It matters that people have a way to use the latest findings in psychology beyond buying a pill for depression. It matters that people have a way of looking at their lives that lets them ask the big questions and determine how they want to live – and that this is supported by therapists and mental health professionals.

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The Existential perspective in life (and psychology) used to be tremendously … well, one hates to use the word “popular,” but there it is … in this country. Then something changed, and seemingly almost overnight it moved from being near the center of intellectual life to the balcony. What happened? Yes, there was...
In 2010, The American Psychological Association’s 2009 Presidential Task Force on the Future of Psychology published a report arguing that that psychology needs to be recognized alongside other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) disciplines. After all, doesn’t psychology occur in a laboratory? Doesn’t it use math, and...
This may be your brain, but it's not your mind
You know a scientific field has turned into a scientific fad when it says it’s changed EVERYTHING.  Real scientific breakthroughs of that scope don’t have to announce themselves.  Fake ones do, because evolutionary psychology never produced a lightbulb and “artificial intelligence” never built a car.  They...
This is not an improvement
Back in 1997, when IBM’s computer “Deep Blue” beat the world’s (human) champion at chess, the news world erupted:  were human beings on the way out? Well, were they?  Today it doesn’t seem like it.  I doubt you can come up with a single substantive way that a computer being better at chess than Gary...
What nurtures creativity in school?
There are a lot of things kids can do to get in trouble in school, and being more creative than the test they’re taking may be near the top of the list. Overwhelmed teachers say they’re having trouble finding the time to work with creative students, and an increasingly tight regimen of standardized tests means that creativity is often...
"Nobody’s original," says composer David Cope. Here’s what he means: there’s no such thing as "creativity," only endless copying, theme, and variation. "Everybody copies from everybody. The skill is in how large a fragment you choose to copy and how elegantly you can put them together." Cope is...
Did he owe all his success to his love life?
It’s a headline guaranteed to make any romantic smile:  “Love, but not lust, inspires creativity.” That’s the conclusion of a new study reported in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.  In it, researchers asked 60 university students to imagine either casual sex with someone they were attracted to but...
Let’s admit it: we’ve all had some really bad impulses.  Shouting at a lecturer, running in traffic, stealing an inadvisable kiss … who hasn’t had a sudden, mad, urge to do the unthinkable?  It’s a basic fact of human life, and once again evolutionary psychology is claiming to have explained it. ...
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Meister Eckhardt, the 13th century mystic, once said “There is nothing so near God as silence.”  But he never had to deal with somebody text messaging in church. Technology has not only improved our ability to communicate with one another:  it’s allowed us to communicate at all times, wherever we are.  The result,...
To thine own self be true ...
Ask most poets who the biggest influences on them are, and you’ll usually get a list of other poets – Byron, Shelley, Keats, Frost, Whitman, Plath, or Ginsberg. But when Tom Greening tries to think of the most important influences on his poetry, the two names he comes up with are psychologists. “Rollo May was a big influence,...
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Of all the emotions, love is surely the most talked about – and the hardest to explain.  Unless you’re a neurologist, that is:  January saw several publications claiming that love was entirely explainable by neurochemical reactions.  “Love:  Neuroscience reveals all,” reads a headline in the journal...