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  • The Secrets We Keep

    Psychology Today Features
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
  • The Charisma Quotient

    Psychology Today Features
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
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  • How To Train The Runner's Brain - An Interview With Jason Fitzgerald

    Sports Are 80 Percent Mental
    5 Jun 2014 | 10:49 am
    As productive human athletes, we just assume that we can knock down any walls put in front of us and conquer new feats of greatness if "we just put our mind to it."  Our conscious brain sets goals, gives pep talks and convinces us that with the right training plan, we can finish a race of any distance. But, when we're stretching our training run farther than ever before, the little voice in our head pops up to try to talk some sense into us; "that's enough for today" or "there's a lot of pain happening right now, time to quit."  As I discussed in last week's post about the…
  • Why Our Brains Love Babies

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    Sandra Kiume
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:01 pm
    A brief and interesting educational video from AsapSCIENCE explains why people are hard-wired to find babies so cute. In what’s known scientifically as “baby schema,” babies’ elements and proportions come together to make them aesthetically pleasing to humans, and through our brain’s reward system we are motivated to care for them.  
  • How to Be a Better Digital Native

    Scientific American: Mind & Brain
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Moderation is key to getting the most out of your digital devices -- Read more on
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    Scientific American: Mind & Brain

  • What Forms of Creativity Turn You On?

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    It’s no secret: creativity is sexy. People all over the world rank creativity as a highly desirable quality in a partner, and people who are creative across a variety of fields report more... -- Read more on
  • Google's Top Searches of 2014

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    Americans looked to Google for information on Ebola, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and the actor Robin Williams’s suicide this year—all of which ranked among the hottest search terms of... -- Read more on
  • Changing Our DNA through Mind Control?

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    A study finds meditating cancer patients are able to affect the makeup of their DNA -- Read more on
  • How to Be a Better Digital Native

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Moderation is key to getting the most out of your digital devices -- Read more on
  • Blood Test Forecasts Concussion Severity

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Levels of a protein fragment in the blood paralleled how long head injuries benched hockey players. Ingrid Wickelgren reports -- Read more on
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  • Sensitivities as Markers of an Infinitude

    Michael Jawer
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:48 pm
    The people I've been considering in this series - synesthetes, savants, the autistic, the highly sensitive, the gifted, the prodigious, the psychic - quite possibly retain a degree of access to the universal 'foreground' of all life. read more
  • 10 Mind-blowing Books from 2014

    Todd B. Kashdan, Ph.D.
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Every year I post the top 10 books that I digested for the year. This was the best year of reading that I can remember. Expect to find a few that are off the beaten path. enjoy!read more
  • The Impacts of Narcissism

    Jennifer Golbeck, Ph.D.
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:41 am
    Narcissistic people can ruin the lives of their families and lovers. I interviewed many people who were in or recovering from these relationships. Here are some of their thoughts. read more
  • A Successful Opera Career In Spite of Her Voice

    Elizabeth Wagele
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    Magda’s fans bootlegged her recordings for decades and adored her with such passion, police had to stop them from dashing onto the stage. Opera lovers are usually very discriminating about vocal quality, but not Magda’s fans. So what kept them enthralled—her enthusiasm? Her sparkle?read more
  • How Your Relationships Change Who You Are

    Gwendolyn Seidman, Ph.D.
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:35 am
    When we are involved in serious romantic relationships, we find ourselves turning from a “me” to an “us”. That means that as we become increasingly committed to our partners, we find our self-concept actually changing. The “us” becomes “me”. But how does our self-concept change, and are these changes good or bad for us and for our relationships?read more
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  • Who Owns Implicit Attitudes? Testing a Metacognitive Perspective

    Cooley, E., Payne, B. K., Loersch, C., Lei, R.
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Metacognitive inferences about ownership for one’s implicit attitudes have the power to turn implicit bias into explicit prejudice. In Study 1, participants were assigned to construe their implicit attitudes toward gay men as belonging to themselves (owned) or as unrelated to the self (disowned). Construing one’s implicit responses as owned led to greater implicit-explicit attitude correspondence. In Study 2, we measured ownership for implicit attitudes as well as self-esteem. We predicted that ownership inferences would dictate explicit attitudes to the degree that people had…
  • Trust in Decision-Making Authorities Dictates the Form of the Interactive Relationship Between Outcome Fairness and Procedural Fairness

    Bianchi, E. C., Brockner, J., van den Bos, K., Seifert, M., Moon, H., van Dijke, M., De Cremer, D.
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Reactions to decisions are shaped by both outcome and procedural fairness. Moreover, outcome and procedural fairness interact to influence beliefs and behaviors. However, different types of "process/outcome" interaction effects have emerged. Many studies have shown that people react particularly negatively when they receive unfair or unfavorable outcomes accompanied by unfair procedures (the "low-low" interactive pattern). However, others find that people react especially positively when they receive fair or favorable outcomes accompanied by fair procedures (the "high-high" interactive…
  • Self-Affirmations Provide a Broader Perspective on Self-Threat

    Critcher, C. R., Dunning, D.
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:27 pm
    We present an "affirmation as perspective" model of how self-affirmations alleviate threat and defensiveness. Self-threats dominate the working self-concept, leading to a constricted self disproportionately influenced by the threat. Self-affirmations expand the size of the working self-concept, offering a broader perspective in which the threat appears more narrow and self-worth realigns with broader dispositional self-views (Experiment 1). Self-affirmed participants, relative to those not affirmed, indicated that threatened self-aspects were less all-defining of the self (although just as…
  • Affiliation and Control in Marital Interaction: Interpersonal Complementarity Is Present but Is Not Associated With Affect or Relationship Quality

    Cundiff, J. M., Smith, T. W., Butner, J., Critchfield, K. L., Nealey-Moore, J.
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:27 pm
    The principle of complementarity in interpersonal theory states that an actor’s behavior tends to "pull, elicit, invite, or evoke" responses from interaction partners who are similar in affiliation (i.e., warmth vs. hostility) and opposite in control (i.e., dominance vs. submissiveness). Furthermore, complementary interactions are proposed to evoke less negative affect and promote greater relationship satisfaction. These predictions were examined in two studies of married couples. Results suggest that complementarity in affiliation describes a robust general pattern of marital…
  • Stability and Change in Political Conservatism Following the Global Financial Crisis

    Milojev, P., Greaves, L., Osborne, D., Sibley, C. G.
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:27 pm
    The current study analyzes data from a national probability panel sample of New Zealanders (N = 5,091) to examine stability and change in political orientation over four consecutive yearly assessments (2009-2012) following the 2007/2008 global financial crisis. Bayesian Latent Growth Modeling identified systematic variation in the growth trajectory of conservatism that was predicted by age and socio-economic status. Younger people (ages 25-45) did not change in their political orientation. Older people, however, became more conservative over time. Likewise, people with lower socio-economic…
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  • Lack of Sleep During Critical Period of Night Linked to Dementia Risk

    Jeremy Dean
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    Missing out on this kind of sleep can lead to poor memory and dementia. 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 Just One Night’s Poor Sleep Can Hurt a Relationship The Vitamin Which May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia How Cynical Personality Traits Affect Dementia Risk Bad Night’s Sleep? Blame the Full Moon Why Some People Only Need Five Hours’ Sleep a Night
  • The Personality Trait Linked To The Strongest Immune System

    Jeremy Dean
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:29 am
    Outgoing or introverted? Which personality types are best at fighting off infection? 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 Personality Trait That Doubles Alzheimer’s Risk Meditation Changes How Genes Are Expressed How Cynical Personality Traits Affect Dementia Risk A Highly Valued Personality Trait That Sadly Increases The Risk of Suicide Meditation Can Reduce Loneliness in the Elderly
  • The Best 3 Ways to Deal With Failure (Plus 5 Painful Ones To Avoid)

    Jeremy Dean
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    Are your ways of dealing with everyday failures helping or hindering? Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: How to Deal With Stress and Anxiety: 10 Proven Psychological Techniques 8 Ways to Get Rid of Unwanted Negative Thoughts The Healthiest Way to Deal With Memories of a Traumatic Childhood 10 Ways Gratitude Can Change Your Life & 4 Step Gratitude Plan How to Feel Good About Your Body and Worry Less About Imperfections
  • A Foolproof Way To Use Forgetting To Help You Remember, Study Reveals

    Jeremy Dean
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    When you save information digitally, your real memory for that information is worse, but a new study reveals a positive flipside. 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 How to Take Notes You Will Remember You Can Learn a New Language While You Sleep, Study Finds Why People’s Names Are So Hard to Remember The Myth of Cognitive Decline: Elderly Know More and Use it Better
  • Here’s The Curious Secret To Perfect Learning While You Are Distracted

