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  • What the textbooks don't tell you - one of psychology's most famous experiments was seriously flawed

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    Research Digest
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    Zimbardo speaking in '09Conducted in 1971, the Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE) has acquired a mythical status and provided the inspiration for at least two feature-length films. You'll recall that several university students allocated to the role of jailor turned brutal and the study had to be aborted prematurely. Philip Zimbardo, the experiment's lead investigator, says the lesson from the research is that in certain situations, good people readily turn bad. "If you put good apples into a bad situation, you’ll get bad apples," he has written.The SPE was criticised back in the 70s, but…
  • Whether Social Schema Violations Help or Hurt Creativity Depends on Need for Structure

    Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin current issue
    Gocłowska, M. A., Baas, M., Crisp, R. J., De Dreu, C. K. W.
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Although people and events that disconfirm observers’ expectancies can increase their creativity, sometimes such social schema violations increase observers’ rigidity of thought and undermine creative cognition. Here we examined whether individual differences in the extent to which people prefer structure and predictability determine whether social schema violations facilitate or hamper creativity. Participants in Study 1 formed impressions of a schema-inconsistent female mechanic (vs. a schema-consistent male mechanic). Following schema-inconsistent rather than -consistent…
  • Debunking Myers-Briggs personality test: Can we pigeon­hole people?

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    SharpBrains
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless (Vox): “The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is probably the most widely used personality test in the world…The only problem? The test is completely meaningless… The test claims that, based on 93 questions, it can group all the people of the world into 16 different discrete “types”…Even Jung warned that his personality “types” were just rough tendencies he’d observed, rather than strict classifications. Several analyses have shown the test is totally ineffective at predicting people’s success in various jobs, and that about half…
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  • Instant Genius after Head Trauma [Video]

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Savantism can be acquired after a stroke or a blow to the head. A leading expert explains the various forms of the condition -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  • New Brain Implant Conquers Vertigo

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Surgeons have implanted a new prosthesis in four patients to correct disabling dizziness. The device may someday restore balance to hundreds of thousands more -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  • The High-Heel Hottie Effect: The Evolutionary Psychology of Women’s Shoes

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:44 pm
    On a trip to Italy a few years ago, my partner and I peered into the faraway distance at that famously angled phallus that is the Leaning Tower of Pisa, when suddenly we became aware of a small scene... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  • Dogs Experience Jealousy

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Jealousy appears to be a primordial emotion seen not only in humans, but in other animals as well -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  • Pulp Fiction Gangster Gets Dogs

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Pulp Fiction gangster Jules Winnfield is right. "A dog's got personality, and personality goes a long way.” Cross-species animal behavior studies confirm Winnfield's statement (although he's... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
 
 
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  • Source Credibility and Persuasion: The Role of Message Position in Self-Validation

    Clark, J. K., Evans, A. T.
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Highly credible communicators have been found to elicit greater confidence and attitudes that are based more on recipients’ thoughts (i.e., self-validation) compared with non-credible sources. However, source credibility may produce different effects on thought confidence and persuasion depending on the position of an advocacy. When messages are proattitudinal, credible sources should initiate self-validation because recipients may be motivated to confirm (bolster) their existing views. Conversely, when appeals are counterattitudinal, recipients may be motivated to defend their opinions…
  • How Will "I" Versus "We" Perform? An Investigation of Future Outlooks and Self-Construals

    Dean, K. K., Gardner, W. L.
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Previous theory and research suggests that people generate predictions to prepare for an uncertain future, often basing predictions on task-relevant information like prior performance. Four studies test the hypothesis that preparation via prediction occurs more readily when interdependent (vs. independent) self-construals are salient. This hypothesis was supported when examining chronic tendencies to generate negative predictions (Study 1) and spontaneous predictions in response to task-relevant information (Studies 2, 3, and 4), as well as when self-construals were measured (Studies 1, 2,…
  • Whether Social Schema Violations Help or Hurt Creativity Depends on Need for Structure

    Gocłowska, M. A., Baas, M., Crisp, R. J., De Dreu, C. K. W.
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Although people and events that disconfirm observers’ expectancies can increase their creativity, sometimes such social schema violations increase observers’ rigidity of thought and undermine creative cognition. Here we examined whether individual differences in the extent to which people prefer structure and predictability determine whether social schema violations facilitate or hamper creativity. Participants in Study 1 formed impressions of a schema-inconsistent female mechanic (vs. a schema-consistent male mechanic). Following schema-inconsistent rather than -consistent…
  • A (Creative) Portrait of the Uncertain Individual: Self-Uncertainty and Individualism Enhance Creative Generation

    Rios, K., Markman, K. D., Schroeder, J., Dyczewski, E. A.
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Building on findings that self-uncertainty motivates attempts to restore certainty about the self, particularly in ways that highlight one’s distinctiveness from others, we show that self-uncertainty, relative to uncertainty in general, increases creative generation among individualists. In Studies 1 to 3, high (but not low) individualists performed better on a creative generation task after being primed with self-uncertainty as opposed to general uncertainty. In Study 4, this effect emerged only among those who were told that the task measured creative as opposed to analytical…
  • Making Mountains of Morality From Molehills of Virtue: Threat Causes People to Overestimate Their Moral Credentials

    Effron, D. A.
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Seven studies demonstrate that threats to moral identity can increase how definitively people think they have previously proven their morality. When White participants were made to worry that their future behavior could seem racist, they overestimated how much a prior decision of theirs would convince an observer of their non-prejudiced character (Studies 1a-3). Ironically, such overestimation made participants appear more prejudiced to observers (Study 4). Studies 5 to 6 demonstrated a similar effect of threat in the domain of charitable giving—an effect driven by individuals for whom…
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  • Promises: The Psychology of Making, Breaking or Exceeding Them

    Jeremy Dean
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    What our attitudes to promises reveal about a fair society.Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: Rule-Breaking Teens Make More Successful Entrepreneurs Can You Get Things Done Without Making People Hate You? Making Music Dramatically Improves Young Children’s Behaviour Psychology in Brief: 5 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week (28 June 2013) 10 Current Psychology Studies Every Parent Should Know
  • The Unhappiest and Happiest U.S. Cities Revealed By Nationwide Survey

    Jeremy Dean
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    'Unhappy' cities have always been unhappy, new analysis of U.S. satisfaction with life finds.Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: America: Happiest and Saddest States People Are Happier When They Do The Right Thing Urban Living: Green Spaces Improve Your Mental Health Antidepressants: Higher Rates of Psychological Side-Effects Revealed by New Study How to Set Goals That Lead to Happiness
  • How Cannabis Causes Paranoia

    Jeremy Dean
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    Cannabis study provides insight into how to treat serious mental disorders.Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: How Long-Term Stress Affects Short-Term Memory Exercise Can Improve Long-Term Memory Caffeine Improves Long-Term Memory When Consumed After Learning OCD: The Surprising Truth Magic Mushrooms: How They Affect the Brain’s Emotion Centres
  • How to Deal With Stress and Anxiety: 10 Proven Psychological Techniques

    Jeremy Dean
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    Ten techniques you can use to deal with stress that you can't avoid.Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: 5 Relaxation Techniques for Anxiety Unwind: The Science of Rest, Relaxation and Sleep 8 Fascinating Facts About Anxiety Anxiety: Getting Excited Beats Trying to Calm Down Chronic Stress Early in Life Causes Anxiety and Aggression in Adulthood
  • Cyberloafing at Work Makes You More Productive

    Jeremy Dean
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    Surfing the web at work for leisure makes you 9% more productive, a new study finds.Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: “Is the Internet Good/Bad For You?” and Other Dumb Questions The Incubation Effect: How to Break Through a Mental Block Can You Be Addicted to Facebook or is it Just a Bad Habit? The Positive Effect of Creative Hobbies on Performance at Work Buy Less Insurance
 
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  • Towards a scientifically unified therapy

    vaughanbell
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Today’s edition of Nature has an excellent article on the need to apply cognitive science to understanding how psychological therapies work. Psychological therapies are often called ‘talking treatments’ but this is often a misleading name. Talking is essential, but it’s not where most of the change happens. Like seeing a personal trainer in the gym, communication is key, but it’s the exercise which accounts for the changes. In the same way, psychological therapy is only as effective as the experience of putting changes into practice, but we still know relatively…
  • Why do we bite our nails?

    tomstafford
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:51 am
    It can ruin the appearance of your hands, could be unhygienic and can hurt if you take it too far. So why do people do it? Biter Tom Stafford investigates What do ex-British prime minster Gordon Brown, Jackie Onassis, Britney Spears and I all have in common? We all are (or were) nail biters. It’s not a habit I’m proud of. It’s pretty disgusting for other people to watch, ruins the appearance of my hands, is probably unhygienic and sometimes hurts if I take it too far. I’ve tried to quit many times, but have never managed to keep it up. Lately I’ve been wondering…
  • The concept of stress, sponsored by Big Tobacco

    vaughanbell
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    NPR has an excellent piece on how the scientific concept of stress was massively promoted by tobacco companies who wanted an angle to market ‘relaxing’ cigarettes and a way for them to argue that it was stress, not cigarettes, that was to blame for heart disease and cancer. They did this by funding, guiding and editing the work of renowned physiologist Hans Selye who essentially founded the modern concept of stress and whose links with Big Tobacco have been largely unknown. For the past decade or so, [Public Health Professor Mark] Petticrew and a group of colleagues in London have…
  • Spike activity 11-07-2014

    vaughanbell
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Your Brain Is On the Brink of Chaos. Nautilus has an interesting piece on chaos the and the brain. Neuroskeptic has a good Q&A with Zach Mainen, one of the originators of the NeuroFuture open letter demanding reform of the Human Brain Project. There’s an open-access special issue on epilepsy in the latest edition of Nature. The New York Times has a good piece on developments towards brain implants for cognitive enhancement. Phantom limb pain tortures amputees and puzzles scientists. A man in Cambodia cycles round the country and…
  • A thought lab in the sun

    vaughanbell
    12 Jul 2014 | 1:25 am
    Neuroscientist Karl Friston, being an absolute champ, in an interview in The Lancet Psychiatry “I get up very late, I go and smoke my pipe in the conservatory, hopefully in the sunshine with a nice cup of coffee, and have thoughts until I can raise the energy to have a bath. I don’t normally get to work until mid day.” I have to say, I have a very similar approach which is getting up very early, drinking Red Bull, not having any thoughts, and raising the energy to catch a bus to an inpatient ward. The man clearly doesn’t know the good life when he sees it. The Lancet…
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  • More Than a Pet: Service Dogs for PTSD

    Sandra Kiume
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    A short video profiling labradoodle Rocco and the veteran he cares for, through the program K9s for Warriors in the US. K9s for Warriors trains rescue dogs to be service dogs for PTSD in veterans.  
  • What Makes Us Laugh?

