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  • Why Thinking About the Future Makes Today Easier

    Ulterior Motives
    Art Markman Ph.D.
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    Stress is one of the biggest complaints people have about their lives. People worry about money, work, and family. They are also dragged down by events that have happened in the recent past. A bad test grade can throw a student into a funk. A fight with a partner in the morning can affect the rest of the day. A missed sale at work can ruin a weekend.
  • Decluttering – A Rich Life With Less Stuff

    Accessible Psychology
    jennyleigh
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    As we come to the close of our hot topic on decluttering some of you may be sceptical about the psychological benefits to living a life with less stuff and when I saw this Tedx talk on decluttering and living a minimalist life, I knew I just had to share it with you! The speakers in this talk, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, used to earn six figure incomes and have an abundance of ‘stuff’ and yet we learn in their talk of how they were living for their stuff, rather than having it work for them.   Their breakthrough came when they decided to donate and sell around…
  • New Study Confirms Helping Others Is Good For You

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    mc
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    New Study Confirms Helping Others Is Good For You As recently mentioned in our recent post 40 scientifically proven ways to be happier, helping others has again been shown to be good for well-being. Researchers investigated the relationship between informal help and well-being and the underlying mechanisms: From the standpoint of self-determination theory, helping others is good for well-being if it is intrinsically motivated, rather than driven by the expectation of reciprocity. On the other hand (..) helping others is associated with a higher well-being when it is linked to the benefits of…
  • Self-Sabotage : Are You Getting in the way of Your Own Happiness and Success?

    Psychology Matters Asia
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:59 pm
    It’s not uncommon in therapy for me to work with clients who desperately want to achieve a personal goal – such as to be in a fulfilling relationship, save more money, lose weight, or find a dream job – yet somehow find themselves engaging in behaviours and beliefs which indirectly or even actively prevent them from manifesting these dreams. Perhaps you can relate to this and also have something in your life which you have been wanting to achieve for some time now, but for some reason , have been struggling to find success with. At the heart of this , could be an unconscious…
  • 100 Things You Need to Know: Best People Practices for Manager and HR

    Workplace Psychology
    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…
 
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  • A Group's Physical Attractiveness Is Greater Than the Average Attractiveness of Its Members: The Group Attractiveness Effect

    van Osch, Y., Blanken, I., Meijs, M. H. J., van Wolferen, J.
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    We tested whether the perceived physical attractiveness of a group is greater than the average attractiveness of its members. In nine studies, we find evidence for the so-called group attractiveness effect (GA-effect), using female, male, and mixed-gender groups, indicating that group impressions of physical attractiveness are more positive than the average ratings of the group members. A meta-analysis on 33 comparisons reveals that the effect is medium to large (Cohen’s d = 0.60) and moderated by group size. We explored two explanations for the GA-effect: (a) selective attention to…
  • Threats to Social Identity Can Trigger Social Deviance

    Belmi, P., Barragan, R. C., Neale, M. A., Cohen, G. L.
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    We hypothesized that threats to people’s social (i.e., group) identity can trigger deviant attitudes and behaviors. A correlational study and five experiments showed that experiencing or recalling situations associated with the devaluation of a social identity caused participants to endorse or engage in deviant actions, including stealing, cheating, and lying. The effect was driven by the tendency to construe social identity threats not as isolated incidents but as symbolic of the continuing devaluation and disrespectful treatment of one’s group. Supplementing sociological…
  • Fear Among the Extremes: How Political Ideology Predicts Negative Emotions and Outgroup Derogation

    van Prooijen, J.-W., Krouwel, A. P. M., Boiten, M., Eendebak, L.
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    The "rigidity of the right" hypothesis predicts that particularly the political right experiences fear and derogates outgroups. We propose that above and beyond that, the political extremes (at both sides of the spectrum) are more likely to display these responses than political moderates. Results of a large-scale sample reveal the predicted quadratic term on socio-economic fear. Moreover, although the political right is more likely to derogate the specific category of immigrants, we find a quadratic effect on derogation of a broad range of societal categories. Both extremes also experience…
  • Understanding Diversity: The Importance of Social Acceptance

    Chen, J. M., Hamilton, D. L.
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    Two studies investigated how people define and perceive diversity in the historically majority-group dominated contexts of business and academia. We hypothesized that individuals construe diversity as both the numeric representation of racial minorities and the social acceptance of racial minorities within a group. In Study 1, undergraduates’ (especially minorities’) perceptions of campus diversity were predicted by perceived social acceptance on a college campus, above and beyond perceived minority representation. Study 2 showed that increases in a company’s representation…
  • Perceptions of a Changing World Induce Hope and Promote Peace in Intractable Conflicts

    Cohen-Chen, S., Crisp, R. J., Halperin, E.
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    The importance of hope in promoting conciliatory attitudes has been asserted in the field of conflict resolution. However, little is known about conditions inducing hope, especially in intractable conflicts, where reference to the outgroup may backfire. In the current research, five studies yielded convergent support for the hypothesis that hope for peace stems from a general perception of the world as changing. In Study 1, coders observed associations between belief in a changing world, hope regarding peace, and support for concessions. Study 2 revealed the hypothesized relations using…
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  • Two Servings of Specific Vegetables Can Reduce Brain Age By 11 Years

    Jeremy Dean
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    Just two daily servings containing vital nutrients is enough to reduce brain age by 11 years. » Continue reading: Two Servings of Specific Vegetables Can Reduce Brain Age By 11 Years » Read HealthiestBlog.com, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: The Vitamin Which May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia New MIND Diet Lowers Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease Over 50% Irregular Bedtimes Reduce Children’s Cognitive Performance 5 Habits Proven to Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia This Brain Disease Will Affect Nearly Every Family. Now…
  • A Common Vitamin Deficiency Linked to Depression in Women

    Jeremy Dean
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:52 am
    Very common vitamin deficiency linked to higher levels of depression.. » Continue reading: A Common Vitamin Deficiency Linked to Depression in Women » Read HealthiestBlog.com, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: Vitamin D Benefits Common Mental Illnesses By Regulating Serotonin This Vitamin Stops People Feeling SAD and Promotes Good Mental Health Autism: Vital Link Found Between Vitamin D and Serotonin Production The Vitamin Which May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Signs of Depression: 10 Common Symptoms You Should Know
  • Stop Food Cravings In 15 Minutes With This Easy Trick

    Jeremy Dean
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    Stop food cravings and cut chocolate consumption in half by doing this. » Continue reading: Stop Food Cravings In 15 Minutes With This Easy Trick » Read HealthiestBlog.com, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: Eating This For Breakfast Reduces Food Cravings Later in The Day 3 Minutes of Tetris Reduces Cravings for Drink, Cigarettes and Food Most Unlikely Weight Loss Trick Revealed by Psych Experiment Easy Mental Trick Which You’ll Be Surprised To Learn Reduces Appetite Diet Tip: The Unexpected Effect of Comfort Food on Bad Moods
  • The Healthy Brain Food In Every Fridge That Gets Overlooked

    Jeremy Dean
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    Although it's in almost every fridge, few Americans have enough of this healthy brain food. » Continue reading: The Healthy Brain Food In Every Fridge That Gets Overlooked » Read HealthiestBlog.com, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: Food on the Mind: 20 Surprising Insights From Food Psychology The Best Look for a Leader: Intelligent or Healthy? A Handful of This Everyday Food Improves Memory, Concentration And Processing Speed 3 Minutes of Tetris Reduces Cravings for Drink, Cigarettes and Food Eating This For Breakfast Reduces Food Cravings Later in The Day
  • High-Fat Diet May Disturb a Range of Thoughts And Feelings

    Jeremy Dean
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    Treat your gut well and this is why your brain will thank you. » Continue reading: High-Fat Diet May Disturb a Range of Thoughts And Feelings » Read HealthiestBlog.com, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: The Diet Which Postpones Brain Aging Dementia Treated Successfully With Anti-Aging Diet The Familiar Food Which May Help Fight Alzheimer’s Disease 9 Nutrients Which Should Be In Your Diet for Good Mental Health Chronic Stress Early in Life Causes Anxiety and Aggression in Adulthood
 
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    Mind Hacks

  • How is the brain relevant in mental disorder?

    vaughanbell
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    The Psychologist has a fascinating article on how neuroscience fits in to our understanding of mental illness and what practical benefit brain science has – in lieu of the fact that it currently doesn’t really help us a great deal in the clinic. It is full of useful ways of thinking about how neuroscience fits into our view of mental distress. The following is a really crucial section, that talks about the difference between proximal (closer) and distal (more distant) causes. In essence, rather than talking about causes we’re probably better off talking about causal pathways –…
  • Mind Hacks excerpts x 2

    tomstafford
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:40 am
    This month, Business Insider have republished a couple of chapters from Mind Hacks the book (in case you missed it, back before the blog, Mind Hacks was a book, 101 do-it-at-home psychology experiences). The excerpts are: 1. Why one of these puzzles is easy and the other is hard – which is about the Wason Selection Task, a famous example of how our ability to reason logically can be confounded (and unconfounded if you find the right format to present a problem in). 2. Why this sentence is hard to understand – which shows you how to improve your writing with a bit of elementary…
  • Trauma is more complex than we think

    vaughanbell
    15 Mar 2015 | 2:29 am
    I’ve got an article in The Observer about how the official definition of trauma keeps changing and how the concept is discussed as if it were entirely intuitive and clear-cut, when it’s actually much more complex. I’ve become fascinated by how the concept of ‘trauma’ is used in public debate about mental health and the tension that arises between the clinical and rhetorical meanings of trauma. One unresolved issue, which tests mental health professionals to this day, is whether ‘traumatic’ should be defined in terms of events or reactions. Some of the…
  • Spike activity 06-03-2015

    vaughanbell
    7 Mar 2015 | 12:46 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The strange world of felt presences. Great piece in The Guardian. Nature reports that the Human Brain Project has voted for a change of leadership. But read carefully, it’s not clear how much will change in practice. Surely the worst ‘neuroscience of’ article ever written? “The Neuroscience of ISIS” from The Daily Beast. Ruthlessly, it’s the first in a series. Project Syndicate on why social science needs to be on the front-line of the fight against drug-resistant diseases. Psychiatry is More Complex…
  • Radical embodied cognition: an interview with Andrew Wilson

    tomstafford
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    The computational approach is the orthodoxy in psychological science. We try and understand the mind using the metaphors of information processing and the storage and retrieval of representations. These ideas are so common that it is easy to forget that there is any alternative. Andrew Wilson is on a mission to remind us that there is an alternative – a radical, non-representational, non-information processing take on what cognition is. I sent him a few questions by email. After he answered these, and some follow up questions, we’ve both edited and agreed on the result, which you can…
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    BPS Research Digest

  • How time pressure improves decision making in emergency situations

    Research Digest
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:41 am
    A new simulation of a complex, realistic disaster event suggests that time pressure facilitates better decision-making among emergency responders. The two-day training exercise, overseen by Liverpool’s Centre for Critical and Major Incident Psychology, looked at the impact of a hypothetical aeroplane crash over a city. Nearly two hundred professionals were split into different rooms based on the agency they belonged to (14 agencies in all, including police, transport, health and science advisors), and each received realistic data according to their function.As casualty data trickled into…
  • Could you tell the difference between a person's memory and their imagination?

