Books

5 Books to Help You Deal with Work Drama

If you’ve ever found yourself in the middle of office drama, you know a toxic work environment and company politics can be instant energy drainers.

Perhaps the tension in your workplace takes the form of a gossip-mongering co-worker, a bullying boss who flies into a rage when you’re two minutes late to a meeting, or a conniving colleague who’s all about power plays and office politics.
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Anger

Use This Emotions Table to Describe Exactly How You Feel

Have you ever asked a significant other about how his or her day went and received a frustratingly vague "fine" in return as a response? This leaves you not only in the dark about the details of his or her day, but also stuck behind an emotional wall, struggling to get in.

The truth is, it’s difficult for many of us to communicate -- to truly, authentically share and articulate -- how we feel. Having been misunderstood in the past, it’s also no wonder why many of us struggle to feel comfortable sharing our feelings with others.
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Anxiety and Panic

Psychology Around the Net: January 24, 2014


Ever wonder what makes you -- and keeps you -- a loyal customer? How about ways to strength train your brain? Oh, and speaking of your brain -- where does all that fear and anxiety come from, anyway?

We have it all and more in this week's Psychology Around the Net.

Fear Pinpoinited: Scientists Discover Exactly Where Anxiety Resides in the Brain: Tests on mice have helped New York's Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory researchers pinpoint the area, or "circuit," in the brain where "fearful memories and behavior" are controlled. Could this lead to new anxiety treatments?

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General

CIA Torture Report: A Sad Day for Psychologists

This week marks a low point for U.S. psychologists. Two psychologists were responsible for devising the CIA program that uses "enhanced interrogation techniques" -- what the rest of the world calls torture -- on certain detainees after 9/11.

It also took the American Psychological Association years to clarify its ethical policies on how psychologists could be involved in the torture of suspects. (In contrast, the American Psychiatric Association -- representing U.S. psychiatrists -- simply invoked an outright ban for its members from being a part of any torture interrogation.)

One of the two psychologists -- who were paid handsomely ($81 million) for their program development -- even had the audacity to defend his work to the Associated Press yesterday.

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Bullying

7 Signs Your Workplace is Toxic

For many people, the office can feel like a second home. You spend the majority of your waking hours there and your co-workers may likely be the people you interact with most in your life, after family or a spouse.
If you’re not happy with your work environment, that dissatisfaction can carry over into your personal life, damaging everything from your self-esteem to your friendships. Toxic workplaces also can have an impact on your health: the increased stress of working in a dysfunctional office can lead to job burnout, fatigue, listlessness, and depression.

If any of the above symptoms ring a bell with you, it’s time to take stock of the dysfunction in your workplace in order to evaluate if the situation is fixable -- or decide if it’s time to move on with your career.
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General

Therapists 2014: The Intersection between Clinician, Business Savvy & Personal Brand

In October 2009, I wrote my first piece in a series for Psych Central on the changing landscape of therapists online. Psychotherapists Unmasked on the Internet reflected upon a conversation I’d had with my psychiatrist father five years prior, who gave me an earful around the ethics of having my picture up on my website.

What he didn’t realize at that time was that websites were becoming an important marketing tool in our profession and that a move toward therapist demystification was occurring. A hearty discussion among many in our field around how to navigate it all was under way.

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General

Introducing Private Practice Kickstart


As the online world has grown, so have the potential pitfalls a psychotherapist can make while navigating this increasingly interconnected landscape. But with pitfalls also come wonderful new opportunities to grow and market your private practice online.

There are so many business and marketing aspects to your clinical private practice, but few of them are discussed in much depth in most graduate school programs. This leaves new practitioners searching for the basics of business and marketing on their own.

But search no more. We're happy to be bringing two of the pros in this area to the Psych Central family with a new blog called Private Practice Kickstart. If you're a clinician or professional psychotherapist, you're going to want to put this blog on your "must read" list.

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General

Why Do Therapists Summer in Cape Cod?

Cape Cod is a wonderful summer destination for hundreds of thousands of people each year. Some of those thousands are therapists.

But unlike most vacationers, the therapists don't head to the Cape for just the beaches and sun. They're coming to hone their therapeutic skills, while maintaining their license.

One of the ways to do that is to attend the Cape Cod Institute, the successful continuing education program for mental health professionals run by my friend and colleague, Gil Levin, Ph.D. The Boston Globe (Sunday) Magazine recently featured him and his ground-breaking Institute.

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Brain and Behavior

How to Be More Assertive at Work

We’ve all had days or weeks or months at our jobs where we feel like we’re being taken advantage of. You know the feeling: if it doesn’t come in getting passed over for an opportunity, it comes at the hands of either your boss or coworkers not giving you the respect you think you deserve.

You’ve also come up with reasons why these things happen. Sometimes it’s because Jerry from the art department is a brownnoser. Sometimes it’s because of your bad luck and the notion that you just can’t catch a break. Overall, though, you just wish you could be more assertive.
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General

Help Support TILT Magazine

A longtime colleague of mine, DeeAnna Nagel, has asked for my help, and I'm glad to oblige. She and co-founder Kate Anthony started a beautifully produced publication called TILT Magazine to help mental health professionals and students better understand how technology impacts their profession. Where does a therapist go to learn about online interventions? How is cyberculture impacting the way people get help for a mental health issue?

Now they need your help in crowdfunding the continued production of the magazine through 2015 -- and I hope you'll take a moment to consider their plea.

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General

The Lie of Focusing on Those with Serious Mental Illness

I've long scratched my head at one of the arbitrary political lines drawn in the sand in the world of mental health and mental illness advocacy -- "serious mental illness." (Some people refer to it as "severe mental illness," but the correct term is "serious.")

Focusing on this division is a lie. It is a lie told to Congress and to the public with earnest testimonials. But also with little evidence that it represents a valid -- or meaningful -- scientific distinction.

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