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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

Hope for Recovery and Repair?

Recovery from severe depression + sleep deprivation + personality change possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 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

Can you really hold down a job? REALLY?

How do you figure out whether or not your mental illness is serious enough to (basically) permanently stop working? Are there books or worksheets you can use to sort this out? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Jun 22, 2012 - 13 answers

I am not a psychologist; is there a book that lets me play one in the mirror?

It seems like a lot of what psychologists do is provide tools for processing troublesome beliefs, experiences, etc. in a healthy way. Are there books that the hive mind would recommend that teach some of these tools to non-psychologists for the purpose of being able to use these techniques in their own lives? I've envisioning something less dense than a college textbook but more rigorous than a walk through the self-help section at a bookstore. Recommendations are welcome for general techniques/tools as well as topically oriented works, such as books focused on techniques specific for relationships, money problems, or other common sources of stress and conflict.
posted by philosophygeek on Jun 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Some people want to be liked, whereas others want to be admired. What causes this?

Some people want to be liked, whereas others want to be admired. What causes this? [more inside]
posted by wireless on Jun 21, 2012 - 5 answers

Would this be an example of letting my fears control my life?

Is leaving my job because of (possibly irrational) fears an example of avoidance? Or a realization of limitations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Why does having a non-editable preview make writing on a computer so awesome?

When leaving a comment on mefi, does looking at that "live preview" window below the edit box make you a better writer too? What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Jun 10, 2012 - 6 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

Concrete illustrations of complex theories

Other examples of true stories like Krugman's babysitting co-op and Radford's POW camp that illustrate complex and abstract truths, theories, and ideas with concrete language and more tangible, familiar, or interesting situations? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Jun 6, 2012 - 6 answers

Causes of Psychological Disorders

I am working in a Autism lab this summer. I've been wondering whether it is a problem that so many psychological disorders are defined by symptoms and focused on treating symptoms. I think, and this isn't a particularly controversial opinion, that it is also important to investigate their causes. Are there any instances of really effective investigations of the cause/causes of psychological disorders (discussion open to any disorder)?
posted by Lee Shore on Jun 4, 2012 - 19 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

True friendship sometimes means letting go

Tell me about situations where you've reluctantly cut off contact with a close friend, family member, or confidant -- especially those in which the relationship was good to you but you felt that letting go was the best move for *their* sake. [more inside]
posted by renovatio1 on May 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Please help me find a psychology winter research scholarship overseas :)

I'm an Australian psychology student looking for an undergraduate research program/scholarship overseas (anywhere, but especially UK or USA), any time from October 2012-early 2013. The problem is, my summer is your winter, and I can't seem to find any "winter research programs" via Google. [more inside]
posted by KLF on May 26, 2012 - 4 answers

Are we wrongly telling our participants that they don't get taxed?

I'm trying to find information about taxes and volunteer paid experimental (non-clinical) studies. I work in a lab, and one of our participants told us a week ago that if a study pays (the volunteer) over a certain amount, it gets taxed. Can anyone tell me if this is true and give me an official link? We're in Philadelphia, PA, USA. I can provide any other relevant information you need. Thanks!
posted by two lights above the sea on May 24, 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

What is the ultimate mashup of science and belief/religion?

I'm looking for a book that is essentially a mashup of behavioral economics, social psychology, neuroscience, wisdom/bible literature, and mythology. [more inside]
posted by Slacker Manager on May 23, 2012 - 13 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

Walkabout? Vision quest?

What do people outside of the U.S. do when they're feeling depressed and aimless? Are there different cultural traditions, rituals or events to pick yourself up and set a new path for yourself? Something more than "take a walk to clear your head?"
posted by Cool Papa Bell on May 13, 2012 - 14 answers

Apathy towards bad people: naive or some form of perceptual disorder?

Is there an exact psychological disorder to explain this person's apathy towards seemingly bad people? [more inside]
posted by pixienat on May 12, 2012 - 39 answers

Is forgiveness only for the unforgivable?

How to forgive yourself and others healthily [more inside]
posted by grokfest on May 7, 2012 - 21 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

Bad psychologist or is it me?

Did I get a bad psychologist or is there a valid reason for a chemical dependency evaluation? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Apr 30, 2012 - 18 answers

How do I promote the final few days of my Kickstarter project?

What are some specific ways that I can promote a soon-to-expire Kickstarter project? I've heard that projects sometimes gain momentum from that "act now!" boost, but how do I tap into that segment of the funding crowd? [more inside]
posted by apollo on Apr 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Where do I go from a psychology BA career- and education-wise?

Any advice on turning on turning a psychology BA into a research-related, but non-academic and non-clinical career? [more inside]
posted by H4D11 on Apr 24, 2012 - 6 answers

no seriously, is this masters worth it?

