Wandering Minds: Linking Mental Adaptation and Disorder

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Description: What happens when you sit down, relax and try to let your mind just wonder? Do you think creative thoughts? Do you become anxious about things you have to get done in the near future? Do you use the time to organize your thoughts and plan your activities for the upcoming hours and days?… Read more »

Thought Suppression and Dreams: A Little Freud!

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Description: Many of the claims made by Freud regarding the structure of the human mind and especially his claims related to the role of the unconscious in our psychological makeup have not been supported by systematic research in the years since he first put the ideas forward. His theory of dreaming and in particular his… Read more »

PTSD in the Brain: A New Hypothesis

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Description: The experiences and factors that contribute to the production of symptoms of PTSD in individuals who are experience or observe traumatic events are reasonably well understood. What has remained a mystery however, is the general observation that people seem to vary in terms of how susceptible they are to developing PTSD. While it is… Read more »

Do We Effectively Identify and Treat Depression? Think Twice!

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Description: If you had a psychology course containing a section looking at the identification and treatment of depression then you are probably holding some version of the belief that the diagnosis and treatment of depression was a relatively straightforward and consistent matter. With that belief in mind read the article linked below and see if… Read more »

Job Satisfaction and Downstream Mental Health

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, Development of the Self, Health Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Research Methods, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: If you have a job with which you report a very low level of satisfaction it is likely the case that that job is causing you stress and anxiety. What do you think the long-term effects would be staying in that job for 10 to 20 years? The article linked below talks about a… Read more »

Diagnosing at a Distance: What About Donald?

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Description: Here is a question: Is Donald Trump crazy? Before you answer the question think about it a little bit. Is this an appropriate question to ask? More pointedly, what should psychologists or psychiatrists think about from an ethical point of view before engaging in any sort of efforts to diagnose public figures like Donald… Read more »

Psychology, Human Experience and Films

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Description: In the past I blogged about articles discussing recent films that contain direct psychological content or themes that are relevant to psychology. In the article linked below there are brief discussions written by a number different people about not so recent films, but films nonetheless that have some fascinating psychological questions within them. Consideration… Read more »

Social Anxiety and Acts of Kindness: An Optimistic Intervention?

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Description: Some people experience high levels of anxiety when they have to engage socially with other people and with the world in general. What sorts of things do you think might help reduce their tendency to avoid social interaction? Think of these three possibilities that were tested in a research article discussed in the linked… Read more »

Drugs versus Talking: The Devil is in the Dichotomies

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Description: You have undoubtedly had some thoughts about and perhaps even some classroom discussion around the question of whether drugs are therapy (talking) are the best choice for treating mental illness. In a way that’s reminiscent of the classical debate about whether it makes more sense to focus on people’s brains or on their minds… Read more »