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.
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:
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.
This book is designed to help readers increase both the quality and quantity of their lives. Particular attention is paid to the fact that we cannot separate our physical and psychological health which are interconnected in significant and complex ways. Each inevitably affects the other, both positively and negatively. Because negative effects of preventable health problems take place so insidiously, we may not be aware of how deleterious they are until decades after making unhealthy decisions. The reader will be guided through increased understanding of how this interrelationship affects our health, and how we can increase our power to emphasize positive physical and psychological impacts and minimize or prevent negative ones. Additionally, we discuss self-help and professional treatment methods for remediation of health problems, and how our health problems necessarily impact, directly and/or indirectly, those in our family, work environment and community, along with how we can help guide ourselves and others to a healthier and longer life.