    Research Digest
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:54 am
    If I gave you a written description of an object – let's say a boat – would you be able to judge whether the author had written about the boat from their memory of it, as opposed to having written about a boat they'd imagined?It's a question with real-world importance because, in court, we often rely on eyewitness memories and it's up to a jury to determine their source and veracity. But memory, like the imagination, is a creative process. Sometimes the two even become blurred – it's quite common for people to lose faith in an apparent memory, to wonder if they had in fact imagined it.
  • Link Feast

    Research Digest
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    Our pick of this week's 10 best psychology and neuroscience links:The Exciting Side of BoredomElla Rhodes at The Psychologist meets psychologists who think boredom has had a bad press.How are Pilots Psychologically Screened?Tom de Castella investigates for BBC News Magazine.What Spending a Year in Space Does to Your Mind"It's stressful, but transcendental too," says Francie Diep at Pacific Standard.Brain Balance Centers: An Insider’s PerspectiveWorrying revelations about a programme in the US that promises to rebalance kids' brain hemispheres (Neurobollocks Blog).LifelinesFor an artist…
  • Why it's important that employers let staff personalise their workspaces

    Research Digest
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:10 am
    The sparring mitt, yellow stitches spelling "SLUGGER" casually lying on the desk. The Mathlete trophy on a high shelf. A Ganesha statue, slightly chipped. Why do people bring these kinds of personal objects into the workplace?Researchers Kris Byron and Gregory Laurence found answers by consulting 28 people in a range of jobs and workplaces. They used the "grounded theory" approach, starting with a clutch of more open-ended interviews and then pursuing the lines of inquiry that emerged, in every case inventorying the person’s workspace and exploring the significance of each object.The…
  • 10 hellish psychology studies you'll be glad not to have participated in

    Research Digest
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:14 am
    Many psychology studies involve nothing more challenging for participants than sitting down with a short paper questionnaire and ticking off agreement or not with a series of anodyne statements. This post is not about that kind of research. Here, we take a tour of some rather more arduous and quirky experiments from the psychology archives. Participants in these studies were prodded, embarrassed, disgusted, scared, teased, bored and more (though not at once). It was all in the name of science, to better understand the darker, less pleasant aspects of being human. We salute the men and women…
 
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    SharpBrains

  • Update: To succeed at school, children with ADHD need both medication and non-medication treatments

    SharpBrains
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Time for Sharp­Brains’ March e-newsletter, wrapping up this month’s key neu­ro­science studies, neu­rotech­nol­ogy news and brain fitness insights. Upcoming events Final 24 hours to join brain development & ADHD online course at early bird rates NeuroGaming + ESCoNS Summit 2015 (May 5–7; San Francisco) New research To improve academic outcomes, children with ADHD need both medication and non-medication treatments Enhancing brain functioning, and preventing cognitive decline, via diet, exercise and cognitive training An innovative telehealth service to provide high quality…
  • Final 24 hours to join brain development & ADHD online course at early bird rates

    SharpBrains
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    Heads-up: early bird rates to register for How to Navigate Conventional and Complementary ADHD Treatments for Healthy Brain Development–our upcoming online course featuring Duke University’s Dr. David Rabiner–end tomorrow Wednesday, April 1st, 2015. Click here to learn more about the course objective, Faculty and syllabus!
  • Upcoming event: NeuroGaming + ESCoNS Summit 2015 (May 5–7; San Francisco)

    SharpBrains
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    Heads-up about a great upcoming event. The NeuroGaming 2015 Conference and Expo on May 6–7 is the place where mind and body meet game play, where neurogame developers share the latest emotional, cognitive, sensory and behavioral technologies to create compelling experiences to engage and entertain gamers worldwide. New this year — ESCoNS Pre-conference Summit,  to take a deep dive on academically rigorous research into the future of therapeutic neurogames for brain disorders. Dates, location and program: ESCoNS Pre-Conference Summit: May 5, 2015, see AGENDA & REGISTRATION…
  • New course to provide an updated review of conventional & complementary ADHD treatments

    Dr. David Rabiner
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:01 am
    Dear SharpBrains reader, I hope you are doing well. I am writing to let you know about an upcoming online course on how to navigate ADHD treatments that I am developing with Alvaro Fernandez, founder of the SharpBrains service tracking applied brain science. The course will take place this May, and is intended to equip parents and allied professionals with the information they need to understand the range of treatments available for ADHD, the scientific support (and limitations) for different treatments, and how to think through the options for their child. Alvaro and I will do our best to…
  • Digital health–with a brain twist–sees increased military adoption

    SharpBrains
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Mobile mashup: The military’s proliferating mix of smartphones and tablets (Defense Systems): “Smartphones and tablets are rapidly making their way into military operations, trimming costs and giving warfighters tightly focused capabilities. But these benefits raise a host of challenges, ranging from security and the need for ruggedization, to requirements for peripherals that link to devices designed for consumers, not soldiers. The adoption of tablets and smartphones comes in conjunction with the military’s expanding interest in apps for these devices. App libraries are popping up and…
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  • National Center for Victims of Crime

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    The mission of the National Center for Victims of Crime is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. We are dedicated to serving individuals, families, and communities harmed by crime. The National Center for Victims of Crime is a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims’ rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims’ issues. After more than 25 years, we remain the most comprehensive national resource committed to advancing victims’ rights and helping victims of crime…
  • Violence unSilenced

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Violence UnSilenced is a resource site that has been fostered by a community of rape, domestic violence, childhood abuse survivors and personal bloggers. Formerly a non-profit organization guided by a board of directors, the site is now maintained by Violence UnSilenced founder, journalist Maggie Ginsberg. From 2008–2104, the Violence UnSilenced project published personal accounts of interpersonal violence, giving voice to over many hundreds of survivor stories. The project is no longer accepting new submissions or comments, but it still offers access to the existing body of stories to…
  • Psychonomic Society

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:50 pm
    For over five decades, the Psychonomic Society has played a critical role in promoting scientific research in psychology and allied sciences. Understanding its beginnings are key to understanding the Society’s current position and how it plans to build on its tradition and transform certain aspects of its work to meet the evolving needs of its members and better serve the field over the next ten years. However, psychology is a science that is constantly evolving, and the past ten years have seen dramatic changes and an expansion of the field, particularly at its juncture with…
  • CopeCareDeal

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    CopeCareDeal:  A mental health site for teens administered with the help of Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.  It includes resources, glossary, helps with depression, bipolar, anxiety and so much more.  If you are a teen, this a place to check out!
  • The Northwest Network

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    The NW Network increases our communities’ abilityto support the self-determination and safety of bisexual, transgender, lesbian and gay survivors of abuse through education, organizing and advocacy. We work within a broad liberation movement dedicated to social and economic justice, equality and respect for all people and the creation of loving, inclusive and accountable communities.  Ending abuse and creating the conditions to support equitable relationships is a huge task.
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    Dr. Deb

  • Brain Awareness Week is March 16-22, 2015

    Dr. Deb
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:26 pm
    I'm a big fan of my Brain.It's such a totally cool organ. Without it, I couldn't do anything, really.No doubt you feel the same way.Brain health is vital to our mental and physical well-being. And as time marches on, exciting research and technologies will bring us even greater understanding of how our Brains work and offer insight into illness and disease.So, now that you know it's Brain Awareness Week, go out and celebrate your Brain.I'm going to attempt some super difficult crosswords puzzles. Make sure I eat green leafy vegetables and take my Brain for a…
  • March 1st is Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Awareness Day

    Dr. Deb
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:07 am
    Non-Suicidal Self-injury (NSSI) – is any deliberate, non suicidal behavior that inflicts physical harm on one's body to relieve emotional distress.People who engage inNSSI usually do not involve a conscious intent to die by suicide, though many believe that people who harm themselves are suicidal. There are also numerous myths that surround NSSI, which create a stigma for those struggling with kind of coping behavior. Individuals who use NSSI are often trying to:* Distract emotional pain* End feelings of numbness* Calm overwhelming feelings* Maintaining control* Self-punish* Express…
  • Adult vs. Child Depression

    Dr. Deb
    1 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
                Did you know that depression presents differently in children than it does in adults? Though the disorder of depression can occur in in kids, teens - and even babies, the symptoms don’t always look like adult depression. Take a look at the differences below so you can learn how to detect this serious, but treatable disorder. For more, read my award-winning book “Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers.”   Signs of Depression in Adults Signs of Depression in Children Depressed mood…
  • Paperback Launch of "Depression and Your Child"

    Dr. Deb
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:24 pm
                                            My award-winning book"Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers"is now available in paperback!
  • Mindful Tips For Keeping New Year Resolutions

    Dr. Deb
    31 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It's that time of year again. Out with the old, in with the new. And for many, it's resolution-making time.Research reports about 45% of the American population make one or more resolutions at the turn of each New Year- with some of the top resolutions involving weight loss, exercising more, getting finances in order, stopping smoking or drinking, spending too much or other "bad" habits.Studies shows that only about 25% of those who make resolutions fail at the 1 week mark, with another 40% reporting failure at 1 month. And those who fail at keeping their resolutions…
 
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    Psychology Research News -- ScienceDaily

  • Intelligent neuroprostheses mimic natural motor control

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Neuroscientists are taking inspiration from natural motor control to design new prosthetic devices that can better replace limb function. Researchers have tested a range of brain-controlled devices -- from wheelchairs to robots to advanced limbs -- that work with their users to intelligently perform tasks.
  • 'Wikipedia' for neurons created

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:33 pm
    To help scientists make sense of 'brain big data,' researchers have used data mining to create www.neuroelectro.org, a publicly available website that acts like Wikipedia, indexing physiological information about neurons. The site will help to accelerate the advance of neuroscience research by providing a centralized resource for collecting and comparing data on neuronal function.
  • Cancer-targeting mechanism under development

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Researchers are developing molecules that bind to more than 60 types of cancer. Several are being tested in early-stage clinical trials, including one for brain cancer. These custom-made molecules can carry either a "flag" that shines brightly in standard medical scanners or a bit of radiation to kill the targeted cancer cells.
  • Component of red grapes, wine could help ease depression

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    A link between inflammation and depression, which affects approximately 148 million people in the United States, has been identified by researchers. A new study finds that resveratrol -- a natural anti-inflammatory agent found in the skin of red grapes -- can prevent inflammation as well as depression-related behaviors in rodents exposed to a social stress.
  • 'Lightning bolts' in brain show learning in action

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Researchers have captured images of the underlying biological activity within brain cells and their tree-like extensions, or dendrites, in mice that show how their brains sort, store and make sense out of information during learning.
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    Sports Are 80 Percent Mental

  • Just An Hour Per Day Of Play Can Boost Young Brains

    18 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Imagine an activity that your kids could do after school every day that would improve their brain’s ability to make better decisions and solve problems.  Online cognitive drills? Special tutors? Actually, researchers at the University of Illinois have found that just an hour of fun, active play not only gets kids in better shape but significantly improves their cognitive functioning.Plenty of previous studies have shown the link between fitness and better academic performance in the classroom but it wasn’t clear if this was a cause and effect relationship or just that smarter kids…
  • Training Your Eyes To Hit That Curveball

    17 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    “Just keep your eye on the ball.”  Seems like simple enough advice for a young slugger at the plate.  That may work in the early years of Little League baseball when the pitches they see  have not yet cracked 50 mph.  But as the fastballs get faster and the change-ups get slower, having quick eyes and an even quicker perceptual brain is the only way hitters will be able to “hit it square” with a round bat and a round ball.   Which is exactly why psychology researchers at the University of California - Riverside (UCR) teamed up with the college’s varsity…
  • The Subliminal Power Of Positive Cheering

    3 Feb 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Young athletes often hear phrases of encouragement like, “dig a little deeper” or “you have to want it more than they do” or, ideally, “be mentally tough.”  For most kids, these words from a coach, a parent or a teammate go in one ear and out the other.  But, what if there was actually some scientific substance to the words?  Could the smiling, confident face of a coach delivering a pep talk actually have a subliminal effect on performance?  While the conscious brain may dismiss this positive talk, the subconscious mind may actually be putting it to work,…
  • Sleep - The Next Best Thing To Practice

    17 Jan 2015 | 3:44 pm
    As usual, Mom was right.  Her advice to get to bed early is being confirmed by human performance researchers, sleep specialists and sports medicine doctors. Kids, especially young athletes, need more sleep.  While common sense tells us that a lack of shut-eye will cause children to be grumpy from a lack of energy, new knowledge about the brain details how sleep affects not only their physiological functions but also their ability to learn new skills.The more well-known sleep state known as REM (Rapid Eye Movement) is the dreammaker that tries to put our day’s activities into the…
  • For Aaron Rodgers, Practice Makes Perfect Motor Skills

    1 Jan 2015 | 5:18 pm
    During a Green Bay Packers win over the Atlanta Falcons earlier this season, Peter King, the NFL's dean of sportswriters, found a new level of respect for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.  Here's how King described one particular third and two play late in the first quarter:"At the snap, Rodgers’ first look, a long one, was to the left for Nelson. Well covered. Quickly Rodgers turned to the right, to where Cobb was planting his foot in the ground three or four yards upfield and preparing to run a simple in-cut; at the same time, his cover man, cornerback Desmond Trufant, was going to…
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  • Wearable technology can help with public speaking

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Speaking in public is the top fear for many people. Now, researchers from the Human-Computer Interaction Group at the University of Rochester have developed an intelligent user interface for "smart glasses" that gives real-time feedback to the speaker on volume modulation and speaking rate, while being minimally distracting. read more
  • Family income, parental education related to brain structure in children and adolescents

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    Characterizing associations between socioeconomic factors and children's brain development, a team including investigators from nine universities across the country reports correlative links between family income and brain structure. Relationships between the brain and family income were strongest in the lowest end of the economic range -- suggesting that interventional policies aimed at these children may have the largest societal impact. The study, led by researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Columbia University Medical Center, will be published…
  • Damselfly war games

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Before a male damselfly hot-headedly enters into a duel of aerial sparring, it first works out its strategy. It gives its opponent's wings a once-over to assess its strength, knowing that more transparent wings and larger red spots generally show a stronger rival. Those who then decide to engage in long fights either try to wear their opponent down, or dazzle them with brilliant aerial moves that are too hard to follow. These damselfly war game strategies are set out in a study published in Springer's journal The Science of Nature -- Naturwissenschaften. Two research groups united forces to…
  • Intergenerational transmission of abuse and neglect more complicated than previously believed

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:35 am
    A study led by Cathy Spatz Widom, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at John Jay College, found that offspring of parents with histories of child abuse and neglect are themselves at risk for childhood neglect and sexual abuse but not physical abuse. Titled "Intergenerational Transmission of Child Abuse and Neglect: Real or Detection Bias?" the study's findings were reported in the March 27 issue of the journal Science. read more
  • Personality test finds Britain's most extroverted, agreeable and emotionally stable regions

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
    A survey of almost 400,000 British residents has highlighted significant differences in personalities between regions. Amongst its finding, it shows Scots to be amongst the friendliest and most co-operative residents, Londoners the most open and Welsh people the least emotionally stable. read more
 
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    I Choose Change

  • 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…
  • All Witches Aren’t Bad: What the Wicked Witch of the West can Teach Us About Life

    Jennifer M. Ryan, M.Ed.
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    Huffington Post is always so timely. If you don’t read this online news source, I encourage it. Just yesterday this great article was posted. It shows an interview between Mr. Rogers (whom we all love, right?) and the Wicked Witch of the East. Mr. Rogers was way before his time on many issues. In his interview with the Wicked Witch, he proclaims two things: 1) That boys and girls like to dress up as witches for Halloween (and for play, undoubtedly), and 2) That the witch is a frustrated person because she’s never gotten what she’s wanted out of life. As the author asks,…
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    Tri-City Psychology Services

  • The mindful way through depression: Zindel Segal

    Admin
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    A growing body of research is pointing to an intervention that appear to prevent relapse by altering thought patterns without side effects : Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy or MCBT ᔥᔥ TED
  • Sleep Meditation for a Restful Night

    Admin
    3 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    Last year 48% of Americans were plagued by insomnia, according to the National Sleep Foundation. As anyone who has gone without sleep knows, a lack of rest is an impediment to one’s productivity at work, personal happiness, and overall health. In this sleep meditation, Deepak Chopra, M.D., leads us through a calming exercise to ease us into rest. ᔥ Time
  • Whose minding your mental health?

