Current Issues

Current mental health issues across the natural state.

Progressive Taxation, Income Inequality, and Happiness

Psychology research provides new input on the association(s) between progressive taxation, income inequality, and happiness A recent article from the American Psychological Association publication, the American Psychologist, links the policy of “progressive taxation” with increased happiness among poorer Americans, but- contrary to expectation- it was NOT associated with decreased happiness among richer Americans. Authors Shigehiro…

Should We Tolerate Rude Behavior?

In a recent article for Psychology Today, licensed clinical social worker Linda Esposito considers the potential psychological effects of rudeness vs civility and how to promote psychological well-being for ourselves and others. Here are some highlights from the article (full version here): “… the internet and social media allows us to post comments anonymously and…

APA PRESIDENT CONNECTS BLACK HISTORY MONTH TO PSYCHOLOGY Press release from the American Psychological Association (APA), February 8, 2018 WASHINGTON — Following is the statement of Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association, to mark Black History Month: “During Black History Month, I am particularly proud to celebrate some of the many African-American…

Fear, Shame Keep Victims Quiet

Silent scourge: Fear, shame keep victims quiet Recent stories of child sexual abuse disclosed years later have prompted questions as to why victims don’t speak out sooner. Read on for more on this current issue from psychologist Dr. Teresa Kramer’s editorial in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Original: http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2017/dec/23/silent-scourge-20171223/ By Teresa Kramer Special to the Democrat-Gazette (Reprinted) Stories…

Gender Identity and Non-Conforming Individuals

Report from the Arkansas Psychological Association (ArPA) Fall Conference: Resources on Gender Identity and Non-Conforming Individuals October 13, 2017 Pat Griffen, PhD “Gender Identity” was one of the featured workshops for the 2017 ArPA Fall Conference. The workshop was designed to provide a comprehensive overview of gender identity for psychologists and mental health professionals to…

Psychologists Respond to Harvey

Psychologists are responding in several ways to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The American Psychological Association released a statement today from President Tony Puente: “The American Psychological Association joins with all Americans in support of the thousands of people whose lives have been thrown into turmoil by Hurricane Harvey. We have watched with horror the…