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PSYCHOLOGY APPLIED TO EVERYDAY LIFE
By Charles I. Brooks and Michael A. Church


As teachers and professionals, we find a lot of misunderstandings about psychology among the public. There is a whole world of “pop psychology� in magazines and TV and radio shows. We believe that too many people buy into a lot of false messages about psychology.

Our book How Psychology Applies to Everyday Life forms 59 questions about human behavior, questions common to everyday living, such as, “Are pets good for our health?� “Should we hide our weaknesses from others?� “Does stress in the mother during pregnancy harm the fetus?� “Does serving size of food affect how much we eat.� Next we describe and analyze a recently published study that offers a simple yes or no answer to the question. We then go on to discuss that answer and provide additional considerations in simple, non-technical language.

Our goal is to help the reader learn something about human behavior relating to topics we all discuss occasionally: “Can the alcoholic drink socially?� “Do psychiatric medications really work?� “Are we vulnerable to depression in the winter?� “Does spanking children do them psychological harm?�

Some of our issues concern clinical counseling. In this section, which focuses on actual case studies from our files, we deal not so much with questions answered by published research, but with questions answered by clinical experience with clients. We deal with misconceptions about what goes on in counseling and psychotherapy, about the use of medications for psychological problems, and, when trying to help people, whether it is appropriate to focus on “why?� they do what they do.

For a complete description of the book and how to order, see below.



How Psychology Applies to Everday Life


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Description:
Do violent video games lead to violence? Does spanking children make them unstable? Can the alcoholic drink socially? Do children raised by gay parents turn out OK? Are eyewitness accounts accurate? Is winter a cause of depression? Does cell phone use compromise driving ability? These questions and others from the world of psychology touch on our everyday experiences, and are also areas of research that many students want to explore further. Psychology Applied to Everyday Life provides the reader with a portal to discovering what psychologists know about these questions. For each question, the authors review a recent research article and provide a straightforward answer to the question. The writing is conversational, informal, and non-technical. The authors deal with topics in a straightforward manner, allowing readers to develop an understanding of each topic.

 


Psychology Applied to Everyday Life
divides its 59 questions into seven fun sections:

  • Sex, Booze, and Other Fun Things
  • Raising the Little Ones
  • Cops, Robbers, and Forensics
  • Memory and Intelligence
  • Anxiety, Stress, and Staying Cool
  • Odds and Ends
  • Notes from the Shrink

For those interested in further investigation into a topic, the authors provide additional analysis and references. In addition to reviewing recent research, the authors consider questions from the practice of clinical and counseling psychology. Issues in this section are illustrated with actual case studies from the authors' files, and include questions concerning how best to work with couples, whether psychotropic medications (such as anti-depressant and anti-anxiety agents) are effective, and recent developments in counseling techniques.

Table of Contents:
PREFACE
AUTHORS WELCOME

PART ONE: SEX, BOOZE, AND OTHER FUN THINGS
1. Beauty is Just Around the Curve - Do humans prefer curved objects?
2. I Love Your Scent - Is beauty in the nose of the smeller?
3. It Was Love at First Millisecond - How quickly do we form impressions?
4. Writing About Your Feelings - Is writing good for our health?
5. I Will Never Forgive You. - What is the cost of holding a grudge?
6. Sex and Violence in Advertising - Are these messages good for sales?
7. I Never Would Have Done It Sober. - Can you blame it on the booze?
8. Got Some Weed, Dude? - Marijuana and schizophrenia

PART TWO: RAISING THE LITTLE ONES
9. Stress During Pregnancy - Does it harm the fetus?
10. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - Should infants sleep on their backs?
11. Spanking Children - Will there be long-term consequences?
12. Will the Three-Year Old Terror Be an Adult Terror?
13. Get Off Your Butt and Go Play Outside! - Can communities help parents?
14. Will Kids Raised by Gays Become Gay?
15. Is Daycare Psychologically Harmful to the Child?
16. Show Me Where Teacher Touched You - Can anatomically-correct dolls help?
17. Do Material Rewards Ruin Childrens Fun?
18. Are Movie Portrayals of Smoking Harmful?
19. Can Playing Video Games Produce Antisocial Behavior?

PART THREE: COPS, ROBBERS, AND FORENSICS
20. Are Lineups Valid For Identifying Suspects?
21. Do They All Look the Same? - Identifying other races
22. He's the One! Arrest Him! - Can we trust the eyewitness?
23. Do Black Facial Features Arouse Bias in White Juries?
24. Aggression in the Workplace - What brings it on?
25. When Do Sex Offenders Repeat?
26. Do Terrorists Show a Common Personality Profile?

PART FOUR: MEMORY AND INTELLIGENCE
27. Ah, Yes, I Remember It Well. - Do you really?
28. Are Adult Memories of Childhood Sexual Abuse Reliable?
29. Mental Ability: Use It or Lose It? - Should granddad do daily puzzles?
30. Live Long and Prosper - Is intelligence a factor in longevity?
31. How R U as a Slepelr? - Does good spelling produce good communication?
32. Talk Fast - Will you lose your audience within 15 minutes?

PART FIVE: ANXIETY, STRESS, AND STAYING COOL
33. Are Smoking and Panic Attacks Related?
34. Ive Got to Get it Off My Chest! - Does lashing out help?
35. Should We Hide Our Weaknesses From Others?
36. Keep on the Sunny Side - Is that good for your health?
37. Are Pets Good For Our Health?
38. Is Laughter the Best Medicine?
39. Breast Cancer: Does Attitude Help?
40. Tragedy Aftermath: Should Counselors Be Available Tomorrow?
41. Are We All Vulnerable To Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
42. For Better or Worse, In Sickness and In Health - Do long marriages improve physical health?
43. Recovery from Divorce - Does time heal?
44. Can TV News Traumatize Us?

PART SIX: ODDS AND ENDS
45. Are Single Folks Treated As Second Class?
46. Tasting Beer - Can you trust your tongue?
47. Cell Phones and Driving - A wrong number?
48. Just a Small Piece, Please. Im Full. - Does serving size affect consumption?
49. Is Religion Good For Us?
50. Will Money Make Us Happy?
51. Weather and Mood - Do rainy days get us down?
52. Does Paper Color Affect Test Performance?
53. Hypnosis: Is It Good for Anything?

PART SEVEN: NOTES FROM THE SHRINK
Introduction
54. Learning Through Suffering - Are good or bad events the best teachers?
55. Psychotropic Medications - Are they overused?
56. Boozer or Abuser? - Can the alcoholic drink responsibly?
57. Marital Counseling - Do couples have to go together?
58. Providing Attention - Can it serve as a powerful reward?
59. Should We Spend Time Asking Why? - Does lashing out help?

LC Card Number: 2008032945
LCC Class: BF145
Dewey Class: 158

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