Finding a Couples Therapist

Posted by & filed under Clinical Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Intervention, Stress Coping - Health, Successful Aging.

Description: Imagine that you have decided that you or you and your partner need to see a therapist to help you figure out some aspect of your personal functioning or to help you and your partner figure out parts of your relationship that are not working. How would you go about doing that? A quick… Read more »

Resolve to Resolve SMARTer

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Emerging Adulthood, Health Psychology, Learning, Motivation-Emotion, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, Student Success, Successful Aging, The Self.

Description: I have really never been one to make New Years Resolutions. That said I have, over the years, noted the sense of renewal and new starts that accompany the annual calendar turnover. Some of that is a general part of the year as the fall seems to contain a focused slide down to the… Read more »

Aging and the Experience of Stress

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Successful Aging.

Description: Which is more stressful, catastrophic life events or daily stresses (hassles)? One on one, of course catastrophic life events are more stressful but which stressors, all in all, take more of a toll on us physically and psychologically? Classic stress research by Richard Lazarus found that in the long run daily stresses or hassles… Read more »

Lighten Up – And Thrive?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Consciousness, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Personality, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, Successful Aging, The Self.

Description: Oh lighten up a bit! That likely does not sound like a helpful thing for you to say to a friend who has been telling you about how stressed and depressed they have been feeling lately. Really, it is not, but what role might humor or seeing humorous parts of even the dark aspects… Read more »

Walking and Dementia

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Clinical Psychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Neuroscience, Research Methods, Successful Aging, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Dementia associated with aging is a serious concern. Dementia is a general term for impairments in memory, thinking, and decision making in ways that can interfere with everyday activities. It can be related in injury, Alzheimer’s disease, changes in blood flow with age and any number of other issues. There are some treatments that… Read more »

(Ir)rational Thinking and How (Not) to Do It

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Emerging Adulthood, Language-Thought, Learning, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Successful Aging.

Description: I am willing to bet that you think of yourself as a reasonable, rational, thoughtful person and that you do feel that you get emotionally caught up in situations and circumstances in ways that might negatively impact your ability to make rational decisions. It IS true that people (adults in particular) CAN be quite… Read more »

How Might You Test for Wisdom?

Posted by & filed under Assessment: Intellectual-Cognitive Measures, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Personality, Successful Aging.

Description: Are you wise (not as in wise guy but as in wise like an owl)? What does wisdom involve? What sorts of things, if you observed them in the behavior of, or otherwise applying to, a particular person would lead you towards thinking that they were a wise person? Now think of this as… Read more »

Dementia and Elder Care: Could Robo-Pets Be Part of an Answer?

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Long-Term Care, Successful Aging.

Description: Consider these statements. The number of elderly people who are living alone and who do or will need some support to remain on their own is growing very quickly. The costs of providing this care can be prohibitive and finding enough people to provide what care can be paid for is also becoming increasingly… Read more »

Pets and Seniors’ Wellness: Are they Causally Related?

Posted by & filed under Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Long-Term Care, Research Methods, Stress Coping - Health, Successful Aging, Work Retirement Leisure Patterns.

Description: I suspect you’ve probably heard that having pets is good for us. You probably have also heard the pets are particularly beneficial for seniors. However, how much do you know about how those benefits actually play out? That is, what does research tell us about the benefits that pets provide to seniors? Think a… 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 »