Interview with Drug Addiction Now

Group therapy and social support/control

I had a great interview this week with the folk at Drug Addiciton Now – a great resource of articles, news and views on all aspects of addiction recovery. We were talking about a recent paper myself and colleagues recently had published looking at social support and control processes in group therapy. Do check out their website, and if you are interested, you can find the interview here. If you’d like to read the actual journal article itself, it’s available free / open access at Addictive Behavior Reports here. It’s actually part of a larger special issue the subject  of identity and addiction that I recently guest edited with Ian Albery, Tegan Cruwys and Genevieve Dingle.

Hopefully there is something there that will pique your interest!

 

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Do some research

Still missing PsychItBetter?

Why not do some online research being conducted by ‪some super colleagues at LSBU & Kent? It is a memory task which takes about 20 minutes, and everyone taking part will get a warm fuzz feeling inside – the result of advancing the cause of science.

Also, it’s nearly Xmas, so help these guys out 🙂

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Where did PsychologyItBetter go?

Sorry we’ve gone away for a bit!

For those of that follow this blog regularly, you may wonder where I’ve gone!

No big mystery. Basically, work, life and everything went nuts! In an attempt to maintain some healthy sense of work (meet projects obligations, look after students) and life (be a good partner/father / not be a d*&k when I am home) balance, the blog has had to give a bit this last month. It was that or (i) go off grid and live in the Welsh Mountains like someone from that Ben Fogle show or (ii) leave the children in the woods like some twisted academic fairytale.

Things are looking a bit bonkers still, but there is some light on the horizon. So, we are still currently on hiatus, but I hope to see you again in the New Year. Possibly from an internet cafe in Cardiff when I come down for my monthly supplies.

In the meantime, why not browse some of our old posts? Bet you missed at least one!

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Merry Xmas if I don’t say hi beforehand!

Dan

Psychology of Horror Films

Psychology of Horror Films

psychology of horror filmsWhat is the psychology behind why horror films are scary? And why do some like or loathe them? PsychologyItBetter finds out… Are you brave enough to join us (and dodge the curse)?

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PsychItBetter on 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Books to change the way you look at the world. Part 1.

In this post I am going to sum up why you should read a books which will change the way you interact with the world psychologically. That’s right – PsychologyItBetter is having a go at “sort-of” book reviewing! If I enjoy writing it, and you all read it, there are a bunch more to follow! We start with the classic ‘7 Habits Of High;y Effective People’ by Stephen Covey.

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The psychology of scary clown epidemics

The Psychology of Scary Clowns

clowns
In August 2016, an ‘epidemic’ of scary clown sightings were reported, starting in the US. Scary clowns were then seen in the UK in October. What is the psychology of such scary clowns – why are they so darn creepy? And is it an ‘epidemic’?

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Psychological impact of 24/7 lifestyles

24/7 Hustle?

hustle and sleep

Work long hours? Entrepreneur? ‘Sleep is an inconvenience?’ type attitude? Maybe the number of hours you are putting in are holding you back. Hard work is important, but what is the psychology of long hours and what is the psychological effect of a 24/7 lifestyle?

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Deadlines – Psychology and Motivation

The Psychology of Deadlines

DeadThis last couple of weeks has been rather busy. I have a few deadlines and a lot of psychology research and teaching tasks coming up – some for things I really enjoy, others I have found really hard to settle down to. Many of these jobs have deadlines looming – what is the psychology underpinning this, and how can we make them work for us? Are they intrinsically helpful or not?

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University students and identity incompatibility

identity incompatablityAt this time of year students return to university. This is an exciting time as you get to catch up with last year’s student and see what they been up to over the summer. Of course, we also welcome a new cohort of students to the University and, for many of them, help them get used to a new way of life. For some of these new faces, the transition between their old lifestyle and becoming a student is easy. For others it is more difficult. What causes these differences and what does the study of psychology tell us about situations where our identities don’t really fit together, or are just plain incompatible? Read on to find out.

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Everyday Groupthink and Polarisation

Do we think better in groups? Groupthink and group polarisation psychology in action.

personal-875801_640Way back in my first post on cognitive biases I mentioned that a couple of the projects I am working on are quite high pressured, and involve a small, tight knit team. I love working in a small group, and currently our little band is on a roll, producing lots of good research and making some great contacts. For these particular projects, the team is made up of four people, each bringing their own strengths and differing areas of expertise. This sounds like a dream come true right? I’m very lucky, but also quite aware that our small, slightly insulated group brings its own risks, Indeed, the combination of a high pressure environment, a small team and high (in academic terms anyway!) stakes are all characteristics of situations which a psychologist named Janis1 suggest can encourage a phenomena called Groupthink.

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