Another busy year lies behind us, and with 2016’s end comes the opportunity to look back and recap what happened. What better way to do this than to look at what you, Psychreg readers, found most interesting. Here’s the top ten list of most popular articles. Click the title to read the article in full.
Top 10: Body Image and Sex for Married Couples (138 views)
Ruxandra LeMay explains that our body image affects us tremendously and, although we shouldn’t, we do constantly compare ourselves to other women. Of course, we don’t really have a fair chance when we are up against the unreasonable message the media uses to sell their work.
Top 9: The Divided Brain: Do You Have Two People Inside You? (142 views)
This two-part interview with Iain McGilchrist by Jessa Crispin tackles two people inside us. One is logical, mathematical, and focused. The other is poetic, attentive, intuitive. These are personalities represented by the left hemisphere of your brain and the right hemisphere, respectively.
Top 8: Creativity and the Fear of Social Exclusion (190 views)
Scott Furtwengler suggests that it is time to explore the construct of creativity across a broader, social context. By doing so, we may be better positioned to develop social environments (school, work, community) that influence creativity and innovation, the honey badger mindset, in a more productive, less threatening, approach.
Top 7: The Psychology of Deadlines (211 views)
One way to explain why sometimes deadlines help and sometimes they do not is through ideas of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation come from inside yourself- you do things because they bring you satisfaction in and of themselves, says Dr Daniel Frings.
Top 6: How Attachment Styles Impact Your Relationship (245 views)
A fascinating piece from Elizabeth Earnshaw. Relationships are integral to life. Beginning in the womb, our lifeline is the umbilical cord attached to our mother. Once born, we scan for caregivers, crying for them and latching to them. As we grow we look for other people to accept and attach to us – friends, teachers, and strangers. Then, when we are old enough to yearn for romance we woo, love, struggle with, leave, and connect with partners.
Top 5: 7 Tips for Attending a Conference Alone (265 views)
This one is a useful tip from Whova, written by its CEO and Founder Yuanyuan ‘YY’ Zhou. After two million frequent flyer miles, she gradually found some ways to deal with all those negative feelings associated with attending a conference and shares her tips.
Top 4: Top 10 Universities in the World for Psychology (267 views)
Last 21 September, the result of Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THEWUR) 2016–17 was announced. The University of Oxford has emerged to be the first UK university to top the league table in its 12-year history. It knocked the five-time leader, the California Institute of Technology, into second place.
Top 3: Your Self-esteem is Only Ever Two Weeks Old (269 views)
We all process events and reality through spectacles, depending on how we feel at the time and what the experience is, dictates the colour of the lenses. If you’re feeling good the lenses will be rosy, however if you’re feeling rubbish the lenses will be badly tinted. This processing adds more weight to our already established belief system, says Michelle Winter.
Top 2: Who Can Benefit from Art Therapy (985 views)
An interesting piece from Justin Davis. Anyone can benefit from art. I’ve worked with kids as small as four years old and senior adults in their 90s, and everyone in between. . The one thing that is vital is that you have enough of an open mind to be willing to get a little messy, deal with some messes, and have some fun while doing it. What have you got to lose?
Top 1: Demystifying the Misconceptions of Art Therapy (1,559 views)
Although art therapy (also interchangeable with art psychotherapy) has various definitions, its common element includes it being an expressive therapy that uses art and the creative process as a primary mode of communication. This, however, does not explain the therapeutic and psychodynamic aspects of the therapy, rather the simplistic definition that I seem to say as if on autopilot, explains Karissa Patel.
Well done and massive thank you to the authors who shared their articles! Until next year.
Dennis Relojo-Howell is the founder of Psychreg. He writes for the American Psychological Association and has a weekly column for Free Malaysia Today.
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