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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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Social Media Did Not Cause the London Riots by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness After four days of looting and rioting across the UK, people are looking for answers. The violence that started in London, spread rapidly across not only Greater London, b ... 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 »
Social Media Networks Get the Word Out. Just ask ACORN. by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness However you come out on the politics of the “to-fund or not-to-fund” ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) issue, the radical change in House and Sen ... Read on »
Social Media: The Media We Love to Hate by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Published Previously on Psychology Today “Positively Media” What is the media we love to hate? Right now, it’s social media. As a society, we hate pretty much anythin ... Read on »
Social Networks: What Maslow Misses by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Maslow’s hierarchy of needs model, developed in 1948, resonated across many disciplines, from business, technology and education to its field of origin, psychology.   It s ... Read on »
SOPA and PIPA: Whose rights are we protecting? by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness One of many anti-SOPA web pleas The NY Times article ( In Fight Over Piracy Bills, New Economy Rises Against Old ) by Jonathan Weisman on the proposed anti-piracy ... Read on »
Spornosexuality, Body Image and Boys by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness We’ve spent all kinds of energy worrying about girls and body image.  Trends like ‘spornosexuals’ in the media (athletes and other celebrities with their shirts off show ... Read on »
Stories are the Antidote to Information Overload by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Real Time Information Puts a Premium on Meaning What does it mean when we have real time on-demand information? It means there is no longer an information shortage. ... Read on »
Streetchat, SnapChat, Yik Yak & 5 Basic Media Literacy Rules for Teens (and Parents) by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness A new app makes headlines every week as teens migrate to the next new thing, and in the way of teens, do things that horrify their parents.  These are teen rituals, all ... Read on »
SxSW Panel Visual Map: The Internet and Happiness by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness I had the great fortune to participate on a panel with Anastasia Goldstein , Catherina O’Gorman (Think Love.org) , Kevin Hansen (SecretRegrets.com) , and Veer Gadwaney (Da ... Read on »
The Batman Shooter: Can We Blame the Lack of Social Media? by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness As people make sense of the senseless, like what is being called the Colorado Massacre or the Batman Shooting, we try to find an explanation. The world is a very scary p ... Read on »
The Big Switch: Trading in my BlackBerry for a Droid by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness So it comes to this: I am part of the silent revolution. Technology has changed our fundamental expectations about how things should work. One of those things is acces ... 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 »
The Case of the Missing Cobra: Making News Compelling Through Story by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness The Bronx Zoo misplaced an Egyptian cobra. (Don’t you hate it when that happens?) I read about it in the LA Times . This isn’t the first errant zoo animal, so why wou ... Read on »
The Chris Brown Rule: Think Before Tweeting @#!! by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Some celebrities are masters at using Twitter to build a fan base.  Others, like Chris Brown, suffer from not understanding the potential impact of failing to think first, ... 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 »
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 Native Tongue of Teens: Social Media by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness (This was posted June 5, 2009 on my blog “Positively Media” at PsychologyToday.com) Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “No man should travel until he has learned the langua ... 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 »
The Positive Side of Video Games: Part I by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Worried About Video Games?  It’s time to exhale.  Video games often get a bad rap, but it’s time we give them a little more credit.  Video games and interactive media can ... Read on »