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Achieving Psychosocial Health [electronic resource]

Overall well-being requires not only physical health, but psychosocial health as well. What exactly is psychosocial health, and how is it achieved? This program explains the elements that compose psychosocial health, the internal and external factors that influence it, and methods to enhance it. The importance of taking responsibility for one's own psychosocial well-being through self-recognition of problems and identification of barriers to meaningful communication is stressed.
2008; 1998

Through the Looking Glass [electronic resource]: Mirror and Self-Conscious

When do humans develop self-consciousness and recognition of others as separate beings? Do these psychological advancements occur differently in animals? Many scientists think so, using the most advanced of scientific equipment to base their conclusions: the common mirror. This engaging and sometimes surprising documentary builds a case for the mirror's role in determining the stages of psychological progress in humans and animals. Field experiments conducted by Jim Anderson, researcher in psychology at Sterling University in Scotland, illustrate how the mirror's secrets teach much about the intelligence of the animal world.
2006; 2003

Mary Ainsworth [electronic resource]: Attachment and the Growth of Love

Mary Ainsworth's 'Strange Situation' is now basic to understandings of infant-parent interactions and, thus, later emotional development. This program details the developmental course of attachment behaviors and the different patterns that are captured by the controlled observational techniques of the 'Strange Situation.' Using archival footage (including the Harlow primate studies) and newer film sequences, the video also gives students a sense of how psychological research is conducted and used in therapeutic situations.

Bandura's Social Cognitive Theory [electronic resource]: An Introduction

Albert Bandura's work has become basic to an understanding of how social forces influence individuals, small groups, and large groups. From his early BoBo doll experiments up through his work with phobias and self-efficacy, Bandura has given researchers a sense of how people actively shape their own lives and those of others. Utilizing archival materials and newer visuals, this program introduces students to the vocabulary and innovative methods of this influential thinker. Dr. Bandura's narration imbues the video with his compelling presentation style and intellectual authority.

Mental Health [electronic resource]: The Individual and Society

For those who have never faced deep-rooted emotional or psychological problems, it can be difficult to see why maintaining mental health requires more than the capabilities of any one individual. While personal accountability remains an important step toward wellness, the complex demands of society do contribute to mental illness and create obstacles to healing. This program examines mental health at the personal level and in a social context. It discusses key processes for recovering and maintaining mental well-being; helpful information concerning depression and drug and alcohol abuse; and the importance of diet, exercise, meditation, social interaction, and community resources and structures.
2010; 2009

Real Life Teens: Self-Esteem [electronic resource]

Feelings of inferiority, low performance in school, poor lifestyle choices, withdrawal from relationships and activities - low self-esteem can open teens up to a whole range of serious problems. This video discusses lack of self-confidence among adolescents, self-image issues that can arise from it, and how teens can reinforce - or, if necessary, rebuild - their belief in themselves. Subjects covered include social and societal causes of low self-esteem, how parents and teachers fit into the picture, and more.

Early Adulthood [electronic resource]

Young adults from a variety of economic and social backgrounds discuss the social and psychological pressures to separate from family, begin to set goals, and face the realities of life.

Zero to Hero [electronic resource]: Shyness and Sociability in Children

What makes a boy or girl a loner? Can a child's future social life be predicted in his or her toddler years? How crucial is a sense of humor as children learn to make friends? This program examines the diverse ways and varying degrees of success in which youngsters build that all-important skill: getting along with others. Observing a group of 25 children who are now three years old, the film shows how even at this age kids are making adult-like decisions about each other-who they like, who they dislike, and who their true friends are. As the children interact, the program also examines the effects of diet and video-watching on a child's sociability.
2007; 2004

Self-Esteem and Identity in the Digital Age [electronic resource]

The development of authentic self-esteem and a healthy sense of self has always been a vitally important part of growing up. But this process is a challenge that has gotten even trickier to negotiate due to the widespread integration of digital technology into everyday living. Drawing on the insights of a clinical psychologist/family therapist, an adolescent psychologist, and a number of students, this program introduces the dynamics of child/adolescent psychology with a special emphasis on technology-related pitfalls associated with growing up in the Digital Age-particularly body image issues aggravated by the media and antisocial behaviors resulting from too much time spent online.
2009; 2007

How to Be Happy! Positive Psychology in Action [electronic resource]

This program illustrates the application of positive psychology through a powerful workshop in which participants increase their awareness of what creates happiness by performing acts of indulgence, altruism, and gratitude. How to Be Happy also considers whether wealth, friendship, religion, job satisfaction, raising children, and getting older typically do or don't promote happiness. An fMRI study on the effect of deep meditation on the brain, a segment on laughter yoga, and a case study of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, a very successful company whose management style is firmly based on the principles of positive psychology, round out the program.
2009; 2008

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Robert Wright, How Cooperation (Eventually) Trumps Conflict

Robert Wright thinks the crises the human species is now facing are moral in nature, and that our salvation lies in the intelligent pursuit of self-interest. In this TEDTalk, Wright explains "non-zero-sumness" - the network of linked fortunes and cooperation that has guided human evolution to this point - and how we can use it to our mutual benefit. He is the author of Nonzero, The Moral Animal, and The Evolution of God.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Martin Seligman, What Positive Psychology Can Help You Become

Can modern psychology move beyond a focus on disease? How can it help us better understand what we are to become? Martin Seligman is the founder of positive psychology, a field of study that examines healthy states - such as happiness, optimism, and strength of character. In this TEDTalk, he characterizes psychology both as a field of study and as an approach to the human experience, in which a "patient" is actually a practitioner who develops skills for well-being.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Dan Gilbert, How We Are Deceived by Our Own Miscalculations of the Future

Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert says our beliefs about what will make us happy are often wrong - a premise he supports with intriguing research as well as his accessible and unexpectedly funny book, Stumbling on Happiness. In this TEDTalk, Gilbert presents findings from his exploration of satisfaction and contentment, sharing simple experiments that viewers can apply to their own lives. Includes an engaging Q&A with some familiar TED faces.

Body Image for Boys [electronic resource]

As the idealized male physique continues to be hyped in movies, on TV, in magazines, and on billboards, a rapidly growing number of men are becoming obsessed with appearance. Each year alone, they spend billions on gym memberships and home exercise equipment - and women are no longer alone in battling anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder. This topical program explores some of the issues facing young men today as they struggle to define themselves amidst the flood of media-generated images of male physical perfection. Experts including Divya Kakaiya, the visionary founder and clinical director of the Healthy Within treatment center; Leigh Cohn, co-author of the seminal Making Weight: Men's Conflicts with Food, Weight, Shape, and Appearance; and UCLA Healthcare sports medicine physici [...]
2005; 2002