Many folks wonder—what does a psychologist do? So, I thought I would share a typical day with you, of course changing any identifying details of the many people I see. I consider myself fortunate. I have a great job! I get to come to work everyday and help both kids and adults become the individuals that they want to be. It’s very gratifying. I also have the opportunity to be the Director of the Behavioral Health Department at The Everett Clinic (TEC), which is also very meaningful. I enjoy mentoring many outstanding mental health clinicians and to participate, in some small way, in the... Read More
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A day doesn’t go by where one social scientist, reporter, or self-help guru doesn’t pass judgment on this simple idea—we are entitled to happiness. Yet this simple notion turns out to be quite complex. And like many simple things, elusive.
Since 1972, social scientists at the University of Chicago have surveyed Americans on this subject every other year. For the last forty years, roughly 1/3 of Americans say they are “very happy” and half report being “pretty happy.” Only about 10-15 percent typically say that aren’t too happy... Read More
I read a column in the New York Times last Sunday, called the “Workologist”. Readers write in questions about work problems. This week, a reader described a co-worker as a “narcissistic, selfish, and terrible manager”. He tried confrontation, but when that didn’t work, he attempted to make friends with her. She didn’t respond well. Frustrated, he finally went to her boss—no help there either. He is ready to look for another job, but in this job market, it won’t be easy. He wants to know what to do.... Read More
Organizational psychology studies how to fashion work so that employees will enjoy it and want to keep doing it. Recent research has focused on how to encourage employees to feel “engaged” with their work and the company they work for. Engaged employees are more likely to be creative and innovative, which is especially important in our rapidly changing economy. At The Everett Clinic, where I work, employee engagement is so high that our organization has been selected by Fortune magazine as one of the top 100 companies to work for in the United States three years in a row.
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