All tagged psychology

Guest Blog - National Eating Disorder Week

I want to introduce a very important week: February 23-March 1 is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. This week is important for many reasons, yet is rarely acknowledged in our culture. Eating disorders are commonly looked down upon, and I feel a big reason is because they are misunderstood. Eating disorders are an ever-growing epidemic.

Sprinkles of Gratitude

As a school counselor intern, I'm surrounded by (700-800) hundreds of children a week. Sometimes our interactions are brief. With the culture of the school, and a greater openness to counseling or support staff, I'm able to engage with classrooms more fluidly. Some interventions are simply being visible to students in need of structure. Other times, in-class support can help some students focus more on positive tasks. And there is always individual and group support outside of class.

An unhappy fact about human psychology is probably at work here, which makes it hard to abolish lies once they have escaped into the world: We seem to be predisposed to remember statements as true even after they have been disconfirmed. For instance, if a rumor spreads that a famous politician once fainted during a campaign speech, and the story is later revealed to be false, some significant percentage of people will recall it as true--even if they were first exposed to it in the very context of its debunking. In psychology, this is known as the "illusory truth effect." Familiarity breeds credence. 
Sam Harris, Lying, p.38