Laura Amodeo, Concordia Psychology student

By: Laura Amodeo

This blog has been reviewed by Mihaela Zlatanovska and Pariza Fazal, edited by Nicholas Murray, and formatted and published by Nicholas Murray.

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Laura, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hey! My name is Laura and I am a third-year psychology undergraduate student at Concordia University. I am currently a crisis line responder volunteer with Kids Help Phone, a tutor, and a volunteer research assistant in a laboratory at Concordia. I enjoy baking, dancing, and creating art when I have free time. I have chosen a career in psychology because I have a strong desire to…


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By: Mihaela Zlatanovska

This blog has been reviewed by Laura Amodeo and Omar Elfarseisy, and edited, formatted, and published by Nicholas Murray.

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What is the self-fulfilling prophecy?

You may have heard of the ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ in your introductory psychology class. Perhaps the concept was explained to you, but it was never named.

The term ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ was coined by Robert K. Merton in 1948 and was defined as “a false definition of the situation evoking a new behavior which makes the originally false conception come true”¹. Essentially, an assumption you have of others can make you behave in ways…


Pariza Fazal, Research Assistant: Addictive Behaviours Lab, University of Calgary

This blog has been reviewed by Nicholas Murray and Jennifer Lee, edited by Rémi Thériault, and formatted and published by Nicholas Murray.

Pariza, tell us a little about yourself!

Bonjour — I’m Pariza, and I am a recent psychology graduate from the University of Calgary! During the last year of my degree, I spent some time writing a thesis on how the pandemic has affected communication within same-sex friendships. I am currently working as a research assistant in the Addictive Behaviours Lab at the University of Calgary. Earlier this year, I was working for the Canada Suicide Prevention Services, where…


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By: Nicholas Murray

This blog has been reviewed by Jennifer Lee and Elijah Nimijean, edited by Rémi Thériault, and formatted and published by Nicholas Murray.

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“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” –– Mark Twain¹

In the summer of 2018, I read many of the great classics in psychology to prepare to study psychology at Dalhousie in the fall. I read pieces like Friedrich Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil and Sigmund Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents. Within these great books, I found long reference lists of other insightful…


Jennifer Lee, Concordia University Fine Arts student

This blog has been reviewed by Gingin Chien and Mihaela Zlatanovska, edited by Rémi Thériault, and formatted and published by Béa Schueller.

Jennifer, tell us a little bit about yourself

Hello everyone! Very nice to e-meet you! My name is Jennifer Lee, and I am entering my fourth and final year at Concordia University in Montreal, majoring in Fine Arts and minoring in Psychology. What a wild mix of disciplines, you say? I agree! I am passionate about art therapy and using art-making as a therapeutic process to better oneself and achieve one’s full potential.

Although I am only minoring…


Mihaela Zlatanovska, Concordia University psychology student

This blog has been reviewed by Nicholas Murray and Elijah Nimijean, edited by Rémi Thériault, and formatted and published by Béa Schueller.

Mihaela, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hello! My name is Mihaela Zlatanovska and I’m happy to share a little bit about myself. I was born in Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, and moved to Canada at the young age of two. My family and I initially moved to Toronto and later came to Montreal. Having no introduction to the language, we all struggled with French, so I had a miserable time upon entering the public French system. It…


By: Elijah Nimijean

This blog has been reviewed by Katya Santucci and Emeline Wyckaert, edited by Rémi Thériault, and formatted and published by Béa Schueller.

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For as long as humanity has existed, people have been concerned with being happy. Regardless of your age, gender, socioeconomic status, or ethnicity, if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that being happy feels good. Doubtless there are innumerable ways we can feel happy — whether it comes from spending our time with friends, reading a good book, playing some video games, or working out — and many of us are already…


This blog has been reviewed by Katya Santucci and Béa Schueller, edited by Rémi Thériault, and formatted and published by Béa Schueller.

Gingin Chien, University of Toronto psychology student

Gingin, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi! I am Gingin, a fourth year student studying Psychology and Statistics at the University of Toronto. My research and study interests lie in social psychology and behaviour. Instead of thinking of psychology as a study to “cure” or “fix” people with mental health disorders, I think that it’s better for us to focus on how to be happy, stay positive, and work towards mental health disorder prevention.

Born and…


By: Katya Santucci

This blog has been reviewed by Gingin Chien and Emeline Wyckaert, edited by Rémi Thériault, and formatted and published by Béa Schueller.

“With self-compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness and care we’d give to a good friend.” — Dr. Kristin Neff

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It’s easy to knock yourself down when things don’t go as planned. But how can you make it easier to pick yourself up?

Something I always want to work on — and really struggle with — is learning how to be kinder to myself. It’s very common to feel like you aren’t doing enough or…


By Catherine Cimon-Paquet.

This blog post was edited by Macilia Abou and Cecilia Marie Chaymâa Ezzahraoui, edited by Rémi Thériault.

In the series called “Concepts of Positive Psychology”, we will introduce you to different aspects of positive psychology and present different science-based practices that will help you increase your well-being.

Positive psychology is a scientific study field that focuses on the strengths of individuals and communities and their optimal functioning. Over the past twenty years, this discipline has grown in importance. …

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We are the Student Ambassador Program of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA). Find our website here: https://www.cppa.ca/Student-Zone

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