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  • Forbidding Political Lies

    idle thoughts
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    What is it about a lie, especially a political lie, that gives it Constitutional protection (Even misleading speech shouldn't be banned, Boston Globe, February 4, 2015: A14)?Sent to Boston Globe
  • Update: What do schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, addiction, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, have in common?

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Time for Sharp­Brains’ Februarye-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of neu­ro­science and neurotechnology news and brain health insights. New research Question: What do people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety have in common? Answer: A brain with similar gray-matter loss Long-term meditation can help slow down aging-related brain volume decline Fewer than 19% of ADHD treatment plans monitor treatment response according to guidelines The real brain drain: How unemployment depletes cognitive and emotional resources…
  • Open question: Can coffee & Ritalin’s mental effects be delivered, safely, over a smartphone?

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    Will 2015 be the year our smartphones link up to our brains? (Popular Science): “Thync bills itself first and foremost as a neuroscience company. Its sole product—slated for release later this year—is a smartphone-controlled wearable device that will allow the user to actively alter his or her brain’s electrical state through transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). The big idea: give users active influence over their brain chemistries, and therefore their moods, their anxiety, and even their mental productivity—an app that can conjure feeling of calm and tranquility or dial…
  • Are Narcissists Healthier?

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Are Narcissists Healthier? Particular personality types or traits are often linked to health-outcomes. For example individuals who are generally more ambitious, impatient and workaholics are often more stressed and at greater risk of negative health outcomes such as heart disease. This is due to the personality traits impacting on health-protective or health-risk behaviours. Research recently published aimed to consider how narcissism would effect health outcomes: Narcissism, a personality trait characterized by feelings of self-importance, superiority and entitlement, and a continual focus…
  • The Psychology of Internet Trolls

    13 Feb 2015 | 4:14 am
    We all know these people who seem to take pleasure in posting negative comments and making other people upset. A group of Canadian researchers conducted a fascinating study that revealed some interesting facts about these people. Here is what they found out...
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    Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin current issue

  • Gendered Facial Cues Influence Race Categorizations

    Carpinella, C. M., Chen, J. M., Hamilton, D. L., Johnson, K. L.
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    Race and gender categories, although long presumed to be perceived independently, are inextricably tethered in social perception due in part to natural confounding of phenotypic cues. We predicted that target gender would affect race categorizations. Consistent with this hypothesis, feminine faces compelled White categorizations, and masculine faces compelled Asian or Black categorizations of racially ambiguous targets (Study 1), monoracial targets (Study 2), and real facial photographs (Study 3). The efficiency of judgments varied concomitantly. White categorizations were rendered more…
  • Reliance on Luck: Identifying Which Achievement Goals Elicit Superstitious Behavior

    Hamerman, E. J., Morewedge, C. K.
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    People often resort to superstitious behavior to facilitate goal achievement. We examined whether the specific type of achievement goal pursued influences the propensity to engage in superstitious behavior. Across six studies, we found that performance goals were more likely than learning goals to elicit superstitious behavior. Participants were more likely to engage in superstitious behavior at high than at low levels of chronic performance orientation, but superstitious behavior was not influenced by chronic learning orientation (Studies 1 and 2). Similarly, participants exhibited stronger…
  • Ego Depletion in Color Priming Research: Self-Control Strength Moderates the Detrimental Effect of Red on Cognitive Test Performance

    Bertrams, A., Baumeister, R. F., Englert, C., Furley, P.
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    Colors have been found to affect psychological functioning. Empirical evidence suggests that, in test situations, brief perceptions of the color red or even the word "red" printed in black ink prime implicit anxious responses and consequently impair cognitive performance. However, we propose that this red effect depends on people’s momentary capacity to exert control over their prepotent responses (i.e., self-control). In three experiments (Ns = 66, 78, and 130), first participants’ self-control strength was manipulated. Participants were then primed with the color or word red…
  • Flipping the Switch: Power, Social Dominance, and Expectancies of Mental Energy Change

    Egan, P. M., Hirt, E. R.
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    Research suggests that high levels of interpersonal power can promote enhanced executive functioning capabilities. The present work explored whether this effect is contingent upon expectancies concerning power’s downstream cognitive consequences. Study 1 showed that social dominance orientation (SDO) predicted idiosyncratic expectancies of mental energy change toward interpersonal power. Study 2 showed that SDO moderated the executive functioning changes associated with interpersonal power and that this moderation effect was contingent upon changes in perceived mental depletion. Study 3…
  • Politicization During the 2012 U.S. Presidential Elections: Bridging the Personal and the Political Through an Identity Content Approach

    Turner-Zwinkels, F., van Zomeren, M., Postmes, T.
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    We investigated U.S. citizens’ politicization (i.e., switching from not self-defining to self-defining as an active political party supporter) during the 2012 U.S. Presidential Elections. We used a novel identity content approach to explore qualitative changes in overlap between personal and politicized identity traits. We collected longitudinal data from a community sample of U.S. citizens (N = 760), tracking whether and how personal and politicized identity content developed: two months before (T1), immediately before (T2), and 2 months after (T3) the election. We explored a subsample…
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  • Neurogenesis: How To Grow New Brain Cells

    Jeremy Dean
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:52 am
    Adults can still grow new brain cells -- neurogenesis -- but what are they for? 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: Can Having Sex Make You Smarter? How New Ideas Change Your Brain Cells The Lasting Impact of Early Life Stress on the Brain How the Brain Stores Memories How Long-Term Stress Causes Serious Mental Disorders
  • Vitamin D Benefits Common Mental Illnesses By Regulating Serotonin

    Jeremy Dean
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:07 am
    Study reveals how vitamin D benefits mental disorders, as do omega-3 fatty acids. 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: Autism: Vital Link Found Between Vitamin D and Serotonin Production This Vitamin Stops People Feeling SAD and Promotes Good Mental Health Cooking Fish This Way Protects Brain From Gray Matter Loss With Age 9 Nutrients Which Should Be In Your Diet for Good Mental Health The Effects of Vitamin E on Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Problems
  • Two Personality Traits Which Predict Long Life

    Jeremy Dean
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:56 am
    Why friends are better at predicting how long you'll live from personality traits. 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 Cynical Personality Traits Affect Dementia Risk Comedians Have Psychotic Personality Traits Mental Health Problems Can Shorten Life More Than Heavy Smoking Here’s Why Believing People Can Change Is So Important in Life This Social Media Behaviour Points To Personality Issues
  • Deal With Stress In Advance But Avoid Two Common Responses

    Jeremy Dean
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:48 am
    Deal with stress ahead of time but avoid two techniques that will put you in a worse mood. 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: The Best 3 Ways to Deal With Failure (Plus 5 Painful Ones To Avoid) How to Deal With Stress and Anxiety: 10 Proven Psychological Techniques How To Set Better Goals: Avoid Four Common Mistakes Childhood Poverty and Stress Harms Adult Brain Function Empathy: Women Better Under Stress But Men Worse
  • How To Sleep Better: Ancient Technique Beats Modern Therapy

    Jeremy Dean
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:24 am
    Learning how to sleep better can improve quality of life, depression and fatigue. 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: This Group Depression Treatment is as Effective as Individual Therapy You Might Be Surprised How Much 3 Hours of Therapy Can Help Prevent Teen Mental Health Issues The Creative Therapy Which Reduces Depression in Young and Old Alike Why the Sleep-Deprived Crave Junk Food and Buy Higher Calorie Foods How Just One Night’s Poor Sleep Can Hurt a…
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    Mind Hacks

  • Actually, still no good explanation of ‘that dress’

    28 Feb 2015 | 2:12 am
    The last time I almost went blind staring at “that dress” was thanks to Liz Hurley and on this occasion I find myself equally unsatisfied. I’ll spare you the introduction about the amazing blue/black or white/gold dress. But what’s left me rather disappointed are the numerous ‘science of the dress’ articles that have appeared everywhere and say they’ve explained the effect through colour constancy. Firstly, this doesn’t explain what we want to know – which is why people differ in their perceptions, and secondly, I don’t think colour…
  • Spike activity 28-02-2015

    28 Feb 2015 | 1:06 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Nautilus magazine has a good piece on behavioural economics and rethinking ‘nudges’. Although the rethink is really just another form of standard ‘nudge’. The biggest hedge fund in the world, the $165 billion Bridgewater, starts an AI team to help give it the edge on investments reports Bloomberg. Well, they couldn’t get much worse than humans. Gizmodo reports that a neuroscientist says he’ll do a head transplant ‘real soon now’. Hungover neuroscientist reads Gizmodo, thinks ‘I said…
  • The smart unconscious

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:27 am
    We feel that we are in control when our brains figure out puzzles or read words, says Tom Stafford, but a new experiment shows just how much work is going on underneath the surface of our conscious minds. It is a common misconception that we know our own minds. As I move around the world, walking and talking, I experience myself thinking thoughts. “What shall I have for lunch?”, I ask myself. Or I think, “I wonder why she did that?” and try and figure it out. It is natural to assume that this experience of myself is a complete report of my mind. It is natural, but…
  • Spike activity 20-02-2015