    Jeremy Dean
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    How to learn while distracted as if you were totally focused. 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: Caffeine Improves Long-Term Memory When Consumed After Learning Offline Learning: How The Mind Learns During Sleep 10 Superb Psychological Advantages of Learning Another Language How Sleep After Learning Enhances Memory Learning Challenging New Skills Like Photography Improves Memory
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    Mind Hacks

  • Towards a nuanced view of mental distress

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:06 am
    In the latest edition of The Psychologist I’m involved in a debate with John Cromby about whether our understanding of mental illness is mired in the past. He thinks it is, I think it isn’t, and we kick off from there. The article is readable online with a free registration but I’ve put the unrestricted version online as a pdf if you want to read it straight away. Much of the debate is over the role of biological explanations in understanding mental distress which I think is widely understood by many. Hopefully, amid the knockabout, the debate gets to clarify some of that.
  • Spike activity 12-12-2014

    13 Dec 2014 | 4:16 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The new trailer for upcoming Pixar movie Inside Out is very funny and has a remarkably accurate depiction of brain function. Neurocritic covers hipster neuroscience. Is the ‘bilingual advantage’ in cognitive performance a result of publication bias? Maybe, suggests the Science of Us. The Economist asks whether behavioural economics could be a tool to tackle global poverty. Why do friendly people usually lead happier lives? asks BPS Research Digest. Fastcompany has an interesting piece on the curious results from an online…
  • Snake oil salesmen selling torture

    10 Dec 2014 | 1:22 am
    The US Government has just released its report on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, aptly branded the “torture report”, which is available online as a pdf. It makes for appalling reading but sheds light on the role of two psychologists in the creation and running of what turned out to be genuinely counter-productive ‘enhanced interrogations’ that were used in preference to already productive non-abusive interrogations. In the report the psychologists are given the codenames Grayson SWIGERT and Hammond DUNBAR but these refer to James Mitchell and…
  • You won’t find the data in my pants

    8 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    The journal contexts has an excellent article on the long history of exploring the sex lives of sex researchers as a veiled attempt to discredit their work. …these stories suggest a troubling pattern: they tend to focus on researchers’ alleged sexual proclivities, spinning them as deviant motivations which compromise the research. For example, James Miller’s biography of Michel Foucault links Foucault’s work to unconventional sexual activities like sadomasochism. Thomas Maier begins his biography with Virginia Johnson losing her virginity, portrays her as a sexually conniving…
  • A simple trick to improve your memory

    8 Dec 2014 | 12:47 am
    Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information. If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong. One of the interesting things about the mind is that even though we all have one, we don’t have perfect insight into how to get the best from it. This is in part because of flaws in our ability to think about our own thinking, which is called metacognition. Studying this self-reflective thought process…
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  • Why Our Brains Love Babies

    Sandra Kiume
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:01 pm
    A brief and interesting educational video from AsapSCIENCE explains why people are hard-wired to find babies so cute. In what’s known scientifically as “baby schema,” babies’ elements and proportions come together to make them aesthetically pleasing to humans, and through our brain’s reward system we are motivated to care for them.  
  • Policing Mental Illness Crisis

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

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

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

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

  • Is being a worrier a sign of intelligence?

    Research Digest
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:48 am
    We usually see worry as a bad thing. It feels unpleasant, like a snake coiling in the pit of your stomach. And worriers are often considered weak links in a team - negative influences who lack confidence. But of course, anxiety has a useful function. It's about anticipating and preparing for threats, and learning from past mistakes.Increasingly psychologists are recognising the strengths of anxious people. For example, there's research showing that people more prone to anxiety are quicker to detect threats and better at lie detection. Now Alexander Penney and his colleagues have conducted a…
  • Want to learn something better? Draw it

    Research Digest
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:46 am
    When you're trying to learn, do something with your new knowledge, such as summarising it or explaining it to someone else. This deepens your memories and helps integrate what you've learned with what you already knew. A new study has tested the benefits of another beneficial learning activity - drawing.Annett Schmeck and her team asked 48 German school-kids (average age 14) to read a 850-word passage about the biology of influenza, broken down into seven paragraphs. This was an unfamiliar topic to the teens, and they knew they were going to be tested on the content afterwards.Crucially, half…
  • Link feast

    Research Digest
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week or so:2014’s Best Books on Psychology, Philosophy, and How to Live MeaningfullyAn end-of-year roundup from the BrainPickings website.Sickening and Morally ReprehensibleElla Rhodes at The Psychologist magazine reports on the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program (story requires free registration to access).That CIA Torture Methods Were Pointless Is No ShockThe New Scientist reports that decades of research has shown that torture is an ineffective way to acquire…
  • Why do friendly people usually lead happier lives?

    Research Digest
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    High scorers on the personality trait of agreeableness are eager to please, concerned for others, and compliant to other perspectives. On average, they live happier lives too. A new study suggests a possible reason: when they have the chance, friendly people tend to avoid engaging with negative things.The researchers, Konrad Bresin and Michael Robinson, began by asking participants to view a series of positive and negative images, spending as much time as they wanted on each one. Most people lingered longer on the nasty images, but participants high in agreeableness showed no such tendency.
  • Rapport-building interrogation is more effective than torture

    Research Digest
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    Past research (pdf) suggests that using torture as a way to extract information or confessions from terror suspects isn't just unethical, it's also ineffective. The advantage of rapport-building interrogation strategies (including respect, friendliness and empathy towards suspects) over more coercive techniques is highlighted once again in a new study that involved interviews with law enforcement interrogators and detainees.The research involved 34 interrogators (1 woman) from several international jurisdictions including Australia, Indonesia and Norway. And there were 30 international…
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  • 127 scientists challenge the purported brain training “consensus” released by the Stanford Center for Longevity

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    Scientists to Stanford: Research Shows Brain Exercises Can Work (Press release): “A group of 127 scientists sent an “open letter” to the Stanford Center for Longevity, today, in reaction to a recent statement by the center that was highly critical of the emerging science of brain training and derogated the efficacy of all brain exercises…The letter is signed by 127 doctors and scientists, many of whom are luminaries in the field of neuroplasticity – the discipline that examines the brain’s ability to change. Signatories include members of the National Academy of Sciences, members…
  • Apple names brain training apps “Best of 2014″ in 20+ countries

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    Brain training is going mobile, and global. Not only did Apple name one brain training app (Elevate) “Best App of the Year” in the US, across all categories, but it handpicked another brain training app (Peak) as one of the top apps in 20+ countries. In the UK: “Apple named video editor Replay as its best iPhone app, ahead of self-improvement app Peak – Brain Training.” In Spain: “App y juego finalistas a lo mejor del año 2014: Peak – Brain Training Una app que nos ayuda a mejorar nuestra memoria, concentración, resolución de problemas, agilidad mental y lenguaje a través de…
  • Study finds large gaps between research and practice in ADHD diagnosis and treatment

    Dr. David Rabiner
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    Most children with ADHD receive their care from community-based pediatricians. Given the large number of school-age children who require evaluation and treatment services for ADHD, and the adverse impact that poor quality care can have on children’s development, it is important for children to routinely receive care in the community that is consistent with best-practice guidelines. The American Academy of Pediatrics has clearly recognized this and published guidelines for the evaluation of ADHD back in 2000; this was followed by a set of treatment guidelines in 2001. Based on data collected…
  • Open question: How to personalize brain training based on age, personality, biology, and more?

    12 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    Brain Training Goes to School (WebMD): “Kristy Lea was searching for a way to help her 5-year-old son improve his ADHD, and she wanted to reserve medication as a last resort…Increasingly, therapists, school systems, and parents are turning to brain-training games to help children with learning challenges. “If you look at the [scientific research], the results are kind of all over the place. Some studies say they’ve found something significant, while other studies say they didn’t find anything,” says Michael P. Milham, MD, PhD. He’s the director of the Center for the Developing…
  • Non-invasive neurotechnology: What’s next in research and clinical applications

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    What’s next: The future of non-invasive neurotechnology from SharpBrains: Tracking Brain Health Innovation Enjoy these great pre­sen­ta­tions on the future of non-invasive neurotech, deliv­ered at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit and featuring: Dr. Bruce Cuth­bert, Direc­tor of Adult Trans­la­tional Research and Treat­ment Devel­op­ment at the NIMH Charles Fisher, Pres­i­dent of Fisher Wal­lace Laboratories Chair: James Cavuoto, Edi­tor and Pub­lisher at Neu­rotech Reports
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  • Parents Without Partners

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Welcome to Parents Without Partners (PWP), the largest international, nonprofit membership organization devoted to the welfare and interests of single parents and their children. Single parents may join one of the many chapter around the US and Canada; they may be male or female, custodial or non-custodial, separated, divorced, widowed or never married. Parents without Partners aims to help those who have lost a spouse through many different circumstances including death, divorce, custodial issues and more. Through the resources on the site, parents can better understand how to raise a child…
  • The Hot Stove Project

