Author Archive: Misty Hook, PhD

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Altruism: Getting By with a Little Help From Our Friends

04/12/2016
Altruism: Getting By with a Little Help From Our Friends

Social psychology has long wondered about the whys and wherefores of helping behavior. They’ve found that while we cannot predict altruism, we can promote general helping behavior.

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Gender Politics

04/06/2016
Gender Politics

Hillary Clinton gets a lot of hate but that may be more because of her gender rather than her policy proposals. This could prevent other women from becoming politicians.

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What is Justice For Ethan Couch?

03/03/2016
What is Justice For Ethan Couch?

In revisiting Ethan Couch’s affluenza case, justice feels unsatisfying. If we are to help each other move forward, perhaps we should focus more on healing versus punishment. Restorative justice may be the answer.

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The Leslie Knope of It All

02/19/2016
The Leslie Knope of It All

Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation is an amazing feminist character. Her love of government service, compassion, enthusiasm and champion of women make her a fabulous role model for all of us.

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Breaking Up is Hard To Do

01/31/2016
Breaking Up is Hard To Do

Figuring out what to do about the unwelcome attention of an ex-partner can be a challenge. Putting distance, ensuring your safety and concentrating on healthy relationship skills can help.

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Why Work-Family Balance is for Everyone

01/28/2016
Why Work-Family Balance is for Everyone

Work-family balance is a hot topic but part of the problem is how we frame it as an individual problem. If we focus on “having it all” as something that affects families and not just women, we have a better chance of effecting meaningful change

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Becoming a Splendid Auditorium: How Listening Brings Us Together

12/23/2015
Becoming a Splendid Auditorium: How Listening Brings Us Together

In the US, civil discourse has taken a backseat to arguing and hostility. What we need instead is a way of really listening to one another and standing together. The example of the Balkan people can help.

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Not for Ourselves Alone: The Need to Care

11/18/2015
Not for Ourselves Alone: The Need to Care

November 12th would have been the 200th birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. In honor of her selflessness, Not for Ourselves Alone should become our motto too.

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Standing Up for Others: The Impact of Women in the Military

11/11/2015
Standing Up for Others: The Impact of Women in the Military

The military is a microcosm of American society, so their treatment of women in the military is important. The lifting of the ban on women serving in combat highlights how smoothly things change but also how far we have to go.

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The Power of Fear is a Curious Thing

11/04/2015
The Power of Fear is a Curious Thing

The power of fear is driving many of our worst personal decisions and public policies. If we can find courage, maybe we can do what scares us the most.

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