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  • The Effect of Beauty on Success and Self Confidence

    What is Psychology?
    8 May 2014 | 7:57 am
    A brilliant young woman stares silently at her mirror. Unfazed, her reflection stares silently back. She takes a deep breath and dabs a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice onto her face – one of the many beauty tips recently read on howtoremovethat. Dark spots simply wouldn’t do for tomorrow’s job interview. Her belief is that it might be advantageous to appear as attractive as possible when she faces those potentially life changing questions. And as superficial as this might sound, she’s absolutely right. Research conducted by Dr. Mikki Hebl of Rice University and Dr. Juan…
  • Lots or Little Sleep Linked to Sick Days

    Scientific American: Mind & Brain
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Absence from work due to illness increased dramatically for those who slept less than 6 hours or more than 9 hours per night. Christie Nicholson reports.   -- Read more on
  • The Heartbreak of Mental Illness

    World of Psychology
    Michael Hedrick
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    I was talking to a friend the other day who is a clinician at a home for people with mental illness, and I told her I know what it’s like to suffer. She said something that struck a chord, though: she said she thought it was more a case of heartbreak than anything else. I had never heard it described that way before, but I knew exactly what she meant. I can remember when I was first diagnosed. I was so crushed by the label of schizophrenia that I could hardly will myself to do anything. I was in fact, heartbroken. I knew that with this label of being crazy I would no longer be accepted into…
  • The Funny Thing About Anger and Laughter

    Ryan Martin, Ph.D.
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    There are countless articles out there about the value of humor and laughter with regard to psychological and physical health. While some of that may be exaggerated, there is a fair amount of evidence to suggest that humor and laughter are important coping mechanisms when it comes to alleviating more
  • Know the Jargon: “Human Shield Effect”

    Scientific American: Mind & Brain
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Animals aren’t as vigilant for predators when they know humans are around -- Read more on
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  • Introverts' Quick-Start Guide, Part 1

    Nancy Ancowitz
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:14 pm
    The Introvert Manifesto by Peter Vogt is the latest addition to the increasingly popular literature for and about introverts. My favorite thing about his book is how deeply he shares from his own experience—what rocks as well as jolts his world as an introvert, and what he’s learned to do about it. Central to that is his useful tool, The 4 Pillars of Introvert more
  • The Psychology of Terrorists (Pt. 3): The Messiah Syndrome

    Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D.
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    As stated in my previous post, I view Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, like his predecessor Osama bin Laden, as a religious fundamentalist cult leader with a major messiah complex. But what exactly is a "messiah complex"?read more
  • My Mother Wants Me to Be Her Mother

    Barbara Greenberg, Ph.D.
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    How to deal with a needy motherread more
  • The Funny Thing About Anger and Laughter

    Ryan Martin, Ph.D.
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    There are countless articles out there about the value of humor and laughter with regard to psychological and physical health. While some of that may be exaggerated, there is a fair amount of evidence to suggest that humor and laughter are important coping mechanisms when it comes to alleviating more
  • No Perfect People Allowed

    Judith Coche, Ph.D., ABPP
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Rebecca has spent her life trying to be perfect. Psychotherapy and research in positive psychology help her to see that optimal life goals might better be realistically set. To feel happy Rebecca learns to live in the present rather than in the more
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  • Stereotypes as Stumbling-Blocks: How Coping With Stereotype Threat Affects Life Outcomes for People With Physical Disabilities

    Silverman, A. M., Cohen, G. L.
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Stereotype threat, the concern about being judged in light of negative stereotypes, causes underperformance in evaluative situations. However, less is known about how coping with stereotypes can aggravate underperformance over time. We propose a model in which ongoing stereotype threat experiences threaten a person’s sense of self-integrity, which in turn prompts defensive avoidance of stereotype-relevant situations, impeding growth, achievement, and well-being. We test this model in an important but understudied population: the physically disabled. In Study 1, blind adults reporting…
  • Visual Attention and Goal Pursuit: Deliberative and Implemental Mindsets Affect Breadth of Attention

    Buttner, O. B., Wieber, F., Schulz, A. M., Bayer, U. C., Florack, A., Gollwitzer, P. M.
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Mindset theory suggests that a deliberative mindset entails openness to information in one’s environment, whereas an implemental mindset entails filtering of information. We hypothesized that this open- versus closed-mindedness influences individuals’ breadth of visual attention. In Studies 1 and 2, we induced an implemental or deliberative mindset, and measured breadth of attention using participants’ length estimates of x-winged Müller-Lyer figures. Both studies demonstrate a narrower breadth of attention in the implemental mindset than in the deliberative mindset. In…
  • "Not One of Us": Predictors and Consequences of Denying Ingroup Characteristics to Ambiguous Targets

    Kteily, N., Cotterill, S., Sidanius, J., Sheehy-Skeffington, J., Bergh, R.
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    We investigated individual difference predictors of ascribing ingroup characteristics to negative and positive ambiguous targets. Studies 1 and 2 investigated events involving negative targets whose status as racial (Tsarnaev brothers) or national (Woolwich attackers) ingroup members remained ambiguous. Immediately following the attacks, we presented White Americans and British individuals with the suspects’ images. Those higher in social dominance orientation (SDO) and right-wing authoritarianism (RWA)—concerned with enforcing status boundaries and adherence to ingroup norms,…
  • Red and Romantic Rivalry: Viewing Another Woman in Red Increases Perceptions of Sexual Receptivity, Derogation, and Intentions to Mate-Guard

    Pazda, A. D., Prokop, P., Elliot, A. J.
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Research has shown that men perceive women wearing red, relative to other colors, as more attractive and more sexually receptive; women’s perceptions of other women wearing red have scarcely been investigated. We hypothesized that women would also interpret female red as a sexual receptivity cue, and that this perception would be accompanied by rival derogation and intentions to mate-guard. Experiment 1 demonstrated that women perceive another woman in a red, relative to white, dress as sexually receptive. Experiment 2 demonstrated that women are more likely to derogate the sexual…
  • Diverse According to Whom? Racial Group Membership and Concerns about Discrimination Shape Diversity Judgments

    Bauman, C. W., Trawalter, S., Unzueta, M. M.
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    People often treat diversity as an objective feature of situations that everyone perceives similarly. The current research shows, however, that disagreement often exists over whether a group is diverse. We argue that diversity judgments diverge because they are social perceptions that reflect, in part, individuals’ motivations and experiences, including concerns about how a group would treat them. Therefore, whether a group includes in-group members should affect how diverse a group appears because the inclusion or apparent exclusion of in-group members signals whether perceivers can…
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  • An Ancient Way to Heal The Mind Finds New Scientific Support

    Jeremy Dean
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    The benefits were particularly strong for those who were stressed. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: 10 Remarkable Ways Nature Can Heal Your Mind Mental Health Problems Can Shorten Life More Than Heavy Smoking 20 Wonderful Effects Exercise Has on the Mind Meditation Benefits: 10 Ways It Helps Your Mind Urban Living: Green Spaces Improve Your Mental Health
  • The Secret to Raising A Well-Behaved Teen

    Jeremy Dean
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    This is a vital cause of low mood, poor health and lacklustre learning in teenagers. 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: Later School Start Times Improve Sleep and Daytime Functioning in Adolescents Teen Myth: Marijuana is a ‘Safe Drug’ Poor Sleep: 8 Hours With Interruptions As Bad As Only 4 Hours Children Suffer Mentally and Physically From Astounding Levels of Homework Like to Stay Up Late? Different Neural Structures Found in the Brains of Night Owls
  • Social Anxiety Disorder: Impressive Study Reveals The Very Best Treatment

    Jeremy Dean
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Large study reveals the most effective treatment for social anxiety disorder. 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: Meditation is an Effective Treatment for Depression, Anxiety and Pain A Curious New Sleep Disorder That Affects One in Seven Antidepressants: Higher Rates of Psychological Side-Effects Revealed by New Study Long-Held Belief About Depression Challenged by New Study Social Conformity Effect Lasts Three Days
  • A Highly Valued Personality Trait That Sadly Increases The Risk of Suicide

    Jeremy Dean
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    This hidden cause of suicide might surprise you. 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: Blood Test for Suicide: Changes In One Gene Predict Suicide Risk How Cynical Personality Traits Affect Dementia Risk Higher Risk of Mental Illness for Those With Older Fathers The Vitamin Which May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia OCD: The Surprising Truth
  • This is What Heavy Multitasking Could Be Doing To Your Brain

    Jeremy Dean
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Multitasking may affect crucial areas of the brain's emotional and cognitive centres. 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: Are Men or Women Better at Multitasking? Heavy Drinkers Lose Memory Faster With Age Brain Changes Associated With Casual Marijuana Use Hyper-Connected: What Depression Does to Your Brain Painless Brain Stimulation Improves Mental Arithmetic in Five Days
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    Mind Hacks

  • Buggin’ Out

    27 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    Sociology journal Transition has a fascinating article giving a history of the surprisingly frequent appearance of schizophrenia in rap music. In psychiatric circles, schizophrenia is considered a serious mental illness that causes delusions, hallucinations, and social withdrawal. But in rap, schizophrenia means something else: a mode of defiance, a boast, or a threat. The term appears frequently when describing competition between rappers. In “Speak Ya Clout,” the duo Gang Starr rhymes that they are “schizophrenic with rhyme plus we’re well organized” as a way of warning that they…
  • Spike activity 26-09-2014

