“It’s Not the End of the World”: Comforting but Illogical

After making a mistake or after something bad happens to you, have you ever become upset or afraid? Has anyone ever tried to comfort you by saying, “it’s not the end of the world” – perhaps even your therapist. Of course it’s not the end of the world. You can’t deny that. Solid logic, right? […]

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 […]