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The Bloodiest Shows: Why We Watch Violent Television and How it Affects Us

We might be living in the heyday of television. The streaming options have generated higher quality more complex, and less formulaic programing than existed in the eras of scheduled network platforms.  However, many of the most popular and critically acclaimed shows in recent years are extremely violent. Think about the frequency and graphic intensity of… Read more »

3 Easy Things to Try to Immediately Improve Your Mood

There are a million things that can cause our mood to rise and fall throughout any given day. Whether or not we show it, and no matter how hard we work to keep calm and carry on, our emotional responses can run widely outside of our control. It’s an unavoidable and entirely human thing to… Read more »

Upcoming Free and CE Webinars

See a list of live free and CE Webinars from PsychAlive, featuring special guest experts. DATE EVENT Oct. 8 Overcoming the Inner Enemy that Causes Depression Free Webinar Presenter: Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. 11am – 12pm PST Learn more or register here Oct. 22 Helping Clients Overcome Depression CE Webinar Presenter: Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. 4pm –… Read more »

Is Social Media to Blame for the Rise in Narcissism?

Studies are now showing what many of you may have suspected: We are living in an increasingly narcissistic society. In a world where prime-time television is dominated by a “reality” as false as the Kardashians’ lashes, and people sit across dinner tables checking in on Facebook rather than having face-to-face conversations, this may not come… Read more »

The Critical Inner Voice Defined

The following interview with Dr. Lisa Firestone was conducted by, a website focused on providing insightful articles and information to promote conscious healthy living. BOYT: What motivated you to write Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice with your father, Dr. Robert W. Firestone, and Joyce Catlett? Dr. Lisa Firestone: After years of therapy practice, we could see… Read more »

PsychAlive Event Calendar

See the latest events, Webinars, conferences, and CE opportunities from PsychAlive. DATE EVENT Aug. 20 Secure and Insecure Love Free Webinar Presenter: Dr. Phil Shaver 11am – 12pm PST Learn more here Sep. 8-11 International Violence and Trauma Conference San Diego, California Sep. 8 – “Identifying, Understanding and Transforming Violent Individuals” Sep. 9 – “Suicide… Read more »

Upcoming Webinars

Webinars with Tina Bryson, Ph.D. Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is a psychotherapist at Pediatric and Adolescent Psychology Associates in Arcadia, California, where she sees children and provides parenting consultations. She speaks to parents, educators, and clinicians all across the country, and she has written for numerous venues, most recently the PBS series “This Emotional Life.”… Read more »

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Understanding and Preventing Violence – Webinar Resources

Here you will find all resources from the April 5 webinar, Understanding and Preventing Violence” with Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. Description: What causes violence? How do you know if someone is at risk? What can you do if you, or someone you know, might be in trouble? This webinar will provide you with answers to these… Read more »

Video Game Rethink

The next time you worry about your child spending his or her time playing mindless video games, think again.  Daphne Bavelier, professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester, asserts that, “action video games are far from mindless.”  She has conducted more than 20 studies on the effects of video gaming on… Read more »