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Comparing mindfulness and anti-depressents to prevent relapse of depression

This is a good piece of research comparing mindfulness based cognitive therapy and anti-depressents. Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy compared with maintenance antidepressant treatment in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence (PREVENT): a randomised controlled trial. The precis and article is available.

The toxic handler - an article about those that heal.

You've watched them comfort colleagues, defuse tense situations, and take the heat from tough bosses. You've seen them step in to ease the pain during layoffs and change programs. Who are they? The authors call them toxic handlers- managers who voluntarily shoulder the sadness, frustration, bitterness, and anger of others so that highquality work continues to get done.

The ladder of inference in pictures - just for fun.

This is a great little clip which highlights the model – the ladder of inference – basically that we make up stories based on what we perceive. When we perceive partially we make up stories that are partial. However we usually have full confidence in our stories because they are based on real data. Check here for an article on the ladder. Click here for an article on the ladder.

Damn - stretching not much use.

This is a great article on the value of stretching, or to put it more clearly, the lack of value of stretching. I remember one of the articles quoted here pointed out that 100 people would have to do 20 minutes pre and poart stretching for 2 years for one person to have one less injury.


Psychodrama in the Training of Practical Psychologists

The relevance of the studied problem is to find the ways of training the students of psychological faculties for their professional work as practical psychologists. The purpose of the article is to disclose the usage of psychodrama in psychologists’ training for their practical activity. The effective aspects of psychodrama experienced personally are defined applying the analysis of the participation in the psychodrama group questionnaires and analyzing psychodrama participants’ essays. The principle method of the problem is a phenomenological analysis of written essays of the psychodrama groups’ participants. The participants’ questionnaires were also used after each psychodrama meeting. As a result of psychodrama training, students can determine their future profession and evaluate their psychological readiness for the practice. Used methods of analysis activate self-analysis of the vocational training results. The materials of the article can be useful for psychodrama directors in assessing their efficiency for group participants.

Role Playing as a diagnostic procedure in the selection of leaders 1946 Vol 1 No 1

This journal article Role Playing as a diagnostic procedure in the selection of leaders by Percival M. Symonds was written in 1946

In the assessment program of the Office of Strategic Services a role playing test with the title "Improvisations" was used for diagnostic purposes. This test was derived from Moreno's "Psychodrama" which, although originally a therapeutic procedure, has more recently been shown to have excellent diagnostic value in sizing up a man's tendencies to take a dominant or subordinate role in a social situation, as well as his tact, resourcefulness, forcefulness, ability to take criticism and other important personal and social characteristics. In taking the test a man was asked to play a role with another man in a dramatic situation, usually involving conflict between the two men.

Beyond Hope and Fear: The Effects of Organizational Theatre on Empowerment and Control

Organizational theatre interventions have become established as a pervasive and influential arts-based method of dialogic organizational development, yet their effects are controversial and contested. While they have been praised for their potential as a tool of empowerment, they have also been criticized for their possible use as a more or less insidious form of control. This article explores and evaluates such claims and counterclaims, supported by an in-depth longitudinal quasi-experimental field study of customer service staff in a regional Australian bank. The results of the field study not only indicate that organizational theatre interventions may increase both empowerment and control but also suggest that the outcomes may be more lightweight than supporters have hoped and critics have feared. The article outlines the implications of these findings for future research and practice.

Happiness and how to get it - a short video of Dan Gilbert.

This is a neat little TED talk that highlights, once again, that we do not necessarily know ourselves as well as we might think. From a psychodramatic point of view the talk reminds one that warm-up is more important than having stuff. A warm-up that leads to feeling satisfied beats having everything, or a warm-up to perfectionism or a warm-up to wanting more. And other minor things such as 'having' is very different from 'being'.

Reproducing results - and considerations of warm-up.

Another perspective

The concept of 'warm-up'. It was listening to a range of such tests (that were recently redone without effects being noted) some years ago that led me to consider further, the area of warm-up. The notion of a fluid propensity in people that is able to be effected by a wide range of factors that are not controlled for in psychological experiments is one that is obvious to me. I think, because of the use of psychodrama and drama in groups, I notice how small things may create big effects. It's similar in other group settings as well, but seems exaggerated when using a dramatic process. When I notice such effects in a small group setting I wonder what happens in the larger world settings of psychological experiments. As simple as asking two questions in a different order. "How are you feeling? How old are you?" as against asking it "How old are you? How are you feeling",

Have a read of this article on how difficultit was to reproduce some of those tricky psychological experiments.

"One of the central goals in any scientific endeavor is to understand causality. Experiments that seek to demonstrate a cause/effect relation most often manipulate the postulated causal factor. Aarts et al. describe the replication of 100 experiments reported in papers published in 2008 in three high-ranking psychology journals. Assessing whether the replication and the original experiment yielded the same result according to several criteria, they find that about one-third to one-half of the original findings were also observed in the replication study."

Cheers for the moment.