    22 Feb 2015 | 6:52 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Interesting social mapping using subway journey data from Beijing reproted in New Scientist. BPS Research Digest has compiled a comprehensive list of mind, brain and behaviour podcasts. That study finding a surge of p values just below 0.05 in psychology, probably not a sign of bad science, reports Daniel Lakens with a new analysis. The Toronto Star reports that psychologists terminated a study on implanting false crime memories early due to over-effectiveness. Why do mirrors seem to reverse left and right but not up or down? Clear…
  • Anti-vax: wrong but not irrational

    19 Feb 2015 | 8:40 am
    Since the uptick in outbreaks of measles in the US, those arguing for the right not to vaccinate their children have come under increasing scrutiny. There is no journal of “anti-vax psychology” reporting research on those who advocate what seems like a controversial, “anti-science” and dangerous position, but if there was we can take a good guess at what the research reported therein would say. Look at other groups who hold beliefs at odds with conventional scientific thought. Climate sceptics for example. You might think that climate sceptics would be likely to be more ignorant of…
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    BPS Research Digest

  • Link feast

    Research Digest
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week or so:The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Colour of This DressThe internet is abuzz with talk of the dress that some people see as white and gold, others as blue and black. Adam Rogers at WIRED provides an explanation.Hard Feelings: Science’s Struggle to Define Emotions"While it's possible for researchers to study facial expressions, brain patterns, behavior, and more," writes Julie Beck at The Atlantic, "each of these is only part of a more elusive whole".Words and SorcerySimon Oxenham and Jon Sutton at The…
  • What do clients think of psychotherapy that doesn't work?

    Research Digest
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:13 am
    Psychotherapy works for most people, but there's a sizeable group for whom it's ineffective, or worse still, harmful. A new study claims to be the first to systematically investigate what the experience of therapy is like for clients who show no improvement after therapy, or who actually deteriorate.Andrzej Werbart and his colleagues conducted in-depth interviews with 20 non-improved clients (out of a larger client group of 134) who were enrolled in individual or group psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the former Institute of Psychotherapy in Stockholm. Seventeen of these clients showed no…
  • Some student-professor pairings lead to "unusually effective teaching" (and it's possible to predict which ones)

    Research Digest
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:35 am
    Video trailers can be used to predict whichlecturers are the best teachers, and whichstudents they are especially suited to.In the near future, students could be presented with a series of video trailers of different professors at their university. Based on their ratings of these videos, the students will be paired with the professors who provide the best fit. The outcome will be superior learning, and greater student satisfaction.That's the promise of a new study that asked 145 psychology undergrads to rate 6-minute teaching videos of 10 different professors, and then to rate their…
  • The six forms of resistance shown by participants in Milgram's notorious "obedience studies"

    Research Digest
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:56 am
    When discussing Milgram's notorious experiments, in which participants were instructed to give increasingly dangerous electric shocks to another person, most commentators take a black or white approach.Participants are categorised as obedient or defiant, and the headline result is taken as the surprising number of people – the majority – who obeyed by going all the way and administering the highest, lethal voltage.A new study takes a different stance by looking at the different acts of resistance shown by Milgram's participants, regardless of whether they ultimately completed the…
  • Recruiters think they can tell your personality from your resume. They can't

    Research Digest
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:04 am
    Recruiters are poor at inferring an applicant’s personality from their resume, but that doesn’t stop them from jumping to conclusions on the back of their flawed assumptions. That’s according to a new study that involved over a hundred professional recruiters evaluating pairs of resumes.The US-based recruiters estimated applicant personality from the limited information in short two-page resumes. Their estimates were poorly correlated with the self-ratings made by the MBA students who’d written the resumes. But the recruiters appeared to rely heavily on these flawed estimates when…
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  • Next in Human Resources: Tracking brain games data to measure cognitive and emotional traits?

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:04 am
    Recruiting Better Talent With Brain Games And Big Data (NPR): “People have always wanted to find a way to assess someone’s cognitive and emotional traits in an objective way that might give them a sense of: What is this person really ideally suited for?” she says. So Polli co-founded Pymetrics, which uses  to measure things like attention to detail and risk tolerance — factors that she says can help determine a good job fit… A company called Knack claims to do this by tracking how people play their cellphone games…behind the scenes, Knack is collecting thousands of data points…
  • Update: What do schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, addiction, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, have in common?

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Time for Sharp­Brains’ Februarye-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of neu­ro­science and neurotechnology news and brain health insights. New research Question: What do people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety have in common? Answer: A brain with similar gray-matter loss Long-term meditation can help slow down aging-related brain volume decline Fewer than 19% of ADHD treatment plans monitor treatment response according to guidelines The real brain drain: How unemployment depletes cognitive and emotional resources…
  • Open question: Can coffee & Ritalin’s mental effects be delivered, safely, over a smartphone?

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    Will 2015 be the year our smartphones link up to our brains? (Popular Science): “Thync bills itself first and foremost as a neuroscience company. Its sole product—slated for release later this year—is a smartphone-controlled wearable device that will allow the user to actively alter his or her brain’s electrical state through transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). The big idea: give users active influence over their brain chemistries, and therefore their moods, their anxiety, and even their mental productivity—an app that can conjure feeling of calm and tranquility or dial…
  • Study: Fewer than 19% of ADHD treatment plans monitor treatment response according to guidelines

    24 Feb 2015 | 6:48 am
    What did they find (at a recent study, published in the journal Pediatrics, surveying community-based ADHD diagnoses and treatments)? For around 30 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD, the evidence that DSM criteria were met was missing. ADHD rating scales were collected from parents and teachers for only 56 percent of youth with an ADHD diagnosis. Pediatricians prescribed ADHD medication to roughly 93 percent of youth diagnosed with ADHD. Documentation that behavioral treatment was recommended, however, was present in only 13 percent of the charts. Follow-up contact (visit, phone call,…
  • Trend: Taking health (and brain health) care “beyond the pill”

    23 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    How Device Makers Can Take Healthcare “Beyond the Pill” (Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry): “One thing is clear: Pharma’s commitment to “beyond the pill” has never been so apparent. Each and every pharma company seems to have formed a division or a strategic team to explore new services around patient compliance, population health data and furthering connectivity for improving patient management… Medtronic, Abbott, GE and J&J have shown how to achieve FDA approval for the use of data from devices, although these are proprietary platforms…Healthcare providers can see…
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  • National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    The mission of the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health is to develop and promote accessible, culturally relevant, and trauma-informed responses to domestic violence and other lifetime trauma so that survivors and their children can access the resources that are essential to their safety, resilience, and well-being. We provide training and support to advocates, mental health and substance providers, legal professionals, policymakers, and government officials as they work to improve the ways that their agencies and systems respond to survivors of domestic and their…
  • National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI)

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    16 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    What started as a small group families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need. NAMI relies on gifts and contributions to support our important work.
  • National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    As a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization, NASMHPD helps set the agenda and determine the direction of state mental health agency interests across the country, historically including state mental health planning, service delivery, and evaluation. The association provides members with the opportunity to exchange diverse views and experiences, learning from one another in areas vital to effective public policy development and implementation. NASMHPD provides a broad array of services designed to identify and respond to critical policy issues, cutting-edge consultation,…
  • International OCD Foundation

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    2 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    The International OCD Foundation is a donor-supported nonprofit organization. Founded in 1986 by a small group of individuals with OCD, the Foundation has grown into an international membership-based organization serving a broad community of individuals with OCD and related disorders their family members and loved ones and mental health professionals and researchers. We have affiliates in 25 states and territories in the US, in addition to global partnerships with other OCD organizations and mental health non-profits around the world. The Foundation aims to improve outcomes for individuals…
  • Minds on the Edge

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    The one-hour television program zeros in on wrenching and confounding situations that are playing out every day in homes and hospital ERs, on city streets and school campuses, in courtrooms and in jails, as Americans struggle with the challenges of severe mental illness. Produced for PBS by the Fred Friendly Seminars using their signature format of a hypothetical scenario, the program considers the case of a college student who develops mental illness while at school. Her professor knows something is wrong, but is unsure how to approach her and whether it is even legal to contact her parents.
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    Dr. Deb

  • March 1st is Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Awareness Day

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

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

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

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

    Dr. Deb
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    Shopping for toys during the holiday season always takes a bit of resourcefulness. You need to learn what’s new, what’s out, what’s flying off the shelves - and then carefully consider whether your purchase will add to your child’s entertainment stockpile. But if you have a child with special needs, especially one who is struggling with depression, finding the right toy can feel even more daunting.Though there are many different kinds of games and toys, here are 8 categories that I teach parents to consider thinking about when holiday shopping. These themes help with…
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    Psychology Research News -- ScienceDaily

  • Reviving drugs with anti-stroke potential, minus side effects

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Scientists have found NMDA receptor antagonists that can limit damage to the brain in animal models of stroke, apparently without the pronounced side effects seen with similar drugs. Now researchers have found a potential path around this obstacle, they report.
  • Enhancing studies on a possible blood biomarker for traumatic brain injury

