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Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy

Specialty: Clinical Psychology
Boston, Massachusetts
Dr. Erik Gregory is Executive Director of the Media Psychology Research Center. He specializes in positive psychology, a field that examines healthy human functioning such as courage, hope, optimism, and happiness. He has worked internationally with children and adolescents as a psychotherapist... Full Bio
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Can Selfies Redefine Beauty? Dove Thinks So by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness As you may have noticed from previous posts, I am pro-selfie.  Selfies are those pictures you take of yourself with a camera phone and flip around lens.   I’m not in f ... Read on »
8 Ways Selfies Can Make Your Life Better by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness It’s rare to read an article about selfies, Millennials or Facebook without narcissism making an appearance in the first paragraph. No wonder people, especially parent ... Read on »
Flash Mob Brings Rembrandt to Life by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Last April, the Rijksmuseum, the Museum of Netherlands, and their major sponsor ING celebrated the reopening of the museum after lengthy renovations by organizing a ... Read on »
Obama’s Selfie at Mandela’s Memorial: Double Standard? by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt were captured posing together while taking a selfie at Nelson Mande ... Read on »
Selling with Selfies: The Ultimate Endorsement by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Recently I wrote a post on Psychology Today wondering why the selfie phenomenon hadn’t been embraced by brands.  Selfies capture an authentic moment because it does s ... Read on »
Funeral Selfies: Challenging Social Norms by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness A recent Tumblr site is causing quite a stir.   Selfies at Funerals , compiled by Fast Company senior editor Jason Feifer ( @heyfeifer ) is a collection of selfies* taken ... Read on »
The Kindness App: Send Compliments with Kindr by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Earlier this month, I learned about a new iPhone app called Kindr .  Kindr makes it easy for you to send compliments to people you know by providing you with a ‘complime ... Read on »
The Healthy Use of Social Media: Think Goals by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness We live in a digital world. Thanks to the social media, we are connected to people and information 24/7, no matter where we are. Social media has expanded the role of be ... Read on »
NPR’s Scott Simon: Live-Tweeting Death by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Is it possible to share profound human experience in 140 characters or less?  NPR ’s popular host, Scott Simon , live-tweeted his 84-year-old mother’s passing from her b ... Read on »
The Briefcase Rule: Decisions Under Stress by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness You are more likely to sacrifice your own time and energy to help your partner or loved one if your self-control is taxed, according to research recently published in P ... Read on »
Selfie Use or Abuse? Take the Quiz. by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness My last post,  Making Sense of Selfies , generated some interesting and spirited comments.  Some were for and some against, but none neutral.  For better or for worse, d ... Read on »
Making Sense of #Selfies by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness We are awash in selfies. A selfie is a self-generated self-portrait, although calling them a “portrait” is a bit grandiose. Selfies are those pictures you take of yourself ... Read on »
New Release: Global Mobile: Applications and Innovations for the Worldwide Mobile Ecosystem by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness I am very proud and honored to have contributed a chapter to the newly published  Global Mobile: Applications and Innovations for the Worldwide Mobile Ecosystem . Thanks ... Read on »
Social Media & Relationship: 7 Myths by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Humans are social animals.  The need to connect is a primal drive.  Even our most basic needs, such as food and safety, have always been accomplished by huma ... Read on »
Adobe Report: Creativity & Education by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Adobe published a report on the need for more creativity in education ( Creativity in Education: Why it Matters ), polling college-educated people with full time employm ... Read on »
Low GPAs May Increase Social Media Use by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Wait.  What? Low GPAs cause increased social media use?  That doesn’t make any sense–or does it? A recent study in the journal Emerging Adulthood reports findings on the ... Read on »
The Popularity of #Selfies: Narcissism or Self-Exploration? by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Selfies are pictures you take of yourself tagged with #selfie or just with #me. They are showing up all across social networks like Facebook or Instagram —often but not ... Read on »
How Obama Won the Social Media Battle in the 2012 Presidential Campaign by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness The 2008 Obama Presidential campaign made history.  Not only was Obama the first African American to be elected president, but he was also the first presidential candidate ... Read on »
Social Media Doesn’t Have to Make Breaking Up Harder to Do by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Moving on emotionally after a break-up is hard, with or without social media.  But the easy access and speed of social media sites, like Facebook, can make it easier to to ... Read on »
Fake and Funny: Twitter as Interactive Performance Art by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness In spite of Facebook’s prominence in the social media ecosystem, Twitter is becoming a central source for breaking news. From natural disasters to political campaigning, T ... Read on »