Essential Reads

Why Brilliant Girls Tend to Favor Non-STEM Careers

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 20, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
If there are bona fide gender differences in preferences and interests, equal opportunities may never translate into equal outcomes.

Stand Up For Civility

If we all do our part to reinforce civil behavior and provide corrective feedback for uncivil behavior we may help to turn our increasingly uncivil community into a more civil one.

The Invisible Crisis that Threatens the Auto Industry

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on July 13, 2017 in Innovation You
China’s expenditures for research and development, and the patents awarded for innovations, have significantly outpaced our own.

Marijuana Legalization and Answers to Our "Drug Problems"

Drugs & drug policy evoke strong opinions. At stake are issues of personal freedom, public health, racial equality, public safety, costs, & large financial profits.

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Mental Health Stigma in Healthcare

Access to mental health and substance abuse care is at risk.

Perfect Suicide?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 19, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about hubris, a future president, and nuclear war.

Avoiding Political Precommitment

Warning! Your worldview may be undermining reason-based decision-making. This article can help you steer clear of that problem.

What's With the Emerging Gender Gap in Social Psychology?

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 18, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Are you concerned about the gender gap in scientific fields, because such gaps reflect discrimination? Then you might want to consider this.

President Trump's Most Dangerous Enemy

By Paul Siegel Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in Freud Lives
President Trump reveals his mind just about every time he says or does something extreme.

Ethics and Honesty in an Age of Alternative Facts

Feeling ethically unmoored in the era of "post-truth" and "alternative facts?" Perhaps constructivist psychology can help!

Gender Bias in Science?

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Where is the biggest, baddest, bias in social science on politicized topics?

What’s in It for Women? Vs. What’s in It for My Husband?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in Living Single
A new study suggests that single women think differently than married women in a way that helps explain why they vote reliably for Democrats and married women do not.

Creating Safe Spaces

The idea of creating a safe space is well-intentioned. But creating a safe space takes work.

The Conflict Over Russia and Trump Family Values

By Stanton Peele on July 11, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Values determine behavior. The way to understand the current administration, and especially the dispute about collaborating with the Russians, is to understand Trump family values.

What Happened To Moderation, Civility, and Compromise?

How polarized are we, and what can we do to reclaim the democratic virtues of moderation, civility, and compromise?

We Stand at a Difficult Moment in History

Did Anxiety Help Donald Trump Become President?

Holding the Right People Accountable for Vaccination Deaths

We must face uncomfortable truths if we want to reduce sources of medical error.
Randy Williams

Jack the Ripper Was Not ‘He’ But ‘They’

Distinctly different approach to identifying Jack the Ripper looks at groups that advocate violence for social manipulation.
The Meeting of Cortés and Montezuma (detail), from the Conquest of Mexico series, seventeenth century. Jay I. Kislak Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, United States Library of Congress.

Montezuma's Bane (Fake News)

By Chris Kutarna Ph.D. on July 10, 2017 in Age of Discovery
Frustrated by fake news? We've been here before...

Playing Politics with Mental Illness

Unsubstantiated allegations of mental illness directed toward public figures reinforce the pervasive stigma associated with mental disorders. Who is really being harmed?

Under-the-Radar Careers for Smart People

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 09, 2017 in How To Do Life
14 under-considered professions for the brainy.

Gender Bias in Science or Biased Claims of Gender Bias?

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 08, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Where is the bias? Is it in the sexism of scientists or in the politics of those proclaiming sexism in science?

Celebrate Human Creativity with the Abundance Mentality

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on July 07, 2017 in Jacob's Staff
If the complexities and volatility of the world seem bewildering, what can you do for your own health and well-being? Do you have a scarcity mentality? Is change possible?

Shame of Our Cities: Neglect of the Mentally Ill

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 07, 2017 in Saving Normal
A step-by-step comparison illustrates that the United States is the worst place in the world to be mentally ill and that Trieste is the best.
Josephine Ensign

Health Care (Politics) Is Bad for Your Health

Feeling anxious and depressed about possible cutbacks to health care? You are not alone.

Not All Sensitivity and Insensitivity Is Indulgent

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 05, 2017 in Ambigamy
The right acts like all sensitivity is indulgent. The left acts like all insensitivity is indulgent. For give and take to prevail, that's got to change.

The Ugly Truth About Silencing Women

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on July 05, 2017 in Beauty Sick
When we ignore what women say in order to focus on how they look, we stifle meaningful debate and feed a culture that is already too saturated with appearance-driven commentary.

Happy Birthday America

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on July 04, 2017 in Obesely Speaking
In the struggle of human evolution versus devolution, America is clearly Gettysburg

A Psychological Fourth of July

We can too easily forget that the purpose of self-government is to secure our own safety and happiness.

Peace: The Best Prevention for PTSD

By Alice LoCicero Ph.D. on July 03, 2017 in Paradigm Shift
The best approach to reducing PTSD and suicide among military and veterans is to promote peace.

Varieties of Truth?

We operate with different standards of truth that harden into fixed “positions.” We must subject those standards – our own as well as others’ – to scrutiny.
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The Toxic Emotion That Rules Our World

Shame is a hidden emotion that infects our politics. A sign of shame is to shame others. Spotting how shame operates can lead to wiser choices in our lives and in how we vote.

Open Message to the West on Canada Day

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on July 01, 2017 in Homo Consumericus
Prospective immigrants must fully adopt the foundational values of their host nations and never the other way around. Immigration is a privilege. Protect free societies.