Unemployment Alters the Set Point for Life Satisfaction

Richard E. Lucas, Andrew E. Clark, Yannis Georgellis, …Ed Diener  January 1, 2004 Research Article available here Abstract According to set-point theories of subjective well-being, people react to events but then return to baseline levels of happiness and satisfaction over time. We tested this idea by examining reaction and adaptation to unemployment in a 15-year longitudinal study of more thanContinue reading “Unemployment Alters the Set Point for Life Satisfaction”

Perceptual Control Theory

In this post, I review a single excerpt from page 1 of the above book. The entire book is freely available online. On the basis of page 1, William T Powers’ ‘Perceptual Control Theory’ (PCT) cannot be correct. Dag Forssell explains the provenance of this piece as follows: I have annotated the text to indicateContinue reading “Perceptual Control Theory”

Ed Diener Dies:

Ed Diener, innovator in the field of happiness research, has died. I post here Ed Diener’s obituary from the Association for Psychological Science, April 28, 2021. Ed Diener, a psychological scientist whose seminal research examined the factors that influence people’s life satisfaction and happiness, died April 27. The founding editor of APS’s Perspectives on Psychological Science journal, he received the APS William James Fellow Award in 2013 and had servedContinue reading “Ed Diener Dies:”

Science is Beautiful

Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena or connections between different observations. Examples include the double helix in biology and the fundamental equations of physics. Steven Hawking I have something beautiful to offer, not in Biology or in Physics, but in Psychology: “A General Theory of Behaviour”. It’s got harmony, synchrony andContinue reading “Science is Beautiful”

The British Psychological Society

This series of posts examines the current situation of crisis that exists within the British Psychological Society (BPS). The series is a collaboration with the team at BPSWatch. I am reposting here content originally published at BPSWatch. Readers may also be interested in the posts here, here and here. How much does the future ofContinue reading “The British Psychological Society”

Insights from ME/CFS May Help Unravel the Pathogenesis of Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome

New paper by: Anthony L. Komaroff 1 and W. Ian Lipkin 2 1 Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’sHospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA2 Center for Infection and Immunity, Mailman School of Public Health, ColumbiaUniversity, New York, NY Available here from 7 June 2021 Journal Pre-proofDOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molmed.2021.06.002 Citation: A.L. Komaroff andContinue reading “Insights from ME/CFS May Help Unravel the Pathogenesis of Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome”

The Rise and Fall of the Wessely School

New preprint available here ABSTRACT The Wessely School’s (WS) approach to medically unexplained symptoms, myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome (MUS/MECFS) is critically reviewed using scientific criteria. Based on the ‘Biopsychosocial Model’, the WS proposes that patients’ dysfunctional beliefs, deconditioning and attentional biases cause illness, disrupt therapies, and lead to preventable deaths. The evidence reviewedContinue reading “The Rise and Fall of the Wessely School”

Psyche in Mythology and the British Psychological Society of Today

Psyche/ˈsʌɪki/the human soul, mind, or spirit “their childhood made them want to understand the human psyche and to help others” Similar: soul spirit(inner) self innermost self(inner) ego true being essential nature life force vital force inner man/woman persona identity personality individuality make-up subconscious mind intellect anima pneuma Opposite: body Wikipedia the fountain of knowledge inContinue reading “Psyche in Mythology and the British Psychological Society of Today”

Can Long-Covid be Cured with the Mind: Expert Patient or Nutty Professor?

Guest authored by Dr. Keith Geraghty I am a research fellow working from the University of Manchester Centre for Primary Care. A major focus of my work is on medically unexplained symptoms and illness. I promote evidence-based medicine and psychology, so like a detective, I spend a lot of my time discerning ‘good’ and ‘bad’Continue reading “Can Long-Covid be Cured with the Mind: Expert Patient or Nutty Professor?”

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome as a breakdown of homeostasis

David F Marks published on 31 May 2021 here Abstract Homeostasis is a fundamental physiological principle that ensures equilibrium, stability and safety of the organism in a continuously changing and potentially life-threatening environment. This article introduces a new theory of the aetiology of ME/CFS that hypothesises that ME/CFS is caused by a breakdown of homeostasisContinue reading “Myalgic encephalomyelitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome as a breakdown of homeostasis”