    Sandra Kiume
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:49 am
    Professor Sophie Scott’s LaughterLab at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in the UK does neuroscience research on why and how people laugh. In a project at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2012 and the Big Bang Fair 2013, at an exhibit they simply asked people to write down, “What makes you laugh?” In this short, fun video, they share the answers they collected. To learn more about the LaughterLab and their research, visit this link, and for more fun and scientific videos about laughter check out Sophie Scott’s YouTube channel
  • What’s it Like to Experience and Recover from Psychosis?

    Sandra Kiume
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    Simon Says: Psychosis is a fantastic documentary featuring three people who’ve experienced psychosis, talking about what it’s like, and their recovery journeys assisted by the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service provided by the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in the UK. The film was created by John Richardson, a person with lived experience of psychosis, giving it special insight, empathy, and an insider perspective. For more background about the filmmaker’s process and intent, follow this link. You can follow the filmmaker on Twitter at @insipidmedia, and also…
  • Value from Suicide Attempts: The Way Forward

    Sandra Kiume
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    A powerful video sharing key recommendations in the report “The Way Forward: Pathways to hope, recovery, and wellness with insights from lived experience,” prepared by the Suicide Attempt Survivors Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. This comprehensive report on suicide attempt survivors and suicide prevention is a major step in lived experience advocacy. There will be a one hour tweetchat on Thursday, July 10 at 12:30 pm ET using the hashtag #WayForward. Suicide attempt survivors and allies are welcome to join this groundbreaking advocacy…
  • Can and Should We Prevent Crime with Neurotechnology?

    Sandra Kiume
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    A cool animated short presentation on the ethics of using neurotechnology to prevent violent crime. “Neurotechnology for Our Homes and Our Nations: The Neuroethics of Privacy and Security” by James Giordano. An original presentation from Brain Matters! Vancouver, a March 2014 conference held by the National Core for Neuroethics. Subscribe to their YouTube channel to see new videos from the conference as they become posted.  
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  • When interviewers try to sell the job, they become bad recruiters

    Research Digest
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:02 am
    It’s hard to find the best person for the job through an interview. New research uncovers part of the problem: judging a candidate’s calibre becomes trickier when we’re also trying to sell them the benefits of joining the organisation.In an initial study, participants were asked to interview a person (another participant) who was acting as an applicant for a fictional position. Half the interviewers were told their priority was to get a good sense of the applicant, while the rest had to prioritise attracting the candidate to the vacant position. Following the interview, the interviewer…
  • What the textbooks don't tell you - one of psychology's most famous experiments was seriously flawed

    Research Digest
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    Zimbardo speaking in '09Conducted in 1971, the Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE) has acquired a mythical status and provided the inspiration for at least two feature-length films. You'll recall that several university students allocated to the role of jailor turned brutal and the study had to be aborted prematurely. Philip Zimbardo, the experiment's lead investigator, says the lesson from the research is that in certain situations, good people readily turn bad. "If you put good apples into a bad situation, you’ll get bad apples," he has written.The SPE was criticised back in the 70s, but…
  • The psychology of first impressions - digested

    Research Digest
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Piercings convey low intelligence and greater creativity, according to researchYou’ll have had this experience - you meet a new person and within moments you feel good or bad vibes about them. This is you performing “thin slicing” - deducing information about a person based on “tells”, some more obvious than others.Psychologists have studied this process in detail. For example, they’ve shown that we form a sense of whether a stranger is trustworthy in less than one tenth of a second. With some accuracy, we can also deduce rapidly more specific information such as their…
  • Study of dynamic facial expressions suggests there are four basic emotions, not six

    Research Digest
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:39 am
    New research suggests that humans recognise facial emotional expressions in a dynamic way. We search for urgent signals first, before seeking out more nuanced information. The University of Glasgow researchers also argue their data show there are four basic facial expressions of emotion rather than the widely accepted six.Rachael Jack and her colleagues developed computerised 3-D faces that began neutral and relaxed before transforming over one second into a random expression, created through a combination of different facial muscle movements. These standard facial actions were digitised from…
  • It's time for Western psychology to recognise that many individuals, and even entire cultures, fear happiness

    Research Digest
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:29 am
    It's become a mantra of the modern Western world that the ultimate aim of life is to achieve happiness. Self-help blog posts on how to be happy are almost guaranteed popularity (the Digest has its own!). Pro-happiness organisations have appeared, such as Action for Happiness, which aims to "create a happier society for everyone." Topping it all, an increasing number of governments, including in the UK, have started measuring national well-being (seen as a proxy for "happiness") - the argument being that this a potentially more important policy outcome than economic prosperity.But hang on a…
 
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  • Why “disorders of the brain” deserve at least equal attention as cardiovascular diseases and cancer

    SharpBrains
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    G20 World Brain Mapping and Therapeutics Initiative Partners with EU Human Brain Project (DD&D): “According to the World Health Organization’s large-scale studies, about a third of the adult worldwide population suffer from a mental disorder such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. If also taken together with neurological disorders, such as dementia and stroke, these “disorders of the brain” account for 13% of the global disease burden. This surpasses both cardiovascular diseases (5%) and cancer (10%). Countries with the highest rate of burden included the USA, UK, Russia,…
  • Brain Resource raising $7m to expand corporate brain wellness offerings

    SharpBrains
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    BRC $7 million capital raising to expand sales (Investor Communication): “Brain Resource Limited (“BRC”) is pleased to announce that it has binding commitments to raise approximately A$7 million…BRC has to date successfully sold its on-line MyBrainSolutions product into two very large U.S. Brain Health markets that have very high needs: US Corporate Employee Wellness programs (a $5B market); and Addiction Clinics (a $50B market). Customers and Distributors include Fortune 500 companies including Aetna, Cisco, Mercer, Nationwide, American Express as well as industry leading…
  • Debunking Myers-Briggs personality test: Can we pigeon­hole people?

    SharpBrains
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless (Vox): “The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is probably the most widely used personality test in the world…The only problem? The test is completely meaningless… The test claims that, based on 93 questions, it can group all the people of the world into 16 different discrete “types”…Even Jung warned that his personality “types” were just rough tendencies he’d observed, rather than strict classifications. Several analyses have shown the test is totally ineffective at predicting people’s success in various jobs, and that about half…
  • Upgrading Education and Health in light of Neuroscience: The Frontier of Gaming?

    SharpBrains
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    We had a great event last Thursday in London to discuss the future of applied neuroscience and gaming. Thank you, Brainbow/ Peak team, for hosting us, and Strategic North for helping promote it! Many insights were shared. Perhaps one of the main take-aways was the significant opportunity at hand to leverage big data in order to personalize and refine brain training methodologies, helping brain training transfer from the training itself into real-world benefits that enhance the user’s personal and professional life. To learn more: Book — The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness:…
  • How to improve memory skills and remember what you read: Beyond phonics and “whole language”

    Dr. Bill Klemm
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:16 am
    Despite the increasing visual media we are increasingly exposed to, reading is still an important skill. Whether it is school textbooks, online newspapers or regular books, people still read, though not as much as they used to. One reason that many people don’t read much is that they don’t read well. For them, it is slow, hard work and they don’t remember as much as they should. Why? You would think that schools teach kids how to read well. Schools do try. I work with middle-school teachers and they tell me that many students are 2–3 years behind grade level in reading proficiency. No…
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  • World Psychiatric Association

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The WPA is an association of national psychiatric societies aimed to increase knowledge and skills necessary for work in the field of mental health and the care for the mentally ill. Its member societies are presently 135, spanning 117 different countries and representing more than 200,000 psychiatrists. The WPA organizes the World Congress of Psychiatry every three years. It also organizes international and regional congresses and meetings, and thematic conferences. It has 65 scientific sections, aimed to disseminate information and promote collaborative work in specific domains of…
  • National Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA)

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:32 pm
    National TSA has 2 full-time Information and Referral Coordinators with professional backgrounds in social work, psychology, education or related disciplines who answer email and telephone inquiries. We get requests for referrals to physicians or therapists (TSA maintains lists by state for Physicians and Allied Professionals as well as legal resources and various camps and schools). There are questions about Education-related issues (e.g. from teachers for pointers in the classroom, or from parents about teachers’ handling of symptoms in the classroom). Parents may be seeking options…
  • Ask For Help

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    About 1 in 4 Americans suffer from mental illness in any given year. It’s time we remove the stigma of asking for help. To start, we are providing resources and asking you to share your story so that we may help one another.  This site was created by Peter Rodgers, Eliot Rodgers father, the young man who killed six people and injured thirteen others in what was partially blamed on mental health issues.  It is Rodgers hope that others visit this site, use resources, share their stories and hopefully begin healing.
  • Social Anxiety Institute

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Dr. Thomas A. Richards currently runs all our treatment programs and is a leading clinical authority on the treatment of social anxiety disorder. Dr. Richards began seeing patients with social anxiety in the early 1990s and has seen thousands of patients since that time. The first CBT therapy group for social anxiety started in 1994. International therapy groups began in 1998. Our emphasis is on treatment of social anxiety disorder (i.e., how do you get over it?) Our CBT therapy programs allow people to overcome social anxiety. Cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder must be…
  • The Other OCD

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    23 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    This site discusses those strange, bizarre and disturbing OCD thoughts, sometimes called Purely Obsessional Compulsive Disorder (or “Pure-O”).  Things like:  “Is that cop following me?”, “Is my breathing weird?”, or “Have I hurt someone and not known it?” Most people consider the whole OCD issue, but this group has mainly just the obsessions and hardly any of the compulsions. This website also includes help for family and friends, books and articles, downloadable audio, and information for therapists.
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  • The Myths that Society Holds About Mental Illness

    Dr. Deb
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    It is an undisputed fact that individuals who experience mental health issues are often faced with discrimination that results from misconceptions of their illness. As a result, many people who would benefit from mental health services often don't seek treatment for fear that they will be viewed in a negative way. The World Health Organization agrees and says that in the 400 million people worldwide who are affected by mental illness, about twenty percent reach out for treatment.Take a look at the common myths society holds about mental illness. MYTH: Mental illness is not a…
  • Is It Ever Right For a Therapist to Cry?

