Trigger Warnings in College: Do Individual Differences Matter?

I recently read some op-eds that strongly criticized the use of trigger warnings in college (Goldberg, 2014; Lukianoff & Haidt, 2015). Trigger warnings are basically brief oral or written warnings that certain course content may be emotionally disturbing to some students. The issue has become a heated debate. But because there is little to no […]

Shades of Gray: To Reduce Depression and Bias

Do you see yourself in black-and-white terms? Good or bad? Smart or dumb? A success at work or a long-time failure? (This post is not about the movie.) Many people show this dichotomous thinking, also known as either-or thinking or all-or-nothing thinking. All-or-nothing thinking, especially in response to a rare misstep or a bit of […]

What’s in a Word? The Fundamental Attribution Error in Verbal Decoding

In a previous post, I discussed the risks in thinking you could read someone’s mind based on their facial expressions and other nonverbal behavior. Indeed, Nicholas Epley (2014), author of Mindwise, referred to nonverbal decoding as an “illusion of insight.” What about someone’s word choices? Certainly we can know what someone is thinking or feeling […]