Psychology

We Need to Do Hard Things

We Need to Do Hard Things

We’ve lost the ability to navigate our inner worlds, to sit with or navigate anything uncomfortable. We avoid, push away, or lash out because we don’t know how to handle discomfort.

Steve Magness
Steve Magness
12 min read
Psychology
What Explains Women's Fascination With BDSM Fiction?

What Explains Women's Fascination With BDSM Fiction?

Every generation or so (i.e., roughly every 25 years) a woman (it’s always a woman) writes a book about kinky sex—and a very specific type of kinky sex.

Robert King
Robert King
10 min read
Sex
The Costs and Benefits of Tribalism—A Roundtable

The Costs and Benefits of Tribalism—A Roundtable

Editor's note: Quillette asked four scholars to reflect and comment on the costs and benefits of tribalism. They each have a background in academic psychology and include Chris Ferguson, Professor of Psychology at Stetson University, Cory Clark, behavioural scientist, Bo Winegard, essayist and PhD in social psychology, and Allen Buchanan,

Chris Ferguson, Cory Clark, Bo Winegard, and Allen Buchanan
Chris Ferguson, Cory Clark, Bo Winegard, and Allen Buchanan
15 min read
Politics
The Transmogrification of Harvey Weinstein

The Transmogrification of Harvey Weinstein

I was a good friend of Harvey Weinstein during his early years as a concert promoter, before he became Harvey Weinstein, movie mogul. We subsequently drifted apart, and while Harvey went on to find astronomic success in Hollywood, I worked as the chief psychologist at the Massachusetts Treatment Center for

Daniel Kriegman
Daniel Kriegman
36 min read
Art and Culture
The Exhibitionist Economy

The Exhibitionist Economy

When former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen leaked thousands of internal company documents to the Wall Street Journal in September, it led to another cycle of acrimonious allegations of corporate irresponsibility. “I’ve seen a bunch of social networks,” Haugen told 60 Minutes in an interview, “and it was substantially

Ari David Blaff
Ari David Blaff
6 min read
Science / Tech
The Social Science Monoculture Doubles Down

The Social Science Monoculture Doubles Down

Over the past 18 months, a number of significant events have occurred that were interpreted through two entirely different worldviews: COVID–19 lockdowns; rise of the BLM movement; the riots and violence in major cities; the US election process and its aftermath; and vaccine safety. Many influential commentators believe that

Keith E. Stanovich
Keith E. Stanovich
17 min read
Psychology
Children Are Lonelier Than Ever. Can Anything Be Done?

Children Are Lonelier Than Ever. Can Anything Be Done?

In East of Eden, John Steinbeck writes “all great and precious things are lonely.” Increasingly, our children fit that description. Loneliness among teens has reached troubling levels. For the decades encompassing the late 20th and early 21st centuries, teen mental health outcomes had been reliably stable or were even improving.

Camilo Ortiz and Stephanie De Leo
Camilo Ortiz and Stephanie De Leo
8 min read
Health
Six Great Ideas from Adam Grant's 'Think Again'

Six Great Ideas from Adam Grant's 'Think Again'

A review of Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant. Viking Press, 320 pages (February 2021). Of everything a person must maintain, his mind is most important, and king of all is his connection to reality. Yet, our tether to the world can

Jon Hersey
Jon Hersey
11 min read
Psychology