John Suler's Teaching Clinical Psychology

Using Photos to Illustrate Psychological Concepts

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Throughout my career I've been fascinated with the role of images in psychotherapy, creativity, and altered states of consciousness. In my research on Photographic Psychology, I now focus on how people create, share, and react to images in the age of cyberspace and digital photography. An important component of that research has been my journey into conceptual photography, especially in understanding how images can be used to illustrate concepts related to psychology. I frequently create images that I use in teaching my classes, in professional presentations, and as illustrations for my various books and websites. Here are some resources about the use of images in teaching:

Photo Collections:

Portraying human psychology

A section of my book on photographic psychology devoted to images that portray concepts in psychology. For each image, I explain how I designed it to effectively address the concept.

Concepts in Psychology
A large collection of my images in flickr that illustrate a wide variety of ideas in psychology.

Photographic Psychology: Forces that Shape the Psyche
My 2012 exhibition of photographs that depict the various forces that shape the human psyche, such as emotions, childhood, group dynamics, romance, social media, and ancestors.

Photographic Psychology projects (pdf)
In Photographic Psychology projects, students conduct research on how individuals differ in creating, sharing, and reacting to images in online enviroments and using digital photography. As a form of participant-observation research, it involves both a subjective and objective analysis of information.


- Conceptual Photography

- Creating Titles for Images

- Intepreting People Pics

- Reactions to Photos: The Essential Questions

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