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Stormy Days: The Role of Psychology in Disaster Relief

Posted By Jenna Tipaldo, Hunter College, Monday, July 16, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, May 29, 2018


Globally, an average of 24.6 million people are displaced by a disaster each year (Ferris, 2016). In 2012, I was one of them. Growing up on a peninsula in Queens, New York, down the block from the beach, we lived blissfully ignorant to the power of the ocean. Sure, we knew there was a risk, but we never thought we’d see a major flood in our lifetimes. We were so wrong. The storm surge was massive, bringing the ocean ashore, and my neighborhood was six feet under.

My family, and countless other families along the coasts of New York and New Jersey, faced the challenges of rebuilding a home. Displaced from our ravaged house, my family had to adjust to living doubled-up with relatives in a new town while facing the uncertainty of when we could return home. We had flood insurance, a financial safety net, and a place to stay, but many others did not. Replacing household utilities, cars, and belongings can add up quickly, and relief from insurance and government efforts was slow to come. On top of this, the cleanup was physically and mentally draining, and only the start of the rebuilding process.

Caption. "I coped how a 15-year-old might cope: on Instagram, of course."

My community and others like it could have greatly benefited from insights from the research and work of psychologists. The American Psychological Association outlines several key roles that psychologists may play after a natural disaster: listening to concerns, advocating for needs, as well as providing information, coping and problem-solving strategies, and assurance that recovery is possible (American Psychological Association, 2014). Industrial-organizational psychologists could work to eliminate the stressors that affect people after a disaster by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of relief efforts. Regarding the community, social support played a large role in my neighborhood’s ability to rebuild, to transition as individuals and as a community from old to new.

Psychologists might explore ways to help facilitate social support and community belongingness in these situations, especially in vulnerable populations. Furthermore, therapists could provide strategies for dealing with the stress and trauma of a suddenly disrupted life. The effects of post-disaster stress may be seen across demographic groups, and the mental health implications may be long-lasting (Arnberg, Bergh Johannesson, & Michel, 2013; Kessler et al., 2008; Mcfarlane & Van Hooff, 2009). Looking back, coping strategies could have assisted me—and surely others facing worse situations due to socioeconomic factors or a lack of flood insurance—to help push through that time of need. In general, the work of psychologists can be vital in supporting relief efforts following a disaster, natural or otherwise.

With the threat of climate change, natural disasters like hurricanes are predicted to become not only more frequent but also more devastating. The theme for the 11th Annual Psychology Day at the United Nations is “Climate Change: Psychological Interventions Promoting Mitigation and Adaptation,” signaling an acknowledgement of the potential for psychologists to assume an important role in shaping the future, and further support for psychological research regarding the impact of environment-related issues is warranted (United Nations, 2018). My hope is that the knowledge and practices of psychology will be applied to augment the work of other fields to help reduce the impact of disasters, and also to analyze and tackle the problems posed by climate change in an objective and socially conscious way.


American Psychological Association. (2014, April). What psychologists do on disaster relief operations. Retrieved from

Arnberg, F. K., Bergh Johannesson, K., & Michel, P. (2013). Prevalence and duration of PTSD in survivors six years after a natural disaster. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27, 347–352.

Ferris, E. (2016, July 29). Disasters, displacement, and climate change: New evidence and common challenges facing the north and south. Brookings. Retrieved from

Kessler, R. C., Galea, S., Gruber, M. J., Sampson, N. A, Ursano, R. J, & Wessely, S. (2008). Trends in mental illness and suicidality after Hurricane Katrina. Molecular Psychiatry, 13, 374–384.

Mcfarlane, A. C., & Van Hooff, M. (2009). Impact of childhood exposure to a natural disaster on adult mental health: 20-year longitudinal follow-up study. The British Journal of Psychiatry: The Journal of Mental Science, 195, 142–8.

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Welcome New Chapters: 2017-18

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Monday, July 2, 2018
Updated: Monday, July 2, 2018


Psi Chi continues to grow and succeed. In the 2017–18 year alone, 21,800+ members joined. That’s 21,800+ people who are in the top of their classes and eager to make a difference in the field of psychology. Further, we are excited to announce that eight new chapters were approved by Psi Chi’s Board of Directors since last July, making the total number of chapters now 1,150+.

