Psychology Applied to Life

December 22, 2009

An Introduction

I’ve decided to start this blog after creating and maintaining various (semi-) personal blogs, which always seemed to include a disproportionate amount of my own thoughts about psychology as it has been applied to everyday life. Though my “real life” focus is on psychology in the workplace, in practice, this line is much fuzzier… thus the title of this blog! I intend to post articles from more “pop psychology” resources such as Psychology Today, as well as peer-reviewed journals and the occasional podcast, quote, or link. I also want to include general news that touches on psychological research and principles, sort of Malcolm Gladwell-style.

In honor of this sort of metacognitive post about blogging, I found this abstract from a recent article in the American Behavioral Scientist about the psychology of blogging!

The Psychology of Blogging

You, Me, and Everyone in Between

Laura J. Gurak

University of Minnesota, St. Paul

Smiljana Antonijevic

The phenomenon and practice of blogging offers a rich environment from which to look at the psychology of the Internet. By using blogging as a lens, researchers can see that many predictions and findings of early Internet research on social and psychological features of computer-mediated communication have held true, whereas others are not as true, and that the psychology of the Internet is very much a sense of the one and the many, the individual and the collective, the personal and the political. Blogs illustrate the fusion of key elements of human desire—to express one’s identity, create community, structure one’s past and present experiences—with the main technological features of 21stcentury digital communication. Blogs can serve as a lens to observe the way in which people currently use digital technologies and, in return, transform some of the traditional cultural norms—such as those between the public and the private.

(author chosen) Key Words: Weblogs • psychology • identity • private • public

Official Citation: American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 52, No. 1, 60-68 (2008). DOI: 10.1177/0002764208321341

Link (to abstract) here.

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