Monday, November 25, 2013

Orientation Workshop on Psychological First-Aid

Call for Volunteers:
Orientation Workshop for
Typhoon Yolanda Victims

26 November 2013, 3:30-5PM
Environmental Studies Institute
Miriam College, Katipunan Avenue
Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Monday, November 18, 2013

Volunteer Opportunity to serve as Volunteers for Psychological First Aid

The Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) calls for volunteers for Psychological First Aid for survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.


Nicole Gamo (Counselors)- 0927-614-1478 / 0927-606-7391

Dynes Asiatico (Trainors) - 63908- 817-8548 (

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

WANTED: Psychologist to help for psychosocial intervention and stress debriefing

The Department of Education needs volunteers to help in conducting psychosocial intervention and stress debriefing for students and teachers affected by Typhoon Yolanda. DepEd is prioritizing health professionals with training on mental health & psychosocial intervention by National Center for Mental Health or accredited organizations.

Monday, November 11, 2013

After 35 years, Sikolohiyang Pilipino gets world respect

After 35 years, Sikolohiyang Pilipino gets world respect
By Vincent Cabreza
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 11:08:00 12/29/2010
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Filed Under: Children, Culture (general)

GOOD SAMARITANS have started reaching out to children who are caught in a violent conflict or a debilitating cataclysm, using a psychological tool designed by a Filipino 35 years ago.

Dr. Rogelia Pe-Pua, head of University of New South Wales School for Social Sciences and International Studies in Australia, says donors used to ship toys to these children to help them cope with trauma.

But the toys were often too strange to them. Pe-Pua says many ended up tucked in shelves or wrapped in closets because they are too expensive to be smashed at play time.

Some foreign experts shrugged off this phenomenon, suggesting instead that the donors teach the children how to play with them, she says.

According to her, there are even stories about a Japanese expert who injects the children with happy enzymes.

Those days have passed.

Trauma programs

The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) now uses a program framework that puts value in culture, indigenous identity and the environment to help explain or define behavior that is peculiar to a certain country or race, Pe-Pua says.

Elizabeth Protacio-De Castro, a Filipino consultant, reviewed the trauma programs of 16 counties before coming out with a template that tells Unicef who the child beneficiary is, how culture shapes him, how the environment abuses him and what he truly needs to help him cope.

Pe-Pua says Unicef uses a mechanism known to the teachers and students as Sikolohiyang Pilipino, a 35-year-old academic movement that is not simply a Filipinized-version of mainstream psychology.

When psychologist Virgilio Enriquez founded the movement in 1975, he encouraged students to write in Filipino to help them discover indigenous perspectives about life, scientific knowledge and social relationships, which are lost when behavior is couched in a foreign language or theory.

The country's psychologists learned that their counterparts abroad had started adapting Enriquez's methodology when they assembled in November for the 35th Sikolohiyang Pilipino conference at the University of the Philippines Baguio.

Indigenous psychology

The world now interprets Sikolohiyang Pilipino, or simply SP, as indigenous psychology, which allows professionals to see the world from the perspective of the people they serve, says Pe-Pua, one of the founding members of the Pambansang Samahan sa Sikolohiyang Pilipino (PSSP or the National Association for Filipino Psychology).

Pe-Pua, a former UP professor, conducted a two-month study of 20 academics this year to determine the progress made by the SP. She discovered that the methodology had become a multidisciplinary tool for various professions in the country as it was originally intended.

An essay, published online by the National Historical Institute, states that Enriquez defined Philippine psychology as the embodiment of the scientific study of ethnicity, society and culture of a people and the formal application to psychological practice of core knowledge rooted in a people's ethnic heritage and consciousness.

According to Enriquez, the captive Filipino mind is sold to the idea that Filipinos do not have any indigenous religion and that the religion of the country was borrowed from Spain and America. He further explained that denying the facts of a people's history is tantamount to denying their memory. A people without a memory of their past is also deprived of their future, it points out.

Community advocacy

Pe-Pua says her survey indicates that the SP helped a prominent psychologist excel in community advocacy. "Once you become part of a community you intend to serve, you can't help but search for native concepts and explanations which you must use to understand behavior and phenomenon in a village," she says.

The SP helped another academic design intervention programs for maternal health and reproductive health, which value a client's cultural background and pakikipag-kapwa (sense of community) and treat participants as kapwa tao (fellow beings), she says.

The Unicef framework for children caught in conflict areas or cataclysms best defines how far the SP has reshaped world view, she says.

The shift in perspective may mean that donors will soon send typhoon-displaced children basketballs, dolls and yo-yos that they know how to play with rather than toys that require engineering backgrounds to put together, she says.

Friday, November 8, 2013

100 Most Popular 20th Century Psychologists

Psychologists were put to a popularity contest in a new study that appears in the Review of General Psychology (Vol. 6, No. 2), which ranks 99 of the 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th century.
B.F. Skinner topped the list, followed by Jean Piaget, Sigmund Freud and Albert Bandura.
The rankings were based on the frequency of three variables: journal citation, introductory psychology textbook citation and survey response. Surveys were sent to 1,725 members of the American Psychological Society, asking them to list the top psychologists of the century.
Researchers also took into account whether the psychologists had a National Academy of Sciences membership, were elected as APA president or received the APA Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award, and whether their surname was used as an eponym.
"I was not surprised by most of the names who made it toward the top of the list," says lead researcher Steven J. Haggbloom, PhD, psychology department chair at Western Kentucky University. "But there are some notable names not on the list."
For example, psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus, the first to experiment with human learning and memory, didn't make it.
Omissions like that are why researchers followed the idea of researcher Eugene Garfield, who did a Top 100 list in 1977 but left off No. 100. So, No. 100 might be the many great psychologists that someone could make a compelling case to include, Haggbloom says.

