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In a month dedicated to March Madness, Helping Psychology
offers a little insight into madness and mental disorders, in addition to the
latest studies involving children, mental health and more.
Kleptomania: Diagnosis of the Week
As a mental disorder, Kleptomania involves more than just
lifting a candy bar from a convenience store or taking a few bucks out of
someone’s wallet. An intense, uncontrollable compulsion to steal, accompanied
by powerful feelings of guilt, is what defines this rare disorder. Using a
special form of psychotherapy called rational emotive therapy, combined with
good old-fashioned talk therapy; psychologists can help patients suffering from
Kleptomania find relief.
Psychology of Money
How we as individuals feel about money ultimately influences
our thoughts and behaviors, in areas such as money management to emotional
wellbeing. Many people spend their lifetime chasing wealth, but find that they aren’t
happy in the long run. Personality, relationships and even sex are all swayed
by our attitude towards the almighty dollar. Read the full article to find out more.
Psychology of Color
Color defines mood, tastes, symbols and even personality in
some cases. People who prefer red are often considered passionate and fiery,
while people who adore blue are thought to be calm and cool. Though a bit
stereotypical, psychologists have come to recognize the importance of colors in
various treatments and as a tool to bring insights to many areas of a patient’s
Anger Expression in ADHD Children
According to a new research study, children with Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are prone to increased displays of aggression,
especially in school settings. This side-effect of ADHD is due to an inability to
cope with various situations. Psychologists can employ many creative techniques
to help children learn invaluable coping skills.
Narcolepsy: Diagnosis of the Week
As a mental disorder, or rather, dysfunction, narcolepsy is
defined by individuals who experience extreme daytime fatigue and fall asleep
at inappropriate times during the day. Narcolepsy is managed using a number of
treatments including stimulants, antidepressants and the learning of relaxation
techniques. Sometimes even psychotherapy can help patients learn how to deal
with this frustrating mental disorder.
Principles of Physiognomy
Physiognomy is used to evaluate messages in facial
expressions formed in response to words, events and actions. Physiognomy has a
number of uses in legal, work and academic environments. Even the criminal
justice system has used the analysis of physiognomic characteristics to read
suspects, jurors and witnesses. Learn more about the interesting applications
of this psychological sub-field.
Changing Behaviors Using Psychology
For issues such as weight loss and stress reduction,
psychology is a viable tool for changing negative behaviors. Operant conditioning,
classic conditioning and a concept called “stages of change” can all effectively
help a patient change an unwanted behavior. Learn more about the different
Carl Jung: Noteworthy Psychologist
Continuing with the Noteworthy Psychologist series, next in
line is the infamous Carl Jung. A few of his well-known psychological theories
include analytic psychology, introversion and extraversion and the collective
unconscious. His work is the basis of many modern theories including the
Meyer-Briggs Type Indicator.
Operant Conditioning Experiments
Both classical conditioning and operant conditioning are
mainstays in the field of psychology and are used in various research studies
to measure positive and negative reinforcement. Renowned psychologists Ivan
Pavlov and B.F. Skinner have used these theories to conduct a number of
experiments including Pavlov’s Dogs and conditioning rats to press a lever for
a reward. Both operant and classical conditioning theories are useful for learning
how certain behaviors are shaped by stimuli.
Schizoaffective Disorder: Diagnosis of the Week
As a psychological mood disorder, schizoaffective disorder
is very similar to schizophrenia in that patients suffer from hallucinations
and paranoia, but in less frequent episodes. Treatment for this mental illness
involves a combination of antipsychotic drugs and psychotherapy to alleviate
stress, which often acts as a trigger for symptoms.
Beatrice Moses Hinkle: Noteworthy Psychologist
In an era where women had little vocational choices,
psychoanalyst Beatrice Moses Hinkle pursued her passion with a boldness that
led her to become the first woman physician in San Francisco. She then went on
to establish the first psychotherapeutic clinic in New York City. After years
spent working alongside Freud and Jung, she wrote several books on the subject
of psychology all while pioneering for women’s rights.
Dependent Personality Disorder
People with personality disorders often have trouble
maintaining quality relationships as they suffer from mood swings, anger,
distrust and a number of other negative emotions. People with dependent
personality disorder in particular often become a nuisance to significant
others as they depend entirely upon others for emotional balance. Everything
from getting help making daily decisions to needing another’s company at all
times is characteristic of this disorder.
Anorexia Nervosa: Diagnosis of the Week
Unfortunately, patients with anorexia nervosa are hard to
spot when the disease is in the earlier stages. Dieting, exercising and
watching food intake is part of this mental disorder, but is only dangerous when
taken to an extreme level. Oftentimes, patients go to great lengths to hide
this behavior from family and friends, but the disease is apparent when
sufferers appear gaunt and do not eat in the presence of others.
The Scientific Method in Psychology
Research that incorporates the use of the scientific method
does not only benefit scientists, but also psychologists or students engaging
in psychological research. The formulation of a hypothesis is critical to testing
the relationship between two or more variables. Learn the simple steps of the
scientific method to incorporate into your next psychological research project.
