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Why high-class people get away with incompetence

May 21, 2019, The New York Times
Researchers found that people who came from a higher social class were more likely to have an inflated sense of their skills — even when tests proved that they were average

The doctor won't see you now

April 5, 2019, VOA News
Nearly 56 % of Americans report seeking or wanting to find mental health services for themselves or a loved one, but it's not always easy to get the care they're looking for

Our culture of contempt

March 4, 2019, The New York Times
In today's society, Americans should see the contempt around us as an opportunity, not a threat

Does bullying start at home?

February 14, 2019, U.S. News & World Report
Psychological abuse is the most common form of sibling bullying according to a study in Developmental Psychology.

Should you take that promotion? Well, maybe

February 12, 2019, The New York Times
Chronic work-related stress can cause high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels, according to the American Psychological Association. It can also lead to burnout.

Sharp rise seen in US kids' ER visits for mental health woes

December 17, 2018, Health24
William Tynan is director of integrated health care with the APA. He said he wouldn't be surprised if the study actually underestimates the degree to which mental health is the central concern among paediatric ER visits.

People are inherently good, nonviolent

December 11, 2018, CNN
According to a poll last year by the APA, 31% of respondents said news of hate crimes caused them stress, 31% said crime in general did, and 30% said news of wars or conflicts with other countries stressed them out.

U.S. suicides rates are rising faster among women than men

June 14, 2018, NPR
That the increase for women was more than double the increase for men "did indeed surprise me," says Nadine Kaslow, a psychologist at Emory University and the past president of the American Psychological Association, who was not involved in the study

When you go from hungry to 'hangry'

June 14, 2018, CNN
The result is that hunger, especially at greater intensity, can make you feel more tense, unpleasant and primed for action — due to how these hormones make you feel. But is feeling hangry just these hunger-induced feelings or is there more to it?

Companies not doing enough to combat sexual harassment

May 15, 2018, U.S. News & World Report
Previous research has shown that training to help workers recognize and report sexual harassment isn't enough. These measures won't effectively change people's behavior or a corporate culture where sexual harassment is common.

Gun violence: A public health problem

April 6, 2018, The Hill
Efforts to prevent firearm injuries and deaths warrant dedicated funding and federal and state support, just as it is for other public health crises

Why 'Black Panther' means so much to the black community

March 9, 2018, Houston Chronicle
"Black Panther" opened in theaters and sparked excited among many across the country. But for many African Americans and people of African ancestry, this was a time to celebrate a historic movie – Marvel's first black superhero.

New Year's resolution pro-tip: Aim really, really low

December 30, 2017, Quartz
Psychologist Lynn Bufka speaking to the American Psychological Association, offered similar advice: “Setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of a singular, overwhelming goal on January 1 can help you reach whatever it is you strive for,” she said.

LGBT leaders say sex allegation coverage ' an advance'

December 30, 2017, The Washington Post
Among the dozens of prominent Americans entangled in sexual-misconduct cases this year are a modest number of men whose accusers are male. For some LGBT civic leaders, dismay over these cases is mixed with relief and even a trace of pride at how they were addressed.

Why children play with fire, and how to stop them

December 30, 2017, The New York Times
Psychologists have identified six motivations for why young people set fires, along with corresponding treatments, according to the American Psychological Association.

The long reach of adult bullying

December 18, 2017, U.S. News & World Report
How this kind of harassment can have harmful ripple effects on your body and mind

Arthur Evans on stress in America

November 6, 2017, C-SPAN
Arthur Evans spoke about a recent APA survey that reported Americans were experiencing growing anxieties from domestic and international issues

The upsides and downsides of telecommuting

October 18, 2017, U.S. News & World Report
Technology has allowed more Americans than ever to telecommute, said David Ballard, the American Psychological Association's assistant executive director for organizational excellence

Five myths about gun violence

October 10, 2017, The Washington Post
These myths emphasize on how much violence there is, what causes it and how to prevent it

Can travel make you more creative?

July 26, 2017, Vogue
Research suggests travel can increase your levels of creativity and cause an uptick in your mind’s ability to produce positive thoughts

A prescription for gun safety

April 12, 2017, U.S. News & World Report
Doctors and mental health professionals recommend parents talk to their kids about gun safety in the home

Sexism could harm men's health: Study

November 22, 2016, U.S. News & World Report
Men who believe in power over women may face a higher risk for mental health trouble than men who don't

A happy spouse may be good for your health

September 28, 2016, The New York Times
A study published in <i>Health Psychology</i><sup>®</sup> suggests that physical health may be linked to the happiness of one’s husband or wife

We need more answers on teens and pornography

September 23, 2016, The Wall Street Journal
An American Psychological Association task force warned in 2007 that sexualization messages were widespread and directed at younger and younger children

How to talk to children about terror attacks

July 18, 2016, ABC News
Parents should avoid going into details about attacks with young children, and should avoid being overtly frightened or afraid when talking with older children, so they don't feel unsettled

Not white, not rich, and seeking therapy

June 1, 2016, The Atlantic
Even for those with insurance, getting mental healthcare means fighting through phone tag, payment confusion, and even outright discrimination

Supporting children who serve as caregivers

May 25, 2016, The New York Times
Connie Siskowski talks about her experience as a child caregiver and her Caregiving Youth Project, dedicated to helping young caregivers of ill, elderly or disabled family members

Transparency is key to employee trust

May 8, 2016, Miami Herald
A full quarter of employees don't trust their employers, but companies that support open communication have happier and more engaged workers.

