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  • Remnants of a Life on Paper - A Book Review

    Lloyd I. Sederer, M.D.
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    If you are looking for reasons to believe in God, they abound in this book. If you are looking for reasons not to believe in God, they abound in this book. read more
  • Why You Should Talk To Strangers

    Jeremy Dean
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Study asked some commuters to make an effort to speak to strangers, while others sat in solitude.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: Stop Being Socially Lazy and Start Enjoying Yourself Friends Share More Similar DNA Than Strangers Movie-and-Talk: Can This Simple Exercise Help Save a Marriage? Promises: The Psychology of Making, Breaking or Exceeding Them Why Do We Enjoy Listening to Sad Music?
  • Debunking Myers-Briggs personality test: Can we pigeon­hole people?

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

    Psychology Matters Asia
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Let me tell you something that might sound radical to you: we all live in an "addicted society." Society contributes a huge part into the corruption, dysfunction, or breakdown of individuals and families in our world. Would that be so difficult for you to grasp?
  • Reading Your Psychotherapist’s Mind

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    Richard Kensinger, MSW
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    I am a clinical social worker and faculty member in psychology and community counseling. I came across a provocative article in the New York Times, Wellness section, entitled “What the Therapist Thinks About You”. I am sharing my clinical experience of sharing my notes with the clients I treat. Mental health patients do not have the ready access to office visit notes that, increasingly, other patients enjoy. But as discussed in the article, Mr. Baldwin is among about 700 patients at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center who are participating in a novel experiment. Within days of a…
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  • Are You A Collaborative Hero?

    Dana Klisanin, Ph.D.
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    Chaos Theory tells us that the movement of a butterfly’s wings on one side of the world affects weather patterns on the other side. What does this mean for us? For one thing, it means that every time we so much as send a tweet we’re setting in motion a ripple effect-one with the power to topple dictators and transform our world. read more
  • Remnants of a Life on Paper - A Book Review

    Lloyd I. Sederer, M.D.
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    If you are looking for reasons to believe in God, they abound in this book. If you are looking for reasons not to believe in God, they abound in this book. read more
  • The Asshat's Creed

    Jeremy E. Sherman, Ph.D.
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    Want early retirement from doubt and inquiry forever more, a way to live off your accumulated beliefs for the rest of your days? It's easy. Just pledge these five simple stances, and you've got it. read more
  • Perfectionism: Friend or Foe?

    The Contemporary Psychoanalysis Group
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Perfectionism: Friend or Foe? The promise and perils of unrealistic aspirations. By Max Belkin, Ph.D. read more
  • Duplicity, Lies, Manipulation, and Eating Disorders

    Judy Scheel, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Many patients with eating disorders lie about their symptoms to cover up. For some patients, manipulating and lying to others is painful and shameful. For other patients, deceiving others and covering up their symptoms is a way of life. Here are the recovery issues facing these different types of patients. read more
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  • Source Credibility and Persuasion: The Role of Message Position in Self-Validation

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

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

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

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

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

    Jeremy Dean
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Short of sleep? Your memory could be playing serious tricks on you.Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: Poor Sleep: 8 Hours With Interruptions As Bad As Only 4 Hours How Just One Night’s Poor Sleep Can Hurt a Relationship Sleep Deprivation: The 10 Most Profound Psychological Effects Offline Learning: How The Mind Learns During Sleep Lying: False Denials Are Harder to Remember Than False Descriptions
  • Why You Should Talk To Strangers

    Jeremy Dean
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Study asked some commuters to make an effort to speak to strangers, while others sat in solitude.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: Stop Being Socially Lazy and Start Enjoying Yourself Friends Share More Similar DNA Than Strangers Movie-and-Talk: Can This Simple Exercise Help Save a Marriage? Promises: The Psychology of Making, Breaking or Exceeding Them Why Do We Enjoy Listening to Sad Music?
  • How To Be Happy: 6 Most Uplifting TED Talks

