Life and Health Are Collective Endeavors

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Cultural Variation, Families and Peers, General Psychology, Group Processes, Human Development, Language-Thought, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Psychology.

Description: I was not intending to post three conceptually focused pieces (another one, a third one) when I sat down at my computer this week. By conceptual, I mean looking at articles that ask us if we are looking at or thinking about some aspect of human psychological functioning properly or whether a different conceptual… Read more »

Is “How Happy Are You” The Right Question?

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Cultural Variation, Depression, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Research Methods, Social Perception, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: How happy are you? If you are not as happy as you would like to be what can you do to fix that? Is how happy you are an important question? If not, what else should we be thinking about or working on? These questions started out simple and then got fuzzier and more… Read more »

Holiday Loneliness

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Cultural Variation, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, Motivation-Emotion, Personality, Social Cognition, Social Perception, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Of course the holiday period in late December is supposed to be a time away from work and engaged in other activities such as spending time with loved ones, friends and family. This does NOT mean that it is a time to be away from Psychology (in fact maybe just the opposite)! It can,… Read more »

Introverts and the Holiday Season: Who Has Work to Do?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Psychology, Cultural Variation, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Personality, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: Of course the holiday period in late December is supposed to be a time away from work and engaged in other activities such as spending time with loved ones, friends and family. This does NOT mean that it is a time to be away from Psychology (in fact maybe just the opposite)! It can,… Read more »

Hey Google (Alexa, Siri)! Should We Gender Our Technology?

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Cultural Variation, Group Processes, Intergroup Relations, Language-Thought, Moral Development, Motivation-Emotion, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: Do inanimate objects have a gender? Well while your quick answer to this question might be no, of course not, it is worth thinking about the question a bit more deeply. Since ancient times, for example, ships have been referred to as female (as ‘shes’). Why? Well, the word ship comes from the Latin… Read more »

Ouija Boards – What’s Up With That?

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Cultural Variation, Motivation-Emotion, Research Methods, Sensation-Perception.

Description: Do you believe that it is, or might be, possible to communicate with the departed? It is around Halloween after all. I bet you know about and may have actually tried one of the supposed “technologies” for communicating with the spirit world, a Ouija board. If you believe that things like Ouija boards do… Read more »

Is Parenting Universal?

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Child Development, Cultural Variation, Development of the Self, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Group Processes, Human Development, Motivation-Emotion, Research Methods, Research Methods in CP, Social Psychology.

Description: Imagine (if it is not the case for you already) that you are about to become a parent for the first time and you are trying to figure out how you are going to approach the challenges and, hopefully, joys, of being a parent. Boil it down to one or two questions by starting… Read more »

Self-Narratives and Mental Illness

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Assessment: Clinical Decision Making, Assessment: Self-report Projective Measures, Clinical Psychology, Cultural Variation, Development of the Self, Emerging Adulthood, Intergroup Relations, mental illness, Psychological Disorders, Research Methods, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Are you the same person today that you were 5 years ago? How about 10 years ago? A quick answer is, “of course, yes!” but as time, personal and developmental mount up the question becomes more challenging. Typically starting in the adolescent and emerging adult years it can become harder, and perhaps even impossible… Read more »

Remote Work and Mental Health

Posted by & filed under Cultural Variation, Group Processes, Health Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Psychophysical Disorders Health Psychology, Research Methods, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Sometimes you may run across references to large scale studies that take broad, general looks at parts or sectors of the population and sometimes those large survey studies take a look at aspects of mental health. Before taking the results of such studies at face value it is well worth taking a moment or… Read more »

History, Development, Autonomy, and Old Enough?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cultural Variation, Development of the Self, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Learning, Legal Ethical Issues, The Self.

Description: Ok, here is a challenging question. Imagine you are a parent, and your child is 4 years old, and you need some butter for a recipe you are working on for a large family dinner, but you have several things in the oven and on the stove and you cannot leave (Covid inspired delivery… Read more »