Psychology Applied to Life


I’ve created this blog in order to collect, display, and theorize about the many ways that psychology can and may be applied to life. I like to mix it up with articles from “popular” psychology articles as well as those from peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as the occasional podcast or quote. For a bit more about my desire for (Malcolm) Gladwellian-style, read the first post ever here.

My social psychology professor in college required us to keep ‘journals’ of incidents or events in which we encountered some social psychological principle in our everyday lives. We had a number of incidents we had to record in a given period of time and in the beginning, I found myself looking to CNN for inspiration, but eventually I realized how easy it was and how often I saw those instances in my own life. After the semester ended, I even found myself noting occasions and thinking about writing them down…. and so this blog is a broader version of that early journal. I like to connect what I know, what I’ve learned, what I’m interested in to various articles and things I see in everyday life as well as share my thoughts about them.

I’m anticipating (hoping for) an audience of both those with a strong background in psychology as well as those who have read my theorizing about psychology elsewhere, including my Tumblr account. Thus, I’ve tried to link to explanations of terms and what might be considered jargon. So maybe you learn a little, maybe this makes you think about psychology in your own life, or maybe I provide you with some links and references for other psychological research and entertainment – any of which would thrill me!

As for me, I’m pursuing my Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology and completed my M.S. in Applied Psychology in 2009. I’ve worked on research addressing gender and communication in the workplace, discrimination based on obesity and sexual preference, learning and intelligence, goal orientation, Self-Determination Theory (SDT), incivility and interpersonal conflict, mentoring (minorities), staffing issues facing nurses, as well as analyzing the most popular scholarly articles addressing nurse turnover and retention. My research interests include emotional labor, what happens after failure and how people recover, rumination, burnout and engagement, flow and creativity, and applying findings from one psychology sub-field (such as clinical psychology) to my own work involving the psychology of the workplace.


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