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The Hidden Biological Costs Of Inequality: The Root Cause Of Our Stress Epidemic

Thought Matters | Posted 04.28.2017 | Healthy Living
Thought Matters

By Daniel P. Keating The central story line for Born Anxious starts with stress methylation — an “epigenetic modification” that occurs early...

Secrets To A Less Stressful Life

Lisa Firestone | Posted 04.10.2017 | Business
Lisa Firestone

You’re at your desk, about to log off for your lunch break, when you hear the ding of an incoming text. You read the message from your partner sayin...

Climate Change Could Have A Serious Impact On Mental Health: Report

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.03.2017 | Healthy Living

Climate change threatens our cities, our crops, our health and our safety. What many people don’t know is that it also threatens our minds. On Wedne...

Politics Driving You Crazy: Mental Health Conundrum Of ‘Post-Election Stress Disorder’

Ben Piven | Posted 03.22.2017 | Healthy Living
Ben Piven

Caring too much about Trump’s misdeeds can heighten anxiety, despite creating a sense of purpose By now, the clichés are rampant: Donald Trump is i...

Nature Docs Might Offer Relief From Anxious News Cycles

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 03.13.2017 | Entertainment

If the news of the day keeps stressing you out, the BBC has a message for you: Go watch “Planet Earth II.” That’s not just because the network i...

People Who Seek Mental Health Help Choose Therapy Over Medication

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 03.07.2017 | Healthy Living

People who seek professional help for mental health conditions like depression or panic disorder are more likely to accept and follow through when tal...

Coping With Trump Stress Disorder

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.24.2017 | Healthy Living
Bob Burnett

A month into the Trump Administration, many Americans are stressed out. A recent study by the American Psychological Association revealed “more Ame...

A Majority Of Americans Are Stressed Over The Future Of The Nation

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 02.15.2017 | Healthy Living

No alternative facts here: The current political environment is taking a major toll on Americans’ mental wellbeing, according to a new report. Data ...

What's In A Headline: Donald Trump On Waterboarding

Carol Smaldino | Posted 12.14.2016 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

So it went like this. There was a headline in the New York Times on Monday November 28, 2016, that read, Donald Trump Faces Obstacles to Resuming Wate...

Scientists Just Validated Your Instagram Obsession

The Huffington Post | Lauren Aratani | Posted 07.06.2016 | Travel

Documenting life with a camera can be a conflicting experience. On one hand, photographs make incredible mementos. On the other hand, there’s someth...

Why I Don't Trust Psychologists, Thanks to Idaho State University

Jocelyn Eikenburg | Posted 05.24.2016 | Education
Jocelyn Eikenburg

(Photo by Paula Silva via, licensed under a Creative Commons License) "Maybe you could talk to a counselor about that." That's what a go...

Mohamedou Takes Tea with his Torturers: A Guantánamo Fantasy

David Moshman | Posted 03.13.2017 | Politics
David Moshman

President Obama is still trying to close Guantánamo. And Mohamedou Slahi, author of Guantánamo Diary, is still there. Which reminds me, I have a m...

Why Educating Older Workers Is Crucial To Maintaining Economic Vitality

Michael Hodin | Posted 12.10.2016 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

A new study from the American Psychological Association (APA) is the latest mark in how 21st century longevity must become a driver for profound social and economic change. APA underscores that education for older adults isn't simply a question of economic participation, but of health.

Stop Conversion Therapy -- It's Based on Pseudoscience

Elizabeth Yuko | Posted 10.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabeth Yuko

A report released on October 15 is a major step in President Obama's commitment to expand the number of states enacting "Leelah's Law," which would ban the use of conversion therapy to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of lesbian, gay and transgender children and youth.

The Post-Mortem on the APA's Dead-On-Arrival Policy Statement On Video Games

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 09.15.2016 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

ack in August the American Psychological Association (APA) released a new policy statement on video games in which they acknowledged video game violence can't be linked to violent crimes, but asserted that such games provoke milder acts of aggression.

Why Ethical Psychologists Play an Important Role in Interrogations

Anne Speckhard | Posted 08.21.2016 | Politics
Anne Speckhard

On Aug. 7, the American Psychological Association overwhelmingly approved a sweeping ban on any involvement by psychologists in national security interrogations conducted by the U.S. government. This ban includes even non-coercive interrogations.

10 Reasons Why You Might Be Financially Stressed

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 08.19.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

How financially stressed are you? Here are some major indicators of financial stress with suggestions for taking action.

Heroism Defeats Torture at the American Psychological Association

Bryant Welch | Posted 08.18.2016 | Politics
Bryant Welch

This last-minute rescue of nothing less than the soul of American psychology was the work of six psychology heroes who performed the most effective and improbable advocacy success in the history of American psychology.

To Ensure No Harm, Shouldn't a Psychologist Be in the Interrogation Room?: The APA Ban on Torture

Carla Seaquist | Posted 08.13.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Finally: Last week, after a ten-year internal struggle, the American Psychological Association voted to ban its member psychologists from any involvement in national security interrogations and, more to the point, in torture.

Torture, Psychology and the Real APA

David Moshman | Posted 08.10.2016 | Politics
David Moshman

Once psychologists used their knowledge of human behavior to understand, help and heal. Now psychologists were using their expertise to destroy the fundamental psychological integrity of people held captive outside the criminal justice system.

The Brutal Toll of Psychologists' Role in Torture

Donna McKay | Posted 08.06.2016 | Crime
Donna McKay

Acknowledgment accompanied by justice and accountability helps restore that sense of control. But for national security detainees held by the U.S. government and its proxies, justice and accountability are being systematically denied as a matter of law.

Torture and the Psychologists

Paula Gordon | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Even if torture works, it's a really, really bad idea. That anyone does it is appalling. That American psychologists participate in and endorse torture is outrageous. The APA and its adherents lose any semblance of credibility.

The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) Movie Trailer: An Allegory for the APA Ethics-Torture Fiasco

Paul G. Mattiuzzi | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Paul G. Mattiuzzi

The APA now finds itself in a position similar to that of Herman Melville's Billy Budd. Rather than exuding goodness, the association exhibited naivete. Billy Budd's naive innocence was a fault, not a virtue, and he was corrupted by evil because he failed to recognize it when it stared him in the face.

Our Psychological Crisis: Making Sense of the American Psychological Association's Collusion with Torture

Deborah Kory | Posted 07.23.2016 | Politics
Deborah Kory

What shocks me is how shocked my professional community suddenly seems to be, since much of the information in the Hoffman report has been available to the public for many years, thanks to the ceaseless work of activist psychologists like Steven Reisner, Stephen Soldz, and Jean Maria Arrigo, who first blew the whistle on the APA's cover up back in 2006.

5 Steps to Choosing Torture: Psychologists Breaking Bad

Daniel Griffin, Ph.D. | Posted 07.24.2016 | Science
Daniel Griffin, Ph.D.

There are literally hundreds of empirical studies and well-thought-out concepts that explain why people do dumb things. But none of this excuses the despicable choices made by psychologists within the APA. They knowingly caused harm to other human beings.