Five psychology tips to make you a better golfer

posted Mar 18, 2019, 5:27 PM by Wayne Imber

As all sports are, golf is a highly mental game that requires much focus and attention from a golfer. A golfer’s mental toughness is tested on the course. Matching your nerves with the weather can be beneficial for your game, but getting in the right headspace is the best way to improve.

Always remember to stay in the present. Stop your mind from going ahead of you so as to be able to focus on what’s in front of you. Be sure to concentrate on the following shot and make the most of it. A golfer himself, Dr. Wayne Imber tells his students and friends to consider every shot as a challenge. Think of an effective strategy to get the ball into the cup in as few shots as possible. 


Never give up. It may sound cliché, but it should always be on your mind. If you’ve encountered a bad swing along the way, remember that you have another shot and it’s your opportunity to do better. Remember that the past is past. Yes, you’ll sometimes find yourself in a rut, but don’t stay there. Learn from your bad swing and focus on making the next swing a good one.

Wayne Imber believes that for golfers to be mentally tough, they have to stay positive. The difference between a bad day and a good day is your attitude. Be sure to look at everything with a positive outlook. Don’t take losses seriously that you forget how it is to win. Make every swing count, and remember to be mindful of every shot you make.

Wayne Imber is a retired psychology professor who enjoys cooking and golfing. Head over to this blog for more updates.

Habits that will improve focus

posted Feb 8, 2019, 10:06 AM by Wayne Imber

Focus sounds as simple as it is, but it is actually one of the things that workers find hard to keep. Focus improves productivity, allowing you to achieve more things in shorter amounts of time. Behavioral psychologist, Wayne Imber, discusses some habits that will boost focus, hence resulting to a better working pace.

Make time to do an exercise routine each day. When you are stressed with work or overwhelmed with tasks, exercise is the first thing that you might take out of your daily routine. Fitness trainers say that working out regularly results to better sleeping and eating patterns. It makes you more conscious of your time, hence giving you higher levels of energy.

Have more breaks and go outside.Wayne Imber stresses the importance of taking breaks as it protects workers from burning out and stress. Breaks make us more productive and creative when we are working for long hours. Take a lunch break in a park, or somewhere surrounded by trees where you can take a moment to rest your mind and hands.

Try to finish bigger tasks in the morning.Start your day on the right foot by achieving to finish important work during the first few hours of the working day. Tackling more important tasks in the morning reaps many benefits, including a more relaxed afternoon that leads to the feeling of ease towards the end of the day. This will let you rest better at nights.

Wayne Imber here. Now semi-retired, I currently live in Cincinnati with my wife. We have one daughter, Julia, who is currently in college taking up behavioral psychology. I enjoy playing golf and experimenting in the kitchen. My wife and I are avowed Anglophiles and enjoy British dishes. For more articles like this, visit this page.

A brief look at child development and emotional intelligence today

posted Jan 9, 2019, 8:16 AM by Wayne Imber

The major factors affecting child development and emotional intelligence today are very different from five decades ago what with all the technological advances that surround children and all the devices they have access to.

A person’s ability to control, express, and evaluate emotions are developed during childhood, which means emotional intelligence starts with just about anything else in child development. Parents have a huge role to play in their child’s growth, physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Children should be guided down the path that helps them develop a recognition and comprehension of what they feel. It’s perfectly normal that they may feel confused at first when they encounter emotions such as disappointment or discouragement, which is why adults should be there to help them understand. Parents may first start with the basic emotions of happy and sad, and branch out from there. 

Another way for parents to help develop their child’s emotional intelligence is to talk about their (parents’) own feelings. If children approach their parents about a new emotion, such as being afraid in the playground or of the dark, parents can tell their own story when they were younger to help their children relate and understand easier.

But what’s important is to have open communication. It won’t work if the parent does all the talking. Children should have their own voice to express what they feel, and ask if they don’t have a clue as to what they’re feeling. In fact, it would do a family good if parents encouraged children to speak up if the children feel the need to.

Hey there! I’m Dr. Wayne Imber, a retired professor who had more than three decades of teaching in the field of psychology. I currently live in Cincinnati with my wife and daughter, who seems to be following in my footsteps, as she is taking up behavioral psychology. To read more about this discipline, subscribe to my blog.

The golfing dos and don’ts every beginner should know

posted Dec 7, 2018, 10:20 AM by Wayne Imber

Watching the sport of golf is not enough to teach you everything there is to know about golf. Playing golf takes a lot of effort, time, and experience to get better at. Only when you play the sport can you be introduced to key aspects you wouldn’t see if you only watch professionals play. If you’re a beginner to golfing, here are some helpful dos and don’ts you need to know.

When learning how to play golf, don’t ask a person who knows how to play to teach you. This could be your spouse, your friend, or co-worker. They may be good at golf, but not at teaching. You don’t need a former PGA Tour winner for an instructor. All you need is a good instructor that can help you develop your swing foundation.

