Essential Reads

Most Strangers are Safe: Learn to Spot Those Who Are Not

As strange as it sounds, most strangers are safe--statistically speaking. Yet in a world of distraction and multitasking, learn how to remain aware of those who are not.

Caution: Your Tween May be Stressing Over Snap Streaks

Stopping your tween from continuing a Snapchat streak can easily make him feel like you are forcing him to commit social suicide. He will bargain and beg to keep his streaks going.

Taking A Step Back Could Save Your Relationship

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on March 25, 2017 in Between You and Me
Looking at disagreements from the view of an outside observer provides new insights that just might change the course of your relationship.

How To Be Less Awkward at Ending Small Talk

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on March 25, 2017 in Adaptation
Want to be less awkward at ending small talk? Try these 5 things.

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Betrayed by a Workplace Friend

A woman wonders whether she can remain friends with a co-worker who complained about her to their boss.

Six Winning Body Language Techniques

Do you know about the secret powers of touch, or of eye contact? How about the "bubble"?

19 and Reclusive

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in How To Do Life
The latest in my series of interviews with reclusive people.

Back to School

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on March 23, 2017 in One Among Many
From Kindergarten to graduate school, education is embedded in a system. Teachers and students are not free agents. Let’s liberate them a bit.

A Deeper Significance Found in Choice of Pronouns

By Lydia Denworth on March 23, 2017 in Brain Waves
New research on "you" reveals the power of pronouns in helping us process and make meaning from hard times.

Finding Yourself in the New Tribalism

By Carol S. Pearson Ph.D. on March 23, 2017 in The Hero Within
Neotribalism is a sociological term that describes the way many countries are splintering apart in response to a global society in which it is difficult to find our individual iden

“I’d Rather Not Be a Recluse”

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 23, 2017 in How To Do Life
The latest in a series of profiles on reclusive people.

Why are Some Women Still Afraid to Speak Up?

Observing the behavior of women in groups suggests that women still choose a particular mask to wear depending on the audience.

Why Do Some Men Get Premature Championship Tattoos?

By Kevin Bennett on March 22, 2017 in Modern Minds
Why do some men get premature championship tattoos? Here are four reasons why you might go for some skin art that predicts a successful season for your favorite team.

We Are All Mojo Addicts

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 21, 2017 in Ambigamy
We all gravitate toward self-revitalizing signs of hope, and in the process, we generate social and interpersonal congestion.

You Are What You Think

Ways to change common negative thoughts and make positive life changes.

Predatory Polyamory?

My first blog on this topic told monogamous folks that they did not need to worry about poly people trying to steal their partners, but readers wrote in telling a different story.

Looking for Love?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on March 16, 2017 in Cravings
Where do people look for love and friendship? And where do they actually find it?

Too Many Questions!

How do you handle a friend who asks too many questions…to the extent that you feel like you’re being interrogated?

Harvard Study Finds Genetic ‘Toggle Switch’ for Sociability

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have pinpointed specific neuronal circuitry and a 'toggle switch' that can turn a mouse's sociability "on" and "off" in the laboratory.

Climate Change: How to Prevent Workplace Harassment

The workplace is our home away from home; let´s work together to keep it predator-free. Here are some methods of preventing sexual harassment from becoming sexual assault.

The Control Freak

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in A Sideways View
Why do some people need to exercise constant and control of their own lives and others around them? Are they really freaks or is this need both relatively common and even adaptive?

Sexual Harassment Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Sexual Harassment: Do you know it when you see it? Many people don´t--including the perpetrators.

Empathy: There’s an App For That!

By Sara Konrath Ph.D. on March 14, 2017 in The Empathy Gap
The science behind using mobile phones for good

Can a Friendship Survive Major Political Disagreement?

Can friends stay friends when they disagree about politics? Here's how strategies like self-determination, curiosity, and respect can help you keep your friendships intact.

Avoiding "Fatal Attractions" in Intimate Relationships

Finding the right partner can be challenging. Picking one who will not annoy you or turn you off in the long run can be even harder. Fortunately, research can help...

Male Body Image and Neckties: What's the Relationship?

What a man's necktie says about his personality may not be exactly what you'd expect. Research on the male body image sheds light on this part of a man's clothing selections.

Avoid the Ad Hominem Attack

Arguments on all kinds of topics, between all kinds of people, are everywhere these days. In such a climate, we would be wise to avoid the ad hominem attack.

Can Modern People Survive in the Wild?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on March 09, 2017 in The Human Beast
The history of European explorers contains nasty stories of intelligent people failing to adapt to harsh new environments. One exception may be Viking colony in Greenland.

11 Surprising Things Good Friendships Do for You

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in Friendship 2.0
Do you tend to think of your social life as a luxury to be pushed aside when things get busy? You might want to treat it like a crucial health issue. Read on for why.

Avoidant Personality Disorder

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in A Sideways View
How can you best help and understand those with Avoidant Personality Disorder?

Do Dogs Ever Lie to or Try to Deceive People?

New data shows that dogs are capable of being deceptive around people when it is in their own self-interest.

What’s the Matter with Empathy?

By Sara Konrath Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in The Empathy Gap
At a time when “empathy” is more controversial than ever, a researcher explains what it is, what it isn’t, and when it fosters kindness and compassion.

“I Have Feelings for You,” Its Eight Different Meanings

Virtually all of us would agree that such an emotional declaration as “I have feelings for you” implies fervid feelings of hopeful love. Unless, that is, it doesn’t.

Why We Love Talking About Ourselves

People love to talk, talk, talk.