    Dr. Deb
    1 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    During my morning surf for psychology stories, I came across this one at the BBC asking "Is it ever right for a therapist to cry?"I wondered as I sipped my English Breakfast Tea (a perfect coincidence) why this was a worthy subject the BBC felt needed covering. Surely, people know that therapists cry. Especially if a patient's narrative is moving, upsetting or emotionally tragic. Right? The article, though, reported that some patients were surprised that a therapist might tear up in a session, finding the response off-putting and even unprofessional.The BBC article brought into view a…
  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    Dr. Deb
    1 May 2014 | 8:40 am
    In honor of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, I'll be giving away 2 autographed copies of my award winning book "DEPRESSION AND YOUR CHILD: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS."Research shows that children, even babies, experience depression. The clinical term is called Pediatric Depression, and rates are higher now than ever before. In the United States alone, evidence suggests that up to 1% of babies, 4 percent of preschool-aged children, 5 percent of school-aged children, and 11 percent of adolescents meet the criteria for major depression.Suicide is significantly linked to depression,…
  • How To Ask For Help

    Dr. Deb
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Asking for help can be easy for some, and painfully tough for others. There are many myths that tend to keep others from asking support or assistance. Here are a few:Myth: Asking for help makes us look vulnerable.Truth: Asking for help actually creates an atmosphere of empowerment. It communicates to others that, while you may not have the answers, you are willing to find them and make things better.Myth: Holding things in and keeping personal issues under wraps keeps us feeling secure.Truth: In reality, not allowing yourself to be "known" actually keeps you socially isolated, and…
  • The Power of Positive Direction

    Dr. Deb
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:31 am
    Remember this scene from Star Wars ?Stormtrooper: Let me see your identification. Obi-Wan: (influencing the stormtrooper's mind) You don't need to see his identification. Stormtrooper: We don't need to see his identification.Obi-Wan: These aren't the droids you're looking for. Stormtrooper: These aren't the droids we're looking for. Obi-Wan: He can go about his business. Stormtrooper: You can go about your business. Obi-Wan: Move along.Stormtrooper: Move along. Move along.This snippet of dialogue showing how "The Force" works is similar to the technique known as Positive Direction.Positive…
 
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  • Metastatic brain tumor treatment could be on the horizon with use of SapC-DOPS

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    A new study has provided hope that previously studied SapC-DOPS could be used for treatment of brain cancer that has spread. "These results support the potential of SapC-DOPS for the diagnosis and therapy of primary and metastatic brain tumors which is critically needed to increase survival rates of patients with this illness,” one researcher said.
  • How stress hormones promote brain's building of negative memories

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Scientists have discovered a key component to better understanding how traumatic memories may be strengthened in women. Their study's findings suggest that developing clinical treatments that could lower norepinephrine levels immediately following a traumatic event might offer a way to prevent this memory-enhancing mechanism from occurring.
  • Study reveals 'unhappiest' cities in the U.S.

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    New research identifies the unhappiest cities in the U.S., but finds that some young people are still willing to relocate to them for a good job opportunity or lower housing prices. The analysis suggests people may be deciding to trade happiness for other gains.
  • Neuroprotective role of immune cell discovered

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    A type of immune cell widely believed to exacerbate chronic adult brain diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis, can actually protect the brain from traumatic brain injury and may slow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, according to research. "Our findings suggest the innate immune system helps protect the brain after injury or during chronic disease, and this role should be further studied," the lead researcher said.
  • Low strength brain stimulation may be effective for depression

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    Brain stimulation treatments, like electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), are often effective for the treatment of depression. Like antidepressant medications, however, they typically have a delayed onset. For example, a patient may receive several weeks of regular ECT treatments before a full response is achieved. Thus, there is an impetus to develop antidepressant treatments that act to rapidly improve mood. Low field magnetic stimulation (LFMS) is one such potential new treatment with rapid mood-elevating effects, report scientists.
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  • 3-D image of Paleolithic child's skull reveals trauma, brain damage

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    Three-dimensional imaging of a Paleolithic child's skull reveals potentially violent head trauma that likely lead to brain damage, according to a study published July 23, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Hélène Coqueugniot and colleagues from CNRS -- Université de Bordeaux and EPHE. read more
  • Missing sleep may hurt your memory

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Lack of sleep, already considered a public health epidemic, can also lead to errors in memory, finds a new study by researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine. read more
  • Greater odds of adverse childhood experiences in those with military service

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:13 am
    Men and women who have served in the military have a higher prevalence of adverse childhood events (ACEs), suggesting that enlistment may be a way to escape adversity for some. read more
  • 'Big picture' thinking doesn't always lead people to indulge less, study says

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    Buy the latest electronic gizmo du jour, or use that money to fix a leaky roof? Go out with friends, or stay home to catch-up on work to meet that looming deadline? And after you've finished that big project, do you treat yourself to a slice of chocolate cake or settle for a piece of fruit? read more
  • Dog jealousy: Study suggests primordial origins for the 'green-eyed monster'

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:54 pm
    This will not surprise most dog owners: Dogs can act jealous, finds a new study from the University of California, San Diego. Darwin thought so, too. But emotion researchers have been arguing for years whether jealousy requires complex cognition. And some scientists have even said that jealousy is an entirely social construct -- not seen in all human cultures and not fundamental or hard-wired in the same ways that fear and anger are. read more
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  • Happy Canada Day

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

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

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

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

    Admin
    13 May 2014 | 1:57 pm
    istock photo Several medications can help people with alcohol use disorders maintain abstinence or reduce drinking, according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The work, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), provides additional options for clinicians to effectively address this global concern. Although alcohol use disorders are associated with many health problems, including cancers, stroke and depression, fewer than one-third of people with the disorders…
 
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    Brain Blogger

  • The Hollywood Medical Reporter – To Care or Not to Care?

    Daliah Leslie
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Hollywood Medical Reporter’s purpose is to examine the influence that film and television has had, and continues to have, on the medical conscious of society. It will do so using a perspective of medical proficiency and media expertise. The first question you may ask is: why? In my introductory post, I touched on the fact that the industry is filled with screenwriters who write about doctors, nurses, hospitals and medical conditions. Most of these writers (both aspiring and professional) have not gone to medical school, and do not have available adequate consultation by professionals.
  • Memories Are Made of These

    Dario Dieguez, Jr, PhD
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Since the early 1900s, scientists have pondered an age old question: what are memories made of? In the 1920s, Karl Lashley embarked on his famous journey to find “the engram” – the place in the brain where memories are stored. In 1949, Donald Hebb proposed his famous postulate of how memories could be formed, insisting that brain “cells that fire together, wire together” as part of a “cell assembly.” Since those early days of neuroscience, scientists have worked extensively to characterize brain mechanisms that could support memory formation. The first support for Hebb’s idea…
  • Self-Help for Schizophrenics

    Ann Reitan, PsyD
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    In spite of the existence of stigma, the first crucial step in dealing with schizophrenia is acceptance by that individual that he or she has a mental illness. This acceptance will allow him to deal more effectively with his life and move on with a lifestyle that is perhaps different from that of an ordinary person. Acceptance of one’s mental illness and the life task modifications that are involved in existing as a schizophrenic in the world are essential to dealing with schizophrenia with a modicum of success. Noteworthy is the fact that denial of having a mental illness is likely to be a…
  • The Pain Of Being A Redhead

    Sara Adaes, PhD (c)
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Redheads comprise around 1% of the world’s population, having the least common hair color found in humans. Redheads can most easily be spotted in Scotland, England and Ireland. In Scotland, were the highest proportion is found, only 13% of the population has red hair. Red hair, as well as fair skin and freckles, is associated with genetic variations of the melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R). Melanocortin receptors (there are 5) bind melanocortin peptides, a group of peptide hormones that are produced in the pituitary gland and that are all derived from the same precursor,…
  • Psychological Factors Predict Soccer Injuries

    Lindsay Myers, MBA, MPHc
    12 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    As the World Cup continues in Brazil, several star players have been left out due to injuries: French winger Franck Ribery due to a back problem, Colombia’s striker Radamel Falcao out with a torn ACL, Germany’s Marco Reus’ ankle injury, Italy’s midfielder Riccardo Montolivo’s broken tibia, and Theo Walcott of England as the result of a knee issue. Awareness of psychological variables can be useful to health professions and coaches who work with players of various levels. An estimated 65 to 95 percent of elite players sustain a performance-limiting injury in a single season,…
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    World of Psychology

  • How to Use Self-Talk to Improve Performance

    Marianne Stenger
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Do you ever talk to yourself? Although it’s not always a conscious habit, most of us practice self-talk on a daily basis, as a way of guiding, motivating or supporting ourselves. Maybe you’re heading to the store and start running through a list of all the items you need to buy. Or perhaps you’re trying to get through a particularly challenging task at work and find yourself whispering something like “Come on, focus, you can do this.” Over the years, research has shown that self-talk can boost productivity, motivation and confidence, and even help regulate emotions. “There is…
  • 5 Quick Ways to Calm Anxiety at Work

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    If you struggle with anxiety, you may find it especially tough to get things done at work. “Anxiety can be debilitating on its own, but in the workplace, it can be magnified immensely,” said Jennifer Hope, LCPC, a therapist who specializes in treating anxiety. With its often-fast pace and mounting demands, work can spike stress. One of Hope’s clients, who has generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), feels anxious most of the time and in most situations. When her anxiety is severe, she has a hard time completing any task. She’ll reread the same line in an email because she can’t focus on…
  • Finding Your Way through Adversity

    Matt Fried
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    On my last day of inpatient psychiatric treatment, I nervously asked the hospital’s program director if I could apply for a position there. I felt a thousand times better than the day I was brought into the system, which was in an ambulance after a suicide attempt. I felt like I could help others who had been through the same thing. I felt scared too, because if she said “No,” that meant I was being sent into the world to make my own path. She said no. It wasn’t what I wanted to hear, but it was what I needed to hear. Apparently many people recovering from a mental illness…
  • 3 Ways to Reclaim Your Work Life

    Sophie Henshaw, DPsych
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    If you’re stressed, depressed and dreading Mondays, you’re probably working in a toxic interpersonal environment that has started to take its toll on your physical and mental health. In my recent research on workplace bullying, I have discovered a baffling phenomenon: Targets often don’t realize they are being bullied for months or years. I believe that the reason it takes so long is because no one likes to admit they’re a victim. The mere thought of being a victim is so stigmatizing that most people would rather give the bully the benefit of the doubt and continue tolerating the…
  • Free Webinar: Free Yourself with The Four Stages of Codependency Recovery

    John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Expert codependency psychotherapist, writer, and professional trainer, Ross Rosenberg presents his compact and revolutionary 4-stage codependency treatment model and his “Surgeon General’s” Codependency Recovery Warning. Both were developed as a direct result of his own codependency recovery and 27 years of working with codependent clientele. These new and innovative codependency recovery concepts have been met with universally positive feedback from both professionals and non-professionals alike. The Four Stages of Codependency Recovery realistically represents both the hardships and…
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    Teaching High School Psychology

  • Brainless or will the ten percent myth ever die

    Steve Jones
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    By now you no doubt have seen the trailer for the soon to be released movie Lucy, staring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freemen - and if you haven't surely your students have, and some will see the movie. If you have you know that the key concept is that the character played by Johansson has a drug of some sort implanted in her body, and when it begins to leak, it begins to give her super powers.Why? Because this drug heightens her cognitive abilities, and since "we only use 10% of our brains," Lucy now has the ability to use much more of her brain to become this seemingly unstoppable…
  • The Freudian Sip and University Tours

