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Fascinating True Crime Documentaries or Books?

I am looking for recommendations for documentaries about true crime cases. [more inside]
posted by bearette on Aug 24, 2014 - 44 answers

What are some activities/dates I can do to boost confidence?

I haven't been feeling so confident lately. I know my SO could also be much happier if she felt a bit more confident. When we first met around 3 years ago, we were both extremely confident. Now we seem to have trouble being decisive, making decisions to better ourselves/get necessary things done, and choosing a restaurant or a date idea gets harder and harder. I would love ideas of things that could help with this. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Aug 11, 2014 - 26 answers

The psychology of antizinganism.

Where do I find a concise explanation of what it is that people are expressing when they resort to fear/hatred of the Roma? I'm aware it's a historied phenomenon, but I'd love to read more about what specific recurring cultural triggers are involved, as well as the mindset that's behind this specific choice of discrimination, and why it's proven such resilience throughout the ages. Thanks!
posted by progosk on May 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Heart Rate Monitoring on the Cheap

Dear Hive Mind, My friend (a graduate student in psychology) wants to collect physiological measures for her dissertation. However, she doesn't have much money with which to do so. What is the cheapest way for her to accurately record the heart rate of some undergraduates? How much more will it cost her to be able to export the data to a computer? Thanks 10^6, zscore
posted by zscore on Nov 12, 2013 - 15 answers

LCSWs and Psychology Ph.Ds, tell me about yourself

I'm looking for current LCSW and Clinical/Counseling Psychology PhD holders to give me "real life" information on the pros and cons of each degree. [more inside]
posted by metacognition on Nov 11, 2013 - 14 answers

What anecdote has a staff adding an intentional mistake to fixate boss?

I can't remember this anecdote for the life of me. But the jist was, a very picky director / designer / CEO's people would plant an intentional piece of ugliness (something off center, something ugly) into a project, or design, or film, to fixate him, so he wouldn't tear apart any other parts of the design. [more inside]
posted by condour75 on Nov 7, 2013 - 14 answers

Allied Health for a less-than-perfect specimen

So I'm a 23 year old recent college grad with a psychology degree and a long face. Why? No job, a shitty, inconsistent transcript to show for the last six years of my life ( barely eeking out a 3.0 because of significant and unrelenting problems with fatigue and depression, now somewhat under control), no work experience... oh, and I have cerebral palsy. All this helped build a brick wall almost impossible to see over, much less climb. This morning though, I managed to get bright-eyed and bushy tailed for all of five seconds after reading a Business Insider article that listed medical sonography as one of the best jobs available to those without a college degree. ( I've come to consider my degree a throwaway ( it's from a state school, it's in psychology, which makes me a decidedly un-special snowflake, and, like I said, the grades aren't frame worthy). Everything about medical sonography- the pay, the type of work, job growth and time-to-completion of the program is attractive. Trouble is, I leave much to be desired in terms of the physicality needed ( lifting, transporting patients, etc). What else can I do that offers all or many of these same benefits and is cripple friendly? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Californication: A post-college year in the Golden State

Having spent my entire life doing what was expected of me when and where I was supposed to do it and clinging fairly tightly to my parents and home life, I'd like to take the next year or so to inject some vigor and excitement into my young years before I settle for the rat race to the picket fence with my . I'm thinking the most drastic and simultaneously safest way to do this would be to spend time in California. I've been there twice and loved it each time. Trouble is that, given my unique set of circumstances, that's starting to look more like a pipe dream than a feasible reality. Is there any hope of finding a good, well-developed reason to move out there own my own, at least for a year? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 30, 2013 - 8 answers

Who originally thought of this dating-related experiment?

Write the numbers 1 to 20 on a set of cards, one per card but two cards of each number, put them on the foreheads of a group of twenty men and twenty women, and give them a couple minutes to try to pair up with the person of the opposite sex with the highest-ranked card: they will always end up with someone close to their own rank. Who originally thought of this? [more inside]
posted by renovatio1 on May 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Social/Online Marketing for a Therapist

My mom wants me to help her with her "online presence." How do you do that for a therapist? [more inside]
posted by mokin on Apr 2, 2013 - 22 answers

Psychological implications of bigotry

What happens psychologically to people who fight or confront bigotry for longer periods of time? Are there any studies about depression, PTSD or self-esteem issues? How do anti bigotry/discrimination organizations help their members with these problems?
posted by Foci for Analysis on Mar 31, 2013 - 8 answers

I keeping thinking out loud. Any way to keep my thoughts to myself?

I think aloud at times, be it when solving problems at work (I'm a programmer) or thinking through problems or stuff when walking. How can I curb it? [more inside]
posted by crowbar_of_irony on Mar 6, 2013 - 17 answers

Like the old Twinkie mystery, but with sex.

