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  • April is Autism Awareness Month

    Dr. Deb
    Dr. Deb
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:01 am
    April is Autism Awareness Month. Every day, the millions people living with autism and their families face unique and daunting challenges that many of us will never fully appreciate. During National Autism Awareness Month, we renew our commitment to better understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and improve the lives of individuals living with it.A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children in the United States has been identified with ASD. This latest estimate makes it clear that autism affects the lives of millions of…
  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Vacation

    Psychology Today - Essentials
    Juliana Breines Ph.D.
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    Vacation time is precious, and most people don’t get nearly enough of it. So how can you make the most of the time you do have? Research suggests that these eight strategies may help.
  • 10 heavenly psychology studies you'll wish you'd participated in

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    Research Digest
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:07 am
    If you volunteer for a psychologist's experiment, it might involve nothing more exciting than answering some questions online, or maybe you'll be asked to remember a list of numbers. On the other hand, if you're brave and willing, the demands of the experiment could be far more challenging – back in March, we documented 10 of the most hellish psychology studies ever conducted. You'll be glad you didn't participate in those! But now it's time to look at the lighter end of the spectrum. For this post, we searched the annals of psychology for studies that sounded simply heavenly, from swimming…
  • Teens with medical marijuana cards much likelier to say they're addicted

    (e) Science News - Psychology & Sociology
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    A new University of Michigan study finds that teens using marijuana for medical reasons are 10 times more likely to say they are hooked on marijuana than youth who get marijuana illegally. read more
  • Depressive symptoms

    The Mouse Trap
    31 May 2015 | 5:07 am
    On the Threshold of Eternity (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I was reading ‘Depression’ by Aaron T Beck, who was instrumental in pioneering the treatment of depression with the cognitive behavioral approach, and was surprised to find that Beck had classified depressive symptoms in four buckets which correspond to the ABCD system. For example, like the Affect, Behavior, Cognition and Drive (motivation) ABCD model, he parses depressive symptoms as either emotional manifestations,  cognitive manifestations, motivational manifestations and vegetative and physical manifestations. A complete…
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  • A Man's (Precarious) Place: Men's Experienced Threat and Self-Assertive Reactions to Female Superiors

    Netchaeva, E., Kouchaki, M., Sheppard, L. D.
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    Across three studies, we investigate men’s reactions to women in superior roles. Drawing from precarious manhood theory, we hypothesize that when a woman occupies a superior organizational role, men in subordinate positions experience threat, which leads them to behave more assertively toward her and advocate for themselves. In Studies 1 and 2, we demonstrate that men feel more threatened (relative to women) by women in superior roles (relative to men in superior roles) and, as a result, engage in more assertive behaviors toward these women. In Study 3, we investigate a boundary…
  • Implicit Theories of Change and Stability Moderate Effects of Subjective Distance on the Remembered Self

    Ward, C. L. P., Wilson, A. E.
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    Temporal self-appraisal theory suggests that people can regulate current self-view by recalling former selves in ways that flatter present identity. People critique their subjectively distant (but not recent) former selves, creating the illusion of improvement over time. However, this revisionist strategy might not apply to everyone: People with fixed (entity) beliefs may not benefit from critiquing even distant selves. In three studies, we found that implicit theories of change and stability moderate the effects of subjective distance on the remembered self. In all studies, participants…
  • Benevolent Sexism and Support of Romantic Partner's Goals: Undermining Women's Competence While Fulfilling Men's Intimacy Needs

    Hammond, M. D., Overall, N. C.
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    The current research demonstrates how benevolent sexism functions to undermine women’s competence while facilitating men’s access to heterosexual intimacy by prompting different support behaviors by men and women. Objective coders rated the support provision exhibited during heterosexual couples’ (N = 100) video-recorded discussions of each other’s personal goals. Men who endorsed benevolent sexism provided more dependency-oriented support, including directly providing plans and solutions and neglecting the recipient’s own abilities, which led to their female…
  • Patterns of Value Change During the Life Span: Some Evidence From a Functional Approach to Values

    Gouveia, V. V., Vione, K. C., Milfont, T. L., Fischer, R.
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    Little research has examined mean-level change in values across the life span. Using large cross-sectional data (N = 36,845) from the five geo-social regions in Brazil, this study examines how mean levels of basic values differ as a function of age (from age 12 to 65; M = 28) and whether age effects are moderated by gender. Results show that mean-level value change is substantial throughout the life course. We observed both linear and curvilinear patterns of change as well as differential patterns by gender. The observed value change is consistent with age-related life circumstances and…
  • Power Versus Affiliation in Political Ideology: Robust Linguistic Evidence for Distinct Motivation-Related Signatures

    Fetterman, A. K., Boyd, R. L., Robinson, M. D.
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    Posited motivational differences between liberals and conservatives have historically been controversial. This motivational interface has recently been bridged, but the vast majority of studies have used self-reports of values or motivation. Instead, the present four studies investigated whether two classic social motive themes—power and affiliation—vary by political ideology in objective linguistic analysis terms. Study 1 found that posts to liberal chat rooms scored higher in standardized affiliation than power, whereas the reverse was true of posts to conservative chat rooms.
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  • The 2 Types of Perfectionism: One Helps While The Other Sabotages You

    Jeremy Dean
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    A certain type of perfectionism can lead to depression, anxiety and eating disorders. » Continue reading: The 2 Types of Perfectionism: One Helps While The Other Sabotages You » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: A Highly Valued Personality Trait That Sadly Increases The Risk of Suicide How To Spot a Toxic Perfectionist How Cynical Personality Traits Affect Dementia Risk Meditation Benefits: 10 Ways It Helps Your Mind How To Fight a Powerless Feeling When It Really Matters
  • How Depression Is Linked to Intestinal Bacteria

    Jeremy Dean
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    Link between the gut and low mood found in study of mice. » Continue reading: How Depression Is Linked to Intestinal Bacteria » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: The Unexpected Connection Between Gut Bacteria and Depression and Anxiety High-Fat Diet May Disturb a Range of Thoughts And Feelings Chronic Stress Early in Life Causes Anxiety and Aggression in Adulthood Long-Held Belief About Depression Challenged by New Study This Supplement May Stop Sadness Becoming Depression
  • Memory Boosted a Staggering 50% By These Activities From Childhood

    Jeremy Dean
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    50% boost in working memory from these activities from childhood. » Continue reading: Memory Boosted a Staggering 50% By These Activities From Childhood » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: Exercise Can Improve Long-Term Memory Memory & Learning Boosted and Depression Prevented By Compound In These Fruits and Nuts 20 Everyday Activities That Keep Memory and Thinking Sharp How to Recapture the Simple Pleasures of Childhood The Type of Exercise That Most Benefits Memory, Reasoning and Mental Flexibility
  • 22% of Children Have Underdeveloped Brains From This Social Circumstance

    Jeremy Dean
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    How parents can offset these damaging effects on their children. » Continue reading: 22% of Children Have Underdeveloped Brains From This Social Circumstance » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: The Most Common Mental Health Problem is ‘Contagious’ Spanking Children Promotes Antisocial Behaviour and Slows Mental Development How Parents Turn Their Children Into Narcissists This Early Parental Behaviour Predicts A Child’s Academic and Social Skills 3 Decades Later How Children Inherit Anxiety And Depression From Their…
  • Massive Study Reveals If Eldest Children Are More Intelligent — And If It Matters

    Jeremy Dean
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Are eldest children more intelligent with 'better' personalities? Massive study settles this sibling rivalry. » Continue reading: Massive Study Reveals If Eldest Children Are More Intelligent — And If It Matters » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: Are Sexy People Really More Selfish? New Study Reveals Men and Women Differ How Parents Turn Their Children Into Narcissists 8 Household Items Newly Found to Lower Children’s IQ Significantly The Learned Attitude That Makes Children More Anxious and Violent Panic Attacks: Study…
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  • Job Crafting: Shape, Mold, and Redefine Your Job

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    #145867727 / In his book, Drive (2011), Daniel Pink wrote that one of the motivating factors for employees is having the autonomy over four areas of work: what they do, when they do it, how they do it, and with whom they do it. Pink called these the four Ts: employee’s task, time, technique, and team. When I was working for a school system overseas in the Northern Mariana Islands, serving the islands of Saipan, Rota, and Tinian, I came up with the idea of creating a crisis management workshop. Because there was no such thing in my organization as a 15 percent time (like 3M)…
  • Commitment or Resistance

    Alec Cook
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Do employees resist change or is it simply a lack of individual commitment to change? Commitment to Organizational Change Research has shown that between 33% and 80% of all organizational change initiatives fail.[1] This single fact has led many in the organizational sciences to attempt to understand why that is the case. Why is it, that management is so ineffective at driving change into their organization? Similar organizational research also states that employee commitment to change may account for a significant amount of these failures.[2][3][4] This would then, imply that employee…
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    23 Jun 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Title: Chief Executive Officer Company: Medcon Associates, LLC Location: Mount Kisco, N. Y. For more
  • How to keep your workers happy

    23 Jun 2015 | 8:45 am
    It is well known that happy workers are more productive (Zelenski, Murphy & Jenkins, 2008). The happy-productive worker thesis has become an important consideration in management. Positive mood in the workplace leads individuals to become more friendly and helpful to their co-workers (Isen & Baron, 1991), stimulates creativity and problem solving (Estrada et al., 1997; Madhar et al., 2002) and promote the learning of new skills (Fredrickson, 2001). How can we ensure that employees remain happy and motivated at work? Here are 6 ways leaders can boost their workers’ moods and increase…
  • Can Emotional Intelligence Be Legislated?

    Ryan E. Yip, Ph.D.
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:26 pm
    Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos was recently in the news after offering a severance plan to employees who did not want to embrace his company’s reorganization to Holacracy®.  Other evangelists of Holacracy are Ev Williams, co-founder of Twitter and Medium, and David Allen, founder of GTD. Holacracy, as summarized on its website, is “a new way of running an organization that removes power from a management hierarchy and distributes it across clear roles, which can then be executed autonomously, without a micromanaging boss.” In this way, office politics are made obsolete by…
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  • Laughter as a window on the infant mind

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:25 am
    What makes a baby laugh? The answer might reveal a lot about the making of our minds, says Tom Stafford. What makes babies laugh? It sounds like one of the most fun questions a researcher could investigate, but there’s a serious scientific reason why Caspar Addyman wants to find out. He’s not the first to ask this question. Darwin studied laughter in his infant son, and Freud formed a theory that our tendency to laugh originates in a sense of superiority. So we take pleasure at seeing another’s suffering – slapstick style pratfalls and accidents being good examples –…
  • Spike activity 24-07-2015

    26 Jul 2015 | 2:36 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Why does the concept of ‘schizophrenia’ still persist? Great post from Psychodiagnosticator. Nature reviews two new movies on notorious psychology experiments: the Stanford Prison Experiment and Milgram’s conformity experiments. Can the thought of money make people more conservative? Another social priming effect bites the dust Neuroskeptic with a great analysis. The Psychologist has a transcript of a recent ‘teenagers debunked’ talk at the Latitude Festival. Oliver Sack’s excellent biography On The…
  • Are online experiment participants paying attention?

    23 Jul 2015 | 10:51 pm
    Online testing is sure to play a large part in the future of Psychology. Using Mechanical Turk or other crowdsourcing sites for research, psychologists can quickly and easily gather data for any study where the responses can be provided online. One concern, however, is that online samples may be less motivated to pay attention to the tasks they are participating in. Not only is nobody watching how they do these online experiments, they whole experience is framed as a work-for-cash gig, so there is pressure to complete any activity as quickly and with as low effort as possible. To the extent…
  • Conspiracy theory as character flaw

    21 Jul 2015 | 2:24 am
    Philosophy professor Quassim Cassam has a piece in Aeon arguing that conspiracy theorists should be understood in terms of the intellectual vices. It is a dead-end, he says, to try to understand the reasons someone gives for believing a conspiracy theory. Consider someone called Oliver who believes that 9/11 was an inside job: Usually, when philosophers try to explain why someone believes things (weird or otherwise), they focus on that person’s reasons rather than their character traits. On this view, the way to explain why Oliver believes that 9/11 was an inside job is to identify his…
  • Spike activity 13-07-2015

    13 Jul 2015 | 1:32 pm
    A slightly belated Spike Activity to capture some of the responses to the APA report plus quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: APA makes a non-apology on Twitter and gets panned in response. “the organization’s long-standing ethics director, Stephen Behnke, had been removed from his position as a result of the report and signaled that other firings or sanctions could follow” according to the Washington Post. Psychologist accused of enabling US torture backed by former FBI chief, reports The Guardian. The wrangling begins. PsychCentral editor John Grohol resigns…
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  • Understanding and Healing from Family Violence

    Sandra Kiume
    19 Jul 2015 | 3:56 pm
      In “Clear Skies,” an excellent animated video from the Healthy Aboriginal Network, family violence is explained as an issue of intergenerational trauma, while at the same time victims are encouraged to find safety and heal. A Canadian production, still there are dynamics that apply to similar situations in many cultures. If you are in an abusive relationship, you can find help and support in the Hot Peach Pages, an international directory of domestic violence agencies. Nobody deserves abuse, you deserve to heal and thrive.
  • Empathy or Sympathy?

