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Helping Psychology offers a new perspective on love in February with several articles featuring advice on relationship counseling, sexual
disorders, love theories and more.
Fetishism: Diagnosis of the Week
Sometimes more than just a sexual preference, Fetishism is
considered a psychological disorder by the American Psychological Association.
Listed under the sexual disorders category, this inclination towards receiving
sexual gratification when confronted with a body part or inanimate object is
considered a mental illness only if it interferes with daily functioning or in
the event of psychological distress.
Philip Zimbardo: Noteworthy Psychologist
Philip Zimbardo, Ph. D., is a leader in the
field of modern psychology and is famous for conducting the 1971 Stanford
Prison Experiment. He is also founder and head researcher at The Shyness Clinic
in Menlo Park, California. His contributions to the field of psychology are
numerous and have paved the way for innovative theories and concepts now widely
used in the profession.
Psychology Based Stress Relievers
Some people say that stress is all in the mind; so why not try
stopping it at the source rather than relying on medication or other unnatural
means. Psychologists use certain psychotherapy techniques such as cognitive
behavioral therapy, relationship counseling and biofeedback to uncover the root
of a patient’s stress and then provide mental exercises geared towards learning
to control the body from within.
Psychology of Love: Sternberg's Triangle
February is the month dedicated to love and romance. But
what is love really? Dr. Robert J. Sternberg, with his Triangular Theory of
Love, attempts to classify love into various categories depending on how a
couple relates to the points of a triangle. Sound confusing? Discover the
genius of his theory by first understanding his definitions of love.
Love Stinks: Relationship Therapy 101
Every couple experiences relationship woes at some point,
and relationship counselors are trained to reconcile differences and help
people move forward in their relationship. Relationship therapy encompasses a
variety of subfields including couples therapy, marriage counseling and family
therapy, and even work-related therapy for employees and management. Find out
how relationship counseling works to bring partners closer together.
Music for the Mind: The Psychology of Music
Some doctors recommend that mothers use music to soothe
their babies; students often listen to music while studying for a test; music
is played at weddings, funerals and celebrations all over the world. Music,
from a psychological standpoint, plays an integral role in enhancing the
quality of ones life, in addition to offering numerous therapeutic benefits. Patients
suffering from certain mental disorders often show improvements in their
symptoms after listening to music.
Junk Food Linked to Mental Disorders
Candy, crackers, soda; everyone knows that eating copious
amounts of junk food is bad for the body, but according to The American Journal
of Psychiatry, it may also be bad for the mind. A new study links eating poorly
with increased levels of anxiety and depression, along with a higher risk for
obesity. Now that one’s a no brainer.
Gender Identity Disorder: Diagnosis of the Week
Patients suffering from Gender Identity Disorder are
defined by their desire to become the opposite sex for a variety of reasons.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, feelings and actions
relating to gender dysphoria are also called transsexualism. No cure is
available for this disorder, however, because it is not a malfunction in the
brain to be corrected, but rather a characteristic of an individual,
which sometimes causes mental distress.
Specializations of Psychologists
As with any profession, several specializations in the
psychology field are available to students, each with varying requirements.
Psychiatrists, psychologists, master's level counselors, social workers and therapists
alike are all part of the psychological career spectrum. Learn more about these
fields and work environments.
An Introduction to Humanistic Psychology
Introduced in the late 1950s by Abraham Maslow, humanistic
psychology endeavors to expand the role that patients play in their own
treatment, regardless of their disorder. Humanistic psychologists believe that
humans are innately good and that we each possess the power for
Dan Gilbert: Noteworthy Psychologist
Daniel Gilbert, Ph.D., is known for his contributions to the
field of affective forecasting and is currently a professor of psychology at
Harvard University. There, he heads the Hedonic Psychology Laboratory, which
studies human happiness in its various complexities. Among his many
achievements, Daniel Gilbert is the author of the best-selling book
"Stumbling on Happiness," which explains why humans often fail
miserably in their quest for happiness.
Acupuncture May Relieve Depression During Pregnancy
Being pregnant is generally unpleasant, but researchers have found a
link between pregnancy depression and acupuncture that may leave more women
feeling better during this harrowing time. Pregnancy depression, including
postpartum, is a fairly common condition. Acupuncture may be helpful in
reducing many depressive symptoms including insomnia, sadness, lack of
motivation and more.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Classified as a personality disorder, narcissism is a mental
disorder marked by a patient’s feelings of self-Importance, lack of empathy,
entitlement, envy and arrogance; among others. People with this disorder
generally live ordinary lives, but have obstacles in work and friendship, as
they are often viewed as overbearing or rude. Treatment for this disorder includes specialized cognitive behavioral
therapy and psychotherapy.
