Category: Psychology & Self-Improvement

Psychology Around the Net: July 11, 2020

Stay well, friends! Mental-Health Advocates Push for More Services for Officers Amid Protests Over Policing: Law enforcement and mental health experts agree that mental health support programs for police officers are especially important now, during the nationwide protests over police brutality and racism. According to Dr. Michael Bizzarro, the director of clinical services for first […]

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Purposeful Parenting the Infant or Toddler

While purposeful parenting is focused on optimizing opportunities for stimulation and growth for the child, it should not be confused with an idea of attaining parental perfection. Simply just initiating an attempt at purposeful parenting is a wonderful way to impact the growth of the child positively. It does not mean that you have to […]

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Lessons in Self-Talk

The Filter Imagine you live in an apartment building in Chicago. If your downstairs neighbor has negative self-talk and your upstairs neighbor has positive self-talk, then the way they experience the same environment will be significantly different.  On a spring day in Chicago, as it begins to rain, the downstairs neighbor might be upset about […]

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Podcast: Psych Central Turns 25 This Year

Join us as Gabe and Dr. Grohol talk about the past, present and future of Psych Central. SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Guest information for ‘John Grohol-Psych central’ Podcast Episode John M. Grohol, Psy.D. is a pioneer in online mental health and psychology. Recognizing the educational and social potential of the Internet in 1995, Dr. Grohol has transformed […]

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COVID-19: Too Much Time to Think

Pre-COVID, we had a million distractions. It was safe to roam the earth. You could go to a store for a little shopping without fearing for your life. You could venture out to a restaurant and have a meal cooked for you. Heck, you could even take your kid to a drama class, which is […]

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Ridiculing the Experts Who Just Might Save Us: Why Is This Happening?

Maybe some of them did. But one of the students was indignant, and she let me know it. The new findings contradicted what she had just read in the textbook I assigned for the course. She thought she should be able to rely on the textbook to tell her the truth about nonverbal communication.  At […]

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Maintaining Sanity while Working at Home with Kids

“I remember telling my wife, ‘We’ve got this’ when we first went into lockdown. Our kids, ages 8 and 10, love to do craft projects and they are both readers. How hard could it be? Was I ever wrong! — My teacher wife struggles to put math lessons online. Until a week ago, she still […]

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Podcast: Religion’s Role in Mental Illness Treatment

Tune in for a deep discussion on religion and severe mental illness, including Rachel’s 3-day exorcism experience at age 17. (Transcript Available Below) Subscribe to Our Show! And Please Remember to Rate & Review Us! Guest Information for ‘Rachel Star Wither- Religion Mental Illness’ Podcast Episode Rachel Star Withers is the host of the Inside […]

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Midlife Eating Disorders in Quarantine

An eating disorder is a mental illness that thrives in isolation — and those in recovery have been finding themselves in “survival mode” during this time. This unprecedented crisis has brought with it a sense of feeling out of control — from how to prevent ourselves from catching the virus, to how long we need […]

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Do You Have Too Much Self-Doubt — or Not Enough?

Self-doubt is often a nagging remnant from our past. If we were often told that we’re wrong or won’t amount to anything, we internalize the message that we can’t succeed in life. We need positive mirroring in order to develop healthy self-worth. Frequent shaming leaves us with the sense of being inadequate or defective. We […]

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Psych Central: Reflections & Gratitude After 25 Years

If you’re not familiar with the background on the inspiration for founding Psych Central, you may want to check it out. (You can also read this interview with me about 25 years of Psych Central.) The Past I began Psych Central as my personal web page back in early 1995 to house the resources I […]

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Psychology Around the Net: July 4, 2020

Here in America, not only does July usher in the birthday celebrations of these United States, but since 2008 July has also been the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, or Minority Mental Health Month, or even BIPOC Mental Health Month (Mental Health America has decided to phase out the word “minority” […]

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Building a Therapeutic Alliance with a Dreamer: Trials and Tribulations of an Undocumented Immigrant

As an undocumented child, she was told to never reveal her immigration status to anyone, including her teachers and peers. At the playgrounds, she remained cautious when forming new bonds with peers. She learned to manipulate and deflect conversations away from topics that might reveal this vulnerable identity. The only time she could talk about […]

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How to Help a Family Member with an Addiction

Listen  Pay attention to what your loved one is saying and doing. Listen to both verbal and nonverbal cues. What are the warning signs? Those struggling with addiction will usually voice warning signs, or these can be found in their body language.  One parent I worked with said she could tell her teenage son was […]

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Podcast: Motherhood and The Dragon of Self-Doubt

Do you struggle to feel “good enough” as a parent or a partner? Do you feel desperate to get that next job promotion? Do you call yourself “fat” or a host of other ugly names? Tune in for real strategies to overcome these self-doubt dragons. SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Guest information for ‘Katherine Wintsch- Self-Doubt Motherhood’ […]

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The Purposeful Parenting Mindset

While there has never been any doubt that a parent’s intentionality with their children’s growth and development influences the child’s success, this influence has previously not been emphasized quite to the extent it is today.  When you think of child development, it likely brings to mind the earliest stages of life. Rightly so, for these […]

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You Can Find Peace in Difficult Times

Where can you squeeze in these moments? It only takes a news report or controversial comment to see that problems today are very real. And these are important. Doing what you can when you can is one way to achieve peace about issues. Plan and make your efforts as meaningful as possible. The feeling of […]

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Models of Social Interaction Do Not Reflect Current Social Life 

The reason is that the physical world is the most desirable of worlds because theories about normal human behavior were developed back when the internet was still a pipe dream and over a decade before social media tore apart our social fabric.  An analogy from the car industry would be measuring how much we drive […]

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Personal Boundaries and Building Self Love

Boundaries are in place from early in your life and are taught and learned in childhood. Social learning theorist Albert Bandura (1977) often spoke on his theory of modeling and imitation which can extend to teaching concepts such as boundaries. For example, if caregivers model and teach firm boundaries for themselves and their children, then […]

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Why Deep Breathing Helps Calm Anxiety

Deep Abdominal Breathing Reduces Anxiety and Stress According to the American Institute of Stress, 20-30 minutes of deep breathing daily is effective in reducing both anxiety and stress. It has to be breathing deeply through the abdomen to produce the best results. What happens during deep abdominal breathing is that the oxygen breathed in stimulates […]

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Are You Able to Receive or Are You Just Taking?

If our religious or cultural upbringing taught us that receiving means we’re selfish, then this belief may disallow us from letting in good things. In addition, we may carry emotional wounds that make it challenging to receive. Our love receptors may have atrophied if we grew up with lots of shaming, criticism, or abuse. We […]

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5 Reasons Your Definition of Love Sets You Up for Failure

The definition of love, on the other hand, is harder to pin down. And so much more complicated when what you think you know is both ironic and contradictory. Love is fleeting. Love is forever. It’s all-consuming, yet mercurial. Difficult to keep. A marriage is love that lasts a lifetime, though you better enjoy the […]

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Psychology Around the Net: June 27, 2020

Stay well, friends! Does ‘Mommy Brain’ Last? Study Shows Motherhood Does Not Diminish Attention: Well, not sure I’m buying this just yet (ha!), but new research out of Purdue University might have debunked the “mommy brain” theory. By studying mothers who were at least one year postpartum — and not early postpartum, as most earlier […]

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