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  • Understanding Depression: Void vs. Emptiness

    San Francisco Psychotherapy and Couples Counseling
    Marty Cooper
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    Depression is a pretty odd thing, different from other “illnesses,” in that it ranges between very grungy and visceral experiences like fatigue, through problems with sleep and eating, and then into the lofty realms of the meaning of life.  Well, I suppose to its credit, at least it’s not boring. Understanding depression calls us to learn to use the full range of ourselves in service of healing.  If it were a musical instrument, it would be much more like learning the drumset versus the recorder:  all the limbs eventually have to be included and coordinated, otherwise we are playing…
  • Which Is Better: Chocolate or Exercise?

    The Essential Read
    Professor Gary L. Wenk, Ph. D.
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Chocolate is an excellent example of how difficult it is to differentiate food from drug. A recent study reported improved memory and enhanced blood flow in the brain of elderly humans who consumed extracts from cocoa powder. The problem is that no one should eat the incredible amounts of chocolate that are required to achieve any cognitive benefits.read more
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder Insights

    CorePsych
    Dr Charles Parker
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
    CorePsych Too Much Copper? Intermittent Explosive Disorder – Fresh Perspectives For IED About 90% of IED children exhibit a very elevated Cu/ Zn ratio in blood, coincident with increased urine pyrroles. William Walsh PhD Biology, Bipolar and Personality More than simply a mood disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder seems so completely atypical and unreasonable. IED behavior is, as Dr Walsh describes in his Nutrient Power,1 like an exploding volcano or a runaway train, often out of the blue.  With fresh neuroscience insights those who suffer with IED clearly need more consideration…
  • 'Trigger' for stress processes discovered in brain

    Psychology Research News -- ScienceDaily
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    An important factor for stress has been identified by scientists. This is the protein secretagogin that plays an important role in the release of the stress hormone CRH and which only then enables stress processes in the brain to be transmitted to the pituitary gland and then onwards to the organs.
  • Expressing Gratitude

    Psychology Today Features
    jbleyer
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
 
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  • Happy Thanksgiving: The Benefits of Gratitude

    Dr. Ryan T. Howell, Ph.D.
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:11 am
    Because one student wanted to conduct a happiness intervention, gratitude started spreading through my lab—everyone has been thanking everyone else. And, as you would expect, the entire lab seems authentically happier after we started our own gratitude intervention. This is a story about how developing a thesis project transformed my entire lab.read more
  • Gratitude: Think About It

    Ana Nogales
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:48 pm
    With gratitude towards liferead more
  • Five Strategies To Help You Stop Overthinking

    Sophia Dembling
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:38 am
    Learning to stop your thoughts from running away with you takes discipline and practice, but it can be done. read more
  • 5 Questions that Will Test Your Sense of Meaning in Life

    Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    The need to find meaning in your life might not be something you ponder on a daily basis but it lies at the root of your sense of worth. By answering these 5 questions, you can measure your progress toward that ultimate source of happiness. read more
  • How Yoga & Meditation Increase Creativity & Healthy Emotions

    Douglas LaBier, Ph.D.
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    Research continues to demonstrate the power of meditation and yoga practices to transform our entire beings. These two new studies illustrate how creativity in increased from meditation; and that yoga diminishes stress and anxiety. They add to the growing body of knowledge of the impact of these practices upon our minds, emotions and behavior.read more
 
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  • Preschool Social Exclusion, Aggression, and Cooperation: A Longitudinal Evaluation of the Need-to-Belong and the Social-Reconnection Hypotheses

    Stenseng, F., Belsky, J., Skalicka, V., Wichstrom, L.
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:03 pm
    The need-to-belong theory stipulates that social exclusion fosters aggression, whereas the social-reconnection hypothesis suggests that social exclusion promotes motivation to behave cooperatively. To date, empirical investigations of these contrasting views have focused on the immediate effects of social exclusion, yielding mixed results. Here we examine longer term effects of preschool social exclusion on children’s functioning 2 years later. Social exclusion was reported by teachers, aggression and cooperation by parents. Cross-lagged analyses showed that greater social exclusion at…
  • Assailing the Competition: Sexual Selection, Proximate Mating Motives, and Aggressive Behavior in Men

    Ainsworth, S. E., Maner, J. K.
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Throughout history, men have tended to be more violent than women. Evolutionary theories suggest that this sex difference derives in part from their historically greater need to compete with other men over access to potential mates. In the current research, men and women (Experiment 1) or men only (Experiments 2 and 3) underwent a mating motive prime or control prime, and then performed a task designed to measure aggression toward a same-sex partner. The mating prime increased aggression among men, but not women (Experiment 1). Furthermore, mating-related increases in aggression were directed…
  • Tell Me the Gossip: The Self-Evaluative Function of Receiving Gossip About Others

    Martinescu, E., Janssen, O., Nijstad, B. A.
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:03 pm
    We investigate the self-evaluative function of competence-related gossip for individuals who receive it. Using the Self-Concept Enhancing Tactician (SCENT) model, we propose that individuals use evaluative information about others (i.e., gossip) to improve, promote, and protect themselves. Results of a critical incident study and an experimental study showed that positive gossip had higher self-improvement value than negative gossip, whereas negative gossip had higher self-promotion value and raised higher self-protection concerns than positive gossip. Self-promotion mediated the relationship…
  • Who Accepts Responsibility for Their Transgressions?

    Schumann, K., Dweck, C. S.
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:03 pm
    After committing an offense, transgressors can optimize their chances of reconciling with the victim by accepting responsibility. However, transgressors may be motivated to avoid admitting fault because it can feel threatening to accept blame for harmful behavior. Who, then, is likely to accept responsibility for a transgression? We examined how implicit theories of personality—whether people see personality as malleable (incremental theory) or fixed (entity theory)—influence transgressors’ likelihood of accepting responsibility. We argue that incremental theorists may feel…
  • Reviewers for 2013-2014: Acknowledgments

    7 Nov 2014 | 2:03 pm
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  • 5 Easy Activities Proven To Enhance Life (Perfect for Thanksgiving)

    Jeremy Dean
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    Five prosocial activities proven to be perfect for boosting happiness and well-being. 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 Easy Activities Science Has Proven Will Make You Happier Today 10 Ways Gratitude Can Change Your Life & 4 Step Gratitude Plan How Just One Night’s Poor Sleep Can Hurt a Relationship 6 Rules for a Happy Life and Healthier Environment The Emotion That Boosts Self-Control and Saves You Money
  • How To Use Music To Boost Athletic Performance

    Jeremy Dean
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:56 am
    Research reveals which types of music improve which types of athletic performance. 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: New Study of Improvising Jazz Pianists Shows Similar Brain Circuits Used for Music and Language 10 Magical Effects Music Has On the Mind Making Music Dramatically Improves Young Children’s Behaviour Why Do We Enjoy Listening to Sad Music? How To Get a Bigger Buzz From Upbeat Music
  • Male or Female Bosses? The Sex Which Gets More Depressed From Work

    Jeremy Dean
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    How more authority at work affects depressive symptoms in men and women. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: The 5 Biggest Reasons People Get Anxious or Depressed A Fast-Acting Treatment Which Helps Severely Depressed Experience Pleasure Again 4 Surprising Advantages of Being Depressed How Our Emotions Work 50 Years of Leadership: Women Rated As Effective Or More So Than Men
  • Dementia: The Brain’s Weak Spot Found

    Jeremy Dean
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    A brain network which links dementia and schizophrenia has been discovered. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: How To Detect Dementia Before Any Symptoms Appear How Cynical Personality Traits Affect Dementia Risk The Vitamin Which May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Intense World: Autistic Brains Create 42% More Information at Rest Major Cause of Dementia Identified Which Could Lead to New Treatments
  • Here is What The Brain Can Remember From Infancy (Even When Consciously It’s Gone)

    Jeremy Dean
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:01 am
    The astounding power of the unconscious to store information we've consciously forgotten. 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: Your Brain Judges a Face’s Trustworthiness Before You Consciously See It New Study of Improvising Jazz Pianists Shows Similar Brain Circuits Used for Music and Language How The Brain Processes The Emotions Brain Map of Love and Desire Family Problems In Childhood Affect Brain Development
 
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  • The wrong sort of discussion

    tomstafford
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:44 am
    The Times Higher Education has an article on post-publication peer review, and whether it will survive legal challenges The legal action launched by a US scientist who claims that anonymous comments questioning his science cost him a lucrative job offer has raised further questions about the potential for post-publication peer review to replace pre-publication review. The article chimes with comments made by several prominent Psychologists who have been at the centre of controversies and decried the way their work has been discussed outside of the normal channels of the academic journals.
  • Distraction effects

    tomstafford
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:57 am
    I’ve been puzzling over this tweet from Jeff Rouder: Surely, I thought, psychology is built out of effects. What could be wrong with focussing on testing which ones are reliable? But I think I’ve got it now. The thing about effects is that they show you – an experimental psychologist – can construct a situation where some factor you are interested in is important, relative to all the other factors (which you have managed to hold constant). To see why this might be a problem, consider this paper by Tsay (2013): “Sight over sound in the judgment of music…
  • Wankers and prankers on the suicide hotline

    vaughanbell
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:32 am
    The New York Magazine‘s new Science of Us section has an interesting review of a new documentary on hotlines – whether they be for suicide support or phone sex. I was initially annoyed at the fact that the documentary puts both of these in the same category but it’s based on the interesting premise that hotlines – whether for mental health, sex or supporting members of a particular marginalised community – often involve the common component of lonely people reaching out to connect with a stranger, briefly, through conversation. I don’t know how good the…
  • Explore our back pages

    tomstafford
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    At our birthday party on Thursday I told people how I’d crunched the stats for the 10 years of mindhacks.com posts. Nearly 5000 posts, and over 2 million words – an incredible achievement (for which 96% of the credit should go to Vaughan). In 2010 we had an overhaul (thanks JD for this, and Matt for his continued support of the tech side of the site). I had a look at the stats, which only date back till then, and pulled out our all time most popular posts. Here they are: Something about the enthusiasm of last Thursday inspired me to put the links the top ten posts on a wiki. Since…
  • Spike activity 21-11-2014

    vaughanbell
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Wall Street Journal on The Future of AI: An Ubiquitous, Invisible, Smart Utility. A list of the 100 most followed psychologists and neuroscientists on Twitter compiled by the BPS Research Digest. And a mixed bag it is too. Student Science has a fantastic how-to on how to build a sensory homunculus based on data from your own body. Is There a Link Between Mental Health and Gun Violence? asks The New Yorker. Next to bugger all, says the research. Neuroskeptic has an interesting post on how brain structure – behaviour findings might…
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  • Policing Mental Illness Crisis

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

    Sandra Kiume
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Comedian Ruby Wax gives a TED Talk with amusing perspectives on mental illness. “Your pets are happier than you are,” she says. A viral video that shares powerful information with a spoonful of fun. Includes Ruby’s own handmade visual aids.
  • Face-to-Face with Mark Henick on Mental Health Awareness Day

