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  • Psychology of Money

    One Among Many
    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    15 May 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Are you sure you want to spend your money on THAT? Dan Ariely wants you to wait and think. Same for having children.
  • 4 Things a Child Therapist Thinks Every Parent Should Know

    World of Psychology
    Thomas Winterman
    27 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    Children’s behavior can seem disordered when it’s really normal. To find the difference between normal and abnormal, a child therapist will ask: Are these behaviors normal? Could they be a response to the environment? Does this child have a true mental health condition? Parents can help. Focus on wellness. You cannot control all of the following areas, but you may have more control than you think. Wellness supports neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to learn and make new neural connections. Give your kids the best chance to learn and grow by making sure these areas are…
  • What Your Pet Reveals about You

    Scientific American: Mind & Brain
    28 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Is there a typical cat person or snake owner? Here’s what research shows -- Read more on
  • To love and be loved

    Always ladies
    26 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    “There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” – George Sand
  • How much is fair? Researchers use game theory to examine income inequality

    Columbia University
    27 May 2015 | 3:58 pm
    The increasing inequality in income and wealth in recent years, together with excessive pay packages of CEOs in the U.S. and abroad, is of growing concern, especially to policy makers. Income inequality was identified as the #1 Top 10 Challenging Trends at the 2015 World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos last January. Columbia Engineering [...] The post How much is fair? Researchers use game theory to examine income inequality appeared first on PsyPost.
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    Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin current issue

  • Gender Profiling: A Gendered Race Perspective on Person-Position Fit

    Hall, E. V., Galinsky, A. D., Phillips, K. W.
    8 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The current research integrates perspectives on gendered race and person–position fit to introduce the concept of a gender profile. We propose that both the "gender" of a person’s biological sex and the "gender" of a person’s race (Asians are perceived as feminine and Blacks as masculine) help comprise an individual’s gender profile—the overall femininity or masculinity associated with their demographic characteristics. We also propose that occupational positions have gender profiles. Finally, we argue that the overall gender profile of one’s demographics,…
  • Semantic Information Influences Race Categorization From Faces

    Tskhay, K. O., Rule, N. O.
    8 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    It is well established that low-level visual features affect person categorization in a bottom-up fashion. Few studies have examined top-down influences, however, and have largely focused on how information recalled from memory or from motivation influences categorization. Here, we investigated how race categorizations are affected by the context in which targets are perceived by manipulating semantic information associated with the faces being categorized. We found that presenting faces that systematically varied in racial ambiguity with race-congruent (vs. incongruent) semantic labels…
  • Using High-Level Construal and Perceptions of Changeability to Promote Self-Change Over Self-Protection Motives in Response to Negative Feedback

    Belding, J. N., Naufel, K. Z., Fujita, K.
    8 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Diagnostic negative information presents people with a motivational dilemma. Although negative feedback can provide useful information with which to guide future self-improvement efforts, it also presents short-term affective costs. We propose that construal level, jointly with the perceived changeability of the feedback domain, determines whether people choose to accept or dismiss such information. Whereas low-level construal promotes short-term self-protection motivation (promoting dismissal), high-level construal promotes long-term self-change motivation (promoting acceptance)—to the…
  • The Prosocial Versus Proself Power Holder: How Power Influences Sacrifice in Romantic Relationships

    Righetti, F., Luchies, L. B., van Gils, S., Slotter, E. B., Witcher, B., Kumashiro, M.
    8 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Romantic partners often have to sacrifice their interests to benefit their partner or to maintain the relationship. In the present work, we investigated whether relative power within the relationship plays an important role in determining the extent to which partners are likely to sacrifice. Drawing from both classic theories and recent research on power, we tested two competing predictions on the relationship between power and sacrifice in romantic relationships. We tested whether (a) power is negatively related to sacrifice and (b) power is positively related to sacrifice. Furthermore, we…
  • A Critical Test of the Assumption That Men Prefer Conformist Women and Women Prefer Nonconformist Men

    Hornsey, M. J., Wellauer, R., McIntyre, J. C., Barlow, F. K.
    8 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Five studies tested the common assumption that women prefer nonconformist men as romantic partners, whereas men prefer conformist women. Studies 1 and 2 showed that both men and women preferred nonconformist romantic partners, but women overestimated the extent to which men prefer conformist partners. In Study 3, participants ostensibly in a small-group interaction showed preferences for nonconformist opposite-sex targets, a pattern that was particularly evident when men evaluated women. Dating success was greater the more nonconformist the sample was (Study 4), and perceptions of…
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  • Memory Loss NOT Always The First Sign of Alzheimer’s, New Study Finds

    Jeremy Dean
    27 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    Memory loss is known as the classic sign of Alzheimer's, but it isn't always the first symptom. » Continue reading: Memory Loss NOT Always The First Sign of Alzheimer’s, New Study Finds » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: Nasal Spray Effective Treatment For Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s, Study Finds Memory Loss From Alzheimer’s Reversed For First Time With New Approach This Blood Type Linked to Memory Loss Later in Life Study Finds Memory Has a Fascinating Effect On Sleep A Well-Known Trick To Jog Your Memory DOES…
  • Well-Known Trick To Boost Attention Works — But Not For The Reason You Think

    Jeremy Dean
    26 May 2015 | 9:48 am
    Give your attention a massive boost by understanding why this well-known trick works. » Continue reading: Well-Known Trick To Boost Attention Works — But Not For The Reason You Think » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: How Attention Works: The Brain’s Anti-Distraction System Discovered How To Improve Attention and Ability to Focus The Type of Daydreaming That Makes The Mind More Efficient How To Help Children Control Their Emotions, Reduce Anxiety and Boost Attention How The Brain Works During The Two Main Types of Meditation
  • Why This Beautiful Human Behaviour is Highly Infectious

    Jeremy Dean
    25 May 2015 | 7:08 am
    The wonderful human behaviour that elevates all our morals. » Continue reading: Why This Beautiful Human Behaviour is Highly Infectious » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: Unique Human Brain Area Identified that Separates Us From Monkeys The Weird Reason It’s Hard to Empathise And Be Logical At The Same Time Neuroscience Reveals The Deep Power of Human Empathy Similarities in Dopamine System Between Highly Creative People and Schizophrenics Could Playing Immoral Video Games Promote Good Behaviour in The Real World?
  • What Your Facebook Posts Say About Your Personality

    Jeremy Dean
    24 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    Facebook updates can reveal narcissism and low self-esteem. » Continue reading: What Your Facebook Posts Say About Your Personality » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: Facebook or Twitter? How Age and Narcissism Motivates The Choice Facebook Reveals Secret Experiment To Control Your Emotions The Type of Facebook Use Linked to Depression Happiness is Contagious and Powerful on Social Media “Is the Internet Good/Bad For You?” and Other Dumb Questions
  • One-Minute Personality Test: How Neurotic Are You?

    Jeremy Dean
    23 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    Discover the second of five components of your personality with this one-minute test. » Continue reading: One-Minute Personality Test: How Neurotic Are You? » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: One Minute Personality Test: Are You An Introvert, Extrovert or Something Else? A Blood Test for Depression Two Personality Traits Which Predict Long Life Borderline Personality Disorder: 8 Classic Signs You Should Know The Personality Trait That’s Unexpectedly Sexy To Both Men And Women
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    Mind Hacks

  • John Nash has left the building

    25 May 2015 | 2:42 am
    So goodbye John Nash, brilliant mathematician and beautiful mind, who has sadly just passed away after being involved in a taxi crash with his wife. Nash was famous for many things, but was probably most well-known for being the subject of the biopic A Beautiful Mind – an Oscar-winning production that sugar-coated the details although mainly stayed true to spirit of Nash’s remarkable story. Outside of the mainstream media Nash is best known for his work on partial differential equations and game theory – and it is this latter development which has had the biggest impact on…
  • Spike activity 12-05-2015

    23 May 2015 | 1:33 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: No, there is no evidence for a link between video games and Alzheimer’s disease, reports HeadQuarters after recent media bungles. We’re still waiting to hear on SimCity and Parkinson’s disease though. The American Psychiatric Association has a new corporate video that looks like a Viagra advert. BPS Research Digest reports on a fascinating study that gives a preliminary taxonomy of the voices inside your head. What does fMRI measure? Essential piece from the Brain Box blog that gives an excellent guide to fMRI. New Republic…
  • Irregularities in Science

    20 May 2015 | 1:02 am
    A paper in the high-profile journal Science has been alleged to be based on fraudulent data, with the PI calling for it to be retracted. The original paper purported to use survey data to show that people being asked about gay marriage changed their attitudes if they were asked the survey questions by someone who was gay themselves. That may still be true, but the work of a team that set out to replicate the original study seems to show that the data reported in that paper was never collected in the way reported, and at least partly fabricated. The document containing these accusations is…
  • In the mind of a drone

    17 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    Longreads has an excellent article on the psychology of drone warfare that looks at this particularly modern form of air-to-ground combat from many, thought-provoking angles. These include the effect of humanless warfare, how suicide bombers are being dronified, how reducing the risk to soldiers might make civilians a more inviting target, whether remote-drone-pilot PTSD is convenient myth, and most interesting, the reliance of ‘Pattern-of-Life Analysis’ on which to base strikes. Apart from these “personal strikes,” there are also “signature strikes,” here meaning strikes…
  • Spike activity 15-05-2015

    17 May 2015 | 7:07 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: What does fMRI measure? Excellent fMRI primer on the Brain Box blog. The Wall Street Journal has an excellent profile of neuroscientist Sophie Scott and her research understanding laughter. Time has a piece on how rappers are de-stigmatising mental illness. A brilliant review of neurosurgeon Henry Marsh’s book ‘Do No Harm’ from The New Yorker also works as a wonderful stand-alone article. APA Monitor has a great interview with cognitive psychology pioneer Jerome Bruner as he approaches his 100th birthday. The Brighter…
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    BPS Research Digest

  • Our jumpiness at nighttime is not just because it's dark

    Research Digest
    28 May 2015 | 1:36 am
    When something goes bump in the night, most of us are little jumpier than we would be in the day. But is that just because it's dark, or is it more to do with our bodies and brains switching to a vigilant nocturnal mode?Yadan Li and her colleagues have attempted to disentangle the influences of darkness and nighttime. They recruited 120 young women to complete a computer task in a windowless cubicle, which involved them looking at neutral pictures (e.g. nature scenes), scary pictures (e.g. spiders; a person being attacked), and listening to scary sounds (e.g. screams) and neutral sounds (e.g.
  • Help me out – but hands off! How idea territoriality harms creative team work

    Research Digest
    27 May 2015 | 1:36 am
    If you want quality feedback on your creative ideas, don't be too possessive about themPatents, citations, and copyright all indicate how much it matters to people that they can claim an idea as their own. But new research suggests that staking a claim during the early stages of idea development can be counterproductive, as it cools the enthusiasm others have for making it better.Graham Brown and Markus Baer asked their participants – 230 students at a Singaporean university – to provide feedback on a proposal on how to best promote a restaurant. Under one “hands off” condition, the…
  • Happy people have more children

    Research Digest
    26 May 2015 | 1:24 am
    Lots of research, much of it contradictory, has looked into whether having children brings happiness. There are studies showing marital satisfaction plummets after the kids arrive, but there's other evidence that the bundles of joy really do bring ... joy. A new study turns all this on its head and asks whether being happier makes it more likely that people will have children.Jinhyung Kim and Joshua Hicks first analysed data collected from 559 US lawyers. In 1984, the law men and women rated their life satisfaction and reported whether they had any children, and then in 1990 they were…
  • Link feast

    Research Digest
    23 May 2015 | 1:41 am
    Our pick of this week's 10 best psychology and neuroscience links:The Last Day of Her LifeWhen psychology professor Sandy Bem found out she had Alzheimer’s, she resolved that before the disease stole her mind, she would kill herself. The question was, when?Girls With ToysThis is what real scientists look like.A Really Important Political Science Study About Gay Marriage Used Faked DataNew York Mag's Science of Us site reports on the retraction of a high-profile study that suggested a short chat with a gay person increased people's support for gay marriage.What Can “Lived Experience”…
  • You can now test whether someone is a "Maven"

