World of Psychology


Say the Word, a Psychology of Power

Say the word. Suicide. Say it aloud. Say it more than once. Say it until it sounds like any other word. 

Our minds give words power, connotations, and destructive or healing qualities. Words, alone, can attack the body with symptoms of fear and uncertainty and, at the same time, be inexact and open to interpretation. What if you could rob a word like “suicide” of some of its isolating effect and control? 
Anxiety and Panic

How to Overcome the Fear of Making Friends as an Adult

Making friends is straightforward, when you're a kid. Why isn’t it as easy to make friends as an adult? As a kid if you wanted to make friends you could just ask another kid if they want to play. There were usually toys or a playground involved and before you knew it you were laughing and playing with your new friend.

Yes, that’s a bit of a simplification and it isn’t always that easy for all kids. Nonetheless, making friends as children and even teens seems a bit more natural than it does for adults. As adults we’re busy, we put up walls, or focus on family, and then one day we look around and realize we don’t have as many friends as we would like -- maybe we don't have any at all.
Industrial and Workplace

How the Hustle Brag Phenomenon Is Hurting Your Mental Health

How many times has a coworker or friend complained about how many hours they worked that week, how many meetings they sat in that day, or how tired they were? It starts to feel like maybe they get a level of satisfaction out of bragging about how tired and busy they are. 

A century ago, Americans worked 100 hours a week. Since then, the government has limited the workweek to 40 hours. But if you’re in a startup or in a client-oriented industry, sometimes 40 hours isn’t enough to get the work done. And once you hit that overtime, so begins the bragging. 
Brain and Behavior

Dopamine Fasting Probably Doesn’t Work, Try This Instead

A behavioral brain fad called "dopamine fasting" (#dopaminefasting) has been floating around the internet for the past year. The idea is that by restricting most of your pleasurable daily activities -- from social media, to watching videos, gaming, talking, or even eating -- you can "reset" your brain. The idea also plays into people's simplistic beliefs about how the brain works.

Can you have conscious control over discrete dopamine levels in your brain? Let's delve into the science behind one of your brain's most important neurotransmitters, dopamine.


An ODD Diagnosis Doesn’t Make Your Child “Bad”

In recent years, I’ve encountered a growing number of parents in my therapy practice who come to me fearing that their child has oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). According to the American Psychiatric Association, the primary signs of ODD are angry and irritable mood, argumentative and defiant behavior, and vindictiveness.

Often these parents will share that a teacher or doctor told them their child may have ODD, and that when they looked up the condition online, they recognized some of the symptoms in their child’s behavior. As a parent myself, the worry and confusion on my clients’ faces and, in their voices, simply breaks my heart.

Podcast | Abandoned: Loss of Friendships

The feeling of abandonment can span through all types of relationships and in this episode, we focus on friendships. Have you ever had a close friend abandon you or have you ever exited a friendship without notice? The emotions and actions surrounding the abandonment of friends can be complex and hurtful, but they are very real and can hurt deeply. 

In this episode, Jackie recounts friendships that were very important to her and how she’s handling the loss of them.