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:09 am
    New technology could help advance blood biomarker capabilities for improved diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of traumatic brain injury (TBI). An estimated 1.7 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury each year, and an estimated 5.3 million individuals -- approximately two percent of the U.S. population -- are living with disability as a result of TBI. Traumatic brain injuries can occur from even the slightest bump or blow to the head.
  • Study challenges theory on unconscious memory system in the brain

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:27 am
    A long-accepted scientific theory about the role the hippocampus plays in our unconscious memory is being challenged by new research. For decades, scientists have theorized that this part of the brain is not involved in processing unconscious memory, the type that allows us to do things like button a shirt without having to think about it.
  • Left or right? The brain knows before you move

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:24 am
    A neural circuit that connects motor planning to movement has been identified by researchers. The study, the researchers say, explains why injuries that disrupt the brain's ability to carry out movement planning typically impair a person's ability to make movements on just one side of his or her body.
  • Calling the shots: Brain's decision-making structure

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:43 am
    A key part of the brain involved with decision making, the striatum, appears to operate hierarchically – much like a traditional corporation with executives, middle managers and employees, according to researchers.
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    Sports Are 80 Percent Mental

  • Training Your Eyes To Hit That Curveball

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

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

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

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

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Well, there goes that golden piece of parental logic.  For years, we’ve been arguing, imploring and threatening our kids to get off their Xbox, PS4 or even Wiis (are those still around?) and get outside for some fresh air and reality.  It isn’t healthy, we argued, to sit in front of that TV and play video games for hours.  While we still have the cardiovascular argument in our corner, new research just confirmed that gaming actually improves our kids’ ability to learn new sensorimotor skills.Playing “first person” games, like Call of Duty or Madden, drops the user…
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    (e) Science News - Psychology & Sociology

  • Bumblebees make false memories too

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:08 am
    It's well known that our human memory can fail us. People can be forgetful, and they can sometimes also "remember" things incorrectly, with devastating consequences in the classroom, courtroom, and other areas of life. Now, researchers show for the first time in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on February 26 that bumblebees can be unreliable witnesses too. read more
  • Teacher prejudices put girls off math, science

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:08 am
    It's a fact: Women are vastly underrepresented in the fields of computer science, engineering, and mathematics. But less clear are the trajectories -- academic and otherwise -- that lead young women toward other professions. Higher education has already opened the door to equal opportunities for women and minorities in the U.S. -- so is it possible that elementary school, as a new Tel Aviv University study suggests, is the critical juncture at which girls are discouraged from pursuing science and mathematics? read more
  • Workplace negativity can hurt productivity

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:02 am
    Employees who point out problems in the office may help the company improve, but could be hurting themselves in the process. read more
  • Sobering effect of the love hormone

    24 Feb 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Oxytocin, sometimes referred to as the 'love' or 'cuddle' hormone, has a legendary status in popular culture due to its vital role in social and sexual behaviour and long-term bonding. read more
  • Men more unsatisfied with extra chores in more gender equal countries

    19 Feb 2015 | 8:08 am
    In countries where men and women share housework more equally, married men are more likely to be unsatisfied with their share of household duties as they report taking on a greater share of household chores, according to a new study from researchers at Emory University and Umeå University in Sweden in the journal Social Politics. read more
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    Tri-City Psychology Services

  • Sleep Meditation for a Restful Night

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

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

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

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

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
      This time of year most of us enjoy the extra hour of sleep as we get as we turn our clocks back, but it’s not nearly enough to make up for the massive amounts of sleep we are losing throughout the rest of the year. “We are a sleep-deprived society, and we often pay for that lack of sleep in ways we may not realize,” said Dr. Aneesa Das, assistant director of the Sleep Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “Depending on your age, it can affect everything from your complexion to your weight to your heart, and can lead to some very serious medical issues,”…
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    Brain Blogger

  • Living with Schizoaffective Disorder – A Personal Story

    G.H. Francis
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder was a real blow. I felt alone. I felt helpless. I felt my life had ended. I can’t tell you how many times I sat in a bathtub staring at the vein in my arm, wondering how much it would hurt to cut through the skin, or how frightened I’d become of heights, knowing that my suicidal thoughts might one day get the best of me. For years I continued to live as I had prior to my diagnosis: drinking, doing drugs, eating poorly, and not exercising. Finally, after my third manic hospitalization, I was struck with a realization: I have to learn to live…
  • Collective Memory – Without WWIII Could Obama Be Forgotten?

    Carla Clark, PhD
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Washington, Lincoln, Wilson, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Nixon, I hate to shamefully admit, are the only American presidents from before the 1980s for whom I could recall their rough chronological place in American history. Considering that I am from Scotland, and have never studied American history, I guess that’s not too bad, right? Well, to my surprise there were striking similarities between the key presidents I recalled and a recent study that probed the collective memory of Americans, entitled, Forgetting the Presidents. The study tested the memory of college students and a…
  • The Determiner Wars

    Ben Ambridge, PhD
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    A and The: almost certainly the least interesting words in the English language; and quite possibly the least useful as well. In fact, many languages manage perfectly well without them (which is why – for example – Russian learners of English often struggle with them). Nonetheless, these two little words – which linguists call “determiners” – have been at the centre of one of the hardest battles ever fought in the cognitive sciences. Nobody alive has more citations than Noam Chomsky of MIT. Why? In the late 1950s, Chomsky came up with the idea of “Universal Grammar”.
  • Brains Aren’t Fooled By Virtual Reality

    Viatcheslav Wlassoff, PhD
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    The scenes and the environments in World of Warcraft games appear so real that, for a moment, you forget you are staring at the screen. Technology has advanced so much that we can not only recreate reality but also engage with it. But however real the virtual may seem, the brain knows the difference! According to the recently published findings, the neurons in the brain react differently when they perceive a virtual environment than when they are in the real world. The GPS Cells in Our Brains The clue to the brain’s varied responses to different environments lies in the…
  • Kids are Not Naturally Nice – Parents Shape Future Heroes

    Carla Clark, PhD
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    For years, research has led parents to believe that children are naturally helpful and cooperative, before gradually learning to be selective about whom they help. Now this interpretation is being challenged by Stanford University research, which claims that altruistic behavior is governed more by social relationships than inborn instincts. What’s more, parent-child relationships may help make or break the world’s future heroes. Real, pure altruism is where pro-social acts are performed without expecting anything in return. Reciprocal altruism on the other hand is where past experiences…
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    World of Psychology

  • 3 Stress-Busting Tips to Free Your Mind

    Psych Central Staff
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Need to pull yourself back together super QUICK? Here are 3 fixes to ease your mind in no time. Are you like me? Whenever I read the paper or watch the news and see stories about war, starvation, killing rampages, rape, and other atrocities, I feel anxious and worried. In addition to worrying about the fate of the world, on a personal level, I also sometimes feel frustrated by annoying work or family relationship issues. Although I try my best to meditate every day to quiet my stress and remember my inner happiness, after 24 hours, I seem to collect a new array of fears or angers. Recently, I…
  • Failure to Launch

    Linda Sapadin, Ph.D
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:45 pm
    John was never the greatest of students but he did manage to graduate from college in six years. Yay! His parents breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, he had accomplished what he set out to do. Now, three years later, Mom and Dad are feeling increasingly distressed. John is living back home and going nowhere. His motivation to get a job comes and goes. The bulk of his day is spent on social media, video games and getting high. He shows little interest in becoming an independent, self-sufficient adult. If his parents would get him an apartment, he’d move in a minute. But the idea of working…
  • 5 Reasons You May Not Be Happy and What to Do about It

    Laura C. Meyer
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    Take a breath. Sit quietly for a moment. Close your eyes, and ask yourself if you are happy. Take your time. For many of us, something inside of us is asking for more. Something is asking us to pay attention. Here are five reasons you may not be happy, and five things to do about it. 1. Acceptance. Acceptance, while necessary, may be used as an excuse. How do you know if acceptance has gone wrong? Look at what’s happening in your life right now. If it’s not what you say you want, then your life is trying to tell you something. Acceptance is meant to give you truth, not cover up the truth,…
  • Best of Our Blogs: February 27, 2015

    Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    On Super Soul Sunday, Rob Bell told Oprah, “…when you get married you get a second set of eyes.” The same can be said when you get children and about every business partnership, therapeutic relationship and friendship you have. Relationships are like mirrors. They reflect what issues you’re still struggling with. They show us what we still haven’t worked on within our selves. They also give us another way of perceiving the world. Years ago, I remember telling a friend quite smugly that I was glad to be single because it gave me the chance to learn about myself.
  • The Perfect Office Design: Does Your Office Measure Up?