    Research Digest
    22 May 2015 | 1:51 am
    Malcolm Gladwell’s influential book The Tipping Point popularised the notion that ideas, products and movements owe popular success to opinion leaders: people who are highly connected via weak ties to others, persuasive in character, and an expert or "Maven" in the field in question. The Maven is the friend you go to when you want to buy a new laptop, but don’t know where to start, or consult when you’ve been feeling sluggish and wondering if your diet has something to do with it.Identifying Mavens is a holy grail for people interested in influence, leading researchers Franklin Boster…
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  • Microsoft ranked #4 Holder of Pervasive Neurotech Intellectual Property*

    27 May 2015 | 4:34 am
    Microsoft Corporation is a worldwide leader in software solutions for businesses and consumers.  In addition, Microsoft has expanded into entertainment, gaming, tablets, phones, and other communication technology.  To provide the ideal experience for users, Microsoft has developed methods to assess the cognitive state of users and present information differently according to the observations. Location: Redmond WA Stock Ticker: NASDAQ:MSFT Number of employees: 10,000+ Pervasive neurotech US patent grants: 35 Pervasive neurotech US pending applications: 17 *Microsoft ranked #4 in…
  • When flying to Mars, make sure to monitor and enhance brain function (radiation exposure can hurt performance)

    26 May 2015 | 6:16 am
    Could a trip to Mars fry astronauts’ brains? (The Washington Post): “Brain damage. Memory deterioration. Intelligence loss. This could be your brain on a trip to Mars…The finding, published in the open-source journal Science Advances this month, could throw a wrench in the many ambitious missions aimed at sending humans to Earth’s nearest neighboring planet… …a decline in brain function is especially problematic for anyone traveling to Mars, since the 100 million or so miles a message must travel to reach Earth causes a 20-minute delay in communication. Astronauts need to be able…
  • Medtronic ranked #3 Holder of Pervasive Neurotech Intellectual Property*

    22 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    One of the world’s largest medical technology companies, Medtronic manufactures devices to treat cardiovascular, diabetes, and musculoskeletal conditions, in addition to neurological conditions. Medtronic’s Neuromodulation business includes Deep Brain Stimulation, Spinal Cord Stimulation, Gastric Stimulation, and Sacral Stimulation divisions. Location: Minneapolis, MN Stock Ticker: NYSE: MDT Number of employees: 10,000+ Pervasive neurotech US patent grants: 80 Pervasive neurotech US pending applications: 85 *Medtronic ranks #3 in SharpBrains’ Pervasive Neurotech IP Strength Index,…
  • Study: To improve memory and thinking skills, try the Mediterranean diet with added olive oil and nuts

    21 May 2015 | 8:16 am
    Mediterranean diet may help counteract age-related declines in memory and thinking skills (Harvard Health Blog): “A new study in this week’s JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that eating a Mediterranean-style diet enhanced with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts is good for your mind as well as your heart. The participants were mostly in their 60s and 70s and were at risk for developing heart disease…They were divided into three groups: one followed a Mediterranean-type diet and also ate an extra ounce of mixed nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, and almonds) a day; another followed a…
  • In the news: How non-invasive neurotechnology will enhance work and life

    20 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    Our new report is making the media rounds… Reuters: Brain technology patents soar as companies get inside people’s heads From ways to eavesdrop on brains and learn what advertisements excite consumers, to devices that alleviate depression, the number of U.S. patents awarded for “neurotechnology” has soared since 2010, according to an analysis released on Wednesday. “Neurotech has gone well beyond medicine, with non-medical corporations, often under the radar, developing neurotechnologies to enhance work and life,” Alvaro Fernandez said. Network World: Brainwave-reading patents…
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  • National Center for PTSD

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    25 May 2015 | 6:17 pm
    The mission of the National Center for PTSD is to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America’s Veterans and others who have experienced trauma, or who suffer from PTSD, through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders. The VA National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder’s mission is: To advance the clinical care and social welfare of America’s veterans through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders. The Center was…
  • WPS Wikipedia Initiative

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    18 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    More than 3,300 psychological scientists and their students have joined the APS Wikipedia Initiative (APSWI) by editing and rating article quality and students, under the supervision of their professors, are using Wikipedia entries as course writing assignments. The goal of APSWI is to make information about psychology on Wikipedia as complete and accurate as possible. APS is calling on you to support the Association’s mission to deploy the power of Wikipedia to represent psychological science as fully as possible and thereby to promote the free teaching of psychology worldwide.
  • There & Back

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    11 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    There & Back Again is a non-profit reintegration program offered at no cost to veterans of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Because of their combat service abroad, many veterans return home with a myriad of complex emotional issues, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). TABA offers a structured program of yoga, meditation and alternative approaches to healing the whole body to help veterans transition back to their lives stateside. Our objective is teach veterans how to use breath awareness, meditation and yoga to manage their symptoms of PTSD, to improve their…
  • Videos on Psychological Trauma–Cavalcade Productions, Inc.

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    4 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Since 1989, Cavalcade has specialized in producing training videos for therapists and other professionals working with clients who have a history of psychological trauma. Our most popular programs include The Traumatized Child, which describes the effects of abuse and neglect on children, and their needs at home and in school, The ACE Study, which outlines the impact of childhood trauma, neglect, and household dysfunction on adult physical health, and Vicarious Traumatization, which explores the cumulative impact of trauma clients’ stories on care workers. Trauma and Dissociation in…
  • Mosaic Threat Assessment

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Take this free, computerized diagnostic assessment to gauge the level of domestic violence threat you or a loved one is facing.  Ithas 46 questions to determine how much of a threat an abuser poses to an individual or family.  It can help you decide if someone may threaten you all the way up to possible homicide.
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    Dr. Deb

  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    Dr. Deb
    5 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    Logo by Counseling@NorthwesternThe designation of Mental Health Awareness Month was created more than 65 years ago by Mental Health America to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of mental wellness and promoting good mental health for all. During Mental Health Awareness Month professionals, organizations, schools, communities, hospitals and even media outlets will join together in an effort to raise the awareness about mental health and attempt to decrease the stigma that prevents people from getting the help they need. If…
  • Mental Health of Affluent Teens: An Infographic

    Dr. Deb
    1 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Brought to you by Counseling@Northwestern’s Online Masters in Counseling
  • April is Autism Awareness Month

    Dr. Deb
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:01 am
    April is Autism Awareness Month. Every day, the millions people living with autism and their families face unique and daunting challenges that many of us will never fully appreciate. During National Autism Awareness Month, we renew our commitment to better understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and improve the lives of individuals living with it.A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children in the United States has been identified with ASD. This latest estimate makes it clear that autism affects the lives of millions of…
  • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Dr. Deb
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    Sexual Assault Awareness Month is observed in April in the United States, and is dedicated to making a concerted effort to raise awareness about and prevent sexual violence. In the time it takes to read this paragraph, 3 individuals somewhere in the United States will have become a victim of sexual violence.The first observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month occurred in 2001, where the National Sexual Violence Resource Center provided resources to advocates nationwide to help get the word out about sexual assault. This awareness day has gained momentum over the years, especially at high…
  • Brain Awareness Week is March 16-22, 2015

    Dr. Deb
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:26 pm
    I'm a big fan of my Brain.It's such a totally cool organ. Without it, I couldn't do anything, really.No doubt you feel the same way.Brain health is vital to our mental and physical well-being. And as time marches on, exciting research and technologies will bring us even greater understanding of how our Brains work and offer insight into illness and disease.So, now that you know it's Brain Awareness Week, go out and celebrate your Brain.I'm going to attempt some super difficult crosswords puzzles. Make sure I eat green leafy vegetables and take my Brain for a…
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    Psychology Research News -- ScienceDaily

  • Unexpected brain structures tied to creativity, and to stifling it

    28 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    A surprising link has been found between creative problem-solving and heightened activity in the cerebellum, a structure located in the back of the brain and more typically thought of as the body's movement-coordination center.
  • Brain signals contain the code for your next move

    27 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    Is it possible to tap into the signalling in the brain to figure out what you will choose to do next? Researchers can now say yes, and have published a description of how this happens.
  • Differences in RORA levels in brain may contribute to autism sex bias

    27 May 2015 | 9:47 am
    An important sex-dependent difference in the level of RORA protein in brain tissues of males and females has been found by scientists. Specifically, females without autism have a slightly higher level of RORA in the frontal cortex of the brain than males without autism, while the levels of the protein are comparably lower in the brain of both males and females with autism.
  • Study identifies brain regions activated when pain intensity doesn't match expectation

    27 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    Picture yourself in a medical office, anxiously awaiting your annual flu shot. The nurse casually states, "This won't hurt a bit." But when the needle pierces your skin it hurts, and it hurts a lot. Your expectations have been violated, and not in a good way.
  • Flood aftermath linked to post-traumatic stress, study shows

    27 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    Brisbane flood victims suffered more psychological distress during the rebuilding phase than as waters inundated their homes and businesses, a study has found. The lead researcher notes that while the flood was frightening on the day, the most difficult aspect for many people was the aftermath including the clean-up, the re-building process and dealing with insurance companies.
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    Sports Are 80 Percent Mental

  • Choose Your Words Carefully When Motivating Your Young Athletes

    21 May 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Your kids want you to be proud of them. This need for a parent’s approval can be a powerful or destructive force when it comes to youth sports. When we communicate goals for our budding superstars, the wording we choose can make all the difference.   New research out of Ithaca College shows the effect parents can have on their kids’ game-time anxiety, which can directly impact their performance and overall enjoyment of the game. Miranda Kaye, a professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences at Ithaca, knew from previous research that a coach exerts the primary influence…
  • Just An Hour Per Day Of Play Can Boost Young Brains

    18 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Imagine an activity that your kids could do after school every day that would improve their brain’s ability to make better decisions and solve problems.  Online cognitive drills? Special tutors? Actually, researchers at the University of Illinois have found that just an hour of fun, active play not only gets kids in better shape but significantly improves their cognitive functioning.Plenty of previous studies have shown the link between fitness and better academic performance in the classroom but it wasn’t clear if this was a cause and effect relationship or just that smarter kids…
  • Training Your Eyes To Hit That Curveball

    17 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    “Just keep your eye on the ball.”  Seems like simple enough advice for a young slugger at the plate.  That may work in the early years of Little League baseball when the pitches they see  have not yet cracked 50 mph.  But as the fastballs get faster and the change-ups get slower, having quick eyes and an even quicker perceptual brain is the only way hitters will be able to “hit it square” with a round bat and a round ball.   Which is exactly why psychology researchers at the University of California - Riverside (UCR) teamed up with the college’s varsity…
  • The Subliminal Power Of Positive Cheering

    3 Feb 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Young athletes often hear phrases of encouragement like, “dig a little deeper” or “you have to want it more than they do” or, ideally, “be mentally tough.”  For most kids, these words from a coach, a parent or a teammate go in one ear and out the other.  But, what if there was actually some scientific substance to the words?  Could the smiling, confident face of a coach delivering a pep talk actually have a subliminal effect on performance?  While the conscious brain may dismiss this positive talk, the subconscious mind may actually be putting it to work,…
  • Sleep - The Next Best Thing To Practice

    17 Jan 2015 | 3:44 pm
    As usual, Mom was right.  Her advice to get to bed early is being confirmed by human performance researchers, sleep specialists and sports medicine doctors. Kids, especially young athletes, need more sleep.  While common sense tells us that a lack of shut-eye will cause children to be grumpy from a lack of energy, new knowledge about the brain details how sleep affects not only their physiological functions but also their ability to learn new skills.The more well-known sleep state known as REM (Rapid Eye Movement) is the dreammaker that tries to put our day’s activities into the…
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    Illusion Sciences: why are we surprised by only some of the things that we see?