    Admin
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    Canadian Psychological Association
  • Brain stimulation offers hope for depression

    Admin
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    By Kerrie-Anne Ho and Colleen Loo Around 350 million people worldwide have depression. Antidepressant medications are often prescribed to treat the condition, alongside talking therapies and lifestyle changes such as regular exercise. But a substantial proportion of people either don’t respond to antidepressants, or experience such significant side effects that they’d prefer not to take them. In search of alternative solutions, researchers around the world, including our team, are investigating transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) as an alternative treatment for depression. But…
  • Could depression be caused by a virus?

    Admin
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    © iStockphoto Dr. Turhan Canli, associate professor of integrative neuroscience at Stony Brook University, makes a case for reconceptualizing depression as an infectious disease caused by foreign invaders like parasites, bacteria or viruses that make their way into the body and cause changes in the brain. The Huffington Post spoke to Canli about his theory and what it might mean for future treatment. Link here to read Why This Psychologist Thinks Depression Is An Infectious Disease
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    Brain Blogger

  • The Psychology of Dating

    Michael Bond, BSc
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    In this age of rationality and endless data, intuition is often looked upon as an inferior means of problem-solving. Yet in many situations, even in the hard sciences, it is the most useful means of all. “I believe in intuitions and inspirations… I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am,” remarked Albert Einstein before his theory of relativity was tested and confirmed as the basis of a new way of looking at the world. The value of intuition is underplayed in many areas of life, nowhere less so than in online dating. Most dating websites are engines of…
  • The Dream Of Your Dreams

    Lorena Nessi, PhD, MA
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Lucid dreaming is one of those things few people think in depth about, even if they’ve had one or two. Still it’s a skill which some people become absolutely fascinated with honing, and having had a fair few of them myself I’m beginning to see why. Lucidity, as some argue, can be an endless opportunity which is only limited to your imaginative capacity. You can explore any area of your own mind, from base hedonistic fantasy to sublime self-discovery. Discourse with dream characters plucked from your own psyche, learn to play a Beethoven sonata accompanied by the Philharmonic, or simply…
  • Running From Aging – Fitness And Brain Health

    Sara Adaes, PhD (c)
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Evolution did not prepare us to become couch potatoes – our ancestors actually had to move around to find food, they couldn’t just order it over the phone. Running to hunt and gather food and fasting due to food scarcity are considered some of the biggest evolutionary energetic challenges our bodies and brains have faced. Compared to other mammals, humans are actually ineffective sprinters – sprint running demands about twice as much metabolic energy for humans than for other similarly sized mammals. However, and unlike other mammals, humans are highly efficient endurance runners,…
  • Live, Fast, Die Old – Intermittent Energy Restriction Diets

    Sara Adaes, PhD (c)
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Intermittent energy restriction (IER), or intermittent fasting, is a form of calorie restriction diet. The principle is simple: periods of non-fasting are intercalated with periods of fasting. IER is not about starvation followed by binge eating: non-fasting periods have regular caloric intake, while during fasting periods, little or no food is consumed. Fasting periods can vary: they can be on alternate days, two non-consecutive days per week (the 5:2 diet), or any other ratio of fasting to non-fasting periods – there are many different variations. Also, you don’t necessarily go 24…
  • Genes, Stress, and Behavior – Is Your Child an Orchid or a Dandelion?

    Viatcheslav Wlassoff, PhD
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Picture a group of children coming to the school for the first time in their life. In this group you will always notice that some children tend to spend the day moping and sulking in a corner of the classroom while other children clearly enjoy the new experience. Why this behavioral difference is so great? After all, being away from home for the first time and spending a day in the midst of strangers would be equally stressful for any child. How can one kid be so resilient while his peer so sensitive? Is it nurture, or does Mother Nature have a hand in this? Scientists believe that…
 
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    World of Psychology

  • Emotional First Aid

    Nicholette Leanza, MEd, LPCC-S
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    Ouch, that hurt! We wouldn’t think twice about grabbing a bandage for our burned finger or getting a cast for our teen’s arm due to their epic skateboarding mishap. So why don’t we use first aid for our mental health? Anyone who’s struggled with a painful heartbreak or the death of a loved one knows that emotional injuries can be just as crippling as physical ones. Psychologist Guy Winch, author of Emotional First Aid, recommends some ways to practice this special kind of first aid: Recognize when you’re in emotional pain. Physical pain is the body’s way…
  • Best of Our Blogs: March 31, 2015

    Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    When I think upon moments I experienced pure joy, I’m reminded that accomplishment and success while important, pale in the light of what really matters. None of the following are dependent on winning an award or external accomplishment to fill me with a sense of presence and happiness. See if any of these resonate with you: 1. Singing and dancing shamelessly. 2. Laughing until I’m teary-eyed. 3. Holding the hand of my grandmother suffering from Alzheimer’s. 4. Holding my baby’s hand. 5. Walking in a field of roses. 6. Gazing up at a star filled sky. 7. Exchanging…
  • Stigmatize Me, Fool

    Lauren Kruczyk
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Depression. No one wants to talk about it. Yet it’s very common and affects so many people. “Shh. Don’t talk about that, Lauren. People will think you’re crazy.” So there’s this thing called a chemical imbalance in the brain. Maybe you’ve heard about it? Apparently, it’s called science. Let’s face it. No matter what you say, certain people will always attach a stigma to mental illness. You have a heart attack? Cool, you’re covered. Insurance covers you. Your family and friends send you balloons and flowers and “Hey, get well…
  • Migraines: Personality Inhibition and Sexual Repression

    Nathan Feiles
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    In my previous post, I discussed the underlying emotional environment that can trigger migraines, or keep people who struggle with chronic migraines consistently close to the migraine threshold. There are many possible triggers for migraines, and, for people who struggle with non-organic chronic migraines, emotional history may have significant relevance to this picture. In my practice, I work with people who struggle with chronic migraines, utilizing a specialized form of psychotherapy that I refer to as “Migraine Therapy.” While each person who comes in is an individual with her…
  • Practical Tools for Developing Your Self-Worth

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    So many of us think we’re unworthy or worthless or not good enough. We might feel this way because of our past or mistakes we’ve made. We might feel this way because some people repeatedly told us we’re unworthy. Or because we haven’t accomplished what we wanted to accomplish. Or because we haven’t fulfilled a number of expectations we had for our lives. If you feel this way, take heart: Whatever the reason, you can learn to accept, appreciate and even love yourself. You can build a strong self-worth. In her valuable book Who Am I Without You? 52 Ways to Rebuild Self-Esteem After A…
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    idle thoughts

  • First Home

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    Boston Globe Columnhttp://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/real-estate/2015/03/28/rental-everything-and-kitchen-sink/kuFWRQhrHoIGamkiEEyKFM/story.html
  • Downsizing in the Commonwealth

    8 Mar 2015 | 6:17 am
    OPED in Metrowest Daily News
  • Charlie Baker's Leadership

    1 Mar 2015 | 7:28 am
    OpEd in MetroWest Daily Newshttp://www.metrowestdailynews.com/article/20150228/Opinion/150226405
  • Forbidding Political Lies

    4 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    What is it about a lie, especially a political lie, that gives it Constitutional protection (Even misleading speech shouldn't be banned, Boston Globe, February 4, 2015: A14)?Sent to Boston Globe
  • DeLeo's betrayal of the public on Term Limits

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    The Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives did a disservice to Democrats and democracy yesterday. By scheduling a vote on ending the Speaker's term limits without any time for public discussion, he disenfranchised the voters of Massachusetts.We should remember that he is Speaker of the house. It is not the Speaker's House; it is the people's House.Let us hope that, at the next election,  the primary voters in his district remember this betrayal and oust Mr. De Leo from the legislature.Sent to Boston Globe
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    Teaching High School Psychology

  • Big Summaries

    Rob McEntarffer
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    This blog post from WIRED magazine got me thinking about the value of "big summaries""What I Learning Writing a Brain Blog for 17 Months" I like how Christian Jarret tries to take the "long view" of brain research in his blog post. Summaries like this that attempt to pull together a LOT of current research and make judgment calls about overall trends/principles can be very valuable. It's easy to use the web to find "cool new current brain research," but it's a LOT harder to find wisdom about what all the research might "mean" in the long run.A couple of related "wonderings":I wonder if…
  • Guest Post: AP/IB Review ideas from Mike Corayer

    Rob McEntarffer
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Mike Corayer, an AP and IB Psychology at Shanghai High School, sent this review idea and hopes it's useful for you all! Thanks Mike! By the way, you can find more materials from Mike at http://www.psychexamreview.com/ Fill the BoardI write a general topic at the top of the whiteboard (such as Sensation and Perception) then I give 5 or 6 students markers and a few minutes to write or draw anything they remember from this topic. I encourage students to incorporate drawings as much as possible. Any drawings should also include some related terms, theories, or labels. After the writing is…
  • How do you review for the AP Psych exam?

    Rob McEntarffer
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    The AP Psych exam is on May 4th (first day of testing - whew!) and we'd love to hear your best ideas about how to help students review before the exam. Here's a list of previous blog posts that might be useful:The AP Central Website is a goldmine for information about previous exam questions (multiple choice and FRQs) as well as scoring guides, etc. Here's a post filled with links to AP Central: "AP Psychology Free Response Questions-Updated to 2014"Many teachers use previously released exams for review, and one useful technique is to analyze the previous exams and make a "table of…
  • The Greek System at Universities and Racism

    Chuck Schallhorn
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:44 pm
    After a discussion in class about the Oklahoma racist chant, one of my students mentioned seeing an article that included a picture of a sorority that posed with sombreros, moustaches, and signs that said, "I don't cut grass, I smoke it." I might add that that class is two-thirds Latino. That particular picture struck a nerve.  My students have heard the terms "beaner," "burrito-eater," and the like, but this one hit a little harder, especially when the photo appeared to be nearly exclusively white.I did a quick search and discovered this article which cites a dozen examples, several…
  • Guest Post: Eric Castro and Writing in Psychology

    Chuck Schallhorn
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hello THSP Readers,I (Chuck) am very happy to share with you a piece of writing from one of our West Coast colleagues, Eric Castro of St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco.  I was reading the archives of #psychat (on http://twitter.com) when I ran across the files he linked to and the ideas he had for writing in the psychology classroom. He was kind enough to put together this information and links below.So thank you very much Eric!  We are very pleased and happy to have you on THSP as a guest poster.  For the rest of you who have great ideas to share, please reach…
 
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    Advances in the History of Psychology

  • BBC Radio Free Thinking Series: Madness in Civilisation

    Shayna Fox Lee
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    The March 17 2015 episode of BBC 3’s Free Thinking with Matthew Sweet featured authors Andrew Scull and Lisa Appignanesi, who discussed the history of madness within Western contexts–the reflexive relations between how it has been conceptualized and experienced, philosophical and theoretical changes in how it has been studied academically and professionally, and the shifting social politics of how it is apprehended and engaged with by the publics at large. Listen to the full piece here. Works cited in the interview:                                            …
  • New Book: The Classification of Sex, Alfred Kinsey and the Organization of Knowledge

    Shayna Fox Lee
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    By Donna J. Drucker, guest professor at Technische Universität Darmstadt. Published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014. The back cover reads: Alfred C. Kinsey’s revolutionary studies of human sexual behavior are world-renowned. His meticulous methods of data collection, from comprehensive entomological assemblies to personal sex history interviews, raised the bar for empirical evidence to an entirely new level. In The Classification of Sex, Donna J. Drucker presents an original analysis of Kinsey’s scientific career in order to uncover the roots of his research methods.She…
  • New Book: Beautiful Data, A History of Vision and Reason since 1945

    Shayna Fox Lee
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    By Orit Halpern, assistant professor at the New School for Social Research/Eugene Lang College and associate of their Parsons the New School of Design. Published by the Duke University Press. The dust jacket flap text reads as follows:   Beautiful Data is both a history of big data and interactivity, and a sophisticated meditation on ideas about vision and cognition in the second half of the twentieth century. Contending that our forms of attention, observation, and truth are contingent and contested, Orit Halpern historicizes the ways that we are trained, and train ourselves, to…
  • Call for Papers: 4S Open Panel on STS, Technology & Psychology

    Shayna Fox Lee
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    CfP: Open Panel @ the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) November 11-14, 2015. Denver, CO. STS Open Panel call for papers deadline: March 22, 2015. An open panel is being hosted at the 4S AGM on “STS & Technologies/ Techniques in the Psychological Sciences.” The panel organizers welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplines, including those from the humanities, STS, anthropology, psychology, statistics, psychiatry, etc. They are particularly interested in interdisciplinary work that combines historical and contemporary sites of…
  • Women’s History Month @ Psychology’s Feminist Voices!