Can spending money on others be good for your health?

March 29, 2016, Today
An article entitled "Is Spending Money On Others Good For Your Heart," published in February in the journal <i>Health Psychology</i><sup>®</sup>, links spending money on other people with lower blood pressure

These techniques may help you get over your dentist phobia

March 22, 2016, The Washington Post
Techniques include cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation therapy, medication, acupuncture, hypnosis, musical distraction and gradual exposure to certain elements of a procedure, such as injections

Top three mistakes new employees make

February 25, 2016, Forbes
The first few weeks at a job are critical because this is when you start setting work habits that will follow you throughout your career

Do you think you can?

February 17, 2016, Voice of America
A new theory says that the amount of available willpower is affected by our attitudes about willpower

Why mental health bill isn’t moving

December 16, 2015, Roll Call
Rep. Tim Murphy and other advocates are unclear why his bill, in which he reminds his colleagues of the nation’s frequent mass shootings, hasn’t advanced in Congress

Making sense of the senseless violence

December 4, 2015, U.S. News & World Report
Mental health experts warn that America's steady drumbeat of violence could have major consequences on the nation's psyche.

9 tips for talking to kids about trauma

December 3, 2015, Huffington Post
Parenting and education experts have produced a wealth of resources for having difficult conversations with kids about tragedies like the Paris attacks

Millennials and the false allure of online psychotherapy

November 12, 2015, The Washington Post
While mental health apps can be fast, convenient and inexpensive, they do not present subtle nuances, which can offer clues for interpretation and insight, revealed through in-person connections

Self-help transforms 'Fargo,' 'Mad Men,' 'Americans'

October 19, 2015, USA Today
Television dramas based in the '60s, '70s and '80s focus on characters seeking transformation or personal insight through the growing number of self-actualization programs during that era

On coping with pediatric illness

October 19, 2015, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Psychologist Anne E. Kazak has spent much of her pioneering career trying to understand how children, families and health care workers cope with the grueling demands of long-term pediatric illness

Talk therapy works

October 14, 2015, The New York Times
There are clear benefits of psychotherapy that have been found over many years of research

How to avoid your own mental apocalypse

October 1, 2015, Huffington Post
A 2013 study released by the American Psychological Association (APA) indicated that people who are pessimists may actually live longer than their glass-half-full counterparts

Sexting may improve your love life

August 13, 2015, Chicago Tribune
Drexel University researchers found that higher levels of sexting, or exchanging explicit messages or photos via text, was associated with higher sexual satisfaction

Music may help people with epilepsy

August 12, 2015, Fox News
Researchers believe music could be used as a novel therapy, in conjunction with traditional treatments to help prevent seizures in epilepsy patients

Scott Strode finds his way back

August 3, 2015, The Boston Globe
Scott Strode founded a peer-to-peer recovery organization for young addicts called Phoenix Multisport, which has served 15,000 recovering addicts and has a first-time relapse rate of 23 percent

The real bullies in school

March 17, 2015, The Atlantic
As schools tighten up on threatening or demeaning language in the classroom, coaches on the playing field get a free pass

Americans feeling less stressed

February 4, 2015, USA TODAY
Overall men, boomers and seniors are feeling less stressed, but parents with non-adult kids, women, young adults and the poor are a different story

The new science of adolescence

December 1, 2014, NPR
The science of adolescent brain development reveals ways to improve teenagers’ well-being and outcomes

The health benefits of simple living

November 5, 2014, MSN Money
Lifestyle changes that increase relaxation, physical activity and healthy eating can improve overall health and well-being

Why are some men so angry?

October 27, 2014, The Guardian
Violence toward women may reflect a backlash against women’s rights and the social acceptability of male anger despite harmful effects

Americans anxious over Ebola

October 21, 2014, Voice of America
Misinformation and media coverage contribute to health-related fears and alarm about Ebola.

Is your boss making you sick?

October 20, 2014, The Washington Post
Research finds that poor workplace leadership and “bad” bosses negatively impact employee health

Boss' day: Time to hug your boss

October 16, 2014, Huffington Post
Effective managers recognize good work, facilitate communication and promote employee well-being