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Should Social Conservatives Be Economic Progressives?

Time and again I am struck by two robust social science findings.   The first, to which social conservatives nod their appreciation, concerns the benefits of successful marriages—which are a substantial predictor of health, longevity, personal happiness, and the well-being…

Brief “Wise Interventions” Can Change Lives

Psychology’s archives are filled with well-meaning, well-funded endeavors that were meant to change lives for the better but that—alas—made no difference.   In one huge study, 500 Massachusetts boys deemed at risk for delinquency were, by the toss of a…

Notable News Flashes From Psychological Science

This  www.TalkPsych.com entry offers three news flashes—samples of research that have captured my attention (and may wend their way into future textbook editions).   NEWS FLASH # 1:Intergroup contact makes us “less inward looking and more open to experiences.” As…

She Persisted: Lessons From the Life of Judith Rich Harris

Judith Rich Harris’ December 29th death took my mind to her remarkable life and legacy. Among all the people I’ve never met, she was the person I came to know best. Across 243 emails she shared her draft writings, her…

How to Make Friends and Sustain Friendships

As Pope Francis has said, “Everyone’s existence is deeply tied to that of others.” We are social animals. We need to belong. We flourish when supported by close relationships. Finding a supportive confidante, we feel joy.   Longing for acceptance…