    Jeremy Dean
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    How to be happy at work, at play, with our money and with our minds. The first two are among the most popular TED talks ever recorded.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 the Mind Works: 10 Fascinating TED Talks Superstars of Psychology: 10 Best Short Talks (Videos) 8 Psychological Keys to Spending Wisely Why Spending Money on Others Promotes Your Happiness The Psychology of Flow (in under 300 words)
  • Promises: The Psychology of Making, Breaking or Exceeding Them

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

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

  • Seeing ourselves through the eyes of the machine

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:21 am
    I’ve got an article in The Observer about how our inventions have profoundly shaped how we view ourselves because we’ve traditionally looked to technology for metaphors of human nature. We tend to think that we understand ourselves and then create technologies to take advantage of that new knowledge but it usually happens the other way round – we invent something new and then use that as a metaphor to explain the mind and brain. As history has moved on, the mind has been variously explained in terms of a wax tablets, a house with many rooms, pressures and fluids, phonograph…
  • Awaiting a theory of neural weather

    26 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    In a recent New York Times editorial, psychologist Gary Marcus noted that neuroscience is still awaiting a ‘bridging’ theory that elegantly connects neuroscience with psychology. This reflects a common belief in cognitive science that there is a ‘missing law’ to be discovered that will tell us how mind and brain are linked – but it is quite possible there just isn’t one to be discovered. Marcus writes: What we are really looking for is a bridge, some way of connecting two separate scientific languages — those of neuroscience and psychology. Such bridges…
  • Out on a limb too many

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Two neuropsychologists have written a fascinating review article about the desire to amputate a perfectly healthy limb known variously as apotemnophilia, xenomelia or body integrity identity disorder The article is published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment although some who have these desires would probably disagree that it is a disease or disorder and are more likely to compare it to transexualism. The article also discusses the two main themes in the research literature: an association with sexual fetish for limb aputation (most associated with the use of the name…
  • Towards a scientifically unified therapy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The mistakes that lead therapists to infer psychotherapy was effective, when it wasn't

    Research Digest
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:51 am
    How well can psychotherapists and their clients judge from personal experience whether therapy has been effective? Not well at all, according to a paper by Scott Lilienfeld and his colleagues. The fear is that this can lead to the continued practice of ineffective, or even harmful, treatments.The authors point out that, like the rest of us, clinicians are subject to four main biases that skew their ability to infer the effectiveness of their psychotherapeutic treatments. This includes the mistaken belief that we see the world precisely as it is (naive realism and our tendency to…
  • Link feast

    Research Digest
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week:Getting Over ProcrastinationMaria Konnikova with an overview of some fascinating genetic research.The End of ‘Genius’"[T]he lone genius is a myth that has outlived its usefulness" writes Joshua Shenk.Do You Need a Mental Health First Aider in The Office?Mental health "first aider" Charlotte Walker explains her role.Won’t They Help?Dwyer Gunn for Aeon magazine looks at new programmes that are using psychological insights to combat the Bystander Phenomenon.Dude, Where’s My Frontal Cortex?Robert Sapolsky describes…
  • How our judgments about criminals are swayed by disgust, biological explanations and animalistic descriptions

    Research Digest
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    We expect of our jurors and judges calm, reasoned evaluation of the evidence. Of course we know the reality is rather different - prejudice and emotional reactions will always play their part. Now two new studies add insight into the ways people's legal judgements depart from cool objectivity.Beatrice Capestany and Lasana Harris focused on two main factors - the disgust level of a crime, and whether or not the perpetrators' personality was described in biological terms. Seventeen participants were presented with pairs of crime vignettes, with each crime in a pair matched for severity in terms…
  • Why job interviewers should focus on the candidates, not selling their organisation

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

    Research Digest
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    Zimbardo speaking in '09Conducted in 1971, the Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE) has acquired a mythical status and provided the inspiration for at least two feature-length films. You'll recall that several university students allocated to the role of jailor turned brutal and the study had to be aborted prematurely. Philip Zimbardo, the experiment's lead investigator, says the lesson from the research is that in certain situations, good people readily turn bad. "If you put good apples into a bad situation, you’ll get bad apples," he has written.The SPE was criticised back in the 70s, but…
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  • Study: Neurofeedback treatment for ADHD in only 12 sessions?

