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  • Season of Your Birth Affects Mood in Later Life

    Jeremy Dean
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Summer, spring, autumn and winter babies have different personalities when they grow up. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: Does The Weather Affect Your Mood? Brain Ultrasound: How Sound Waves Can Boost Mood Sense of Belonging Increases Meaningfulness of Life Yoga’s Powerful Influence on Mood The Lasting Impact of Early Life Stress on the Brain
  • 5 Myths about Serial Killers and Why They Persist [Excerpt]

    Scientific American: Mind & Brain
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    A criminologist contrasts the stories surrounding serial homicide with real data to help explain society’s macabre fascination with these tales -- Read more on
  • Comparing the 5 Theories of Emotion

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    Beppe Micallef-Trigona, MD, MRCPsych, MSc
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Emotions seem to dominate many aspects of our lives. But what exactly are emotions? The word first appears in our language in the mid-16th century, adapted from the French word émouvoir, which literally means, “to stir up”. However, one can find precursors to the word emotion dating back to the earliest known recordings of language. When searching for a definition, Hockenbury describes an emotion as “a complex psychological state that involves three distinct components: a subjective experience, a physiological response, and an expressive response.” Researchers have…
  • Five-year-olds can see through your bravado

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    Research Digest
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:29 am
    Imagine you wanted to lie to a five-year-old. "The toy shop is closed Billy," you say, "it always closes at 2pm on a Monday." You reason that if you make this announcement with confidence, then Billy is sure to believe you.It's not a bad strategy. In a new study involving nearly a hundred kids aged four to five, they were more likely to believe statements made by a woman who spoke and gestured with confidence, than those made by a woman who was hesitant and uncertain. In this case, the women's comments weren't about a toy shop, they were about the names of rare animals shown in pictures to…
  • How reminders of money affect people's expression and perception of emotion

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    Research Digest
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:50 am
    Bank robbers and gamblers will tell you what people are prepared to do for the sake of money. But money also has more subtle influences. Back in 2006, researchers showed that mere reminders of money made people more selfish (although note a later attempt failed to replicate this result).In the latest research in this field, a team led by Yuwei Jiang have shown that exposing people to pictures of money, or to money-related words, reduces their emotional expressivity and makes them more sensitive to other people's expressions of emotion. The researchers think the effect occurs because money…
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  • ENVY: Bane of Existence or Gift of Nature?

    Frank J. Ninivaggi, M.D., F.A.P.A.
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:53 am
    The possibility of the healthy maturation of envy, a novel construct in envy theory, affords those dedicated to resolute self-change the possibility of its healthy transformation. This is a potential gift. The experience of “raw envy,” in this way, morphs into more conscious and complex attitudes that include health-promoting admiration and more
  • Narcissists are different ways

    Jennifer Golbeck, Ph.D.
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Regardless of the first impression narcissists make, over time their nature and personalities come out to the people they know well. Earlier research has shown that narcissists are often disliked by people who know them. A new study looks at two types of narcissism and how that dislike manifests in their social more
  • Ottawa Parliament Shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau

    Clark McCauley, Ph.D.
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:27 pm
    An Islamic State terrorist or an individual pursued by his own demons?read more
  • Warning! Are Difficult People Sapping Your Energy?

    Judith Orloff, M.D.
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Relationships are always an energy exchange. To stay feeling our best, we must ask ourselves: Who gives us energy? Who saps it? Difficult people can leech the energy right out of you. Learn how to successfully deal with five types of these “energy vampires."read more
  • How to Find a Supportive Community Online

    John Corcoran
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    Do you ever feel lonely online? You know, you’re flipping through page after page of your so-called “friends” on Facebook or some other social media platform, but you realize you are actually quite lonely?read more
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  • The Multicultural Jigsaw Puzzle: Category Indispensability and Acceptance of Immigrants' Cultural Rights

    Verkuyten, M., Martinovic, B., Smeekes, A.
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    This research introduces and examines the relatively novel concept of category indispensability. It is examined whether the perception of subgroup indispensability for the identity of a superordinate category is associated with majority members’ acceptance of minority rights. We investigated the role of perceived national category indispensability of immigrants for native’s acceptances of immigrants’ expressive cultural rights. The general hypothesis tested is that higher perceived category indispensability of immigrant groups is associated with higher acceptance. Results…
  • Core Values Versus Common Sense: Consequentialist Views Appear Less Rooted in Morality

    Kreps, T. A., Monin, B.
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    When a speaker presents an opinion, an important factor in audiences’ reactions is whether the speaker seems to be basing his or her decision on ethical (as opposed to more pragmatic) concerns. We argue that, despite a consequentialist philosophical tradition that views utilitarian consequences as the basis for moral reasoning, lay perceivers think that speakers using arguments based on consequences do not construe the issue as a moral one. Five experiments show that, for both political views (including real State of the Union quotations) and organizational policies, consequentialist…
  • Empathy, Target Distress, and Neurohormone Genes Interact to Predict Aggression for Others-Even Without Provocation

    Buffone, A. E. K., Poulin, M. J.
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Can empathy for others motivate aggression on their behalf? This research examined potential predictors of empathy-linked aggression including the emotional state of empathy, an empathy target’s distress state, and the function of the social anxiety-modulating neuropeptides oxytocin and vasopressin. In Study 1 (N = 69), self-reported empathy combined with threat to a close other and individual differences in genes for the vasopressin receptor (AVPR1a rs3) and oxytocin receptor (OXTR rs53576) to predict self-reported aggression against a person who threatened a close other. In Study 2 (N…
  • Purpose in Life as a Resource for Increasing Comfort With Ethnic Diversity

    Burrow, A. L., Stanley, M., Sumner, R., Hill, P. L.
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Emerging demographic trends signal that White Americans will soon relinquish their majority status. As Whites’ acclimation to an increasingly diverse society is poised to figure prominently in their adjustment, identifying sources of greater comfort with diversity is important. Three studies (N = 519) revealed evidence that purpose in life bolsters comfort with ethnic diversity among White adults. Specifically, dispositional purpose was positively related to diversity attitudes and attenuated feelings of threat resulting from viewing demographic projections of greater diversity. In…
  • You Didn't Have to Do That: Belief in Free Will Promotes Gratitude

    MacKenzie, M. J., Vohs, K. D., Baumeister, R. F.
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Four studies tested the hypothesis that a weaker belief in free will would be related to feeling less gratitude. In Studies 1a and 1b, a trait measure of free will belief was positively correlated with a measure of dispositional gratitude. In Study 2, participants whose free will belief was weakened (vs. unchanged or bolstered) reported feeling less grateful for events in their past. Study 3 used a laboratory induction of gratitude. Participants with an experimentally reduced (vs. increased) belief in free will reported feeling less grateful for the favor. In Study 4, a reduced (vs.
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  • The Creative Therapy Which Reduces Depression in Young and Old Alike

    Jeremy Dean
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Boosts to self-esteem and depression from this creative therapy, new study finds. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: Making Music Dramatically Improves Young Children’s Behaviour Depression Alleviated By Feeling Connected to a Group 5 Classic Signs of Depression Most People Don’t Recognise This is How Much Happier Therapy Makes You Than More Money Autism: New Therapy Found To Eliminate Symptoms and Developmental Delays
  • Alcohol’s Surprising Influence on Memory Loss in Later Years

    Jeremy Dean
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    How light to moderate alcohol intake affects memory for past events. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: Heavy Drinkers Lose Memory Faster With Age This Blood Type Linked to Memory Loss Later in Life The Surprising Power of an Emotional ‘Memory Palace’ The Facial Expression That Fights Memory Loss Green Tea Improves Working Memory
  • Season of Your Birth Affects Mood in Later Life

    Jeremy Dean
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Summer, spring, autumn and winter babies have different personalities when they grow up. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: Does The Weather Affect Your Mood? Brain Ultrasound: How Sound Waves Can Boost Mood Sense of Belonging Increases Meaningfulness of Life Yoga’s Powerful Influence on Mood The Lasting Impact of Early Life Stress on the Brain
  • The Familiar Food Which May Help Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

    Jeremy Dean
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Alzheimer's study finds that one ounce (30g) of this per day was enough to decrease anxiety and boost memory and learning. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: 10 Ways to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease Longevity Gene May Enhance Cognition Copper Pinpointed as Main Environmental Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease The Personality Trait That Doubles Alzheimer’s Risk This Blood Type Linked to Memory Loss Later in Life
  • How to Learn Better: Evidence for Well-Known But Little-Used Technique

    Jeremy Dean
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    The powerful effect of the right kind of learning technique. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: You Can Learn a New Language While You Sleep, Study Finds How to Learn Anything Better By Tweaking Your Mindset The One (Really Easy) Persuasion Technique Everyone Should Know How The Brain Works During The Two Main Types of Meditation Humming in Sync: How Our Brains Can Learn So Quickly
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  • Spike activity 24-10-2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: A Victorian lunatic asylum begins to reveal its secrets. The Wellcome Library now has the first of many digitised asylum records online. Narratively has an excellent piece on legendary San Francisco eccentric Emperor Norton. The marketers latest fad – make it seem it’s a feminist social campaign – has been taken on as an attempt to sell a rejected antidepressant as a treatment for the invented ‘female sexual dysfunction’. In-depth and important article in the BMJ. Time magazine has a special features that…
  • A Rush of Blood to the Brain

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    An article from Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry that discusses the concept of ‘moral disability’ and brain trauma in Victorian times includes a fascinating section on what was presumably thought to be the science of ‘knocking some sense into the brain’. The piece is by medical historian Brandy Shillace who researches Victorian scientific ideas and how they affected society. Sadly, the article is locked (quite rightly, humanities can kill if not used correctly) but this is the key section: While eighteenth-century French philosopher François Bichat had suggested that…
  • Hallucinating astronauts

    5 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    I’ve got a piece in The Observer about the stresses, strains and mind-bending effects of space flight. NASA considers behavioural and psychiatric conditions to be one of the most significant risks to the integrity of astronaut functioning and there is a surprisingly long history of these difficulties adversely affecting missions. Perhaps more seriously, hallucinations have been associated with the breakdown of crew coherence and space mission stress. In 1976, crew from the Russian Soyuz-21 mission were brought back to Earth early after they reported an acrid smell aboard the Salyut-5…
  • Spike activity 05-10-2014

    4 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Dropping science: neuroscientists throw down epic / excruciating rap battle on Twitter. Bring the line noise. The New Yorker has an interesting piece on the neuroscientific legacy of the Vietnam War. In neuroscience terms, it was America’s World War One. The latest edition of Nature NeuroPod is particularly good: psychosis, detecting animacy, network theory for brains. Livescience covers an interesting study finding that the uncanny valley effect is affected by loneliness. The US Government spend $300 million on BRAIN initiative…
  • A review of Susan Greenfield’s “Mind Change”

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    I was asked to write a review of Susan Greenfield’s new book “Mind Change” for the October edition of Literary Review magazine which has just been published. You can read the review in the print edition and I did have the full text posted here but the good folks at the magazine have also put it online to read in full, so do check it out at the link below. Mind Change marshals many published sources to address these claims. However, this provides little scientific insight owing to Greenfield’s difficulty with synthesising the evidence in any meaningful sense, while she also…
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  • Face-to-Face with Mark Henick on Mental Health Awareness Day

    Sandra Kiume
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    A brief interview with Mark Henick, a board member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and person with lived experience of mental health issues and suicide attempts. Mark’s tireless mental health advocacy to combat stigma has led to numerous speaking engagements, including a popular TEDxToronto talk on “Why we Choose Suicide.” This year for Mental Illness Awareness Week, Mark has been chosen as one of the Faces of Mental Illness.
  • Easy Anxiety Relief in a Mindfulness Meditation Video

    Sandra Kiume
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    A mindfulness guided meditation video to help you overcome anxiety and fear. In this simple 15 minute video, a calm male voice leads you through a breathing exercise, and repeating a series of mantras that focus on creating a sense of inner peace.  
  • How to Overcome Stage Fright

    Sandra Kiume
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    A funny and very endearing TED Talk by folk singer Joe Kowan about experiencing and overcoming severe stage fright. Kowan describes his discomfort as well as his unique and creative strategy for coping with it – performing a song that confronts it head on. I’m reminded of Brene Brown’s advice on coping with shame; by admitting to our vulnerabilities, others see us as authentic, and appreciate our humanity more than if we try to mask our fears. Bravo, Joe!
  • Finding Hope from an Attempt Survivor on World Suicide Prevention Day

    Sandra Kiume
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    In Finding Hope, a short and inspiring video, a child sexual abuse survivor talks about his suicide attempt and recovery. No matter how close to the brink you may be or have been, there is hope. Read this first, then reach out for help. Find a telephone helpline near you with this global directory, or if you prefer not to use a phone, find international crisis chat and other online services through Online Suicide Help. Learn more about World Suicide Prevention Day September 10,2014, and the many activities happening around the world.  
  • Is There a Biological Basis of Depression?

