Lonely in the crowd: the power of connection in fighting the depression blues

Have you ever had an experience like this: you’re surrounded by many people and yet you feel very alone. In fact, you might have even attempted to voice how you felt to someone else only to be shamed for feeling this way, “you shouldn’t feel lonely, look at all the people around you,” or better yet “other people have it much worse than you, you should be grateful for what you have.”

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Psychology of compassion

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion” (The Dalai Lama)

Compassion is the ability to recognize the suffering of another being and the desire to alleviate that suffering. Compassion is different from empathy in that it does not only involve the ability to experience the physical or emotional pain felt by another being, but also the aspiration to alleviate that pain.

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Using game-based learning in the classroom

I am a big proponent that learning should be fun. After all, learning should be reinforcing rather than aversive, making the students want to learn more. Recently, there has been a great amount of research in using games (video games, board games, and computer games) in the classroom to facilitate learning.

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Fraud Syndrome

What is the Fraud Syndrome?
Fraud Syndrome* is my term to describe the belief that one isn’t good enough to have the opportunity that he or she has and that sooner or later, everybody will find out. We have all experienced some self doubt at some point, feeling that “I’m not good enough.”

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Everyday Superheroes

Comic Con might be over but that doesn’t mean that we have to hang up our superhero capes. Carrying along the message of hope, superheroes are most important in everyday lives.

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Why Comic Con?

This is not the first year I have attended the San Diego Comic Con but it is the first year that I am THIS thrilled to attend. Above all panels, the one that I am most looking forward to is the Geek Therapy panel, scheduled to take place on Thursday at 12:00 pm in room 26 AB, where most of the magical geeky-nerdy stuff to do with psychology and geek culture will take place.

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