New Chapters Approved

Chapters Approved in 2017–18

  • Eureka College, MW region
  • Keiser University, SE region
  • University of Guam (INT), SW region
  • University of Nicosia (INT), MW region
  • University of Toronto, Scarborough (INT), MW region
  • *Holy Cross College MW region
  • *Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MW region
  • *Viterbo University, MW region

We are also pleased to welcome these three chapters, which were previously approved in 2016–17 and later installed in 2017–18 academic year:

  • **University of North Texas Dallas, SW region
  • **Columbia University, E region
  • **Grand View University, MW region

It is always fulfilling for us to see members of a new chapter learning about our Organization and their membership benefits. Below is an image of the new chapter at Columbia University (NY). This chapter hosted its first-ever induction ceremony during the fall 2017 semester. The ceremony welcomed 31 new members, featuring refreshments and three congratulatory speeches!

What's Next?

Psi Chi Central Office staff are already in communication with several individuals interested in starting chapters at their local campuses in the near future. Notably, this year, Psi Chi gained its very first chapters in the countries of Cyprus and Guam. Since Psi Chi became International in 2009, chapters are now located in 21 countries outside of the United States. What new cities and countries will gain Psi Chi chapters next year? We can’t wait to find out!

Reader, do you have connections at a school that does not have a Psi Chi chapter? Share our Membership Benefits page with them so that they can learn about our Organization. To start a new chapter, visit HERE.

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Log in and welcome our latest new chapters in the comment section below. Have advice for these chapters? Please share that info as well!

* Denotes chapters that have been Board approved but not yet installed.
** Donates chapters that were previously Board approved in the 2016–17 year and later installed during the 2017–18 year.

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How to Run a Chapter Meeting

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Following a set procedure for your chapter meetings—even a simple one—can go a long way toward improving your chapter’s accomplishments throughout the year. Here is some basic information about running meetings to get you started. Please keep in mind that all chapters have their own unique structures and needs. For further information about conducting meetings, members are encouraged to purchase a copy of the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order.

Who Runs Chapter Meetings?

Chapter presidents are generally responsible for running (i.e., chairing) chapter meetings. In the event that the president cannot attend a meeting, the chapter’s vice-presidents will usually fill in.

Request a Written Agenda in Advance

Your chapter secretary is generally responsible for keeping meeting minutes and writing an order of business for upcoming meetings. Presidents, if you don’t already have an agenda, be sure to ask for one in advance.

During the Meeting—Instructions for the President/Chair

1. To start the meeting, say something like this:
“The meeting will now come to order.”

2. Request for the secretary to perform a roll call.
The secretary will then call the roll, with pauses for response.

3. Ask the secretary to read the minutes from the previous meeting.
Then, ask everyone if there are any corrections. If there aren’t, you should make a motion (see below for specific instructions) to approve the minutes so that they will be part of the official record of the current meeting’s minutes.

4. Request for members to report on any specific roles, activities, or accomplishments.
For example, perhaps an officer was previously asked to provide updates about the planning of an upcoming event. Or maybe an officer would like to share the results of a recent service activity.

5. Discuss any unfinished business from previous meetings.
Occasionally, business will be tabled to the next meeting, and this is Ok—it allows people more time to think about an issue or gather additional information. Double check the minutes of previous meetings to make sure that you haven’t missed anything.

6. Ask if there is any new business.
This is your members’ opportunity to raise issues. These issues do not necessarily have to be on the agenda that was written before the meeting. For the group to decide on any new business, a motion is required (see below).

7. If possible, go ahead and share the agenda for the next meeting.
Remember to include the date, time, and location, as well as any other relevant information.

8. To end the meeting, say something like this:
“Since there is no further business, the meeting is adjourned.”

How to Make a Motion

1. Acknowledge a person who has raised a hand or stood up in order to gain your attention.

2. The person will then make a motion by saying, “I move that . . . ”

3. A different member then seconds the motion.

4. President/chairman restates the motion by saying, “It is moved and seconded that . . .”

5. Members debate the motion, allowing both sides to discuss.

6. Put the motion to a vote, asking all those in favor to say “aye” and then all those who oppose to say “no.”

7. Announce the results. For example, say “The aye’s have it” or “The no’s have it.”

Other Tips

1. Identify the goals or purpose of your meeting. If your chapter has specific goals for the overall school year, it is good to write these down and keep them handy at all meetings too.

2. Pay attention to the clock.

3. Take notes.

4. Follow up.

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Analysis of Inside Out

Posted By Samantha Picaro, Kean University, Union, NJ, Monday, June 4, 2018
Updated: Monday, June 4, 2018

Despite being college undergraduates or graduates, we all still cherish children's movies, especially Pixar. The purpose of the article is to highlight several psychology-related discussions that can be had after watching the film, Inside Out. I will try not to give away too many spoilers.

For those who have not seen or heard of the movie, it is about five emotions who reside in the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley, who moves with her parents to a new town and new school. The five emotions are Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear, and Anger. Joy is the leader, who ostracizes Sadness to protect Riley. However, Joy and Sadness are accidentally dragged out of Riley's head and into her memory bank, forcing them to get back because Riley cannot feel happiness without Joy.

The Importance of Sadness

Joy comes to see the importance of Sadness despite her undesirability. Sadness, both the character and concept, are important for Riley to adjust to moving away from her friends, home, and hockey league. For most of the film, she bottles her emotions in order to spare her parents' feelings but it causes her to break down. Only when she finally cries and confesses her feelings is able to adapt to her new situation. The emotion of sadness helps connect people and face realities, and ignoring/hiding sadness only makes matters worse.

The Complexity of Emotions

Accepting Sadness is also important in another way: it helps Riley grow up. At first, Joy sees emotions as simple and does not understand that a person can feel two emotions at once. Eventually she sees that a person can feel both sadness and happiness at the same time, thus memories are not cut and dry. The difference between children and adults is that adults come to accept that emotions are complex and no memory has just one emotion. In a pivotal scene, Joy sees one memory in which Riley's parents turn Riley's sadness into joy. This affects the way in which Riley views relationships and memories.

What I enjoy is how the character Joy outright explains the purpose of each emotion barring Sadness, at least in the beginning. Psych students are aware that emotions exist for a reason. Joy explains that Fear keeps us safe, Disgust also encourages caution, and so on.

Another psychological aspect in the movie is personality. Riley's mind contains five "islands": Goofball Island, Hockey, Friendship, Honesty, and Family. Each island deteriorates as Riley becomes more depressed, culminating in Riley running away and shutting off her emotions until Joy and Sadness finally return to the headquarters. Each island is rebuilt with time after Riley comes back home and expresses her true feelings to her parents. Personality indeed shapes our personality, making it understandable why there is a link between happiness and being outgoing, competitiveness and athleticism, and love and strong family ties.

In the absence of Joy and Sadness, the other emotions struggle to keep Riley functional but fail. Joy was the most dominant emotion but in her absence, Fear, Anger, and Disgust inadvertently increase Riley's stress and encourage her to run away to her old home, thinking this is the answer to her problems, and even plants the idea of stealing her mother's credit card. The growing dominance of these emotions and recklessness show Riley's conversion from childhood to adolescence because adolescence is a time of confused, strong emotions in which joy is not always the dominant one. This is where the stereotype of the moody teen comes from.

The movie isn't entirely accurate about the human psyche because the psyche is not that simple. Nothing about humans is simple. However, I applaud Inside Out's depiction of a girl's mind and how it is forced to mature. This is relevant not only to kids but to adults because even as adults we struggle with identifying and expressing our feelings. I would recommend it to every psychology major and would encourage professors to show it in class and discuss it.

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My True Crime Addiction Fueled My Career Choice

Posted By Janelle L. Rondeau, MS, Loyola University Maryland, Monday, May 21, 2018
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018

Hi, my name is Janelle, and I am addicted to true crime. This addiction started as early as I can remember, as I’ve always been fascinated by things I don’t understand. A lot of what I don’t understand involves rape, murder, and other kinds of crime.

Whenever I talk about this topic, I probably come off to others as a little sadistic, and I tend to get a lot of strange looks. This is likely because my interest and favorite conversation topic is literally about other human beings getting traumatized or killed in a heinous manner. However, once I realized that I can use this passion to fuel my career, I felt a little better about my abnormal fascination. Also, now that I’ve found the My Favorite Murder podcast family, I think that my true crime addiction is completely acceptable and will rattle on about it until the end of time to whoever will listen (for those of you also interested in the topic, if you haven’t already, listen to the podcast. Seriously. Do it.).

I’ve since come to the conclusion that my attraction to true crime isn’t in the crime itself—it’s in the motive behind the crime. What could cause a person to do something like that? What happened that resulted in this severe lack of empathy? Is there a way to rehabilitate this emotional deficit?

Getting back to true crime and psychology, I knew psychology was the field for me when I found out that I can work with these people who boggle my mind so much: the murderers, serial killers, arsonists, the list goes on. That’s why I’m currently pursuing my clinical psychology doctorate degree with a concentration in forensic psychology. My ultimate goal? To assess those who claim insanity, to see if someone is competent to take the stand, and just to all around work with the people in the world who lack the capacity to feel for another human being. I don’t know if I will ever be able to stabilize the aggressive and violent behavior that are exhibited by many killers and rapists, but I do hope that, in working closely with them, I will be able to better understand the meaning behind the behavior.

Despite my long story, my message is this: there is so much more to psychology than the stigma of sitting in a room asking someone, “How do you feel about that?” Psychology offers you the opportunity to fulfill your every expectation by taking your passion (however unique) and turning it into a full-blown career. My passion is true crime. Because of the opportunities psychology offers, I get to be a forensic psychologist. Thank you, psychology, for making my dream a reality. And thank you, MFM podcast, for making me feel like I’m not alone.

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How to Say "Psi Chi"

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Psi Chi is the International Honor Society for Psychology. This is easy enough to read and remember. But what isn’t always so easy is pronouncing Psi Chi out loud for the first time! At the Psi Chi Central Office, we’ve witnessed this play out in many ways on the phone and in person. For example:

Some people tackle the issue head on by asking, “Am I saying that right?” Good for them! Others sometimes accidentally say “Psy Chee” or “P-si Chi.” And other times, people avoid mentioning the word Psi Chi throughout an entire lengthy conversation—coincidence? We think not! ;)

Anyway, mispronouncing Psi Chi happens all the time, and it’s nothing to feel embarrassed about. The word isn't exactly composed of the most commonly used syllables. And it is doubtful that this little mistake will disappear any time soon (unless Psi Chi gets added to a lesson in Hooked on Phonics, perhaps).

So for the record, here’s how you say Psi Chi!

So, What Does Psi Chi Mean?

Deconstructing the name of our Professional Organization is revealing. First there’s the Psi part, which represents the Greek letter Ψ and Greek word psyche. Psyche means mind, particularly enrichment of the mind or scholarship.

Chi is for the Greek letter Χ, which represent the word cheires. This means hands, as in fellowship and cooperation.

Then comes International, the newest part of Psi Chi’s name. For the majority of the organization’s history, Psi Chi was a “national honor society.” This change to an international honor society was a big one, even requiring an amendment to the constitution. Thanks to these efforts, Psi Chi now has chapters located all around the world.

(Check your own local chapter banners and materials. Do they have the proper International name printed on them? You can order new ones in the Psi Chi Store.)

Next, there is the word Honor, which speaks to our members’ outstanding academic performance. The requirements to join Psi Chi are stringent; having met them is proof of scholastic achievement. Service is not a requirement of membership, but it is an meaningful component of many chapters’ activities. Those who serve their communities add another dimension to the “honor” part of the name.

Finally, there is in Psychology. Psychology is a broad field, and the day-to-day work of a counselor differs substantially from the day-to-day work of a neuropsychologist. However, they do have one important commonality—a desire to help. Our members represent a population that strives to improve the human condition.

As it turns out, a name can convey a substantial amount of information! So when you say Psi Chi, be sure to say it with pride for all the positive things that our society and your membership stands for. Psi Chi offers $400,000+ in annual awards and grants, four great publications (including your favorite blog here!), a Career Center, and many other benefits.

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The author of this post admits to mispronouncing Psi Chi once, a long, long time ago. So let’s all be honest! Have you ever mispronounced Psi Chi? If not, then maybe you’d like to share any other psychology words that have you mispronounced instead (login required to comment).

