Ep 204: The Psychology of Fundraising

MichaelMotivation, Social Psychology1 Comment

How do you use psychology persuasion techniques to get people to contribute to your cause? That’s what I discuss in this episode of The Psych Files – the psychology of fundraising. I’m trying to help my friend raise money and in doing so I employed a number of persuasion strategies to get people to help him out and I’m sure … Read More

Ep 157: Do Pets and Religion Make You Happier?

MichaelEmotion1 Comment

You hear a lot these days about how pets make us happy. This is called the “pet effect“. But is it so? The answer appears to be a qualified yes. But in what ways do pets make us happy? How strong is their effect on our lives? Also, how about religion? We also hear that religious people are happier, but … Read More

Episode 46: Thinking Positively – or Running Away from Your Feelings?

MichaelEmotion, Social Psychology, Therapy6 Comments

What’s wrong with thinking positively? Could be a lot. I’ll share some ideas for bringing about more positive events in your life and discuss how important “negative” – that is sad – feelings are in our lives. Those are moments not to run from, but to embrace.

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