Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32) President Brent Robbins, PhD Brent Dean Robbins, PhD, is director of the psychology program and associate professor of psychology at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pa. He has previously served Div. 32 in a number of capacities, including membership chair, member-at-large, conference chair and coordinator, website manager, email list manager and blog editor. Benefits of Membership How to think positive WHEN A PERSON THINKS a negative thought and tries to get rid of it, that person is thinking positively negatively. Daniel M. Wegner of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, has conducted a long string of experiments that show the futility and actual danger of trying to get rid of thoughts. In some of the experiments, Wegner told his subjects, “Try not to think about a white bear.” The subjects were then asked to say aloud everything that came to mind. Of course, thoughts of white bears showed up quite a bit.
Positivity Central We want to take our science, knowledge and arts about positive psychology, states, feelings and experiences to the next level-- to scientifically explore, elucidate, codify, and create a unified, interwoven, integrated paradigm which collects together existing models so as to evolve a useful, practical Positive Science which spawns a collection of tools, technologies and techniques for optimizing human and social functioning, performance, health and happiness. In a world where there are hundreds of thousands of studies and meetings on what is negative, on what to move away from and eliminate, experts on what's wrong-- we need a positive vision-- somewhere and something to move towards. We need to create a science of things positive-- of Positivity.
Build Self Confidence Self confidence is the difference between feeling unstoppable and feeling scared out of your wits. Your perception of yourself has an enormous impact on how others perceive you. Perception is reality — the more self confidence you have, the more likely it is you’ll succeed. Although many of the factors affecting self confidence are beyond your control, there are a number of things you can consciously do to build self confidence. Reversal Theory Society Welcome to the Reversal Theory website, a resource for researchers, practitioners, and students interested in the ideas and tools of Reversal Theory. The website provides background information about reversal theory, a current bibliography, upcoming conference information, and ways to contact others with interest in the theory. Theory Overview “The primary aim of reversal theory is to show that the various aspects of a wide range of types of experience and behaviour may be explained with reference to certain pairs of states and reversals which occur between them.” (Apter, 1982). Reversal theory emerged in the early 1970s, created and developed by K.
How to feel better now What makes you happy? I find directly pursuing happiness is difficult to do. Many times the things we think will make us happy fail to do so. Instead I like to focus on growth and developing a strong life philosophy that can guide you through tough times and help you enjoy successes. Positive Psychology - What Is Positive Psychology Positive psychology is one of the newest branches of psychology to emerge. This particular area of psychology focuses on how to help human beings prosper and lead healthy, happy lives. While many other branches of psychology tend to focus on dysfunction and abnormal behavior, positive psychology is centered on helping people become happier.
63 Ways to Build Self-Confidence Confidence is a tool you can use in your everyday life to do all kinds of cool stuff, not least to stop second-guessing yourself, manage your fears and become able to do more of the things that really matter to you. But not many people realise that their self-confidence works just like a muscle – it grows in response to the level of performance required of it. Either you use it or you lose it. That’s why I’ve given you 63 ways to grow your confidence so that you can become a giant. Learning is a Good Thing, so sign up for that evening class and enjoy it.Get out of your own head by asking your partner or best friend what you can do for them today.Hit the gym.
CNS Spectrums: The Future of Depression Psychopharmacology CNS Spectr. 2008;13(8):682-687 Dr. Belmaker is assistant director at Beer-Sheva Mental Health Center at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Faculty Disclosure: The author does not have an affiliation with or financial interest in any organization that might pose a conflict of interest.
13 Things to Avoid When Changing Habits “Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.” - Mark Twain Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. I’ve learned a lot about changing habits in the last 2 1/2 years, from quitting smoking to taking up running and GTD and vegetarianism and waking early and all that. I could go on, of course, but you get the picture. How to Gain the Respect of Others — It is interesting to consider why we instinctively respect some people, but others can be very hard to appreciate. Respect doesn’t necessarily mean we have to agree with everything they say; respect comes from people’s inner life, and the values and beliefs they hold. If someone is sincere, honest and self effacing it is easy to respect them, even if they believe in a different life philosophy. If we can understand why some people instinctively gain respect, we can learn to implement these characteristics in our own life.