Got a message out of the blue on a social network the other day from an ex; mentioned it to my partner (we're both big believers in transparency when it comes to random messages from exes) and we're each taking a different read from the message, so we figured we'd turn to the hivemind for input. [more inside]
posted by MarchHare on Jan 10, 2013 - 60 answers

I have a problem with certain types of questions. Help me to understand why and how I can deal with my discomfort.

I have been struggling to figure something out. There are certain types of questions I have trouble with, and I would like to understand what types of questions these are, why am I so uncomfortable with them, and what can I do to make dealing with them less unpleasant. [more inside]
posted by matrushka on Dec 29, 2012 - 58 answers

I make experiment, you make experiment, inexplicably one is better than the other

How creativity is measured? [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Dec 17, 2012 - 6 answers

bool evo_psych;

Please provide me with well-cited or "convincing" sources which argue against evolutionary psychology and its validity as a science, as well as sources which argue for its validity. [more inside]
posted by Evernix on Sep 9, 2012 - 5 answers

EMS and Police peeps: want to hear your thoughts and opinions!

For the EMS/medic/police/etc. group, a question - how do you cope with what you see on a daily basis? Does it wear on you, psychologically? Any other tips for someone looking at going into the EMS field? Tips for one looking into the police field, specifically women officers? [Bunch of long-winded questions inside! =P] [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Aug 14, 2012 - 16 answers

Is This Situation Reversible?

Is there help or hope for my situation? Post- manic episode: insomnia, various medication trials, zombie brain state. [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Jul 4, 2012 - 9 answers

To Pay or Co-Pay, That Is The Question

I'm currently in therapy and unsure of whether I should use my insurance for it (thus saving money, but raising the possibility that I may be denied insurance later for a "pre-existing condition") or whether I should pay out-of-pocket (losing money, but averting the risk of a potential insurance hassle down the road). [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 on Jun 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Psychology of core belief changes

Have you or someone you have known ever radically changed a core belief system? How and why does deep psychological change occur? [more inside]
posted by j03 on Jun 10, 2012 - 43 answers

How to a influence and achieve organizational change?

How do you help guide others to recognize, accept, and work towards a unified vision resulting in orgazational change? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on May 28, 2012 - 6 answers

want to be more tolerate of different opinions, want to be calmer and more realitstic

how to you embrace different or opposite opinions from yours, instead of being offended or upset or pressured by it? [more inside]
posted by akomom on May 23, 2012 - 8 answers

I need someone to make sure I do my chores...

How can I find help keeping up with life? I need an option between permanent supportive housing and crap, I haven't taken out the trash or paid a bill in three months. [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on May 14, 2012 - 13 answers

So obvious, even a fool could understand it

How does one internalize advice that is an enumerated collection of pithy platitudes? [more inside]
posted by identitymap on May 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Not exactly The Matrix, but what?

What is the name (medical/psychological term?) for this feeling that "my life been a dream since that one event several years ago"? [more inside]
posted by vidur on May 2, 2012 - 6 answers

OMG your braid makes me so horny. (note: not really)

Help me understand the psychology of a sexual fetish. Most of the time I have no problem at all indulging my boyfriend's fetish and actually enjoy it myself. Occasionally it makes me feel insecure and shitty, which ruins it for him. How to deal? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Apr 13, 2012 - 36 answers

What's the universal self-description?

Sometime in the last century, a psychologist came up with a personality description designed so that the vast majority of people who read it would agree that it fit them. Who was he, and what was the description? [more inside]
posted by asterix on Jan 17, 2012 - 8 answers

Can you exercise your imagination to move very fast? and is there a paper on that, sort of?

Can people visualize themselves moving faster than they are physically capable of moving? [more inside]
posted by bleary on Dec 30, 2011 - 15 answers

Looking for readings on middle childhood

I'm looking for good readings on Middle Childhood, inspired by this New York Times article and my 5.5 year old son. [more inside]
posted by alms on Dec 26, 2011 - 4 answers

I can't just stop thinking, though that would probably fix things.

Breaking out of habitually intellectualizating my feelings - I'm looking for a how-to guide of some sort. Preferably not all about mindfulness. [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Nov 11, 2011 - 15 answers

This is not the time to be randomly guessing

How should I structure my gradual return to full-time work after two months off for a psychiatric illness? Have you actually done this, and if so, do you have tips? Have you even known or heard of someone who did a part-time transition after disability leave? All advice sought in creating my return-to-work plan. [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Oct 30, 2011 - 5 answers

What's it like being pregnant near delivery?

What's it like to be pregnant nearing delivery? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Oct 30, 2011 - 27 answers

Is it worth quitting my job to avoid separation anxiety for yound kids?