Psychology Graduate School: Year One Survival Guide
The latest Helping Psychology featured article discusses how
students entering their first year of psychology graduate school can flourish.
Learn a few tips to managing multiple classes while effectively learning the
material. Also, brush up on ways to use resources for paper writing and
research projects. The first year of
graduate school is an important step to carving out a successful academic career.
M-3 Checklist Useful as Psychiatric Tool
The M-3 Checklist, also called My Mood Disorder, is a
comprehensive online tool for diagnosing mood disorders in patients who feel
more comfortable at home than in a clinical setting. A recent study conducted
by researchers at the University of North Carolina tested the validity of this
screening tool and found that 83 percent of participants were accurately
Psychology Class Note-Taking Tips
No student will be successful in school unless he or she
knows the proper way to remember what the professor lectures about each week.
The best way to ensure that everything is covered in full is to take notes. But
how can a student take down everything that is said without leaving anything
out? Learn some easy tricks to taking full notes using shorthand and other
The Psychology of Groups
This informative article argues the place that group
psychology has in contemporary America from the viewpoint of two classic cases
involving apathy on the part of bystanders and instigators. It also examines
how people act in various situations with a group influencing their decisions.
Also learn about psychological concepts such as the “bystander effect” and
The Job of a Forensic Psychologist
Forensic psychologists play a pivotal role in the criminal
justice system by creating criminal profiles, interviewing suspects and helping
law officers and investigators solve cases. Their knowledge of the mind,
combined with ample training in human behavior, is essential to determining the
motive of a suspect and eventually bringing justice to those affected by a crime.
Dependent Personality Disorder: Five Subtypes
Supplementing information found in the Helping Psychology
Diagnosis of the Week article on Dependent Personality Disorder, this article
goes one step further to discuss the five subtypes of the disorder. Disquieted,
accommodating, immature, ineffectual and selfless dependent disorders all derive
from dependent personality and each have specific character traits that define
Psychology of False Confessions
It is well-known that a certain population of prisoners are
innocent of the crimes they were accused of; but the real question is what
would drive someone to confess to a crime that he or she didn’t commit. The
psychological reasons behind false confessions are numerous, such as the
pressure felt from an intense interrogation or even a mental illness. Learn
about the three categories of false confessions: voluntary, compliant and
Beyond Counseling: Entry-Level Careers for Psychology Majors
Students studying psychology at the undergraduate level may
choose another area of work upon graduation. Careers choices abound for those
who have studied human behavior and know the inner-working of a person’s mind.
Fields such as advertising, business and education are just a sampling of the
possibilities that psychology majors can explore.
Psychosexual Development: Freud's Legacy
Sigmund Freud is one of the most infamous psychologists in
history, known not only for his radical views, but for his valid contributions
to the field of psychology. Freud’s ‘Stages of Psychosexual Development’ explores
what shapes human’s sexual appetites from birth to puberty.
Right Brain vs. Left Brain: Interconnected, Interactive
The stereotype of left-brain, right-brain individuals has
some validity in the psychological realm. Predominately right-brained
individuals tend to display creative, intuitive tendencies, while those who
function using a more left-brain approach generally present a more structured,
logical façade. Find out more about the left-brain, right-brain phenomenon by
reading the full article.
Foundation of the Human Psyche: Jung's Archetypes
Psychiatrist Carl Jung challenged
the theories of both Freud and the concept of tabula rasa with his innovative
archetypal system. Jung theorized that the foundation of all life is composed
of the same basic primordial images or archetypes and that these archetypes
strive to emerge in a human being despite other instinctive tendencies.
Observational Learning in Psychology
Psychologist Albert Bandura proposed that humans learn behavior
through a variety of methods, including direct observation of the behavior of
others. His three theories regarding the development of children are still in
place today and are used by psychologists to try and change negative behaviors
of people suffering from mental disorders.
Media Violence and Reality
With the increasing number of school shootings and violent
acts committed by children, parents and protestors everywhere are blaming media
outlets such as television, movies and, most importantly, video games. But what
is the true reason behind all these atrocities? Media violence may influence
children, but some argue that it is the parents who are to blame. Find out more
about this issue in ‘Media Violence and Reality.’
Hypnosis in Psychology: A Viable Treatment?
Hypnotism is not considered a practical treatment in
psychology, but studies are being conducted to test the validity of this
controversial healing method on people with mental disorders. In examining
hypnosis in psychology, the evidence shows that the technique does have a
relatively high success rate for bringing calm to people with anxiety or those
who wish to change certain behaviors such as smoking.
Social Psychology Research Topics
The field of social psychology focuses on how groups and
even individuals act in various social settings. Study topics are numerous and
interesting and include aggression, altruism, group processes, prejudice and
discrimination. Basically any form of social interaction can be studied by a social
Children Exposed to Parental Psychiatric Disorders May be at Risk
Children who live with a parent that suffers from a mental disorder
are at higher risk for contracting a mental illness according to a new Canadian
study. The study also showed that children with one or more parents suffering
from a substance abuse disorder are at considerably higher risk of emotional,
physical and sexual abuse. Read more about the effects of this issue and what
can be done to stop further damage.
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