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The 100 Most Eminent Psychologists of the 20th Century
Review of General Psychology. 2002, Vol. 6, No. 2, 139–152
Steven J. Haggbloom (Western Kentucky University)
Renee Warnick, Jason E. Warnick, Vinessa K. Jones, Gary L. Yarbrough,
 Tenea M. Russell, Chris M. Borecky, Reagan McGahhey, John L. Powell III,
 Jamie Beavers, and Emmanuelle Monte (Arkansas State University)
A rank-ordered list was constructed that reports the first 99 of the 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th century. Eminence was measured by scores on 3 quantitative variables and 3 qualitative variables. The quantitative variables were journal citation frequency, introductory psychology textbook citation frequency, and survey response frequency. The qualitative variables were National Academy of Sciences membership, election as American Psychological Association (APA) president or receipt of the APA Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award, and surname used as an eponym. The qualitative variables were quantified and combined with the other 3 quantitative variables to produce a composite score that was then used to construct a rank-ordered list of the most eminent psychologists of the 20th century. Article in the Monitor
1. B.F. Skinner
2. Jean Piaget
3. Sigmund Freud
4. Albert Bandura
5. Leon Festinger
6. Carl R. Rogers
7. Stanley Schachter
8. Neal E. Miller
9. Edward Thorndike
10. A. H. Maslow
11. Gordon W. Allport
12. Erik H. Erikson
13. Hans J. Eysenck
14. William James
15. David C. McClelland
16. Raymond B. Cattell
17. John B. Watson
18. Kurt Lewin
19. Donald O. Hebb
20. George A. Miller
21. Clark L. Hull
22. Jerome Kagan
23. Carl G. Jung
24. Ivan P. Pavlov
25. Walter Mischel
26. Harry F. Harlow27. J. P. Guilford
28. Jerome S. Bruner
29. Ernest R. Hilgard
30. Lawrence Kohlberg
31. Martin E.P. Seligman
32. Ulric Neisser
33. Donald T. Campbell
34. Roger Brown
35. R. B. Zajonc
36. Endel Tulving
37. Herbert A. Simon
38. Noam Chomsky
39. Edward E. Jones
40. Charles E. Osgood
41. Solomon E. Asch
42. Gordon H. Bower
43. Harold H. Kelley
44. Roger W. Sperry
45. Edward C. Tolman
46. Stanley Milgram
47. Arthur R. Jensen
48. Lee J. Cronbach
49. John Bowlby
50. Wolfgang Köhler
51. David Wechsler52. S. S. Stevens
53. Joseph Wolpe
54. D. E. Broadbent
55. Roger N. Shepard
56. Michael I. Posner
57. Theodore M. Newcomb
58. Elizabeth F. Loftus
59. Paul Ekman
60. Robert J. Sternberg
61. Karl S. Lashley
62. Kenneth Spence
63. Morton Deutsch
64. Julian B. Rotter
65. Konrad Lorenz
66. Benton Underwood
67. Alfred Adler
68. Michael Rutter
69. Alexander R. Luria
70. Eleanor E. Maccoby
71. Robert Plomin
72.5.* G. Stanley Hall
72.5. Lewis M. Terman
74.5.* Eleanor J. Gibson
74.5. Paul E. Meehl
76. Leonard Berkowitz77. William K. Estes
78. Eliot Aronson
79. Irving L. Janis
80. Richard S. Lazarus
81. W. Gary Cannon
82. Allen L. Edwards
83. Lev Semenovich Vygotsky
84. Robert Rosenthal
85. Milton Rokeach
88.5.* John Garcia
88.5. James J. Gibson
88.5. David Rumelhart
88.5. L. L. Thurston
88.5. Margaret Washburn
88.5. Robert Woodworth
93.5.* Edwin G. Boring
93.5. John Dewey
93.5. Amos Tversky
93.5. Wilhelm Wundt
96. Herman A. Witkin
97. Mary D. Ainsworth
98. Orval Hobart Mowrer
99. Anna Freud

*Numbers with .5 indicate a tie in the ranking. In these cases, the mean is listed.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Science of Happiness - An Experiment in Gratitude, ikaw masaya ka ba?

Wow it seems watching this relieved me of my migraine. Going to the you tube site and reading through the comments is insightful - how did the experiment measure happiness, etc, etc.

But whatever the measure was, for many more than a million who watched and could relate and resonate to the emotion and sentiments of the subjects I think the measure is not that important. They vicariously felt happy and experiencing such happiness is great and wonderful.

So whom have you made happy lately, whom have you told good things, whom have you made feel they are important in your life?

Perhaps for readers of this blog they are happy and have now time to watch this video after knowing that the Licensure Exam for Psychometrician is now postponed for  October 2014. So more time to prepare and keep always the happiness... and be grateful to life and everyone else important in your life.