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  • 12 myths about sex

    Tri-City Psychology Services
    13 Mar 2014 | 4:27 pm
    There are a lot of myths about sex. Whilst researching something completely different I came across this great infographic on my colleague Clinton Power’s Blog – Thanks for posting this Clinton I loved this infographic and so I’m sharing it here. Check it out, you may learn something new! by greekinfographics. Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually. ᔥ ISUD hat tip Clinton Power
  • The Power of Positive Direction

    Dr. Deb
    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…
  • Why Does the Boss Prefer the Bully to You?

    World of Psychology
    Sophie Henshaw, DPsych
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    Bullying, it seems, pays off. Did you ever wonder why the bully gets away with it and even benefits with a promotion or other reward? Your gut feeling is correct: the boss really does prefer the bully to you. No wonder you hesitate in reporting workplace bullying. Not only is it unlikely you’ll get a fair hearing, but it could also incite retribution and even lead to the loss of your job. Bullies are rarely held to account. Fewer than 13 percent ever lose their jobs because of their bullying ways and fewer than 4 percent stop bullying even after punishment or sanctions (Namie, 2003). Even…
  • 3 Keys to Anger Management

    Robert Taibbi, L.C.S.W.
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    Anger management is more than just learning to "just calm down." It's about emotional flexibility, self awareness, and solving the problem under the problem. Some tools and more
  • Psychological Crutches: 10 Myths and 3 Tips

    Dr. Jeremy E. Sherman
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:22 pm
    We assume psychological crutches are bad, and yet we all use them. The question isn't whether to depend on them but which ones to depend upon. This article ends with three guidelines we intuit matter to sorting good from bad more
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  • Psychological Crutches: 10 Myths and 3 Tips

    Dr. Jeremy E. Sherman
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:22 pm
    We assume psychological crutches are bad, and yet we all use them. The question isn't whether to depend on them but which ones to depend upon. This article ends with three guidelines we intuit matter to sorting good from bad more
  • Taming the Green-Eyed Monster Within

    Jennifer Kunst, Ph.D.
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The best way to defuse the power of envy is to recognize that it is in us, not just in the other more
  • Early Recollections and the Five Senses

    Arthur J. Clark, Ed.D.
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    People with an orientation to particular senses serve to remind us all how an attunement to sensory experiences contributes to vitality in living and an appreciation of our sensory endowments. How we experience the senses in early recollections relates to the uniqueness of individuals and their capacity for revealing glimpses into human more
  • Faces and Communicating Emotions

    Elizabeth Wagele
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    When research subjects were asked to judge the feeling being communicated, the emotion associated with the body nearly always trumped the one associated with the more
  • 3 Keys to Anger Management

    Robert Taibbi, L.C.S.W.
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    Anger management is more than just learning to "just calm down." It's about emotional flexibility, self awareness, and solving the problem under the problem. Some tools and more
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  • The Overpowering Effect of Social Comparison Information: On the Misalignment Between Mastery-Based Goals and Self-Evaluation Criteria

    Van Yperen, N. W., Leander, N. P.
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:34 pm
    If people’s goals and evaluative standards were aligned, then individuals with mastery-based goals should, theoretically, primarily rely on temporal comparison information (i.e., on how they performed relative to before). In contrast, individuals with performance-based goals should rely on social comparison information (i.e., on how they performed relative to others). However, across three studies, we explored a misalignment phenomenon we call "the overpowering effect of social comparison information" (TOESCI). We found that, irrespective of individuals’ specific achievement goal…
  • Drinking Too Much and Feeling Bad About It? How Group Identification Moderates Experiences of Guilt and Shame Following Norm Transgression

    Giguere, B., Lalonde, R. N., Taylor, D. M.
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:34 pm
    The role of reference group norms in self-regulation was examined from the perspective of transgressions. Results from four studies suggest that following the transgression of a reference group’s norms, individuals who strongly identify with their group report more intense feelings of guilt, an emotion reflecting an inference that "bad" behaviors are perceived as the cause of the transgression. Conversely, weakly identified individuals reported more intense feelings of shame, an emotion reflecting an inference that "bad" characteristics of the person are perceived as the cause of the…
  • Stereotype Associations and Emotion Recognition

    Bijlstra, G., Holland, R. W., Dotsch, R., Hugenberg, K., Wigboldus, D. H. J.
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:34 pm
    We investigated whether stereotype associations between specific emotional expressions and social categories underlie stereotypic emotion recognition biases. Across two studies, we replicated previously documented stereotype biases in emotion recognition using both dynamic (Study 1) and static (Study 2) expression displays. Stereotype consistent expressions were more quickly decoded than stereotype inconsistent expression on Moroccan and White male faces. Importantly, we found consistent and novel evidence that participants’ associations between ethnicities and emotions, as measured…
  • Goal Preference Shapes Confrontations of Sexism

    Mallett, R. K., Melchiori, K. J.
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Although most women assume they would confront sexism, assertive responses are rare. We test whether women’s preference for respect or liking during interpersonal interactions explains this surprising tendency. Women report preferring respect relative to liking after being asked sexist, compared with inappropriate, questions during a virtual job interview (Study 1, n = 149). Women’s responses to sexism increase in assertiveness along with their preference for being respected, and a respect-preference mediates the relation between the type of questions and response assertiveness…
  • Video Games Do Affect Social Outcomes: A Meta-Analytic Review of the Effects of Violent and Prosocial Video Game Play

    Greitemeyer, T., Mugge, D. O.
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Whether video game play affects social behavior is a topic of debate. Many argue that aggression and helping are affected by video game play, whereas this stance is disputed by others. The present research provides a meta-analytical test of the idea that depending on their content, video games do affect social outcomes. Data from 98 independent studies with 36,965 participants revealed that for both violent video games and prosocial video games, there was a significant association with social outcomes. Whereas violent video games increase aggression and aggression-related variables and…
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  • Autism Related to Lipid Levels During Pregnancy

    Jeremy Dean
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    "Alarming" rise in autism has been blamed on environmental factors.→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: Autism Begins During Pregnancy Autism: Vital Link Found Between Vitamin D and Serotonin Production Probiotic Therapy Shows Promise for Treating Autism Autism: 10 Facts You Should Know Our Genes Respond Positively to The Right Kind of Happiness
  • 4 Ways Mindfulness Meditation Benefits So Many Conditions

    Jeremy Dean
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    Four central components of how mindfulness meditation works.→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: Meditation Benefits: 10 Ways It Helps Your Mind Mindfulness Meditation: 8 Quick Exercises That Easily Fit into Your Day 4 Wonderful Ways Meditation Relieves Pain Meditation is an Effective Treatment for Depression, Anxiety and Pain Mindfulness at School Decreases Chance of Developing Depression
  • The Effects of Vitamin E on Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Problems

    Jeremy Dean
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    Day-to-day living is one of the greatest challenges for those with Alzheimer's.→ 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: Family Problems In Childhood Affect Brain Development Autism: Vital Link Found Between Vitamin D and Serotonin Production Heavy Drinkers Lose Memory Faster With Age Memory Enhanced by a Simple Break After Reading 20 Wonderful Effects Exercise Has on the Mind
  • Are People Born Nice or Nasty?

    Jeremy Dean
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    Genes which influence social behaviour enable some 'nice' people to overcome feelings of fear.→ 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 We Know Babies Are Born With The Structure of Language People Are More Moral in the Morning People Are Happier When They Do The Right Thing Intelligent People Are More Inclined to Trust Others Do Posh People Cheat More Than the Lower Classes?
  • Drug Reverses Schizophrenia in Mice by Curbing Synaptic Pruning

    Jeremy Dean
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    Experimental chemical restores some lost brain cell function in schizophrenia.→ 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: Marijuana Does Not Cause Schizophrenia Copper Pinpointed as Main Environmental Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease Possibility of Selectively Erasing Unwanted Memories New Study of Improvising Jazz Pianists Shows Similar Brain Circuits Used for Music and Language Can Having Sex Make You Smarter?
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  • Random Selection - Psychology Definition of the Week

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Definition: Random selection refers to a selection process used by researchers to draw participants from a larger population. When random selection is used, each member of the group has an equal chance of being chosen. It is also important to note that random selection is not the same as random assignment. Random selection involves how a sample is drawn while random assignment involves how participants are then assigned to groups....Read Full Post
  • Have You Considered Becoming a Criminal Psychologist?

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Criminal psychology is often described as a "hot" specialty area right now, largely thanks to the depictions of the job on a number of television dramas. Related to the field of forensic psychology...Read Full Post
  • Why You Should Take a Psychology Class

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Every semester I get several emails asking one basic question: "I'm not a psychology major but my university is requiring me to take a psych class for a general education requirement. Why?"...Read Full Post
  • Confirmation Bias - Psychology Definition of the Week

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Definition: When we are making a decision about an issue, we often like to believe that we carefully balance the existing evidence and formulate an opinion that is balanced, logical, and impartial. The reality is that we often fall victim to a problem known as the confirmation bias. This involves only paying attention to information that supports our current point of view, or even interpreting information in such as way that it upholds our existing beliefs. In other words, we look for evidence that supports our opinions and ignore information that conflicts with what we already believe to be…
  • The Words of Jean Piaget

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Jean Piaget was a Swiss psychologist known for his famous theory of cognitive development. His work helped transform the study of child development and contributed greatly to our understanding of how kids grow and change over the course of childhood....Read Full Post
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    Mind Hacks

  • Indie reports on surprising structure of artists’ brains

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:40 am
    Artists brains are ‘structurally different’ according to The Independent, who report on a small, thought-provoking but as yet quite preliminary study. The image used to illustrate the article (the one on the right) is described as showing “more grey and white matter in artists’ brains connected to visual imagination and fine motor control”. This could be a bit alarming, especially if you are an artist, because that’s actually a map of a mouse brain. Whether artists have ‘different brains’ or not, in any meaningful sense, is perhaps slightly…
  • It’s your own time you’re wasting

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    British teachers have voted to receive training in neuroscience ‘to improve classroom practice’ according to a report in the Times Educational Supplement and the debate sounded like a full-on serial head-desker. The idea of asking for neuroscience training at all sounds a little curious but the intro seemed like it could be quite reasonable: Members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) at the union’s annual conference narrowly voted for a motion calling for training materials and policies on applying neuroscience to education and for further research on how…
  • The biases of pop psychology

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:45 am
    I just found this great piece at Scientific American that makes a fascinating point about how pop psychology books that inform us about our biases tend not to inform us about our most important bias – the effect of making things into stories – despite the fact that they rely on it to get their message across The piece starts by quoting economist Tyler Cowen: “There’s the Nudge book, the Sway book, the Blink book… [they are] all about the ways in which we screw up. And there are so many ways, but what I find interesting is that none of these books identify what, to me, is…
  • Spike activity 11-04-2014