Help me make a decision I keep circling over again and again -- interdisciplinary masters that lets me do some cool research now, or continuing to work/exist in desired city and a more professional and/or appropriate MA/PHd in the next year or two? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Apr 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Best introduction to Steven Pinker?

Whats the best Steven Pinker book to start with?
posted by TigerCrane on Apr 21, 2012 - 9 answers

How can I stop dwelling on my actions that may have caused loss of life?

I feel (at the very least) tangentially responsible for another persons death (murder) and I just can't shake it. [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 on Apr 16, 2012 - 47 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

Are you a reformed malingerer? How did you quit?

I'm the boy who cried wolf! (or 'ouch'!) Help me stop, especially in light of the fact that this behavior has been positively reinforced at some points. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me get motivated again

I have been unmotivated to do pretty much anything outside of work for a several months now. Help me get back on the horse. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2012 - 8 answers

Got to Find a Peace of Mind

I'm having trouble searching for this on Google. But, I'd like to know more about the inner workings of the mind. I'm looking for scholarly articles or anecdotes that discuss how people's minds work. I'm primarily looking for details about how vivid images are in people's minds and how close thoughts feel in someone's head. [more inside]
posted by livinglearning on Apr 5, 2012 - 6 answers

I'm too anxious and tired from overthinking how to do this to go to grad school.

Precedents/ideas for molding agriculture, food/cooking, health, and psychology together into a meaningful, practical career? [more inside]
posted by trampoliningisfun on Mar 26, 2012 - 11 answers

Culture and groupthink.

Is there a cultural dynamic to groupthink? [more inside]
posted by espada0 on Mar 25, 2012 - 7 answers

What the heck is this?

My boyfriend seems to have a kind of blindness around other people's feelings and motivations. I don't think he has Aspergers -- more like ADD and some narcissistic traits, perhaps. What might this be called, how can I gently help him with it, and how can he help himself? [more inside]
posted by sockratties on Mar 22, 2012 - 34 answers

Sticking to positive topics in online journals

How can I keep to positive topics when journaling? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Mar 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me get my little brother into Dialectical Behavioural Therapy.

Help me get my little brother into Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. Or into anything. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Say No To Bulls**t!

Why do I find propaganda so creepy? [more inside]
posted by DuchessProzac on Mar 1, 2012 - 18 answers

dreaming away

is it possible to stay locked in or stuck in a dream & never wake up? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Feb 10, 2012 - 30 answers

Torture by the CIA: research projects vs. real-world knowledge

Torture by the CIA, specifically experimental/psychological torture, between about 1955 and 1985: how much more would CIA-funded lab psychologist Donald Hebb have known about specific real-world practices/pervasiveness than the general public could know? Articles or books where I can research this (especially anything he wrote himself)?
posted by kalapierson on Feb 2, 2012 - 1 answer

My general knowledge will bless your name

Help me find web ressources, preferably in the form of podcasts, on sub-categories or specifics in psychology / personnal development. I am curious about NLP, transactional analysis, the systemic approach, psychodynamic theories, self-hypnosis, and the like. I'd like to keep it as practical as possible, although I wouldn't mind it if more "esoteric" approaches were included, such as jungian theories. [more inside]
posted by Jireel on Jan 26, 2012 - 2 answers

stampede psychology

Is there any good research into how people behave in a stampede? You know, the classic fire in a theatre sort of stampede. I'm looking for academic articles, books, slate.com speculations, anything. Thanks!
posted by Pants! on Jan 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Remaining True to Oneself

What does it mean to remain "true to yourself?" [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Jan 20, 2012 - 23 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

It is what it is

When people say, "It is what it is", what do they mean? What does that mean? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jan 16, 2012 - 58 answers

Where to publish essay on meaning of meaning in psychology?

What's a good venue to publish an essay on the notions of meaning and explanation in psychology (broadly defined)? I'd like to find a venue that would address both scholars in various fields as well as writers, artists, and the intelligent laymen who might be interested in these issues. [more inside]
posted by shivohum on Jan 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Do I lack social skills?

I think I'm doing fine, but my friends tell me I'm not. [more inside]
posted by Lotsofcoffee on Jan 14, 2012 - 35 answers

Help me counterbalance 200 questionnaires!

How can I effectively (and efficiently) counterbalance the questions for 200 questionnaires? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Jan 8, 2012 - 16 answers

Psychotherapy: can a therapist be right about progress and the client not see it?

Psychotherapy: can a therapist be right about progress and the client not see it? We often hear from people who are in psychotherapy and are in disagreement with their psychotherapist about whether they are making progress. When is the psychotherapist right? [more inside]
posted by y6t5r4e3w2q1 on Jan 8, 2012 - 32 answers

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