ACT: A psychology of the normal (vs pathological)

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013

This is one of the cleanest explanations of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) by one of its founders, Steve Hayes. Even if you aren’t interested in ACT, you’ll likely find some of the ideas in this 12 minute interview worthwhile. “Vastly more human suffering, ” Hayes says, “come from normal processes that run away from us” than from psychopathology.

The Big Think: Steven Hayes (12-minute video interview)

ACT, Psychology 101

Unconditional love

Posted by on Jun 18, 2012

What does unconditional love look like — really. Two of the features in this broadcast paint a powerful picture that makes many of us parents look like we have it easy. The other story highlights the work of psychologist Harry Harlow in the 50s. He pioneered — with the help of rhesus monkeys — the then-outlandish idea that children need love. While his own children say his parenting came up short in the affection department, our children (and our generation as well) owe him a debt of gratitude for opening up their parents’ arms.

Listen to Episode 317 of This American Life by clicking below:

317: Unconditional Love
Sep 15, 2006
Stories of unconditional love between parents and children, and how hard love can be sometimes in daily practice.

Parenting & Children, Psychology 101

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