|Editor in Chief||Kaja Perina|
|Based in||New York City|
Psychology Today is an American media organization with a focus on psychology and human behavior. It began as a bimonthly magazine, which first appeared in 1967. The Psychology Today website features therapy and health professionals directories and hundreds of blogs written by a wide variety of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, medical doctors, anthropologists, sociologists, and science journalists.
Online presence and magazine circulation
Psychology Today is among the oldest media outlets with a focus on behavioral science. Its tagline is “Here to Help” and its mission is to cover all aspects of human behavior so as to help people better manage their own health and wellness, adjust their mindset, and manage a range of mental health and relationship concerns.
Psychology Today content and its therapist directory are found in 20 countries worldwide. Psychology Today's therapist directory is the most widely used and allows users to sort therapists by location, insurance, types of therapy, price, and other characteristics. It also has a Spanish-language website.
The print magazine's circulation is 250,000, with 15.02 readers per copy, totaling an audience of 3.75 million.
Psychology Today has a social media presence with 7.5 million Facebook followers, more than 1 million Twitter followers, more than 600,000 Instagram followers, and more than 800,000 LinkedIn followers as of October 2022.
History and mission
Founded in 1967 by Nicolas Charney, Ph.D., to make the burgeoning psychology literature accessible to the general public, Psychology Today features reportage and information that looks inward at the workings of the brain as well as outward to the bonds between people. It draws on research reports and interviews with experts on topics ranging from human motivation to personality development, from intelligence to child development and parenting practices, from schizophrenia to sexuality, from leadership to addiction, from anxiety to politics—the vast range of the human behavior, with coverage of animal behavior as well.
With articles on groupthink by Irving Janis, Ph.D., learned helplessness by Martin Seligman, Ph.D., and management by Peter Drucker, Psychology Today earned a wide readership among professionals and the public. Psychologist Abraham Maslow described his ideas on peak experiences and self-actualization in Psychology Today. Other articles explored biofeedback, brain imaging, body language, and the halo effect of beauty.
The magazine was among the bestselling general interest periodicals on the market: In 1976 Psychology Today sold 1,026,872 copies. The circulation of the magazine was 1,171,362 copies in 1981 and 862,193 copies in 1986.
In 1992, after several changes in ownership and a publishing hiatus of two years, Psychology Today resumed publication as a general magazine, adding distinguished science journalism to cover a rapidly expanding field of human knowledge. Culturally relevant articles on bullying, bias, and behavioral economics join the now-famous Hare checklist of psychopathy and portraits of perfectionism. The magazine has won numerous awards from the Society of Publication Designers.
The Psychology Today website, in addition to archiving magazine articles since 1992, features a continuous stream of blogs by laboratory researchers, clinical practitioners, and writers with a broad range of expertise. Daily reports of the findings of new research on human behavior accompany accounts of common concerns and explorations of the impact of current events on mental health. The website is also the primary portal to a comprehensive directory of psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals in the U.S. and around the world. The New York Times recommends this therapist finder when considering the costs involved in seeking therapy.
Content and standards
The magazine is not peer-reviewed, but all expert author content is reviewed, edited and fact-checked for accuracy, objectivity and to ascertain that the author has relevant domain expertise by the editorial staff. Psychology Today features many of its contributors as experts in their fields who hold academic degrees.
Editors in chief
- "About Psychology Today". Psychology Today. John Thomas. Retrieved 23 May 2022.
- "Advertising Media Kit" (PDF). Psychology Today. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
- "About Psychology Today | Psychology Today". www.psychologytoday.com. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
- "Find a Therapist, Psychologist, Counselor - Psychology Today". www.psychologytoday.com. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
- "How to find a therapist who is right for you". Los Angeles Times. 2020-12-23. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
- "Psychology Today en español - España: salud, ayuda, felicidad + encuentra un psicólogo". www.psychologytoday.com (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2021-03-04.
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- "25 Big Ideas That Began Here". Psychology Today. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
- "SPD Gold & Silver Medal Winners". Society of Publication Designers. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
- Ives, Nat (9 August 2011). "Top 10 Consumer Magazines by Single Copy Sales (chart)". AdAge.
- "The Online Therapy Services We'd Use". The New York Times. 17 June 2021. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
- Dougherty, Phillip H. (February 23, 1983). "Advertising: Psychology Today Sale To Group Completed". The New York Times.
- "About Psychology Today". Psychology Today. Retrieved 2022-05-23.
- Kelly, Jacalyn; Sadeghieh, Tara; Adeli, Khosrow (October 2014). "Peer Review in Scientific Publications: Benefits, Critiques, & A Survival Guide". EJIFCC. 25 (3): 227–243. ISSN 1650-3414. PMC 4975196. PMID 27683470.
- "Editorial Process | Psychology Today". www.psychologytoday.com. Retrieved 2022-03-15.
- "Meet Our Contributors | Psychology Today". www.psychologytoday.com. Retrieved 2021-03-02.