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Things I’ve learned since being sectioned. Good piece on the appropriately named Sectioned blog. The New York Times covers the latest in rising fads in proposed psychiatric diagnoses: sluggish cognitive tempo. Don’t Throw Out The Baby With The Dead Salmon. Neuroskeptic discusses critiques of fMRI. Slate has a eulogy to a man with amnesia taught us how memories become personal through scientific studies where he was known as ‘KC’ – now known to be Kent Cochrane. Suspect in the disturbingly weird ‘selling…
  • Coma alarm dreams

    13 Apr 2014 | 3:35 am
    Intensive Care Medicine has published a wonderfully written and vivid account from a teenager who spent time brain injured and hallucinating in an intensive care unit. The writer describes how he was admitted to intensive care at the age of 15 after suffering a head injury and had intense and bizarre hallucinations which are, as we know now, surprisingly common in critical care patients. My experience of the time under sedation can be split into two. There was what I could perceive of the real world around me, and then there was my dream world. In the real world, the most constant feature was…
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  • All About World Bipolar Day

    Sandra Kiume
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:29 pm
    For World Bipolar Day on March 30, 2014, Matthew McKenzie of London, England created a video to celebrate and inform. It shares links and information about the three organizations hosting World Bipolar Day: the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder, the International Bipolar Foundation, and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, as well as other information about bipolar. Learn more about bipolar, share, and fight stigma.
  • High Tech Suicide Prevention

    Sandra Kiume
    26 Feb 2014 | 10:27 am
    Two suicide prevention advocates from Grassroots Suicide Prevention talk about developments in e-health, including search engines, smartphones, and social media. They discuss search engine optimization for the term “I want to kill myself,” and how Apple has improved the Siri interface after user feedback. They also mention Facebook and Twitter’s systems for reporting suicidal content. The interesting thing about all those methods is that they simply provide a phone hotline number to the suicidal person, which they must then phone. For people using the Internet because they…
  • Learning to Accept Yourself with Self-Kindness

    Sandra Kiume
    19 Feb 2014 | 1:56 pm
    An interview with Kristin Neff on the definition and practice of self-kindness. How and why to be encouraging and soothing to oneself. A helpful mental health skill.
  • A Simple Guide to Helping a Suicidal Person

    Sandra Kiume
    11 Feb 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Psychalive presents a practical, step-by-step video guide on how to help someone you know who may be suicidal. Listening skills, assessment, and how to develop an action plan are all explained in easy to understand language for the average person. If you’re feeling suicidal right now, please reach out to talk to someone about it. There is hope, and help is available. Here’s a directory of helplines around the world, and another directory of online supports if you’re more comfortable chatting over a computer than talking on a phone.
  • Brains, Minds, and Institutions

    Sandra Kiume
    27 Jan 2014 | 12:32 pm
    A fascinating look at reductionism and three parts of the brain: cells, mental states, and products of human brains ranging from tools and books to institutional systems of government and law. Dr. Max Cameron of UBC in a talk at the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies International Roundtable We Are Our Brains, October 2013. Via the Neuroethics at the Core blog.  View all the National Core for Neuroethics videos at their YouTube channel.
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    BPS Research Digest

  • A photograph can be worth a thousand words

    Research Digest
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    There has long been a tradition of using photographs to capture, reveal, and expose. A photograph has the ability to arouse emotion – oftentimes, some would argue, more effectively than a verbal or written description.In a recent article in Social Dynamics, Rory du Plessis of the University of Pretoria (South Africa) has brought to life a case example of the power photographs can hold. In an analysis of two sets of photographs produced by the Grahamstown Lunatic Asylum between 1890 and 1907, du Plessis has revealed two very different faces of the institution – especially regarding the…
  • Have you exercised your memory lately?

    Research Digest
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    We’ve often heard someone’s memory described as 'weak' or 'strong'. But with the majority of psychological memory models drawing on information processing analogies with terms like 'storage', 'retrieval', and 'input', where did the idea of memory’s strength come from?In a recent article published in the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, Alan Collins of Lancaster University reviewed British and American texts dating between 1860 and 1910 that focused on improving human memory. By extending his analysis to include those texts aimed at popular audiences as well as those…
  • Does Psychology have its own vocabulary?

    Research Digest
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:16 am
    If you were to pick up the flagship journal from a discipline that is foreign to you and flip to an article at random, how much do you think you would understand? Put a different way: how much of the vocabulary employed in that article might you misinterpret?The vocabularies used by any given discipline overlap with those of many other disciplines, although the specific meaning associated with a given term may be dissimilar from discipline to discipline. Anglophone psychology, for instance, has been previously shown to share much of its vocabulary with other disciplines, especially: biology,…
  • Facial expressions as social camouflage

    Research Digest
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Can making faces mask your personality?According to a group of University of Glasgow psychologists, Daniel Gill and colleagues, it can. Writing in the journal Psychological Science, these researchers say that human facial expressions can signal how dominant, trustworthy, or attractive we are – and that these ‘dynamic’ signals can mask or override the impression given off by the ‘static’ structure of the face.In other words, someone might have a face that ‘seems untrustworthy’, but if they make the right face, they’ll still look like someone you’d trust with your housekeys.To…
  • You don't have to be well-educated to be an ‘aversive racist’, but it helps

    Research Digest
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Are you a racist?Most likely, your answer is no – and perhaps you find the very notion offensive. But according to two Cardiff University psychologists, Kuppens and Spears, many educated people harbor prejudiced attitudes even though they deny it. Their research was published recently in Social Science Research.Kuppens and Spears analysed data from a large survey of the general US population, the American National Election Studies (ANES) 2008-2009. They focused on over 2,600 individuals of white ethnicity, and investigated the relationship between their level of education and their…
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  • To improve total health and fitness, let’s enhance brain functioning

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    Surgeon general says brain health ‘new frontier’ (ARNEWS): “Brain health is the “new frontier” in science said Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho as she kicked off a two-day consortium on the topic. Tapping into the full potential of the brain can have immense benefits for Soldiers, their families and the nation, said the Army’s surgeon general in opening remarks…The brain is the only organ in the human body that has self-awareness, she said. It has evolved the ability to predict threats and act proactively. “Ultimately, the decisions made by the brain impact our overall health and…
  • When was the last time you saw your brain? (That may change soon)

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Flying Through Inner Space (National Geographic): “It’s hard to truly see the brain. I don’t mean to simply see a three-pound hunk of tissue. I mean to see it in a way that offers a deep feel for how it works. That’s not surprising, given that the human brain is made up of over 80 billion neurons, each branching out to form thousands of connections to other neurons…a number of neuroscientists are charting the brain now in ways that were impossible just a few years ago. And out of these surveys, an interesting new way to look at the brain is emerging. Call it the brain fly-through.
  • Combining Google Glass and mobile EEG headsets

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:17 am
    Personal Neuro Seeks to Combine Google Glass with EEG (Medgadget): “What do you get when you mix Google Glass and EEG? That’s the question that the people at Ottawa-based Personal Neuro (Devices) are on their way to answering…Medgadget: How does this compare to existing commercial EEG systems from companies such as Interaxon, NeuroSky, and Emotiv? Denison: PND has taken an “apps first” approach. Starting with developing apps for the first mobile EEG headset for Android & iPhone, the MindWave Mobile, PND has focused on 1) building neuroapps which incorporate PND algorithms and…
  • Is Autism Spectrum Disorder overdiagnosed?

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    1 in 68 Children Now Has a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Why? (The Atlantic): “The staggering increase in cases of ASD should raise more suspicion in the medical community about its misdiagnosis and overdiagnosis than it does. The science stacks up in favor of catching and treating ASD earlier because it leads to better outcomes…What gets lost in the debate is an awareness of how the younger in age we assess for problems, the greater the potential a slow-to-mature kid will be given a false diagnosis. A 2007 study out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that…
  • Accelerating brain health research via online registries

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    San Francisco-based online ‘brain registry’ seeks volunteers to transform research (San Jose Mercury News): “By volunteering — repeatedly over time — participants join a pool of research subjects in the new Brain Health Registry, opened Tuesday, for studies on brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other neurological ailments. You won’t learn your own scores; that disclosure could influence your future performance or trigger unwarranted “freak outs,” said UCSF’s Dr. Michael Weiner, founder of the…
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  • PsychAlive: Psychology for Everyday Life

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Our desire to discover who we are – why we feel and act the ways we do – is what leads us to a meaningful and vital existence. PsychAlive was created to assist you in this personal journey by providing a place where people can learn to take an active, introspective approach to their lives. The articles, blogs, videos, quizzes and interactive workshops featured on PsychAlive introduce visitors to sound psychological principles and practices, while offering an insightful means of coping with life’s everyday problems. The tools available on PsychAlive are designed to help people understand…
  • PsychoTube

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Free psychology videos dealing with a myriad of topics, from Mood Disorders to Cognitive Behavioral Therapies to Anxiety Disorders.  Also listed are clinical psychology, developmental psychology, therapy, learning psychology, cognitive psychology, memory and other forms of psychotherapies.  Psychotube is a new way to share video and audio clips with other psychology teachers. Many psychology teachers use short video and audio clips to facilitate their teaching of psychology and this site provides a way of organizing these clips.   The majority of these videos are Youtube or TED talks,…
  • International Positive Psychology Association

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Positive psychology is an exciting new field of inquiry that has captured the interest of thousands of researchers, practitioners, and students from around the world. This burgeoning area of psychology focuses on the study and practice of the positive emotions, strengths, and virtues that make individuals and institutions thrive. Since its inception in 1998, the field has seen an investment of tens of millions of dollars in research, the founding of several scientific journals, the development of masters, and Ph.D. programs in key universities, and reports in major news outlets (including…
  • Positive Psychology Center

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. The mission of the Positive Psychology Center (PPC) at the University of Pennsylvania is to promote research, training, education, and the dissemination of Positive Psychology. The PPC is internationally recognized for empirical studies in Positive Psychology and resilience. The…
  • Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    17 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT), originally founded at the Harvard School of Public Health, is a multi-disciplinary program that has been pioneering the health and mental health care of traumatized refugees and civilians in areas of conflict/post-conflict and natural disasters for over two decades. Its clinical program serves as a global model that has been replicated worldwide. HPRT designed and implemented the first curriculum for the mental health training of primary care practitioners in settings of human conflict, post-conflict, and natural disasters. Its training activities…
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  • 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…
  • 12 Films That Feature Mental Illness

    Dr. Deb
    4 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    In celebration of the 2014 Oscars is my list of movies that feature mental illness. Many of these movies have won Oscars, while others should have, but didn't. As we roll out the red carpet and honor this year's best films, keep in mind that there's no shame in having a mental illness. 1. Ordinary People (Depression, PTSD, Suicide)This is my absolute favorite movie of all time because it portrays the human experience of loss so well and it also features psychotherapy in a realistic way.  This was Robert Redford's directorial debut, which also starred. Mary Tyler Moore,…
  • An Open Letter to Doctors

    Dr. Deb
    25 Feb 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Dear Doctor,I can’t begin to convey the frustration I experience as a patient waiting to see you. If it’s not the overbooking that tests my patience, or the rudeness from your overworked office staff, it’s the brisk ten minutes of time I have with you to discuss my symptoms that ends up being misused because you don’t listen.Let me write this again. You. Don’t. Listen.Maybe it’s because you’re pressed for time. The health care system isin crisis, and well, you need to see more patients per hour in your clinical practice to offset your financial costs. Perhaps you're having a bad…
  • The Power of "What."

