Admitting Uncertainty and Trust are Related: Ask a 4-year-old!

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Description: Regardless of what you thought of the events surrounding the so-called Freedom Convoy in Canada’s capital of Ottawa over the past 3 weeks it was very clear that there are quite a few people who do not trust that the government is giving them the right information and advice or doing the right thing… Read more »

This is Your Brain on Uncertainty!

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Description: Are you feeling stressed and/or anxious these days? I would be surprised if you were not. Without dwelling on it and making yourself feel worse, what are the top three things that are making you feel stressed or anxious? We typically think of things or situations or circumstances when asked about what is causing… Read more »

Anxiety = Uncertainty + Fear, Unwind it.

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Description: I was teaching a summer course called Psychology for Everyday Life last summer in a dual credit format which meant that it was a real university course, but it was being taken by 150 senior high school students who would receive credit for the university course as well as receive a number of senior… Read more »

The Psychology of Covid-19: Uncertainty about Uncertainty Itself

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Description: You have heard the Roosevelt quote from a speech celebrating Human Rights Day in 1948; “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Now, without diving too deeply into what that might mean, but taking it as a metaphorical lead, think about this. Uncertainty (of outcomes, processes, and next steps) is a… Read more »

Psychology and Covid-19: The Toll of Uncertainty

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Description: What will tomorrow bring? Que sera sera. Are you happy with that as an answer? Yes, what will be will be BUT how do we plan for that? As has been discussed previously in this blog, anxiety and uncertainty are tightly intertwined. We manage and we stay sane when we have at least some… Read more »

Psychology and Covid-19: Uncertainty is Certain

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Description: Suppose you were told that a friend of yours was anxious, just generally anxious. In preparing to talk with them about how they are doing you are thinking a bit about the sorts of questions you might ask them in order to better understand their situation and their mental state. What are you anxious… Read more »

Fear of the Unknown? Challenge Your Uncertainties!

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Description: Some of the most challenging parts of the tasks involved in career planning involve uncertainties and unknowns. Many of these simply involve things we do noy know yet like which organizations will be hiring, what will they want to know about us and which of our skills and experiences we should highlight in our… Read more »

The ‘Are We Nearly There Yet’ in Children AND Adults

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Description: “Are we nearly there yet?” Even if you have not (yet) heard that question being asked (over and over and over) in a small voice from the backseat of your family car you have heard it used as a sort of social meme tossed out in social situations that are or seem to be… Read more »

Perfectionism: A Growing Problem That Needs A Wider Perspective

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Description: Are you aware of the consistent finding that the rates of perfectionism among adolescents and emerging adults have increased dramatically over the past 20 to 30 years? Young people driving themselves to be perfect, holding themselves to I possibly high standards, and believing that doing so is essential to moving forward positively in life… Read more »

Coping in and Anxious Uncertain World: Yes You CAN!

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Description: You do not need me to tell you that we are living in uncertain times with a (hopefully) waning pandemic and an invasion of a democratic country (Ukraine). Aside from the stresses associated with these events there are also boatloads of uncertainty about what it all means, about where it is all going, about… Read more »