    Sandra Kiume
    4 Jan 2015 | 7:29 pm
    In a beautifully animated short video using an audio clip from a Brene Brown RSA talk, the noted author and psychologist talks about the difference between empathy and sympathy. The illustrations are exquisite, and convey the meaning of Brown’s words very clearly.
  • Mindfulness Meditation Video for Working with Difficulties

    Sandra Kiume
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:25 pm
    From the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, researcher Diana Winston created this short guided meditation video to help work with life’s difficulties. Whether it’s difficult emotions, body sensations, or stressful events, mindfulness meditation can help with calming and focussing the mind to cope with life more effectively. UCLA MARC offers a range of free mindfulness videos and mp3s in a variety of lengths and for different topics.
  • Why Our Brains Love Babies

    Sandra Kiume
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:01 pm
    A brief and interesting educational video from AsapSCIENCE explains why people are hard-wired to find babies so cute. In what’s known scientifically as “baby schema,” babies’ elements and proportions come together to make them aesthetically pleasing to humans, and through our brain’s reward system we are motivated to care for them.  
  • Policing Mental Illness Crisis

    Sandra Kiume
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:31 pm
    A great short documentary on police treatment of people in mental health crisis. A look at the formation of a Crisis Intervention Team and the special training given to police officers who wear plain clothes and apply mental health first aid. Includes an interview with a person with a diagnosis, and family members, on what it’s like to be involved in mental health crisis involving police. A hopeful look at best practices and good results in crisis intervention.  
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  • Link feast

    Research Digest
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:45 am
    We trawled the web for this week's 10 best psychology and neuroscience links:Why Do Babies Laugh Out Loud?"Babies can't possibly get a joke, so what causes their giggles? The answer might reveal a lot about the making of our minds," says Tom Stafford at BBC Future.Subliminal Learning and Conscious Thought Can Reduce and Enhance Pain"New research shows that conscious and non-conscious thought processes can both alleviate and enhance the experience of pain," reports Mo Costandi in The Guardian.What Drives Trophy Hunters Like Walter Palmer?Melissa Dahl at New York magazine looks to…
  • What we've been getting wrong about choosing gifts

    Research Digest
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:16 am
    Buying a gift can feel like a test. You want the gift to show how thoughtful you've been, and how you've taken the recipient's interests and personality into account. Yet according to the authors of a new psychology paper, this isn't the optimal approach. You and the recipient will likely feel closer to one another if you buy them a gift that says something about you, not them.Lara Aknin and Lauren Human began by confirming their suspicions: hundreds of people surveyed online said that when buying gifts, they prefer to choose an item or experience that reflects the personality and interests…
  • 10 heavenly psychology studies you'll wish you'd participated in

    Research Digest
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:07 am
    If you volunteer for a psychologist's experiment, it might involve nothing more exciting than answering some questions online, or maybe you'll be asked to remember a list of numbers. On the other hand, if you're brave and willing, the demands of the experiment could be far more challenging – back in March, we documented 10 of the most hellish psychology studies ever conducted. You'll be glad you didn't participate in those! But now it's time to look at the lighter end of the spectrum. For this post, we searched the annals of psychology for studies that sounded simply heavenly, from swimming…
  • To keep your memories alive, it's better to write a diary in the evening than in the morning

    Research Digest
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:13 am
    By guest blogger Jordan Gaines LewisFor over 15 years now, I’ve faithfully kept a diary. Every night, from age 11 until my senior year of university, I snuggled into my bedsheets and rehashed the day’s events before nodding off to sleep. Even though I’m more likely to scribble down my thoughts just once or twice a week nowadays, I’ve found that writing in a diary before bed is a fun way to capture my memories – no matter how frivolous – to enjoy again years down the road.Now a new study, published recently in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, suggests that my…
  • Why words get stuck on the tip of your tongue, and how to stop it recurring

    Research Digest
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:55 am
    Someone in a tip-of-the-tongue state will invariably writhe about as if in some physical discomfort. "I know it, I know it, hang on ..." they will say. Finger snapping and glances to the ceiling might follow, before a final grunt of frustrated submission – "No, it's gone".Psychologists studying this phenomenon say it occurs when there is a disconnect between a word's concept and it's lexical representation. A successful utterance requires these two steps are bridged, but in the tip-of-the-tongue state, only the concept is activated (and possibly a letter or two) while the complete…
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  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    AFSP is a multifaceted organization made up of esteemed scientists, dedicated survivors of suicide loss, people with mental disorders and their families, and an expansive network of business and community leaders. We are at once a grassroots movement, a support network, an educator, a professional research organization and a grant-making foundation. We organize hundreds of events in communities across the country, raising millions of dollars each year to support our work, both locally and nationally. We advocate for social change, supporting policies that contribute to reducing and preventing…
  • Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    AGLP (Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists):   Publish a quarterly newsletter (free to members) Publish the quarterly Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, the official journal of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, and provide a free subscription for all full, associate, early career, and medical student members; Conduct a full schedule of seminars and discussion groups concurrent with the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA); Sponsor several awards honoring the accomplishments of people and organizations that contribute to the…

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    CDC’s WISQARS™ (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) is an interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death, and cost of injury data from a variety of trusted sources. Researchers, the media, public health professionals, and the public can use WISQARS™ data to learn more about the public health and economic burden associated with unintentional and violence-related injury in the United States. Users can search, sort, and view the injury data and create reports, charts, and maps based on the following: Intent of injury (unintentional…

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    psysci examines the latest research as well as discussion of topical stories, concerning the areas of psychology and science that contribute to our understanding of health and well-being. We aim to take an evidence based, objective viewpoint on the topics being discussed. There are popular posts, blogs and email updates as well, about psychology and science updates for this interesting website.
  • Crisis Text Line

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    We are here for you, anonymously, when you want to text us and talk about what you are feeling, what is going on and what is possibly upsetting you. We fight for the texter. Our first priority is helping people move from a hot moment to a cool calm, guiding them to create a plan to stay safe and healthy. YOU are our first priority. Great crisis counseling requires great crisis counselors. It is on us to provide a platform that allows our specialists to do their best possible work. We’re proud that our platform is stable and very easy to use. And, while we love data and data science, we…
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  • Facebook and Depression

    Dr. Deb
    13 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Facebook is the millennium’s new water cooler. Though virtual in its design, it serves as a way for us to catch up on the latest trends, share milestones, learn about juicy gossip, or live vicariously through the experience of others. And not only is it a way to keep up with the Joneses, but it’s a way to keep track of the Joneses. Facebook provides us with social capital – and these valuable social experiences make us feel connected. But bear in mind that not everyone feels Facebook is an upbeat and pleasing social past time. Reading stories or viewing photos of friends’…
  • Coming Out Proud to Erase the Stigma of Mental Illness

    Dr. Deb
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:09 pm
    The new groundbreaking book Coming Out Proud to Erase the Stigma of Mental Illness: Stories and Essays of Solidarity edited by Patrick W. Corrigan, Jon E. Larson, and Patrick J. Michaels has just been released.This book is a collection of personal reflections by people with mental illness, telling their stories of coming out and the lessons they learned from their journey.  Included are diverse stories from people all around the world, comprising of people from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States.Research states that one of the…
  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    Dr. Deb
    5 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    Logo by Counseling@NorthwesternThe designation of Mental Health Awareness Month was created more than 65 years ago by Mental Health America to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of mental wellness and promoting good mental health for all. During Mental Health Awareness Month professionals, organizations, schools, communities, hospitals and even media outlets will join together in an effort to raise the awareness about mental health and attempt to decrease the stigma that prevents people from getting the help they need. If…
  • Mental Health of Affluent Teens: An Infographic

    Dr. Deb
    1 May 2015 | 9:00 am
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  • April is Autism Awareness Month

    Dr. Deb
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:01 am
    April is Autism Awareness Month. Every day, the millions people living with autism and their families face unique and daunting challenges that many of us will never fully appreciate. During National Autism Awareness Month, we renew our commitment to better understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and improve the lives of individuals living with it.A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children in the United States has been identified with ASD. This latest estimate makes it clear that autism affects the lives of millions of…
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  • Discovery about brain protein causes rethink on development of Alzheimer's disease

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    A protein involved in the progression of Alzheimer's disease also has properties that could be helpful for human health, a research study has found. The discovery helps researchers better understand the complicated brain chemistry behind the development of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Parents inclined to misjudge child happiness based on personal feelings

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    Parents' estimations of their children's happiness differ significantly from the child's own assessment of their feelings, according to a new study. Research showed parents of 10 and 11-year-olds consistently overestimated their child's happiness, while those with 15 and 16-year-olds were inclined to underestimate.
  • Depressed females have over-active glutamate receptor gene

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Numerous genes that regulate the activity of a neurotransmitter in the brain have been found to be abundant in brain tissue of depressed females. This could be an underlying cause of the higher incidence of suicide among women, according to research.
  • The body and the brain: Impact of mental, physical exertion on fatigue development

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Do you ever notice how stress and mental frustration can affect your physical abilities? When you are worried about something at work, do you find yourself more exhausted at the end of the day? This phenomenon is a result of the activation of a specific area of the brain when we attempt to participate in both physical and mental tasks simultaneously.
  • Take a Trip Through the Brain: New Imaging Tool

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:07 am
    A new imaging tool could do for the brain what the telescope did for space exploration. In the first demonstration of how the technology works, the researchers look inside the brain of an adult mouse at a scale previously unachievable, generating images at a nanoscale resolution. The inventors' goal is to make the resource available to the scientific community in the form of a national brain observatory.
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  • Bossy cock takes the lead vocal of cock-a-doodle-do

    24 Jul 2015 | 1:54 pm
    From ancient times, people have been aware of the rooster's "cock-a-doodle-do" that marks the break of dawn, but has anyone wondered who crows first? In a new study published in Scientific Reports, ITbM's biologists have revealed that there is actually a systematic rule based on social ranking that determines the order of crowing in roosters. read more
  • Teens with medical marijuana cards much likelier to say they're addicted

    23 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    A new University of Michigan study finds that teens using marijuana for medical reasons are 10 times more likely to say they are hooked on marijuana than youth who get marijuana illegally. read more
  • New insights into the circuitry of PTSD and mild traumatic brain injury

    23 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have devastating consequences. Both are associated with high rates of disability and suicide, and although they are separate conditions, they commonly co-occur. For example, a soldier who has developed PTSD as a result of a traumatic experience may have also sustained a brain injury during that experience. read more
  • The emerging science of human screams

    16 Jul 2015 | 11:06 am
    Our noisy world is no match for a screaming infant. An airplane could be flying by as a house party rages on downstairs while a literal cat fight takes place outside, and still a wailing baby will win your attention. One possible explanation, published July 16 in the journal Current Biology, is that human screams possess a unique acoustic property found to activate not just the auditory brain but also the brain's fear circuitry. read more
  • MRI studies point to brain connectivity changes in autism spectrum disorders

    15 Jul 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Studies using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques are beginning to reveal differences in brain connectivity--the ways that different parts of the brain are connected to each other and work together--in people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), reports a review in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. read more
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  • Forgiveness

    Jennifer M. Ryan, M.Ed.
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:01 pm
    As you become introspective and empathetic with your understanding of others thoughts and feelings you may begin to understand the pain you have caused others through your own unconscious (or conscious) actions. You behave out of a direct result of your own emotional pain, but when you become aware of the reason for your actions upon other people, this can now create an awareness of the situation that you didn’t have previously. You can feel extreme guilt and even shame, but the impact of that guilt arises out of the courage you’ve had to face the reality of your own actions upon others.
  • Lesson One: You Can’t Teach Someone To Swim When They’re Drowning

    Jennifer M. Ryan, M.Ed.
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    My 8 year old daughter feels very maternal with her younger 3 year old sister, often feeling as if she must step in to correct and teach lessons. I’m often telling her she isn’t her mother, and she needs to let me do my job. However, that doesn’t stick for long before Lily is feeling the need to mother once again. So, last night, I decided if she’s going to mother anyway, I’d teach her a few tips to help her be more successful and to keep her less frustrated with her younger sibling. This lesson came while having some family fun at a bowling alley. Lily was…
  • My Great Therapy Advice

    Jennifer M. Ryan, M.Ed.
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    This morning when a client told me she needed to learn to keep her emotions under control, I responded with, “Who are you, Else?” And then I about died inside, because I thought to myself, “Really? Else? Is that the best therapeutic example you could come up with?” In fact, it was. You know what really bugged me about the movie Frozen, which, if you’re like me, you’ve seen upwards of 673 times? It bugs me that in the scene where Else is taken to visit the trolls, her dad gets the message that Else needs to be locked up until she (by herself?) learns to control her emotions. After…
  • I Have a Confession

