Category Archives: Clinical Psychology

We Invest So Much Time In Mind Wandering, But How Does It Help Us?

Mind wandering may help us by providing an opportunity for self-reflection that allows us to make meaning of our lives.

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Study: People With Self-Discipline Are Happier

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When we think of people with a high self-control, we cannot avoid thinking about how restrained and deprived they might be. Whenever we restrain ourselves, we tend to think that we are missing something. Continue reading

Are We More Connected to our Family and Friends? Yes, Brain Study Shows

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A brain study by Beckes and colleagues (2013) shows how familiarity increases empathy, making the boundary between self and other less clear.

The researchers used a fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) technique to examine the participants’ brain activities in the areas that are thought to be involved in responses to threat. Continue reading

The Dynamics of Materialism and Loneliness

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Will possessions make us happier?

Pieters (2013) did a longitudinal study of more than 2,500 consumers over a period of six years. The author wanted to identify the association between materialism and loneliness. Continue reading

Study: People Who Help Others May Live Longer Compared to People Who Don’t

Help others to help yourself, research shows.

A five-year study by Poulin and colleagues (2013) shows that helping others (such as providing transportation, doing errands, shopping, housework or childcare) is associated with a decreased association between stress and mortality. Continue reading

Ways to Deal With Difficulties: Problem-Focused and Emotion-Focused Coping

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When we face stressful life events, we typically use many kinds of coping strategies to deal with them. Sometimes we confront problems, and sometimes we      avoid problems.  Continue reading

Therapist’s Burnout: A Consequence of Severe Mental and Emotional Fatigue

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“The expression that clients “share their trauma” with their therapists is more than a turn of a phrase.” (p. 1529). Continue reading

3 Ways to Prevent that the Moods of Others Affect You Negatively

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People may affect your mood in either a positive or negative way. You might want to avoid that negative moods affect you too much. This post describes how to do it.

The idea of emotional contagion goes back to 400 B.C., when Hippocrates found that some women transferred their strong emotions to others. Continue reading