    Dr. David Rabiner
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:34 am
    Neurofeedback — also known as EEG Biofeedback — is treatment for ADHD in which individuals learn to produce and maintain a pattern of EEG activity that is consistent with a focused, attentive state. This is done by collecting EEG data from individuals as they focus on stimuli presented on a computer screen. Their ability to control the stimuli, for example, keeping the smile on a smiley face or keeping a video playing, is contingent on maintaining an EEG state consistent with focused attention. Overtime, individuals learn to do this during the training; neurofeedback proponents argue that…
  • Shaping the Brain Fitness Movement: Preliminary Summit Agenda unveiled

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    We are pleased to announce the Preliminary Agenda for the 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (October 28-30th, 2014), featuring these world-class scientists, innovators and practitioners (and more coming soon!). Please consider joining us: Dr. Adam Gaz­za­ley, Direc­tor of the Neu­ro­science Imag­ing Cen­ter at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Francisco Aki Niko­laidis, NSF Fel­low at the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois Cham­paign Urbana Alex Doman, Co-founder of Sleep Genius Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO of SharpBrains Bill Pren­ovitz, Global Prod­uct and Ser­vice…
  • Why “disorders of the brain” deserve at least equal attention as cardiovascular diseases and cancer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Anti-inflammatory drug can prevent neuron loss in Parkinson's model

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    An experimental anti-inflammatory drug can protect vulnerable neurons and reduce motor deficits in a rat model of Parkinson's disease, a study has shown. The findings demonstrate that the drug, called XPro1595, can reach the brain at sufficient levels and have beneficial effects when administered by subcutaneous injection, like an insulin shot. Previous studies of XPro1595 in animals tested more invasive modes of delivery, such as direct injection into the brain.
  • Manipulating key protein in brain holds potential against obesity, diabetes

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    A protein that controls when genes are switched on or off plays a key role in specific areas of the brain to regulate metabolism, researchers have found. The research potentially could lead to new therapies to treat obesity and diabetes, since the transcription factor involved – spliced X-box binding protein 1 – appears to influence the body's sensitivity to insulin and leptin signaling.
  • Brain tumor causes, risk factors elude scientists

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    Today, nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. are living with a brain tumor, and yet, when it comes to pinpointing causes or risk factors, scientists are still searching for answers. "Unlike the strong correlation between smoking and lung cancer, we just haven't found a specific risk factor like that for brain tumors," said a researcher. "We have determined that ionizing radiation to the head is a risk factor when received in therapeutic doses, but even in those cases, the risk of developing a brain tumor is low."
  • Klotho: neuroprotective against Alzheimer's disease

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Researchers may have found a way to delay or even prevent Alzheimer's disease. They discovered that pre-treatment of neurons with the anti-aging protein Klotho can prevent neuron death in the presence of the toxic amyloid protein and glutamate. Alzheimer's disease is the most frequent age-related dementia affecting 5.4 million Americans including 13 percent of people age 65 and older and more than 40 percent of people over the age of 85.
  • Brain's dynamic duel underlies win-win choices

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    People choosing between two or more equally positive outcomes experience paradoxical feelings of pleasure and anxiety, feelings associated with activity in different regions of the brain, according to research. In the study, participants made choices between paired products with different or similar values. Choosing between two items of high value evoked the most positive feelings and the greatest anxiety.
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    (e) Science News - Psychology & Sociology

  • Try, try again? Study says no

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    When it comes to learning languages, adults and children have different strengths. Adults excel at absorbing the vocabulary needed to navigate a grocery store or order food in a restaurant, but children have an uncanny ability to pick up on subtle nuances of language that often elude adults. Within months of living in a foreign country, a young child may speak a second language like a native speaker. read more
  • Election surprises tend to erode trust in government

