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 »

Sentience, Ethics, and Octopuses: Recent Thoughts

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Intelligence, Language-Thought, Legal Ethical Issues, Motivation-Emotion, Research Methods, Sensation-Perception, Social Psychology.

Description: What does sentient mean? Its dictionary definition typical says something like responsive to and conscious of sense impressions; aware; conscious. We (us humans) are sentient, though there was a time when we believe that infant humans were not (we DO think they ARE sentient now). A huge part of how we manage or are… Read more »

Remembering Music and Forgetting Everything Else?

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Memory, Neuroscience.

Description: Quick! Which of these is easier to remember: a song you heard last week and really liked or what you had for lunch last Tuesday? Unless the lunch was particularly good or unique or special it is most likely you would remember the song and if you think about it you agree with that… Read more »

We Need Citizen Therapy, But Why?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Prevention, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Intervention, Social Cognition, Stress Coping - Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: We are hearing from several directions that there are not enough therapists to go around these days. Even discounting the impact of the Covid pandemic (if we can), the successful reduction of stigma associated with admitting that help is needed and increasing levels of burnout and retirement among support and therapy providers, and we… Read more »

Mental Health Thermometers

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Psychology, Depression, Health Psychology, Language-Thought, mental illness, Physiology, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Intervention.

Description: You drop into your doctor’s office and tell them you are not feeling well. Assuming COVID is not the issue (which would likely be picked up at the front desk of the clinic using screening questions) what is one of the first things the doctor will likely do? Take you temperature, right? (Or ask… Read more »

Perfectionism: A Growing Problem That Needs A Wider Perspective

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Clinical Psychology, Cultural Variation, Emerging Adulthood, Families and Peers, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Prevention, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

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 »

Aging Attitudes, Aging Health and Ikigai

Posted by & filed under Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Motivation-Emotion, Physical Changes In Aging, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Quick question! How are attitudes towards aging and aging related health related? I am guessing but I suspect your answer to that question was something like; they are related in that as your health declines your attitudes about aging become more negative. That does seem to make sense. Those of us in our late… Read more »

Talking to Children about the Ukraine

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Families and Peers, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Motivation-Emotion, Prevention, Social Psychology, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: When I was 7 years old (in grade 3) at around 11 am on or about October 26, 1962, there was a general announcement by our elementary school principal over the PA system that we were all to pack up and go home. I do not recall whether I had any clue as to… Read more »

Coping in and Anxious Uncertain World: Yes You CAN!

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Emerging Adulthood, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Prevention, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

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 »

CBT Works But Is Its Theory Wrong?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Consciousness, Depression, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, mental illness, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Intervention, Stress Coping - Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: You know what Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is, don’t you? It is, perhaps the most widely used approach to therapy taken by psychologists treating clients with depression, anxiety and many other symptoms of mental illness or the lack of wellbeing. I suspect you also know something of what CBT involves: The challenging of irrational,… Read more »