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Hot Stove Project aims to integrate individuals who are presently marginalized due to mental health issues. We believe such integration can be achieved through the exchange of ideas between groups of people with differing perspectives on mental health. Whether you are an employer, mental health provider, educator, and/or a person with lived experience, we hope that you will contribute to the understanding of what it means to live with mental disorders and how those who think, feel, and behave differently are not only too often marginalized, but isolate themselves as a consequence of fear…
  • Autism Society

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Since 1965, the Autism Society has been a leader in serving people with autism, their families and professionals. We provide the most comprehensive Information and Referral service via our toll-free number, 1-800-3AUTISM, and the largest online referral database, AutismSource. The Autism Society is the home of the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon, one of the most recognizable cause-related symbols, and founded National Autism Awareness Month, which helps focus attention on autism in April of every year. The Autism Society’s 107 affiliates nationwide are incubators for local programs such as…
  • International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (IAEDP)

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

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

  • Hugs help protect against stress, infection, say researchers

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    Researchers tested whether hugs act as a form of social support, protecting stressed people from getting sick. They found that greater social support and more frequent hugs protected people from the increased susceptibility to infection associated with being stressed and resulted in less severe illness symptoms.
  • Bugs life: The nerve cells that make locusts ‘gang up’

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:06 am
    A team of biologists has identified a set of nerve cells in desert locusts that bring about 'gang-like' gregarious behavior when they are forced into a crowd. The findings demonstrate the importance of individual history for understanding how brain chemicals control behaviour, which may apply more broadly to humans also.
  • People trust typical-looking faces most

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Being 'average' is often considered a bad thing, but new research suggests that averageness wins when people assess the trustworthiness of a face. The research indicates that, while typical-looking faces aren't seen as the most attractive, they are considered to be the most trustworthy.
  • Broad receptive field responsible for differentiated neuronal activity

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    Some neurons are more active than others, even when they are positioned right next to each other and are one and the same neuron type. Researchers now have discovered the cause for this phenomenon.
  • How brain can distinguish good from bad smells

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    In fruit flies, the quality and intensity of odors can be mapped in the so-called lateral horn, scientists have found. They have created a spatial map of this part of the olfactory processing system in the fly brain and showed that the lateral horn can be segregated into three activity domains, each of which represents an odor category.
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    Sports Are 80 Percent Mental

  • How Video Games Can Improve Your Kids' Hand-Eye Coordination

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Well, there goes that golden piece of parental logic.  For years, we’ve been arguing, imploring and threatening our kids to get off their Xbox, PS4 or even Wiis (are those still around?) and get outside for some fresh air and reality.  It isn’t healthy, we argued, to sit in front of that TV and play video games for hours.  While we still have the cardiovascular argument in our corner, new research just confirmed that gaming actually improves our kids’ ability to learn new sensorimotor skills.Playing “first person” games, like Call of Duty or Madden, drops the user…
  • Kids Who Move Can Grow Their Brain

    6 Dec 2014 | 5:51 pm
    If there is one thing that Charles Hillman wants parents and teachers to understand, it is the power of aerobic activity to improve the brains of young children.  From his Neurocognitive Kinesiology Lab at the University of Illinois, Professor Hillman has produced study after study showing not only cognitive improvement in the classroom but also the brain’s physical changes that occur when kids become more fit.  His latest research, in collaboration with postdoctoral researcher Laura Chaddock-Heyman and Arthur Kramer, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, reveals more compact…
  • Maybe Your Kids Inherited Your Couch Potato Genes

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    On the road to sports success, young athletes need two ingredients, innate skills and the willingness and determination to get better.  We all know boys and girls who showed early promise that got them noticed but then didn’t have the drive to practice every day to develop that talent.  Often labeled lazy or unmotivated, the assumption was that they chose their own path by not working hard.  However, new research shows evidence that genetics may play a role not only in the natural abilities of a developing superstar but also in their practice persistence and…
  • See The Game Through The Eyes Of The Quarterback

    6 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Going into the start of football season, there is plenty of expert commentary on what makes up the “right stuff” when evaluating quarterbacks. Everything from arm strength to height to foot skills to the size of their hands was measured and dissected to find the magic combination of variables. While the body mechanics of delivering a football on target are vital, QBs rely even more on their vision both before and after the ball is snapped.It’s not just knowing where and when to look at an opposing defense but also understanding what to look for across the line. Defensive players are…
  • How To Train The Runner's Brain - An Interview With Jason Fitzgerald

    5 Jun 2014 | 10:49 am
    As productive human athletes, we just assume that we can knock down any walls put in front of us and conquer new feats of greatness if "we just put our mind to it."  Our conscious brain sets goals, gives pep talks and convinces us that with the right training plan, we can finish a race of any distance. But, when we're stretching our training run farther than ever before, the little voice in our head pops up to try to talk some sense into us; "that's enough for today" or "there's a lot of pain happening right now, time to quit."  As I discussed in last week's post about the…
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    I Choose Change

  • My Great Therapy Advice

    Jennifer M. Ryan, M.Ed.
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    This morning when a client told me she needed to learn to keep her emotions under control, I responded with, “Who are you, Else?” And then I about died inside, because I thought to myself, “Really? Else? Is that the best therapeutic example you could come up with?” In fact, it was. You know what really bugged me about the movie Frozen, which, if you’re like me, you’ve seen upwards of 673 times? It bugs me that in the scene where Else is taken to visit the trolls, her dad gets the message that Else needs to be locked up until she (by herself?) learns to control her emotions. After…
  • I Have a Confession

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

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

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

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

  • Brain stimulation offers hope for depression

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    By Kerrie-Anne Ho and Colleen Loo Around 350 million people worldwide have depression. Antidepressant medications are often prescribed to treat the condition, alongside talking therapies and lifestyle changes such as regular exercise. But a substantial proportion of people either don’t respond to antidepressants, or experience such significant side effects that they’d prefer not to take them. In search of alternative solutions, researchers around the world, including our team, are investigating transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) as an alternative treatment for depression. But…
  • Could depression be caused by a virus?

    3 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    © iStockphoto Dr. Turhan Canli, associate professor of integrative neuroscience at Stony Brook University, makes a case for reconceptualizing depression as an infectious disease caused by foreign invaders like parasites, bacteria or viruses that make their way into the body and cause changes in the brain. The Huffington Post spoke to Canli about his theory and what it might mean for future treatment. Link here to read Why This Psychologist Thinks Depression Is An Infectious Disease
  • 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
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    Brain Blogger

  • Predicting Seizures Amid the Chaos

    Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    We are one step closer to predicting the unpredictable. Robin Gras, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Computer Science and Canada Research Chair in Learning and Simulation for Theoretical Biology, and his PhD student Abbas Golestani have developed novel methods for long-term time series forecasting. In a Scientific Reports article, Gras and Golestanti demonstrate their software’s accuracy with the prediction of earthquakes, financial markets, and epileptic seizures. By applying their algorithm to the EEGs of 21 patients, they were able to predict seizures 17 minutes before…
  • The Concept of Race in Science – A Debate

    Lorena Nessi, PhD, MA
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Race is a label. Race does not exist. Race is still an issue. These are some of the apparently contradictory statements that we can find in the debate, a subject with renewed tension in the US after a series of shootings of unarmed “black” men in the US by “white” policemen. Race is a slippery concept, and an uncomfortable one, because it is related to the marking of differences and divisions among human beings in a society that is supposed to be advanced enough to acknowledge the importance of equality. Its use is an act of classification that immediately sets boundaries between…
  • Perception Is the Opposite of Reality

    Jennifer Gibson, PharmD
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you ever feel like you are actually doing, seeing, or experiencing the things in your daydreams? Perhaps the warm sand beneath your toes while you relax on the beach; the wind rushing through your hair while you drive a fancy sports car; the smooth finish of that fine wine you have been wanting to try. Even if you have never experienced these things before, your brain is recalling sensory information stored in your brain and processing it as abstract thoughts. But how does it do this? Neuroscientists have long studied how information travels through the brain, but the complex and intricate…
  • Decoding Creativity – It’s In the Genes!

