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 »

Having a Bad Day? Call a Friend!

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Emerging Adulthood, Families and Peers, General Psychology, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Research Methods, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, The Self.

Description: Imagine that you are having a bad day, though I hope you are not. Imagine that demands are rising, things are not going in your desired directions and your stress and anxiety levels are climbing up towards the roof. What would be one thing you could do that could lead to you feeling significantly… Read more »

Should Misophonia be a Disorder?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Assessment, Clinical Neuropsychology, Families and Peers, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Disorders, Stress Coping - Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Are there particular sounds that bother you? Some sounds CAN be unpleasant or annoying like the hum or rattle of a neighbor’s air conditioner when we are trying to relax on our balcony or in our backyard and some sounds can be truly awful. For example even thinking about the sound of fingernails on… Read more »

Helpful Psychological Disorder Symptoms?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, Consciousness, Depression, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, mental illness, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Intervention, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: In “the old days” ( a couple of hundred years ago) the general understanding of fever (an above average body temperature) was a problem in and of itself. The fever was seen as the disease. Efforts were made to reduce the fever (cold compresses etc.) and sometimes it went away and the person got… Read more »

Digital Fentanyl? Hmmmm….

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Depression, Development of the Self, Eating Disorders, Emerging Adulthood, Families and Peers, Health Psychology, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Prevention, Research Methods, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, Student Success.

Description: You cannot have missed the increasing level of discussion and concern regarding the possible impacts of social media use on the mental health of teens and youth in recent years. The available new coverage of this topic ranges widely from articles that seek out and dive into recent, population level research on social media… Read more »

Mood and Language Processing: What Is a Good Match?

Posted by & filed under Assessment: Intellectual-Cognitive Measures, General Psychology, Language-Thought, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience.

Description: Think for a moment about how good you are at editing your own and other peoples’ writing. To put a finer point on your self-assessment, place yourself on a scale from 1 to 10 in editing skill with 10 being razor sharp and missing little or nothing and 1 being sloppy and inconsistent. Now,… Read more »

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 »

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 »