A PhD, public engagement event, and me

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By Psychology PhD student, Louise Davidson The Science of Teamwork Teamwork is something that most of us engage in every day – for example, within a work team...

Watching Eyes and Listening Ears in Valorant

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In late April 2021, Riot Games announced in a blog post that it would be listening to what players of its competitive online shooter Valorant were...

Does my child have ADHD? I’m not sure, but either way, ABA can help

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A thoughtful Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) program can be an effective non-pharmaceutical intervention for children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. More and more, ABA serves as an important...

Michael Heap Interview | School of Psychology blog

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Psychology MRes student, Kev Sheldrake talks hypnosis theory, therapy and dissociation with retired clinical and forensic psychologist, Michael Heap. I’ve been aware of Michael Heap since...

Finding the light after the burnout

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Over the past three years, external stressors surrounding the impact of COVID-19 left many people in the workforce feeling exhausted, unmotivated, and overwhelmed with keeping up...

How Steve Jobs Reframed The Competition To Rally The Troops

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Photo: Screenshots of Apple 1984 Super Bowl TV Commercial I have been in companies that operated with an extremely competitive culture and mindset and worked alongside people...

Level Drain and Loss Aversion in D&D

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A while back I had author and game developer Geoffrey Englestein on my podcast. We talked about how the psychological concept of loss aversion affects game...

Book Review – Industrial/Organizational Psychology: An Applied Approach (9th ed.) by Michael G. Aamodt

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NOTE: I am reviewing this I-O psychology textbook from a reader’s perspective (i.e., the student’s/learner’s point of view) and not from an instructor’s perspective. In the preface...

Digital Mental Health: the past, present and future

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By Dr Faith Matcham At the time of writing this, there were 52,564 healthcare and medical apps available to download on the Google Play store. According to...

Unthinking, Fast and Slow – Positive Psychology News

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Donald Officer, MA '89, is a strategic thinking practitioner who melds problem solving research models to help clients anticipate unexpected scenarios and opportunities while pursuing what...

Age is just a number: Cross-generational conversations are more positive than you expect

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By Dr Joshua Moreton Picture this: Walking through a park on a pleasant day, you decide to stop and rest on a park bench. However, only...

I’m a Mom and a Child Psychologist: This Is the Behavior I Actually Worry...

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No one knows more about toddler milestones and social issues than a child psychologist. Francyne Zeltser, Psy.D. wants to help parents worry less and enjoy parenting...

A psychologist shares the 4 styles of parenting—and the type that researchers say is...

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Since children do not come with manuals, parents often struggle to determine how to raise mentally strong, well-rounded and successful kids. Some parents are strict, while others...

This is the type of praise parents should stop giving kids, says psychologist: ‘It...

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Most parents think of giving any type of praise as an instant motivation boost. But that’s not always the case when it comes to children. In fact, several...

Why the Ability to Rethink & Unlearn Is So Important

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A terrific book I finished last year (in 2021) is Think Again by Adam Grant. Grant says the ability to rethink (or think again) and unlearn...

Morally Disengaged Murder Hobos | The Psychology of Video Games

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I’m not a fan of the term “murder hobo,” since it strikes me as insensitive, but it’s pretty widely understood in the tabletop role-playing game world...

Sit Write Share launches today – Positive Psychology News

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Aren Cohen, MBA, MAPP '07 is a learning specialist working with academically, motivationally and emotionally challenged students in the leading private schools in New York...

How Social Media Posts Can Bias Hiring Decisions

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Back in 2013, I was contacted by a journalist (who’s now editor) for Fast Company about my thoughts regarding how U.S. firms are searching social networks...

Book Review — Promotions Are So Yesterday by Julie Winkle Giulioni

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“The time-honored tradition of defining career development in terms of promotions, moves, or title changes is dead.” -Julie Winkle Giulioni (Promotions Are So Yesterday) “The stakes associated...

How Some Games Keep You Playing

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In his book, Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping psychologist and security camera footage enthusiast Paco Underhill reported on his research into a variety of...

Traumatic Experiences Among Late-diagnosed Autistic Women

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By Sophie Longley, MSc Experimental Psychology student I was diagnosed with autism last year, at 28 years old. Strangely, the diagnosis was not a surprise. In fact,...

Desserts of the World | School of Psychology blog

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By Saara Musadick, Graduate Associate ‘Desserts of the World’ returned to the Pevensey 1 building for One World Sussex Week! Hosted in the Bridge Café, the event celebrated...

Employee Mental Health and the Return to In-Person Workplaces

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I was contacted by a communications specialist for my thoughts regarding people who might be experiencing anxiety about having to go back to in-person workplaces. I...