    Shayna Fox Lee
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Our sister site Feminist Voices is celebrating Women’s History Month with a-post-a-day on their social media!  Connect with their facebook & twitter accounts to take part in the fun:       do some historical sleuthing into the lives of PFV’s “Most Wanted,” and learn more about little-known women psychologists explore the history of women in psychology through PFV’s collaborations with the Psyborgs Digital History of Psychology laboratory get insiders’ perspectives, from the humourous to the profound, throughout the history of psychology; play “who’s…
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    One Among Many

  • Happy Pie

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Some say that 50% of happiness is due to genes, 10% to circumstance, and the rest to what you do. I want to believe that but can’t.
  • Waldeslust - Joy of the Forest

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Spending a little time in Nature can break the yoke of self-domestication and bring peace and happiness. Begin with a walk in the woods.
  • Hoax, Dehoax, Rehoax

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:21 am
    What harm is in a hoax? The recent hoopla over about the alleged encounter of a temporarily dead priest with mother God is instructive.
  • Three Dead Grannies, or the Psychology of Deadlines

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    21 Feb 2015 | 1:06 pm
    A deadline is a blunt cudgel to beat students (and others) into submission. Can we do without them? [this is a rhetorical question]
  • Flow and Happiness

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:23 pm
    What is the relationship between the state of ‘flow’ and happiness? I suggest here that flow is beneficial but limited in scope because it is bound up with work and expertise.
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    The Situationist

  • Erin Hennes at Harvard Law School – Discussing “A Convenient Untruth”

    The Situationist Staff
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:57 pm
    Tomorrow (Thursday) at noon  join the HLS Student Association for Law & Mind Sciences and JUSTICE FOR bALL for a lunch talk with Erin Hennes, PhD to discuss the psychological processes underlying the acceptance of the existence of climate change, and the implications these biases have for our legal system. Non-pizza lunch provided. Where: WCC 2009 When: 3/12/15 at noon ————————————————————————- A Convenient Untruth: System Justification and the…
  • Morality and Politics: A System Justification Perspective

    The Situationist Staff
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:49 pm
    An Interview with John Jost by Paul Rosenberg Note: This interview was originally published on Salon.com with an outrageously incendiary title that entirely misrepresented its content. Introduction by Paul Rosenberg: In the immediate aftermath of World War II, a wide range of thinkers, both secular and religious, struggled to make sense of the profound evil of war, particularly Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. One such effort, “The Authoritarian Personality” by Theodore Adorno and three co-authors, opened up a whole new field of political psychology—initially a small niche within the…
  • Systemic Justice Project in The Globe

    JH
    7 Feb 2015 | 8:42 am
    Below are excerpts from Courtney Humphries’s superb Boston Globe article about the Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School (cartoon by Sam Washburn and photo by Justin Saglio, both for the Globe): From the first day, it’s clear that law professor Jon Hanson’s new Systemic Justice class at Harvard Law School is going to be different from most classes at the school. Hanson, lanky, bespectacled, and affable, cracks jokes as he paces the room. He refers to the class of 50-odd students as a community; he even asks students to brainstorm a name for the group. But behind the…
  • Stanford Prison Experiment – The Movie

    The Situationist Staff
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:51 pm
    From ETonline: The Stanford Prison Experiment, which premiered this week at Sundance to mostly positive reviews, is not always an easy film to watch. Much of the action takes place in barren 6-foot-wide hallway. The characters–seemingly normal and well-adjusted Stanford students recruited to participate in a landmark 1971 study about the psychology of imprisonment–take their role-playing as prisoner and guard to extremes, turning power-hungry, violent and occasionally sadistic. The “grown-ups,” led by researcher Philip Zimbardo (played by Billy Crudup), watch a live…
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Situationism

    JH
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:05 am
    This post was originally published on January 22, 2007. Monday’s holiday provides an apt occasion to highlight the fact that, at least by my reckoning, Martin Luther King, Jr. was, among other things, a situationist. To be sure, King is most revered in some circles for quotations that are easily construed as dispositionist, such as: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Taken alone, as it often is, that sentence seems to set a low bar. Indeed,…
 
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    Ulterior Motives

  • Are People Who Express Anger Unhealthy?

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    Long-term stress is bad for you. Decades of research demonstrates that when people are stressed over a long period of time, their immune system is suppressed. These individuals experience health problems including heart disease and high blood pressure.
  • Good Negotiators Focus on Their Resources

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    Life is full of negotiations. Buying a car involves reaching an agreement with a dealer about the sale price. Going out with friends on a Saturday night may trade off the movie your friends want to see against the restaurant where you want to eat. Parents and children may haggle over how much homework has to be done before video games can be played.
  • Sometimes It Is Better to Have No Alternatives

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    When people are negotiating, they generally feel more comfortable when they have a back up offer. It is common to hear people say, “Worst case scenario, at least I have…”
  • Your Memories Are Not Fixed in Stone

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:52 am
    One of the scariest parts of the legal system is its reliance on eyewitness testimony. A witness identifies who a defendant as the perpetrator of a crime can sway a jury in the absence of any physical evidence that that the defendant was actually the one who committed the crime.
  • Why Thinking About the Future Makes Today Easier

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    Stress is one of the biggest complaints people have about their lives. People worry about money, work, and family. They are also dragged down by events that have happened in the recent past. A bad test grade can throw a student into a funk. A fight with a partner in the morning can affect the rest of the day. A missed sale at work can ruin a weekend.
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    NIMH | Recent Updates

  • Blog Post » A Plan for Changing Times

    Thomas Insel
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    NIMH’s new Strategic Plan for Research is a broad roadmap for the Institute’s priorities for the next five years; Dr. Insel provides context and an overview.
  • Blog Post » BRAIN Awareness

    Thomas Insel
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    March 16-22 is Brain Awareness Week, an opportunity to celebrate neuroscience. Dr. Insel talks about some exciting areas of research underway on the brain.
  • Blog Post » Transparency

    Thomas Insel
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Dr. Insel introduces a white paper posted on the NIMH website which provides answers to many of the most common questions NIMH receives about how it makes funding decisions.
  • Blog Post » Collaborative Care

    Thomas Insel
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Dr. Insel lauds University of Washington psychiatrist and researchers Wayne Katon and the collaborative care approach for depression he helped develop.
  • Video » NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series - Dr. Alyce S. Adams, PhD

    National Institute of Mental Health
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:49 am
    Dr. Alyce S. Adams, PhD, presents “When Access isn’t Enough - Persistent Disparities among our Nation’s Insured” as part of the NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series.
 
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    Psychology Today - Essentials

  • Are People Who Express Anger Unhealthy?

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    Long-term stress is bad for you. Decades of research demonstrates that when people are stressed over a long period of time, their immune system is suppressed. These individuals experience health problems including heart disease and high blood pressure.
  • Socioeconomic Factors Impact a Child's Brain Structure

    Christopher Bergland
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:35 am
    In the largest study of its kind, a team of investigators from nine different universities have identified a correlative link between family income and a child’s brain structure.
  • It's Time to Take the "Positive" Out of Positive Psychology

    Amie M. Gordon PhD
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:16 pm
    What is the prescription for optimal living? The burgeoning field of positive psychology appears to have many of the answers: We should be kind to others, forgiving of transgressions, gracious and compassionate in our daily lives, and optimistic about the future. Following this simple plan should keep us happy and healthy. It turns out the answer might not be so simple.
  • Get on the Train

    Ariel Gore
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    I'm going to give you some advice your parents and teachers might not: Drop out of high school.
  • Adoption in the Life of Steve Jobs

    E. Kay Trimberger Ph.D.
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Steve Jobs' adoption provided an environment that helped him become the co-founder and major influence of Apple Computers, but his genetic inheritance was also crucial.
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    Workplace Psychology

  • 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 / gettyimages.com 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 / gettyimages.com 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…
  • Being an Arrogant Know-It-All: A Surefire Way to Derail Your Career

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:35 pm
    #184233409 / gettyimages.com If you listen to people talk, sometimes overtly and other times more subtly, you’ll catch them talking about themselves, bragging about their own skills/abilities, and/or taking credit for things. It’s funny how people will fall in love with their own ideas, methods, and processes. And when they talk about their ideas, which seems to somehow always originate from their own insights (never anyone else’s), it’s as if it’s something miraculous. I am reminded of those TV infomercials which always claim that before this idea or product came along, things were…
  • Self-Development – Suggestions for How To Continually Grow and Change

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:48 pm
    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, “I love Half Price Books!” This past weekend, I bought a $65.00 book for $1.00 (actually, with my educator’s discount, it was 90 cents)! In this case, it’s a book I’ve been waiting for a while to get my hands on – FYI: For Your Improvement. It’s an older edition (the 2nd edition), but what a bargain. Incredibly, when I compare the wording and text layout of the 2nd edition to the 5th edition (the most recent version which is $95), I actually prefer the 2nd edition. The content (at least for the competency I looked up) is…
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    Where the Client Is

  • In the Shadow of Freud’s Couch

    wtci
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:56 pm
    What Your Shrink’s Office Says About You…or under what circumstances would you let a fellow therapist photograph you in your office? (Daily Beast): Thanks to his unique combination of being both a practicing psychoanalyst with nearly 30 years of experience and also a trained professional photographer, Dr. Mark Gerald has been able to throw open a door therapists have traditionally preferred to keep locked. Over the last decade plus, Gerald, who did his psychoanalytical training at NYU’s postdoctoral program and studied photography at Pratt, has shot some 70 analysts in both his…
  • Sharing Notes with Clients

    wtci
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    It’s being tried (NYT): Mental health patients do not have the ready access to office visit notes that, increasingly, other patients enjoy. But Mr. Baldwin is among about 700 patients at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center who are participating in a novel experiment. Within days of a session, they can read their therapists’ notes on their computers or smartphones. The hope is that this transparency will improve therapeutic trust and communication. “We’re creating a revolution,” said Dr. Tom Delbanco…  
  • A Directory is Born

    wtci
    1 Jul 2013 | 11:07 am
    Here’s a note from past interviewee, Anthony Centore, about his process launching a new therapist directory at Thriveworks.com. Creating a Free “Psychology Today” Style Counselor Directory For years, I have wanted to create a Free Counselor Directory. Basically, a simple “Psychology Today” style product that counselors could use to promote their practices online, but without the $30 a month price tag…or any price tag! My first attempt at this was in 2008. I registered a domain name, and spent a few thousand dollars in website development. While the website looked nice, the…
  • DSM-5 Arrives

    wtci
    11 Dec 2012 | 8:28 am
        UPDATED:   Stormy weather for the DSM. Some reactions and reactions to the reactions: DSM-5 is here: Are psychiatrists ready to stop arguing about it? (L.A. Times) The Books Stops Here (NYT) Psychiatry’s New Diagnostic Manual: “Don’t Buy It. Don’t Use It. Don’t Teach It.” (Mother Jones) Here’s the NYT’s 2012 take: The committee of doctors appointed by the psychiatric association had attempted to execute a paradigm shift, changing how mental disorders are conceived and posting its proposals online for the public to comment. And…
  • Licensing Exam Help

    wtci
    21 Nov 2012 | 7:51 am
    WTCI sister site, Social Work Test Prep, has relaunched as a full-fledged licensing preparation site, complete with real-time practice exams.  License-bound social workers can use the site prepare for the national ASWB or California BBS exams.  In addition to thorough rationales, each SWTP question is accompanied by a suggested study link, helping users harness the free resources of the web to help ready them for the exam. What people are saying: “Extremely helpful”…”Like the real test”…”Easy to use”…”I especially love the…
 
