Campfires Are in Your Genes

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Cultural Variation, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Group Processes, Health Psychology, Intergroup Relations, Neuroscience, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: What does sitting around a campfire with friends do for you? Yes, it can keep you warm, it can give you something to do after dark when camping with minimal artificial light, it can give you a chance to exchange scary stories but what can it also do for your physical and possibly mental… Read more »

Psychology of COVID-19: Social Science Explosion

Posted by & filed under Clinical Psychology, Cultural Variation, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Social Influence, Social Perception, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Ok, time to take stock! What kinds of Psychology have people been doing as they try to make sense out of other people’s behaviour in relation to the pandemic over the past few months (or whole year)? There has certainly been a LOT more “Psychologizing” going on involving many things such as failures to… Read more »

Psychology of Covid-19: Loneliness Epidemic

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Depression, Health Psychology, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Disorders, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, The Self.

Description: How long could you live without air? How long without food? How long without companionship (social contact with someone you know)? Minutes, days, months? As we head in to what may be the worst weeks of Covid-19 impacts and lockdowns that stand between us and vaccine driven relief (and winter here in the Northern… Read more »

The Psychology of Covid-19: Depression or Boredom?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Consciousness, Depression, Emerging Adulthood, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, mental illness, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: Think about this distinction for a moment in relation to your own experiences within and related to our time with the Covid-19 pandemic. How much of our negative emotional, social and cognitive experiences could or should we attribute to bad things that have happened to us (e.g., health challenges, job losses, life disruptions) and… Read more »

Psychology and Covid-19: Resilience is a Crucial Part of Going Forward

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Consciousness, Psychological Disorders, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, The Self.

Description: Up to this point in our efforts to socially manage our responses to Covid-19 there has, understandably, been a lot of focus on the health systems responses and, to a lesser but also important degree, on the stresses and anxieties associated with sheltering in place. There are signs that we will soon see a… Read more »

Orchids and Dandelions: A Very Useful Developmental Dichotomy

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Think of all the different ways in which you can think about and talk about developing children: shy – outgoing, independent – dependent, leaders—followers and on and on. All such dichotomies tend to focus on a part or aspect of children or child development and do not scale up well, into big pictures of… Read more »

What Parts of Resilience are in the Brain?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Group Processes, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Neuroscience, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: In developmental psychology the term resilience has an interesting recent history. It debuted in research in the 1970’s in studies such as one looking at the children of Kuai.  That important study gathered detailed data regarding the prenatal, birth and post-natal experiences of every child born on the island of Kuai in Hawaii in… Read more »

Trump, Jong-un, Stress and Resilience: What to do?

Posted by & filed under Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, General Psychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Human Development, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: I am not prepared to offer any sort of political comments on the current rhetoric being thrown back and forth between American president Donald Trump and Korean Leader Kim Jong-un. What I can do is recommend an insightful piece by Daniel Keating about the impacts of stress and anxiety on us that arise from… Read more »

Refugee Distress and Mental Health: Trauma AND Other Factors

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Clinical Assessment, Depression, Disorders of Childhood, General Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Health, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Think about what sports of factors might be involved in how refugees cope with distress once they have arrived in a relatively safe place and are trying to get on with their lives. Certainly the potentially horrific stressful events they endured in their original homes and in their flight towards safety could be important… Read more »

Resilience: What makes us stronger?

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Anxiety OC PTSD, Consciousness, Development of the Self, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: How is it that some people who experience traumatic events seem to do better in the long run than others? Decades ago Emmy Werner conducted a huge study on the island of Kauai in Hawaii (beginning in 1955) which ran for 32 years and which looked at the life experiences of every child born… Read more »