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Apply Psi Chi’s Goals to Your Personal Endeavors

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

In a recent blog article, we discussed how local chapters can use Psi Chi’s three goals at the start of each semester to create a roadmap to success. Today, let’s talk about how individual members, including alumni members, can benefit from these three goals too.

Members are encouraged to connect with a local chapter in their area to pursue their goals as a team. However, individual members and alumni are invited to complete our Annual Vision 2020 Worksheet too! This worksheet will help you organize and prepare for meaningful tasks to boost your resum
é, education, and career.

Here are the three goals and some specific suggestions to help you accomplish them.

Goal 1: Scholarly Pursuits

It’s never too late to learn something new! Specifically, this goal encourages you to “conduct exemplary research, disseminate and apply research findings, and maintain a lifelong interest in exploring the field of psychology.” Here are some ways to do this through your membership with Psi Chi.

First, be sure to visit our specific online resources about Conducting Research and Attending and Presenting at Conventions. You’ll be glad that you did—time and time again, research experiences and convention attendance help people discover their unique passions and develop lifelong professional relationships with their peers. Psi Chi features special programming at six regional conventions, APA, and APS. We hope to see you there!

Second, explore our
magazine, blog, and journal. These are all packed with up-to-date information about advancements in psychology. Plus, they also offer unique publication opportunities to Psi Chi students and faculty alike.

Goal 2: Member Development

This goal is a reminder for you to seek out “opportunities to enhance your professional and personal life.” In addition to the skills you will gain from conducting research and networking at conventions, here are three strategies to consider.

First, remember to take advantage of Psi Chi’s Career Center! You can create an account, search for jobs, and set up automatic Job Alerts—all for free. And just as importantly, you can also ask our career experts specific questions about your resumé, interviews, and application materials. Yes, this is a free opportunity to speak with living human beings who are dedicated to guiding you to your next great job opportunity.

A second member development strategy to consider is going to graduate school. Psi Chi is happy to help you with this too through our Going to Grad School Resource and our eBook, An Eye on Graduate School.

A third way to grow personally and professionally is to increase your knowledge of diversity issues and self-improvement strategies such as teamwork skills, mental health, so forth. Our Diversity Matters online resource has some concise steps for you to consider, and our new #Help_HelpedMe Initiative invites you to join us in creating a world where it is safe and acceptable to ask for help when you need it. Also, our three publications are packed with many articles about improving your learning techniques, balancing the work and school, de-stressing, and much more.

Goal 3: Chapter Experiences

Last of all, Psi Chi chapters strive to “foster a vibrant and meaningful environment for all members to contribute to and benefit from continued engagement.”

Although you might have already graduated, you are still welcome to take part in chapter and member experiences. If you have lost contact with your chapter, please take a few minutes to reconnect. Just visit our Chapter Directory, find any chapters near your current location, and then send an e-mail to those faculty advisors to let them know that you are interested in speaking with them and helping them conduct community service activities.

By pursuing each of the three goals above, you are supporting Psi Chi’s greater mission of “recognizing and promoting excellence in the science and application of psychology!” Best wishes in your many future endeavors!

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Celebrate Undergraduate Research Week With Psi Chi!

Posted By John E. Edlund, PhD, Psi Chi Research Director, Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Dear Psi Chi Member,

I am proud to introduce Psi Chi’s first-ever celebration of Undergraduate Research Week! All students and faculty—not just undergrads—are invited to join us April 9–13 to shine a light on the latest generation of students striving to advance the science and application of psychology.

In 2010, Undergraduate Research Week was declared by the U.S. House of Representatives. Indeed, many professionals first discovered their passion for research when they were students. This celebration is to recognize those beginnings too, and for the mentors who cultivate countless bright minds. Here are four ways you can honor this special occasion:

1. Join a Research Project

Psi Chi NICE recently partnered with StudySwap, a free tool featuring dozens of projects actively seeking collaborators such as yourself. See the brand-new article which will appear in Eye on Psi Chi, “Undergrad Researchers Will Save Psychological Science,” to learn about additional research opportunities.

2. Receive Financial Support

Psi Chi provides $400,000 annually in awards, grants, and scholarships. This includes significant funding for undergraduate research awards, research grants, and travel grants to conventions. View a complete list of annual programs and deadlines.

3. Share and Support Current Research

Share about your current research projects on Facebook. Use hashtag #PsiChiURW. Specific projects, interests, conference attendance—we want to hear about it all! You are also encouraged to participate in online surveys conducted by Psi Chi members. Twenty-one studies are currently seeking participants; submit a link to your own surveys too.

4. Learn Something New

Over the years, Psi Chi has built up a wealth of free articles and resources about Conducting Research and Attending and Presenting at Conventions. You are welcome to use these in your classrooms and other endeavors.

Open Science Practices

Research Methods


Publishing Your Work

Presenting at Conventions

Undergraduate research opportunities cultivate future generations of passionate and innovative researchers. I look forward to your participation in the celebration!

John E. Edlund, PhD
Psi Chi Research Director
Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

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Strategies to Increase Awareness of Your Chapter: Officers, Take Heed!

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Monday, March 26, 2018
Updated: Monday, March 5, 2018

Strategies to Increase Awareness of Your Chapter: Officers, Take Heed!

A common challenge for Psi Chi officers is learning how to spread the word about your chapter to members, potential members, and others in the community. So how can your chapter do a better job of disseminating information?

Everyone has a unique approach to news and the many places where we look to receive it. And that’s Ok! However, consider for a moment how this might complicate matters for a communicator trying relay a message to a large number of people. There are so many platforms to broadcast your message that you could never possibly implement them all! That's why it is vital that you ask around first to see where your members receive their news (e.g., e-mail, social media). Then, spread your message across those platforms to ensure that it reaches as many people as possible.

We recently published a blog post about this called, “Getting Students Excited About Your Chapter.” It contains lots of ideas for instituting annual chapter goals, creating engaging meeting content, and showing everyone the value in participation. In that article, the first point of advice was to “increase your chapter communications!” Today’s blog post expands upon that suggestion. Here are six forms of communication (with examples!) that could create additional interest and engagement for your chapter!

1. Create an E-Mail List

Do you have an e-mail list for your chapter? If not, you’ll want to start building one immediately. A LOT of people in college regularly check their e-mail, so this is generally a very effective platform. Some tips:

  • Consider assigning a specific officer at your chapter who is dedicated to chapter communications such as e-mails.
  • Make an e-mail sign-up sheet available at all chapter meetings.
  • Include alumni in your e-mails, in case they would like to continue participating with your chapter!
  • Don’t send too many e-mails. All chapters are different, but one e-mail per week is probably more than enough!
  • Make sure that you provide an option at the bottom of each e-mail with instructions for how to “Unsubscribe.” Failing to do this could result in your e-mails landing in spam folders.

2. Establish a Chapter Presence on Facebook

A lot of chapters are doing a great job on Facebook! For example, the chapter at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (@utcpsichi) posts regularly about local events and relevant psychology-related articles. Looking for ideas for your chapter’s Facebook page? Be sure to explore these Facebook pages as well: @HELPUniversityPSiChi, @KSCPsiChi, @PsiChiNWMSU, and @PsiChiUMW. You are also invited to follow and share posts from the Psi Chi Central Office: @PsiChiCentralOffice

3. Don’t Forget Other Social Media Platforms, Too!

Instagram and Twitter have also become extremely popular platforms in recent years. And just because someone checks Instagram regularly, this does not mean that they frequent other social media. Try taking advantage of multiple platforms to spread the word about your chapter. This will also provide you with the opportunity to tailor information on each platform to support different audiences’ needs (e.g., career advice on LinkedIn or community service opportunities on Instagram and Facebook). Here are some outstanding chapter Instagram pages: @psichi_txst, @psichi_uprrp, and @psichi.uiuc. And here are some on Twitter: @PsiChiatVCU, @PsiChiUMW, @LSUPsiChi, and @UAPsychClub. The Psi Chi Central Office is on Instagram (@psichihonor) and Twitter (@psichihonor) too. See you there!

4. Release a Regular Newsletter

The Psi Chi Newsletter, an annual publication produced by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Chapter, is packed full of interviews with local psychology faculty and professionals. Take a look and think about whether this sort of publication might be handy for your chapter and community. This newsletter has a complete Table of Contents section, chapter contact information, and student snapshots too. To learn more, be sure to check out our recent magazine article, “Starting a Chapter Newsletter.”

