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Police Psychology | If I Can Just Get Through This Month

Police Psychology | If I Can Just Get Through This Month by Gary S. Aumiller, Ph.D.  ABPP “…and I in my cap, had just settled our brains for a long winter’s…” fight!  Perhaps if Clement Clarke Moore would have written his poem in 2016 instead of 1822, this may have been the line in “Twas […]

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Police Psychology | 12 Greatest Hits

Police Psychology | 12 Greatest Hits by Gary S. Aumiller, Ph.D.  ABPP My brother contacted me a few months back and said he was writing his “Greatest Hits.”  I said, “Roy, the problem is you don’t have any major hits, in fact you stopped playing guitar in college.”  Roy was a country crooner with a […]

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Police Psychology | Brain Eaters

Police Psychology | Brain Eaters By Gary S. Aumiller, Ph.D.  ABPP In Telugu language, the second most popular language in India, they have a phrase that is highly important in police psychology – burra tinoddu. Not to be confused with the “Lion King’s” Hakuna Matata which tells you not to worry and be happy eating […]

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Police Psychology | Emotional Pinball

Police Psychology | Emotional Pinball by Gary S. Aumiller, Ph.D.  ABPP  

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Police Psychology | Where Has All the Laughter Gone?

Police Psychology | Where Has All the Laughter Gone? by Gary S. Aumiller, Ph.D.   Cop humor is iconic but it is disappearing and we should try to figure out why.  In fact, those in police psychology understand the importance of laughter and laughing to our overall well-beings (particularly in helping cops deal with stress). […]

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Police Psychology | Myth of Emotional Opposites: Video Post

Police Psychology | The Myth of Emotional Opposites:  Video Post by Gary S. Aumiller, Ph.D.  ABPP A myth that holds people back from having a good time in life if in a crisis.  

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Police Psychology | Theory of Relativity: Video Post

The theory of relativity explained in simple terms and for first responders.  

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Police Psychology | Anger!

Police Psychology | Anger! Nancy K Bohl-Penrod PhD, Director of the Counseling Team International and The Southern California Critical Incident Stress Management Team I am angry right now.  I am seething and boiling.  I am sure many of you feel the same way.  First there is Dallas and now Louisiana.  Cops getting killed.  I am […]

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Police Psychology | Managing Differences in a Healthy Marriage

Police Psychology | Managing Differences in a Healthy Marriage by Doug Gentz, Ph.D. – Tulsa, Oklahoma   All marriages start, and in some cases, end in court houses. This is because the state officially recognizes marriage as a legal business partnership. The partners in a marriage, just like in any other formal business partnership, share […]

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Police Psychology | Appreciate the Limits of Your Cerebral Cortex When It Comes to Managing your Emotions

Police Psychology | Appreciate the Limits of Your Cerebral Cortex When It Comes to Managing your Emotions by Doug Gentz, Ph.D Guest Blogger – Psychological Services, Tulsa, Oklahoma People have at least three distinct levels of anatomy and function inside their heads. The top layer, less than a quarter of an inch thick, is the […]

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Police Psychology | Can’t Stop Now

Police Psychology | I Can’t Stop Now!   Police psychology has to deal with numbers of issues, but one that we often misdiagnose follows. “Hey! HEY !!! What the hell are you doing?” “I’M CLEANING OUT YOUR DRIVEWAY. What’s it look like?” “Tim, there is a 50-70 mile an hour wind. The snow is still […]

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Police Psychology | Locked Away in Your Cell

Police Psychology | Locked Away in Your Cell Police psychology has had a new enemy these days, and it’s not typical ol’ police stress. The Cell Phone. You ever hold your cell phone up at a concert to demand an encore? That means you are cool! Scan a document into you cell phone. That’s really […]

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Police Psychology | The Police Psychologist and the BFD

The Police Psychologist and the BFD   Those in police psychology must learn about the BFD. The cops used to use that acronym regularly.  Bad F—ing Day.  I am not sure what the “F” means in the acronym, but I don’t think it is too nice. (Let’s not have a bunch of you writing in […]

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Police Psychology | Punch a Wall, Not My Face

Police Psychology | Punch a Wall, Not My Face      Police Psychology is always dealing with how to keep officers less emotionally reactive, in particular not reacting out of anger, especially when dealing with police stress.  We all experience moments of frustration—moments where we just feel like lashing out at everyone and everything around […]

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Police Psychology | Emotional Pinball

Toxic Games From police psychology to basic chemistry:  If we wanted to make a very good cleaner, we would mix two decent cleaners and the combination would make something great. Doesn’t take a genius to understand, does it? So go home and mix ammonia and bleach and see what you get (actually don’t ever do […]

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Police Psychology | The Myth of Emotional Opposites

The Myth of Emotional Opposites   In therapy, while working in police psychology, I have learned that very negative people tend to suffer from “Shit City Syndrome,” meaning that their cynicism and view of life cause them to see all the bad parts of a situation.  Then they complain that they aren’t enjoying life.  Realize […]

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