    27 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Why most scientists don’t take Susan Greenfield seriously. A serious rebuttal for some poor scientific claims over at BishopBlog. The Guardian has a good profile of food and flavour scientist Charles Spence who specialises in sensory integration. Couvade syndrome: some men develop signs of pregnancy when their partners are pregnant. The Conversation has a piece on a genuinely intriguing condition. The Chronicle of Higher Education has an interesting piece on Why Freud Still Haunts Us. ‘GCHQ employs more than 100 dyslexic and…
  • Why our faith in cramming is mistaken

    24 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
    You may think you know your own mind, but when it comes to memory, research suggests that you don’t. If we’re trying to learn something, many of us study in ways that prevent the memories sticking. Fortunately, the same research also reveals how we can supercharge our learning. We’ve all had to face a tough exam at least once in our lives. Whether it’s a school paper, university final or even a test at work, there’s one piece of advice we’re almost always given: make a study plan. With a plan, we can space out our preparation for the test rather than relying on one or two…
  • Problems with Bargh’s definition of unconscious

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    I have a new paper out in Frontiers in Psychology: The perspectival shift: how experiments on unconscious processing don’t justify the claims made for them. There has been ongoing consternation about the reliability of some psychology research, particularly studies which make claims about unconscious (social) priming. However, even if we assume that the empirical results are reliable, the question remains whether the claims made for the power of the unconscious make any sense. I argue that they often don’t. Here’s something from the intro: In this commentary I draw attention to…
  • An earlier death

    14 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Journalism site The Toast has what I believe is the only first-person account of Cotard’s delusion – the belief that you’re dead – which can occur in psychosis. The article is by writer Esmé Weijun Wang who describes her own episode of psychosis and how she came to believe, and later unbelieve, that she was dead. It’s an incredibly evocative piece and historically, worth remembering. Somatic details figure heavily in these recollections: what I wore, what I looked like. I told myself, through mirrors and dressing-up and Polaroids and weighing myself, You have a…
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  • Easy Anxiety Relief in a Mindfulness Meditation Video

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

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

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

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

    Sandra Kiume
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Therapist Kati Morton answers questions from her Tumblr readers, in a YouTube video. First, she talks about forgetting to talk about issues with your therapist during your appointment and ways to help remember, with helpful tips. The second question is, “Are eating disorders racist? …I don’t believe I can have one, because I’m African-American.” Kati replies that mental illness doesn’t discriminate, and that she’s had African-American clients struggling with eating disorders. The third question asks about switching therapists. Kati asks what work have…
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    BPS Research Digest

  • Can this simple strategy reduce children's anxiety about school tests?

    Research Digest
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    The sad thing about children's exam nerves is that their fears often become self-fulfilling. Too much anxiety and they can end up under-performing relative to their abilities.A team of psychologists led by Fred Paas and colleagues has taken a cognitive psychology approach to this situation. Children have a certain amount of "working memory" capacity, they say, and it's either used up by the task at hand, or by external pressures, such as intrusive, worrying thoughts.Paas and his team have explored the benefits of a simple strategy that's designed to help children focus more on the school…
  • Eye contact makes us more aware of our own bodies

    Research Digest
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you've ever felt acutely self conscious upon making eye contact with another person, a new study may help you understand why. Matias Baltazar and his colleagues have found that making eye contact activates people's awareness of their own bodies. That feeling of self consciousness induced by mutual gaze might be based in part on the fact that your brain is suddenly more attuned to your body.The researchers presented 32 participants with a series of positive and negative images on a computer screen, and after each they asked them to rate the intensity of their emotional reaction. Crucially,…
  • How do male scientists balance the demands of work and family?

    Research Digest
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Academia remains heavily gendered, thanks in part to historical stereotypes that assert men are suited to solving complex problems and ready to put "great works" over other concerns such as community or family. Psychology and sociology have shown how this disadvantages women working in these fields, particularly if they wish to have children.A new study led by Sarah Damaske of Pennsylvania State University takes a different approach, looking at what this world is like for men. From the 73 male scientists interviewed, four groupings emerged. A minority (15 per cent) indicated they saw a…
  • Rats outperformed humans on this learning task

    Research Digest
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    We like to think of ourselves as the top of the class when it comes to intelligence in the animal kingdom. Our inventions and scientific progress are testament to that claim, and yet there are some ways in which our complex brains let us down. In this new study researchers led by Ben Vermaercke compared human and rat performance on two forms of category-based learning. On one of them, the rodents trounced the homo sapiens.The participants - 16 rats and 24 humans - were trained to recognise that certain patterns (stripes of light and dark, known as gratings) shown on a screen were the targets,…
  • Neuroscience does not threaten people's sense of free will

    Research Digest
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    A key finding from neuroscience research over the last few decades is that non-conscious preparatory brain activity appears to precede the subjective feeling of making a decision. Some neuroscientists, like Sam Harris, have argued that this shows our sense of free will is an illusion. Books have even started to appear with titles like My Brain Made Me Do It: The Rise of Neuroscience and the Threat to Moral Responsibility by Eliezer J. Sternberg.However, in a new paper, a team led by Eddy Nahmias counter such claims. They believe that Harris and others (who they dub "willusionists")…
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  • To reduce ADHD epidemic, promote (concussion-free) sports and physical activity programs?

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    Exercise Is ADHD Medication (The Atlantic): “This morning the medical journal Pediatrics published research that found kids who took part in a regular physical activity program showed important enhancement of cognitive performance and brain function. The findings…“demonstrate a causal effect of a physical program on executive control, and provide support for physical activity for improving childhood cognition and brain health.”… “If physical activity is established as an effective intervention for ADHD,” they continued, “it will also be important to address possible…
  • Update: Let’s transform brain health from “suffer-in-silence” to “let-me-take-control”

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    Time for our September 2014 e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of insights  and innovations reports…including four thought-provoking interviews with Sponsors of the 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (October 28-30th). Enjoy! New perspectives at the frontier of Brain, Health & Innovation: Barbara Arrowsmith Young: Every kid should practice stress reduction and targeted cognitive exercises at school Michael Meagher (Cogniciti): Let’s transform brain health from “suffer-in-silence” to “let-me-take-control” Itamar Lesuisse (Peak): My interest in brain training stemmed from my…
  • Barbara Arrowsmith Young: Every kid should practice stress reduction and targeted cognitive exercises at school

    Alvaro Fernandez
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Barbara Arrowsmith Young What is your cur­rent job title and orga­ni­za­tion, and what excites you the most about work­ing there? As discussed in The Brain that Changes Itself and in my own book, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain, I launched the Arrowsmith Program, a suite of cognitive exercises–now in more that 60 schools–designed to strengthen weak cognitive areas that underlie a number of specific learning difficulties and disabilities. I did so based on my journey to overcome my own severe specific learning difficulties, and what excites me now is working with a group of dedicated…
  • Michael Meagher (Cogniciti): Let’s transform brain health from “suffer-in-silence” to “let-me-take-control”

    Alvaro Fernandez
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    Michael Meagher What is your cur­rent job title and orga­ni­za­tion, and what excites you the most about work­ing there? As the President of Cogniciti, a spin-off from Baycrest reseach center and hospital, I am excited to help transform brain health from a reactive, “suffer-in-silence” space to a proactive, “let-me-take-control-of-my-health” space. Please tell us about your inter­est in brain health and performance. What areas are you most inter­ested in? What moti­vated you to pur­sue work in your field? Same as cardiac health has been transformed through earlier diagnosis…
  • Silvia Damiano (About my Brain Institute): Why not democratise access to neuroscience?

    Alvaro Fernandez
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    Silvia Damiano What is your cur­rent job title and orga­ni­za­tion, and what excites you the most about work­ing there? I am the CEO of the About my Brain Institute, based in Sydney, Australia, with activities in Europe and North America. What excites me the most is working with the young talent in my organisation, as a great way to keep my brain young and continuously learning. Please tell us about your inter­est in brain health and performance. What areas are you most inter­ested in? What moti­vated you to pur­sue work in your field? I had my own brain scanned last year and, being…
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  • Faith Trust Institute

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

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

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) provides a network for nationwide communication between hundreds of  professionals and volunteers who want to share ideas, information and resources with each other to better support the grieving children and families they serve in their own communities. Through this network, the NAGC offers online education, hosts an annual symposium on children’s grief, maintains a national data base of children’s bereavement support programs and promotes national awareness to enhance public sensitivity to the issues impacting grieving…
  • The Observer

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Published 10 times per year by the Association for Psychological Science, the Observer educates and informs the Association on matters affecting the research, academic, and applied disciplines of psychology; promotes the scientific values of APS Members; reports and comments on issues of national interest to the psychological scientist community; and provides a vehicle for the dissemination of information on APS.  For Non-Members, you may pay a short-time usage fee, or become a member.  For members of the APS, you log in with your account, and you can automatically read the Observer.
  • MindYourMind

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    These resources are designed to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and increase access and use of community support, both professional and peer-based. Through the use of active engagement, best practice and technology, MindYourMind inspires youth to reach out, get help and give help. This site has tips for when you are in crisis, need help, creating wellness for yourself, facts about all kinds of mental illness, fun interactive apps and games, personal expressions, interviews and ways to get involved and help others.
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  • How to Find a Good Therapist