    Sandra Kiume
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A look at what neuroscience has learned about depression. Is there a biological basis? Far more complex than a “chemical imbalance,” this short animated video does its best to simplify scientific knowledge about the brain for the public. Packed with information, it’s a comprehensive overview.  
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  • Link feast

    Research Digest
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:02 am
    Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week or so:Brain Games Exploit Anxieties About Memory Loss For Profit – ScientistsA group of over 70 psychologists and neuroscientists has written an open letter warning that the claims of brain training companies are unsubstantiated, and that playing the games could divert people from healthier activities.Free Journal Articles on the Psychology of Violence and AggressionA digital give away from the publishers Psychology Press.Beware, Playing Lots of Chess Will Shrink Your Brain!A new study compares the brain structure of…
  • Publication bias afflicts the whole of psychology

    Research Digest
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    In the last few years the social sciences, including psychology, have been taking a good look at themselves. While incidences of fraud hit the headlines, pervasive issues are just as important to address, such as publication bias, the phenomenon where non-significant results never see the light of day thanks to editors rejecting them or savvy researchers recasting their experiments around unexpected results and not reporting the disappointments. Statistical research has shown the extent of this misrepresentation in pockets of social science, such as specific journals, but a new meta-analysis…
  • How reminders of money affect people's expression and perception of emotion

    Research Digest
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:50 am
    Bank robbers and gamblers will tell you what people are prepared to do for the sake of money. But money also has more subtle influences. Back in 2006, researchers showed that mere reminders of money made people more selfish (although note a later attempt failed to replicate this result).In the latest research in this field, a team led by Yuwei Jiang have shown that exposing people to pictures of money, or to money-related words, reduces their emotional expressivity and makes them more sensitive to other people's expressions of emotion. The researchers think the effect occurs because money…
  • Can a brain scan tell us anything about the art of creative writing?

    Research Digest
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
    When an accomplished creative writer gets on with their craft, their brain operates in a somewhat different way to a novice's. A new imaging study suggests that the expert approach may be more streamlined, emotionally literate, and initially unfiltered.Katharina Erhard with her colleagues from the German universities of Greifswald and Hildesheim asked participants to read a fragment of a story, to brainstorm what could continue the narrative, and then, for two minutes, to write a continuation of the story. Their brains were scanned throughout. This is an improvement on previous studies that…
  • Five-year-olds can see through your bravado

    Research Digest
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:29 am
    Imagine you wanted to lie to a five-year-old. "The toy shop is closed Billy," you say, "it always closes at 2pm on a Monday." You reason that if you make this announcement with confidence, then Billy is sure to believe you.It's not a bad strategy. In a new study involving nearly a hundred kids aged four to five, they were more likely to believe statements made by a woman who spoke and gestured with confidence, than those made by a woman who was hesitant and uncertain. In this case, the women's comments weren't about a toy shop, they were about the names of rare animals shown in pictures to…
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  • Douglas Ziedonis (UMass­ Med­ical School) to speak on scaling up meditation and mindfulness

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    Excited to announce that Dr. Dou­glas Ziedo­nis, Pro­fes­sor and Chair of the Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try at at the Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts Med­ical School, will share his work and insights on Scal­ing up med­i­ta­tion and mind­ful­ness via well­ness pro­grams and biofeed­back sensors at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th). Dr. Ziedo­nis is also Pres­i­dent of UMass Memo­r­ial Behav­ioral Health Ser­vices. He is inter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized for his research and lead­er­ship in address­ing co-occurring…
  • How can front-line professionals incorporate the emerging brain health toolkit to their practices?

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    Don’t miss the ses­sion How can front-line pro­fes­sion­als incor­po­rate the emerg­ing brain health toolkit to their practices at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit next week, featuring: Eliz­a­beth Frates, Direc­tor of Med­ical Stu­dent Edu­ca­tion at the Insti­tute of Lifestyle Medicine Dr. Cather­ine Madi­son, Direc­tor of the Ray Dolby Brain Health Cen­ter at Cal­i­for­nia Pacific Med­ical Center Bar­bara Van Amburg, Chief Nurs­ing Offi­cer at Kaiser Per­ma­nente Red­wood City Kate Sul­li­van, Direc­tor of the Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter at…
  • 10 Ways To Improve Health & Well-being Based On Latest Non-Invasive Neurotechnologies

    Alvaro Fernandez
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Last month I had the fortune to join over 1,900 pioneers from 90 countries at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Tianjin, China, to discuss how innovation can improve the state of the world. Throughout hundreds of panels, workshops, private meetings and social gatherings, we examined how to deal with climate change, how to invest in public infrastructure, how to better regulate financial services, and dozens of other pressing topics. In addressing these issues, everyone — independent of nationality or discipline – brought to the table our most precious asset: the amazing…
  • Challenge: Helping consumers separate brain training wheat from brain games chaff

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Brain-Training Companies Get Advice From Some Academics, Criticism From Others (The Chronicle of Higher Education): “…brain-game companies entice people to buy subscriptions to their online training programs, many of which promise to increase customers’ “neuroplasticity,” “fluid intelligence,” and working memory capacity. They even claim to help stave off the effects of aging. Leading scientists have criticized those promises, though…(just released) a statement objecting “to the claim that brain games offer consumers a scientifically grounded avenue to reduce or reverse…
  • Best practices to assess and enhance brain functions via mobile devices and wearables

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Don’t miss the session Best prac­tices to assess and enhance brain func­tion via mobile devices and wearables at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit next week, featuring: Corinna E. Lathan, Founder and CEO of AnthroTronix (just received FDA clearance) Eddie Mar­tucci, VP Research & Devel­op­ment at Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs Alex Doman, Co-Founder of Sleep Genius Joan Sev­er­son, Pres­i­dent of Dig­i­tal Artefacts (developer of BrainBaseline) Chair: Jayne Plun­kett, Mem­ber of the Group Man­age­ment Board for Swiss Re We are looking forward to it! –> Explore…
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  • American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology is headquartered in the United States and has meetings three times a year.  It also has a journal, The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and also has developed a Model Curriculum in Psychology, now in its’ 7th adaptation.  There are also resources and a clinical trial workshop as well.
  • The Jung Page

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    With the cooperation and generosity of analysts, academics, independent scholars and commentators, and the editors of several Jungian journals, The Jung Page provides a place to encounter innovative writers and to enter into a rich, ongoing conversation about psychology and culture. It includes audio, articles, downloads, among other discussions about Jungian psychology and thoughts.  There are also resources and thoughts about Jung himself.
  • Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS)

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    This website includes the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS), including mental health services, and also Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others (JACS).  While located in New York, New York, this site does many things for those who are not anywhere near NYC. It includes:  Programs and Services for Adults living with Mental Illness, Children and Adolescent Services, Community Services, and People Living With Developmental Disabilities, just to name a few.  There is also professional training, volunteering, and ways to donate and work…
  • Faith Trust Institute

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    FaithTrust is there to help when a person is worried about what to do when they are in an abusive situation and worried about crossing religious and cultural mores.  They have different religions listed, and are very willing to help!  It is important for the person in the abusive situation to leave as soon as possible, and this website will help them feel more comfortable doing so.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
      Don’t ever feel that it is hopeless.  Don’t ever give up.  There is always someone willing to listen,to talk to you and listen to what you have to say.    With the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, there is a free, 24 hour hotline you can call that will enable you to not feel that all is lost.  It will let you speak to others and understand that you are not alone and to help you along in life.  It is important to keep moving on in life–not to give up.   You can volunteer and donate here as well.  There are crisis centers for that, and most importantly,…
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  • Psychology Offers Tips as Ebola Concerns Mount

    Dr. Deb
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    What the Public Needs to KnowQ. What scares people the most about a threat from a natural disaster, contagious disease or terrorist attack? Are fear and anxiety a normal response?A. Experts on public health and risk perception say that fear about catastrophic incidents often originates from a feeling of lack of control and a perceived inability to prevent the problem or threat. Some level of anxiety is constructive in that it motivates people to take appropriate action (assuming such actions are available and recommended). But without any recommended course of action, anxiety around…
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week

    Dr. Deb
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    October 5th -11th 2014 is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in the United States and Canada. Since 1990, mental health advocates across North America have joined together during the first full week of October to sponsor awareness, create outreach and provide screenings in the name of mental health.Also sponsored this week is  National Depression Screening Day on October 9th and World Mental Health Day on October 10th. Mental health, a component of well-being, is just as essential as physical health and spiritual health. Learn how to take action, find support and dilute…
  • How to Find a Good Therapist

    Dr. Deb
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:12 pm
    One of the most common questions I'm asked is, "How can I find a good therapist?"Well, it's a multi-step process, so let's get going. Types of TherapistsFirst, it's important to think about the type of therapist you think is best for your presenting issues. There are many kinds of mental health therapists, but sometimes understanding "who does what" can be confusing. Here is a list to help identify the specialties and degrees therapists can hold.PsychologistsPsychologists generally have a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), or Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and must…
  • September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day

    Dr. Deb
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    Every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide. Every 41 seconds someone's left to make sense of it.That's over 1 million people who die by suicide each year. And millions more who grieve and mourn the loss of their loved one.Suicide is THE most preventable kind of death. Education, resources, intervention and outreach can help children and adults who struggle with staggering sadness, hopelessness and despair.World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th sponsored by The International Association for Suicide Prevention, The World Health Organization, The United Nations and many…
  • Gallup Poll: State of Well-Being in the U.S.

    Dr. Deb
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    A recent 2014 Gallup Poll cited levels of well-being in the USA. Research was done with over 85 thousand Americans and focused on 5 levels of well-being: Purpose, Social, Financial, Community and Physical. Below are more detailed definitions of these categories.Purpose well-being is composed of questions about having an inspiring leader, daily activity, goals, and strengths.Social well-being includes questions about relationships with friends and family, personal time, and received encouragement and support.Financial well-being is made up of questions about standard…
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  • Reminiscing can help boost mental performance

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Engaging brain areas linked to so-called 'off-task' mental activities (such as mind-wandering and reminiscing) can actually boost performance on some challenging mental tasks, a new research led by a neuroscientist shows for the first.
  • New window of opportunity to prevent cardiovascular, diseases

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Future prevention and treatment strategies for vascular diseases may lie in the evaluation of early brain imaging tests long before heart attacks or strokes occur, according to a systematic review conducted by a team of cardiologists, neuroscientists, and psychiatrists.
  • If you're over 60, drink up: Alcohol associated with better memory

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    For people 60 and older who do not have dementia, light alcohol consumption during late life is associated with higher episodic memory -- the ability to recall memories of events -- researchers report.
  • Bipolar disorder discovery at the nano level

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    A nano-sized discovery helps explain how bipolar disorder affects the brain and could one day lead to new drug therapies to treat the mental illness, researchers report.
  • Brain simulation raises questions

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    What does it mean to simulate the human brain? Why is it important to do so? And is it even possible to simulate the brain separately from the body it exists in? These questions are discussed in a new paper.
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  • How people view their own weight influences bariatric surgery success

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Negative feelings about one's own weight, known as internalized weight bias, influence the success people have after undergoing weight loss surgery, according to research appearing in the journal Obesity Surgery, published by Springer. The study, from the Geisinger Health System in the US, is considered the first and only study to examine internalized weight bias in relation to post-surgical weight loss success in adults. read more
  • Backpack physics: Smaller hikers carry heavier loads

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Hikers are generally advised that the weight of the packs they carry should correspond to their own size, with smaller individuals carrying lighter loads. Although petite backpackers might appreciate the excuse to hand off heavier gear to the larger members of the group, it turns out that they may not need the help. read more
  • What americans fear most -- new poll from Chapman University

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Chapman University has initiated the first comprehensive nationwide study on what strikes fear in Americans in the first of what is a planned annual study. According to the Chapman poll, the number one fear in America today is walking alone at night. read more
  • Less-numerate investors swayed by corporate report presentation effects

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    Publicly traded corporations are increasingly publishing social responsibility reports for investors, who now consider such information alongside traditional financial data before investing in a company. read more
  • 'Red effect' sparks interest in female monkeys

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    Recent studies showed that the color red tends increase our attraction toward others, feelings of jealousy, and even reaction times. Now, new research shows that female monkeys also respond to the color red, suggesting that biology, rather than our culture, may play the fundamental role in our "red" reactions. read more
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    Tri-City Psychology Services

  • Less than half of Canadians exercise to relieve stress

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    © iStockphoto As fall brings with it dark mornings, getting up is getting harder. My first inclination when my alarm goes off at 6.00am is to roll over and go back to sleep. But that little voice in my head starts reminding me gotta get up, gotta hit the gym. Argh! its hard, but this is something I have to do, something I need to do. The older I get, the harder it gets, but the benefits outweigh the struggle to resist, and go back to sleep. A research study out of McMaster University has found that only 40 per cent of Canadians exercise to cope with stress. The researchers analyzed data from…
  • Happy Canada Day

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
  • Dan Gilbert: The psychology of your future self

