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  • Mental Leaps Cued by Memory’s Ripples

    Scientific American: Mind & Brain
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    The same mental processes that organize memories may also coordinate how we make decisions -- Read more on
  • New molecule sneaks medicines across blood/brain barrier

    Psychology Research News -- ScienceDaily
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    Delivering life-saving drugs across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) might become a little easier thanks to a new study. In the new report, scientists describe an antibody, called 'FC5,' is one-tenth the size of a traditional antibody and able to cross the BBB.
  • Deep Breathing: You're Doing it Wrong.

    Megsanity | Women, psychology and expletives.
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It usually goes down something like this: someone comes in and says, “I heard deep breathing is supposed to help with anxiety, but it  makes me feel worse.” Red flag number one. They go on. “Sometimes, even if I feel okay to begin with, I feel dizzy or like I am abo...
  • Possible cause of common dementia found, opening avenues for treatment

    Psychology Research News -- ScienceDaily
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    A major cause of dementia has been potentially discovered, scientists report. In the type of dementia studied, there is damage to the white matter (nerve fibres) of the brain apparent on computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of older individuals.
  • How Lack of Sleep Impact Different Age Groups

    Tri-City Psychology Services
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
      This time of year most of us enjoy the extra hour of sleep as we get as we turn our clocks back, but it’s not nearly enough to make up for the massive amounts of sleep we are losing throughout the rest of the year. “We are a sleep-deprived society, and we often pay for that lack of sleep in ways we may not realize,” said Dr. Aneesa Das, assistant director of the Sleep Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “Depending on your age, it can affect everything from your complexion to your weight to your heart, and can lead to some very serious medical issues,”…
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  • Happiness With Life 2: Practice Perspective

    Russell Grieger, Ph.D.
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    Life is full of frustrations, disappointments, and adversities. But, happiness busting depression, anxiety, and bitterness do not result from these hardships, but rather from the catastrophizing we do about them. Learn in this blog how to live a life of perspective, devoid of awfulizing and horriblizing, thereby being able to find happiness even amidst more
  • The Importance of Being Alone

    Abigail Brenner, M.D.
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Being alone is often thought of as a negative state of being---that there is something wrong or defective when you are by yourself. Nothing could be further from the truth which is that you need to be alone to truly come to know yourself and what is best for more
  • Introverts' Quick-Start Guide, Part 2

    Nancy Ancowitz
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:52 pm
    “I wish that the ability to work independently would be celebrated and valued as much as the ability to work in teams,” says Peter Vogt, author of the new book, The Introvert Manifesto. “We have team-building activities, after all, especially on the job. Why not independent work-building activities?”read more
  • The Disillusioning Drama of Jian Ghomeshi

    Liane Gabora, Ph.D.
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    If Jian hadn’t been so convincing as a gentle, peace-loving hipster, he might not have found so many alleged “consenting” violent sex partners. Who could have predicted it would take a sex scandal to reveal an ancient deep profound philosophical truth: The shadow side of appearing to be one extreme is that it makes it easier to be the more
  • Stay Here Where Life Can't Kill You

    Anneli Rufus
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Revisiting a place beloved in childhood then nearly forgotten, I start to believe that I left some unseen part of myself there that has been awaiting my more
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    Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin current issue

  • The Multicultural Jigsaw Puzzle: Category Indispensability and Acceptance of Immigrants' Cultural Rights

    Verkuyten, M., Martinovic, B., Smeekes, A.
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    This research introduces and examines the relatively novel concept of category indispensability. It is examined whether the perception of subgroup indispensability for the identity of a superordinate category is associated with majority members’ acceptance of minority rights. We investigated the role of perceived national category indispensability of immigrants for native’s acceptances of immigrants’ expressive cultural rights. The general hypothesis tested is that higher perceived category indispensability of immigrant groups is associated with higher acceptance. Results…
  • Core Values Versus Common Sense: Consequentialist Views Appear Less Rooted in Morality

    Kreps, T. A., Monin, B.
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    When a speaker presents an opinion, an important factor in audiences’ reactions is whether the speaker seems to be basing his or her decision on ethical (as opposed to more pragmatic) concerns. We argue that, despite a consequentialist philosophical tradition that views utilitarian consequences as the basis for moral reasoning, lay perceivers think that speakers using arguments based on consequences do not construe the issue as a moral one. Five experiments show that, for both political views (including real State of the Union quotations) and organizational policies, consequentialist…
  • Empathy, Target Distress, and Neurohormone Genes Interact to Predict Aggression for Others-Even Without Provocation

    Buffone, A. E. K., Poulin, M. J.
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Can empathy for others motivate aggression on their behalf? This research examined potential predictors of empathy-linked aggression including the emotional state of empathy, an empathy target’s distress state, and the function of the social anxiety-modulating neuropeptides oxytocin and vasopressin. In Study 1 (N = 69), self-reported empathy combined with threat to a close other and individual differences in genes for the vasopressin receptor (AVPR1a rs3) and oxytocin receptor (OXTR rs53576) to predict self-reported aggression against a person who threatened a close other. In Study 2 (N…
  • Purpose in Life as a Resource for Increasing Comfort With Ethnic Diversity

    Burrow, A. L., Stanley, M., Sumner, R., Hill, P. L.
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Emerging demographic trends signal that White Americans will soon relinquish their majority status. As Whites’ acclimation to an increasingly diverse society is poised to figure prominently in their adjustment, identifying sources of greater comfort with diversity is important. Three studies (N = 519) revealed evidence that purpose in life bolsters comfort with ethnic diversity among White adults. Specifically, dispositional purpose was positively related to diversity attitudes and attenuated feelings of threat resulting from viewing demographic projections of greater diversity. In…
  • You Didn't Have to Do That: Belief in Free Will Promotes Gratitude

    MacKenzie, M. J., Vohs, K. D., Baumeister, R. F.
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Four studies tested the hypothesis that a weaker belief in free will would be related to feeling less gratitude. In Studies 1a and 1b, a trait measure of free will belief was positively correlated with a measure of dispositional gratitude. In Study 2, participants whose free will belief was weakened (vs. unchanged or bolstered) reported feeling less grateful for events in their past. Study 3 used a laboratory induction of gratitude. Participants with an experimentally reduced (vs. increased) belief in free will reported feeling less grateful for the favor. In Study 4, a reduced (vs.
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  • The Type of Daydreaming That Makes The Mind More Efficient

    Jeremy Dean
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Not all daydreaming is bad for focused thinking, new study finds. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: How The Brain Works During The Two Main Types of Meditation A Blood Test for Depression Mindfulness: 6 Steps to Better Memory, Verbal Reasoning and Improved Concentration Revealed: The Type of Music That Makes You Feel Most Powerful The Type of Yoga That Boosts Memory and Attention
  • The Number of Children That Makes Parents Happiest

    Jeremy Dean
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    For happiness: when you should have children and how many. 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: Why Breastfed Babies Are So Smart Spanking Children Promotes Antisocial Behaviour and Slows Mental Development Lied-to Children More Likely to Lie and Cheat Themselves The Baby Illusion: Mothers Underestimate the Height of Their Youngest Child How to Teach Children to Share
  • A Fast-Acting Treatment Which Helps Severely Depressed Experience Pleasure Again

    Jeremy Dean
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Drug quickly helps with 'treatment-resistant' depression. 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: Social Anxiety Disorder: Impressive Study Reveals The Very Best Treatment Meditation is an Effective Treatment for Depression, Anxiety and Pain Magic Mushrooms: How They Affect the Brain’s Emotion Centres Revealed: Long-Suspected Danger of Anti-Anxiety and Sleeping Drugs Mental Health Problems Can Shorten Life More Than Heavy Smoking
  • This Beverage Reversed Normal Age-Related Memory Loss in Three Months

    Jeremy Dean
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    Drinking this could reduce your brain age twenty years in just three months. 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: Memory Loss From Alzheimer’s Reversed For First Time With New Approach The Effects of Vitamin E on Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Problems This Blood Type Linked to Memory Loss Later in Life The Facial Expression That Fights Memory Loss Alcohol’s Surprising Influence on Memory Loss in Later Years
  • The Top 5 Personal Fears of Americans

    Jeremy Dean
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Here is what people are most afraid of. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: The 13 Most Universal Phobias How So Many Psychopaths Manage to Reach Positions of Power Are People Born Nice or Nasty? The Personality Trait That Doubles Alzheimer’s Risk Poor Sleep Can Lead to False Memories
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    Mind Hacks

