A Psychology Blog
Contributed thoughts to Bustle's "Anxiety About The End Of Coronavirus Lockdown Is More Common Than You’d Think."
See Forrest Talley's full article on Psychology Today.
Consistency in parental expectations builds cohesion by reducing anxiety (fears arise when expectations frequently change, making children uncertain of how they are to win parental approval – consistency is the antidote for such fears).
Anxiety is corrosive. It wears away at family morale, tears at the fabric of family cohesion, and poisons the hard-earned sense of esprit de corps within a family.
Check out Krissy Brady's full article in the Huffington Post.
Therapy can be a super rewarding way to sift through the emotional baggage that’s holding you back. But because it involves being vulnerable and diving into some pretty murky subjects and feelings, you might find yourself indulging in self-sabotaging behaviors that halt your progress ― and you may not even realize it. Therapists call these therapy-interfering behaviors (TIBs), and the fascinating thing about them is most of us don’t realize when or why we’re getting in our own way.
He's so smart; I'm chubby; she's ugly; he's bad for you; they're perfect together. What do all of these statements have in common? They're judgments; they reflect matters of opinion, not indisputable facts. This may not seem too terribly fascinating, or insightful, but bear with me. Because what is phenomenal, in my opinion, is the extent to which we allow our judgments to affect our decisions, mood, and functioning.
Featured in Kaitlyn Wylde's New York Times article "What Does Having a Boyfriend Have to Do With Sleep?"
Owen Dennis Riley, 17, has never had a girlfriend. But he plays a boyfriend to at least half a million subscribers on YouTube. He brings you gifts on Valentine’s Day and soup when you’re sick. He serenades you, if you’re into that sort of thing. Most important, he wants to help you get a good night’s sleep. Instead of counting sheep or limiting your screen time before bed, he’ll talk you down for the night and tuck you in.
Check out the rest of Wylde's fascinating article in the New York Times
Quoted in NBC News article: Ghosting, gaslighting, orbiting: How putting a name to a bad behavior can help you heal
See Danielle Page's full NBC News article.
See Erinne Magee's full article in Business Insider.
While most therapists make it a priority to reassure parents they're doing a great job, they also try to help make the job of raising children a bit smoother by zeroing in on a handful of important reminders — some of which they don't always get the chance to say to parents directly. We asked 11 mental health professionals what they wish that parents of their young clients knew. The most common advice stemmed from reminding parents how integral their influence — direct or indirect — is on children, no matter the age. Here are the areas where therapists believe an extra dose of awareness could go a long way.
Ok, so everyone knows that regular exercise is a must if you want to attain and maintain good physical health – it lowers blood pressure, decreases the risk of heart disease and various cancers, the list goes on and on. But did you know that exercising in accordance with the public health recommendations is actually considered an effective treatment for people with mild to moderate depression (APA, 2014)? To be honest, I didn't realize that! I mean, I knew that the American Psychological Association (APA) recommends exercise for decreasing symptoms of depression, but I hadn't ever looked that closely at the research until preparing this post. And the research is compelling!