Sharing personal information brings people closer together. But how do you know when you’ve gone too far—or when someone else has ulterior motives?
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Psychologically informed reflections on how we interact.
Noam Shpancer Ph.D.
Psychological disorders gain power by insinuating themselves into the client’s world and sense of self posing as protectors. A similar dynamic may inflict the body politic.
The concept of willpower embodies a common fantasy of laypeople and psychology researchers alike: discovering, and grabbing a hold of, the key to life success.
Understanding these simple psychological truths may help improve your understanding of self and world.
A science of the person cannot advance far by omitting, ignoring, or devaluing the voices of actual persons. A study of sexual health in women illustrates the value of qualitative research.
Gary Gulman’s recent HBO special ‘The Great Depresh’ offers an insightful, sincere, poignant, and very funny look at Major Depression.
An effort is underway in psychology to define "wisdom" in terms that can be measured, and to devise theories of wisdom that yield testable predictions.
Three useful life principles: Knowledge matters. Context matters. Things are not what they seem.
Trump needs Obama extinguished like darkness needs light extinguished—in order to exist.
Multiple theorists have pegged psychological flexibility as one key to mental wellbeing.
For children to thrive, they need to be loved and taught well, not merely kept safe.
Daycare in the U.S. is a hodgepodge of arrangements varying in quality, size, and scope. Yet one unifying characteristic remains: Male caregivers are virtually absent.
Daycare is a part of life for most American children. Unfortunately, the current state of American daycare is far from optimal.
The notion of boundaries is foundational to the practice of psychotherapy. Healthy boundaries work to prevent harm and facilitate progress.
New tech can "deep hack" our evolved psychology, delivering desired content without the original, organic process.
The business of mindfulness, its marketing and hype, have far outpaced the science.
Sexual violence against women is common. The perpetrators, almost exclusively, are men. Why do men sexually assault women?
These principles may help you make good decisions in the mental health space, and beyond.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a difficult, yet treatable, psychological disorder.
The threesome resides between excitement and trepidation, between problem and solution, and between adventurousness and carelessness.
The decision to have sex may be made by you. But what makes you?
The prevailing sentiment which sees stereotypical thinking as faulty cognition and stereotypes themselves as patently inaccurate is wrong on both counts.
Life requires hard choices. Shakespeare’s "to be or not to be" is the most fundamental example. But once we have chosen to be, the challenge remains of how to be.
There are certain steps clients can take to improve their odds of benefiting from therapy.
Understanding anxiety is a necessary first step toward managing it well.
Lessons from the therapy room may apply to national politics.
What we’re after: Psychological science looks at human motivation.
The work of therapy involves interpreting old patterns in new ways.
Are mass shootings the price we must pay for living in a culture that prizes individual freedom?
Psychological defenses can help manage the internal weather.
A majority of American parents believe that spanking children is effective and good. They are wrong on both counts.
Noam Shpancer, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Otterbein College and a practicing clinical psychologist in Columbus, Ohio.