    7 Jun 2014 | 9:58 am
    Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished.” Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the “end of history illusion,” where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we’ll be for the rest of time. Hint: that’s not the case.
  • Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

    30 May 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Worldwide, there are at least 44 million people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s—but everyone can help to fight it. Now is the time to get involved. Together we can end Alzheimer’s
  • Antidepressant May Slow Alzheimer’s Disease

    14 May 2014 | 11:55 am
    A commonly prescribed antidepressant can reduce production of the main ingredient in Alzheimer’s brain plaques, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Pennsylvania. The findings, in mice and people, are published May 14 in Science Translational Medicine. They support preliminary mouse studies that evaluated a variety of antidepressants. Brain plaques are tied closely to memory problems and other cognitive impairments caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Stopping plaque buildup may halt the disastrous mental decline caused by the…
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    Brain Blogger

  • Exercise Reduces the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

    Viatcheslav Wlassoff, PhD
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Physical activity is a holistic strategy for increasing overall health and lowering disease risk among a wide range of individuals, and people with neurological conditions can benefit from them too. The benefits of physical activity for individuals with, or at risk of, dementia are not particularly well known to the general public. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is one of the most common forms of dementia. It is still debatable what exactly causes the disease but its risk increases with age. In 2001, the results of a study comparing the effects of physical activity on cognitive impairment were…
  • Comparing the 5 Theories of Emotion

    Beppe Micallef-Trigona, MD, MRCPsych, MSc
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Emotions seem to dominate many aspects of our lives. But what exactly are emotions? The word first appears in our language in the mid-16th century, adapted from the French word émouvoir, which literally means, “to stir up”. However, one can find precursors to the word emotion dating back to the earliest known recordings of language. When searching for a definition, Hockenbury describes an emotion as “a complex psychological state that involves three distinct components: a subjective experience, a physiological response, and an expressive response.” Researchers have…
  • The Science of Acupuncture

    Sara Adaes, PhD (c)
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Acupuncture has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. In the Western world, acupuncture has been a highly controversial therapy, mostly due to the lack of scientific explanations for its mechanisms of action. Nevertheless, acupuncture has become increasingly accepted, having spread worldwide and having become a frequently sought-after alternative therapy. In 1997, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Development Program recognized acupuncture as a therapeutic intervention of complementary medicine. The World Health Organization (WHO) now recommends the…
  • Life After Death – The Science of Near Death Experiences

    Carla Clark, PhD
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    For millennia, we have wondered what happens after death. This October 2014, scientists at Southampton University have published the largest ever study looking into what happens when patients return from death’s door. The outcomes seem to confirm the incredible – that consciousness continues on after you are considered clinically dead. Classical near death experiences are typically described as being vivid, peaceful and joyous, with heightened senses and an altered perception of time, sometimes encountering spirits or beings. The ‘bright light at the end of the tunnel’ is often…
  • Can Brain Imaging Detect Risk Takers?

    Daniel Faris
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Risk-taking seems to come naturally for some people – from those who don’t hesitate asking for a new promotion, to those who don’t flinch before artfully diving off a cliff into the ocean below. Others play it safer. While upbringing may have some role in our risk-taking probabilities, there are plenty of cases where siblings raised in the same environment have different tendencies to take risks. Several studies have investigated the correlation between brain structure and risk-taking. In response to the statistic that unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death among…
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    World of Psychology

  • 6 Ways to Survive Your Teen’s Eating Disorder

    Alison Pelz, LCSW, RD
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    If you have a teen who is struggling with an eating disorder, you know it can be overwhelming, frustrating, lonely, scary, and sometimes feel like a full-time job. Your teen may be reacting angrily one day and the next day melt on the floor in tears. Eating disorders can disrupt family and work life, create stress in relationships and be a financial hardship. Here are some tips to weather the storm: 1. Don’t blame yourself. Parents are not the primary cause of eating disorders (Le Grange et al. 2009). Environmental and biological factors, personality type and perfectionism all…
  • Psychology Around the Net: October 25, 2014

    Alicia Sparks
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Still afraid you’ll contract Ebola? Ever thought about how your city affects your happiness? What about reverse psychology–does that really work? Read up on all this and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. Quiz: How Does Your City Affect Your Happiness?: TIME has compiled 13 questions to help you determine if your city is contributing to or derailing your own happiness. The Psychology Behind Our Collective Ebola Freak-Out: Are our extreme fears simply human nature? How to Turn Your Anxiety Into a Productivity Booster: Check out these seven ways you can use anxiety…
  • 10 Introductory Questions Therapists Commonly Ask

    Dennis O'Grady, PsyD
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Therapy is about the fine art of asking directive questions. So what should you expect from your first appointment with a counselor, social worker or psychologist? The answer is simple: You should expect easy, brain-expanding questions, questions and more questions. A “change map” (often called “treatment goals”) is then created to guide you in solving the problems that are currently plaguing you. Here are 10 of the more typical questions a psychotherapist will ask to prime your mental pump for positive change during the counseling process. Following the question is an example of what…
  • 25 Questions for Cultivating Self-Compassion

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    As I wrote in this piece on journaling prompts for self-reflection and self-discovery, part of building a healthy relationship with ourselves is keeping an open and honest dialogue. It’s continually asking ourselves questions and welcoming the answers. It’s getting to know ourselves, at our core. Another part of building a healthy relationship is cultivating self-compassion. But I know that for many of us this is hard. Really hard. Being kind feels foreign, and unnatural. Instead, after many years, our automatic reaction may be to bash, berate and bully ourselves. That’s OK, because…
  • Best of Our Blogs: October 24, 2014

    Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Something we all struggle with or have struggled with is self-worth and self-love that’s not conditional on external circumstances. And it’s not just loving yourself despite your depression, mistakes and imperfections. It’s about loving the whole of who you are and realizing you’re worthy of love regardless of the things you haven’t quite figured out yet. It’s not easy. But we are all works-in-progress. If you find yourself being particularly critical these days, try to remember the following: You are worthy just by nature of being born. Celebrities, famous…
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    Teaching High School Psychology

  • Depression Cartoon

    Chuck Schallhorn
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    October is Depression Screening Month and I recently came upon this cartoon in the blog, Blogzuola. post the first two frames here, but please check out that blog for more.  It's really quite accurate and gives a positive message.
  • Emotions, Language, and the Untranslatable

    Chuck Schallhorn
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    This is a cross-post to both the Teaching High School Sociology and Psychology Blogs.  This chart shows primary emotions and the less-used words that are related.  The chart also offers us some untranslatable nuanced terms that are found in other, non-English languages.It is an infographic that I found from Mental Floss at this address: by Chuck Schallhorn
  • New TOPSS Lesson Plans are Here! New TOPSS Lesson Plans are Here!

    Rob McEntarffer
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    If you're not yet a member of TOPSS, now would be a great time to join! New members can join now and get an extra few months of membership (through Dec. 2015)!If you already are a member of TOPSS, now is a great time to rejoice!Why you ask? All the great new lesson plans available for TOPSS members!Psychological Disorders (DSM 5 compliant!)  This lesson plan was written by the fabulous (and college question leader at the AP Psychology reading!) Richard Seefeldt, EdD, of the University of Wisconsin River Falls, and reviewed by TOPSS members Scott Reed and Nancy Diehl, PhD.Perspectives on…
  • Infographic on Hearing and Decibels

    Chuck Schallhorn
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    Was doing some other research/demo for students and discovered this little gem.The actual infographic can be found at this link: entire article from DailyInfographic can be found here: by Chuck Schallhorn
  • How Does Pain and Pain-Relievers Work

    Chuck Schallhorn
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    I am sitting at a volleyball match with my iPad and discovered this wonderful video. I cannot find a link to embed it, so here it is.  It's short, animated and talks about brain cells, nocireceptors, prostaglandins and more physiology.  In short, great for psych or ap psych.Since it is a TedEd lesson, there are more links for you to check out and have your kids look deeper into the subject. will update the tags and links with pictures when I get to a regular computer. Post by Chuck Schallhorn 
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    Advances in the History of Psychology

  • Alfred Binet: Naissance de la Psychologie Scientifique

    Jacy Young
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Historian of Medicine Alexandre Klein, a postdoctoral fellow at the Université d’Ottawa has recently released a web documentary on Alfred Binet. The French language documentary, a collaboration with film maker Philippe Thomine, can be viewed in full here. Share on Facebook
  • New JHN: Transnational Psychosurgery, Phantom Limbs, & More

    Jacy Young
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A new issue of Journal of the History of the Neuroscience is now online. Included in this issue are articles on psychosurgery as a transnational movement, artists and phantom limbs, and sex and gender in organology. Full titles, authors, and abstracts follow below. “A Transnational Perspective on Psychosurgery: Beyond Portugal and the United States,” by Brianne M. Collinsa & Henderikus J. Stam. The abstract reads, The history of psychosurgery is most often recounted as a narrative wherein Portuguese and American physicians play the leading role. It is a traditional narrative…
  • New JHBS: Intelligence Testing in India, Racism in South Africa, & More

    Jacy Young
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The autumn 2014 issue of Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences is now online. Articles in this issue discuss the race and professional organizations in South Africa, intelligence testing in British India, and discussion over psychical, occult, and religious research at early twentieth century international congresses. Full titles, authors, and abstracts follow below. “The Rhetoric of Racism: Revisiting the Creation of the Psychological Institute of the Republic of South Africa (1956–1962),” by Wahbie Long. The abstract reads, This paper revisits the 1962 splitting of…
  • New Editorship of History of the Human Sciences

    Jacy Young
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    History of the Human Sciences will be under new editorship as of January 2015. Full details on the journal, and its new editors, follow below. HISTORY OF THE HUMAN SCIENCES aims to expand our understanding of the human world through a broad interdisciplinary approach. The journal publishes articles from a wide range of fields – including sociology, psychology, anthropology, geography, political science, philosophy, literary theory and criticism, critical theory, art history, linguistics, and the law – that engage with the histories of these disciplines and the interactions between…
  • Special Issue CfP: History of the Behavioral Sciences

    Jacy Young
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    A call for papers has been issued for a special issue of Revista Argentina de Ciencias del Comportamiento (Argentinean Journal of Behavioral Sciences) dedicated to the history of the behavioral sciences. The issue is guest edited by Fernando José Ferrari, Fernando Andrés Polanco, Rodrigo Lopes Miranda, and Miguel Gallegos and submissions are due by December 31, 2014. The call for papers notes, This special issue on the “History of the Behavioral Sciences” is open to unpublished manuscripts of researchers addressing all aspects of the behavioral sciences past and of its…
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    One Among Many

  • Lazy Professor

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    What do professors do before they walk into the classroom and after they leave? It’s a mystery all right. Well, no longer. Here’s a partial list of activities. read more
  • Social Mindfulness

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Giving up a choice so that someone else might have it shows social mindfulness. How is this different from just being nice? It is surprisingly hard to tell. read more
  • Renegotiation

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Have you ever been ditched by a lover for someone better, with your now ex-lover promising to come back to you when done with the new flame? If so, did you leave the door open? I did not think so. read more
  • Peak Experience and Happiness

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Attention happiness seekers. A new study shows you will suffer social exclusion if you bliss out alone first. How good are the data, though? read more
  • Naygotiation

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Rejecting a low offer in a bargaining context may be scary for fear that all might be lost. Reviewing one’s own and the other party’s preferences may allay this fear and lead to a better outcome. read more
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    Ulterior Motives

  • Children Learn Who They Should Learn From

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    A theme in this blog has been the way children learn to learn. Humans are able to survive in almost any environment in large part because we are able to learn so effectively from other people. Each generation adapts to the culture and technology of the time. This supports our ability to create cultures of ever-increasing more
  • Are Teens Really Prone to Take Risks?

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    If you read the local news section of a newspaper, you are bound to come across the story of a tragic death or injury to a teen. They might be texting, drinking and driving, or skateboarding in a precarious spot. Reading these stories may reinforce a general belief that teens simply take too many more
  • Time to Give Negative Thinking Its Due

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In several blog entries, I have talked about the fantastic work that Gabriele Oettingen and her colleagues have done examining how to succeed at achieving difficult goals. Her work explores the way that our thoughts of the future help us to achieve desired more
  • Sleep and False Memories

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    When you remember a past event, you are not just playing back a video or audio file of a previous encounter. Instead, memories are reconstructed. That means that many sources of information can be combined to influence what you remember about the more
  • The Thinking and Doing Mindsets Affect What You See

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    At any given moment you can be focused on thinking about what is going on in the world around you or you can be motivated to act in the world. Psychologists have used different terms to describe these orientations, but I will call them the thinking mindset and the doing mindset. read more
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    The Essential Read

  • Your Fitness Age is the One that Really Counts

    Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    As much as many people would like to turn back the clock on their age, up until now it hasn’t been a very feasible goal. However, new research on the concept of fitness age shows that you’re more in control than you think of the way your body keeps track of more
  • Interferences of Interest in the Talking Child

    Paul C. Holinger, M.D.
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    For some time now, we have been immersed in feelings. Most recently, we have explored the crucial feeling of interest (curiosity) and what enhances and inhibits it. Last month, we examined the ways in which curiosity can be constricted in infancy, i.e. the preverbal child. This month, we discuss how curiosity can be restricted as the child begins to use more
  • Diamonds Aren’t Forever

    Samantha Joel, M.A.
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    For decades, the idea that spending a fortune on engagement rings and weddings is good for your relationship has gone untested and largely unchallenged. But recently, a pair of economists put De Beers et al. to the more
  • Where Is the Future?

