By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Psychology Trends: How to Design a Self Study (Part 1)

An emerging trend is people using methods similar to those used in psychology research to study themselves. A MAJOR COOL THING about studies of self – your options for what you can study are almost endless. And, you’re completely in control. Another MAJOR COOL THING – people’s perceptions of cause and effect in their lives...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Psychology Trends: Happiness Tracking

Back in the day, psychological researchers who wanted to measure people’s in-the-moment happiness, thoughts and activities had to supply their study participants with devices in order to do this. From this research, we learned, for example, that people’s moment to moment experiences of positive emotions are important determinants of overall happiness (it might sound obvious...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Trends: Happiness Apps for iphone – e.g. Thankfulfor (free Gratitude App)

Smart phones are making it easier and more fun to do things that are likely to benefit your happiness and psychological wellbeing. Here’s an example. For the past few days I’ve been trying out a FREE gratitude app called Thankfulfor (Thankfulfor.com) on my iphone 4. There have been excellent studies showing that gratitude experiments boost...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Overgeneralization Psychology

A common problem is that thoughts that have some validity in some contexts become overgeneralized and cause problems in other contexts. Huh? Examples coming up… You can help yourself a lot if you can learn how to detect when you are basing your actions on overgeneralized thoughts. Almost any thought can become overgeneralized. Overgeneralization Psychology...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

5 Quick Tips for How to Stick to Your New Year's Resolution

I got a request for this topic 🙂 1. Pick one thing. Don’t split your focus. 2. Define your resolution in measurable terms. For example, instead of “save more” you might pick “deposit $100/week into retirement savings account”. Instead of “get fitter,” you might decide on “become able to run 30 minutes without stopping”. Pick...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Do you have more freedom than you think you have?

A few weeks ago I stumbled on a podcast and blog called TravellingTwo about a couple, Friedel and Andrew, who spent 3 years cycling around the world through countries like Morocco, France, Italy, Iran, Syria, and New Zealand, with little previous cycling experience. Even if you have NO interest whatsoever in cycling or travel, their...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Sharing Some Personal Tips: Task of the Day.

This is a tip I’ve been using since the days of writing up my PhD. Most days I pick one task that “if I didn’t get anything else done for the day (excluding tasks that are directly related to clients e.g. preparing for sessions) I’d be happy with what I achieved”. My bar for being...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

What’s Your Style? Avoid, Surrender, Overcompensate: Schema Therapy.

Example Ari is 22. Sometime in his growing up, he developed the idea that he is “unlikeable”. Here are 3 coping strategies Ari might use for coping with this painful thought 1. Avoiding getting into situations that trigger the thought For example, Ari might avoid intimate relationships. 2. Surrender When Ari has interpersonal conflict situations,...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Procrastination and Depression

Ever hear the joke about how students’ rooms are cleanest when they’re supposed to be studying for exams?(because all of a sudden cleaning becomes appealing when compared to exam study) How does procrastination relate to low mood? When people’s moods get low they often get stuck in a pattern of ever decreasing circles of low...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Trying to Change Other People's Behaviour So You Can Be Rescued From Uncomfortable Thoughts

Example: I’m going to give a relatively specific example and then explain a much broader general principle. Someone asks you to do something that you think is a thoughtless request. You feel uncomfortable and anxious. – You want the person not to make thoughtless requests of you in the future. – You want other people...

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