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Why People Are Crowding Beaches, Bars & Parties During a Pandemic

We see the photos of crowded beaches, bars, and parties across the United States on a weekly basis. Citizens of other countries are looking at the USA and scratching their heads thinking, “Why do they act like they do not care about the pandemic?” Restaurants are packed. Stores are full. The federal government and the prestigious Centers for Disease...

Podcast: Debating ‘Anti-Psychiatry’ Advocacy

  What is the “anti-psychiatry” movement? In today’s Not Crazy podcast, Gabe and Lisa get to the bottom of this mentality and debate the reasons and end-goals of people who are explicitly against medicalizing mental illness. What is behind their passion? What is their end-game? Do they have a good point or are they heading down a dangerous pathway?...

The Psychology of Native American Sports Mascots

Americans are starting to come to terms with the insidious nature of racism — in the way we act, how we speak about others different than us, and yes, even our team mascots. It’s a hard thing to realize that many of the things people took for granted or were seemingly “normal,” probably weren’t normal for every American. Take, for instance, Native...

Purposeful Parenting in the Preschool and Elementary Years

Now that the child is typically equipped with some language skills, this can be a really fun stage of purposeful parenting because of the feedback your child can offer in each of your interactions. Likely by now, your child has gained some control and insight into his or her emotions and you can continue to talk more about managing those as they learn...

Music: Insights on Listening to Improve Your Performance at Work

Music plays an important role in our life. It influences our emotions, eases stress and tension, and has therapeutic value. For example, listening to music before a medical procedure, such as a colonoscopy, reduces anxiety.  One of the questions people often ask is, “How does music influence our performance?” To answer this question, we have to distinguish...

How to Tell if It’s Time to Cut Your Losses: 6 Signs  

Should I stay or should I go? When we choose one path, we’re forced to surrender the other and either contend with loss and other repercussions of leaving, or forfeit a new opportunity and what might have been. Making a good choice involves predicting how the future will play out. To do this in an informed way requires knowing ourselves and having the...

6 Ways to Self-Soothe When Starved for Touch

“I can’t stop crying.” “I didn’t get my stimulus check and I have no idea how I’m going to pay my rent this month.” “My uncle died, and I can’t go to the funeral.” Every day, my social media feed fills with messages like these. People are anxious, immunocompromised, depressed, broke, lonely, and afraid. If ever there was a time for a hug, this is...

Psychology Around the Net: July 11, 2020

This week’s Psychology Around the Net explains the difference between emotional baggage and emotional success, dives into stereotypes and how to combat them, discusses mental health services for police officers amid today’s climate, and more. Stay well, friends! Mental-Health Advocates Push for More Services for Officers Amid Protests Over Policing:...

Purposeful Parenting the Infant or Toddler

Purposeful parenting can begin even before a child is born. It can even begin before pregnancy. It is recommended that a woman who plans to become pregnant begin taking prenatal vitamins at least a month prior to conception, if possible. This ensures the proper vitamin balance for optimal development and decreases the likelihood of developmental defects...

Lessons in Self-Talk

Self-talk is a constant stream of conversation running along inside of our heads — it is happening whether we are aware of it or not. Should I call her? Should I eat another doughnut? It can be positive or negative, motivational or instructional. It can be empowering, and it can be debilitating.  All of our environments are filtered through ourselves...

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