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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF POLITICS

Personality Linked to Pro-Environmental Behaviors

Whether you’re concerned with how your actions affect the environment could be partly a matter of personality. That’s according to a new study from researchers in Brașov, Romania that looked at whether ...
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“Dark Tetrad” Personality Traits Predict Right-Wing Extremism

Last year saw an election in which the established political order was disrupted and a right-wing populist gained a momentum that few people expected. I’m talking, of course, about the 2016 Austrian ...
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Tattoos Make People Think You’re More Independent, Less Competent

Tattoos are commonplace these days, but society’s attitudes can be slow to change. Two studies published this year suggest that on average, people make more negative judgments about the character of people ...
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Why Lying Is a Slippery Slope

Have you ever wondered how some people can lie so much? If you answered "no," clearly you don’t follow politics. According to a study published this month, prolific liars may not be ...
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A Happiness Intervention for Teachers

Teaching is a stressful job. From managing a classroom, to taking work home at night, to trying to adequately explain new concepts and keep pace with a curriculum at the same time, ...
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“Thank You” Can Change How People See You

If your parents told you to always say your thank yous when you were growing up, chances are they understood on some intuitive level that these two simple words carry a lot ...
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Quality and Quantity of Social Interactions Both Matter for Happiness

It seems obvious that having fulfilling social interactions with other people makes a difference in how happy we are. Less obvious is what makes for fulfilling social interactions, and how that varies ...
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Valuing Time Rather Than Money May Lead to Happiness

Time is money, right? But in a literal sense, that’s not true. Time is time, and money is money. In fact, time might be more important than money, at least as far ...
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SOCIAL MEDIA: GOOD OR EVIL?

Exploring Social Media’s Impact on Human Psychology

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn….there seem to be more social networks popping up every day for us to login, create a profile and connect. Initially this seems fun and harmless, an easy way ...
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PRO Course 1080: APA Guidelines for Clinical Supervision [2 Credits]

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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