Ask people who knows child developmental psychology stuff about separation anxiety for 1 yr old. Will there be permanent damage to the kid? [more inside]
posted by akomom on Sep 29, 2011 - 13 answers

How can I avoid some rookie mistakes?

Any non-obvious tips for conducting a successful interview? I'm looking for perspectives both in general and also considering my situation. [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Sep 1, 2011 - 3 answers

Am I paying too much for therapy?

I found a CBT doctor here in NYC, Dr. Fader, and he charges $300 per session with no sliding scale. My insurance, United Healthcare, covers 70% after I hit my $500 deductible. So after hitting that I would be paying $90 out of pocket. Is this a typical amount to pay w/insurance? I'm asking because I can always look around, but this doctor is supposed to be very good and if it's a typical price I might as well stay with him. Thoughts?
posted by blunt_eastwood on Jul 19, 2011 - 20 answers

How do I find a good CBT doctor in NYC?

I have dystemic depression and I'd like to try CBT. I found an in-network doctor but he doesn't push me at all. Im looking for someone who will give me structured exercises and be tough on me. Im tired of just talking about things all the time. I have United Healthcare Insurance and I've found plenty of doctors in the directory, but I have no way of knowing if they are any good. Any ideas?
posted by blunt_eastwood on Jun 24, 2011 - 7 answers

Which is the better sign up method?

Psychological Question: which is better: let the customer get the trial subscription with minimal info required, or make them do a more formal sign up? [more inside]
posted by gnossos on May 11, 2011 - 16 answers

Good book on cognitive bias?

I'm looking for a good introductory book on the topic of cognitive bias. [more inside]
posted by facetious on Apr 28, 2011 - 12 answers

Control Issues

Control issues: help me find online resources and reading material [more inside]
posted by lover on Apr 17, 2011 - 8 answers

Searching for articles comparing efficacy of CBT versus other forms of treatment

I wanted to give someone a link to a paper comparing the efficacy of CBT versus other methods for treating depression, but I can't find it in my bookmarks. Could someone follow up with links/a link comparing the efficacies of treatments for depression? [more inside]
posted by bleary on Mar 20, 2011 - 6 answers

Uncontrolable crying

Why do I always start crying when I improvise a song or joke? [more inside]
posted by mattn on Mar 3, 2011 - 18 answers

Psychological barriers to sexuality

I have some friends who have had blocks in realizing their sexualities and I'm wondering what the cause of it is. I can't seem to find much information on this topic anywhere else. [more inside]
posted by antgly on Jan 7, 2011 - 20 answers

Horror stories do not make good bedtime stories.

Why do I read horror stories? Someone please explain it to me. [more inside]
posted by patheral on Dec 28, 2010 - 17 answers

How to stop being a worrywart?

How do I stop worrying? [more inside]
posted by antgly on Nov 16, 2010 - 19 answers

Good jobs for graduating BA/psychology student seeking work-life balance?

Good jobs for graduating BA/psychology student seeking work-life balance? [more inside]
posted by Jade_bug on Nov 3, 2010 - 15 answers

What do you think are the most interesting / surprising / perspective-changing findings in social/cognitive psychology?

What do you think are the most interesting / surprising / perspective-changing findings in social/cognitive psychology? I'm preparing a talk for a German hacker conference (27c3), mainly about cogsci & socpsych. Bonus points if it's something that has some element of demonstrating bias / illusion / manipulability, or if it can have a quick actual demonstration, since I try to make my talks as audience-interactive as possible. [more inside]
posted by saizai on Oct 28, 2010 - 25 answers

Know thyself. But how?

How do you come to know who you are? [more inside]
posted by mediocritease on Sep 11, 2010 - 53 answers

What was this video I was shown during an experiment?

When I was in college, probably in 1995 or 96, I was shown two short videos as part of an experiment that a graduate student in linguistics was conducting and then asked to describe the events in each. I was later told that the first video was from a well-known psychology experiment and was shown to subjects as a control. The experiment was about my reaction to the second video. Ever since then I've been wondering about that first video. [more inside]
posted by bq on Sep 2, 2010 - 2 answers

Swedish youth riots on a New Year's in 1953?

Industrial society and its past: Trying to find details and specifics about spontaneous youth riots on a New Year's Eve in Stockholm, Sweden in the 1950s. [more inside]
posted by renovatio1 on Jul 12, 2010 - 2 answers

Why men in the VIP are insecure?

Help me find this article: It's written buy a guy who used to work at nightclubs & it's an "inside look" at how nightclubs are designed to make men feel inferior & insecure so that they get expensive VIP table service. My google-fu has failed me and I don't remember where I saw the article. [more inside]
posted by MesoFilter on Jul 3, 2010 - 4 answers

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