    Sandra Kiume
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    A brief interview with Mark Henick, a board member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and person with lived experience of mental health issues and suicide attempts. Mark’s tireless mental health advocacy to combat stigma has led to numerous speaking engagements, including a popular TEDxToronto talk on “Why we Choose Suicide.” This year for Mental Illness Awareness Week, Mark has been chosen as one of the Faces of Mental Illness.
  • 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!
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    BPS Research Digest

  • A shocking result - people are more willing to hurt themselves than others for profit

    Research Digest
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:42 am
    You wait in a cubicle, electrodes strapped to your body. In a room nearby, a stranger is confronted with a series of decisions. They can choose a smaller cash reward and avoid an electric shock, or a larger sum that comes together with an unpleasant zap. The twist is that in half of the trials, the stranger knows the associated shock punishment is for them, but in the others they know it’s you who will suffer. You glance nervously at the electrodes.It's a tough spot. Surely you will receive many shocks – after all why wouldn't the deciding stranger opt for more money when they know it…
  • Exposure to different forms of violence affects kids’ sleep differently

    Research Digest
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:33 am
    By guest blogger Jordan Gaines LewisIf you need an accurate assessment of your emotional health, look no further than the quality of your sleep. Have an important test coming up? Giving a big talk to your company tomorrow morning? Chances are you’re not sleeping as well as you typically would.While most kids have fewer of these worries than adults, some unfortunately have to deal with a different type of stressor—violence. Previous work has shown that kids exposed to violence report significant sleep disturbances compared to non-abused children. It’s thought that witnessing or…
  • Why sadness lasts longer than other emotions

    Research Digest
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Staying positive can feel like an uphill battle. No wonder: when Philippe Verduyn and Saskia Lavrijsen asked over 200 high-school students (average age 17) to reminisce about the duration of their recent emotional experiences, they found that sadness had an unfortunate habit of lingering, more so than any of the other 26 emotions studied, including joy, pride and relief.Indeed, the average duration of the episodes of sadness recalled by the students was 120 hours. At the other extreme, the most fleeting emotion was shame, which tended to last, on average, just half an hour. Surprise, fear,…
  • When Korea imposed a limit on working hours, did it make people happier?

    Research Digest
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Across different professions, many people are familiar with the sense of having to deliver more with less, meaning clocking-off time falls later and later. One way to protect workers’ rights, and look after their wellbeing, is to introduce working hours restrictions. But a new paper by Korea University's Robert Rudolf investigates the impact of such a reform, and its conclusions are disappointing.Beginning its roll-out in 2004, the (South) Korean Five Day Working Reform was intended to manage the nation's subservience to the office: employees there work some of the longest hours among the…
  • Happy people think they're good at empathising with the pain of others. They're wrong

    Research Digest
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:20 am
    Which of your friends - the happier, or the more melancholy - is better at spotting your excitement that Chris is attending your birthday, or that a B+ has left you disappointed?Evidence suggests that more upbeat people consider themselves especially empathic, and it would be reasonable to believe them, given that they know more people on average, and tend to form deeper, more trusting relationships. The reality, however, is more complicated. New research led by Yale's Hillary Devlin suggests that cheerful people may think they’re high in empathy, but their confidence outstrips their…
 
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    SharpBrains

  • Study: For healthy older adults, social brain training offers the most clear benefits

    SharpBrains
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    If Home Brain Training Apps Don’t Work, What Does? (Healthline): “In a study published online Nov. 18 in PLOS Medicine, Australian researchers reviewed 52 previous studies that looked at the benefits of computerized brain training software for 4,885 healthy seniors. While brain training programs like Lumosity, Cogmed, and Posit Science promise to help you strengthen your brain, the new study found mostly small benefits. The largest impact of the software was on thinking speed, but the results were only moderate. Smaller benefits were seen for nonverbal and verbal memory, working memory,…
  • Scaling up meditation and mindfulness via wellness programs and biofeedback sensors

    SharpBrains
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    Scal­ing up med­i­ta­tion and mind­ful­ness via well­ness pro­grams and biofeed­back sensors from SharpBrains: Tracking Brain Health Innovation Enjoy this great ses­sion held at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, fea­tur­ing: Dr. Dou­glass Ziedo­nis, Pro­fes­sor and Chair of the Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try at UMass Med­ical School Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, Pres­i­dent of the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foundation Ariel Garten, CEO of InteraXon Dr. Evian Gor­don, Exec­u­tive Chair­man of Brain Resource Chair: Rajiv Pant, Chief Tech­nol­ogy…
  • Update: Should Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (not antidepressant drugs) be the first-line treatment for depression?

    SharpBrains
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    Time for SharpBrains’ Novembere-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of brain health insights, neuroscience and psychology research reports…and some fun brain teasers. Enjoy! New thinking: Should Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (not antidepressant drugs) be the first-line treatment for depression? Access the slides and insights from 40+ speakers @ 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit Debate: Is there a link between ADHD and Creativity? The “Holy Grail”: How to drive behavior change by harnessing neuroplasticity and emotions New research: Top 10 recent scientific studies on the value of…
  • Debate: Is there a link between ADHD and Creativity?

    SharpBrains
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    The Creative Gifts of ADHD (SciAm Beautiful Minds blog): “In his 2004 book “Creativity is Forever“, Gary Davis reviewed the creativity literature from 1961 to 2003 and identified 22 reoccurring personality traits of creative people…In her own review of the creativity literature, Bonnie Cramond found that many of these same traits overlap to a substantial degree with behavioral descriptions of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)– including higher levels of spontaneous idea generation, mind wandering, daydreaming, sensation seeking, energy, and impulsivity… Recent work in…
  • Harnessing big data and videogames to deliver personalized cognitive training

    SharpBrains
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:09 am
    Har­ness­ing big data and videogames to deliver per­son­al­ized cog­ni­tive training from SharpBrains: Tracking Brain Health Innovation Enjoy this great ses­sion held at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, fea­tur­ing: Dr. Joe Hardy, ‎VP of R&D at Lumos Labs Mark Bax­ter, Head of Prod­uct (Fit­Brains) at Rosetta Stone Ita­mar Lesu­isse, CEO of Peak Aki Niko­laidis, NSF Fel­low at the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois Cham­paign Urbana Chair: Zack Lynch, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Neu­rotech­nol­ogy Indus­try Organization
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  • International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (IAEDP)

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    The IAEDP Mission:   To promote a high level of professionalism among practitioners who treat those suffering from eating disorders by promoting ethical and professional standards, offering education and training in the field, certifying those who have met prescribed requirements, promoting public and professional awareness of eating disorders and assisting in prevention efforts.
  • Carly Marie Project Heal

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you are here because your heart is broken my hope for you is that you can begin to heal, grow and learn and that you can find the light that shines within you… it never goes out, it may dim at times, but like your soul, your light is eternal. May you find your light again and see that you are a real gift to this world. In time, I pray that you discover the gifts that your child has left for you in their short life. Just like every baby who is born healthy and alive, your child is a miracle and a true gift to you and this Earth. With love and blessings to you, CarlyMarie
  • Center for Deployment Psychology

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    In honor of those of you who served our country and in honor of the United States Veterans Day, November 11th, I have decided to post this very awesome resource–the Center for Deployment Psychology. The CDP mission is to prepare health care professionals to better meet the deployment-related emotional and psychological needs of military personnel and their families. More than two million service members have deployed during the conflicts overseas, including many who have deployed multiple times. With these increased deployments, service members and their families undergo increased…
  • The APA Youtube’s Channel

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    The American Psychological Association’s Youtube’s Channel includes videos of the ever popular, “This is Psychology” from the APA President, discussions about research methodologies, tutorial videos, training videos and many more instructional and informational videos. While this at first seems set up for the APA member, anyone can benefit from most of the videos included.  Highly worth a visit!
  • Phenomenology Online

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Understand as much as you can about phenomenology–research is not just numbers, it also deals with how people feel, how they live, how they act, how they are.   On this website are links to authors who research and work in phenomenological thought; journals, texts, dissertations, and inquiries as well in to the field of phenomenological research.
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  • Toys for Depressed Kids

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

    Dr. Deb
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    What the Public Needs to KnowQ. What scares people the most about a threat from a natural disaster, contagious disease or terrorist attack? Are fear and anxiety a normal response?A. Experts on public health and risk perception say that fear about catastrophic incidents often originates from a feeling of lack of control and a perceived inability to prevent the problem or threat. Some level of anxiety is constructive in that it motivates people to take appropriate action (assuming such actions are available and recommended). But without any recommended course of action, anxiety around…
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week

    Dr. Deb
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    October 5th -11th 2014 is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in the United States and Canada. Since 1990, mental health advocates across North America have joined together during the first full week of October to sponsor awareness, create outreach and provide screenings in the name of mental health.Also sponsored this week is  National Depression Screening Day on October 9th and World Mental Health Day on October 10th. Mental health, a component of well-being, is just as essential as physical health and spiritual health. Learn how to take action, find support and dilute…
  • 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…
 
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  • Mindfulness treatment as effective as CBT for depression, anxiety

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    Group mindfulness treatment is as effective as individual cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in patients with depression and anxiety, according to a new study. This is the first randomized study to compare group mindfulness treatment and individual cognitive behavioral therapy in patients with depression and anxiety in primary health care.
  • New research supporting stroke rehabilitation

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    New research could help improve stroke patients' rehabilitation, experts say. The research may provide useful applications for the care of stroke patients who have restricted use of their upper limbs. If stroke patients practice the techniques recommended by the study, it could potentially help maintain activity in movement-related brain areas, especially when used alongside more traditional physiotherapy techniques where the same movements are also practiced physically.
  • 'Trigger' for stress processes discovered in brain

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    An important factor for stress has been identified by scientists. This is the protein secretagogin that plays an important role in the release of the stress hormone CRH and which only then enables stress processes in the brain to be transmitted to the pituitary gland and then onwards to the organs.
  • Drug to reduce side-effects of 'binge drinking' developed

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    A drug that could reduce the harmful side-effects of ‘binge drinking’, especially by teenagers, has been successfully developed and tested by a team of scientists. Researchers say that this development may also link to new ways to treat Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases that damage the brain. 
  • Stroke damage mechanism identified

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:21 am
    A mechanism linked to the brain damage often suffered by stroke victims has been discovered by scientists, who are now searching for drugs to block it. Strokes happen when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off but much of the harm to survivors' memory and other cognitive function is often actually caused by "oxidative stress" in the hours and days after the blood supply resumes, the authors explain.
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  • Bad marriage, broken heart?

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Older couples in a bad marriage -- particularly female spouses -- have a higher risk for heart disease than those in a good marriage, finds the first nationally representative study of its kind. read more
  • Digging for answers

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    On an archaeology field trip in New Mexico as an undergraduate in 2006, Dana Bardolph noticed something that struck her as an odd gender imbalance: The professor leading the dig was a men, while the graduate assistant and all but two of the 14 undergrads were women. read more
  • Acculturative stress found to be root cause of high depression rates in Latino youth

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis say acculturative stress may explain, in part, why Indiana's Latino youth face an alarming disparity in depression and suicide rates when compared to their white counterparts. read more
  • Major brain pathway rediscovered after century-old confusion, controversy

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    A couple of years ago a scientist looking at dozens of MRI scans of human brains noticed something surprising. A large, fiber pathway that seemed to be part of the network of connections that process visual information showed up on the scans, but the researcher couldn't find it mentioned in any of the modern-day anatomy textbooks he had. read more
  • Symmetrical knees linked to Jamaican sprinting prowess

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    Why is Jamaica, with a population smaller than that of Los Angeles, home to so many of the world's elite sprinters -- runners who compete in the 100, 200, 400 and 800-meter races? read more
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    I Choose Change

  • I Have a Confession

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

    Jennifer M. Ryan, M.Ed.
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    We have people in our lives for a reason. The closer the relationship to someone, and the more trust we put into someone, the more vulnerable we are with them. Vulnerability is tough because while it’s essential to love and connection, it opens us up to great pain and sadness. When it comes to relationships, I imagine those in our lives to be placed into three categories: A, B, and C people. Bear with me, because I realize it may seem strange that we’d categorize our friends and relationships into categories. However, we all do it, if even unconsciously. Our A-friends are those in which…
  • All Witches Aren’t Bad: What the Wicked Witch of the West can Teach Us About Life

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

    Jennifer M. Ryan, M.Ed.
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Why do we keep doing and feeling the same things over and over again, even when they aren’t serving us well in any capacity whatsoever? Oh, the madness! Consciousness is a “here-and-now” experience of focused attention that is fundamentally a measure of how our body, thoughts, and mind is changed by interaction with our internal or external world. As such, our caretakers as infants played a vital role in helping us make sense of our internal and external worlds. We came to know who we are because of what they mirrored back to us, and therefore, consciousness is said to be…
  • Made Up Stories: Our Life’s Narrative

    Jennifer M. Ryan, M.Ed.
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Our life script is so automatic, that to change, we need to stop and just be the audience. In our minds, we create our own narrative, which is to say, we create the stories that create our life. This may seem strange, but think about it a moment. Clinical Neurologist Oliver Sacks wrote that his patients were stuck in their own world – where the mind didn’t appear to be working the way most of our minds work, and he says each of creates a story of our life – a “narrative” of which becomes our identity. Another psychoanalyst, Thomas Szasz says, “the self is not something one finds;…
 
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    Brain Blogger

  • Are We Superhuman? Part 1 – Feeling the Future

    Carla Clark, PhD
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    A surprising number of researchers suspect that your brain and body may be giving you a potentially game-changing glimpse into your conscious awareness of future events. Your nervous system may in fact have the ability of presentiment, where it creates unconscious changes in your physiology in anticipation of an impending future event occurring up to a whopping 10 seconds in the future. Putting any instinctual claims of crackpottery aside, in evolutionary terms this would be advantageous, where anticipating unpredictable life-threatening events in order to survive and pass on one’s genes is…
  • The Mystery of Left-Handedness

    Sara Adaes, PhD (c)
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Until recently, left-handedness was a matter of great prejudice, and in many cultures, it was common to force left-handed children to write with their right hand. Throughout the world, the prevalence of left-handedness is highly variable, ranging from approximately 5% to 25% and – for unknown reasons – is more common in men than in women. So what defines our handedness? And why is being left-handed less common? This over-representation of right-handers is regarded as an indication of a genetic component defining handedness. Twin studies have shown a higher handedness concordance…
  • Facebook – Are We Over-Connected?

    Lorena Nessi, PhD, MA
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    The evolution of the human brain is deeply intertwined with our experience as social beings, and the ability we have to bond with others through co-operative activities. According to Dunbar’s study of human brain size and complexity in relation to those other species, humans can manage at most around 150 people as part of their personal network (including family members, acquaintances and friends), while maintaining active and stable relationships through co-operation with them. Just a few years ago, in 2009, it was suggested that the average number of contacts on a Facebook profile varied…
  • Sleep and Obesity

    Viatcheslav Wlassoff, PhD
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Thanks to the obesity epidemic, we’ve seen an explosion of research on the problem of excess weight and the physiological mechanisms of weight control. It has turned out that body weight balance is far from the simple arithmetic of “calories in” and “calories out”. What has surprised many researchers, however, is the clear connection between gain in body weight and lack of sleep. As with many other aspects of obesity, the connection between excess weight and inadequate sleep was clearly documented only recently. The most convincing evidence of this connection came from the study…
  • Improve Cognition With A Trip Down Memory Lane

    Jennifer Gibson, PharmD
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The human brain can concentrate on externally focused tasks, such as answering a question or solving a puzzle, or internally focused tasks, such as daydreaming. Until recently, these activities were believed to be mutually exclusive. That is, activating one suppressed the other. But now, evidence suggests that engaging the internally focused brain network actually improves performance of the externally focused network. A recent study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, reports that the default network – the one responsible for internal focus such as mind-wandering and reminiscing –…
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    World of Psychology

  • Avoid These 5 Traps that Can Destroy Your Good Habits

    Gretchen Rubin
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Avoid these five habit traps — they can destroy your good habits. When we’re trying to master our habits, it’s important to be aware of the justifications or arguments that we sometimes invoke that interfere with keeping a good habit. They slip in so easily and quickly, it can be hard to spot them. Be on the look-out for these five popular lines of thoughts: 1. Thinking, “Well, now that I’ve slipped up and broken my good habit, I might as well go all the way.” I remind myself, “A stumble may prevent a fall.” Because of the colorfully named “what the hell” phenomenon,…
  • Plagued with Low Self-Esteem? You Might Suffer from ‘The Uncertainty Curse’

    Psych Central Staff
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    Few states of mind are more synonymous with low self-esteem than uncertainty. People with medium or high self-esteem are confident and secure. This confidence and security might wane a bit under stress, but it bounces back eventually: a basic, taken-for-granted assumption that one is okay, that one is capable and, often as not, correct. That’s what differentiates us from them. In my book Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself, I describe the loss of self-esteem as a wicked spell in which innocent people are told terrible lies about themselves by trusted figures: Parents or teachers, say,…
  • Why ADHD is Misunderstood

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:23 am
    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is regularly misunderstood. In fact, some believe that ADHD doesn’t even exist. One reason is the media. Some media perpetuate the myth that pharmaceutical companies created ADHD in order to cash in, said Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW, a psychotherapist and ADHD coach. “This couldn’t be further from the truth,” she said. “ADHD has been identified in medical books way before the advent of ADHD medications.” Even medical and mental health professionals misunderstand ADHD. They “get little or no training on what ADHD is, let alone the…
  • Happy Thanksgiving 2014

    John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:24 am
    In America, we celebrate a day of thanks today, so Happy Thanksgiving to everyone (no matter where you might live)! This is our 19th year celebrating a Thanksgiving with you, and for that we are extremely thankful. Like many, I too like to spend this time of the year reflecting on my gratitude and appreciation for all of the good things I have in my life. I am especially appreciative and grateful for the non-materialistic things — things like my family (all of whom are in good health and spirits), my friends, my online buddies, and my colleagues from around the world. I am also grateful…
  • How to Cope with Pain from the Past

    Lauren Suval
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:34 pm
    One of my favorite quotes, referenced in a piece on Tiny Buddha, states: “If you get lost in a trigger that thrusts you to a painful event, take a deep breath and remember: we can’t change that we’ve been hurt before, but we can choose not to suffer now.” That sentiment — that we can’t change the past, but we can choose not to suffer now — struck a chord. I’ve been through many emotional downs in previous relationships (especially one significant romantic relationship) and therefore hope to embody this approach. The past can be a cautionary tale, a reminder that we’ve…
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    idle thoughts

  • Cautionary tale about voter supression

    4 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    At MetroWest Daily Newshttp://www.metrowestdailynews.com/article/20141102/OPINION/141109535/2012/OPINION
  • 27 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The Globe Editors must have a very short memory.In the dim and distant part, an attractive Republican with known managerial experience and progressive social values presented himself as a candidate for governor. He was elected and reelected for a second term.However during his second term he developed national ambitions and shifted from his pro-choice, pro-gay position to the opposite end of the spectrum so as to appeal to  Republican voters in Red states..Does the Globe really want the risk of history repeating itself.Sent to Boston Globe
  • Ceo Compensation

    26 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    The best way to close the divide between CEO pay and that of ordinary workers (Efforts to regulate CEO pay gain traction. Boston Globe, October 25th., 2014. G1, G3)  is to share the bonuses. After all, every employee from janitor to CEO has contributed to the firm's success, so they should all share the rewards.Set up a salary system with appropriate differences between each level in the organization then, at year's end, give everyone the same percent of salary as bonus. CEO's will still get more money than janitors but all will get a compensation boost.We don't need legislation; his is…
  • The next war: Financing

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Linda Bilmes is right -- we do not have a game plan for the financing of the next war on evil. We need one. I would suggest a surcharge of ten percent on all income taxes. This will have minimal impact on the poorest among us but will raise an adequate amount of money from those able to afford the extra taxes.Alternatively, we could make the surcharge refundable when the payer pasees 70. This would enforce saving for ones old age but that would not amount to much for the poor who need it most. So it is not quite a win-win.Sent to Boston Globe
  • CEO Compensation

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Mr Sirota (letters, October 8th. 2014) links two things that do not need to be linked at all.The first is the pressing need for the public sector to afford all the things hat we, as citizens, have demanded that it do. This means more income for government. Higher taxes on income might be one way of doing that. Alternatives include taxing financial transactions which I support, or changing the expenditure side by cutting back on subsidies to corporations (which I might support)) and entitlements like Health Insurance or Social Security, which I do not support.The second is the ratio of an…
 
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    Teaching High School Psychology

  • Pinterest and Psychology-Amazing Resources

    Chuck Schallhorn
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:10 pm
    I was recently sick and had too much time to use my iPad.  I went back and looked at my Pinterest app and discovered some amazing things.One person in particular, Francesca Mura, a person from Italy, has an incredibly detailed set of "pins" organized into a variety of "boards." Check out her collections here. Boards are kind of like folders and Pins are like bookmarks, but they can be organized in whichever way you would like.  You can Pin sites, infographics, and more.  Even if you are not into recipes, DIY projects, wedding pictures, and the other stereotypes of Pinterest…
  • NCSS 2014 - Psychol-a-palooza!

