Psychology

Psychedelic

The Psychedelic Miracle by Mac McClelland. How some doctors are risking everything to unleash the healing power of MDMA, ayahuasca and other hallucinogens. More.

Attachment

Responding to your Partner’s Attachment Style by David Ludden. The Golden Rule doesn’t always work in marriage. More.

Simple

Relationships Made Simple by Grant H. Brenner. 14 core principles bring clarity to a hazy subject. More.

Nothing

The Art of Doing Nothing by Colleen Long. Why Italians (but not Americans) get this one right. More.

Dead?

Why Freud Still Isn’t Dead by John Horgan. Psychoanalysis still attracts adherents in spite of relentless criticism and the rise psychopharmacology and other alternatives. More.

Stagnation

Sociology’s Stagnation by Brian Boutwell. Emile Durkheim is the father of modern sociology; he is a titan. Over a century ago the great man issued an edict that would forever alter — or you could say, forever derail — the […]

AA

The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous by Gabrielle Glaser. Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective. More.

Meaningful

The Meanings of Life by Roy F. Baumeister. Happiness is not the same as a sense of meaning. How do we go about finding a meaningful life, not just a happy one? More.

Controversy

The ADHD Controversy by Steven Novella. Is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) a legitimate diagnosis or is it mostly a fraud? The answer has important implications for many individuals and for society. The diagnosis is accepted as legitimate by the […]

Failed

The Theater of the Brain by Robert Berezin. In Robert Whitaker’s article from last December, “INTAR 2016: A Global Call for a New Paradigm” he wrote that by the end of the conference, this gathering of representatives from the World […]

Unhelpful

When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes by David Epstein. Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments. More.

Shyness

Atlantic reviews Shrinking Violets: The Secret Life of Shyness by Joe Moran.

Wrong?

The Self-Help Game by Rami Gabriel. Millions believe that pop psychology can change their tennis skills, their love life or their moods. Are they all wrong? More.

GUT

Psychology’s Grand Unified Theory by Gregg Henriques. A grand unified theory of psychology has been developed. More.

Best

When It’s Good to be Bad by Cody Delistraty. The relentless pursuit of success is valorised in our culture, but taking the long way around is often the best. More.

Pessimism

The Dark Side of American Optimism by Derek Thompson. And the bright side of rising pessimism about the American Dream. More.

Microaggressions

Microaggressions by Scott O. Lilienfeld. The microaggression concept has recently galvanized public discussion and spread to numerous college campuses and businesses. I argue that the microaggression research program (MRP) rests on five core premises, namely, that microaggressions (1) are operationalized […]

Consciousness

The Real Problem by Anil K. Seth. It looks like scientists and philosophers might have made consciousness far more mysterious than it needs to be. More.

Vienna

The Economist: How Vienna Produced Ideas That Shaped the West Across the cobbles of Vienna’s Michaelerplatz the world of empires, waltzes and mutton-chop whiskers glowers at the modern age of psychoanalysis, atonal music and clean shaves. In one corner, the […]

Friends

Bad Friends by Carlin Flora. Even the best of friends can fill you with tension and make you sick. Why does friendship so readily turn toxic? More.