    Chuck Schallhorn
    5 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    During the month of February we have a week off and for the past four years, I have co-led a group of sophomores and juniors to colleges and universities in Southern California.  It has been an amazing set of trips that the students really enjoy and benefit from.  So far, I have visited California Polytechnic Univ-San Luis Obispo, UC Santa Barbara, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, UCLA, USC, Cal State Northridge, Cal State San Marcos, UC San Diego, CSU Long Beach, San Diego State, University of San Diego, Occidental College, CSU Fullerton, UC Irvine, and CSU Los Angeles.  I list…
  • Ten years of the APA-Clark workshop

    Steve Jones
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:37 am
    The 2009 t-shirt, honoring the anniversary of Freud's 1909 visit to ClarkThis week marks the 10th anniversary of the APA-Clark workshop for high school psychology teachers. It's hard to believe that it was five years ago when I wrote this post about attending the workshop. I was also very fortunate enough in 2011 to be one of the high school teachers presenters for this workshop, along with Kristin Whitlock, and I posted about it here. Whether as a participant or a leader, this workshop has been a phenomenal experience for me, and I believe that it was a terrific experience for more than 200…
  • Call for applications from schools in the Northeast: Golden Psi Award

    Rob McEntarffer
    19 Jun 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Attention Psychology teachers in the Northeast: the APA is calling for applications from schools in the Northeast U.S. (Maine, Mass., Conn., R.I., N.Y., N.J., Vt., and N.H) for the "Golden Psi Award." Here's the official description of the award from the APA: "The APA/BEA Golden Psi Award is given to schools that demonstrate psychologically based practices contributing to positive educational outcomes with successful learning environments, both academically and socio-emotionally. Along with a trophy, the winning school will receive (1) $1,000 cash prize; (2) recognition at the 2015 American…
  • History of Mental Illness Treatment: An Infographic

    Chuck Schallhorn
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:51 am
    I receive a daily infographic from http://dailyinfographic.com/. Some offerings I skip over since the content is outside my interests. Yesterday, however, I found this little beauty entitled, Electroshock Therapy and Other Ways We Treat Mental Illness [infographic]."It includes trepanning, phrenology, repression, asylums, lobotomies, bloodletting and more.I will definitely be using this graphic as an intro and context setting for when I teach disorders and treatment next. There is excellent overview with details that can be filled in by the researcher or the experienced psych teacher. It does…
 
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    Advances in the History of Psychology

  • 4th Annual BPS ‘Stories of Psychology’ Symposium

    Jacy Young
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    The British Psychological Society‘s History of Psychology Centre is hosting its fourth annual history of psychology symposium, “Stories of Psychology,” October 8, 2014. This year’s symposium is one of a number of BPS events marking the centenary of the First World War and looks at the influence of the war on psychology’s development in Britain. The day’s events are hosted by Alan Collins (right) of Lancaster University. Full program details follow below. ‘Stories of Psychology’ Symposium War and Its Legacy The fourth annual history of psychology…
  • July Talk! BPS History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar Series

    Jacy Young
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    The British Psychological Society’s History of Psychology Centre, in conjunction with UCL’s Centre for the History of the Psychological Disciplines, has announced another talk as part of the BPS History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar Series. On July 21st Vincent Barras, of the University of Lausanne, will be speaking on “Plays between Reason, Language and Gods: The Case of Glossolalia 19th-20th Centuries.” Full details follow below. The British Psychological Society History of Psychology Centre in conjunction with UCL’s Centre for the History of the Psychological…
  • New Issue Round-Up! JHBS, HHS, Memorandum

    Jacy Young
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    We’re popping in quickly from our annual summer vacation (read: dissertation writing) with a round up of recent journal issues for your summer reading pleasure. Now online are new issues of the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, History of the Human Sciences, and Memorandum: Memory and History in Psychology (Memorandum: Memória e História em Psicologia). Full details, including titles, authors, and abstracts, follow below for each. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences “Operant Psychology Makes a Splash—In Marine Mammal Training…
  • CfP: European Yearbook of the History of Psychology

    Jacy Young
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A new peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the history of psychology has just issued a call for papers. As announced on the blog earlier this year, the European Yearbook of the History of Psychology (EYHP) is edited by Mauro Antonelli, University of Milano. Horst Gundlach, of the University of Würzburg, is Co-Editor. The full call for papers follows below. European Yearbook of the History of Psychology (EYHP). Sources, Theories, and Models Call for Papers The European Yearbook of the History of Psychology. Sources, Theories, and Models (EYHP) is a new peer-reviewed international Journal…
  • June Talks – BPS History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar Series

    Jacy Young
    4 Jun 2014 | 10:32 am
    The British Psychological Society’s History of Psychology Centre, in conjunction with UCL’s Centre for the History of the Psychological Disciplines, has announced the next two talks as part of the BPS History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar Series. On Monday June  16th Graham Richards will be speaking on Some Psychological Facets of Creationism. Two weeks later Sarah Chaney (right) will be speaking on ‘A Perversion of Self-feeling’: The Emergence of Self-harm in Victorian Asylum Psychiatry. Full details, including abstracts, follow below. The British…
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    Denying AIDS and other oddities

  • 10 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am

    10 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    When Beliefs and Facts Collide   By BRENDAN NYHAN   JULY 5, 2014New York TimesDo Americans understand the scientific consensus about issues like climate change and evolution?At least for a substantial portion of the public, it seems like the answer is no. The Pew Research Center, for instance, found that 33 percent of the public believes“Humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time” and 26 percent think there is not “solid evidence that the average temperature on Earth has been getting warmer…
  • 23 Jan 2014 | 6:19 pm

    23 Jan 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Turner, Davis, Coleman & BakerHIV-Positive Pastor Found Guilty Of Knowingly Exposing Woman To DiseaseJan 22, 2014By NewsOne StaffA Georgia jury found an HIV-positive pastor guilty Tuesday of knowingly exposing a woman to the disease and faces 20 years for the crime, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reportsCraig Lamar Davis (pictured) was said to have sat motionless as the jury read guilty verdicts in two counts of reckless HIV, both of which are felonies. Deliberations took less than an hour. The case was the first of its kind in Clayton County, G., which falls in the…
  • GUILTY: AIDS Denialism is a Dumb Defense

    21 Jan 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Defendant in HIV trial found guiltyBy Tammy JoynerThe Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionA Clayton County jury found a Stone Mountain man guilty Tuesday of knowingly exposing a woman to HIV.Craig Lamar Davis, 43, sat motionless in a packed courtroom as the jury read guilty verdicts in two counts of reckless HIV, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Davis was taken into custody. Sentencing is set for 10 a.m. Feb. 21.Shortly before being taken into custody, Davis comforted family members, some of whom were crying.The case is the first of its kind to be tried in Clayton County,…
  • Lawyer Baron Coleman and His Court Jesters

    18 Jan 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Clayton County jury returns Tuesday to deliberate HIV caseBy Kathy Jefcoatskjefcoats@news-daily.comJONESBORO — Prosecutors said Friday it’s “absurd” to believe a woman would knowingly have sex with a man who is HIV-positive but defense attorneys called the woman a liar.“(She) lied,” said defense attorney John Turner. “She said they knew mutual acquaintances and that he pressure-washed her car. That’s a lie. If she lied about that, she could have lied about everything else.”Turner represents Craig Lamar Davis, 43, charged with two counts of reckless conduct by an…
  • 17 Jan 2014 | 8:14 am

    17 Jan 2014 | 8:14 am
    HIV deniers play part in Atlanta bareback caseProject Q AtlantaBy Matt Hennie | Jan 16, 2014 | 12:44 PMIt's tough to tell what's worse in a metro Atlanta case criminalizing HIV: a prosecutor comparing the disease to a deadly weapon, the accused man arguing his HIV status can't be proven or HIV deniers spouting their junk science.The trial of Craig Lamar Davis opened on Monday in a Clayton County court and quickly turned into a three-ring circus. Davis faces two counts of failing to disclose his HIV status before having sex, which is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Gay and HIV…
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    Psychology of Media:

  • Facebook’s Research Dilemma: Did They Violate Ethical or Social Contracts?

    Dr. Pamela Rutledge
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Facebook is getting serious flack for manipulating member news feeds to measure the emotional impact of positive and negative posts on member moods.  Legal or not, this spells bigger trouble for Facebook because it violates the basic premise upon which their empire is founded—relationships—and the social contract of fairness. Facebook is in the spotlight…again.  This time, it is for recently published research that manipulated members’ Facebook news feeds based on positive and negative emotional content and then measured the impact by judging the positivity or negativity…
  • Streetchat, SnapChat, Yik Yak & 5 Basic Media Literacy Rules for Teens (and Parents)

    Dr. Pamela Rutledge
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:44 am
    A new app makes headlines every week as teens migrate to the next new thing, and in the way of teens, do things that horrify their parents.  These are teen rituals, all the posturing, flirting and experimenting.  We all did it.  We just didn’t have SnapChat, YikYak, ooVoo or StreetChat to embarrass our parents and take those often ill-conceived steps toward independence and adulthood. The solution is not, however, to blame the tools that allow users to take and send images and videos. The solution is to start training kids in what my friend Diana Graber at Cyberwise calls CyberCivics.
  • Spornosexuality, Body Image and Boys

    Dr. Pamela Rutledge
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:32 am
    We’ve spent all kinds of energy worrying about girls and body image.  Trends like ‘spornosexuals’ in the media (athletes and other celebrities with their shirts off showing off their abs) remind us not to neglect boys that I wrote about in a previous post (The Spornosexual: Should Beckham Keep His Shirt On?).  There are always unrealistic pressures on children as they grow up. Not everyone can be 6’2” and have six-pack abs.  Parents, teachers and caretakers can help kids focus on strengths and not lament genetics and fashion trends, but that’s no easy task. Parents can use…
  • The Spornosexual: Should Beckham Keep His Shirt On?

