SGPsychStud: Top 10 and Bottom 10 of 2015 posts

This post is a little late, unlike the usual Saturday when most posts will be published.  This practice has been started since 2013 where I announce the top 10 and bottom 10 posts of the year.  I believe this practice not only shows everyone the most popular posts, it also shows people some of the most underrated posts of the year.  This summary also shows the types of posts everyone is interested in, which can help me writing better and more interesting posts.
This year, there is a total of 43 posts, with this final post of the year being the 44th (Bad omen??), so here goes the two lists.

Top 10 views of 2015:
  1. SGPsychStud: Career Planning for a Psychological Career (Part 1) - October
  2. SGPsychStud: Applying I/O Psychology Knowledge to Get a Job - April
  3. SGPsychStud: Review on Upcoming SPS Career & Networking Forum - August
  4. 2015 Update: Academic requirements for local psychology diplomas and degrees - February
  5. SGPsychStud: Career Planning for a Psychological Career (Part 3) - October
  6. SGPsychStud: Current Trends in Psychology - March
  7. Miss Psychobabble: How to Improve Your Sleep to Save Your Career - January
  8. SGPsychStud: Staying Competitive in the Psychology Job Market as a New Graduate - May
  9. SGPsychStud: 5 Things Students can do during the Holidays - May
  10. SGPsychStud: Psychology Facebook Pages to Follow - July
From the Top 10 list, it seemed like most of them (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9) are inclined towards career planning and working in the psychological industry.  Other posts include the topic of studying psychology (4, 10) and other other topics (6, 7).  This might be the result of a week of advertising on Facebook, and a focused topic for the posts for the whole month of October.  This whole series was originated from the No. 2 post of the year.  
So here's some possible ideas:  
Should I continue the topics of career planning and psychology education and training (top topics of 2013 and 2014)?  Should I have a fixed topic for certain months?      
Bottom 10 posts of 2015:  (1 being most viewed and 10 being the least viewed)
  1. SGPsychStud: Networking on Social Media - November
  2. Mastering APA style #1: Formatting and Referencing - January
  3. Miss Psychobabble: How Junk Food Control Our Eating Behavior - March
  4. SGPsychStud: SPS Student Forum Conversations - December
  5. Miss Psychobabble: Day-to-day Activities that Improve Cognition For Older Adults - July
  6. SGPsychStud: Finding the Fun in Studying and Learning - June
  7. SGPsychStud: The Cause for Most Arguments and the Solutions - November
  8. SGPsychStud: The "Nothing Box" and Mindfulness - June
  9. Miss Psychobabble: Dogs Can Make You More Attractive Instantly - August
  10. Miss Psychobabble: Psychology Of Money - How To Gain Positive Feelings When Spending - December
It is quite expected that the November and December posts would be of a lower viewership, however it is quite unexpected that there are posts from January and March that are lower too.  It seemed like these posts are of random topics and not like the above Top 10 list.  This is even in spite of having topics relating to career planning (1, 4), psychology education and training (2, 6) and topics of interest to many such as relationships and communication(1, 7), mindfulness (8),  animals (9), and money (10).  I do hope that everyone will read these posts if they are of interest to you!!!

For this year, I would like to sincerely thank Miss Psychobabble (13 posts) and MY Psychology (collaborated post) for their contribution over this year.  Hope that we can bring even more interesting posts for our viewers!! 
Lastly I would like to apologise that I have discontinued the Events page as I am unable to manage the page regularly.  However, I will be posting or sharing events on Facebook whenever I see them, so make sure you stay tuned!!!

Happy New Year!! Hope everyone is enjoying the double long weekends!!! 

Miss Psychobabble: Psychology Of Money - How To Gain Positive Feelings When Spending

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A surefire way to obtain positive feelings toward your spending is to make sure that you always have something to look forward to.

Anticipation of the reward:
"Say you are getting your bonus next week, why not consider treating yourself with the designer lipstick you have been wanting for months?"
The anticipation of purchase, no matter how big or small the item is, can increase pleasure vastly.  Savoring positive outcomes through anticipation has been shown to have stronger effects than reminiscing something that you have already acquired.