Make It Happen Events and Sussex Connect

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By Louise Drake, Psychology Careers Connector The Make it Happen events are an amazing new set of panel events targeting several different job sectors and career types,...

Careers Advice – Where Do I Start?!

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By Louise Drake, Psychology Careers Connector. Thinking about your career, at any point during your degree, can feel like a daunting prospect. In first year, it feels...

Everything You Need to Know About Provisional Psychologists

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Our provisional psychologists have studied a minimum of 5 years in tertiary education before undertaking an additional internship year to develop their professional practice. During this...

Tips to Navigate Difficult Subjects like the War on Ukraine with Children

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Russia’s attack on Ukraine has been a top story in the media across the globe, and the violent news can be difficult emotionally, even for adults....

How Does Prior Knowledge Affect Learning of New Information?

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By Petar Raykov, Psychology Research Fellow at Sussex. I am not one to enjoy promoting myself, yet I have been in Sussex for a while now and...

Fluency in Dragon | The Psychology of Video Games

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Don’t listen to Wizards of the Coast. Name your next dragon Steve. I say this after reading thumbing through one of Wizards of the Coast’s new Dungeons...

The Power of Community – Positive Psychology News

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The mission of the MAPP Magazine is first to keep University of Pennsylvania Master of Applied...

A Review – Positive Psychology News

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Lisa Sansom, MAPP '10, is the owner of LVS Consulting, an independent consulting firm that helps to build positive organizations. Lisa provide services such as individual...

Exploring Mindfulness, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and The MBSR Online Course

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To ensure that I don’t overwhelm the reader, I have divided the article into SECTIONS: In SECTION 1, I’ll talk about the concept, origin, and practice called...

Making Monsters of the Multiverse More Collectible

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Wizards of the Coast recently released a new core rulebook for Dungeons & Dragons called Monsters of the Multiverse. In it, readers can find new information...

Psychology of Games in 2022

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Want to listen to this post instead of reading text like’s it’s 2021? Click the play button above. Hi everyone,  Just a quick note to let you know...

Does Health Insurance Cover Online Therapy?

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Online Therapy Works The popularity of online therapy has surged since the onset of the...

On Doing What We KNOW is Good for Us – Positive Psychology News

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Yashi Srivastava, MAPP '16 is a coach, teacher, and writer passionate about helping people who are struggling with ongoing stress and self-doubt find more calm, clarity,...

5 Tips for Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

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Do you tend to doubt your abilities at work and write off your achievements...

A First Year Student’s Perspective of Studying Psychology at Sussex

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By Eli Hooper As a person, I feel I have a pretty unique experience of first year psychology so, to begin with, let me introduce myself. Hi,...

How to Stop “Doomscrolling” – Great Lakes Psychology Group

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We’re living in the era of the 24/7 news cycle, constant updates on happenings...

3 Steps for Breaking Harmful Smartphone Habits

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If you’re one of the 85% of adults in the US who own a...

3 Steps for Re-Establishing Social Connections After Covid

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How would you say your social connectedness has shifted since before the pandemic? Maybe...

Kids & Teens Mental Health: Warning Signs, Helpful Tips & More

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Three children’s medical groups have declared the mental health of kids and teens to...

3 Life-Changing Benefits of Mindfulness

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What is mindfulness exactly? It’s a state of open awareness and acceptance of whatever...

NFTs and Psychological History | The Psychology of Video Games

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I’m a simple man who is apparently a little behind the times. I’m still coming to terms with expansion packs and downloadable content while the rest...

3 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

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While the winter holidays and their traditions can certainly bring joy, comfort, and nostalgia,...

Interview with Professor Zoltan Dienes – leading researcher on hypnosis

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University of Sussex professor, Zoltan Dienes talks cold control theory and phenomenological control with Psychology MRes student, Kev Sheldrake. I first heard of Zoltan Dienes (pronounced...

Why You Procrastinate (And How to Stop)

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If you tend to procrastinate, why do you think you get stuck in this...

Learn About Childhood ADHD, Anxiety and Disruptive Behavior Treatments (Free)

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Last updated on January 7, 2022 By MPGteam For those who support children and adolescents with ADHD, Anxiety, and Disruptive Behavior, the value of evidence-based...

Ways to Actually Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Last updated on January 3, 2022 By MPGteam New Year, new you? People have been making – and breaking – New Year’s resolutions since...

MAPP Magazine Articles on Positive Psychology Applications – Positive Psychology News

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Check out the latest articles online in MAPP Magazine. The mission of the MAPP Magazine is...

Book Review – LEAD NOW!: A Personal Leadership Coaching Guide for Results-Driven Leaders (2nd...

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“Leadership is a future-oriented ability to establish direction, align people, and help others to work together. We believe a leader is one who develops a vision...