    Viatcheslav Wlassoff, PhD
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    What do Beethoven and the violinist who plays in the subway for a few dollars of tips share? What’s common between Vincent Van Gogh and the spraycan-wielding graffiti artists who paint the walls of your city with their bold artwork? Creativity? Yes, but the similarities go deeper. According to scientists and psychologists, these artists share a set or two of similar “creativity” genes. Creative people are wired differently to their non-creative brethren. The difference is not only in the presence or absence of certain genes but also in the structural characteristics of their…
  • Waterboarding the Brain – The Neural Effects of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques

    Nisha Cooch, PhD
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    The Question of Morality vs. The Question of Efficacy The recent Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs) like waterboarding has reinvigorated debate over the appropriateness of such methods for counterterrorism efforts. Many protest the use of EITs on moral or legal grounds, citing the inhumanity of the physical and emotional pain imparted by these tactics. Further corroborating protesters’ arguments is ample scientific evidence demonstrating that the aversive effects of exposure to stressors like those involved in EITs are…
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    World of Psychology

  • Gone but not Gone: Robin Williams’s Legacy of Love, Not Sadness

    Sarah Newman, MA
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Robin Williams died long before the winter chill settled in, but there is a new movie coming out this Christmas that will feature him once again. When I saw the trailer for “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” with Robin Williams playing Theodore Roosevelt and being his usual funny, exuberant self, I had to wonder how many wonderful, new moments we had left with him on film before he was gone forever. Someday explaining to my kids who Williams is will require me dragging out a bunch of movies they’ve never heard of. The first film that came to mind when I learned Williams…
  • 7 Ways to Manage Mixed Emotions During the Holidays

    Eve Hogan
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    As the holiday season is now in full swing, I can’t help but observe the swing of emotions — mine and that of those all around me. On one hand, there is the child-like delight of magical holiday lights and decorations. Regardless of a “bah hum bug” mindset, it is hard to deny the spectacular beauty of homes and businesses bedecked with twinkling lights. If you have little ones and family in your life, there is the excitement, enthusiasm and anticipation of the magical appearance of gifts and delectable feasts. There is the fun of honoring friends and family with tokens of love and…
  • 3 Ways to Answer Kids’ Questions about School Violence

    Matthew M. Leahy, PhD
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Extreme school violence continues to be a major problem in the United States. As such, stories about school violence are frequent on news programs. No matter how much a parent may try, children may see and hear instances of school shootings. A study out of my research lab four years ago (McDonald, Leahy, et al., 2010) found that 80 percent of kids exposed to trauma often ask their parents about that trauma. So parents need to be equipped to answer these questions in helpful ways. Our research has uncovered three helpful tips to guide your discussions about school shootings and violence. Be…
  • 6 Ways to Beat Homesickness at Christmas

    Nicole Davies
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:35 pm
    It’s a Christmas thing. Even if you find yourself in the most beautiful corner of the Earth, you’ll still feel a little lonely. After all, there’s nothing like a festive season spent with one’s friends and family. Fortunately, there are some ways in which you can manage this sense of nostalgia. Here are some tips for beating homesickness when you’re far away from home during Christmas: 1. Avoid self-victimization. When you’re feeling homesick, you’re more likely to blame other people and external factors. That’s when you need to remember that…
  • You Can’t Please Everyone

    Michael Hedrick
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    I’ve had an interesting couple of weeks. I’ve been talking to an agent about a book proposal. The book is already written, but in talking to the agent I’ve come to realize that in order for him to take me on as a client, I would need to entirely rewrite the book. I gave his suggestions a shot with a few pages the other day and he still wasn’t happy. This is after a series of rejections about another book proposal with the same agent. I kind of have the feeling that no matter what I do, no matter how I rewrite the book, there’ll be parts of it he’s not satisfied with. This is a…
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    idle thoughts

  • Groupthink & Hagel

    10 Dec 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Here is a piece occasioned by the firing of Chuck Hagel Metrowest Daily News
  • Cautionary tale about voter supression

    4 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    At MetroWest Daily News
  • 27 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm

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

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

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

  • Show some love for the Psych Files

    Steve Jones
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    I apologize for not posting very much recently - I've been swamped with various tasks at school and haven't had much free time to spare. One thing that I've been very thankful for, though, is the many people in the psychology community who do such a terrific job of creating and sharing great resources for us all. For example, my fellow moderators on this blog have been adding some great things recently, and I love reading their posts!But another person who constantly creates interesting and helpful psychology resources is Michael Britt of the Psych Files. I have been following his work for…
  • Commercial with Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

    Chuck Schallhorn
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every time I see this commercial, I cannot help but think it is an example of self-fulfilling prophecy, although a mistaken one.  The man sees his shirt in the window and then notices people, especially attractive women, looking in his direction and being interested and smiling. Of course they are looking at the stylish car and beyond him.  After this happens a couple of times, he begins to change his attitude and act more confidently.Again, this is accidental, but seems to illustrate the point.  Please let me know if you have a different view.posted by Chuck Schallhorn
  • Historical Psychology Texts Online

    Chuck Schallhorn
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    One of the emails I receive is from "The Scout Report" from the University of Wisconsin.  They put out a weekly set of amazing resources out on the web.  In today's email, I found this wonderful set of historical documents compiled by Mike Palij.Here is the selection of the entry in today's email.  I apologize for the formatting issues.HathiTrust Digital Library: 19th-20th Century Psychology Texts·;c=715130871The HathiTrust Digital Library is a partnership between academic and research institutions "offering a collection of millions…
  • 25 Things Psychology Teaches Us

    Chuck Schallhorn
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:26 pm
    I just received this in my email--25 Things Psychology Tells You About Yourself."  I was hooked but was skeptical at the claims.  But after reading them, I see them as potential case studies to connect to concepts or as a review for Advanced Placement Psych.  They could also be used for a hook at the beginning of a semester or unit.  Take a look, they are worth it.  This is how the rest of the world sees us in psychology. by Chuck Schallhorn
  • Symmetry and Attractiveness: A Demonstration

    Chuck Schallhorn
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:48 pm
    During the Social Psych unit, I always deal with attractiveness.  One factor that goes beyond the social is the concept of symmetry.  It is said to be an indicator of good health.  That said, none of us have perfectly symmetrical faces.  You can see with the Taylor Swift example that the regular face on the left is not symmetrical and that creating symmetry makes people look kind of strange.When at the Eastern Illinois National Science Foundation Summer Institute, my group studied emotion and examined the idea of taking two left sides and two right sides of someone's face…
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    Advances in the History of Psychology

  • New History of the Human Sciences: Psychopathy, Catholic Psych, & More

    Jacy Young
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:51 am
    The December 2014 issue of History of the Human Sciences, the final one under the editorship of James Good, is now available. Articles in this issue include ones on the history of psychopathy, Catholic psychology and psychoanalysis, early physiological psychology in Britain, and more. Full titles, authors, and abstracts follow below. “Valedictory editorial,” by James M.M. Good. No abstract. “From phrenology to the laboratory: Physiological psychology and the institution of science in Britain (c.1830–80),” by Tom Quick. The abstract reads, The claim that mind is an…
  • Video: Jill Lepore’s “How Wonder Woman Got Into Harvard”

    Jacy Young
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:59 am
    In the above video Jill Lepore, Professor of American History at Harvard University and staff writer for the New Yorker, discusses her work on the history of Wonder Woman before Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Lepore’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman was recently released by Random House. (For more on Lepore’s work on Wonder Woman see here.) Tip o’ the hat to Ben Harris for alerting us to this video. Share on Facebook
  • New Edition: Baker & Benjamin’s From Séance to Science

    Jacy Young
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
    The second edition of David Baker and Ludy Benjamin, Jr.’s From Séance to Science: A History of the Profession of Psychology in America is now available. As described on the publisher’s website, This book is intended to round out the picture of American psychology’s past, adding the history of psychological practice to the story of psychological science. Written by two well-recognized authorities in the field, this book covers the profession and practice of psychology in America from the late nineteenth century to the present. From Séance to Science tells the story of…
  • APA Monitor: “Silenced Voices,” the Work of David Boder

    Jacy Young
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Time Capsule section of the December 2014 issue of the APA‘s Monitor on Psychology includes an articles on psychologist David Boder’s work with Holocaust survivors. As Victor Colotla and Samuel Jurado describe, Boder began his research on the victims of the Holocaust when Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, then supreme commander of the Allied Forces, invited journalists to “come and see for yourselves” the atrocities that the Allied forces were uncovering in the Nazi death camps. Boder brought with him a magnetic wire recorder that had been developed at the Illinois…
  • Free Access to “Psychical Research in the History of Science and Medicine”

    Jacy Young
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Until Sunday December 7, 2014 access to “Psychical Research in the History of Science and Medicine,” a Special Section of the December issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences is free using the links provided in this post. Full titles, authors, and abstracts follow  below. “Psychical research in the history and philosophy of science. An introduction and review,” by A. Sommer. The abstract reads, As a prelude to articles published in this special issue, I sketch changing historiographical conventions regarding the ‘occult’ in…
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    Denying AIDS and other oddities

