Thursday December 5, 2013
If you like solving real-world problems and finding practical applications for psychological knowledge, then you might be interested in the field known as engineering psychology. This growing area of psychology focuses on enhancing human abilities by improving things such as workplace environments, technology, and equipment.
Engineering psychologists often work for private companies, but they can also be employed by universities or government agencies. Some even work as freelance consultants.
So what exactly does an engineering psychologist do? The answer often depends on exactly the specialty area in which the individual is employed. For example, an engineering psychologist who specializes in product design might work to create safer, easier-to-use products. Other specialty areas include aerospace, human-computer interaction, and workplace safety.
Learn more about the job duties, educational requirements, and average salaries in this overview of a career as an engineering psychologist.
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Tuesday December 3, 2013
Did You Know: On this day in 1895, Anna Freud was born. She was the youngest daughter of famed psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and she went on to become a prominent child psychoanalyst. Her many contributions to psychology included expanding the concept of the ego's defense mechanisms and founding the Hampstead Child Therapy Center in England.
Learn more about her life and work in this brief Anna Freud biography.
Friday November 29, 2013
In psychology, the term obedience refers to performing an action under the orders of another person. While it is related to concepts such as compliance and conformity, obedience differs in a number of important ways. One notable difference is that conformity involves altering behavior in order to fit in or go along with the rest of the group, while obedience involves doing something because someone else told you to.
Learn more about this topic in this overview of obedience.
Wednesday November 27, 2013
Whether you're hosting a big family get-together or visiting other family members, the Thanksgiving holiday can be a time of stress and tension. Even your best-laid plans can fall apart in the face of last-minute problems or heated arguments between family members. So what can you do to minimize your stress and help ease tensions during the holiday?
The first step is to have realistic expectations. If you are aiming for perfection, you are bound to find yourself frustrated and angry when things inevitably fall short. This doesn't just include your expectations of the meal itself, but also of how other people behave during their visit. If your Great-Aunt Edna always complains about something, don't be surprised when she starts issuing criticisms. Instead, focus on keeping your own spirits high and setting the tone for how the mood should be during the holiday season. You might not be able to change your Aunt's behavior, but you can still keep your own mood upbeat.
Don't forget to enlist the help of others. Ask family members to assist you in planning, setting up, cooking, or other important duties. If necessary, ask a few trusted family members to help you run interference between other guests who might not get along.
If you need some more tips on how to manage holiday stress, be sure to check out these great ideas from About.com's Stress Management site:
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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