  • Hybrid Motion Video

    7 May 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Here is a video concerning my illusion contest entry from 2014.I made the video in a hurry.  Steve Macknik called and said they needed a video to accompany an upcoming Scientific American Blog post.  I made a quick screencast discussing the illusion.  Hope you like it.
  • Star Wars Scroll Illusion

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:11 pm
    I haven't posted for a looooooooong time . . . but I'm back. My goal is to create videos about my illusions, post them on my youtube channel, and post them here. Here is the first video after my seven year hiatus: The star wars scroll illusion. I made the video as an entry for the 2015 Best Illusion of the Year contest. The video feels somewhat incomplete since I have several fun variants of the illusion that could not fit into the time limit for the contest. As it stands, the Star Wars Scroll is simply a dynamic version of Fred Kingdom's "Leaning Tower of Pisa" illusion. Nonetheless the Star…
  • Rotating Reversals

    16 Dec 2008 | 8:47 am
    What to notice: You are looking at two spinning rings. When you look at the yellow dot in the center of the spinning ring on the right, the rings spin toward each other; when you look at the red dot in the center of the spinning ring on the left, the rings spin away from each other.What is happening? The rings are made up of two components:1) Six ovals that rotate in one direction2) Lines inside the ovals that rotate in the opposite directionWhen you look directly at the display, you perceive the rotation of the ovals.When you look toward the red dot or the yellow dot, you perceive the…
  • Four Bars: wiggle wiggle

    4 Sep 2008 | 5:46 am
    What to notice:The four center bars are always vertical and straight, and they do not physically change, but the bars appear to wiggle as the surround rotates.You can slide the lever to change the spacing between light and dark in the background circle. The different-sized bars make the bars wiggle differently. You can also press the button to see what the four bars look like when the background circle is not present.Brief Comments: As I have said before, many illusions capture our attention because they violate our expectations about how objects behave in the world. In the real world,…
  • 100th anniversary of “A New Visual Illusion of Direction”

    20 Aug 2008 | 4:55 pm
    What to notice: The letters in the word “LIFE” appear to tilt left and right. The letters are actually vertical, even though they are made up of little tilted line segments. Press the button to put red vertical lines on the display. This way you can convince yourself that the letters are indeed aligned.Brief Comment: The image is my reconstruction of Figure 1 from “A New Visual Illusion of Direction,” written by James Fraser in 1908.The 100th anniversary of Fraser’s paper is worth commemorating. Many of the illustrations in the paper—like the one above—are a staple in books on…
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    Tri-City Psychology Services

  • Happy Mothers Day

    10 May 2015 | 8:56 am
  • Children’s sleep and mental health are related

    7 May 2015 | 9:59 am
    Toddlers who take a long time to fall asleep or wake up many times during the night have put many a desperate mom and dad to the test. Tired parents are often told that night waking is part of toddlerhood, and that it will soon pass on its own, but this is not the case for everyone. Researchers at NTNU’s Department of Psychology have conducted a comprehensive survey of nearly 1,000 toddlers that shows that serious sleep disorders in young children can have long-term consequences. The study shows that four-year-olds with sleep disorders have a higher risk of developing symptoms of…
  • Supporting Mindfulness

    5 May 2015 | 2:31 pm
    We live in a world filled with material wealth, live longer and healthier lives, and yet anxiety, stress, unhappiness, and depression have never been more common. What are the driving forces behind these interlinked global epidemics? In this series, Professor Mark Williams (Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at Oxford University) and Dr Danny Penman discuss the recent scientific advances that have radically altered our understanding of depression and related disorders. Also discussed is the latest treatments and therapies that are offering hope to those suffering from depression.
  • Can your I-Phone help preventing a relapse of depression?

    28 Apr 2015 | 10:09 am
    Image: iStockphotoA controlled trial published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics reports on a new modality of performing relapse prevention in depression. Internet-based cognitive therapy with monitoring via text messages (mobile CT), in addition to treatment as usual , might offer a cost-effective way to treat recurrent depression. Kok et al. conducted a study on remitted patients with at least 2 previous episodes of depression, randomized to mobile Cognitive Therapy in addition to treatment as usual.Results showed that residual depressive symptoms showed a small but…
  • Happy Earth Day

    22 Apr 2015 | 6:16 pm
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    Brain Blogger

  • Cartoon – Head Lice in School Children

    Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS
    23 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Reference Devore CD, Schutze GE, & COUNCIL ON SCHOOL HEALTH AND COMMITTEE ON INFECTIOUS DISEASES (2015). Head lice. Pediatrics, 135 (5) PMID: 25917986 Image created by Jerry King for Brain Blogger.
  • Generation Z – Replacing the Millennials

    Lorena Nessi, PhD, MA
    23 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are often described as a generation of sociable, multi-tasking and confident people. They are team-oriented, have an advanced use of technology and they are one of the four work forces that collide together with their different ideas, values and behaviors. There have been a number of labels used to describe different generations based on collections of loose generalizations. According to some authors, the Traditionalists were born in the 20s up to the early 40s, and some of their characteristics include a tendency towards conformity,…
  • Genetic Basis to ALS – Interview with Robert Baloh of Cedars-Sinai

    Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder with no real disease-modifying therapy. Only until recently did we attribute a small portion of individuals with ALS with a genetic basis. Research from Robert Baloh, MD, PhD, Director of Neuromuscular Medicine at Cedars-Sinai, and colleagues at Washington University in St. Louis, discovered the much larger role of genetics in ALS. Here, I interview Baloh on his findings. Shaheen Lakhan: Can you provide us with an overview of ALS? Robert Baloh: ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a neuromuscular disorder: It…
  • Are We All Schizophrenic? Part II – Hallucinations

    Carla Clark, PhD
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    In the last installment of the series, we discovered that delusional thinking is a part of normal life, with an estimate of 1-3% of non-schizophrenic individuals having severe delusional thinking on par with schizophrenia. You might think that hallucinations – the arguably more extreme schizophrenia symptom – would be rarer? You’d be wrong! Have you ever heard, seen, smelt, felt or tasted something that wasn’t actually there? If you have, you are probably like the overwhelming majority of the world’s population, schizophrenia and psychosis free. Hallucinations, despite…
  • Dissociation and Psychosis

    Ann Reitan, PsyD
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Dissociation represents a condition of disconnection from events and states that are usually integrated. These include many conditions of consciousness, such as memory, identity and perception. For the purposes of this article, there is a focus on depersonalization and derealization. Depersonalization is a sense of existence in which one inhabits a consciousness that allows for the feeling that one is not in her own body. In this feeling-state, the individual’s body is perceived as disconnected from one’s sense of self. This state typically results from physical or sexual abuse or…
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    World of Psychology

  • Combating Anxiety

    Lauren Ray
    28 May 2015 | 3:28 am
    Anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses. Anxiety is a normal reaction to many situations, but can become excessive (as in obsessive-compulsive disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 43 million Americans were diagnosed with some type of mental illness in the past year. While there is no true quick fix, there are a few things you can do to make living with anxiety easier: Speak Whether you talk quietly to yourself or sit down and have a conversation with a loved one, talking through your anxiety can help you get through it.
  • Beware of Anxiety Scams on the Internet

    Carlo Carandang, MD
    27 May 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Anxiety affects 40 million Americans. When there is that big of a market, you can rest assured that there will be scams claiming to be able to treat it. How are you supposed to scrutinize and evaluate the many different anxiety websites out there? Which ones are scams, and which are legitimate? Here are some red flags to look for: Lack of professional credentials. I see many anxiety self-help websites from people without professional credentials. While anxiety sufferers themselves may have much to offer from their experiences, only therapists, psychologists or psychiatrists are trained to…
  • 25 Questions for Discussing Tech Use with Your Teen

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    27 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Teens are surrounded by screens. They likely can’t remember a time without computers, cell phones, the Internet or Facebook. So using technology — even most of the time — may seem very natural to them. It’s all they know. Of course, it’s also natural that parents struggle with their teen’s reliance on technology. Maybe you put limits on how long your kids can use their computers at night. Maybe you don’t allow cell phones at the dinner table. Maybe you put restrictions on websites they can visit. In her new book Screens and Teens: Connecting with Our Kids in a Wireless…
  • 4 Things a Child Therapist Thinks Every Parent Should Know

    Thomas Winterman
    27 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    Children’s behavior can seem disordered when it’s really normal. To find the difference between normal and abnormal, a child therapist will ask: Are these behaviors normal? Could they be a response to the environment? Does this child have a true mental health condition? Parents can help. Focus on wellness. You cannot control all of the following areas, but you may have more control than you think. Wellness supports neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to learn and make new neural connections. Give your kids the best chance to learn and grow by making sure these areas are…
  • The Importance of Developing Curiosity

    Lachlan Brown
    26 May 2015 | 4:55 pm
    We all want to be happy; according to the Dalai Lama, it is “the very purpose of our life.” Yet despite the incredible advancement of modern-day technology and society, few of us are happy. A 2013 Harris Poll found that only one in three Americans say they’re very happy. Perhaps this is because the majority of our time is spent in unsatisfying work, repetitive daily routines, and nights passively watching a twittering screen. But we don’t have to settle for unhappy lives. We’re all capable of achieving happiness and more meaning in life if we adopt the right attitudes and…
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    Teaching High School Psychology

  • Amy Poehler's Smart Girls: Just Breathe

    Chuck Schallhorn
    28 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    On her website, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, there is a video entitled, "Just breathe." It is a wonderful short examining what happens to the body and brain when we get angry or excited and how to counteract the rush of emotions. Great video and ideas to control emotions. by Chuck Schallhorn
  • Psychology Teacher Resources by THSP

    Chuck Schallhorn
    27 May 2015 | 10:03 am
    In an attempt to share resources among teachers in the modern world, we tried the 4-shared database for a number of years. Over time, it became clunky and unwieldy. Then I created a google site as a prototype, but the data allowed on any one site was minimal and links needed to be added rather than files being uploaded.Then Google Drive came to us through a variety of suggestions. The current organization is much like the blog, with the units being numbered consistent with the AP Psych course outline--14 units.The link for the drive can be found…
  • Are we done yet?

    Rob McEntarffer
    21 May 2015 | 12:18 pm
     Today is the last day for students in my district - are you all done? Are you ready for summer? Hope that your year ended/is ending well, and hope that you get a well-deserved break!We'll keep posting resources here on the blog, and if any of you get energized this summer and want to give us resources to post, please holler! (links to our emails are in the left column, under "THSP Moderators") posted by Rob McEntarffer
  • Sympathy v Empathy

    Chuck Schallhorn
    20 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    RSA Animates is now doing a short series of videos called "espresso for the mind". The first one I found is called "Sympathy versus Empathy." It does a great job of explaining how one should be listening to someone with a problem as well as cite our typical responses that create disconnection. Thanks to Brene Brown and RSA for this video.Just excellent. posted by Chuck Schallhorn
  • Potential Job in London

    Chuck Schallhorn
    19 May 2015 | 2:36 pm
    I was forwarded this email by an American Psych colleague to share for those who may be interested in teaching in London. Below are details and contact information. This information is for sharing purposes only.We are looking for an experienced AP Psychology teacher, knowledge of the IB Diploma programme is advantageous. Any assistance you could provide in posting this position in a suitable forum would be most appreciated. Our website is and you can use my email ( as the person to contact. - Christopher Walker, Principalposted by Chuck…
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    Advances in the History of Psychology

  • Feature from PFV: Does Psychology have a Gender?

