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Archive for July, 2005

July 27, 2005

Ashley Bivens says psychology is her kind of job

Filed under: Career and Employment,North America — Admin @ 10:28 am

LIMA — When Ashley Bivens was 5 years old, her uncle took her to see a basketball game.
That’s all it took for her to fall in love, not with the game of basketball, but with cheerleading.
“I would just watch the cheerleaders,” said Bivens, who will be a senior this fall at Lima Senior High School.
Bivens, a varsity cheerleader for the Spartans football and basketball teams, began cheering in the sixth grade.
“I just always wanted to be a cheerleader,” she said. “I thought it would be fun. I always liked dancing and music and stuff like that.”
Bivens is a student council member in Lima Senior’s Progressive Academy. This year, she has her sights set on being named homecoming queen.


July 25, 2005

Sports Psychology: Exercise Addiction

Filed under: North America,Sports Psychology — Admin @ 10:30 am

By Michelle Cleere, Sports Psychology Consultant


While so much society right now is focused on obesity and that fact that obesity is right up there around the #1 killer of American’s, there is another portion of the population at the other end of the spectrum addicted to exercise. Most of these addicts are women, ages 35-60 that are “running on a treadmill for hours, spinning out of control or climbing stairs that lead to nowhere”1 because they have lost their physical, emotional and spiritual balance. They are unhappy in their lives wondering whether or not they have accomplished anything significant and are unhappy with their appearance.

This article is going to discuss positive versus negative exercise addiction, addiction and the brain, the personality of an addict, and how trainers might help offset exercise addiction.


University Of Oregon Graduate Student Wins National Award

Filed under: Grants and Awards,North America — Admin @ 10:20 am

Eugene, Oregon – The nation’s top honor for graduate teachers of psychology will be presented to University of Oregon doctoral student George Slavich during the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA) in Washington on August 20.

University of Oregon

July 24, 2005

Video insight into babies’ minds

Filed under: Career and Employment,Children Psychology,Western Europe — Admin @ 10:22 am

Babies as young as three weeks will be shown videos by psychology researchers trying to find out how they understand other people.

The Cardiff University team are looking for up to 80 infants for the private screenings to discover how early in life children learn to imitate adults.

The babies’ response will be filmed to a clip of an adult pulling faces.

Dr Mary Fagan at the School of Psychology said: “We still have a lot to learn about this younger age.”

The researchers are looking for infants aged no more than five weeks old.


July 23, 2005

London Attacks Raise Psychological Anticipatory Anxiety Symptoms

Filed under: North America,Psychology of Terrorism and Disaster — Admin @ 10:33 am

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 22, 2005–Uncertainty concerning future acts of terrorism breeds fear and a new type of anxiety not seen in past disasters — “Anticipatory anxiety,” according to trauma psychologist Robert R. Butterworth, Ph.D. During this period of uncertainty, in a psychological sense, “It’s what we don’t know and fantasize about that can hurt us. The adage, ‘The only fear is fear itself,’ rings true, especially in this case…Fantasy breeds fear.”

Dr. Butterworth adds, “With all the talk and speculation of future terrorist actions involving everything from biological to chemical agents it’s no wonder that the fear of the future can be more unsettling than the trauma and depression resulting from past events.”

Terrorist psychology as a method of societal destabilization is more concerned with the perception of reality rather than reality itself. Thus it’s not surprising that “Anticipatory Anxiety” — fear of what one may fantasize could occur as a result of terrorist actions — can be more psychologically damaging to a society than the actual reality that does unfold, says Dr. Butterworth. This is why people are not riding the metros, canceling vacations, not flying, or afraid of being assembled in large groups.

The trauma psychologist believes that in order to win this psychological battle of fear it’s important for people not to get swept up in unsubstantiated rumors of doom: “Not to panic and give in to hysteria. The reality is that we’re angry and scared but going to work. Children are nervous but going to school. We’re not hiding in our homes but starting to get back on planes and the stock market has stabilized. — Remembering that the psychological goals of the terrorists were not just to topple our buildings but destroy our way of life.”
Psychologist and media commentator, Robert R. Butterworth, Ph.D., has assisted radio, TV, and print media since 1984 find answers and provide insight to enhance understanding of psychological issues on a variety of topics. Dr. Butterworth has conducted extensive surveys focused on children and youth, social, political and trauma issues. His comments, observations and op-ed articles have appeared in most of the major newspapers in the United States and worldwide. He is seen quite often on NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX and CNN network news especially during monumental events such as violence, disasters and youth tragedies and psychological reactions to breaking news and human event stories.

Within hours of the Sept. 11th disaster trauma psychologist and media commentator Robert R. Butterworth, Ph.D., was giving ongoing psychological commentary to a traumatized nation. During those crucial days he was called upon almost daily on MSNBC. He also appeared frequently on CNN, CBS, NBC and Fox Network television conveying psychological hope to our nation. He remarks on this crisis were also quoted in Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, and The Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press.

Appearances also include ABC’s Nightline, and This Week, CNN’s Larry King Live, NBC’s, Oprah, Dateline NBC, and Good Morning America. CBS This Morning, The O’Reilly, Factor, Extra and Entertainment Tonight and many network talk and news programs. He is also featured as a psychology expert in various documentaries seen on Discovery, History, E -Entertainment and the Learning Channel. Dr Butterworth also serves as a psychology expert for public relations organizations and is a past consultant for a national Magazine. In addition Dr Butterworth recently had a cameo spot in a major motion picture, “Kate and Leopold,” with Meg Ryan and Michael Moore’s “Bowling For Columbine.”

Board Certified Traumatic Stress, Diplomate; American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.
Board Certified Diplomate Fellow in Forensic Sciences; International College of Prescribing Psychologists.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist Certification: American Board for the Accreditation and Certification of Psychoanalysis, N.Y.
Psychologist License: State of California.

American Psychological Association / Division of Media Psychology.
California Psychological Association
National Accreditation Association of Psychoanalysis.
International Association of Trauma Counselors.

Biographical Information Included in:
Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.
Who’s Who in the World.
Who’s Who in Science and Industry.

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Robert R. Butterworth, Ph.D.
P.O. Drawer 76477
Los Angeles, CA 90076
Phone : (213) 487-7339
Fax : 213-477-2340

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