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:46 pm
    When asked who is going to win an election, people tend to predict their own candidate will come out on top. When that doesn't happen, according to a new study from the University of Georgia, these "surprised losers" often have less trust in government and democracy. read more
  • 3-D image of Paleolithic child's skull reveals trauma, brain damage

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

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

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:13 am
    Men and women who have served in the military have a higher prevalence of adverse childhood events (ACEs), suggesting that enlistment may be a way to escape adversity for some. read more
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    Tri-City Psychology Services

  • Happy Canada Day

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

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

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

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

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

    Richard Kensinger, MSW
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    I am a clinical social worker and faculty member in psychology and community counseling. I came across a provocative article in the New York Times, Wellness section, entitled “What the Therapist Thinks About You”. I am sharing my clinical experience of sharing my notes with the clients I treat. Mental health patients do not have the ready access to office visit notes that, increasingly, other patients enjoy. But as discussed in the article, Mr. Baldwin is among about 700 patients at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center who are participating in a novel experiment. Within days of a…
  • The Hollywood Medical Reporter – To Care or Not to Care?

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

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

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

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

  • How to Deal with the Side Effects of Your Meds

    Michael Hedrick
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    When I was diagnosed with schizophrenia eight years ago, the first medication I took was called Abilify. It was a new drug, one that was supposed to protect against metabolic issues like gaining weight. It would’ve been fine but it had a nasty side effect no one told me about — the constant, restless feeling of needing to move. I couldn’t sit still and I was so uncomfortable that I’d take miles-long walks every day just to ease the feeling. I felt like I was about to jump out of my skin. That was a side effect called akathisia. Needless to say, it was so unpleasant that I demanded…
  • 8 Ways You Can Avoid Turning Help into Hurt in Relationships

    Eve Hogan
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Fortunately, we live in a society in which helpfulness and kindness are fairly common values. We typically consult with our friends on our troubles, help a neighbor out and offer problem-solving assistance to our spouses, family and friends. This is a beautiful thing. However, if we are not mindful, helpfulness and advice giving can be one very small step away from the less attractive behaviors of being passive-aggressive, manipulative, judgmental, attention-seeking and invasive. Here is when helpful crosses the line to hurtful: Giving advice when not asked. Advice and assistance are great…
  • Would Your Life Be Better if You Owned More Things?

    Daniel Tomasulo, Ph.D.
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. ~ Oprah Winfrey Materialists are those who have a central life focus on acquiring more things. They often relate their happiness directly to their possessions while declaring these goods as both the main source of life satisfaction and a symbol of their success in life. The answer they give to the above question is a resounding “yes” — More is always better for the materialist. But does accumulating stuff make them happy? Previous…
  • Subtle Signs You May Have Adult ADHD

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    ADHD may be hard to spot in adults, because everyone can exhibit many of the symptoms, said Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating ADHD. Many people forget important things, get bored easily, daydream, get restless and fidget, he said. “What is often overlooked are the extent and frequency of these occurrences,” Olivardia said. Adults with ADHD deal with these symptoms on a daily basis, and they require great effort to manage, he said. For instance, Olivardia recalled falling asleep in his high school chemistry class because he was so bored. A…
  • Death in the Family: How I Found Myself After Losing My Mother

    Psych Central Staff
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:35 pm
    How I lost her but learned a lot about myself along the way. I would like to start this by saying that this isn’t a typical love story about a woman who wakes up one day and falls face first into self-discovery — but it comes pretty close. When I was sixteen, my mother died after battling breast cancer for the second time, passing through a rotating door of radiation treatments that eventually left holes in her lungs. I remember feeling empty. Like there was this large piece of me missing and I couldn’t find it — A hole in the center of my chest for everyone to see.
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    Teaching High School Psychology

  • Brainless or will the ten percent myth ever die

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

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

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

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

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

  • 4th Annual BPS ‘Stories of Psychology’ Symposium

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

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Pathetic Ingroup Bias

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

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

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

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

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

  • Happiness Is Interacting With Others

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

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

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

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

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

  • On Finding Your Material.

    Sheila Kohler
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    How to select the right subject for a story or essay? read more
  • 10 Ways to Feel Better about the Way You Look

    Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    Like it or not, our outward appearance provides important cues to others about our inner qualities. If you feel that there’s a mismatch between the way you look and the way you feel, these 10 tips will help you bring them both into more
  • Ele-Mental Health

    Emily Deans, M.D.
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    One need only look at the first several rows periodic table to find some elements essential to good mental health. Human brains need minerals to function normally, and a diet high in processed foods will lower mineral content, so that mineral levels in the body suffer. Zinc, magnesium, lithium, iron, chromium, and calcium all influence our moods and resiliency. read more
  • Describing Violence as Animalistic Decreases Aggression

    Clay Routledge, Ph.D.
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Research indicates that existential concerns about human animality can influence aggressive behavior and attitudes about resolving international conflicts with more
  • The Real Reason Sexual Violence Is So Widespread

    Agustín Fuentes, Ph.D.
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Are sexual coercion, harassment, even rape, biological imperatives? read more
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    In the news by Karen Franklin PhD

  • Innovative international risk assessment service is expanding

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

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

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

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

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

  • I Will Teach My Daughter Not to Be Afraid

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    #91629132 / “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 truly 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), 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…
  • Introverts Are Excellent Just As They Are

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:46 pm
    For those unable to watch the video on my blog, you can watch it directly on the TED Talk website, Susan Cain: The power of introverts. Here is a great 19-minute TED Talk by Susan Cain, author of the book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Below are excerpts from her speech. “I got the message that somehow my quiet and introverted style of being was not necessarily the right way to go, that I should be trying to pass as more of an extrovert. And I always sensed deep down that this was wrong and that introverts were pretty excellent just as they…
  • Psychopathology, Assessments of Personality, and I-O Psychology

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    9 Mar 2014 | 7:52 pm
    #106421817 / In the latest issue of Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, one of the focal articles talked about maladaptive personality at work. In the article, Nigel Guenole (2014) discussed the DSM-5′s newest changes to the personality disorder diagnosis. He presented a model of maladaptive trait, along with objections to inventories measuring maladaptive personality. Under the section titled “Important Considerations in the Assessment of Maladaptive Personality at Work,” Guenole listed five barriers to explain why…
  • Ethical dilemma: An overseas distributor sanctioned over corruption

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    2 Mar 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Photo Credit: Flickr I was recently quoted in a BBC Capital’s work ethic article titled “Treading a fine line: A case of corruption?” by Chana Schoenberger. However, some rather important details were omitted from my response to a reader’s ethical dilemma involving one company’s business relationship with an overseas distributor that was recently sanctioned over a corruption issue with another company’s products. Offered in a Q and A format, here (in its entirety) is what I wrote: Question: Our company has a contract with an overseas distributor that has…
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    Where the Client Is

  • Sharing Notes with Clients

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

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

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

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

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

  • Christina Nitschmann: 60 Minute Interview about Your Ultimate Life Plan

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I recently was interviewed by Christina Nitschmann on her show Savvy Central Radio, which supports entrepreneurs and small-business owners in sharing their expertise, knowledge, tips, and stories with the world. We had a wonderful conversation about many of the topics in my book, Your Ultimate Life Plan.
  • The Bob Charles Show: 60 Min. Interview about Your Ultimate Life Plan

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I recently was interviewed by Bob Charles on his radio show The Bob Charles Show. (NOTE: Please make “The Bob Charles Show”. We had a great conversation about my book, Your Ultimate Life Plan.
  • My Relationship is Over, Now What?