If you haven’t gotten the knack of getting the ball airborne yet, don’t play a course. Missing the ball often will create backlogs in the course as other players need for you to hit your ball before they can proceed. When playing, make sure that you complete the course as fast as possible.

It’s basic golf etiquette not to touch or tamper with another person’s ball. You may find one on the ground and not see anyone coming for it. This may be because they are hundreds of yards away or are waiting for their friends to finish their swing. Focus on your ball as not to ruin other people’s games.

Wayne Imber is a retired professor of social and developmental psychology, having taught at many undergraduate and masters programs throughout Arizona, Chicago, and Massachusetts. He spent his undergraduate years helping former inmates through the process of adjusting to life outside prison, a learning experience he continues to share in his stints as guest speakers in seminars across the country. To read more about golf, visit this blog.

On development and daydreams

posted Nov 8, 2018, 11:18 AM by Wayne Imber

Children who daydream are often misconstrued as being lazy. But studies have shown that this activity, perceived to be of no use by the masses, is actually helpful to the development of children into adults. 
On average, people spend almost half of their time awake wandering into some far off place in their mind’s eye. Some people may balk at this idea and scream to the high heavens at how focused they are at their jobs. But they need not be offended. In fact, scientists found that this daydreaming is important to a person’s cognitive function.

Children are easily bored, which is why their brains often explore things, places, scenarios, times, and universes that are fictional. Through this, they are able to increase their innate capacity for creativity, invention, and innovation. It has also been speculated that daydreaming connects the conscious parts of the brain and the unconscious areas. It is this connection that facilitates imagination.

Some neuroscientists, however, believe that daydreaming is a way for children to allow neural connections in their developing brains to fuse, which will, of course, pay dividends when they reach maturity.

But as with anything else, excessive daydreaming is unhealthy. This is why parents need to observe their children, and how much daydreaming is being done.

Hello! I'm Wayne Imber, psychologist, retired professor, and culinary experimenter. For similar reads, visit this page.

The long-term effects of grief and loss

posted Oct 17, 2018, 12:34 PM by Wayne Imber

Grief is a long process, but not frequently discussed are the bits and pieces that one has to deal with long after a loss or tragedy has occurred. There’s mental, emotional, and even physical damage, and many other things that permanently affect one’s life. Here are the long-term effects that have to be managed with grief and the loss of a loved one.

Greater sensitivity to life’s fragile nature

People who have gone through grief and suffered loss may feel more compassionate to others, as well as more aware of people’s feelings and emotion. It doesn’t take a lot to set them off, and this could be both positive and negative. They are simply more sensitive to the world around them.

Changes in one’s brain and memory

A grieving person could remember nearly anything as long as the given memory involves the deceased family, friend, or pet. Most other memories are also severely impacted if the memory doesn’t include the loved one. In some studies, people who are grieving suffer post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which also has distinct memory impact. Sometimes, conditions like PTSD lead to episodes of forgetfulness of even the most routine tasks.

Intense sorrow and pain

Complicated grief, also known as persistent complex bereavement disorder, leads to painful emotions that last so long and occur severely that one has trouble recovering from the loss and resuming one’s own life. The symptoms include intense sorrow and pain, focus on little else but the death, numbness or detachment, lack of trust in others, and inability to enjoy life.

It’s important to seek out help and social support when grief strikes, especially with functioning problems that don’t improve at least a year after the passing of the loved one.

Dr. Wayne Imber holds a Ph.D. in psychology and is a retired professor currently residing in Cincinnati, Ohio. Learn more on this page.

A guide for retired teachers: Enjoying life outside the classroom

posted Sep 17, 2018, 9:20 AM by Wayne Imber

Retirement. After years of toiling, finally, hardworking members of the workforce get to live their lives according to their own pace.  But for retired teachers like me, not being in the classroom is a huge change.  After decades of committing to educating yoging.  But no worries, I'll be sharing with you some points on how retired teachers can enjoy this new stage in life.

Use the "downtime" to reconnect with family and friends

 Life as a teacher can be hectic.  Sometimes, we have to skip important gatherings to prepare for our classes.  There are also days when you can't

 do anything because you need to finish checking papers.  Now that you're retired, spend time w

ith people you really cherish.  It doesn't have to be a grand gathering.  Catch up with

 a friend in a nearby coffee house.  Visit the library with your spouse.  Go for walks in the park with the children.  Before you know it, your days are full again.

 Take up a new hobby

 Now that you have lots of time for yourself, go and pursue the things you've always wanted to try.  In my case, I've always wanted to learn cooking.  If you've been missing the work you put in preparing for lectures and exams, a new hobby will give you something new to look forward to.  Some of my former co-teachers tried martial arts, pottery, photography, and other interesting activities. 