    Dr. Deb
    17 Feb 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Sometimes the question "Why?" is a good one. Like, why can't we live in a more peaceful world? Or why did I eat all those cookies? Or why don't we call mustaches mouthbrows?But there are times - especially during a crisis - when "why" may not the best puzzle to solve. When you're in an emotional entanglement, a difficult predicament or a physical hardship, asking "what" will do more.Positive: What has directionality. Negative: Why keeps you stuck in circular thinking. Positive: What offers solutions. Negative: Why offers no game plan.So, the next time you find…
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    Psychology Research News -- ScienceDaily

  • New cause of brain bleeding immediately after stroke identified

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    By discovering a new mechanism that allows blood to enter the brain immediately after a stroke, researchers have opened the door to new therapies that may limit or prevent stroke-induced brain damage. A complex and devastating neurological condition, stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death and primary reason for disability in the U.S. The blood-brain barrier is severely damaged in a stroke and lets blood-borne material into the brain, causing the permanent deficits in movement and cognition seen in stroke patients.
  • 'Brain training' overcomes tics in Tourette syndrome, study finds

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Children with Tourette Syndrome (TS) may unconsciously train their brain to more effectively control their tics. Teenagers diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome (TS) were slower than their typically developing peers when asked to perform a task that involved them simply moving their eyes to look at targets. However, they significantly outperformed their peers when the task was more demanding and required them to choose between looking at or away from targets. In this task they were as fast as their peers but made fewer eye movements in the wrong direction.
  • Atypical brain connectivity associated with autism spectrum disorder

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Autism spectrum disorder in adolescents appears to be associated with atypical connectivity in the brain involving the systems that help people infer what others are thinking and understand the meaning of others' actions and emotions. The ability to navigate and thrive in complex social systems is commonly impaired in ASD, a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting as many as 1 in 88 children.
  • Beating the clock for ischemic stroke sufferers

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Researchers have developed a new computer tool to ensure faster care and treatment for stroke patients. The CAD stroke technology is capable of detecting signs of stroke from computed tomography (CT) scans. A CT scan uses X-rays to take pictures of the brain in slices. When blood flow to the brain is blocked, an area of the brain turns softer or decreases in density due to insufficient blood flow, pointing to an ischemic stroke.
  • How kids' brain structures grow as memory develops

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    Our ability to store memories improves during childhood, associated with structural changes in the hippocampus and its connections with prefrontal and parietal cortices. New research is exploring how these brain regions develop at this crucial time. Eventually, that could give insights into disorders that typically emerge in the transition into and during adolescence and affect memory, such as schizophrenia and depression.
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    Sports Are 80 Percent Mental

  • Maybe Your Kids Don't Want To Play Sports

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Has this happened to you?  Your daughter comes home from soccer practice and defiantly declares, “I can’t stand my coach, my team is awful and I don’t even like soccer.  I quit!”  Your parental thermostat kicks in as you try to gently lower the temperature in the room with those responses that all kids despise, “Oh, come on now, it can’t be that bad” or “But you’re good at soccer” and finally, “You know our rule, once you start something, you have to finish it. You can’t quit.”You’ll talk to her coach, you’ll buy her new cleats, even get her on a…
  • Achieving The Rise Of Flow: An Interview With Steven Kotler

    20 Mar 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Ted LigetyTwo years before he stood on the Sochi Olympics podium with a gold medal around his neck, alpine skier Ted Ligety took a trip to Alaska.  There was no qualifying race or Team USA training session, but rather a heli-skiing trek in the Chugach Mountains with a film crew from Warren Miller Entertainment.  The risk level was high, even for one of the best skiers in the world.  But that's what keeps the best on the knife's edge balance of skill and fear.  To survive requires being in the state of Flow."The Flow State is a place where the impossible becomes possible,…
  • How To Measure An Athlete's Intangibles

    13 Mar 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Dr. Bob Schafer (seated) of Prophecy Sciences at SSAC14One of the unmistakable takeaways from the recent MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is that teams across all sports are looking for the “next big thing” that will offer a competitive advantage.  For most of the 2,000 attendees at this year’s event, the holy grail was assumed to be buried somewhere in the Big Data world of sports statistics and their endless permutations and combinations.  Unfortunately, data of any kind represents the past rather than a true prediction of your team’s future performance. Stats can…
  • Why NFL Combine Results For Jadeveon Clowney And Johnny Manziel Don't Matter

    2 Mar 2014 | 6:25 am
    Jadeveon Clowney at 2014 NFL Scouting CombineWith the Olympics over and the NBA and NHL not yet into playoff mode, the NFL knows its fans need a shot of football in late winter. To prepare us (and the team general managers and coaches) for the NFL Draft in early May, 300 of the best college football players visited Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis last week for the annual NFL Scouting Combine.While there are specific drills that the players go through for each position, it is the six workout drills, testing strength, agility, jumping and speed, that generate the most TV coverage and…
  • World Class Conditioning Will Be Key To World Cup Success

    19 Feb 2014 | 5:18 pm
    U.S. Head Coach Jürgen KlinsmannJürgen Klinsmann understands what it takes to compete in a World Cup.  With eleven goals for the German national team across the 1990, 1994 and 1998 tournaments, he is still the sixth leading goalscorer in World Cup history. As he prepares the U.S. men’s national team for this year’s trip to Brazil, his message of preparation begins with world-class fitness.  Now, a new research review from three sports scientists confirms Klinsmann’s obsession with being in top condition.“The level in the World Cup is two or three levels higher, and…
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    e! Science News - Psychology & Sociology

  • Newlyweds, be careful what you wish for

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:14 am
    A statistical analysis of the gift "fulfillments" at several hundred online wedding gift registries suggests that wedding guests are caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to buying an appropriate gift for the happy couple. The details reported in the International Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing suggest that most people hope to garner social benefits of buying an expensive gift that somehow enhances their relationship with the newlyweds while at the same time they wish to limit monetary cost and save money. read more
  • New evidence of suicide epidemic among India's 'marginalized' farmers

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:14 am
    A new study has found that India's shocking rates of suicide are highest in areas with the most debt-ridden farmers who are clinging to tiny smallholdings -- less than one hectare -- and trying to grow 'cash crops', such as cotton and coffee, that are highly susceptible to global price fluctuations. read more
  • Creative activities outside work can improve job performance

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    Employees who pursue creative activities outside of work may find that these activities boost their performance on the job, according to a new study by San Francisco State University organizational psychologist Kevin Eschleman and colleagues. read more
  • Atypical brain connectivity associated with autism spectrum disorder

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in adolescents appears to be associated with atypical connectivity in the brain involving the systems that help people infer what others are thinking and understand the meaning of others' actions and emotions. read more
  • Study provides new insight into how toddlers learn verbs

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Parents can help toddlers' language skills by showing them a variety of examples of different actions, according to new research from the University of Liverpool. read more
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    Tri-City Psychology Services

  • Another Major Increase in Diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder

    27 Mar 2014 | 11:41 am
    Image: Norma Desmond The incidence of autism spectrum disorders is rising in the United States, and the latest estimates reveal one in 68 American children is affected.In 2012, the rate of incidence was one in 88.   New findings released March 27 in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, include data collected by University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers who lead the Alabama Autism Surveillance project, a part of the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. Autism spectrum disorders are a group of…
  • Poor Cardiovascular Fitness at Age 18 Linked with Early-onset Dementia

    18 Mar 2014 | 2:01 pm
    © Istockphoto In a large population-based cohort study, researchers have found a link between poor cardiovascular fitness and low cognitive performance at age 18 and the later onset of dementia. The study’s lead researcher was Jenny Nyberg, Ph.D., of Sweden’s University of Gothenburg. Results appear in the new issue of Brain. The study included more than 1 million Swedish men. At age 18, they underwent mental and physical exams as part of their military conscription. These men were then followed up for up to 42 years to see which ones developed early-onset dementia. The…
  • 12 myths about sex

    13 Mar 2014 | 4:27 pm
    There are a lot of myths about sex. Whilst researching something completely different I came across this great infographic on my colleague Clinton Power’s Blog – Thanks for posting this Clinton I loved this infographic and so I’m sharing it here. Check it out, you may learn something new! by greekinfographics. Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually. ᔥ ISUD hat tip Clinton Power
  • Involved Parents Raise Slimmer Adults

    24 Feb 2014 | 11:02 am
    © Cornell University Remember that slim kid in school – the one with the cook-from-scratch mom? He’s likely one of the fittest dudes at your high school reunion according to new research from Cornell University, published online in the journal PLOS ONE. “One of the best safeguards against your children becoming overweight as adults is how involved you are with their lives,” says Cornell’s Brian Wansink, professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and a leader of the team that used crowdsourcing to ask 532 adults, “Which childhood experiences and…
  • Holiday Shopping for Friends? Why Looking for Unique Gifts Might Not Be the Best Plan

    12 Dec 2013 | 11:56 am
    istockphoto According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, consumers shopping for more than one person tend to pass on “guaranteed hits” in lieu of getting something unique for each person on their list. “Having multiple recipients in mind not only means that more gifts are needed, but it may change what shoppers focus on when making gift selections,” write authors Mary Steffel (University of Cincinnati) and Robyn A. LeBoeuf (University of Florida). “Our research indicates that shoppers selecting gifts for more than one person at a time may focus…
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    Brain Blogger

  • Executive Pathologies – The Relationship Between CEO Narcissism and Fraud

    Lindsay Myers, MBA, MPH
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    Research suggests an association between CEO personality traits and fraudulent behavior. Narcissism has been linked to manipulation of financial results, which has implications for the executive selection process, board oversight, and the structuring of executive compensation packages.The celebration of financial misconduct in movies like The Wolf of Wall Street tends to focus on the enthralling aspects of the perpetrator’s personality, rather than the economic woe that ensues for other, less glamorous stakeholders such as the average investor or the employee who loses his or her job in the…
  • Empathy and Stress – Women Are the Stronger Sex

    Jennifer Gibson, PharmD
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    I learned many of life’s great lessons while watching Audrey Hepburn movies with my grandmother. To this day, I cannot hear the word “empathy” without being reminded of the first time I heard that word in the movie Funny Face. Empathy is difficult to study, owing to its many dimensions and facets, but it is essential to human interaction. And new evidence suggests that women may be better at it than men.In the movie, Audrey Hepburn plays Jo, a shy bookkeeper who wants to spend her days studying the theories of empathicalism. When Fred Astaire (as Dick Avery) asks her about her…
  • Does Spirituality and Religion Guard Against Depression?