    Gretchen Rubin
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:55 pm
    I’m a huge fan of the work of Christopher Alexander, and yesterday, for the hundredth time, I found myself urging someone to read his book, A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction. This strange, brilliant, fascinating book uses architecture, sociology, psychology, and anthropology to describe the most satisfying environments. Instead of talking about familiar architectural styles and elements, it focuses on “patterns,” such as the Sitting Wall, the Front Door Bench, Child Caves, the Sequence of Sitting Spaces, Sleeping to the East. I love these! I want them for my…
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    idle thoughts

  • Forbidding Political Lies

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

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

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    Mr. Beall (Letter, New York Times, Jan 21st. 2015: A18) claims that  "the capacity for creative invention and entrepreneurship (grit), not the ability to memorize procedures and algorithms and recall facts" is what sets America apart and contributed to our innovation and economic successes in the 20th century.He is wrong. First those he extols were the recipients of the traditional education that he despises. Second, innovation and entrepeneurship need to be built upon a solid foundation of knowledge. One needs to know what is possible before one can attempt the impossible.Sent to New…
  • Groupthink & Hagel

    10 Dec 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Here is a piece occasioned by the firing of Chuck Hagel Metrowest Daily News
  • Cautionary tale about voter suppression

    4 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    At MetroWest Daily News
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    Teaching High School Psychology

  • What Color is That Dress? S & P in today's popular culture

    Chuck Schallhorn
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Fun Friday story on perception.This week, my Facebook feed has been inundated and my students have been asking me about "THE Dress."  What color is it?  It depends on a number of factors.To the rights is a picture that was posted on Tumblr and has gone viral. Why do some people see a gold/white dress and others see a black and blue dress?To figure out why the different perceptions and get beyond the screaming headlines, a few scientists have been asked to weigh in.  I am linking a few articles that deal with the issues of color of the dress, lighting color(s), reflection…
  • #Psychat Sessions Upcoming

    Chuck Schallhorn
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:48 pm
    If you are not already on Twitter, please stop what you are doing, turn on your phone, tablet, or computer and make your way to  Sign up and follow the people below to keep up on some of the best online training available from those of us who are still in the trenches teaching and in psychology. You can find me, Chuck Schallhorn at Jones is andRob McEntarrfer is is a Twitter professional development opportunity for psychology teachers most…
  • The Science of Getting Drunk

    Chuck Schallhorn
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    I know what you are thinking.  What? Our students get drunk?  No way!  Um, I've got news for you. They are and they are binging. I found this little gem last week while on a college tour.  How appropriate, right?'ve never seen it explained this well, so have at it. posted by Chuck Schallhorn
  • Online Counseling Infographic

    Chuck Schallhorn
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    This infographic was shared with me.  With the rise of online sources of psychological assistance, it may be helpful to keep up with the trend. by Chuck Schallhorn
  • Details on the 2015 APA Clark Workshop for Psychology Teachers

    Steve Jones
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    I am happy to share this announcement from TOPSS! I have had the good fortune to both attend as a participant and as a presenter, and both times I was convinced it was an outstanding experience. This year will be even better because the high school teacher presenters are THSP's own Rob McEntarffer and the amazing Maria Vita. (I'm trying to figure out how to sneak in myself!) This terrific opportunity is made possible by TOPSS, the incredibly supportive folks at Clark University (especially Dr. Nancy Budwig), and most of all by the man I've dubbed "the godfather of high school…
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    Advances in the History of Psychology

  • Call for Graduate Student Papers: “Sorting Brains Out: Tasks, Tests, and Trials in the Neuro- and Mind Sciences”

    Shayna Fox Lee
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
      CFP from graduate students for a conference at the University of Pennsylvania, Sept. 18/19, 2015. This conference, titled Sorting Brains Out: Tasks, Tests, and Trials in the Neuro- and Mind Sciences, 1890–2015, invites “participants to think broadly and deeply about the social, philosophical, political, and ethical commitments that have been reflected, reinforced, denounced, or discarded by [the mind and brain sciences over the past 125 years]. We ask participants to look forward and back in time, to explore how contemporary conceptions of mind and brain prolong and elaborate…
  • In The Lancet: 5O years of neuroscience

    Shayna Fox Lee
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    In the ‘Perspectives’ section, Steven Rose writes: The British Neuroscience Association (BNA) is teaming up with the Edinburgh International Science Festival for its annual conference this April. The BNA will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its origins as a small discussion group meeting monthly upstairs in a London pub. The Science Festival is just half as old. The very term neuroscience was unfamiliar half a century ago—it had been coined in the early 1960s by a far-seeing Massachusetts Institute of Technology biophysicist, Francis Schmitt. Read the full text of his…
  • UCHPD Sonu Shamdasani Inaugural Lecture

    Shayna Fox Lee
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    On Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30 pm in the Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre at University College London, Sonu Shamdasani will deliver a lecture entitled “Why Study the History of Psychotherapy?” Shamdasani is the Philemon Professor of Jung History and directs the UCL Centre for the History of Psychological Disciplines. Previously he was the acting director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine. Find the full abstract for the talk here. Share on Facebook
  • In the New Issue of JHN: Jirí Procháska, Ludwig Edinger, & More

    Shayna Fox Lee
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    The latest issue of the Journal of the History of the Neuroscience is now online (find it here). Included in this issue are articles on the first comparative survey of the microscopic anatomy of vertebrate brains, tuberculosis-related aphasia in the nineteenth century, and the treatise “De structura nervorum” by Jirí Procháska. Full titles, authors, and abstracts follow below.   “Jirí Procháska (1749-1820): Part 2: “De structura nervorum”–Studies on a Structure of the Nervous System,” by Alexandr Chvátal. The abstract reads: The treatise “De…
  • Blog Post: UTSIC’s Projective Tests as Material Culture

    Shayna Fox Lee
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    The University of Toronto Scientific Instrument Collection’s Kira Lussier writes on the history of the Rorschach (and other projective tests) at UofT, and its uptake in popular culture. Read her full piece here. Share on Facebook
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    One Among Many

  • Waldeslust - Joy of the Forest

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

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

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

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

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    8 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    David Brooks outed himself as an admirer of religion. When religion rears its head, reason goes down the culvert. Take a look at what he said.
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    The Situationist

  • Systemic Justice Project in The Globe

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

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

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

    The Situationist Staff
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    There will be an official announcement regarding our new organization, The Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School, in January.  That new organization will be collaborating with several other organizations, including the Project on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School. For now, we wanted to alert readers that, at least for the time being, blog posts related to both projects can be found at The Systemic Justice Blog.
  • Distributional Preferences

    The Situationist Staff
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:38 pm
    An article of interest in the latest issue of Psychological Science: Subjective Status Shapes Political Preferences, by Jazmin L. Brown-Iannuzzi, Kristjen B. Lundberg, Aaron C. Kay B. Keith Payne (November, 2014). Introduction Economic inequality is at historically high levels and rising. The United States has the highest level of inequality of all industrialized countries, with the wealthiest 1% of Americans owning nearly 50% of the country’s wealth (Keister & Moller, 2000; Wolff, 2002). Greater economic inequality within a society is associated with a variety of problems, including…
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    Ulterior Motives

  • Peer Pressure Affects Actions More Than Recommendations

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    As a parent, I am often confronted with the hypocrisy of advice-giving. There are plenty of things I have recommended to my kids that are courses of action that I have not taken myself. Some of that is that I want my kids to avoid some of the mistakes I have made. But, some of it is also that the way you give advice differs from the way you decide what to do yourself.
  • Can Liars Be Caught by Aviation Security?

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:33 am
    If you travel frequently, then you have probably endured more than one security screening interview at an airport. At passport control, for example, border agents ask a few questions, stare at your passport, check you on electronic databases, and then send you on your way.
  • Conflicting Goals Can Make You a Better Decision Maker

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:29 pm
    We tend to think of conflict as the enemy of good decision making. But, it turns out that when people have two conflicting goals that they are grappling with, they are likely to think carefully about choices in order to resolve the conflict.
  • How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:20 am
    I have written a few times about the influence of sleep on thinking. High school students who stay up late perform more poorly in school the following day. A lack of sleep may cause you to mix together different memories that did not occur together. In young adults, sleep also affects the ability to learn new procedures.
  • What Does Your Avatar Say About You?

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:27 am
    A lot of websites give you the chance to represent yourself with an avatar rather than a picture of yourself. Avatars are often cartoon-y pictures with facial features, clothing, and accessories that allow you to personalize your picture. The avatar you select can influence the way people interact with you.
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    Psychology Press - Books, News and Conferences

  • UK National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:37 am
    22th February - 1st March 2015 Catching an eating disorder in its early stages can prevent years of struggle and even save lives. During National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Routledge aims to provide you with the tools necessary to catch the warning signs and support loved ones - including yourself - through the healing process. If you're new to an eating disorder diagnosis for yourself or a loved one, or you're feeling overwhelmed by the process of seeking help, Routledge has compiled a host of resources to help.
  • National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    February 22-28, 2015 Catching an eating disorder in its early stages can prevent years of struggle and even save lives. During National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Routledge aims to provide you with the tools necessary to catch the warning signs and support loved ones - including yourself - through the healing process.
  • Q&A with Alison Gwilt, author of ‘Fashion Design for Living’
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Check out our exclusive interview with Alison Gwilt, author of Fashion Design for Living.
  • Deindustrialization and Reshoring in the US Rust Belt
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Author Margaret Cowell talks about her recently published book, Dealing with Deindustrialization, and how the ‘reshoring’ of manufacturing jobs extends the book's focus on the deindustrialization of the Midwest during the 1970s and '80s.
  • The National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS)
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Routledge will be at the The National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) from February 26-28 at the University of Houston, USA.
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    Psychology Today - Essentials

  • Social Intelligence and Nonverbal Communications

    Joe Navarro M.A.
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    Why exercising social intelligence matters and why it can dominate a news cycle
  • Born to Gossip

    David Ludden Ph.D.
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:51 am
    Since our brains are finely tuned for coordinating our relationships with others, it’s not surprising that language is structured to convey social information.
  • Living in the Here and Now

    Susan Hooper
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:05 pm
    For most of my life, I have wanted to be somewhere else, living an entirely different life. A calendar from years ago showed me that I had then—and may even have now—a life that other people might envy.
  • The Surprising Benefits of Documenting Ordinary Experiences

    Juliana Breines Ph.D.
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Typically it’s the big milestones that we document most diligently—the weddings, births, graduations, professional achievements. These are the events we expect we’ll most want to revisit down the road. But research suggests that revisiting ordinary, everyday experiences can bring us a lot more pleasure than we realize.
  • Can Law Improve People's Lives?