  • 2 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am

    2 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    6 people who screwed up the War on AIDSby Nirmalya Dutta TheHealthSite Over the years, HIV/AIDS has evolved from a certain death sentence to a manageable ailment. This metamorphosis didn’t come easy though, because for a long time, the ambiguous nature of the disease gave voice to AIDS denialists who refused to believe the scientific consensus for the disease.The following individuals and their views fuelled a movement called AIDS denialism, that had many believing AIDS wasn’t caused by HIV. Some of the most infamous proponents of this movement were molecular-biologist Peter…
  • The Destructive Legacy of Peter Duesberg and AIDS Denialism

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Fake Cures For AIDS Have A Long And Dreadful Historyby SUSAN BRINKAugust 17, 2014NPR Goats and Soda: Stories of Life in a Changing WorldPeter DuesbergElectromagnetism can detect AIDS. The "Complete Cure Device" can wipe out the virus.The Egyptian military made those claims earlier this year, but now they have backtracked after the announcement was widely denounced by scientists, including Egypt's own science adviser.Nonetheless, people are still eager to believe the unbelievable. Egypt's announcement prompted 70,000 people to send emails asking to try the new treatment.The Complete Cure…
  • 10 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am

    10 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    When Beliefs and Facts Collide   By BRENDAN NYHAN   JULY 5, 2014New York TimesDo Americans understand the scientific consensus about issues like climate change and evolution?At least for a substantial portion of the public, it seems like the answer is no. The Pew Research Center, for instance, found that 33 percent of the public believes“Humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time” and 26 percent think there is not “solid evidence that the average temperature on Earth has been getting warmer…
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    23 Jan 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Turner, Davis, Coleman & BakerHIV-Positive Pastor Found Guilty Of Knowingly Exposing Woman To DiseaseJan 22, 2014By NewsOne StaffA Georgia jury found an HIV-positive pastor guilty Tuesday of knowingly exposing a woman to the disease and faces 20 years for the crime, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reportsCraig Lamar Davis (pictured) was said to have sat motionless as the jury read guilty verdicts in two counts of reckless HIV, both of which are felonies. Deliberations took less than an hour. The case was the first of its kind in Clayton County, G., which falls in the…
  • GUILTY: AIDS Denialism is a Dumb Defense

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

  • Naturalizing God

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:04 pm
    God is dead, but Neo-Darwinian psychologists believe that she must live in your imagination so that you may live in a prosocial and thus prosperous society. Really?read more
  • All That Jazz

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

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

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

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

  • Systemic Justice Blog

    The Situationist Staff
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    There will be an official announcement regarding our new organization, The Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School, in January.  That new organization will be collaborating with several other organizations, including the Project on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School. For now, we wanted to alert readers that, at least for the time being, blog posts related to both projects can be found at The Systemic Justice Blog.
  • Distributional Preferences

    The Situationist Staff
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:38 pm
    An article of interest in the latest issue of Psychological Science: Subjective Status Shapes Political Preferences, by Jazmin L. Brown-Iannuzzi, Kristjen B. Lundberg, Aaron C. Kay B. Keith Payne (November, 2014). Introduction Economic inequality is at historically high levels and rising. The United States has the highest level of inequality of all industrialized countries, with the wealthiest 1% of Americans owning nearly 50% of the country’s wealth (Keister & Moller, 2000; Wolff, 2002). Greater economic inequality within a society is associated with a variety of problems, including…
  • Thanksgiving as “System Justification”

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

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

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

  • Where am “I”?

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    Human beings have a remarkable capacity to project themselves into space. Think about playing a video game. Even though you and your physical body are sitting in a chair some distance from the screen, you can put yourself into the place of the avatar you have on the screen. read more
  • Adolescents Get Fixated On Things That Are Rewarding

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    It is common to talk about how the teenage years are a time of risky behavior. And, when we talk about why teens engage in risky behavior, there is a tendency to focus on the development of the frontal lobes. But that doesn't tell the whole more
  • What Makes Some of Us Own Our Mistakes, But Not Others

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:31 am
    In any relationship, there are times that you don’t do the right thing. You brush off a colleague. You snap at a romantic partner. You do things that are selfish. In order to repair the relationship, though, you need to take some responsibility. By taking responsibility, you can work to change yourself to improve the relationship in the more
  • Do Brands Interfere With Religiosity?

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    There are many ways to express identity. If you walk down the street, you will see people wearing t-shirts with brands of products on them. They carry coffee mugs with the names of coffee companies. They carry bags that are branded with the logos of companies. read more
  • Memories About Yourself Affect Judgments About Others

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    When you look at the people around you, there is a tendency to assume that they will act like you do. That makes sense. One of the easiest ways to try to understand the behavior of other people is to think about what you would do in the same situation. And there is a tendency to do this most when you think that the person you are judging is like you in some more
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    NIMH | Recent Updates

  • Blog Post » Best of 2014

    Thomas Insel
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    Dr. Insel offers an overview of his top ten mental health stories for 2014.
  • Blog Post » Lost in Translation

    Thomas Insel
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:44 am
    Drug testing in mice has been a poor guide to effectiveness in humans; Dr. Insel talks about the need for research approaches that can more reliably guide medication development.
  • Blog Post » Can We Prevent Psychosis?

    Thomas Insel
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    In his blog, Dr. Insel talks about on new NIMH grants that will support research on services for people of all ages with autism.
  • Blog Post » P-Hacking

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

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

  • Is a Red Light Effective to Stop People from Drinking Coke?

    Peter A. Ubel
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:29 am
    We have a long distance to travel, before we arrive at Nutritional Facts labels that quickly inform consumers about what is good and bad for them to more
  • Thick Presence: Taking Collaboration One Step Further

    Tim Leberecht
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:12 pm
    More and more companies are surrendering their traditional office set-ups, which have long included individual offices and cubicles farms, in favor of open floor plans, alternative workspaces, and flexible hours. They should take human interaction on-the-job even further, moving from minor, unplanned encounters to designing for deeper, more meaningful more
  • What's a Healthier Option Than Mainstream News?

    Alice Boyes, Ph.D.
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:52 am
    No one needs a research study to know that mainstream news generally consists of negative news. For example, the nightly news or morning paper will tell you about a train that derailed but not the thousands of trains that didn't. Especially if you're prone to anxiety, watching or reading mainstream news can be fear and anxiety inducing. Why does this matter?read more
  • Stress and Cancer

    Lucy O'Donnell
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:28 am
    In this time of constant motion, running at full speed, being permanently on call, and losing our Sundays – it is no wonder we are stressed. Many studies show that there is indeed a connection between stress and cancer. Learning to manage stress is not difficult but it does require more
  • How Are We To Talk About the Complexity of Bisexuality?

    Joe Kort, Ph.D.
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    A man is bisexual if he feels a persistent sexual and/or romantic attraction to both men and women. A man can seek sex with men but not be gay or bi. This has worried some of my readers who conclude that I am “biphobic” or I don’t believe there are any more
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    Workplace Psychology

  • Being an Arrogant Know-It-All: A Surefire Way to Derail Your Career

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:35 pm
    #184233409 / If you listen to people talk, sometimes overtly and other times more subtly, you’ll catch them talking about themselves, bragging about their own skills/abilities, and/or taking credit for things. It’s funny how people will fall in love with their own ideas, methods, and processes. And when they talk about their ideas, which seems to somehow always originate from their own insights (never anyone else’s), it’s as if it’s something miraculous. I am reminded of those TV infomercials which always claim that before this idea or product came along, things were…
  • Self-Development – Suggestions for How To Continually Grow and Change

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

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

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    JFK was wrong. On, 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…
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    The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies

  • Did mommy & daddy neglect to mention that you are a freak?

    2 Dec 2014 | 12:53 am
    Yes I am afraid it is quite true, you are a freak. This short communication should remove any lingering doubts you may have and dash any hope that you are not a freak. Let me spell it out for you, to avoid any unintended ambiguity. You are not a normal, well adjusted, respectable member of society.You are not a pillar of the community, someone to whom others should look as an example to model themselves on.You are not someone whom mommy and daddy can be proud of. You may as well wipe that smug look off your face now. If you think your paltry achievements somehow redeem you from this…
  • Midway in life’s journey, I found myself in a dark wood, having lost my way.

