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10 Great Reasons to Earn a Psychology Degree

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In addition to offering a tremendous opportunity for personal growth, majoring in psychology opens up a huge range of career opportunities.

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Degree Options for Those Interested in Mental Health

Monday July 30, 2012

If you've always dreamed of becoming a therapist or working in the field of mental health, you might be under the impression that earning a doctorate degree in clinical psychology is the only way to go. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternative degree options that can still lead to a career in the mental health field.

Clinical psychology does make up the single largest employment area in the field, but some other options include counseling psychology, social work, and counseling.

Each degree option has different educational requirements, and career paths can vary in terms of work setting, job duties, and salary. Learn more about a few of the different degrees you should consider if you want to work in therapy or mental health.

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Permissive Parenting - Psychology Definition of the Week

Friday July 27, 2012

Definition: Permissive parenting is one of the four types of parenting styles. First described by psychologist Diana Baumrind during the 1960s, this style of parenting is characterized by a lack of rules and little or no discipline. While these parents are very loving and nurturing, they often seem more like a friend to their child rather than a parental figure. Any rules that do exist are rarely or inconsistently enforced and parents who exhibit this parenting style often rely on bribes of snacks, toys or activities in order to get children to behave.

What are some of the main features of this parenting style? What effect does it have on children? Learn more in this overview of permissive parenting.

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Exploring Personality Psychology

Thursday July 26, 2012

While traditional theories have often held that personality is relatively stable and fixed throughout life, more recent research indicates that personality might not be as unchanging as previously thought. According to Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, our personalities are not set in stone. Changing personal beliefs, Dweck has found, can in turn alter personality.

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Check out the following resources to learn more about personality psychology.

What Is Personality?

We are constantly assessing and describing the personalities of those around us. Whether we are aware of it or not, these daily musings on how and why people behave as they do are similar to what personality psychologists do as well. Learn more about some of the basics in this definition of personality.

Facts About Personality

Personality makes us who we are. It influences every aspect of our lives, from how we interact with those around us to the type of career we choose. Discover more about what researchers have learned in these ten facts about personality.

Personality Disorders

According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, an estimated 30.8 millions American adults experience symptoms of at least one personality disorder. What are personality disorders? Learn more about the prevalence, symptoms, and treatments of personality disorders.

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A Closer Look at Neurons

Wednesday July 25, 2012

Neurons are the tiny building blocks of the nervous system that are specialized to transmit information throughout the body. The image above is from a user on Flickr and shows neurons from the cingulate cortex of a mouse brain. You can learn more about how these cells work in our tour of the structure of a neuron

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