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Psychology Uniqueness

Justin Walter 17. The Seventeenth Year iStock New Articles Reference and Education Reference and Education_Psychology Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

February is Psychology Month in Alberta.   In 2006 I was asked to be a Coordinator and Liaison Worker for the Psychologist’s Association in the province.  That was the first time that my column “All Psyched Up” was published in the Medicine Hat News.  Hard to believe that I have submitted weekly articles for seventeen years!  Time changes things.   The Saskatchewan small-town newspaper where I had written a column in my high school years asked me if they could also publish my column.  This continued until November 2021 when, sadly, the newspaper was handed over to a larger entity.  In the...

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Why Do You Need a Psychologist?

Dr. Linda Hancock 07. The Seventh Year Reference and Education Reference and Education_Psychology

This week, my older son asked me to take his eight-year old to my office for a tour and to explain to him about my work. Jordan entered my therapy room and I had him sit on one of the love seats while I took my usual spot. Then I began a role-play and asked "Why did you come here? Do you have a problem that you would like me to help you with?" The beautiful thing was that the little boy thought for a couple of minutes and then indicated that he couldn't think of anything that was bothering...

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Psychological Defense Mechanisms

Dr. Linda Hancock 05. The Fifth Year iStock Reference and Education Reference and Education_Psychology

Sometimes coping with the reality of life can be overwhelming. A healthy person may use defenses to get through difficult times. Using them persistently, rigidly or for the wrong reason, however, can result in maladaptive behavior that can threaten physical or mental health or even put an individual's life at risk. Following are some of the most commonly used defense mechanisms: Denial - Refusal to accept reality because it is too threatening. Distortion - Reshaping external reality to meet internal needs. Delusional Projection - Frank delusions and paranoia about external reality (can be persecutory). Fantasy - Retreat from reality into a fantasy world in...

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Good Health Requires Planning!

Dr. Linda Hancock 05. The Fifth Year iStock Reference and Education Reference and Education_And More

Michelle Obama is taking on several projects that might not be expected from a First Lady. The first spring that she and her family were in the White House she planted a garden. Ms. Obama involved children from a nearby school and allowed the television cameras to observe the process. Now the garden produce is used not only to feed staff and family but also guests of the White House. Some of it is donated to the city Food Bank. Now the First Lady has started a new campaign to fight childhood obesity, but she states that she will not...

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The Psychology of Sports

Dr. Linda Hancock 01. The First Year Reference and Education Reference and Education_Psychology

I'm not much of an athlete but I have been described by others as being "a good sport". That has more to do with my attitude than my ability. Over the past few decades, the combination of Psychology and sports has become big business. Teams and individuals frequently seek out the services of a psychologist to help them improve their game and win in their chosen field. Imagine each of us as a triangle that is suspended from the ceiling in mobile fashion. The top angle is our thinking or cognition. The angle on the left side is our feeling...

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Perspective Helps to Turn Trouble into Good Choices

Dr. Linda Hancock 01. The First Year iStock Reference and Education Reference and Education_And More

Recently there have been a number of tragedies and horrible events that have traumatized individuals at national and international levels. September 11th is burned into the minds of all those old enough to have comprehended the implications. The hurricanes in Louisiana last year shocked us. Deaths of world icons such as Princess Diana and the Pope threw citizens around the world into the grief. Medicine Hat has recently experienced a triple murder that has become a media focus throughout North America. I have been asked to do radio talk shows, newspaper and television interviews as well as presentations because of...

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When I Grow Up

Dr. Linda Hancock 01. The First Year iStock Reference and Education Reference and Education_Psychology

Many times, I receive telephone calls from individuals or hear clients express the fact that they would like to become a psychologist and are interested in knowing what that involves. They are often horrified to hear that I have the equivalent of 11 ½ years of university education as well as 2 years of Provisional internship. In Canada, licensure and discipline are provincial matters and in the United States are state matters. Most jurisdictions require that individuals have an approved graduate degree in psychology or the equivalent (6 years of university study) before applying for Provisional status. Then a supervision...

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