Does the Film “Insurgent” Redeem the Character of Future Humans?

I haven’t read the books. I await the third movie. But so far the message appears good. Spoiler alert… Future humans are not as pea-brained or primitive or prejudiced as we thought. Future humans (the ones outside Chicago) did not de-evolve into the prejudice-filled faction-based system that we saw in Divergent. They only set up […]

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 […]