Clinical Psychology & Mental Health

Interventions Can Reduce Ageism

Old age is a life stage that we all hope to reach, but that doesn’t always make us empathetic toward people who have already reached it. Prejudice against older adults shows up ...
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The Character Traits of Productive Procrastinators

In the traditional telling of the story, procrastination is the arch-enemy of productivity. The more you procrastinate, the less you get done. But psychologists who study procrastination have questioned that narrative. A ...
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Spending Habits Can Reveal Personality Traits

Among the various types of data that are being collected about you while you browse the internet, you can bet that your spending habits are one of them. That raises the question ...
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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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Millennials Don’t Like Being Called Narcissists

Here’s a loaded question for you: how do you feel about being a narcissist? Like the classic example of "when did you stop beating your wife?", this is a question without a ...
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What Do Loneliness and Living Alone Mean for Health Later in Life?

We all know what "loneliness" means, but defining it in a precise way gets a little tricky. For starters, being lonely isn’t exactly the same as being alone. And loneliness isn’t quite ...
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A Psychological Profile of the “Class Clown”

When you were in middle school, you could probably name without having to think who the "class clown" was. If you’re a middle school teacher, bless your heart, you can probably do ...
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6 Types of Shoplifters

Shoplifting is a behavior that, besides being ethically questionable, doesn’t seem like a very good risk-reward trade-off. Naturally, when psychologists see people engaged in that kind of activity, they ask: why? As ...
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When Does Hoarding Start?

Hoarding disorder is a condition in which people compulsively acquire possessions that they then find themselves unable to discard. Hoarding can harm people’s health, their relationship with others, and their everyday functioning, ...
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Are People With Social Anxiety Afraid of Positive Feedback?

The way we typically think about it, social anxiety involves a fear of being evaluated negatively by other people. Which is true. But an interesting line of research suggests that people with ...
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