What is Your Brain For? Maybe NOT for Thinking!

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Language-Thought, mental illness, Neuroscience, Physiology, Psychological Health, Stress, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: When you experience a flair of stress or anxiety what is your first thought? I suspect it is some version of “What is going on in my world that is stressful or challenging”. Especially these days with a raging pandemic, that is not a bad first thought as it can lead to problem focused… Read more »

Psychology of COVID-19– Suicide Prevention

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Consciousness, Health Psychology, mental illness, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Health, Social Psychology, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: September is Suicide prevention awareness month in both Canada and the United States. Suicide rates have risen in the United States through the current year and seem to be and are projected to increase in Canada as well. The additional burdens of social, economic, employment, isolation, stress and uncertainty arising from factors associated with… Read more »

Psychology and Covid-19: Self-Care is Vital

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Health Psychology, General Psychology, Learning, mental illness, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: Most of us have been spending a LOT of time in the past couple of months looking outward, using television and online media, at the world around us and at how the other people in it have (or have not been) coping with the impacts associated with Covid-19. We are also starting to see… Read more »

Psychology and Covid-19: A Mental Health Check-up

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Description: If you have needed one recently you will have discovered that getting a medical check-up or even just getting an ongoing prescription renewed in these Covid-19 times can be a challenging, virtual, process. That is the case even with large scale health care systems (universal or not) already in place. Now considering that we… Read more »

Psychology and Covid-19: The Loss of Touch

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Depression, Health Psychology, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Motivation-Emotion, Physiology, Psychological Health, Sensation-Perception, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: OK, what is the point of staying two arms lengths (one bicycle length) away from each other in these days of Coivd-19? Well, so we do not pass the virus but in effect, so we do not touch, even via a few drops at a short distance. While we are self-isolating, we can stay… Read more »

Psychology and Covid-19: Stress and Change

Posted by & filed under General Psychology, Health Psychology, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Psychological Health, Research Methods, Social Psychology, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Student Success.

Description: This is another installment in my efforts to talk about, and to get you to THINK about what the Covid-19 pandemic and our experiences of it can show us about the nature of human Psychology. What I am suggesting is that we can learn more about ourselves and our communities and about how we… Read more »

Live Long and Prosper? Smile and Live Long!

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Health Psychology, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Social Psychology, Successful Aging, The Self.

Description: There are thousands and thousands of little postings out there on online that offer you small tidbits of information and that claim that those tidbits of information are potentially life altering. I am sure you realize that the main purpose of those tidbit postings is to capture and hold your attention just long enough… Read more »

Just How ARE ACE’s Related to Mental Illnesses?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, Clinical Neuropsychology, Depression, General Psychology, mental illness, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Health, Schizophrenia, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: You have likely heard about the data that is piling up regarding the relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences and beyond childhood incidences of mental and physical illness (if not there are a couple of links in the Reference section below that will provide you with an overview of that work). An obvious question to… Read more »

Mortality Following Bereavement: What Are the Causal Factors?

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Physiology, Psychological Health, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: You have no doubt heard a story or two about an elderly couple where, when one of them dies, the surviving partner also passes away fairly soon after. Can you recall if an explanation as to why this occurred was offered? Some version of a broken heart perhaps? Or maybe that the surviving partner… Read more »

A Cure for Road Rage or Fanning Flames?

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Description: I have posted previously on the topic of smash rooms (places where, for a fee, you can go and smash things with hammers, bats or whatever you want). The video linked below shows a similar opportunity where groups of people can go to a junkyard and, while wearing appropriate protective gear, smash of car… Read more »