Compulsive pleasing is deceptive and dangerous

The truism, “It is better to give than to receive,” is a cliché that reflects a pro-social character trait, selflessness. Selfless individuals, caretaker personalities, invariably place the welfare of others before their own. They are typically pleasing and accommodating and at least at first blush others view them with respect if not adoration. Those in […]

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  • Problems, perceptions likely to dampen ACA enrollment

    As the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) second enrollment campaign begins, federal officials are tamping down expectations. “We never had to have re-enrollment and open enrollment together,” new Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell told reporters. “It will not be perfect.” Cecelia Munoz, Domestic Policy Council director, asked for support from attendees at a […]

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  • Prepare for a winter of content

    Shorter days have always brought some individuals unpleasant moods, often described as “winter blues” or “cabin fever.” Even Shakespeare refers to the “winter” of discontent. Psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists commonly refer to a pronounced negative response to shorter days as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Up to 25 percent of Americans suffer at least some negative […]

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  • Improved treatment of mental illness could prevent violent behavior

    Determining the most effective level of care needed is essential to a well-run and efficient behavioral health care system and to reducing the overall levels of violence throughout the world. Violent behavior is a separate issue, which can co-occur with mental illness. Both must be assessed with tools that are appropriate. That assessment should result […]

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  • 3rd District Appeals Court upholds New Jersey ban on conversion therapy

    The 3rd U.S. District Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has upheld the constitutionality of legislation by the New Jersey Legislature that bans the use of conversion therapy on minors. However, the reasoning the court used in upholding the new law may present an avenue for a successful appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, since it […]

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  • Informed Consent: Ethical challenges and opportunities

    Along with the medical field, organized psychology has experienced a paradigm shift in recent years to one in which patients are expected to be active partners in their health care rather than passive recipients. With this new paradigm in mind, we provide an overview of the ethical obligations related to Informed Consent as incorporated into […]

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  • Women uniquely vulnerable in criminal justice system

    As of 2012, women made up about 7 percent of the states’ prison population and 6 percent of the federal prison population, with an estimated total of 108,772 women in prison in the United States. When women in jail, on probation or on parole are included, there are over 1 million women involved within the […]

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  • RxP has history of slow but sustained progress

    It was way back in 1972, when Nicholas Cummings, Ph.D., first proposed to the APA that we pursue training in psychopharmacology for psychologists in pursuit of prescription privileges. An APA committee deliberated for a year but decided against the initiative. Within the academic psychology community of the era, the very idea of psychologists being licensed […]

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