    Jesse Bisignano, MA
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    There has long been anecdotal evidence that sustained spiritual or religious practice can help improve people’s mood and general sense of well-being. For the first time, we may be on the cusp of understanding the neurological mechanisms underlying these long reported effects.A recent study from Columbia University has found that there is a strong correlation between how highly someone values spirituality and religion, and the structure of their brains in regions associated with depression. According to lead researcher Lisa Miller, participants who reported that spirituality and religion…
  • Paranoid Schizophrenia and Paradoxical Intervention

    Ann Reitan, PsyD
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Psychotic ideation is delusional and illusory. One cannot simply convey to a psychotic individual that he has a valid perspective. To an extent, it has been traditionally asserted in the field of mental health that one should not affirm the psychotic beliefs of the schizophrenic. Contrarily, some clinicians believe that one should persistently deny the schizophrenic any validation in this regard.If one considers treatment for other disorders, such as Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder, it is well-founded that sensible and ethical treatment for these…
  • Using Neurofeedback to Treat Substance Use Disorder

    Richard Kensinger, MSW
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    A recent article suggests the possibility that neurofeedback (NFB) can be useful in the treatment of those experiencing substance use disorders (SUD). In this article, I articulate these possibilities further.From the referenced article, I have extracted the following quote attributed to Dr. Othmer.Dr. Sigfried Othmer is director of the EEG Institute and is quoted in the article as indicating “the brain wants to work from a resting state.” He further explains: “The problem with PTSD is that those who suffer from it can no longer access that state because they’re feeling…
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    World of Psychology

  • Best of Our Blogs: April 18, 2014

    Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    When your heart sinks from disappointment, rejection, or loss, how do you cope? Do you get engulfed in it falling into a pool of despair? Do you see it as a single moment or an example of more dark ones to come? Is it possible that your latest challenge has a deeper purpose? Could there be roots of meaning under the current ground you’re walking on? External circumstances and challenges may be the signs we need to alert us to issues of our soul. As our bloggers remind us this week, maybe your greatest life lesson is loving and nourishing your deeper self. To do this, it might take being…
  • Water’s Psychological Benefits

    Lauren Suval
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:15 am
    “All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea — whether it is to sail or to watch it — we are going back from whence we came.” - President John F. Kennedy The ocean shimmered, even at dusk, on that wintry day in Coney Island. It was my first encounter with a beach in several months, and I deeply missed the view. I reveled in the way the tide rolled in and out in a tranquil rhythm, and I…
  • Finding the Right Kind of Mental Health Support at the Right Time

    Gina Ghods, PsyD
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    Our society has come a long way in terms of open dialogue about mental health and wellness. What used to be swept under the rug, looked down upon and ostracized is now discussed freely and holistically. However, too many Americans still have a foggy notion of available mental and physical wellness options. When most think of mental health, images come to mind of a doctor hiding behind a notepad and a patient lying on a long black couch. But many new models exist which can be more beneficial and transformative. While individual therapy has an important place in the health and wellness space,…
  • The Lie of Focusing on Those with Serious Mental Illness

    John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:44 am
    I’ve long scratched my head at one of the arbitrary political lines drawn in the sand in the world of mental health and mental illness advocacy — “serious mental illness.” (Some people refer to it as “severe mental illness,” but the correct term is “serious.”) Focusing on this division is a lie. It is a lie told to Congress and to the public with earnest testimonials. But also with little evidence that it represents a valid — or meaningful — scientific distinction. Ask anyone who’s been living with a mental illness for any…
  • Why Does the Boss Prefer the Bully to You?

    Sophie Henshaw, DPsych
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    Bullying, it seems, pays off. Did you ever wonder why the bully gets away with it and even benefits with a promotion or other reward? Your gut feeling is correct: the boss really does prefer the bully to you. No wonder you hesitate in reporting workplace bullying. Not only is it unlikely you’ll get a fair hearing, but it could also incite retribution and even lead to the loss of your job. Bullies are rarely held to account. Fewer than 13 percent ever lose their jobs because of their bullying ways and fewer than 4 percent stop bullying even after punishment or sanctions (Namie, 2003). Even…
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    Teaching High School Psychology

  • Steven Pinker gives an intro psych quiz

    Steve Jones
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    The terrific Harvard professor and author Steven Pinker has published in the NY Times a pop quiz"culled from one of his Harvard courses, “Psychological Science.” Although I'm a huge fan of Pinker and love the way he's applying psychology to "real life," I don't love all of the questions.To avoid spoiling it any more, take the quiz and post your comments below. What did you think?--posted by Steve
  • Autism Awareness Day

    Chuck Schallhorn
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    This first part is from an earlier post in 2010.Autism affects 1 in 100 children; 1 in 70 boys.  April is Autism Awareness Month and today, April 2 is Autism Awareness Day.  As we move in time, there are larger numbers of students who have some aspect of the disorder.Autism Speaks.Org Site that assists families with their children who have autism.  They also provide information about autism along with links related to research, how to support, and how to become involved in the fight against autism.Cafepress Site for Autism AwarenessThe Autism SocietyAfter posting…
  • Speaking of Infographics--Mental Illness

    Chuck Schallhorn
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    I found this one on Tumblr recently.  Yesterday's post by Rob reminded me to post this one as well.  It's not the greatest infographic, but it has some key information about mental illness that will be good for the high school teacher.  What are below are four separate images dealing with the science of mental illness.The post was from an account called Neuromorphogenesis.  The poster has some fascinating links and photos.  As of this date, there are some cool pictures of subdural hematomas and the arachnoid layer being lifted off the brain.  The link for the…
  • Infographics: Critical thinking opportunity!

    Rob McEntarffer
    31 Mar 2014 | 12:37 pm
    I love good data representation, and some infographics are good examples of data represented well. On the other hand, some infographics I run across worry me - I'm often uncertain about whether the research findings being presented include enough information for people to be able to understand/think about those research findings.Which makes me think: maybe a good use of infographics in a psych classroom is actually as the basis of a critical thinking exercise! Some potential examples:a person named Nora McAdams sent me an example via email called "Is the Future of Counseling and Therapy…
  • The return of the return of AP Psych review

    Steve Jones
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:32 am
    Two years ago I had a wacky idea: could we use Twitter to help students review for the AP Psych exam? I came up with the hashtag #appsychreview and started blogging and tweeting about it. Dozens of students posted questions, and even more impressively, more than a dozen AP Psych teachers - some of whom I didn't know - jumped in and answered questions. Last year even more questions were asked, and even more teachers stepped up to handle queries.So this Monday marks five weeks until the AP Psych exam and the official return of #appsychreview. Having learned a few lessons over the past two…
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    Advances in the History of Psychology

  • New Book: History of Psychology 101

    Jacy Young
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    As part of Springer’s Psych 101 series psychologist David Devonis, of Graceland University, has authored History of Psychology 101. As described on the publisher’s website, Spanning the modern development of psychological science and practice-the era most relevant to today’s psychologists-this concise overview of psychology’s history focuses on how the field has striven to make a positive impact on society and the individuals within it. It not only examines, decade by decade, the key developments in psychology, but goes beyond the usual “schools and…
  • New Isis: Organizational Revolution and the Human Sciences, Neurohistory, & More

    Jacy Young
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    The March 2014 issue of Isis, the official journal of the History of Science Society, is now online. Included in this issue are a number of items of interest to AHP readers, including a special Focus section on Neurohistory. Full titles, authors, and abstracts follow below. “The Organizational Revolution and the Human Sciences,” by Hunter Heyck. The abstract reads, This essay argues that a new way of understanding science and nature emerged and flourished in the human sciences in America between roughly 1920 and 1970. This new outlook was characterized by the prefiguration of all…
  • New JHBS: “Primitive” Mentality, James on Emotion, Bekhterev’s Psychoreflexology, & More

    Jacy Young
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    The Spring 2014 issue of the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences is now online. Included in this issue are articles on studies of “primitive” mentality, human factor psychology, William James’s theory of emotion, and Bekhterev’s (right) psychoreflexology in relation to Wundt. Full titles, authors, and abstracts follow below. “Hermannsburg, 1929: Turning Aboriginal “Primitives” into Modern Psychological Subjects,” by Warwick Anderson. The abstract reads, In 1929, the Lutheran mission at Hermannsburg (Ntaria), central Australia, became an…
  • New Issue: History of the Human Sciences

    Jennifer Bazar
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The April issue of History of the Human Sciences is now available online. Among a number of articles that will likely appeal to AHP readers, two  in particular caught my eye for their historical treatments of contemporarily “hot” topics: David Pilgrim of the University of Liverpool has jumped into the volatile DSM-5 debate. In “Historical resonances of the DSM-5 dispute: American exceptionalism or Eurocentrism?” he expands the boundaries of the oft-American focused discussion with an international scope on the history of psychiatric diagnoses. In “Deprived…
  • Mapping Science & Reform: The First Generation of Chicago-Trained Female Social Scientists, Part I

    Shayna Fox Lee
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    This is part of a special series of posts on the digital history of psychology from members of the PsyBorgs Lab at York University, in Toronto, Canada. The full series of posts can be found here. Chicago Philosophy Club, 1896Amy Eliza Tanner in white blouse and tie, in between rows There now exists a large and robust historiography on women and American science before 1970 (Rossiter, 1982; Scarborough & Furomoto, 1987). These works focus on the severe constraints faced by women due to sexist social norms, the tension between pure versus applied work, and the question of whether women…
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    One Among Many

  • In Defense of the Eyeball Test

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Some findings are perfect without being too good to be true. In such a case, statistics are beside the point. read more
  • Bias in Self-Knowledge

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:54 pm
    When people hold false beliefs about themselves, it is usually their judgment that is blamed. Now there is a proposal to blame—and change—reality itself. Where will that lead us? read more
  • Patricide

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    The psychology of patricide, the killing of the father. read more
  • Accuracy of Self-Knowledge

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:58 pm
    The lack of perfect self-knowledge is a puzzle. Should we not be the experts on ourselves? A new review of the literature confirms that accuracy is neither nil nor close to perfect. read more
  • Ad Lib

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    5 Apr 2014 | 10:17 am
    Most ads pollute the psychological space. Others entertain, delight, and sell because they respect simple psychology. read more
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    The Situationist

  • Francis Shen

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

    The Situationist Staff
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Francis Shen U. Minnesota Law School March 31st -The Intersection of neuroscience and the law Joshua Greene Harvard College Psychology April 18th - Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them Stay tuned for more details.
  • The Situation of Criminal Defense

    The Situationist Staff
    8 Mar 2014 | 6:10 pm
    An op-ed by Situationist friend, Sam Wheeler in (Talking Points): On November 27, 1770, John Adams began the most important trial of his legal career. His clients were eight British soldiers who, when confronted by an angry gathering of Boston patriots, fired into the crowd, killing five. The soldiers were accused of murder and threatened with the death penalty. Adams was a patriot, openly and adamantly opposed to British occupation of the colonies, with no love of the British army. He took the case, which he called “one of the best pieces of service I ever rendered my country,” because…
  • Situationist Torts at Harvard Law School

    The Situationist Staff
    11 Feb 2014 | 6:44 pm
    From The Harvard Law Record (an article by Sara Murphy, Jessica Ranucci, Sean Cuddihy): From the first day we marched into Professor Jon Hanson’s Torts class, it was clear that the course would not follow the traditional 1L torts syllabus. Professor Hanson, who is the Alfred Smart Professor of Law and Director of the Project on Law and the Mind Sciences, is well-known for his unusual course structure and material. He was charged with teaching us Torts last semester, but what we learned transcended the bounds of the traditional 1L curriculum. Professor Hanson teaches what he calls…
  • Immaculate Perception?