    Rob McEntarffer
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:32 am
    THANKS to the fantastic, dedicated folks at the NCSS Psychology community for another GREAT set of psychology sessions at the NCSS convention!Below are a few notes from the sessions I was able to attend. Apologies to presenters who I wasn't able get to see.As you can tell by the notes, NCSS is one of the best conferences psychology teachers can attend - thanks to all the presenters! --> Friday 10:00, Hillary and Pete, Mindfulness RevolutionWhat is mindfulness? Being present in the moment, awareness, directed attention (we’d like this for our students!) The opposite of mindfulness is…
  • How to Think Like a Psychologist

    Chuck Schallhorn
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of my favorite sites to find free things is "Open Culture" at http://www.openculture.com/I had bookmarked a site I wanted to share with everyone.  I have already written about Jane McGonigal and her TED talk about gaming.  Her twin sister, Dr. Kelly McGonigal has complied a continuing studies course called, "How to Think Like a Psychologist" available on iTunes.  This link takes you to the Open Culture write-up of the course:http://www.openculture.com/2014/02/how-to-think-like-a-psychologist-a-free-online-course-from-stanford.htmlThe iTunes web link to the course is…
  • The Brain From Top to Bottom: McGill University

    Chuck Schallhorn
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Kent first posted about this site back in 2009, but it has been updated and is worth a visit for those teaching or learning neuroscience.  For an amazingly detailed site that has various levels and topics dealing with neuroscience, it would likely take hours (or a full-year course) to utilize all its content.So check out: http://thebrain.mcgill.ca/avance.php if you would like to have a great resource for your kids doing research (or for you as well).posted by Chuck Schallhorn
  • What's your favorite psychology book? Help us out with suggestions!

    Rob McEntarffer
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Alan Feldman and I (Rob McEntarffer) get to chat with psychology teachers at the National Council of Social Studies (NCSS) conference during a session focused on books high school psychology teachers love/use. We'd like to make a "bibliography" of books, and we'd love your help!Please answer this short survey. Note: Your responses will be shared anonymously during our presentation, made available for other psychology teachers (via a permanent URL address) and will be shared with the excellent blog http://booksforpsychologyclass.weebly.com/blog.Reading Psychology: Books for High School…
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    Advances in the History of Psychology

  • New Book: S. D. Lamb’s Pathologist of the Mind

    Jacy Young
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    Historian of Medicine S. D. Lamb has recently published Pathologist of the Mind: Adolf Meyer and the Origins of American Psychiatry. As described on the Johns Hopkins University Press website, During the first half of the twentieth century, Adolf Meyer was the most authoritative and influential psychiatrist in the United States. In 1908, when the Johns Hopkins Hospital established the first American university clinic devoted to psychiatry—still a nascent medical specialty at the time—Meyer was selected to oversee the enterprise. The Henry Phipps Psychiatric Clinic opened in 1913, and…
  • NYT Retro Report: “Long After Sybil”

    Jacy Young
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    The New York Times‘s Retro Report has produced a short documentary on the now infamous case of Sybil. As the article accompanying the documentary notes, The “Sybil” story began in the mid-1950s. At its center were the Minnesota-born Ms. Mason and her intense relationship, first in the Midwest and later in New York, with a psychoanalyst, Cornelia B. Wilbur. Dr. Wilbur’s determination that Ms. Mason had 16 personalities — people of varying manner and ages, including two who were male — did not come about in a vacuum. She was well aware of “The Three Faces of Eve,” a 1954…
  • Dec. 1st Talk! BPS History of Psych Disciplines Seminar Series

    Jacy Young
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:21 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 December 1st, Marcia Holmes of Birkbeck College will be speaking on “Performing Proficiency: Psychological Experiments on Man-Machine Systems in the United States, 1950-1965.” Full details follow below. The British Psychological Society History of Psychology Centre in conjunction with UCL’s Centre for the History…
  • “Hermann von Helmholtz’s Empirico-Transcendentalism Reconsidered”

    Jacy Young
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    The most recent issue of Science in Context includes an article on Hermann von Helmholtz that may be of interest to AHP readers. “Hermann von Helmholtz’s Empirico-Transcendentalism Reconsidered: Construction and Constitution in Helmholtz’s Psychology of the Object,” by Liesbet De Kock. The abstract reads, This paper aims at contributing to the ongoing efforts to get a firmer grasp of the systematic significance of the entanglement of idealism and empiricism in Helmholtz’s work. Contrary to existing analyses, however, the focal point of the present exposition is…
  • 25 Years of History of Psychiatry & A New Issue

    Jacy Young
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    The journal History of Psychiatry is celebrating its 25th anniversary. A special issue marking the occasion has just been released. Among the articles in the issue are ones addressing the history of nostalgia, the treatment of shell shock at the Maudsley Hospital, masculinity in Victorian asylums in New Zealand and Australian, the distinction between passion and emotion, and much more. Full titles, authors, and abstracts follow below. Editorial: “The first 25 years of History of Psychiatry,” by German E Berrios. “Some reflections on madness and culture in the post-war…
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    One Among Many

  • All That Jazz

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Jazz is a hotbed for creative expression. The collaboration among the members of the band and the improvisations by the soloist are the two sides of jazz’s creative dialectic. read more
  • Interstellar Parochial

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    Emotionally unidimensional McConaughey’s Cooper unifies quantum and relativity theory, saves humanity, and finds love. Meanwhile, Michael Caine and Matt Damon explore life on the other side of the wormhole as supporting actors. read more
  • Not a Prayer

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Brown University commencement exercises include a non-sectarian prayer. I think it is time to let it go. read more
  • Lazy Professor

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    What do professors do before they walk into the classroom and after they leave? It’s a mystery all right. Well, no longer. Here’s a partial list of activities. read more
  • Social Mindfulness

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Giving up a choice so that someone else might have it shows social mindfulness. How is this different from just being nice? It is surprisingly hard to tell. read more
 
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    The Situationist

  • Thanksgiving as “System Justification”

    Jon Hanson
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:56 pm
    This post was first published on November 21, 2007. Thanksgiving has many associations — struggling Pilgrims, crowded airports, autumn leaves, heaping plates, drunken uncles, blowout sales, and so on. At its best, though, Thanksgiving is associated with, well, thanks giving. The holiday provides a moment when many otherwise harried individuals leading hectic lives decelerate just long enough to muster some gratitude for their harvest. Giving thanks — acknowledging that we, as individuals, are not the sole determinants of our own fortunes seems an admirable, humble, and even…
  • 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…
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    Ulterior Motives

  • The Joy of Connecting With Others

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    I fly a lot. I have a typical routine on the plane. I pull out something to read or perhaps an iPad to watch a movie. I do my work. I don’t generally engage in much conversation with the person sitting next to me on the plane, though sometimes I end up in a long conversation. Invariably, those conversations are great fun.read more
  • Maybe Video Games Don’t Help Perceptual Skills

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    Over the past several years, I have written about a number of studies relating to video games. They can have both positive and negative consequences. Do video games improve people's ability to perceive the world?read more
  • Morality and the Focus on Outcomes

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    In many public situations, we make judgments about people’s commitment to carry through on their stated views. Politicians express commitments to issues ranging from immigration to same-sex marriage. Corporate leaders give their views on fair labor practices and innovation. read more
  • What Makes Us Thankful?

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    There are lots of psychological benefits to gratitude. Feeling grateful to others can lift your mood. It enhances your feeling of connection to other people. Gratitude can also motivate you to do work for others.read more
  • The Value of Having A Transcendent Purpose for Learning

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    School is the ultimate marshmallow test. School requires doing lots of things in the short-term that are less fun than what you could be doing, but lead to better long-term outcomes. After all, studying for an exam is less fun than watching YouTube videos. read more
 
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    NIMH | Recent Updates

  • Blog Post » Can We Prevent Psychosis?

    Thomas Insel
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:32 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.
  • Blog Post » P-Hacking

    Thomas Insel
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    In his blog, Dr. Insel talks about on new NIMH grants that will support research on services for people of all ages with autism.
  • Blog Post » Depression, Daughters, and Cellular Aging

    Thomas Insel
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    An early sign of depression risk may provide not only a biomarker for depression but a clue to the relationship between depression and risk for medical illnesses; Dr. Insel blogs.
  • Blog Post » Atonement

    Thomas Insel
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    In his blog for Mental Illness Awareness Week, Dr. Insel talks about the complexity of mental disorders and the need for scientists, clinicians, patients, and families to work together in searching for better treatment.
  • Video » BRAIN Initiative as Moonshot

    National Institute of Mental Health
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    NIH director Francis Collins, M.D., discusses some of the 58 projects funded in the first wave of grants awarded by the NIH under the BRAIN Initiative. He spoke at a press conference announcing the awards, September 30, 2014.
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    The Essential Read

  • Relatives: On Cousins "Once Removed" and Unrelated Aunts

    Rosemary Joyce, Ph.D.
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:18 pm
    On Thanksgiving, we gather with relatives: and in some circles, we debate how we are related. How did that question become expert knowledge? An anthropologist should know the answer... but it isn't that simple.read more
  • How to Avoid Bargain-Brained Holiday Shopping Pitfalls

    Kit Yarrow, Ph.D.
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:01 am
    With so much to choose from we have to have a reason to buy—for many it's all about the bargain. Especially for gifts, make it about the product instead. Here's how.read more
  • Which Is Better: Chocolate or Exercise?

    Professor Gary L. Wenk, Ph. D.
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Chocolate is an excellent example of how difficult it is to differentiate food from drug. A recent study reported improved memory and enhanced blood flow in the brain of elderly humans who consumed extracts from cocoa powder. The problem is that no one should eat the incredible amounts of chocolate that are required to achieve any cognitive benefits.read more
  • Bill Cosby, UVA, Penn State, Catholic Clergy, and Beyond

    Catherine McCall, MS, LMFT
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    We have been deluged with news reports about sexual assault allegations regarding Bill Cosby this week, and at the same time reports of the mishandling of brutal rape at UVA have been emerging. RAINN reports a 50% increase in calls to its sexual assault hotline as a result of these topics in the media. How can all of this help survivors of childhood sexual abuse?read more
  • Reflecting During the Holidays: Will You Feel Joy or Regret?

    Allison Carmen
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    During the holiday season many of us reflect on our past filled with regret. We forget that regret is a story we make up about how our lives could have been better if we had made another choice--but in reality, the twists and turns of that choice might have taken us to other, unexpected places and maybe not for the better at all.read more
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    Workplace Psychology

  • Self-Development – Suggestions for How To Continually Grow and Change

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

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

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    JFK was wrong. On pinyin.info, a website about the Chinese language, Victor H. Mair, a professor of Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, firmly corrects an American linguistic blunder that interprets the word “crisis” in Chinese as meaning both “danger” and “opportunity.” “The explication of the Chinese word for crisis as made up of two components signifying danger and opportunity is due partly to wishful thinking, but mainly to a fundamental misunderstanding about how terms are formed in Mandarin and other Sinitic languages.” -Victor H. Mair…
  • I Will Teach My Daughter Not to Be Afraid

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    #91629132 / gettyimages.com “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” ~ George Bernard Shaw About a month ago, my wife and I became parents for the very first time. We are so blessed to have a healthy baby girl. She is truly a miracle. I joke with my coworkers that my daughter has very strong lungs. People say that when you become a parent, your perspective changes and, in…
  • 10 Life Lessons from Basic SEAL Training from Admiral William H. McRaven

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:07 pm
    For those unable to watch the video on my blog, you can watch it directly on YouTube (University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address – Admiral William H. McRaven), http://youtu.be/yaQZFhrW0fU. This is an inspiring and powerful 20-minute commencement speech by Naval Admiral William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, at the University-wide Commencement at The University of Texas at Austin on May 17, 2014. Admiral McRaven’s commencement speech is perhaps one of the best commencement speeches I have ever heard. It is on point and offers some fantastic…
 
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    Ellen Langer - blog

  • Can your mental attitude reverse the effects of aging?

    David
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    In studies over four decades, Harvard psychology professor Ellen Langer showed that mental attitude can reverse the effects of aging and improve physical health. Now she wants to test the theory on cancer. Dr. Langer joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss her research. Watch the interview.
  • What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set?

    David
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    “One day in the fall of 1981, eight men in their 70s stepped out of a van in front of a converted monastery in New Hampshire. They shuffled forward, a few of them arthritically stooped, a couple with canes. Then they passed through the door and entered a time warp. Perry Como crooned on a vintage radio. Ed Sullivan welcomed guests on a black-and-white TV. Everything inside — including the books on the shelves and the magazines lying around — were designed to conjure 1959. This was to be the men’s home for five days as they participated in a radical experiment, cooked up by a young…
  • The Wellbeing Lecture Series

    David
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    I’ll be giving a lecture on “Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility” as part of The Wellbeing Lecture Series at the University of Minnesota on Monday, Nov 10, 2014. The schedule is as follows 2:00 – 3:30 PM, Lecture 3:30 – 4:00 PM, Q & A followed by a reception Great Hall Coffman Memorial Union For more information and tickets, click here.
  • Mindfulness in the Wild

    David
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    I just returned from an amazing South African safari. Being up close to the “big five” was a bit scary, which made it very exciting. The big five are the strongest not the biggest animals—lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, and rhinoceros. Elephants came to the lodge and aways to drink from a watering hole, about eight yards away. I tried to get even closer to take a photo and was quickly told to step back. As an American believing we’re safe in most situations, I had to be reminded that these animals were wild and potentially dangerous. By the time I saw the lions I was fully aware…
  • Who Are You?

    David
    15 Jun 2014 | 4:19 pm
    When asked this question, most of us reply first with our gender and then with the roles we occupy. I might say I’m a woman, a psychologist, an artist, and then turn to my relationships—a spouse, a friend, and so on. The more roles we have the more buffers we have against stress if something in one role goes awry. If I get disappointed regarding the sale of a painting, I can reflect on the acceptance of one of my journal articles. This is the accepted understanding of identity. Some of our roles loom very large for us—mother or spouse, for example—and that can be limiting. If we…
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    The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies

  • Midway in life’s journey, I found myself in a dark wood, having lost my way.

    Tasha
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:58 am
    This is a guest post by Tasha Tollman. In the space of a few years I lost my father, I lost my business, I lost my financial freedom, I lost my passion for life. And in this my darkest hour I lost even my faith in God. The life that I had worked so hard to create disappeared and I slipped deeper and deeper into the dark night of the soul. Every day presented a new crisis, everything I touched turned to shit. Life became a chore, a struggle, filled with mind numbing, boring, endless tasks of trying to survive. Nothing made any sense, nothing had any meaning. My illusions that I could control…
  • Jung on Active Imagination: key readings selected by Joan Chodorow

    Stephen
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Book review by Tasha Tollman Joan Chodorow, dance therapist, analyst and analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco combed through volumes of Jung’s writings and lectures to bring us this collection of Jung’s writings on Active Imagination. Fascinating for me was the insight into the many different names Jung used for this process – transcendent function, picture method, active fantasy, active phantasying, trancing, visioning, exercises, dialectical method, technique of differentiation, technique of introversion, introspection and technique of the descent – before…
  • Living Courageously: a guide for the coward

    Stephen
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    When I was a kid goddamn I was scared of a lot of shit. I remember one of my best friends in primary school, Ronald[1], and I developed this fantasy that one day we would run away from home together. We were around 11 or 12 years old at the time. Being of a pragmatic nature and knowing that we would need to “live off the land” I advised Ronald that we should pack a lot of spices and herbs, so as to make our harvests (from god knows where!) more edible. Even at this tender age the Lebanese blood was strong. I knew the importance of eating well, not just any old berries and roots, but well…
  • Working with Symbols: manifesting Health, Wholeness and Meaning

    Anja
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    In the Jungian system, there are four ways of using symbols in order to create meaning and depth in your life. The first way is as a tool for dialogue with unconscious content and its integration it into consciousness. The second way is to heal experiences of trauma or loss. The third way is to use symbols to imbue your life with meaning and magic. And the final way is to use symbols to resolve conflict and manifest conscious intent. Symbolising unconscious content in order to make it conscious Symbolic meaning is found in the external world through projection of unconscious content onto…
  • Anima mundi in transition: dystopian reflections and a slow boat to China

    Stephen
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    The theme for the IAAP (International Association of Analytical Psychology) to be held in Kyoto in 2016 is ‘Anima Mundi in Transition’, the movement of the world soul, or the world soul in transition. The central premise is that Jung highlighted a disconnection between man in modernity and his relationship to nature. The development of Western philosophy during the last two centuries has succeeded in isolating the mind in its own sphere and in severing it from its primordial oneness with the universe. Man himself has ceased to be the microcosm and eidolon of the cosmos, and his…
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    Psychology Matters Asia

  • Forgiveness and Trust

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Forgiveness and trust are two totally different things. Neither one is dependent on the other.Forgiveness of debt is helpful as a therapeutic tool. It-s been effectively used for treating a variety of clinical disorders. These include specific conditions such as mood disorders, impulse control disorders, and adjustment disorders. Within the past three decades, psychotherapists, social scientists, and other practitioners have become increasingly interested in forgiveness and its potential for improving personal well-being and interpersonal relationships.
  • What's Love Got To Do With It? Or Why Technology is Not Going to Help You Find The One.

    10 Nov 2014 | 7:53 am
    In afollow upto her last webcast which I explored in my article onThe Neurobiology of Sex, relationship therapist and expert Pat Love looks at the increasing phenomena of online dating and the negative impact she believes this is having on our long-term staying power in monogamous relationships. She blames “choice fatigue” for this – and explains that “with hundreds of dating websites, thousands of potential partners to choose from, and the ability to specify attributes of a perfect mate in exacting detail, people are, paradoxically,less confidentabout their selections…
  • Why you should get a Diagnosis if you suspect you may have ADHD

    6 Nov 2014 | 6:55 pm
    In my years of practice, many adults who suspect they have ADHD only seek assessment and treatment after years of struggling with the problems caused by the condition. Many come for treatment when they are in their late 30s and early 40s. There are also others who were diagnosed decades ago but never received adequate treatment. Why do so many wait so long, and why does ADHD remain largely unassessed and untreated in the adult population?
  • The Psychological Crisis of Middle Age

    26 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    As people reach middle years, there appears to be a developmental or psychological crisis common to all men and women. Psychologist Dr. Eric Erikson defines middle adulthood as between 40 and 65. These are the years when people are faced more closely with the inevitable aspect of the aging process.
  • Why Inspiration Matters

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    In ”Why Inspiration Matters” ( Psychology Today, 2011), Scott Kaufman discusses the power of inspiration as a real driving force towards helping us achieve the goals we want in life. Not only does it boost dopamine levels in the brain, which explain the increase in motivation and positive feelings , Kaufman says “Inspirationallows us to transcend our ordinary experiences and limitations and is a strong driver of the attainment of our goals, productivity, creativity, and well-being.”. This has huge implications for how we could be learning to approach not only our…
 
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    CorePsych

  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder Insights

    Dr Charles Parker
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
    CorePsych Too Much Copper? Intermittent Explosive Disorder – Fresh Perspectives For IED About 90% of IED children exhibit a very elevated Cu/ Zn ratio in blood, coincident with increased urine pyrroles. William Walsh PhD Biology, Bipolar and Personality More than simply a mood disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder seems so completely atypical and unreasonable. IED behavior is, as Dr Walsh describes in his Nutrient Power,1 like an exploding volcano or a runaway train, often out of the blue.  With fresh neuroscience insights those who suffer with IED clearly need more consideration…
  • Oppositional Defiant Insights

    Dr Charles Parker
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    CorePsych Oppositional Defiant And Stuck Oppositional Defiant Becomes More Treatable Most persons diagnosed with oppositional-defiant disorder were undermethylated. William Walsh, PhD Stuck Is Frozen | Unstuck: A More Complicated Process For years we identified oppositional defiant behaviors by using inadequate, superficial, appearance criteria. Because no biological markers existed these lost, certainly misunderstood, oppositional defiant individuals often became segregated, even by the mental health community, as quite untreatable. The internal admonition: “Refer him out.”…
  • Copper Levels, Mind, Anxiety and Estrogen

    Dr Charles Parker
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:47 am
    CorePsych Free Copper and Anxiety Copper Levels: How and Why Blood copper levels elevate brain copper. The results often start with decreased Executive Function or ADHD symptoms, and Anxiety.1  Copper matters. How Very briefly: copper facilitates the breakdown of dopamine into norepinephrine. [See the illustration just below.] Free copper levels, measured by using serum copper and ceruloplasmin calculations, will become important in treatment only if measured and identified. Calculations are in order. ———————- Copper Facilitates Dopamine to…
  • Biomedical Testing Additions At CorePsych

    Dr Charles Parker
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    CorePsych Biomedical Testing Adds New Markers Biomedical Testing Evolves At CorePsych Last week I spent 5 days with Dr Bill Walsh at the Walsh Research Institute learning key clinical details on Walsh Protocols- and I strongly encourage any medical colleagues to sign on for the next Walsh Conference, anticipated in Spring 2015. Dr Walsh invited Dr Elizabeth Mumper, world authority on Autism Spectrum Disorder as a key presenter for that Walsh Research Institute training, with specific planned focus on Autism.  Many returned to Chicago after attending the first US Walsh Research Institute…
  • Toxic Metal Overload Depression – Walsh Biotype

    Dr Charles Parker
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    CorePsych Identify Toxic Metals Toxic Metal Overload Depression – Walsh Biotypes: 5th of 5 Subsets Since depression due to metal toxicity is relatively uncommon, a logical first step is to rule out the presence of undermethylation , folate deficiency, copper overload, pyrrole disorder, casein /gluten allergy , or a thyroid imbalance. ~ William Walsh Toxic Metal Overload: ADHD, Depression & Treatment Failure WD5: Walsh Depression #5 – This is the last in a series [WD1: Undermethylation here, | WD2: Overmethylation here | WD3: Copper Excess here | WD4: Pyrrole Disorder here] of…
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    Connecting Hypnotherapy...