    Jennifer M. Ryan, M.Ed.
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    I have a confession to make. This time last year, I embarked on a journey to change my physical health because my emotional health had become unmanageable. In July of last year, I experienced an extremely stressful event that was both traumatic and life-altering. By October, my stress and worry had taken a mental toll on my physical body, and I was on the verge of taking a leave of absence from the work I love as a psychotherapist, and the group practice I’ve build over the last ten years. My heart was breaking, and my body was shutting down. During one of my appointments, I felt like room…
  • I’ve Got an A-Friend In You

    Jennifer M. Ryan, M.Ed.
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    We have people in our lives for a reason. The closer the relationship to someone, and the more trust we put into someone, the more vulnerable we are with them. Vulnerability is tough because while it’s essential to love and connection, it opens us up to great pain and sadness. When it comes to relationships, I imagine those in our lives to be placed into three categories: A, B, and C people. Bear with me, because I realize it may seem strange that we’d categorize our friends and relationships into categories. However, we all do it, if even unconsciously. Our A-friends are those in which…
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    Brain Blogger

  • Novel Breakthroughs in Parkinson’s Disease Treatment

    Viatcheslav Wlassoff, PhD
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Around 7 million people around the world are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every year. This is a progressively degenerative disease that has no cure. There have been, however, a number of very encouraging findings published in the last few weeks, some of which are briefly reviewed in this article. Drugs to manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are available, but they become ineffective after the patient has taken them for a few years. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure for patients in the advanced stages of the disease. It involves implanting electrodes in the…
  • Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

    Jennifer Gibson, PharmD
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    We all know that telling lies is wrong. But, we still do it. Now, some researchers think that lying may not be all bad. New reports claim that children who tell lies have better memory than those who don’t. In an experiment designed to tempt kids to cheat, researchers invited 114 children to a lab to play a trivia game. The 6- and 7-year-old children were asked if they had, in fact, cheated and they were asked about the details of their lie. Separately, the same children underwent tests of verbal and spatial working memory. In the end, the children who lied had better verbal memory…
  • Practice Being Grateful and Reap the Benefits

    Carla Clark, PhD
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    The benefits of gratitude are many and profound. Being grateful is shown to improve both physical and mental health, psychological wellbeing and attitude, and our relationships with others. Practicing gratitude has even been shown to rewire our brains for the better—it is a truly powerful life-changing tool. Reducing physiological stress and improving sleep Just this year, one study reports that a short, two-week daily gratitude writing intervention completed by 119 women that were either working or studying at University College London increased the women’s perceived wellbeing. The…
  • Our Mental Abilities Are Not Entirely Exceptional

    Viatcheslav Wlassoff, PhD
    25 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    We rightfully consider ourselves the smartest species on Earth. Our smartness, however, is not entirely unique. Our mental abilities have not suddenly appeared from nowhere – they must have gradually evolved. So it does not come as a really big surprise to find out that many animals possess certain mental abilities that we traditionally considered uniquely human. Scientists had been probing into the mental abilities of birds and animals for many years. Now we are certain that we share neuronal abilities – especially those related to language and communication – with animals.
  • Fittening App

    Lorena Nessi, PhD, MA
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    It is well established that regulations in the weight loss industry are slack enough to allow potential harm to consumers, and many advocate for the government to strengthen existing laws. The vested interests in the market are a serious concern, with the weight loss industry in the US alone generating around $60.5 billion in revenue across 2014, according to Marketdata Enterprises. One might imagine that the wealth of information now online might help individuals to become more informed, but in such an unregulated industry the abundance of both crafted and ignorant misinformation available…
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    World of Psychology

  • 8 Creative Techniques to Cope with Painful Emotions

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    Many of us have a hard time coping with negative emotions. This makes sense. “Painful feelings like anxiety, sadness, anger and shame tap into the parts of our brain that are connected to survival,” according to Joy Malek, M.S., a licensed marriage and family therapist. For instance, the anger we feel when we’re hurt is the same as the flight, fight or freeze response we experience when our survival is seriously threatened, she said. We also tend to learn very early that getting mad or crying is not OK, said Meredith Janson, MA, LPC, a therapist in private practice in Washington, D.C.
  • Psychology Around the Net: August 1, 2015

    Alicia Sparks
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    Happy August, Psych Central readers! This week’s Psychology Around the Net brings you the latest in information about tracking your own happiness, using mindfulness to beat addiction, the importance of good ol’ fashioned handwriting, and more. Enjoy! Measuring Your Happiness Using the Most Important Concept in Positive Psychology: Learn about the three parts of subjective well-being and how you can track your own happiness. 5 Studies: The Psychology of the Ultra-Rich, According to the Research: “Bernie Sanders says that billionaires have ‘psychiatric issues.’…
  • Sharing and Shaming: What Has Social Media Done for You Lately?

    Sarah Newman, MA
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:55 pm
    We all use social media, whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or any number of blogging sites. But rarely do we think about how social media leaves us exposed in a way that could hurt us irreparably. In Jon Ronson’s So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed he studied several people who in recent years have been widely criticized via social media — some of them for sharing things online they now regret. For instance, Justine Sacco lost her job after she tweeted, “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” Or Lindsey Stone, who also lost her job after…
  • Are You a Bullied Parent?

    Sean Grover, LCSW
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Have you ever seen a child bully or boss around his parents? A child who talks down to them, disrespects or even mocks them? Embarrassing, isn’t it? A generation or two ago, it would have been unthinkable for children to bully their parents. Today, nearly everyone knows a parent who is bullied by his or her child. Pay a visit to your local playground or stroll through a shopping mall. You’re bound to see the bullied parent dynamic in action. On the surface it looks like an angry child harassing a parent who’s just too tired to say no. Underneath, there is much more going on.
  • Best of Our Blogs: July 31, 2015

    Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    People who gossip, criticize and judge others are only reflecting their own insecurities and self-criticism. I know that when I’m a harsh judge to others it’s because I’m struggling with accepting myself. The hardest thing to overcome in life isn’t something someone said to you or the insensitive thing they did, it’s the past action you haven’t been able to forgive yourself for. Every judgment you place upon others is a way, albeit an unhelpful one, to make you feel better about yourself. But how do you cope with the wretched feeling you feel when…
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    Teaching High School Psychology

  • Crash Course Video Details

    Chuck Schallhorn
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    Aaron Portenga from Michigan is awesome possum! He put together a minute-by-minute description of the Psychology Crash Course video series on YouTube.You can find a viewable link here: file is view only, so copy/paste into a Word Document or save to your own Google Drive.Each episode includes links to the respective videos. Seriously, Aaron is awesome!
  • Icebreakers

    Chuck Schallhorn
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    The new school year is almost upon us and a former student and now teacher posted a request for icebreakers on facebook. I found immediately found this link from APA Division 2. did a post last August called, "First Day Activities," but it was far from complete.Which icebreakers do you use? Do you have them written up? If so, email me a copy/link to your file so I can add them to our Teaching High School Psych (THSP) Google Drive. Use: thspblog AT gmail.comThanks,Chuckposted by Chuck Schallhorn
  • Psychology and Clickbait

    Chuck Schallhorn
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    This week I saw an article from History Today called, "25 Times History Made Perfect Clickbait."For those not familiar with the term, it is a technique used to create curiosity in the reader of a headline and "encourage" them to click on the link to a page that has many ads, at least one of which you will accidently click on making the page owner richer.Along those lines, I thought of a couple myself, but tend not to be that creative, so please add your own suggestions for clickbait headlines in the comments below!What Secrets About Prison Life Does Zimbardo Reveal?Do You Have the…
  • Psychology Memes

    Chuck Schallhorn
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Memes:--an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.I posted about an app that makes memes back in 2014 at this link: then, I have found more than a few psychology memes online. Some are accurate, some are not. You can use accurate ones for lesson starters or inaccurate ones…
  • Upcoming High School Psychology Conferences

    Amy Ramponi
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    If you're a new high school psychology teacher and you're freaking out because you have to teach psych this year...or if you're a veteran that can't believe it is already late thing is for certain. School is starting back soon for many of us and what better way to get into the Back-To-School mood than with some seriously good professional development?NORCALTOPSS Psychology teachers in the Northern California region can attend a conference (the inagural!) Saturday, August 8th from 8-3 at St. Ignatius Prep in San Francisco for a mere $20. Dr. Margaret Lynch, PhD is the keynote…
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    Advances in the History of Psychology

  • Networking the Early Years of the American Journal of Psychology

    Jacy Young
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    The most recent issue of the American Journal of Psychology includes an article exploring the journal’s earliest years of publication. In “The Evolution of The American Journal of Psychology 1, 1887– 1903: A Network Investigation” Christopher Green and Ingo Feinerer use the methods of the digital humanities to network the journal’s content. The abstract reads, The American Journal of Psychology (AJP) was the first academic journal in the united states dedicated to the “new” scientific form of the discipline. But where did the journal’s founding owner/editor, G.
  • ’37’- A Forthcoming Film on the Kitty Genovese Case

    Jacy Young
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    The New York Times reports that a film, titled ’37’, on the infamous Kitty Genovese murder is in the works. The Genovese case is often credited with providing the impetus for research into the bystander effect, whereby bystanders fail to intervene in an emergency situation as a result of a diffusion of responsibility. The notion that bystanders failed to intervene in the Genovese case – including the NYT‘s initial erroneous accounting of 37 such individuals – has been called into question (see our previous posts on this myth here). As the NYT reports,…
  • BBC Mind Changers: New Episodes on Carol Dweck and B.F. Skinner

    Jacy Young
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:34 am
    BBC Radio 4’s Mind Changers programme has returned with new episodes. Currently available is an episode on psychologist “Carol Dweck and Growth Mindset.” The episode is described as follows: Claudia Hammond presents the history of psychology series which examines the work of the people who have changed our understanding of the human mind. This week she interviews Carol Dweck, who identified that individuals tend towards a fixed or a growth mindset regarding what they can learn and achieve. She also showed that a fixed mindset can be changed, and that once people adopt a…
  • History and the Hoffman Report: A Round-Up

    Jacy Young
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    Chances are you, like us, have been following the fall out from the American Psychological Association’s Hoffman Report, which details how the organization colluded with the United States government to ensure psychologists remained part of its torture program. While there are a ton of opinion pieces floating around in the wake of the report, we thought we’d highlight a few pieces that take a particularly historical view on the current situation. Over on the Hidden Persuaders blog, part of a project on Cold War era brainwashing efforts, Marcia Holmes has written “What…
  • Theory & Psychology Online Firsts July 2015

    Shayna Fox Lee
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Theory & Psychology has published a couple of articles from their upcoming issue online first. By Michael Billig  a piece titled The myth of Kurt Lewin and the rhetoric of collective memory in social psychology textbooks. A rhetorical analysis is conducted in order to elucidate how texts have employed reductive tropes in a manner that mythologizes Lewin’s role in psychology rather than providing a historically accurate handling of his work and theory. A compelling assessment, which could be translated to ascertain other “fathers” of psychological subdisciplines have…
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    One Among Many

  • Over Ego

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:09 am
    To say that one is better than average is a famous bias from the social psychology textbook. In this better-than-average post, I show that it is not irrational to do so.
  • Game of Forgiveness

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    19 Jul 2015 | 1:54 am
    Forgiveness is good. Yet, it is not always forthcoming. This should tell us something about human psychology.
  • From Diagoras to Dawes and Denrell

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    14 Jul 2015 | 12:34 pm
    To live is to sample – experiences. Sample the good and ignore the bad. Would that not lead to happiness? Read about the fly in the ointment.
  • Aggression Beyond Frustration

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    8 Jul 2015 | 10:59 pm
    I have had several decades to reflect on German folkways. I find a streak of aggressiveness, that, while mostly contained, breaks through from time to time, stingingly.
  • Quiet Days in Charlottenburg

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Returning to “The Institute,” psychology presents itself in a Germanic light. Here are reflections on the illusion of absolute value and the differences (if there is any) between equanimity and indifference.
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    Ulterior Motives

  • You May Not Persist Long Enough in Creative Tasks

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
    I have the opportunity to work with groups who are trying to develop creative solutions to problems. One thing I have noticed is that groups often try to end the task of generating new potential solutions fairly quickly. After they have generated a couple of good ideas, they want to move on to evaluating those ideas and planning a way to execute those ideas.
  • You Can Help Yourself Wait for Better Options

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    Delaying gratification is hard. You have probably seen the adorable videos of kids in Walter Mischel’s classic marshmallow experiments. Adults also have a lot of trouble delaying gratification. People pay extra to get fast delivery from websites. They accept small rewards in the present rather than waiting for longer rewards in the future.
  • Using Psychology to Help At-Risk Students

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    There are many rewards for doing research in psychology. For one, it is just plain fun. There is something powerful about making progress on one of the world’s great scientific mysteries. For another, the things we learn about psychology have the potential to make people’s lives better.
  • Tylenol Blunts Positive Emotions Too

