Psychology Research and The Transition to Post-Secondary Developmental Pathways

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Child Development, Cognitive Development: Piagetian and Vygotskian Approaches, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Development of the Self, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Human Development, Student Success.

Description: In discussing one of the courses I developed a couple of years ago (a dual credit course for high school students focused upon the psychology of student transition and adjustment to post-secondary developmental pathways) I often found myself consistently pointing out that Psychology as a discipline is uniquely situated to provide insight and opportunities… Read more »

Age of Majority/Maturity? 18!?? How do we know?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cognitive Development: Piagetian and Vygotskian Approaches, Consciousness, Development of the Self, Health Psychology, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Human Development, Neuroscience, The Self.

Description: The age of majority is 18 where I live, 19 where I grew up and 21 in some other jurisdictions. This is the age at which one can drink legally, vote, and other things. It is also the age at which the local justice system starts to treat you as an adult and to… Read more »

Resist the Self-Help Craze: Resistance is NOT Futile!

Posted by & filed under Development of the Self, Human Development, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Legal Ethical Issues, Moral Development, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Stress, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: Spank your inner child! Well that may be an extreme sentiment but what are we to make of the thriving and, at times, overwhelming self-help industry of books, websites, television shows etc etc? Is there no pushback? Well, yes, there is. Svend Brinkmann is a Danish psychologist and philosopher (nice combination!) who has written… Read more »

Young Male Development and Extreme Behavior: Understanding → Prevention

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Development of the Self, General Psychology, Human Development, Intergroup Relations, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, The Self.

Description: Mass shootings are terrifying both in their consequences and in the challenges they pose when trying to figure out why they happened, if they could have been prevented  and what steps may be taken to reduce the likelihood of anything like them happening again. I am not talking here about acts of terrorism planned… Read more »

Moral Flexibility and Other Effects: The Case of International Travel

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Attitude Formation Change, Development of the Self, Human Development, Intergroup Relations, Language-Thought, Motivation-Emotion, Research Methods, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Student Success, The Self.

Description: International travel to exotic places and cultures is a broadening experience right? Certainly my own research on identity development suggests that travel, whether part of gap year before or during post-secondary study or after your university experience or at any point in life can broaden your horizons, help you to see wider possibilities and… Read more »

Resilience: What makes us stronger?

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Anxiety OC PTSD, Consciousness, Development of the Self, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: How is it that some people who experience traumatic events seem to do better in the long run than others? Decades ago Emmy Werner conducted a huge study on the island of Kauai in Hawaii (beginning in 1955) which ran for 32 years and which looked at the life experiences of every child born… Read more »

Mental Health, Spirituality and Life’s BIG questions

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Consciousness, Death and Dying, Depression, Development of the Self, Human Development, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: Off the top of your head what you think the relationship might be between spirituality and mental health? Certainly one possibility, for which there is research support, is that the involvement in a spiritual group provides a degree of social support which may be of assistance in coping with mental health issues. On the… Read more »

Is More Time or More Money More Important to Your Happiness?

Posted by & filed under Development of the Self, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Research Methods, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: Think carefully about the answer to this question. If you are given a choice would you rather have more money, or more free time? So perhaps $1000 versus a week off to do whatever you want. Which choice would you make? And which choice, once made, would make you happier? After you’ve answered that… 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 »

Psychology, Human Experience and Films

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Death and Dying, Development of the Self, Stress Coping - Health.

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 »