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

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

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

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

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

  • Narrative Self: Insert Your Life Story Here

    Jennifer M. Ryan, M.Ed.
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Your life script is so automatic, that to change, you need to stop and just be the audience in the play of your own life. Observe the writing, directing, production and set design of your own life’s play – the one you’re creating As you begin to learn about who you are, understanding your powerlessness and power all at once, you will begin to realize that what you’ve learned about “who I am” is really an exercise in thousands of experiences which have occurred around you and which shape your mind into a story that you adopt as “mine.” The stories you hang on to…
  • Play Therapy: A Change Agent for Kids

    I Choose Change PLLC
    2 Jun 2014 | 8:19 am
    Guest Blog: Gretchen Manes M.Ed,. M.S., LPC-Intern Each human being has an internal desire to obtain wellness. This is particularly true for children, who are developing a self-concept and communicating their state of well-being through their behaviors every day. When children “act out” behaviorally, their actions are often the catalyst that brings children and parents into my therapy office. It is important for me to help parents understand all behavior is purposeful. Therefore, even the behaviors we deem as inappropriate are an attempt by a child to fulfill an emotional or…
  • Rewrite History

    Jennifer M. Ryan, M.Ed.
    27 May 2014 | 7:02 am
    As I fumbled through some old files one evening, cleaning up my home office, I ran across a journal of quotes I started in 1994. (Ok, yes, I had quite a stack of books and papers I was going through.) I opened the journal, and right there on the first page was a quote that caught my eye and I knew I had to share it with you. It says: “Immaturity is allowing someone else to author your history. Maturity is accepting the authorship of your history. You cannot change history, but you can write history”. This was a statement made by a professor in my Fall semester of college in 1994 when…
  • The Legacy of Trauma

    I Choose Change PLLC
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    Guest Blog by Jenny Wang, M.A., LPC It was the middle of a difficult freshman year of college, and I found myself waiting in my lawyer’s office for the deposition to begin. I had been dreading this for weeks, so I called my most trusted confidant to pass the time. Finally, I was called in to meet with the opposing party’s attorney and the questioning began. I’m sure there were many questions that were focused on the specific recollections regarding the collision I was a survivor of. However, the questions that still burn clearly in my mind more than twenty years later were the ones…
  • Blind Rage Over Goldfish Crackers: How Not to Punish Your Kids

    Jennifer M. Ryan, M.Ed.
    12 Mar 2014 | 7:24 am
    I pride myself on being able to control myself fairly well with my kids, even so much as to say I have never “punished” them and I rarely use the word “discipline” because of its negative connotation of control. That is, until this weekend when I thought I might come absolutely, 100% unglued at the seams with one of my daughters. I was enjoying my afternoon with a book in hand when my daughter ran to me dramatically yelling, “Ayla braided goldfish into my hair and I can’t get it out!!” That’s right; her sister had braided, into her hair, goldfish crackers. Being annoyed as I…
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    Brain Blogger

  • Thinking Slow About Thinking Fast – Part IV – A New Perspective on the Framing Effect

    Nisha Cooch, PhD
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Our tendency to choose options that appear less valuable than alternative options (such as choosing to stick with our original choice in the Monty Hall Problem) is often cited as evidence for our irrationality. However, the view that we are irrational derives too from inconsistency in our preferences. Nobel Prize winner, Daniel Kahneman, and his colleague, Amos Tversky, described such inconsistency with the following example of the Framing Effect: In response to the news that a disease outbreak is expected to kill 600 people, 2 programs are proposed: Program 1 allows 200 people to be saved…
  • Treating Children and Teens Diagnosed with Schizophrenia

    Ann Reitan, PsyD
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    In this article, I will focus on treatment considerations regarding the diagnosis of schizophrenia in children and adolescents. This article on assessment of schizophrenia concerns the nature of psychological tests that evaluate the prevalence of schizophrenic symptoms in an individual child or adolescent. These specific tests, which rely on interview and self-report, are described as potentially useful in formulating a diagnosis of schizophrenia by a qualified clinician. There are several treatment strategies for helping one’s child or adolescent cope with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.
  • Weighing On Your Mind? Obesity, Cognition and Dementia

    Jennifer Gibson, PharmD
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Obesity in mid-life is associated with a higher risk of dementia- including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) – later in life. Though age is still the primary risk factor for dementia, lifestyle factors such as nutrition and physical activity may play an important role in the onset of cognitive impairment and dementia. Now, weight loss surgery is showing benefits in cognitive decline. Evidence has connected obesity, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and increased blood glucose levels – collectively known as metabolic syndrome – to the onset of dementia even decades down the road.
  • Fighting Mental and Physical Illness by Reshaping Cities

    Lindsay Myers, MBA, MPH
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    A recently published study in The Lancet estimated that 40 percent of Americans will develop diabetes in their lifetime – a trend which is largely due to obesity and inactivity. Since the 1990s, some public health professionals have turned their attention to the potential offered by environmental modifications to fight obesity and improve population health. The same environmental modifications might positively impact another public health problem: depression. “Obesity is a multicomponent disease arising from a complex interaction between genetic and environmental factors.
  • The Phantom Menace

    Sara Adaes, PhD (c)
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    After the amputation of a body part, patients frequently feel that the amputated area is still present. Sensation of the position and movement of the limb, as well as of heat, cold, itching, and even pain, are often described for a limb that is no longer present. Pain in a limb that has been amputated is known as “phantom limb pain”. According to statistical data, it can occur in up to 80% of all amputees, although to varying extents. The incidence of phantom limb pain seems to increase with age. In congenital amputees, there are occasional reports of phantom limb pain arising later in…
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    World of Psychology

  • Porn Addiction: Not the Whole Story

    Gary Wilson
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:35 pm
    The issue of whether porn addiction is real has produced a storm of controversy. Yet all this noise may be distracting us from a graver risk to healthy sexuality: sexual conditioning of adolescents. I monitor a number of popular online recovery forums. I have read self-reports of thousands of otherwise healthy young men who heal severe symptoms, including sexual dysfunctions (anorgasmia, delayed ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, loss of attraction to real people) by removing a single variable: Internet porn use. Although addiction is sometimes assumed to be their only risk, I now believe…
  • Have You Tried Meditation to Help With Migraines?

    Psych Central Staff
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    A new study shows that mindfulness meditation may help lessen the duration and severity of a migraine — one of the most painful and debilitating types of headaches. This is a significant finding as many sufferers have found little to no relief with conventional treatments. Most migraine sufferers share similar symptoms — throbbing headache, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound — but there is no single specific cause. Therefore, conventional medicine can only treat the symptoms, never truly getting to the source of the problem. For some individuals, migraines are so severe…
  • Benzodiazepines & Alzheimer’s Disease

    John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    If you’re taking an anti-anxiety medication referred to as a benzodiazepine — such as Xanax, Valium, Ativan or Klonopin — there’s a new eye-opening study out that should get your attention. When used PRN — on as needed basis — sparingly for times of increased anxiety, these drugs can be life-savers. But some people use them more frequently. And for those kinds of users, new research suggests an important link to the risk of eventually developing Alzheimer’s. Benzodiazepines are a common class of medications prescribed for anxiety disorders, as well as…
  • The Heartbreak of Mental Illness

    Michael Hedrick
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    I was talking to a friend the other day who is a clinician at a home for people with mental illness, and I told her I know what it’s like to suffer. She said something that struck a chord, though: she said she thought it was more a case of heartbreak than anything else. I had never heard it described that way before, but I knew exactly what she meant. I can remember when I was first diagnosed. I was so crushed by the label of schizophrenia that I could hardly will myself to do anything. I was in fact, heartbroken. I knew that with this label of being crazy I would no longer be accepted into…
  • Your Dreams Are Your Own and Bring Both Warnings and Gifts

    Psych Central Staff
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    “Letting go of the past means that you can enjoy the dream that is happening right now.” - Don Miguel Ruiz I grew up on a small cattle farm in the very small farming town of Savannah, Missouri with my grandfather and great grandparents. My great grandmother used to sit outside on the back porch and string green beans or peel apples when the weather was mild, a worn dish towel over her knee and an ancient paring knife moving with practiced ease. As a very small child I would often sit with her, watching, and sometimes we would talk. One evening we shared a conversation that would come to…
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    Teaching High School Psychology

  • IToP!

    Rob McEntarffer
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    The 15th annual Iowa Teachers of Psychology conference will be held Friday, November 7, 2014 at Central College in Pella, IA.  IToP welcomes psychology teachers from graduate programs, four-year colleges, community colleges, and high schools as well as graduate teaching assistants and secondary education majors interested in psych.  All psychology instructors, researchers, and students are cordially invited to attend! This year’s invited speakers are Dr. David Myers, Professor of Psychology at Hope College, and…
  • Texas and AP US History

    Rob McEntarffer
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    This is definitely a "non-psychology post," so please just scroll past if you are not at all interested in Advanced Placement courses and "politics."If you're still reading this, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the recent "history wars" involving the revamp of the AP US History course. I'm a bit surprised (naively, probably) about the controversy surrounding US history. I thought the news stories would die down after a while, but recently the Texas Board of Education (not a local district board - the STATE board) voted that students "not be taught to the national test."Texas Moves To…
  • Indiana High School Psychology Teachers annual conference!

