Calling developmental psych people (especially those who work with adult development): What should I be reading? [more inside]
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]
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!
Developmental psychology books for new parents? [more inside]
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]
Help me navigate Kaiser Permanente's mental health services. [more inside]
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?
Is it possible a psychopath can be a "good " person? Or at least ethical? By this I mean purposefully moral.
What can I do about my hangups about receiving money? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
How can you change how you think and analyze things? How do you think and analyze things in different ways? [more inside]
RewardFilter: Inspired by the recent Habit Judo hoo-ha, what are novel and interesting ways to reward yourself ? [more inside]
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]
Best books about manipulating people - e.g. via game theory, behavioural economics, inaccurate cognitive algorithms and so on? [more inside]
What should college kids know about psychoactive drugs? [more inside]
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]
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]
What are the physiological and psychological differences of the emotional symptoms of pms vs. depression? [more inside]
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]
I'm looking for a good introductory book on the topic of cognitive bias. [more inside]
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]
Is Norman Dixon's On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence still considered to be an accurate portrayal of organisational psychology? [more inside]
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?
Is there a grief groups in Silicon Valley, for men? [more inside]
Tips on getting mentally prepared for my first mountain bike race. [more inside]
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]
How do I become a carefree person? [more inside]
Control issues: help me find online resources and reading material [more inside]
I'm a history student, tossing around a project about the construction of collective memories in the GLBTQ community. I am wondering what psychologists might have to say about this topic. [more inside]
Novel research filter: Trying to find detailed information about sex therapy. [more inside]
How can I verify my own sanity without talking to a shrink? [more inside]
clinical psychologists! what listservs, mailing lists and online communities do you belong to? [more inside]
My sweet natured, playful dog was attacked by another dog on an off leash trail last week, how can I best help her regain her former confidence? [more inside]
Last week, I've picked up a book "Introduction to Personality" by Jerry Phares, and now looking for similar books. What can you recommend me Metafilter? [more inside]
How can life be made more like games? [more inside]
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]
I'd like to start a clinical psychology doctoral program in 2012. I wasn't a Psych major. How do I prepare?
I'd like to start a clinical psychology doctoral program in 2012. I wasn't a Psych major. How do I prepare? [more inside]
Which are the most well-evidenced findings/theories in psychology?
Where can one find resources on exploring psychology through film and literature? Which films, books, music, websites, and other media should be included in a psychology collection? How does media use psychology techniques in film making? Which media explain psychology subjects well? [more inside]
How does the world view Behavioral Psychology? I keep getting conflicting viewpoints on how mainstream or accepted it is. I am currently a student of Organizational Behavior Management, and even from the professors and students do I get different perspectives on how the world sees Behaviorism. [more inside]
Why do I always start crying when I improvise a song or joke? [more inside]
Trying to figure out what to do after college [more inside]
"Shield your mind..." I don't expect to be mentally attacked, but are there actual techniques to bar thoughts from your mind or fend them away? [more inside]
Around Thanksgiving, I was given a temporary full-time staff position at a well-known university research lab. (See this question.) Well, I've been officially offered a job as a proper member of the lab, tuition benefits and all. This is quite literally the best opportunity I've ever had. I'm extremely interested in the field of clinical psychology and eventually becoming some kind of therapist. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
I've written the standard textbook about a topic. I'm teaching a regular class at a college (in summer) and at a research university (winter term), as well as some summer school courses. Instructor of record, giving exams, all those things. I'm rather good at it, or so I think - at least for being hired as a so-called outside expert. Yet I'm incredibly anxious about this and feeling like an impostor. One of the reasons? Well, nobody knows, but when I'm not a lecturer, I'm still a freaking undergrad who is failing most of her classes. [more inside]
Help-with-my-life-filter. I have a psychological issue that several boyfriends and friends have pointed out, and I'm not sure what it adds up to. [more inside]
What do people mean when they say they "have no regrets?" [more inside]
I cannot for the life of me remember the name of a particular social psychologist (personality psychologist? plain old psychologist?) who I learned about in a Psych 101 class. All I remember is he had an eyepatch and an unusually colorful or bizarre personal life. [more inside]