  • The Life Script

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    A script is a personal life plan which an individual decides early in life and is based upon his or her interpretation of the external and internal events which affect them. The script is a decisional model - this is very important - if I chose my own script then at any time given the right circumstances I can choose to make a change in my script. (When this change takes place in therapy the client is said to have made a Redecision.)A potential script decision is made when a person discounts his own free child needs in order to survive. Only after several discounts does…
  • What is Consciousness?

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    What Is Consciousness?Excerpted for Choices and Illusions by Eldon TaylorWhat is consciousness? Language is often thought to be the tool of consciousness and evidence for the kind of consciousness that makes humans different from monkeys. Indeed, language has often been referred to as the “jewel of cognition.” Some scientists have argued that Neanderthal man possessed advanced talking ability. This assertion is largely based upon a neck bone found in 1988. Other scientists argue for a more recent origin to speech—recent in this sense being between 50 and 100 thousand years ago. By…
  • The Relation Between Bipolar Disorder and Music

    15 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    Music can be a positive force in mental health. It can calm and give peace, it can impart peace of mind and provide a healthy diversion from the harshness of life. It is important to be selective in one's choices in music.Music, for some, can be a deeply emotional experience. When one identifies with some particular music, bonds with it, the emotions being imparted are like the flow of electricity, they flow from the singer, to the CD or radio, to you, and become a part of you, deeply affect you.Music can raise or lower moods. One can see how music could have an impact for some persons, who…
  • Shell Shock in World War One

    11 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    On 7 July 1916, Arthur Hubbard painfully set pen to paper in an attempt to explain to his mother why he was no longer in France. He had been taken from the battlefields and deposited in the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital suffering from 'shell shock'. In his words, his breakdown was related to witnessing 'a terrible sight that I shall never forget as long as I live'. He told his mother:'We had strict orders not to take prisoners, no matter if wounded my first job was when I had finished cutting some of their wire away, to empty my magazine on 3 Germans that came out of one of their deep…
  • Eldon Taylor New Book Launch!! Author Questions and Answers

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Q:  You came from a fascinating background.  How did you get inspired to write your books?ET: As a practicing criminalist, nearly every day I saw someone, who had a world of potential, blow it over some silly stupid notion.  Perhaps they stole from their employer and rationalized it away since in their minds the employer was a bum who treated and paid them unfairly.  The fact is, every perpetrator of a criminal act can tell you why they did it, and when you stand back, their answers are justifications more than reasons.It became clear to me that many people were making…
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    What is Psychology?

  • Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters

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

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

    WIP
    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

    WIP
    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

    WIP
    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,…
 
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    The Official PersonaBubble Blog

  • To find greater happiness at work, first look at your personality

    Rob Bailey
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:18 am
    Do you love your job? If you do, great! You are in a relatively small group who can confidently say that they are truly engaged at work. If you are like the millions of professionals who aren’t completely satisfied at work, there are many reasons why you might not: a bad boss, a tricky commute, boring work, lack of autonomy, a toxic company culture, and so on. You may even be thinking of career change.However, one of the most important reasons for feeling dissatisfied at work might be just as important as the above, but a little harder to see. It’s your personality. The connection…
  • What Career Suits Your Personality Best?

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

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

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

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

  • Ep 230: Questionable Research - With A Famous Psychologist Involved

    Michael Britt
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Might you be able to rid yourself of an illness by "turning back the clock"? That is, by immersing yourself in a time in your life when you were not ill? Psychology has always struggled to separate itself from those who would "borrow" good ideas and take them too far or twist them in ways that promise people too much. We're now more sensitive than ever about how psychological research is conducted and there are a lot of questions about a proposed new study by Ellen Langer that seems to be skirting some serious ethical issues in order to carry out a study with cancer patients - a study that…
  • Ep 229: What Makes a Song Popular? Psychology of Music: How We Detect Melody

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    What makes some songs so popular? Guess what - psychologists actually know a lot of the answers. In this episode we'll listen to excerpts from Leonard Cohen's song Hallelujah, as well as Noisestorm's Ignite, Adele's Someone Like You, the Enterprise Theme from Star Trek, and even two pieces of music from the motion picture Koyaanisqatsi. We'll especially deconstruct "Hallelujah" to figure out why it is such a popular song. Many thanks to musician extraordiaire - Steve Kessler.
  • Ep 228: Did B.F.Skinner Raise His Children in a Skinner Box?

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    You may have heard this rumor about B.F. Skinner raising his children in one of his (presumably oversized) "Skinner boxes". Is there any truth to this? Related rumors: that Skinner's daughter became mentally ill as a result of being raised in this box and that she sued her father when she became an adult. We finally find the answer to this long held belief in this fictional interview with B.F. himself (the audio is really Skinner talking).
  • Ep 227: I Remember How I Felt (Or Do You)?

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Do "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation" or are we actually pretty happy most of the time? As it turns out humans are far more resilient than you think. Ever heard of the term "affective forecasting"? It's something we do every day and very often we make mistakes doing it. In this episode you'll learn more about positive psychology from the authors of a new book called Pollyanna's Revenge. Another myth put to rest: "depressive realism" - the idea that there's an advantage to being depressed - that depressed people are more realistic about the world than non-depressed people. That's not…
  • 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."
 
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    The Socially Responsible Practitioner

  • From Graduate School to Employment: Networking via Professional Associations

    The Adler School
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Briana Colton graduated in October with her Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy from the Adler School in Chicago. A 31-year-old Chicago resident, she is blogging for us to chronicle her experiences navigating the transition between graduate school and full-time employment—and to share her progress and insights with the Adler community including current students and fellow graduates.  Elaborating on her previous post on the value of networking in her job search, Briana writes: There are many ways in which my public relations and fundraising background set the stage for success in my…
  • Institute on Social Exclusion Update: Youth Mentoring on Chicago’s South Side

    The Adler School
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    Chicago’s South Side neighborhood of Englewood experiences high rates of crime, poverty, and violence. Under these conditions and with a general lack of resources, young people who live there are less likely than youth in other Chicago neighborhoods to develop into healthy adults. The youth in Englewood experience social exclusion: the process by which certain groups are denied access to basic resources, opportunities, and rights that are otherwise provided in developed communities.  Yet they are not taught or provided the opportunity to challenge and change the conditions under…
  • From Graduate School to Employment: Why I Network–and How

    The Adler School
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Briana Colton graduated in October with her Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy from the Adler School in Chicago. A 31-year-old Chicago resident, she is blogging for us to chronicle her experiences navigating the transition between graduate school and full-time employment—and to share her progress and insights with the Adler community including current students and fellow graduates.  In her second post, Briana writes: Job searching is hard. Anyone who has done it will say the same.  Whether you are looking for full-time employment or a part-time contract position, seeking out fresh…
  • From Graduate School to Employment: Chronicling a Career Journey

    The Adler School
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Briana Colton graduated in October with her Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy from the Adler School in Chicago. A 31-year-old Chicago resident, she is blogging for us to chronicle her experiences navigating the transition between graduate school and full-time employment—and to share her progress and insights with the Adler community including current students and fellow graduates.  In this first post to introduce herself, Briana writes: Growing up in Minnesota, my dream was to become an author and an illustrator. However, most of my creative expression occurred through performing…
  • Deaf in Prison: Advocating for Social Change

    The Adler School
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Update 11/5/14: We’ve revised this post to update the details for our Deaf in Prison work group meeting. The new time and date is 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 19. Earlier this week, we posted on “Deaf in Prison: Examining Social Exclusion in Systems,” and invited everyone to a program at our Chicago campus examining social exclusion in prison systems affecting the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Organized by the Adler School’s Institute on Social Exclusion, the Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice, and the M.A. in Public Policy and Administration program, the program…
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    PsyPost

  • Study suggests homosexuality evolved to promote social bonding in humans

    University of Portsmouth
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    Homosexual behaviour may have evolved to promote social bonding in humans, according to new research. The results of a preliminary study provide the first evidence that our need to bond with others increases our openness to engaging in homosexual behaviour. Dr Diana Fleischman, of the University of Portsmouth, and colleagues examined the relationship between progesterone [...]The post Study suggests homosexuality evolved to promote social bonding in humans appeared first on PsyPost.
  • ‘Trigger’ for stress processes discovered in the brain

    Medical University of Vienna
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:07 am
    At the Center for Brain Research at the MedUni Vienna an important factor for stress has been identified in collaboration with the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm (Sweden). This is the protein secretagogin that plays an important role in the release of the stress hormone CRH and which only then enables stress processes in the brain [...]The post ‘Trigger’ for stress processes discovered in the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Mindfulness treatment as effective as CBT for depression and anxiety

    Lund University
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    Group mindfulness treatment is as effective as individual cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in patients with depression and anxiety, according to a new study from Lund University in Sweden and Region Skåne. This is the first randomised study to compare group mindfulness treatment and individual cognitive behavioural therapy in patients with depression and anxiety in primary [...]The post Mindfulness treatment as effective as CBT for depression and anxiety appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Fragile X study offers hope of new autism treatment

    University of Edinburgh
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    People affected by a common inherited form of autism could be helped by a drug that is being tested as a treatment for cancer. Researchers who have identified a chemical pathway that goes awry in the brains of Fragile X patients say the drug could reverse their behavioural symptoms. The scientists have found that a [...]The post Fragile X study offers hope of new autism treatment appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Stroke damage mechanism identified

    University of Leeds
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    Researchers have discovered a mechanism linked to the brain damage often suffered by stroke victims–and are now searching for drugs to block it. Strokes happen when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off but much of the harm to survivors’ memory and other cognitive function is often actually caused by “oxidative [...]The post Stroke damage mechanism identified appeared first on PsyPost.
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    WatersEdge

  • 5 Tips to Manage Stress Over the Holiday Season

    Jessica Morris
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    As much as the holiday season is full of fun and food, it invariably also involves people dynamics. This is great when we want to look like a picture perfect Hallmark greeting card of a family, but we all know this is simply not true. Below the surface of the grins, laughter and greetings of, “Look how you’ve grown!” there is often an undercurrent of stress, anxiety and misunderstanding. This is not to say we don’t love one another- we do. But whenever a group of people come together who are tightly bonded, conflict tends to surface because we are in a pressure cooker of a social…
  • How You Respond to Your Partner Can Change Your Marriage

    Jessica Morris
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    When you notice something, it is quite natural to mention it to the people around you. For instance, if you said, “That’s a nice car; I’d like to buy one of them someday,” you would look to the people around you to comment back and affirm your statement. We do this to develop relationships and strong bonds with people. But we don’t always receive this engaging response to our bid for others to turn toward us. Imagine if, instead of encouraging you to pursue this dream of buying your “dream vehicle,” your friend said, “As if you’ll ever be able to afford that!”…
  • 5 Tips for Technology Use in Your Couple Relationship