Delaying the reward:
Try asking yourself:
"What shall I reward myself after I stick to my budget and get my paycheck this month?” 
 Then, grant what your desires.

Have you heard of the Marshmallow test done by Stanford University?  

Delaying your purchase can increase the chances of better decision-making and the chances of creating uncertainty.  Decision-making can be influenced by the present bias wherein people act upon the momentarily wants and make immediate choices that are inconsistent over time.  This often leads to buyer's remorse and frustration with the purchase.  By delaying your purchase, you can make better choices as you envision the item's worth over time.
Delaying purchases also helps create uncertainty.  You are unsure on what to get and if you are really going to get it. But, you are motivated nonetheless because of the Zeigarnik effect.

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Ultimately, if you can wait…Your anticipation and delaying of the reward, and uncertainty of choices, will fuse together to give you more positive feelings toward spending your money.

Source: Adapted from Anna Agoncillo's Psychology of Love, Money, & Life book (

SGPsychStud: SPS Student Forum Conversations

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The SPS Student Forum was a very enjoyable event for students to attend, with lot of knowledge sharing done on that day.  Throughout the day, I have been having conversations with students. Here's some questions and advice that I have given some students.

A summary of general good comments:
"The talks are very educational and now students have a clearer idea of what is required to becoming a psychologist and what psychologists really do."
Question:  "What are some difficulties faced by psychology students?"
"Psychology modules have a range of different subjects and requirements, from chemistry and biology to statistics and others.  It really depends on your strengths and weaknesses.  For a student who has no background in biology, he/she might face difficulties in modules that require him/her to study about the brain parts and the nervous system.  For a student who is weakness in maths, the statistics classes might be more difficult."  (Read this post)
Question:  "How do I decide which school to go to?" (For the JC and Polytechnic student)
"Getting into local universities would be a good thing, as you are closer to your family.  But there is some comparisons between the local univerisities, e.g. the acquiring of a Honours degree.  NTU offers direct Honours, but NUS does not."  (Read this post)
"If you are considering overseas degrees, you will need to understand the differences between U.S., U.K. and the Australian training (see this post on years of training).  To be a psychologist in Singapore, you will need a Master's degree and 1000 hours of training (according to SRP).  This is most similar to the Australian system (read this post)."
Question:  "The talks are really good, but some of information that the speakers say are not very in-depth and we can already find out about them on the internet?"
"This is because some of the speakers are from the government ministries, and hence the information given may be restricted in some way."   
Question:  "The speakers have given a very bright and possible future that we can become psychologists, however what are the chances that a student becomes a psychologist?"
"Let me be brutally honest with you.  As you already found out, you need a minimum of a Masters postgraduate degree to become a psychologist.  However, not all with a Master's degree will become a psychologist, and not all students will get a Master's degree.  Probably only about 20% of you will become a psychologist.  That's the truth.  The path of psychology is a difficult one."  (Rest this post)
"However you have to know your strengths and interests.  Psychology undergraduate degrees are very general degree, and hence you need to build up your experiences and portfolio through an exploration of your strengths and interests.  With your experiences, portfolio, and degree, this combination will help you in your journey to becoming a psychologist." (Read this post)
Question:  "Why should students apply for SPS membership? What are the benefits?"
"Honestly, there are not many benefits. According to the SPS website, there are two benefits for student members:  (a) subsidised rates for events and (b) networking opportunities with psychologists and other members.  This may be seemingly nothing.  However, do not underestimate the Power of Networking!!  Networking with the SPS Council and members allows you to be in the loop for any upcoming issues or topics that may affect you as a student or your future career as a psychologist.  Hence it is really important that you often get chances to interact and network, and be in the in-group of psychologists."  (Read this post)
"Even for the SPS Full member, there are not much benefits and the main way to recoup the $75 membership fee is to attend the free AGM lunch/dinner which might go up to $65.  As for other members, including student members, they are not entitled to their free AGM lunch/dinner."
Hope everyone enjoyed your time and learnt something during the SPS student forum yesterday!!!