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

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

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

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

  • Sometimes you cannot DO your way into a better sex life

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    It seems when a couple’s sex life is starting to become less satisfying and amazing, many people focus on the DOING aspect of sex. At last check, Amazon is selling almost 14,000 different books that describe all the ways to DO sex. That’s a lot of ways to do sex! I seriously wonder how different each of these books can be. Can there really be 14,000 different ways to do sex?!
  • Staying With Intensity - What Hot Yoga and Therapy Have In Common

    10 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    It’s Friday morning and I’m probably 30 minutes into my 1 hour Hot Hour Bikram Yoga class, which in the 15 years that I’ve been practicing on a weekly basis could be the 3648 time I’ve done this – and yet as I feel the heat emanating off my mat, feeling into my warrior two pose, I find myself convinced the teacher has somehow made a mistake with the temperature dial in the room and all of us , engaged in the class are now faced with another 30 minutes of life-threateningly high heat. I look towards the door for my escape. Someone surely should say something…
  • Forgiveness and Trust

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

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

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

    Dr Charles Parker
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    CorePsych This Bus Won’t Take You There New Brain Measures: Technology Improves Mind Targets … come to think of it, you can’t get there from here. Burt and I: Which way to Millinocket? But This Old Brain Bus Won’t Take You There A Pervasive Mind Problem: Ask yourself this important question: “Why do so many fear/disdain psychiatric treatment and psychiatric medications?” In A Word – Unpredictability: The standards for the use of psychiatric medications are based upon appearances, descriptions, and speculation encouraged by the recently…
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder Insights

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

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

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

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

  • Mental Health In Elite Sports

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are some elite sports stars suffering in silence because they're afraid of what people would think if they admitted having mental health problems?The charity Mind says so and they want professional clubs, governing bodies and community organisations to do more. In recent years some high profile sportspeople have taken their lives, including Wales manager Gary Speed. A new report from Mind says elite athletes can be particularly at risk from severe anxiety and stress.Former QPR footballer Clarke Carlisle knows all about it. He tried to take his own life when he was 21 when…
  • Hypnotherapy To Stop Nightmares

    13 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    A nightmare is a warning from the subconscious mind. It might signal a medical condition that needs to be treated, but it may also mean that you are ready to release pent-up negative emotions, negative scripting or trauma. Dream expert Patricia Garfield, author of Creative Dreaming, The Universal Dream Key and other books, tells us that most dreams are negative. I like what Robert Van de Castle says in Our Dreaming Mind:Many people are surprised to learn that the majority of dreams are unpleasant. Since most people don't share dreams with others on a regular basis, they tend to assume that…
  • The Woman With 7 Personalities

    10 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
  • Sports Hypnosis: Pittsburgh Penguins Goaltender

    7 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Pittsburgh - Still smarting from a late-season collapse, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Johan Hedberg has turned to a hypnotist to improve the mental part of his game.Hedberg, 29, has had two sessions with a sports psychologist in his native Sweden in the past month, and will have one more on Thursday before leaving Sunday for Pittsburgh, where training camp begins Sept. 12. Each two-hour session include 30 minutes of hypnosis."I think back on last year and I feel shame. I feel sick," said Hedberg, whose 25-34-7 record set a single-season franchise record for losses. "I didn't just want to…
  • How To Get Unstuck

    3 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Feeling Stuck in your Old Ways ?When we are blocked in an area of our lives it often is due to the fact that we feel safer that way. We may feel unhappy but that is easier to deal with than our fear of the unknown. We begin to change when the pain we experience in staying stuck is bigger than the anticipated pain of change.A lot of fear comes down to our negative core beliefs : deeply held beliefs acquired some time in the past due to painful experiences. Becoming conscious and challenging these beliefs is the first step in the process of change.For a moment, think about something you would…
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    The Official PersonaBubble Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Carl Jung's Letter to James Kirsch

    Lewis Lafontaine
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
    To James Kirsch My dear Kirsch, 26 May 1934 I am very glad you have written to me once again. It appears that amusing rumours are being spread about me. The only unquestionable fact behind an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on the Biological and Psychological Transformation of Instinct.

    Lewis Lafontaine
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    To Father Victor White My dear Father White, 13 February 1946 My answer to your kind letter comes very late indeed: I have a bad conscience. There are certain... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on Old People, Death, Soul.

    Lewis Lafontaine
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:14 am
    To Margaret Erwin Schevill Dear Mrs. Schevill, 25 July 1946 Thank you very much for your kind birthday-letter which has reached me a day before the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung " I have raised corn, potatoes, beans and lately even wheat, also poppy for oil."

    Lewis Lafontaine
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:01 am
    To Eugene H. Henley My dear Henley, 20 April 1946 I should have written to you long ago to thank you for your kindness and generosity. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung: “The Mouse is a Soul Animal.”

    Lewis Lafontaine
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:45 am
    But why is it the mouse, of all animals, that is the medium of the development? We cannot give any compelling reasons for this, but Mrs. Brunner has given you enough evidence that the mouse is a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Psychology in Everyday Life: The Psych Files Podcast

  • Ep 232: Psychologists Involved in Torture: What Will We Do About It?

    Michael Britt
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:45 pm
    You may have heard from the US Senate report on Terrorism and Interrogations that a small group of psychologists were involved in the interrogations of detainees from the 9/11 incident. How could psychologists, who have a long tradition of concern and adherence to ethical standards in the treatment of others, become involved in such activities? Is it justified? More important: would YOU have become involved in these activities in the swirl of confusion and fear after the attacks? We examine these issues in this episode of The Psych Files.
  • Ep: 231: Multiple Personalities, and Tips on Getting People to Help

    Michael Britt
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    Is there such a thing as a person having multiple personalities? The idea makes for great headlines and fascinating talk shows, but what's the real story? I talk about that in this episode of The Psych Files along with giving tips on how maximize the chances that you'll get help in an emergency and answer the question: is the new generation of teens lazy?
  • Ep 230: Questionable Research - With A Famous Psychologist Involved

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

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

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

  • Responding to Ferguson as a Black Mother, Psychologist and Activist

    The Adler School
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    Nataka Moore, Psy.D. Trayvon Martin. Michael Brown. Eric Garner. So many more. I have shuddered at each of these deaths. Mind you, as a black woman and mother of a black child, as a psychologist, and as an activist for human rights, I am well aware of our nation’s history of racism. However, this recent onslaught has made me pause and reflect on how to respond. How do I teach and foster in my 14-year-old son, who is beautiful and worthy, a sense of belonging—an important contributor to well-being—in a society that has for over 350 years continued to reject black men, women and children…
  • From Graduate School to Employment: The Licensing Process & Power of Peer Support

    The Adler School
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Briana Colton graduated in October with her Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy from the Adler School in Chicago. A 31-year-old Chicago resident, she is blogging for us to chronicle her experiences navigating the transition between graduate school and full-time employment—and to share her progress and insights with the Adler community including current students and fellow graduates.  In this, her fourth post, Briana writes: Licensing for mental health care professionals can be a beast. We all know it.  How many times have we talked through the requirements and navigated the endless…
  • From Graduate School to Employment: Networking via Professional Associations

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

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

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

    The Conversation
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Feeling queasy? How about deceitful? New research shows feelings of disgust encourage unethical, self-interested behaviours such as lying to get more money. At first look, these findings would suggest that feelings of disgust are to be avoided (such as dealing with that mouldy food container in the work fridge before the holiday break). On deeper [...]The post From disgust to deceit: A shorter path than you might think appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Study finds that employees who are open about religion are happier

    Kansas State University
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:09 pm
    It may be beneficial for employers to not only encourage office Christmas parties but also celebrate holidays and festivals from a variety of religions, according to a Kansas State University researcher. Sooyeol Kim, doctoral student in psychological sciences, was involved in a collaborative study that found that employees who openly discuss their religious beliefs at [...]The post Study finds that employees who are open about religion are happier appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Migraine may double risk for facial paralysis

    American Academy of Neurology
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Migraine headache may double the risk of a nervous system condition that causes facial paralysis, called Bell’s palsy, according to a new study published in the December 17, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Bell’s palsy affects between 11 and 40 per 100,000 people each year. Most [...]The post Migraine may double risk for facial paralysis appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Unpacking brain damage in ALS

    Thomas Jefferson University
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Researchers look to understand the causes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), in the hope of finding new ways to treat the disease. A new study published online today (December 17th) in the Cell Press journal Neuron shows that a common gene mutation in ALS generates a deadly protein that may cause the damage in the [...]The post Unpacking brain damage in ALS appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Combining social media and behavioral psychology could lead to more HIV testing

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Social media such as Twitter and Facebook can be valuable in the fight against HIV in the United States, where research has demonstrated they can prompt high-risk populations to request at-home testing kits for the virus that causes AIDS, suggesting a way to potentially boost testing rates. But does it lead to actual testing, and [...]The post Combining social media and behavioral psychology could lead to more HIV testing appeared first on PsyPost.
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    Mark Rubin's Social Psychology Research Blog

  • Party On! (If You're Middle-Class and Young): Age Differences Explain Social Class Differences in University Friendships

    12 Dec 2014 | 12:32 am
    In a recent meta-analytic review, I found that working-class students are less integrated at university than their middle-class peers. I offered up nine potential explanations for this working-class exclusion effect. It turns out that one of the simplest explanations in this list is also the most promising. It’s all to do with age.Working-class students tend to be older than middle-class students. Why? Most likely because they don’t tend to go to university immediately after school but instead get out into the real world and earn a bit of money before accumulating the financial security…
  • 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…
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  • Is Your Loved One An Alcoholic?