  • Spike activity 31-10-2014

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Nautilus has an interesting piece on how artificial intelligence systems are getting better at strategy. Two neuroscientists explain why zombies have so much trouble walking in Slate Vice magazine talks to a psychologist working in the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. Neuroscientists manage to get past the blood-brain barrier for the first time potentially opening the way for getting new sorts of drugs to the brain. Covered in New Scientist. The Neurocritic has an excellent piece on neuropsychological disorders involving mirrors. The British…
  • Social psychology has lost its balance

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    The New Yorker has an interesting article about a lack of political diversity in social psychology and how that may be leading to a climate of bias against conservative researchers, ideas and the evidence that might support them. Some of the evidence for a bias against conservative thinking in social psychology goes back some years, and the article gives a good account of the empirical work as well as the debate. However, the issue was recently raised again by morality researcher Jonathan Haidt leading to a renewed reflection on the extent of the problem. There is a case to be made that,…
  • Quasi-stability

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Yesterday, before I got here, my dad was trying to fix an invisible machine. By all accounts, he began working on the phantom device quite intently, but as his repairs began to involve the hospice bed and the tubes attached to his body, he was gently sedated, and he had to leave it, unresolved. This was out-of-character for my father, who I presumed had never encountered a machine he couldn’t fix. He built model aeroplanes in rural New Zealand, won a scholarship to go to university, and ended up as an aeronautical engineer for Air New Zealand, fixing engines twice his size. More…
  • Spike activity 24-10-2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: A Victorian lunatic asylum begins to reveal its secrets. The Wellcome Library now has the first of many digitised asylum records online. Narratively has an excellent piece on legendary San Francisco eccentric Emperor Norton. The marketers latest fad – make it seem it’s a feminist social campaign – has been taken on as an attempt to sell a rejected antidepressant as a treatment for the invented ‘female sexual dysfunction’. In-depth and important article in the BMJ. Time magazine has a special features that…
  • A Rush of Blood to the Brain

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    An article from Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry that discusses the concept of ‘moral disability’ and brain trauma in Victorian times includes a fascinating section on what was presumably thought to be the science of ‘knocking some sense into the brain’. The piece is by medical historian Brandy Shillace who researches Victorian scientific ideas and how they affected society. Sadly, the article is locked (quite rightly, humanities can kill if not used correctly) but this is the key section: While eighteenth-century French philosopher François Bichat had suggested that…
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  • Comedian Ruby Wax Laughs at Mental Illness

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

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

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

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

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

  • Spook Me, Please: What Psychology Tells Us About the Appeal of Halloween

    Research Digest
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    By guest blogger Mathias ClasenIt’s the time of year, at least in our part of the world, when darkness encroaches on us—literally and metaphorically. The symbols and agents of darkness dominate Halloween decorations everywhere, and Halloween is growing in popularity across Europe and in the US. According to the National Retail Federation, US Halloween spending now exceeds $7 billion. In the UK, Halloween is worth about £330 million.Why is this Americanised version of the ancient pagan festival so successful? Is it merely another instance of the McDonaldisation of culture, the increasing…
  • The psychology of "mate poaching" - when you form a relationship by taking someone else's partner

    Research Digest
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    According to one estimate, 63 per cent of men and 54 per cent of women are in their current long-term relationships because their current partner "poached" them from a previous partner. Now researchers in the US and Australia have conducted the first investigation into the fate of relationships formed this way, as compared with relationships formed by two unattached individuals.An initial study involved surveying 138 heterosexual participants (average age 20; 71 per cent were women) four times over nine weeks. All were in current romantic relationships that had lasted so far from 0 to 36…
  • Friendly, conscientious people are more prone to "destructive obedience"

    Research Digest
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    In Milgram's shock experiments, a surprising number of people obeyed a scientist's instruction to deliver dangerous electric shocks to another person. This is usually interpreted in terms of the power of "strong situations". The scenario, complete with lab apparatus and scientist in grey coat, was so compelling that many people's usual behavioural tendencies were overcome.But a new study challenges this account. Recognising that many participants in fact showed disobedience to the scientist in Milgram's studies, Laurent Bègue and his colleagues have investigated what it is about an…
  • What I don’t hear can’t hurt me: insecure managers avoid input from employees

    Research Digest
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    Organisations do better when there are clear communication channels that allow staff to point out ways the company can improve. Similarly, teams who freely share ideas and concerns are more tight-knit and motivated. And their managers get enhanced awareness, and to share in the praise for any improvements that pay off. So encouraging employee voice should be a no-brainer, especially for any manager feeling unsure of their ability to deliver solo. Yet according to new research, these insecure managers are the ones least likely to listen and act on staff input.Nathanael Fast and colleagues…
  • The psychology of violent extremism - digested

    Research Digest
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Today the UK and its allies are at war with an extremist group based in Syria and Iraq that calls itself the Islamic State (IS; a name rejected by mainstream Muslim organisations). The group declared a caliphate in June this year and is seeking to expand its territory.Amnesty International has accused IS of war crimes including ethnic cleansing, torture, abductions, sexual violence and the indiscriminate killing of civilians. Prime Minister Cameron has branded the group "evil" and says they "pervert the Islamic faith as a way of justifying their warped and barbaric ideology."Many of the…
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  • Update: “You’re not a prisoner of your DNA”

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Time for SharpBrains’ October e-newsletter, featuring the usual wealth of insights and resources and, above all, thanking the 215 participants in 17 countries who joined an amazing 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit! (each blue dot represents a participant or group of participants). (We are now digesting everything discussed during 3 intense days, and trying to enjoy a relaxing weekend…) New thinking: Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa (Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation): “You’re not a prisoner of your DNA” 10 Ways To Improve Health & Well-being Based On Latest…
  • Brain Performance Dashboards @ 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    After two very intense Summit days, today we have Expo Day, looking at the latest solutions and initiatives by Summit Sponsors — including the cognitive performance dashboard below, by Peak. Many people working on ways to engage, educate, empower and better equip everyone with a brain!
  • Day 2 @ 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit has started!

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    After a great Day 1 yesterday, we have another excellent Summit Agenda today. We look forward to it, and to sharing the main insights and take-aways with the SharpBrains community!
  • 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit starts today

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    The 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit is starting today Tuesday, October 28th, at 8.15am US Pacific Time (San Francisco, CA time)! Each of the blue dots in the map below represents a participant (or group of participants) — more than 200, in 17 countries! (Registration is now closed; Registered participants can already enter the virtual meeting room as instructed by email)
  • Cognitive maintenance 2.0: From crossword puzzles to targeted mental stimulation

    26 Oct 2014 | 6:18 pm
    The Silver Economy: Brain training fired up by hard evidence (Financial Times): “Not so long ago, people kept ageing brains active through reading and writing, talking with friends and family, and perhaps playing cards or doing puzzles. Now a rapidly growing number are taking a high-tech approach to cognitive maintenance, through computer programs designed to stimulate the brain… Two factors lie behind this rapid growth. One is the improving hardware and software, particularly graphics, that make brain-training programs appealing to elderly users who are not comfortable with computers or…
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  • Phenomenology Online

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

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology is headquartered in the United States and has meetings three times a year.  It also has a journal, The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and also has developed a Model Curriculum in Psychology, now in its’ 7th adaptation.  There are also resources and a clinical trial workshop as well.
  • The Jung Page

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    With the cooperation and generosity of analysts, academics, independent scholars and commentators, and the editors of several Jungian journals, The Jung Page provides a place to encounter innovative writers and to enter into a rich, ongoing conversation about psychology and culture. It includes audio, articles, downloads, among other discussions about Jungian psychology and thoughts.  There are also resources and thoughts about Jung himself.
  • Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS)

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    This website includes the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS), including mental health services, and also Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others (JACS).  While located in New York, New York, this site does many things for those who are not anywhere near NYC. It includes:  Programs and Services for Adults living with Mental Illness, Children and Adolescent Services, Community Services, and People Living With Developmental Disabilities, just to name a few.  There is also professional training, volunteering, and ways to donate and work…
  • Faith Trust Institute

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

  • Psychology Offers Tips as Ebola Concerns Mount

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why scratching makes you itch more

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Turns out your mom was right: scratching an itch only makes it worse. New research reveals that scratching causes the brain to release serotonin, which intensifies the itch sensation. Scientists uncovered serotonin's role in controlling pain decades ago, but this is the first time the release of the chemical messenger from the brain has been linked to itch, they say.
  • New molecule sneaks medicines across blood/brain barrier

