MHConceirge previously posted about “top doctors award” plaques, after getting a phone call from a person who sounded profoundly bored and tried to sell me a plaque for a couple of hundred dollars. Since I practice in Minnesota and the company was located in another state, I wondered how the company could possibly establish that I am a “top doctor.” A few minutes of online research located an ABC News investigative report from 2012 about these “top doctors” plaques. The report found several, frankly, fishy examples of these awards, such as an MD with a history of dental school, but
A colleague asked a very interesting and, I think, challenging question (based on a real world situation): he specializes in treating children with neurologically-based disorders. He was talking to parents in the office and their child was in the waiting room, something triggered the child and the child damaged the waiting room. The damage was considerable- several hundred dollars, possible up to $1000. The question I was asked is, “who is responsible for the damage?” Wow – what a question! I don’t recall discussing this sort of problem in graduate school and fortunately have never had it happen in my
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.