    Jessica Morris
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The label of ‘alcoholic’ feels like a dirty word. Having a drink is a normal part of life, and it can be threatening to think a loved one could be controlled by alcohol. So where is the line between controlled alcohol consumption and alcoholism? Perhaps you have a partner who loves to have a drink. The six pack in your fridge is an everyday occurrence, and you rarely see them without a beer or cider. How do you know when this is getting out of hand? This infographic by Recovery Connection highlights some of the key questions to ask yourself about a loved one’s consumption of alcohol.
  • How to Make Your Relationship Last

    Colleen Morris
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    “Relationships are Terrifying. Did You Know That 50% of Marriages Last Forever?” This is the thought-provoking introductory statement in a recent YouTube presentation by Discovery News (DN). Every couple relationship is marked by competing preferences, likes and dislikes; you hate hockey, he loves it. You love camping, she hates it! Initially these differences can be attractive due to our completely illogical fascination with each other! A couple can happily live with these differences and even engage in activities we would otherwise choose to avoid. So why does that all change? How is it…
  • 5 Tips to Manage Stress Over the Holiday Season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • ‘Tis the season to be stressed – How to leave stress behind you for good; Part Three

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last week we looked at decreasing our demands. This week we focus on the fun bit – how we can increase our resources. This is just as essential when tackling stress, as it helps us to gain a more objective and balanced perspective. When our resources are high we are more likely to see the situation for what it is and this can reduce our tendency to enter into a heightened fight, flight or freeze response. There are many positive ways we can actively increase our resources. For instance, if I am stressed at work an early nights sleep will greatly increase my resistance to stress the…
  • ‘Tis the season to be stressed – How to leave stress behind you for good; Part Two

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    The first and most important step is admitting to ourselves when we are stressed, hopefully last week’s exercises will have helped you to see more easily whether you are stressed. Admitting we are stressed can often be difficult in our society which promotes a busy lifestyle. How many programmes on TV have you seen featuring ‘essential’ festive events and activities we simply cannot, and should not, miss? When being busy is the norm, admitting we are stressed can seem like announcing we cannot cope with the demands of daily life, but this is not entirely the case. Usually those of us…
  • ‘Tis the season to be stressed – How to leave stress behind you for good; Part One

    2 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    It’s December and the festive season is upon us once again. Ahead of us lay hours of rushing through shops trying to mark off items from our seemingly endless shopping lists, barging through the crowds on our way. And then there are the party invites flooding into our inbox, several of these falling on the same night and all – without fail – impossible to decline less our friendships be strained forevermore. Add to this the torrent of cookery shows impressing upon us the urgent need to be a Michelin Star chef come Christmas day and no wonder the season fills us with an overwhelming…
  • Stop the bus and leave drama at the next stop! Part Three

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

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

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:46 pm
    No wind, no sound—it was a very calm morning,  writes Hideki Mizuta,  who captured this image at Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni. “I
  • Let the shadows fall behind you

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    “Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you…” – Charlotte Whitton
  • Your photo of the Day – Horses in the Highlands

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    A great cloud of dust formed in the distance as we drove through the deserted Icelandic highlands, writes  Charlotte Goss. “We stopped
  • Christmas cocktail time

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    Christmas is almost here, and the festive jolly spirit comes with considerable stress for those of us who will be entertaining friends
  • When everything goes wrong

    14 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry
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  • That Ship Has Sailed

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Hi Tim,  I’m a fairly attractive man in my middle 20’s. By chance, I was invited to a small yacht party this past summer and met the most beautiful, smart, funny woman, who bore a striking resemblance to Brigitte Bardot. We had the most incredible conversation, danced and talked into the early morning hours. We shared an unexpected and passionate kiss. I wanted to ask for her number and at that point realized that I’d lost my cell phone. I excused myself to look for it, and I was gone about 20 minutes but when I found it and came back, she was gone. I’ve gone…
  • If I Ran the Holidays

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    Hi Tim,The Christmas season always fills me with dread. My relatives constantly screw with my head. “You’re still at that job?” and “You broke up already?” “Don’t worry; your life will someday be more steady!” Mother, father and brothers all hound me plenty, but I am only an inexperienced lad of twenty. As the holidays loom, I must once again face, that familiar torment only booze will erase. We drink, and we drink, and we drink more and then, some loudmouth inevitably overshares an opinion. The verbal assaults escalate until one by one, we grab…
  • Cock Unsure

    9 Dec 2014 | 11:19 am
    Hi Tim Column 8 DEC 2014 Hi Tim,  I’m a professional woman in my 20’s and live with my boyfriend, 30’s in his house for the past 9 months, in a neighborhood that is being gentrified. He owns a beautiful, scenic piece of property with a private pond behind the lot and a barn about 200 feet behind that. He has a few animals and keeps a rooster who crows without mercy every morning, frightening me awake on a regular basis. He has had the rooster for several years, and claims that the neighbors have never complained, but when it wanders into our yard it believes…
  • Daddy Dearest

    2 Dec 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Hi Tim,I'm a man, 40s, married for 14 years with a 6 year old son. I hope you can help me settle a dispute with my wife. I believe she's too indulgent with our son. She refuses to spank, and against my better judgment I agreed to that. She constantly hugs and cuddles him and always brings him into our bed where he hogs all the covers and sometimes has accidents. I have been reading about child-rearing and some experts say that a father should be emotionally distant because a mother should be providing affection, and that the way to teach children to survive in the world is to…
  • America the Berated

    2 Dec 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Hi Tim,I am a woman, 30's working in an office. My Eastern European coworker goes on and on about how America is awful. From right-wing politics to religion to slavery to Native American genocide, she's like the "Encyclopedia of All the Ways in Which America Sucks." Her "Typical American..." comments usually set off the eye rolls and start clearing the room, but she is oblivious and keeps going. I know my country is not perfect, but did we do anything right? Incidentally, she had to flee her country due to ethnic cleansing and tyranny, but of course the culture and the food and the…
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  • What’s In A Name?

    Alyssa Levine Mass
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:46 pm
    After as many years as I can remember, and at least a few I can’t, I’m not sure I know my name.  This is not because of a traumatic brain injury and although I had ideas and expectations of marriage, a kinship with Madonna certainly wasn’t one of them.  For the last fourteen months, I’ve been using a non-hyphenated combination of my maiden name (Levine) and my husband’s last name (Mass) creating a sort of “wheel of fortune” name game: Round and round the name wheel goes, where she stops nobody knows.  Sometimes players pick the first name, sometimes the second, more often…
  • Grief and Gratitude

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

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

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

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

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:20 am
    I had so much fun writing my last post – a collection of psychology-related gifts from around the web – that I decided to do a follow-up.  Have a look at these great gifts for a friend, family member, colleague or (given how close it is for Christmas) for yourself. Psi Necklace This Psi necklace piece looks cool and can also be gifted to math and physics geeks, or Greek Alphabet Enthusiasts (we know you’re out there). Available on Etsy here. 2. Psychopoly Game This psych-themed version of monopoly looks fun and is full of references to the pioneers of psychology including…
  • Five Fun Psychology-Related Gifts

    13 Dec 2014 | 4:10 am
    Christmas is upon us again and unfortunately, it is hard to get in the spirit when you are exactly mid-way through a Masters degree in psychology. That’s why I thought I would post something fun – some psychology gift ideas for that special someone in your life who is a bit of a geek when it comes to psychology… Or for yourself, because these are really cool! So, in no particular order here they are: 1.  Women in Psychology Poster When you look at pictures of many of the great psychologists you will notice they all look pretty similar – many of them are old, white men…
  • 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…
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  • Develop Newer, Better Habits That Stick

    Staff Writer
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:43 pm
    This article discusses issues with making new habits and offers advice and a few options to help you form those habits. Discussed in the article are issues such as loss of enthusiasm, forgetting, lacking confidence, getting back on track if you stop, and distractions. Some of the suggestions include making your attempt to achieve your goal known so others hold you to it, starting small and making obvious reminders. Read the full article on Daily Good: The Smart Way To Stick To Habits The post Develop Newer, Better Habits That Stick appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Stay Healthy and Vibrant Into Your Golden Years

