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September 22, 2014

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7:00 AM | LSD boosts people's suggestibility, raising possibility of clinical uses
A rigorously controlled new study reports that a dose of LSD makes us more susceptible to suggestions, a finding that raises the possibility of clinical usage in contexts where hypnosis has proven effective.The study recruited 10 participants (9 men), aged 27–47, all of whom had used psychedelics in the past, but were clear of any diagnosis of mental illness. They attended two testing sessions 5–10 days apart where placebo was administered in the first session, and a standard dose […]
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4:01 AM | Break Up Kindly With Compassionate Love
No matter how you slice it, breakups are not much fun -- someone usually ends up getting hurt. Wouldn’t it be great if ending a relationship with someone could be a little less painful? It turns out that a dose of compassionate love can help ease the pain.  When you think about “love” in romantic relationships, you probably are imaging what researchers refer to as passionate love (read more about passionate love here and here), the intense, desire-filled, longing […]
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3:28 AM | Following-Leading In Risk
Following-Leading In Risk – Book Launch Its just been announced that Dr Rob Long will be launching his latest book: Following-Leading in Risk: Friday 21st November Australian Catholic University L18, 8-20 Napier Street, NORTH SYDNEY 3 to 5pm with Drinks and Nibbles provided RSVP: BRAD MARKHAM:  Brad.Markham@acu.edu.au The post Following-Leading In Risk appeared first on Safety Risk.
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12:50 AM | Chaos and Creative Expression
“The very impulse to write, I think, springs from an inner chaos crying for order, for meaning, and that meaning must be discovered in the process of writing or the work lies dead as it is finished.” Arthur Miller Creative people and writers about the creative process often say creative work is a way to […]

September 21, 2014

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10:55 PM | Dumb Down Safety, Wowserism in the 21st Century
Dumb Down Safety, Wowserism in the 21st Century Despite the backlash against ‘elf ‘n safety’ in both the UK and Australia (eg. Brown and Hanlon In The Interests of Safety; Tim Gill , No Fear  and Long, Risk Makes Sense  the Victorian regulator continues to show just why people hate safety. Safety has become the […] The post Dumb Down Safety, Wowserism in the 21st Century appeared first on Safety Risk.
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10:35 PM | Do You Resist When Anyone Asks or Tells You to Do Something?
It may have been a while since I posted on the Four Tendencies, but have no doubt, I’m still obsessed with this subject. I came up with the Four Tendencies framework as part of my work on Better Than Before, my book on habit change. There, I reveal the secret of habit formation.Really. Ready to hear the mystery solved? To change […]
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8:31 PM | Gab & Rob Talking Risk
Gab & Rob Talking Risk Two of our cool authors Gab Carlton from Resilyence and Rob Sams from Dolphyn have put their heads together and started their own series of short video blogs to go along with their regular articles. Gab & Rob are part of the gang who are doing the post graduate program […] The post Gab & Rob Talking Risk appeared first on Safety Risk.
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5:35 PM | Rereading
Rereading is another student favourite. This involves simply repeatedly reading a text in order to remember the information. It is the most reported learning technique employed by students (Carrier, 2003; Kornell & Bjork, 2007), but is it actually useful for learning and comprehension?Rereading is hypothesised to be effective because it improves the reader's understanding of the text as they process more higher-level information and organise that information internally (the "qualitative […]
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3:45 PM | Suggestions for Parents with Children in Therapy
I greet you in the waiting room, and ask if you need to let me know anything before I bring your child back to my office. You usually say “no,” and likely wonder what is going on behind that therapy wall for the next 50 minutes. Yes, parent of my patient, it is my job […]
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3:45 PM | Can Handwriting Foster Emotions and Relationships?
I have a treasure chest, well ok — a suitcase — in my office of old handwritten letters from friends, ex-sweethearts and family. Every now and then, I open this old-fashioned suitcase and pick out a letter or two reminding me of a great love, a wonderful experience, a heart that touched mine, or vice […]
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2:56 PM | Forgiving Ourselves
This weekend I took out my journal and wrote a kind of letter to myself. I started with these words: I forgive myself… I wrote down the things I am ready to forgive myself for (and a few things I am not). Maybe you, too, want to focus on forgiveness, and write about what you’re […]
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2:37 PM | The Workplace Behaviour That is Unexpectedly Worse Than Bullying
This workplace behaviour does more damage to people's mental and physical well-being than bullying. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Effects of Childhood Bullying Last at Least 40 Years The Worse-Than-Average Effect: When You’re Better Than You Think Cyberloafing at Work Makes You More Productive Our Memory for Sounds is Worse Than Touch or Sight Empathy: […]
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2:23 PM | A Sunday Epiphany: I was due one
You ever notice how epiphanies come  at the weirdest of times, you know, like at six in the morning when you are sitting on the toilet surrounded by six cats of various sizes all meowing and some of them climbing on you? And you're talking to them suggesting that if they weren't climbing their way up your body, you would totally be able to pee quicker and then they'd get fed quicker and it would be a win-win for everyone and then the dogs wander in and wonder where their cat food is?Yeah […]
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12:51 PM | Unconscious effects
There is an interesting item in ScienceDaily (here) on the effect of perceptions that we are not conscious of. We can perceive an object, understand its meaning, and have that meaning affect our behavior, without any conscious awareness of the object. The paper’s lead author, Cacciamani, says, “Every day our visual systems are bombarded with […]
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12:00 PM | The Jesus Experiment (Part 2 of 2)
Continued from Part I So, how did the three patients react to seeing other people with the same delusion? Their reactioons were recorded through interviews and through careful observatioon while they were in the same ward together. Rokeach interacted with...            Related StoriesThe Jesus Experiment (Part 1of 2)The Judge in the Asylum (Part 2 of 2)WHO Releases New Suicide Report 
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11:42 AM | Amazing Facts about the Psychology of Learning and Memory
Psychological research has long been fascinated with how humans learn and retain memories. As a result of this fascination research has revealed some amazing facts of exactly how the brain learns and remembers. Recalling Memories Changes Them This is bad news for the expert eyewitnesses. Research by Neuroscientist Daniela Schiller, … READ MORE
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9:51 AM | Mindful Emotional Eating – a Humanistic Harm Reduction Approach
Here’s a question that’s a lot on my clinical mind: “What do clients want and how do I help them get what they want?” This very question is at the core of humanistic harm reduction (HHR). When my client presents with concerns about “emotional eating,” I ask myself the same question. When you, as a […]
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4:18 AM | Whatever. The other title was great before you ate it, Blogger.
“I've crossed some kind of invisible line. I feel as if I've come to a place I never thought I'd have to come to. And I don't know how I got here. It's a strange place. It's a place where a little harmless dreaming and then some sleepy, early-morning talk has led me into considerations of death and annihilation.” ― Raymond Carver, Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected StoriesI was freaking insightful but blogger ate it, so you don't get to appreciate that […]