    Rob McEntarffer
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    The Indiana High School Psychology Teachers Association’s 16th annual conference is right around the corner!This year’s conference will be held in the IUPUI Campus Center (Room 405) from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Friday, October 3rd. It is open to all high school psychology teachers within the state of Indiana.Date: Friday, October 3, 2014Time 9am-3pmLocation: Indiana University-Purdue University IndianapolisRegistration cost: $30 (registration deadline September 22)Registration LinkDetails: Come and enjoy the opportunity to meet and network with your teaching colleagues at IUPUI in an…

    Rob McEntarffer
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    The annual Utah-Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (UTOPSS) Fall Conference is coming up soon!  There is still time to register.Who: All high school Psychology teachers are invited to attend! Please invite any new psychology faculty on your staff or in your district.Where: Westminster College; 1840 S. 1300 E., SLC, UT; Gore Auditorium, room 112What: Come for a full day of learning and collaboration!When: Friday, October 3, 2014 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pmWhy: Come and get reenergized for the new school year! There is a wonderful day planned. Look for the bios of our guest speakers…
  • A new Phineas Gage movie

    Steve Jones
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    Today marks the 166th anniversary of Phineas Gage's horrific accident while working on a railroad crew in Cavendish, Vermont. I am sure you are all familiar with what happened that day, and if you are a longtime reader of the blog, surely you know that I am a wee bit obsessed with this story.I am delighted to learn of the new movie Gage, which focuses on the interactions between Gage and his physician, Dr. John Martyn Harlow. I contacted co-producer Alyssa Roehrenbeck to learn more about the film, and this is what she shared with me:The film really focuses on the relationship between…
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    Advances in the History of Psychology

  • Oct 6 Talk! BPS History of Psych Disciplines Seminar Series

    Jacy Young
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    The British Psychological Society’s History of Psychology Centre, in conjunction with UCL’s Centre for the History of the Psychological Disciplines, has announced the next talk as part of its autumn  BPS History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar Series. On October 6, Roland Littlewood (left) of University College London will be speaking on “The Advent of the Adversary: Negative Power in Certain Religio-Therapeutic Systems?” Full details follow below. The British Psychological Society History of Psychology Centre in conjunction with UCL’s Centre for the History of the…
  • The Last Amazon: Jill Lepore on Wonder Woman

    Jacy Young
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    The New Yorker recently published a piece by Harvard historian Jill Lepore on the roots of wonder woman. Created by psychologist William Marston in the 1940s wonder woman has become something of a feminist cultural icon. (See our previous posts on the subject here.) As Lepore puts it, Superman débuted in 1938, Batman in 1939, Wonder Woman in 1941. She was created by William Moulton Marston, a psychologist with a Ph.D. from Harvard. A press release explained, “ ‘Wonder Woman’ was conceived by Dr. Marston to set up a standard among children and young people of strong, free, courageous…
  • New Talk! BPS History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar Series

    Jacy Young
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    RD Laing The British Psychological Society’s History of Psychology Centre, in conjunction with UCL’s Centre for the History of the Psychological Disciplines, has announced the first of its autumn talks as part of the  BPS History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar Series. On September 22, Allan Beveridge, of Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, will be speaking on “Portrait of the Psychiatrist as a Young Man: The Early Writing and Work of RD Laing, 1927-1960″ Full details follow below. The British Psychological Society History of Psychology Centre in conjunction with…
  • CfP: Symposium de la Sociedad Española de Historia de la Psicología

    Jacy Young
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:22 am
    The Sociedad Española de Historia de la Psicología (SEHP) has issued a call for papers for their XXVIII Symposium. To be held in Tenerife, Spain May 7th-9th 2015, the meeting marks the centennial of Gestalt psychologist Wolfgang Köhler‘s experiments at the Prussian Academy of Sciences anthropoid research station in Tenerife. Organizer Justo Hernandez notes the meeting welcomes contributions on all topics in the history of psychology, but papers dealing with the history of Gestalt psychology and the history of comparative psychology are particularly welcome. More information is…
  • Special Issue of HoP: “Mental Testing after 1905: Uses in Different Local Contexts”

    Jacy Young
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    The August 2014 issue of History of Psychology is now online. A special issue on “Mental Testing after 1905: Uses in Different Local Contexts” edited by Annette Mülberger (left), the issue includes articles on intelligence testing in the Soviet Union, pedagogical uses of intelligence tests in Spain, psychological testing in Brazil, and more. Full titles, authors, and abstracts follow below. “The need for contextual approaches to the history of mental testing,”by Annette Mülberger. The abstract reads, The effort to locate the origin and follow the historical…
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    One Among Many

  • Situation Room

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Are situations like people? Can they be described and sorted? A recent study says yes. read more
  • Creation Myth

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    Creativity is important and fun. Now let’s look at the dark side. Can it drive a wedge between us? read more
  • Happiness Between Philosophy and Psychology

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    You know what it feels like to be happy. Why are philosophers and psychologists still debating? read more
  • Will in Chains

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Being a determinist and having no pretensions to possess a free will has not bothered me one bit. You should not worry either. These chains don’t hurt. read more
  • McDonald's and Culture

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    2 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Food and drink are culturally variable, and so is the design of the places that offer them. A general nod to “cultural differences” does not explain much, especially when the purveying corporation is the same globalized one. read more
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    The Situationist

  • Jennifer Eberhardt Wins MacArthur!

    The Situationist Staff
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Congratulations to Situationist friend, Jennifer Eberhardt who is one of this year’s MacArthur Grant winners. Eberhardt investigates the subtle, complex, largely unconscious yet deeply ingrained ways that individuals racially code and categorize people and the far-reaching consequences of stereotypic associations between race and crime. To read numerous Situationist posts about Eberhardt’s research or presentations at Harvard Law School click here. To watch similar videos, visit the video libraries on the Project on Law and Mind Sciences website (here).
  • Trent Smith on Deep Capture and Obesity – SALMS Talk Friday!

    The Situationist Staff
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:06 pm
    The Economics of Information, Deep Capture, and the Obesity Debate When: Friday 09/12/14 –  12-1pm Where: WCC 1023 Are consumers susceptible to manipulation by large corporations?  Or are consumers basically rational, able to decide for themselves what to buy and how to live?  This lecture will argue that these seemingly contradictory views of the American consumer are not mutually exclusive, and in fact follow directly from economic models of imperfect information.  Examples of U.S. food industry practices, both historical and in the ongoing public debate over the causes of the…
  • Ideology, Psychology, and Free Speech

    The Situationist Staff
    7 May 2014 | 11:26 am
    From Today’s New York Times, here is a brief excerpt from an article about a revealing new study, co-authored by Lee Epstein. In cases raising First Amendment claims, a new study found, Justice Scalia voted to uphold the free speech rights of conservative speakers at more than triple the rate of liberal ones. In 161 cases from 1986, when he joined the court, to 2011, he voted in favor of conservative speakers 65 percent of the time and liberal ones 21 percent. He is not alone. “While liberal justices are over all more supportive of free speech claims than conservative justices,”…
  • The Gendered (Lookist) Situation of Venture Capital

    The Situationist Staff
    4 May 2014 | 8:13 am
    From Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge, here are excerpts of an article by Carmen Nobel about research co-authored by HBS’s Alison Wood Brooks. If you’re in search of startup funding, it pays to be a good-looking guy. A series of three studies reveals that investors prefer pitches from male entrepreneurs over those from female entrepreneurs, even when the content of the pitches is identical. Attractive men are the most persuasive pitchers of all, the studies show. The findings are detailed in the paper Investors Prefer Entrepreneurial Ventures Pitched by Attractive…
  • Francis Shen

    The Situationist Staff
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Just a reminder that SALMS will be hosting a lunchtime speaker event tomorrow: Professor Francis Shen will be speaking to us about the intersection of neuroscience and the law. This area of scholarship often delves into questions of mental illness, drug rehabilitation, and mental privacy, and other issues of mind. For those looking to learn more about this branch of legal scholarship, this lunch should be a good first look. When: Monday 3/31/14 12-1pm Where: WCC 1010 Free Lunch?: Of course For an example of Francis Shen’s more recent work, here is a link to a recent article:…
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    Ulterior Motives

  • Narcissists Can Be Helped to Feel Empathy

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    Narcissists are people maintain their self-esteem by drawing on the energy of other people. They thrive on the accolades of others and like to broadcast their achievements. They also have difficulty in their social interactions, because they do not really empathize with more
  • Generosity When Paying For Others

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    It is no surprise that people tend to be frugal when making purchases for themselves. They look for good deals and generally want to minimize the cost of the things that they buy. But what about when buying things for other people? read more
  • Using Cognitive Science to Teach Sex Education

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    Sex is a wonderful thing that has potentially life-altering consequences—particularly for teens. Teen pregnancy can derail educational opportunities. Sexually transmitted diseases from unprotected sex can have lifelong consequences. read more
  • The Surprising Power of Apathy

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    One of the themes in this blog over the years is goal contagion, which is the idea that we often adopt the goals of the people around us. See someone helping others, and you suddenly want to be helpful. See someone being aggressive, and it makes you more likely to engage aggressively with others. What about apathy? read more
  • Saving Face by Using Ambiguous Language

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    When we use language, it seems so easy to understand what other people are saying that it is hard to appreciate the complexity of the act of carrying on a conversation. Obviously, we miscommunicate at times, but most of the time, we do a good job of understanding what other people mean and making ourselves more
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    Psychology Press - Books, News and Conferences

