psychology Archives - Ben Michaelis, PhD

“Does Shopping Actually Make You Happy?” – Allure

To say that I had just been eyeing Charlotte Chesnais’s layered, vermeil drop earrings would be one of the many understatements of 2016. I practically stalked them, checking The Line and Net-a-Porter almost daily, but at $680 and $755, respectively, I couldn’t pull the trigger on the sculptural designs—my bank account was already depleted and […]

“How to Really Reset After a Truly Awful Year” – Shape

Don’t let 2016’s baggage drag down you in 2017. 2016 was kind of the worst—just look at any Internet meme. At the base, most of us likely had to endure some kind of emotional pandemonium—a breakup, job loss, personal bereavement, maybe even a health scare. (Pretty unavoidable in any year.) Add to that the scarily […]

The Why Factor: Why do Crazes Take Off? – BBC World News

Pokemon Go has been the runaway success of the summer but why is it that some games, hobbies and activities become crazes while others do not? Is there a secret formula? Dr. Ben Michaelis joins BBC to explain this phenomenon.  

“The Psychology of Donald Trump & How He Speaks” – PsychCentral

Donald J. Trump will go down in American history as one of the most unusual politicians of all time. He is an enigma to everyone in the political establishment (and to much of America) as he continues his 2016 run for the American presidency. What makes this Republican nominee tick? Why does Donald Trump speak […]

"Is Donald Trump Actually a Narcissist? Therapists Weigh In!" – Vanity Fair

As his presidential campaign trundles forward, millions of sane Americans are wondering: What exactly is wrong with this strange individual? Now, we have an answer. For mental-health professionals, Donald Trump is at once easily diagnosed but slightly confounding. “Remarkably narcissistic,” said developmental psychologist Howard Gardner,a professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education. “Textbook narcissistic personality […]

"What Finger Length May Say About Your Mental Health" – Everyday Health

“Although I do think this research has potential for understanding the complexity of factors that go into the development of schizophrenia, it is just one potential factor among many and provides another clue for researchers to explore,” says Ben Michaelis, PhD, a clinical psychologist and author of Your Next Big Thing: 10 Small Steps to […]