Personal Development

Visualising a goal and watching progress made towards the aim makes it easier to achieve, new research has shown.
People who know what they want from life are the ones most likely to make a success of a large lottery win. “It sounds obvious to decide what you want to do with your life, what experiences you want, what good causes you support, what friends and family you'd like to help,” says Chartered Psychologist Kim Stephenson, “but most people don't do it.
Many people over the age of 50 are feeling better about themselves than they did during their early adulthood, it has been found.
The satisfaction a person feels with their own life is associated with the quality of existence enjoyed by their peers, it has been suggested.
You will probably have heard that all goals should be SMART (typically Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timed). But a Chartered Psychologist say that SMART, which is so well known, isn’t much help.
In rich countries, temptation is never far and many of us struggle to achieve our long-term aims of moderation, dedication and fidelity. An increasingly popular strategy for regaining control is to form so-called implementation intentions. Rather than having the vague goal to eat less or exercise more, you spell out when, where and how you will perform a given activity, and rehearse that thought regularly. For example, "when in the cafeteria at lunch I will buy orange juice rather than cola". A more specific variant is to form an 'if-then' plan, as in "if it is a Tuesday morning, then I will go for a run," and again, this is rehearsed mentally on a regular basis.
Much research into human happiness is fatally flawed because it relies upon questionnaires and rushed and trivial self-report surveys, a Cambridge-based Chartered Psychologst has argued. Dr Nick Baylis says:
It's a trusted tool in the self-help armoury - visualising yourself having achieved your goals, be that weighing less, enjoying the view atop Everest, or walking down the aisle with the girl or boy of your dreams.
People who start making a concerted effort to save money are likely to find that the practice becomes habitual.
A psychologist from the University of Hertfordshire has won a prize from the British Psychological Society for the best academic poster exhibited at its recent Annual Conference in Glasgow.
Two psychologists are to share the 2010 Outstanding Doctoral Research award, presented by the British Psychological Society's Research Board.
A new report by researchers Niro Sivanathan of the London Business School and Nathan Pettit of Cornell University has found a link between low self-esteem and spending on credit cards.
Quarterlife crises can be good for you.
The Professional Development Centre is committed to making sure members are able to take part in appropriate professional development.  A number of online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules are avai
Simon Baron-Cohen has emphasised the importance of preserving empathy at a speech delivered at the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
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The Award provides an opportunity for a postgraduate psychologist to be seconded to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) to assist in providing objective briefing material for MPs and Peers on a psychological topic.
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Female body image can be negatively impacted by materialistic advertising messages, new research has found.
To mark National Spring Cleaning Week - currently running until March 28th - a Chartered Psychologist has offered some top tips on how people can use the concept of tidiness to enhance their overall wellbeing.
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