    Shayna Fox Lee
    25 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Researchers from York’s own Psychology’s Feminist Voices, Alexandra Rutherford, Kelli Vaughn-Johnson, and Elissa Rodkey have put out an engaging piece in BPS’s June 2015 issue of The Psychologist. It’s a brief yet compelling survey of the various ways that both the discipline and its subject matter have been gendered, and of the historiographic efforts that have elucidated these perspectives and processes. It’s also a call to action for further corrective historical narratives of this ilk: To write such a history is a daunting task. Why should we undertake…
  • June 2015 Mad Studies and Neurodiversity Symposium

    Jacy Young
    22 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    Some AHP readers may interested in a forthcoming symposium on Mad Studies and Neurodiversity. The one day event will take place Wednesday June 17th at Lancaster University in the UK,and “aims to foster dialogue between two relatively new areas of scholarship and activism in the social sciences – that of Mad Studies and Neurodiversity.” The symposium’s description and aims are provided below and full details, including registration information, for the event can be found here. Mad Studies and Neurodiversity – exploring connections Wednesday 17th June 2015 – Lancaster…
  • “The ‘crisis’ of psychology between fragmentation and integration: The Italian case”

    Jacy Young
    21 May 2015 | 9:35 am
    In an article forthcoming in Theory & Psychology Mariagrazia Proietto and Giovanni Pietro Lombardo explore the history of the idea of “crisis” in psychology through the lens of Italian psychology. The article is now available OnlineFirst here. Full title and abstract follow below. “The “crisis” of psychology between fragmentation and integration: The Italian case,” by Mariagrazia Proietto and Giovanni Pietro Lombardo. The abstract reads, Crisis, as a construct, recurs in the history of psychology and has attracted the attention of psychological historians…
  • Publication Announcement: The Wiley Handbook of Theoretical & Philosophical Psychology

    Shayna Fox Lee
    20 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    This month saw the publication of a collaborative text on theoretical and philosophical psychology, edited by Jack Martin, Jeff Sugarman, and Kathleen Slaney out of Simon Fraser University. The volume is comprised of sections on: philosophical/conceptual approaches, historical approaches, narrative and social psychological approaches, and theoretical studies of scientific, professional, and life practices. Chapters of particular interest to our readership include: Theory for and as Social Practice of Realizing the Future: Implications from a Transformative Activist Stance, by Anna Stetsenko…
  • New Books in STS Interview: Matthew Heaton’s Black Skin, White Coats

    Jacy Young
    14 May 2015 | 11:05 pm
    New Books in Science, Technology, and Society, part of the New Books Network, has posted an interview with Matthew Heaton about his recent book Black Skin, White Coats: Nigerian Psychiatrists, Decolonization, and the Globalization of Psychiatry.  As described on the publisher’s website, Black Skin, White Coats is a history of psychiatry in Nigeria from the 1950s to the 1980s. Working in the contexts of decolonization and anticolonial nationalism, Nigerian psychiatrists sought to replace racist colonial psychiatric theories about the psychological inferiority of Africans with a…
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    One Among Many

  • Water Games

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    20 May 2015 | 4:11 am
    Negotiations are especially difficult when you are responding to the other party’s assumed instead of actual preferences.
  • Psychology of Money

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    15 May 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Are you sure you want to spend your money on THAT? Dan Ariely wants you to wait and think. Same for having children.
  • The Shadow and His Wanderer

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    12 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    Indulge me in 3 lines of thought: Nietzsche on free will. How to talk to strangers on a plane. Car key design.
  • Making the Grade

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    8 May 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Let’s take a look at the psychology of receiving a good or not so good grade, and reflect on feet.
  • Kanns' Vergessen

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    1 May 2015 | 4:26 pm
    Psychological Science (from the eponymous journal) occasionally penetrates the academia/public membrane. Some findings go viral or merely fungal, and sometimes for the wrong reasons. See here for two examples and a word of the day for your edutainment. Never mind the title of this post. Just read on.
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    Ulterior Motives

  • Toddlers Understand the Cost of Actions

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    22 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    When a friend refuses to help you with something, that may or may not upset you. It depends on their ability to help as well as the cost of that help. What do young children do?
  • Are You in Cognitive Decline?

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    19 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    I speak to a lot of corporate audiences. Regardless of the topic I am speaking about, I get a lot of general psychology questions from the crowd. The most popular question is about cognitive performance and aging. People in their 50s and 60s begin to worry that they are not going to be able to keep up mentally with their younger colleagues.
  • Are Conformity Effects Necessarily Social?

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    14 May 2015 | 10:18 am
    People tend to do what the people around them are doing. Walk onto an elevator, and most everyone stands facing forward. People talking to each other tend to match their speech rate and even the pitch of their voices. The judgments made by a group also tend to converge.
  • Is Narcissistic Rage Real?

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    7 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Narcissists are people who feed off the energy of others. They draw from people around them to boost their self-esteem. As a result, they are extraordinarily self-centered. If you have a narcissist for a boss, that can be very difficult. Narcissists are reluctant to share credit with others.
  • How We Really Decide Who's to Blame

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    1 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    Human beings love to give explanations for things. If you have ever spent any time with a 5-year-old, you know that a child that age just loves to ask, “Why?” This desire to understand why things happen continues throughout our lives. Understanding why things happen affects many aspects of our lives, including our ability to assign blame for an action.
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    NIMH | Recent Updates

  • Blog Post » Training for the Future

    Thomas Insel
    26 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    Dr. Insel talks about the important of incorporating neuroscience in the training of psychiatric residents and a new initiative to do that. The clinician of 2025 will need to know about the science of the brain.
  • Blog Post » Mental Health Awareness Month: By the Numbers

    Thomas Insel
    27 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Statistics paint a picture of the impact of mental illness in the United States; Dr. Insel reviews the numbers for Mental Health Awareness Month.
  • Blog Post » Crowdsourcing RDoC

    Thomas Insel
    27 May 2015 | 1:03 pm
    NIMH’s RDoC initiative is in keeping with current interest in precision medicine. In his latest blogpost, Dr. Insel invites the research community to engage in discussion on the RDoC online forum.
  • Blog Post » What Caused This to Happen? – Part 2

    Thomas Insel
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:09 pm
    A London neuroscientist suggests two kinds of causes for disease; Dr. Insel talks about the implications of this view for understanding mental disorders.
  • Blog Post » Targeting Suicide

    Thomas Insel
    27 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Suicide only occasionally makes the national news, but it is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. Dr. Insel talks about the need for research targeted directly at suicide and recent efforts to raise awareness and marshal research.
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    In the news by Karen Franklin PhD

  • Science reporter delves into shadowy realm of civil commitment

    3 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    Wayne Hicks and Hersey Lelaind. Illustration by Jenny Chang."Hersey Lelaind knew he was in trouble -- just not how much trouble. He and a housemate had been on a drive, and Lelaind had been smoking pot. When they returned to their home in Vacaville, California, the sheriff’s department was waiting…. "That was in 2006, when Lelaind was 26 years old. He’s been kept under lock and key ever since. His problem wasn’t the drug bust itself. But the bust prompted the authorities to review Lelaind’s checkered past. As a teenager, he had been convicted for sexual abuse against a minor --…
  • Static-99: Yet more bumps on a rocky developmental path

    19 Apr 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Last December, psychologist Brian Abbott and I produced a table to illustrate the mercurial nature of the Static-99 risk assessment tool for sex offenders. No sooner had we published our table chronicling the tool's shifting nature over time, than the developers announced yet more changes. Here, we are re-posting our original table, with an update as of January 2015.  By Brian Abbott, PhD and Karen Franklin, PhD* The Static-99 is the most widely used instrument for assessing sex offenders’ future risk to the public. Indeed, some state governments and other agencies even…
  • Static-99: A bumpy developmental path

    31 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    By Brian Abbott, PhD and Karen Franklin, PhD* The Static-99 is the most widely used instrument for assessing sex offenders’ future risk to the public. Indeed, some state governments and other agencies even mandate its use. But bureaucratic faith may be misplaced. Conventional psychological tests go through a standard process of development, beginning with the generation and refinement of items and proceeding through set stages that include pilot testing and replication, leading finally to peer review and formal publication. The trajectory of the Static-99 has been more haphazard: Since…
  • Upcoming forensic psychology trainings in Australia

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    I will be traveling to Australia next month to give a series of trainings, seminars and keynote addresses at Bond University on the Gold Coast (where I am a visiting research scholar), in Brisbane, and at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Here are descriptions and dates, in case you are nearby and interested in attending. For further information, click on any of the links below. I look forward to seeing some of you there.* * * * * SOCIAL MEDIA FOR FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGISTS This half-day training workshop will be offered twice: College of Forensic Psychologists, Australian…
  • Forensic psychology: Is it the career for me?

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    I get many emails and phone calls from students interested in pursuing forensic psychology as a career. There is surprisingly little information available online to answer these students' questions. So, by popular demand, I have revised my 2007 overview in order to provide more current guidance, especially tailored toward frequently-asked student questions. You may also want to review the comments sections of my original essay, which is posted at each of my two professional blogs (HERE and HERE). First off, what is a forensic psychologist? Forensic psychologists are most commonly licensed…
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    Your Mind Your Body

  • If you want to know how I’m doing, look at my thumb: #mhblogday guest post

    Angel Brownawell
    21 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    The following guest contribution is written by Kat Kinsman in recognition of Mental Health Month Blog Day.  If you really want to know how I’m doing right now, look at my thumb. It always betrays me. My face will, from four decades of muscle memory, arrange itself in a way that will not cause you worry. My voice is calculated to extract any upset so it will not leach in and erode your wellbeing. But my thumb can’t lie. More specifically, the skin to the right of my right thumbnail, and if things are especially dire, the left of the left one, too. If it’s smooth and…
  • Mental Health Blog Day – Links Round Up 2015

    Angel Brownawell
    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
      Welcome to everyone who is taking part in our mental health month blog day, our 6th annual event to help recognize May as Mental Health Month. We’ll update this page and blog throughout the day, recognizing you and other writers and contributors who are blogging and sharing for mental health awareness. Thanks for joining us! Thank you to everyone who is recognizing May as Mental Health Month. We’re excited to get out the word that mental health matters to everyone.   Quick Reminders: For consideration on this list, your blog must have our badge or link back to a post on…
  • Nepal’s earthquake: reflections, resources and resilience

    Dr. Sandra Wartski
    5 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    Prayer flags hanging after the recent earthquake in Nepal. Photo by Alice Popkorn via flickr. Several years ago, I had the privilege of traveling to Nepal to visit my sister who was working there as a Peace Corps Volunteer. As a once-in-a-lifetime trip, my positive memories of the people and places of Nepal remain vivid to this day, and the recent tragedy of the massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that overwhelmed this small country has brought many of those recollections flooding back. Reflections Dr. Sandra Wartski crosses a bridge while hiking in Nepal. As I see the photos of a devastated…
  • How and why you should ease your Ebola fears

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

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

  • A Conscious Life, Lama Surya Das

    24 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Dr. Jennifer Howard's Radio Show A Conscious Life, with Lama Surya Das and his new book, Make Me One with Everything
  • Achieving Success - Part 7

    18 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In Achieving Success - Part 1, we discussed the fact that how you choose to spend your time makes a real difference in achieving success. In Achieving Success - Part 2 we picked a goal and began imagining and envisioning it. In Achieving Success - Part 3 we picked a step toward that goal and looked at what might be keeping us from taking that step. In Achieving Success – Part 4 we examined what we tend to neglect and avoid in our lives or businesses. In Achieving Success - Part 5 we began looking at Jim Rohn's quote above and looked at the concept of inspiration and what inspires us. In…
  • Achieving Success - Part 6

    12 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In Achieving Success - Part 1, we discussed the fact that how you choose to spend your time makes a real difference in achieving success. In Achieving Success - Part 2 we picked a goal and began imagining and envisioning it. In Achieving Success - Part 3 we picked a step toward that goal and looked at what might be keeping us from taking that step. In Achieving Success – Part 4 we examined what we tend to neglect and avoid in our lives or businesses. In Achieving Success - Part 5 we began looking at Jim Rohn's quote above and looked at the concept of inspiration and what inspires us.
  • Achieving Success - Part 5

