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If Your Therapist Harasses You: #MeToo

By Kimberly Key on October 17, 2017 in Counseling Keys
What happens when you've been sexually harassed and/or assaulted by your therapist?
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Recovering from an "Act of Pure Evil"

After the unthinkable happens, how do we get our lives back together?

How Your Words Mask or Reveal Power and Compliance

By Laura Niemi, Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Morality in Language
The multitude of ways that we convey causation is both a blessing and a curse. It allows one to maintain a sense of self as a free agent. It also allows for moral ambiguity.

Can Unethical Customer Behavior Benefit Others?

Lawful yet unethical behaviors of customers can have positive effects and it raises interesting questions.

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#MeToo Meet #ImperfectMen

Why aren’t #ImperfectMen speaking out?

How to Be or Not to Be, That Is the Question

How to be is critically important in our current climate.

Dante's Damned Flatterers

Flattery is a sin against the community.

The Sexual Confessional from Hollywood

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on October 16, 2017 in Minority Report
The Harvey Weinstein sexual scandal is a very public reminder of a very private and shameful experience for victims of sexual abuse/harassment. But this abuse happens everywhere.

Shadows of the Dark Triad

Perpetrators of mass violence aren't always apparent in the form of a readily identifiable monster. They often appear as the garden variety people who live among us.

Yes, Condemn Weinstein, but Don't Endorse a “Pence Rule”

All of us are alarmed and angered by revelations about Harvey Weinstein. But does this justify restrictive rules on interactions between men and women like Mike Pence follows?

Foiling Dishonest Job Seekers

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in How To Do Life
Advice for employers and job hunters.

Is It Useful to Discuss "Privilege"?

What is the impact of discussing one's privilege?

Racism Is Everywhere…or Is It, Really?

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on October 07, 2017 in Adaptive Behavior
Should some speech be suppressed? When is in not legitimate to present both sides of an argument?

The Philosophical Traveler

By Jean Kazez on October 07, 2017 in The Philosophical Parent
Is it odd to first admire, then devour?

The Las Vegas Shooter’s Motivations

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on October 07, 2017 in Face It!
Can understanding lead to prevention?

What Is the Source of Evil?

By Sheila Kohler on October 06, 2017 in Dreaming for Freud
After the mass killings in Las Vegas, President Trump declared it was an act of pure evil. Is there any way to understand an action of this kind?

A Simpler, Smarter Response to Accusations

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in Ambigamy
"Well, of course, I'm biased, like you, like everyone. The only question here is whether I'm biased appropriately."

6 Ways to Survive a Toxic Boss

By Tasha Eurich Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in The Power of Insight
Is your horrible boss driving you crazy? Here are six ways to deal.
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Do You Feel Like You Have To Do It All?

By Lisa Tessman Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in I'm Only Human
If only none of our values ever conflicted with our other values, we could act on all of them. But that’s not always the position we’re in.

Is President Trump Mentally Healthy? The Pros Weigh In

Recently many leading mental health professionals have argued that the duty to warn provision (excuse the pun) "trumps" the longstanding Goldwater Rule when it comes to Mr. Trump.

Whose Job Is It Anyway?

By Elly Vintiadis Ph.D. on October 04, 2017 in Minding the Mind
We all have an ethical responsibility to fight stigma, but mental health professionals have a bit more.
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Why the Vegas Shooting Happened

By Tim David on October 04, 2017 in The Magic of Human Connection
What could make somebody commit a massacre? More importantly, how do we respond?
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3 Reasons Why People Refuse to Help Others

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Motivate!
Suffering and tragedy bring out the best and worst in humanitarian effort. Why do some generously volunteer time and money, while others flatly refuse to help those in need?

Exorcise the Devil-vs.-Angel Analogy From Health Behaviors

Deciding what to eat for lunch isn't a battle between good and evil. It's just a choice. We can learn a lot by treating it as one.
Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

Last Stage Adolescence, 18-23, and What Is Consensual Sex

Keep sex consensual, because when it is not it becomes intimately hurtful and does a lot of lasting harm.

Virtues, Values, and Moral Bullying

Who shouts loudest on social media probably isn't the most critical of thinkers.

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"?

Hugh Hefner: No Saint, But a Revolutionary

By Marty Klein Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in Sexual Intelligence
Do you enjoy the freedom to craft your unique sexuality? Thank Hugh Hefner, who pioneered the way for women and men.

Are Others a Threat or a Benefit?

It is so important at times like these to step back and think about how people come to the point of acting out in hate against one another.

Honoring the National Anthem—Standing and Kneeling

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on September 29, 2017 in Am I Right?
Controversy around sports figures kneeling during the national anthem raises the question: What do the anthem and flag really stand for?

Real News About Fake Science

The emails started a number of years ago, and have been appearing in my inbox more and more frequently. What's going on? Fake science.

"The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump"

Why are so many mental health professionals willing to put their careers on the line?
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Mind Games

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on September 27, 2017 in The Human Equation
Most mental health professionals have the best interest of their clients at heart. But, when they don't, the "cure" can be worse than the "disease."

The Kneeling Anthem Seen as a Ritual "Failure"

By Nick Hobson Ph.D. on September 27, 2017 in Ritual and the Brain
Why do people think it's wrong to kneel during the anthem? The science of ritual investigates.