    Jerry Kang
    1 Feb 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Recently, I did a TEDx talk on implicit bias titled “Immaculate Perception?”  It’s only about 13 minutes long, which made it quite a challenge. Enjoy! Here’s a guide to my related scholarship.
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    Ulterior Motives

  • Learning and Sleep in Toddlers

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
    Quite a bit of research has begun to explore influences of sleep on cognitive processes. In adults, sleep has a huge influence on memory. Sleep speeds learning of new skills. It also helps to separate the information being learned from the situation in which it was learned, which can make it easier to use that knowledge in other more
  • Guilt and Shame and Crime

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    When people do something wrong, there are two distinct emotions that they commonly experience: guilt and shame. These emotions differ based on what people feel bad about. When people feel bad about the action they performed, then they experience guilt. When they feel bad about themselves for having done something bad, then they experience more
  • The Dangers of Extreme Praise

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    An obvious way for parents and teachers to build children’s self-esteem is through praise. It is intuitive that if a child performs a task well, then praising their effort will boost their self-esteem. But, praise is a dangerous more
  • Having the Option to Do Nothing Increases Commitment

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    We often assume that giving people the chance to choose what they are going to do will increase their motivation to do it. One reason why many colleges give their students so much autonomy is with the belief that if students have selected the classes they take they will put more effort into those classes than if the classes were assigned to them. read more
  • Creating Personalized Practice for Students

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    For a few decades now, educators have suggested that computers would vastly improve our ability to teach students. The assumption has been that with computers we would be able to transport students to places they could not go on their own, allow them to communicate with people around the globe, and get more personalized more
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    The Essential Read

  • Either/Or?

    David P. Barash, Ph.D.
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Either/Or seems like a firm, strong, defensible assertion, consistent with existential thought and appealing to those of us who long for simple (simplistic?) answers. But some of the most interesting and important matters aren't so readily disposed of. read more
  • How to Live a Purposeful and Fulfilling Life?

    Aldo Civico, Ph.D.
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    In his book The Promise of a Pencil, Adam Braun, founder of Pencils of Promise, shares how in following his dream he found purpose in life. Adam Braun's experience reminds us how there is a leader in all of us and how fulfillment in life is achieved when we make a contribution larger than ourselves to the more
  • Does Sexless Marriage Justify Adultery? Part 2

    Mark D. White, Ph.D.
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:36 am
    In the first part of this post, we asked whether a person has an obligation to have sex with his or her partner given that the partner cannot go outside the relationship to get sexual needs met. In this second part, we get to the question of whether dissatisfaction with sex in a relationship justifies going elsewhere to find more
  • Guilt and Shame and Crime

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    When people do something wrong, there are two distinct emotions that they commonly experience: guilt and shame. These emotions differ based on what people feel bad about. When people feel bad about the action they performed, then they experience guilt. When they feel bad about themselves for having done something bad, then they experience more
  • How Locking Kids in Solitary Confinement Became Normal

    Karen Franklin, Ph.D.
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Like a wildfire, a moral panic over juvenile "superpredators" ignited in the 1990s and has burned out of control ever since, erasing the futures of untold children across more
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    In the news by Karen Franklin PhD

  • How locking kids in solitary confinement became normal

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    I remember the first time I ever saw a child locked up in a men's prison. I was walking down the corridor of a maximum-security prison, visiting a prisoner who had been transferred there from the prison where I was working at the time. (That's a sad story for another day.)Suddenly, I saw the face of a boy, staring out at me bleakly from a cell window. The incongruity of the boy's presence in a men's prison made me do a double-take. I stared back for a long moment into his haunted eyes. When I asked about him later, I was told that, as the only minor at the prison, he had to be locked down…
  • Piper Kerman presents 3-point plan for prison reform

    1 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    It can be fortunate for the world when a middle-class person with a social conscience gets hauled off to prison.After spending a year in a women's prison, Piper Kerman wrote the bestselling memoir Orange is the New Black, which spawned a hit Netflix series that has galvanized the public. Now, she is jet-setting around the country, raising awareness on the U.S. prison crisis among people who have given it nary a thought up until now. Last night, San Francisco's intelligentsia came out en masse to hear the celebrity ex-prisoner at a City Arts and Lectures benefit for an innovative university…
  • Storm clouds gathering over Reid interrogation method

    25 Mar 2014 | 8:10 pm
    The detective pulled his chair closer to Joe, the mentally ill suspect sitting alongside him in the small, windowless room. Joe kept denying that he had killed his mother, but the detective wasn’t buying it. Looking Joe straight in the eye, he leaned in and said: “Look, Joe, your mother was a cancer. Think about all of the bad things you told us she did. She hurt people. You should be proud of what you did. Seriously! She was a problem, and you eliminated that problem. That was the right thing to do. It took a hell of a lot of courage. I'm sure other people in the family were fed up with…
  • Federal judge calls Minnesota civil commitment program “draconian”

    16 Mar 2014 | 10:29 am
    State lawmakers remain in paralysis as judge threatens actionThis is one in a series of on-the-ground reports from clinician Jon Brandt of Minnesota on the high-profile legal battle over the civil commitment of sex offenders in his state, a battle with potentially national repercussions.   Guest post by Jon Brandt, MSW, LICSW*Three weeks ago, a federal judge issued his long-awaited ruling in a civil rights case brought by civil detainees over the constitutionality of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP). Although stopping short, for now, of declaring the program…
  • Psychologist whistleblower awarded $1 million; fired after testifying about state hospital's competency restoration program

    9 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    In an unprecedented case, a civil jury has awarded $1 million in damages to a psychologist who was retaliated against after she challenged the validity of a state hospital's competency restoration methods.Experts at the trial included Thomas Grisso and Randy Otto, prominent leaders in the field of forensic psychology who have written and taught extensively on best practices in the assessment of competency to stand trial.After a month-long trial with dozens of witnesses, the jury found that Napa State Hospital failed to apply generally accepted professional standards for competency assessment…
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    Your Mind Your Body

  • Thoughts and behaviors for managing Tax Day stress

    Dr. David Palmiter
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
      As a recent national survey from the American Psychological Association indicated, a great number of us are under significant stress, and not dealing well with it. With tax day stress looming here are some strategies for taking the edge off. Using Coping Thoughts Just like we can swap out an uncomfortable pair of jeans for a comfortable pair, we can swap out a painful thought (that is usually untrue), that is serving no good purpose, for one that is more adaptive (that is usually true). Here are some to try. You should only use those that you believe to be true: • Quoting Harvard…
  • 8 tips to bury your winter blahs

    8 Mar 2014 | 7:35 am
    Find ways to feel better about the cold and gray days   I admit it–I am so done with winter.  This is one thing that pretty much everyone (other than the most avid of winter sports enthusiasts) on the east coast and midwest can agree on, we are all ready for spring. Winter blahs are not the same as Seasonal Affective Disorder. Most of us are not clinically depressed. We don’t need medication. We don’t need therapy. We need some sunshine and warm temperatures. Most parents need to know their kids will be going to school during the week and not starting two hours late. Snow days…
  • 9 steps for de-stressing a stressed-out teen #stressAPA

    Dr. David Palmiter
    11 Feb 2014 | 7:25 am
        This week the American Psychological Association released the results of its annual Stress in America survey, a national survey regarding stress in the United States. This year’s report places a key focus on the stress experience of teens. I invite you to read the full report, but I will note a few summary points here. Teen stress levels higher than they consider healthy Teens estimate that a healthy level of stress is a 3.9 on a 10-point scale. However, they report that their stress averages a 5.8 during the school year and a 4.6 during the summer months, with just about one…
  • Stress in America: A preview of this year’s survey #stressAPA

    Angel Brownawell
    10 Feb 2014 | 9:18 am
      Tomorrow the American Psychological Association releases the results of its annual Stress in America survey. Since 2006, we’ve been surveying American adults, and sometimes children, about what is causing their stress, how they manage it, and what affect it has on their health. This year, we also surveyed teenagers. There has been a lot of talk lately about teens and health. This new survey continues that conversation. Look for our survey report tomorrow, as well as new tip sheets related to the survey findings. Related to the survey, is a new animated video we’re releasing…
  • Coping with the extreme cold weather blues

    7 Jan 2014 | 9:48 am
    With temperatures plunging to record lows and with the continual barrage of cold, snow, and wind over the last several weeks, it’s no wonder that many people may be feeling irritable, helpless and even a bit sad right now. Every year at this time, right after the holidays are over, many people experience the winter weather blues. The difference is this year, some may feel a bit worse, especially if living in parts of the midwest, north and northeast United States where the cold and snow are adding insult to injury. Just when people thought they were going to go back to normal…
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    Workplace Psychology

  • 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
    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 I-O psychologists have been…
  • 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…
  • Locus of Control and The Zorro Circle

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    23 Feb 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Photo Credit: Flickr In his book, The Happiness Advantage, author Shawn Achor talks about how by first limiting our focus on small, manageable goals, we can then expand our sphere of power from there. Achor used the movie “The Mask of Zorro” (starring Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins) as an example and describes what he calls The Zorro Circle. For those who have not seen it, there is a scene where young Alejandro (Zorro) is taught how to master the sword and other skills by first training in a small circle. Only after mastering control of that small circle was he then allowed by his…
  • To Spread Excellence You Need Excellence To Spread

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    17 Feb 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Photo Credit: Flickr In the book Scaling Up Excellence (which I recently reviewed), Stanford professors Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao said this: “To spread excellence, you need to have some excellence to spread” (Sutton & Rao, 2014, p. 181). This sentence captures something that is actually quite simple: if you don’t have some excellence, don’t try to spread something you do not have. As Sutton and Rao explained in the book, if you can’t deliver on your most basic promises, then it is pointless to try to scale up excellence. Just think about how hypocritical that is.
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    Therapy Worksheets

  • Managing Burnout Worksheet

    23 Mar 2014 | 5:24 pm
    From consultant/coach Dewey Schott, by way of the books, Banishing Burnout and The Power of Full Engagement, here's a managing burnout presentation (with worksheets) along with a webinar conversation (which we haven't clicked on). Seems to be common sense stuff, perhaps worth mulling if you've ever felt or expect to feel burned out at work. Most people.
  • BPD Resources

    10 Feb 2014 | 8:39 am
    Helpful links--including worksheets--collected at Healing from BPD and at The Pinki Perspective. What's BPD? Stands for Borderline Personality Disorder. Find more about the diagnosis on PsychCentral, at NIMH, and/or at Wikipedia.
  • Mindfulness for OCD