    Dr. Pamela Rutledge
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:27 am
    According to UK journalist Mark Simpson, metrosexuals—a term he originated to describe single, urban young men with disposable income, hair gel and designer duds–are boringly normal and spornosexuals, the new, second generation metrosexuality are stealing the scene.  A ‘spornosexual,’ a mash-up of sports and porn, is a hypersexual, body-obsessed man who want to be desired for his body.  Labeling super fit guys without shirts as porn speaks volumes more about society than the guys in the photos. Society is very quick to condemn and pathologize new trends that push the…
 
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    One Among Many

  • Pathetic Ingroup Bias

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    Ethnocentrism (aka ingroup-favoritism in academic speak) is considered a bane of humanity but it feels terrific during the World Cup. Its power is so great that people look for pathetic extensions when the primary passionate form of ethnocentrism is no longer available. To see how this works, let’s take a look at the “Brazilian Dilemma.” read more
  • Saxon Science

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    5 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Social psychology suffers from a surplus of data, although most believe that there are not enough data. How about a bit more theory? read more
  • The Happiness Offensive

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    13 Jun 2014 | 6:45 pm
    The race is on to increase human happiness across the board. Is this a realistic endeavor, or will it lead to a topia (u or dys)?read more
  • Larger than Leif

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    1 Jun 2014 | 1:49 pm
    An ancient Viking comes to larger than life on the History Channel. Love him or hate him, he’s a complete man, in a Nietzschean sort of way. read more
  • False Consciousness of Happiness

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    19 May 2014 | 8:02 am
    So you think you know how to be happy? Think again and feel again. read more
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    Ulterior Motives

  • Happiness Is Interacting With Others

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    It is no surprise that social interactions can be a great source of happiness. A wonderful holiday spent with close friends and family is not only enjoyable in the moment, it is also a source of wonderful memories for years to come. Being in a great romantic relationship is uplifting. read more
  • Why We Need Everyone to Believe We're Correct

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    When people disagree on a topic, there are several ways they might deal with that disagreement. They might avoid it altogether, either by pushing off a discussion or just agreeing with the other person in order to end the conversation. On the other hand, people can also be active in resolving disagreements. read more
  • If You Want to Focus on the Long Term, Be Grateful

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    27 Jun 2014 | 1:04 pm
    A common observation about human behavior is that people are biased toward what is best in the short-term. That does not meant that people always pursue short-term pleasures over long-term gains. It just means that the value of the long-term option has to be much larger than what people will get right now in order for them to choose to delay the benefit.read more
  • If You Are Going to Take Notes, Do It By Hand

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:47 pm
    I just finished my 23rd year of teaching at universities. There have been several changes in the way students approach their classes in that time. The most noticeable is that when I started teaching, students took notes in notebooks, but now almost every desk has a laptop on it when I give a lecture. read more
  • Learning to Converse Is Learning to Interact

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:23 am
    It is hard to study how children really start to use language. Part of the problem is that we treat language itself as a thing to be studied independent of how it is used. So, we focus on the words kids learn or the way they structure those words into simple and (eventually) more complex sentences.read more
 
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    The Essential Read

  • Is Sexual Harassment Natural?

    Agustín Fuentes, Ph.D.
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Are sexual coercion, harassment, even rape, biological imperatives? read more
  • Dogs Feel Jealousy and Don't Like Being Dissed

    Marc Bekoff, Ph.D.
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    A new study shows dogs display jealousy (snapping, getting between their owner and an object) when owners show affection to a stuffed dog, but not when they show affection to nonsocial objects. While some believe dogs and other animals don't display cognitively complex emotions such as jealousy, arguments from evolutionary continuity show this is not a surprising result. read more
  • Pay It Back and Pay It Forward

    Glenn Geher, Ph.D.
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Does the concept of "the selfish gene" necessitate that organisms like humans are a bunch of selfish knuckleheads? Is that what evolutionary psychology is all about? Well, not quite! Read on to see how Dawkin's "selfish gene" take on what it means to be human actually sets the stage for us to understand some of the most self-less behaviors on Planet Earth. read more
  • Would You Rather Be Considered Smart or Nice?

    Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Research on impression formation and dialect shows that there may be something to the idea of “Southern comfort.” For Americans, speaking with a Southern accent signals that you're a nice person, and a Northern accent signals you're smart. If it's niceness you seek, these 5 tips can help you find the right tone of voice.read more
  • Can Seeing a Doctor Give You Symptoms of Dementia?

    Alan Castel, Ph.D.
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    Taking a memory test can be stressful, especially if you are concerned about Alzheimer's disease, but negative age-based beliefs about your memory can hurt your performance.read more
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    In the news by Karen Franklin PhD

  • Innovative international risk assessment service is expanding

    6 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Try your hand at answering these questions: When evaluating Aboriginal offenders, how valid are standard risk assessment protocols? Among Canadian men, how well does the Danger Assessment (DA) predict domestic violence? For sex offenders in Vermont, what instrument is more accurate than the widely used Static-99 for predicting recidivism? In screening U.S. soldiers coming back from Afghanistan, is there a valid tool that would help allocate limited therapeutic resources in order to decrease violence risk? Finally, what the heck are the Y-ARAT, the CuRV, the START, and the…
  • Film to explore gay-bashing in friendly, liberal community

    23 Jun 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Lawrence "Mikey" Partida's injuriesIt was a tragic end to his 32nd birthday celebration. As Lawrence “Mikey” Partida left his cousin’s house, a young neighbor confronted him, hurling antigay epithets before beating Partida unconscious. The slightly built long-distance runner and grocery clerk was left with a fractured skull and a piece of wooden fence post embedded behind his eye. He underwent months of surgery and rehabilitation. The event shocked the idyllic university community of Davis, California. Nestled between San Francisco and the state’s capital city of Sacramento, the town…
  • Special journal issue on new HCR-20 V3 risk instrument

    19 Jun 2014 | 8:27 pm
    The International Journal of Forensic Mental Health has just published a special issue on the HCR-20 Version 3, an update to the most widely used structured professional judgment method for assessing violence risk. Those of you without access to academic databases will be happy to learn that the entire issue is available for free download. The work covered in the special issue is international in scope, spanning seven countries. Separate articles present the latest data on the instrument’s scientific reliability and validity, with a special focus on the most critical question of how well…
  • Film to highlight violence against trans women of color

    31 May 2014 | 7:56 pm
    The pace of social change is sometimes mind-boggling. The cover of next week's issue of Time magazine features actress Laverne Cox on the "transgender tipping point," with transgender rights heralded as the new civil rights movement. Much of the increasing public awareness can be credited to Laverne herself, a charismatic and inspirational spokeswoman best known for her role as a trans prisoner in the blockbuster Netflix series, Orange is the New Black. I was honored to meet Laverne earlier this month, when she interviewed me for the film “Free CeCe,” a documentary on violence against…
  • Free articles of potential interest

    11 May 2014 | 9:55 am
    From time to time, publishers alert me to articles and collections that they have made freely available online (sometimes for limited periods of time). Here are a few such offerings that I thought might be of interest to this blog's audience:TREATMENT OF ADULT AND JUVENILE SEX OFFENDING - CURRENT APPROACHES: The International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy has made an entire special issue, edited by Phil Rich, available freely online. There are some great articles here.  POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER - article collection: Routledge has made available a collection of 17…
 
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    Your Mind Your Body

  • How a quick summertime getaway can boost your relationship

    Dr. Robin Haight
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Even just a weekend getaway can help rekindle a couple’s relationship. A weekend getaway can boost a couple’s intimacy both emotionally and sexually. Even couples who have low intimacy in their day-to-day lives can rekindle the spark when they are out of their routines. These are the very couples who bicker, connect mostly as “business partners,” seem to pass each other like ships in the night. They might be couples whose work or children are the priorities. They often allow their relationship to take a back seat. What is it about a change of scenery that allows couples to…
  • Does your health insurance cover mental health treatment? The answer may surprise you!

    knordal
    21 May 2014 | 6:16 am
    Mental health parity means that insurance covers physical health and mental health equally. Psychological treatment may be easier to get and pay for thanks to mental health parity. Four years ago, in 2010, I wrote this about insurance coverage for mental health care: “Mental health parity is real. It is happening. But depending on the kind of insurance plan you have and the kind of treatment you want, you may have to jump some hurdles to get the benefits you deserve.” At that time, the mental health parity law had only just taken affect, and since everything was so new, and there were…
  • Mental Health Blog Day Highlights – Getting Support

    Angel Brownawell
    14 May 2014 | 1:41 pm
    This edition of the Mental Health Blog Day highlights focuses on blog posts that are written by authors who wrote about support. They may have received support for their mental illness, given support to a loved one or offered suggestions on supporting others. Tell is in the comments: How has the support of your friends and family made a difference in your journey? What kind of support do you wish you had? Have you ever offered support to a friend or family member? Stacy’s Flutterings – The Prayer Shawl: A Glimpse into the World of Support From Others When everything in our world…
  • Mental Health Month Blog Day – Links Round Up 2014

    Angel Brownawell
    14 May 2014 | 5:57 am
    Welcome to everyone who is taking part in our mental health month blog day, our 5th annual event to help recognize May as Mental Health Month. We’ll update this page and blog throughout the day, recognizing you and other writers and contributors who are blogging and sharing for mental health awareness. Thanks for joining us! Thank you to everyone who is recognizing May as Mental Health Month. We’re excited to get out the word that mental health matters to everyone. For consideration on this list, your blog must have our badge or link back to a post on this blog (Your Mind, Your Body).
  • Announcing Mental Health Month Blog Day 2014 #mhblogday

    Angel Brownawell
    12 May 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Most common words used in blog posts and titles that participated in Mental Health Month Blog Day 2013.     The fifth annual Mental Health Month Blog Day begins Wednesday morning, and we can’t wait to read and share the many, many posts that bloggers everywhere will create, talking about why mental health matters and stigma hurts. We’ll begin publishing a round-up of submitted links at about 10a.m. EDT. Our round-up blog post linking to participating blogs and their mental health blog day-dedicated posts will be updated about every two hours throughout the day until about 5…
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    Where the Client Is

  • 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…
  • “That’s My Story and I’m Sticking to It”–An Interview with Melody Beattie

    wtci
    4 Jun 2012 | 9:57 am
    Melody Beattie is the author of, most famously, of Codependent No More.  She talked to WTCI via email about codependency, therapy, and writing. How can clinicians use the concepts from your books with clients in therapy? Codependent No More was written with therapists in mind, because you can’t even talk to a person until you get their mind off the other person.  But it’s really simple–it’s all about believing in people, and empowering them.  Letting them think, letting them feel, telling them they can figure out what to do next. So many people want their clients to…
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    Dr. Jennifer Howard Changes That Last Blog

  • Monique Chapman: 30 Minute Interview about Your Ultimate LIfe Plan (Audio)

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I recently was interviewed by Monique Chapman on her radio show, Masterful Choices. A prominent holistic healer, Monique has provided over three decades of phenomenal energy work shifting people's lives to the positive with her pioneering The Actualizer Healing Method™ system. She's the author of Getting Your M and M's: The Men and Money Book.
  • My Relationship is Over, Now What?