    John Bronsteen, Christopher Buccafusco, and Jonathan Masur
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Can law make people's lives better? The answer is yes, and treating mental illness more effectively is one place to start.
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    The Mouse Trap

  • Personality decomposed!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Cajoling and Betraying Trust

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

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

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

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

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    What Motivates Me: Put Your Passions to Work (2014) (by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton) is a short book. Although it’s listed on Amazon at 272 pages, the book is actually about 240-ish pages, of which only 135 pages is for actual reading. The rest of the book, the second half, is composed of a toolkit called “Identity Reference Guide” which I don’t consider to be content to read, only to reference (which I believe there’s an important distinction). What Motivates Me is very different from Gostick & Elton’s previous books [“The Carrot Principle” (2009), “The Orange…
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    Dr. Jennifer Howard Changes That Last Blog

  • Achieving Success - Part 2

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In Achieving Success part 1, we discussed the fact that how you choose to spend your time makes a real difference in achieving success. If asked, I think most of us would say we would like to achieve “success.” That might mean different things to different people at different points in their lives.
  • Stop Getting Dragged into Other People's Dramas

    22 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In the articles How to Say “No” Effectively - Part 1 and How To Say "No" Effectively - Part 2, I talked about how to have better personal boundaries. We learned what boundaries are and how to have healthy ones. Do you find yourself drawn into other people's dramas or their problems? When you see a conflict an adult is having, do you feel you must help or do something about it? If this is true for you, it might be helpful to wonder why. With this in mind, you might want to ask yourself a few questions.
  • 10 Ways to Be a Better Person

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    What does it mean to you to be a better person? What would you do differently? How would you feel differently? Here is a list of ten ways you can help yourself be a better person.
  • Achieving Success Part 1

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

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

  • The Windmill Personality; buffeted by the Storms of Life

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

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

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

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

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

  • Animus Possession: Are you a ball busting bitch?

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

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

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

    10 Jan 2015 | 1:12 am
    Sia, an Australian singer, recently brought out a video that disturbed some people and drew a fair amount of criticism. The video is of an adult male and a young girl fighting in a cage. Sia responded to this criticism by saying that the two actors portray a single person, namely herself, and represent her two warring-self states. It is a wonderful depiction of the war between shadow and ego. Coming to terms with your shadow is hard, unpleasant and often violent. The shadow does not wait around submissively to be seen and recognized. It screams and rages and shouts and fights and bites. And,…
  • Did mommy & daddy neglect to mention that you are a freak?

    2 Dec 2014 | 12:53 am
    Yes I am afraid it is quite true, you are a freak. This short communication should remove any lingering doubts you may have and dash any hope that you are not a freak. Let me spell it out for you, to avoid any unintended ambiguity. You are not a normal, well adjusted, respectable member of society.You are not a pillar of the community, someone to whom others should look as an example to model themselves on.You are not someone whom mommy and daddy can be proud of. You may as well wipe that smug look off your face now. If you think your paltry achievements somehow redeem you from this…
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    Psychology Matters Asia

  • The Compulsion To Repeat

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

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

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

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

    1 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    Time to visit your thoughts. That would be my mental health prescription for you this year-end. It-s a most essential thing you can do as the holidays wind up.
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    Connecting Hypnotherapy...

  • Hypnosis and Pre - Post Surgery

    24 Feb 2015 | 10:47 am
    by Peter Mabbutt, FBAMHDespite the fact that we live in a health-conscious society, cardiovascular disease is still one of the major causes of premature death. These days we drink too much; we eat too much (of both the wrong and right kinds of food); and smoking is still endemic. Compounding this we are encouraged to lead increasingly sedentary and stressful life styles. All this represents bad news for the heart as these activities place it under increasing strain and could result in the development of cardiovascular disease.If recognized early enough, drugs and a change of life style are…
  • VIDEO Synesthesia: Hearing Colours, Seeing Sound

    20 Feb 2015 | 10:41 am
  • The Art of Asking Questions

    16 Feb 2015 | 10:35 am
    At one time or another, most of us have been disappointed by the caliber of the questions students ask in class, online, or in the office. Many of them are such mundane questions: “Will material from the book be on the exam?” “How long should the paper be?” “Can we use Google to find references?” “Would you repeat what you just said? I didn’t get it all down in my notes.” Rarely do they ask thoughtful questions that probe the content and stir the interest of the teacher and other students.So, how do we get them to ask better questions? What if we start by asking them the…
  • How People Learn

    12 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Learning is simple, right? It’s the process of moving information from outthere — from a textbook, a company report, a musical score — to in here, inside our heads, and making that knowledge our own. Parents, teachers, and other experts are full of sensible-sounding advice about how to learn well: select a particular place to study and use it consistently; concentrate on one subject at a time; focus intensively on the material just before a test or an important meeting.But it turns out that learning is not so simple and obvious — all of the above instructions, for…
  • The Kingdom Within

    8 Feb 2015 | 3:24 pm
    The Kingdom WithinExcerpted from Choices and Illusions by Eldon TaylorWhat if the world truly is magical? What if we were created to be co-creators with all the power to manifest miraculous lives if we but believed so? What if we were our own cheerleaders, full of encouragement and rah-rah support? A friend of mine, Terri Marie, wrote a marvelous little book all about being our own cheerleaders. The book, entitled Be the Hero of Your Dream, suggests that we are usually good at encouraging others but then tell ourselves all the reasons why we cannot succeed. What if we believed that we were…
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    Carl Jung Depth Psychology

  • Carl Jung on Alchemical Books of the 17th Century.

    Lewis Lafontaine
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:35 am
    Lecture XIII 14th February, 1941 We come now to some passages on the meaning of alchemy in two books which belong to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on the “Allegoriae Sapientum” and “Shri Ramana Maharshi.”

    Lewis Lafontaine
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:44 am
    Lecture XII 7th February, 1941 We stopped last time in the middle of a sequence of quotations from the "Allegoriae Sapientum”. We come now... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on Alchemical Literature.

    Lewis Lafontaine
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:28 am
    Lecture XI 31st January, 1941 At the end of the last lecture we were speaking of the history of alchemical literature and we... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung: " The purified and nourished serpent in alchemy is the mercurial serpent,..."

    Lewis Lafontaine
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    The purified and nourished serpent in alchemy is the mercurial serpent, the Ouroboros, which is connected with the round thing. It is one of the basic symbols in alchemy and refers to Mercury, not... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung: “…it is just like the fight against venereal diseases..."

    Lewis Lafontaine
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:08 am
    To Hans Conrad Banziger Dear Colleague, 26 November 1934 You will have discovered as I have done that the viewpoints of modern psychotherapy go far... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Psychology in Everyday Life: The Psych Files Podcast

  • Ep 236: My Cross-Dressing Experience in La Cage Aux Folles

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

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

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

    Michael Britt
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    In the US, we've experienced a number of recent incidences of white policemen shooting black men. What's going on? Are these more examples of prejudice and discrimination or unprovoked attacks on police? How do we know what really happened? In this episode of The Psych Files we look at how key social psychological theories are on display in these incidences: false memories, attribution biases, blaming the victim and social identity theory.
  • Ep 232: Psychologists Involved in Torture: What Will We Do About It?