    12 Dec 2013 | 12:39 pm
    From the new Mindfulness Workbook for OCD, by Jon Hershfield and Tom Corboy, here's a linked chapter about Relationship OCD (hit "click here to read an excerpt").  What's Relationship OCD? From the excerpt:ROCD is difficulty in tolerating uncertainty about the quality of a relationship and the genuineness of your feelings about another person. This isn’t the typical doubt you might expect when, say, one person is ready for marriage and the other isn’t. This is the kind of doubt that seeps in insidiously and chips away at the very concept of love and…
  • Worksheets Grab Bag

    19 Nov 2013 | 11:16 am
    Here are some helpful sites sent in by TW reader, Victoria S.  Good finds all. Thanks, Victoria!A workbook for couples from huge list of infosheets and worksheets for individuals and couples from here are lots and lots of downloadable tools made to accompany the Treatments That Work book series. It may have been posted here before, but, if so, worth another look.Meanwhile, we've updated our look after many years. Hope you like.
  • Relationship Worksheets

    26 Sep 2013 | 1:34 pm
    A "Relationship Worksheet" sits deep in a long list of questionnaires, worksheets, and infosheets available from CMHAMJ (that's the Canadian Mental Health Association Moose Jaw). Quick sampling: 1. What qualities first drew me to my partner? 2. What troubling qualities does my partner have that are similar to my early caretakers? 3. What qualities does my partner have that I think I lack?Those three alone could keep you busy for a while.
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    Dr. Jennifer Howard Changes That Last Blog

  • 5 Signs You're In the Right Relationship

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Do you feel unsure about the relationship you're currently in? Do you have doubts? You might think, “It seems right, but how can I know for sure?” If you need confirmation that you're in the right relationship, then it's helpful to take a step back and look at what's going on. It's important to see what's going on inside of you, as well as what's happening in the relationship.
  • The First Commandment Speaks of Our Oneness

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In the beginning of the Ten Commandments, God first says to Moses: "I am the Lord thy God," and then says, "Have no other Gods before me." This First Commandment has great meaning from many perspectives. To begin with, God is announcing, I AM the One.
  • The Third Date Happened… Now What?

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I spoke in the last blog about The First Few Dates So, you've made it past the third date. Congrats. Could this person be Mr. or Mrs. Right? (Although I use the pronouns “he” and “him” throughout this piece, please change it as you need to.) It's natural to wonder what you should do next, now that the first, second, and third date went well. So before making any decisions, take a moment to step back and be with yourself for a few minutes. We become more informed about what to do next when we are in touch with ourselves.
  • Those First Few Dates

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    No matter why you're on a first date, for most people it can be stressful and difficult. Whether you just lost your spouse through death or divorce, you're young and just beginning life, or you've never found Mr. or Ms. Right, those first few dates can be hard. It can feel like some kind of pressure to be your best or to connect in just the right way. Or maybe it's not hard for you, and you're someone who loves meeting new people and starting from the beginning.
  • The Challenges of Coping With the Death of a Boyfriend or Girlfriend

    27 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Love and loss are an integral part of the human experience. Whether you're married or not, the death of someone you're in a relationship with is a difficult and painful experience. Even without a wedding ring, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's five stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—still apply.
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    BPS Occupational Digest

  • Moving offices: what's happening with the Occupational Digest

    Alex Fradera
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:36 am
    I’ve been writing and curating The Occupational Digest for over three years now, time that has flown by.It’s been a voyage of discovery: discovery of valuable journals previously unknown to me, of inspiring talks at the Division of Occupational Psychology’s annual conferences, of new findings and rigorous investigations that I’ve been lucky to cover across in excess of 200 reports. We’ve always strived to walk a line that informs experts while bringing psychology to life for a general audience, and at times I think we nailed it, in posts about disagreeable men winning the…
  • Wellbeing is shaped by your day's little highlights, not merely its mishaps

    Alex Fradera
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:29 am
    Wellbeing research has tended to model work-life as a default state punctuated by negative events such as conflicts, mistakes, or unwelcome change. In this way, it follows the broader model of psychological health research that focuses on harmful interruption to normal functioning , a model that Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi were contesting in 2000 when they launched the Positive Psychology movement. In a new paper, Joyce Bono and colleagues further this tradition by drawing attention to how positive, as well as negative, daily events have a dynamic effect on our wellbeing.Their…
  • Never the earner, always the bride: How male breadwinners view women in the workplace

    Alex Fradera
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:12 am
    Across a series of studies, a new article demonstrates that married men who have a more traditional 'breadwinner role' at home tend to have more negative views on women in the workplace. Across their studies, Sreedhari Desai, Dolly Chugh and Arthur Brief defined traditional marriages as those where the wife was not employed, contrasted with couples that were dual-earning.  Firstly they employed data from US national surveys. In the first data set - 282 married men in 1996 - those in more traditional marriages showed some discomfort with a gender-mixed workplace, being more likely to…
  • The toll we take from caring for our elders

    Alex Fradera
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:45 am
    'Just as there was a postwar baby boom, society is now in the midst of a senior boom.' While all organisations offer parental support at or beyond that mandated by the state, provision for employees involved in eldercare is far more hit and miss. In the article that provides our lead quote, Lisa Calvano of West Chester University takes us through the literature on the psychological impact of eldercare.Calvano’s literature review reveals a clear consensus on one point: psychological strain is substantial for people caring for elders, and higher than that experienced by those who care for…
  • Gamers find it easier to relax and detach from work

    Alex Fradera
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:41 am
    A new study suggests digital gaming during leisure time is associated with better recovery from working stresses, particularly when that gaming involves online interaction with other people. Contrary to prior research, time spent gaming is not an influential factor upon the findings. This suggests that rather than game play steadily replenishing personal resources, the act – or mere availability – of gaming can be beneficial in a range of forms, from a quick zap to longer immersive sessions.UCL researchers Emily Cox and Anna Collins conducted their study with 491 adults with ages up to…
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    The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies

  • Reeva and Oscar: a mythological perspective from Jung

    5 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    This post is an application of Jungian theory to offer an alternative way of understanding the tragic event of Reeva Steenkamp’s death at the hands of Oscar Pistorius. It is a continuation of the post A bullet in the chamber: a Jungian perspective on a murderous gun complex Reeva painted these pictures when she was 14, they’ve been in the house for a long time now, but we never really realized what they were about. here is a man standing in a field, next to a tree, and he is holding a gun. and then on the other side… is what could be reeva wearing angel wings, and here is the…
  • Inner Work (book review): Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    Inner Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth, by Robert A. Johnson Book review by Tasha Tollman Judging by the plethora of books on dream interpretation that can be found in most book shops, we all want to know what our dreams mean and pioneering Jungian Analyst, Robert Johnson explores avenues into the unconscious as they pertain to reading the symbolic language of dreams, engaging in Active Imagination and the use of ceremony and fantasy. In Inner Work, Johnson provides a practical, step-by-step approach to uncovering the meaning of your dream images and then…
  • The Library of the Mind: imaginal photography and your thinking function

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:39 am
    Logos, reason, (directed) thinking, animus, intellect, imaginal photography C. G. Jung divides the mind into four distinct psychological functions: thinking, feeling (or evaluation), intuition, and sensation.[1]  The function we are going to consider in this post, thinking, is the psychological function which, following its own laws, brings the contents of ideation [ideas] into conceptual connection with one another. It is an apperceptive activity, and as such may be dived into active and passive thinking.  Active thinking is an act of will, passive thinking is a mere occurrence. In the…
  • Introducing Jungian Psychology by Robin Robertson (book review)

    3 Feb 2014 | 1:49 am
    Tasha Tollman reviews an Introduction to Jungian Psychology. In Introducing Jungian Psychology, Dr Robertson provides the reader with the overall feel of Jungian psychology, sketching out a basic outline of the concepts and providing modern day examples.The book introduces the concepts of conscious, personal unconscious and collective unconscious as Roberston unpacks the structure and dynamics of the psyche; the meaning of dreams; personality types and archetypes before presenting Jung’s more abstract concepts about the processes that interact as one struggles along the road to…
  • The encounter with the Shadow: a key moment on the journey to individuation

    30 Jan 2014 | 5:20 am
    The shadow, Applied Jungian Psychology, The Wolf of Wall Street Discussion about the shadow can be split into three broad categories: Everything has a shadow – more specifically, every choice, every action, and every encounter, carries within itself a shadow. This is the simple idea that what is explicit, what is seen, what is manifest holds an implicit opposite. Our intentionality is directed to the “object” in a specific fashion. The philosopher John Searle describes it as consciousness having an “aspectual” character. Whenever we contemplate any phenomenon we assume a…
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    Psychology Matters Asia

  • Codependence and the three A's: Awareness, Acceptance, and Action

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    I first learned of the three A-s, awareness, acceptance, and action from Alanon which is a wonderful self-help group for the family and friends of the alcoholic. Alanon suggests its members utilize the "Three A-s" in dealing with the problems specifically caused by alcoholism in the family (e.g. page 97, Hope for Today). However, I have found the three A-s immensely useful for coping with a wide variety of problems both personally and also in helping others in my professional practice as a clinical psychologist. The purpose of this post is to explain what the three A-s are and how…
  • The most important Sex Organ in the Body

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Couples struggling with an unsatisfying sex life may blissfully remember the days when they seems to effortlessly fall into bed and enjoy one another sexually. You may also want to recall along with that image how much simplier your life was back then. You didn-t have bills, debts, mortgage, children and ailgning parents or your own health issues. So your sex life was probably easier because life was easier.
  • Do I have a drinking problem? Am I an alcoholic? What is the difference?

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    People drink for all sorts of reason. Some reasons are to socialize, celebrate and relax. Other times people use alcohol as a form of self-medication to help them manage stress, anxiety or to use it to distract them from unpleasant or unhappy situations in their life.
  • Does Short-Term Relief Work?

    1 Apr 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Short term relief does not last. It can in fact become a separate psychological issue unto itself.When John saw me for help, he has been under psychiatric treatment for over 10 years. Despite the length of his treatment, he remained "stuck" within himself - psychologically, emotionally, behaviorally, relationally, spiritually. Looking for relief from his pain or agony, he has been doing it through brain drugs, marijuana, alcohol, nicotine, money, and raging all these years.
  • How does one cope with ambiguous loss? The case of the disappeared Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370

    24 Mar 2014 | 11:47 am
    The continuing confusion and lack of definitive information about the whereabouts of Malaysian Airline MH370 for over two weeks (when this post is written), has focused the world-s attention on the suffering of the family and friends of the 239 missing passengers. It is difficult to even imagine what these family members and friends are going through. This article looks at how we can help those coping with an ambiguous loss such as is the case for the family and loved ones of those missing on MH370.
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    Connecting Hypnotherapy...

  • Are Babies Born With An Existing Structure Of Language?

