The World’s Getting Better. Here’s Why Your Brain Can’t Believe It.
Life has improved for most people around the world over the past generation, temporary pandemics aside. The rub is that you can’t get anyone to believe the good news. And the result is a toxic political environment—and the potential collapse of
Public Shaming Has Become a Common Pastime During the Pandemic. But It Doesn’t Really Work
Public shaming, in this era of rapid judgment and ensuing internet outrage, is nothing new. But the pandemic has made it a popular pastime. Runners have been berated for exercising without masks. City dwellers have been criticized for congregating
Safetyism Isn’t the Problem
APS Member/Author: Pamela Paresky As America debates when and how to reopen, those concerned about the side effects of the lockdown have begun to use the word “safetyism” to characterize what they consider extreme social-distancing
Why We’ve Been Saying ‘Sorry’ All Wrong
Academics are sorry that apology research is floundering. New discoveries on apologies rarely appear because the studies are challenging to design, not unlike determining whether woodpeckers get headaches, or boiling the ocean. Cindy Frantz, a
Feeling Like “Part of the Family” Could Lead Employees to Take Advantage
Using communal “we” language in organizational codes of conduct can contribute to the perception that dishonesty will go unpunished.
The Awkward but Essential Art of Office Chitchat
Every day around the world, an estimated three billion people go to work and 2.9 billion of them avoid making small talk with their co-workers once they get there. Their avoidance strategies vary. Some will keep their headphones