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Did Freud ever claim not to know why psychoanalysis works?

Quote filter: Did Freud ever claim not to know why psychoanalysis works? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Sep 1, 2011 - 2 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

Psychological Profiles / Analysis resources?

Psychological profiles and analysis: Help me get inside your head! [more inside]
posted by platosadvocate on Aug 31, 2011 - 7 answers

Stupidity or self esteem?

He says it's poor memory and stupidity. I say it's low self esteem and insecurity. How to tell? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2011 - 20 answers

Dealing with a harsh comment from a superior at work.

Though I can be broodish and moody at home at times, I keep it in check. People at my workplace find me enjoyable and fun to work with. They find me humorous. I have friends there. Today, one manager out of the blue from another department told me "You are the most negative person I know." I told her in an even tone "That is not too nice a thing to say, you know?" She just rolled her eyes and laughed and said "You're a downer…like Eeyore". Context: She sort of glides from department to department with this air of superiority and says edgy things to people in a joking-but-not-really way. Many don't find her funny. I let her get to me as it cut me deeply. Real deep. Before that I was in a zen mode all day and at peace. How do I deal with interactions with her in the future as I can't change her and I secretly think she likes taking jabs at people. (moderate sociopath?) She is higher in the chain and is liked even higher up as a hatchetwoman and I don't want to be rash with something I might say back. I wish I could buy Thick Skin on ebay or something. Thanks for your answers. (If it matters, I am a male.)
posted by snap_dragon on Aug 23, 2011 - 48 answers

Why do I clap my hands without knowing it?

Sometimes when I'm concentrating, I unconsciously and involuntarily clap / clench my muscles / make nonverbal noises. I've done this ever since I was a child. What am I doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2011 - 14 answers

I see a butterfly. No wait. Clouds. No wait...oh, that's dirty!

I am about to see a psychiatrist for the first time for some anxiety-related issues. I am...anxious about this. Naturally. What can I expect, and what should I look out for? [more inside]
posted by Caligula's Idiot Cousin on Aug 16, 2011 - 16 answers

Which rent discount offer is more appealing?

Behavioral economics: which rent discount option is more appealing? [more inside]
posted by harwons on Aug 15, 2011 - 27 answers

How to tell my therapist I want his job?

How awkward will it be if I tell my therapist that I want to be a therapist? [more inside]
posted by sunrisecoffee on Aug 12, 2011 - 22 answers

Name for the fear you're doing something wrong but don't know what it is?

Is there a word for the fear that you're doing something wrong but don't know what it is? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on Aug 9, 2011 - 20 answers

Emotions, incoming!

Have you gotten off mood stabilizers? Have you started having emotions after locking them away for forever? Give a man a hand. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2011 - 5 answers

A book to tell me what to do with my life

I'm almost finished reading The Now Habit by Neil Fiore. Can you recommend any books that are similar in approach but deal with a wider focus, that is, setting medium- and long-term goals? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Aug 2, 2011 - 3 answers

Can deficiency needs be answered?

Thinking in context of "Maslow's hierarchy of needs" (the pyramid) - can voids be filled? If so how did you succeed in it? [more inside]
posted by MTuser on Jul 30, 2011 - 6 answers

Do I need a doctor?

[Psych filter] I'm a few months out of a relationship that wouldn't have happened if I'd been honest with myself from the start. However it led to me questioning more than just my motives... do I need to talk to a pro, or just rest, relax and not make such a big deal of life? Of course there's [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2011 - 7 answers

The science behind contempt?

Familiarity breeds contempt. (But why?) [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Jul 28, 2011 - 9 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

Where to find experiment participants?

Does anyone know any appropriate mailing lists or online forums where I can find participants for an online music rating study? [more inside]
posted by leibniz on Jul 19, 2011 - 11 answers

The jerk store called; they haven't carried that model since 1964

What did "jerk" mean in 1964? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Jul 17, 2011 - 32 answers

If you want to be me be me?

What do you know about "identity transference"? I'd like to find more materials on it, be it films like Ingar Bergman's Persona, songs ("I'm slowing turning into you" by the white stripes?), or fiction/nonfiction writings.
posted by neil pierce on Jul 4, 2011 - 17 answers

Why go to harness races?

Who goes to harness racing (a.k.a. horse buggies, trotters), and why? A friend compared it to speed walking, lots of activity but still pretty darned slow. Is it simply something else to bet on or is there something wonderful or at least interesting about the sport that I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Jul 4, 2011 - 16 answers

Recommendations for developmental pysch thinkers/books?

Calling developmental psych people (especially those who work with adult development): What should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Jun 30, 2011 - 4 answers

I would prefer not to? Wow, not a huge Melville crowd, I guess

A person actively avoids doing what he knows will make him happy. He just doesn't want to do it. Psychologically, what's going on here? And more importantly, perhaps, why should he do what he doesn't want to do? What arguments, appealing to either his reason or his emotions, might he consider? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Jun 29, 2011 - 37 answers

Psych Titles to Prepare for September

After a few years out of school, Jr. miss thinkpiece is entering master's program in psychology in September with an eye towards a PsyD. She's looking for a summer reading list to help her ramp up and get into the flow. All suggestions welcomed, but please, no doom'n'gloom about the academic path. Thanks all!
posted by thinkpiece on Jun 29, 2011 - 7 answers

Developmental Psychology literature

Developmental psychology books for new parents? [more inside]
posted by mooselini on Jun 28, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me acquire a protective machete to conquer the dark forests of career despair.