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    Delivering life-saving drugs across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) might become a little easier thanks to a new study. In the new report, scientists describe an antibody, called 'FC5,' is one-tenth the size of a traditional antibody and able to cross the BBB.
  • Possible cause of common dementia found, opening avenues for treatment

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    A major cause of dementia has been potentially discovered, scientists report. In the type of dementia studied, there is damage to the white matter (nerve fibres) of the brain apparent on computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of older individuals.
  • EEG test to help understand, treat schizophrenia

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    An EEG test to study and treat schizophrenia has been validated by researchers. The findings offer a clinical test that could be used to help diagnose persons at risk for developing mental illness later in life, as well as an approach for measuring the efficacies of different treatment options.
  • Nano ruffles in brain matter

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    Researchers have deciphered the role of nanostructures around brain cells in the central nervous system. An accumulation of a protein called amyloid-beta into large insoluble deposits called plaques is known to cause Alzheimer's disease. One aspect of this illness that has not received much attention is which role the structure of the brain environment plays. How do macromolecules and macromolecular assemblies, such as polysaccharides, influence cell interaction in the brain?
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    (e) Science News - Psychology & Sociology

  • Cinema-like environment helps audiences immerse in movies even on small screens & displays

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:16 am
    If the surroundings are designed to be sufficiently stimulating, even a simple computer screen is enough to generate an intense cinematic experience. After observing some 300 study subjects, researchers at the Institute of Psychology of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany concluded that the angle of viewing does not play a vital role in the cinematic experience, thus disproving various hypotheses. According to the results of their study, the presence of so-called contextual visual cues plays a greater role in actually drawing viewers into a movie. When the researchers gave a…
  • Identifying 'stance taking' cues to enable sophisticated voice recognition

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:14 am
    In the future, computers may be capable of talking to us during meetings just like a remote teleconference participant. But to help move this science-fiction-sounding goal a step closer to reality, it's first necessary to teach computers to recognize not only the words we use but also the myriad meanings, subtleties and attitudes they can convey. read more
  • Compensation and punishment: 'Justice' depends on whether or not we're a victim

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:14 am
    We're more likely to punish wrongdoing as a third party to a non-violent offense than when we're victimized by it, according to a new study by New York University psychology researchers. The findings, which appear in the journal Nature Communications, may offer insights into how juries differ from plaintiffs in seeking to restore justice. read more
  • Lack of A level maths leading to fewer female economists

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:13 am
    A study by the University of Southampton has found there are far fewer women studying economics than men, with women accounting for just 27 per cent of economics students, despite them making up 57 per cent of the undergraduate population in UK universities. read more
  • How people view their own weight influences bariatric surgery success

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Negative feelings about one's own weight, known as internalized weight bias, influence the success people have after undergoing weight loss surgery, according to research appearing in the journal Obesity Surgery, published by Springer. The study, from the Geisinger Health System in the US, is considered the first and only study to examine internalized weight bias in relation to post-surgical weight loss success in adults. read more
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    I Choose Change

  • You Are The Company You Keep

    Jennifer M. Ryan, M.Ed.
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Consciousness is a “here-and-now” experience of focused attention that is fundamentally a measure of how our body, thoughts, and mind is changed by interaction with our internal or external world. As such, our caretakers as infants played a vital role in helping us make sense of our internal and external worlds. We came to know who we are because of what they mirrored back to us, and therefore, consciousness is said to be context-dependent. This is a process in which we regulate our inner and outer worlds, to gain an understanding, if you will, of how the world operates and how we…
  • Made Up Stories: Our Life’s Narrative

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

    I Choose Change PLLC
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    “It’s difficult to be curious and unhappy at the same time.” – Mark Williams Much of the change process is about awareness of yourself and others. Consciousness will allow you to take ownership of what is yours so you can change it. I liken personal awareness to a theatrical production. Often, I will ask my clients to imagine themselves in a play. The show will be the play of their own life, where they are the writer, director, producer, set director, stage hands, and actor. They play every single role of the play! And, in life, we do. We write our own lives, set the scene, direct the…
  • Narrative Self: Insert Your Life Story Here

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

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

  • How Lack of Sleep Impact Different Age Groups

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

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    © iStockphoto As fall brings with it dark mornings, getting up is getting harder. My first inclination when my alarm goes off at 6.00am is to roll over and go back to sleep. But that little voice in my head starts reminding me gotta get up, gotta hit the gym. Argh! its hard, but this is something I have to do, something I need to do. The older I get, the harder it gets, but the benefits outweigh the struggle to resist, and go back to sleep. A research study out of McMaster University has found that only 40 per cent of Canadians exercise to cope with stress. The researchers analyzed data from…
  • Happy Canada Day

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

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

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

  • Halloween Special – Why Does the Brain Love a Scary Holiday?

    Nisha Cooch, PhD
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Why is a holiday filled with creepy ghosts, goblins, and haunted houses so much fun? Research in neuroscience may provide some answers. The Department of Biological and Clinical Psychology recently teamed with the Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany, in an attempt to understand what happens in our brains when we view scary scenes. While scanning subjects’ brains using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the researchers showed people threatening clips from movies such as Aliens, Jaws, The Exorcist, The Shining,…
  • Is It Sane To Agree That You’re Crazy?

    Ann Reitan, PsyD
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Therapeutic reflection – the act of re-stating the client’s ideas using different words – represents an avenue towards mirroring the client’s internal state through therapeutic verbal interaction and the therapeutic stance of the person-centered therapist. Carl Rogers developed person-centered and humanistic theory and psychotherapy as a way to ameliorate psychological problems. He advocated unconditional positive regard, genuineness and accurate empathy on the part of the therapist as having curative qualities when received by the individual in psychotherapy. He also asserted…
  • Psychotherapy for Paranoid Schizophrenia

    Ann Reitan, PsyD
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Often psychotherapy is not considered to be effective with individuals dealing with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. But a cognitive-relational psychotherapy approach helps form a warm, trusting and detached relationship, conveys an understanding and concern for one’s client, and involves the therapist telling that individual their own empathic views about what that individual is dealing with. Often clinicians assume that psychotherapy does not work well with persons manifesting what are called “thought disorders” – conceived to be irrational, unrealistic and factually…
  • Exercise Reduces the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

    Viatcheslav Wlassoff, PhD
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Physical activity is a holistic strategy for increasing overall health and lowering disease risk among a wide range of individuals, and people with neurological conditions can benefit from them too. The benefits of physical activity for individuals with, or at risk of, dementia are not particularly well known to the general public. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is one of the most common forms of dementia. It is still debatable what exactly causes the disease but its risk increases with age. In 2001, the results of a study comparing the effects of physical activity on cognitive impairment were…
  • Comparing the 5 Theories of Emotion

    Beppe Micallef-Trigona, MD, MRCPsych, MSc
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Emotions seem to dominate many aspects of our lives. But what exactly are emotions? The word first appears in our language in the mid-16th century, adapted from the French word émouvoir, which literally means, “to stir up”. However, one can find precursors to the word emotion dating back to the earliest known recordings of language. When searching for a definition, Hockenbury describes an emotion as “a complex psychological state that involves three distinct components: a subjective experience, a physiological response, and an expressive response.” Researchers have…
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    World of Psychology

  • Recovery is the Voice that Tells Your Future

    Z Zoccolante
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    It’s 6:30 a.m. in Germany, and I am underwater, pulling my body through the cool water’s drag. I’ve ridden my bike to the swimming pool (das schwimmbad), and have lost my location amid the winding streets. I only know that I must exercise. That is enough to pull me from sleep at dawn and push me through the unknown streets while my heart clanks like a rocket in my chest. I will risk venturing into unknown safety to exercise. The compulsion scares me. Not appeasing it scares me more. The pool is centered inside a gray concrete building with the texture and window linings of an old…
  • How Mindful Analogies Can Help Kids in Therapy

    Matthew M. Leahy, PhD
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    School-aged children (6 to 11 years) often wonder why they are sitting in your office for therapy. Many thoughts and emotions are associated with coming to a mental health provider’s office, including curiosity, anxiety and even fear. In order to help kids deal with whatever may be bringing them to therapy, it’s important that they understand why they may need such a service. Kids are most receptive to messages that are age-appropriate and stated in ways that they can make sense of and understand. For elementary school-aged children, a mindful analogy is often an excellent tool to…
  • Best of Our Blogs: October 31, 2014

    Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Today is Halloween. Why is this dark holiday so popular with adults, not just kids? I think dressing up offers the opportunity to: 1) shed our seriousness for the night by being someone else 2) wear our shadows on our sleeves and 3) make fun of what scares us. Someone who is shy, quiet and anxious can, for example, play the role of a bold, gregarious character. A people-pleaser may be an evil villain. A perfectionist who is always in control can make fun of herself in a silly costume. Playing someone else for the night gives us a chance to remove our masks and display the parts of us we…
  • 5 Tips for Changing Negative Self Beliefs

    Psych Central Staff
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    “Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain.” - Robert Gary Lee A year ago, I began to accept that I was depressed, and had been for a long time. It was scary. I broke up with my live-in boyfriend of almost three years, quit my job, and though I didn’t want to, I moved halfway across the country to move back in with my parents. I was a wreck; all of the feelings that I had been suppressing for years, some literally since childhood, came flooding back. My only defense in the past had been to ignore these feelings, though I did so quite poorly and ended up being an emotional basket case most…
  • 5 Ways to Stop Yourself from Eating When You’re not Hungry

    Suzanne Gelb, PhD
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    The fridge door is open and you’re peering inside, feeling bored, lonely or sad. But you’re not actually hungry. You know that eating what’s in front of you isn’t the answer. You know you’re just going to feel awful, if you do. But what are some things you can think, say or do to stop eating when you’re not hungry? Find your real hunger. If you’re not physically hungry, but you’re still feeling drawn to that leftover cheesecake on the top shelf of your fridge, it may mean that you’re hungry for something else. You might be hungry for a hug, reassurance, or love. You…
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    Teaching High School Psychology

  • Psychology in the Supermarket

    Chuck Schallhorn
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    I have this app called Flipboard that I use on my iPad.  It's great for reading articles across genres and topics online.  The flipboard link above has links to downloading the app to your portable device.Today I found this gem. "How to Buy Food: The Psychology of the Supermarket" on a website I had never heard of,  I love food, but am not a foodie. The article examines several factors that are manipulating the consumer including layout/design, the no longer accurate "perimeter rule," identity politics, hunger and more.  This is potentially a great article…
  • Harvard's Free Online Neuroscience Course--Lots of Media

    Chuck Schallhorn
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    I first discovered this new source from a link off of Google News: article gives a nice overview of the course which I will not repeat here.The course itself is available here: access it, you'll need to register through EdX or one of your social media accounts.It looks very promising.  Here are a couple of sample videos they use: posted by Chuck Schallhorn
  • Depression Cartoon

    Chuck Schallhorn
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    October is Depression Screening Month and I recently came upon this cartoon in the blog, Blogzuola. post the first two frames here, but please check out that blog for more.  It's really quite accurate and gives a positive message.
  • Emotions, Language, and the Untranslatable

    Chuck Schallhorn
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    This is a cross-post to both the Teaching High School Sociology and Psychology Blogs.  This chart shows primary emotions and the less-used words that are related.  The chart also offers us some untranslatable nuanced terms that are found in other, non-English languages.It is an infographic that I found from Mental Floss at this address: by Chuck Schallhorn
  • New TOPSS Lesson Plans are Here! New TOPSS Lesson Plans are Here!

    Rob McEntarffer
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    If you're not yet a member of TOPSS, now would be a great time to join! New members can join now and get an extra few months of membership (through Dec. 2015)!If you already are a member of TOPSS, now is a great time to rejoice!Why you ask? All the great new lesson plans available for TOPSS members!Psychological Disorders (DSM 5 compliant!)  This lesson plan was written by the fabulous (and college question leader at the AP Psychology reading!) Richard Seefeldt, EdD, of the University of Wisconsin River Falls, and reviewed by TOPSS members Scott Reed and Nancy Diehl, PhD.Perspectives on…
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    Advances in the History of Psychology

  • Alfred Binet: Naissance de la Psychologie Scientifique

    Jacy Young
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Historian of Medicine Alexandre Klein, a postdoctoral fellow at the Université d’Ottawa has recently released a web documentary on Alfred Binet. The French language documentary, a collaboration with film maker Philippe Thomine, can be viewed in full here. Share on Facebook
  • New JHN: Transnational Psychosurgery, Phantom Limbs, & More

    Jacy Young
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A new issue of Journal of the History of the Neuroscience is now online. Included in this issue are articles on psychosurgery as a transnational movement, artists and phantom limbs, and sex and gender in organology. Full titles, authors, and abstracts follow below. “A Transnational Perspective on Psychosurgery: Beyond Portugal and the United States,” by Brianne M. Collinsa & Henderikus J. Stam. The abstract reads, The history of psychosurgery is most often recounted as a narrative wherein Portuguese and American physicians play the leading role. It is a traditional narrative…
  • New JHBS: Intelligence Testing in India, Racism in South Africa, & More

    Jacy Young
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The autumn 2014 issue of Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences is now online. Articles in this issue discuss the race and professional organizations in South Africa, intelligence testing in British India, and discussion over psychical, occult, and religious research at early twentieth century international congresses. Full titles, authors, and abstracts follow below. “The Rhetoric of Racism: Revisiting the Creation of the Psychological Institute of the Republic of South Africa (1956–1962),” by Wahbie Long. The abstract reads, This paper revisits the 1962 splitting of…
  • New Editorship of History of the Human Sciences

    Jacy Young
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    History of the Human Sciences will be under new editorship as of January 2015. Full details on the journal, and its new editors, follow below. HISTORY OF THE HUMAN SCIENCES aims to expand our understanding of the human world through a broad interdisciplinary approach. The journal publishes articles from a wide range of fields – including sociology, psychology, anthropology, geography, political science, philosophy, literary theory and criticism, critical theory, art history, linguistics, and the law – that engage with the histories of these disciplines and the interactions between…
  • Special Issue CfP: History of the Behavioral Sciences

    Jacy Young
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    A call for papers has been issued for a special issue of Revista Argentina de Ciencias del Comportamiento (Argentinean Journal of Behavioral Sciences) dedicated to the history of the behavioral sciences. The issue is guest edited by Fernando José Ferrari, Fernando Andrés Polanco, Rodrigo Lopes Miranda, and Miguel Gallegos and submissions are due by December 31, 2014. The call for papers notes, This special issue on the “History of the Behavioral Sciences” is open to unpublished manuscripts of researchers addressing all aspects of the behavioral sciences past and of its…
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    One Among Many

  • Lazy Professor

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

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

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Have you ever been ditched by a lover for someone better, with your now ex-lover promising to come back to you when done with the new flame? If so, did you leave the door open? I did not think so. read more
  • Peak Experience and Happiness

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Attention happiness seekers. A new study shows you will suffer social exclusion if you bliss out alone first. How good are the data, though? read more
  • Naygotiation

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Rejecting a low offer in a bargaining context may be scary for fear that all might be lost. Reviewing one’s own and the other party’s preferences may allay this fear and lead to a better outcome. read more
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    Ulterior Motives

  • The Value of Having A Transcendent Purpose for Learning

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

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    A theme in this blog has been the way children learn to learn. Humans are able to survive in almost any environment in large part because we are able to learn so effectively from other people. Each generation adapts to the culture and technology of the time. This supports our ability to create cultures of ever-increasing more
  • Are Teens Really Prone to Take Risks?

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    If you read the local news section of a newspaper, you are bound to come across the story of a tragic death or injury to a teen. They might be texting, drinking and driving, or skateboarding in a precarious spot. Reading these stories may reinforce a general belief that teens simply take too many more
  • Time to Give Negative Thinking Its Due

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In several blog entries, I have talked about the fantastic work that Gabriele Oettingen and her colleagues have done examining how to succeed at achieving difficult goals. Her work explores the way that our thoughts of the future help us to achieve desired more
  • Sleep and False Memories

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    When you remember a past event, you are not just playing back a video or audio file of a previous encounter. Instead, memories are reconstructed. That means that many sources of information can be combined to influence what you remember about the more
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    The Essential Read

  • The Fundamental Truth Halloween Reveals About Ourselves

    Robert Biswas-Diener
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Research shows that Halloween can bring out the best or worst in more
  • The Science of Smiling

    Adrian Furnham, Ph.D.
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Can there really be a science of smiling. Using the research of cross-cultural, evolutionary and social psychology researchers have built up a surprising amount of interesting information about the smileread more
  • Do Sex Workers Have More Mental Health Problems?

