There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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Mind tech life hacks for the curious.
Jeffrey N Pickens Ph.D.
In the near future, your smartwatch will signal when you're experiencing high stress, signalling you to perform a checkup, a stress-reduction module, and contact your therapist.
It's up to parents and educators to promote a new digital “netiquette" and online consumer savvy. Take the high road.
Technology is changing what we see and hear from around the world. We must think critically about what is real and what isn’t. Technology is making history and changing our world.
If you live for “likes,” your self-worth is in others' hands. Can we resolve to be kind online in 2022?
Will virtual therapists one day direct patients to click “less worrying” or “better sleep” on their therapy menu?
How do we distinguish psychology facts versus myths, and filter good versus bad data?
Could an earworm help boost your well-being?
Social media may not be good for everyone. Some are left behind in a digital domain. Are you nurturing your connections so that friends are still there when you unplug from the grid?
Accelerated by the pandemic, is a digital social life here to stay? And am I the only one that hopes we don’t let video contact become the default method of togetherness?
Don't count on social media to police information for you—the best arbiter of truth is your own capacity to understand that baloney, no matter how you slice it, is still baloney.
Is your life a yo-yo pattern of ups and downs? Manage your energy to "flatten your curve" and avoid overwhelming your mind-body system.
Are we mindful of the technology we use and the information "bubbles" we create? How will humanity preserve human connection beneath all the circuitry?
Offering companionship and more, robotic pets require little more than an occasional recharge. Can they provide real relief from loneliness in a technical age?
Contact tracing apps see where you’ve been, and who got close! Are contact tracing apps altruistic tech for a common good, or a form of electronic surveillance? Do you opt in?
In this time of quarantine and staying home; take a break to play. It likely has a positive effect on mind and body.
The risk of physical distancing is becoming too antisocial. The key to mental survival in this new reality is to search for positive assets and find the silver lining.
We call it clickbait for a reason, but how often should we take the bait and click these links?
Ever said that you didn't get an email when you secretly knew you did receive it? "Oh. It must have gone to the junk folder!" Really?
In Northern Latitudes, this time of year means less sunlight. What can we do to brighten up our days?
From apps that auto-pay bills, to email, texts, calendars, and video-chats, technologies can help you squeeze more “me-time” out of your busy days.
If you’ve done this exercise, you'll be more mindful of how you're spending your precious time.
A mood app encouraged me to click “emotion bubbles” to assess my emotions. But do I really need an app to explore my feelings?
Technology gives us new ways to express approval or disapproval. But the amplified sounds of many hands clapping may be deafening.
Summertime often means vacation time but many Americans blur the line between work and the rest of our lives. Maybe it's time for a real break?
As technology is increasingly applied to sex, what is the future of human sexuality?
A human-computer interface is coming. With helpful new technologies come profound ethical issues and behavior changes. How will we evolve in this Psychology-Technology space?
Is your brain ready for plug-and-play? Researchers are working on “brain modems”—high-bandwidth connections between mind and computer.
Some promising possibilities are emerging for depression treatment.
Dealing with loss revealed a love-hate relationship with technology. Coping included using tech to connect, plus a mental password to help us cope.
Trina was feeling gloomy. Her friends were enjoying the good cheer of the holiday season, but Trina sadly did not feel like participating. Read how Trina defused her winter blues!
Jeffrey Pickens, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and Director of Psychology Programs at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida.