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Weekly Doses of Pop-up Psych

Life is full of gray areas. Whether it's an awkward social situation or taboo question, my goal is to provide the perspective and solutions you didn't know you needed. Each week, I shine light into those murky social, life cycle, or pop culture topics to help you understand, learn, and move on. As a former academic, I am a super-picky consumer of research (as you should be too) as well as the content I create and share, so those new solutions, data and/or additional resources have certainly met my approval.

The Power of Why: Questions to Confirm Your Authenticity 

Our phones saturate us with opportunities and information. Whether we are standing in line at the grocery store or hanging out on a Saturday night at home in our pajamas, we can make plans, socialize, work, shop, attend school, and consume news from the palm of our hands. With the increased use of technology, the average attention span has decreased through the years to 47 seconds, with other studies claiming 8.25 seconds, so how much of that content aligns with our authentic selves?

Why Helps You Look Critically Within

The world is full of shades of gray as opposed to all black or white. It seems like one can be either a this or a that; in this group or that group, or feel this way or that way. We can support a cause that seems messy, but not agree with everything. For instance, is there a space for people who support transgender people and women’s sports at the same time? Unfortunately, the media does not seem to have a channel for people who care about opposing political stances. Given that the US is more politically polarized than ever, driven by outrageous content, how much do we question why we give something or someone our energy?

Questions (and subquestions) to think about your why

Self reflection for our intrinsic motivators to confirm how much we are honoring our authentic selves. 


Why are those relationships meaningful to me?

Did you choose those relationships (outside of your family and colleagues) or did they choose you?




Why do I participate in that?

How much would you choose that activity by yourself versus other when people are doing it?

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Why is that important to me?

How much am I maintaining my values versus other people’s values?


Why do I feel that way?

How much are they my feelings versus someone else’s feelings?

Hi Beautiful Readers and thank you for reading this! I'm Dr. Joanne Broder, Media Psychologist, Author, and Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Please consider me to help you write your memoir, blogs, speeches, e-books, as well as coach you on your dissertation or thesis.  Click here so we can connect!

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