Essential Reads

Cognitive Dissonance and the Franken Sexual Misconduct Case

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

How “Manipulation Armies” Are Undermining Democracies

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Side Effects
A new report on the “closed loops” of disinformation stoking chaos and confusion almost everywhere.

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 Vices of Conspiracy Thinking

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Trust
Trying to argue with conspiracy theorists can be distressing. Instead, philosophers suggest we should talk about intellectual character, virtue, and vice.

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Do You Dare Talk Politics with Family at Holiday Gatherings?

Decision Number 1: Can you avoid talking politics at the holiday table?

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.

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.

Roy Moore's Systemic Danger to Our Democracy

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Concerned about Roy Moore? This post shows how his accusations are a systemic danger to our democracy.

Nonviolence in the Face of Hatred

By Miki Kashtan Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Acquired Spontaneity
The practice of nonviolence begins precisely when our actions, words, or thoughts are not aligning with our commitment. Because our capacity often lags behind our commitment.

Is Nuclear War Coming to a Community Near You?

By Alice LoCicero Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in Paradigm Shift
When Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump trade insults, the future of the human race is at stake. Why citizens should stop this madness.

Making Better Bureaucrats

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in This Is America
Often deemed rule-obsessed, callous, petty, power-trippers, bureaucrats strive to satisfy the impossible expectations we have of them. They deserve our respect.

Mass Public Shootings Are on the Rise

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
There are powerful social forces today that promote mass murder, including financial fears, distrust of government, prejudice and racism, terrorism and constant war.

Old Marshmallow Experiment Illuminates Trump's Weaknesses

By Rebecca Coffey on November 13, 2017 in The Bejeezus Out of Me
What does research into "delay discounting" tell us about Trump's "Achilles heel?"

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.

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.

Mass Shootings, Compassion Fatigue (or Why I Stopped Caring)

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Nurturing Resilience
How do we not feel helpless, or worse, blame the victims of mass shootings for the violence that killed them? Emotional numbness grows when we lack control. There are solutions.

Roy Moore, Sex, Republicans, and Religious Conservatism

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on November 11, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Roy Moore embodies an arrested sexual development common among fellow Republicans and conservative Christians.

Tired of Feeling Divided?

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in The Five Percent
If you are tired of the dysfunction shackling our country and interested in promoting reasonable conversations with citizens from the other side, here are a few pointers.

The Hypocrisy of Antipsychiatry

By on November 09, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
Coercive psychiatry and antipsychiatry are two sides of the same coin.

The New Army of Depth Healers

By Kirk J. Schneider Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in Awakening to Awe
The need for highly attuned, depth psychological facilitators to address the bitter political, social, and psychological divides today could not be greater.
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Lead or Follow? An Introvert Weighs the Challenges

By Sophia Dembling on November 08, 2017 in The Introvert's Corner
After year one of political activism, I'm wondering if I have the will to be a leader.

"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.
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From Russia with Love

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on November 03, 2017 in The Meaningful Life
If we don’t emphasize what connects us, we will be divided.

The Minds of Powerful Sexual Predators: How Power Corrupts

Three factors that propel powerful people to outrageous behavior.

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.

Confronting the Extreme Vitriol and Hate in Society

People are so much more complicated than we'd like to acknowledge and not all good or all bad. The wisdom of the famous two wolves parable has quality research to support it.

Harlem Success Academy and Substance Abuse Treatment

Graphical illustration of why controversies in policy involve people talking about phenomena on two sides of a phase transition.
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Kaepernick's Taking a Knee

Time to reflect is perhaps more important now than ever.

Facing History: My Reply to APA CEO Arthur Evans

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on October 25, 2017 in Dangerous Ideas
Only a clear-eyed view of past transgressions can light the way for a vigorous and unflinching defense of psychology’s do-no-harm principles.

Dupre' Kelly Wants Newark Vibrating on One Frequency

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on October 25, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Anytime you can galvanize millions of people through words or entertainment, through arts, through culture, you have a voice.

Will Rape Culture Finally be Taken Seriously?

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on October 24, 2017 in The First Impression
Has rape culture reached a tipping point with the recent revelations regarding sexual predator Harvey Weinstein?

Justin Brannan and the Politics of Hardcore

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on October 23, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“If you don’t like something, it’s up to you to stand up and do something about it.”