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Psychology News in 2009

Psychology News Headlines for 2009

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10 of the Fastest Growing Psychology Careers

Hot Psychology CareersImage courtesy YinYang/iStockPhoto
July 22, 2009 - Due to the economic downturn, competition for many jobs has increased dramatically. In order to compete in today's market, it pays to carefully consider your career options and select a field that is in high demand. Of course, you should always select a career that fits your personality, interests and needs. Some of these careers have grown so much in demand that they have actually been listed in several major "hot job" lists. For example, U.S. News and World Report listed school psychology as one of their top 30 careers in terms of job outlook and job satisfaction.

100 Years Ago: Freud Arrives in America

Sigmund Freud in AmericaSigmund Freud (bottom left). Public Domain Image
August 29, 2009 - Today marks the 100 year anniversary of the day that Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung arrived in the United States. Freud was invited to speak at the 20th anniversary of Clark University by American psychologist G. Stanley Hall. Initially, Freud declined the invitation on the grounds that he simply could not afford to abandon his works for the three weeks it would take to attend the event. Hall made a second request, this time offering to pay Freud (a total of $714.60) to give a series of five lectures on different theories of psychoanalysis. This time, Freud accepted.

The Psychology Behind Celebrity Worship

Psychology of Celebrity WorshipImage courtesy Christophe Libert
September 1, 2009 - Since the recent passing of some notable celebrities, some attention has been turned toward the psychology behind this public fascination with such events. Why do famous figures strike such a poignant blow to those who never really knew them? A few notable psychology bloggers discuss some of the recent research on the psychology behind celebrity worship.

Carl Jung's 'The Red Book' Hits Bookstores

Jung's The Red BookW.W. Norton
September 30, 2009 - In 1913, Swiss psychiatrist and founder of analytical psychology Carl Jung suffered an intense psychological crisis. During this time, he kept carefully detailed journals of his experiences, chronicling his visions, dreams, thoughts and fears. Over the next 16 years, he transferred his writings and drawings into a single volume that he called "Liber Novus," Latin for "New Book." The journal was kept secreted away and up until 2009, had only been seen by a few dozen individuals. Jung's heirs recently decided to publish the journal, which can be found in bookstores beginning October 7, 2009. Compare Prices

Dreams: Exercise for the Brain, New Study Suggests

Dreams Are Exercise for the BrainValua Vitaly/iStockPhoto
November 10, 2009 - Psychologists have long speculated about the reasons for dreaming. Dreams can be so complex, vivid and surreal, which is why so many people have suggested that there must be some deeper purpose behind them. According to a new study by sleep and dream expert J. Allan Hobson, dreams might just be the brain's way of preparing for all of experiences it will encounter upon waking.

Study Suggests That Loneliness Can Be Contagious

LonelinessPhoto courtesy Rich Legg/iStockPhoto
December 7, 2009 - According to the results of a study published in the December issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, loneliness can spread much like the common cold. While a cold or flu bug might be spread through a handshake, loneliness can spread through groups of people via negative social interactions.

Clinical Psychology Ranks As One of America's Best Jobs for 2009

Clinical Psychology Ranks as a Top Careerbo1982/iStockPhoto
December 10, 2009 - According to a recent survey of 35,000 U.S. workers, clinical psychology ranks at 23 out of 50 jobs described as the best jobs in America. Some of the key reasons why clinical psychology ranks so highly include excellent salaries, a great projected job outlook and strong quality of life rankings.

Study Lists Happiest States in America

Happiest States in AmericaU.S. Department of Education
December, 18, 2009 - Have you ever wondered if you'd be happier if you lived in another state? A new study by researchers at University of Warwick in England has found that individual self-ratings of happiness match up with measures of well-being and they've created a list of the happiest states.
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