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You Are In Control (You Just Don’t Know It)

Photo Credit: Arne Hendriks via Compfight You are the puppet master.  You pull the strings.  You push the buttons.  And everyone around you powerlessly and unwittingly submits to your will. This force that you hold over others is powerful but subtle.  So subtle, in fact, that it goes undetected by even your closest loved ones, […]

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Finding Wellbeing on Facebook

“If we only wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.” –Montesquieu (from “The Anti-Social Network” on Slate.com) Recent research out of Stanford University’s psychology department has stimulated a lot of theories that […]

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Warning: Positivity May be Harmful

Today’s article is featured on Positive Psychology News Daily. “Context matters” for understanding human wellbeing.  This has been a recurring theme of this blog in recent months.  It was one of my key takeaways from the International Positive Psychology Association conference in Philadelphia, and it was the topic of a new book called “Situations Matter” by Sam […]

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Love or Science? A Young Woman’s Dilemma

A recent series of research studies found that women are lured away from math and science by their desire for romance.  This research is fascinating on two levels.  First, because it highlights a difference between the genders as researchers found that women, but not men, would express less motivation to pursue a career in science, […]

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The Positive Psychology of Zombies Part 2: Hive Psychology

Recently I wrote an article on the positive psychology of zombies, and I immediately realized that I was only telling half the story.  I argued that the popularity and appeal of zombies was due to their perseverance.  Unlike other mythical horror creatures, the zombies do not have super human powers or weapons to destroy their […]

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