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What the heck is wrong with my mother?!

My mom is well-meaning. She tries hard to be good and kind. I would be in dead a ditch without her. However, she is far and away the most emotionally manipulative person I have ever met. The most succinct way I can describe her behavior this: Every conversation about a problem-- even if it's not related to her behavior-- turns into a conversation about what a bad person she is. YANMPsychologist. But she doesn't have one and won't get one, and I need some kind of term to frame her behavior so I can look up resources on how to talk to her without wanting to scream. [more inside]
posted by the liquid oxygen on Mar 4, 2013 - 28 answers

How can I achieve a state of creative flow as a writer?

When I'm racing to meet a writing deadline, I feel a sense of exhilaration, momentum, and flow. How can achieve that state on a regular basis so I can make steady progress on my writing? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Feb 27, 2013 - 17 answers

Wellness Recovery Action Plan

Does anyone have any experience with a mental health program called WRAP, Wellness Recovery Action Plan. It was developed by Mary Ellen Copeland and it looks like groups exist all over the English-speaking world. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2013 - 1 answer

why do men spit in urinals and keep flushing while pissing?

OK, weird question this week, but I have wondered about this for a while. I've noticed in public bathrooms there are a lot of men who either 1) spit in the urinal continuously while peeing or 2) keep pulling the flush handle while standing there pissing or 3) do both of these at the same time. I'm sure there are multiple reasons for why to do this, but I am curious as to your speculations about why they are doing it. Is the spitting some way of being macho? Is the constant flushing some way of disposing that which is "dirty"? the "normative" behavior is to piss and then flush, so why this variant (which also wastes a lot of water BTW)? Why the combination of both spitting and flushing? I think we may reveal something about male psychology or social ideology here.
posted by cmp4Meta on Feb 17, 2013 - 18 answers

Help Me Reduce Friendship "Churn"

I have a system to develop new friends while simultaneously measuring whether they're worthwhile, allowing me to toss users and losers into the discard piles. However, I worry that the intensity of this filtering process may inadvertently be eliminating some perfectly decent people. Snowflake details below. [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 on Feb 15, 2013 - 47 answers

Give me happy

I'm looking for some of the best books/articles/podcasts/videos about positive psychology. Self-help books are fine, as long as they are well-founded in research. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Feb 14, 2013 - 10 answers

Could/should I find the man whose psychosis was directed at me?

About a decade ago I started University in the UK. Towards the end of my first year a friend I made began to become paranoid. His behaviour towards me was particularly troubling, and eventually rumours circulated that he had been institutionalised. I have always wondered what happened to him, and if he is OK. My concerns linger these many years later, but tracking him down online has achieved nothing. Is there any way I can find out if everything turned out alright for him, preferably without causing too many ripples? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Squicked by real gore, fine with fake gore...why?

Have there been any actual studies shedding light on the disparate reactions of (most?) adult humans to real versus fake scenes involving blood, guts, injuries, etc.? More to the point, is there any sort of evidence that as a species we're good at identifying simulated blood, etc., at a glance despite it superficially "looking real", and what physiological markers might indicate this? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Feb 11, 2013 - 18 answers

How do I find a psychiatrist?

I have had a lot of trouble finding a psychiatrist to help with ADD issues. I am in Northern NJ, USA and have insurance but it has been surprisingly hard to find a competent person to consult. [more inside]
posted by JayNolan on Feb 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Summer research grants / scholarships for science undergraduates?

What are some non-institution-specific scholarships or grants for someone who wants to do primate research this summer? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on Feb 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Proven techniques for reponding to the Help Rejecting Complainer?

We all have one in our life. They come to us, over and over again, with a particular problem or quandary. Yet they don't seem to want to address the problem. Trying to be helpful, we offer suggestions or ideas, each of which is shot down. The process repeats itself again and again, you feeling more frustrated each time. Surely there must be a better way.
posted by mintchip on Feb 4, 2013 - 22 answers

When the DSM-5 comes out, are you automatically given a new diagnosis?

The DSM-5 is coming. I have a diagnosis that is being revamped in the new edition, the name is totally different. Does my doctor do a new evaluation and converts it over, or just converts it himself by clicking some things in a computer, or does the wording/paperwork/dx code stay the same? Also, does everything have to be reevaluated since there are minor changes to many things? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on Feb 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Why is anger the most problematic emotion?

My theory is that, of all the emotions, people find anger the hardest to deal with. I know people don't like strong emotions in general, but they seem to be worse at coping with others' anger than in the case of other strong emotions. Why is that? [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat on Feb 1, 2013 - 51 answers

Breaking Societal Norms: The quintessential sociology assignment. Help!

I am taking a very new, unique class this semester at my university, which has a final project related to "breaking social norms." The teacher implied the project should most likely have some videotaping or physical results, and manipulate social norms for a better/more positive outcome. Sky is the limit on this project, there are very few guidelines and boundaries, and I'm not sure where to go with it. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by unmouton88 on Jan 24, 2013 - 29 answers

Master's in Developmental Psychology at full price

Convince me not to get a Master's degree. I'm looking into a program at Columbia which would be at full price, which is not cheap. I'd like you to convince me not to attend, or tell me why it's a good idea after all. [more inside]
posted by Rock 'em Sock 'em on Jan 24, 2013 - 21 answers

Online degree for Child Development / Education?

Asking for a friend: can you recommend a reputable (presumably brick and mortar) university that has a good online program for child development or early childhood education? [more inside]
posted by scooterdog on Jan 22, 2013 - 1 answer

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

Happiness as a choice for the clinically depressed?

