Thanks to the 35 colleagues who responded to this survey! For my 6 previous MHConcierge surveys, I sent an invitation to participate in to a variety of listservs, social networking sites – and a list that purchased from the MN Board of Psychology. The MBOP list provided the majority of responses. While preparing for the current survey, I learned that the services that I use (Survey Monkey and MailChimp) both forbid using purchased lists. Therefore, I chose to not risk trouble with those services (and MBOP), and did not use the MBOP list – but unfortunately have much lower numbers
“Are You A ‘Testosterone’ or A ’Dopamine’?” Reports on a new brain-based personality test designed to help people better understand both their own psychology and their relationships, particularly romantic ones. The test, the Fisher Temperament Index, identifies four brain systems that have been linked by research to personality traits. It was developed a biological anthropologist, Helen Fisher, who set out to develop a personality test to replace tests like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
“The Surprising Effects of Loneliness on Health” reports on research building on previous research that established potentially harmful effects of loneliness and socialization on health and launch activity. The current research makes more of a distinction between, which involves the subjective sense of isolation” versus social isolation, which may or may not involve loneliness.
Online personality quizzes are increasingly popular, and you may have experienced a client/patient who takes one and wants to discuss the results as though they are meaningful and important. “Most Personality Quizzes Are Junk Science. I Found One That Isn’t” takes most of the online personality quizzes to task, particularly the Myers-Briggs (which can be taken online for $50). The article briefly points out the lack of evidence-based support for these tests-with the exception of one’s that are based on the Big Five personality assessment system.
“People Who Sleep Less Than Eight Hours a Night Are More Likely to Suffer from Depression, Anxiety’ reviews research found that regular sleep disruptions, including inadequate sleep duration, are associated with difficulty in shifting one’s attention away from negative information. In particular, the researchers found that people who do not get adequate sleep are prone to experiencing negative, repetitive and intrusive thoughts that are associated with depression and anxiety. Of course,” further research is needed,” but the researchers theorize that future research could potentially result in psychologists, and other therapists, helping patients with anxiety and depression by helping them more