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Are Racial Microaggressions on College Campuses Harmful?

A new study of college students finds that psychological harm due to racial microaggressions are real and not explained by the personality trait called neuroticism.

The Psychological Roots of Trumpism

Downward Comparison Theory helps to explain some of Trump's unwavering support.

Doping Scandal Imperils Iditarod Sled Dog Race

By Mark Derr on November 07, 2017 in Dog's Best Friend
Dogs have hauled people and their goods around the Arctic for thousands of year. The snowmobile and airplane have nearly rendered them obsolete, except for racing.
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Boundaries: Where Do You Draw the Line?

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on October 29, 2017 in Fixing Families
Boundaries: Some folks are too rigid and inflexible, others are too soft and accommodating. How to find draw the lines that are just right for you.

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Empowering Students of Color, Part 6 of 8

Authors Thompson and Thompson share strategies from their book Yes, You Can!: Advice for Teachers Who Want a Great Start and a Great Finish With Their Students of Color.

The Mental Health Impact of 'Blame a Black Man Syndrome'

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Talking About Men
Data suggests that black men have high rates of wrongful conviction. This can ruin individual lives, creating fear and mistrust in black communities. This can damage mental health.

You Can't Be Mad At Your Mind for Having Unconscious Biases

By Elizabeth R Thornton on November 15, 2017 in The Objective Leader
You Can't Be Mad at Your Mind for Having Unconscious Biases You can be proud of yourself for overcoming your biases with the help of a Bias Transformation Worksheet

Making Space for White Mothers of Biracial Children

By Tiffany McLain LMFT on November 15, 2017 in Living Between Worlds
For white parents, having a biracial child is an eye-opening experience. It's time for society to make room to help these parents grow into their new roles.

American Bigotry: Now It’s Personal

By Rupert W Nacoste Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in A Quiet Revolution
Today we are seeing the panic that results when a sense of group superiority is no longer supported by legal social structures.
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A Historic Election

Is it about time?

Adolescent Identities and Our Biases

Are you wondering what it can mean to affirm adolescence? Let's talk about identities adolescents are coming to understand, and the biases that may be directed towards them.

Filipinos, Colonial Mentality, and Mental Health

By E. J. R. David Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Unseen and Unheard
Ever wanted some empirical or "scientific" data on colonial mentality and its psychological implications among Filipinos? Well, the efforts have begun and here is some basic info.

Is the Grass Greener on the Other Side?

Moving to a new place can be alluring. But social connectedness is more important for your health than where you move.

"I'm Sorry If I Caused Offense": How Not to Apologize

By Joe Pierre M.D. on October 29, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Yuli Gurriel's apology for a racial slur was a pseudo-apology. Here's how to make it right.

Do Minorities Have Equal Access to All Emotions?

Where a person lies in the hierarchy set by society determines which emotions to express and which to suppress.

How Are African Americans Doing? II: Economics and Education

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in Addiction in Society
In economics and educational opportunity, African Americans have barely been keeping pace in recent decades (if even doing that well), even as whites overestimate their status.

Me Too!

The original questions of feminist psychotherapy have finally become public questions for us all. Why did it take so long?

What Does Identity Have to Do With Inequality?

Does identity explain inequality?

Don’t Just Blame Facebook for Fake News: It’s Us, Too

Is social media use a race to the bottom of our brainstems?

Empowering Students of Color (Part 5 of 8)

Authors Thompson and Thompson share strategies from their book Yes, You Can!: Advice for Teachers Who Want a Great Start and a Great Finish With Their Students of Color.

How Are African Americans Doing? I: Violence and Segregation

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Addiction in Society
African Americans' status has deteriorated over the last 50 years, while whites strive to isolate themselves from black problems. Liberals do so while denying this segregation.

Racism is everywhere…is it, really?

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on October 07, 2017 in Adaptive Behavior
Should some issues never be discussed because some ideas might lead to policies we don't like?

How Alienation Manifests in the Public Education System

Research examines dimensions of alienation in the lives of youth.

What Do Biracial People Have to Teach Us about the World?

By Tiffany McLain LMFT on October 04, 2017 in Living Between Worlds
In an increasingly polarized social and political environment, where black-and-white thinking prevails, multiracial Americans have valuable lessons to share.

Allegiance to What?

“Who” and “what” are we respecting when we proclaim our devotion to country? And who gets to say what our expressions of commitment – or non-commitment – "mean"?
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Why Is It Important for Black Parents to Talk About Racism?

Research shows that talking about racism is protective against negative mental health for Black youth.

How Much Diversity Can We Handle?

When we embrace diversity, we reap benefits in the long term, with much conflict in the short term.
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Suicide Prevention: Warning Signs and Keys to Prevention

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Here is what the science says about prevention.

45’s NFL Comments: A New Low for the American Presidency

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on September 26, 2017 in Intersections
Is the President's twitter habit wearing you out? Why his latest tirade, which he says isn't about race, really is.

When Pretty White Women Kill.

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on September 25, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
When an attractive young, white woman goes on trial for murder, a public feeding frenzy ensues for graphic images and information about the case in the media.

The Oreos Bullying Lawsuit

By Izzy Kalman on September 25, 2017 in Resilience to Bullying
Rather than eliminating bullying, laws often foment hostilities. The current race-based lawsuit against Hand Middle School in South Carolina is a prime example.
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Latino Lives

By The Research Lab on September 25, 2017 in The Fundamentals
Who will care for us when we get old? By Jacqueline Angel, Ph.D.