5. Team Up With Other Local Publications

There are probably several established publications in your area that are hungry for relevant content and would be eager to share news about your chapter. Consider submitting Psi Chi stories and upcoming events to campus news organizations, your psychology department’s newsletter, and any relevant social media pages in your community!

6. Post Bulletin Boards and Flyers

Take advantage of the traffic in your psychology department halls and other places around campus. Posting flyers and brochures can attract new people who are not currently a part of your chapter. Psi Chi Central Office also provides posters and a flyer that officers and advisors can download and print for free.

In conclusion, we at the Psi Chi Central Office are here to serve you! Please let us know if you have any questions or other thoughts about managing or promoting your chapter. We look forward to sharing more articles like this in the coming months; be sure log in and subscribe above!

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A How-To Guide: Setting and Maintaining Goals

Posted By Stephanie Finné, Northeastern Illinois University,, Monday, March 5, 2018


A How-To Guide:
Setting and Maintaining Goals

I recently wrote an article about how to prepare for the upcoming semester, which you can read HERE. In that article, I talked about setting goals/intentions for the upcoming semester so that you can have a clear view of what you want to accomplish. By doing this, you will be able to stay on track during the semester. Since then, I thought I should do a post on how to set goals and intentions in depth and in detail. Having goals guides your focus and attention to the things that matter in your life. And the amazing aspect of goals is that you can start them whenever you like! So what better time to start than now! In this article, I will give five tips that I have used when I set my own goals for the year, and hopefully they will help you as well.

1. Write Out Your Goals

What are your goals for the year? Why do you want to achieve them? These are the questions that will help you set your goals. Once you have determined those details, write your goals down on paper! I'm sure you've heard this, time and time again, but research has shown that you are more likely to achieve your goals when you write them down. When you write things down, it solidifies the words in your mind, and it sets a constant reminder for you to stick with your goals. It also keeps you accountable and committed to your goals once you have written them down on paper.

2. Put Your Goals Where You Can See Them

What good are goals if you do not have a constant reminder of them on a daily basis? Your goals should be somewhere you can see them as a reminder for you to stick with them. Display your goals anywhere and everywhere you look on a regular basis: on your fridge, as the screen saver of your laptop, or the background of your phone. The main idea is that you want to have your goals in your face and in a place that you will regularly see them. This not only serves as a reminder, but it can also keep you motivated to stick to your goals.

3. Reflect on Your Goals on a Weekly Basis

Try to check in with yourself on a weekly basis to see if you are on track with your goals. This is a great way to keep yourself accountable when setting goals because, once the week is over, you know you will have to check in with yourself to see how you are progressing. This is also an important opportunity to find any aspects of your goals that you may need to work on or restructure. Also, keep a record of your reflections and share them with someone. This is an excellent way to keep yourself accountable because, when you make your weekly check in, you will also consult with a supportive friend to keep you on track as well.

4. Start Slow (Don't Bite Off More Than You Can Chew)

Just because you have a goal, it does not mean that everything will change overnight. Keep your goals realistic and start small. Once you realize that you have hit a milestone, then go bigger. For example, if your goal is to procrastinate less, it probably would not be realistic for you to say that you will get started on your work as soon as you get home. You may need to relax and unwind before you get into doing your work. So maybe start by saying, “When I get home, I am going to relax for 30 minutes, and then I will start on my work.” By doing this, the task will not seem so overwhelming, and you will still be able to accomplish your goal.

5. Have a Game Plan (How Do Your Overall Goals Impact Your Routine?)

Going along with point number four, make sure you have a plan in place for how you can incorporate your goals into your everyday life. Take procrastination, for example. If you made a goal to procrastinate less, try to look at your day and see if there is a time in your schedule where there might not be so much activity. From there, schedule in some work you need to get done rather than filling it up with time-wasting activities. You should not have to turn your whole life upside down when you've established your goals; they should fit well within your day-to-day routine.

There you have it, a guide to goal setting that will keep you focused for any time you want to start a new goal (or continuing some old ones) and maintain them. These five easy steps, writing them out, putting them where they will be seen, reflecting on your goals, starting slowly, and having a game plan, will help you stay on track and stick with your goals no matter what obstacles come your way.

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