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Defining Cyberbullying

By Kelly Dillon Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in Hacking Harassment
Who is most at risk to be cyberbullied? Where? And how? You might be surprised.

Ferdinand the Bull Can Teach Your Kids About Their Strengths

The classic story of Ferdinand the Bull is now an animated film. Ferdinand is family-friendly but it can be so much more if you use it to help your kids find their strengths.

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.

Docs Gone Wild: Losing Professional Boundaries Online

Mark Zuckerberg's vision is total transparency. But this has serious consequences for health professionals and the doctor-patient relationship, and even the ability to form a self.

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Does Your Child Have a Digital Addiction?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 23, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Is it really possible for children to become addicted to digital devices? And how early in life can this addiction develop? New research raises some disturbing questions.

American Shootings: "Thoughts and Prayers" Are Not Enough

By Saul Levine M.D. on November 22, 2017 in Our Emotional Footprint
The repeated domestic and mass shootings in this country are astoundingly frequent. We do know how to stem this tragic tide, but our "thoughts and prayers" are simply not enough.

The Writer's Laboratory #1: Intro to a New Blog Series

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 in The Social Thinker
The Writer's Laboratory combine two passions—psychology and writing fiction—in a way that teaches others how to become more honest (and therefore better) writers

Sexual Harassment

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in Life After 50
In 1991, 20 million viewers watched as Anita Hill was compelled to answer humiliating questions by contemptuous male senators. Has the worm turned?

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.

The Parents of "Stranger Things"

By Mariana Plata on November 17, 2017 in The Gen Y Psy
What does Netflix's "Stranger Things" get right about parenthood? Exploring the psychology behind the hit series.

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.

Calling Out Sick From Work? Why You May Want to Unplug Too

By Sue Scheff on November 16, 2017 in Shame Nation
A new survey explains how almost half of employees are caught in lies on social media when they call out sick and some are finding themselves on the unemployment line.

Psychologist vs. Psychiatrist With Wonder Woman in Between

A psychologist helped build up the comic book industry. In the 1950s, a psychiatrist wrecked it. Both saw comics' powerful potential, whether to improve society or destroy it.
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After 50 Years, The Kennedy Magic Is Still Alive

By John Nosta on November 15, 2017 in The Digital Self
As if it were yesterday, the myth and the magic of JFK are alive and well.

Media Coverage of Sexual Assault Triggering Your Symptoms?

Are You a Survivor of Sexual Trauma? Has Extensive Media Coverage of Sexual Assault and Abuse Stirred Up Anguish From Your Past? Here's How You Can Take Care of Yourself

Stars Who Sexually Harass and Fans Who Love and Hate Them

How do we deal with it when someone we love does something we hate?

Why Visibility Matters

By Jennifer O’Brien Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in All Things LGBTQ
There has been a significant rise in LGBTQ+ representation in the media in recent years - why is this important?

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.

Ten-Plus Happiness Games and Activities

Do you like games and want to be happier? These games were made to increase happiness.
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Humanity Goes Viral

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on November 09, 2017 in The Power of Rest
Viruses and sociopaths have lots in common.

What to Do About Cyberbullying

The body of evidence on teens and social media finds that cyber-bullying is a serious problem. As a society, what can we do?
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Social Media’s Dark Side Tainted Our Democratic Institutions

By The Research Lab on November 06, 2017 in The Fundamentals
Here's how to fix it. By Robert Quigley and Angeline Close Scheinbaum

"Lady Bird" II: To Be, or Not To Be, Traumatized

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on November 05, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Greta Gerwig's film "Lady Bird" depicts a child whose mother can't accept her - but who ends up a self-sustaining, successful human being anyway. And she loves her mother.

American Cinema Has Produced Its First Woman Auteur

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on November 04, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Greta Gerwig is the first great American woman "auteur" director - so what's a century to two?

Why We’re More Likely to Buy Frivolous Things on Our Mobile?

By Liraz Margalit Ph.D. on November 04, 2017 in Behind Online Behavior
When it comes to what we’re buying it also seems that the device really does matter.

Batman and How Real Heroes Respond to Bullies

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on November 03, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Whether it’s from being a lion at heart or Batman here and now, we need to spread the effects of inspiration far and wide.
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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.

Creating a Culture of Yes

By Ruth C. White Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Culture in Mind
How do we create a culture of sexual expression in which women feel empowered to say yes and men to hear no?

Stress Can Kill

Is the current state of the nation and the planet causing you constant stress? Here's what you can do about it.

When Seasons Change, So Do Musical Preferences, Says Science

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on November 01, 2017 in Head Games
As daylight saving time approaches, you just may find yourself drawn to different music.

Whiny Women? Angry Men Display Disempowered Behavior, Too

Male anger is often rooted in depression, toxic childhood experiences, and our societal "male code." We all have a role in ending this.
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How to Deal with News Overload

Is the non-stop influx of news stressing you out? Making some small lifestyle changes can ease your anxiety.

Why Do We Love (and Hate) Feeling Scared?

By Rob Henderson on October 30, 2017 in After Service
Why do we love feeling afraid, but also hate it? The paradox is simpler than you think.
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Privacy is Dead

By John Nosta on October 28, 2017 in The Digital Self
From Amazon to the blockchain, that old-fashioned lock is obsolete!