  • Author Genny Beemyn on the past and future of LGBTQ Rights
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Genny Beemyn, author of A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington D.C., discusses their recent research and explores the progresses made by cisgender lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals over the past fifty years in Washington and nationally, as well as the challenges that still face some parts of the LGBTQ community.  
  • New and Featured Titles in Human Geography
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Take a look at some of our new and featured titles in Human Geography.
  • Solar Photovoltaic Basics
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    A Study Guide for the NABCEP Entry Level Exam By Sean White Whether or not you are taking the NABCEP Entry Level Exam, learning the material covered in this book is the best investment you can make towards your place in the solar industry. This book explains the science of photovoltaics (PV) in a way that most people can understand using the curriculum which reflects the core modules of the NABCEP Entry Level Exam. Read more...
  • Solar, Wind and Land
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Conflicts in Renewable Energy Development By Troy A. Rule  The global demand for clean, renewable energy has rapidly expanded in recent years and will likely continue to escalate in the decades to come. Wind and solar energy systems often require large quantities of land and airspace, so their growing presence is generating a diverse array of new and challenging land use conflicts. Read more...
  • Visit Routledge at IUFRO
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Join Routledge at the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) World Congrees 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah from October 5th - 11th, 2014. Visit our stand to browse our latest books and receive 20% off all titles on display and free shipping on all orders!  Learn more...
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    NIMH | Recent Updates

  • Blog Post » From My Data to Mined Data

    Thomas Insel
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Dr. Insel discusses the importance of data sharing within the scientific community and highlights how NIMH is encouraging this process.
  • Concept Clearance » Adaptation/Optimization of Technology (ADOPTech) to Support Social Functioning

    National Institute of Mental Health
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    This initiative aims to support the development and testing of new, cutting-edge technologies to enhance functioning in individuals with social impairments. Projects funded under this mechanism would create “social prosthetics”, or devices that would augment performance in this domain.
  • Concept Clearance » Lifespan Human Connectome Project: Children and Adolescents

    National Institute of Mental Health
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    The goal of this initiative is to extend the experimental protocols developed through the Human Connectome Project (HCP) to children and adolescents to investigate the structural and functional changes that occur in the brain during typical development. Expansion of the HCP to include a broad range of subjects has the potential to significantly enhance the clinical relevance of the data and provide developmental benchmarks for understanding pathological processes in the etiology of human brain disorders.
  • Concept Clearance » Going to Scale with Mental Health Innovations in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

    National Institute of Mental Health
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    This initiative aims to (a) support research on scaling up delivery of science-based mental health interventions in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs); and (b) enhance regional capacity to conduct mental health research. Support will be provided for teams composed of research institutions, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, providers, and mental health advocates to conduct state-of-the-science mental health services implementation research. Studies will evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of strategies for large-scale, sustainable delivery of…
  • Blog Post » Childhood and Beyond - Services Research for ASD

    Thomas Insel
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    In his blog, Dr. Insel talks about on new NIMH grants that will support research on services for people of all ages with autism.
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    The Essential Read

  • Erasing Bad Memories Is a False Cure for PTSD

    Robert Berezin, M.D.
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Creating the false promise that one can zap the brain and magically treat PSTD and depression misleads a gullible public. This kind of extrapolation from brain research is a dangerous practice. Lets not add lobotomy by laser to the dark arsenal of the long forgotten sordid history of modalities that act directly on the brain – lobotomies, ECT, and more
  • How Many “iRules” Should Your Family Have?

    Susan Newman, Ph.D.
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
    Are you a family of tech-enthusiasts? Technology should enrich family life — not rule it. Here are important guidelines your family needs to more
  • What Makes People Boring?

    Bella DePaulo, Ph.D.
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:42 am
    Studies of the social psychology of boredom show that we can bore people with what we say or don't say and with our style of interacting. We are right to worry about being boring: people who are judged as boring are judged harshly in many other ways, too. There is, though, one way in which boring people are seen as superior to interesting ones. read more
  • 7 Ways That Exercise Is Bad for You and Antidotes for Each

    Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    Though exercise is generally good for your mental and physical health, these 7 surprising ill effects can have the opposite effect. Fortunately, there's a remedy for each more
  • Ten Reasons People Do (and Don't) Regret a Hook Up

    Theresa E. DiDonato, Ph.D.
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    A hook up is sometimes more than a hook up, leaving people with emotions ranging from excitement and pride to regret and shame. What explains these different reactions?read more
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    In the news by Karen Franklin PhD

  • Upcoming forensic psychology trainings in Australia

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

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

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

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

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

  • Taking a look at the facts of domestic violence/intimate partner violence

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

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

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

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

    Dr. Robin Haight
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Robin Williams’ Walk of Fame star. Photo credit. Here are the demographic statistics for suicide: a 63-year-old white man living in the western United States exists is at highest risk.  Men kill themselves about four times as frequently as women. Of those who died by suicide in 2011, 78.5 percent were men and 21.5 percent were women. These numbers do not tell us the WHY of suicide, just what is. We know that depression is a huge risk for suicide. Alcohol or substance abuse elevates that risk even higher. Sixty percent of those who kill themselves suffered from major depression; if we…
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    Dr. Jennifer Howard Changes That Last Blog

  • Red Flags in Relationships (Part 2)

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

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

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When we think of addictions, most of us think about substances the likes of cocaine, heroin, and alcohol. Those are hard addictions. But many of us haven't thought much about those behaviors or soft addictions that can create difficulties and distract us from our greatness.
  • What Does it Mean to Take 100% Personal Responsibility?

    4 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The other day I reposted on Facebook a post from James Van Praagh that said the following: “Your Attention Please: No one is coming to save you. This life of yours is 100% your responsibility.” Wow, what responses. One woman got downright angry.
  • Curiosity & Long Term Relationships

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We were talking about the importance of becoming curious in new relationships, but what about when you have been with someone for a while? How much do you know about the person you're been with for a while, the person you're going to marry, or even your spouse of many years? By the time you're ready to get married you probably feel you know a lot about the person you're going to commit your life to. But, have you been curious enough? Have you explored areas that may have raised red flags or overlooked other areas?
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    Psychology Matters Asia

  • 5 Tips for Parents with Exam Anxious Children

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

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Several months ago, a British man came to see me with his Filipina wife. There I felt the heaviest weights their hearts can endure. After being shown indisputable evidences of her affair with a younger man, the wife hurriedly walked out. Tears flowing from his eyes as a flooding river in the night, the British husband was left with me. Groans fell from his lips -- deep loneliness and trauma arrived and clinged to his chair.
  • Understanding Low Self-Esteem and how you can improve it

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Pia Mellody, one of the founders of the co-dependency movement, cites problems with self-esteem as being one of the five primary symptoms of co-dependency (Mellody, Pia, 1989). In an amazing example of prescience, Pia did not propose that every person who is co-dependent suffers from low self-esteem but instead describes three kinds of problems in self-esteem.
  • Art Therapy Through Chess

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    Yesterday, during a break in my hospital group session, I was interviewed by television network GMA 7 State of the Nation of Jessica Soho on the subject of "Art Therapy." I commented to the reporter that art (i.e. drawing, writing, sculpture, dance, music, singing etc.) is an expressive medium, a symbolic speech, that is effectively being used in psychotherapy to explore hidden, internal distresses and emotional pains.
  • Are you playing the BLAME-GAME to fix your unsatisfying sex life?

    23 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Everyone wants an amazing sex life. Many couples start out their relationship with a satisfying sex life. However, if the couple continues to stay together and increase the complexity of their relationship via careers, financial obligations, children, aging parents and their own personal health issues, sex often can and does change. Unfortunately, too often it changes in a way for the worse.
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  • Overmethylation and Depression – Walsh Biotypes

    Charles Parker
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    CorePsych Small Marker, Vast Sea Overmethylation & Depression Biotypes: 2nd of 5 Subsets With very few exceptions, these persons report intolerance to SSRI antidepressants and antihistamines. A high percentage are non-competitive persons who complain of chemical and food sensitivities… –  shootings at Columbine High School and Virginia Tech were carried out by students taking SSRIs.1 ~ William Walsh Overmethylation, Folate Deficiency 3 & Treatment Failure WD2: Walsh Depression #2 – This is the second in a series [WD1: Undermethylation here] of 5 posts on Dr Bill…
  • TotallyADD, Rick Green, Parker & Galileo

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

    Charles Parker
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    CorePsych Marker: Depression Biotypes – Walsh Undermethylation & Depression Biotypes:  – 1 of 5 Subsets The challenge is to carefully identify the specific nutrient overloads and deficiencies possessed by an individual, and to provide treatments that normalize blood and brain levels of these chemicals with rifle shot precision. This is the essence of biochemical therapy. ~ William Walsh Introduction – Undermethylation – WD1 Bill Walsh is a mind pioneer. This brief video describes WD1 – Walsh depression biotype 1 [1 of 5], and will likely whet your appetite…
  • ADHD Medication 5 Videos – Stimulants Explained – AMP vs MPH

    Charles Parker
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    CorePsych Markers Matter Stimulants for ADHD: Details Matter To maintain the state of doubt and to carry on systematic and protracted inquiry — these are the essentials of thinking. ~ John Dewey These several videos provide a brief overview of some important differences between stimulant medications and how paying attention to the metabolic – the biomedical – details can make a huge difference in ADHD treatment outcomes. Precision matters. Markers matter. See the key reference below on Stimulant Drugs and ADHD1 written by Drs. Mary Solanto, Amy Arnsten, and Xavier Castellanos.
  • End the Nightmare: Address ADHD Sleep Challenges

    Charles Parker
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    CorePsych Main health effects of sleep deprivation (See Wikipedia:Sleep deprivation). Model: Mikael Häggström. To discuss image, please see Template talk:Häggström diagrams (Photo credit: Wikipedia) End the Nightmare of Not Enough Sleep Guest Article by: Alan Brown ADHD Coach As we head into the end of summer, where our routines and daily “rhythms” are less firmly in place – there’s more of a chance that a particularly important rhythm may fall (even further) off: our sleep. The ADHD Sleep Problem Research indicates that ADHD sufferers are more likely to have sleep abnormalities,…
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    Connecting Hypnotherapy...

