Personal Development

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When the dreadful news arrives that a child has cancer, understandably the focus of parents and health professionals turns to supporting the sick child as best they can. But also caught up in the nightmare are the child’s siblings. Not only will they likely be consumed by shock and fear, but they must adapt to the cancer journey the whole family has to embark on.

Official health guidance here in the UK and in the USA states that it’s important to provide support to the siblings of children with cancer. Yet the reality is we know relatively little about their experience.

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Optimists have good reason to be optimistic – research tells us that their sunny outlook means that they are likely to live longer, healthier, happier lives compared with others who have a habit of seeing a darker future ahead.

This has led positive psychologists to attempt to teach optimism, so that more people might get to benefit from its apparent positive effects.

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Dr Lisa Cameron, a current Member of Parliament and Chartered Psychologist is one of the speakers at the British Psychological Society’s annual psychology4graduates event taking place in London on Wednesday 30 November.

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Leadership skills are a core part of your repertoire as a psychologist and you will be encouraged to exercise them at every stage of your career from Assistant Psychologist to Consultant Psychologist. You have gained the knowledge and training to think psychologically, to formulate, plan and structure your work with clients on an individual and at a group level.  There are skills that are transferable to any leadership setting. This 2 day course will provide you with the confidence and competencies to lead as a psychologist in any work setting whatever your level of experience.

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A new study discussed on our Research Digest blog used a diary approach to gauge people’s wisdom in response to everyday problems.

The results showed that there is more variation in one person’s wisdom from one situation to the next, than there is variation in the average wisdom between people.

Wisdom, it seems, is more of a state than a trait.

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At our London offices on 27 July, Steven Sylvester will explore the role can sport psychology play in getting the best performance from athletes while also supporting good mental health and fostering a selfless mind-set.

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An increased curiosity about others and the wider world could be the ‘silver lining’ of undergoing a quarterlife crisis or midlife crisis.

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You might think that being true to yourself means ignoring social pressure and finding your own path.

But one of the most in-depth investigations into feelings of authenticity has found the complete opposite appears to be true.

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New research has shown an alarming rise in the use of anti-depressant drugs among children says the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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The British Psychological Society's Psychology of Women Section welcomes this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) with its particular focus on gender parity.

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The British Psychological Society (BPS) denounces the reported proposal by the Indonesian Psychiatric Association to classify lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender sexual and gender identities (LGBT) as mental illnesses.

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Dr Amanda Wood, a Chartered Psychologist, has been awarded funding to visit the USA to research the provision of psychological support for military families, both serving and beyond, and in particular children.

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Governments on both sides of the Atlantic have made training in 'grit' a priority in schools.

Some psychologists suspect the hype around it is getting out of hand.

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The charity Sports Relief is sharing a series of new short films on its Twitter feed today to shine a light on maternal mental illness in the UK and help to reduce stigma around the issue. Members of the public are also being encouraged to share their stories and talk about their own experiences.

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Psychological research into meditation has overwhelmingly focused on its cognitive consequences, considering the practice as a kind of training for attention and behaviour control, together with stress alleviation.

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In parallel with the difficulties caused by trauma, such as depression and ill health, some people experience positive psychological changes, such as a renewed appreciation for life and increased resilience – a phenomenon psychologists term "post

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As long as you don't become obsessive and defensive about it, there's a wealth of evidence to show that having a passion in life is good for you psychologically.

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When you take a look back at the year just gone, do you see any times of real change? A turning point, perhaps – or maybe a transition?

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If you overheard someone at work refer to you as "a real political operator", would you feel complimented, or alarmed?

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Service user or carer (or, experts by and with, experience) involvement in clinical psychology event: Showcasing good practice and learning from each other

Event Overview:

Aims for the day include to:

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People with low self-belief are liable to hold on to negative assumptions about themselves despite concrete evidence of the contrary; that is, they fail to "generalise from success".

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Division of Clinical Psychology - South Central Branch CPD Event

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Division of Occupational Psychology - Diversity & Inclusion Working Group

Inclusive Leadership: Bridging Research & Practice

(In partnership with the School of Business & Management, Queen Mary University of London)

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People are more likely to process information in an analytical way if they are in a negative mood, a new study has found.

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