16
Jun

Cotton Balls in Ears

A Desire to be Deaf: Here is an interesting case of a hearing woman with such a compelling desire to be Deaf that she resorted to putting cotton balls soaked in oil into her ears. See the article. In this case, the woman experienced negative reactions to sounds and reported feeling so much more “at home” in the Deaf community, …

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15
Jun

Jumping Through Hoops Part II

What Does “Qualified” Mean Anyway?: Yesterday’s post brings us to another gripe with insurance companies and their in-network lists. When therapists decide to join a company’s in-network list, they fill out a stack of papers, listing their background, specialties, qualifications, etc. There is usually a list of languages that you can check off, to indicate your “fluency” in any number …

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14
Jun

Jumping Through Hoops with Insurance Companies

An Unfair Practice: Another day, another round of emails with an insurance company, trying to get an authorization for a prospective client’s psychotherapy sessions. This insurance company, like most insurance companies, is clueless when it comes to providing services to its Deaf members. Because the company doesn’t have any qualifed in-network therapists that the Deaf client can see, the client …

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12
Jun

Implicit Associations

The Stoop Effect in Our Daily Lives: Thinking about interference (see Stroop Effect post on June 9th) and what it really means for us in our everyday lives. Jules made a good point in the comments section, noting that it can be hard to look past our first impressions sometimes and that we often need to remind ourselves to pay …

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9
Jun

Interference: The Stroop Effect

Don’t read the words on the right–just say the colors they’re printed in, and do this aloud as fast as you can. You’re in for a surprise! If you’re like most people, your first inclination was to read the words, ‘red, yellow, green…,’ rather than the colors they’re printed in, ‘blue, green, red…’ You’ve just experienced interference. When you look …

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9
Jun

Welcome to ASC on the Couch

Want to keep up with current trends in psychology and psychotherapy, share your thoughts about an article, or discover something new when you have a few minutes to spare? Check out our ASC blog for postings that we think you may enjoy reading, whether you are a professional in the mental health field or someone with an interest in understanding …

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