  • VIDEO Genie: Secret of the Wild Child

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
  • Treating Victims of Crime With Hypnosis

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    By Angela ElliotEveryone likes to think that crime happens to other people, and that's fine until the day comes when you're mugged for your mobile phone, or you return home one night to discover you've been burgled. Straightforward crimes such as these can unexpectedly turn you into a 'victim' and you may feel a range of emotions: be angry, shocked, hurt, and often frightened. Imagine then if you are victim of a serious crime: rape or sexual assault, domestic violence, any kind of physical assault, homophobic or racist crime, aggravated burglary, or bereaved through homicide or manslaughter.
  • 7 Ways To Mentally Cope With Moving Abroad

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    1. Join an Online Social GroupMeetup is one of the best websites for meeting new people with a common interest. Sign up and search for interest groups in your new city, or even better, if there isn’t one already, create one. Facebook is also very useful; I’m an au pair and I made all of my new friends through the city’s au pair group.2. Schedule a Regular Time to Catch Up With Loved OnesIt’s easy to miss your loved ones when you have conflicting schedules; especially romantic partners. Schedule a time every week, regardless of the time zone and/or the circumstances and speak to each…
  • Dealing With That Overly Competitive Person

    13 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    If a competitive friend or colleague is making your life a misery, here's what to do about it...We're all a bit competitive. We all want the best job, the best grades or just the best seat on the train. There's nothing wrong with that, of course. A healthy competitive streak makes sure we get what we deserve in life. But some people take competition too far. They'll go to any lengths to get to the top of the tree, even if it means pushing other people off the ladder on their way up.You'll come across overly competitive people in all walks of life, from your weekly six-a-side touch match to…
  • VIDEO The Woman Who Woke Up Chinese

    6 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
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    What is Psychology?

  • The Business of Color Psychology – Infographic

    7 Sep 2014 | 6:56 pm
    What would you do in order to improve the performance of your business? Would you invest all of your personal savings? Would you be willing to take out a massive loan? Well, what if you could enhance brand recognition, improve customer feedback and increase sales without spending an arm and a leg? By simply taking advantage of the quirks of human psychology, such results are possible. The infographic below shows that by spending a bit more time on the colors used to market your brand, both you and your business can reap huge rewards.   Please include attribution to…
  • Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend – VIDEO

    4 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    For decades we have been taught that too much stress is harmful to one’s health. However, psychologist Kelly McGonigal posits that, if viewed in a positive light, stress can not only be harmless, but even beneficial.
  • The Effect of Beauty on Success and Self Confidence

    8 May 2014 | 7:57 am
    A brilliant young woman stares silently at her mirror. Unfazed, her reflection stares silently back. She takes a deep breath and dabs a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice onto her face – one of the many beauty tips recently read on howtoremovethat. Dark spots simply wouldn’t do for tomorrow’s job interview. Her belief is that it might be advantageous to appear as attractive as possible when she faces those potentially life changing questions. And as superficial as this might sound, she’s absolutely right. Research conducted by Dr. Mikki Hebl of Rice University and Dr. Juan…
  • Understanding the Psychology of Gambling

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    Gambling is perceived by many individuals as merely a form of entertainment – an outlet for stress and perhaps even a form of “therapy” where person can kick back and have fun. Over the past few years, gambling has grown into a popular global pastime, appearing in a variety of guises such as horse racing, casino games, sports betting, lotteries, slot machines and other games of chance. Due to ease of access, gambling has become particularly rampant on the internet with hundreds of gambling sites having mushroomed online to meet the increasing demands of gamblers worldwide. However,…
  • Peering Into The Science of Alcoholism

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Alcoholism is nothing new to modern society, but we have only recently begun to understand it in the past century. Alcohol has been a part of human culture for thousands of years, and alcoholism throughout history has often been portrayed as silly, stupid or even an endearing characteristic. We’ve all seen the movies or read a book where a funny drunk is stumbling about saying ridiculous things in broken speech patterns. However, we’ve come to realize it is a much more serious issue than that would suggest. Alcoholism is a chronic disease that affects 15 million people in the US alone,…
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    Carl Jung Depth Psychology

  • Sonu Shamdasani eviscerates the scholarship of Frank McLynn’s “Carl Gustav Jung: A Biography”

    Lewis Lafontaine
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    [Sonu Shamdasani eviscerates the scholarship of Frank McLynn’s “Carl Gustav Jung: A Biography”] In 1996, Frank McLynn, another professional biographer, published his biography of Jung. At the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Examples of Deidre Bair's errors in her “Jung: A Biography”

    Lewis Lafontaine
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    [Examples of Deidre Bair's errors in her “Jung: A Biography” as cited in Footnotes provided by Sonu Shamdasani in “Jung Stripped Bare-By his Biographers Even.”] 22. Bair noted that Jung asked Cary... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • “Jung: A Biography,” by Deirdre Bair is fraught with errors as outlined by Sonu Shamdasani

    Lewis Lafontaine
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    [ “Jung: A Biography,” by Deirdre Bair is fraught with errors as outlined by Sonu Shamdasani. Sadly many accept erroneous assertions as “fact.” The Footnotes of this work eviscerates much of her... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Joseph Campbell and Precession of the Equinoxes

    Lewis Lafontaine
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    Joseph Campbell and Precession of the Equinoxes ...The number of the years it takes called "the precession of the equinoxes". It takes about 25,920 years to complete the cycle of the zodiac.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Emma Jung on Women and the Self

    Lewis Lafontaine
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    “To discriminate between oneself and the animus, and sharply to limit its sphere of power, is extraordinarily important; only by doing so is it possible to free oneself from the fateful consequences... [[ 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 226 (video): The Psychology of Dance Part 2 - Importance of Marking

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

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

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    A humorous way to learn about the Freudian defense mechanisms (actually elaborated by Anna Freud) of Displacement, Denial, Sublimation, Reaction Formation, and Projection. A little dream analysis thrown in. Who knows? Maybe Freud would have been good at tech support...
  • Ep 223: Little Albert's Real Identity - Time to Rewrite the Textbooks

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

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

  • An Open Letter to President Obama and U.S. Ambassador James Brewster

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

    The Adler School
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, Liberian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Nataka Moore, Psy.D. Adler School Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Clinical psychologist Nataka Moore, Psy.D., is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Adler School in Chicago. Her areas of specialty include international and community psychology. I had the opportunity to have breakfast with the Honorable Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, the Liberian Minister of Foreign Affairs during his recent visit to Chicago.  He came here after attending the first U.S.-African Summit, in Washington D.C. last week with…
  • In Romania, A Transformative Experience Visiting Struggling Families

    The Adler School
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    First-year Adler School students John Devine and Meg Molony, pursuing their master’s degrees in Couple and Family Therapy, recently traveled to Romania with Assistant Professor Ileana Ungureanu, Ph.D., to study for two weeks with colleagues at the Aeropagus Institute for Family Therapy in Timișoara. In addition to studies, they collaborated with Institute social workers in projects supporting children from low-SES [socioeconomic status] families and families with HIV-positive patients. From Timișoara, John and Meg blog: Following our week working with children through…
  • Remembering Our Friend Margot Adler

    The Adler School
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Margot Adler, speaking to Adler School graduates in Chicago in 2011 We are saddened this afternoon to learn thatMargot Adler has passed away. She was a longtime National Public Radio (NPR) correspondent, author, and the granddaughter of community psychologistAlfred Adler whose work inspired the founding of our School. She also was a friend. In October 2011, we were pleased to present her with an honorary degree for her work promoting social justice and change: through reports through the years that documented confrontation between radicals and the Ku Klux Klan in Greensboro, N.C., the…
  • In the Dominican Republic: Ethnicism, Identity & A Tale of Three Sisters

    The Adler School
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    A university mural reflecting the people of Dominican Republic emphasizing white European identity Adler School faculty and clinical psychologists Nataka Moore and Kevin Osten-Garner along with students in our Human Rights & International Immersion course with Heartland Alliance have been in the Dominican Republic this month working with community agencies on a number of fronts: creating community-level education & prevention interventions for internalized stigmas related to homophobia & heterosexism, domestic violence, and harm-reduction strategies for substance use and…
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  • Can children be made more psychologically resilient to traumas like 9/11?

