Essential Reads

Are Psychopathy and Heroism Two Sides of the Same Coin?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Media Spotlight
A new research study looking at first responders suggests that heroes and psychopaths have more in common than you might think.

Reframing the Budget Debate

Psychological research on moral values and persuasion offers ways to shift perceptions on what constitutes government spending and make progress on reducing the federal deficit.

The Struggle to Maintain Basic Humanity

Basic humanity is like a muscle, it gets stronger with exercise.

Why People Sometimes Care More About Dogs Than Humans

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on November 09, 2017 in Canine Corner
People are often more disturbed when a dog is a victim of abuse than when the victim is a human being.

More Posts on Ethics and Morality

Cognitive Dissonance and the Franken Sexual Harassment Case

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Presence of Mind
Democrats and feminists must honestly grapple with the cognitive dissonance generated by the Franken sexual harassment case.

Me Too and Misogyny

By Josephine Ensign DrPH on November 18, 2017 in Catching Homelessness
If you are tired of the current focus on gender-based violence, think again and consider the underlying misogyny affecting us all.

Use Scientific Methods to Detect Fake News

Both fake news and science became salient issues during last year’s presidential election. Understanding the principles of scientific methods can help detect false information.

Why has #MeToo Gone Viral?

How and why are the many accusations of sexual assault going viral at this time?

Who’s Afraid of Roy Moore? Incongruence in the Age of Trump

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on November 17, 2017 in Intersections
If ethical principles and moral codes really have a bearing in voters' daily lives, then they should probably not overlook the nine allegations, and problematic stances, of Moore.

Oh No! Not Louis C.K.! A Star Admits to Sexual Misconduct

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Louis C.K. is a talented and lauded comedian. What makes a good guy behave like a bad guy? And how can we come to terms with his grossly inappropriate sexual impositions on women?
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Why Don't Victims of Sexual Harassment Come Forward Sooner?

No wonder victims of sexual harassment keep quiet. It is time we supported them, rather than question them.

Masturbation: Self-Abuse or Biological Necessity?

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in How We Do It
Masturbation has slowly lost its evil reputation from previous centuries. Human studies and primate research both indicate that it brings benefits rather than health risks.

Why Random Acts of Kindness Matter to Your Wellbeing

Don't underestimate the value of being kind to others. One act of small kindness can release an enormous chain of positive events.

Compassionate Conservation Matures and Comes of Age

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Among the major goals of compassionate conservation (CC) is taking killing off the table. Conservation is a moral pursuit and as such CC focuses on individual well-being.

Stars Who Sexually Harass and Fans Who Love and Hate Them

How do we deal with it when someone we love does something we hate?
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What You Can Expect From an Authoritarian, Part 2

Based on research on authoritarian wounding, learn what you can expect from authoritarian contact and how you can heal the wounds inflicted by that contact.

The Power of the Little White Lie

By Michael Bar-Eli, Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Boost!
Though a moral quandary may exist, paradoxical reframing techniques often rely on “bending the truth.”

#MeToo: The Torrent Continues

Another voice is added to the heartfelt chorus: women who have experienced inappropriate, unwanted sexual advances. We must keep speaking out.

Are Sexual Predators and Harassers Everywhere? Yes!

Tragically, those with power and control over others will often use their influence to exploit. We all must do our part to make sure they don’t ever get away with it. Are you in?

Kindness is a Risky Business

Kindness is the last thing many of us want to try in these ideologically-divided times - but rethinking what kindness is and how to leverage it can reveal new solutions.

16 Easy Random Acts of Kindness to Practice Today

By Meg Selig on November 12, 2017 in Changepower
Once you start practicing random acts of kindness, you will notice a multitude of opportunities to help others. Soon you may notice that you've developed "the kindness habit."

Immortality—Who Will Get It, and Who Won't?

By David Niose on November 12, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
If you think wealth disparity is bad now, just wait until awesome medical breakthroughs redefine the human condition—for some of us.

The Myth of the Self-Made Individual

We should be wary of those who claim to be self-made, who tout themselves as the emblems of accomplishment. These prominent people simply disregard the support they’ve had.

The Wandering Eye and the Green-Eyed Monster

By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 11, 2017 in Talking Apes
New research shows that when people fantasize about illicit affairs, they often project their guilty feelings onto their partner.

The Passion Plea

By Joel Brockner Ph.D. on November 10, 2017 in The Process Matters
When did passion become an excuse for bad behavior?
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Four Psychological Traits of Sexual Harassers

By Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in How to Be Yourself
What psychological traits make someone more prone to sexually harassing others?

Guns, Drugs and Mental Health: Crises Everywhere

Life is hard and cries abound. What if each of us chose to become a better person?

Utopia

By Graham Collier on November 06, 2017 in The Consciousness Question
The Utopian concept of human consciousness seems extremely foreign nowadays.

"My Thoughts and Prayers Are With You"

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on November 06, 2017 in Am I Right?
Public condolences may actually be harmful.

The Truth About Fake Health News

How to tell real from fake health news.

Real Data in Real News About Fake Science

How do we know that some journals are fake? One way to provide evidence would be to gather empirical data and that's just what several researchers did.

Creating a Culture of Yes

By Ruth C. White Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Culture in Mind
How do we create a culture of sexual expression in which women feel empowered to say yes and men to hear no?

Monuments and Holidays

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on November 02, 2017 in Am I Right?
It's time to think about what we celebrate and why.

Machiavellians: Self-Made or Born that Way?

Are master manipulators genetically programmed that way, or do they become Machiavellians over time?