Essential Reads

What Obesity and Interpersonal Conflict Have in Common

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on June 13, 2017 in The Squeaky Wheel
Our most basic physical activity impacts our mind in surprising ways.

Cultural Identity Theft

Is it harmful to take something from someone else's culture and use it? Psychological science suggests that harm may occur.

Why Do School Districts Suspend Black Students for Hair?

When even your hairstyle will get you suspended from school

When "Giftedness" Is a Guise for Exclusion

Are we willing to tackle exclusion in the public education system? Not in gifted education, according to a new report.

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Monumental Los Angeles Bullying Verdict Rewards Homophobia

By Izzy Kalman on June 23, 2017 in Resilience to Bullying
No one seems to realize that an unprecedented award of $17.4 to a homophobe in a Los Angeles workplace bullying lawsuit represents the ultimate insult to the gay population.

Teaching About Neo-Diversity Matters

Everywhere…nooses, swastikas, KKK rallies… around the nation. What is the stimulus for this intergroup tension in America? It’s rapid social change; it’s all about neo-diversity.
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Will the Real Black Dad Please Show Up?

By The Research Lab on June 16, 2017 in The Fundamentals
Reflecting on the reality of black fatherhood.
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Hidden Bias and Racism

A social worker shares his struggle with unconscious attitudes. By Stephen Friedman, LCSW

Biracial Dating in a Monoracial Culture

We often ignore the experiences of biracial individuals when it comes to dating, yet these individuals bring a perspective that can open up the minds of their monoracial partners.

The Roots of a Racist Myth

When a white fan threw peanuts at a Black player in Fenway Park, he was drawing on years of dismal history

Eating Disorders Spread Among Asians

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 13, 2017 in Minority Report
In the past three decades, Asian countries have seen a surge in eating disorders coinciding with exposure to western standards of beauty. Asian culture also plays a role.

What Can We Learn from Body Cameras?

We now have data to back up the widespread claim that not all drivers are treated equally.

Is Teaching Tolerance the Solution or the Problem?

Tolerance is part of discrimination, which explains why we have intolerance. Acceptance is the answer, not tolerance.

The Three Hounds of Hell

Three forces deplete our well-being and that of our communities and countries.

Is Your Company’s Diversity Training Making You More Biased?

By David Rock on June 07, 2017 in Your Brain at Work
Corporate inclusion programs often create an "us versus them" mindset. But establishing shared goals can help get teams on track.

Why Social Stigma Matters (Children's Edition)

Children are invoking Trump while engaging in bigoted harassment of classmates. What does this tell us about the role the current political climate plays in shaping our behavior?

The Asian Christian Sex Addict

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 05, 2017 in Minority Report
If you're an Asian, Christian, sex addict, is there a difference in your issues compared to other addicts? I would say definitely so since there are three distinct parts.

Dating Asian-American Men

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 02, 2017 in Minority Report
Asian men rank lowest in terms of online desirability and part of the problem is...

Confronting Complex Multiracial Realities

Social psychology professor Saera Khan discusses the complexities of multiracial identity, prejudice, and discrimination in our especially tense sociopolitical climate.

Giving Voice to the Feelings of Black Boys

Black boys and vulnerability. Why is it so complex?

Do You Talk to Win, Persuade, or Collaborate?

Foss and Griffin’s invitational rhetoric describes a foundation for therapy and what ought to be a foundation for marital spats and diversity dialogues.

Psychology Is like Oregon

Neither Oregon nor psychology is diverse. Examining one's perspectives on diversity may help with change.

Interracial Marriages: What Has (and Hasn't) Changed

How many marriages are interracial today versus 60 years ago? Where are interracial marriages most common?

The 80% Edge

We may want to perform at our best, but at times illness, injury, or life events conspire to limit what we can truly expect of ourselves.How then can we maximize our performance?

Be True to Your School(s)

Sports team loyalties are similar to cultural identities. Sometimes you have more than one.

Blasphemy!

By Robert J King Ph.D. on May 09, 2017 in Hive Mind
Religious and Secular blasphemy accusations come from a similar source. And we need to call a halt to this nonsense.

No, I'm Not "Good"

This is a raw, honest account of my experience as the first Filipina and Pacific Islander Student Body President for the University of Washington during a year of societal turmoil.

Losing My Religion

A solitary religious experience is common in White Christian churches. In contrast, Asian ethnic churches emphasize being part of a community.

Unfriendly Skies: United Airlines and Police Violence

Abuse of an Asian American doctor on a United flight reminds us that education and status do not protect people of color from police brutality.

Are Accusations of Cultural Appropriation Misguided?

By Liane Gabora Ph.D. on April 29, 2017 in Mindbloggling
When Newton said he saw further by standing on the shoulders of giants what mattered was that he assimilated these 'giants' ideas perhaps more deeply than their own biological kin.

Face of Controversy

By Dara Greenwood Ph.D. on April 29, 2017 in Mirror, Mirror
Why Plagiarism Isn't the Only "Lesson in Exploitation" of Michelle Obama's Controversial Mural Image

Save Your Mixed Tears and Other Tips for Mixed Living

“Grappling with everything that comes with being mixed can be painful and feel conflicting, but one of your strongest allies in that journey is yourself.”

The Accidental Asian Tourist

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on April 28, 2017 in Minority Report
Traveling abroad has reminded me of how much the rest of the world has no concept of Americans of Asian descent.