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Psychotherapy Online: A Stillpoint Investigation (2016)

These are a series of six blog posts that took place over a year of research into the development and practice of psychotherapy by way of video …

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"I'll Do It Later" – Children's Academic Procrastination

The bulk of the research on procrastination has been conducted on undergraduate students. This isn’t surprising, as most psychological research has …

Procrastination

Your parenting is the problem: We spend more time and money on parenting than ever — but we are getting worse

Your kids only eat fries? Run the show at home? It’s on you: “Let kids decide” switched adult authority to children<p><i>Parents Adrift</i><p>I knew what I wanted to say. But I didn’t say it.<p>Al and Mary McMaster (all names have been changed, except where noted) have two daughters, Tara and Margo.<p>Mom brought …

Parenting

Parenting, Social Media, and Boundaries

Several years ago, my then-4-year-old daughter made a hilarious remark at the dinner table. When my husband and I had finished laughing, she beamed …

Social Media

Cyber Bullying: 9 Tips to Overcome It - What to do

Top 9 Tips For Dealing With Cyberbullying<p>From our research, we found that up to <b>17% of young people experience cyberbullying before the age of 25</b>… but …

What is Adolescent Egocentrism?

Have you ever wondered if your tween thought the world revolved around him or her? You might not be far from the truth.<p>Adolescent egocentrism is …

‘Like’ it or not, teen brain is primed to join the crowd

About the easiest action you can take in social media is to "like" a tweet or a photo.<p>If you're a teenager, your brain is particularly primed to "like" what others have "liked," according to researchers from UCLA.<p><i>[What it's like today to be 13 years old]</i><p>Their new study, published in Psychological …

Social Media

The Lean Muscle Diet

Principle No. 1 <br>You Need to Eat More Food<p>If you have a Taco Bell Cheesy Gordita Crunch habit, the first step is easy: Limit your intake of anything with a name that includes the words "cheesy," "gordita," and/or "crunch."<p>But you still need to eat something, and whatever it is, it'll have calories …

61 Ways to Lose Weight

Small changes can lead to really great results<p>A few years ago, one of my friends at <i>Men's Health</i> stepped on the scale and was horrified by the result. He'd somehow managed to pack 20 pounds of flab onto his previously skinny frame. When he looked into the mirror, he saw a fat guy staring back. He …

Nutrition

Carl Jung review – analytical psychology as a cultural project

From childhood fantasies of a giant phallus to his relationship with Freud, Paul Bishop has written a wonderfully rich biography of Jung<p>This excellent addition to the Critical Lives series is, says Paul Bishop, "a biography of Jung in books". In particular, Bishop locates Jung in a philosophical …

Remote South Pacific islands you can visit (without a sailboat)

Have you ever wanted to get way, way - and perhaps even one extra 'way' - off the beaten path? The vast Pacific ocean presents no shortage of opportunities for those seeking isolation. If you don't know your aft from your starboard, these five island nations are about as far as you can go - no …

Loneliness

16 Things Master Travelers Do Differently

We all know our basic travel rules (Book in advance! Don't overpack!), but after years of the work-travel-work-travel grind, they can become nothing but empty mantras, tacked onto a list of stale travel habits that don't serve to improve our experience much at all.<p><i>Travel masters</i>, however, are those …

48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

Jodhpur Is an Oasis in the Middle of the Mad Rush of India

For a respite from the frenetic bustle of New Delhi and Mumbai, head to Jodhpur to kick back among the deep history of the “Land of Death."<p>An …

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Loneliness

In Defense of (Conceptually Messy) Psychology

In a recent post at <i>The Daily Beast</i>, Will Wilkinson lambasts the field of psychology. His launching point is a recent paper by Nicholas Brown, Alan Sokal (of Sokal Hoax fame) and Harris Friedman that seriously challenges the math behind a much-touted claim in positive psychology: that achieving a …

Mars One: The psychology of isolation, confinement and 24-hour Big Brother

Those sent to live and die on the red planet face untold risk of mental illness<p>Since April, thousands of people have applied to take a one-way trip to Mars. Following further stages of selection and training, the plan is for the first four astronauts to lift off in 2022. After a seven-month journey …

Psychology books of the year – review

Books with a literary or philosophical angle gained the ascendancy in 2013 after a period of domination by the neuroscientists<p>• See Robin McKie's science books of the year here<p>Ever since its origins in the late 19th century, psychology has been a double discipline. There are the laboratory …

Are all psychological therapies equally effective? Don't ask the dodo

The claim that all forms of psychotherapy for mental illness are winners, known as the Dodo Bird Verdict, has been dealt a blow<p>"<i>Everybody</i> has won and <i>all</i> must have prizes," declared the dodo in Alice in Wonderland when asked to judge the winner of a race around a lake. As judgements go, it is …

How to trek to Everest Base Camp

Mount Everest has captivated intrepid men and women since the 1920s. The exploits of legends such as George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay put the mighty mountain on the map; thousands have followed, making huge sacrifices – many with their lives – in their own attempts to the …

Mountaineering

Scientists harness the power of games to heal the brain

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, are looking at ways video game technology can be used to improve or heal the brain, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.<p>Dr. Adam Gazzaley's neuroscience lab at UCSF is currently looking into the effectiveness of using video games to target …

The psychology of spiritualism: science and seances

The idea of summoning the spirits took thrilling hold of the Victorian imagination – and has its adherents now. But the psychology behind spiritualism is more intriguing<p>As the evenings get darker and the first hint of winter hangs in the air, the western world enters the season of the dead. It …

11 Psychological Stories That Will Make You Worry for Your Sanity

There are books that simply scare you, and then there are books that actually get into your head. Maybe you call them thrillers; others deal with …

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Six people were killed when an airstrike hit an MSF-supported health center in Idlib, and many more civilians are endangered by the escalating …

The dark side of psychology in abuse and interrogation

This week the Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) have published the most comprehensive study on the role of psychologists in the War on Terror. At 269 pages, the full report is as detailed as it is grim, concluding that American psychologists …

Was Nelson Mandela the pinnacle of human psychology?

He was regarded by many as the rarest of psychological gemstones: a self-actualised human being<p>Within a matter of hours, the death of Nelson Mandela attracted tributes ranging from the trite and prepackaged to the heartfelt and memorable. His achievements in the face of adversity notwithstanding, …

The 13 Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2013

After the best biographies, memoirs, and history books of 2013, the season’s subjective selection of best-of reading lists continue with the most stimulating psychology and philosophy books published this year. (Catch up on the 2012 roundup here and 2011’s here.)<p>1. ON LOOKING: ELEVEN WALKS WITH …

The Social Psychology of the Selfie

The "selfie." I kind of cringe every time I hear that word, imagining Myspace-style angles, duck faces, peace signs and dirty mirrors. I'm not alone …

Psychopathy: A Cultural Reality?

<b>Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.</b><p>Stalin, Draper, Caulfield, Salander. No, it's not the latest name of Mad Men's pivotal ad agency. It's part of a list of people one could classify as psychopaths.<p>"Strange answers to the …

Psychology

I Heart My City: Jo’s Cape Town

Jo Duxbury got bitten by the travel bug early, having grown up in Cape Town, with grandparents in the UK. After spending 9 years in London – a perfect travel base and the starting point for her solo round-the-world trip in 2004 — Jo returned to Cape Town and now runs her own marketing consultancy. …