    Lawrence T. White, Ph.D. and Steven Jackson
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    In spatial terms, where are the future and past located? The answer seems to depend on one’s language, one’s cultural values, and even one’s more
  • Halloween and the Mad Scientist Problem

    Stuart Vyse, Ph.D
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    In traditional portrayals, scientists are thought to have stolen forbidden knowledge from the gods or lost their humanity in some unholy Faustian bargain. Mary Shelley’s rarely remembered alternative title for "Frankenstein" was "The New Prometheus."read more
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    In the news by Karen Franklin PhD

  • Upcoming forensic psychology trainings in Australia

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    I will be traveling to Australia next month to give a series of trainings, seminars and keynote addresses at Bond University on the Gold Coast (where I am a visiting research scholar), in Brisbane, and at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Here are descriptions and dates, in case you are nearby and interested in attending. For further information, click on any of the links below. I look forward to seeing some of you there.* * * * * SOCIAL MEDIA FOR FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGISTS This half-day training workshop will be offered twice: College of Forensic Psychologists, Australian…
  • Forensic psychology: Is it the career for me?

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    I get many emails and phone calls from students interested in pursuing forensic psychology as a career. There is surprisingly little information available online to answer these students' questions. So, by popular demand, I have revised my 2007 overview in order to provide more current guidance, especially tailored toward frequently-asked student questions. You may also want to review the comments sections of my original essay, which is posted at each of my two professional blogs (HERE and HERE). First off, what is a forensic psychologist? Forensic psychologists are most commonly licensed…
  • More studies finding bias in PCL-R measurement of psychopathy

    4 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    I've been reporting for quite some time about problems with the reliability and validity of the Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-R), a popular instrument for measuring psychopathy in forensic settings. It is a critical issue in forensic psychology, because of the massively prejudicial nature of the term "psychopath." Once a judge or jury hears that term, pretty much everything else sounds like "blah blah blah."Now, the journal Law and Human Behavior has published two new studies -- one from the U.S. and the other from Sweden -- adding to the ever-more-persuasive line of research on PCL-R rater…
  • Patience is no virtue on MSOP injustice

    26 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    A federal judge seems willing to give the state more time. There's scant evidence it will be used well. Guest essay by D. J. Tice, Minnesota Star Tribune* For many years, critics of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program have worried that this state may be guilty of cruel injustices. They’ve worried that Minnesota’s sweeping, inconsistent system for dumping sex offenders who have completed prison sentences into so-called “treatment centers” may be imposing retroactive life sentences on some “clients” who pose no serious threat to the public, while giving them no effective treatment.
  • Announcing blogger sabbatical

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Dear Blog Subscribers and Readers, If you have detected a decline in blog frequency of late, it's not your imagination. After more than seven years, I have made the difficult decision to take a sabbatical break from regular blogging in order to direct my energy toward some larger writing projects. As some of you know, in addition to juggling forensic case work, trainings and teaching with family life, I have also experienced a considerable increase in professional travel. This represents exciting professional growth for me, but I am finding that this schedule makes it hard to pursue more…
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    The Mouse Trap

  • Love and Work

    Sandeep Gautam
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    #180541146 / Love and work are two cornerstones of adult human life. The capacity to love and work adequately was considered by Freud as important for our well-being. Adult romantic or love relationships are grounded in childhood attachment patterns. As per the famous and well researched and validated attachment theory, childhood attachment figures and the quality of our attachment with the primary caregiver, serve as templates for future adult relationships. Attachment theory posits that there are at-least three different kinds of attachment patterns- secure attachment (when…
  • Many Paths, Many Ends

    Sandeep Gautam
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:49 am
    Aum symbol in red (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Human beings are driven by many different goals throughout their life and though the goals of one individual would be different from other, the major goals of life can be classified as striving towards finding happiness, success, integrity and meaning in life. I have blogged elsewhere about how the latest research in positive psychology is explicating these four different legitimate aims via which one may lead a good or flourishing life. Also, a rider is in place here- its not as if one needs to, or is indeed, driven by one major goal to the…
  • emotions and personality: take 6

    Sandeep Gautam
    1 Feb 2014 | 5:52 am
    Cover of Personality Disorders in Modern Life   Today I learned that Theodore Millon died. I started reading ” personality disorders in modern life” as a tribute to him, but the monkey mind that mine is, ended up writing this post instead.   To recall, Theodore Millon’s model talked about four fundamental evolutionary problems faced by all humans: 1) existence 2) adaptation 3) replication and 4)  abstraction. There were also two polar ways of approaching each fundamental problem; that of pleasure-pain; activity-passivity; self-other and I added to it the fourth…
  • Doing more by doing less!

    11 Oct 2013 | 10:20 am
    Hepburn (band) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) When I first heard of the book title ” Why Quitters Win: Decide to be excellent“,  to say the least, I was very much intrigued. Was Nick trying to say something like stop doing something mid-way if you know that it is going to fail- and ignore the sunk costs…or was it about quitting when faced with unreasonable odds- rather than doubling your efforts and commitment. I believe in sticking with the choices you make,  till you have given it your last shot, and so was slightly apprehensive. However, what Nick Tasler means, is not about…
  • An infographic on schizophrenia

    Sandeep Gautam
    16 May 2013 | 3:35 am
    In continuation of the theme of May as Mental Health month, passing along an infographic received in email. Hope it helps in raising awareness. Source: Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
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    Your Mind Your Body

  • How and why you should ease your Ebola fears

    Dr. Sandra Wartski
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    U.S. officials speak to reporters at a press conference Oct. 1 about their visit to Liberia to see firsthand the impact of the Ebola epidemic. Photo by USArmyAfrica via flickr. The Ebola virus sounds scary.  The headlines about the disease are frightening:  it can be fatal, it is spread through bodily fluids, there’s no vaccine.  The news reports can cause alarm, and misinformation can be easily spread through social media and other Internet sites. And now that a person treated in a U.S. hospital has died from Ebola, people seem to be more on edge about the disease and about the…
  • Taking a look at the facts of domestic violence/intimate partner violence

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Photo courtesy of FrauSchütze/Flickr The world has now seen intimate partner violence splashed all over their television screens. Ravens running back Ray Rice knocked his fiancée unconscious in an elevator outfitted with a camera. Most people reacted with outrage to what they saw. But I have heard some say, “Well, she hit him first. She deserved it.” Others are very confused about why she has not left him. So let’s look at some facts On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12…
  • Managing your emotions during your child’s transition to college

    Dr. Robin Haight
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    Photo courtesy of Nazareth College/Flickr. This strange thought occurred to me when I was making a list of all the stuff I was going to need to send my son off to college: where’s the college shower? When a child comes into this world there is the baby shower, where experienced parents and a caring circle of friends pile on the onesies, the diapers, and the advice  in preparation for his or her arrival.  But when that very child (now young man or woman) leaves the nest for college there is no communal ritual preparation.  The, now, older parents really don’t have a clue about this…
  • It’s OK to talk to your children about suicide. Here’s how:

    Dr. Stephanie Smith
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Don’t avoid talking with children about suicide. Use age-appropriate language to start the conversation. Photo by pennuja via Flickr None of us want to talk about suicide, but lots of us are thinking about it. A 2009 study by SAMHSA found that 8.3 million adults in the United States had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year. That’s a lot of people–and it’s just for one year. The study also found that 2.3 million American adults made a plan for suicide in the past year. And 1.1 million actually attempted to kill themselves. Anyway you cut it, lots of people have suicide…
  • Coping with conflicting emotions and grief after a suicide

    Dr. Lisa Berghorst
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    Tributes to friends and family who died by suicide on display at a suicide prevention walk. (Used by permission via Flickr: Copyright 2009, Jenny Sand Photography) Shock.  Disbelief.  Numbness.  Anguish.  Despair.  Loneliness.  Abandonment.  Grief.  Anger.  Guilt.  Emptiness.  Helplessness.  Devastation. These are only a few of the intense emotions often experienced after a loved one, friend, colleague, or anyone you admire is lost through suicide. You are not alone in experiencing a range of potentially conflicting emotions.  They may come and go in waves and change over time.
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    Therapy Worksheets

  • Insomnia Workbooks

    3 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Lots of people struggle trying to get a good night's sleep. Tossing, turning, mind racing, sweating through sheets, the whole bit. There are ways to improve your sleep. Most using approaches rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In CBT, you look at your thoughts, look at your behaviors, look at your reactions, and move forward. Toward that end, here's a collection of insomnia workbooks at Amazon. Poke around, see what looks good, and maybe avoid an unwanted sunrise or two. Good luck!
  • Project Match Manuals

    12 Jun 2014 | 1:49 pm
    For therapists, from the NIHAA's Project Match, here's a series of manuals for working with alcoholic clients: Twelve Step Facilitation, Motivational Enhancement, Cognitive-Behavioral Coping Skills and a bunch of others.
  • Managing Burnout Worksheet

    23 Mar 2014 | 5:24 pm
    From consultant/coach Dewey Schott, by way of the books, Banishing Burnout and The Power of Full Engagement, here's a managing burnout presentation (with worksheets) along with a webinar conversation (which we haven't clicked on). Seems to be common sense stuff, perhaps worth mulling if you've ever felt or expect to feel burned out at work. Most people.
  • BPD Resources

    10 Feb 2014 | 8:39 am
    Helpful links--including worksheets--collected at Healing from BPD and at The Pinki Perspective. What's BPD? Stands for Borderline Personality Disorder. Find more about the diagnosis on PsychCentral, at NIMH, and/or at Wikipedia.
  • Mindfulness for OCD

    12 Dec 2013 | 12:39 pm
    From the new Mindfulness Workbook for OCD, by Jon Hershfield and Tom Corboy, here's a linked chapter about Relationship OCD (hit "click here to read an excerpt").  What's Relationship OCD? From the excerpt:ROCD is difficulty in tolerating uncertainty about the quality of a relationship and the genuineness of your feelings about another person. This isn’t the typical doubt you might expect when, say, one person is ready for marriage and the other isn’t. This is the kind of doubt that seeps in insidiously and chips away at the very concept of love and…
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    Dr. Jennifer Howard Changes That Last Blog

  • Achieving Success Part 1

    9 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Answer the following questions: Do you really want to achieve your goals? Do you really want to live up to your potentials and be fulfilled? Are you willing to do whatever it takes?
  • 5 Romantic Myths

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Romantic comedies are filled with them. It's constantly in our western culture. You see it on television shows, movies, hear it in songs. So many of us believe those love myths propagated by our culture.
  • Red Flags in Relationships (Part 2)

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In other blogs we were looking at the value of being curious in life, as well as being curious in the beginning of relationships and in long term relationships. Being curious about any red flags that might come up when you are in relationships can help inform you on what needs to be done.
  • Red Flags in Relationships (Part 1)

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We've been talking about the value of being curious in life, as well as being curious in the beginning of relationships and in long term relationships. Let's talk about those red flags in relationships. Being curious about any red flags that come up when you are in relationships can help inform you on what needs to be done.
  • How to Deal with Soft Addictions

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When we think of addictions, most of us think about substances the likes of cocaine, heroin, and alcohol. Those are hard addictions. But many of us haven't thought much about those behaviors or soft addictions that can create difficulties and distract us from our greatness.
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    Ellen Langer - blog

  • What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set?

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    “One day in the fall of 1981, eight men in their 70s stepped out of a van in front of a converted monastery in New Hampshire. They shuffled forward, a few of them arthritically stooped, a couple with canes. Then they passed through the door and entered a time warp. Perry Como crooned on a vintage radio. Ed Sullivan welcomed guests on a black-and-white TV. Everything inside — including the books on the shelves and the magazines lying around — were designed to conjure 1959. This was to be the men’s home for five days as they participated in a radical experiment, cooked up by a young…
  • The Wellbeing Lecture Series

    12 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    I’ll be giving a lecture on “Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility” as part of The Wellbeing Lecture Series at the University of Minnesota on Monday, Nov 10, 2014. The schedule is as follows 2:00 – 3:30 PM, Lecture 3:30 – 4:00 PM, Q & A followed by a reception Great Hall Coffman Memorial Union For more information and tickets, click here.
  • Mindfulness in the Wild

    10 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    I just returned from an amazing South African safari. Being up close to the “big five” was a bit scary, which made it very exciting. The big five are the strongest not the biggest animals—lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, and rhinoceros. Elephants came to the lodge and aways to drink from a watering hole, about eight yards away. I tried to get even closer to take a photo and was quickly told to step back. As an American believing we’re safe in most situations, I had to be reminded that these animals were wild and potentially dangerous. By the time I saw the lions I was fully aware…
  • Who Are You?

