Ep 251: How NOT to Get the Holiday Blues

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How to Beat the Holiday Blues

At the end of the year there are so many cues around us that tell us that we should be happy and that we should reflect on our lives. Humbug! Find out how not to fall prey to the holiday blues that are so common. A couple of key ideas from psychology will be applied here: Irrational Thinking and Social … Read More

Ep 240: How Do You Treat People Who Are Ill?

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We all want to help others – especially those in the “helping professions” – but what’s the best way to do that? Therapy? Medication? How about setting up an entire fake village set up to look like the ’50s with helping professionals dressed up to look like grocers? Sound bizarre? Well, they’re doing it in Amsterdam.   The Dutch Village … Read More

Ep 224 (Video): If Freud Worked Tech Support

MichaelPersonality, Therapy3 Comments

A humorous way to learn about the Freudian defense mechanisms (actually elaborated by Anna Freud) of Displacement, Denial, Sublimation, Reaction Formation, and Projection. A little dream analysis thrown in. Who knows? Maybe Freud would have been good at customer service…(technically, this is a video version of episode 209).

Ep 219: Mental Health Professionals: Why So Liberal?

MichaelCritical Thinking, Social Psychology, Therapy4 Comments

Surveys find that psychologists tend to align themselves with a liberal political orientation. Why is that? Are liberal-minded people drawn to human service professions or is there something about working in human services that causes people to become more liberal in their political views? In this episode I propose a few ideas that I think explains why mental health professionals … Read More

Ep 209: If Freud Worked in Tech Support

MichaelPersonality, Therapy4 Comments

In this actual fake recording we hear how Freud might have handled your call to an anonymous technical support service. Can you identify each of the following Freudian techniques in this episode? Defense Mechanisms in this Episode Free Association Denial Projection Sublimation Reaction Formation Projection Displacement Regression Dream Analysis Freudian Slip of the Tongue Catharsis Psychology Apps Created by Michael … Read More