    Staff Writer
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Life shouldn’t and doesn’t stop once you reach your golden years. To ensure that you will enjoy life to the fullest during these years, it is important to take care of your body and keep a positive mindset. Effective ways to do this include: staying active, adjusting your diet, keeping up your social life, and exercising your mind. These golden years have the potential to be the best of your life! Read the full article here: 4 Secrets to Remaining Healthy and Vibrant During Your Golden Years  The post Stay Healthy and Vibrant Into Your Golden Years appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • 3 Ways To BioHack Your Pain – Part 1

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:51 am
    by Kusha Karvandi The term “Biohacking” sometimes is accompanied with pejorative connotations. But humans have been biohacking their biology since the beginning of time. We carved tools, gathered specific medicinal herbs, and even learned new languages in order to progress ourselves as a species. We’ve mastered the art of biohacking – discovering shortcuts to our most optimal condition. With our modern lifestyles, we’ve declined in health and well-being. We sit way too much and stare at screens all day. A sheer recipe for neural disaster. Let me explain why. See, your brain is like…
  • Building Meaningful Success Using These Core Questions

    Staff Writer
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    Feeling stuck in a rut? Not sure if you’re satisfied with your current career? We’ve all been there. It can be scary to take those first steps toward a new goal, especially if you’re not even sure what that new goal should be! These 6 Core Questions For Building Meaningful Success will help you get to the bottom of what you really want out of life so that you can iron out a plan to improve your life. Read the full article here: 6 Core Questions For Building Meaningful Success. The post Building Meaningful Success Using These Core Questions appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Fall in Love With Your Life – Here’s How

    Staff Writer
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:03 pm
    There are several tips for learning how to fall in love with life and these 7 were found to be the most important. Some advice includes feeling the joy and connecting with your inner wisdom. Readers are urged to take charge of their lives and to become their own cheerleader in order to remain positive, among other things. Read the full article here: 7 Ways to Fall in Love With Life The post Fall in Love With Your Life – Here’s How appeared first on BrainSpeak.
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  • How Capitalists Enslave Top Notch Graduates

    Loi Liang Yang
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:58 am
    Receiving a $100,000 USD annual pay package seems like an undeniable offer from a prestigious and affluent corporation for a fresh graduate. But these corporations are so efficient at division of labour and exploiting man power that those who are offered the work contract do not see the perspective from the business owners. What is happening exactly is that the capitalists are outsourcing a segment of their business model to another individual. Top notch graduates have again and again proved to be extremely efficient at the business processes that they have been allocated to perform. Kind…
  • Day Time Approach

    Loi Liang Yang
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    I was at the streets of Orchard taking a break after long hours of work. I saw a beautiful lady in a white dress top with black mini skirt and blue high heels. She was a little tanned and she is seated on one of the seats right outside the shopping mall Ion. I went up to her as she looked at me from afar knowing that I am walking towards her. I told her that she looks absolutely beautiful and I had to come up to know her more as a person. She was all smiles and we exchanged names. I asked if she is from around here as she looks very foreign. She told me that she is a local and has lived here…
  • Becoming A Male Fitness Model

    Loi Liang Yang
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:11 am
    A few months back I was offered a one year fitness modelling contract with a local talent scouting agency. I politely decline the offer as I had different dreams to pursue. I started off with a body mass index of 21.9 points, at 1.8 metres tall and weighing in at 71 kg about 2 years back. I managed to put on approximately 15kg of muscles over the span of 2 years while maintaining a body fat percentage of 11%. My immense dedication and commitment to fitness has been a wonderful adventure. Today, I will be sharing with you the journey into sculpting an elusive physique yearned by the many, but…
  • The East As Cultural Consumer Of The West

    Loi Liang Yang
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:16 am
    Youtube, Google, Fashion, Television Dramas, and the list goes on. This reflects a realization that the East has become the cultural consumer of the Western society. From language to religious beliefs, large number of Asians are looking toward the West for an ideal perspective of looking into the world. The lack of technological innovations the past hundreds of years has deprived Asian societies the power to influence other communities. Most of these modern technological tools like radio, televisions, and the internet can deliver rich content over to its audience. As such, having the first…
  • Koreans Perfected The Cultural Products

    Loi Liang Yang
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Straight white teeth, flawless skin complexion, dandy fashion sense and refreshing approach in presenting entertainment materials have help propelled Korea into the finest producer of cultural products. Billions around the world have been entrenched by Korea’s waves of exhilarating music videos and drama series yet little has been unveiled about the rationalities behind their overwhelming success. Today we shall explore coherently the work behind the production of those beautiful creations. Perfectionist Culture When I analyse the cultural products produced by other societies, I am able…
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  • The Perils of Social Norms

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    As little kids, it’s drilled into us to be polite. Please, thank you, and excuse me are training mantras for the young. As adults, behaving politely becomes almost automatic for most of us. Being otherwise feels deeply uncomfortable. But what if our well-intentioned attempts to create norms of kindness are actually placing people in danger? […]
  • Think Your Way to Better Sleep

    Amy Bucher
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    I’ve done a lot of work on improving poor sleep over the years. My company’s insomnia coaching program was one of the first ones I worked on, and I was part of the team that developed My-Coach Sleep Workshop. More recently I’ve focused on coaching for pregnant women struggling to sleep well. All of this […]
  • Race Recap: Cambridge 5k Yulefest

    Amy Bucher
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    Yesterday was the final race in my 2014 season: The Cambridge 5k Yulefest. This race begins and ends in Harvard Square and loops through Cambridge. This is the second time I’ve run this race, and the fourth or fifth race in the C5k series I ran this year. Yulefest had all the hallmarks of the C5k […]
  • Christmas Reading: Three Books for Your Winter Vacation

    Amy Bucher
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    One of my favorite things about Christmas week is having a little time off work to lose myself in some good books. If you’re the same way, here are three good ones I’ve recently read and recommend. None of these are holiday-themed, but that’s ok, right? They’re all engaging, memorable reads, and while I can’t […]
  • Strategies for Workplace Success While Coping with Stigma

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    We all know that, unfortunately, discrimination and prejudice can limit opportunities for people. But belonging to a devalued group may also harm people’s workplace performance via the effects of associated stereotypes. In grad school, I became interested in how people who are successful despite belonging to such devalued groups do it. What’s going on psychologically that […]
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  • Why we hold on to our bad habits even though they are bad

    Hanan Parvez
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Habits are automatic subconscious responses that get launched when an external cue or trigger associated with them is encountered by a person. For instance, applying toothpaste onto a toothbrush at night starts an automatic subconscious tooth-brushing response while your conscious mind may be busy recalling the events of the day. Holding onto bad habitsWhile it’s reasonable that activities like brushing your teeth, driving, buttoning your shirt, tying your shoelaces, etc. have been turned into habits but why does your mind hold on to habits that are clearly harmful like smoking, drinking…
  • The mechanics of habit: the science behind how habits work

    Hanan Parvez
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Habits are routine behaviours that we do without much conscious thought. In this post we’ll be exploring the anatomy of a habit. Thankfully, neurological research over the past couple of decadeshas reached very conclusive results about how habits work in the brain. Once you understand the mechanics of how habits work, you can then fiddle with the gears the way you want.TRR- Trigger, Routine & Reward        Habit is essentially a three-step process. First, there is an external trigger which reminds you of the habit you have associated with that trigger. That trigger…
  • Why habits get formed? The nature and purpose of habits

    Hanan Parvez
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:43 pm
    A habit is a behaviour that is repeated again and again. Based on the type of consequences that we face, habits are of two types- good habits and bad habits. Good habits that have good effects on our lives and bad habits that negatively impact our lives. Human beings are creatures of habit. Our habits determine the bulk of the actions that we do and therefore how our life turns out is largely the reflection of the habits that we develop.But why do habits get formed in the first place?        Almost all the actions that we do are learned behaviours. When we are learning a…
  • Stress and mood swings

    Hanan Parvez
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:48 pm
         "If you want to conquer something, understand it"In this section, we explore the mechanics behind stress and mood swings. A lot of people think that stress and mood swings are a normal part of human life and that nothing can be done to prevent them.So they keep looking for relaxation techniques (meditation, deep breathing, etc.) to de-stress themselves and short-term mood fixes (food, exercise, etc.) to feel better instead of finding out the reasons behind their current emotional state.While it's true that stress and mood swings do occur every now and then but the…
  • A powerful technique to feel good instantly!

    Hanan Parvez
    6 Dec 2014 | 5:29 pm
         Mood swings always happen for a reason- no matter how subtle the reason may be. We humans have a very limited span of attention. Often something happens that causes our mood to swing subconsciously while we are not consciously aware of it. In such a case, fixing your mood can bedifficult because you don’t even know the reason behind your bad mood.Ever heard someone say, “I don’t know why I am feeling bad” or “I am feeling bad for no reason”. They just aren't conscious of what made their mood to swing and so think that their bad mood visited them out of nowhere.
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