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Family Psychology: More Than ‘Pimp My Child’

Family Psychology: More Than ‘Pimp My Child’

Parents matter. And teachers matter. And, for the lucky children, there is a whole community of people around while they are growing up, people who can have a lasting influence. For me personally, it was a high school counsellor who let me hang out in his office, the English professor who asked “Why aren’t you […]

Finding Faces for the Silver Screen

Finding Faces for the Silver Screen

Defining success can be vague, especially in the film industry. Is it fame or creative satisfaction? Is it income, reputation or recognition? For casting directors, it’s not usually about the limelight. Most are invisible, and prefer it that way. Then there’s Lana Veenker. When Veenker is out, she is surrounded by actors, following at her […]

Saving Faces

Saving Faces

For the doctors of the university clinic for oral surgery on the 7th floor of Vienna’s General Hospital (AKH), it is a normal day. Perhaps not a good day, but a normal one. For Nathan*, the patient sitting across from them, it will be traumatic. The odd spots on his tongue have turned out to […]

Windows to the Mind: the world of Cyberpsychology

The doors of cyberspace are open – for information, support and occasional dangers. The doors to research, however, particularly in psychology, have been ripped from their hinges, via technological advances and the Internet. As covered in Dr. Birgit U. Stetina and Prof. Ilse Kryspin-Exner’s book, Gesundheit und Neue Medien (SpringerWienNewYork) there are many negative sides […]

Bits and Bytes of Psychology: Cyberpsychology (Part 1 of 2)

Heartache, back pain, anxiety, a daughter’s scanty eating habits: a quick tour of cyberspace and one stumbles upon doctors, virtual support groups, pharmaceutical deliveries, various therapists and coaches. An email is written, a virtual community is notified, and a blog or chat opened to look for answers. Technology has radically changed the world, and with […]

Psychology with Honors

To most people, mentioning the words “Vienna” and “psychology” in one sentence quickly leads to a conversation about Sigmund Freud, or perhaps Alfred Adler, C.G. Jung, Anna Freud, Melanie Klein or Viktor Frankl, or even the assiduous work of Karl and Charlotte Bühler between the wars. Today, there are over 7,000 Clinical Psychologists in Austria […]

S.O.S – Scan Our Soul

What makes us human? In the age of artificial intelligence and concern for animal rights, it is a question whose importance is back at the center of public debate. What is it exactly that makes us different from machines or animals? Is it a capacity for self-awareness, feelings or empathy? Our social competencies and social […]

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