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From surly teens to tough mothers-in-law, how to understand what's going on in your family.
Terri Apter Ph.D.
Have we been looking at internalized bias in the wrong way? Changing the environment may be more effective than changing ourselves.
Do people deserve their reputation for vanity? If not, then a useful New Year's resolution is to be less self-critical.
Why do we delight in seeing the brain in action when we already know its effects through experience?
Common advice is to master or disengage from regret, but perhaps it is essential to our humanity.
The profession of psychology is engaged in painful self-assessment about institutional bias. Here is a model of its power to obliterate bias.
While the press has reported on marital break-ups in lockdown, the deepening romance among couples over age 60 has been ignored.
We cannot avoid anxiety, so why do we act as though we can?
Are the harsh critics of epigenetic research on transmission of trauma really listening?
Expert advice about “behavioral fatigue” will lead to many deaths in the UK, but behavioural psychologists want to know whether the advice was really "expert" after all.
It is as important to be prepared for positive outcomes as negative ones.
Have we had a failure of imagination in envisioning epidemics of a new disease? Or is this one somehow different?
In the important work of bringing women into psychological data, the absence of many men is often ignored.
Normally, we try to protect ourselves from physical harm. Why do so many teens deliberately cut themselves?
A recent study claims that narcissists have “mental toughness” that staves off depression, but this view ignores the havoc to long-term wellbeing.
Last week I reported on an intervention that helped teen girls reduce the toxicity of social media use. Can this model address other dark arts of social media?
Do you despair at how social media fixates girls on beauty? A new report shows how a simple intervention can make a huge difference.
Some of the most dangerous liars feel utterly innocent.
Recent books put the author's own children on display to prove their expertise in parenting, thereby spreading a delusion about cause, effect, and expertise.
It is time to retire attachment theory from its privileged place in psychology.
A new dark side of parental ambition has just been exposed that may crush a child's self-belief.
(Mis)understanding of the discontent with masculine norms shapes and derails an important debate.
Jan. 8 is known as Divorce Day, but it isn’t only marital divorce that takes place as people look to improve their lives.
As we try to be nice to family members during the holidays, we should be wary of over-using praise.
Why do old biases suddenly erupt in violence?
Why is a wife shamed when her husband's sexual misconduct is exposed?
Exposing bias may make us feel we are on the side of the angels, but can we ever be free of bias, and does the new sport of bias-spotting make bias worse?
Abuse on Twitter can be ignored, but some people suffer similar abuse in relationships that are more difficult to switch off.
Outrage is a powerful social and political force, but even the newest research ignores its strange appeal.
Why improving our judgment is such a worthy resolution.
Having a difficult mother need not mean that Mother's Day is a washout. Here's how we can use it to shore up our soul.
Terri Apter, Ph.D., is a writer and psychologist and Fellow Emeritae of Newnham College, Cambridge. Her most recent book is Passing Judgment: Praise and Blame in Everyday Life.