psychology

5 Ways to Harness the Power of Self-Efficacy

At the beginning of 3rd grade, my teacher, Mrs. Brown, told our class that she only took the absolute smartest kids from the 2nd grade into her class. She said we were the best of the best. Looking back now, I can’t imagine we all took a test in 2nd grade …

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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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When Struggling, Shift From Negative to Realistic

Nowadays, people are really focused on thinking positively. We’re encouraged to practice gratitude, be optimistic, and shift our negative thinking to positive thinking. We are told that if you just think positively, positive things will happen to you. Ignore the negative; focus on the positive. The Problem with Positive Thinking …

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How to Choose a Counselor: 4 Key Questions

I’m a big fan of counseling. Whether you are dealing with a major psychological problem, or just want some help working on some personal issues, meeting with a professional counselor can be a great way to get the help you need. I’ve had a lot of experience with counseling over …

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