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:13 am
    A while back, I wrote a blog entry on studies demonstrating that acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) can dampen people’s responses to negative events. So, if you experience social pain, you may actually be able to medicate yourself for it in the same way that you take pain killers for a headache.
  • How a (Close) Loss Can Set You Up for a Win

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    Modern slot machines are fascinating devices. Most of them are not mechanical, they are electronic. That means that you pull the lever (or press a button) and the machine draws a random number that determines whether you have won. After that, the machine displays a show on the screen that ultimately lets you see whether you won.
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    NIMH | Recent Updates

  • Blog Post » The Brain’s Critical Balance

    Thomas Insel
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:37 am
    The BRAIN Initiative is supporting scientists aiming to understand how the 86 billion neurons in the brain act together to enable consciousness and behavior. Dr. Insel gives a snapshot of recent work and its implications for understanding normal and disordered brain function.
  • Blog Post » Quality Counts

    Thomas Insel
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    The Institute of Medicine has issued a report looking at the effectiveness of psychosocial treatments for mental disorders. Dr. Insel blogs about the need to ensure that consumers needing treatment receive evidence-based therapies.
  • Blog Post » Viewing the STARRS Data

    Thomas Insel
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
    Last week, two important research events unfolded without fanfare and without headlines. June 30 marked the end of the first phase of Army STARRS, the largest study of mental health risk and resilience ever conducted among military personnel. July 1 marked the release of Army STARRS data for use by the broad scientific community.
  • Blog Post » Accentuate the Positive: Rhythm and Blues

    Thomas Insel
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Researchers were able to reverse some of the behavioral effects of stress in mice by stimulating brain cells activated by pleasure. Dr. Insel describes the work and its implications for understanding depression.
  • Blog Post » Early BRAIN Breakthroughs

    Thomas Insel
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Dr. Insel blogs about recent breakthroughs from the BRAIN Initiative, which show the promise of what we can accomplish with investment focused on new tool development to better understand and treat brain disorders.
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    Psychology Today - Essentials

  • At the End of Life

    Alex Lickerman M.D.
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:01 am
    When I was a third-year medical student rotating for the first time on a general medicine service inpatient ward, my team admitted a thirty-year-old woman in acute congestive heart failure. That a thirty-year-old was in congestive heart failure was unusual enough. Even more shocking was the cause: an echocardiogram revealed a tumor sitting on top of her mitral valve
  • Withdrawal and Inactivity Feed Depression

    Susan Biali M.D.
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:24 pm
    If you're depressed, it's natural to feel like withdrawing from others and it can be hard to motivate yourself to do anything. Unfortunately, giving into these behaviors is likely to make your mood worse, not better. Here are some small tips on how to get back on course to mental health and happiness.
  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Vacation

    Juliana Breines Ph.D.
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    Vacation time is precious, and most people don’t get nearly enough of it. So how can you make the most of the time you do have? Research suggests that these eight strategies may help.
  • Still Alice? Still Alzheimer’s

    Joe Pierre M.D.
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    Is there anything nice to say about Alzheimer's disease?
  • There Is Grandeur in This View of Life

    Glenn Geher Ph.D.
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:33 am
    Some people think that evolution somehow diminishes what it means to be human and strips us of any spirituality. As I see it, this does not need to be the case at all. And here is why.
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    The Mouse Trap

  • Dancing with your baby

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:12 am
    View image | We all understand intuitively the necessity of better bonding with the new-born baby and research has shed light on the importance of early child-caregiver interactions for the formation of what is called ‘secure attachment‘  in the baby. We also know the importance of the first few critical years of development and why all the sensory and motor modalities of the infant needs to be  adequately stimulated for proper and timely achievement of developmental milestones. What we don’t typically appreciate is that dancing with your newborn baby may…
  • Depressive symptoms

    31 May 2015 | 5:07 am
    On the Threshold of Eternity (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I was reading ‘Depression’ by Aaron T Beck, who was instrumental in pioneering the treatment of depression with the cognitive behavioral approach, and was surprised to find that Beck had classified depressive symptoms in four buckets which correspond to the ABCD system. For example, like the Affect, Behavior, Cognition and Drive (motivation) ABCD model, he parses depressive symptoms as either emotional manifestations,  cognitive manifestations, motivational manifestations and vegetative and physical manifestations. A complete…
  • Personality decomposed!

    12 Feb 2015 | 3:57 am
    Today I read a paper by De Young about Cybernetic Big 5 theory of personality and that led me to think hard about my own conceptualization of personality.  The below is an effort to elucidate the CB5T as well as to enhance and point out the commonalities with my own conception. To begin with, there are two broad personalty meta-traits: called stability and plasticity. Like all personality traits these are on a continuum and someone low in stability I like to call as labile; while someone low on plasticity I like to call as rigid. Lets first look at plasticity. It is made up of the big 5…
  • Emotions – redefined!

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    English: Managing emotions – Identifying feelings (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a proponent of the eight basic emotions theory of emotions where the eight basic emotions are fear, courage/interest,  sadness, happiness, disgust, surprise/awe and anger and love. Its apparent that they are also paired in opposites as in fear and courage/ interest are opposite emotions in one sense of the word. Today I want to elaborate on the idea that these emotions come about in opposite pairs and differ just so slightly from each other in terms of the…
  • Love and Work

    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…
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    Workplace Psychology

  • Job Crafting: Shape, Mold, and Redefine Your Job

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    #145867727 / In his book, Drive (2011), Daniel Pink wrote that one of the motivating factors for employees is having the autonomy over four areas of work: what they do, when they do it, how they do it, and with whom they do it. Pink called these the four Ts: employee’s task, time, technique, and team. When I was working for a school system overseas in the Northern Mariana Islands, serving the islands of Saipan, Rota, and Tinian, I came up with the idea of creating a crisis management workshop. Because there was no such thing in my organization as a 15 percent time (like 3M)…
  • Stop Telling People You’re a “Thought Leader” Because You’re Not

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    1 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    #484526659 / Is Thought Leadership Old Wine In New Bottles? There are certain words/phrases that irk me to no end — thought leader or thought leadership is one of them. I cringe every time I see the words “thought leader” or “thought leadership” on a website or by a person’s name. David Brooks wrote a satirical, op-ed piece in the New York Times in December 2013 titled, “The Thought Leader.” Describing the life of a “thought leader,” Brooks wrote: “[The thought leader] doesn’t have students, but he does have clients. . . .Not armed with fascinating…
  • 100 Things You Need to Know: Best People Practices for Manager and HR

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:47 pm
    Description (from a Lominger flyer): In 100 Things, three internationally-recognized experts in human capital management provide the research behind the best people practices in an easy-to-read and easy-to-reference format. You’ll find research, discussion and a “so what” section (that tells you what best practices to follow as a result of the research) on the full range of HR people issues you deal with all the time—change management, HR effectiveness, measurement, campus recruiting, career development, feedback, selection, pay practices and more. I shared before about how I love…
  • Cajoling and Betraying Trust

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    2 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    #169987545 / The Oxford American Dictionary defines cajoling as “persuad[ing] someone to do something by sustained coaxing or flattery.” It’s another way of describing how we sweet-talk others into doing our bidding. A damaging consequence of a leader cajoling employees is losing the employees’ trust or confidence in that leader, and in his words and actions. Although they may, initially, trust the leader it often does not take long for employees to recognize that it’s simply deception designed to get them to do what that leader wanted them to do. “Cajoling…
  • Critically Examine Information to Avoid Garbage In, Gospel Out

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    2 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    #161844932 / One of the aims of my WorkplacePsychology.Net blog is to encourage and insist on evidence-based practices. A huge pet peeve of mine is the stating of opinions or thoughts as facts or providing incorrect or false information, such as when someone will matter-of-factly state something as fact when it’s actually just their opinion or sharing something they heard or read or concluded incorrectly. What’s troubling is that this occurs so often today despite the wide availability and ease of access to the Internet to help confirm or challenge these mistakes. I’ve…
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    Therapy Worksheets

  • Divorce Worksheets and Workbooks

    24 Jul 2015 | 10:36 am
    Here's a topic not covered enough on these pages. There've been plenty of posts about making relationships work, about anger management, couples communication, and the like. But how to approach the end of a marriage? How to make a divorce work?The web has some free worksheeted answers: Activities for helping children deal with divorce, financial planning docs from the Institute for Divorce Financial Analyts, a pair of WISH worksheets for kids from I Am a Child of Divorce.And New Harbinger just put this out: Getting Through My Parent's Divorce -- A Workbook for Children Coping with…
  • DBT Skills Training Workbook

    6 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    Some therapies are so worksheet friendly, they warrant a workbook. DBT is so worksheet friendly that there's a workbook written by the creator of the therapy, Marsha Linehan: DBT Skills Training Handouts and 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.
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    Dr. Jennifer Howard Changes That Last Blog

  • Coming Together without Falling Apart: Unity through Adversity

    26 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Coming Together without Falling Apart: Unity through Adversity - What do we do when we experience something that isn't quite what we had hoped for? Or, worse, when we experience something that is life-and death challenging? - Excerpt from "Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation" by Lama Surya Das. Lama is doing a 4-Part Series on A Conscious Life Radio Show, Dr. Jennifer Howard
  • A Conscious Life - Turning the Tables, #2

    7 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Jennifer Howard, host of A Conscious Life radio show and author of the awarding winning book, Your Ultimate Life Plan, is usually interviewing luminaries, thought leaders, and stellar authors on her show.
  • Mayor de Blasio & Gov. Cuomo can fix relationship

    5 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    NY Daily News - 7-5-2015 Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo can fix their rocky political marriage, therapists say ... But the most important thing they need to do, according to Jennifer Howard, might be the hardest for the two alpha men. “They have to be able to say, ‘I want to get along,' rather than ‘I want to be right,' ” said Howard, author of the award-winning “Your Ultimate Life Plan.”
  • Turning the Tables # 1

    23 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Dr. Jennifer Howard, host of A Conscious Life radio show and author of the awarding winning book, Your Ultimate Life Plan, is usually interviewing luminaries, thought leaders, and stellar authors on her show.

    11 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I'm excited to announce that starting Wednesday June 17, we begin a four-part series with Lama Surya Das focused on his new book, Make Me One with Everything. In his new book, he explores “inclusive meditation” for both new and experienced meditators.
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    Graphology World

  • Michael Jackson’s Signature shows huge Personality Changes

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Michael Jackson’s signature reveals more about his personality than most people realize Signatures can tell us quite a lot about a writer’s personality – and this is particularly true in the case of Michael Jackson. Let’s take a look at a few of his signatures to see how they reflect the changes as they occur in his personality. To begin with, I have chosen one of his earlier signatures to show you what I mean. Notice how it starts off being rather simple and practical. The letters are legible and clear. The signature lacks sophistication but it is an  honest reflection…
  • 5 Important Questions about Graphology

    23 Jun 2015 | 12:08 pm
    I have written a great deal about Graphology over the years.  Articles, books, courses, blogs, newsletters.  A lot of thinking goes into the process of writing as you well know. But then, while indulging in another bout of thinking, (I should do it more often, I know) a disconcerting thought popped into my head. During all that time, had I been asking the right questions? Like – what is Graphology really all about?  What is its essence and true meaning?  Does it have any real value over and above scrutinizing the scribblings on a page? These are important questions to ask. So here…
  • 10 Things you can learn about yourself from your Handwriting

    10 Jun 2015 | 9:25 am
        Your handwriting speaks volumes. It will answer some of your most pressing questions about the real you.  Here are some of the key things that you can learn about yourself – or anyone else – from as little as a single page of writing! Your handwriting will help you to: 1. Find out about your strengths You need to know your strong points if you want to take advantage of them and use them for your greater success. Fortunately, strengths stand out in handwriting. The stronger the trait the more evident it will be in your handwriting. 2. Recognize your weaknesses While…
  • Signs of Genius in Alan Turing’s handwriting

    3 Jun 2015 | 11:43 am
    Long before the popular movie, “The Imitation Game” came out I decided to feature Alan Turing and his handwriting as one of the geniuses in my book “The Mark of Genius.” At the time I was unable to find any examples of Alan Turing’s handwriting but what I did find was an online version of an amazingly descriptive and fascinating biography of Alan Turing. It was “The Alan Turing Internet Scrapbook” and the author was Andrew Hodges. Now here’s the fascinating part. This remarkable biographical work is coupled with Andrew Hodges’s book, The Enigma which was…
  • Secret love letters of Charlotte Bronte discovered

    18 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Charlotte Bronte wrote Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte the author of Jane Eyre was one of the most romantic writers of the 1800’s. Partly biographical, Jane Eyre is about the struggles of a strong independent young woman and her need for love. Packed with atmosphere, it is a deeply romantic book that positively sizzles with passion. In fact, largely because of its many biographical elements, I like many others have often wondered about Charlotte Bronte’s own search for love. And now her secret has been exposed.  Because Charlotte’s secret love letters have just been discovered. And what an…
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    The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies

  • Memories, Dreams, (and) Reflections of Stephen Anthony Farah

    20 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
    With apologies to C. G. Jung Some general context What follows is an attempt to synthesise and make meaning from my very own Jungian journey of the last fifteen years. Besides borrowing the title from Jung’s biography Memories, Dreams, Reflections, I follow in the footsteps of two of my students, Tasha Tollman and Linda Hawkins, who have previously written pieces along these lines for publication on this site. I am not into the white washing or spin doctor style of narrative. I will attempt, as much as possible, to give you an honest, if at times jarring, account of the highlights and…
  • When there is no judgement, what is alive in you?