It’s 2021… and we are still dealing with misogyny in the name of open...

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By Anonymous A few of you might have followed a very recent pile-on on Twitter. For those that have not, here is some context: a recent paper...

What is COP26? | School of Psychology blog

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COP26 is the 26th meeting of the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, taking place in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November. COP26 will...

There’s No Shortcut to Success

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There’s no such thing as overnight success. You have to put in the effort and hard work, and it doesn’t hurt to have some luck and...

How to Help Someone with Postpartum Depression

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Depression after childbirth can be overwhelming and isolating. In the midst of becoming a mother, new moms are exposed to many new challenges. In addition to...

How to be a Good Internal Consultant

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As an internal consultant and a member of an internal consulting team (although “internal consultant” or “internal consulting” is not in our “official” job titles), my...

The active essay writing initiative

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Earlier this summer, Dr Wendy Garnham was one of the “torch-bearer” in the virtual torch relay event organised by AdvanceHE. In the spirit of the Olympic Games,...

Meet Professor Nicola Yuill | School of Psychology blog

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Prof Nicola Yuill personifies the interdisciplinary spirit that has always been at the core of Sussex. Whether as a student or as a lecturer, she has...

Small Acts of Kindness Can Matter So Much

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Kindness From a Stranger This is the first time I’ve shared this story. It’s not earth-shattering, traumatic, or dramatic, just a small act of kindness that meant...

Primary school attendance problems in the context of Covid-19

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By Brontë McDonald The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted the educational lives of children across the world. In the UK, the government attempted to curb the spread...

August 31 is Launch Day for The Business of Race – Positive Psychology News

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Kathryn Britton, MAPP '06, former software engineer, is a coach working with professionals to increase well-being, energy, and meaning in their work lives (Theano Coaching LLC). She...

Book Review — Influence and Impact: Discover and Excel at What Your Organization Needs...

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“What we have found, again and again, is that people tend to underperform because they do what is comfortable, what is familiar, or what they desire,...

New MAPP Magazine on Positive Humanities – Positive Psychology News

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The latest issue of MAPP Magazine, published by graduates of the MAPP Program at the University...

Running cognitive tasks online, for free

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By Max Lovell Note: This is an abridged version of an article that can be found on my personal webspace – see that version for more details,...

How to Balance Living and Working From Home

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More and more companies are embracing remote work in recent years and work-life balance is more important than ever. Remote work has many benefits, but it...

The Importance of Alone Time For Mental Health

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Social connections are vital for our physical and emotional wellbeing as humans are social creatures by nature. Yet, alone time is also crucial to mental health.  There...

Second Wave of Positive Psychology – Positive Psychology News

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Marta Velázquez Gil is a psychologist and researcher. She has published research in scientific journals and both national and international congresses. Her biggest interest is research...

How Important is Skin Colour to First Generation South Asian Women

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By Jamie Chan If we asked ourselves which part(s) of our body we are less happy about, the chances are that our answer would revolve around weight,...

Registered Reports free for authors and readers

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By Prof Zoltan Dienes In April we launched Peer Community In Registered Reports (PCI RR), where a Registered Report in any discipline can be submitted (by linking...

Working as a Research Fellow in Parliament

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Our PhD student Alison Lacey was on a 13-week placement at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). POST offers Research Fellowships to approximately 30 PhD students...

Greener conferences | School of Psychology blog

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By Dr Charlotte Rae Conference season is upon us, and this year lots of us will be attending virtual meetings instead of travelling to conferences in person. Although...

Sussex Education Awards 2021 | School of Psychology blog

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The Sussex Education Awards recognise faculty and professional services whose work had / is having a positive impact on the Sussex community....

Virtual group music-making during lockdowns

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By Maruša Levstek When the pandemic hit in late 2019 and the whole world had to practically retract to their homes, everyone was talking about furlough, lockdown,...

World Refugee Day 2021: Together we heal, learn and shine

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By Dr Varuni Wimalasiri The significance of World Refugee Day World refugee day is on the 20th of June every year and is a day designated by the...

Autistic Pride Day | School of Psychology blog

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by Prof Nicola Yuill It sometimes seems there is an awareness day, week or month for every possible cause – June sees Loneliness Awareness, Men’s Health, National...

Who helps the helpers? 8 tips for voluntary groups

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Local voluntary mutual aid groups have been critically important for many people during Covid. But keeping the momentum going is difficult even when the need for...

Book Summary & Review — Anxiety at Work: 8 Strategies to Help Teams Build...

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According to Adrian Gostick, one of the main reasons for writing the book had to do with his (now) 25-year-old son, Anthony (Tony) Gostick, who had...

