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Resources and Studies on the Psychological Impact of Coronavirus

It seems like one can’t check the headlines these days without some disconcerting bit of news about novel coronavirus, aka COVID-19, popping up. At least, that’s true in my hometown of San ...
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Study Shows Uptick in Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms During Lockdown

In March, as public health officials around the world were dialing up measures against COVID-19’s spread, a group of researchers published an article in The Lancet highlighting the potential psychological consequences of ...
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The Most and Least Enjoyable Daily Activities During Quarantine

Finding activities that bring positive emotions into your life has always been important, but it gained a new urgency when daily life was turned upside down by the pandemic. With lockdowns going ...
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The Mental Health Unknowns of COVID-19

For people around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant a major disruption to familiar ways of life. With changes being implemented rapid-fire in response to the immediate need to slow the ...
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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF POLITICS

Narcissism Linked to Voter Turnout, Political Activity

Say what you will about narcissists, but at least they turn out to do their civic duty. That’s according to a new paper titled Narcissism and Political Participation from researchers in the ...
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Feelings of High Socioeconomic Status Can Lead People to Confuse Opinions and Reality

It’s sometimes said that wisdom is about knowing what you don’t know. If that’s the case, then the opposite of wisdom must be what psychologists sometimes call naïve realism – a tendency to believe ...
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The Demographics of Humor

Humor is a funny thing. Different people use it in different ways. I’ve touched on this topic in some previous blog posts. People with high self-esteem, for example, tend to use humor ...
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When Are Rich People More Entitled?

When a person has more of something, there’s always the risk that they’ll decide the reason they have more is because they deserve more. That’s the most self-serving interpretation, but then again, ...
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The Psychology of Finding the Silver Lining

Finding something good in a bad situation is a common way of coping with adversity, as can be seen when we talk about clouds, silver linings, and the like. It’s also a ...
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The Advantages of Unrealistic Optimism

Having a realistic view of the world might be overrated. One of the first psychology papers to explicitly make that case was published in 1988 by Shelley Taylor and Jonathon Brown, under ...
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Is Compassion the Key to Enjoying Sad Music?

A question that often comes up in music psychology is why so many people enjoy music that recalls negative emotions like sadness. It seems paradoxical that people would seek out and apparently ...
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Optimists Sleep Better at Night

Do you ever wake up in the night and worry about what the future might hold? Well, if you’re an optimist, maybe not. A new study published in the Journal of Sleep ...
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SOCIAL MEDIA: GOOD OR EVIL?

Envy Might Drive Some of Social Media’s Mental Health Effects

Social media has facilitated both new ways of connecting with others and new ways of tallying how our lives stack up against theirs. In the twenty-first century, keeping up with the Joneses ...
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The Tweets That Go With a Quarter-Life Crisis

From getting married to buying homes, millennials are accused of doing everything later. But that’s not true when it comes to having life crises. As the rise of the term "quarter-life" crisis ...
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Switching Off Your Phone Half an Hour Before Bed Might Improve Sleep, Memory

I’m not going to bother telling you not to use your phone before bed. Partly because you’ve probably heard that advice before, and partly because it would be hypocritical of me to ...
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Two Ways to Use Social Media

In my last post, I talked about how children in neighborhoods with faster internet apparently evaluate their lives more negatively. That study is one of several that has explored a possible link ...
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This online text-based course introduces the learner to the concept of well-being from a positive psychology perspective. Based on a peer-reviewed article, this course will provide an overview of well-being and its impact on health, social relationships, work, and resilience. The research supporting the link between well-being and crucial life domains will be reviewed and implications, gaps in the research, and practical applications are discussed.

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In this online text and video based course, you will learn and apply the 24 character strengths and six virtues identified by Peterson & Seligman. Positive psychology posits that character is made up of our unique strengths - those aspects of the self that are congruent with who we are - they include the talents we were been born with, the beliefs and values we develop as we experience life, and the skills we've mastered that help us get the most out of life. In this course, you will learn the 24 character strengths and how they fit within the six virtues. You will watch the experts discuss strengths and by identifying your own top strengths, called signature strengths, you will learn how you can activate your strengths in pursuit of well-being.

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