Essential Reads

Would You Agree to Sex with a Total Stranger?

Sex with strangers? Men and women disagree.

Nobody Does It Better

Humor, which clashes with the intensity of romantic love, can be valuable in romance. Is humor always good in love? Is it useful for seduction? Should we tell jokes during sex?

Do You Have to Be Self-Centered to Be Self-Actualized?

What would you do to reach your highest potential? A new series of studies raises doubts about the classical view of self-actualization.

Women, Men and Mentoring

Mentors can often give you the advantage of behind-the-scene operations and decisions in the making. A mentor is a go-to person when times are difficult.

More Posts on Gender

Understanding Children’s Best Interests in Divorce

“Shared parenting now has enough evidence...[that] the burden of proof should now fall to those who oppose it rather than those who promote it.”

“Girls Rule!”

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in How To Do Life
What your boy is seeing about his sex

Is There Really a Boy Crisis?

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Talking About Men
Some scholars have long stated that we are in the midst of a ‘boy crisis’, manifesting itself in educational under-achievement and poor mental health. But is this the case?

Involuntary Celibacy

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 21, 2017 in Minority Report
There's a growing subculture of men who identify themselves as "incels" (i.e. involuntary celibates) and they are expressing their frustrations online.

Now What? How to Talk with Your Millennial Kids about Love

Young adults want their parents to talk with them about the complexities of romantic relationships. The "Marriage 101" professor shares some questions to help you get started.

Some Tips for Staying Married

Suggestions from a long-married guy for keeping your marriage going beyond those first few crazy-in-love passionate years (or months).

How Wonder Woman Is and Isn't a Feminist Superheroine Movie

Must a feminist heroine's sex appeal be the film's primary focus? The audience can make up its own mind about her attractiveness without characters ham-handedly pointing it out.

Are Men Threatened by High-Achieving Women?

What is it about some men that they are so easily threatened by powerful women?

Wonder Woman: How I Wish

By Madelon Sprengnether on June 16, 2017 in Minding Memory
Who hasn’t seen “Wonder Woman” yet? If you haven’t, I urge you to go. I was entranced by the movie and how it speaks to us all.

Dove’s Latest Body Positivity Failure

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on June 15, 2017 in Beauty Sick
If Dove’s bottles could speak, they’d blend right into the chorus of voices encouraging women to take an objectified perspective on their own bodies.

Learning Is a Key Component in Increasing Confidence

Empowering female artisans abroad increases confidence and decreases anxiety.

How Masculinity Is Stifling Men's Sexual Desire

Does it seem like men want sex all the time? It might be feigned. And masculine norms and social pressures could be the culprit.
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Attitudes Toward Infidelity

Research has shown that those who have been cheated on are more likely to view a variety of behaviors as cheating, perhaps because they fear the past will repeat itself.

How the Brain Determines Sexuality

It has been known for a long time that early exposure to testosterone has a powerful influence on later sexuality. Now we are beginning to understand how this might come about.

Must My Son Be a Feminist?

Everywhere I look there are examples of how boys are in need of re-shaping.

Is Teaching Tolerance the Solution or the Problem?

Tolerance is part of discrimination, which explains why we have intolerance. Acceptance is the answer, not tolerance.

'My Butt Actually Looks OK in This'

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on June 08, 2017 in Fit Femininity
How to choose your exercise outfit? Women exercisers talk about their strategies for looking good in fitness fashion.

Surprising Sources of Sexual Satisfaction

A satisfying sex life is more than just frequent intercourse or achieving orgasm; some surprising qualities can enhance our sexual experiences.

Eating Disorders in the LGBT Community

Why does the LGBT population have a higher prevalence of eating disorders?
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Bi+: The Bisexual Unicorn

Bi+ individuals adopt a variety of identities, including bisexual, pansexual, bi-curious, fluid, multi-sexual, and others.

Equality Makes Same-Sex Couples Happy

By Joanne Bagshaw Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in The Third Wave
Why are same-sex couples happier than straight couples? Here are eight ways research says same-sex couples rock relationships.

A Contextual Path to De-Stigmatizing Mental Illness

Is de-stigmatizing mental illness by making it equivalent to the physical a flawed solution?

Parent's Guide to the Gender Revolution

Three guidelines for discussing gender identity with your kid.

Should Women Start a Good Ol' Girls Club?

Networks can serve as your insurance for professional longevity. Contacts are like an insurance policy. The more you have, the more security you can have in your career.

Intellectual Lulz: Academic Hoaxes and Epistemic Trolling

By Andrew Smart on May 29, 2017 in Machine Psychology
Academic hoaxes that attempt to expose the emptiness of postmodernism are the most postmodern things imaginable.

Please Don’t Call Me “Hon”

By Susan Hooper on May 29, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
When strangers call me “Hon” or “Dear,” I am not pleased. They may not realize it, but it sounds both sexist and ageist to me.

Straight Life Cycle/Queer Life

A psychotherapy vignette about navigating traditional milestones as a gay man.

Betsy DeVos Is Okay With Schools Banning LGBT Students

By Jack Turban MD MHS on May 25, 2017 in Political Minds
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos says she will not require schools with anti-LGBT policies to end these policies in order to receive federal funding.

You Can Make a Difference

If your child or another child in your life came out as transgender, would you know how to respond? Here are some strategies for ensuring their health and wellbeing.

What Is Holding Women Back from Success in Business?

Why are women at a disadvantage in the business world?