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    Dr. Jennifer Howard Changes That Last Blog

  • Achieving Success - Part 7

    18 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In Achieving Success - Part 1, we discussed the fact that how you choose to spend your time makes a real difference in achieving success. In Achieving Success - Part 2 we picked a goal and began imagining and envisioning it. In Achieving Success - Part 3 we picked a step toward that goal and looked at what might be keeping us from taking that step. In Achieving Success – Part 4 we examined what we tend to neglect and avoid in our lives or businesses. In Achieving Success - Part 5 we began looking at Jim Rohn's quote above and looked at the concept of inspiration and what inspires us. In…
  • Achieving Success - Part 6

    12 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In Achieving Success - Part 1, we discussed the fact that how you choose to spend your time makes a real difference in achieving success. In Achieving Success - Part 2 we picked a goal and began imagining and envisioning it. In Achieving Success - Part 3 we picked a step toward that goal and looked at what might be keeping us from taking that step. In Achieving Success – Part 4 we examined what we tend to neglect and avoid in our lives or businesses. In Achieving Success - Part 5 we began looking at Jim Rohn's quote above and looked at the concept of inspiration and what inspires us.
  • Achieving Success - Part 5

    9 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In Achieving Success - Part 1, we discussed the fact that how you choose to spend your time makes a real difference in achieving success. In Achieving Success - Part 2 we picked a goal and began imagining and envisioning it. In Achieving Success - Part 3 we picked a step toward that goal and looked at what might be keeping us from taking that step forward. In Achieving Success - Part 4 we examined what we tend to neglect or avoid in our lives or businesses.
  • Achieving Success - Part 4

    5 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In Achieving Success - Part 1, we discussed the fact that how you choose to spend your time makes a real difference in achieving success. In Achieving Success - Part 2 we picked a goal and imagining and envisioning it. In Achieving Success - Part 3 we picked one step toward a goal and looked at what might be keeping us from taking that step forward. What specific tasks, actions, or areas do you neglect in your life and/or business?
  • Achieving Success - Part 3

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In Achieving Success - Part 1, we discussed the fact that how you choose to spend your time makes a real difference in achieving success. In Achieving Success - Part 2 we picked a goal and began imagining and envisioning it. You can pick the first step, the step you feel more drawn to, or the one that feels the scariest.
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    Graphology World

  • What Rhythm in your Handwriting says about your emotional state

    Sandra
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:21 am
    Are you tense and angry or calm and grounded?  The rhythm in your handwriting may just have the answer for you. Rhythm is all around us. We can see it in nature, in the ebb and flow of the tides and in the changing of the seasons. We can feel the rhythm in our own lives with every heartbeat and in our breathing. We respond to the beat of the universe with the soles of our feet and transform the sensation into dance. It’s hardly surprising then, that rhythm should play an important role in our handwriting too. In fact, the inner rhythm of every individual is reflected in his or her…
  • The Windmill Personality; buffeted by the Storms of Life

    Sandra
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    The windmill personality seems to be continually at the mercy of the elements, long arms flailing about depending on the direction of the wind. She is scatter-brained, disorganized and therefore never in complete control. As a result she is often embroiled in situations that are not always of her own making. She finds it difficult to focus on any one thing at a time and dissipates her energy in many different ways that are mostly ineffectual. This type of person is often intelligent and well-meaning but because she casts her net too wide she is unable to keep a grip on her often chaotic life.
  • Save your Child from the Bogey of Perfectionism

    Sandra
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    The Bogey of Perfectionism I’ve always found perfectionists to be a little intimidating – even a bit scary if truth be told.  I envisage these perfect individuals with perfect rows of shoes and colour coded clothes. And of course perfect handwriting. But that’s where the shock and awe ends. Because although adult perfectionists are happy in their perfection – I’m not so sure that this applies to children. Perfectionism may seem to be a rather desirable trait at first. After all, a child who is a perfectionist tends to be highly motivated with high standards of achievement. But…
  • Blog Comments: This one Set the Page on Fire

    Sandra
    2 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    Blogging can be a frustrating experience. And I’m not just talking about the writing aspect which is a challenge in itself. I’m talking about the whole enchilada – the writing, the seo, the managing of comments and particularly the perpetual feeding of the blog! A blog is like a young bird in a nest with its mouth wide open waiting for its next feed. Somehow the bird is never satisfied because its mouth is always gaping. And when food doesn’t arrive on time the ungainly little fledgling sets up a commotion, screaming and flapping its naked wings! I presume that this applies to many a…
  • 7 Magic Keys to Self-discovery

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

  • Anima possession: Are you a spineless wimp?

    Anja
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:13 am
    This is the second part of two posts on the Classic version of Jung’s Anima and Animus theory in which I condense the information from Marie-Louise von Franz’s book Anima and Animus in Fairy Tales [1]. This post focuses on the malevolent, destructive, dysfunctional Anima and how that affects a man and also attempts to address the approach to take in order to integrate the Anima and thus render her benevolent and constructive. In the classic version of Jungian psychology, the Anima is the man’s internal other, and the Animus is the woman’s internal other. In other words, if you are…
  • Dr Seuss Inspired Guide to Applied Jung

    Tasha
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:41 am
    The life work of Carl Gustav Jung has inspired me for so many years to a life of adventure, a call to the hero’s journey and the discovery of the depths and treasures of my psyche. This exciting journey has been made possible by the wonderful teaching of my friend Stephen Farah at The Centre of Applied Jungian Studies, who strives every day to make Jung’s work accessible to all and to find practical application for Jung’s work in our daily lives. For those of you, like so many of my family and friends, who still find Jung’s ideas and writing difficult to understand, I have taken…
  • Animus Possession: Are you a ball busting bitch?

    Anja
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:04 am
    In preparation for our Anima and Animus Module on the Conscious Living Programme, I re-read Marie Louise von Franz book “Animus and Anima in Fairy Tales”[1]. Whilst it is a fascinating read, I can’t say that I enjoy reading her, since her writing style is very difficult to follow. I decided to extract the invaluable information from “Animus and Anima in Fairy Tales” into two concise posts that explains the process of integrating the Animus and Anima. This post, part one of two, is the exploration of the integration of Animus and next month I will post one on the integration of the…
  • The Archetypes of the Anima and Animus

    Stephen
    4 Feb 2015 | 12:20 am
    One of the most interesting and provocative archetypes we encounter in Jungian Psychology is that of the Anima and Animus. The Anima/Animus relates to our inner or soul life. Not soul as understood in metaphysical terms as something which lives on beyond our physical existence but rather soul as in the inner force that animates us. These soul definitions stem from a time, when Jung was doing this work, where the gender roles were more traditionally and clearly differentiated. So some of what follows in the definition of the Anima/Animus may not apply today. However, much of it still has…
  • Memories, Dreams, Reflections – C.G. Jung

    Tasha
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    In the spring of 1957, at the age of eighty-four, the Swiss psychologist and founder of analytical psychology (also known as Jungian psychology), Carl Gustav Jung, set out to tell his life’s story, embarking upon a series of conversations with his colleague and friend Aniela Jaffe, which he used as the basis for his autobiography, Memories, Dreams, Reflections (MDR). Jung described his life as being ordinary for his time and place; he was schooled, forged a career, married, had children and traveled. But Jung’s extraordinary intellectual life changed the world as we know it, leaving us…
 
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    Psychology Matters Asia

  • Introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)

    16 Mar 2015 | 11:58 pm
    Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a goal directed intervention whereby a trained animal is incorporated into the therapeutic process, promoting the improvement of human’s physical, social, emotional and/or cognitive functioning. 1
  • The Compulsion To Repeat

    10 Feb 2015 | 9:14 pm
    As I write this, I-m in a fitness first gym taking drinks in the lounge area. The place is so pleasant with lots of wonderful facilities and staff. Yet when I-m on the treadmill or walking around thinking of seeking assistance, I-d sort of catastrophize: "What if the treadmill I-m on gets derailed?" "What if the staff just looks at me or refuses to help or leaves me alone?"
  • Hardwiring Happiness - A Psychologist's Musings on her own Journey towards Creating a Positivity Bias

    10 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    I wake up this morning and don’t feel quite right - I can-t quite put my finger on it at the moment, but already I have a niggling feeling this is going to be a difficult morning.
  • The Neuro-chemistry of Positive Conversations

    6 Feb 2015 | 12:59 am
    Think about the last time you had a really good conversation with a friend. How did this conversation make you feel? What thoughts did you have while you were having it and what emotions did you leave the conversation feeling? Now think about the last time you had a negative conversation- (perhaps with your boss for example) – what thoughts and feelings did you experience then both during and after this conversation?
  • Self-Sabotage : Are You Getting in the way of Your Own Happiness and Success?

    13 Jan 2015 | 3:59 pm
    It’s not uncommon in therapy for me to work with clients who desperately want to achieve a personal goal – such as to be in a fulfilling relationship, save more money, lose weight, or find a dream job – yet somehow find themselves engaging in behaviours and beliefs which indirectly or even actively prevent them from manifesting these dreams. Perhaps you can relate to this and also have something in your life which you have been wanting to achieve for some time now, but for some reason , have been struggling to find success with. At the heart of this , could be an unconscious…
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    Connecting Hypnotherapy...

  • More Hypnosis Quotes: Top 30 Hypnosis Quotes

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    http://healnowtherapyhypnosis.blogspot.mx/2011/11/hypnosis-quotes.htmlThe above link has proved one of the most popular on this blog, so here are rated the top 30 hypnosis quotes by http://www.hypnosisunlocked.com/hypnosis-quotes/:1. “Almost all people are hypnotics. The proper authority saw to it that the proper belief should be induced, and the people believed properly.” – Charles Fort2. “A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for critical reflection,  not an invitation for hypnosis.” – Umberto…
  • Sports Psychology Inside the Mind of a Champion

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
  • INFOGRAPHIC How to Convert More Customers

    22 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/240661
  • How to Procrastinate

    18 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    For too long I’ve sat idly by while the good name of procrastination is dragged through the muck. For the sake of getting things done we’re advised to banish, kill, and avoid procrastination without any acknowledgment of the good it’s done.We owe procrastination. Big time. It’s responsible for our best ideas and busiest hours. Used effectively, procrastination is a powerful motivator and source of inspiration.Structured ProcrastinationProductive procrastination falls into two categories, structured and unstructured. With structured procrastination (via pmarca, via via 43F) you use the…
  • A Genetic Link to Leadership

    14 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    A specific DNA sequence has been significantly associated with the likelihood that an individual is linked with a leadership position, according to a study, published in Leadership Quarterly.The study by an international research team used a large twin sample and estimated that a quarter of observed variation in leadership behaviour between individuals can be explained by inherited genes. The rearchers included participants from University College London (UCL), Harvard, NYU, and the University of California.Lead author Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (UCL School of Public Policy) said:"We have…
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    What is Psychology?

  • VIDEO: Top 10 Facts – Psychology

    WIP
    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

    WIP
    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…
  • Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters

    WIP
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    American lawyer, journalist and author Glenn Greenwald speaks about the issue of privacy and why we need it. He states that even persons who claim that privacy is not really important, instinctively take steps to secure and protect their privacy. Greenwald mentions the horror and humiliation often experienced by persons who have their privacy violated, and explains that it is not only the “bad” people who have reason to be worried about the reality of government internet surveillance, “good” people should be concerned too. People who know they are being…
  • The Business of Color Psychology – Infographic

    WIP
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:56 pm
    What would you do in order to improve the performance of your business? Would you invest all of your personal savings? Would you be willing to take out a massive loan? Well, what if you could enhance brand recognition, improve customer feedback and increase sales without spending an arm and a leg? By simply taking advantage of the quirks of human psychology, such results are possible. The infographic below shows that by spending a bit more time on the colors used to market your brand, both you and your business can reap huge rewards.   Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net
 
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    Carl Jung Depth Psychology

  • Carl Jung on Dream Associations

    Lewis Lafontaine
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    [Carl Jung on Dream Associations] Lecture XII 1st February, 1935 We will continue with the associations to our last dream. The wasps' nest... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on the Method of Active Imagination.

    Lewis Lafontaine
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:44 am
    Lecture III 17th May, 1935 We spoke last time of the method of active phantasying, we will carry that subject further today. I gave... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on Complementary and Compensatory Dreams.

    Lewis Lafontaine
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Lecture II 10th May, 1935 Last time we made a brief survey of the unconscious composition of dreams. Today we will speak of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on “Complexes” and “Ideas.”