    15 Jun 2014 | 4:19 pm
    When asked this question, most of us reply first with our gender and then with the roles we occupy. I might say I’m a woman, a psychologist, an artist, and then turn to my relationships—a spouse, a friend, and so on. The more roles we have the more buffers we have against stress if something in one role goes awry. If I get disappointed regarding the sale of a painting, I can reflect on the acceptance of one of my journal articles. This is the accepted understanding of identity. Some of our roles loom very large for us—mother or spouse, for example—and that can be limiting. If we…
  • On Being Interview with Krista Tippett

    3 Jun 2014 | 2:37 pm
    My interview with Krista has been posted. You can also listen to the podcast at any time at: Ellen Langer — Science of Mindlessness and Mindfulness
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    Graphology World

  • 7 Magic Keys to Self-discovery

    Sandra Fisher
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    How well do you think you know yourself? Do you have a realistic assessment of your own personality? And importantly, do you have any idea of how others see you? The most famous quote from Socrates is the phrase “know thyself.” It was relevant two thousand years ago – and it’s still relevant today – it’s that important! Knowing who you are and understanding yourself is the key to every aspect of your life. In fact, your happiness and success in life is largely dependent on your personality and the impression it makes on others. Your personality can either make or break you.
  • 5 Danger signs in Handwriting

    Sandra Fisher
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    Would you go out with this man? Or would you let your daughter go out with him? As you read this note you may suspect a trap – but how can you be sure? Obviously you can’t. And unfortunately there’s nowhere to turn to for further information – unless you look at the handwriting itself. And that’s where it gets interesting. Because the handwriting speaks volumes about this person. At a mere glance it reveals red flags everywhere. 5 Danger Signs warn us that the writer is: dogmatic and dictatorial emotionally unstable bad tempered extremely resentful and probably even violent!
  • The Secrets of her Phenomenal Memory

    Sandra Fisher
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:21 am
    Have you ever come across someone with a truly phenomenal memory? Well one such person hit the headlines a while ago. She has a phenomenal memory and her secrets are wrapped up in her strange handwriting. I’m sure you’ve never seen anything like it. You may have heard of her.  She is Jill Price and she is famous for her unbelievable memory. In fact, she was featured on the Oprah Winfrey show and her personal story was widely reported in the media.   But that is not the only point.  The important thing for us is her remarkably strange handwriting.  And if ever you wanted…
  • Handwriting Analysis: This is how it Works

    Sandra Fisher
    11 Mar 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Handwriting analysis has been the  subject of many articles but exactly how it works is still shrouded in mystery. Handwriting is actually recorded movement and it may be helpful to think of it as a snapshot of your mental and emotional processes. Another way of looking at it is by comparing it to a cardiogram. In some respects the written movements that are recorded on paper are similar to the graph of the cardiogram as it describes the condition of the heart. Take a look at the pattern of the following handwriting sample:   Of course this is not meant to be an accurate comparison. But…
  • How to Spot Jealousy in Two Lines of Handwriting

    Sandra Fisher
    4 Mar 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Graphology is a fascinating study but it’s not much more than an intellectual game if it doesn’t relate to real life issues. If we want it to be useful in a practical way we have to be able to apply it to important real life situations. Now when it comes to real life issues you can’t find anything more riddled with problems than jealousy. And so I would like to show you how to use graphology to identify and better understand that very emotional issue of jealousy. Because jealousy often comes in disguise we seldom recognize it for what it really is.  And so we fail to understand the…
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    The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies

  • Anima mundi in transition: dystopian reflections and a slow boat to China

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    The theme for the IAAP (International Association of Analytical Psychology) to be held in Kyoto in 2016 is ‘Anima Mundi in Transition’, the movement of the world soul, or the world soul in transition. The central premise is that Jung highlighted a disconnection between man in modernity and his relationship to nature. The development of Western philosophy during the last two centuries has succeeded in isolating the mind in its own sphere and in severing it from its primordial oneness with the universe. Man himself has ceased to be the microcosm and eidolon of the cosmos, and his…
  • Lacan Beginner’s Guide – Lionel Bailly

    3 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    Book review by Tasha Tollman In a recent Jungian Master Class, I was introduced by Stephen to the work of the controversial and charismatic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Jacque Lacan, arguably one of the most influential critical thinkers of the 20th century. Considered the most important psychoanalyst since Sigmund Freud, Lacan’s teachings and writings explore the significance of Freud’s discoveries and deal with absorbing questions such as what it is that enables individuals to become aware of themselves as autonomous thinking, feeling beings; how a human life is best lived and…
  • The Memories, Dreams, (and) Reflections of Linda Hawkins

    19 Jun 2014 | 8:28 am
    The following piece, written by Linda Hawkins, is both a review of Jung’s biographical book MDR (Memories, Dreams, Reflections) as well as her own reflections on life, the universe and everything in it; including her encounters over the last year with Applied Jungian Psychology. Memories, Dreams, Reflections catapulted me into the depths of my own being; it has left me shaken, stirred, fuelled and ready for the next part of my own journey. Jung’s ability to share the story of his life with such clarity and in such a raw, humble, powerful and brutally honest manner, has left me with a…
  • Jung’s dream house and discovering your own archetypal home

    19 Jun 2014 | 1:13 am
    In Memories, Dreams, Reflections Jung reports a seminal dream in his discovery of the collective unconscious. I was in a house I did not know, which had two storeys.It was “my house”.I found myself in the upper storey, where there was a kind of salon furnished with fine old pieces in Rococo style.On the walls hung a number of precious, old paintings.I wondered that this should be my house and thought, “Not bad”.But then it occurred to me that I did not know what the lower floor looked like.Descending the stairs, I reached the ground floor.There everything was much…
  • The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other by James Hollis

    5 May 2014 | 12:28 am
    A book review by Tasha Tollman In the Eden Project, Jungian Analyst James Hollis, examines the psychodynamics of relationships.Not as a practical guide on how to fix relationships but as a hard hitting examination of the myth of romantic love, the myth that a “Magical Other” will give us comfort from this world, love us eternally, complete us.As Hollis himself says “It’s premises may be disappointing to some and as a matter of fact I don’t care much for them myself, but they are, I believe, more practical and more ethical than the many alternatives that float through our popular…
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    Psychology Matters Asia

  • Why Inspiration Matters

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    In ”Why Inspiration Matters” ( Psychology Today, 2011), Scott Kaufman discusses the power of inspiration as a real driving force towards helping us achieve the goals we want in life. Not only does it boost dopamine levels in the brain, which explain the increase in motivation and positive feelings , Kaufman says “Inspirationallows us to transcend our ordinary experiences and limitations and is a strong driver of the attainment of our goals, productivity, creativity, and well-being.”. This has huge implications for how we could be learning to approach not only our…
  • The Neurobiology of Sex

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    In Dr Pat Love’s latest article for Psychotherapy Networker, the researcher and couple’s specialist takes a look at how brain chemistry may lie at the heart of what makes or breaks sexual intimacy in relationships. In it, she highlights three significant points around the neurobiology of sex : (1) How understanding that passion is influenced by chemical releases in the brain is key in reducing shame and insecurity when sex isn’t working in a relationship . (2) That honesty about our sexual desires with our partners promotes satisfaction in the bedroom and (3) That you can ,…
  • The Power of Self-Compassion

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Self- compassion is always an interesting and well deliberated topic in my therapy room- and it comes up ,with most clients, at least once across the sessions that I see them for. Central to the Buddhist tradition of non-duality, its often embodied in the form of a lotus flower ; a reminder of the path towards peace and unity that lies within us all. This path, of course has proven itself over and over again to be elusive even for the best of us – yet I can promise with a bit of self-work and the right tools, that you too can find a place within yourself where things just sit right…
  • How To Love Yourself

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:25 pm
    "We cannot give what we do not have." That-s what author Walter Trobish asserts in his book "Love Yourself." It also echoes Jesus- words in Scripture about receiving and giving. We can only possess and give to others what is real inside of us.
  • 5 Tips for Parents with Exam Anxious Children

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:54 pm
    5 Tips for Parents with Exam Anxious Children: Exam-s around the corner. I received some enquiries about exam related therapy sessions for children with high anxiety level. When the pressure mounts, grades suffer as well. Here are some tips for parent to work with your child.
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  • Toxic Metal Overload Depression – Walsh Biotype

    Charles Parker
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    CorePsych Identify Toxic Metals Toxic Metal Overload Depression – Walsh Biotypes: 5th of 5 Subsets Since depression due to metal toxicity is relatively uncommon, a logical first step is to rule out the presence of undermethylation , folate deficiency, copper overload, pyrrole disorder, casein /gluten allergy , or a thyroid imbalance. ~ William Walsh Toxic Metal Overload: ADHD, Depression & Treatment Failure WD5: Walsh Depression #5 – This is the last in a series [WD1: Undermethylation here, | WD2: Overmethylation here | WD3: Copper Excess here | WD4: Pyrrole Disorder here] of…
  • Pyrrole Disorder and Depression – Walsh Biotypes

    Charles Parker
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    CorePsych Pyrrole Life Preserver Pyrrole Disorder & Walsh Depression Biotypes: 4th of 5 Subsets Pyrrole disorder typically involves high anxiety, poor behavioral control, a reading disorder, impaired immune function , and other troubling symptoms. Severe pyrrole levels have been observed in persons diagnosed with violent behaviors, depression, schizophrenia, and other serious mental disorders. ~ William Walsh Pyrrole Disorder, ADHD, Depression & Treatment Failure WD4: Walsh Depression #4 – This is the fourth in a series [WD1: Undermethylation here, | WD2: Overmethylation here |…
  • Copper Excess and Depression – Walsh Biotypes

    Dr Charles Parker
    4 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    CorePsych Peering Into High Copper Darkness Copper Excess & Depression Biotypes: 3rd of 5 Subsets Copper-overloaded depressives usually report that serotonin-enhancing antidepressants provide improvement in moods, but they worsen anxiety. Benzodiazapines such as Klonipin and Xanax can be effective in reducing anxiety but are reported to have little effect on depression for this biotype. High-copper females are usually intolerant of birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy since these treatments increase copper levels in the blood. [96% of this biotype are women.] 1 ~ William…
  • Overmethylation and Depression – Walsh Biotypes

    Charles Parker
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    CorePsych Small Marker, Vast Sea Overmethylation & Depression Biotypes: 2nd of 5 Subsets With very few exceptions, these persons report intolerance to SSRI antidepressants and antihistamines. A high percentage are non-competitive persons who complain of chemical and food sensitivities… –  shootings at Columbine High School and Virginia Tech were carried out by students taking SSRIs.1 ~ William Walsh Overmethylation, Folate Deficiency 3 & Treatment Failure Typical features of overmethylation include excellent socialization skills, many friendships, non-competitiveness,…
  • TotallyADD, Rick Green, Parker & Galileo

    Charles Parker
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    CorePsych Markers Matter at Portland Head Light TotallyADD, Executive Function And The New Technology: Our Galileo Team Embraces The Latest Neuroscience Rick and I Don’t Know Galileo Personally, But Galileo’s Attitude Matches Our Collective Concerns I’m very pleased to announce to CorePsych readers that I’ve been invited by Rick Green, as a 3 Episode Webinar Guest on his webinar site TotallyADD - coming soon in October. Rick is the PBS luminary who wrote and directed the award winning film ADD and Loving It  [See the film trailer here. Then see the schedule for film…
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    Connecting Hypnotherapy...

  • Hypnotherapy: The Virtual Gastric Band

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    A woman has shed a whopping six stone after she was hypnotised into believe she'd had a gastric band fitted.Lorraine Robb, 39, tipped the scales at 21st 7lb after years of gorging on burgers, chips and massive portions of fatty foods.But after being hypnotised into thinking her stomach had shrunk to the size of a tennis ball, the mother-of-three, from Doncaster, has managed to slim down to just 15st.Now Lorraine, who said she was on the brink of going under the knife, struggles to even finish a single meal.Throughout school Lorraine was taunted about her weight by cruel bullies who called her…
  • Clinical Hypnosis for Children with Cancer

    18 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    By Christina Liossi, Lecturer in Health Psychology. University of the West of England BristolClinical Hypnosis for Children with CancerHypnosis has established a successful record in the paediatric oncology setting mainly in the management of chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting (NV) and procedure-related pain.Initial reports on the use of hypnosis to treat NV were in the form of case studies. Subsequently several controlled studies have assessed and supported the efficacy of hypnotherapy in alleviating chemotherapy-related NV. In the most recent study Hawkins et al (1995)…
  • Carl Jung: The Archetypes and the Collective Conscience

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Why did primitive man go to such lengths to describe and interpret the happenings in the natural world, for example the rising and setting of the sun, the phases of the moon, the seasons? Carl Jung believed that the events of nature were not simply put into fairytales and myths as a way of explaining them physically. Rather, the outer world was used to make sense of the inner.In our time, Jung noted, this rich well of symbols – art, religion, mythology – which for thousands of years helped people understand the mysteries of life, had been filled in and replaced by the science of…
  • Infographic: Psychology of Gambling

    11 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
  • Hypnosis For Writing and Inspiration

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:42 pm
    When I started my hypnotherapy diploma at LCCH I was working as a freelance tutor, writer and alternative health practitioner. I was already aware that hypnosis could get rid of fears and phobias, and break unwanted habits like nail-biting or smoking; however, I was much more interested to know if it could unleash my hidden creativity. Could it, for instance, improve my ability to play diifficult Chopin pieces on the piano? Or even help me to write a book?Like many writers I had mysterious blocks that prevented me from getting down to it. I started a lot of writing projects but never finished…
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    Carl Jung Depth Psychology

  • International Psychoanalytic Congress 1911 with Emma Jung, Toni Wolff, Cindy Lou Andreas-Salome, etc.

