blogs - psych grad students, prof, postdoc

Discussion in 'Psychology [Psy.D. / Ph.D.]' started by auro, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. auro

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    Which (regularly updated) blogs do you read that are written by psych students/academics? Here are a couple I recently found, but I'm sure some of you might be able to share more

    Stressful Times for Psych Girl
    http://psycgirl.blogspot.com/
    Grad student blog (she is going through tough personal stuff right now though that has little to do with grad school)

    Life of a Psychology PhD Student
    http://psychnihilist.blogspot.com/
    Doesn't seem to update too often, but interesting (today about an email from her advisor)

    Female Science Professor (my favorite)
    http://science-professor.blogspot.com/
    Updates often. Really interesting issues about being a professor and female.

    Psych Post Doc
    http://psychpostdoc.blogspot.com/
    Updates regularly, looking for a job right now
     
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  3. JockNerd

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    Nothing like explosive self-disclosure for some light reading :rolleyes:

    I'm not sure why some people would put such intimately person things online.
     
  4. RayneeDeigh

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    'cause the "anonymity" is comforting and the self-disclosure is probably cathartic.

    I dunno, I read the first blog the OP posted. I think the emotional honesty was refreshing especially coming from someone in the same boat education-wise.
     
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    The good ones are better and more insightful than 99% of professional writing I read, while the rest are taking up bytes that could be better used elsewhere. :D
     
  6. RayneeDeigh

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    Haha this whole thread has made me self-conscious about what I put in my own blog. Joy.
     
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    I'm not bothered by the self-disclosure, though I do think people often disclose more than they should online, and then act shocked when people find out who they are. Well, perhaps bothered isn't the right word. Moreso I wasn't surprised by it.

    Mostly, it just reminds me of what we had mentioned in the other thread, about how many folks in this field just live their lives in a perpetual state of freaking out. Not to say it wasn't justified in some cases on those blogs (and elsewhere), it just struck a chord since it seems a large number of people are very unhappy with the field and their experiences with it. I used to think it was reflective of the field, but I have my doubts the further on I go. I'm trying to figure out if I just got ridiculously lucky with my program/lab/advisor, tons of grad students are just very easily stressed, or somewhere in between. Again, that's not to say some people aren't justifiably upset, I just think back to when I was applying and from surfing the web I was led to believe that things would be an absolute nightmare and that after the nightmare I would still have precisely zero chance of actually landing a faculty job.

    I guess blogging is just like the news. "I'm busy but having fun" doesn't exactly make for an exciting blog post.
     
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  8. JockNerd

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    I'm not bothered by self-disclosure, but most blogs weird me out. The public ones all seem to be explosively self-disclosive without much insight, and I don't see much value in that. It may a thread of cynicism, but I have this thought in my head that many bloggers think that one day a record of their personal communications will be published and mulled over, or something.
     
  9. myelin

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    I never understood the point of reading blogs.
     

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