    Lewis Lafontaine
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Lecture I 3rd May, 1935 I will give you a short resume of the themes which were treated in the lectures which I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung answers questions on the Nature of Dreams

    Lewis Lafontaine
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    Lecture VII 8th March, 1935 There are several questions today. The first question is highly philosophical. Speaking from the standpoint of many thousands of dreams I cannot say that they show... [[ 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 237: What is Misophonia? More on La Cage, Empathy, and the Milgram Studies

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Does the sound of other people's mouth noises really drive you crazy? Honestly, it does to me. Things like lip smacking, swallowing, cracking and crunching really annoys me. If it annoys you too then you're not alone. Learn about misophonia in this episode. Also, a little more about my experiences playing Albin/Zaza in the musical La Cage Aux Folles, more on how we develop empathy for others and finally a new interpretation for what really was going on in the Stanley Milgram shock studies.
  • Ep 236: My Cross-Dressing Experience in La Cage Aux Folles

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:05 pm
    I was recently cast as "Albin" in the musical La Cage Aux Folles and it has given me the unique opportunity to have to learn how to act more effeminate and to cross dress. As a psychologist who obsesses about the "psychology of everyday life" you can imagine how I've been thinking about what there is to learn from this experience. The show goes up in less than a week but I wanted to share my experiences thus far and talk about issues such as gender roles and why I think the movie (La Cage Aux Folles or the American version which is called "The Birdcage") and the musical have been so popular.
  • Ep 235: Body Swapping - Now We Can Make You FEEL Like Someone Else

    Michael Britt
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:35 pm
    What if you could swap bodies with someone else? What would it be like to be someone of the opposite sex? A different race? We're getting darn close to being able to do that with new techniques like the Rubber Hand Illusion, the Enfacement illusion, and now the Full body illusion. You can now virtually switch bodies with someone else and thanks to our mirror neurons and other brain systems, you can have a very different sense of body ownership. Come listen to me talk about the latest research on this topic and some potential intriguing applications to problems like bullying.
  • Ep 234: Transvestism - Is It Normal? What Is Normal Anyway?

    Michael Britt
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:28 am
    A small number of men cross dress and many movies and broadway shows feature cross dressers (transvestites), so obviously many people find it fascinating and those who cross dress typically enjoy it. Why? What does it mean about the people who do it? I was recently cast as Albin/ZaZa in the musical version of the movie "La Cage Aux Folles" so I've been doing a lot it recently. I decided to take a closer look at cross dressing and see what psychologists think about it. Along the way, I'll also look at some of the ways we determine how or if a behavior, thought or feeling is "abnormal"
  • Ep 233: While Policemen and Black Victims - What's Really Going on?

    Michael Britt
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    In the US, we've experienced a number of recent incidences of white policemen shooting black men. What's going on? Are these more examples of prejudice and discrimination or unprovoked attacks on police? How do we know what really happened? In this episode of The Psych Files we look at how key social psychological theories are on display in these incidences: false memories, attribution biases, blaming the victim and social identity theory.
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    The Socially Responsible Practitioner

  • Puerto Rican in America

    Adler University
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Monique Jimenez, Psy.D., is Associate Director of Adler University’s Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program in Chicago and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Among her areas of expertise, she focuses on cross-cultural differences, specifically within Latino and Hispanic communities, children and adolescents, and the LGBTQ community. Recently, my father shared a story about a Puerto Rican man who was one of three Powerball winners for a jackpot of $564 million. What followed was a deluge of confused and offensive tweets. Some examples: “So we all spent money…
  • The FCC’s Move Toward Social Justice

    Adler University
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    Paul Fitzgerald, Psy.D., LCPC, NCC, is a core faculty member and Director of Training for several master’s counseling programs at Adler University in Chicago. He also maintains a private counseling practice in Chicago and Hinsdale, Illinois. While arguments in favor of net neutrality often relate to preserving innovation and open markets, the truth is the Federal Communications Commission’s recent ruling is an important move for social justice. Now that access to fast Internet service can be a factor in determining employment and success in life, it should be regarded as a basic level…
  • Institute on Social Exclusion Update: Experiencing the Social Exclusion Simulation

    Adler University
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:50 am
    The Adler University Institute on Social Exclusion’s (ISE) Social Exclusion Simulation is an experiential learning tool that shows participants what it might actually feel like to re-enter society after being released from prison. Each participant takes on the role of an individual in that situation, with his or her own specific story and experience, and a set of tasks to accomplish during the three-hour simulation. The simulation shows what a book or film often cannot: what it feels like to be socially excluded and experience the monumental systemic barriers to re-entering society after…
  • From Graduate School to Employment: Considering Job Fit

    Adler University
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Briana Colton graduated in October with her Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy from the Adler School–now Adler University–in Chicago. A Chicago resident, she is blogging for us to chronicle her experiences navigating the transition between graduate school and full-time employment—and to share her progress and insights with the Adler community including current students and fellow graduates.  Today she writes: I am reflecting on the last few months. In addition to holiday plans and year-end activities, for me, this last December was particularly busy and challenging.
  • Guest Post: Changing the Landscape of ADHD

    Adler University
    3 Feb 2015 | 10:55 am
    Drs. Anderson and Post on a recent visit to campus in Chicago In their work, Patricia Post, Psy.D. ’99, and Gregory R. Anderson, Ph.D., a former Adler adjunct professor, are examining ever-increasing rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnoses and subsequent over-medication of children, adolescents and adults.  Their work has been presented for the North American Society for Adlerian Psychology (NASAP) and the Ontario Society for Adlerian Psychology. They write: As specialists trained in the evaluation and treatment of ADHD, we believe there is an over-diagnosis…
 
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    PsyPost

  • A surprising source of serotonin could affect antidepressant activity

    Rockefeller University Press
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Depression affects an estimated 350 million people worldwide and poses a major public health challenge, according to the World Health Organization. Researchers have discovered an unconventional way that serotonin is released from neurons that could play an important role in the mechanism through which antidepressant drugs work. The Journal of General Physiologystudy is highlighted in [...]The post A surprising source of serotonin could affect antidepressant activity appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Family income, parental education related to brain structure in children and adolescents

    Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Characterizing associations between socioeconomic factors and children’s brain development, a team including investigators from nine universities across the country reports correlative links between family income and brain structure. Relationships between the brain and family income were strongest in the lowest end of the economic range – suggesting that interventional policies aimed at these children may [...]The post Family income, parental education related to brain structure in children and adolescents appeared first on PsyPost.
  • ‘Lightning bolts’ in the brain show learning in action

    New York University School of Medicine
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have captured images of the underlying biological activity within brain cells and their tree-like extensions, or dendrites, in mice that show how their brains sort, store and make sense out of information during learning. In a study to be published in the journal Nature online March 30, the NYU [...]The post ‘Lightning bolts’ in the brain show learning in action appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Researchers find ‘exploding head syndrome’ more common in young people than thought

    Washington State University
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Washington State University researchers have found that an unexpectedly high percentage of young people experience “exploding head syndrome,” a psychological phenomenon in which they are awakened by abrupt loud noises, even the sensation of an explosion in their head. Brian Sharpless, a Washington State University assistant professor and director of the university psychology clinic, found [...]The post Researchers find ‘exploding head syndrome’ more common in young people than thought appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Researchers find new link between neurodegenerative diseases and abnormal immune responses

    McMaster University
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:57 pm
    Researchers from McMaster University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York have discovered that a protein associated with neurodegenerative diseases like ALS also plays an important role in the body’s natural antiviral response. The study, published today in Nature Immunology, offers new insight into the link between neurodegenerative disorders and inflammation, [...]The post Researchers find new link between neurodegenerative diseases and abnormal immune responses appeared first on PsyPost.
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    Watersedge Counselling

  • The Long Term Effects of Heroin Addiction

    Jessica Morris
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    It is increasingly common for people of all walks of life to use heroin. It is no longer just a teenage fad, but a drug which enters workplaces, damages relationships and can do long term harm to a person’s health. You may be able to identify when a person is using heroin, but do you know the long term effects of the drug use? This infographic by Addiction Blog shows us the science and the consequences of heroin use. Far from being a substance you can just ‘shake off,’ heroin enters your blood and affects many areas of the brain, including the cerebral cortex (your vision), brain stem…
  • Why Do We ‘Flip Our Lid’?

    Jessica Morris
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    We all have moments when we feel so overwhelmed by emotions that we ‘flip our lid.’ For some people this happens quite frequently, and their short fuse means they are consistently ‘losing it’ and acting out in erratic or irrational ways. For others this only happens occasionally, but when we do all hell breaks loose, and we scare the people around us with our behaviour. In this short video by NeuroLeadership, Dr Daniel Siegel MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, shows us what happens in the brain when we flip our lid and our daily emotional journey becomes too much for us.
  • A Creative Way to Combat Stress

    Jessica Morris
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Secret Garden An Inky Treasure Hunt & Colouring Book via presentsofmind.com.au Stress can creep in to every part of our lives, and even when we are at home it can be difficult to relax. The good news is there is a rather unconventional and creative way to get out all your tension: colouring in. That’s right, a simple children’s activity can affect your mood and help you to live a happier and healthier life. In an article with the Huffington Post, psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala says it “brings out our imagination and takes us back to our childhood, a period in which we most…
  • Two Little Words That Can Change Your Life

    Colleen Morris
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Have you ever found your mind preoccupied by the myriad of tasks that have piled up on your desk, even before you get to work each day? As your mind recites each task, counting them off rapidly, your breathing quickens, your pulse starts to accelerate and you may even feel an overwhelming feeling of dread. By the time you arrive at the workplace, you already feel a significant depletion of energy as you wonder how you can possibly complete the day’s work. Is this your experience? What if you could approach the same day differently; relaxed, with energy, optimism and openness? ‘Is that…
  • 5 Tips to Manage Personal Relationships in the Workplace

    Jessica Morris
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    When we enter the workforce, we never want to be ‘that’ person: the one who got that job through their connection with the boss, or the employee who already has a romantic relationship with someone on staff. In these times, it can be hard to work with a clean slate. People can undermine your work, and meanwhile you are constantly trying to balance your personal and professional life. Have you ever asked yourself what the line between work and your personal life is? Social Media like Facebook has blurred this line more than ever, and we all must face the moment a colleague or…
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  • Myers-Briggs® Test ENFP Personality Types and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Being aware of your Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality type as well as those of your peers and employees can help you build stronger teams and committees. In the long run, this will help to increase the efficiency of your organization. In this blog, we focus on how Myers-Briggs test ENFP’s, who are Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving types, can capitalize on their strengths in the workplace and support others to do the same. The ENFP’s Leadership Strengths and Challenges Image courtesy of pat138241 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net According to Richmond (2008), people with…
  • Myers Briggs® INTP MBTI® Personality Types and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Myers Briggs® INTP Personality Types and Leadership Testing yours and others’ Myers-Briggspersonality types can help you develop valuable insights into how to optimize your workflow. When time is short and demands are high, efficiency and quality are of the utmost importance. This week’s blog explores The Myers-Briggs® Introverted- Intuitive-Thinking-Perceiving (INTP) personality type, with a focus on how they can increase their productivity while still effectively supporting their teams. Image courtesy of nokhoog_buchachon at FreeDigitalPhotos.net  Richmond (2008) suggests that…
  • Myers Briggs ENTJ MBTI® Personality Types’ Leadership Style

    Geeta Aneja
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Being aware of your Myers-Briggspersonality type can help you motivate others, and give you a framework for your leadership preferences so that you may work on becoming a more efficient leader. In many ways, your personality type mirrors your leadership qualities and challenges, so knowing it can help you optimize your performance. This week, we will learn about how The Extraverted-Intuitive-Thinking-Judging (Myers-Briggs ENTJ) type can best utilize their leadership style to motivate and organize their teams. Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net As a leader, knowing your…
  • Myers-Briggs® (MBTI® Test) ENFJ Personality Types and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Myers-Briggs® (MBTI® Test) ENFJ Personality Types and Leadership Today’s fast-paced working environment is more complex and more challenging than it has ever been in the past, and it’s only getting faster (Richmond, 2008). The more aware leaders are of their strengths, the more effectively and efficiently they can guide their teams to success. This week’s blog explores Extroverted-Intuition with Feeling-Judging or more simply put the MBTI® ENFJ personality type. We will discuss how they can help their teams adapt and cope with today’s ever-changing workplace. Image courtesy of…
  • Myers-Briggs® ENTP MBTI® Personality Types and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    1 Feb 2015 | 11:48 am
    People differ with respect to their leadership strengths and challenges. Developing a more nuanced understanding of your and your employees’ Myers-Briggspersonality types can help you increase your efficiency to meet the demands of today’s fast-paced business environment. This week’s blog takes a closer look at the Extroverted-Intuitive-Thinking-Perceiving (ENTP) personality type and how these types can capitalize on their strengths and develop their challenges to become more effective leaders. image courtesy of sheelamohan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Richmond (2008) urges supervisors to…
 
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  • My flaky friend makes me feel disposable

    Amy Feld
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:52 am
    How do you handle a flaky friend who disappears on you from time to time? The post My flaky friend makes me feel disposable appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • In the Media – On keeping long-distance friendships (Psychologies)

    Irene
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Psychologies interviewed The Friendship Doctor for some tips for keeping long-distance friendships alive. The post In the Media – On keeping long-distance friendships (Psychologies) appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Not invited to the party: Should I say something?