    19 May 2015 | 4:54 am
    The multi-award winning documentary, Ensoulment, created and directed by Loris Simón Salum, explores the feminine principle in present day Western society. It is a journey in search of meaning, belonging and the path back to the authentic self. Watching the documentary, I was content, dare I even say happy with my life and completely unprepared for a question so powerful, that it hit me between my solar plexus and left me breathless. A question that filled me with excitement and at the same time terrified me. The question – When there is no judgement – what is alive in you? What…
  • The fragile beauty of narcissism

    12 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    I know arrogance and narcissism can be most annoying, particularly when it’s the other guy that’s the guilty party. Nevertheless take solace in the simple fact that all arrogance is, in the final analysis, nothing more than naiveté. The OED defines arrogant as “having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities” Arrogance derives from the verb “arrogate” which is “to take or claim something without justification”. The sin of arrogance is assuredly one of ignorance, nothing more. Arrogance is “claiming ownership without justification”, in other…
  • Creating a Life: Finding your Individual Path by James Hollis

    8 May 2015 | 1:14 am
    James Hollis has the extraordinary ability to make the work of Carl Jung meaningfully applicable to our everyday lives and this genius is apparent in Creating a Life: Finding your Individual Path.  The book takes you on a journey into living an examined life, a journey towards consciousness. But Hollis warns this journey will not solve all your problems or heal your pain, it will simply make your life more interesting to you. And who doesn’t want to feel that they are really living; that life is an exciting, meaningful journey as opposed to a boring sequence of mishaps and misadventures?
  • Ensoulment: A Diverse analysis of the Feminine in Western culture

    7 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    This a guest blog from Lorís Simón Salum, the creator and director of the multi award winning documentary Ensoulment, which we screened in Johannesburg and Cape Town during April 2015. You can visit the website for more information on the movie. A Message from Lorís Simón Salum Even though there might not be anything left to be said about my 21-22 year old self after you watch Ensoulment, there is one thing I rarely speak about concerning the making of this film. On an outer level, I studied and researched and grew plenty while filming the movie. However on a deeper…
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    Psychology Matters Asia

  • Sadness After Sex

    1 Aug 2015 | 10:07 pm
    I surmise that countless people experience sadness after sex. Psychologists call this psychological phenomenon "postcoital tristresse." It-s a feeling of unfulfillment in the sexual act, especially when something deeper or permanent is desired or hungered for in the physical expression of love.
  • Some Common Questions on Money Management in a Healthy Marriage

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:41 pm
    It-s normal for married couples to have different views on money management, but if one of them works so hard to earn the family-s income and the other spends like there-s no tomorrow, there can be a big problem there. What is your advice to people who are married to big spenders? Let-s say a husband has just found out that his jobless wife has taken out a huge loan or incurred high credit card balances, or has been hiding bills and shopping around like crazy. How can this situation be best handled? What can the husband do to achieve a compromise? Is it a good idea to confront the wife right…
  • Control Anger before it Controls You

    13 Jul 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Anger is one of the basic human emotions characterized by intense feelings of being antagonized or wronged (APA, 2015). Anger can sometimes be good, serving as the necessary motivation to remedy a situation. However, excessive anger can be detrimental to both mental and physical health. It has a wide range of intensity from mild (irritation, frustration) to severe (rage). Anger involves three distinct manifestations:
  • Why Relocating is a Big Deal

    12 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    By Clarity Counseling ServicesRelocating to a new place is often viewed as a good thing. True enough, it is exciting and full of new possibilities. It often comes with a positive life event such a new job, furthering one’s education or moving to be with a loved one. So much so that the challenges that come with relocation are rarely addressed and shrugged off in fear of being perceived as being negative or whiny. Unfortunately, the challenges that arise are very real and could cause lasting side effects on top of entirely new problems. Those who have relocated or are planning to, take…
  • Train Psych, Anyone?

    7 Jul 2015 | 9:06 pm
    I-ve been thinking today of trains. Trains are weird places, don-t you think? Especially crowded ones.In numerous occasions, I-d have speaking tours before Koreans and Filipinos in Seoul (also in other parts). Whenever I-d ride their trains, I-d be with fellow Filipinos. Like in the Philippines where MRT is always overcrowded with people, trains in Seoul can be so full during peak hours there isn-t room to turn around. One time, my fellow Filipinos and I had a big laugh together. And the Koreans, with whom we occupy common space, would just stare and frown at us. Strange.
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    Connecting Hypnotherapy...

  • VIDEO Why do we talk?

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:48 am
  • Can the Moon And Planets Affect Human Behaviour?

    25 Jul 2015 | 4:43 am
    For thousands of years it has been believed that the fortunes of men and women, in all countries, move in cycles. The ancients depicted the concept as the great Wheel of Fortune.It’s eternally turning and spilling off the winners on top while bearing up the wretches beneath and giving them their time in the limelight before they, too, get dumped. The trouble was that no one knew for sure what powered that wheel or exactly what speed it was turning for any given individual. People knew their days were numbered, but they didn’t know the number.Until recently the situation hasn’t improved…
  • Why Good Manners Matter

    21 Jul 2015 | 4:38 am
    Rudeness was reported as the chief cause of stress in a recent poll in France. For 60 percent of the French, it is not the debt crisis or persistent double-digit unemployment that stresses them out, but the behavior of other people. True, the French have elevated rudeness to an art form, but do manner really matter that much?Humans are highly social creatures and wherever we go we subtly modify our behavior to fit in with others. Rudeness signals that one is not welcome in this group, activating pain regions in the brain as found by Naomi Eisenberger and colleagues at UCLA. Rudeness also…
  • The symbol of serpent and dragon – an Jungian view

    17 Jul 2015 | 4:33 am
    Everywhere the symbol of the serpent and dragon is connected with the (d)evil. That does hurt me a little bit, as I am Serpent in the Chinese Zodiac – which is the least favored sign. The snake has a bad rap not only according to my wife, but certainly within Christianity. In defense of myself (and the snake), I wanted to look at the snake in symbolic terms, in Jungian terms and to explore this from all possible angles. In alchemical symbolism dragons are associated with fire and the primal chaotic material. The Western concept of dragons is to portray them as to be feared, and destroyed,…
  • VIDEO Total Isolation

    13 Jul 2015 | 4:37 am
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    What is Psychology?

  • Video: Life is Easy – by Jon Jandai

    9 Jul 2015 | 7:52 pm
    In an amazing talk, Thai farmer Jon Jandai reveals his simple but powerful secrets to an easy life. Jandai touches on key issues such as money, clothing, housing and health, and explains how he is able meet all of his needs without being burdened by debt or stress.
  • The Amazing Parrot Illusion

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:23 pm
    What do you see in the picture above? Leave your comments below
  • VIDEO: Top 10 Facts – Psychology

    13 Mar 2015 | 8:51 pm
    David from Youtube’s Top10 Facts presents his take on the 10 most fascinating points in the science of psychology.
  • It’s a Jungle Out There – Optical Illusion

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:03 am
    How many animals can you find in the jungle? Post your responses below!
  • The Link between Facebook and Depression

    K. Coomarsingh
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    Regular Facebook use could contribute to depressive symptoms, according to the results of one recent study. Researchers conducted a two-part investigation into the impact of Facebook on user’s psychological health and found a positive  association between time spent on Facebook and depressive symptoms among both males and females. In other words, the more time persons spent on Facebook the more depressive symptoms they experienced. The U.S. based researchers also examined how social comparison (upward, downward and non-directional) mediates the relationship between time on Facebook and…
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    Carl Jung Depth Psychology

  • Carl Jung and his personal mother complex

    Lewis Lafontaine
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:27 am
    To Dorothee Hoch Dear Dr. Hoch, 28 May 1952 The conjecture that I have succumbed to a personal complex does indeed spring to mind when one... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung: Taken in the spirit of the age, the Malleus Maleficarum is not so gruesome.

    Lewis Lafontaine
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:17 am
    Dear Herr Rosen, 16 June 1952 Taken in the spirit of the age, the Malleus Maleficarum is not so gruesome. It was an instrument whereby it was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on his Personal Mother Complex.

    Lewis Lafontaine
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:49 pm
    To Dorothee Hoch Dear Dr. Hoch, 28 May 1952 The conjecture that I have succumbed to a personal complex does indeed spring to mind when one... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I therefore don't quite understand how you can smell "gnostic" arrogance in this attitude.

    Lewis Lafontaine
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    To Fritz Buri Dear Professor Buri, 5 May 1952 Since you were kind enough to send me your review, I am taking the liberty of going... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Here are a few Jung-Hesse Letters:

    Lewis Lafontaine
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    [Carl Jung’s letter to Hermann Hesse on “Demian.”] 1. To Hermann Hesse Dear Herr Hesse, 3 December 1919 I must send you my most cordial thanks for your masterly as well as veracious book:... [[ 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

  • Ep 243: Did Your Therapy Really Work?

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    If you have been in therapy you want to believe it "worked". We all do. And hopefully it did have a positive effect on you. But how do you know? How do therapists know if what they're doing really has resulted in improvements in their clients? Yes, we have controlled studies for many treatments which give us confidence that these techniques really do help people, but we also have a lot of "therapeutic" techniques that have not been thoroughly tested. Nonetheless, lots of amazing claims are made for their effectiveness and no doubt the people who provide these therapies really do believe that…
  • Ep 242: The Psychology of Attractiveness: An Interview with Rob Burriss

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:53 am
    One of the most popular topics in Psychology is attraction: why are we romantically attracted (or not) to each other? Whenever anyone asks me about this topic, or they ask me for other psychology podcasts in addition to The Psych Files. I send them over to the Psychology of Attractiveness podcast, hosted by Rob Burriss. Rob has been hosting this podcast for the past 6 years and he never fails to uncover the most interesting new research in this field.
  • Ep 241: I know What You DID'T Do - the Internet of Things for Dementia and Alzheimer's

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    13 Jun 2015 | 3:24 am
    How can technology be used to help people with Dementia and Alzheimer's? Here are a few examples. You may have heard of the "Internet of Things" - this is the idea that we can place small Internet-connected devices onto everyday household objects in order to get information from them about what you are doing - and not doing - throughout the day. A simple use of these devices would be to program these devices to turn the heat up (or down), turn your coffee on and feed the cat when the device senses that you just woke up. But how about using these devices with people who have memory problems?
  • Ep 240: How Do You Treat People Who Are Ill?

