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COVID-19 Might Be Changing People’s Intentions of Becoming Parents

The new way of life brought about by the current pandemic has many people rethinking their long-term plans, and that may include reevaluating their desire to have children. According to a new ...
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How to Enforce Social Distancing? Your Answer Might Depend on Who’s Breaking the Rules

An ethical question raised by the pandemic is what to do about people who don’t take it upon themselves to follow public health recommendations. Generally, there are two approaches: educate people and ...
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2 Reasons Self-Control and Forgiveness Go Hand-in-Hand

Forgive and forget? Easier said than done, but also easier to do if you have high levels of self-control, it turns out. Previous psychology studies have repeatedly pointed to a link between ...
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Personality Influences People’s Environmentally Friendly Behaviors

With a constant stream of news about coronavirus, it’s easy to overlook the disconcerting news that continues to come out regularly about another global crisis: climate change. Most recently, a study was ...
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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF POLITICS

Attitudes to Inequality May Have Genetic Underpinning

It’s clear that we live in an unequal society, with some groups of people having more power and resources than others. What we don’t always agree on, though, is whether that’s a ...
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What’s the Role of Politics in Therapy?

Therapy is a place where anything can come up. The old adage about discussing politics and religion doesn’t necessarily apply. To learn more about how political views fit into the therapeutic process, ...
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People Probably Agree With You Less Than You Think

If there’s one thing people never lack, it’s biases in how we think. One of these biases is what psychologists call the false consensus effect, where people tend to overestimate the extent ...
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Perfectionism Has Been Rising Over Time

Millennials get accused of all sorts of things. Narcissism is a common one. That idea fell apart when scientists took a closer look at it. But here’s a charge that might stick: ...
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Economic Hardship Might Increase Tendency to Help Others

If there’s an upside to adversity, it might be greater empathy for others. That idea makes a certain intuitive sense to us, and there’s some evidence to support it. Take, for example, ...
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Happiness Is Possible With a History of Anxiety

Mental health conditions like anxiety can interfere in almost any aspect of people’s lives, with real consequences. And yet, in the long-run, that doesn’t mean happiness is unobtainable. I’m not saying that ...
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When You See Your Own Emotions in Other People’s Faces

Sometimes our perceptions of others tell us more about ourselves. That can be true in how we interpret other people’s motivations, for example, and a newly published study suggests it can even ...
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Not Judging Your Own Thoughts as an Element of Happiness

There’s no formula for happiness, but something that apparently helps is not being too judgmental toward your own thoughts and feelings. A recent study from researchers in Spain highlights the role that ...
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SOCIAL MEDIA: GOOD OR EVIL?

Social Media Might Kind of Affect Life Satisfaction in Teens

Maybe you’ve heard that social media usage is linked to lower life satisfaction. But what does that mean? There are multiple ways social media and life satisfaction could be "linked": People with ...
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Social Media Use Today Could Mean Memory Slips Tomorrow

Go on a Facebook binge, and the consequence might be … I’m sorry, where was I? A new study by researchers at the University of Michigan implicates social media usage in higher ...
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What Do Your Media Habits Say About Your Personality and Mental Health?

Here’s a shocking finding: going on the Internet might correlate with good mental health. And if you don’t find that shocking, you probably don’t spend enough time on the Internet. That finding ...
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How Social Media Influences Offline Behavior

What happens on Facebook stays on Facebook? Maybe not. Considering how much time we spend on social media, it makes sense that our online interactions could affect our behavior IRL. And researchers ...
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This online text-based course is based on the 2018 guidelines developed by the American Psychological Association for clinical supervision in health service psychology. It introduces the learner to clinical supervision in health service psychology and discusses the seven domains and 29 guidelines. The course concludes with an extensive list of references as well as definitions of key terms related to supervision in health service psychology.

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PRO Course 1202: Positive Psychology: The Benefit of Well-Being [2 Credits]

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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PRO Course 1203: Positive Psychology Interventions: A Randomized Placebo Controlled Online Study [1 Credit]

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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THRIVE Course 103: Activating Strengths in Pursuit of Well-Being

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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In this online text and video based course, you will learn about Psychological Capital (PsyCap) and its four components: Hope, Self-Efficacy, Resilience, and Optimism. Psychological capital in many ways is like a savings account for our well-being. Just as it is good to save money for a rainy day, it is good to build psychological capital. Together, the four components help us to both fend off and conquer obstacles and to recover faster and better after trauma. This course includes text-based, to the point articles on psychological capital and its components as well as videos of experts and real world examples of putting PsyCap into action.

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THRIVE Course 101: Positive Psychology History and Introduction

In this online text and video based course, you will learn the not so positive history of positive psychology, leading to a brief overview of the major concepts associated with positive psychology. Next you will watch a video of Martin Seligman, one of the founders of positive psychology, discussing his theory and how this new strength-based approach represents a paradigm shift in how we understand human resilience and well-being. The course ends with a discussion of the research on positive psychology and how it can help us, our families, and our communities thrive.

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