    Irene
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:49 am
    When she’s not invited to a bar mitzvah, a teen wonders whether she should say something. The post Not invited to the party: Should I say something? appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Feeling left out by my group

    Irene
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:18 am
    A young woman wonders why she always feels like an outsider with her group of friends. The post Feeling left out by my group appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • In the Media – How to build an amazing intergenerational friendship

    Irene
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:11 pm
    A story on Next Avenue story illustrates many of the benefits of intergenerational friendships. The post In the Media – How to build an amazing intergenerational friendship appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
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    Psychologia

  • Imagination and Creativity Test

    Psychologia
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    Not many people realize that imagination is one of the most important tools in their business skill set because to have a highly developed imagination almost always means to be creative. This test will help you evaluate your imagination and creativity.
  • Test: Are You Ready to Venture Out of Your Comfort Zone?

    Psychologia
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    This test will help you find out how ready you are to stretch yourself and get out of your comfort zone. Despite what many people think, having high risk tolerance is not necessary a condition for success in business and life, and you can be successful in both even with low scores.
  • Types of Thinking Test: Concrete, Analytical, Abstract, Logical, Imaginative, Creative

    Psychologia
    8 Mar 2015 | 1:59 pm
    This test analyzes five types of thinking: concrete (The Doer), analytical or abstract thinking (The Analyst), logical thinking (The Orator), imaginative (The Inventor) and creative (The Original Thinker).
  • Goal Motivation and Risk Tolerance Test

    Psychologia
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:01 am
    How motivated are you to achieve your goal? Are you ready to risk? Is high risk tolerance a necessary trait for goal achievement? This test will will help you find out.
  • Our Photoshop Color Sample Test Proves The Dress is White and Gold #TheDress

    Psychologia
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:52 am
    The white/gold or blue/black dress controversy took the Internet by storm on Friday. Although the difference in color perception is nothing new, we could never imagine that this difference can be so radical. The rumors that spread like a wildfire don't help either. We decided to carry out our own color test using Photoshop Eyedropper tool and here is what we've found out...
 
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  • The Three Most Basic Psychological Needs, and Why We Need to Satisfy Them

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:28 am
    Are you aware that psychological need satisfaction is crucial to your well-being, and that it should be one of your biggest priorities? This post will show you why. According to Self-determination... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Don’t Fear Responsibility Because ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    When we hold others responsible, we expect something from, and in order to expect something from others, we must trust and believe in them. We have to believe that they are capable of doing what we... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Social Effectiveness Therapy Beats Social Anxiety, Study Shows

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    At some point in our lives, we all experience symptoms of anxiety. Public speaking or other unfamiliar situations can provoke natural feelings of anxiety. When these natural feelings turn into... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Psychology Resources: List of Blogs, Databases, and Videos

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am
    Psychology blogs Research Digest by The British Psychological Society: A great concise blog on brain and behavior PsyBlog by Jeremy Dean: A popular psychology blog that covers many areas of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Saying ‘I Know How You Feel’ is Flawed, From a Psychologist’s Perspective

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Have you ever said to someone, “I know how you feel“? Well, I think most of us have at some point, but do we truly know how others feel, or is it just a saying that we use for better or... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Accessible Psychology

  • Decluttering – A Rich Life With Less Stuff

    jennyleigh
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    As we come to the close of our hot topic on decluttering some of you may be sceptical about the psychological benefits to living a life with less stuff and when I saw this Tedx talk on decluttering and living a minimalist life, I knew I just had to share it with you! The speakers in this talk, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, used to earn six figure incomes and have an abundance of ‘stuff’ and yet we learn in their talk of how they were living for their stuff, rather than having it work for them.   Their breakthrough came when they decided to donate and sell around…
  • PC Health Check – How to Keep You and Your Computer Happy!

    jennyleigh
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    With most PC’s nowadays being connected to the internet it is becoming increasingly important to protect your computer from malicious viruses. Most people know about the threat of viruses but were you aware of the threat of both malware and spyware?   Malware is software which is specifically designed to disrupt or damage a computer system and spyware is software that enables a user to obtain covert information about another’s computer activities by transmitting data covertly from their hard drive and both are equally important to protect yourself against.   There are many…
  • PC Back-up – Give Yourself Piece of Mind

    jennyleigh
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’ve spoken a lot about the psychological benefits of decluttering this month and how to go about doing it but when it comes to computers backing up is just as important. Without a back up of your computer you could be left having lost all of your important documents should your computer break down on you. I would recommend backing up to your portable hard drive once a month and possibly more regularly depending on how much you use your computer for work, studies or in my case, writing.   The portable back up hard drive I use is excellent and very slim line so it needn’t take up…
  • Electronic Clutter and How to Make it Go For Good

    jennyleigh
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
      When you start up your computer do you dread sifting through your emails? Do you spend ages looking for that document you saved in some obscure file path that seemed to make sense at the time? Often electronic clutter gets dismissed as unimportant however it is just as damaging to our focus and productivity as physical clutter. Here are my top tips and tricks for streamlining your computer files so that you never have to spend ages searching for something again!   Try not to save items to your desktop as this will make it cluttered. Instead save them under a logical file path and…
  • No Office? No problem. How to Create a Home Office You’ll Love

    jennyleigh
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
      For many people, myself included, often there just isn’t enough space to have a room dedicated as a home office. But what do we do if we don’t have one? How do we file all of our paperwork and set up a system that lends itself to being conducive to studying, doing personal administration or working from home?   I write and complete paperwork from my bedroom, a room which I have created as my very own little oasis. Here are some top tips and tricks for streamlining your filing systems and finding space for that all important paperwork, whilst creating a space that will serve…
 
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    Hi Tim - HOME

  • The Hounding

    16 Mar 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Hi Tim,I’m a widow age 67, and lost my husband 2 years ago. I’ve lived alone in our house ever since, we didn’t have children but a new neighbor moved in next door. She’s a single mother with a teenager and they’re both athletic and rarely ever home. They have a German shepherd dog that goes with them a lot but he’s home in the backyard when they’re at work and school. In a troubling way, this dog’s face reminds me of my husband! My husband wasn’t conventionally attractive, from German-Italian stock with sort of a long face. I am not…
  • Loving From a Distance

    9 Mar 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Sometimes, you have to love people from a distance and give them the space and time to get their minds right before you let them back into your life. - Robert Tew Hi Tim,  I’m a middle-aged single woman with an elderly mother and two older siblings. My brother is never around unless he needs something, and my sister lives much closer to Mom than I do. Mother’s Day is approaching and my brotherwill never show up or call, but I’ll be there and so will my sister, who never fails to turn every holiday into drama by berating Mom about all her past failings. Mom…
  • They Put the Grrr in Ingrate

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Hi Tim,I’m a 20s woman married for 4 years with a 2 year old son. My sister-in-law, “Annie,” is a few years older with a family of her own. I have always gotten along with her, and she is harmless but she has an annoying habit of giving silly knick-knacks as gifts: a wooden box, picture frames, vases, sconces and such. She puts a lot of thought into them and tries to make them personal, but all these things do is clutter up my home, and my husband and I are sworn minimalists. We have very few furnishings, prefer to sit on floor cushions, nothing hanging on the walls, and our…
  • Oops Upside the House!

    24 Feb 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Hi Tim,I’m a man, 26, living with my girlfriend in a house and our driveway is beside the neighbor’s driveway with a row of 30 feet-or-so pine trees in between them. I work at night and I’d only slept about 30 minutes before work one night, so I ran out to the car and wasn’t paying attention. I plowed right into one of the trees and even though it made the most awful crashing sound, my car wasn’t badly damaged and a mark was barely noticeable on the tree. I noticed the neighbors were gone, forgot about it, and then a few days later we had a terrible storm. Our…
  • Reunited And It Feels Like Hell

    16 Feb 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Hi Tim,  I am a man, late 40’s with a very successful career and married to a wonderful guy for 12 years. I am fit and healthy now, and I have aged pretty well but only after some hard work. High school was not a good time for me. I did a lot of emotional eating after being terrorized in lower grades for being effeminate and soft-spoken. I became quite overweight, and along with still being effeminate you can imagine that the kids never passed up an opportunity to ridicule or embarrass me and make me feel like less than nothing. It got bad enough that I was assaulted twice and had…
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    San Francisco Psychotherapy and Couples Counseling

  • Power Coupling: From Fighting Against to Fighting For Your Relationship

    Tiffany McLain
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    Sit down to coffee with one of your girlfriends and chances are it won’t be long before you are describing in detail the latest argument you had with your significant other. You’re not alone. It seems that the conversations about the difficulties that arise in our intimate relationships can quickly become all consuming. Though the numbers vary, research has shown that couples can argue on average anywhere between 40 minutes each day to 7 times a day.  And for every minute we spend arguing with our actual partner, many of us manage to spend even more time having it out with the…
  • Is Stigma Keeping You From Therapy?

    Lily Sloane
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:38 am
    A close relative recently lost her husband of 60 years. This has been, to say the least, heart wrenching for her – a lonely, isolating, completely life-shattering experience. I was relieved to hear she started seeing a therapist for the first time. She shared that when she opened up to friends and family about going to therapy, she was surprised to find out many people she knows are actually in therapy and have never mentioned a word about it. What if they had? Would she have felt inclined to check it out sooner had she known so many of her peers were seeking help? I recently met a…
  • Rebel Roots: A Three-Step Experiment When Hair Goes Gray

    Gina Nobuko Ramos
    15 Mar 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Dear Reader, This is a story about hair, our cultural, and gender legacies. Hair. It matters. We, as a species, have a long tradition with hair, adorning its fragility as beautiful and sacred. Adornment is encoded within our DNA, down to the granular cells of our primitive lineages. Its texture, length, and color identifies us, as individuals, and segregates us into tribes, and also into caste systems. Hair is the faithful witness. So, what happens when hair goes gray? To its core, hair reflects aliveness and sensuality. When the elemental forces of this are threatened, it’s a tough…
  • Earthquake

    Alyssa Levine Mass
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Well, here I am.  After a few months off writing for Psyched in San Francisco Magazine, I have been bubbling over with ideas and topics I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into and share.  First, I wanted to write about animal behavior and what it can teach us about human behavior (a lot).  Second I wanted to write about Kanye West and his relationship to media and its consumers, which I planned to link to how our personal relationships to pop culture can reflect something about us and where we are at any given moment in our lives.  Third, I wanted to write about a favorite topic of mine:…
  • Darling, You’ve Gotten, Well… Fat.

    Tiffany McLain
    8 Mar 2015 | 11:32 pm
    I’ve recently been creeping around online forums in order to understand how folks are thinking about health and relationships. I have discovered that people in forums reveal the most intimate details of their lives, emboldened by the promise of anonymity. Thoughts that may take one years to admit to one’s therapist are instantly made available for public scrutiny within the ‘privacy’ of the virtual realm. One question that comes up over and again: How do I tell my partner that (s)he has “gotten fat?” This question comes from men and women alike and it takes a variety of forms. To…
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    BrainSpeak

  • How Important Is It to Accomplish ALL Your Goals?