    Michael Britt
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:45 pm
    You may have heard from the US Senate report on Terrorism and Interrogations that a small group of psychologists were involved in the interrogations of detainees from the 9/11 incident. How could psychologists, who have a long tradition of concern and adherence to ethical standards in the treatment of others, become involved in such activities? Is it justified? More important: would YOU have become involved in these activities in the swirl of confusion and fear after the attacks? We examine these issues in this episode of The Psych Files.
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    The Socially Responsible Practitioner

  • Institute on Social Exclusion Update: Experiencing the Social Exclusion Simulation

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

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

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

    Adler University
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Michele Kerulis, Ed.D., LCPC, CC-AASP, is director of Adler University’s Counseling Psychology, Sport and Health Psychology Specialization program. A private-practice therapist, she is also an Association of Applied Sport Psychology Certified Consultant and a past president of the Illinois Counseling Association. As the Seahawks and Patriots get ready for the biggest game of the season, they’ll be practicing sport psychology skills to mentally prepare and stay focused during the game. These are techniques they have honed all season and throughout their careers. However, the Super…
  • From Graduate School to Employment: Interviewing Insights and Tips

    Adler University
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    Briana Colton graduated in October with her Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy from the Adler School–now Adler University–in Chicago. A Chicago resident, she is blogging for us to chronicle her experiences navigating the transition between graduate school and full-time employment—and to share her progress and insights with the Adler community including current students and fellow graduates.  Today she writes: Job interviews often scare people.  They feel put on the spot, nervous, and fearful about not being good enough. I have not had that experience in several…
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  • Shake it off? Not so easy for people with depression, new brain research suggests

    University of Michigan Health System
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Rejected by a person you like? Just “shake it off” and move on, as music star Taylor Swift says. But while that might work for many people, it may not be so easy for those with untreated depression, a new brain study finds. The pain of social rejection lasts longer for them — and their [...]The post Shake it off? Not so easy for people with depression, new brain research suggests appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Finding psychological insights through social media

    Society for Personality and Social Psychology
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Social media has opened up a new digital world for psychology research. Four researchers will be discussing new methods of language analysis, and how social media can be leveraged to study personality, mental and physical health, and cross-cultural differences. The speakers will be presenting their research during the symposium “Finding Psychological Signal in a Billion [...]The post Finding psychological insights through social media appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Neurons controlling appetite made from skin cells

    Columbia University Medical Center
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Researchers have for the first time successfully converted adult human skin cells into neurons of the type that regulate appetite, providing a patient-specific model for studying the neurophysiology of weight control and testing new therapies for obesity. The study, led by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and at the New York Stem Cell [...]The post Neurons controlling appetite made from skin cells appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Intimate partners with low self-esteem stay in unhappy relationships

    University at Buffalo
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:33 pm
    People with low self-esteem are more likely stay in unhappy relationships, suggests new research from the University of Waterloo. Sufferers of low self-esteem tend not to voice relationship complaints with their partner because they fear rejection. “There is a perception that people with low self-esteem tend to be more negative and complain a lot more,” [...]The post Intimate partners with low self-esteem stay in unhappy relationships appeared first on PsyPost.
  • New compounds protect nervous system from the structural damage of MS

    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:32 pm
    A newly characterized group of pharmacological compounds block both the inflammation and nerve cell damage seen in mouse models of multiple sclerosis, according to a study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published online this week in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the brain and [...]The post New compounds protect nervous system from the structural damage of MS appeared first on PsyPost.
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    Watersedge Counselling

  • 5 Tips to Manage Personal Relationships in the Workplace

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

    Jessica Morris
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Have you ever been called a ‘worry wart’ or an ‘overachiever’? Many of us are built with character traits that can lead us inward focused. We have personalities that excel in moments of introspection. This means we are able to achieve a lot. Ask any perfectionist or over achiever what their goals and ambitions are and many will have a ten step plan for getting there. Then there are those of us who excel in moments if intensity and pressure. We get our best work done at the last minute and the concept of a life without stress is a foreign to us. We are ‘daydreamers’ or…
  • Why Kindness is the Best Valentine’s Day Gift

    Colleen Morris
    12 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    It is Valentine’s Day – a day that reminds and celebrates the richness of love. The day will reinforce one of the following statements about you: I am in a happy, loving and couple relationship. The relationship I am in falls beneath my expectations of what a loving relationship should look like. I am alone (and it sucks). One of the most undervalued, yet affordable and equally available gift that you can give to your partner or friend is the gift of kindness. On an almost daily basis, I witness couples and individuals who report that whilst they experience conflict and communication…
  • Social Media’s Growing Impact On Relationships

    Jessica Morris
    6 Feb 2015 | 4:31 pm
    10 years ago we didn’t know Facebook from Tinder, and online dating was relatively new. Yet as social media has developed, so has the methods in which we build relationships with one another. In this infographic by Juliana Rae, we are given new insight into the affect social media has had on every part of our relationships. From meeting one another to marriage, breaking up and divorce- social media plays a key role in our lives now. How has social media changed dating? The fact Facebook asks for our relationship status means we are automatically categorised as ‘single’ ‘married’…
  • Be Daring, Be Original, Be You and Celebrate 30 Days Alcohol Free!

    Colleen Morris
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    One of my best moments of celebration was during a family caravan holiday to the Grampians, a beautiful location marked by mountains and forest. Being a couple with young children, our caravan was typically well equipped with every necessity for a happy, enjoyable and relaxing holiday – or so I thought. Unfortunately I made one important oversight – we forgot the board games which were a standard essential for children easily bored and looking to their parents for entertainment (These were the days before iPads and Facebook). Not to be defeated and with a very fertile imagination, I…
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    Career Assessment Site

  • Myers Briggs ENTJ MBTI® Personality Types’ Leadership Style

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

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

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

    Geeta Aneja
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
      Different people have different gifts as leaders. Use the knowledge of your Myers-Briggspersonality type to develop insights into how you and your team can function optimally in today’s fast-paced business environment. This week’s blog explores The Introverted-Intuitive-Feeling-Judging (INFJ) personality types and how they can maximize their own productivity and more effectively support their teams in doing the same. Image courtesy of hyena reality at According to Richards (2008), the modern workplace is more challenging and complex than ever before. Leaders…
  • Myers-Briggs® MBTI® Test ESFJ Personality Types and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    28 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
      Knowing your Myers-Briggspersonality type can help you be an efficient, self reflective and effective leader. This week’s blog post is focused on Extraverted- Sensing-Feeling-Judging personality types (ESFJ) and how they can capitalize on their own strengths and work to maximize the productivity of their teams. Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at Leaders today face increasing challenges in a global environment (Richards, 2008). That means that they need to have even more information about their own working style and those of their colleagues in order to function…
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    The Friendship Blog

  • Disappointed by a best friend

    Amy Feld
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:40 am
    A teen is disappointed when her best friend ditches her as a roommate on an upcoming class trip. The post Disappointed by a best friend appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • My maid of honor doesn’t seem happy for me

    Sharon Naylor
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:23 am
    A bride-to-be feels senses her maid of honor doesn't seem happy for her. The post My maid of honor doesn’t seem happy for me appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • A student is worried about a friend

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:14 pm
    When you’re worried about a friend, you need to tell a responsible adult. The post A student is worried about a friend appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Gambling and friendship

    21 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    A friendship is threatened over a dispute about a gambling jackpot. The post Gambling and friendship appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • In the Media – Tips for mending a broken friendship (FitnessRepublic)

    21 Feb 2015 | 2:49 am
    In this article for, Dr. Levine offers some tips for mending a broken friendship. The post In the Media – Tips for mending a broken friendship (FitnessRepublic) appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
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  • Five Facts About Selfies and Mental Health

    20 Feb 2015 | 1:08 pm
    The link between selfies, narcissism, psychopathy and body dysmorphic disorder plus more interesting facts.
  • Aesthetic Sensibility Test: Form or Function?

    15 Feb 2015 | 12:56 pm
    How open are you to perception of beauty? Are you imaginative, creative person or rational, down-to-earth type? Take this quiz to find out.
  • The Psychology of Internet Trolls

    13 Feb 2015 | 4:14 am
    We all know these people who seem to take pleasure in posting negative comments and making other people upset. A group of Canadian researchers conducted a fascinating study that revealed some interesting facts about these people. Here is what they found out...
  • Infographic: Psychological Manipulation

    6 Feb 2015 | 10:29 am
    All you need to know about psychological manipulation.
  • Inside the Mind of a Job Recruiter: How to Write a Winning Resume

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:44 am
    This graphic shows the thought process of a job recruiter when they are considering a resume. Pay attention to red flags and find a way to either avoid them altogether or find a good explanation to increase your chances for success.
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    Accessible Psychology

  • Why you’ll benefit from reading your success journal

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    To keep motivation at an optimum, improve your confidence and give you an undeniable sense of progression and achievement it’s important to re-read your success journal regularly. For those of you that missed the post, a success journal is a journal that, well, lists your successes. If you’re lacking motivation at work, or with just about any activity, it’s a great exercise. Try to ensure your entries are dated, as specific as possible and list even the smallest of successes along with the more obvious big successes you encounter.   But once you’ve written one, why re-read it?
  • Why acting as if makes all the difference

    24 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In the past I’ve often rolled my eyes at people who have suggested acting ‘as if’, as if it were so easy to just act, after all, wouldn’t we all be due an Oscar if that were the case? Whilst acting ‘as if’ may not be as easy as it sounds, it is extremely effective. Of course I believe in assertiveness and being authentic too, so I in no way advocate acting ‘as if’ something doesn’t bother you or ‘as if’ you are a comedian in an effort to conceal the real you. What I have found is that acting ‘as if’ is most effective when you are trying to overcome something. Should…
  • Why creating a dream board means you’re more likely to achieve your goals

    23 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    We’ve all heard about The Secret and the law of attraction, the notion that what you believe will manifest itself in your life. One of the most powerful (and fun, not to mention creative) ways to make the law of attraction work for you is to design your very own dream board, filled with picture clippings representing the goals you want to achieve. It makes your goals more real and, in terms of the law of attraction, makes the energy towards your goals more positive, meaning you are more likely to achieve them.   I remember when I made my first dream board, I bought an A1 cork board…
  • Achieving Change – How to live the life you long for; Part Four

