Planning a conference? Trying to decide which conference to attend? If you don’t want to rock the boat, or if you simply want people to check off attending a meeting, you can stand on the shoulder of giants. Virtually all of the major national organizations in psychology, social work, criminology, and related fields have honed the art of throwing a truly boring, meaningless conference. The following 10 strategies will ensure the minimum amount of learning and networking at your meeting. 1) Make the deadline for submissions as far in advance of the conference as possible. A year is ideal, but anything over six months is good. Ridiculously early deadlines make the information that is presented as stale as possible, and perhaps even already available elsewhere. 2) Other advance planning is essential too. One good strategy is to create an unmanageable program book. Fortunately, there are several ways to do this. You can make … [Read more...] about Ten Ways to Ruin a Conference
June 25, 2014 We haven’t had the Zombie Apocalypse yet (I think), but Susan Cain may have set off the Introvert Apocalypse. Introverts all over the world have risen up in revolt, demanding validation and basking in the sudden glow of approval and recognition, something we scarcely dreamt of or even imagined before Cain’s exceptional TED talk. It’s not our problem. In fact, we’re the solution. Only our therapists had told us that before. Well, the good ones, anyway. Take that you extroverts, you attention-vampires. Take that, Zombie culture of mass marketing and commercialism! Take that, culture of personality! We’re taking back the streets with our culture of CHARACTER! Mwahahaa! Susan Cain’s QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT WON’T STOP TALKING has been on the bestseller lists for over two years, and understandably so. Cain validates a whole group of people who she … [Read more...] about Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Introvert Apocalypse!
As the days are getting shorter and the holidays are drawing closer, our minds turn towards the all-consuming challenge of gift shopping. The tradition of gift-giving is motivated by an exchange of love and affection, but increasing consumerism and affluence in the developed world has turned it into an ever more challenging exercise of box-ticking. What's the perfect gift? Source: George Dolgikh / giftpundits What’s the perfect gift? These days, the perfect gift has to meet many criteria. Ideally, the present must NICE: Novel: not yet owned by the receiver Individualized: tailored to the receiver’s likes and wants Convenient: easy to buy, easy to post, easy to wrap Expensive: of obvious value With so many issues to consider, it is hardly surprising that an increasing number of people decide to break with the tradition of gift exchange or else replace it with donations to charitable organizations. Others try to simplify the challenge by purchasing gift cards for their … [Read more...] about 3 Reasons to Ditch Gift Cards This Year
Source: Self-Love/Fee Images from Pixabay How Treatable Are Narcissists? The age-old problem with diagnosing mental disorders is that once you pin someone with a label, you tend to “fix” that person in time and space. Labels are typically both reductive and absolutist. And in this curious world of ours, just about everything human is relative—and changeable. To make matters more complicated still, there are instances where a person’s psychopathology is irremediable—say, in a hard-core sociopath, or one with severe autism or organic brain damage. And to add yet another level of complexity, one problem that, say, almost all discussions on narcissism encounter is that—like virtually all mental and emotional disorders—there are degrees of this disturbance. Many individuals reveal narcissistic traits, while a only a few of them embody a full-blown narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). In my own professional work with narcissistic individuals, … [Read more...] about Can You Help a Narcissist Become Less Self-Absorbed?
Source: Geralt/Pixabay Public Domain If you’ve ever been called self-absorbed, you can be sure you weren’t getting a compliment. Not only is the root definition of the term negative, but it’s also saturated with unfavorable connotations. As generally understood, the concept is synonymous with self-preoccupied, self-centered, self-obsessed—and even egotistical and selfish. Dictionaries define self-absorption unappealingly as “preoccupied with oneself or one’s own affairs,” frequently adding that it’s “to the exclusion of others or the outside world.” That is, self-absorbed individuals typically don’t show much concern about anyone or anything outside their (narrow) self-interest. As such, they typically make little effort to understand others’ thoughts and feelings. And overly focused on themselves, they can easily miss the mark when they try to. They generally don’t make the best of friends. … [Read more...] about Self-Absorption: The Root of All (Psychological) Evil?