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Violent Video Games and Aggression

Violent Video Games and Aggression

The question whether playing violent video games causes physical aggression has been an important one in research since the 1980s (Cooper & Mackie, 1986). Even though hundreds of studies have been conducted since, the debate about the link between video games and aggression is still ongoing not only in scientific circles but also in politics and the mass media (Bushman & Huesmann, 2014).

Strategies for Parents with Anxious Children

Strategies for Parents with Anxious Children

Childhood Anxiety and Symptoms

Imagine the following scenario. Your daughter, Grace, is complaining of a stomach ache in the morning. She seems down and she had trouble sleeping the night before. You check her temperature and everything seems normal. She is not physically ill. And since this has been happening since the beginning of the school year two weeks ago, you suspect that Grace has anxiety.

Psychological Treatment of Eating Disorders - Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder

Psychological Treatment of Eating Disorders – part II 

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is characterized by recurrent binge eating (uncontrolled consumption of large amounts of food), compensatory behaviors to control weight gain (vomiting, laxative abuse, over-exercising), and negative self-evaluation that is unduly determined by body shape and weight. Individuals with bulimia diet in a rigid and dysfunctional manner. Their body weight is usually normal or low, however, bulimia can also occur in overweight individuals. Bulimia is associated with other psychiatric problems such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorders as well as psychosocial impairment.

How to Decrease the Stigmatizing Effects of Fatness

How to Decrease the Stigmatizing Effects of Fatness

Mental health professionals often see clients with problems related to body size, body image, and obesity. Some of these clients want to lose weight specifically and others have unrelated issues they want to focus on. Should these clients be encouraged to attempt weight loss even if they have a long history of failed diets that resulted in weight regain? Should clients be encouraged to focus on weight-related issues even if it is not their presenting problem?

The Impact of Social Media Use on Social Skills

The Impact of Social Media Use on Social Skills

Engaging in various forms of social media has become a routine daily activity for most children and adolescents. According to a survey, 22% of teenagers log on to their favorite social media site more than 10 times a day and more than half of adolescents log on to a social media site more than once a day (Common Sense Media, 2009). 75% of teenagers own cell phones, and 25% use them for social media, 54% for texting and 24% for instant messaging (Hinduja & Patchin, 2007). Children, ages 8-18, spend over 7.5 hours a day, 7 days a week using media sites outside of school (Rideout, Foehr, & Roberst, 2010).

Psychological Treatment of Eating Disorders - Anorexia Nervosa

Psychological Treatments of Eating Disorders – Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is defined by the successful pursuit of thinness through dietary restriction and other measures that usually (but not always) results in lower than average body weight. Patients often report complex feelings and views about their symptoms; they can feel too fat but also feel pride about their thinness and restraint. They are also very fearful of gaining weight, yet over time nearly 50% of anorexia patients succumb to binge eating. Anorexia nervosa typically begins in early adolescence and mostly affects girls and women.

Assertive Communication

Assertive Communication

People communicate with each other both verbally and non-verbally. Non-verbal communication includes body language, facial expressions, gestures, stance, etc. Interestingly, when there is a discrepancy between the verbal and non-verbal elements of our communication, we tend to believe the latter. It is, therefore, important to display a consistent way of communicating where verbal and non-verbal aspects are in line. The way we communicate falls into three main categories – aggressive, passive and assertive. These are the three main communication styles. This blog will focus on assertive communication skills as well as pointing out the differences among all three communication styles.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - Part II of II

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – Part II of II

Self as Context

The concept of observing self or self as context refers to the perception of a universal self that is detached from behaviors and private experiences. It is the viewpoint from which we view our inner experiences (Hayes et al., 2006). It is simply the recognition of a self that notices everything else. Understanding the presence of an observing self is very helpful for clients; as it helps them realize that they exist separate from their actions or experiences.

A New Effective Approach to Pursuing Happiness

A New Effective Approach to Pursuing Happiness

Whether the pursuit of happiness leads to actual happiness or whether it backfires has been debated for a long time. However, it seems that almost everyone, independently of their nationality or culture, wants to be happy (Diener, Saptya, & Suh, 1998). Research does confirm the benefits of happiness for mental and physical health (Steptoe, Dockray, & Wardle, 2009). Positive emotions predict higher quality relationships, improved physical health, and better work performance (Lyubomirsky et al., 2005).

Cyber-bullying

Cyber-Bullying

Cyber-bullying has been defined as the “intentional and overt act of aggression toward another person online” (Ybarra & Mitchell, 2004) and includes “harassment and bullying that occurs through email, chat, instant messaging, websites (blogs included), text messaging, videos or pictures posted on websites or sent through cell phones” (David-Ferdon & Hertz, 2009). Cyber-bullying a relatively new form of peer aggression and is not yet well understood in terms of its underlying risk and protective factors. Even though cyber-bullying occurs less often than traditional or non-electronic forms of bullying, it is occurring at problematic levels (Wang, Ianotti, & Nansel, 2009).