    Zhana Vrangalova, Ph.D.
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    A frequent assumption is that sex workers have more mental health problems than the general population. This Swiss study shows that depends on what kind of sex work they more
  • Privilege and Brain Differences

    Liza Long
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:16 pm
    As a mother of a child who has brain differences, I struggle with tough questions about privilege. Why do some mothers think their children's brain differences are "better" than my son's? What if my child wanted to wear a racially offensive costume for Halloween? Does telling people to "check their privilege" end opportunities for important but difficult conversations?read more
  • Politics is Unbelievably Selfish

    Jason Weeden, Ph.D.
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    Psychology tries to be consistent with the facts. But what happens when psychology reveals unpleasant things that almost no one wants to believe? What happens when we're looking at something like public opinion on hot-button issues, and the facts don't fit anyone's political agenda?read more
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    The Mouse Trap

  • Love and Work

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

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

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

    11 Oct 2013 | 10:20 am
    Hepburn (band) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) When I first heard of the book title ” Why Quitters Win: Decide to be excellent“,  to say the least, I was very much intrigued. Was Nick trying to say something like stop doing something mid-way if you know that it is going to fail- and ignore the sunk costs…or was it about quitting when faced with unreasonable odds- rather than doubling your efforts and commitment. I believe in sticking with the choices you make,  till you have given it your last shot, and so was slightly apprehensive. However, what Nick Tasler means, is not about…
  • An infographic on schizophrenia

    Sandeep Gautam
    16 May 2013 | 3:35 am
    In continuation of the theme of May as Mental Health month, passing along an infographic received in email. Hope it helps in raising awareness. Source: Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
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    Your Mind Your Body

  • How and why you should ease your Ebola fears

    Dr. Sandra Wartski
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    U.S. officials speak to reporters at a press conference Oct. 1 about their visit to Liberia to see firsthand the impact of the Ebola epidemic. Photo by USArmyAfrica via flickr. The Ebola virus sounds scary.  The headlines about the disease are frightening:  it can be fatal, it is spread through bodily fluids, there’s no vaccine.  The news reports can cause alarm, and misinformation can be easily spread through social media and other Internet sites. And now that a person treated in a U.S. hospital has died from Ebola, people seem to be more on edge about the disease and about the…
  • Taking a look at the facts of domestic violence/intimate partner violence

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

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

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

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

  • Book Review: What Motivates Me: Put Your Passions to Work

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

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

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

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

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

  • Achieving Success Part 1

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

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Romantic comedies are filled with them. It's constantly in our western culture. You see it on television shows, movies, hear it in songs. So many of us believe those love myths propagated by our culture.
  • Red Flags in Relationships (Part 2)

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

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

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When we think of addictions, most of us think about substances the likes of cocaine, heroin, and alcohol. Those are hard addictions. But many of us haven't thought much about those behaviors or soft addictions that can create difficulties and distract us from our greatness.
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    Ellen Langer - blog

  • What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set?

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

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

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

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

    3 Jun 2014 | 2:37 pm
    My interview with Krista has been posted. You can also listen to the podcast at any time at: Ellen Langer — Science of Mindlessness and Mindfulness
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    The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies

  • Working with Symbols: manifesting Health, Wholeness and Meaning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dr Charles Parker
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    CorePsych Pyrrole Life Preserver Pyrrole Disorder & Walsh Depression Biotypes: 4th of 5 Subsets Pyrrole disorder typically involves high anxiety, poor behavioral control, a reading disorder, impaired immune function , and other troubling symptoms. Severe pyrrole levels have been observed in persons diagnosed with violent behaviors, depression, schizophrenia, and other serious mental disorders. ~ William Walsh Pyrrole Disorder, ADHD, Depression & Treatment Failure WD4: Walsh Depression #4 – This is the fourth in a series [WD1: Undermethylation here, | WD2: Overmethylation here |…
  • Copper Excess and Depression – Walsh Biotypes

    Dr Charles Parker
    4 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    CorePsych Peering Into High Copper Darkness Copper Excess & Depression Biotypes: 3rd of 5 Subsets Copper-overloaded depressives usually report that serotonin-enhancing antidepressants provide improvement in moods, but they worsen anxiety. Benzodiazapines such as Klonipin and Xanax can be effective in reducing anxiety but are reported to have little effect on depression for this biotype. High-copper females are usually intolerant of birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy since these treatments increase copper levels in the blood. [96% of this biotype are women.] 1 ~ William…
  • Overmethylation and Depression – Walsh Biotypes

    Dr Charles Parker
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    CorePsych Small Marker, Vast Sea Overmethylation & Depression Biotypes: 2nd of 5 Subsets With very few exceptions, these persons report intolerance to SSRI antidepressants and antihistamines. A high percentage are non-competitive persons who complain of chemical and food sensitivities… –  shootings at Columbine High School and Virginia Tech were carried out by students taking SSRIs.1 ~ William Walsh Overmethylation, Folate Deficiency 3 & Treatment Failure Typical features of overmethylation include excellent socialization skills, many friendships, non-competitiveness,…
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    Connecting Hypnotherapy...

  • Instantly Disliking Someone

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Whether we admit it or not, everyone has seen total strangers while shopping, at a restaurant, at the park, walking down the street, driving etc., who you have instantly disliked or even hated for no logical reason whatsoever just for the way they look. I know some of you out there will be thinking "I never judge a person by their looks, but by the way they act etc", which is well and good. But, "judging" someone implies a rational thought process of weighing what we perceive to be "good" and "bad" about a person's character, and then making an informed opinion as to whether we like that…
  • 5 Classic Studies in the Psychology of Attraction

    26 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Most of the time our articles focus on current, cutting edge studies.  Yet, the nature of science is that it continually builds on findings from previous research. Inevitably, current research stands on the shoulders of giants. Here are some of the “giants” or classic works in attraction research: 1. Similarity: Liking Others Who Are Like UsAt the heart of attraction is the idea that we like being with people who provide rewarding and positive interactions. An early study on attraction assessed whether rewards were associated with how similar to people are.1 To do this,…
  • Hypnotherapy: The Virtual Gastric Band

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    A woman has shed a whopping six stone after she was hypnotised into believe she'd had a gastric band fitted.Lorraine Robb, 39, tipped the scales at 21st 7lb after years of gorging on burgers, chips and massive portions of fatty foods.But after being hypnotised into thinking her stomach had shrunk to the size of a tennis ball, the mother-of-three, from Doncaster, has managed to slim down to just 15st.Now Lorraine, who said she was on the brink of going under the knife, struggles to even finish a single meal.Throughout school Lorraine was taunted about her weight by cruel bullies who called her…
  • Clinical Hypnosis for Children with Cancer

    18 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    By Christina Liossi, Lecturer in Health Psychology. University of the West of England BristolClinical Hypnosis for Children with CancerHypnosis has established a successful record in the paediatric oncology setting mainly in the management of chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting (NV) and procedure-related pain.Initial reports on the use of hypnosis to treat NV were in the form of case studies. Subsequently several controlled studies have assessed and supported the efficacy of hypnotherapy in alleviating chemotherapy-related NV. In the most recent study Hawkins et al (1995)…
  • Carl Jung: The Archetypes and the Collective Conscience

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Why did primitive man go to such lengths to describe and interpret the happenings in the natural world, for example the rising and setting of the sun, the phases of the moon, the seasons? Carl Jung believed that the events of nature were not simply put into fairytales and myths as a way of explaining them physically. Rather, the outer world was used to make sense of the inner.In our time, Jung noted, this rich well of symbols – art, religion, mythology – which for thousands of years helped people understand the mysteries of life, had been filled in and replaced by the science of…
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    Psychology in Everyday Life: The Psych Files Podcast

  • Ep 229: What Makes a Song Popular? Psychology of Music: How We Detect Melody

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

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

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Do "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation" or are we actually pretty happy most of the time? As it turns out humans are far more resilient than you think. Ever heard of the term "affective forecasting"? It's something we do every day and very often we make mistakes doing it. In this episode you'll learn more about positive psychology from the authors of a new book called Pollyanna's Revenge. Another myth put to rest: "depressive realism" - the idea that there's an advantage to being depressed - that depressed people are more realistic about the world than non-depressed people. That's not…
  • Ep 226 (video): The Psychology of Dance Part 2 - Importance of Marking

