Resilience: What makes us stronger?

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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 »

Family Gatherings as Opportunities to Reflect on Developmental Baggage

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Description: So are you (were you) looking forward to spending time with your family over the holiday break? If not or if you were reminded about the things you find difficult about being back together with your family what did you do? Sometimes being taken back to your childhood or adolescence by the social context… Read more »

Road Rage: You Be The Psychologist

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Description: Ok you be the psychologist here! My home town, Calgary, has experienced an astonishing and worrying number of road rage incidents over the last week or so (described in the article linked below). So, what is going on? Additional data? A police spokesman say he has never seen this much road rage in his… Read more »

Mental Health, Spirituality and Life’s BIG questions

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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 »

Mindfulness: Are There Limits to its Usefulness?

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Description: If not in your introductory psychology class you must’ve seen somewhere in the media any number of suggestions about the fundamental importance of mindfulness or of being in the moment as a means of coping more effectively with the complexity of life in the world today. Have you paused to wonder whether mindfulness is… Read more »

Sex, Brains, Trauma and PTSD

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Clinical Psychology, Early Social and Emotional development, Health Psychology, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: What you know but Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Specifically, what you know about the possible existence of sex differences? If you’re not sure, think for a minute about what your hypotheses might be. Among children, are males or females more susceptible to post-traumatic effects associated with the experience of traumatic stress? While you may… Read more »

Breathe! and de-stress.

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Description: If you had a section in one of her introductory psychology courses about consciousness you probably heard about some of the research that is indicating positive benefits of meditation. The article linked below discusses more recent research that simply looks at the potential positive benefits of a number of breathing control techniques on people’s… Read more »

Walking Blues? No! Walking Happies!

Posted by & filed under Psychological Health, Research Methods, Research Methods in AP, Research Methods in ChD, Research Methods in CP, Research Methods in SP, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: Walking is good for you. Walking makes you happier. No doubt you’ve heard one or the other of these statements and probably more than once. Think for a moment about how you would assess the hypothesis that simply walking improves your mood (makes you happier). Based on the methodological discussion in one or another… Read more »

Chronic Happiness and Grades in University: What can be Developed?

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Description: Think about your experience in making a transition from high school to university. What sorts of things do you think contributed both to your making a successful transition and to successful academic performance at college or university? What role did your general mood state play in your transition? After you’ve thought about this, read… Read more »

Self-Help with Social Stress: Getting Through 1st Year

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Description: The move to college or university from high school environment can be a difficult one. In particular, first-year students often struggle with different versions of social stress which are really focused on whether or not there to be able to measure up in their new learning environment. The article linked below talks about a… Read more »