Depression and suicide risk linked to air pollution

University College London | Medical Express Excerpts: People exposed to higher levels of air pollution are more likely to experience depression or die by suicide, finds a new analysis led by UCL. The first systematic review and meta-analysis of evidence connecting air pollution and a range of mental health problems, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, … Continue reading Depression and suicide risk linked to air pollution

Three Parenting Skills to Help Children Develop Emotional Intelligence and Resilience

John C. Panepinto, PsyD, LPCS, NCC | Psych Central Excerpts: No one influences the development of EQ more than a child’s first teachers and role models: parents. And the most powerful form of learning is what children experience in daily interactions and rituals. Presence, trust, and the giving and receiving within relationships provide the space … Continue reading Three Parenting Skills to Help Children Develop Emotional Intelligence and Resilience

The Role of Social Relational Emotions for Human-Nature Connectedness

Evi Petersen, Alan Page Fiske and Thomas and W. Schubert | Frontiers in Psychology Excerpts: A positive relationship between humans and the natural world has been shown to be cross-culturally essential to sustain both human well-being and the well-being of the environment. This claim is supported by evidence of health-related and emotional well-being benefits from … Continue reading The Role of Social Relational Emotions for Human-Nature Connectedness

The Value of Belonging at Work

Evan W. Carr, Andrew Reece, Gabriella Rosen Kellerman and Alexi Robichaux | Harvard Business Review Excerpts: Social belonging is a fundamental human need, hardwired into our DNA. And yet, 40% of people say that they feel isolated at work, and the result has been lower organizational commitment and engagement. In a nutshell, companies are blowing … Continue reading The Value of Belonging at Work

The Unfortunate Dance of Loneliness and Hostility

Why we have to find a way to trust the people around us Guy Winch Ph.D. | Psychology Today Excerpts: Loneliness and hostility have a lot in common. Loneliness involves feeling emotionally or socially disconnected from the people around us and believing they don’t care about us as much as they actually do. This perceptual … Continue reading The Unfortunate Dance of Loneliness and Hostility

Strategies To Teach Children Delayed Gratification

Research shows self-control can be learned, here's how parents can teach it. David J Bredehoft Ph.D. | Psychology Today Excerpts: Raising children today who can resist temptation and delay gratification is a bigger challenge than ever before because temptations abound! Just how do you teach children patience? How do you teach them to resist temptation … Continue reading Strategies To Teach Children Delayed Gratification

Compassion Fatigue: When Counselors and Other Helpers Don’t Make Time for Self-Care

Sue Morton | Psych Central Excerpts: It has been called many things: compassion fatigue, empathy overload, secondary traumatic stress, and vicarious trauma. It is what some counselors, therapists, first responders, doctors, nurses and other professionals or volunteers experience when they open their hearts every day to absorb the trauma and pain of others, while trying … Continue reading Compassion Fatigue: When Counselors and Other Helpers Don’t Make Time for Self-Care

What the “Best Companies to Work For” Do Differently

Michael O'Malley | Harvard Business Review What makes a company culture great? While no one formula can capture the idiosyncrasies of these companies and the telling ways that they motivate employees, below are some common themes we found: Put People First - The best places to work provide people with life satisfaction as opposed to … Continue reading What the “Best Companies to Work For” Do Differently

Why is the Field of Psychotherapy Still Fractured into Different Approaches?

Psychotherapy is dominated by contradicting schools of thought, exhibits a gap between research and practice, and repackages old ideas rather than finding clinical consensus. Micah Ingle & MABy Micah Ingle | Mad In America Excerpts: Psychotherapists have never fully agreed on a single approach to therapeutic practice. To this day, a therapist may practice a … Continue reading Why is the Field of Psychotherapy Still Fractured into Different Approaches?

AI expert calls for end to UK use of ‘racially biased’ algorithms

Prof. Noel Sharkey says systems so infected with biases they cannot be trusted Henry McDonald | The Guardian Excerpts: “In the laboratory you get a 98% recognition rate for white males without beards. It’s not very good with women and it’s even worse with darker-skinned people. In the latter case, the laboratory results have shown … Continue reading AI expert calls for end to UK use of ‘racially biased’ algorithms

The More We See Fake News, The More Likely We Are To Share It

Emily Reynolds | British Psychological Society Excerpts: But how does exposure to misinformation impact the way we respond to it? A new study, published in Psychological Science, suggests that the more we see it, the more we’re likely to spread it. And considering the fact that fake news is more likely to go viral than … Continue reading The More We See Fake News, The More Likely We Are To Share It

Why are there so few prisoners in the Netherlands?

The Dutch justice system is cutting jail populations by offering specialist rehabilitation to people with mental illnesses Senay Boztas | The Guardian Excerpts: In 1988, the UK criminologist David Downes contrasted a relatively humane Dutch prison system favourably against those in England and Wales. Today plummeting prison sentences have left the Netherlands with an unusual … Continue reading Why are there so few prisoners in the Netherlands?

9 Ways Your Emotions Influence Your Judgments

How emotions can distort your thoughts? Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. | Psychology Today Excerpts: Our emotional reactions to our daily decisions may be useful in directing our attention toward what matters the most. But, strong feelings may lead us to make unwise decisions through following ways: 1. A narrow mindset. 2. Jumping to conclusions. 3. Attention … Continue reading 9 Ways Your Emotions Influence Your Judgments