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Gregg Henriques Ph.D.
We know high trait neuroticism is associated with anxiety and depression. Can very low trait neuroticism be a problem?
We need to shift from a social influence focus to one that cultivates relational value.
What defines modern natural science? Energy? Empiricism? This blog argues the key is behavior.
What is the difference between objective scientific psychology and subjective folk psychology and how should we bridge the two?
The Influence Matrix maps the human relationship system by blending two dimensions from attachment theory with two from the Interpersonal Circumplex.
One meaning of the word empirical is subjective and interior, whereas a second is objective and exterior. The epistemological gap applies only to the former.
Moralizing is problematic. Engage in reflective ethical decision making instead.
Negative situations that trigger negative feelings that trigger negative reactions drive people into neurotic states.
Two new developments are emerging in the field of psychotherapy integration that can help to advance the field.
Is the self the true essence of what we are? Is it a myth? A new model helps provide answers.
Do you know the vertical layers of the psyche?
Slow down, question strong reactions, and ask others for their “intuitive” take.
The COVID crisis showed how group decision-making can be chaotic and polarized. The General Collective Intelligence platform is a model for how we might do better in the future.
Trying to approach the human condition through quick fixes and the latest research findings is deeply misguided. Psychology needs a new direction.
The ego is one of the most important but complicated constructs in psychology. Here's why we can think of it as the mental organ of justification.
Psychology defines its subject matter by the methods of science. This is deeply flawed.
The complicated motives that sometimes underlie giving.
Physical processes, conscious experience, and the social construction of reality are three major philosophical perspectives on the nature of reality.
Science is mindblind. We can fix this by applying the Unified Theory of Knowledge to see animal-mental evolution, culture-person evolution, and idiographic subjectivity.
Four scientific worldviews are described that adopt different stances on reductionism, emergence, and the nature of consciousness.
The idea that science tells us that everything can be explained just by physical processes is wrong and silly.
Consciousness has three basic meanings: 1) functional awareness and responsivity; 2) subjective experience of being; and 3) explicit self-conscious awareness.
Looking at the world through the lens of the Periodic Table of Behavior helps make sense of how to see the world as a scientist.
Mapping the mind across four vertical and three horizontal dimensions.
A leading integrative psychotherapist shares his views on five core principles that define the processes of adaptive therapeutic change.
A philosopher claims there have been three big bangs. He is missing the fourth.
There are five basic evolutionary steps that, when taken together, allow us to map human consciousness.
Healthy justification systems are crucial to mental health. The "Three C Method" is a simple, effective way to move in that direction.
A new level is emerging in the 21st Century. Given that, we can now choose wisely as we consciously evolve.
Properly defined, mind should be thought of in four ways: as a kind of behavior; as neurocognition; as subjective experience; and as self-conscious justification.
Gregg Henriques, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at James Madison University.