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    A new study finds evidence that we are born with fundamental knowledge about language, helping to explain one of our greatest abilities.Researchers in the US and Italy have found that newborn infants between two- and five-days-old already prefer syllables which are more ‘word-like’ over those not usually found in human languages (Gomez et al., 2014).In the study, the researchers played back ‘good’ and ‘bad’ words to the newborns while using near-infrared spectroscopy to monitor the oxygenation of the blood in their brains.An example of a ‘good’ syllable is ‘bl’ which is…
  • Oscars For Best Psychology Films

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    As each award season approaches, the world's attention focuses on Hollywood and the best of its yearly productions. Underneath the glitz and the glamour, psychology provides much of the substance that propels producers, directors, and screenwriters to give creative voice to the range of human experiences. Audiences are fascinated by heartless murderers, tragic heros or heroines wrestling with psychological demons, couples who tear each other apart, and families that make their home life a constant nightmare. Whether frightening or at times hilarious, Hollywood's dramatization of the…
  • VIDEO Brain Magic: Keith Barry

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
  • Why Do Certain Things Annoy Us?

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Traffic. Mosquitoes. People who snap their gum. People who crack their knuckles. There are so many things in the world that are just downright annoying.But what makes them annoying? It's the question that NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca and Science Friday's Flora Lichtman set out to answer in their new book, Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us.For instance, why is hearing someone else's phone call more irritating than just overhearing a normal conversation? In an interview with Morning Edition's Renee Montagne, Lichtman explains why this is so grating."It's half of a conversation," she…
  • Top 10 Books For Learning Hypnosis

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    Although I try to include a lot of information about the field of hypnotherapy, the best way to learn is by reading the books of the top pros and taking their courses. lists 10 great books for learning hypnosis from the best...1. Hypnotherapy by Dave ElmanOne of the most regarded books of all time on the subject of hypnosis. Dave Elman has one of the most effective inductions that is utilized by professional hypnotists all around the World. Personally I've used his methods with foolproof results of getting…
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    What is Psychology?

  • Peering Into The Science of Alcoholism

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

    16 Mar 2014 | 9:33 pm
    We all want to earn the respect of our bosses and coworkers; however, many times our best efforts go unnoticed — so what options do we have to earn more respect? While working late and doing extra tasks have their merits, research suggests that we can enhance our professional image and increase our salary by focusing specifically on our outward appearance. Get in Shape Perhaps physical attributes shouldn’t play much of a role inside a work environment; unfortunately for overweight professionals, research suggests that it does. The Wall Street Journal recently profiled a study…
  • 3 Ways Botox Helps Special Needs Children

    7 Mar 2014 | 7:59 pm
      While Botox is often thought of as the confidence boosting go-to choice for wealthy housewives, it can be used for much more than just getting rid of wrinkles and making you look younger. There are many alternative uses in the medical field.   Botox is a protein derived from the botulism toxin (which in high doses is poisonous) that basically blocks the signals that would normally tell a muscle to contract. Traditionally this has been put to use in the medical world by “paralyzing” muscles to reduce frown lines and wrinkles by making it difficult for the muscles to…
  • Psychology Memes: Pavlov

    5 Mar 2014 | 1:05 pm
  • Elle Fanning Brings Attention To The Effects Of Bulimia In New Short Film

    26 Feb 2014 | 3:24 pm
    The new film in which Elle Fanning stars is meant to raise awareness of the mental and physical toll eating disorders take on teens, but some are saying its gruesomeness is a bit much. About Likeness Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto’s new short film titled “Likeness” explores the anguish of a young person suffering from an eating disorder. The film stars Elle Fanning and shows the world through the distorted perception of a young girl suffering from bulimia. The film begins with the camera traveling through the rooms of a house party, where scantily clad men and women fill every corner.
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    Carl Jung Depth Psychology

  • The holiest sanctuary of the Islamic world is the Ka'aba, the black stone of Mecca

    Lewis Lafontaine
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:50 am
    The human being is as different as possible from a stone, yet man's innermost center is in a strange and special way akin to it (perhaps because the stone symbolizes mere existence at the farthest... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • This is really Good Friday; upon which the Lord died and descended into Hell and completed the mysteries.

    Lewis Lafontaine
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:36 am
    However, I may not, I do not want to, I cannot. Oh human wretchedness! Oh unwillingness in us! Oh doubt and despair. This is really Good Friday; upon which the Lord died and descended into Hell and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Last Supper in The Red Book

    Lewis Lafontaine
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:47 am
    [For many Christians this is Holy Week which will culminate in Easter Sunday. Today is Holy Thursday which commemorates “The Last Supper.” In Dr. Jung’s “The Red Book” many of the psychological... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on Man's capacity for wholesale suicide...

    Lewis Lafontaine
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:44 am
    Man is bound to follow the adventurous prompting of his scientific and inventive mind and admire himself for his splendid achievements. At the same time his genius, the uncanny tendency to invent... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Anyone who wants to know the human psyche will learn next to nothing from experimental psychology.

    Lewis Lafontaine
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:53 am
    Anyone who wants to know the human psyche will learn next to nothing from experimental psychology. He would be better advised to abandon exact science, put away his scholar's gown, bid farewell to... [[ 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 217: Let's Be Honest: Is Your Dog Really Intelligent?

    Michael Britt
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:28 pm
    It's easy to find videos on the web of animals showing what appears to be some pretty smart behavior. But is it really "smarts"? How can you tell? In this episode I'll point out examples that look like intelligence but probably aren't - as well as an example of animal behavior that is really hard to dismiss as anything but "smarts".
  • Ep 216 (video): YouTube Power Search Tips

    Michael Britt
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:29 am
    How can you find the best videos on YouTube? In this video episode of The Psych Files you are going to learn some crazy power tips that will alert you whenever a video from a credible source gets added to a YouTube playlist. You will be the first to know. And you can find out not only by receiving an email, but - if you want - you can also get a phone call when that video is ready for you! Don't waste your time - there are some crazy new ways to efficiently search the web and here is how I do it.
  • Ep 216: Working Remotely - the Psychological Advantages and Disadvantages

    Michael Britt
    8 Mar 2014 | 6:59 pm
    The idea of working from home sounds great - but be aware of the downside. In this episode of The Psych Files I talk about what factors influence your job satisfaction and motivation when you work from home. I also discuss the interesting concept of "emotional labor" - what is it like when you know your boss is watching you and judging whether you are "acting happy" to customers? What's the cost to you of acting in a way that is contrary to how you actually feel?
  • Ep 215: What Was Life Like in an Asylum?

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    19 Feb 2014 | 11:18 am
    Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a patient in an "insane asylum"? "Asylums" changed names over the years (including "State Hospital" and "Psychiatric Center") and so did the treatment of the mentally ill. Hear from Dr. Jennifer Bazar how we went from chaining people up to hydrotherapy to sexual surgery and finally to what is called "moral treatment". A fascinating walk down the history of psychology with an engaging psychology historian.
  • Ep 214: Your Adolescence is Giving Me A Mid-Life Crisis

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    2 Feb 2014 | 7:01 pm
    We all know that adolescence is a time of change and often a tough time for the teen. But what about the parent? Today's parents are often older than years ago, and today's parents are sometimes going through their own self-examination, their own doubts, their own exploration. What happens when you bring those two together? Sometimes a lot of yelling frankly. In this episode I talk about the changes going on in the adolescent and in the older parent and how parents can avoid the yelling and the accusations that only undermine what the teen is going through and how parents can step back and…
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    The Socially Responsible Practitioner

  • Reshaping How the Public Views Counselling

    The Adler School
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:38 am
    Alyson Jones, M.A. ’96 Alyson Jones graduated from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, Vancouver Campus, in 1996 with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. She is the President and Clinical Director of Alyson Jones & Associates in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am the Clinical Director of Alyson Jones & Associates, which is one of the largest private counselling centers in British Columbia. In 2008 I purchased a practice from a well-known Adlerian psychologist, Clair Hawes. I took the practice to a whole new level by bringing together a group of…
  • The Chicagoland LGBTQ Services Directory: Launched and Off to an Exciting Start

    The Adler School
    17 Mar 2014 | 10:34 am
    Kevin Osten-Garner, Psy.D. Kevin Osten-Garner, Psy.D., is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Training and Community Engagement, at the Adler School, and Director of the School’s LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center. He is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in work with LGBTQ issues, several mental illness and chemical/behavioral addictions. Seeking a support group for gay fathers near Jefferson Park? In need of trans-friendly shelter housing for a homeless client in Pilsen, or legal advocacy for a lesbian friend who has suffered from violence? The Chicagoland…
  • A Tribute to a Mentor: Ted Millon, 1928-2014

    The Adler School
    24 Feb 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Neil Bockian, Psy.D. Professor of Clinical Psychology Neil Bockian, Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Adler School in Chicago, directs its concentration in primary care and behavioral medicine psychology. He is a practicing clinical psychologist, with extensive expertise in treating patients with medical problems such as chronic pain, spinal cord injury, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions. I would like to write a brief tribute to my dear mentor, Dr. Theodore Millon. Millon’s impact on the field of psychology has been enormous. Although perhaps best known…
  • Guidelines for Parents and Adults Discussing Death with Children

    The Adler School
    11 Feb 2014 | 12:47 pm
    David Castro-Blanco, Ph.D, ABPP David Castro-Blanco, Ph.D., ABPP, is Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, and a board-certified clinical psychologist with practice and research expertise in child and adolescent psychology. Recently, he was among several experts around the country consulted by a writer for to provide insights and guidance for adults in talking to children about the loss of a loved one. In this post, Dr. Castro-Blanco elaborates on his comments featured in the story “How to Talk to Your Kids About…
  • On Birthdays, Alfred Adler and Social Change Today

    The Adler School
    7 Feb 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Alfred Adler–the physician, the revolutionary thinker known as “the first community psychologist” and the “grandfather of positive psychology” was born on this day 144 years ago (Feb. 7, 1870). His influential mentee and our School’s founder Rudolf Dreikurs was born 117 years ago tomorrow (Feb. 8, 1897). Great, you say. Interesting history. Why do we care? We care because the groundbreaking ideas on social interest and community health that Adler and Dreikurs pioneered and advanced throughout their lives are advanced all over the world today, even if…
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  • Our relationship with God changes when faced with potential romantic rejection

    SAGE Publications
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Easter is a time when many people in the world think about their relationships with God. New research explores a little-understood role of God in people’s lives: helping them cope with the threat of romantic rejection. In this way, God stands in for other relationships in our lives when times are tough. Most psychological researchRead More
  • Jump-starting natural resilience reverses stress susceptibility

    National Institute on Mental Health
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Scientists have traced vulnerability to depression-like behaviors in mice to out-of-balance electrical activity inside neurons of the brain’s reward circuit and experimentally reversed it – but there’s a twist. Instead of suppressing it, researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health boosted runaway neuronal activity even further, eventually triggering a compensatory self-stabilizing response. Once electricalRead More
  • Rapid whole-brain imaging with single cell resolution

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:33 pm
    A major challenge of systems biology is understanding how phenomena at the cellular scale correlate with activity at the organism level. A concerted effort has been made especially in the brain, as scientists are aiming to clarify how neural activity is translated into consciousness and other complex brain activities. One example of the technologies neededRead More
  • Newlyweds, be careful what you wish for

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    A statistical analysis of the gift “fulfillments” at several hundred online wedding gift registries suggests that wedding guests are caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to buying an appropriate gift for the happy couple. The details reported in the International Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing suggest that most people hope toRead More
  • Scientists propose a new taxonomy to classify cognitive style across disciplines

