Essential Reads

Psychology for Real

Psychologists work in organizations, contributing to the bottom line. How do they fare in a world where ‘p’ stands for profit instead of probability?

Hating the Elite

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in The Human Beast
Many deride the wealthy elite as symbols of inequality in democratic societies supposedly founded on equality. Why do people hate them so much?

Feeling Powerful Changes How We Respond to Being Stared At

Perceiving ourselves to be higher in status can buffer us from feeling intimidated.

The Badass Personalities of People Who Like Being Alone

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Living Single
What are the personality characteristics of people who like spending time alone? What about people who are unafraid to be single? Four studies offer an affirming profile.

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Our Worst Angels: Inconvenient Psychological Truths, Part 1

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Insight Therapy
What might rappers, Israeli Jews, gender studies academics, and abusive parents have in common?

The Loneliness Epidemic and What We Can Do About It

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Feeling It
Our need to feel special is may be feeding a loneliness crisis. Here's what we can do!

Involuntary Celibacy

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 21, 2017 in Minority Report
There's a growing subculture of men who identify themselves as "incels" (i.e. involuntary celibates) and they are expressing their frustrations online.

The Art of Choosing a Romantic Partner (Part Two)

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Why do we choose the romantic partners that we do? And what shapes the choices we make? New research provides some interesting insights into partner selection.

Social Loneliness May Make the Depressed Even More So

Clinically it has to be labelled mental illness, this depression. Is it an illness, however, this need to converse authentically?

Would People Agree About Everything If We Paid Them?

By Rob Henderson on June 19, 2017 in After Service
Do people change their minds about facts if they're paid? Research suggests the answer is yes.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Pitching In

In a situation requiring an extra hand, pitching in offers ways to show love.

Statistics as a Social Process

Statistics is a bag of tools for inductive inference. No more. Do not be afraid.

Is Your Partner Facebook Cheating?

When your partner is a friend, fan, or follower of a romantic rival, how does such divided attention impact your relationship?
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Helping Your Child with Autism Improve Social Skills

As a parent of a child with autism, do you wonder how you can help him approach social situations with confidence, rather than anxiety? These strategies can help you help him.

You Are Not Alone

Are we separate, autonomous beings, or do we operate more like a hivemind?

Should You Throw a Divorce Party?

By Wendy Paris on June 15, 2017 in Splitopia
Increasingly, people are seeking a way to honor their marriage, even as they end it.

The Art of Choosing a Romantic Partner (Part One)

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on June 14, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Why do we choose the romantic partners that we do? And what shapes the choices we make? New research provides some interesting insights into partner selection.
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Democrats, Take a Republican to Lunch (and vice Versa)

Is it possible to heal our divided society? Find out how two famous people reached across a big barrier with great success. And discover what made that success possible: humor.

Five Things Not to Say to Someone with Manic Depression

By David Leite on June 14, 2017 in Notes on a Banana
Do your words hurt or help someone with manic depression?
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Gen Z: A Strong Generation. New Data on Why

New insights and approaches in connecting with Gen Z. You'll want to thank the next Gen Z person you meet.

The Good Husband as Failed Lover

Romance can be a form of narcotic for a certain kind of woman, and Emma Bovary is the embodiment of the woman whose life can be shattered by too heavy a dependence on fantasy.

Watching Yourself Eat Changes How Much You Consume

Watching ourselves eat can sometimes help us eat less. Other times it can make us eat more. Why?

Why Do People Lie to You?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on June 10, 2017 in Living Single
What is it about you that tempts other people to tell you lies? Here are the good qualities and your not-so-good qualities that make you a target.

Defending Muslims, Critiquing Islam

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on June 09, 2017 in The Secular Life
The tricky balance of supportive empathy and skeptical secularism
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I'm Sorry If You Can't Drink Alcohol

By Stanton Peele on June 09, 2017 in Addiction in Society
I enjoy my time with my grandson going to the beach, riding the bus, and talking and thinking. These activities are part of living life on earth—along with drinking.

Adam Ruined My Research

What happens when you meet someone who criticized your research? A debate about generations, and a story of open discussion.

Status Update: Why Does Having Power Promote Promiscuity?

Why do powerful people often become scandalous headlines? Research supports a link between power and infidelity. Confidence increases perceived desirability and approach behavior.

An Eye for a Wandering Eye: Avoiding Promiscuous Partners

Does your partner enjoy meeting new people? Does he or she work the room at business events? Interaction dynamics reveal whether your partner is pursuing business or pleasure.

How Political Polarization Has Ruined Social Exchanges

Is the new norm political polarization? Is it all We versus They?
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Sex Work IS Work: a Documentarian Gives Sex Workers a Voice

A documentary filmmaker dispels myths about sex workers through their own words.

Online Daters Find Conservative Profiles Very Attractive

With so many fish in the sea, online allure depends on both physical attractiveness and perceived trustworthiness. Learn which types of profiles have both.

The Life and Times of P

The humble p value dominates statistical inference, and it has been much maligned. The American Statistical Association is not prepared to let it go.

School's Out for Summer

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on June 04, 2017 in Social Lights
How parents and college students can survive the long break.
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Projection: How We See Ourselves in the Outer World

We like to think we are in touch with objective reality. We could all benefit from looking at our how we project aspects of our inner selves onto the outer world.