    7 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If a relationship has ended, first of all be kind to yourself. You'll need to grieve through your loss. The immediate loss is in the present. And in that there will be some kind of thread tying it to the past, whether that is an earlier adult relationship, a love from your teenage years, or some kind of childhood wounding in your family of origin.
  • The Value of Mindfulness

    26 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    (Adapted from my multiple award-winning book, Your Ultimate Life Plan: How to Deeply Transform Your Everyday Experience and Create Changes That Last) “Mindfulness is an innate human capacity to deliberately pay full attention to where we are, to our actual experience, and to learn from it.” ~ Jack Kornfield
  • How to Be Happier

    23 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This article is adapted from my multiple award-winning book, Your Ultimate Life Plan. Happiness is a mindset, underlying everything you think and feel. It's a deeper level of contentment and peace, a greater connection to life, God, and the world. Even if you feel happy much of the time, you're always capable of being happier. — Dr. Jennifer Howard, Your Ultimate Life Plan
  • If Your Headache Won't Go Away, It's Time to Explore the Emotional Cause

    19 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    There are many natural ways to address tension headaches, including stretching your neck, getting a message, acupuncture, deep breathing, rinsing out your sinuses, and going to the chiropractor.
 
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    The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies

  • Lacan Beginner’s Guide – Lionel Bailly

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

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

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

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

    Stephen
    1 May 2014 | 6:50 am
    Transference- countertransference, Lacan, Jung Transference as a technical term in depth psychology describes the process whereby unconscious content is shared between patient (analysand) and analyst in the context of their therapeutic relationship (analysis). Although used to refer to this specific relationship dynamic in analysis, transference is a very real dimension of all social interaction, it is by no means limited to the analytical couple (analyst and analysand). This is the third in a series of three short articles I have written on transference – countertransference. The other two…
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    Psychology Matters Asia

  • Society and Psychopathology

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Let me tell you something that might sound radical to you: we all live in an "addicted society." Society contributes a huge part into the corruption, dysfunction, or breakdown of individuals and families in our world. Would that be so difficult for you to grasp?
  • Understanding What's Happening After You Lose a Child

    7 Jul 2014 | 4:02 pm
    When we lose a child, a dense cloud of emotions can enfold us as we enter into grief. No one enters grief in the same way or experiences emotions in a predictable fashion. But know that you are not alone as you try to make sense of what is happening to you and your family. What you are feeling and thinking is normal after the loss of your child.
  • Do You Have "Betrayal Blindness?"

    4 Jul 2014 | 11:37 pm
    One time, Mary saw me for counseling. She just checked her husband-s emails and social media accounts. To her shock, she discovered that her husband has been having secret multiple sexual relationships with various men in all their 20 years of marriage. Her husband is a gay sex addict.
  • How Counselling Works

    2 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    How does counselling work? Many people have asked this question and do not know. Some people formed predefined opinions about it without ever having tried it due to the unfortunate stigma attached to it. The stigma comes from a lack of understanding on how professional counselling works. For many other people they think: How can the therapist even help me? What new can they tell me?
  • Reason why people cheat - beside sex

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:56 pm
    "Reprinted from Sexual Intelligence™ Marty Klein, Ph.D. (www.SexualIntelligence.org)."Cheating, infidelity, adultery—no matter what you call it, it’s a staple of popular culture. Articles with titles like “Why he cheats,” “Affair-proofing your marriage,” “Too sexy to cheat on,” and “Secrets of wives with faithful husbands” litter the self-help and “lifestyle” landscape.
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    CorePsych

  • ADHD Thinking: Solutions from Within

    Charles Parker
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    CorePsych ADHD Thinking: Solutions from Within Guest Post By:  Jeff Copper Where Do You Look For Solutions? Is the self-help section of the bookstore the place where you will stumble upon the solution you are seeking? I will say it emphatically, NO!   Those self-help books are filled with steps, exercises, top tips, – the list goes on and on. Browsing through the book titles, how will you decide which method is going to work for you? The answer is: you can’t, and you’re left with no solutions and less money. We have a problem here if you miss this key next…
  • Thrive To Diminish Stress With Huffington

    Charles Parker
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    CorePsych The Lone Ranger Can Burn Out Stress Is Not Gender Specific Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want. Randy Pausch On an original heroic journey, the Lone Ranger, with his faithful Indian companion, Tonto, set out to correct the misdeeds in the West. He set out on his journey when the Cavendish Gang ambushed him and his Texas Ranger buddies in Box Canyon – - and he, in PTSD fashion, swore anonymous vengeance for the rest of his life on the bad guys that killed his Texas Ranger brother. Further Important Personal Research The Lone Ranger didn’t…
  • Summer Survival Tips for Adults with ADHD

    Charles Parker
    6 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    CorePsych Make the Most of your Summer: Survival Tips for Adults with ADHD Guest Post: by Dana Rayburn Summer Survival Tips It’s summertime and the living is easy. But what feels good and easy right now can lead to big issues anytime you suffer with Adult ADHD. The relaxed schedules and lack of structure can lull us into letting our guard down and ignoring those important ADHD systems and structures that keep us on track the rest of the year. Personally, unless my reminder systems and schedule are strong and strategic, the business goals and organizing systems I had firmly in place in…
  • Immunity Video Describes Gut Challenges

    Charles Parker
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:58 am
    CorePsych Immunity and Bowel Mucosa Immunity Video: Healthy Brain Function Lives Downstream From Immunity Challenges This excellent Immunity Video Describes Gut Physiology – and spells out details in 7 minutes that can save you a lifetime of concerns, questions and misunderstandings. Strongly recommended for a brief review, then take the time to look at this entire Immunity Video Playlist I assembled to keep you educated on why so many more practitioners now focus on gut and brain connections.  Critical thinking matters more than ever. ————— From Nature…
  • 6 Tips for a Great Summer with ADHD Kids – Corepsych Summer Series Begins

    Charles Parker
    21 Jun 2014 | 6:58 am
    CorePsych Kids playing in the beach in Santa Marta – Wikipedia CorePsych Connections – 6 Tips For Summer Kids Welcome to our  Summer CorePsych Connections Series! Guest bloggers from around the globe will be joining us this summer to share their insight, information and research. Get ready for a wide variety of topics. This week we begin with an article from our Coaching Colleagues at Impact ADHD: Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster down south in Atlanta - and available virtually. They’re kicking off our Connection series with helpful tools to have fun with your…
 
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    Connecting Hypnotherapy...

  • Neurological Dysfunction as a Significant Factor in Children with Dyslexia

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    by Sally Goddard BlytheSummary of Paper presented at THE 5TH BDA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. DYLSEXIA: AT THE DAWN OF THE CENTURY. University of York 18th-21st April 2001A study of 54 children who had received an independent diagnosis of Dyslexia revealed that they all showed evidence of immature motor skills and related difficulties on a range of standardised neurological tests. These findings suggest that physical factors do play a significant role in some children diagnosed with Dyslexia.It is an accepted medical fact that primitive reflexes should not persist above 6 months of age (12…
  • INFOGRAPHIC The Good and Bad Habits of Smart People

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
  • VIDEO How Behavioural Science Can Lower Your Energy Bill

    19 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
  • How to Treat Others: 5 Lessons

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    1. First Important Lesson - "Know The Cleaning Lady"During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade."Absolutely,"…
  • Stress Management Top Tips

    15 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    By Peter Mabbutt LCCH CEO/Director of studies Feb 2012For the majority of us, stress management is at the core of many of the presenting symptoms we treat. We know how to work with the psychological aspects of stress, but it helps to provide some other stress tips too. You can teach your patients to incorporate these into their everyday lives and to effectively prevent adverse stress from building up in the first place.Remember: Eustress is good stress. It helps us to function effectively and to meet deadlines. It gets adrenaline and endorphins moving and can prove to be motivational.However,…
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    The Official PersonaBubble Blog

  • What Career Suits Your Personality Best?

    Rob Bailey
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    PersonaBubble users often ask how they can use the results of their personality test to identify their ideal career path. We have written several blogs on the topic, but are now pleased to announce the launch of a new website, CareerClover, developed to specifically help jobseekers to find the career path that best suits their personality, skills and unique traits.   For those who want to combine finding a job that pays the bills with one that delivers personal satisfaction, the launch of CareerClover is good news. The site is aimed at anyone seeking a new career, whether they’re fresh…
  • Quiz Results Reveals How to be Happier at Work

    Rob Bailey
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:55 am
    PersonaBubble’s Happiness at Work quiz is revealing surprising results, which will be published later this year. In the meantime, we wanted to share some of the research that can help individuals increase their happiness at work. Four Key Factors Contributing to Happiness at Work 1. Your Personality. Researchers estimate that personality accounts for 25-50% of happiness day-to-day. However, other factors that are more important, such as our experiences, actions, lifestyle and strategies we use to manage our moods. While personality does affect happiness, ultimately you have the ability to…
  • The Keys to Popularity, Satisfaction & Success: Your Personality!

    Rob Bailey
    10 Dec 2013 | 5:11 am
    Persona Bubble Reveals The Keys to Happiness, Success & Wealth Persona Bubble has recently been investigating how personality relates to several dimensions of life in a series of recent studies. The first area explored in Persona Bubble’s research was the correlation between personality and relationships. The team of psychologists and data analysts sampled a sub-section consisting of 5,000 members from PersonaBubble’s user base and discovered that extroverts are connected with more people on Facebook compared to introverts. However, introverts are just as likely to be in a romantic…
  • What is Your Christmas Gift-Giving Style?

    Rob Bailey
    19 Nov 2013 | 4:34 am
    What makes some people feel more like Scrooge than Santa around the holidays? With Christmas around the corner, we have recently dusted off some research to find out how personality relates to gift-giving style. 1. Practical types often scrimp on cards. In our study, we found that those with a more practical thinking style and who are more tough-minded on the Persona Chart are more likely to choose cards based on cost. We also found that Introverts were more likely than Extraverts to choose a card based on the message inside and whether some of the money went to charity.   2. Flexible…
  • Practical Personality Test App available on iTunes

    Rob Bailey
    8 Oct 2013 | 7:00 am
    PersonaBubble has just launched our first mobile app! The Practical Personality Test App provides a convenient way to access your information, whether you are at a coffee shop, waiting for a bus or just sitting on the sofa at home. You can also use it with friends when you are out together to chat about your comparison results. Download the iPhone app (we will add the link to the Android version when it is ready in a few weeks) Just like our main site, the app is: Trustworthy – The test is based on years of psychological research and is based on one of the most cited personality tests…
 
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    Psychology in Everyday Life: The Psych Files Podcast

  • Ep 223: Little Albert's Real Identity - Time to Rewrite the Textbooks

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    What was the name of that baby in John Watson's famous videos in which he attempts to demonstrate that fears can be acquired through conditioning (pairing a loud noise with a furry animal)? A few years ago we were presented with information indicating that a boy named Douglas Merrite was the true identity of "Little Albert". The data looked pretty convincing at that time. However, a few pieces of that data simply did not fit together for researchers Nancy Digdon, Russell Powell and Ben Harris. After another lengthy search into the past, these researchers determined that another child fits the…
  • Ep 222: How To Remember Jokes

    Michael Britt
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    How many times have you wanted to remember a joke at a party but you just can't? Well, there IS a way to remember jokes and I have got 4 jokes to tell you along with a mnemonic that will help you remember all 4 of them. I challenge you to listen to these 4 jokes, then listen to my mnemonic and then wait a little while and go through the mnemonic and I guarantee that you'll remember all 4 jokes. Remembering anything for more than a few minutes requires not only repetition, but also something else that will make the to-be-remembered thing stick in your head. That thing can be a mnemonic device.
  • Ep 221: Facebook Study: A Brief Summary and Did They Use Informed Consent?