    9 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In Achieving Success - Part 1, we discussed the fact that how you choose to spend your time makes a real difference in achieving success. In Achieving Success - Part 2 we picked a goal and began imagining and envisioning it. In Achieving Success - Part 3 we picked a step toward that goal and looked at what might be keeping us from taking that step forward. In Achieving Success - Part 4 we examined what we tend to neglect or avoid in our lives or businesses.
  • Achieving Success - Part 4

    5 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In Achieving Success - Part 1, we discussed the fact that how you choose to spend your time makes a real difference in achieving success. In Achieving Success - Part 2 we picked a goal and imagining and envisioning it. In Achieving Success - Part 3 we picked one step toward a goal and looked at what might be keeping us from taking that step forward. What specific tasks, actions, or areas do you neglect in your life and/or business?
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    Graphology World

  • Secret love letters of Charlotte Bronte discovered

    18 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Charlotte Bronte wrote Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte the author of Jane Eyre was one of the most romantic writers of the 1800’s. Partly biographical, Jane Eyre is about the struggles of a strong independent young woman and her need for love. Packed with atmosphere, it is a deeply romantic book that positively sizzles with passion. In fact, largely because of its many biographical elements, I like many others have often wondered about Charlotte Bronte’s own search for love. And now her secret has been exposed.  Because Charlotte’s secret love letters have just been discovered. And what an…
  • Need attention? Check your handwriting

    5 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    If you need attention or if you have a need to be noticed what does it really mean? Is it just a shallow desire to show off a new outfit? Or is it a desire to show how clever or talented you are? Maybe it embraces all these things and more. But in reality it’s a ploy for recognition because we all have a basic need to be recognized. However, what happens if we dig a little deeper – what do we find? Insecurity. A cry in the dark that says; “please notice me because I also count in the scheme of things.” Very often the cry goes unnoticed. And it is then that out of frustration…
  • The Path to Mastery

    29 Apr 2015 | 7:13 am
    Aside from all its benefits, one of the biggest problems that the internet has given us is information overload. When I first started my websites I was delighted to get an email from anyone at all. Even spam was welcome! Remember the movie, “You’ve got mail?” Today it’s a totally different scenario. Every morning I delete as much as I can from my inbox just to maintain some semblance of order. And I hasten to add that I don’t like long emails! My own emails and articles tend to be on the brief side. However! This morning in the middle of my daily clean sweep I found a looong email…
  • What your doodles say about you

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Do you doodle? If you do, be careful!  Your doodles and scribbles can leave tell-tale clues about your personality all over your telephone notepad. Doodles can reveal quite a lot about the personality of the doodler! That is why they are so interesting. Doodles and scribbles can be quite fascinating. Some doodles can be quite artistic and complex.   Others look like boxes made up of straight lines. John Keats, the poet drew flowers in his notebooks during  lectures. What your doodles say about you Doodles come in many shapes and forms but they can generally be classified as geometrical,…
  • Famous Geniuses: Can you spot the murderer?

    14 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    Here are 5 interesting handwriting samples. Although they are vastly different in appearance they all have one thing in common. They are all ugly. 4 of these handwritings belong to famous geniuses. The 5th one – in no particular order – belongs to a murderer. Can you tell which one belongs to the murderer? Here are brief excerpts from their actual handwriting samples.           Take a careful look and when you have decided, click the link below to get a free report with full illustrations together with a description and commentary about each handwriting. After…
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    The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies

  • When there is no judgement, what is alive in you?

    19 May 2015 | 4:54 am
    The multi-award winning documentary, Ensoulment, created and directed by Loris Simón Salum, explores the feminine principle in present day Western society. It is a journey in search of meaning, belonging and the path back to the authentic self. Watching the documentary, I was content, dare I even say happy with my life and completely unprepared for a question so powerful, that it hit me between my solar plexus and left me breathless. A question that filled me with excitement and at the same time terrified me. The question – When there is no judgement – what is alive in you? What…
  • The fragile beauty of narcissism

    12 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    I know arrogance and narcissism can be most annoying, particularly when it’s the other guy that’s the guilty party. Nevertheless take solace in the simple fact that all arrogance is, in the final analysis, nothing more than naiveté. The OED defines arrogant as “having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities” Arrogance derives from the verb “arrogate” which is “to take or claim something without justification”. The sin of arrogance is assuredly one of ignorance, nothing more. Arrogance is “claiming ownership without justification”, in other…
  • Creating a Life: Finding your Individual Path by James Hollis

    8 May 2015 | 1:14 am
    James Hollis has the extraordinary ability to make the work of Carl Jung meaningfully applicable to our everyday lives and this genius is apparent in Creating a Life: Finding your Individual Path.  The book takes you on a journey into living an examined life, a journey towards consciousness. But Hollis warns this journey will not solve all your problems or heal your pain, it will simply make your life more interesting to you. And who doesn’t want to feel that they are really living; that life is an exciting, meaningful journey as opposed to a boring sequence of mishaps and misadventures?
  • Ensoulment: A Diverse analysis of the Feminine in Western culture

    7 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    This a guest blog from Lorís Simón Salum, the creator and director of the multi award winning documentary Ensoulment, which we screened in Johannesburg and Cape Town during April 2015. You can visit the website for more information on the movie. A Message from Lorís Simón Salum Even though there might not be anything left to be said about my 21-22 year old self after you watch Ensoulment, there is one thing I rarely speak about concerning the making of this film. On an outer level, I studied and researched and grew plenty while filming the movie. However on a deeper…
  • Anima Possession: Are you a spineless wimp?

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    This is the second part of two posts on the Classic version of Jung’s Anima and Animus theory in which I condense the information from Marie-Louise von Franz’s book Anima and Animus in Fairy Tales [1]. This post focuses on the malevolent, destructive, dysfunctional Anima and how that affects a man and also attempts to address the approach to take in order to integrate the Anima and thus render her benevolent and constructive. In the classic version of Jungian psychology, the Anima is the man’s internal other, and the Animus is the woman’s internal other. In other words, if you are…
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    Psychology Matters Asia

  • The "De-selfing" Phenomenon

    10 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    In a group therapy session, a woman was asked what she enjoyed doing. Her name was Maria, who shared: "There is not anything I enjoyed doing. My whole life was taking care of my husband. I wanted to do what he desired. I was always there for him no matter how I felt. I listened for hours on end to his problems. I really lived for him. And now I have no life."
  • 'How can you think like that? You drive me crazy!' How your individual differences can strengthen your couple

    6 May 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Do you find yourself arguing with your partner over a messy kitchen? Or perhaps feel frustrated because you are always the one planning your couple or family activities? Maybe you love to mingle at a party but feel irritated when your partner prefers to sit in the corner?
  • Boost Your Happiness and Beat the Blues in 3 Easy Steps

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:39 pm
    I believe strongly that Happiness is Our Birthright. Yet so many of us, myself included, have days where we feel really bogged down by the pressures we might have at home or work, by ruminations on the past and concerns about the future. We wake up worried about the things we need to complete over the course of the day and fall asleep criticising ourselves for the things we didn’t get round to doing – or tasks we feel we could have done better. Wefixate on negative feedbackand get anxious about how our friends, colleagues or even family might be evaluating us.
  • Dyscalculia or Math Difficulties?

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:14 am
    Excerpt from “Dyscalculia – a Mathematics Disorder- and Math Difficulties in Singapore” (Faber, 2014)Case of Susan:I was not assessed for Dyscalculia until I was about 17 years old; I went for this assessment on my accord as I wanted to find out. During all my years in Primary and Secondary schools, no teachers had recommended that I need to be assessed though I had failed math since Primary Two. My mum was concerned enough to bring me to a government clinic to be assessed when I was in Primary Five. At that time, it was concluded that I did not have Dyscalculia due to…
  • Growing Old Without Getting Too Anxious

    10 Apr 2015 | 8:50 pm
    On Sunday afternoons, in a Thai restaurant, I normally take time to sit down with and talk to this group of aging men about life. It-s interesting that they listen a lot to me even when I-m not yet a "senior citizen!" Growing older fills their minds. Yet they seem to feel uncomfortable talking about it. What is it they may be trying to cover up?
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    Connecting Hypnotherapy...

  • The Pessimist's Guide to Being an Optimist

    25 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    If you're a pessimist, you can vault yourself into a worst-case scenario in a nanosecond. You get an invitation to dinner from a new neighbor, and you imagine an awkward meal, followed by a lifetime of mutual dislike right on your own block. New clothes are a torment, lying in wait for a ruinous dab of salad dressing. A trip to one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the country? At best, you'll be miserably cold or break an ankle; at worst, you'll wind up snow-blind.Negativity may appear to be a great defense mechanism: If you keep your expectations low enough, you won't be crushed when…
  • Psychology Behind the Film 'Boyhood'

    21 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    Oscar Wilde famously quipped that youth was wasted on the young. When you hear this quote as a young person, either you don’t get it, or you get reactionary and think, “Hey! Youth isn’t wasted on me!” Of course it’s not, it’s not wasted on anyone. The quote is really all about perspective. The very reason why youth isn’t wasted on the young is because for the most part, young people don’t have their youth on which to have a perspective: they’re just right there with it, in every moment (a presence of being adults have to work very hard for). Once we get perspective…
  • Peace of Mind Checklist

    17 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    In his seminal book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra defines success as “the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals.” I suggest that this definition implies the attainment of “general peace of mind.” Considering this concept, or definition, a reasonable question one may ask is “how is this done or achieved?” Another reasonable question could be “what processes can we employ or use, to experience general peace of mind”?The following is a list of processes and attitudes that may assist us in living a life with greater…
  • Manage Stress with the Waterfall Technique

    13 May 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Stress is a powerful influence on how we feel, emotionally, mentally and physically. This powerful technique can be used anywhere to help you relieve stress and relax. All you need is two minutes and a quiet place where you can close your eyes.You’re stressed out – admit it. Everywhere you go, you are subjected to stress. Your boss at work, standing in line at Starbucks while the lady in front of you tries to make up her mind (how can she not know what a mocha is?), and sitting in traffic during rush hour. That’s enough to get anybody’s blood boiling!Why do we get so stressed out? Are…
  • VIDEO The Power of Group Meditation

    9 May 2015 | 9:00 am
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    Carl Jung Depth Psychology

  • Carl Jung on “Opposites.” Lexicon.

    Lewis Lafontaine
    28 May 2015 | 1:33 am
    Opposites: Psychologically, the ego and the unconscious. (See also compensation, conflict, progression and transcendent function.) There is no consciousness without discrimination of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on “Objectivation.” Lexicon

    Lewis Lafontaine
    27 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    Objectivation: A process of differentiating the ego from both other persons and contents of the unconscious. (See also active imagination.) Its goal is to detach consciousness from the object so... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung: "The animus corresponds to the paternal Logos just as the anima corresponds to the maternal Eros."

