Why The Mental Health System Is Failing Us

Why The Mental Health System Is Failing Us

In the 13th century, medics commonly treated mental illness by drilling a hole into a person’s head, thus releasing demons and evil spirits, in the hopes of “curing” the person.   Up until the 19th century, medics also believed that if bodily fluids got out of...
Take a Knee and Feel the Pain of Others

Take a Knee and Feel the Pain of Others

Racism runs deep in the fabric of our cognitive networks, driven by fear, objectification, failures of perspective taking, and self-avoidance. Almost all of us will recoil at the video of George Floyd dying before our eyes. But racism is vastly deeper and darker than...
How to Stop Touching Your Face

How to Stop Touching Your Face

  In this era of COVID-19 you have a hard time avoiding advice about washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your face. As a public health matter, it is clearly good advice. I’m all for both of these things.    As a psychologist, however, I can...
36 Tips To Make Resolutions That Stick

36 Tips To Make Resolutions That Stick

We all have goals we want to achieve and habits we want to change. Yet too often we stand in our own way, because we don’t know how to change our behavior in a sustainable, lasting manner. For this reason, I’ve compiled a list of the most effective tips and strategies...
Read This Before You Make a Commitment!

Read This Before You Make a Commitment!

Decades ago, as a rising academic, I had to choose between two universities: The prestigious Washington University in St. Louis, or the small backlot of an academy, the University of Nevada in Reno. The Washington University had Nobel laureates, a cutting edge...