Psychology Is Your Secret Weapon: My Keynote Address at the Eastern Psychological Association

I had the great honor of being invited to give the Invited Presidential Keynote Address at the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) in Philadelphia, PA on March 3, 2018. However, the Nor’Easter also decided to visit Philly around the same time. My flight scheduled for the day before my talk got canceled, then I rebooked and that flight got canceled. (That was after I had a flat tire on the way to the airport.)

So I gave the first part of my talk from home (in Summerland, CA) by Skype, then the call got dropped and I gave the rest of it by phone. The audio quality wasn’t so great, at least during the Skype part, and I don’t even want to know what the video looked like in the room.

In case anyone is interested, here is the entire talk. I was asked to address “ways in which psychology can be used outside of traditional academic conferences,” keeping in mind that many of the people at my talk would be undergraduate psychology majors.

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Older Single People: Here’s What We Know

According to the prevailing cultural narratives, single people in later life have two big things going against them: They are single and they are old. Now focus on the older single women and you have the trifecta: They are single, they are old, and they are women! If conventional wisdom got its way, they would be doing terribly. But guess what? They are not. There are real challenges, for women and men, to aging in an ageist and singlist society. Considering what they are up against, it is remarkable how well older single people are doing.

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Lifelong Single People: Here’s What We Know

The number of single people has been growing for more than a half-century. Of all Americans who are unmarried, the biggest proportion of them, by far, are people who have never been married. Yet not much research has focused specifically on this group. Maybe that’s in part because the percentage of people who stayed single all their life has, in the past, been fairly small. But that may be changing.

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