    22 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Picture courtesy of Openphoto   It is no exaggeration that Tony Robbins has mastered the science of change and self-empowerment. Keen to gain insight through Tony’s teachings I went to his Unleash The Power Within programme. Held over four days, Unleash The Power Within would help me to understand what motivated me, allow me to face my fears (often an obstacle to change) and change my life for the better. I completed my fire walk on the first day and the sense of achievement in having overcome the fear I felt was profound. What I didn’t expect was that in going to Unleash The Power…
  • Achieving Change – What to do When You Hit a Roadblock

    18 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Change is often a messy process. We are, after all, creatures of habit. But our habits can work for or against us. Once we instil a new habit and it becomes part of our daily routine, the majority of the hard work is behind us. The difficulty is that we often give up before we have given ourselves the best possible opportunity to change.   It’s now understood that it takes 66 days for a new habit to solidify, so be patient with the process and expect for your progress to have its ups and downs. Once you appreciate that you won’t effortlessly have a completely new routine you will…
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    Always ladies

  • Cheesecake-Filled Chocolate Turtles

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:10 am
    Kelly has done it again! She has tranformed the original chocolate turtles that contain caramel, to a more delicious version filled with
  • Unkind people need it the most

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:02 am
    Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most.
  • Learn something about yourself

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:52 am
    Almost no relationship is ever a failure if you manage to learn something about yourself… The fact that it didn’t work out
  • Pure magic

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:04 am
    Over 6000 islands, 227 of those inhabited. Pure magic… Visit Greece.
  • Surprising way to prevent peanut allergies

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:37 pm
    Peanut allergies have doubled over the last decade and now affect more than 2 percent of kids in the United States and
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  • Oops Upside the House!

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

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

    10 Feb 2015 | 8:36 am
    Hi Tim,I’m a 20s college girl, sophomore and living the dorm life. I had a new roomie this year that is nice and started out the second semester very diligently. She really applied herself for the first month, which was inspiring. She even did all the research and finished a final paper for the psychology class we’re in together. This assignment was brutal, and she pulled a few all-nighters just to finish it. I read it and the thing is brilliant. Then suddenly, last week she was dumped by her boyfriend, found out she is pregnant, quit school and moved back home and bestowed me…
  • Too Close for Kissing

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    Hi Tim,I'm a college girl in my 20’s and I have a new friend who is a gorgeous, funny guy. We have a mutual attraction but are in that awkward phase where we both want to go further but wait for the other one to confirm, etc. No big deal, we will get past that, and when he invited me to go to his parents' house over the holidays I thought this might be a good time to get closer. We arrived at the house first, and as his sisters and brothers and various cousins started getting there, I noticed something odd. They kiss each other hello, goodbye, etc. on the mouth with their lips locked…
  • Go Fix Yourself!

    19 Jan 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Hi Tim,I'm a man, 50’s, married for 30 years and we have two children who are grown, successful and happy. The problem is our son, “Brian” who is 23. He recently came out as homosexual to the family and we're having a tough time. We already suspected, before he even started school. But at least we had hope that he might not choose this path. We're Christians and we can't ignore a clear violation of our faith. It makes me sick. I want to get help for him, to fix him somehow but he won't discuss it. My wife and daughter and I treat him differently now, and the…
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    San Francisco Psychotherapy and Couples Counseling

  • 10 Life-Enhancing Things You Can Do at a Stoplight

    Robert Solley
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Stoplights and traffic can be stressful and frustrating.  Estimates of the amount of time we spend at stoplights or barely moving in traffic range from about 20 minutes per day to two work-weeks per year.  And much of that time we’re in the car all by our lonesomes.  Why not use the time to do something that will improve your life instead of eating away at it?   Here are my top ten: Breathe.  I teach my clients a breathing technique that I use often myself as an antidote to stress, anxiety and anger.  It is a direct biological counter to stress, improves emotional resilience, boosts…
  • Autism, Motherhood and First Rejections

    Katie Read
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:04 am
    “I asked Jace if he would play with only me today, and not all the other kids, but he said ‘no’,” Spencer tells me. I’m strapping him into his car seat in the big dirt parking lot of the preschool. I stop and rest my head on his, his words like a punch in my gut. I take a breath. “I’m so sorry, baby,” I say. “How did you feel?” “Sad,” he says. “I feel mad and sad when he doesn’t play with me.” My stomach churns. Seeing my child, my almost-four-year-old big boy suffer these first rejections is worse, so much worse than any rejection of my own. Worse than any boy…
  • Creativity: 5 Practices For Holding On to Your Creativity

    Gina Nobuko Ramos
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:58 am
    Creativity as a Calling The dimensions of creativity are vast. Massive. Spiritual. Mysterious. Adding to the ongoing cultural, and therapeutic conversation of creativity, I hope to focus the discussion by remembering and inviting simplicity: the everyday act of binding creativity to our bones. By cracking open and growing through the broken places; seeing ordinary things as strange, wild, and unfamiliar; and following the pulse of life are the clarion calls of everyday creativity. Each day, you face the truth of what needs to be laid bare, and vulnerable. The launching of a continuous…
  • Why I love expressive art in therapy (& life)

    Linda Shanti McCabe
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Creativity is the original anti-depressant.  -Andrew Brink, Creativity as repair: Bipolarity and Its Closure It is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.  -D. W. Winnicott Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.  –Pablo Picasso  1. Art (re)connects with the authentic self. The well-respected psychoanalyst D. W. Winnicott coined the terms “True Self” and “False Self” that children develop as a result of their attachment to early caregivers. As adults, the false self, the one that needed to be compliant as a child,…
  • #TBT on PsychedinSF – In Defense of Addicts

    Andrew Sussman
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:07 pm
    As a therapist in training, I often felt unsettled (at the very least) and furious (at the very most) when trying to address my clients’ substance use. I had only heard of 12 step, abstinence-based programs and none of my supervisors could advise me otherwise. I often heard the same line: alcoholics can’t engage in treatment so your client needs to be in AA if you’re going to do any useful work. That didn’t feel right! My clients a) weren’t ready/willing to become abstinent or attend meetings, b) they didn’t all have the same problem with substance use and…
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  • Get The Most Out Of Your Affirmations

    Staff Writer
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Affirmations can be life altering, giving you the motivation you need to push yourself toward success. Yet, affirmations are not magic. In other words, if you choose affirmations that are too long to really memorize, you’re not likely to say them, so they will not have a positive impact. The same can be said for taking on affirmations that you don’t really believe in, or assuming that the affirmations of others will work for you. Avoiding these things, along with focusing on what you’re really saying when repeating the affirmation, will help you be as successful as possible.
  • Love and Appreciation Are Good Medicine

    Staff Writer
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Emotions do not just happen in the brain. They are experiences that affect the whole body, especially the heart. The brain and heart constantly exchange biochemical messages, which affect how people’s hearts function as well as the way they feel. Stress, anger and other negative emotions actually disturb the rhythms of the heart, and can even cause disease. On the other hand, focusing on positive emotions like love and appreciation helps heal the heart. Someone who begins by remembering times when he felt grateful can learn to smooth his heart rhythms, reduce his stress, and radically…
  • How To Increase Your Self-Confidence

    Staff Writer
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Here are 5 tips for those suffering from low confidence levels to increase their self-confidence. Knowing your self-worth, understanding that failure leads to success and trusting your instincts all play a very important part when it comes to boosting one’s confidence level. It also is beneficial to know when to lead and when to follow and to have a clear set of values – these are critical components when it comes to gaining self-confidence. Read the full article on World of Psychology: 5 Tips for Increasing Your Self-Confidence The post How To Increase Your Self-Confidence appeared…
  • Supercharge the Manifestation Power of Your Mind!

    Ilchi Lee
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:21 am
    By Ilchi Lee (Editor’s note:  This article describes a practice that was created by Ilchi Lee and used by students around the world. Chim Shun, who is also a contributor to BrainSpeak, uses this practice with her students daily.  She highly recommends it to all who are interested in expansion!) Have you heard all of the theories about manifestation, but things still aren’t happening in your life as you want? Creation begins in the mind and then comes into being through action. Energy is intimately linked with your mind. Your thoughts are energy, and energy also creates thought. In…
  • People Who Have Their Dream Jobs Do These Things

    Staff Writer
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:04 am
    There are 5 things that people who have their dream jobs have in common. Getting up early, doing a better job than most and being likeable are consistent among people who have their dream jobs. Connecting socially with other professionals and staying focused are also things that people who have their dream jobs do consistently. Read the full article here: 5 Things People Who Have Their Dream Jobs Do The post People Who Have Their Dream Jobs Do These Things appeared first on BrainSpeak.
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    Kissless Love

  • Brain Drain

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

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

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

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

    Loi Liang Yang
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:32 am
    Thinking does not occur in a foreign place outside of your entity. Thinking stems from a desire of the mind. Like how all great ideas first began within you, and then later through massive actions, those thinking then serves as a reality for others... The post Thinking Is An Action appeared first on Kissless Love.
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    Amy Bucher, Ph.D.