    Michael Britt
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm
    You may have heard that Facebook manipulated the content of user's New Feeds during January of 2012 so that some users saw more positive posts than others, which other Facebook users saw more negative posts. How did this affect these users? Did those who say negative posts become more negative and vice versa? The answer is that the research indicates that some of them - though a very, very few of them - did subsequently write posts that were similar to the ones that saw on their News Feed. How big of an effect is this? Is it unethical? Does agreeing to Facebook's Terms of Use constitute…
  • 220: PsycExplorer Roundup: More Evidence That Animals Think and Feel

    Michael Britt
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:55 pm
    In episode 217 I asked you to be frank with yourself: does your animal really think? It's easy to believe they do, but if you're going to study this issue scientifically you have to eliminate our human tendency to anthropomorphize - to want to believe that animal actions are motivated by internal states. Well, here's a roundup of a few articles I found in my PsycExplorer app (PsycExplorerHD for iPad) which show exactly what psychologists are doing to find out what exactly is going on (if anything...) in the minds of dogs, cats, rats, chickens and yes fruit flies. Are they really thinking in…
  • Ep 219: Mental Health Professionals: Why So Liberal?

    Michael Britt
    27 May 2014 | 11:17 am
    Surveys find that psychologists tend to align themselves with a liberal political orientation. Why is that? Are liberal-minded people drawn to human service professions or is there something about working in human services that causes people to become more liberal in their political views? In this episode I propose a few ideas that I think explains why mental health professionals tend to be on the liberal side of the political spectrum. I invite your constructive feedback on these suggestions.
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    The Socially Responsible Practitioner

  • Posts from Romania: Week 1 Working with the Areopagus Institute for Family Therapy

    The Adler School
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    First-year Adler School students John Devine and Meg Molony, pursuing their master’s degrees in Couple and Family Therapy, are in Romania with Assistant Professor Ileana Ungureanu, Ph.D., this month studying with colleagues at the Areopagus Institute for Family Therapy in Timișoara. In addition to studies, they are collaborating with Institute social workers in projects supporting children from low-SES [socioeconomic status] families and families with HIV-positive patients. From Timișoara, John and Meg blog: We left Chicago the evening of July 10. Four in-flight movies and one…
  • In the Dominican Republic: Wrestling with Questions About Sex Tourism, Survival and Privilege

    The Adler School
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    In the Dominican Republic, a sex worker walking with a man after agreeing on a transaction. Adler School faculty and clinical psychologists Nataka Moore and Kevin Osten-Garner along with students in our Human Rights & International Immersion course with Heartland Alliance are in the Dominican Republic this month working with community agencies on a number of fronts: creating community-level education & prevention interventions for internalized stigmas related to homophobia & heterosexism, domestic violence, and harm-reduction strategies for substance use and HIV.  From the…
  • Posts from the Dominican Republic: Addressing Refugee Rights with United Nations Officials

    The Adler School
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Meeting with Martina Arevalo (right), UNHCR Community Liaison in the Dominican Republic Adler School faculty and clinical psychologists Nataka Moore and Kevin Osten-Garner along with students in our Human Rights & International Immersion course with Heartland Alliance are in the Dominican Republic this month working with community agencies on a number of fronts: creating community-level education & prevention interventions for internalized stigmas related to homophobia & heterosexism, domestic violence, and harm-reduction strategies for substance use and HIV. From the…
  • Sisters in the shadow of misogyny: A struggling feminist’s experience in the Dominican Republic

    The Adler School
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    Adler School faculty and clinical psychologists Nataka Moore and Kevin Osten-Garner along with students in our Human Rights & International Immersion course with Heartland Alliance are in the Dominican Republic this month working with community agencies on a number of fronts: creating community-level education & prevention interventions for internalized stigmas related to homophobia & heterosexism, domestic violence, and harm-reduction strategies for substance use and HIV. From the Dominican Republican, doctoral student in clinical psychology Alejandra Chavez blogs: This…
  • Posts from the Dominican Republic: Conversations about Youth and Prison

    The Adler School
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Adler School faculty and clinical psychologists Nataka Moore and Kevin Osten-Garner along with students in our Human Rights & International Immersion course with Heartland Alliance are in the Dominican Republic this month working with community agencies on a number of fronts: creating community-level education & prevention interventions for internalized stigmas related to homophobia & heterosexism, domestic violence, and harm-reduction strategies for substance use and HIV. From the Dominican Republican, student Keyla Ortiz blogs: My experience as a volunteer working with…
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    PsyPost

  • Can Machines Think? Misidentification of humans as machines in Turing tests

    Taylor & Francis
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:37 am
    Alan Turing led a team of code breakers at Bletchley Park which cracked the German Enigma machine cypher during WWII – but that is far from being his only legacy. In the year of the 100th anniversary of his birth, researchers published a series of ‘Turing tests’ in the Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence; these [...]The post Can Machines Think? Misidentification of humans as machines in Turing tests appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Children as young as three recognise ‘cuteness’ in faces of people and animals

    University of Lincoln
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:29 am
    Children as young as three are able to recognise the same ‘cute’ infantile facial features in humans and animals which encourage caregiving behaviour in adults, new research has shown. A study investigating whether youngsters can identify baby-like characteristics – a set of traits known as the ‘baby schema’ – across different species has revealed for [...]The post Children as young as three recognise ‘cuteness’ in faces of people and animals appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Paracetamol no better than placebo for lower back pain

    The Lancet
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Paracetamol is no better than placebo at speeding recovery from acute episodes of lower back pain or improving pain levels, function, sleep, or quality of life, according to the first large randomised trial to compare the effectiveness of paracetamol with placebo for low-back pain. The findings, published in The Lancet, question the universal endorsement of [...]The post Paracetamol no better than placebo for lower back pain appeared first on PsyPost.
  • When it comes to depressed men in the military, does height matter?

    SAGE Publications
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Both short and tall men in the military are more at risk for depression than their uniformed colleagues of average height, a new study finds. This study was published today in the open access journal SAGE Open. Despite the researchers’ original hypothesis that shorter men in the military would be more psychologically vulnerable than their taller [...]The post When it comes to depressed men in the military, does height matter? appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Dogs get jealous: Study suggests primordial origins for the ‘green-eyed monster’

    University of California at San Diego
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    This will not surprise most dog owners: Dogs can act jealous, finds a new study from the University of California, San Diego. Darwin thought so, too. But emotion researchers have been arguing for years whether jealousy requires complex cognition. And some scientists have even said that jealousy is an entirely social construct – not seen [...]The post Dogs get jealous: Study suggests primordial origins for the ‘green-eyed monster’ appeared first on PsyPost.
 
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    WatersEdge

  • On Being Brave

    Jessica Morris
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In every aspect of our lives, we will always face the inevitable clause of change. In our relationships, work life, social life and private life, we will each be given moments where we must choose to embrace change or deny it. Often, this denial can lead to unresolved issues, addictions, relationship troubles and conflict. When we embrace change and bravely recognise the issues surfacing in our lives, we are able to move forward with a greater awareness of ourselves and are ultimately a lot happier. In this blog originally published by Hope Movement, we discuss the importance of being brave…
  • 5 Traits of a Healthy Relationship

    Jessica Morris
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    © All rights reserved by Angelo Gonzalez/ CC Attribution 3.0licence We are all familiar with the strain we feel when we have a friend, family member or a spouse who is particularly demanding. When relationships are not cultivated in a healthy manner, they can leave us feeling physically drained and stressed. Emotionally, an unhealthy relationship can also lead to feelings of bitterness, anger and unforgiveness. It is common to assume that we must always be agreeable and generous in our relationships, but what happens when we are giving too much of these qualities and are receiving none of…
  • Couple Relationships: 20 Ways to Improve Your Sleep

    Colleen Morris
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Image courtesy of photostock / FreeDigitalPhotos.net It is 2am in the morning and I am settling myself on the couch, snuggling down under a blanket, relieved to be in the quiet space of my lounge room. I do have a very comfortable bed in the next room where my husband of 25 years, sleeps blissfully unaware of my nocturnal wanders. As I hear the, now distant rumble that is the sound of his breathing aided by a sleep apnea machine, my mind wanders to the many couples I have had the privilege to know, who have confided similar scenarios. “He/she keeps me awake all night with his snoring and…
  • Discovering the Purpose for Your Life

    Duncan Morris
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Tanatat / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Life is constantly changing; very few things remain the same. Most people will have multiple jobs, and live in different houses, different states and even countries in this day of globalisation. Relationships change and even if you stay with the same person, there are changes in the dynamics of that relationship as each of you becomes more aware of differences and challenges. People change through growth and development, and this impacts stability of life. With change comes challenge. What direction do I take? Should I leave this job for another? Do I remain in…
  • Managing Anger in the Workplace

    Duncan Morris
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Duncan recently featured on a podcast for ProfitableHospitality.com. In this enlightening interview hosted by Ken Burgin, Duncan discusses the topic ‘Managing Anger in the Workplace,’ addressing how it is caused and strategies we can use to best deal with it. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here. If you are experiencing anger at work or are feeling the effects of a colleagues anger and need support then here’s what you need to do: contact Duncan on 0434 331 243 for a FREE 10-minute phone consultation on how Watersedgecounselling can best help you or pressbook nowto book…
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  • Myers-Briggs ENTJ’s and Innovation Styles

    Taylor Micaela
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
                   Your Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality type can tell you more than just your base characteristics; it can also identify the areas of innovation and the creative processes that you work best with. Learning about your MBTI assessment type can help you position yourself in the best place for innovative success. This week, for our final blog post in our three part series including The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator 16 Personality Types and innovation, emotional intelligence and project management, we will discuss how Extraverted Thinking with Introverted…
  • MBTI® Test ENTJ Personality Type and Project Management

    Taylor Micaela
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Image courtesy of jscreationzs / FreeDigitalPhotos.net MBTI® Test ENTJ Personality Type and Project Management An individual’s Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI Test) assessment type can say a lot about how they go about working on and overseeing the completion of a project. Therefore, by understanding how your MBTI personality type best approaches project management, you can proactively tailor your project experience to take advantage of your personality type’s strength. This week’s MBTI personality type’s focus, Extroverted Thinking with Introverted Intuition (ENTJ), for…
  • MBTI® Test ENFJ Personality Types and Emotional Intelligence