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

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

  • From Graduate School to Employment: Chronicling a Career Journey

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

    The Adler School
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Earlier this week, we posted on “Deaf in Prison: Examining Social Exclusion in Systems,” and invited everyone to a program at our Chicago campus examining social exclusion in prison systems affecting the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Organized by the Adler School’s Institute on Social Exclusion, the Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice, and the M.A. in Public Policy and Administration program, the program featured a documentary titled “Deaf in Prison” followed by discussion. Joining us were representatives from organizations including the Illinois Deaf and Hard of…
  • Exploring International Lessons to Help Illinois End Its School-to-Prison Pipeline

    The Adler School
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Elena Quintana, Ph.D. As the U.S. prison system continues to be vastly over-represented by youth of color and costs of incarceration continue to skyrocket, The Woods Fund Chicago launches its Right On Justice Initiative in partnership with the Adler School’s Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice (IPSSJ), and the Albany Park Neighborhood Council, with an October 22 international symposium in Chicago featuring Paula Jack, Northern Ireland’s CEO of its Youth Justice Agency, Department of Justice. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, IPSSJ Executive Director Elena…
  • Deaf in Prison: Examining Social Exclusion Within Systems

    The Adler School
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    Incarcerated populations are already in many ways invisible to us. Their needs are easy for society to ignore, and their voices are silenced. But what happens when a person is marginalized within this already increasingly marginalized space?  What is it like to be denied the very small amount of basic human rights even afforded to the general population of prisoners? What is it like not to be able to communicate your needs within a system that already does not hear you? What is it like to be deaf in prison? On Wednesday, October 22, the Adler School Institute on Social Exclusion, Institute…
  • An Open Letter to President Obama and U.S. Ambassador James Brewster

    The Adler School
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    Kevin Osten, Psy.D. Adler School faculty and clinical psychologists Nataka Moore and Kevin Osten-Garner along with students in our Human Rights & International Immersion course with Heartland Alliance recently returned from the Dominican Republic, working with community agencies on a number of fronts. Based on their work and research, Dr. Osten-Garner has shared the following update and request to President Barack Obama and James Brewster, Jr., Ambassador to Dominican Republic.  Dr. Osten-Garner is Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Division of Community Engagement…
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  • Tau, not amyloid-beta, triggers neuronal death process in Alzheimer’s

    Georgetown University Medical Center
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    New research points to tau, not amyloid-beta (Abeta) plaque, as the seminal event that spurs neuron death in disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. The finding, which dramatically alters the prevailing theory of Alzheimer’s development, also explains why some people with plaque build-up in their brains don’t have dementia. The study is published online today in [...]The post Tau, not amyloid-beta, triggers neuronal death process in Alzheimer’s appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Drug tests on mothers’ hair links recreational drug use to birth defects

    University College London
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Drug tests on 517 mothers in English inner city hospitals found that nearly 15% had taken recreational drugs during pregnancy and that mothers of babies with birth defects of the brain were significantly more likely to have taken drugs than mothers with normal babies. The study found no significant links between recreational drug use and [...]The post Drug tests on mothers’ hair links recreational drug use to birth defects appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Are your sexual fantasies normal?

    University of Montreal
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Hoping for sex with two women is common but fantasizing about golden showers is not. That’s just one of the findings from a research project that scientifically defines sexual deviation for the first time ever. It was undertaken by researchers at Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and Institut Philippe-Pinel de Montréal, affiliated with [...]The post Are your sexual fantasies normal? appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Trick or treating this Halloween? Know your group behaviour

    The Conversation
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Halloween is upon us tonight and it’s all just a bit of harmless fun, right? Or is there truly a dark side to Halloween? What should we make of kids getting together in groups, wearing costumes that hide their identity, and going from house to house asking for treats at the threat of a “trick”? [...]The post Trick or treating this Halloween? Know your group behaviour appeared first on PsyPost.
  • What is seasonal affective disorder?

    The Conversation
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    It’s that time of year again – the end of daylight savings and the beginning of the dark season. While many of us look forward to seasonal festivities, millions can also expect feelings of depression, fatigue, irritability and poor sleep. This form of mental illness, commonly known as the “winter blues”, is Seasonal Affective Disorder [...]The post What is seasonal affective disorder? appeared first on PsyPost.
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    Mark Rubin's Social Psychology Research Blog

  • How You Feel About People is Related to How You Feel About Cities

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
    You take delight not in a city's seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours. (Calvino, 1978, p. 44).There are numerous structural factors that influence people’s attitudes towards cities, including the city’s architecture, size, infrastructure, transport, crime rates, population density, and quality of housing, to name just a few.  However, as the Italian writer Calvino (1978) alluded to in his book Invisible Cities, these factors may be constituents of broader sociocultural “questions” that people ask about their cities.  For example,…
  • “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…
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  • Understanding Anxiety

    Jessica Morris
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    We all feel anxious at different times in our lives. Whether we are stressed about bills, relationships or work, it is a physical and mental sensation we all must work through. For many of us, anxiety can be far more than a momentary feeling, and we live with an anxiety disorder which causes unnecessary and unhealthy worry about many aspects of our lives. This can also negatively affect our physical health. This infographic by Global Medical Education shows us some of the signs and symptoms of anxiety, and reveals how it affects our society. Have you ever felt your chest tighten up, your…
  • Married and Having an Affair: 7 Lies We Tell Ourselves

    Colleen Morris
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    ‘Conversation in the Rain (Explored #83)’ by flashcurd available here under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0. Full terms here. An affair can keep your marriage intact is the controversial headline of a recent article (8 August 2014) published by the Economic Times. If the headline invokes a strong emotional reaction within you, you are not alone. In my professional experience, an affair can have irreversible negative consequences for a marriage relationship.  This is backed up by a recent survey conducted by the law firm Slater and Gordon published in March 2014, which asked the…
  • How To Help Your Young Person Manage Stress

    Jessica Morris
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    As we head towards the end of the year, you may have noticed your teen or young adult feeling stressed about their studies. End of year exams are coming, final assignments are due, and they are feeling more pressure than ever to have their lives figured out. In this infographic by, we learn about the real affect stress can have on our loved ones physical health, mental wellbeing and overall quality of life. 1 in 5 students have felt too stressed to study, and time has shown us that students are more stressed than they were three decades ago. Feelings of being…
  • How to Keep Good Mental Health

    Colleen Morris
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I really like Wednesdays. I would go so far as to say that Wednesdays are good for my mental health. “Why Wednesdays?” you may ask. Why not Fridays or Saturdays? After all, Wednesday is ‘hump day’- just half way through the working week for the majority of people. It is a wishy-washy sort of day where I have survived Monday and Tuesday, but I still have Thursday and Friday to go. I anticipate Wednesday’s with enthusiasm because it is my ‘day off’ from my office. It represents a whole 8 hours of time to do as I choose. Ahh, I love Wednesdays. Just saying that invites a deep sigh;…
  • How to Teach Your Teenager to Say ‘No’

    Colleen Morris
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    From family pressures and work commitments to relationship issues, it can be hard to say no. Over the past month we have talked about the importance of drawing your boundaries. From the practical “5 Ways To Say No” to a look at how our family of origin affects us in, “How Does Our Childhood Affect Our Ability To Say No?” we have explored about why so many of us struggle to utter the word “No.” Today we conclude our series by offering some insight in how to speak to your teenager about drawing boundaries. The adolescent years are filled with peer pressure and opportunities your…
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    Career Assessment Site

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Afraid of being a loner in high school

    Amy Feld
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:51 am
    A freshman worries about being a loner in high school without friends The post Afraid of being a loner in high school appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • When a friend doesn’t show up

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:46 am
    A friend doesn’t show up to attend the wedding of her close friend’s son and makes no explanation. The post When a friend doesn’t show up appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • No close friends: Senior year friendship problems

    Amy Feld
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:42 am
    A young woman having friendship problems during her senior year of high school... The post No close friends: Senior year friendship problems appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • My intolerant friend who hates children

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    My intolerant friend who hates children The post My intolerant friend who hates children appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • I am the needy friend!

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    A woman is frustrated and feels like “the needy friend” because of the boundaries set by her friend. The post I am the needy friend! appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
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  • Interactive Anxiety Test: Are You Emotionally Unstable?

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    Here is a great self-assessment to measure your anxiety levels. 24 questions take only a minute to answer but offer new valuable insights into your personality and habitual ways of dealing with life.
  • Sense of Entitlement Quiz: Are You Setting Up Yourself for Disappointment?

