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Sep
09

Mindfulness Activity #172

Cat & Cow Spine Stretch Practice Good morning! Mindfulness seeks to have us pay attention to all of our experience—body and mind. Yoga is a wonderful mindfulness practice because it involves breathing and attending to specific parts of your body. You do not have to be a yoga expert to do this beginners stretch. Chakravakasana, […]

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Sep
08

Mindfulness Activity #171

Being Effective Good Morning. The topic of today’s mindfulness blast is being effective. The word agency refers to the degree to which an individual believes that they have the ability to freely make choices and to engage in actions in their life consistent with their choices. When we have a felt sense that we can […]

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Sep
07

Mindfulness Activity #170

Gratitude for Today Good Morning. Today’s practice is about gratitude. We are most aware of being grateful when someone provides something we are really desperate for. One day, while I was in high school, I got a flat tire. No cell phones back then, so there I was on the side of a rural road. […]

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Sep
07

Fit to wear the badge? Assessing police candidate suitability with the MMPI-2-RF and CPI during preemployment screenings

The combined use the MMPI-2-RF and the CPI are effective tools for preemployment screening of police and public safety personnel. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the Journal of Personality Assessment. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. […]

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Sep
06

Mindfulness Activity #169

Imagination through Art Good Morning. I was reading an article written by Norman Fischer, Zen teacher and poet, who wrote, “Zen has probably saved me from myself; poetry has probably saved me from Zen.” Fischer describes our tendency to get “frozen” in all things including mindfulness practice. By this, Fischer means that we get locked […]

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Sep
05

Mindfulness Activity #168

Do One Thing Today I am feeling excited by the prospect of a long weekend and my head is spinning with all the things I want to get done. I want to spend some quality virtual time with a friend. I want to get laundry done. I have writing to do and cleaning to do. […]

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Sep
04

Mindfulness Activity #167

Top of Breath While Walking Good Morning. Today’s practice can be done inside or outside, but if the weather is nice where you are, I encourage doing this practice outside. The concept of breathing and connecting mind and body in the present moment through breathing is central to mindfulness practice The more you practice this […]

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Sep
02

Mindfulness Activity #166

Good Morning. Apologies for my lack of mindfulness yesterday. I got caught up in activities. As routines change with the end of summer, it can be difficult to maintain the practice of regular mindfulness. If you do not have time to practice, take two deep breaths in and out as you delete an email. Or, […]

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Sep
01

Questioning the Scientific Methods and Clinical Utility of Biological Explanations for Mental Distress with Peter Simons

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: A conversation with Peter Simons about the philosophy of science, the largely unsubstantiated nature of many contemporary assumptions about psychiatric diagnoses and medication-based treatments, and suggestions for being an informed consumer of mental health related research. Peter critically analyzes pharmaceutical research, genetic prediction models, and fMRI studies and discusses [...]
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Aug
31

Mindfulness Activity #165

Progressive Muscle Relaxation Good Morning People!  Have you ever woken up, thought of what you have ahead of you for the day and felt agitated before your day has even started? We carry stress in our bodies. I can feel mine in my neck and in my jaws. Take a minute this morning to check in […]

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Aug
31

Is Violence Risk Assessment the same across gender? A Meta-analysis of the HCR-20 V3 in female forensic populations

The HCR-20 V3, supplemented by the FAM, is an appropriate tool to be used in female forensic populations, however, more research is needed in this area. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the Journal of Forensic Psychology and Research. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well […]

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Aug
30

Mindfulness Activity #164

Mindfulness for Fatigue Good Morning. This morning, I was reading a dharma talk (a talk or teaching by a Buddhist teacher). The topic of the talk was on fatigue. Crises cause us to experience strong emotions. Fear or anxiety then create stress hormones that give us energy to meet the crisis. Over time, however, that […]

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