How do I stay motivated in applying for jobs when, after a year, even looking at a job description or approaching a cover letter gives me an overwhelming sense of doom and failure? [more inside]
posted by aintthattheway on Jun 28, 2011 - 12 answers

I'm not crazy. You're the one that's crazy...

Help me navigate Kaiser Permanente's mental health services. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2011 - 7 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

Understanding psychopaths

Is it possible a psychopath can be a "good " person? Or at least ethical? By this I mean purposefully moral.
posted by beckster on Jun 23, 2011 - 25 answers

Guilt When Receiving Money

What can I do about my hangups about receiving money? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Jun 20, 2011 - 9 answers

Feeling emotionally flat; how do I fix this?

Recently my psychiatrist and I halved my Zoloft dosage in an attempt to help me feel less emotionally flat. That doesn't seem to have worked, and in fact now I'm just a bit depressed. So I'm thinking the flatness is personality- or lifestyle-derived. Any thoughts on how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo on Jun 18, 2011 - 18 answers

Can a reserved, somewhat shy person be a good therapist?

For much of my life I dealt with rather severe depression and anxiety, which I've recently overcome with nearly 3 years of therapy. I'm 24 years old, trying to find a meaningful career that's more than just a paycheck. At this point, all I want to do is be a therapist. I want to help others the way that I've been helped. However, another issue I've been working to overcome is crippling social anxiety. It's gotten much better; I hardly consider myself shy anymore. Still, though, I'm not sure if I have the warm, trust-inspiring personality a therapist should have. Could I be a successful therapist if I'm far quieter and more reserved than the norm? I do love people and want to help, but sometimes I might not come across that way. Can a shy person be a good therapist?
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2011 - 16 answers

Marxists: What exactly is wrong with Carl Jung?

Hi there Marxists, or psychologists, or Jungians, or what have you. My book club recently voted to read The Undiscovered Self by Carl Jung. One member quit, insisting that she couldn't read Jung because she was a Marxist. Why? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Jun 7, 2011 - 10 answers

How can you change how you think and analyze things?

How can you change how you think and analyze things? How do you think and analyze things in different ways? [more inside]
posted by markbao on May 28, 2011 - 13 answers

Achievement Armlocked!

RewardFilter: Inspired by the recent Habit Judo hoo-ha, what are novel and interesting ways to reward yourself ? [more inside]
posted by pickingoutathermos on May 20, 2011 - 5 answers

I really kinda thought I'd be a better person by now :(.

I've spent decades working on the same personal flaws, and despite clear goals and clever attack strategies, nothing ever seems to stick. Is it even possible to permanently "fix" specific aspects of one's character or personality? If so, how? and how long does it take? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on May 16, 2011 - 27 answers

Books

Best books about manipulating people - e.g. via game theory, behavioural economics, inaccurate cognitive algorithms and so on? [more inside]
posted by kid A on May 13, 2011 - 24 answers

Tell me what to tell (college) kids about drugs.

What should college kids know about psychoactive drugs? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy on May 12, 2011 - 25 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

Help me choose a new A Level Psychology specification

Currently I teach A Level Psychology using the AQA A spec and want to change exam boards. I am thinking of Edxcel rather than OCR but wondered if anyone has opinions that they could share with me. Pros and cons for either and / or each if possible. [more inside]
posted by mairuzu on May 6, 2011 - 0 answers

pms vs. depression

What are the physiological and psychological differences of the emotional symptoms of pms vs. depression? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on May 4, 2011 - 5 answers

How to overcome fear of rejection in relationships

I’m a 28 y/o woman who has finally found someone that I admire, who loves me dearly, and isn't a huge pain in my ass --and I'm hoping to make this last! Please help me to not ruin this wonderful thing! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 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

Dealing with suicidal clients?

In my law practice, I regularly encounter clients who are despondent and suicidal. I don't feel that I am well prepared for dealing with this issue. Without considering the ethical issues as to disclosure, what is the best course of action when dealing with a client who tells you that they're considering suicide? What resources are available as a guide to dealing with a suicidal client? [more inside]
posted by Dignan on Apr 26, 2011 - 11 answers

Is 'Psychology of Incompetence' competent?

Is Norman Dixon's On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence still considered to be an accurate portrayal of organisational psychology? [more inside]
posted by Jakob on Apr 26, 2011 - 1 answer

How to settle for someone ugly?

How do you settle for someone? I feel like it would be so much easier to find a woman to date if I didn't care what her face looked like. Does anyone know of any way to make myself do this?
posted by vash on Apr 20, 2011 - 54 answers

So much grief

Is there a grief groups in Silicon Valley, for men? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Mental Biking

Tips on getting mentally prepared for my first mountain bike race. [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Apr 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Show me a clip with real personality...

I am seeking movies and clips of individuals with personality disorders, for a lecture I will be giving to college students. Any great ideas? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Apr 18, 2011 - 28 answers

Becoming more laid-back?

How do I become a carefree person? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Apr 17, 2011 - 17 answers

Control Issues

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

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