 Continue teaching

 You can volunteer in community centers, orphanages, or churches that have programs for children.    You can incorporate more games to the lessons and be more playful if you need to.  On the other hand, for the professors, you can share your expertise with college students who need a resource person for their studies.  You can also mentor post-grad students.  The best thing about this kind of effort is that there's no pressure to evaluate students and there are less of them too. 

 It's true that you can take the teacher out of the classroom.  But even in retirement, people like us will find ways to help others learn. 

Hello! My name is Wayne Imber. I'm a retired professor, having taught in many schools in Chicago for the past 30 years. I’m also an avid supporter of the American Red Cross. Visit this page for updates.  

Rethink how you cook macaroni and cheese

posted Aug 23, 2018, 1:49 AM by Wayne Imber   [ updated Aug 23, 2018, 1:50 AM ]

Mac and cheese is one of the most delightful pairings in the kitchen. From two-minute macs to something prepared for in an hour, it can be a staple comfort food or a snack that goes well with any movie or sitcom. If you like mac and cheese but are getting tired of the same thing, why not rethink how you cook macaroni and cheese? To help you with that, here are some amazing recipes. 

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Mac and cheese sandwiches 

Is it still mac and cheese if it’s sandwiched between two slices of toasted bread? Of course it is! What else can be added to this amazing sandwich? A couple of tomatoes and a lot of bacon, of course. This doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare and it can surely stuff your cravings. 

Lobster mac and cheese 

This is what happens when you combine five flavor-filled cheeses, penne pasta, and top it off with a lobster claw. While this meal couldn’t be considered for casual snacking, it’s a great dish to serve during parties. 

Mac and cheese waffles 

Everyone loves the crispy bits of baked macaroni so why not make the entire thing crispy? This surprising snack will surely delight your family, especially the kids. It takes a while to prepare this and your waffle iron might need some cleaning afterwards, but it’s definitely worth it. 

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Hello! My name is Wayne Imber and I’m a retired professor specializing in social and developmental psychology. For the past 30 years, I’ve taught in Chicago and throughout Arizona and Massachusetts. Now retired, I spend much of my time playing golf and experimenting in the kitchen with my wife. For more insightful culinary reads, visit this website.

A Terrifying Psychological Consequence Of Smoking

posted Jul 6, 2018, 2:57 AM by Wayne Imber   [ updated Jul 6, 2018, 2:58 AM ]

Smoking has long since been proven to be one of the most self-destructive passive habits a person can adopt. Millions have died from causes directly or indirectly related to smoking. It is an addictive habit that can destroy one’s body. That much is certain.

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However, did you know that there is one horrible mental effect that has been linked to smoking?

For years now, studies have shown a weak relationship between smoking and psychosis. But recent research has revealed that nicotine itself may be a trigger for schizophrenia. Scientists in King’s College London state that the abundance of dopamine brought on by tobacco, is a major cause of the development of mental illnesses.

Researchers who conducted the study observed the increase in dopamine levels, which is triggered by nicotine. Dopamine, which controls the reward and pleasure centers in the brain, if not balanced, may lead to a change in brain chemistry, and ultimately, schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that affects how a person sees reality. Patients suffering from schizophrenia are known to have an imbalance when it comes to brain chemistry, in which smoking is a significant contributor.

There are criticisms of the study, however, citing that nicotine actually alleviates symptoms of schizophrenia, not add to it. We can only expect more studies to be done on this in the future.

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What does it take to become a behavioral scientist?

posted May 18, 2018, 5:44 AM by Wayne Imber   [ updated May 18, 2018, 5:45 AM ]

Human behavior is one of the most difficult subjects to research and analyze. Studying how people act in response to stimuli is not as easy as it sounds because of the countless factors to consider. For behavioral scientists, though, they find it exciting because of their potential to use their expertise in contributing to other fields, such as health. 

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In Peru, a behavioral study was conducted on the handwashing habits of children in a particular community. There was a case wherein the said subjects were found to be more susceptible to diseases compared to those in other parts of the world. The research centered on observing and analyzing the children’s disinclination to using hand soap. The result was a targeted campaign that sought to educate people about how important it is to properly wash their hands. 

To be a behavioral scientist, one has to learn and master several skills, including the following: 

Experimental design: The field is all about experiments; behavioral scientists must be able to design and interpret theoretical and real-world tests. Their objective is to identify the right sample, conduct the experiment on them, and formulate a conclusion about the population from the said sample. 

Knowledge of psychological concepts: Without background knowledge on psychology, behavioral scientists would find it extremely difficult to gain insights about behavioral problems, let alone design an appropriate experiment to test hypotheses or determine phenomena. 

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Hey there! I’m Dr. Wayne Imber, a retired professor who had more than three decades of teaching in the field of psychology. I currently live in Cincinnati with my wife and daughter, who seems to be following in my footsteps, as she is taking up behavioral psychology. To read more about this discipline, subscribe to my blog.

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