September 20, 2014

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10:35 PM | Quieting the Voice of the Devil on Your Shoulder
I often equate having schizophrenia to having a little devil on my shoulder that likes to whisper nasty stuff in my ear. He’s a cunning little jerk, too. If he senses a vulnerability or the potential for anxiety he’ll start screaming. In the eight years I’ve lived with the illness I’ve come to recognize these […]
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9:26 PM | Suicide in the Military – What is the Solution?
 Not long ago, war trauma was treated with compassion, understanding and love. But today, the willingness to empathize with the warrior and listen to his experiences has been replaced by a psychiatric pop-a-pill “quick-fix” mentality that employs antidepressants, antipsychotics, stimulants, sedatives or anti-anxiety drugs.~*Drugging The Military Suicide in the Military – What is the Solution? […]
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3:45 PM | Powerful Questions to Inspire Positive Change
Good questions can be powerful in life-changing ways. They can spark exciting ideas and inventions. They can spark personal discoveries, which lead to fulfilling, meaningful lives. According to historian David Hackett Fischer, questions “are the engines of intellect — cerebral machines that convert curiosity into controlled inquiry.” Author and journalist Warren Berger includes Fischer’s quote […]
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2:25 PM | How to Instantly Tell If Someone is About to Make a Good Decision (Or Not)
Study finds intriguing link between decision-making and this subtle signal. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:High Emotional Intelligence Dramatically Improves Decision-Making What The Eyes Reveal: 10 Messages My Pupils are Sending You The New Science of ‘The Meeting’ How to Use Your Head AND Follow Your Heart How You Can Instantly Tell Which Way a […]
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1:57 PM | Weekend update: Who sees what & why in acquaintance rape cases?
I've been pondering the resurgence of attention to & controversy over the standards used, in the law generally and in particular institutions such as universities, to assess complaints of sexual assault.  I'll post some reflections next week, and also a guest blog from a scholar who has done a very interesting study on how cultural norms might be constraining the effectiveness of investigations of sexual assault complaints in the military. But by way of introduction, here is an […]
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10:32 AM | My Ethical Viewpoint and Positions Toward Behavior Analysis, AKA Behavior Modification
I write this web log on the ethics of behavior analysis. It stresses positive reinforcement of one's self, of people with disabilities, and of people with more power.My Interest and Viewpoint Toward Behavior Analysis I sell no ads or products and have received no compensation for any of my writing or editing work, except for the Individualized Education Programs I wrote as a teacher of special education. I don't want any money because I wish to remain independent of any potential conflict of […]
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10:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: September 20, 2014
Blood tests for depression, happiness in the workplace, and tricking your brain to be more productive — it’s all in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. Study Diagnoses Med Test Anxiety: Tend to “freak out” when it’s time to take a test? This recent Yale study suggests a possible treatment for what’s known as “test […]
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8:51 AM | Antibiotics and risk of pediatric Crohn's disease
I couldn't let the meta-analysis from Ryan Ungaro and colleagues [1] pass without a brief mention. Concluding that: "Exposure to antibiotics appears to increase the odds of being newly diagnosed with CD [Crohn's disease] but not UC [ulcerative colitis]" and further: "This risk is most marked in children diagnosed with CD", the implications from this and other findings in this area may be far-reaching.I've talked before on this blog about antibiotic exposure and risk of […]
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7:00 AM | Link feast
Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week:What’s Up With That: Why Do All My Friends Like the Same Music?Nick Stockton at WIRED speaks to Petr Janata, a psychologist who studies music and the brain at UC Davis.Conspiracy Theories Used To Be Just For eccentrics. Now Sensible People Are Getting Carried Away With Them Too In one poll, nearly half of Scots said they believed the government was hiding an oil field. This, says Dorian Lynskey, is just […]
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4:01 AM | Text With Care: Unsolicited 3rd Party Discovery
  Read more about discovering infidelity here. from cheezburger.com

September 19, 2014

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10:44 PM | This Instruction May Seem Simple, Yet it is Very Profound
Make this week a week to be mindful of your diet. Not just the food you take in, but what you take into all of your senses — into your eyes, ears, nose, mouth and sense of touch. What kind of diet are you feeding your senses? Are they on sensory overload from too much […]
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10:41 PM | Safety Under Stress
Safety Under Stress Stress is a part of living, the pressure of being a fallible being in a complex world is stressful, but is stress bad? In what ways are humans stressed and how does this affect the discerning of risk and safety? There are four kinds of stress and each affects humans socially, psychologically, […] The post Safety Under Stress appeared first on Safety Risk.
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