    Lewis Lafontaine
    27 May 2015 | 2:34 am
    The animus corresponds to the paternal Logos just as the anima corresponds to the maternal Eros. But I do not wish or intend to give these two intuitive concepts too specific a definition. I use... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on “Numinous.” Lexicon

    Lewis Lafontaine
    26 May 2015 | 1:39 am
    Numinous: Descriptive of persons, things or situations having a deep emotional resonance, psychologically associated with experiences of the self. Numinous, like numinosity, comes from Latin... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on “Nigredo.” Lexicon

    Lewis Lafontaine
    25 May 2015 | 5:42 am
    Nigredo: An alchemical term, corresponding psychologically to the mental disorientation that typically arises in the process of assimilating unconscious contents, particularly aspects of the... [[ 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 239: Racial Divide: Why Does It Happen? How We Can Fix It

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    4 May 2015 | 10:44 am
    Why does conflict emerge as it did in Baltimore last week, among the police and the African-American community? Is it caused by poor parenting? Poverty? Joblessness? I provide a psychological perspective on the situation. I look at how stereotypes develop and conflict among groups develops. The solution is complex but the theories on these two issues give us some insight into what has to happen to resolve the problems.
  • Ep: 238: A Robot's Gender, Act Like A Girl and Be A Man

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Does it matter if a robot looks male or female? You might not think so, but are we perpetuating stereotypes if if we create a robot that looks "feminine" to help the elderly aren't we continuing the stereotype that these types of jobs are "women's" jobs? If we create "masculine" looking robots to work outside and do adventurous, heavy lifting jobs aren't we discouraging young women from entering such jobs? Something to think about. Also, have you ever said (like I have) "Like a girl"? What effect does that have on young girls? Isn't it, upon reflection, a derogatory thing to say - implying…
  • Ep 237: What is Misophonia? More on La Cage, Empathy, and the Milgram Studies

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Does the sound of other people's mouth noises really drive you crazy? Honestly, it does to me. Things like lip smacking, swallowing, cracking and crunching really annoys me. If it annoys you too then you're not alone. Learn about misophonia in this episode. Also, a little more about my experiences playing Albin/Zaza in the musical La Cage Aux Folles, more on how we develop empathy for others and finally a new interpretation for what really was going on in the Stanley Milgram shock studies.
  • Ep 236: My Cross-Dressing Experience in La Cage Aux Folles

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:05 pm
    I was recently cast as "Albin" in the musical La Cage Aux Folles and it has given me the unique opportunity to have to learn how to act more effeminate and to cross dress. As a psychologist who obsesses about the "psychology of everyday life" you can imagine how I've been thinking about what there is to learn from this experience. The show goes up in less than a week but I wanted to share my experiences thus far and talk about issues such as gender roles and why I think the movie (La Cage Aux Folles or the American version which is called "The Birdcage") and the musical have been so popular.
  • Ep 235: Body Swapping - Now We Can Make You FEEL Like Someone Else

    Michael Britt
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:35 pm
    What if you could swap bodies with someone else? What would it be like to be someone of the opposite sex? A different race? We're getting darn close to being able to do that with new techniques like the Rubber Hand Illusion, the Enfacement illusion, and now the Full body illusion. You can now virtually switch bodies with someone else and thanks to our mirror neurons and other brain systems, you can have a very different sense of body ownership. Come listen to me talk about the latest research on this topic and some potential intriguing applications to problems like bullying.
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    The Socially Responsible Practitioner

  • From Graduate School to Employment: Sharing My Profession & Advocating for the Field

    Adler University
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:51 am
    Briana Colton graduated in October with her Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy from Adler University. A 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.  Today she writes:   When I began looking for a job, one of the first pieces of advice I received from mentors in the field of art therapy focused on finding opportunities to advocate for the field. One woman suggested,…
  • American Red Cross Honors Dr. Troiani

    Adler University
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    Les Waite (left) with Joseph Troiani, Ph.D., at the Heroes Breakfast Les Waite has volunteered with the American Red Cross for 27 years and is Lead Volunteer for its Greater Chicago Chapter’s Service to the Armed Forces program. Les is completing his Psy.D. through Adler’s Military‬‪ Clinical ‎Psychology‬ track and is interested in providing treatment in areas of substance abuse and military sexual trauma. He also served for more than 11 years in the Ohio Air National Guard. Each year the American Red Cross honors individuals and groups for acts of great bravery,…
  • The Fight for $15

    Adler University
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Jessica Vasquez, M.A., is Community Project Coordinator of Adler University’s Community Engagement Department in Chicago. Jessica has worked with local and national grassroots organizations to advocate for immigration reform, workers’ rights, and economic justice. Often times low-wage workers are thought to be teenagers and college students looking for a part time job. What most people fail to see is that the person on the other side of the counter is most likely an educated adult with children struggling to make ends meet. In fact, the person on the other side of the counter may be…
  • From Graduate School to Employment: The National Counselor Exam

    Adler University
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    Briana Colton graduated in October with her Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy from the Adler School–now Adler University–in Chicago. A 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.  Today she writes:   I find writing for this blog to be great for self-reflection, on both a philosophical level and a practical level.  I hope to share not only…
  • Puerto Rican in America

    Adler University
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Monique Jimenez, Psy.D., is Associate Director of Adler University’s Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program in Chicago and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Among her areas of expertise, she focuses on cross-cultural differences, specifically within Latino and Hispanic communities, children and adolescents, and the LGBTQ community. Recently, my father shared a story about a Puerto Rican man who was one of three Powerball winners for a jackpot of $564 million. What followed was a deluge of confused and offensive tweets. Some examples: “So we all spent money…
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  • ‘Do’ is better than ‘don’t’ when it comes to eating better

    Cornell University
    27 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Tell your child or spouse what they can eat and not what they can’t.  Telling your child to eat an apple so they stay healthy will work better than telling them not to eat the cookie because it will make them fat.  A new Cornell discovery shows that “Don’t” messages don’t work for most of us. [...] The post ‘Do’ is better than ‘don’t’ when it comes to eating better appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Weak electric current to the brain may improve thinking in people with schizophrenia

    Johns Hopkins Medicine
    27 May 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Lightly stimulating the brain with electricity may improve short-term memory in people with schizophrenia, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The procedure, known as transcranial direct current stimulation, involves placing sponge-covered electrodes on the head and passing a weak electrical current between them. It is widely [...] The post Weak electric current to the brain may improve thinking in people with schizophrenia appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Girls receive conflicting career messages from media, new research shows

    Oregon State University
    27 May 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Teenage girls like and feel more similar to women in appearance-focused jobs such as models and actresses, though they find female CEOs and military pilots to be better role models, according to a new study by researchers at Oregon State University. For the study, 100 girls and 76 boys ages 14 to 18 were shown [...] The post Girls receive conflicting career messages from media, new research shows appeared first on PsyPost.
  • How much is fair? Researchers use game theory to examine income inequality

    Columbia University
    27 May 2015 | 3:58 pm
    The increasing inequality in income and wealth in recent years, together with excessive pay packages of CEOs in the U.S. and abroad, is of growing concern, especially to policy makers. Income inequality was identified as the #1 Top 10 Challenging Trends at the 2015 World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos last January. Columbia Engineering [...] The post How much is fair? Researchers use game theory to examine income inequality appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Brain scans show we prefer low-alcohol wines

    Brooke Meyer
    27 May 2015 | 3:50 pm
    There are many factors that influence consumers to buy a certain wine, including the brand, price, origin, and taste. Recently, winemakers have begun shifting toward making wines with a higher alcohol content– but new research suggests this might not be the best idea. A team of researchers in California set out to explore this question. Published [...] The post Brain scans show we prefer low-alcohol wines appeared first on PsyPost.
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    Watersedge Counselling

  • Keys to A Happy Relationship: The Gentle Start-Up

    Colleen Morris
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    I need a gentle start up in the morning. Ideally, a cuppa in bed helps do the trick. Without the advantage of a cup of tea, I am a great procrastinator about getting out of bed. This has the ‘run on’ effect of being late for work, and as a consequence my whole day is one big long catch up. Fortunately I have found another gentle start-up strategy that works for me; by setting my alarm 30 minutes earlier than I need to get up, I am able to give myself permission to stay in bed that little bit longer. Knowing myself as I do, giving myself plenty of time to have my breakfast and shower…
  • Keys To a Happy Relationship: Accepting the Influence of Your Partner

    Colleen Morris
    14 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Did you know that only 31% of a couple’s major areas of continuing disagreements are about resolvable issues? The other 69% of the time, couple’s conflict will be invested in unresolvable perpetual problems. This was one of the findings of a 35 year longitudinal study of 677 couples conducted by Dr John Gottman. Is it any wonder then, when describing their attempts to communicate with their partner, a person might liken the experience to ‘speaking to a brick wall’? When a couple fails to resolve an issue so that they repeatedly visit the same conflict (up to 69% of the time), the…
  • 5 Ways an Extrovert Can Thrive

    Jessica Morris
    7 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Extroverts often get a hard wrap. They are exuberant and outgoing, and when this is not managed it can leave other people (especially introverts!) feeling bulldozed and drained off all their energy. That being said, extroverts are movers and shakers; the life of the party and the welcoming arm to the new person who just walked through the door. As much as introverts don’t like to admit it (myself included), we need you. We need you to fill in the gaps of awkward conversation and to ask questions. We need you to invite us along to social events, so we have the opportunity to do life with…
  • Understanding Bulimia

    Jessica Morris
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘Bulimia’? Perhaps you think it’s the same as Anorexia. Maybe to you, it’s a problem ‘skinny people’ have, a self-indulgent fad that people overcome when they enter adulthood. Maybe the word Bulimia means nothing to you, after all you’ve never struggled with not eating. In fact, you might think you could use some more self-control in this area. Take all your pre conceptions about Bulimia and eating disorders, and put them aside. Because whether or not we are aware of it, approximately 3 per cent of the population struggle with Bulimia…
  • 10 Keys to Happiness

    Jessica Morris
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Do you every stop and think, “If only I had this…” or, “Once this happens, I’ll be happy”? A lot of us live in a state of discontent, always thinking about what could be, and what needs to happen in order for us to truly be happy. While it is heathy to have goals and aspirations, things can go off kilter when we become so lost in the future that we fail to enjoy the present. Wherever you are and whatever you are experiencing, you have the potential for happiness. That’s right, in your job, as you’re preparing dinner for the kids, even as you walk through deep emotional issues,…
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  • The Myers Briggs® INTJ Personality Type Leadership Preference

    Geeta Aneja
    12 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    Being a strong, confident, and above all, an effective leader is important and vital in the fast-paced 21st century workplace. Thanks to technology-facilitated instant communication, companies and clients are expecting their teams to complete projects quickly and accurately. The best way to ensure that the teams you lead are functioning optimally is to be aware of your and their MBTItest personality type and how it affects your leadership style. This week, we focus on The Myers-Briggs® INTJ (Introverted-Intuitive-Thinking-Judging) personality type and what they can do to improve their…
  • The Myers-Briggs® INFP Personality Type Leadership Preference

    Geeta Aneja
    1 May 2015 | 1:25 am
    This week’s post focuses on Introverted-Intuition-Feeling-Perceiving (INFP) personality types and how they can effectively adapt to today’s fast-paced, complex working environment. People are often told to capitalize on their strengths to maximize their achievements, both in and out of the workplace. Before modern leadership development strategies were prominent, people would try dozens of strategies and thousands of combinations before finding the mix that was just right for them (Richmond, 2008). Today, leaders are inundated with strategies, seminars, techniques, and workshops to help…
  • MBTI® ENTP Personality Types and Communication in The Workplace

    Geeta Aneja
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Different people with varying personality types communicate in different ways. Developing a nuanced understanding of your, your spouse’s, children or your employees’ or colleagues’ MBTI® type can help you communicate and understand them more effectively and efficiently. Knowing others’ MBTI test personality types can additionally help you work better as a team, and ultimately be able to complement one and another as you work towards achieving common goals. This can aid you in reaching the best possible outcomes in your personal life, your team functionalities, departments, and…
  • Myers-Briggs® Test ENFP Personality Types and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Being aware of your Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality type as well as those of your peers and employees can help you build stronger teams and committees. In the long run, this will help to increase the efficiency of your organization. In this blog, we focus on how Myers-Briggs test ENFP’s, who are Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving types, can capitalize on their strengths in the workplace and support others to do the same. The ENFP’s Leadership Strengths and Challenges Image courtesy of pat138241 at According to Richmond (2008), people with…
  • Myers Briggs® INTP MBTI® Personality Types and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Testing yours and others’ Myers-Briggspersonality types can help you develop valuable insights into how to optimize your workflow. When time is short and demands are high, efficiency and quality are of the utmost importance. This week’s blog explores The Myers-Briggs® Introverted- Intuitive-Thinking-Perceiving (INTP) personality type, with a focus on how they can increase their productivity while still effectively supporting their teams. Image courtesy of nokhoog_buchachon at Richmond (2008) suggests that today’s workplace is more challenging and complex than ever…
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    The Friendship Blog

  • In the Media – Friends and Money: Handling money issues with friends (Fitness Republic)

    28 May 2015 | 3:09 am
    The Friendship Doctor offers some practical tips to avoid the most common money problems that can cause friction and create misunderstandings between friends. The post In the Media – Friends and Money: Handling money issues with friends (Fitness Republic) appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Shut out of my best friend without explanation

    27 May 2015 | 3:35 am
    A woman is perplexed when she is shut out and her best friend suddenly severs their friendship. The post Shut out of my best friend without explanation appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Connecting with a grieving friend

    24 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    Connecting with a grieving friend The post Connecting with a grieving friend appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • In the Media – Planning a Girlfriend Getaway (Fitness Republic)

    23 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    The Friendship Doctor recently penned an article for Fitness Republic entitled, "5 Tips for Planning a Girlfriend Getaway." The post In the Media – Planning a Girlfriend Getaway (Fitness Republic) appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • All I want is to have one friend

    Amy Feld
    23 May 2015 | 3:14 am
    A young teen has trouble making friends, hoping to get close to at least one friend at high school. The post All I want is to have one friend appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
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  • Test: How Competitive Are You?