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:33 am
    “It was one of those perfect days. I think that’s what everyone remembers. And now whenever the day’s too perfect and the sky’s too blue, I think: what might happen?” September 11, 2001. Lisa Siegman was in her first year as principal of Public School 3 (PS 3) in downtown Manhattan. Up on the fourth [...]The post Can children be made more psychologically resilient to traumas like 9/11? appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Turmeric compound boosts regeneration of brain stem cells

    BioMed Central
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:26 pm
    A bioactive compound found in turmeric promotes stem cell proliferation and differentiation in the brain, reveals new research published today in the open access journal Stem Cell Research & Therapy. The findings suggest aromatic turmerone could be a future drug candidate for treating neurological disorders, such as stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. The study looked at [...]The post Turmeric compound boosts regeneration of brain stem cells appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Study finds twitches during sleep activate the brain in a unique way

    University of Iowa
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:24 pm
    A University of Iowa study has found twitches made during sleep activate the brains of mammals differently than movements made while awake. Researchers say the findings show twitches during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep comprise a different class of movement and provide further evidence that sleep twitches activate circuits throughout the developing brain. In this [...]The post Study finds twitches during sleep activate the brain in a unique way appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Brief depression questionnaires could lead to unnecessary antidepressant prescriptions

    University of California at Davis
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Known as “brief depression symptom measures,” the self-administered questionnaires are used in primary care settings to determine the frequency and severity of depression symptoms among patients. Several questionnaires have been developed to help reduce untreated depression, a serious mental illness that can jeopardize relationships, employment and quality of life and increase the risks of heart disease, drug [...]The post Brief depression questionnaires could lead to unnecessary antidepressant prescriptions appeared first on PsyPost.
  • A ‘frenemy’ in Parkinson’s disease takes to crowdsourcing

    University of California at San Diego
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:21 pm
    The protein alpha-synuclein is a well-known player in Parkinson’s disease and other related neurological conditions, such as dementia with Lewy bodies. Its normal functions, however, have long remained unknown. An enticing mystery, say researchers, who contend that understanding the normal is critical in resolving the abnormal. Alpha-synuclein typically resides at presynaptic terminals – the communication [...]The post A ‘frenemy’ in Parkinson’s disease takes to crowdsourcing appeared first on PsyPost.
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  • How Does Our Childhood Affect our Ability to Say No?

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

    Colleen Morris
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In a new infographic by Happify, we learn more about introverts and how many of us can live a happier life. Instead of rejecting our need for quiet time and our inward dialogue, this interesting graphic challenges us to embrace our true selves. By stepping out of our comfort zone and embracing some social activities, we are shown to be happier and healthier…given there is time to recharge in a quiet place afterwards. As an introvert this infographic will encourage you, and as an extrovert it will give you some insight into how and why introverts behave the way they do. Enjoy this…
  • Chivalry’s Not Dead

    Jessica Morris
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It has often been said that chivalry is dead, but new research by The University of Virginia suggests that couples who stick to old-fashioned values often have healthier and longer lasting relationships. It is common for couples to live in de facto relationships, and this can be perceived as a natural and healthy progression in a relationship. Interestingly, this study says that people with fewer sexual partners prior to marriage are far happier once they are married. It also highlights that couples who move in together only once they are married, or with the intention of marriage, have a…
  • 5 Ways to Say No

    Jessica Morris
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It is far easier to agree with someone than say no. Maybe it’s because we fear conflict, are scared of disappointing the other person or don’t feel we have the right to disagree. Often, a person will ask us what they believe to be a perfectly reasonable request. It may demand our time, or finances, our emotions and our energy- but we feel a certain obligation to say yes to them. What do you feel uncomfortable agreeing to? Perhaps a friend has asked you to babysit and you are already drained of time and energy with your own children? You might belong to a community group that has labelled…
  • The 20 Most Common Mistakes of the Hurt Spouse

    Colleen Morris
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In “The 20 Most Common Mistakes of the Hurt Spouse,” Leslie Hardie of Affair talks about common mistakes people make when they find out their partner is taking part in sexually inappropriate behaviour. Whether your partner is having an affair or is addicted to pornography, these simple mistakes reveal the fragile and complicated journey that a couple takes once sexual infidelity is “found out.” While it is challenging to repair a relationship broken by such behaviour, it is not impossible. By keeping in mind these common mistakes, you can better protect yourself and your…
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    Career Assessment Site

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

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

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

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

    Sparkos Merriman
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    Myers-Briggs® MBTI Test ESTP Personality Types and Leadership  Being aware of the Myers-Briggs type indicator test personality type can drastically affect who you are as a leader. Knowing the ins and outs of who you are as an individual can help you to regulate and motivate yourself allowing you to become a more skilled and respected leader. This week we will be learning about how to engage and inspire others to accomplish your organization’s objectives by focusing on your unique abilities as an Extroverted Sensing with Introverted Thinking  (ESTP) MBTItype. (Richmond, 2008, CPP Inc.)…
  • Myers-Briggs® MBTI Test ISTJ Personality Types and Leadership

    Sparkos Merriman
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Knowing the potential assets and challenges that face us as leaders can be closely examined by analyzing your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® personality type. Obtaining a better grasp on your personality type preferences, strengths, and weaknesses, as a leader, will not only help you understand your core values but aid in developing a leadership style that improves both performance and satisfaction.  This week we will be learning about leadership potential and development for The Introverted Sensing with Extroverted Thinking (ISTJ) MBTITest personality types. (Richmond, 2008, CPP Inc.) Image…
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    The Friendship Blog

  • My friend cheated on her husband and didn’t tell me

    Irene S. Levine
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:16 am
    Which was worse: That she cheated again or that she didn’t tell? The post My friend cheated on her husband and didn’t tell me appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Unable to make friends: I feel like a failure waiting to die

    Irene S. Levine
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:18 am
    A 61-year-old woman has no friends and feels like a total failure The post Unable to make friends: I feel like a failure waiting to die appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • When your friendship is downgraded

    Irene S. Levine
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:51 am
    If a friend is treating you differently and shows less interest and getting together, you may have been downgraded. The post When your friendship is downgraded appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Connecting with a friend who is ashamed

    Amy Feld
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    A teen questions how to communicate with someone ashamed about failing at school. The post Connecting with a friend who is ashamed appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • When a friend threatens suicide

    Irene S. Levine
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    There are limits to what a friend can do when someone threatens suicide. The post When a friend threatens suicide appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
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  • Do You Have Caffeine Use Disorder?

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:52 am
    When your love for coffee and Coke is a little too much? This cute cartoon will give you the answer.
  • Infographic: Body Language of Men

    26 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    Visual representation of most common male body language signs.
  • Infographic: Psychopath Vs. Sociopath

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    What's the difference between psychopath and sociopath? Our visual representation of their key traits includes their commonalities and differences and will help you understand these two manifestations of same disorder.
  • Introvert Quiz: What’s Your Introversion Score?

    23 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    This thought-provoking ten question test is designed to calculate the degree of your introversion trait and takes less than one minute to complete.
  • The Ultimate Compatibility Test Based on 4 Classical Personality Types

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Once you answer all questions (you: left column, your partner: right column) a table with results will appear. It will tell you how much you scored for every personality type. Your main personality type is where you scored the highest. Similarly, your partner’s personality type is where he or she scored the highest. Once you […]
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  • People Who Are Consciously Aware of Their Emotions Deal With Them More Effectively, Study Shows

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

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

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

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    How do we increase our self-esteem, and how do raise children with high self-esteem? Many self-help books try to answer questions like these. So, the pursuit of self-esteem is a central preoccupation... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How Your Social Network Influences Your Romantic Relationship

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    We care about what others think of us, and our romantic relationships, too. The support we receive from our social networks, such as family and friends, influences the quality of our relationships.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Accessible Psychology

  • Accessible Psychology’s New ‘Top TED Talks’ Page

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Hi All,   As you might have seen I have recently added a page crammed full of all of the best TED Talks on psychology and mental health. Whether you want to introduce mindfulness into your life, explore what makes us happy or even find out why we do what we do, there’s a TED Talk featured on my page just for you. The page is constantly being updated so all you need to do is sit back and enjoy all the latest TED Talks right here at Accessible Psychology!   Wishing you a fabulous day!   Jenny Leigh  
  • Further Reading Page Updated with Fabulous New Books!

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:34 pm
    The Further Reading page has just been updated with excellent new books on depression, goals, visualisation, law of attraction, time management and happiness. The page features each books description and all the details you need (such as ISBN numbers) to take note of which books you like best. We even have links for you to see the Amazon listing and reviews! Enjoy! Coming soon: Further Listening  
  • What has contributed to your happiness the most? I will be writing a post based on the best comments!

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    The series on happiness is going to be published shortly and I wanted to get your thoughts on what makes for a happy life! Is it doing something we love? Having deep friendships? Making sure we have a sense of progress? What has contributed most to your happiness? Please leave your thoughts on what has worked best for you – I will write a post based on the answers of the top comments!!
  • Jenny Leigh’s Tiny Buddha Article: Stop Feeling Powerless and Start Powerfully Creating Your Life

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
      Here’s the link to my Tiny Buddha article Stop Feeling Powerless and Start Powerfully Creating Your Life. Learn how to unleash your inner power by following these three simple steps… 1)         Speak Up 2)         Get Crystal Clear 3)         Plan Ahead Enjoy!    
  • Personal productivity – How to achieve in record-breaking time; Part Three

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Once we realize the importance of focussing on non-urgent but important tasks we are ready to set our diaries to work. When entering into your diary it is best to tackle the whole week and this can easily be done over a half an hour period. I review my coming week every Sunday as I find it puts me in a focussed state of mind for the week ahead. When planning your week consider when you are most awake. Are you a morning person or do you feel more productive in the afternoon? Leaving the most demanding activities for when you are most alert will result in better quality work. Now you have your…
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    Always ladies

  • Bacteria in wine may have probiotic benefits

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Wine, especially the red variety, has been the subject of interest for scientists over the years. With health benefits ranging from cancer
  • Your Photo of the Day – Svan Rider

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    Centuries-old defensive towers loom over remote villages in the Svaneti region of Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains. Svans in the collection of villages that
  • Women restricted to one side of the road?

