Discovering your husband has Aspergers

Posted by on May 24, 2012

This is a fascinating radio piece about a couple who discocvered the husband had Aspergers Syndrome (some call this high-functioning autism) and their remarkable response to it. Towards the end it raises important questions about empathy and compassion, and how you might not need the first to have the second.

Special topics

The Bystander Effect

Posted by on May 21, 2012

Research shows that victims are less likely to receive assistance when they are with a group instead of a single bystander. How would you respond in these situations? How will you respond next time? This is another bit of psychological research that has influenced my life greatly.

Psychology 101

Milgram’s Obedience to Authority experiment

Posted by on May 21, 2012

This video changed my life. It led me to value and listen to my conscience more than the wishes of an authority or group. This re-creation (I couldn’t find the original online anywhere), is spread over 3 videos. In it, you will see how Stanley Milgram, a Yale social psychology professor, measured the willingness of people to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts that conflicted with their personal conscience. The results are remarkable.

Psychology 101

Learning to be helpless?

Posted by on May 15, 2012

“Learned helplessness” is a very real psychological phenomenon, as this video demonstrates, in which beliefs about our helplessness or incapacity lead us to stop trying. It was first discovered by accident by Martin Seligman, a pioneer of Positive Psychology, when he saw that caged dogs who were given an electric shock and denied escape, later no longer tried to escape even though the door to their cage was open.

Anxiety & stress, Mood & Emotion, Psychology 101

A neat online ACT program

Posted by on May 10, 2012

This was designed for college students, but it is appropriate for anyone. A concise and manageable combination of audio and text-based lessons in 6 modules. It includes guided mindfulness exercises. Created by RMIT University.

http://emedia.rmit.edu.au/communication/

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ACT overview: “Demons on the Boat”

Posted by on May 10, 2012

A nice overview of what therapy should be about — moving towards what is important to us, bringing our “issues” and undermining thoughts and feelings with us (as opposed to trying to control them). Russ Harris wrote The Happiness Trap and The Confidence Gap.

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