    4 May 2015 | 9:43 am
    Take this quick test to find out whether or not you are naturally competitive.
  • Why Do People Smoke: What’s Your Payoff? [TEST]

    26 Apr 2015 | 4:47 am
    Knowing precisely what is it you are looking for in cigarettes will help you develop a better strategy for quitting. Take this test to find out why you smoke.
  • What’s Your Conflict Resolution Strategy? [TEST]

    6 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    So here you are again: on one side you have your goals and dreams, and on the other you have your significant other, your friend, your relative, your boss, or colleague. What do you do to resolve the conflict? This test will help you find out what's your personal conflict resolution style.
  • Imagination and Creativity Test

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    Not many people realize that imagination is one of the most important tools in their business skill set because to have a highly developed imagination almost always means to be creative. This test will help you evaluate your imagination and creativity.
  • Test: Are You Ready to Venture Out of Your Comfort Zone?

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    This test will help you find out how ready you are to stretch yourself and get out of your comfort zone. Despite what many people think, having high risk tolerance is not necessary a condition for success in business and life, and you can be successful in both even with low scores.
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    Accessible Psychology

  • Why Negativity Kills Dreams and What to do About it

    28 May 2015 | 12:00 am
      I have to admit, I wasn’t always as positive and upbeat as I am now. I used to see the glass as half empty most, if not all, the time. What changed was that when I reached an all time low back in 2009 I had no choice but to accept that my pessimistic outlook was contributing to my depression and was very destructive for me. Although not everyone who is pessimistic becomes depressed, having a negative bias never enhances our life – in fact, quite the opposite!   Activities such as reading or watching the news, gossiping or even suspecting the worst outcome in situations leads…
  • Feeling Down? How to Get Yourself Back on Track to Feeling Great

    27 May 2015 | 12:00 am
      It’s natural in life to feel down at times, a hard break-up, a loss of any kind or even conflict with those we care about can cause our mood to plummet. In 2009 I went through such a time, it seemed that my world was crumbling. Thankfully I had world class treatment that taught me how to handle such times for the future. One of the main strategies I learnt was the skill of rewarding and treating myself.   Sounds simple I know, and for the most part it is, however when you are feeling low, creating a reward system or treating yourself can often be the furthest thing from your…
  • Why Having Strong Friendships Improves Our Mental Health

    26 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    When I was younger I always thought that the more friends I had the better. Now I am older I realise that it is rather the quality of the friendships I have that truly counts. Studies have now shown that in our twenties if we have many friends it leads to greater happiness in our forties and fifties but, interestingly, in our thirties it is the quality and strength of the friendships that determine our happiness later in life. I have to admit I have certainly found this to be true. Whether you are in your twenties or thirties no one can deny that having friendships is critical to having good…
  • How to Avoid a Negative Downward Spiral by Using the Power of Positivity Part Four

    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Picture courtesy of Openphoto                     This week is the grand finale where we see what practical steps we can take to adopt a more positive outlook!   Steps to foster a positive outlook:   I have outlined what actions I took to eradicate my negative mindset and create a positive outlook, so that you too can increase your positivity and happiness.   Create goals that motivate and inspire you.   Read positive quotes every chance you get.   Avoid gossip at all costs.   Listen to uplifting music.  …
  • How to Avoid a Negative Downward Spiral by Using the Power of Positivity Part Three

    18 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Picture courtesy of Openphoto                         llll This week we continue to explore the 8 key gains of adopting a positive outlook.   The 8 gains of a positive outlook:   5.       Positivity sees failure as opportunities to learn and grow. Any possible failures are seen as learning curves which can help us to see where we went wrong and enable us to adjust our future approach to goals, situations or problems accordingly.   6.      Critically, positive people focus on finding solutions to problems rather…
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    Always ladies

  • Don’t fear failure

    28 May 2015 | 1:06 am
    “One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.” – Henry Ford
  • To love and be loved

    26 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    “There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” – George Sand
  • Paracetamol in pregnancy may harm baby boys

    21 May 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Whenever your head is pounding paracetamol is the remedy, isn’t it? Still, when pregnant is this drug a safe painkiller option? Paracetamol is
  • Relax

    20 May 2015 | 2:03 am
    Note to self: RELAX
  • Never give up

    18 May 2015 | 4:53 am
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  • Currently Closeted

    5 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    Hi Tim,  I'm gay and I am out (and proud) to everyone except my family. I do not think that they will react in a way that brings me danger or kicking me out. But I know that they will become very uncomfortable around me for a very long time. My family has been through some rough stuff together and I feel like we are finally in a good place. I don't want to be the one to mess up the dynamic. I hate being looked at by them as an other. I just want to be adaughter.  Sincerely,  Currently ClosetedHi Closeted,Congratulations on coming out! I am happy to hear you have supportive…
  • Comparisons Are For Prices

    28 Apr 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Hi Tim,Single male, 20’s artist: I’m constantly comparing myself to different people with different abilities and mine are never as good. My parents and extended family always compared me to my superstar older brother who can do no wrong, and I guess I picked it up from them because I’m constantly looking around me at people who’re better than me at work, more talented artists, better looking, smarter, make more money, and so on. It never ends, and I feel crappy by comparison everywhere I go. Why am I not better than somebody at something, or is it me?  - Less…
  • Unhappy 420

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Hi Tim,I’m a man, 30, in the financial field with a great career, wife and two children. Life is good. I have a very minor dilemma, and I was hoping you could give me a fresh perspective. My little sister, a hipster, recently gave me an unusual 30th birthday gift; a bag of marijuana. Judging from her description, it is “primo” and I should expect to be high as a kite for hours at a time. In fact, she shared with me that I’m too uptight and need to loosen up. Instead of simply gifting me a membership to yoga or a massage or something, she chose to place in my possession…
  • Smoking Gun

    15 Apr 2015 | 10:43 am
    Hi Tim, I’m a single woman, 27, falling madly in love with a cute, sweet guy. He’s a little on the “bad boy” side, quite different than what I’m used to, with a sleeve of tattoos and some very noticeable piercings. We’ve been dating for 10 months and we are so sexually compatible. He does have quirks, harmless like most of us have, and one is to bring a .45 automatic pistol to bed with us. Of course it’s not loaded, but he likes to do some role play with it, have me hold it to his head or vice versa and things like that. That’s all harmless fun…
  • Lockup Taken Lightly

    7 Apr 2015 | 9:33 pm
    Hi Tim,I’m a woman, 32, and due to a non-violent offense that was the result of youthful stupidity, I spent two years incarcerated, from age 25 to 27. I did my time, turned my life around and got a degree, now I have a good job and a fiancée I’ve lived with for the past year. He’s great, no complaints except for maybe a lack of sensitivity. He, like so many other people I know, is hooked on Orange is the New Black, with full-on updates and shared quotes every time we have company. Despite his efforts to recruit me, I have not watched it. I’m sure it is a…
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    San Francisco Psychotherapy and Couples Counseling

  • Are Online Reviews Dumbing Down Psychotherapy?

    27 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    Photo Credits San Francisco ChronicleAuthors: Psyched in San Francisco’s Andrew Groeschel, Dietmar Brinkmann, Lily Sloane, Dr. Robert Solley and Traci RublePsychotherapy is an interesting business because sometimes successful therapy requires discomfort which can look like bad customer service at certain points in the treatment. For instance, sometimes clients get angry at their therapists as an important part of the healing. So how can we decipher good therapy from bad therapy when therapy is sometimes a messy process? In the middle of these reactivities, psychotherapists are bound by…
  • PMS and Sexism

    Christine Canty
    20 May 2015 | 11:44 am
    So many women I know, including myself sometimes, are ashamed of their PMS symptoms. Even in San Francisco, the most liberal city, women come into therapy and sheepishly confess “I get really bad PMS,” as if it’s a sin or a personal flaw. They want to know how to manage it, how to be less volatile to the people around them. Sometimes PMS is the one octopus leg that they can’t wrestle down, and they think the problem is that they’re not wrestling enough.Our embarrassment comes out of what’s called “Masculine Normativity”— the cultural belief that normal is male, and what…
  • Un-standardizing Beauty

    Lily Sloane
    13 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    I’ll admit, my inner critic (an Internet troll version of it) is telling me this is the kind of article ugly people write to make themselves feel better. It’s saying if I had more self-discipline, money, and time for diets, Soul Cycle and Lululemon gear, I wouldn’t need to kid myself with all this “everyone is beautiful” bullshit. But screw it. Because I know that “attractive people” and “ugly people” all suffer as a result of arbitrary and oppressive beauty standards. And because I know my Inner Troll is presenting me with exactly what I intend to stand up against. So,…
  • Notes from a Survivor: The Aftermath of a Suicide

    Jamie Katoff
    11 May 2015 | 7:42 am
    Three years ago my only sister, 28 years old at the time, killed herself. She didn’t leave a note and hadn’t done anything to make her loved ones suspicious beforehand. I remember the words my mother spoke to me over the phone with excruciating clarity. It must have been the hardest phone call she ever had to make. This is my side of the story, the story of my sister’s suicide.That phone call changed my life and marked the beginning of an incredibly difficult time for my family. Being my family’s emotional caretaker, I was mostly focused on everybody elses’ feelings at first. But…
  • #Teletherapy 101: I’m Tech Savvy But What is Teletherapy?!

    Andrew Groeschel
    4 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    We live in a rapidly changing world and the San Francisco Bay Area sometimes feels like the epicenter of this swirling transformation. An ever expanding Silicon Valley, a new tech firm popping up every week, and novel telecommunications technologies to master on a daily basis. The very basis of how we communicate is being altered faster than we can tweet a status update or take a picture via snapchat.It is exciting and invigorating to be a part this creative life-altering wave. And for some it can be downright exhausting, right?Enter stage left: Teletherapy.I truly believe that I too have to…
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  • 6 Steps to Making Positive Changes

    Staff Writer
    28 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    Here are six steps to making positive change in your life. If you want to make a commitment to improving your well-being, and are motivated to do so, this article presents the Hows and Whys of making a permanent change. This article presents ideas from making reminders and forgiving yourself when you forget, to dealing […]
  • If You Want to Squash Your Dreams, Do These Things!

    Staff Writer
    27 May 2015 | 7:23 pm
    There is a disconnect between the dreams people may have and the projects that will end up not happening. There are certain ways that are not correct when it comes to following dreams – this article contains 5 of these examples. Remember that success does not come overnight, and don’t settle down when you think […]
  • Mental Rehearsal Can Calm Your Nerves and Get You Prepared

    Staff Writer
    27 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
    To best prepare oneself to face a very stressful task, it is best to “rehearse” the actual performance of the task. The best preparation is actually done through mentally imagining and facing the negative parts- challenges, problems, and planning on how to deal with them. To be prepared one has either eliminated or prepared to […]
  • Can Thinking WIFI Will Make You Ill Actually Make It True?