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    A lot of our frustrations are due to unmet expectations and not all our expectations are reasonable. This entitlement mentality test will help you take an objective look at yourself and, hopefully, reduce frustration and sadness in your life.
  • Marilyn Monroe Quotes on Love and Relationships

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:17 am
    Marilyn Monroe quotes and sayings on love and relationships.
  • The Difference Between Narcissism and Self-esteem

    12 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    What's the difference between narcissistic personality disorder and high self-esteem? When self-confidence becomes aggressive entitlement and healthy self-love is replaced by a sick fantasy? Finally, what is the root of this problem?
  • 10 Thought Provoking Questions About Your Life Partner (Quiz)

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    Interactive quiz: how well do you know your partner? Do you know their history, their losses, the traumatic experiences they had to endure? Do you know what they consider to be their greatest achievements and what they are most proud of? This type of knowledge helps build foundation for some of the most satisfying relationships.
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  • The Affect Heuristic: How We Feel is How We Think

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

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Do you make shopping lists? Do you use your calendar for planning? Or do you otherwise tend to write down your thoughts? Good! Writing things down can help you become more mindful and consciously... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • People Who Are Consciously Aware of Their Emotions Deal With Them More Effectively, Study Shows

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

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

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

  • 7 Steps to a Happier You; Part Three

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Step Six: Hobbies and leisure pursuits   Having hobbies and ways to creatively express ourselves can also significantly boost our feelings of happiness. Why not try taking a class of something you have always wanted to do? When we creatively express ourselves we experience a deep sense of personal satisfaction, pride and achievement which all work to boost our happiness. Check out Tasterlab for an extensive directory of hobby taster classes. Likewise, having leisure pursuits is essential as they serve to both reduce stress, relax us and are a valuable source of fun and enjoyment. I have…
  • 7 Steps to a Happier You; Part Two

    13 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
      Step Three: Live for the moment In all of my happiest memories I was totally absorbed and engaged in the moment. These moments were so crystal clear it is as if I had experienced them with eyes which were seeing for the very first time. Amazingly, we can all learn to develop this close relationship to the present moment. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the man responsible for bringing mindfulness meditation into the mainstream medical arena, defines mindfulness as ‘The awareness that emerges when we learn to pay attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally…
  • 7 Steps to a Happier You; Part One

    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
      According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary happiness can be defined as ‘A state of well being and contentment’. We all want to be happy but is it something we can actively pursue? For years I struggled with depression and so I began questioning whether I could reduce the possibility of further bouts by proactively seeking happiness. I was fortunate that I began my research into happiness at a time when the area of positive psychology had exploded and was grateful to discover that there was extensive information and findings surrounding the field of happiness. In fact there are…
  • The Many Roads To Happiness…

    3 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
      “People take different roads seeking fulfilment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” H Jackson Browne   Whilst there are certain universal principles which lead to greater happiness, like living in line with ones values for example, the path to happiness is just as unique and varied as each of us. Although our humanity unites us all, we each have idiosyncrasies and distinctly individual likes and dislikes. What brings me laughter and joy, another may not even find funny, and so it is with happiness. Even the basic…
  • Fantastic New CD’s Now Featured on ‘Further Reading (and Listening)’ Page!

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Hi All,   Check out the fabulous new CD’s on my ‘Further Reading (and Listening)’ page! Whether you are struggling to move on after a separation or the loss of a loved one, you want a mindfulness meditation CD which all of the top therapists recommend, or you want to use the law of attraction to manifest more success in your life, you can find something on our page that’s just right for you. Simply scroll to the bottom of the site to view ‘Recommended Books and CD’s’ where you can select the CD’s by genre, or go to our ‘Further…
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    Always ladies

  • Hit snooze and donate to charity

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Getting up in the morning can be a real struggle for many of us. Personally, whenever I hear the alarm clock I
  • Victoria’s Secret’s ‘Perfect’ Bodyshame

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Lingerie company Victoria’s Secret has come under heavy criticism after the recent launch of their latest series of bras nicknamed : ‘the
  • Your Photo of the Day – Turtle Power

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    On the coast of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, we have quite the selection of affectionate green turtles, writes photographer Montse Grillo.
  • Your Photo of the Day – Valley Flames

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Wildfires rage in a valley behind iconic Half Dome in California’s Yosemite National Park. Judge Helbig captured the photo at 3 a.m.
  • Lemon beauty secrets

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    We all know the expression “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”, or as my version of this quote is “…sell them
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    Hi Tim - HOME

  • Peepers Creepers!

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

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Hi Tim,I'm young at heart, in my 30's and Dad to "Sarah," 8 and "Trent," 5. I've been married to their Mom "Brenda" for 13 years and we're doing mostly fine. Except for Halloween season. I'm really into Halloween and decorate the whole house and yard with blood dripping out of windows and gore like severed heads on the walk, etc. There's a 6 foot hooded executioner with a bloody axe on the porch, stuffed bodies here and there, and dismembered zombies scattered around. Of course, we have the standard skeletons and spider, fog machine and the whole works for…
  • Disclosure Dilemma

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Hi Tim,  I am in my fifties and have been out of the workforce for the past seven years.  I spent some of that time caring for my disabled child and parents with medical problems. I also had been struggling with an undiagnosed thyroid disease called  Hashimoto's Disease, which my doctors and I mistook for bipolar disorder. After a correct diagnosis and months of adjusting thyroid medications, I feel better than I have in years!I am ready to go back to work and concerned about how I should address the above on my resume and in interviews, without going into the painful details.
  • Voting Parents

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Hi Tim, I'm 18 and, for better or worse, a product of my very opinionated parents. I love them both. Unfortunately, their opinions are mostly on the opposite sides of one another. One's Democrat and the other Republican, and they usually go at it at the dinner table. They're civil, but passionate about their chosen party and full of lectures about why it's the superior one. I have mastered tuning them out years ago, but now that I have the right to vote I am being dragged into their debates to have my vote fought over by two crazy people, both of whom clearly want to win me over and I do…
  • Ups and Downs 

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

  • Live Abundantly: Three Ways an Abundance Jar Can Change Your Financial Health

    Dr. Juli Fraga
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Money is ubiquitous, and it’s also something we rarely talk about. Yet who hasn’t struggled with money in some way? Whether it is not having enough, having enough and then not, or struggling and then having more than enough, money plays an important role in our lives. But it also effects our emotional well being. While there are plenty of financial workshops that can teach us how to manage our money, if we want to feel calmer and more rational about this difficult issue we have to look at the emotions it stirs in us. To begin this dialogue, psychotherapist Maia Taub, LMFT created a…
  • Life Transitions, a.k.a., Life

    Alyssa Levine Mass
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    The other day I was killing some time at a trendy coffee shop, enjoying my once-a-day caffeine romance, and I found myself inadvertently eavesdropping on two college freshmen bonding over the unexpected difficulties they were encountering in their new phase of life. Navigating a vast pool of possible topics, one of the women ever so carefully dipped her toe in to the deep end. She began talking about feeling homesick and lonely, inviting her friend to swim in discussion with her while also protecting herself from the conversational equivalent of skinny-dipping alone. I amused myself with the…
  • Small changes are big changes

    Christine Canty
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:09 pm
    One November morning, when I was early in my graduate training to become a therapist, one of my professors stood at the front of the classroom, with his wild hair and even wilder eyes, and said slowly: “I want to talk to you all about something important.” The room fell silent. This man was known to drop some pretty intense bombs without warning, so the fact that he gave a warning signaled something very grave. “I want to talk to you about… Thanksgiving.” Students sighed and snickered. What a relief that this was just about the upcoming holiday. “During… Thanksgiving,” he…
  • Preschool as Therapy: 5 great ideas for adult wellness

    Linda Shanti McCabe
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    1. All feelings are allowed. At my child’s preschool, they have a saying: You have to get the bad feelings out to let the good feelings in. In therapy, we know there are no “bad” feelings. However, feelings such as anger, sadness and hurt don’t feel good, and they need expression. To express your true feelings within the context of a safe attachment relationship is a deep form of wellness. “When children [and adults] experience an attuned connection from a responsive empathic adult they feel good about themselves because their emotions have been given resonance and reflection.” 1…
  • Stepping Into My Shadow: Halloween as Therapy

    Lily Sloane
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Hold on, man. We don’t go anywhere with ‘scary,’ ‘spooky,’ ‘haunted,’ or ‘forbidden’ in the title.” – Shaggy Rogers (Scooby-Doo) It wasn’t until recently that I realized why I love Halloween so much. I don’t really feel excitement over candy or overwhelming crowds. Yet the theatrical has always had a magnetic pull on me, and Halloween, in all it’s theatrics, provides me with an open invitation to explore things from which I normally try to distance myself. (My ’08 Sarah Palin costume really sums it up). Halloween is that special time of year when the icky…
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    Psψch Student's Blog

  • Mental Health Jobs in Australia – where do you find them?