  • The Online Hunter-Gatherer: Find Big Shopping Savings with These Tips

    Amy Bucher
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:44 am
    Hi, I’m Amy and I have a problem. I love to shop online and I especially love getting a great deal. I attribute it to evolutionary psychology: Instead of going out into the savanna to kill my dinner, I go online to hunt bargain buys. If you’re like me and love to shop online, then … Continue reading The Online Hunter-Gatherer: Find Big Shopping Savings with These Tips →
  • Wanna Get Lucky? Be More Like Bill Murray

    Amy Bucher
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:56 am
    I always love finding out that an actor I enjoy on the screen is a nice person in real life. Actor Bill Murray, by all accounts, is the sort of famous dude you want to run into. He’s photobombed engagement pictures, joined people’s karaoke parties, and posed for countless unique fan photos. Bill Murray has … Continue reading Wanna Get Lucky? Be More Like Bill Murray →
  • Motivate Yourself With A Positive Mantra

    Amy Bucher
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:52 am
    At last week’s Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team meeting, Dr. Grayson Kimball gave us advice rooted in sports psychology to mentally prepare for the Boston Marathon. One piece of advice that I found particularly interesting had to do with creating positive mantras. Dr. Kimball advised not setting goals like “I just don’t want to lose steam on … Continue reading Motivate Yourself With A Positive Mantra →
  • Feedback Helps Doctors Excel

    Amy Bucher
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:22 am
    As part of health care reforms in the United States, it’s now standard to measure patient satisfaction upon hospital discharge after an inpatient experience. The instrument used to take this measurement is called the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS). This 32-item survey asks patients to rate how well they were cared … Continue reading Feedback Helps Doctors Excel →
  • Boston Marathon Training: The Perfect (Week) 10

    Amy Bucher
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:08 am
    Ten weeks down and only eight to go! This is the part of marathon training where the big day truly seems both close and very far away. It’s amazing how much training I’ve already done, but also how the hardest and longest training runs are still to come. It’s looking like there are multiple 20 … Continue reading Boston Marathon Training: The Perfect (Week) 10 →
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  • Introduction to hypnosis: The basic idea of hypnosis

    Hanan Parvez
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Thanks to the media, the word 'hypnosis' instantly conjures up the image of a strangely dressed, bearded man dangling his pocket watch before the eyes of an innocent-faced subject who is ready to go to sleep.There’s nothing magical about hypnosis. It is a scientifically established technique that is now being widely employed in hypnotherapy and psychotherapy.      Any information that we receive from the environment is first processed by the conscious mind before it reaches the subconscious mind. The conscious mind, with its filtering, deletion or distortion, allows only that…
  • Characteristics of the subconscious mind

    Hanan Parvez
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:08 pm
    The more you understand the subconscious mind, the better you become in understanding yourself. Following are some important characteristics of thesubconscious mind that will help you increase your understanding of it...The subconscious mind thinks in the form of imagesYour subconscious mind stores all your memories and experiences in the form of images and symbols. That’s why during dreams (which are nothing but thoughts of the subconscious mind) all we see are pictures and symbols.It is always activeDuring the day, both the conscious and the subconscious mind are active, though the latter…
  • Dreams can solve your problems and provide you with creative insights (some famous examples)

    Hanan Parvez
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:22 pm
    In dreams, while our conscious mind is inactive, our subconscious mind is actively working on problems that we may have failed to solve consciously in our waking life. That’s why it’s highly likely that a solution to a problem that you've been working on for quite a while can pop up in your dream.     This is similar to when, for example, you are thinking hard about a problem and then you let go of it because you can’t come up with a solution. And then after a while, when you’re involved in some other unrelated activity, the solution to your problem suddenly pops up…
  • Lucid dreams: An introduction to lucid dreaming and ways to induce it

    Hanan Parvez
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:36 pm
    In the dream-state your subconscious mind becomes active and your conscious mind is temporarily switched off. However, sometimes the conscious mind also becomes activeduring the dream and when this happens the dream is called a ‘lucid dream’.       In other words, a lucid dream is basically a dream in which you are aware that you are dreaming. Usually when people realize that they are actually dreaming, they immediately wake up. But in a lucid dream, even when you realize that all of it is just a dream, you continue to dream without waking up.Ways to induce lucid dreamsMany…
  • Why we get recurring dreams and how to get rid of them

    Hanan Parvez
    15 Feb 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Suppose you wanted to send an important email to someone but as soon as you hit the ‘send’ button, your screen displayed, ‘Message not sent. Check your networkconnection’. You check the connection but it’s fine and so you hit ‘send’ again. The same message displays again. In your frustration, you hit ‘send’ again and again and again. You desperately want the message delivered.Same thing happens when you get a recurring dream. There’s something important that your subconscious mind is desperately trying to convey you but you haven’t got the message yet.   What…
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  • E-Hypochondriacs

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    E-Hypochondriacs Hypochondriacs (a person who is abnormally anxious about their health) are now able to take their worries online. Dysfunctional beliefs about ones health can be harmful and inaccurate information found on the internet can compound problems and increase anxiety. For this reasons researchers from the University of Manchester aimed to examine health anxiety, health-related internet use and ‘query escalation': We predicted that query escalation would be more common in health anxious individuals than those with low health anxiety and would be associated with a greater…
  • Are Narcissists Healthier?

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Are Narcissists Healthier? Particular personality types or traits are often linked to health-outcomes. For example individuals who are generally more ambitious, impatient and workaholics are often more stressed and at greater risk of negative health outcomes such as heart disease. This is due to the personality traits impacting on health-protective or health-risk behaviours. Research recently published aimed to consider how narcissism would effect health outcomes: Narcissism, a personality trait characterized by feelings of self-importance, superiority and entitlement, and a continual focus…
  • Can Music Help To Reduce Racial Prejudice?

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Can Music Help To Reduce Racial Prejudice? Racism can be combatted in many different ways, some methods are more successful than others. We already know How Reading Harry Potter can Reduce Prejudice and Stigma. But new research aimed to examine is music could be one of those ways: The study examined the impact of a cross-cultural musical programme on young Portuguese adolescents’ anti-dark-skin prejudice 229 sixth-grade pupils who attended public schools in Portugal were recruited for the study. The pupils were split into two groups, the first group undertook their normal music classes…
  • Extroverted Child? Could Be A (Very) Good Thing

    24 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Extroverted Child? Could Be A (Very) Good Thing Psychologists are increasingly recognising the link between psychological health and physical health. We also know that personality type predicts a variety of outcomes in adulthood. We have previously discussed How Your Personality Influences Who You Vote For and the Personality Attributes that are Important in the Workplace. With this in mind researchers conducted a 30 year long study in order to provide evidence of how personality characteristics in childhood were linked to outcomes in adulthood: This study aims to examine the linkages…
  • Can Aggression be Contagious?

    23 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Can Aggression be Contagious? Theories such as Group Think show how individual members of a group are susceptible to changing their behaviours or views in order to conform, often leading to bad group decision making. This could be considered as a kind of psychological contagion. But what about aggression, is it possible that aggressive behaviour can also be contagious? Researchers recently aimed to consider two types how two types of aggression may or may not be contagious: Proactive aggression represents goal oriented and planned aggression that is driven by rewards or dominance goals.
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    Peace of Mind Counseling Service

  • National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015

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

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    Stemming from my personal experiences as a witness to addiction, I have begun to think of addicts as tornadoes. It starts with a few dark clouds, warning signs attributed to what you incorrectly assume are normal weather conditions. Then you hear the siren, and everything starts happening so quickly that you don’t realize what’s going on until it’s too late and the chaos is already upon you. All you can do is watch the tornado spin violently out of control, ducking for cover in the hopes that all of the debris that is swirling around you won’t cause any permanent damage. Then all of a…
  • Reigniting The Spark

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    12 Feb 2015 | 2:08 am
    Every romantic relationship goes through ebbs and flows. Periods highlighted by euphoria and passion, and slumps characterized by a loss of interest and excitement. This up and down, high and low is natural in relationships, especially as couples move from the new and intense beginning phase of a relationship into comfortable companionship. It’s often referred to as being “stuck in a rut” or that “the spark has fizzled,” when we start feeling less connected to our partner and our mind starts focusing on what’s wrong and what could be. There are a number of reasons as to why we…
  • Empowering Your Morning

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:14 am
    Every morning we are blessed to wake up is another day we have been given the opportunity to turn our attitude and our lives around. Each day when we awake to the sound of a blaring alarm and begrudgingly throw off our covers, we owe it to ourselves to ask “what can we do differently today that will make us a better person in the future?” As we touch our feet to the cold floor, we virtually stand at our first turning point of the day. Will we do everything we can to keep an optimistic and friendly disposition? Or will we succumb to the pressure and negative attitudes of others? The good…
  • 8 Frenemies to Dump in 2015

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:52 am
    There’s a theory that suggests that “we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with,” and while most people like to believe that we are all completely autonomous beings who have absolute control over our decisions, that’s simply not the case. When growing up, we learn how to be social first from our closest family members, and then from the people we go to school and later become friends with. It is through the interactions with these individuals that we develop everything from our interests to our goals. As we get even older, we have less and less time to devote to…
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