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

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

    23 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This article is adapted from my multiple award-winning book, Your Ultimate Life Plan. Happiness is a mindset, underlying everything you think and feel. It's a deeper level of contentment and peace, a greater connection to life, God, and the world. Even if you feel happy much of the time, you're always capable of being happier. — Dr. Jennifer Howard, Your Ultimate Life Plan
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    The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies

  • Lacan Beginner’s Guide – Lionel Bailly

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

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

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

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

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

  • Society and Psychopathology

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

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

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

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

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:56 pm
    "Reprinted from Sexual Intelligence™ Marty Klein, Ph.D. ("Cheating, infidelity, adultery—no matter what you call it, it’s a staple of popular culture. Articles with titles like “Why he cheats,” “Affair-proofing your marriage,” “Too sexy to cheat on,” and “Secrets of wives with faithful husbands” litter the self-help and “lifestyle” landscape.
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  • Protein Breakfast Before ADHD Medication, 4 Videos

    Charles Parker
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:15 am
    CorePsych Get it right at the start – the Day, your Life Protein Provides The Building Blocks For Neurotransmitters Summer Update Build Your Neurotransmitter Foundation: Practice for the fall – start breakfast now with protein. All the authorities on nutrition and diet say the same thing: start with protein at breakfast. It’s still  surprising today how many simply disregard breakfast… “I prefer not to.” They aren’t facing the Reality of Mind Foundations [Video On Reality and ADHD]. Often they’re quite proud of the fact that they are Picky…
  • ADHD Thinking: Solutions from Within

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

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

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

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

  • VIDEO How We Read Each Other's Minds

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
  • Neurological Dysfunction as a Significant Factor in Children with Dyslexia

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

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

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

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

  • What Career Suits Your Personality Best?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Carl Jung on the Symbol of the Bee and Kundalini

    Lewis Lafontaine
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    [Carl Jung on the Symbol of the Bee and Kundalini] To Elined Kotschnig Dear Mrs. Kotschnig, 23 July 1934 The symbol of the bee, though belonging to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung: The Kundalini serpent is, however, also a Devi-Kundalini, a chain of glittering lights, the “world bewilderer.”

    Lewis Lafontaine
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    The Kundalini serpent is, however, also a Devi-Kundalini, a chain of glittering lights, the “world bewilderer.” By creating confusion she produces the world of consciousness, the veil of Maya. It... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung’s Letter on a dream involving the Kundalini

    Lewis Lafontaine
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:57 am
    [Carl Jung’s Letter on a dream involving the Kundalini] Dear Mr. N., 5 July 1932 You will realize the extraordinary difficulty of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on Manipura and the value of Desire, Passions, Emotion.

    Lewis Lafontaine
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:02 am
    [Carl Jung on Manipura and the value of Desire, Passions, Emotion.] Yes, desire, passions, the whole emotional world breaks loose. Sex, power, and every devil in our nature gets loose when we... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung: is utterly important that one should be in this world...

    Lewis Lafontaine
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    You see, it is utterly important that one should be in this world, that one really fulfills one’s entelechia, the germ of life which one is. Otherwise you can never start Kundalini; you can never... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Psychology in Everyday Life: The Psych Files Podcast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Eric W. Dolan
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
    The hyper-rational and absolutely self-interested person — the Homo economicus — is used as model for behavior in certain schools of economic theory. But do people really consistently act in a rational and self-interested way? It turns out, a minority of people do, according to new research published in Psychological Science. Japanese researchers found that a sample of 446 nonstudent adults living in the [...]The post Scientists go looking for an actual ‘Homo economicus’ — and find a few appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Study reveals how to be socially successful: Recognize when the rules change

    University of Queensland
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    Romantic, personal and professional relationships are fraught with danger, but a University of Queensland researcher has found the secret to interacting successfully with others in such settings. A study co-authored by Professor Bill von Hippel from UQ’s School of Psychology has found it is crucial to recognise when the rules of social engagement shift in [...]The post Study reveals how to be socially successful: Recognize when the rules change appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Resistance training can produce reliable and robust decreases in anxiety

