psychology

Patric Gagne Calls for Empathy in ‘Sociopath: A Memoir’

Patric Gagne Calls for Empathy in ‘Sociopath: A Memoir’

Sociopath author Patric Gagne asks readers to reconsider their perceptions of sociopathy, arguing that people who struggle to feel empathy still deserve to receive it.

Biography ‘Saving Freud’ Tells of Struggles with Freud’s Stubborn Denial

Biography ‘Saving Freud’ Tells of Struggles with Freud’s Stubborn Denial

Andrew Nagorski’s engrossing biography, Saving Freud, brings forth the dangerous power of denial.

How Beauty Transcends Pore Count

How Beauty Transcends Pore Count

From stone axes to laundry detergent packages, Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh demonstrate how beauty has long guided human behavior. Their lovely book, Beauty explores the evolutionary purpose behind humanity's oldest muse.

‘What Is Sex?’ Can Be Frustrating Sometimes

‘What Is Sex?’ Can Be Frustrating Sometimes

In What Is Sex Alenka Zupančič provides a brief, difficult, yet ultimately rewarding look at the “otherness” of sex as an act, identity, and communication.

Are You Paying Attention? ‘The Distracted Mind’

Are You Paying Attention? ‘The Distracted Mind’

Multi-tasking on your smart phone consumes too many resources, including memory, and can cause the system to "choke". Imagine what it does to your brain.

‘Popular’: You Are Not Fated to Be Disliked

‘Popular’: You Are Not Fated to Be Disliked

Adolescent psychologist Mitch Prinstein's new study of popularity, Popular, confirms the worst and hopes for the best.
Rethinking the Closure of the Asylums in the Age of Community Care

Rethinking the Closure of the Asylums in the Age of Community Care

Barbara Taylor's "bin memoir", as she terms it, tells a story of neglect, dysfunction, and failed expectations. She recovered; the mental health care system didn't.
Teenage Suicide and the Extinction of Identity in the Persona Series

Teenage Suicide and the Extinction of Identity in the Persona Series

Sometimes growing up can feel a little like killing yourself.
The Banality of Evil in ‘Experimenter’

The Banality of Evil in ‘Experimenter’

Michael Almereyda’s knotty, intellectually playful film about Stanley Milgram’s chilling 1961 experiments asks why so many people seemed so unwilling to accept his conclusions.

‘The Sociopath Next Door’ Is a Love Letter to Conscience