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    29 May 2015 | 10:07 am
    We all want to help others - especially those in the "helping professions" - but what's the best way to do that? Therapy? Medication? How about setting up an entire fake village set up to look like the '50s with helping professionals dressed up to look like grocers? Sound bizarre? Well, they're doing it in Amersterdam.
  • Ep 239: Racial Divide: Why Does It Happen? How We Can Fix It

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    4 May 2015 | 10:44 am
    Why does conflict emerge as it did in Baltimore last week, among the police and the African-American community? Is it caused by poor parenting? Poverty? Joblessness? I provide a psychological perspective on the situation. I look at how stereotypes develop and conflict among groups develops. The solution is complex but the theories on these two issues give us some insight into what has to happen to resolve the problems.
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  • Adolescents with sleep problems more likely to self-harm

    Uni Research
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:33 pm
    There is a strong relationship between sleep problems such as insomnia, and self-harm, according to findings in a new Norwegian study. The study is led by psychology specialist Mari Hysing from Uni Research in Bergen, and published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. Adolescents with sleep problems were significantly more likely to report self-harm than [...] The post Adolescents with sleep problems more likely to self-harm appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Stressing about your math test? Your problem-solving abilities might suffer

    Taylor & Francis
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:31 pm
    That our emotional state can affect our cognitive functions can be all too clear to anyone struggling to complete a mental task under pressure. What has been less clear, until now, is whether that relationship between our emotions and our abilities can change over a period of time. To explore that connection, Kelly Trezise and [...] The post Stressing about your math test? Your problem-solving abilities might suffer appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Young adults with autism show improved social function following UCLA skills program

    1 Aug 2015 | 10:17 am
    Researchers at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA have found that a social skills program for high-functioning young adults with autism spectrum disorder significantly improved the participants’ ability to engage with their peers. In the study, the largest randomized controlled trial to show improved social functioning in young adults with autism, [...] The post Young adults with autism show improved social function following UCLA skills program appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Discovery about brain protein causes rethink on development of Alzheimer’s disease

    University of Melbourne
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:14 am
    Researchers at the University of Melbourne have discovered that a protein involved in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease also has properties that could be helpful for human health. The discovery helps researchers better understand the complicated brain chemistry behind the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a condition that affects hundreds of thousands of Australians. An international [...] The post Discovery about brain protein causes rethink on development of Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Stanford team’s brain-controlled prosthesis nearly as good as one-finger typing

    Stanford School of Engineering
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:42 am
    When we type or perform other precise tasks, our brains and muscles usually work together effortlessly. But when a neurological disease or spinal cord injury severs the connection between the brain and limbs, once-easy motions become difficult or impossible. In recent years researchers have sought to give people suffering from injury or disease some restored [...] The post Stanford team’s brain-controlled prosthesis nearly as good as one-finger typing appeared first on PsyPost.
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    Watersedge Counselling

  • 13 Reasons to Invest in a Marriage and Couple Relationship Retreat

    Colleen Morris
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Your marriage and couple relationship is a long-term investment into your future wellbeing and happiness. When we commit to a relationship, we regard it to be ‘for life,’ or if not, at least for a significant period of time. But have you contemplated how to maintain this precious investment so that it continues to provide the returns it initially promised? Every significant investment we make is reliant upon our continued attention to ensure long-term productivity. Take, for example, investing in a new vehicle. I was 24 by the time I could afford to purchase my first new car. Bright,…
  • The Enneagram Type 9 -The Peacemaker

    23 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This week we’re jumping ahead in the Enneagram to look at the Type 9 Personality. Commonly known as the ‘Peacemakers,’ these are often the hardest personality type to identify simply because they can be so mellow. You might be a Type 9 if you avoid conflict at all costs and tend to procrastinate without really considering the future. These are the people who, when healthy, are able to calm those closest to them, while being a voice of honesty and reason. They can make excellent mediators, and are solid and stable friends. Take a look at this week’s infographic on the Type 9…
  • Keys to a Happy Relationship: Processing Past Fights and Regrettable Incidents

    Colleen Morris
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    “Experience is the best teacher, and the worst experiences teach the best lessons.” Anurag Prakash Ray Throughout my life experience, I have come to recognise that some of my most valuable life lessons – lessons about who I am and how I relate to others; were not taught in any classroom or lecture theatre, but by reflecting upon my own experiences and in particular, the tough experiences. It is often in examination and dialogue with a trusted friend or counsellor about these experiences, that we understand ourselves more. We learn about our strengths and weaknesses, and the pitfalls we…
  • Why Be Present?

    Jessica Morris
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    It is normal for our minds to wander. Whether we are in conversation, at work, or doing day-to-day activities, we have a tendency to think about the past or the future. When we do this, we are more prone to anxiety and depression. By practicing Mindfulness and being present in every situation, science has shown that we will be happier. When does your mind wander, and what do you think about? Next time you find yourself thinking ahead, take a moment and live in the present. This infographic by Presence Training tells us more about the benefits of being present and how we can do this in our own…
  • 5 Great Reasons to Have a Dry July

    Jessica Morris
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Around this time each year, the words ‘Dry July’ come up. They pop up as a discussion point on morning television, and we see it on our news feed as friends rally up the courage to put down alcohol for July. But why actually have a Dry July? The campaign means that by simply giving up the drink, people can gather donations for adults living with cancer. But beyond this, there are also some great benefits to having a Dry July. Your body can detox Whether you drink occasionally, once a week or every day, having a month free of alcohol gives your body a chance to detox from all the toxins…
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    Career Assessment Site | RSS Feed

  • MBTI® Test ENFJ Personality Type and Project Management Preferences

    Geeta Aneja
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:05 am
    MBTI® Test ENFJ Personality Types and Project Management Preferences Your team members’ Myers Briggs® Personality Type  (MBTI®) can provide valuable insights into the manner in which they may approach various projects they are assigned. Being cognizant of team strengths and preferences can help leaders and teams anticipate the optimal ways to utilize the talents of individual team members and harness the team as a whole. Ultimately, doing so can improve the function and performance of the team, and make everyone more satisfied and fulfilled along the way. This week, we take a closer…
  • Myers Briggs® ESTP Personality Types and Communication in The Workplace

    Geeta Aneja
    8 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    The ways that people communicate varies, sometimes widely. While this variation can be a good thing and makes for an interesting work environment, at times, it can cause rough patches or make life difficult in the workplace. The good news is that Dunning (2003) has found that individuals’ communication style is influenced by their MBTI® personality type. Therefore, identifying the various personality types in your workplace and anticipating communicative challenges before they even happen can help your organization or team function even more efficiently. Image courtesy of Ambro at…
  • MBTI® Test ENFP Personality Types and Project Management Preferences

    Geeta Aneja
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:50 pm
    MBTI® Test ENFP Personality Types and Project Management Preferences Different peoples’ Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI Test) personality type can yield valuable insights about their thought processes, strengths, and proclivities while they are planning for, completing, and wrapping up projects. Learning about your own MBTI test type, as well as those of your team members or co-workers, can facilitate the development of a more efficient and equitable work environment. It can also help you become more selective and knowledgeable about the projects you choose to tackle and your modus…
  • Myers Briggs® INTJ Personality Types and Communication in The Workplace

    Geeta Aneja
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Myers-Briggs® Test INTJ & Communication People communicate in ways that differ vastly from one another. In some cases, these differences are positive and enable individuals to learn and grow with one another in a working environment. However, in other cases, they can cause miscommunications that are mildly inconvenient at best. Fortunately, Dunning (2003) has drawn parallels between communication styles and Myers-Briggs testpersonality type indicators. This means that being aware of different personality types can help leaders anticipate differences and therefore challenges in…
  • The Myers Briggs® INTJ Personality Type Leadership Preference

    Geeta Aneja
    12 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    INTJ Personality Type and Leadership Being a strong, confident, and above all, an effective leader is important and vital in the fast-paced 21st century workplace. Thanks to technology-facilitated instant communication, companies and clients are expecting their teams to complete projects quickly and accurately. The best way to ensure that the teams you lead are functioning optimally is to be aware of your and their MBTItest personality type and how it affects your leadership style. This week, we focus on The Myers-Briggs® INTJ (Introverted-Intuitive-Thinking-Judging) personality type and…
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    The Friendship Blog

  • When it’s time to shut up and listen

    Anne L. Skillman
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    “Talk to someone about themselves and they'll listen for hours.” The post When it’s time to shut up and listen appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • In the Media – How to break up when you’re the heartbreaker

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:37 pm
    An article on how to break up in SheKnows was so widely disseminated that it appeared in a publication in Nigeria. The post In the Media – How to break up when you’re the heartbreaker appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Book group friends: Are they real friends?

    29 Jul 2015 | 2:47 am
    A woman questions her friendships with book group members, resigns from the book club, and worries whether she did the right thing. The post Book group friends: Are they real friends? appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • A friendship question from a reader hints at something else

    26 Jul 2015 | 3:46 am
    Sometimes little friendship problems need to be seen as hints of something bigger. The post A friendship question from a reader hints at something else appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • In the Media – 5 Ways your friendship may be unhealthy

    24 Jul 2015 | 6:59 pm
    An article on describes five different ways that friendships may be unhealthy. The post In the Media – 5 Ways your friendship may be unhealthy appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
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  • Types of Motivation and Career Motivation Test

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Motivation is powerful. When it’s present, it helps us do hard things. When it’s absent, even simple things seem like a stretch. Read all about different types of motivation and how you can use them to get yourself closer to your goals.
  • 52 Jobs With Psychology Degree

    24 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    So you have earned your degree in psychology -- now what? Here is a list of 52 jobs available to you, including some options you might be not even aware of. In addition, we added some nontraditional but lucrative industries where your skills are very much in demand.
  • Prototype Psychology: Prototype Theory, Definitions, and Examples

    22 Jul 2015 | 4:41 am
    The definition and examples of prototypes in psychology. Find out how prototypes are formed, what affects prototypes, and what is the difference between prototype and schema.
  • Likert Scale Examples and Usage

    21 Jul 2015 | 4:29 am
    Learn how to use Likert scale for attitude rating; a lot of examples and ideas for your future projects.
  • Four Temperaments: Sanguine, Phlegmatic, Choleric, and Melancholic Personality Types

    20 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    Ancient concept of four personality types -- sanguine, phlegmatic, choleric, and melancholic -- explained. Find out where it comes from, how it's used today, and what is your personality type according to the four temperaments model.
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    Accessible Psychology

  • Augusts Hot Topic: Authenticity

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
      Starting from next Monday we have a new hot topic – authenticity!   Why go to all the effort of becoming your most authentic self? Here are just some of the benefits:   Being accepted and loved for who you truly are Having a well developed strong identity and sense of self Having a high level of integrity due to being very honest Having a high level of self esteem Living in tune with your own goals, dreams and priorities This all culminates in a happier, more fulfilled and contented life!   As we explore what constitutes an authentic life and what steps we can take to…
  • Why Karma works with forgiveness

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
      ‘Treat others how you would wish to be treated’ is a common truism that has grass roots in the notion of Karma. Some may even call it the law of attraction, others still Christianity. However you choose to describe the origins of this truism I firmly believe that when you extend forgiveness to others, others are more inclined to extend forgiveness to you.   Some of the greatest speakers in the world such as Tony Robbins, Oprah and Deepak Chopra all recognize and frequently advise that if you are seeking more of something in the world, whether it be kindness, peace or even…
  • Why shame is such a destructive emotion and how to overcome it

    28 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
      Often shame and guilt are used interchangeably. Whilst guilt is a very positive emotion which prompts us to recognize we have done something wrong and serves to encourage us to make amends shame is much more pervasive and causes us to feel that we are something wrong, leading us to feel unworthy, socially disgraced and isolated.   According to the Free Dictionary shame is:   “A painful emotion caused by the awareness of having done something wrong or foolish: feltshameforcheatingontheexam.”   Brene Brown, an award winning speaker who has spent the past…
  • How to Liberate Yourself by Overcoming the 3 Blocks to Forgiveness Part Four

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Picture courtesy of Shutterstock   The healing process…   Invariably the healing process is not linear, it isn’t a straight line on a graph. There will be peaks and troughs. During times when you are revisited by difficult feelings, return to the strategies you adopted when first trying to forgive.   Many people mistakenly think they cannot forgive, simply because they encounter difficulty after they have initially forgiven someone. In order to avoid this pitfall be mindful that the forgiveness and healing process can be lengthy. It is nonsensical to think there won’t…
  • How to overcome humiliations grasp

    24 Jul 2015 | 2:58 am
    The Macmillan Dictionary defines humiliation as   the unhappyand ashamedfeelingthat you get when something embarrassinghappens   We experience humiliation when a circumstance or event that is socially unacceptable publically lowers our social status. Humiliation is a powerful emotion and whenever I have experienced it I just wanted to run away and hide. And then I started to focus on those that humiliated me. Once I did that, not only was I deeply hurt, but I felt betrayed and angry which ultimately gave rise to resentment and hatred.   Worse still was when I was the cause…
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    Always ladies

  • Keep fighting

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    We sometimes think we want to disappear, but all we really want is to be found…
  • Being loved

    23 Jul 2015 | 6:32 am
    “The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead.” – Marilyn Monroe
  • You are not what happened to you

    20 Jul 2015 | 4:19 am
    “Don’t judge yourself by what others did to you.”  – C.Kennedy
  • One day…

    16 Jul 2015 | 4:25 am
    One day someone is going to hug you so tight that all of your broken pieces fit back together…
  • Be proud of who you are

    8 Jul 2015 | 7:54 am
    Never let anyone tell you who you are…
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  • It's My Panties and I'll Sit If I Want To

    21 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    Hi Tim,I’m a man, 23, college grad starting a good career and living with my girlfriend for a year now. I’m also small framed, very short and lightweight. This was difficult growing up but I’ve accepted it. My girlfriend doesn’t mind and even asked me to wear her underwear once because she thought it was sexy. I guess it was, but I actually liked wearing them and I’ve since bought several pairs of my own. The silk and lace just feel better to me during the day. Unfortunately, urinals aren’t completely private in some places and there are obvious design…
  • Not That Book By Nabokov

    9 Jul 2015 | 10:20 am
    Hi Tim,I’m a 28 year old man with one sibling, a sister who is 16 and of course still lives at home. She is a straight A student and well-behaved, likes gaming and anime, but has taken up an interest in Lolita culture. From what I’ve read, it’s a lot of frou-frou dresses and girly pink bows and ribbons and harmless fashion. But, she has taken two part-time jobs and spends every dime she earns on these dresses. She has no savings, no car and is not even interested in driving. The only people she associates with are other Lolita girls, which is only about enough time to go to…
  • Temper-Temper, Temp