    Lewis Lafontaine
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    International Psychoanalytic Congress. Photograph, 1911. Front row left to right: 1) Poul Bjerre 2) Eugen Bleuler 3) Maria Moltzer 4) Maria Gincburg 5) Cindy Lou Andreas-Salomé 6) Beatrice M. Hinkle... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • [Carl Jung's experience(s) with Loneliness]

    Lewis Lafontaine
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    [Carl Jung's experience(s) with Loneliness] Knowledge of processes in the background early shaped my relationship to the world. Basically, that relationship was the same in my childhood as it is to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung references to the "Blue Star" in The Red Book.

    Lewis Lafontaine
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    [Carl Jung references to the "Blue Star" in The Red Book.] I saw you, Oh DIAHMON, at the noonday hour when the sun stood highest; you stood speaking with a blue shade, blood stuck to its forehead... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung and Positive Aspects of the Mother Complex.

    Lewis Lafontaine
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    [Carl Jung and Positive Aspects of the Mother Complex.] Positive Aspects of the Mother-Complex The Mother The positive aspect of the first type of complex, namely the overdevelopment of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on the "Mother Complex."

    Lewis Lafontaine
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    [Carl Jung on the "Mother Complex."] The Mother-Complex The mother archetype forms the foundation of the so-called mother-complex. It is an open question whether a mother-complex can develop... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Psychology in Everyday Life: The Psych Files Podcast

  • Episode 228: Did B.F.Skinner Raise His Children in a Skinner Box?

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    You may have heard this rumor about B.F. Skinner raising his children in one of his (presumably oversized) "Skinner boxes". Is there any truth to this? Related rumors: that Skinner's daughter became mentally ill as a result of being raised in this box and that she sued her father when she became an adult. We finally find the answer to this long held belief in this fictional interview with B.F. himself (the audio is really Skinner talking).
  • Ep 227: I Remember How I Felt (Or Do You)?

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Do "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation" or are we actually pretty happy most of the time? As it turns out humans are far more resilient than you think. Ever heard of the term "affective forecasting"? It's something we do every day and very often we make mistakes doing it. In this episode you'll learn more about positive psychology from the authors of a new book called Pollyanna's Revenge. Another myth put to rest: "depressive realism" - the idea that there's an advantage to being depressed - that depressed people are more realistic about the world than non-depressed people. That's not…
  • Ep 226 (video): The Psychology of Dance Part 2 - Importance of Marking

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    Most performers "mark" when they're tired during rehearsals. Are they "not giving it their all" or are they getting quite a benefit from doing this? You'd be surprised at how beneficial marking can be. If you're not familiar with marking, here's a definition from the authors of a recent study on how marking benefits dancers: "Marking involves enacting the sequence of movements with curtailed size and energy by diminishing the size of steps, height of jumps and leaps, and extension of limbs. The dancer often does not leave the floor and may even substitute hand gestures for certain steps."
  • Ep 225: What's Best for Memory - Coffee or a Nap - or Both?

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    You may have been heard that taking a nap or going to sleep after you learn something helps you to retain it (which is true), but you may also have heard that drinking coffee helps your memory. So which is it? How can you drink coffee AND take a nap? Well, apparently you can get the benefit of both - if you do it right. In this episode we not only learn about the so-called "students' coffee" but we learn about the "coffee nap". If you do it just right you can get some great memory boosts.
  • Ep 224 (Video): If Freud Worked Tech Support

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    A humorous way to learn about the Freudian defense mechanisms (actually elaborated by Anna Freud) of Displacement, Denial, Sublimation, Reaction Formation, and Projection. A little dream analysis thrown in. Who knows? Maybe Freud would have been good at tech support...
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    The Socially Responsible Practitioner

  • Deaf in Prison: Advocating for Social Change

    The Adler School
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Earlier this week, we posted on “Deaf in Prison: Examining Social Exclusion in Systems,” and invited everyone to a program at our Chicago campus examining social exclusion in prison systems affecting the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Organized by the Adler School’s Institute on Social Exclusion, the Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice, and the M.A. in Public Policy and Administration program, the program featured a documentary titled “Deaf in Prison” followed by discussion. Joining us were representatives from organizations including the Illinois Deaf and Hard of…
  • Exploring International Lessons to Help Illinois End Its School-to-Prison Pipeline

    The Adler School
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Elena Quintana, Ph.D. As the U.S. prison system continues to be vastly over-represented by youth of color and costs of incarceration continue to skyrocket, The Woods Fund Chicago launches its Right On Justice Initiative in partnership with the Adler School’s Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice (IPSSJ), and the Albany Park Neighborhood Council, with an October 22 international symposium in Chicago featuring Paula Jack, Northern Ireland’s CEO of its Youth Justice Agency, Department of Justice. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, IPSSJ Executive Director Elena…
  • Deaf in Prison: Examining Social Exclusion Within Systems

    The Adler School
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    Incarcerated populations are already in many ways invisible to us. Their needs are easy for society to ignore, and their voices are silenced. But what happens when a person is marginalized within this already increasingly marginalized space?  What is it like to be denied the very small amount of basic human rights even afforded to the general population of prisoners? What is it like not to be able to communicate your needs within a system that already does not hear you? What is it like to be deaf in prison? On Wednesday, October 22, the Adler School Institute on Social Exclusion, Institute…
  • An Open Letter to President Obama and U.S. Ambassador James Brewster

    The Adler School
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    Kevin Osten, Psy.D. Adler School faculty and clinical psychologists Nataka Moore and Kevin Osten-Garner along with students in our Human Rights & International Immersion course with Heartland Alliance recently returned from the Dominican Republic, working with community agencies on a number of fronts. Based on their work and research, Dr. Osten-Garner has shared the following update and request to President Barack Obama and James Brewster, Jr., Ambassador to Dominican Republic.  Dr. Osten-Garner is Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Division of Community Engagement…
  • Hope Rising: From Ebola in Liberia to Violence in Chicago

    The Adler School
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, Liberian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Nataka Moore, Psy.D. Adler School Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Clinical psychologist Nataka Moore, Psy.D., is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Adler School in Chicago. Her areas of specialty include international and community psychology. I had the opportunity to have breakfast with the Honorable Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, the Liberian Minister of Foreign Affairs during his recent visit to Chicago.  He came here after attending the first U.S.-African Summit, in Washington D.C. last week with…
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  • What is the best way to flirt? Research examines the dilemma of subtlety vs. success

    The Conversation
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Flirting comes in many forms: a casual gaze that lingers a half second longer than necessary, a light touch, an amorous expression, an overenthusiastic laugh during conversation, or even some playful or overtly sexual banter. Regardless of the technique employed, flirting aims to fulfill one purpose: stimulate sexual interest. To be clear, though, flirting may [...]The post What is the best way to flirt? Research examines the dilemma of subtlety vs. success appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Good, giving, and game: Research confirms that Dan Savage’s sex advice works

    Eric W. Dolan
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    The so-called “GGG approach” to relationships now has scientific research to back it up. People who are highly motivated to meet their partner’s sexual needs end up with partners who feel more satisfied and committed to their relationship, according to research published October 10 in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. The popular sex [...]The post Good, giving, and game: Research confirms that Dan Savage’s sex advice works appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Cornell chemists show ALS is a protein aggregation disease

    Cornell University
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Using a technique that illuminates subtle changes in individual proteins, chemistry researchers at Cornell University have uncovered new insight into the underlying causes of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Brian Crane, professor of chemistry and chemical biology, led one study and co-authored a follow-up on a spectroscopic method that detects subtle changes to copper-containing proteins in [...]The post Cornell chemists show ALS is a protein aggregation disease appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Receiving gossip about others promotes self-reflection and growth

    Society for Personality and Social Psychology
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Gossip is pervasive in our society, and our penchant for gossip can be found in most of our everyday conversations. Why are individuals interested in hearing gossip about others’ achievements and failures? Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands studied the effect positive and negative gossip has on how the recipient evaluates him [...]The post Receiving gossip about others promotes self-reflection and growth appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Startups should seek quality — not quantity — in partnerships, study finds

    University at Buffalo
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    When partnering with larger companies, startups with a small number of carefully chosen alliances will reap the most benefits, according to new research from the University at Buffalo School of Management. Forthcoming in Organization Science, the study found that by aligning with established companies, a young firm gains valuable access to additional resources and markets. [...]The post Startups should seek quality — not quantity — in partnerships, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
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    Mark Rubin's Social Psychology Research Blog

  • How You Feel About People is Related to How You Feel About Cities

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
    You take delight not in a city's seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours. (Calvino, 1978, p. 44).There are numerous structural factors that influence people’s attitudes towards cities, including the city’s architecture, size, infrastructure, transport, crime rates, population density, and quality of housing, to name just a few.  However, as the Italian writer Calvino (1978) alluded to in his book Invisible Cities, these factors may be constituents of broader sociocultural “questions” that people ask about their cities.  For example,…
  • “I am Working-Class”: Self-Identification as a Measure of Social Class in Educational Research

    24 Mar 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Governments around the world are trying to open up higher education to working-class people. For example, in January this year, the White House released a report titled: "Increasing college opportunity for low-income students: Promising models and a call to action."In the context of this general push towards widening participation in higher education, my colleagues and I have been developing a research project that aims to investigate social class differences in social integration among students atuniversity. After all, we need to bring working-class people into our universities socially and…
  • Spock's Not One of Us! Exploring the In-Group Overexclusion Effect

    8 Feb 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Liberal or Conservative?We all belong to many different social groups. For example, we belong to groups based on our age, gender, nationality, sexuality, and occupation, to name just a few. Most of the time, it's fairly easy to work out who belongs to which group. But sometimes it's not that clear. For example, if you had to guess, would you say that the man opposite is a liberal or a conservative? Well, social psychologists have found that your answer will sometimes depend on which group you belong to. If you're a liberal, then you'll probably guess that the man is a conservative. And if…
  • In-Group Favouritism can be used to Get Even as well as to Get Ahead

    11 Jan 2014 | 1:17 am
    Social identity theory is a major mainstream theory of intergroup relations (Tajfel and Turner, 1979). At its heart lies the assumption that social groups fight and compete with one another in order to attain positive distinctiveness from one another. In other words, group members are motivated to favor their own group (the in-group) and derogate other groups (out-groups) along specific intergroup comparison dimensions in order to increase or maintain their group's relative social status. High in-group status and positive in-group distinctiveness enable in-group members to achieve or maintain…
  • Boys Don’t Cry, But They Can Be Sensitive! Behavioural Descriptions of Counterstereotypical People Cause Greater Prejudice than Personality Descriptions

    3 Aug 2013 | 12:01 am
    Stereotypes are pretty useful things! We use them to help us to understand and respond to people from a large and diverse array of social groups. But how do people feel about individuals who buck the trend and contradict stereotypes? For example, how do people feel about a man who is crying or a woman who is smoking a cigar!Most evidence shows that people react quite negatively towards counterstereotypical individuals. The typical explanation for this negative bias refers to people’s need to protect and maintain their stereotypes: People are biased against counterstereotypical individuals…
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  • Married and Having an Affair: 7 Lies We Tell Ourselves

    Colleen Morris
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    ‘Conversation in the Rain (Explored #83)’ by flashcurd available here under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0. Full terms here. An affair can keep your marriage intact is the controversial headline of a recent article (8 August 2014) published by the Economic Times. If the headline invokes a strong emotional reaction within you, you are not alone. In my professional experience, an affair can have irreversible negative consequences for a marriage relationship.  This is backed up by a recent survey conducted by the law firm Slater and Gordon published in March 2014, which asked the…
  • How To Help Your Young Person Manage Stress

    Jessica Morris
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    As we head towards the end of the year, you may have noticed your teen or young adult feeling stressed about their studies. End of year exams are coming, final assignments are due, and they are feeling more pressure than ever to have their lives figured out. In this infographic by, we learn about the real affect stress can have on our loved ones physical health, mental wellbeing and overall quality of life. 1 in 5 students have felt too stressed to study, and time has shown us that students are more stressed than they were three decades ago. Feelings of being…
  • How to Keep Good Mental Health

    Colleen Morris
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I really like Wednesdays. I would go so far as to say that Wednesdays are good for my mental health. “Why Wednesdays?” you may ask. Why not Fridays or Saturdays? After all, Wednesday is ‘hump day’- just half way through the working week for the majority of people. It is a wishy-washy sort of day where I have survived Monday and Tuesday, but I still have Thursday and Friday to go. I anticipate Wednesday’s with enthusiasm because it is my ‘day off’ from my office. It represents a whole 8 hours of time to do as I choose. Ahh, I love Wednesdays. Just saying that invites a deep sigh;…
  • How to Teach Your Teenager to Say ‘No’

    Colleen Morris
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    From family pressures and work commitments to relationship issues, it can be hard to say no. Over the past month we have talked about the importance of drawing your boundaries. From the practical “5 Ways To Say No” to a look at how our family of origin affects us in, “How Does Our Childhood Affect Our Ability To Say No?” we have explored about why so many of us struggle to utter the word “No.” Today we conclude our series by offering some insight in how to speak to your teenager about drawing boundaries. The adolescent years are filled with peer pressure and opportunities your…
  • How Does Our Childhood Affect our Ability to Say No?