Anxiety Disorders Demystified
Anxiety encompasses a wide range of symptoms and is a
different experience for every person. Categories of anxiety include general
anxiety disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress, agoraphobia, social
anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Learn about the various types of
anxiety and the most effective treatments available today.
DSM Changes Affect Asperger's Syndrome
The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
of Mental Disorders (DSM) is changing the classification of the mental disorder
Asperger's syndrome. The new classification is integrating the disorder into
the broader category of Autism, which has some patients feeling less than satisfied
with the decision. Some advocates voice concerns that since a diagnosis of
Autism is far more stigmatizing than Asperger's, it would cause more problems
in the long run for the patient.
Caffeine Psychology: The Daily Struggle
Caffeine is a stimulant that affects the central nervous
system and other parts of the body. Even though it is not classified as an
illegal drug, it is still a chemical substance that causes addition. Unlike
drugs such as cocaine and marijuana, caffeine is a mild stimulant and is not
terribly dangerous when used appropriately. But many people struggle with
withdrawal and other symptoms if not able to consume a daily does. Find out why
Sleep's Effect on Memory
A good night’s sleep is worth its weight in gold. Sleep can
have a positive or a negative impact on one's memory depending on the quality
and length of sleep achieved, and researchers are now aware that it’s not the
amount a person sleeps that affects memory, but the processes that take place
during that time.
GRE Prep for Psychology Programs
Taking the Graduate Record Exam is a pivotal step for
getting into grad school, so learning to effectively study for the test is
essential. Helping Psychology offers students a study guide cheat sheet that
will help them follow the path to success.
Academic Psychology Careers
Rather than practice in an organization or clinic,
psychology students may want to end up teaching the subject they are currently
studying. Careers in academic psychology are growing as more college students
take an interest in the field. Academic psychologists can work in an array of
different spheres including schools and even certain organizations.
ASPD: Antisocial Personality Disorder
Not all people with antisocial personality disorder are
averse to socializing; they may be suffering from mental block when it comes to
being in a social setting. Classified as a personality disorder in the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, this disorder’s symptoms include deception,
impulsiveness, absence of remorse, irresponsibility, aggressiveness, quick
temperedness and social awkwardness. Some people with this disorder even
develop criminal tendencies and other problems.
Psychology of Consumer Behavior
There is a science to consumerism as every marketing and
advertising guru well knows. But what are the psychological reasons behind the
way people shop? Consumer behavior is a branch of psychology that strives to
find out what makes people purchase certain things as opposed to others, which
then can be used to further product campaigns.
Migraine and Depression: The Missing Link
Recently researchers have become increasingly aware of the
link between migraine headaches and depression. Studies show that people who
are prone to migraines suffer higher instances of depression and that substantial
evidence exists for the heritability of both migraine and major depression.
Find out more by reading the full text.
Sports Psychology in Action
The Olympics has wowed viewers as usual, but what really goes
into becoming a star athlete? Years of exercise and training no doubt, but
surprisingly psychology plays an important role in the making of a champion.
Sports psychologists assist athletes with mental preparation including
goal-setting, coping skills and the resilience needed to face defeat.
Internships for Psychology Students
Psychology students in search of job experience can turn to
internships to fill a variety of needs. First of all, graduate schools look
kindly upon students who take the initiative to undertake an internship.
Second, students who are close to graduating and want to try out a given field
can engage in an internship in a variety of settings. It never hurts to gain a
little knowledge and hit the job market with a leg up on the competition.
Parenting Styles in
The four styles of parenting include: demanding,
undemanding, responsiveness and unresponsiveness. Each combine in certain ways
to create a unique style of parenting that plays a huge part in the development
of a child. Learn about the different methods and how they affect the children
Psychology Term Paper Tips
Writing a psychology term paper involves a bit more work
than your average term paper. Coming up with an interesting, well studied topic
is the first step, and then comes loads of research and theorizing. Helping
Psychology offers tips and tricks to writing a first-rate psychology term
Transpersonal Psychology for Beginners
Unlike other forms of psychology, transpersonal psychology
explores the spiritual side of the human psyche. Used more as a tool of
personal growth, this branch combines psychotherapy with spiritual practices
and beliefs from many of the world’s religions, including non-traditional
denominations such as Wicca and shamanism.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a treatment that seeks to
discover how a patient's thoughts can create disruptive behaviors that interfere
with daily life, Akin to cognitive behavioral therapy, psychologists use this
form of treatment to nullify the overpowering emotions that plague some
Problem Solving in Cognitive Psychology
A problem is any question or matter involving doubt,
uncertainty or difficulty that can be solved using principles found in
cognitive psychology. The problem-solving cycle is a model that incorporates
seven principles into the act of solving problems of varying degrees of
Mindfulness Based Interventions
Psychologists are now discovering the role that meditation can play in treating patients with mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. Mindfulness based interventions incorporate ancient meditative practices into common psychological treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy to facilitate stress reduction.
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