    23 Jun 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Hi Tim, I’m a 24 year-old woman and paralegal, laid off last year and took a temp job in January for a firm that recently lost a long-term employee. Another temp lady and I are in the running for this permanent position with great benefits, perks and lots of career potential. She and I started off friendly enough, but then she started making sarcastic remarks to me in front of others, joking about my performance and alluding to the fact that she would certainly win the fight for this position. Now, she has begun showing up a half-hour earlier than we usually do so she can grab a few…
  • Currently Closeted

    5 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    Hi Tim,  I'm gay and I am out (and proud) to everyone except my family. I do not think that they will react in a way that brings me danger or kicking me out. But I know that they will become very uncomfortable around me for a very long time. My family has been through some rough stuff together and I feel like we are finally in a good place. I don't want to be the one to mess up the dynamic. I hate being looked at by them as an other. I just want to be adaughter.  Sincerely,  Currently ClosetedHi Closeted,Congratulations on coming out! I am happy to hear you have supportive…
  • Comparisons Are For Prices

    28 Apr 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Hi Tim,Single male, 20’s artist: I’m constantly comparing myself to different people with different abilities and mine are never as good. My parents and extended family always compared me to my superstar older brother who can do no wrong, and I guess I picked it up from them because I’m constantly looking around me at people who’re better than me at work, more talented artists, better looking, smarter, make more money, and so on. It never ends, and I feel crappy by comparison everywhere I go. Why am I not better than somebody at something, or is it me?  - Less…
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    San Francisco Psychotherapy and Couples Counseling

  • The Mindful Way to Finding Our Joy

    Tina Fossella
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    Joy is an inherent part of our basic nature. We all have it, but many of us have lost touch with it over the years. We formed identities in response to what was happening around us and forgot the truth of who we were. How can we get back in touch with our joyful selves? Mindfulness helps us live in the present moment where we can find our joy. The secret to recovery is realizing that we have already survived everything that has ever happened to us. Our negative beliefs and feelings about ourselves come from the past. The healing we are seeking can only be found now in the present moment. As…
  • When Ashley Madison Beckons: What To Do in an Age when an Affair is Just a Click Away.

    Tiffany McLain
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    I was recently introduced to Ashley Madison. She just happens to be the dating site of choice for all of your extramarital liaisons. According to Noel Biderman, the founder and CEO, 35,000 people sign up for AM each day, and 120 million people visit the site each month. Research shows that 54% of women and 57% of men have had admitted to cheating in a relationship and 68% of women and 74% of men say they would cheat if they knew they would never get caught. These stats go a long way towards explaining the popularity of one Ashley Madison. With the internet, what was once a complicated, but…
  • In and Out of the Void: Pixar’s “Inside Out” as a Map of Depression

    Marty Cooper
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:06 pm
    [Movie totally spoiled herein:  don’t read if you have not yet seen it!] Pixar’s “Inside Out” is so remarkable to my therapist’s eye because it really got the human mind right (which Linda McCabe’s article addresses), particularly in presenting a depiction and map of how depression happens, and what is depression’s cure.  It was also quite moving to me personally, as someone with a long (and thankfully now resolved) history with depression, that the film presented it with such compassion and wisdom, and especially with such a credible and real understanding that there is…
  • “This relationship is complete:” Changing the way we hold divorce and separation

    Kristin Young
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:17 am
    Are all relationships meant to last forever?  Considering how much we grow and change over time, individually and as couples, can we guarantee that we will grow in the same way and direction as our partner of five years, ten years or twenty years?  Is it possible that some relationships, which we may have made a deep commitment to, reach a place where staying involves stunting individual growth for the sake of the relationship rather than fostering growth? Although it’s true that entanglements and distancing in relationships can often be worked out through conscious understanding and…
  • From Drones to Phones: Security vs Freedom in Romantic Relationships

    Lily Sloane
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:46 pm
    I was recently listening to a collaboration broadcast of two of my favorite public radio programs, Radiolab and Note to Self (formerly New Tech City). The episode was called “Eye in the Sky,” and it asks the question: Should police use drone surveillance to solve and prevent crimes? The hosts, experts, and listeners had a range of reactions, from “If my kid was kidnapped I would absolutely want any technology available to help,” to “There’s no problem if I’ve got nothing to hide,” to “This is a violation of our privacy!” to “Uh…I don’t know…”. Our need for…
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  • 6 ways to Write With Compassion

    Diana Raab
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:47 am
    By Diana Raab, Ph.D. On July 6th, His Holiness the Dalai Lama turned 80 years old. That day has also been also named National Compassion Day. Many years ago, I saw the Dalai Lama speak at a local university. Knowing that I would be inspired by his words, I stood in line for the event […] The post 6 ways to Write With Compassion appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Healthy Brains are Flexible: Life is NOT One-Size-Fits-All (Part 3)

    Lynette Louise
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:58 pm
    by Lynette Louise, A.K.A. The Brain Broad While very unfortunate, people do deny the lived experience of another on a regular basis. As I previously mentioned, I specialize in autism. And if there was ever a population wherein lived experience is constantly denied, it is this one. People immediately polarize the minute the word “vaccine” […] The post Healthy Brains are Flexible: Life is NOT One-Size-Fits-All (Part 3) appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Healthy Brains are Flexible: How Can We Share Information (Part 2)

    Lynette Louise
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:24 pm
    by Lynette Louise, A.K.A. The Brain Broad As I was saying at the end of Part 1, my own temporal lobe brain challenges make “traditional” record keeping a problem, and it leads me to wonder how I will pass on what I know and share responsibly with the field. I have healed this issue markedly. […] The post Healthy Brains are Flexible: How Can We Share Information (Part 2) appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Healthy Brains are Flexible: Neurofeedback, From the Beginning and Back (Part 1)

    Lynette Louise
    12 Jul 2015 | 8:17 pm
    by Lynette Louise, A.K.A. The Brain Broad I began in the field of neurofeedback for brain regulation as a student of EEG Spectrum where they trained practitioners to investigate brain function challenges using a model of arousal. To put it briefly, the arousal model uses data, history and diagnosis to investigate whether symptoms are related […] The post Healthy Brains are Flexible: Neurofeedback, From the Beginning and Back (Part 1) appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • 5 Tips for Adding Spark Back Into Your Life

    Julia Scalise
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:25 am
    by Julia Scalise, DN, PhD As the 4th of July holiday approaches, we see many announcements and advertisements for fireworks events. The spectacular displays are both exciting and beautiful to watch. The bursts of color and design are a delight to the eyes. But these demonstrations are short lived, and quickly fizzle and fade. I […] The post 5 Tips for Adding Spark Back Into Your Life appeared first on BrainSpeak.
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    Amy Bucher, Ph.D.

  • LinkedIn Gets In on the Hot Trigger Game

    Amy Bucher
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:07 am
    In the UX world, LinkedIn usually comes up as an example of a well-done profile completion bar. If you haven’t paid attention to it (or even more strange, don’t have a LinkedIn profile), check it out–it shows your percentage “complete” on your profile based on whether you’ve filled out a series of recommended parameters including … Continue reading LinkedIn Gets In on the Hot Trigger Game →
  • Cultural Artifacts Case Study: The J&J Credo

    Amy Bucher
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    As anyone who reads my posts may have noticed by now, I’m fascinated by cultural artifacts–the visible, tangible evidence of what an organization believes and values, often in the form of office decor or signs. Cultural artifacts can be a powerful way to express and reinforce expectations for what it means to belong to a … Continue reading Cultural Artifacts Case Study: The J&J Credo →
  • Finding The Musical “One”: Art and Relationships

    Amy Bucher
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:46 am
    A couple of months ago, I wrote about how Amanda Palmer (singer and performance artist) characterized her art as a way of building relationships with audiences. She talks about art as a way to make oneself vulnerable and enable connections with other people. Her words resonated with me as a new-ish blogger who struggles with … Continue reading Finding The Musical “One”: Art and Relationships →
  • Recipe: Blueberry Lemon Crumb Bars from Smitten Kitchen

    Amy Bucher
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:41 am
    It seems like I find my favorite baking recipes from Smitten Kitchen. There’s her Apple and Cheddar Scones, for one . . . and when it’s warm outside and blueberries are in season, I turn to her recipe for Blueberry Crumb Bars. Of course, I always call them Blueberry Lemon Crumb Bars because the shot of lemon flavor … Continue reading Recipe: Blueberry Lemon Crumb Bars from Smitten Kitchen →
  • Winning on a WIIFM

    Amy Bucher
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:28 am
    There’s a concept in sales and marketing called the WIFFM (“whiff ‘em”), meaning “what’s in it for me?” Successfully getting someone to purchase your product or service depends on their believing that there’s a valuable benefit for them if they do so. The harder someone has to work to figure out the WIFFM, the less … Continue reading Winning on a WIIFM →
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  • Why sleep deprivation turns us into angry, pissed monsters

    Hanan Parvez
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:23 pm
    Sleep deprivation increases your chances of experiencing bad moods tremendously. All of us have been sleep deprived at some point in our lives and I’m sure we can all relate with that ‘heaviness in the head’feeling, dizziness, irritability and lack of good judgment caused by sleep deprivation.Sleep rejuvenates and replenishes not only your body but also your mind, particularly the conscious mind. During the day your conscious mind, the information processor, the data interpreter, is busy receiving and processing information from the environment. It shuts down its activities as soon as…
  • Why the "I'll start from tomorrow" plan is most likely a trap

    Hanan Parvez
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:29 pm
    How many times have you heard someone, or even yourself, say, “I’ll start from tomorrow” or “I’ll start from Monday” or “I’ll start from next month” whenever there is some new habit to form or a new project to work on? What is behind this common human tendency?I’m not talking here about procrastination which is a general term implying delay of action but I’m talking about delaying action and then promising yourself that you’ll do it at some perfect time in the near future. So, procrastination is only a part of this phenomenon.Behind every human action or decision or…
  • How we display mixed and masked facial expressions

    Hanan Parvez
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:12 pm
    A mixed facial expression is the one that someone makes when they’re experiencing two or more emotions at the same time. It is not true that we only feel one emotion at a time. We’ve all had those experiences where we are confused to the point of not knowing how we’re feeling. “I don’t know if I should be feeling happy or sad”, we wonder.What actually happens during such moments is that our mind gets caught in a web of two or more interpretations of the same situation, hence the mixed emotions. Had there been only one, clear interpretation we would’ve felt only one, clear…
  • How we threaten and express disapproval with the mouth

    Hanan Parvez
    9 Jul 2015 | 11:03 pm
    When you’re angry, how do you threaten the person who caused your anger using the mouth? That’s easy; you press your lips together strongly in an attempt to show determination- a determination to take action against the person. But what happens when you are extremely angry, the I’m-going-to-eat-you-alive type of angry? When you’re extremely angry, you’re extremely threatened and in order to stop the person who’s threatening you, you have to threaten him back. That’s how anger works. It is a process of returning threats.So how do you return the extreme threat that you feel in…
  • Why we raise our eyebrows to greet others

    Hanan Parvez
    8 Jul 2015 | 9:16 pm
    When we greet others from a distance, we give them a slight head nod or we raise our eyebrows very briefly, the latter resulting in an expression known as the ‘eyebrow flash’. In an ‘eyebrow flash’, theeyebrows rise rapidly for a split second and then drop again. The purpose of the ‘eyebrow flash’ is to draw attention to one’s face so that other facial expressions of communication can be exchanged.   The ‘eyebrow flash’ is used around the world as a long-distance greeting signal except in Japan where it is considered improper and impolite. Culture can, and…
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  • What is the Difference Between Psychology and Psychiatry?

