychological nourishment".

The Well-Being Wheel: An Experiential Activity

This blog describes an experiential activity to lead groups in rich discussions about their well-being.

How to Understand Depression

Although Dr. Sapolsky argues depression "screams biology", the fact is it "screams psychology" far louder.

A New Big Five for Psychotherapists, Part II

We can transcend the paradigms in psychotherapy by thinking in terms of systems of character adaptation.

A New Big Five for Psychotherapists (Part I)

Psychotherapists should not think in terms of paradigms, but five systems of character adaptation: 1) habits; 2) emotions; 3) relationships; 4) defenses; and 5) justifications.

This Is What Is Wrong With the Core of Psychology

The core problem with psychology is conceptual. This blog examines the problem with the term cognitive and explains how to best think about the term.

Trait Neuroticism and Depressive and Anxiety Disorders

It is essential for folks who regularly struggle with depression and anxiety to understand high Trait Neuroticism and how to manage it.

Dancing With Each Other's Shadow (Part II)

This blog applies the concept of the shadow to a couple who would frequently get into conflicts.

Can You See Your Shadow?

The personal shadow is the dark side of one's self-consciousness system. It is often easier to see in others than in ourselves.

Psychology's Grand Unified Theory

A grand unified theory of psychology has been developed.

Understanding Emotions and How to Process Them

The emotional health of our citizens is not good. We need to educate folks on their feelings and how to adaptively process them.

Appreciating My Mother on Her Birthday

Appreciation and gratitude are crucial for connection and high quality relationships. Here I share my feelings of gratitude for my mother on her birthday.

The Animal-Human Dividing Line

As I read through Michael Gazzaniga’s Human over the break, I was transported back to 1996 when I discovered what exactly the dividing line is between humans and other animals.

The Concept of Concept Creep

The concepts of mental disorders, bullying, prejudice, and similar phenomena have greatly expanded. What is causing this "concept creep" and what are the implications?

Dependency, Counter-Dependency, and Interdependency

This blog explains why we humans have drives both for connection and separation, and how we can find a healthy sweet spot between the extremes of dependency and counterdependency.

Bulimia: An Integrated Map of Nine Key Elements

Sparked by a recent research on personality factors and eating disorders, this post maps out nine key components to help understand the development of bulimia.

Why Trump Can Be Loose With the Truth

Everyone can agree that Trump is loose with the truth. How did this come to be and why are some fine with it and others horrified by it?

Bias, Truth, Running Shoes and Elephants

Do you know people who only focus on selectively chosen facts? Are you that way? Here are some reflections on biases and perceiving the truth.

The Why, How, and What of Electing Donald Trump

Why did the US elect Trump, how did we not see it coming, and what can we now do? These deeply legitimate questions are being pondered at home and abroad.

Between a Meat Puppet and a Heavenly Soul

If we don't have a Heavenly soul, does that mean we are just meat puppets? No, and this blog explains why.

Humanizing the Other After a Polarizing Election

We are all vulnerable to dehumanizing those we have conflict with. This blog offers the story of Jason and Maria as a way to see the human in the other.

Pain, Anger, Sadness, Fear and Hope

I share my experiences, as we wake up the morning after.

Three Cheers for Big History

Big History offers us a unifying conception of the universe, the human condition and the sciences. As such, it deserves three cheers!

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