    Jessica Morris
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Apple, the Apple logo and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Do you ever feel like your partner spends more time on Facebook than in actual conversation with you? Perhaps you are in a long distance relationship and texting daily is your saving grace? As with anything there are both positive and negatives to the use of technology, and when it comes to relationships, research shows that it can cause consequences that both help and hurt couples. According to a study by Paw Research Institute, 66 per cent of American adults actively use social media.
  • The Truth About Alcohol and Abuse

    Jessica Morris
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    It is very Australian to consume large amounts of alcohol, in fact it is a behaviour that envelopes much of our lives. President of the Australian Medical Association Brian Owler says this needs to change. In a speech given to the AMA National Alcohol Summit, he stated some of the raw and honest facts about Australians and alcohol abuse. When the onus is largely on our personal use of alcohol and taking responsibility for our actions, Owler reminds us that the misuse of alcohol has wider repercussions than just the drunken behaviour of the individual. He shares, The devastating consequences…
  • Understanding Anxiety

    Jessica Morris
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    We all feel anxious at different times in our lives. Whether we are stressed about bills, relationships or work, it is a physical and mental sensation we all must work through. For many of us, anxiety can be far more than a momentary feeling, and we live with an anxiety disorder which causes unnecessary and unhealthy worry about many aspects of our lives. This can also negatively affect our physical health. This infographic by Global Medical Education shows us some of the signs and symptoms of anxiety, and reveals how it affects our society. Have you ever felt your chest tighten up, your…
 
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    Career Assessment Site

  • Myers-Briggs® test ESFP Personality Type and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Myers-Briggs test ESFP Types and Leadership  Have you ever wanted to be a more efficient leader or manager? Have you wondered how you can best lead a corporate team or group? Learning about The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, your Myers-Briggs® personality type, and the array of tools available, can greatly improve your understanding of yourself and those around you. Additionally, this awareness can aid you in becoming a more efficient leader, manager, and team member and possibly even a motivator or mentor. This week, we will learn about how The Extraverted-Sensing-Feeling-Perceiving…
  • Myers Briggs® ISFP Personality Types and Leadership Style

    Geeta Aneja
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Myers Briggs® ISFP Personality Types and Leadership Style Knowing your Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI® test) personality type can help you lead more effectively. Knowing the personality types of your peers and employees can also help you build stronger teams and committees, in the long run increasing your organization’s efficiency. In this blog, we describe how ISFP’s, who are Introverted-Sensing-Feeling-Perceptive types, can capitalize on their strengths in the workplace and support others in doing the same. Image courtesy of Anusorn P nachol at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Following…
  • Myers-Briggs® Test MBTI® Test ISFJ Personality Types and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Myers-Briggs® Test MBTI® Test ISFJ Personality Types and Leadership Being aware of your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality type will help you more effectively use your strengths and ease the process of dealing with challenges that may arise. The best way to position yourself for success is to learn that of your leadership style, and utilize this knowledge in a positive manner towards growth in your daily life at the workplace. This week’s blog focuses on the ISFJ MBTI test personality type, The Introverted-Sensing-Feeling-Judging type. Image courtesy of digitalart at…
  • Myers-Briggs® MBTI® Test ESTP Personality Types and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Myers-Briggs® MBTI® Test ESTP Personality Types and Leadership This week, we are building on last week’s theme of “The 10% Stretch” (Robinson, 2008) by considering how Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) ESTP (Extraverted-Sensing- Thinking-Perceiving) leaders can capitalize on their strengths and stretch them to lead even more effectively. Image courtesy of cooldesign at FreeDigitalPhotos.net In coming posts, we will explore the leadership qualities of even more Myers Briggs® Types and how knowing your personality type challenges and strengths can help you be a more effective…
  • Myers Briggs® MBTI Test ESTJ Personality Types and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Myers Briggs® MBTI® Test ESTJ Personality Types and Leadership Just like runners stretch their hamstrings to ultimately increase their speed and agility, you as a leader need to stretch beyond your comfort zone and into your growth zone to increase your leadership skills. Identifying and understanding your Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality type can help you do this to become a stronger, more versatile leader. This week, we will focus on how Extraverted-Sensing-Thinking-Judging (ESTJ) MBTI test types can identify their personality strengths and stretch them by 10%. Image…
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  • Thanksgiving Day – 2014

    Irene
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Each of us has a great deal for which to be grateful but Thanksgiving Day is never all it’s cracked up to be. The post Thanksgiving Day – 2014 appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Making friends: Leery right from the start

    Irene
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:48 am
    Making friends: Leery right from the start The post Making friends: Leery right from the start appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • In the Media – Holidays: how to navigate awkward situations (Journal News)

    Irene
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Journalist Linda Lombroso queried etiquette experts, including The Friendship Doctor, asking their advice for getting out of awkward situations gracefully during the holidays. The post In the Media – Holidays: how to navigate awkward situations (Journal News) appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Reader Wisdom: On learning how to connect

    Irene
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:23 am
    A reader writes about how she learned to connect with other people and find friendships. The post Reader Wisdom: On learning how to connect appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Too desperate for friendship

    Irene
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:32 am
    If you are too desperate, you may make bad choices when it comes to friendship. The post Too desperate for friendship appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
 
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  • Social Effectiveness Therapy Beats Social Anxiety, Study Shows

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

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

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

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Brain training is a hot topic. It’s a million-dollar business and its popularity is still increasing. We have been interested in increasing people’s intelligence since the study of intelligence, but... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Affect Heuristic: How We Feel is How We Think

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Do you feel that your emotions control what you think? Or do you find it difficult to be rational when you are emotional? Consider this example: If someone has harmed you, you quickly arrive at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Accessible Psychology

  • Stop the bus and leave drama at the next stop! Part Three

    jennyleigh
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    When we deal with the drama triangle assertively we often reap countless benefits. We are able to not only refuse disrespectful treatment from others but are also able to remain respectful towards others. In being assertive we can successfully avoid both the victim and prosecutor roles, taking ourselves completely out of the triangle. Once out of the drama triangle we can then engage in more assertive communication, promoting adult exchanges which are both respectful and honest.   Thankfully my drama is behind me now and even though I hope to never be drawn into the drama triangle again,…
  • Stop the bus and leave drama at the next stop! Part Two

    jennyleigh
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    To avoid the vicious drama triangle we can use assertiveness, leaving the rescuer, victim and prosecutor roles behind us. If assertiveness is unfamiliar territory for you then fear not, the basic principles of assertive behaviour are very straight forward. When being assertive there are four key points to address: Acknowledge what has been said. E.g. use statements like ‘I understand’ and ‘I understand what you have said’. State the facts about the situation using non-biased language. E.g. ‘It was a gift from everyone’. State the impact the situation has had on you, avoiding…
  • New ‘Best Websites’ Page Featuring The Webs Most Outstanding Psychology and Mental Health Sites

    jennyleigh
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
      Hi All,   As you might have noticed there have been quite a few new additions here at Accessible Psychology and I’m particularly excited about my new ‘Best Websites’ page. If you or someone you know has been impacted by mental health it features charity websites like Mind and Rethink that are both highly informative and very supportive. Mind has an entire section on ‘helping someone else’ whilst Rethink offers invaluable practical advise on living with mental illness.   The Depression Alliance also provides an amazing support network for…
  • New ‘Best Resources’ Page Featuring The Webs Most Exceptional Psychology Resources

    jennyleigh
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:42 pm
      H All,   Here at Accessible Psychology I like to make things, well, accessible, so I have taken it upon myself to source the most exceptional psychology resources from all over the web and share them with you in one place, right here on my ‘Best Resources’ page. These resources are highly recommended by all top therapists. How do I know you say? Well, a therapist from none other than The Priory recommended them as the very best!   I like to think I have catered for everything so if you would like to become more assertive try the ‘Assert Yourself’ CBT…
  • Stop the bus and leave drama at the next stop! Part One

    jennyleigh
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Recently I found myself in the middle of drama with one of my good friends. The experience was all consuming, one minute I was crying and the next I was angry. During this gut-wrenching conflict I couldn’t eat, I frequently cried myself to sleep and everything in my life seemed to stop. I even stopped training for my 5k run for charity (thankfully I managed to complete the race, albeit with a lot of huffing and puffing). This went on for around a month. What surprised me most was how the situation gained momentum and spiralled out of control so quickly. With no exaggeration, the impact of…
 
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  • Believe in yourself

    Effie
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    Don’t waste time getting upset at those that criticize your life. It’s always someone who has no idea of the price you
  • Your Photo of the Day – The Children’s Place

    Effie
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:18 am
    Looking like playfully scattered confetti, children sled a snowy hill in Shizukuishi, Japan. Masami Murooka calls it an “extraordinary playground,” which emerged
  • When love is lost: dealing with a breakup

    Effie
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    Breakups are hard. Whether you are ending a marriage or a long-term relationship, the impact is the same even if you are
  • Stay positive

    Effie
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:49 am
    Every day may not be good…but there is something good in every day.
  • Your Photo of the Day – Seal Dive

    Effie
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:38 am
    Southern Africa has some of the world’s richest waters. But debate swirls over how to sustain these seas and the fishing communities
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    Hi Tim - HOME

  • Bridging the Thigh Gap

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    Hi Tim,I'm a woman in my late 20's. My fiancee proposed to me about six months ago, and we'll be married in May 2015. He really is a great guy, so keep an open mind about my story. I've been complaining a little too much about my weight. Even though I'm only carrying about an extra 20 pounds, I've been obsessing on it and so he set a goal for me to get my thigh gap back, which is something he finds attractive on women. He cut out some magazine pictures of women with thigh gaps and posted them all over our apartment for inspiration. He got a measuring tape so we can check…
  • It Was Bronly a Matter of Time

    17 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Hi Tim,Help! My daughter just turned 15. She's a nerd and might be more into My Little Pony than the level I'm comfortable with, but it's wholesome and non-threatening. Until now. She wants to attend a convention a few hours away in costume with a couple of friends. I might have been okay with that until I heard that some of her online "friends" are men in their 30's! Sorry, I have a problem with that! I went to one of these cons with her before and I could honestly live without a repeat of that experience. But I will if I have to do it. Of course, she's completely offended that I…
  • I Said Baby... Not Maybe

    11 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    Hi Tim,I am 32 yrs. old; I have been married for 5 yrs and a total of 13yrs together. I have been ready to have a baby for the last three years. To which my husband says he is ready because he loves his nieces and kids in general, but won’t commit to having kids. I know he loves me; I know he wants kids with me but says that he doesn’t feel financially ready for that responsibility. We are pretty stable. We bought a house in 2008 in a nice area, we both drive cars that are within 5 years old. We are not rich by all means but stable. My friends and family have been asking for years…
  • Pumpkin Spice

    3 Nov 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Hi Tim, I’m a retired widow in my 70’s living alone. A few months ago a young family moved into the house next door. Their children are a third grader and teenage boy who seem okay but also a teenage girl who is wild. She’s only 15 but she has a boyfriend and they spend a lot of time in his car when he is supposed to be dropping her off. Of course things get steamy on the front porch too, which is screened in (hard to see into at night) with couches, chairs and a fall display of pumpkins, gourds, corn wreaths, and such. Their little boy plays outside with my grandchildren…
  • Peepers Creepers!