What Burnout Is and Why It Isn’t Confined To The Occupational Sphere

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What Is Burnout? Burnout isn’t just being tired or “fed up” with work. “Burnout is far more than feeling blue or having a bad day. It is...

“You’re on mute!” On Having High-Quality (Zoom) Connections – Positive Psychology News

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Dr. Nico Rose (MAPP '14) is a professor for organizational psychology at International School of Management (ISM) in Dortmund, Germany. He worked for Bertelsmann, Europe's largest...

Read the Latest MAPP Magazine Articles on Positive Psychology Applications – Positive Psychology News

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Graduates of the MAPP Program at Penn have published a new issue of the MAPP Magazine...

Remembering Ed Diener – Positive Psychology News

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Kathryn Britton, MAPP '06, former software engineer, is a coach working with professionals to increase well-being, energy, and meaning in their work lives (Theano Coaching LLC). She...

Self-Insight Is Sparked by “Crystallization of Discontent” Moments

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“The twists and turns of your life can be so unexpected, and that’s a good thing to learn.” -Christina Baker Kline (American novelist) In The Power of...

Spirit of Sussex Award -Psychology Nominees: Bushra Farooq

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The Spirit of Sussex Award (SoSA) Connector team has been in contact with Psychology students to highlight their impressive extra-curricular activities. Log onto the Spirit of Sussex Award website to...

ToyBox: a mental health start-up founded by students

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Théoni Fernando is one of our students in the Occupational and Organisational Psychology MSc that we run in collaboration with the University of Sussex Business School....

A Guide to Overcoming Codependency in Relationships

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The term codependent is traditionally used to describe the loved ones of someone suffering from addiction. However, psychology studies show that codependence is often considered to...

Creating a society that works for autistic people: The ACoRNS Health webinar

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By Ethan Lam and Prof Nicola Yuill The Autism Community Research Network Sussex was launched last year as a collaboration between Psychology and Education researchers at the...

Spirit of Sussex Award -Psychology Nominees: Shannon Plant

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The Spirit of Sussex Award (SoSA) Connector team has been in contact with Psychology students to highlight their impressive extra-curricular activities. This month the SOSA Connector team...

World Sleep Day 2021: 4 top tips for a good night’s sleep

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Today is World Sleep Day, and this year’s focus is ‘Regular Sleep, Healthy Future’. Most of us have experienced the consequences of a bad night’s sleep at...

New Articles in Online Magazine on Positive Psychology Applications – Positive Psychology News

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The latest edition of the MAPP Magazine was published this week. The mission of the...

Evidence in Action Conference coming soon – Positive Psychology News

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Beginning March 18, the International Positive Psychology Association is kicking off the first Evidence in Action...

The Role of Collective Psychological Empowerment in the Capitol Insurrection

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By Carina Hoerst On January 6 this year, Trump supporters gather in front of the White House to attend Donald Trump’s rally to “Stop the Steal”. Confederate...

How to Give Direct and Clear Feedback

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From front-line leaders all the way up to C-suite leaders, I have seen, time and time again, how managers have made a mess in delivering feedback...

6 Frequently Asked Questions about Recycling

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As part of our green commitment, every week we publish a series of sustainability tips on our staff newsletter. These are some of the most common...

The Effects of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Toddlers (PCIT-T) on Child Functioning and Parental...

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Many are often surprised when they hear that I work with children as young as 12-months-old. “Why would a 12-month-old ever need therapy?” they often ask....

The American Psychiatric Association’s apology to ‘Black, Indigenous, and People of Color’: Performative Action...

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By Alexandra Taylor On January 18th, 2021, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) released the ‘APA’s Apology to Black, Indigenous and People of Color for Its Support of...

Finding a Balance between Optimism and Pessimism – Positive Psychology News

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Darlene Marshall, MAPP '20, is a personal trainer, wellness coach, speaker, writer, and workshop facilitator. She is a thought leader and expert at the intersection...

I Felt the Fear and Did It Anyway – The Risk I Took to...

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“And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” -Anaïs Nin Today...

Mitigating the new variant SARS-CoV-2 virus: How to support public adherence to physical distancing

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By John Drury Journalists often ask me how the public will behave when the next set of Covid-19 restrictions begins. Will they accept the rules or ignore...

Alcohol Addiction Research | School of Psychology blog

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By Dr Bryan Singer The Sussex Addiction Research and Intervention Centre (SARIC) is made up of a collection of investigators who are dedicated to understanding the biopsychosocial...

The Privacy Mismatch: Evolved Intuitions in a Digital World

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By Joe Green Imagine you’re on a busy train texting a friend when you notice a stranger sneakily reading your texts from over your shoulder. Your natural...

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