Positive Psychology

Disaster Resilience: Emergent Use of Social Media and Its Effect on Citizens’ Self-Resilience During and After a Disaster

Resilience in human development, a subset of positive psychology, draws attention on understanding human potential by examining how “human adaptive systems intersect with individual differences and environmental contexts to overcome adversity” (Gregory & Rutledge, 2016, p. 99). This post spotlights how highly resilient citizens leverage social media technologies before, during, and after a traumatic event to gather and disseminate information, problem-solve, and more.

Mindfulness: Its Relation to Psychology, Empathy, and Technology

While the practice of mindfulness has grown wildly popular, there are those who believe mindfulness and its claimed benefits have been over-hyped. These detractors question how mindfulness meditation influences health. They also believe much remains unclear about what exactly mindfulness does to the human brain or to what extent it helps people suffering from physical and mental challenges (Lieberman, 2018). I posit that before we can delve more deeply into such conversations, it’s imperative to first explore if mindfulness is even related to the field of psychology. This writing briefly spells out some findings that align mindfulness’s foundations with human psychology, spotlights its correlations to empathy, and highlights relevant mindfulness technology observations.