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Lockdown Might Be Changing People’s Sleep Patterns

If you feel like social distancing is keeping you awake at night, you could be right. A new survey of 1,310 adults in Italy during the country’s total lockdown points to a ...
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How to Stop Touching Your Face

Do you find your hand regularly creeping up toward your head, despite recent advice from public health experts to keep your fingers and your face firmly separated? If so, you’re not alone ...
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Census Bureau Data Shows 2020 Brought a Spike in Anxiety and Depression

From posttraumatic stress to sleep disturbances, recent studies have begun to confirm that the coronavirus pandemic has brought a range of mental health consequences. Now, an analysis of data from the US ...
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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF POLITICS

People Care More About Climate Change After Experiencing a Hurricane

Climate change is an interesting psychological case study. It’s a big, scientifically unambiguous problem, but we’re more or less content to ignore it and go on with our lives as usual. Part ...
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Is Creationism the Ultimate Conspiracy Theory?

I’ve got one heck of a conspiracy theory for you. It goes like this: contrary to what scientists say, everything in the natural world exists because someone created it that way, not ...
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Clinton Voters Still Haven’t Recovered Psychologically

The outcome of the 2016 election was a shock for many. And apparently, some Clinton voters still haven’t gotten over that shock psychologically. If you don’t believe me, just check out a ...
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How Body Odor Can Predict Your Politics

A team of researchers from Sweden and Italy have taken a new angle on understanding the rise of Donald Trump: body odor. Wait, what? There’s a logic here, although it’s not obvious ...
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Friends Cooperate More Efficiently After Exchanging Gifts

As I’ve written about before, people give gifts for a range of reasons – sometimes simply to do something nice, sometimes because they want to influence others. A new study from researchers ...
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Why Gun Owners Are Happier (Hint: It’s Probably Not the Guns)

Decades of psychology researchers has converged on the conclusion that the key to happiness is … owning a gun? Not quite. But as the authors of a new study on happiness and ...
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The Dietary Habits of Optimists

It’s solidly established that there appears to be a link between optimism and physical health. This can be seen, for example, from the fact that people with higher levels of optimism tend ...
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Hungry Kids Don’t Like to Share

It’s hard to be concerned with lofty philosophical principles when you’re hungry. A new study from researchers at University of Chicago underscores this point in the context of an ethical dilemma that ...
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SOCIAL MEDIA: GOOD OR EVIL?

The Dangers of Comparing Yourself to Others on Social Media

Social media makes a lot of things easier. Keeping up with old friends. Sharing your vacation pictures. Comparing yourself to other people. It’s that last one that could be causing problems, according ...
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Media Literacy: An Essential Twenty-First Century Skill

Here's an idea you won't here about in, well, the media: we should have media literacy classes in schools. Despite how much information we get from the media, we don't talk much ...
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Teen Social Media Use – Is there a Mental Health Risk?

The use of smartphones, social media, and messaging apps are now ubiquitous in modern life for teens ages 13-17. The rates of usage in recent years are staggering and continue to grow; ...
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The Role of the Media in Body Image & Eating Disorders

Most likely, we have all known someone who suffered from some form of eating disorder.  According to the National Eating Disorder Association 20 million women and 10 million men in the US ...
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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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