    Colleen Morris
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    We all have trouble saying “no” every now and again – do you think there’s a reason why we find it so hard? ‘NO’ This has just got to be one of the first words we all learn as infants! Mum: “Susie, sit up at the table!” Susie: “No!” ‘No’ seems to be so easy when we are young, like a reflex reaction. But as we get older, we learn that it is not polite or even right, to say no all the time. There are consequences to saying no; our parents, family members, teachers or friends might become upset with us. We may have been punished for saying no, and some people…
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    Career Assessment Site

  • Myers-Briggs® MBTI® Test ESTP Personality Types and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Myers-Briggs® MBTI® Test ESTP Personality Types and Leadership This week, we are building on last week’s theme of “The 10% Stretch” (Robinson, 2008) by considering how Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) ESTP (Extraverted-Sensing- Thinking-Perceiving) leaders can capitalize on their strengths and stretch them to lead even more effectively. Image courtesy of cooldesign at In coming posts, we will explore the leadership qualities of even more Myers Briggs® Types and how knowing your personality type challenges and strengths can help you be a more effective…
  • Myers Briggs® MBTI Test ESTJ Personality Types and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Myers Briggs® MBTI® Test ESTJ Personality Types and Leadership Just like runners stretch their hamstrings to ultimately increase their speed and agility, you as a leader need to stretch beyond your comfort zone and into your growth zone to increase your leadership skills. Identifying and understanding your Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality type can help you do this to become a stronger, more versatile leader. This week, we will focus on how Extraverted-Sensing-Thinking-Judging (ESTJ) MBTI test types can identify their personality strengths and stretch them by 10%. Image…
  • Myers-Briggs® MBTI Test ISTP Personality Types and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    Myers Briggs® MBTI® Test ISTP Personality Types and Leadership Understanding your Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI test) personality type can help you identify and capitalize on your strengths and become a stronger leader. By knowing the areas in which you excel, you can better position yourself for more success. This week, we will discuss how Introverted Thinking with Extraverted Sensing, more specifically; The Introverted-Sensing-Thinking-Perceiving MBTI ISTP personality type can play to their strengths both personally and in the workplace. mage courtesy of renjith krishnan at…
  • Myers-Briggs® MBTI Test ISTJ Personality Types and Communication

    Jonathan Bollag, Owner and Founder
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    The Myers-Briggs® MBTI Test ISTJ Personality Type and Communication Differences. We have all heard the saying that “Communication is Key”. Communication can often be misunderstood between two individuals and we have to wonder why this is? Why is that at times one individual might state something clearly and with no ill intent, while another individual receives this expression in a different manner or tone then the original intent of the expression? Well, as humans we differ, more specifically we differ by The MBTI Test 16 Myers-Briggs® Personality Types, and often enough our differences…
  • Myers-Briggs® MBTI Test ESFP Personality Types and Leadership

    Sparkos Merriman
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:13 pm
    MBTI Test ESFP Personality Types and Leadership Your particular Myers-Briggs test personality type benefits from your natural propensity for using your mind in different ways than others. Employing some of the most elementary patterns in human operation, the MBTI t­est helps in numerous areas of life, and most certainly with occupational growth and examination. Knowing the diverse qualities that you demonstrate is crucial when contemplating successful leadership. They provide comprehension of your core attributes. This week we will be learning about how to involve and motivate others to…
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    The Friendship Blog

  • My intolerant friend who hates children

    Irene S. Levine
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    My intolerant friend who hates children The post My intolerant friend who hates children appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • I am the needy friend!

    Irene S. Levine
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    A woman is frustrated and feels like “the needy friend” because of the boundaries set by her friend. The post I am the needy friend! appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • A friend who asks to couchsurf with you

    Irene S. Levine
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    Agreeing to let someone couchsurf in your apartment can be tricky. The post A friend who asks to couchsurf with you appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • In the Media – 5 Secrets of people with lifelong friends

    Irene S. Levine
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    In the Huffington Post, Catherine Pearson explains some of the secrets to maintaining lifelong friends. The post In the Media – 5 Secrets of people with lifelong friends appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • A texting only friendship

    Irene S. Levine
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    Can a texting only friendship survive without face-to-face contact? The post A texting only friendship appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
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  • Sense of Entitlement Quiz: Are You Setting Up Yourself for Disappointment?

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    A lot of our frustrations are due to unmet expectations and not all our expectations are reasonable. This entitlement mentality test will help you take an objective look at yourself and, hopefully, reduce frustration and sadness in your life.
  • Marilyn Monroe Quotes on Love and Relationships

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:17 am
    Marilyn Monroe quotes and sayings on love and relationships.
  • The Difference Between Narcissism and Self-esteem

    12 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    What's the difference between narcissistic personality disorder and high self-esteem? When self-confidence becomes aggressive entitlement and healthy self-love is replaced by a sick fantasy? Finally, what is the root of this problem?
  • 10 Thought Provoking Questions About Your Life Partner (Quiz)

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    Interactive quiz: how well do you know your partner? Do you know their history, their losses, the traumatic experiences they had to endure? Do you know what they consider to be their greatest achievements and what they are most proud of? This type of knowledge helps build foundation for some of the most satisfying relationships.
  • This Simple Technique Will Help Detect Lies

    4 Oct 2014 | 1:32 am
    Here is a quick way to find out whether or not someone is lying to you (visual representation).
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  • The Affect Heuristic: How We Feel is How We Think

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Do you feel that your emotions control what you think? Or do you find it difficult to be rational when you are emotional? Consider this example: If someone has harmed you, you quickly arrive at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Write Down Your Thoughts to Become More Mindful and Consciously Aware

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Do you make shopping lists? Do you use your calendar for planning? Or do you otherwise tend to write down your thoughts? Good! Writing things down can help you become more mindful and consciously... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • People Who Are Consciously Aware of Their Emotions Deal With Them More Effectively, Study Shows

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    People who are consciously aware of their emotions deal with them more effectively. This idea is supported by a recent survey study by Claudia Subic-Wrana and co-workers (2014) of almost 2,000... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A 100-Year Old Word Repetition Technique is Effective in Reducing the Impact of (Negative) Words

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Repeat the word milk for 45 seconds or more (remember to say it out loud), and you will find that the word begins to lose its meaning. It’s called the Milk Milk Milk exercise, and it is just... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 7 Wonderful Live in the Moment Quotes

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:44 am
    1 “The future is always beginning now.” — Mark Strand 2 “Find the most delicate qualities within; then treat these qualities as tiny little seeds that you would plant in your heart, with you being... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Accessible Psychology

  • 7 Steps to a Happier You; Part Three

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Step Six: Hobbies and leisure pursuits   Having hobbies and ways to creatively express ourselves can also significantly boost our feelings of happiness. Why not try taking a class of something you have always wanted to do? When we creatively express ourselves we experience a deep sense of personal satisfaction, pride and achievement which all work to boost our happiness. Check out Tasterlab for an extensive directory of hobby taster classes. Likewise, having leisure pursuits is essential as they serve to both reduce stress, relax us and are a valuable source of fun and enjoyment. I have…
  • 7 Steps to a Happier You; Part Two

    13 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
      Step Three: Live for the moment In all of my happiest memories I was totally absorbed and engaged in the moment. These moments were so crystal clear it is as if I had experienced them with eyes which were seeing for the very first time. Amazingly, we can all learn to develop this close relationship to the present moment. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the man responsible for bringing mindfulness meditation into the mainstream medical arena, defines mindfulness as ‘The awareness that emerges when we learn to pay attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally…
  • 7 Steps to a Happier You; Part One

    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
      According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary happiness can be defined as ‘A state of well being and contentment’. We all want to be happy but is it something we can actively pursue? For years I struggled with depression and so I began questioning whether I could reduce the possibility of further bouts by proactively seeking happiness. I was fortunate that I began my research into happiness at a time when the area of positive psychology had exploded and was grateful to discover that there was extensive information and findings surrounding the field of happiness. In fact there are…
  • The Many Roads To Happiness…

    3 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
      “People take different roads seeking fulfilment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” H Jackson Browne   Whilst there are certain universal principles which lead to greater happiness, like living in line with ones values for example, the path to happiness is just as unique and varied as each of us. Although our humanity unites us all, we each have idiosyncrasies and distinctly individual likes and dislikes. What brings me laughter and joy, another may not even find funny, and so it is with happiness. Even the basic…
  • Fantastic New CD’s Now Featured on ‘Further Reading (and Listening)’ Page!

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Hi All,   Check out the fabulous new CD’s on my ‘Further Reading (and Listening)’ page! Whether you are struggling to move on after a separation or the loss of a loved one, you want a mindfulness meditation CD which all of the top therapists recommend, or you want to use the law of attraction to manifest more success in your life, you can find something on our page that’s just right for you. Simply scroll to the bottom of the site to view ‘Recommended Books and CD’s’ where you can select the CD’s by genre, or go to our ‘Further…
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    Always ladies

  • Your Photo of the Day – Napoleon Invasion

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:42 am
    A humphead wrasse, also known as a Napoleon wrasse, builds a living frame as it swims through a school of fish in
  • Beauty with a cause

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    If you just used up the last drop of your facial beauty cream or serum, it is time to make a new
  • The 2-year-old Halloween Superstar

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    Willow, is an adorable 2 year old who has taken Instagram by storm.  Her mum, photographer Gina Lee, has posted cute photos
  • Your Photo of the Day – Success

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    An Atlantic puffin returns from a successful fishing expedition in this picture captured in Iceland. A puffin can grip 20 or more
  • Fall’s most wearable fashion trends

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    When it comes to fashion, every season change is a great opportunity for renewal and of course, shopping. Fall is here, winter
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    Hi Tim - HOME

  • Oh, The Horror!

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Hi Tim,I'm young at heart, in my 30's and Dad to "Sarah," 8 and "Trent," 5. I've been married to their Mom "Brenda" for 13 years and we're doing mostly fine. Except for Halloween season. I'm really into Halloween and decorate the whole house and yard with blood dripping out of windows and gore like severed heads on the walk, etc. There's a 6 foot hooded executioner with a bloody axe on the porch, stuffed bodies here and there, and dismembered zombies scattered around. Of course, we have the standard skeletons and spider, fog machine and the whole works for…
  • Disclosure Dilemma

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Hi Tim,  I am in my fifties and have been out of the workforce for the past seven years.  I spent some of that time caring for my disabled child and parents with medical problems. I also had been struggling with an undiagnosed thyroid disease called  Hashimoto's Disease, which my doctors and I mistook for bipolar disorder. After a correct diagnosis and months of adjusting thyroid medications, I feel better than I have in years!I am ready to go back to work and concerned about how I should address the above on my resume and in interviews, without going into the painful details.
  • Voting Parents

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Hi Tim, I'm 18 and, for better or worse, a product of my very opinionated parents. I love them both. Unfortunately, their opinions are mostly on the opposite sides of one another. One's Democrat and the other Republican, and they usually go at it at the dinner table. They're civil, but passionate about their chosen party and full of lectures about why it's the superior one. I have mastered tuning them out years ago, but now that I have the right to vote I am being dragged into their debates to have my vote fought over by two crazy people, both of whom clearly want to win me over and I do…
  • Ups and Downs 

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:07 am
    Hi Tim, I am a single mum, 30’s, raising a 14 year old boy who’s well behaved and makes good grades. For the past 2 years, he’s also been an elevator enthusiast, meaning people who ride all types of lifts round-trip, document or videotape the experience and then share later online with like-minded people. He has a good friend, a girl who shares this passion and somehow they managed to find each other in this big world. Now they explore the city in their free time, always collecting lifts. I try to be cheery about his hobby, watch his videos and thumb through his massive…
  • Less is More

