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8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

8 Negative Thoughts of Chronically Unhappy People

Helping Students Leverage Skills Learned in Psychology

Psychology majors should shift focus from requirements to skills

War: What Is It Good For?

Education can only profit when its researchers have truly open minds.

Liminal Insanity

A psychiatrist demystifies institutions that house the unpredictably dangerous.

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How Clinical Psychology Programs Get Wussified

Aren’t therapists supposed to be able to stomach strong emotion, confront conflict, keep calm, and carry on?

Teaching Evolves?!

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on March 23, 2015 in Head of the Class
The lecture isn't dead—but it is no longer the only approach college and university faculty use in their teaching.

Universities Not Immune to Implicit Bias

Implicit bias is evident across academic departments, including in the sciences, where one might be tempted to believe that applications are more likely to be evaluated objectively.

Carl Rogers' Person-Centered Approach

Is non-directive therapy the same as client-centered therapy?

It's a Wrap!

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on March 03, 2015 in Head of the Class
How can we get students to review what they did wrong on exams and papers?

Searching for the Topless Classroom

Many professors teach in a bottomless way. The class I observed was topless.

Thinking of Teaching Psychology at the College Level?

What you need to know if you are considering being a psychology professor

How to Encourage Non-Liberal Students in Psychology

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on February 23, 2015 in Rabble Rouser
How do you encourage non-liberal students to pursue careers in the social sciences? It is simple. Stop being hostile to them and their ideas. What a shock. If one creates an environment safe and supportive for all students, regardless of their politics, non-left students become interested in psychology.

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

All of us experience negative thoughts from time to time. How we manage our negative attitudes can make the difference between confidence versus fear, hope versus despair, mastery versus victimhood, and victory versus defeat. Here are eight negative attitudes of chronically unhappy people...

Don't Say That

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on February 10, 2015 in Head of the Class
Students sometimes say the darnedest things—can we help them to think a bit before blurting?

The Psychology of Torture

By Jay Richards Ph.D. on February 04, 2015 in The Violent Mind
Cognitive behavioral theory got it wrong, but how?

Don Jones: Make Art (Therapy), Not War

Don Jones was part of a unique generation of individuals who simultaneously arrived at the idea of “art therapy" in the 1940s. His legacy and impact on mental health practice began when he became conscientious objector during World War II; that juncture not only changed his life, it set him on a path to help found a new field and profession.

My Top 10 Best Careers for Psychology Today Readers

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 25, 2015 in How To Do Life
In-demand, psychologically-oriented careers that offer money and satisfaction.

APA Should Expel Psychologists Who Torture

By Jay Richards Ph.D. on January 21, 2015 in The Violent Mind
How could clinical psychology, a profession with an extensive code of professional ethics, be embroiled in condoning and participating in torture? We must face the implications of this ugly truth.

Helping Students Leverage Skills Learned in Psychology

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on January 21, 2015 in Head of the Class
Psychology majors, like most undergraduates, are future-oriented--they look to what will happen after they graduate. But getting there, they often focus more on completing required courses ("hoop jumping") than thinking about what particular and important skills they have learned in their courses, skills that they can share with prospective employers, among others.

War: What Is It Good For?

By APA Division 15 on January 14, 2015 in PsychEd
Researchers in the educational sciences seem to spend more time fighting paradigm wars than developing better education. It’s time we beat our pens (or word processors) into ploughshares, and see education—and the sciences that try to describe and even predict it—as a true ecological system where different paradigms ‘work’ at different levels for different things.

What Would Your Professors Say About You?

Dear students: Here are some questions you can ask yourselves about your behavior, along with possible thoughts instructors may have about them.

6 Tips for Dealing With Passive-Aggressive People

Are you dealing with someone who’s passive-aggressive in your life? Relating to a passive-aggressive person can be a difficult experience, with many moments of frustration, anger, and despair. How can you stay on top of the situation and maintain your equanimity? Here are keys to successfully handle passive-aggressive personal relationships...

The Move Away from Abstinence Based Addiction Treatment

By Richard Taite on January 07, 2015 in Ending Addiction for Good
The face of addiction treatment is changing, and not for the better.

How To Spot and Stop Narcissists

Pathological narcissists often come across as grandiose, egotistical, manipulative, self-absorbed, and highly conceited. It's not easy when you have such an individual in your personal or professional life. How can you spot and stop a narcissist? Here are seven important keys...

Dollars & Sense

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 02, 2015 in Minority Report
Are you a therapist struggling with the business aspect of therapy? Is your conscience making you compromise on setting healthy boundaries pertaining to fees, late cancellations, and sliding scale clients to name a few? Whether you're aware of this or not, if you don't reconcile your issues related to money, it can impact your effectiveness as a therapist to clients.

7 Keys to Increasing Your Self-Esteem Today!

Self-esteem can be defined as healthy respect for yourself, as well as healthy self-worth. In our competitive society, the propensity to be affected by low self-esteem is chronic and pervasive. The good news is that having low-self-esteem is largely a learned phenomenon. Here are seven keys to enhancing self-esteem...

Christmas Longings: How Best to Savor the Holiday?

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on December 26, 2014 in Head of the Class
Christmas comes earlier and earlier and stays longer and longer--are we losing something by stretching out the holiday season for too long a time?

An Eye For Talent

By Jesse Marczyk on December 23, 2014 in Pop Psych
How well does the peer-review system serve science?

The 100 Best Jobs. Is Yours On the List?

The U.S. News publishes a listing of the best jobs each year based on salary, job security, and potential for work-life balance. What are the top jobs in the U.S., and where is your job on the list?

Psychologists’ Involvement in Torture and the APA

By Kristi Pikiewicz PhD on December 19, 2014 in Meaningful You
Mitchell and Jessen, owners of a Washington based consulting firm contracted with the CIA for $181 million to conduct "enhanced interrogations."

4 Ways Your Boss Could Ruin Your Work Career

No matter how hard you try to advance in your job, there are several ways that your boss can ruin your work career – some are obvious, some not so. How to keep your boss from sabotaging you and to keep your career on track.

Let’s Take the Bell Curve Away from the Classroom

The bell curve has been used in education for decades - as a way to discriminate "the good" students from "the bad" students. This approach to education flies in the face of education itself - which is all about inspiring young minds to learn about the nature of the world and their place in it. I think it's time to take the bell curve out of education.

How to Get the Most Value from a Career Counselor or Coach

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 18, 2014 in How To Do Life
Career consultants are most likely to help you after you've landed a job.

My Favorite Gift This Year

This semester I develop what I considered a great metaphor to help students use the skills they are learning. But was the metaphor an effective teaching device? Was there a lasting impact?