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Hi Tim,I’m a single guy, mid 30’s, and I live in high-rise lofts with a courtyard but my unit is in a unique and awkward position. There’s a young girl, about 20, attractive and single college student who lives across the garden from me. We see each other in passing, at the mailboxes or laundry sometimes, or say hello but never any conversation. My unit is in a corner and so close to hers that I can never open a blind or look out a window without staring directly into her place! The large shower windows are directly across from each other, along with the patio/balcony doors…
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  • Grief and Gratitude

    Christine Canty
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Last year on Thanksgiving, my family was gathered at my parents’ home in Portland. Their best friends of 30 years, Tom and Susan, were with us. This pair was my surrogate Aunt and Uncle throughout my childhood. After everyone had settled in the living room for some wine and appetizers, my skinny blond 6-year-old nephew, a boy as much like Calvin from the cartoon strip as I’ve ever seen, sidled up to Susan’s chair and said quietly, “I made a cat out of clay with Auntie Chris and Daddy today.” Susan’s very Swedish face opened with delight and just the right amount of mischief, her…
  • The Selfie: Using Photography as a Form of Self Reflection

    Doug Ronning
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:14 pm
    The selfie is ubiquitous in social media. Propelled by the ever-present camera phone, most of these digital self-portraits are casual, spontaneous and off the cuff — literally taken at arm’s length. Some bloggers and the mainstream press have linked the selfie with narcissism, someone even coined the term “selfie syndrome.” There are also those, like art critic Jerry Saltz, who see it as a “new visual genre—a type of self-portraiture formally distinct from all others in history.” As an expressive arts and drama therapist, I see the selfie as a valuable tool…
  • Can Therapy Help Us Save the Planet?

    Lily Sloane
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:59 pm
    “How sad to think that nature speaks and mankind doesn’t listen.” -Victor Hugo For a long time, I’ve felt driven to write about climate change and our denial of nature (inside and outside ourselves) yet couldn’t get the words on the page. I’d pull up a blank document and just stare and stare until I was in tears. As I try once again I notice a pull to shut down. I can feel the grief of disconnection in my body and I don’t want to feel it for a second longer. I want to close the page and do things I keep thinking will make me happy – the distractions of consumption. I want…
  • Psychotherapy and the Fundamentals of Life

    Tiffany McLain
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    As a young person, I hated math. By the time I made it into 1st grade, I began to sense a connection between those drills, 100 problems in 90 seconds, and my own flimsy mortality. I decided early on that numbers were created for no other purpose than to torture the pure of heart and, thus, summarily dismissed them. My negligence was revealed, however, when I brought home my first (and last!) “C” in 6th grade. My father looked at my report card and then regarded me with disappointment. “Tiffany,” he said, his voice grave. “In order to be successful, you must understand the…
  • Understanding Depression: Void vs. Emptiness

    Marty Cooper
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    Depression is a pretty odd thing, different from other “illnesses,” in that it ranges between very grungy and visceral experiences like fatigue, through problems with sleep and eating, and then into the lofty realms of the meaning of life.  Well, I suppose to its credit, at least it’s not boring. Understanding depression calls us to learn to use the full range of ourselves in service of healing.  If it were a musical instrument, it would be much more like learning the drumset versus the recorder:  all the limbs eventually have to be included and coordinated, otherwise we are playing…
 
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    BrainSpeak

  • Improve Your Sleep By Using Mindfulness at Work

    Staff Writer
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Increasing your ability to separate home from work can increase your ability to succeed at home and at work. By separating the two any work related insomnia can go away and less worry about work can leave work. This can be done by increasing mindfulness, and there are even some medications through Rx that can assist in this matter. Read the full article here: How Mindfulness at Work Improves Your Sleep The post Improve Your Sleep By Using Mindfulness at Work appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Do You Forget To Be Grateful For These Privileges?

    Staff Writer
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    This article gives a list of simple yet profound truths that apply to most people’s lives, truths that are easily taken for granted. Many of us spend too much time focusing on what is going wrong around us, becoming victims of our own circumstance in our minds. This article puts the problems many people have in daily life into perspective, hopefully inspiring a fresh view of gratitude. Read the full article here: 10 Great Privileges We Forget to Be Thankful For The post Do You Forget To Be Grateful For These Privileges? appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • What Are The Benefits of Practicing Silence?

    Staff Writer
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:45 pm
    A former monk discusses what it means to be silent. Practicing silence is internal and eliminates all of the distractions of the external world. Silence allows the individual to find their inner voice and to quiet their spirit. He discusses how the art of silence was practiced in the monastery and also how it can be applied to life outside the monastery by setting aside a certain time of the day. Read the full article here: The Splendid Practice of Silence The post What Are The Benefits of Practicing Silence? appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Easy Ways To Improve Productivity AND Well-Being!

    Staff Writer
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:44 pm
    There are many ways to be more productive other than pushing yourself to do more. The most important is getting a good night of sleep and putting the coffee off. Other ways to improve your well-being is to get exercise and eat away from your desk. Stop working late and don’t overwork yourself to death. Being healthy in mind and body is very important. Read the full article here: 10 Ways To Improve Your Well-Being (And Productivity) The post Easy Ways To Improve Productivity AND Well-Being! appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • 12 Simple Ways to Change Your Internal State – Physiology

    Robert Holmes
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    by Robert Holmes “We are offering options, choice and the possibility of planning a different future” ~Dr. Ian Snape, on the Nature of Coaching In today’s wellness focused environment we see more working together between medical doctors, psychologists and life coaches. And that’s great. I have a client, let’s call him Paul, who has been clinically diagnosed with three separate and fairly serious mental disorders. He suffers from long bouts of euphoria followed by long bouts of depression, an inability to connect with his emotions and low grade social anxiety. Paul is exactly the…
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  • 3 Reverse Psychology Tips To Use On Your Ex

    admin
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    If you’re like me, you’ve had relationships end that you didn’t want to end. Your partner breaks up with you and that gut feeling hits you later on that something isn’t right. Well if you find yourself in that situation, there’s a few reverse psychology techniques you can use to try and get them back. 1) Stay Looking Good When you’re down in the dumps about a failed relationship, it’s normal to let yourself go a bit so what should you do? The exact opposite! Even though you might not feel like a million bucks, keeping up with your looks and…
  • 3 Best Reverse Psychology Books On The Market

    admin
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:09 pm
    So you’re looking to learn more about reverse psychology? Look no further because today, we’re going to be going over our three favorite reverse psychology books. These books will greatly enhance your knowledge of reverse psychology and give you new insight and methods that you can use whether you’re in sales, marketing or just looking to read and understand people better. There are a lot of psychology books out there that in my opinion, are overrated. They’re either too cryptic with their explanations or only cover one half of what they state too. Have no worries…
  • 2 Reverse Psychology Tips For Your Love Life

    admin
    9 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    2 Reverse Psychology Tips For Your Love Life When it comes to the dating and relationship world, men and women have one thing in common: they both use the same reverse psychology tricks, sometimes without even noticing. Today we’re going to go over 2 common methods people use to draw attention from the opposite sex, whether it’s your ex or somebody you’re dating. Everybody is different and some people appear to be reserved and emotionless, so techniques like these can also give you more insight as to what a person you care about is actually feeling. 1) Be Challenging…
  • Should You Use Reverse Psychology On Your Child?

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Should You Use Reverse Psychology On Your Child? When you have a child, you want them to make the right decisions but is reverse psychology an effective way of getting them to? In many ways, yes, but if done commonly or incorrectly, it can have a negative effect. When you get down to the basics, there’s positive forms of reverse psychology and there’s negative forms. With a child, you always want it to be positive. In these instances, you never want to tell your child what they shouldn’t do, you want to tell them what they SHOULD do. Giving Them Choices A good technique to…
  • Reverse Psychology Sales Trick

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
       Mike Michalowicz’s reverse psychology technique speaks on the natural tendency for humans to go opposite of what they hear, resisting suggestion. I don’t want to spoil much but this neat little tip can come in handy and makes you say “why didn’t I think of that?”   The post Reverse Psychology Sales Trick appeared first on Reverse Psychology Zone.
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  • Upward Spiral Of Success

    Loi Liang Yang
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    The rich gets richer and the poor gets poorer. The main focus of today’s sharing is on how does this allegation actually came about. Being able to have lived all my life in a very modern and developed society, and having the capacity to explore the less fortunate communities surrounding my country, has brought this topic for you today. In Singapore, you have a large community of very hard working and intelligent people, and as such, it attracts the similarly successful people to invest and innovate in this community. Since I was young, I have been inculcated with the belief that hard…
  • A Sociopath Thoughts

    Loi Liang Yang
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:54 pm
    I size people up based on their demographics, and then I deploy the most appropriate psychological manipulation framework based on the hundreds of books I have read pertaining to the human mind. Although I still make plenty of mistakes when executing one of the models that I have developed based on years and thousands of human interactions, the overall statistics is stack largely in my favour. There is a point in time whereby you can actually befriend so many people and store all of their personal details in your mind, in a structured and organized manner in which you then apply analytical…
  • Disarming External Interrupts

    Loi Liang Yang
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:19 pm
    External interrupts can jeopardize the entire seduction process and it is essential in capable of dealing with interruptions from external sources. As I began to ramp up group approaches, I kept encountering disruptions and was extremely frustrated with getting cock blocked despite having flipped attraction switches rapidly only for the attraction state to be passivated by her friends. I had to think through thoroughly the alternative solutions and today I will be sharing with you some advanced techniques of seduction. 1) Approach The Entire Group First Most men make the mistake of…
  • Sexual Strategy & Selection

    Loi Liang Yang
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Men and women adopt completely different strategies in selecting their sexual partner. Today’s discussion will focus primarily on evolution as the baseline of discussion in order to properly interpret the approach made use of by the two genders in our specie toward sexual strategy and selection. It is extremely important to be capable of looking at results of our dating strategy from an evolutionary point of view as much of our neurological thinking stems largely from the capacity to survive. 1) Gender Resistance and Aggression One of the two genders must become the aggressor in the…
  • Art Of Seduction

    Loi Liang Yang
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    It is all fun and laughters until you realize how efficient some individuals have become in the art of seduction. Two of my best friends are literally dating supermodels from Europe and America without having the need to drive a Ferrari or Lamborghini from wealth accumulation. One of their dates had an ex-boyfriend who plays in the English Premier League and earns a quarter of a million pounds a week. The other of my friend dates a supermodel from America who earns in the 5 figures every month through cat walks and photo-shoots. So what makes two of my best friends so attractive despite the…
 
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