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    Residents at a Hackney neighborhood in London were left baffled and shocked after noticing street signs banishing women to walk on both
  • Reduce your stress levels now

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    Stress has become second nature to most of us, affecting our health, mental well being and quality of life. However,  I have
  • Perfect never works for anyone

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Perfectionism, in psychology, is a personality trait characterized by a person’s striving for flawlessness and setting excessively high performance standards, accompanied by
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    Hi Tim - HOME

  • Ups and Downs 

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

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

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Hi Tim,I am 50 and recently dated and broke up with a man 10 years younger. After several months of monogamous dating, we began spending more and more time at his place, instead of mine. I discovered that he had a daily dependence on porn, some of which included old erotic e-mails and nude pictures of one ex-girlfriend; the ex he is now friends with and hoped I would be too. I was not comfortable at all with this situation, or with the lack of attention to my sexual requests in bed, and after several attempts to talk with him and getting nowhere I ended it.  I was very…
  • For Whom the Ding Tolls

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Hi Tim,I am 23, male college student and share an apartment with another guy. We get along and he is considerate and responsible. I'm the problem. He went out of town with his family a few weeks ago. He told me I could use his car, a brand new one that he worked long hours to afford. I take the shuttle or my bike everywhere, but I did borrow it a couple of times when I was pressed for time. One of those times, I noticed when I came back home that there's a fairly noticeable ding near the fender. This must have happened while it was parked somewhere, but I don't know how or…
  • Color Me Trouble

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Hi Tim,I am a woman, 38 years young and big kid at heart; friendly, cheerful and social. I am one of those morning people full of coffee who are so cheerful they sometimes get on others' nerves. I wear youngish clothes in bright colors like overalls, loud prints and bright sneakers, or striped socks and hats with big plastic purses and costume jewelry. I like to wear my red hair in pigtails or very curly and wild. I have always been childlike in the way I dress and act and it has never been a problem until recently. I have been working as a receptionist at a small office for an…
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    San Francisco Psychotherapy and Couples Counseling

  • Sharing the Road: how driving keeps us emotionally distant from one another

    Lily Sloane
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    When I was 14 ½ I signed up for driver’s ed, just barely old enough to take the class. The day I turned 15 I passed my permit test. The week I turned 16 I took my behind-the-wheel test. Anxious to get in the beat-down old hunk of steel my older brother so generously handed down to me, I was actually annoyed that I couldn’t get an appointment until a few days after my birthday. I needed to be totally independent, to get away from my country home and superirritating family. I drove fast, I raced other cars at traffic lights, and blasted my angsty teen rage music—sharing the road was not…
  • A Couples Therapist watches TV — Parenthood 

    Robert Solley
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Like many others, my wife and I are eagerly looking forward to tonight’s premiere of the new season of Parenthood, though with considerable wistfulness that it’s the final season. With our kids off to college, we forsook our basic cable last year for a streaming box. Not only are we saving nearly $100 a month, but we’ve gotten to catch up on some of those shows we’ve heard people talking about for years, like House of Cards and Madmen. And Parenthood. I guess maybe that’s a euphemistic way of saying we’ve been missing a chunk of popular culture for some time! Although I don’t…
  • The Seven Deadly Sins and Shame: A Foundational Approach

    Alyssa Levine Mass
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Gangsters, single moms, single dads, actors, recent immigrants, college students, high school dropouts, elementary school kids, families. For me, the best part of working at a sliding scale community agency was the diversity of the clientele. Each hour was different than the one before it, and I reveled in getting to know my clients, establishing trust, and hearing the details of their personal stories. My clients shared their struggles as well as their successes, and I learned how to receive a stranger’s innermost thoughts, memories, and experiences. Over time, themes emerged: love,…
  • Tuk Tuk Riding and Psychotherapy

    Samantha Yugler
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am riding on the back of a tuk tuk, a small, motorized three-wheeled vehicle ubiquitous in the streets of Southeast Asia. I’m about 16 miles outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia, and I’m alone except for Mr. Laim, my tuk tuk driver who I have known for a couple days, and the people we are passing on the road, living in the countryside. I cannot believe I am here headed to a “waterfall temple” somewhere in the jungle. I have never traveled alone before. Many beliefs and feelings riddled with fear could have prevented me from getting here. Those same beliefs and feelings could keep me from…
  • Self-compassion just might save your life

    Lea Seigen Shinraku
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    I had an experience recently which re-affirmed for me that self-compassion is probably the most powerful tool I have. Some might wonder how that could be true. While more people are becoming aware of the importance of self-compassion in mental health and well-being, it still runs counter to the values of the prevailing mainstream culture that tends to emphasize immediate gratification, competition, and self-esteem based on hierarchical achievement. In contrast, self-compassion’s main components, according to pioneering researcher and author Kristen Neff, are awareness, a sense of…
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    Psψch Student's Blog

  • The worst drug in Australia?

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

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

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:23 am
    If you are like me, even in your downtime you are learning about psychology and science through books, TV shows and podcasts. I like to go for a walk on a sunny day and listen to a good podcast, so this is why I have compiled this list of psychology-related podcasts for your enjoyment. 1. ABC Radio National: All in the Mind. I don’t think its hyperbolic to say that the topics of this podcast are nothing short of fascinating. My most recent favourite podcast topics include the abandoned children of Romania, The Narcissism Epidemic and What Makes a Psychopath?.  Presented by Lynne…
  • 5+1 internship programs – whats the deal ? Postgraduate psychology in Australia

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:12 pm
    In this article I will provide some information on the 5+1 psychology internship program which has recently gotten underway in Australia. It is an alternative pathway towards becoming a registered psychologist. Stay tuned for Part 2: the pros and cons of the 5+1 internship program as told by current 5th year psychology interns. You may have heard that a lot of postgraduate psychology programs have been discontinued in recent years – it seems the industry is trying to push the focus towards clinical psychology and away from other endorsements like health psychology and counselling…
  • 15 Rewarding Careers in Mental Health: Life After Fourth Year Psychology

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    I remember towards the end of my honours year (fourth year in psychology before post graduate training) attending a seminar entitled “Options after fourth year” ran by my university. The reality was that the way graduate psychology courses were being axed, many of us wouldn’t get in to postgraduate study right away. We were all painfully aware of this fact. I attended this seminar with my peers – only to have them talk relentlessly about masters! No other options presented, it was soul crushing. After freaking out, I applied for a case management role after seeing the…
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  • Breakthrough in Possible Treatment for Alzheimer’s

    Staff Writer
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Those impacted by Alzheimer’s know just how devastating this disease can be both for the afflicted individual and their loved ones around them. Scientific studies are constantly searching for a way to fight back, and a recent Tel Aviv University study believes it has found a key to a breakthrough. Read the full article here: New molecular target is key to enhanced brain plasticity The post Breakthrough in Possible Treatment for Alzheimer’s appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Autumn Is A Great Time to Get Healthy – Here’s How

    Staff Writer
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Fall is the best time of year to detoxify and get back into a healthy regimen. Harvest time brings many fruits and veggies that are good for us. There are many tips to achieve a healthy body during this season, and here are a few. Only eat whole unprocessed foods. Many seasonal veggies such as beets, pumpkin and winter squash will help you cleanse the body. Always hydrate, no matter what season it is, and cut the sugar out of your life. Remember to take care of yourself and start fresh this fall. Read the full article here: 10 Surefire Ways To Get Healthy & Happy This Fall The post Autumn…
  • 5 Steps to Developing The Proper Mindset For Success

    Staff Writer
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    The brain, much like any other organ in our body, can be conditioned and optimized to be at its best. Developing the proper mindset for success is easier than you might think. Here are 5 steps that will help your mind run at full speed and get you the results you crave out of life. Read the full article here: 5 Steps for Sharpening Your Mind for Success The post 5 Steps to Developing The Proper Mindset For Success appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Brain Chemistry Changes From Obesity Encourage Overeating

    Staff Writer
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    Differences in brain chemistry may explain why obese people are more susceptible to food cues as compared to individuals who are lean. According to a recent National Institutes of Health study, the brain chemistry of obese people makes eating more of a habit and less rewarding. The researchers studied 43 men and women with various body types and discovered that the obese participants had greater dopamine activity in the habit forming part of the and less activity in the region controlling reward. These differences could explain why obese people tend to overeat even though the food is less…
  • Have Crystal-Clear Critical Thinking By Avoiding These Traps

    Scott Kraus
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    by Scott Kraus, Dr. G’s Brainworks Human Beings tend to think they are very smart. Aren’t we the pinnacle of intelligent life? It turns out that being human has its share of problems when it comes to clarity of thought. We have evolved over time to respond to certain things in a certain way, and that can often get in the way when it comes to thinking clearly and critically. Here are four tendencies all of us naturally have, what they mean for you, and how to overcome them. #4 – Action Bias: Why We Struggle To Sit Down And Think Critical thinking can never take place if you…
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