Anonymous asked:

Often when someone sends you an ask, you reply with links to articles to support your answer. I was just wondering, and forgive me if this sounds stupid, how do you read research articles with such ease? I'm a second year doing a bachelor in psych, and I still really struggle getting through the content in research articles... which is slightly inconvenient considering most assessment is lit reviews or lab reports. Any advice? Thanks so much!

It is not a stupid question at all! Becoming efficient at consuming research is really tough- I think it was one of the main things that caused my peers in college to question whether they liked research.

A lot of it is practice. I have been reading lit for like… 8 years. I’m really familiar with the language and structure of the lit in my area at this point. I would have a much harder time if I was reading outside my area- I’m even slower reading social psych articles, which isn’t that far off base, so who knows how it would go if I tried to read a chem article or something.

I also read with a purpose. Sometimes I want to read the whole article, thoroughly, critically, so that I can learn/keep up with the literature/complete a homework assignment/do other work. Other times, I have a purpose, so if I identify what I need from the article (or what I need to know so I know whether the article will give me what I want), then I can be more efficient reading.
For example, maybe I’m already familiar with the subject area but I want to know about differences between two populations- then I will check the abstract and the methods. Or maybe I’m interested in a particular sort of analysis, so I’ll check the abstract and the results section. I hope that’s helpful!

Anonymous asked:

Do you know anything about time perspective therapy? If so, what do you think of its effectiveness?

The new Zimbardo treatment for PTSD, right? I looked around and couldn’t find a single study testing its effectiveness. Zimbardo and his colleagues are arguing its effective based on (I believe) a pilot study that has not been peer reviewed and some case studies that have also not been peer reviewed (there is discussion of both in their book on it, which I’ll admit I’ve skimmed but not thoroughly read). So there’s no real evidence of effectiveness at this point, although I think it’s a pretty new treatment.

Generally, I’m not sure why a person would pick an untested therapy when there are effective treatments for PTSD already. They talk about language use, and they’re not wrong that it’s important, but other treatments don’t focus on diagnostic terms and there’s no reason to use them if it hinders progress. I would also note that Zimbardo is not a clinical psychologist and has no clinical background- something I think is important in this sort of research. He’s pretty well known for dipping a toe into some random topic for a while, whether he knows about it or not, and then moving onto something else. I hope that’s helpful!

Anonymous asked:

do therapists have therapists of their own?? i feel like ive read somewhere that they do, im just curious :)

Therapists definitely can have their own therapists, and often do. The only situation I’m aware of where it’s required is when psychoanalysts are in training- they have to be in psychoanalysis as well, and I believe usually remain in psychoanalysis for many years. My program faculty have always been very supportive of students and psychologists in general being in therapy, and have helped students find a competent therapist without too many ties to the program when asked (which is nice, the community can be too small for comfort).

Anonymous asked:

What are some good reasons for wanting to see a therpist!? I hate the moment when a new therpaist asks 'what brings you here?', and however much I feel beforehand that going to therapy would help, I always forget any specific answers and think, 'yes, you're right, no one can help me.' Is it reasonable to expect a client to know how therpay can help them if they aren't really sure what to expect? That's even w/o funding / waiting list constraints. It's too much to articulate in a few sentences!

this link has a good starter list of reasons to see a therapist, hopefully that’s helpful.

When I ask that question (“why did you decide to seek therapy?” or whatever), the point isn’t that my client needs to prove that they really need therapy or that they have a good reason to be there. It’s supposed to be a good opening, so that the client can talk about whatever’s most important and relevant to them right now. What I want to know is: what’s been going on for you in your life (mostly in the present, but sometimes talking about the past is important too) that’s caused you to feel like you need some outside assistance to get back where you want to be? That question is complicated, and will take longer than a few sentences to explain- and that’s okay with me. It’s nice when someone can start with something condensed so I get the big picture (“I’ve been really stressed out at work and it’s really affecting my sleep and my marriage”) before they go into the details but ultimately, I need to know the details.

So I’d really encourage you not to worry about being about to articulate how therapy is going to help you specifically- it’s our job to figure out how to make therapy helpful. Instead, focus on what’s going on for you leading you to seek services. It’s okay if that’s a bit disjointed, and if it takes awhile. It’s totally common that people aren’t sure where to start and need some time to compose their thoughts. It’s great if you can summarize your reasons for coming in, but what I really appreciate is people who come in when they need to and are willing to talk about what’s going on. I hope that helps!

Anonymous asked:

I don't know how to really put it but I have a hard time understanding how other people feel like most of the time I find they're problems pointless and I feel very few connections and I feel the same away about my problems but I feel it's more important to have better understanding of other people is more important, any idea of what this really is or how to change it?

I can’t give individualized treatment or diagnostic advice. I really encourage you to seek treatment with a competent professional in your area if you are concerned.

Based on your description, I think it could potentially be a lot of things. Since I don’t know you and I’m not your mental health provider, I can’t give you an accurate idea of what is most likely going on. I really do recommend that you see someone you trust in your area. Given your question, I would recommend getting a diagnostic assessment from a clinical psychologist- you can explain your concerns and ask for recommendations. Once they do the assessment, they will be able to tailor their recommendations based on what they understand about you in particular, so the recommendations are most likely to be beneficial for you. I hope that’s helpful!

cognitivedefusion asked:

I'm curious: do you know how common it is for the onset of pretty severe psychosis (intense hallucinations/delusions) to NOT be preceded by any detectable prodromal phase at all? In fact, not just a lack of a prodromal phase, but actually above-average social/cognitive/emotional functioning. This being a rather acute onset in, say, the early 20s.

Take a look at this study, for example. Exactly 0 of the healthy controls ever became psychotic. That study and others have found that the prodromal phase and other overlapping constructs (like schizotypy) do a really good job of identifying risk of a psychotic episode. A person who truly was high functioning in all the domains and then became psychotic is extraordinarily rare. In those cases, my guess would be that it was caused by an external stressor- probably substances or a medical condition.