I've been constantly told that key to being okay again is to "choose one's happiness" - both by strangers on the internet and the very closest people in my life. I've been diagnosed with mild-to-severe depression and anxiety for three years now (there is a bit more to that, though). Since most of the before-mentioned friends (etc) wanted me to stop taking antidepressants, I am without them for now. So, since everything I found by sending my queries to Google was meant for "normal people" who are "feeling a bit depressed", I would be grateful to know how these approaches apply to those with actual mental health issues, if they do at all. [more inside]
posted by 9080 on Jan 9, 2013 - 36 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

What me worry?

Human Existence Filter: Does everyone have pervasive "background radiation" of anxiety/fear/worry? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2012 - 42 answers

Do you know about any researchers studying human behavior with regard to motivation, habits, and goal-setting, or books/papers about those topics?

Do you know about any researchers studying human behavior with regard to motivation, habits, and goal-setting, or books/papers about those topics? [more inside]
posted by markbao on Dec 19, 2012 - 9 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

Is therapy a good career choice these days?

Is masters' level therapy a smart career choice right now? [more inside]
posted by sunrisecoffee on Dec 11, 2012 - 8 answers

The Complete Idiot's Guide To Human Feelings

I am looking for books that will introduce basic emotional literacy concepts to an adult. An adult with strong tendencies toward avoidant, anti-social, narcissistic, and paranoid behavior. No, I'm not using those terms lightly. [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Dec 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Have degree, won't travel (outside Chicago)!

I've been in school my whole life and now am a licensed psychologist in Chicago. Help me get paid! [more inside]
posted by steve.wdc on Nov 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Which of these paths will point me in the best direction?

Please help me pick the most relevant program for my career/education goals. [more inside]
posted by Malleable on Nov 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Okay technically I lied.

Milgram Experiment: Give me examples of other psychological experiments which involved false pretenses. [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian on Nov 9, 2012 - 17 answers

Is there a science of division?

Is there a science of division? (i.e. Models of the phenomenon that communities often split into two blocs with some degree of mutual antagonism. And/or empirical data that such models could be compared against.) [more inside]
posted by philipy on Nov 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Really GRE Psychology Subject Exam scores? Really?

Are these really the average scores for the Psych GRE? 577 at Master's level and 633 at the doctoral level. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Nov 7, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I deal with my short-tempered husband?

How do I deal with my short-tempered husband? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2012 - 22 answers

The greengrocer snaps!

What is it like to realize you live in a totalitarian system? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Oct 20, 2012 - 23 answers

Why do so many people have the same dreams?

Are there any physiological explanations for why so many people have the same dreams? [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Oct 12, 2012 - 22 answers

Why would you want someone to say that to you?

Why are humiliation and/or degradation sexually exciting for some? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Oct 10, 2012 - 18 answers

Help me turn my interests into a career!

Please help me figure out potential careers based on my interests and the best paths to obtain them. Psychology, economics, statistics? Market research? Psychometrics? [more inside]
posted by Malleable on Oct 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Public Radio Fundraising Changeup

Our local public radio station has switched up their fundraising tactics for their fall fund drive, and I'm curious about the change. Anyone have any insider knowledge in public radio fundraising? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Oct 1, 2012 - 19 answers

The Games People Play

What "games" do you play to boost your mood or help you see things in a different light? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Sep 30, 2012 - 26 answers

Seeking mental health resources for young Italian man

What are low-cost or online resources for a young Italian man with anxiety disorder and/or depression in Rome? [more inside]
posted by vincele on Sep 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Need help with child (6 y.o.) with extreme acting-out. Where to get help?

Need help with child (6 y.o.) with extreme acting-out. Where to get help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2012 - 27 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

Psychologist/Psychatrist?

I need to see a psychologist/psychiatrist to be screened for ADD and perhaps some other stuff as I've been having issues functioning. I'd been diagnosed with ADHD as a teen. I do not have insurance and work only a part time job. Help? [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Sep 6, 2012 - 13 answers

Paging Dr. Freud--and his 21st century medical school reading list.

Paging Dr. Freud--and his 21st century medical school reading list. [more inside]
posted by availablelight on Aug 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Resources on Adult Attachment Therapy?

I may be starting adult attachment therapy in the next week, on the advice of a crisis counselor and after a few years of on-and-off treatment for anxiety and depression that's not getting me very far. Point me to some quality, hopefully easy to find resources that can spell out what the experience might be like. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2012 - 4 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

STFU

Do you take or have experience with propranolol for anxiety or behaviour management? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 10, 2012 - 10 answers

twitter + science!

I'm interested in psychology, public health, and aging. Who should I be following on Twitter? [more inside]
posted by leedly on Jul 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Finding interesting soc/psych research to discuss

A group of friends and I, all recent college graduates, have decided to meet weekly to discuss interesting recent sociology and psychology research. How would we go about finding it outside of ScienceDaily, and - more importantly - how can we access it now that we're all without database access?
posted by LSK on Jul 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Good mental/emotional specialists in Seattle?

Looking for a relatable, compassionate, pill-free mental/emotional/marital health specialist in Seattle, for a spouse who hates doctors. Any recommendations (or advice in general)? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2012 - 9 answers

I'm always dreaming, even when I'm awake; it is never finished.

So, this might not even be a problem; I’m not sure, but I dream too much. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Jul 25, 2012 - 13 answers

If it bleeds, it leads (forever?)

I'm looking for a link to studies that show people hold on to false beliefs (particularly via incorrect news accounts, accusations, or gossip) even after those facts have been proven false by the very same media outlets or sources. [more inside]
posted by stagewhisper on Jul 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Partner's depression triggered by someone we can't avoid, what to do?

The trigger for my partner's depression? Contact with his child's mother. Need solutions for both of us. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2012 - 14 answers

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