When Others Succeed: Envy and Other Taboo Attitudes

We’ve all got this one friend. The one who seems to have gotten it all figured out. The one who’s got life down pat, who succeeds at just about every endeavor he pursues, who goes from Point A to Point B of his perfectly planned life without so much as ruffling his collar. The one […]

When Good People Do Bad Things: The Dark Side in Everyone

Human beings are a perplexing species. On one end of the spectrum, we see the likes of Mahatma Gandhi and the Dalai Lama, leaders who have determinedly advocated the principle of non-violence and championed the art of peaceful protest even in the face of oppressive forces. But shift your focus to the other end of […]

Mind Traps: How Your Own Brain Can Sabotage You

Imagine you’re about to make a big decision—say, you’re looking to move in to a new house. Naturally, you’ll want to make the best choice possible, and you do so by considering your needs versus all possible options. After seeing a print ad about an impressive house model and a brief talk with a convincing […]

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Date a Psych Major

… They’re crazy. Seriously. I’ve had many people (mostly my students) ask me whether it’s true that going into psychology will eventually make you crazy yourself. I always tell them it’s absolutely not true. See, the truth is, it’s the other way around—you have to already be pretty twisted before you go into psychology.   … […]