    Staff Writer
    27 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    There is an on-going debate regarding whether or not the signals given out by WiFi could be harmful to human health. Although much research has been done, no factual evidence to support the claim that WiFi is harmful has been found. However, a study has been done to prove the existence of a “nocebo” effect. […]
  • How to Build Inner Strengths

    Staff Writer
    26 May 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Every day life comes with many challenges. These challenges can be in the world (financial concerns, bad neighbors, etc), others can be in the body (illness, injury, etc), and yet others can be in the mind (anxiety, depression, etc). Overcoming these obstacles requires resources – the resources of the mind being called Inner Strengths. Determining […]
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    Kissless Love

  • The Spotlight Effect: You Are Not Special

    Loi Liang Yang
    5 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    You are not as special as you think you are. Ever wonder how people actually think about you? In fact they don’t. Most people are actually so centred around their perspective and experience of... The post The Spotlight Effect: You Are Not Special appeared first on Kissless Love.
  • Beautiful People Have More Daughters

    Loi Liang Yang
    3 May 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Wealthy parents have more sons, and that beautiful couples have more daughters. According to numerous studies and research on how the family structure are formed base on evolutionary psychology, all firmly substantiate the aforementioned findings.... The post Beautiful People Have More Daughters appeared first on Kissless Love.
  • Why The Clubbing Scene In Singapore Is Dying

    Loi Liang Yang
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:46 am
    One after another, clubs continue to shut down their operations as poor frequency and low expenditure from patrons continue to push the operating costs of these clubs in Singapore. On the other hand, discos filled... The post Why The Clubbing Scene In Singapore Is Dying appeared first on Kissless Love.
  • You Are A Biological Machine

    Loi Liang Yang
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:12 pm
    The purpose of our lives have already been predestined by evolution to ensure that we maximise our ability to fit into the environment and then to pass down our genes. Not only is this... The post You Are A Biological Machine appeared first on Kissless Love.
  • Quiet: The Power Of Introverts

    Loi Liang Yang
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:20 pm
    It is insightful to realize how the extrovert ideal came about and why the introverts are consistently repressed in contemporary society. Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by... The post Quiet: The Power Of Introverts appeared first on Kissless Love.
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    Amy Bucher, Ph.D.

  • Brand Yourself: The Psychology of Consistency and Keywords

    Amy Bucher
    28 May 2015 | 7:26 am
    The process of creating your professional reputation takes time, but not necessarily effort. Regardless of whether you approach it mindfully, eventually your colleagues and managers will have a specific idea of who you represent as a working professional. Your performance and actions will certainly inform that image to a large extent. You can also consciously … Continue reading Brand Yourself: The Psychology of Consistency and Keywords →
  • The Secret Ingredient to a Lasting Marriage? Kindness.

    Amy Bucher
    27 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    It seems silly to say this. The person you marry is supposed to be the person you love most. Of course you would be your kindest, most giving self to that person, right? In reality, people show their prickly sides to their spouses. We become confident that we are loved and as a consequence don’t … Continue reading The Secret Ingredient to a Lasting Marriage? Kindness. →
  • Unconscious Prejudice, Conscious Acceptance

    Amy Bucher
    26 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    Buzzfeed lists are often what I’d class as “just for fun” reading, but every now and then, one includes interesting new information or a thought-provoking perspective on important social issues. One I just stumbled across is titled “19 Times Tumblr Got Serious About the Struggles of Women in Our Society.” One of the entries included … Continue reading Unconscious Prejudice, Conscious Acceptance →
  • Supporting Veterans on Memorial Day

    Amy Bucher
    25 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a national holiday designated to honor those who have served in the military and particularly those who lost their lives in service. I believe that an important part of honoring people who join the military service is providing them with the necessary care and support when they … Continue reading Supporting Veterans on Memorial Day →
  • Race Recap: 2015 Harpoon 5-Miler

    Amy Bucher
    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Last weekend I ran my fourth Harpoon 5-Miler, the annual fundraising race hosted by Boston’s Harpoon Brewery to support The Angel Fund. This is one of my favorite running events; not only is 5 miles one of my favorite race distances, but the race is followed by an outdoor party featuring delicious Harpoon beer. I’ve … Continue reading Race Recap: 2015 Harpoon 5-Miler →
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  • Body language: The seated leg and feet gestures

    Hanan Parvez
    27 May 2015 | 10:37 pm
    The leg and feet gestures can provide the most accurate clues to someone’s mental state. The more a body part is located away from the brain, the less aware we are of what it is doing and the less control we have over its unconscious movements.In fact, the leg and feet gestures can sometimes tell you what a person is thinking more accurately than facial expressions! This is because we are much more aware of our facial expressions and hence can manipulate them quite easily but no one ever thinks of manipulating their leg and feet movements.The ankle lockIn a seated position, people…
  • Body language: The seated figure four gesture

    Hanan Parvez
    26 May 2015 | 10:21 pm
    While seated, a person doing the ‘figure four’ gesture rests one leg horizontally over the knee of the other leg. The legs are spread out and person leans back slightly. If you look at this gesture from the top, the legs appear to be making the shape of the number ‘4’ and hence the name. This gesture is actually a cluster of two gestures, crossing the legs (partially, in this case) and seated crotch display.Crossing the legs most of the time indicates a defensive attitude because it enables the person to sort of ‘protect’ the genitals on the subconscious level and spreading…
  • Body language: Crossing the legs

    Hanan Parvez
    25 May 2015 | 12:26 am
    Crossing the legs, like crossing the arms, indicates a defensive attitude. While arm-crossing is a subconscious attempt by a person to protect his vital organs- the heart and the lungs, crossing the legs is an attempt to protect the genitals. Of course, crossing the legs seems like a silly and ineffective way to hide the genitals but our unconscious mind rarely works rationally, or, to be more precise, works in ways that don’t seem rational to us. When a person feels extremely defensive, he might cross his legs in addition to crossing the arms thereby achieving a complete sense of…
  • Body language: The crotch displays of men

    Hanan Parvez
    21 May 2015 | 6:39 pm
    When it comes to attraction, males and females use different signals to display their attractive qualities. Female courtship signals involve displaying beauty and submissiveness. On the other hand, male courtshipsignals involve a display of wealth, status and dominance.One way in which males display dominance is by displaying their crotch. I know it sounds weird but, as I’ll explain later, this behaviour is something that we have inherited from our ancestors. The most common way in which men display their crotch is by taking up the ‘thumbs-in-belt’ gesture.Thumbs in belt or…
  • Body language: Hands resting on the hips

    Hanan Parvez
    19 May 2015 | 11:38 pm
    This is perhaps the most common body language gesture that we come across in our day to day lives and I’m pretty that sure most people, at least intuitively, know what it means. But the certainty of consciousknowledge is better than intuition because the former makes it less likely for you to ignore a gesture the next time you notice it.This gesture is taken up by a person who is ready for assertive action. We only take assertive action when we feel the need to assert ourselves and we only feel the need to assert ourselves when our rights have been violated or we encounter an…
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  • 61 Ways To Increase Productivity And How To Achieve Goals In Life

    19 May 2015 | 2:51 pm
    I originally read this article on but as that website appears to have disappeared I decided to republish it here. I can’t vouch for how scientific some of the tips are but nonetheless there are some great tips on the list! 1. Eye Of The Tiger Practice your best “eye of a tiger” in a mirror (or cellphone), and use it liberally on anyone who enters your space… 2. The Less, The Merrier A critical step to be productive is to get rid of unnecessary things. When you have a responsibility in front of you ask yourself: do I needto do this? If the answer is no, then…
  • Why Children Tell Lies

    13 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    People tell lies for a variety of reasons. To hide their poor behaviour or decision, or maybe to avoid embarrassment. But as children are more naive to these social pressures, why might children tell lies? New research conducted at Harvard University aimed to find out: We investigated whether children tell white lies simply out of politeness or as a means to improve another person’s mood The researchers set up different scenarios for the children. The first scenario involved a situation in which a person expressed sadness. While the second scenario involved who was indifferent. The…
  • Sexual Harassment: Myths and Realities

    30 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    MYTH: Sexual harassment is rare. FACT:Sexual harassment is extremely widespread. It touches the lives of 40 to 60 percent of working women, and similar proportions of female students in colleges and universities. MYTH: The seriousness of sexual harassment has been exaggerated; most so-called harassment is really trivial and harmless flirtation. FACT: Sexual harassment can be devastating. Studies indicate that most harassment has nothing to do with “flirtation: or sincere sexual or social interest. Rather, it is offensive, often frightening and insulting to women. Research shows that…
  • 12 Famous Quotes About Apathy

    30 Apr 2015 | 3:23 am
    Apathy is a lack of interest, enthusiasm or concern, while many people feel apathetic as a teenager, it is generally a feeling that fades away as we age. Apathy is in fact a significant indicator and symptom of many mental health problems. Here are some famous quotes about apathy that will ring true with anyone who has felt apathy at some point in their life: “I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate – it’s apathy. It’s not giving a damn. “ Leo Buscaglia “The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public…
  • How To Instantly Feel More Powerful

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    How To Instantly Feel More Powerful Even the most confident people feel anxious in certain situations. People often develop their own way of getting through a stressful situation, techniques ranging from imagining your audience naked to swapping your nerves for excitement are two of the most common. But few of these ways have been put under scientific scrutiny as a relative new comer to the anxiety-busting technique of power posing. Introduced to the mainstream through Amy Cuddys TED talk: Your body language shapes who you are. Power posing has in fact been around for several decades but new…
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    Peace of Mind Counseling Service

  • Teen Drug Abuse, Is It Really On The Decline?

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    18 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    The news tells us that things are getting better, parenting is finally getting easier. The studies they report on say that our teens are abusing illegal substances less and less frequently. For 11 years straight, things have been looking up. These studies come from credible sources like the Department of Health and Human Services, so how could we not help but to relax just a little? However when we take a look around us, our lives don’t seem to match these findings.  Substance abuse has affected all of us in one way or another—one of our children’s friends, some vague fellow student,…
  • Surviving the Summer Months Sober

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    7 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    With Cinco de Mayo just newly passed and Memorial Day fast approaching, the summer season is a time for getting together with loved ones to celebrate beautiful weather and good old-fashioned fun. The summer months are punctuated by a number of holidays including those mentioned above, as well as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Independence Day. This can be a difficult time for those addicts new to sober living, as it presents an assortment of new and challenging situations highlighted by powerful temptations and triggers. Navigating these few months is possible, although not easy, while…
  • Navigating The Early Stage Of Sobriety

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    The early stage of recovery is one of the hardest periods for those new to sobriety to go though. It is filled with unforeseen difficulties, landmines—also known as triggers—and intense emotional ups and downs. There is no way around it, and it requires a major adjustment to the addict’s behaviors and thought patterns. The first few months after inpatient rehabilitation has been completed will either make or break the addict—sending them back into the black hole of relapse, or starting them on the journey to their new life. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the early stage of…
  • The Changing Face of Addiction

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    Who is it affecting? For a very long time, addiction was viewed as something that only affected young adults. It was associated with immaturity, experimentation, and often simply referred to as “just a phase.” Something outgrown when adulthood inescapably caught up with us and responsibility took over. Even now when we think of addiction, hardly any of us instantaneously conjure up the image of someone sporting gray hair, glasses and a sweater vest. This is, in part, due to the general public’s misunderstanding of the many facets of addiction, and the comparatively infant stage of…
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Loving an Addict

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    Loving someone trapped within the disease of drugs and alcohol is a devastatingly frustrating experience for onlookers. We want to do everything within our power to help them, but no matter what we do, they can’t seem to find their way back into the light. We’ve tried playing the bad guy, the good guy, and the guy who is just over it all, but nothing seems to work. We shove pamphlets and research down their throat while at the same time trying to cover up their “dirty little secret” from other family members and friends. The Do’s and Don’ts of Loving an Addict helps guide…
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