Psychology

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: How ACT Can Help You Solve Problems and Improve Your Life

I’ve been getting into a counseling approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT; pronounced as one word, not “eh-see-tee”). ACT has helped me to effectively deal with problems in my own life, so I thought I would give a brief primer on the approach to see if it can help …

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How to Get Into a PhD Program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology

I get asked a lot by undergraduate students about how to get into a Ph.D. program in clinical or counseling psychology. These programs are competitive. This past year, we had about 170 applicants for 8 spots. Because of this, it’s important to understand the process, and know what you can …

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Why I Won’t Diagnose Donald Trump

There have been lots of articles and blog posts in recent weeks criticizing Donald Trump. (I even wrote one of them.) Sometimes these articles ask psychologists or other mental health professionals to diagnose Trump. Narcissistic Personality Disorder seems to be the common response. But I won’t give Trump a diagnosis. …

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James Bond, Spectre, and Why Six Flags is a Good Date Spot

I watched the latest James Bond movie last weekend, which was quite entertaining. There is one scene in which James Bond and Madeleine Swan (the latest Bond girl and a psychologist no less!) fight off an evil villain in the middle of a speeding train. After they prevail and toss …

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The APA Torture Scandal and the Importance of Humility

I opened my Twitter feed this week to read some shocking headlines regarding my profession of psychology. Three senior officials lose their jobs at APA (American Psychological Association) after US torture scandal Psychologist accused of enabling US torture Leading psychologists secretly aided US torture program Psychologists’ collusion with US torture …

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