Archive for the ‘Psychology’ Category

The Psychology of Farmville

Posted: July 20, 2010 at 2:37 am by

According to FOX 61 in Tennessee, councilman Dimitar Kerin was voted out of his position for playing Farmville during meetings. He argued other members on the council played Farmville as well, so much so he had to play during meetings to match them. In the UK, a 12 year-old boy racked up £905 in FarmVille debt. During the period between Jun 19th and July 9th, an average of 63.3 million users played Farmville, making Farmville the most played online game in the world. What makes Farmville so addictive? How can a simple flash based game cause someone to loose their jobs, or spend hundreds of dollars?

Your New Therapist

Posted: July 6, 2010 at 1:40 am by

The next time you are feeling down, and need a qualified therapist to help you with your problems, look no further than R. Lee Ermey. While he may be hard, and take no excuses, he will make sure by the time you are done, your original problems will be meaningless. Need proof? Look at the video below. Behold, your new therapist!

The Epidemic of Internet Hate

Posted: July 5, 2010 at 5:12 am by

While using the Internet it is easy to encounter examples of hateful people. These days almost any Internet Forum or website comment’s section is filled with people designed to piss you off. It is as if these people had nothing else to do but to make your day miserable. The sad truth is, they do not. Many people these days feel it is their right to say the most vile, hateful and evil things possible to anyone with no consequences. While freedom of speech is a good thing, it does not mean you can tell someone to die, or how you wish you could kill them or their families, or to go burn in a fire. These days the above statements are all to common.

US Court Rules Against Vaccine-Autism Link

Posted: March 12, 2010 at 7:58 pm by

A Special U.S. Court ruled on Friday that vaccines containing a mercury preservative does not cause autism. Thimerosal, a mercury based preservative used in many vaccines, has been blamed by many parents of autistic children to be the cause of autism. The court ruled that thimerosal based vaccines did not cause the autism of William Mead, an Oregon boy diagnosed with autism. This closes the door on many parents who were seeking payment from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

NCE: Review and Impression

Posted: January 9, 2010 at 6:10 pm by

For the past 4 months I have been studying for the National Counselors Exam (NCE). I knew from the beginning it would not be easy, so I decided to study for it early. In the end, I found the test much harder then expected. If you are about to take this exam, read this entry as it may help you pass the NCE.

NCE Flashcards

Posted: November 2, 2009 at 11:17 pm by

If you are studying for the National Counselor Examination (NCE), then I advise you check out the flash cards I have designed for the exam. I have created numerous cards designed to cover all the major content areas.

The Trappings of Addiction

Posted: October 25, 2009 at 8:29 pm by

What is addiction? When is to much to much? How can one fully understand if they have an addiction? How does one stop an addiction, and if they succeed, are they still addicted? These are just a few of the many questions those who suffer from addictions ask. To be honest, we do not have the answers as of yet, however there is one component of addiction that is known; addiction negatively impacts one’s life.

Meet George, the Hypnotherapist

Posted: October 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm by

To the right you will see George, a licensed Hypnotherapist. No, really, George is a Hypnotherapist. Just look at his eyes, the way they gaze back at you, pulling you in. With just a movement with his paw, you are under his control. He will make sure to help cure you of any unconscious material, as he is fully qualified. At least, according to the British Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming (BBNLP), the United Fellowship of Hypnotherapists (UFH) and the Professional Hypnotherapy Practitioner Association (PHPA). In case you do not know, George is a cat.

Genital Retraction Syndrome: Penis Panic

Posted: October 3, 2009 at 4:36 am by

In the case of extremely bizarre disorders, Genital Retraction Syndrome takes the cake. Often a culture-specific syndrome, it is a condition where an individual believes his or her genitals are retracting into the body, shrinking, or have been removed. This occurs in both males and females, where men often feel their penis is retracting into their body while women feel their breasts are retracting or shrinking. This disorder often occurs in Africa and Asia, and often in areas where there is little access to medical information, leading people to believe myths and superstition.

Jean Piaget: Cognitive Stage Theory

Posted: September 19, 2009 at 9:21 pm by

Departing from Freud and Psychoanalysis, Jean Piaget developed his own theories and focused on child development. A very intelligent man, Piaget wrote an estimated 40 books on child development and became well known as an expert. His Cognitive Stage Theory offers a more constructive look at childhood development than other professionals of his time. Piaget devised a theory which accounted for the abilities children held at different ages. This allowed researchers to devise a standard by which to measure children. Piaget’s Cognitive State Theory became well known, and is still used today.