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Jun
29

On the road to better justice: Analyzing common police interrogation techniques

A new proposed effect taxonomy provides insight into 16 commonly used interrogation techniques by dividing them into one of four categories according to how these influence guilty and innocent suspects. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings […]

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Jun
28

Mindfulness Activity #102

What’s the Most Important Thing? Good Morning. We have discussed the concept of intention before. It is the idea of using the wisest part of yourself to ask yourself what is most important? It sets a course for where we wish to go with ourselves. But the tricky thing is that we often get obsessed […]

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Jun
27

Mindfulness Activity #101

Three Components of Mindfulness Practice Good Morning. Today I’d like to focus on three aspects of mindfulness: intention, attention, and attitude. Please watch this very short video that explains these concepts. What Is Mindfulness? In mindfulness practice, we set an intention with our instructions. You may also reflect on how the present practice links to […]

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Jun
26

Mindfulness Activity #100

Guided Mindfulness for Deep Relaxation Good Morning. The week I chose for us to practice relaxation and self-soothing turned out to be among the most stressful in recent memory for me. What good luck! Whether you are experiencing increased stress in your life or not, relaxation and self-soothing practices are an important part of any […]

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Jun
26

Insecure Attachment and Lack of Regret for Committed Crimes: A Precursor to Lack of Remorse?

In a sample of incarcerated Lebanese men, insecure attachment was associated with lower mentalizing capacities. Furthermore, these deficits in mentalizing capacity predicted lack of regret about the crime committed. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and […]

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Jun
25

Mindfulness Activity #99

Self-Soothing with Scent Good Morning. I’m not sure about each of you, but aside from mindfulness practices, this week has been anything but relaxing! That’s why this week’s practices are so important. When your life is stressful, busy, or difficult self-care, even if it is just 30 quiet minutes to yourself makes a difference. These […]

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Jun
24

Mindfulness Activity #98

Brief Guided Practice for Relaxation Good morning. This morning I thought I would make a quick teaching point about mindfulness practices. It is easy to make a distinction between guided practices (those in which someone speak to you and guides you with prompts throughout the practice) and those which are silent. While sometimes we might […]

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Jun
23

Mindfulness Activity #97

Take a Mini-Vacation Good Morning. Sunday was the first day of summer. We often equate summer with the seashore. For many of us, the beaches are closed. We have been inside much of the time. We might have Zoom and FaceTime fatigue. In keeping of our relaxation theme, today’s practice is restorative. It provides an […]

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Jun
22

Mindfulness Activity #96

Guided Progressive Muscle Relaxation Good Morning. This week we will be practicing a series of mindfulness exercises designed to provide stress relief and relaxation. These exercises can be used at any time, but if you are able to practice twice daily this week —in the morning and in the evening, that would be ideal. Completing […]

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Jun
22

Mindfulness in Prisons – Does it work?

Mindfulness-based therapies have grown in popularity over recent years. Evidence shows that they have a particular and effective application to target psychological outcomes and reduce recidivism in forensic populations, especially in groups that are older, female, and/or increase treatment length. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Criminal Justice and Behavior. […]

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Jun
21

Mindfulness Activity #95

Relaxation Week-Day 1 Good Morning. Today I wanted to talk about the importance of following instructions in mindfulness practice. I’ve often had the experience of giving an instruction about what to pay attention to in a mindfulness practice and a participant will say something like, “I found it easier to imagine I was at the […]

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Jun
20

Mindfulness Activity #94

Good morning. It is the weekend! Today’s brief mindfulness involves using strong sensations to connect to present experience. Many people can’t wake up until that first cup of coffee. You have the first sip and feel…alive. The caffeine has not kicked in yet, so what is it? Well, if you have had coffee with caffeine […]

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