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    What is the Difference Between Psychology and Psychiatry? One question that we are consistently asked is What is the Difference Between Psychology and Psychiatry? To answer this question as fully as possible we have put together this fairly definitive article. Some people use the term interchangeably, however, these two concepts refer to different fields of study and of practice. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two. What is Psychology? Psychology is defined as the study of human behaviour and everything associated with it. Psychologists study emotions, motivation,…
  • Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong

    11 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Johann Hari spent three years researching the war on drugs. In this fascinating TED talk Johann explains why what we think we already know about addiction is wrong. From personal experience Johann discusses why the interventions we currently use need to change in order to properly tackle addiction. The post Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong appeared first on
  • Raising Awareness of Mental Health Issues (From The Every Day Man)

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:37 am
    Raising Awareness of Mental Health Issues One of the aims of PsySci is to highlight mental health issues and stigma, so when Brook from Every Day Man wrote about his own battles, in such an honest and open way I thought it was worth sharing. This is just a small preview of the article, I recommend heading over to Every Day Man and reading the whole thing. This article has been written to raise the awareness of mental health issues. Please offer your support and donate to the mental health charity Mind via my Just Giving page  by clicking here. Every Day I live a life that is similar to…
  • Higher Income Not Associated With Increased Happiness

    1 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Higher Income Not Associated With Increased Happiness The relationship between income and happiness is not a new area of research. But ‘happiness’ may be considered subjective and is rarely a constant state. With this in mind researchers decided to consider how income is associated with levels of sadness and happiness. So researchers from the University of British Columbia used data from 12,291 participants in order to consider how income levels would correlate with happiness and sadness. The researchers framed the research by considering the following scenario: “Steve and…
  • Psychology Blogs: The Ultimate List

    30 Jun 2015 | 2:03 pm
    There are many quality psychology blogs and each offers something a little bit different. Here is a list of some of the ones we really like, in no particular order. If you can’t find a psychology blog you like in this list, then you probably don’t like psychology all that much after all! Introducing Psychology Blogs: The Ultimate List 1. Mind Hacks In their own words: “Neuroscience and psychology tricks to find out what’s going on inside your brain.” Mind Hacks also have a pretty cool wiki page to explore popular old posts. 2. Research Digest “We want to…
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  • #1 Mistake That Guys Make When Chasing Girls: Being Desperate

    Loi Liang Yang
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Girl In Bikini The surest way to turn a girl off is to be desperate when you are courting her. You become no different than the pesky salesman if you ever start showing endless concern about her. If you want to be able to get into a relationship with her, then you better follow the below advice. 1) Fill Your Life With Meaningful Events Always have your schedule filled to the brim because when you’re busy, you instantly portray alpha male behaviours. For example, you take longer to return her calls and text, and she will be in a constant paranoia of guessing if you’re truly into…
  • The Rich Don’t Wear Luxury

    Loi Liang Yang
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Rich Don’t Buy Luxury Luxury products are manufactured in a mass production manner in order to reach out to a larger consumer base. Not only are luxury products massively produced, it is also produced in countries where labour and materials are much cheaper. Although many of these brands have explicitly stated that their products are made in the brand’s host country, large part of its manufacturing are actually conducted overseas to cut costs and increase profit. In fact, sweatshops with migrant workers in rural areas of developed countries known for producing luxury products are…
  • Top 10 Bars in Singapore to Pick Up Chicks

    Loi Liang Yang
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:18 am
    Bars Although the ideal seducer is capable of approaching beautiful women at any location of the world, there are some places that produce statistically better results from the approaches because of the location’s ambiance and value. The below locations are selected based on scientific understanding of psychology and cognition. For example, most of these bars have smaller tables, and generally only provide drinks. Drinking venues are one of the best social settings to befriend people as the alcohol places the body into cognitive ease and relaxation, allowing them to open up to new…
  • Top 10 Sites On Psychology

    Loi Liang Yang
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    Top Psychology Sites Having been an avid reader of psychology blogs, sites and articles, here is a list of the top 10 sites with superior articles that I highly recommend you to visit. In no particular order, here is the list: PsySci PsySci examines the latest research as well as discussion of topical stories, concerning the areas of psychology and science that contribute to our understanding of health and well-being Psychology Today The website features therapy and health professionals directories and hundreds of blogs written by a wide variety of psychologists, psychiatrists, social…
  • Have You Forgotten Your Gifts?

    Loi Liang Yang
    20 Jun 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Talent Are you living the dreams of someone else’s will? Have your dreams and aspirations become a fantasy and is now long buried within you? Let the moment now be an opportunity to revive your youthful strength. Young, naive and dangerous. Those were the moments when you were in touch with your emotional core. But the tireless work that you face everyday eventually put your gifts on hold. Those gifts are the only true source of energy to your aliveness. Only when your gifts are given to the world fully, can you begin to receive the gifts back from the world. Your gifts to the world is…
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    Mind Mastery Home Page

  • Forgetting bad memories

    29 Jul 2015 | 11:21 am
    "Memories form the basis of our narrative story called life. Without the capacity to capture our experience, we would be drifting rather meaninglessly in a present moment, with diminished capacity to form plans for the future (since having a plan also involves imprinting it into our memory). However, very often we might regret remembering certain experiences and this memory can escalate to a point of anxiety or depression. Although the experience has already happened, its traces are left rather permanently in a brain sabotaging our current mood. If that is the case, the emotional charge these…
  • Simplest Guide to Managing Risk

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:10 am
    "Losing sucks. Nobody wants to lose. Yet in some games losing is inevitable, especially in games where the variance is quite high and the edge is relatively small. In my personal experience, mastering such a game is much more of a psychological challenge than merely understanding the logic behind the winning strategies. Let’s face it(...)"
  • Psychology and physics - psychodynamic perspective

    26 Jul 2015 | 11:36 am
    "When we look at psychology and physics, these two disciplines appear to be disconnected, and the only possible link establishing the connection between them lies within neuroscience and neurobiology. It doesn't require much explanation that psychology deals with our mental states, or simply with everything that we 'contain' in our brain - even if it involves expression of observable behaviour, whereas physics deals with everything that is (or appears to be) separated from us. Although both disciplines greatly influenced our understanding of ourselves and the world we live in, I don't think…
  • Mental homeostasis - the process of individuation

    21 Jul 2015 | 10:26 am
    "Certain schools of psychology promote the idea that every human strives towards becoming 'more than yesterday' - a whole person. In one of the previous articles I have described this tendency from a perspective of humanistic psychology. However, not only humanistic psychology is concerned with this process, but also analytical psychology whose pioneer was Carl Jung. Individuation, as termed by Jung, is a process similar to Maslow's self actualization, and yet, quite different. Analytical psychology could be described as speaking in a different language to humanistic psychology, and deals…
  • Why the majority of people is stupid

    12 Jul 2015 | 10:49 am
    "Generally speaking, we tend to split the society into stupid and clever or stupid and intelligent people. However, when something goes wrong, the majority of people will tend to blame other people and live in the assumption that the other people are stupid. Or going to extreme - that everyone is stupid (of course apart of themselves). But one thing we can all agree on - the prevalence of stupidity is much higher than the prevalence of intelligence - otherwise the world would be a better place to live and the general scientific growth would happen much quicker than is happening now. However,…
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    Pinnacle Of Man

  • How to Not Procrastinate: Accomplish Any Goal You Set

    Josh Hudson
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:20 pm
    The Procrastinator VS The Producer Are you a Procrastinator or a Producer? Are you someone that contributes and adds value to society or do you experience boredom and a lack of purpose in your life? The Procrastinator Do you like … Continued The post How to Not Procrastinate: Accomplish Any Goal You Set appeared first on Pinnacle Of Man.
  • The Truth About Anxiety And Fear

    Josh Hudson
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Where Did Fear Come From? Why is fear so scary? This may seem like a pointless question, but I wanted to examine fear in an in-depth manner to fully understand why we are so motivated by it. Some would argue … Continued The post The Truth About Anxiety And Fear appeared first on Pinnacle Of Man.
  • Understand Yourself by Increasing Emotional Intelligence

    Josh Hudson
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Understand Your Emotions Why do we experience emotions? What are they? What purpose do they serve? Can I control them? Why is emotional intelligence important for a relationship? Most men think that they don’t have a wide range of emotions … Continued The post Understand Yourself by Increasing Emotional Intelligence appeared first on Pinnacle Of Man.
  • Tenet #5: Assume Attraction (You Are Enough)

    Josh Hudson
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:22 pm
    You Are Enough! Entitlement (Assume Attraction) One of the most difficult principles for men to grasp is their understanding of value and entitlement. This understanding can give you the biggest potential for growth in having success with Women and life … Continued The post Tenet #5: Assume Attraction (You Are Enough) appeared first on Pinnacle Of Man.
  • Do I Need Therapy?

    Josh Hudson
    13 Jun 2015 | 8:34 pm
    I want to start this article by saying two things: First, I obviously have a personal bias in writing this article. Second, therapy works, and a lot of people would see a benefit of going to a therapist. Most people … Continued The post Do I Need Therapy? appeared first on Pinnacle Of Man.
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    unveiling the reality


    Juan A. Hernández
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:08 pm
    This title might be confusing to the reader. Could such different aspects of the human nature share the same roots?. I am intending with this post to prove that this is the case. If we unveiled such roots, then the questions would be: could we use that knowledge in a practical way?, could we get cured from anger and lack of freedom with the same pill?. I invite the reader to follow next reflections and find out how I address the previous matters by introducing what I call “freedom meditation”. Fig.1 Anger and freedom, two sides of the same coin WHAT SAVED YOU ONCE CAN KILL YOU A HUNDRED…

    Juan A. Hernández
    31 May 2015 | 3:13 pm
    The idea for this post came up one day watching a political debate on the TV. The right wing candidate was standing for a statement while the left wing candidate was, obviously, standing for the opposing statement. The arguments used by both candidates looked well built, from the logical point of view. I wondered then, how it was possible that two radically opposing positions could be laid on correct logical foundations. Could be two opposing positions right at the same time?, was there any hidden trick in that debate?. This post is about filtering lies, or incorrect reasoning looking…

    Juan A. Hernández
    19 Apr 2015 | 3:16 am
    7000 MILLIONS OF DEFINITIONS OF HAPPINESS When I first decided to write on happiness and goal achievement, the first thing I wondered was, why 7000 millions of human beings living on planet earth have such a small set of goals in life. Some of these goals might be “I want to raise my children and provide them with a good quality of life”, “I want to get as much money as possible”, “I want to survive and minimize my effort by getting others to work for me”, “I want my soccer team to win the league” or “I want my mother-in-law to get dumb”, among a few others. Whatever the…

    Juan A. Hernández
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    Welcome back to this blog. This month, I will be looking at the remaining points I left out from the first part of the post “REALITY IS A COMPLEX OBJECT”. In the first part, I explained the reasons behind the denial of complexity. I also talked about Plato’s allegory and his view on the human observation process of Reality. Then, I proceeded to introduce a series of reasons why Plato could be right, when he stated that the human observation of Reality is incomplete. The first reason was the existence of a possible dimensional mismatch between the real object to be measured and the…
  • Reality is a complex object (I)

    Juan A. Hernández
    23 Dec 2014 | 3:19 pm
    THE DENIAL OF COMPLEXITY HIDES OUR FEAR OF UNCERTAINTY Human beings do not withstand uncertainty very well. Uncertainty induces stress since our minds need to explain everything happening around us. It has been proved that when something occurs, and it is not easily explained by turning to our model of the world, an area in our brain called “left anterior cingulate cortex” (ACC) gets activated. This area would be responsible for conflict detection. On the other hand, another area in the brain gets activated, the so-called “dorsolateral prefrontal cortex” (DLPFC), which would be…
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    The Good Therapists

  • Facts

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:48 am
    Being a therapist involves entering into many worlds in one day. Each client brings a world. A world of people, activities, feelings, and beliefs. For many people their beliefs are facts. The work of therapy is often to realize that facts are just beliefs. It is a softening, a widening of vision, an understanding of our context and then of our possibility within that context. Facts don’t offer much possibility. Examples of facts that are actually beliefs include: Parents pay for the wedding. Men don’t cry. Women talk a lot. I will have children. Everything is fine. Facts bind us tightly.
  • What if there was an emotional olympics?

    20 Jul 2015 | 7:52 am
    What if there was an emotional olympics? What if there were events for vulnerability, dependency (the optimal health kind), open-heartedness, emotional expression, and secure attachment? What if peak performance meant something internal as well as external? What if we held the emotional competitors with awe and esteem? What if we couldn’t get enough of hearing about their training? What if children held them up as role models? What if emotional champions sponsored our cereal? What if governments supported the trainings? What if emotional activity was understood to be as crucial to health…
  • Moving On

    13 Jul 2015 | 7:18 am
    How do we move on after a loss, a disappointment, a trauma? How do we do this? I think the moving on language is pretty problematic. As if when you get to the next stop on your trip, the previous stop remains forgotten. In fact I can’t think of a good analogy for moving on in any kind of realistic way. We always take the next step informed by what has come before. When we talk about moving on from an unhealthy relationship or a big loss I think what we often mean is entering a period when the feelings around the event are not overtaking our lives. When we are not tortured anymore. We…
  • Withstanding change

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:39 pm
    There is a mass of thought on the law of attraction. Of bringing good things to yourself through envisioning, dreaming, believing. On the seemingly opposite side of the spectrum there is the hard slogging of a deep therapy where you are trying to figure out what you feel and why and the feelings are difficult and you haven’t got anywhere near the “what might be” stage yet. And then there is the huge space in-between. The truth that matter responds to vibrations. That our thoughts impact our physical health and that our energy field extends beyond our skin. Throwing ourselves into…
  • Gift of psychotherapy in the social media world

    Drew Carr
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    Sometimes, honesty really is the best policy. Some friends invited my wife and me for dinner last night. We went despite my protest of being too busy. Driving toward their home I reached for my pocket and found an empty space where my phone hangs out. I felt naked. No interwebs checking for the entire evening. An incredible thing happened during the meal; four people communicated face-to-face without social media. We shared stories, current projects, and political frustrations. At the end of the evening, each of us remarked how rare it is to feel connected to ourselves and others in our daily…
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