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    I wanted to quickly share two great resources for finding jobs in social justice and mental health. I remember going to an interview about 5 years ago advertised on my university website. The position was as a receptionist, and the manager informed me she no longer advertises jobs on Seek as she can get up to 1200 applications a day. Some university job sites are better than others, but one of the best resources I have come across is Ethical Jobs. Ethical Jobs has a huge range of jobs in the area of social justice. It is a national site with so many roles ranging from policy and project work…
  • Cheap Professional Development Opportunities for Mental Health Clinicians

    8 Oct 2014 | 10:34 pm
    I recently attended the 4th Annual BPD Conference in Melbourne which seems to have grown in popularity. One of the reasons for this (I believe) is that the conference was just $20 for students to attend. For this reason, I saw a lot of my fellow students at the event. This was both refreshing and encouraging – all of the conferences, training and professional development I have attended has been paid for by my workplace. The Childhood Trauma Conference I attended in August – while very helpful – was about $700 to attend! Often these events offer “discounted student…
  • The worst drug in Australia?

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

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

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

    Staff Writer
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    In this article you will read about 5 self-sabotaging behaviors and how to deal with them before they control and hinder your day to day life. While reading you might find that you relate to one or more of the habits. If so than this is a great informative and inspirational read. Read the full article here: Top 5 Self-Sabotaging Habits to Stop Right Now The post Stop These 5 Self-Sabotaging Behaviors Today! appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Focus on One Good Thing to Love Your Job

    Staff Writer
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    A compelling story about a career coach who finds herself helping a 19 year old girl through the life-shattering experience of being kicked out of her home and thrown into the street by her aunt. The experience of extending kindness teaches her a valuable lesson about life and appreciating her career choice. Read the full article here: How to love the job you have right now: Focus on one good thing The post Focus on One Good Thing to Love Your Job appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Depression is Not Just Sadness

    Staff Writer
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Many people think depression and sadness are analogous, but they are not. Sadness is a normal reaction to a bad situation while depression affects basic concepts of self. The latter is trivialized when confused with the former. Depression may be manifested with physical symptoms as well as psychological ones. Treatment is available and it should be taken seriously. Read the full article here: Why Depression and Sadness Are not the Same The post Depression is Not Just Sadness appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • The Boomarang Effect: Providing Value to Others

    Staff Writer
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Providing value for yourself and others can be an important part of leading a successful life. This Advanced Life Skills article gives helpful and informative tips for increasing your own self-value by increasing the value you give to others, as well as suggestions for applying these skills in your personal and professional lives. Read the full article here: Create Success by Creating Value for Others The post The Boomarang Effect: Providing Value to Others appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Could You Just Check Email Twice A Day?

    Staff Writer
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Do you find that when you aren’t quite sure what to do next, you are back looking at your email?  Washington Post estimates that we spend 28% of our work days working with our email, reading, responding, etc. That equals somewhere around 650 hours a year!! Find out more about the research around email-related stress. And decide if you want to take the email challenge! New Habit Challenge: Only Check Email Twice A Day The post Could You Just Check Email Twice A Day? appeared first on BrainSpeak.
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  • Fear of Snow Phobia – Chionophobia

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    Chionophobia is the extreme dislike or fear of snow. The word originates from Greek chion meaning snow and phobos meaning fear, aversion or dread. People with Chionophobia often understand that their fear is unfounded and weird. However, they are unable to control it. Living with the phobia can get very difficult especially in winters or in places where snow is the way of life. Many phobics refuse to step outdoors owing to their phobia. Friends and family members might ignore the phobia, thinking that the person is simply trying to gain attention. However; to the sufferer, Chionophobia is a…
  • Fear of Silence Phobia – Sedatephobia

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    “Silence”, it is said, ‘speaks a thousand words’. It is also common knowledge that couples who can spend their time in silence (and still feel as if they have had the best conversation ever) will always stay together. However, to some people, silence can be downright scary. There is term for this phobia: Sedatephobia. The word originates from Greek ‘Sedate’ meaning ‘silent or sleeping or dead’ and Phobos meaning the Greek God of fear, or dread or aversion. The phobia was relatively unheard of 50 years ago. However, today, it is a fairly common phobia. Expert hypnotists and…
  • Fear of Reptiles Phobia – Herpetophobia

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:49 am
    Herpetophobia is the irrational, unwarranted and persistent fear of reptiles. It is a highly common animal phobia. The word Herpetophobia originates from “Herp” meaning snake or reptile and “Phobos” which stands for the Greek God of Fear. The fear of reptiles is often combined with Ophidiophobia which is specifically the fear of snakes, but they are both rather different and should not be confused with each other. Most individuals suffering from Herpetophobia are not just afraid of dangers posed by reptiles like snakes (mainly due to their venom), they are even afraid of harmless wall…
  • Fear of Insanity Phobia – Dementophobia

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    The word ‘Dementophobia’ is used to denote the fear of insanity. It is derived from the Greek words Dementos and Phobos which mean ‘insanity’ and ‘fear’ respectively. An individual having Dementophobia experiences extreme anxiety or a panic attack when s/he encounters a thought about going insane, or even a movie scene depicting insane person/situation. Excessive fear of this type can affect one’s day-to-day life. Often, the fear of going insane prevents the individual from leaving his/her house, or holding a steady job. Most patients of this type tend to be socially withdrawn…
  • Fear of Escalators Phobia – Escalaphobia

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    Escalaphobia is a common specific phobia affecting hundreds of thousands of individuals all around the world. The word Escalaphobia comes from Greek escalo meaning ‘to move up/escalators’ and phobos which means ‘deep aversion, dread or fear’. There are several thousand escalators in Canada and United States, together moving millions of people up and down daily. However, there are still some people who prefer taking the stairs owing to their intense fear of escalators. The intensity and reasons behind this fear depend on individual experience that the phobic has had in relation to…
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    Thoughts Aplenty

  • I'm sick of starting over again

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    For years I have been rebooting my life; changing my social circles, changing jobs and dreams, changing projects - ditching incomplete projects I had started merely weeks or months previously. The worst is the fact that I have had personality changes every time I changed my circles of friends and environment. This is very hard to avoid of course, yes we do need to make tweaks to our behaviours around other people - but letting it change our personalities is something that is detrimental to the psychological makeup.The fact is that I've had enough of this shit. It gets me absolutely nowhere.
  • The trippy cycle of the flat liver parasite

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    I came across a video of this bastard on Animal Planet and even though they didn't say it what it's name was, I went ahead and named it the Trippy Bastard Parasite. Why do I call this thing trippy? Well it has a life cycle that is more complex than anything I've ever come across on any documentary, and let me tell you I've watched my fair share of doco's (working from home and always having Nat Geo, Animal Planet or Discovery for background chatter has something to do with it).So the life cycle starts with an ant who comes by and eats one of these things (covered in snail mucus).The parasite…
  • A little window

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    A little window opened up for me tonightA little window to look out and see the nicetiesIt opened up and "WHOOSH!" they came flooding inThe thoughts of my woman, for whom Istanbul criesA little window opened up, and I felt againA little window opened up, and I can write againThe little window won't stay openSo I'm here to say "I love you" again
  • When Istanbul cries

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    She tries to remember But the memory eludesThere's a weight over herAnd the memory is crudeShe tries to perfect itPolish it and cherish But the days of us dancingHave become dirty with the yearsWhen Istanbul criesShe cries for usShe knows deep down insideThere's a place for usWhy not in my embrace?She thinks, as she criesAnd then she remembers Until her tear ducts run dry 
  • The Ferrari that distracted the gardener... 1

    12 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    I learnt a new way of thinking today that I wanted to share with the Blogger realm, I was reading the The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and Julian Mantle had just filled John's cup to the brim and the cup was overflowing... I knew something great was about to be shared to the younger man.Julian was recounting his first few weeks in the Himalayas and reminded John of how much he doted over his garden. He asked him "You would get angry if I went to your garden and poured poison over your flowers would you not?" John of course replied affirmatively.He went on to explain that if people were to stand…
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