    Eric W. Dolan
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    Weight lifting and other types of resistance training produce “reliable and robust decreases in anxiety,” but only when the exercises are performed at moderate-to-low intensities, according to a review of the current scientific research published July 10 in Frontiers in Psychology. “Numerous studies have documented the beneficial effects of resistance exercise on strength and performance-related outcomes, [...]The post Resistance training can produce reliable and robust decreases in anxiety appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Anti-aging protein Klotho is neuroprotective against Alzheimer’s disease, study finds

    Boston Medical Center
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    Boston University School of Medicine researchers may have found a way to delay or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease (AD). They discovered that pre-treatment of neurons with the anti-aging protein Klotho can prevent neuron death in the presence of the toxic amyloid protein and glutamate. These findings currently appear in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Alzheimer’s disease [...]The post Anti-aging protein Klotho is neuroprotective against Alzheimer’s disease, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Physicists create tool to foresee language destruction impact and thus prevent it

    Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    There have been numerous cases of cultural changes throughout history. Either by imposition or assimilation, cultural traits are transmitted between neighbouring regions and often one replaces the original cultural traits of the other. Physicists Joaquim Fort, from the University of Girona (UdG), and Neus Isern, from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), are experts in [...]The post Physicists create tool to foresee language destruction impact and thus prevent it appeared first on PsyPost.
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  • Our Love Affair with Alcohol and Other Drugs

    Colleen Morris
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Have you ever paused to consider just how deeply your lifestyle and those around you have been affected by alcohol and other drugs?  In this infographic provided by the Australian Drug Foundation, we are shown the facts about our nation’s love affair with alcohol and other drugs. No matter what your age or socio economic factors, it is evident that these substances have negatively impacted our lives and will continue to do so unless we better educate ourselves and our families in these areas. This fascinating infographic shows us that we can no longer put our head in the sand- we must take…
  • On Being Brave

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

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

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

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

  • Myers-Briggs ENTJ’s and Innovation Styles

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

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

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

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

    Taylor Micaela
    29 Apr 2014 | 10:12 am
    “Image courtesy of samuiblue /”. An individual’s emotional intelligence varies based on their Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Personality Type. Depending on your MBTI Test Type, you may have different methods or ways of dealing with and processing emotions (both your own and others’ emotions). Therefore, learning more about your MBTI Personality Type’s emotional intelligence can help you develop these tendencies and, if necessary, alter your behavior to work toward becoming a more emotionally intelligent individual. This week, we’ll dive into…
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    The Friendship Blog

  • Friendship on hold

    Irene S. Levine
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:52 am
    What do you do when someone else puts your friendship on hold? The post Friendship on hold appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Making friends at college

    Amy Feld
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:44 am
    A young woman with a pattern of losing friends worries about making friends at college. The post Making friends at college appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • The clique at the temple

    Irene S. Levine
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am
    How should a grown woman deal with a clique of mean girls at her synagogue? The post The clique at the temple appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Family friendships: When a spat between families spills over to the kids

    Irene S. Levine
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:52 am
    When family friendships break up, children’s friendships can often be a casualty. The post Family friendships: When a spat between families spills over to the kids appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • In the Media – 5 Ways Your Friendships Might Be Unhealthy (

    Irene S. Levine
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Iris Goldsztajn, a reporter for the online collegiate publication writes about unhealthy friendships. The post In the Media – 5 Ways Your Friendships Might Be Unhealthy ( appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
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  • Study: Choosing Products With Attractive Designs Affirms People’s Self-Image

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:34 am
    People strive for consistency in beliefs and behaviors as they have a basic desire to affirm their self-image (self-verification). Studies have shown that people choose products that are congruent... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Swedish 6-Hour Workday Experiment: A Brilliant Idea or Not?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Summer cocktail: watermelon mojito

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    The weekend is almost here, time to relax and have fun with your loved ones. Since temperatures are rising and yesterday was
  • How to… master Twitter

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

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

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

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Lamb is one type of meat that many people do not eat, as it has a distinctive smell that puts many people
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    Hi Tim - HOME

  • The Shame Game

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fog and Mood: everyday invitations to deeper feeling

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

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

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

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

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