psychology

Experiments that Changed Psychology

Any science outside of physics (including “hard sciences” such as biology and chemistry as well as “soft sciences” such as psychology and sociology) sometimes suffer from what has been dubbed “physics envy”—or, the idea that no other science can match the experimental rigor of what physicists have been able to reliably demonstrate. Ernest Rutherford, a […]

Exploring Incompetence: The Dunning-Kruger Effect

A buzz phrase that has been making its way around recently has been “The Dunning-Kruger Effect.” When I first heard about it, I was immediately suspicious thinking that it was some area of pop psychology that some were trying to insert into mainstream conversation to sound smart. As it turns out, I was way, way […]

Mental Health Professionals and Client Suicide Risk Assessment

In a study published last year, researchers reported that about “20 percent of suicide decedents have had contact with a mental health professional within one month prior to their death.” That alarming percentage has put suicide risk assessment at the forefront of mental health professionals’ agenda in recent years, as the Centers for Disease Control […]

Eastern Concepts in Western Mental Health Practice

Eastern Concepts in Western Mental Health Practice Although traditionally viewed as one of the world’s big three religions, Buddhism, in recent years, has emerged as a tool for mental health professionals (MHP). Specifically, Buddhist counseling is “a process of reducing suffering in individuals using wisdom and interventions from Buddhism, which aims to train the human […]

Combating ‘Compassion Fatigue’ in Mental Health Professionals

Although they may seem strikingly similar, there are subtle but real differences between such things as “burnout”, “compassion fatigue” and “vicarious trauma” Whatever label it has, burnout or compassion fatigue remains a serious threat to those working in any mental health capacity. A professional’s psycho-social factors (ie, their personal support system), caseload, experience and age […]

Meditation: ‘Accessing Your Inner Sanctuary’

What do you think of when you hear the word “meditation”? Some might imagine a person sitting cross-legged—perhaps in a simple room, monastery, or in front of a majestic landscape—exploring a universe of possibilities within themselves. And although this cliché has a grain of truth in it, meditation can be much more. Author Christina Rodenbeck […]