Tuesday March 11, 2014
Do you feel anxious in a red room? Does the color blue make you feel calm and relaxed? Artists and interior designers have long understood how color can dramatically affect mood, feelings, and emotions. It is a powerful communication tool and can be used to signal action, influence mood, and cause physiological reactions. Certain colors can raise blood pressure, increase metabolism, or cause eyestrain.
I've asked readers to share how various colors make them feel and I've gotten a lot of great responses so far!
For example, one guest named Joe described his reactions to the color green:
"Hopeful, optimistic, forgiven, energized, restful, royal, elegant, rich, healthy, playful, respected, responsible, wealthy, cautious, peaceful, warm, stable, tall, clean, stable, comforted, sturdy, strong, and compassionate. This is my favorite color, all shades and hues."
Share your own responses and learn more about how colors can affect moods, feelings and behaviors in this article on the psychology of color.
How do people respond to different colors? Explore what our readers have shared!
Friday March 7, 2014
Definition: Surveys are popular research tools that involve administering an interview or questionnaire to participants. This method is frequently used since it allows researchers to collect a large amount of data relatively quickly and affordably. Discover how surveys are used in psychological research as well as some of the possible advantages and disadvantages of this data-gathering method.
Learn more about surveys.
Thursday March 6, 2014
Sometimes students get stuck in the mindset that if they want to work in the field of mental health, then that means that they need to earn a graduate degree in psychology. In reality, there are a lot of alternative degree options out there, many of which lead directly to a career in mental health or social services.
Social work is a great example. Social workers perform a wide range of duties including providing counseling, advocating for their clients, teaching new skills, and connecting their clients to available resources in the community.
The minimum requirement to enter this field is a bachelor's degree in social work, but the Occupational Outlook Handbook suggests that most jobs require a master's degree.
Learn more about this popular career choice including the salaries, training requirements, and various specialty areas in this overview of social work careers.
Image: BC Gov Photos
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Albert Ellis is often referred to as one of the founders of cognitive behavioral therapy. He also developed an approach to therapy that is now known as rational emotive behavior therapy, or REBT. Since his passing in 2007 at the age of 93, his wife Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis has continued to speak and educate people about REBT. I recently had the opportunity to speak to her about her late husband and the work she is doing to keep his legacy alive.
Read part two of our exclusive interview with Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis.
In case you missed it, be sure to check out part one of our interview.
Image: Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis and her husband Albert Ellis. Used by permission of Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis, http://www.debbiejoffeellis.com