The Psych Files

The Psych Files

Dr. Michael Britt keeps up to date on current psychology through video and podcasts.  The Psych Files is a Psychology podcast hosted by Michael A. Britt, Ph.D. The Psych Files is aimed at anyone curious about human behavior, though students taking a course in psychology, those majoring in psychology, and instructors of psychology will find the podcast particularly of interest.

Some facts about the podcast:

    • The premier academic Psychology Podcast since January 2007.
    • Always in the top 10 of the iTunes Higher Education category.
    • Each episode is downloaded more than 20,000 times.
    • Over 4,500 episodes are downloaded every day. Total downloads for all the episodes are over 9 million worldwide.
    • This website is linked to by thousands of high schools, colleges and universities around the world.
    • Typical listeners are college students and their professors, critical thinkers and life-long learners.

 

    • There are currently 7 apps in the Apple app store and 3 in the Google Android market which have grown out of the work here on this podcast.

 

PsychAlive: Psychology for Everyday Life

PsychAlive:  Psychology for Everyday Life

Our desire to discover who we are – why we feel and act the ways we do – is what leads us to a meaningful and vital existence. PsychAlive was created to assist you in this personal journey by providing a place where people can learn to take an active, introspective approach to their lives. The articles, blogs, videos, quizzes and interactive workshops featured on PsychAlive introduce visitors to sound psychological principles and practices, while offering an insightful means of coping with life’s everyday problems. The tools available on PsychAlive are designed to help people understand the emotional dynamics that operate within us and the limitations that restrict us in our daily lives. By helping us to recognize what’s at the core of our emotional struggles and to target the specific ways we limit ourselves, PsychAlive encourages us to understand and challenge the deeper issues that keep us from living a life that is as joyful, rewarding and meaningful as it could be.

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone

Things you should know about Kids Help Phone:

We’re Canada’s only toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counseling, web counseling and referral service for children and youth. Every day, professional counsellors provide support to young people across the country.

  1. The service is completely anonymous and confidential – we don’t trace calls, we don’t have call display. You don’t even have to tell us your name if you don’t want to.
  2. We rely on donations from individuals, companies, clubs and associations to run our service. We also have over 10,000 volunteers who help us raise funds and spread the word about our services. Find out how you can get involved on the website.

 

Is It Normal?

is it normalMany people think things or have questions that they are afraid to ask others and wonder, “Is it normal to feel this way?”  The average citizen may or may not be able to afford a psychologist or have a friend who can inform them in the manner that they best feel necessary.  In this website, “Is It Normal,” you can ask others questions and get responses without feeling awkward and odd about asking that question you wanted to know.

They also are located on Twitter and Facebook, and do have password protected user information, moderated questions (of course, everyone does ask questions to find out if it is all normal, but it IS moderated), and there is also an IIN Gold Membership, which you can pay to have special membership duties, such as quicker moderation, jazzier profile pages, and more.

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Animal Hoarding: An In-Depth Look At The Phenomenon

animal hoardingMany times animals need good homes.  They are often brought into a home where a person wants to take good care of them, feed them, water them and make sure their every need is taken care of.  However; there are certain people whose idea of taking care of animals, while meaning to be a good provider of animal security, ends up being one of animal destruction and unneeded cruelty.  These unfortunate few do not mean to harm these animals, and actually mean to help the pets they so lovingly bring into their homes–matter of fact, they normally know them by their names or by the dates the brought them in or where they found them or what shelter they got them from.

How do these people (and these animals) get help that they desperately need?  What is the most important thing to treat first–is it to get the animals out, then treat the animal hoarder or is it to treat the hoarder while helping the animals then help get the animals out?

Animal Hoarding:  An In-Depth Look At The Phenomenon helps us to understand this issue.  There are, according to Dr. Patronek, on the website, 1500 new cases every year.  On this website, you will see:

*  Characteristics of Animal Hoarding

* How Animal Hoarding Develops

* Inside Animal Hoarding

* Treatment and Prevention of Animal Hoarding

* Resources

*and a place to report Animal Hoarding

The International OCD Foundation: Hoarding Center

international OCDHave you seen the television show The Hoarders?  Many people who watch this show may feel that this is just a very few people who experience such things, and those people on that show are not exactly “normal.”  Well, unfortunately, this is more normal than most people think.  Hoarding is very closely related to obsessive compulsive disorder, and there are people who have rooms and buildings and storage sheds that are full of items of things that they may never see again (or know they even have to begin with).

Thankfully, there are places that know about this kind of situation and are willing to help.  The International OCD Foundation:  Hoarding Center has many different options:  Journal Articles, Facebook Page, Research, Training, Assessments, and Resources such as Books, Videos, Links and more.  There are Community Services as well, and very importantly, Help for Hoarding for those who need it the most.

By opening the crack of light on hoarding a little more, we can make a light shine on this, and get more help for those who need it.

The Trauma and Attachment Report

The Trauma and Attachment Report is a weekly online research report published out of York University in Toronto.  Its purpose is to provide clear, accurate information to members of the community, on the topic of interpersonal trauma.  The report will cover topics such as the causes and consequences of trauma; treatment, prevention, and implications of trauma for society at large.  The articles draw upon primary sources such as interviews with survivors, therapists, and others who work in the field of interpersonal trauma.  The Trauma and Attachment Report seeks to disseminate knowledge by discussing research findings published in reputable scientific journals, in a manner that can be easily understood by readers.

Please subscribe to our weekly newsletter by visiting the home page and entering your email in the “Subscribe” box and visit our Facebook Page for further information and regular updates. You may also follow us on Twitter and Linkedin. If you have a question, comment, or topic you’d like us to cover, feel free to email the Blog Coordinator at trauma.report@gmail.com, or leave a comment in the comment box available at the bottom of every article. We look forward to hearing from you!

People Prevent Suicide

No two people will grieve in the same way. Some will find support groups helpful; others may rely on friends’ support. Some may turn to books; others may go to therapy.
Some may take weeks to get back to “normal life”; others may find that life as they remember it no longer exists and they need to redefine themselves. Our response to the aftermath of suicide is shaped by a number of things – past experiences with death and loss, other current life stressors, our mental health, our family cultural traditions, our relationship with the deceased (e.g., strength of bond, presence of conflict, etc.), the circumstances surrounding the death, our support system, and our personality.

People feel a range of emotions in the aftermath of suicide – not everyone will go through all of these experiences and the length of each may differ, but these are common emotional reactions that often come like a tidal wave unexpectedly and repeatedly.  Learn how to stop it before it happens, or at least how to deal with it after.  Hopefully to stop it before it happens.