    Staff Writer
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:12 am
    Leo Babauta helps us look at how we accomplish our goals in our daily lives. There is much to be said when quality is our focus, rather than quantity. With quality, you may not accomplish everything on your list, but you are focusing on your project completely and gaining so much more in understanding. This author says, “enjoy the less that we do even more.” It’s a great quote, and one to follow. Read the full article on Zen Habits: Leave Yourself Wanting More The post How Important Is It to Accomplish ALL Your Goals? appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Attention Control Freaks! Learning the Art of Surrender

    Staff Writer
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Amy Johnston, a psychologist and author, shares how to let go of controlling behavior. Controlling behavior is rooted in fear, and results in expending good energy on things that a person cannot possibly control–the weather and another person’s actions and moods for example. Surrendering control doesn’t mean inaction, but instead focuses on a person accepting that they don’t live in a hostile universe and letting things happen will create opportunities not foreseen or planned. Read the full article here: Let Go of Control: How to Learn the Art of Surrender The post…
  • Choosing Your Best Meditation Style

    Staff Writer
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Meditation has been proven to improve overall health and well-being. In order to choose the correct meditation style you need to ask yourself a few questions about what you want out of the meditation. Do you need to meditate for religious or spiritual reasons? Are you looking for inspiration? Do you need to meditate to improve your health? How much time do you have to spend meditating? How much are you willing to spend on a teacher, or are you willing to spend? Get with your peers and do some research to figure out what is best for you and your lifestyle, and reap the benefits of meditating…
  • Fighting Stress — 5 Steps Towards Calm

    Susan Grotenhuis
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    by Susan Grotenhuis Remember the Seinfeld episode where Frank Costanza goes around yelling “Serenity now!” in a comical attempt to lower his blood pressure? Most of us have experienced that sort of stress, when even peaceful pursuits feel frustrating. It’s not surprising since world stress is on the rise. In Japan in the late 1980s, hard-working executives began dying from heart attacks and strokes. In extreme cases these people were in their 20s and 30s. The phenomenon was so prevalent that it was given a label, “karoshi” or “death from overwork.” Here in the U.S., 67 million…
  • Simple Productivity Hacks For Super Busy People

    Staff Writer
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    Everyone is busy and we all need to accomplish multiple tasks timely and correctly. To achieve your goal, and to avoid chaos, there are several tips you can practice. First, remember to breathe. Second, balance your work stress with physical activity which will enable you to detach from your busy work schedule. Third, use the best tools available to you to get the job done right the first time. Fourth, always keep a “clean tomorrow” plan to avoid unexpected events. Fifth, get enough rest. Sixth, get feedback from your peers to determine if you can do things better. Lastly, pick…
 
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    Kissless Love

  • Modern Day’s Addiction: Social Media

    Loi Liang Yang
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:53 pm
    If you have to login to Facebook, YouTube, or any other social media for more than once a day, you are suffering from modern’s day addiction. You have lowered productivity, and do not have... The post Modern Day’s Addiction: Social Media appeared first on Kissless Love.
  • Brain Drain

    Loi Liang Yang
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Developed societies will continue to attract top talents from developing or underdeveloped communities. This approach in turn, will hold those poverty-stricken nations hostage to the lack of economic and financial transformation through the management of skilled individuals. Brain drain refers to the flight of highly intelligent people from a society or community into another. Therefore depriving their native society from highly convoluted political and societal processes that are not available to the general population. The post Brain Drain appeared first on Kissless Love.
  • K-pop A Threat To Western Cultural Indoctrination

    Loi Liang Yang
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:52 am
    For the past half a century, the ideal romantic man has always been tall, symmetrical, well-built, and white. Only until the 21st century has the western cultural indoctrination of romances fall in threat from their Asian counterpart. K-pop has been reversing countless stereotypes of Asian men being a Kung Fu master or a nerd and geek in school. Now, with the proliferation and widespread acceptance of K-pop, the world is offered a different lens of Asian men. The post K-pop A Threat To Western Cultural Indoctrination appeared first on Kissless Love.
  • Evolutionary Psychology

    Loi Liang Yang
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:35 am
    When you see that beautiful lady walking down the streets, you cannot help but become fixated into her presence. At the same time, when you converse with a powerful gentleman, you cannot help but become attracted into his persona. In those moments, hard-wired attraction switches get triggered and we inevitably become drawn into their demeanour. In fact, the rationalities behind our actions can be unveiled through the intense study of evolutionary psychology. The post Evolutionary Psychology appeared first on Kissless Love.
  • Art Is A Form Of Higher Function

    Loi Liang Yang
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:06 am
    Art is subjective and the quality of its work is very difficult, if not, impossible to measure. Yet, artworks continue to sell at exorbitant prices. There are social reasons and functions for the purchase of these work from a sociological lens. Not only does art serve as an expression of oneself in an abstract manner, it is also used as a vehicle to portray certain social status. The post Art Is A Form Of Higher Function appeared first on Kissless Love.
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    Amy Bucher, Ph.D.

  • How to Reward Your Worst Tasks for Future Motivation

    Amy Bucher
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:41 am
    A few months ago, the Harvard Business Review published an article about the different types of rewards you can use to “trick” yourself into crossing unpleasant items off your to-do list. I found myself drawn to the list of reward types and examples. When we think about health coaching, it’s natural to want to encourage … Continue reading How to Reward Your Worst Tasks for Future Motivation →
  • Boston Marathon Week 15: Our Long National Nightmare is Over

    Amy Bucher
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:06 am
    You guys, it’s finally here: The best part of the marathon training process. It’s TAPER TIME! Taper time is that part of marathon training where you’ve built up the fitness and stamina to run 26.2 miles, but need to start resting to build up strength and keep your muscles fresh. During taper time, the distance … Continue reading Boston Marathon Week 15: Our Long National Nightmare is Over →
  • Friday Funday: Game Show Bloopers

    Amy Bucher
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    Normally I’d like to do more of a post, but my computer screen is broken and I’ve been traveling all week and it just ain’t happening. In lieu of something remotely thoughtful, enjoy one of my favorite web treats, a game show blooper reel. I’ll watch these for hours:
  • Asking “What If?” to Support Autonomy, and Competence

    Amy Bucher
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    Designing solutions that support users’ autonomy and competence can be difficult. One way you can enhance end users’ feelings of both is by allowing them to play out hypothetical strategies and see how they influence results. One example comes from the Johnson & Johnson Digital Health Scorecard, which is a short health risk assessment available for … Continue reading Asking “What If?” to Support Autonomy, and Competence →
  • Musings on Replication Studies

    Amy Bucher
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:14 am
    In the past decade or so, there’s been an increased focus in psychology, and especially in social psychology, to replicate studies. The basic idea is that if a study’s results are accurate, then other researchers should be able to repeat the same study design and get the same results. If they can’t, then there might … Continue reading Musings on Replication Studies →
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    Psych-Mechanics

  • We are all the same, yet we are all very different

    Hanan Parvez
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Many well-meaning people will sagely tell you that we are all unique, that we have our own peculiarities and idiosyncrasies. This makes you believe that no two people are alike just like no two snowflakes are alike. Then there are others who insist that alike or not, we are all snowflakes after all. They tell you that we are all the same.The result is confusion- are we all the same or are we not? We want straight answers, not whimsical over-generalizations. I’m certain this confusion must’ve gripped you at some point in your life and that you may have fluctuated between the…
  • How TV influences your mind through hypnosis

    Hanan Parvez
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:31 pm
    “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds” - Bob MarleyThink about it: Will I be exaggerating if I say that a part of your behavior andpersonality is shaped by the things that you see on the screen? Definitely not! It is naive to think that television is a harmless pastime activity that doesn't affect your psyche in any way. Every thinking person knows that anything you expose your mind to affects it. Your psyche is continually being shaped by all kinds of information that you receive from…
  • Some interesting applications of NLP eye accessing cues

    Hanan Parvez
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:59 pm
    NLP eye accessing cues are eye movements that people use while talking. These movements indicate what representational system a person is thinking in -visual,auditory or kinaesthetic or whether he’s engaged in a self-talk. To know about these movements and how to read them most accurately, click here.       It is important to realize that these eye movements don’t tell you ‘what’ a person is thinking but rather ‘how’ they are thinking. Knowing whether a person is thinking in images, sounds or feelings or if he's engaged in an inner dialogue can…
  • What are NLP eye accessing cues and how to read them for best results

    Hanan Parvez
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Have you ever wondered why our eyes move so much and are all over the place while we are engaged in a conversation? Is there some connection between the directionstoward which our eyes move and what we are talking about?       Well, some curious folks did wonder about it and observed a pattern. They concluded that we all have three basic representational systems in which we think- visual, auditory and kinaesthetic. For most people, the visual representational system is the strongest. They think in images.For example, if I talk about going for a walk in the woods, you…
  • Conversational or Covert hypnosis techniques [3]

    Hanan Parvez
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:26 pm
    Analogue markingAnalogue marking sure sounds technical but it’s something we all do naturally in conversations. The purpose of this post is to unveil the underlying mechanism of how it is done so that you may do it consciously to get better results. After reading this post, several examples of analogue marking will pop into your mind and you’ll know why they are so effective.Analogue marking means highlighting specific keywords and phrases during a conversation that you directly want to communicate to a person’s unconscious mind.       Our unconscious mind is…
 
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  • Quick Psychology Quiz: Can You Name The Research?

    mc
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    They started with one question: “Could it be that Eichmann and his million accomplices in the Holocaust were just following orders? Could we call them all accomplices?” The Prison Experiment The Milgram Experiment The Obedience Experiment Left alone in a room that fills with smoke, an actor pretending to have a seizure in the headphones of a person. The Bystander Effect The Smokers Effect The Loneliness Effect This 9-month old baby boy loved small furry animals... for a while The Little Einstein Experiment The Little White Rat Experiment The Little Albert Experiment Contagious aggression…
  • Tai Chi Shown To Improve Self-Esteem In Adolescents

    mc
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Tai chi is a Chinese martial art that is practised for both self defence and its health benefits. Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that is practised for both self defence and its health benefits. Previous research has shown that tai chi health benefits include preventing falls, improving mental health and general health, most of these benefits have been observed in older populations. New research aimed to consider the benefits of tai chi for younger people: The aim of this study was to test the positive effect of Tai Chi on self-concept in Chinese adolescents through a 1-year Tai Chi…
  • How Everyday Discrimination Effects Physical Health

    mc
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    How Everyday Discrimination Effects Physical Health We already know that thoughts and emotions have the power to effect our physical health. But can experiencing discrimination effect physical health? This is why the biopsychosocial model is so popular, stating that biological, psychological and social factors are all significant to our functioning and particularly overall health and well-being. Discrimination is obviously detrimental to society and has been linked to adverse health outcomes but new research aimed to examine this further: We hypothesize that greater frequency of everyday…
  • Simple Intervention Improves Sleep and Reduces Blood Pressure

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    10 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Simple Intervention Improves Sleep and Reduces Blood Pressure Gratitude interventions are a hot research topic at the moment but interest has been around for sometime. We already know that expressing gratitude is linked to increased happiness. Expressing gratitude has also previously been shown to increase life satisfaction, reduce negative affect, boost well-being and become kinder. But new research aimed to examine if expressing gratitude could impact on sleep and other biological factors as well as: This randomised controlled experiment tested whether a brief subjective well-being…
  • New Study Confirms Helping Others Is Good For You

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    9 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    New Study Confirms Helping Others Is Good For You As recently mentioned in our recent post 40 scientifically proven ways to be happier, helping others has again been shown to be good for well-being. Researchers investigated the relationship between informal help and well-being and the underlying mechanisms: From the standpoint of self-determination theory, helping others is good for well-being if it is intrinsically motivated, rather than driven by the expectation of reciprocity. On the other hand (..) helping others is associated with a higher well-being when it is linked to the benefits of…
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  • 5 Steps To Letting Go Of The Power Struggle In Your Relationship

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Up until fairly recently in terms of American history, gender roles for men and women were clearly defined and supported by everything from traditional media outlets to the infamous glass ceiling. Men were MEN and women were women. Men were not only expected but encouraged to take on the role of the provider. The stable and emotionally reserved head of the household who could be anything they worked hard enough to achieve; whether it was president, CEO of a Fortune 500 company or army hero. They were given authority over all decision-making and, in general, captained the direction of all of…
  • The Three C’s

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:53 am
    Watching someone turn from a healthy, stable individual into someone drowning under the influence of drugs and alcohol is one of the hardest things for people to do. The problem is that you knew this person before their destructive transformation began. They were someone you once respected and loved, but now they’re a stranger you don’t even recognize. As a friend or family member who’s forced to witness such a transition, it’s hard not to wonder what we could have done differently or what we can possibly do now to get them to put down the bottle, pipe, etc. It’s this mental…
  • Harnessing The Mind-Body Connection

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:52 pm
    11 Ways To Harness The Mind-Body Connection The idea that the way we think, feel and act has a significant impact on our physical health—and vice versa—is not a new concept. In fact, before western medicine took over, most ancient healing systems focused on the mind-body connection and treating individuals as a whole. Recently, awareness of the interconnection between our minds and bodies has increased due to modern scientific findings that support its effectiveness. Theories such as Walter Cannon’s fight-or-flight response have led to research proving how emotions such as fear have the…
  • Misery Loves Company

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    7 Mar 2015 | 4:18 am
    A chronic complainer, a good listener, and an eternal optimist walk into a bar. Three hours later… who walks out? The answer is NO ONE, as both the good listener and the eternal optimist are still stuck listening to the chronic complainer’s non-stop whining and haven’t been able to escape or get a word in for HOURS help! We’ve all been stuck in a situation where we start a conversation with a friend with the aim of simply catching up and suddenly find ourselves unable to get away from both their constant complaining and the negativity that permeates from their every pore. If you…
  • National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:07 am
    Media’s Push on the Limits and Pull on Our Self-Esteem Every time we turn on our phones, television or computer–every time we walk past the newsstand or wait in line to purchase our groceries–every time we drive down the highway–we’re confronted with media every day.  We look at it through filter-colored glasses, under perfectly placed lighting, and post “selfie surgery” apps. We view what society has deemed as the ultimate human specimen plastered across billboard ads and on the cover of magazines, and we idealize them. We aim to be like them, and spend tons of money over the…
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