    Association for Psychological Science
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Educators have tried to boost learning by focusing on differences in learning styles. Management consultants tout the impact that different decision-making styles have on productivity.  Various fields have developed diverse approaches to understanding the way people process information. A new report from psychological scientists aims to integrate these disciplines by offering a new, integrated framework of cognitiveRead More
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    Mark Rubin's Social Psychology Research Blog

  • “I am Working-Class”: Self-Identification as a Measure of Social Class in Educational Research

    24 Mar 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Governments around the world are trying to open up higher education to working-class people. For example, in January this year, the White House released a report titled: "Increasing college opportunity for low-income students: Promising models and a call to action."In the context of this general push towards widening participation in higher education, my colleagues and I have been developing a research project that aims to investigate social class differences in social integration among students atuniversity. After all, we need to bring working-class people into our universities socially and…
  • Spock's Not One of Us! Exploring the In-Group Overexclusion Effect

    8 Feb 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Liberal or Conservative?We all belong to many different social groups. For example, we belong to groups based on our age, gender, nationality, sexuality, and occupation, to name just a few. Most of the time, it's fairly easy to work out who belongs to which group. But sometimes it's not that clear. For example, if you had to guess, would you say that the man opposite is a liberal or a conservative? Well, social psychologists have found that your answer will sometimes depend on which group you belong to. If you're a liberal, then you'll probably guess that the man is a conservative. And if…
  • In-Group Favouritism can be used to Get Even as well as to Get Ahead

    11 Jan 2014 | 1:17 am
    Social identity theory is a major mainstream theory of intergroup relations (Tajfel and Turner, 1979). At its heart lies the assumption that social groups fight and compete with one another in order to attain positive distinctiveness from one another. In other words, group members are motivated to favor their own group (the in-group) and derogate other groups (out-groups) along specific intergroup comparison dimensions in order to increase or maintain their group's relative social status. High in-group status and positive in-group distinctiveness enable in-group members to achieve or maintain…
  • Boys Don’t Cry, But They Can Be Sensitive! Behavioural Descriptions of Counterstereotypical People Cause Greater Prejudice than Personality Descriptions

    3 Aug 2013 | 12:01 am
    Stereotypes are pretty useful things! We use them to help us to understand and respond to people from a large and diverse array of social groups. But how do people feel about individuals who buck the trend and contradict stereotypes? For example, how do people feel about a man who is crying or a woman who is smoking a cigar!Most evidence shows that people react quite negatively towards counterstereotypical individuals. The typical explanation for this negative bias refers to people’s need to protect and maintain their stereotypes: People are biased against counterstereotypical individuals…
  • “It Wasn’t My Idea to Come Here”: Young Women Lack Ownership of the Idea to Immigrate

    3 Mar 2013 | 6:17 pm
    claimtoken-51aab39bb3bb0 Together with getting married and buying a house, the decision to immigrate is one of the most important decisions that a person can make.  So, it’s important that immigrants feel that they have satisfactory input into the process of deciding whether or not to migrate.  In some recent research, Ilooked at a very early stage of this decision-making process: ownership of the idea to immigrate.I analysed survey data from 1,702 married immigrants to Australia. Each immigrant was asked “whose idea was it to emigrate to Australia?” Responses were coded as…
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  • 4 Tips to Help You with Your Grief and Loss

    Duncan Morris
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Image courtesy of Sira Anamwong / Grief is unique to the individual. We all grieve differently and for this reason there is no set pattern to follow. It is my belief that grief and pain remain with us; however we can learn to live with these feelings successfully, doing so without diminishing the value of the causation of grief. We often think of grief and loss as referring to the death of a loved one, however grief also relates to aspects of our lives such as a broken relationship, loss of employment, relocation and the loss of a pet to name a few. Grief is a unique…
  • Are You Fighting Fair or Fighting Dirty

    Colleen Morris
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Fighting within a relationship does not have to be bad. A constructive argument where both sides are able to speak and be heard is the mark of a very healthy relationship. But there are some ways of fighting that aren’t as constructive, in fact they’re down right dirty and can impact your relationship negatively. Here is a list of ways we fight dirty with great alternatives so you can start fighting fair. If you are experiencing difficulties fighting fair and need direction and support to repair and have a strong, happy and enduring couple relationship, then here’s what you need to do:…
  • An Extroverts Guide on How to Live with an Introverted Partner

    Jessica Morris
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Image courtesy of photostock / If the old saying, “opposites attract” is true, then there is every likelihood that your partner is the complete opposite of you. Initially this may not seem like a huge factor in your relationship; you enjoy each other’s company and genuine appreciation means you are able to overlook your differences. But what happens when you are living together and your partner displays some characteristics that are just plain strange to you? How do you cope when you want to go out and all they want to do is lock themselves up in a quiet room for…
  • 5 Steps to Help Manage Your Anger

    Duncan Morris
    27 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Image courtesy of stockimages / In my personal experience, anger is a secondary emotion that is triggered by a primary emotion such as powerlessness, rejection or inadequacy. It took me a long time to understand that my angry outbursts were more than spontaneous rage. Over many years of professional support, I discovered that when I felt powerless the result would be an angry outburst which was detrimental to my relationships and in one instance even cost me my job. From my own experience, here are 5 steps that can help you to manage the anger you feel in your own life.
  • 4 Benefits of Professional Supervision

    Duncan Morris
    20 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Image courtesy of stockimages / Are you in a leadership position in your profession? Where do you discuss your ideas, debrief from a stressful day, analyse challenges and increase your self-awareness? Are you uncertain of what to do next in your career? Professional supervision provides you the opportunity to manage your situation through critical reflection and self-discovery. Here are 4 benefits I have discovered that come from receiving professional supervision. 1. You don’t have to do it on your own In the professional world, it can often seem like you are on your…
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    Career Assessment Site

  • MBTI® Test ESFJ Personality Type’s and Innovation

    Taylor Micaela
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:17 am
    Innovation and ESFJ’s How, why, and in what way an individual formulates ideas and develops an innovative solution is directly related to his or her Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® personality type (MBTI®). Discovering your MBTI Test personality type and the tendencies it has for innovation can help you become a more precise, goal-driven innovator. For example, in this post, we’ll discuss how Extraverted Feeling with Introverted Sensing (ESFJ) types go about innovating, including their preferred stage of innovation, type of innovation, and method of innovation, and what they can do to…
  • MBTI® Test ESFJ Project Management

    Taylor Micaela
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:20 am
    An individual’s Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI® Test) personality type can provide insight into how he or she approach, conduct, and conclude projects. Discovering more about your MBTI type can help you become more efficient and open-minded in your project endeavors, as this knowledge allows you to tweak the projects you take on and your already established project-boosting techniques to better your productivity. For example, this week’s MBTI Test type focus—Extraverted Feeling with Introverted Sensing (ESFJ)—approaches a project in a systematized, steadfast manner with the…
  • The MBTI® Test ESFJ Personality Type and Emotional Intelligence

    Taylor Micaela
    7 Mar 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Image courtesy of dream designs / The level at which an individual processes, maintains, and deals with emotions can be traced back to his or her Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality type. To better understand how your emotions affect yourself and your relationships with others, it behooves you to learn more about your MBTI type. This week, we’ll discuss the strengths and weaknesses of an Extraverted Feeling with Introverted Sensing (ESFJ) type’s emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is considered “a complex ability to regulate your impulses,…
  • The Myers-Briggs® ENTP and Project Management

    Taylor Micaela
    18 Jan 2014 | 11:23 am
    Image courtesy of stockimages /”. Depending on your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Personality type, you may find yourself working on projects in a completely different way from your peers—you may find that you succeed at the scheduling and formatting components of a project or work better by yourself as opposed to in a group. This phenomenon can be better understood by educating yourself on your MBTI Type. In this post, we’ll focus on the project management preferences and tendencies of Extraverted Intuition with Introverted Thinking (ENTP) types, and…
  • The Myers-Briggs® ESTJ and Innovation

    Taylor Micaela
    17 Jan 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG / How, why, and in what way individuals innovate can be directly traced to one’s overall Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Personality Type. Understanding and educating yourself on your MBTI Type can help you structure your innovative endeavors into the most successful plan for your personal traits. This week, we’ll learn what kind of innovators Extraverted Thinking with Introverted Sensing (ESTJ) are, and how they can further succeed in their most comfortable stages of the innovative process. Here, we define innovation as “the…
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    The Friendship Blog

  • A wife-chaser made me lose trust in female friends

    Irene S. Levine
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    Having had a problem with trust in the past can make someone even more sensitive to a breech of trust. The post A wife-chaser made me lose trust in female friends appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Everyone else has close friends

    Irene S. Levine
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:12 am
    It may seem like everyone else’s close friends are permanent but most friendships are dynamic, changing all the time. The post Everyone else has close friends appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Working in a family-owned business makes it hard to make friends

    Amy Feld
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:48 am
    A 20-year-old woman feels that working in a family-owned business impedes her ability to make new friends. The post Working in a family-owned business makes it hard to make friends appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Feeling like a misfit with no money

    Irene S. Levine
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:28 am
    Sometimes just feeling like a misfit can be a deterrent to making friends The post Feeling like a misfit with no money appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Guest post and giveaway of Beach Plum Island, a new novel by Holly Robinson

    Irene S. Levine
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
    Holly Robinson, author of Beach Plum Island, writes about how her friendships keep her writing. Comment to win a free copy of her new book. The post Guest post and giveaway of Beach Plum Island, a new novel by Holly Robinson appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
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  • Authoritarian Parenting – Effective or Counterproductive?

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:32 pm
    The parenting debate is most definitely one that comes up fairly regularly. We are forever hearing about this type of parenting, and that type of mothering a child. Authoritarian parenting is a term that has been thrown around a lot recently, and it would seem that it picks up a lot of mixed reviews. To […]
  • Apology Letter to Girlfriend – Tips and How To’s

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    Have you been a bit of a naughty boy? Is it time to go groveling back to your girlfriend with your tail between your legs, promising to change and make a difference to the relationship? If you struggle to say the words you need to say to win back her affections, it’s time to go […]
  • Fear of Clowns (Coulrophobia) – Facts, Origins, Scientific Explanation

    5 Apr 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Fear of clowns or its technical term coulrophobia boils down to being unable to tell the true identity behind confusing makeup and a sense of losing control over situation.
  • Physical Effects of Sleep Deprivation

    1 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    Everybody needs to sleep. The average human being requires about 7 hours of sleep, however newborn babies sleep the most, between 12 and 18 hours a night and the amount of sleep we require usually decreases as we get older. With intensified work schedules, family commitments and 24 hour entertainment available to us, many people […]
  • Types of Imagery and How to Use Visualization to Achieve Your Goals

    25 Mar 2014 | 5:02 am
    Imagery classified to help you visualize better and achieve your goals. Find out how mental images can be classified in terms of focus and perspective as well as bodily sensations and experiences to make picture more realistic.
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