    Taylor Micaela
    6 Jun 2014 | 8:54 am
    ENFJ’s Emotional Intelligence Your Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality type can tell you a great deal about how you handle your emotions. Learning about your MBTI Test type can help you assess your various emotional processes, both inwardly and outwardly, and help you to tweak your innate tendencies to become a more emotionally intelligent person. This week, we’ll learn about the emotional intelligence of Extraverted Feeling with Introverted Intuition (ENFJ) MBTI types. “Image courtesy of Victor Habbick/FreeDigitalPhotos.net”  Emotional intelligence can be…
  • The MBTI® Test ENFJ Personality Type and Innovation

    Taylor Micaela
    21 May 2014 | 12:30 pm
    “Image courtesy of iosphere / FreeDigitalPhotos.net”. The way in which we approach innovation is often tied to the qualities and tendencies of our Myers-Briggs® (MBTI® Test) personality type. Depending on your MBTI Personality Type, you may succeed in a specific area of innovation or with a specific type of innovation. This week, we’ll learn how Extraverted Feeling with Introverted Intuition (ENFJ) Types best innovate. For clarification’s sake, we’ll consider innovation to be “the implementation of ideas,” involving all stages of the innovative process, including…
  • The MBTI® Test ENTJ Personality Type and Emotional Intelligence

    Taylor Micaela
    29 Apr 2014 | 10:12 am
    “Image courtesy of samuiblue / FreeDigitalPhotos.net”. An individual’s emotional intelligence varies based on their Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Personality Type. Depending on your MBTI Test Type, you may have different methods or ways of dealing with and processing emotions (both your own and others’ emotions). Therefore, learning more about your MBTI Personality Type’s emotional intelligence can help you develop these tendencies and, if necessary, alter your behavior to work toward becoming a more emotionally intelligent individual. This week, we’ll dive into…
 
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  • The Swedish 6-Hour Workday Experiment: A Brilliant Idea or Not?

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    Huffington Post reports of an unusual experiment going on in Sweden at the moment. A test group of government workers will scale back to work 6 hours per day, while a another group of participants... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Stop Comparing Yourself to Others: Find Inner Peace With 3 Principles

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    We like to compare ourselves to others (self-comparison). Are we good enough or are we falling behind? We constantly judge ourselves and our own worth. Objective evaluations, like grades in school,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Study: Being in Love is Associated With Reduced Cognitive Control

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Everyone who has been in love knows how it feels: “Falling in love is an experience that involves very intense affective and cognitive changes including euphoria and overwhelming joy, increased... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 20 Important Life Lessons I Learned From Running

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    I like to believe that my running “career” has made me a better person. Until now, I have run five marathons (42,2 k), completed a half Ironman, and I have run so many half-marathons that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 12 Common Irrational Beliefs

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    Dr. Albert Ellis was a practitioner of rational emotive behavior therapy. During his time as a therapist, he identified 12 irrational beliefs that many people have. Ellis’ definition of an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Accessible Psychology

  • How to stop operating on auto-pilot and live for the moment; Part Three

    Accessible Psychology
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If after practising these mindfulness exercises you find you would like to integrate mindfulness into your weekly routine, you can explore the field of mindfulness further by purchasing a more in-depth CD. One of the best audio CD’s available is from Jon Kabat-Zinn, whose teachings have led to the Western worlds recognition of mindfulness as a beneficial practice in helping patients to cope with stress, anxiety, pain and depression. As an introduction, his ‘Guided Mindfulness Meditation’ series is excellent, with each exercise typically lasting forty-five minutes. Each CD in the series…
  • How to stop operating on auto-pilot and live for the moment; Part Two

    Accessible Psychology
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last week we looked at the vast array of benefits mindfulness brings. Now you can try these simple and quick mindful exercises as your very own introduction into mindfulness: The Three Minute Breathing Space Sit in an upright position with a straight posture. Breath in and out slowly, your belly rising on the in-breath. Examine your body sensations from your toes to your head. What emotions are present? What thoughts are you aware of? Return your focus to your breathing. Feel your stomach rise slowly on the in-breath and fall on the out breath. Become aware of the entirety of your body and…
  • How to stop operating on auto-pilot and live for the moment; Part One

    Accessible Psychology
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    According to the Office for National Statistics last year one in five UK citizens rated their anxiety levels as being at six or more out of ten. In today’s world, where calls and emails flood our phones, appointments are crammed into tight schedules and our workplace constantly micro-manages us, it is natural to feel as if we are going through the motions when we go about our day. However, when I think back to my happiest memories they all have one thing in common. In each and every one I was completely immersed in the moment. I was fully absorbed to the point that I lost all…
  • Sick of over-extending yourself? Learn how to say No; Part Three

    Accessible Psychology
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Like any new skill, it takes time to develop the ability to say no. Keep in mind that any failed attempts are still worthwhile and contribute towards good experience and practise. Remember to be patient with yourself. It will be unfamiliar territory at first and may even be scary but if you are persistent it will become easier with time. An excellent way to improve your confidence in this area is to note down the details of every time you successfully say no in your first month. When the month is finished look back on all of your successes. Reward yourself by going out for a meal or watching…
  • Sick of over-extending yourself? Learn how to say No; Part Two

    Accessible Psychology
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    When we continually say yes to other peoples requests we are like a house that has left its door unlocked. It invites intruders in to our lives to lay even more demands on us. In learning to say no to the burglars of both our time and energy they may continue to try and intrude but they will soon realise a new alarm system has been installed and leave to find someone else who has left their house vulnerable. Essentially, when we say yes to others we also say no to ourselves. Every yes requires time and energy which could otherwise be spent on our objectives, goals and dreams. The next time…
 
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  • How to… master Twitter

    Effie
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    Sociologists from the Seventies would be proud of our modern, interconnected world. They fantasized about a “global village”, and perhaps never thought
  • How to… support people with Autism

    Effie
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:07 am
    Autism is truly difficult to understand for those who haven’t experienced it first hand. For most people, autism is a distant, strange
  • How to…get him to help out around the house

    Effie
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    We live in a society where many women are doing their best to turn their men into clones of themselves. In the
  • Vine-wrapped roast lamb

    Maria
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Lamb is one type of meat that many people do not eat, as it has a distinctive smell that puts many people
  • Dare to bare that back

    Maria
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    It is summer. What is super sexy to wear in summer? Many will say tiny shorts and crop tops. Still, this summer
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  • The Shame Game

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Hi Tim,I am a girl, 20 and Christian, and I have been best friends with the same girl my age, also Christian and I will call her Molly, since elementary school. We got into the same college and even managed to room together in the dorm for our first year. Molly and I had made a promise to look out for each other in college. We have been stressed out, had our faith tested and been faced with so many temptations. Mostly, we have been able to avoid trouble. The problem is that she has been spending nights with a guy she just met a couple of months ago. Sleeping with him! We just never brought it…
  • Bootlegger Blues

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Hi Tim,I am a middle-aged graduate student who often downloads a bootleg textbook, music, movies, and software. Sometimes I copy and share them to help others. In this day and age, is it really wrong if the stuff is so readily available? I have a lot of guilt but I think because I am a recovering Catholic it is just left over junk. I still can't help feeling as if I am wrong. It's odd, music used to mean the world to me but now I don't even enjoy it anymore. People I tell this to just laugh and tell me it is the 21st century, information is free and everything is fair game. What's your…
  • Library Loiterers

    7 Jul 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Hi Tim, There's a homeless man and woman who have been walking our neighborhood streets for the past few months, looking like they are up to no good. We see them walking the streets at odd hours through to early morning, through parking lots and in fast food places, pouring out their change. They are often spotted around the neighborhood, each with a shopping cart full of junk. This couple goes to the local public county library nearly every day for hours, using the computers there and mostly spending the day on Facebook, soliciting donations for themselves. They are there every…
  • Hubby a Go Go

    7 Jul 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Hi Tim, The projects seem to monopolize all his free time and even some of his time when he should be working. His everyday life is so frantic that he seems to be hanging on by a thread. He rarely sleeps and can often be very irritable, how log can he continue this way? How can I make him slow down and understand what he's doing to himself and his family?- Concerned WifeHi Concerned,I too have concerns. Chief among them is that perhaps the first part of your letter was cut off. However, I believe I can work with what I have. It sounds like your husband lives more in the future than in…
  • Jaded Youth

    23 Jun 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Hi Tim, I hope you can clear something up for me. I am in my early 60's, and a grandparent. I love my grandkids more than anything, and spend every moment I can with them. All three of them are 11-14, so they are losing interest in this old grandma and her tired old stories. They come to visit often since they are only an hour away, but usually spend the time with their faces buried in their phones or iPads or laptops or some other machine, or when the batteries run out they switch to the old standby, television where they surf for hours. In between, or when they are forced by their parents…
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  • Fog and Mood: everyday invitations to deeper feeling

    Michael Loeffler
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    “The weather and my mood have little connection. I have my foggy and my fine days within me; my prosperity or misfortune has little to do with the matter.” —Blaise Pascal “Everything that irritates us about others can lead to an understanding of ourselves.’ —Carl Jung The fog of a mood San Francisco’s foghorns were mounted on the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937. In the early hours of a foggy morning, particularly in the summer, you can hear their cry warning skippers of land. If they were to be removed, disaster would occur, and thousands of ships would sink. The sound of a…
  • Don Draper falling forever: false advertising and the search for authenticity

    Jonathan Moss
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    Arguably the best TV drama of the last decade begins each week with a silhouette of a man in a perfect suit falling in slow motion from a skyscraper, through a boundless field of perfect ads for the perfect life. Mad Men centers on a very troubled yet relatable man who hides his real identity from everyone around him, who hides his infidelities from his family, who hides his own vulnerabilities from himself, and who earns his extravagant living convincing America that consumer products can offer satisfaction beyond what they could ever really provide. Through the double lives of Don Draper,…
  • 12-step doesn’t work for everyone: why I love harm reduction

    Cynthia Hoffman
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    An alternative to 12-step She comes in and sits on the edge of the couch, anxious. As she tells me why she’s sitting in my office, she looks over furtively, both fearful and defended. I ask personal questions, some that she hasn’t answered even for herself. For example, I ask her what alcohol does for her, how it helps her. I help her identify the ways in which she has already employed harm reduction. Maybe she takes nights of the week off, or tries to eat dinner before she starts drinking. We solidify what she wants for herself, maybe do a pros and cons list about her drinking. She…
  • The psychology of fertility

    Yael Melamed
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
     When Jennifer Seibel Newsom’s documentary Miss Representation came out in 2011, I watched it four times, recruiting as many friends as I could. Why? Because it captured something—in a fact-based way—about the chauvinism that lingers in our society, despite the advances we have made. A synopsis of the film says this, “In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a…
  • Anger is your friend: the restoration of anger

    Marty Cooper
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money.  So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.  To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”  (John 2:15) What is anger? Anger is one of the seven universal emotions (along with contempt, fear, disgust, happiness,…
 
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