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On Coping with Political Strife On Social Media and Beyond

A conversation about struggling with what to post on social media in these times of social and political strife.

Crime and Punishment (and Twitter)

Scientists are exploring what social media can reveal about patterns of wrongdoing.

How Do We “Choose” Our News?

Beat confirmation bias by actively seeking out alternative viewpoints in the news.

Unpacking David Lynch's Twin Peaks, The Return

By Judith Eve Lipton M.D. on July 22, 2017 in Peace and War
David Lynch's extraordinary TV series carries a serious message. It may also be the most ingenious and creative video of all time.

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Understanding Why Bachelorette Rachel Chose Bryan

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Millennial Media
Since the Bachelorette finale weeks ago, speculation and rumors are still flying regarding whether or not Rachel made the right choice. Read on for one psychologist's take.

The Civil War Continues in Charlottesville

The science of social connection explains the allure of racist supremacist movements, and what we can do to reverse bias and discrimination.

Buyer Beware: Two New Apps Your Tweens Should Avoid

Two apps that have developed popularity among teens and tweens are raising red flags with law enforcement and others.
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The Pleasures of the Apocalypse

Don't worry. The end is near.

Is Your Teen Addicted to Dieting? Try a Social Media Fast

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on August 16, 2017 in One More Bite
Why a social media fast might be an essential tool for eating disorder recovery.

Superhero Therapy: A Book to Help Your Inner Hero

In her book Superhero Therapy, Janina Scarlet shows that a fear or weakness does not make a hero any less heroic, and that we all can be heroes both for ourselves and for others.

How to Get Elected as a Democrat: Three Winning Memes

By Stanton Peele on August 15, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Each party rejects the other's key themes. But there are three ideas that cannot be defeated in contemporary America. Support these three "memes" and, sure as shooting, you're in.

Three Things I Know for Sure

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on August 14, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
Oprah says Weight Watchers is mindful eating and weight loss is the only path to health. Here are three things I know for sure about health, weight, dieting, and mindful eating.

Humor Is Social Media’s Antidote for Fire and Fury News

In the midst of fire and fury political rhetoric, we should be grateful for the jokes and parodies across Twitter. They can make us less anxious.

Why We Tune into the Bachelorette: Romance & Lessons Learned

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
In the finale of The Bachelorette, Rachel finally says goodbye to the guy who wouldn't commit and says yes to Bryan, the bold romantic. What can we learn from her arduous journey?

Highlights of the 37th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

The 37th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival offered insight and history. An Inconvenient Sequel, The Young Karl Marx, Citizen Schein, 1945 and Paradise were highlights.
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Relieve Your Daily Stress with a To-don't List

Are you bogged down in a huge flood of data? Reclaim your life today by starting a to-don't list.

Your Marriage and Social Media: The Grass Isn't Greener

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Clear Communication
Do you compare your spouse with others' pictures when you're on social media? You may be inadvertently damaging your marriage. Here's why you need to stop the comparison game.

Less Labeling, More Understanding

He's probably not a narcissist, and you probably aren't being gaslighted. When can we start dealing with human behavior on its own terms?

No, Smartphones are Not Destroying a Generation

A recent article in the Atlantic claims that smartphones and social media have ruined a generation. It is wrong.

Considerations on "The Big Sick"

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on August 05, 2017 in Life After 50
Does Kumail Nanjiani's relationship with his parents ring bells for you?

Imperfection Makes Celebrities (and All of Us) More Likable

By Christopher Bergland on August 05, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
The attractiveness of imperfection is called the Pratfall Effect. Buddhists realized that imperfection is a beautiful thing eons ago. Justin Bieber recently had the same epiphany.

Shoe Shaming in the Strictest School in Britain

Merchants’ Academy was called the strictest school in Britain, a tough label for a good school. But Merchants’ may not make it easy for itself by using shame to enforce behavior.

How Do We Parent in the Trump Era?

If we want to live in a world of honesty, integrity, respect, concern for others, and so forth then we have to model these values at every opportunity to do so.

Why Do Your Facebook Friends Have So Much Political Bias?

Myside bias makes us notice, search for, and favor evidence that supports what we already believe. Why do we do this? And is it worse on social media?

Therapy is Now Trending

By Mariel Buque M.A. on July 31, 2017 in Unpacking Race
Popular culture is heading to “the couch” and proudly proclaiming it.
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What Does Your Social Media Style Say About You?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on July 30, 2017 in Off the Couch
Research released this month suggests that every time you post to social media you may be revealing more about yourself than you realize.
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Games Killers Play

A recent news report about coded letters from serial killer Ian Brady raises hope, but it might be just part of the games these offenders like to play.

Online Learning: A Tour de Force for Enrollment Management

Enrollment Management tip: Online courses and programs can make the difference. Online courses can be a tour de force for making up losses due to enrollment declines. Must Read!

How Are You Smart?

Critical thinking reveals more about multiple intelligences and offers new opportunities for success. You are generally smart in special areas. Must Read!
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The No-Makeup Look Creates a Dilemma for Women

By Tara Well Ph.D. on July 25, 2017 in The Clarity
Research explains the pros and cons of going barefaced.

Two Psychiatrists Weigh in on Netflix’s 'To the Bone'

We wish the film’s message had been more clear: Eating disorders are severe, life-threatening illnesses that have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness.
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The Stars in Our Eyes

Nothing today is the same as it was pre-Internet and social media. Certainly the way we think about fame has changed drastically.

What Can We Learn About Race From The Bachelorette?

With the first black bachelorette being cast on this season of The Bachelorette, how has the ABC franchise tackled the issue of race and dating?
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Four Missing Men and the Urge to Know

With the ongoing investigation of the murdered young men in Pennsylvania, we find social media's support for the natural human inclination to figure it out as soon as possible.