If you have been wondering why we’ve been rather quiet recently we’ve been hard at work on a suite of updates to Psychology Tools. The designs have now been signed-off and we’re one step closer to making your professional life even easier. In the meantime here’s a selection of essential articles and psychology research to keep you up-to-date.

New On Psychology Tools


Discussion of cognitive biases normally describes the ten most common unhelpful thinking styles and leaves it at that. But where do they come from and why are they so persistent? This article explores cognitive and evolutionary explanations for our mental short-cuts.

Psychology Research And Comment

Integrating EMDR and CFT in the treatment of PTSD and CPTSD

We’re very pleased to announce a preprint of an article by Deborah Lee and our own Matthew Whalley which describes a protocol for integrating compassion focused therapy (CFT) with EMDR in the treatment of PTSD and CPTSD.

PTSD and CPTSD often involve feeling-states of shame and associated self-loathing. Traditional exposure-based protocols, which are effective for fear-based PTSD, are sometimes limited in effectiveness when working with clients with high levels of shame as they can exacerbate a sense of self blame … This paper describes a protocol for integrating compassion focused techniques with EMDR therapy for the desensitization of trauma memories.

Whalley, M., & Lee, D. (2019, March 29). Integrating compassion into EMDR for PTSD and CPTSD. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/pnbm3

When is safety-seeking functional?

It is helpful for clinicians to be able to distinguish between harmful safety behaviors those that interfere with progress) and helpful coping behaviors (those that facilitate progress). This lovely paper from Lauren Hoffman and Brian Chu takes a pragmatic approach to distinguishing between the two. The link to the full article is below, but if you do nothing else, then at least take a look at their flow chart.

Hoffman, L. J., & Chu, B. C. (2019). When Is Seeking Safety Functional? Taking a Pragmatic Approach to Distinguishing Coping From Safety. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. doi:10.1016/j.cbpra.2018.11.002