Tag Archives: Psychology


On Winning and Losing

The recent commotion about Lance Armstrong’s admission of cheating prompted a thought-provoking discussion about winning and losing between Jian Ghomeshi, host of the CBC Radio program “Q” and recurrent guest, actor/musician Torquill Campbell on January 24, 2013 (click here to download the podcast). The thrust of the discussion was that it’s unfortunate that so many […]

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

Authors: Roy F. Baumeister & John Tierney. Penguin Press (2011). Every once in a while a book comes along that really helps to make sense of why things happen as they do. Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength is one of them. Drawing from decades of social psychology research, psychologist Roy F. Baumeister and journalist […]

What Psychologists Do

Psychologists are highly trained mental health specialists who focus largely on behaviour, on understanding its causes and how to change it. While people are usually aware of much of what they do, a lot of behaviour occurs on the fringes of awareness and it is there, that it can contribute to problems. For example, arguing […]

What Are Psychologists?

Many people are unsure about what psychologists are and what they do. This was illustrated in a 2011 survey of Canadian attitudes about psychologists and psychological services. Most of the almost 3000 Canadians asked believed that family doctors were the specialists to consult when it came to dealing with issues like anxiety and depression, addictions, […]