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Hi Tim,I'm 33, married with 2 children, 5 and 6. We are all in good health. I'm finished with graduate school and 5 years into a successful career with a good salary. My wife has a successful career too and we have both worked hard to get here. But none of it seems to mean anything. We're about to move to a bigger house in a more showy neighborhood. We each just bought new luxury cars. We will be taking the family to Disney World soon. Family and friends say we look perfect. It isn't all perfect. We all have our faces buried in screens most of the time we're at home or in the car…
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    San Francisco Psychotherapy and Couples Counseling

  • Small changes are big changes

    Christine Canty
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:09 pm
    One November morning, when I was early in my graduate training to become a therapist, one of my professors stood at the front of the classroom, with his wild hair and even wilder eyes, and said slowly: “I want to talk to you all about something important.” The room fell silent. This man was known to drop some pretty intense bombs without warning, so the fact that he gave a warning signaled something very grave. “I want to talk to you about… Thanksgiving.” Students sighed and snickered. What a relief that this was just about the upcoming holiday. “During… Thanksgiving,” he…
  • Preschool as Therapy: 5 great ideas for adult wellness

    Linda Shanti McCabe
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    1. All feelings are allowed. At my child’s preschool, they have a saying: You have to get the bad feelings out to let the good feelings in. In therapy, we know there are no “bad” feelings. However, feelings such as anger, sadness and hurt don’t feel good, and they need expression. To express your true feelings within the context of a safe attachment relationship is a deep form of wellness. “When children [and adults] experience an attuned connection from a responsive empathic adult they feel good about themselves because their emotions have been given resonance and reflection.” 1…
  • Stepping Into My Shadow: Halloween as Therapy

    Lily Sloane
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Hold on, man. We don’t go anywhere with ‘scary,’ ‘spooky,’ ‘haunted,’ or ‘forbidden’ in the title.” – Shaggy Rogers (Scooby-Doo) It wasn’t until recently that I realized why I love Halloween so much. I don’t really feel excitement over candy or overwhelming crowds. Yet the theatrical has always had a magnetic pull on me, and Halloween, in all it’s theatrics, provides me with an open invitation to explore things from which I normally try to distance myself. (My ’08 Sarah Palin costume really sums it up). Halloween is that special time of year when the icky…
  • Feeling the Pull: Dealing with Competing Needs for Happier Days with Your Kids

    Jenny Kepler
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:54 pm
    As fall approaches in the Bay Area, we never know what weather will come. Which is why, on a day as hot as this one was recently, a poor Gelato Scooper was scooping alone when there should have been two of him; and the line was stretched out the door. I’m sure his arm was aching, and then there I was, in a hurry. And there was the woman behind me with two little, and very hot kids. She and I waited as he scooped for the family ahead of me, it seemed in slow motion. And all the while, this poor mom behind me was telling her wilting kids how they weren’t going to have enough time to…
  • Laws for in-laws: why trouble in these relationships hurts, and what to do about it

    Elizabeth Sullivan
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “We were having lunch with my in-laws the other day and out of the blue my mother-in-law said, ‘I’ve decided I want to be cremated.’ I said, ‘Alright, get your coat.’” -D. Spivey Our culture has a lot of deeply hostile (and very funny) jokes about mother-in-laws—a sure sign that something important is going on underneath. Freud’s early and significant work on jokes pointed out that they were a way for people to reveal things that we wanted to talk about, but in a more socially-acceptable form. Because of misogyny, there is more of a focus on mother-in-laws, but in…
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    Psψch Student's Blog

  • Mental Health Jobs in Australia – where do you find them?

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    I wanted to quickly share two great resources for finding jobs in social justice and mental health. I remember going to an interview about 5 years ago advertised on my university website. The position was as a receptionist, and the manager informed me she no longer advertises jobs on Seek as she can get up to 1200 applications a day. Some university job sites are better than others, but one of the best resources I have come across is Ethical Jobs. Ethical Jobs has a huge range of jobs in the area of social justice. It is a national site with so many roles ranging from policy and project work…
  • Cheap Professional Development Opportunities for Mental Health Clinicians

    8 Oct 2014 | 10:34 pm
    I recently attended the 4th Annual BPD Conference in Melbourne which seems to have grown in popularity. One of the reasons for this (I believe) is that the conference was just $20 for students to attend. For this reason, I saw a lot of my fellow students at the event. This was both refreshing and encouraging – all of the conferences, training and professional development I have attended has been paid for by my workplace. The Childhood Trauma Conference I attended in August – while very helpful – was about $700 to attend! Often these events offer “discounted student…
  • The worst drug in Australia?

    26 Sep 2014 | 1:21 am
    Recently, during a conversation with my brother I was asked “What is the worst drug you see at work?”. I work in a multidisciplinary team which includes drug and alcohol, and I know that the community collectively has been overwhelmed with the impacts of the drug Ice, or Methamphetamine. Speak to anyone working in a community health centre, and you will hear that Australia is in the midst of an Ice epidemic. I hear the drug constantly demonized by mental health professionals and mental health clients alike  – the amount of time I have heard about “these young ones…
  • Coping with Stress – A Mindfulness Meditation Playlist

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Postgraduate study requires a great deal of work and enormous self-discipline to complete. Most people I know are dealing with coursework, research, placements and trying to work part-time to support themselves. Unfortunately it can be hard to compartmentalize your life, and a lot of this stress spills over into your downtime. My own therapist provided me with a mindfulness CD. It was then I realised I did not have a CD player – however using my computer, I managed to listen to the tracks, and then find them on Youtube. I wanted to share this link with you Guided Mindfulness…
  • 5 of the Best: Psychology Podcasts

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:23 am
    If you are like me, even in your downtime you are learning about psychology and science through books, TV shows and podcasts. I like to go for a walk on a sunny day and listen to a good podcast, so this is why I have compiled this list of psychology-related podcasts for your enjoyment. 1. ABC Radio National: All in the Mind. I don’t think its hyperbolic to say that the topics of this podcast are nothing short of fascinating. My most recent favourite podcast topics include the abandoned children of Romania, The Narcissism Epidemic and What Makes a Psychopath?.  Presented by Lynne…
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  • Lab-Grown Brains May Help Find a Cure for Alzheimer’s

    Staff Writer
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:16 pm
    No, not fully functioning brains like something from a horror movie! Scientists were able to use stem cells and turn them into neurons which were placed in a petri dish after they were modified to have high levels of the same proteins associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. This will allow a safe way to test experimental drugs that could help find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Read the entire story on Discover: Brain Cells With Alzheimer’s Disease Grown in a Petri Dish The post Lab-Grown Brains May Help Find a Cure for Alzheimer’s appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Near Death Experiences – Science Steps In

    Staff Writer
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Wait a minute – science and near death experiences? Doesn’t that seem like a oxymoron? But it is true, a study was just published out of Southampton University that focuses on what happens to cardiac arrest patients that are resuscitated. Find out what this 4 year study found: Life After Death – The Science of Near Death Experiences The post Near Death Experiences – Science Steps In appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Gratitude: The Magic Potion

    Staff Writer
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Gratitude is an amazing emotion, and a lot of research has been done about its effect on health and well-being. For example, Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough have found that gratitude is a personality strength, helping those who feel gratitude keenly to be happier, healthier and more energetic. They tend to have fewer physical ailments and also to take better care of themselves – they get more exercise and feel less stressed. Martin Seligman, the “Father of Positive Psychology” has found that when people write down five things they are grateful for, and do that every…
  • How Neuroscience Helps Us Understand Ourselves

    Staff Writer
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    People have been seeking answers about why we do what we do for a very long time. Neuroscience gives us the tools to measure and interpret what goes on in our brains. And that information not only helps us understand ourselves, but it also changes the way we move through the world! Find out How: 5 Ways That Neuroscience Is Changing Our Lives The post How Neuroscience Helps Us Understand Ourselves appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • 5 Tips For Staying Happy

    Staff Writer
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Life does not always go as smoothly as we would like. As they say, “life happens!” But regardless of life’s little (or big) bumps, when you practice happiness as a habit every day, you actually CAN learn how to remain happy even through life’s challenges. Find out how to practice happiness on Mind Body Green: 5 Reasons Happy People Stay Happy The post 5 Tips For Staying Happy appeared first on BrainSpeak.
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  • Fear of Snow Phobia – Chionophobia

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    Chionophobia is the extreme dislike or fear of snow. The word originates from Greek chion meaning snow and phobos meaning fear, aversion or dread. People with Chionophobia often understand that their fear is unfounded and weird. However, they are unable to control it. Living with the phobia can get very difficult especially in winters or in places where snow is the way of life. Many phobics refuse to step outdoors owing to their phobia. Friends and family members might ignore the phobia, thinking that the person is simply trying to gain attention. However; to the sufferer, Chionophobia is a…
  • Fear of Silence Phobia – Sedatephobia

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    “Silence”, it is said, ‘speaks a thousand words’. It is also common knowledge that couples who can spend their time in silence (and still feel as if they have had the best conversation ever) will always stay together. However, to some people, silence can be downright scary. There is term for this phobia: Sedatephobia. The word originates from Greek ‘Sedate’ meaning ‘silent or sleeping or dead’ and Phobos meaning the Greek God of fear, or dread or aversion. The phobia was relatively unheard of 50 years ago. However, today, it is a fairly common phobia. Expert hypnotists and…
  • Fear of Reptiles Phobia – Herpetophobia

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:49 am
    Herpetophobia is the irrational, unwarranted and persistent fear of reptiles. It is a highly common animal phobia. The word Herpetophobia originates from “Herp” meaning snake or reptile and “Phobos” which stands for the Greek God of Fear. The fear of reptiles is often combined with Ophidiophobia which is specifically the fear of snakes, but they are both rather different and should not be confused with each other. Most individuals suffering from Herpetophobia are not just afraid of dangers posed by reptiles like snakes (mainly due to their venom), they are even afraid of harmless wall…
  • Fear of Insanity Phobia – Dementophobia

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    The word ‘Dementophobia’ is used to denote the fear of insanity. It is derived from the Greek words Dementos and Phobos which mean ‘insanity’ and ‘fear’ respectively. An individual having Dementophobia experiences extreme anxiety or a panic attack when s/he encounters a thought about going insane, or even a movie scene depicting insane person/situation. Excessive fear of this type can affect one’s day-to-day life. Often, the fear of going insane prevents the individual from leaving his/her house, or holding a steady job. Most patients of this type tend to be socially withdrawn…
  • Fear of Escalators Phobia – Escalaphobia

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    Escalaphobia is a common specific phobia affecting hundreds of thousands of individuals all around the world. The word Escalaphobia comes from Greek escalo meaning ‘to move up/escalators’ and phobos which means ‘deep aversion, dread or fear’. There are several thousand escalators in Canada and United States, together moving millions of people up and down daily. However, there are still some people who prefer taking the stairs owing to their intense fear of escalators. The intensity and reasons behind this fear depend on individual experience that the phobic has had in relation to…
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  • The trippy cycle of the flat liver parasite

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    I came across a video of this bastard on Animal Planet and even though they didn't say it what it's name was, I went ahead and named it the Trippy Bastard Parasite. Why do I call this thing trippy? Well it has a life cycle that is more complex than anything I've ever come across on any documentary, and let me tell you I've watched my fair share of doco's (working from home and always having Nat Geo, Animal Planet or Discovery for background chatter has something to do with it).So the life cycle starts with an ant who comes by and eats one of these things (covered in snail mucus).The parasite…
  • A little window

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    A little window opened up for me tonightA little window to look out and see the nicetiesIt opened up and "WHOOSH!" they came flooding inThe thoughts of my woman, for whom Istanbul criesA little window opened up, and I felt againA little window opened up, and I can write againThe little window won't stay openSo I'm here to say "I love you" again
  • When Istanbul cries

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    She tries to remember But the memory eludesThere's a weight over herAnd the memory is crudeShe tries to perfect itPolish it and cherish But the days of us dancingHave become dirty with the yearsWhen Istanbul criesShe cries for usShe knows deep down insideThere's a place for usWhy not in my embrace?She thinks, as she criesAnd then she remembers Until her tear ducts run dry 
  • The Ferrari that distracted the gardener... 1

    12 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    I learnt a new way of thinking today that I wanted to share with the Blogger realm, I was reading the The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and Julian Mantle had just filled John's cup to the brim and the cup was overflowing... I knew something great was about to be shared to the younger man.Julian was recounting his first few weeks in the Himalayas and reminded John of how much he doted over his garden. He asked him "You would get angry if I went to your garden and poured poison over your flowers would you not?" John of course replied affirmatively.He went on to explain that if people were to stand…
  • Asking why to find causality is a trap for our sad minds...

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    It has long been thought that anger, anxiety, dysthymia and depression all have a cause leading up to the result... therapist and psychologists have all been attacking it the same way; looking for problems in the home, workplace, social circle and childhood. It has always been believed that by accessing the root cause of the problem will enable one to erradicate the problem itself.Appying causality to the world of psychology is inherently misguided. All human thoughts and actions are not guided by causes and a desire for results... the human thinks simply because it does, YES there are…
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