Essential Reads

Toxic Friend or Just the Product of a Toxic Environment?

Sometimes non-toxic friends display toxic relationship behaviors.
Wikimedia Commons (John O'Neill)

Survival of the Scaredest

Why are we more afraid of insects than guns? Our emotions and perceptions are evolutionary products, and we can blame genetics for our infested minds.

“Only You” Or “I've Two Lovers and I Love them Both"?

Emotional partiality and diversity are essential to romantic love. However, they appear to conflict with each other. Which one has a greater romantic value?

5 Reasons to Streamline Your Life

These 5 research-based reasons for living a streamlined life will convince you that it’s time to take a new look at your home, and your calendar.

More Posts on Environment

Awe Engages Your Vagus Nerve and Can Combat Narcissism

Recent research shows that experiencing a sense of awe promotes the "small self" and can combat narcissism by activating the parasympathetic vagal response to "tend-and-befriend."
Pixabay/Wokandapix

The Catastrophic Effects of Mental Health Stigma

Transforming mental health in America. We have a long way to go.

“I Don’t Have the Bandwidth for That”

Have computers changed the way you see yourself? Why losing touch with nature can be hazardous to your health.

Reclaiming Human Dignity

Have you experienced religiously-based abuse or violence? This post explores the ideological basis for Judeo-Christian patterns of aggression.
Inner City Books, used with permission

Jungian Analyst Marion Woodman on the American Psyche

By Pythia Peay on May 18, 2017 in America On The Couch
Your ancestors went through the anguish of breaking with their mother country [Britain], even fighting and killing the soldiers of “the mother.” Marion Woodman

Freedom

What does freedom really mean?

Looking for Peace in a Frantic World?

Are you wearing yourself out frantically rushing from one thing to the next? The path to peace may be just outside your door.

Fight or Flight? Resisting Air Rage Becoming the New Normal

Fighting inflight is a dangerous "new normal." Understanding air rage through addressing aired grievances can enhance the ability of airlines to restore the friendly skies.

Superfluidity and the Transcendent Ecstasy of Extreme Sports

A trailblazing new study identifies some common themes that motivate people to push against their limits while transcending everyday states of consciousness through extreme sports.

Our Secret Life in Bathrooms

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on May 10, 2017 in Design on My Mind
The bathroom can conjure up images of birth, of the beginning, of water which we must cross, of water in which we may be purified: The bathroom of the hero/ine's journey.

Litterbugs in Outer Space

Why is space full of human junk? What does it imply for our desire to face new challenges and build new worlds?

What’s Your Anti-Gravity Strategy?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 04, 2017 in Ambigamy
People seek transcendence by many means. Some come bundled with belief in supernatural magic at odds with science. Scientists can do more to help resolve the tension.

A Climate Scientist's Talk at the March for Science

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on May 02, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
A climate scientist speaks at the march for science in a way that acknowledges the limitations to science, and the value of skepticism and alternative views.

Bubblebags and Baggyballs

By Bernard L. De Koven on May 01, 2017 in On Having Fun
Worried about the environment? Here's a way to make playful use of some of our favorite detritus

Bret Stephens: Out Of The Bubble

Pulitzer Prize winning Bret Stephens makes some readers of the New York Times uncomfortable, and some, angry. He says that's his job. But many readers want him fired for his views.

The Modern Millennial Work From Home Mode

Working from home need not conjure dated images of burning dinners and screaming babies while taking conference calls. The millennial approach is about working smarter, not harder.

The Emerging Science of Awe and Its Benefits

By Emma Stone, Ph.D. on April 27, 2017 in Understanding Awe
Move over happiness, there's another emotion that boasts myriad benefits for health, wellbeing and social connectedness

One Philosopher’s Daily Grind

By Hugh Aldersey-Williams on April 26, 2017 in A Curious Mind
How did the day job of one of the greatest of all philosophers influence his ideas?

The Politics of Silence

Excessive noise seriously harms human health and interferes with people’s daily activities at school, at work, at home and during leisure activities.

Agitating for the Environment

One place to take on global environmental stewardship may be your own laundry room. Remarkably, the spotlight now is not on detergents or bleach, but rather on the apparel itself.

Morality: Seeds Must Be Planted Rightly in Early LIfe

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on April 23, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
It’s easy to believe that reasoning is the most important aspect of morality. But it isn't. Morality "goes all the way down" to how well our neurobiological systems work.

An Earth Day Wake-Up Call Delivered Via Hawk

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on April 22, 2017 in Presence of Mind
Earth Day is a good day to consider (or reconsider) your commitment to promoting environmental sustainability.

Please Yell at Me

By Asa Don Brown Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in Towards Recovery
Have you ever found yourself uncontrollably yelling?

This Earth Day

By The Research Lab on April 20, 2017 in The Fundamentals
When science and politics collide. By Tim Beach, Ph.D.
Yvonne Temal

How Mother Nature Became My Therapy

Escaping into nature can help us recover from our depression and anxiety while simultaneously allowing us to be free. "The mountains are calling and I must go..." -John Muir.

Why Do Some People Deny Climate Change?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on April 17, 2017 in ExperiMentations
How can people deny climate change? The evidence is extremely strong, and the danger is clear and present. Research gives clues as to what factors are really at play.

Fallingwater: Where Design, Structure, & Psychology Converge

Asked to describe Fallingwater in one word, its owner replied, "Romance." Frank Lloyd Wright used design and structure to evoke psychological reactions.
"Emotion Sensation," Frank John Ninivaggi, oil, 2006

Emotions as Our Mother Tongue

We strive for competency. We want a better quality of life. To achieve this, our second language, thought, not only needs but demands its mother language—emotion.

Aphrodite and Dionysus

Lack of or a low sexual desire is the most common sexual challenge, about which physicians hear numerous complaints.

Diagnoses: Harmful or Helpful?

Mental illness can tell us what's wrong with a person, with parenting, with a culture, and with society. It's bio/psycho/social. Let's learn fully about ourselves from it.