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  • Everyday Routines Make Life Feel More Meaningful

    Scientific American: Mind & Brain
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Regularity helps life make sense, a crucial component in finding meaning -- Read more on
  • Stress Makes Your Brain Stronger: Try Fasting

    Scientific American: Mind & Brain
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    A scientist who studies aging describes how going without food for a time can make your brain cells healthier -- Read more on
  • Boost Your Happiness and Beat the Blues in 3 Easy Steps

    Psychology Matters Asia
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:39 pm
    I believe strongly that Happiness is Our Birthright. Yet so many of us, myself included, have days where we feel really bogged down by the pressures we might have at home or work, by ruminations on the past and concerns about the future. We wake up worried about the things we need to complete over the course of the day and fall asleep criticising ourselves for the things we didn’t get round to doing – or tasks we feel we could have done better. Wefixate on negative feedbackand get anxious about how our friends, colleagues or even family might be evaluating us.
  • We're more likely to cheat when we think it's our last chance to do so

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    29 Jun 2015 | 1:34 am
    Imagine spending your school half-term week with a forgetful relative who always leaves money scattered around the house. Would you pinch any? If so, when, and why? A new paper suggests that we are most likely to “cheat at the end”, and uses a neat method to find out why.A number of theories predict we are likelier to cheat later than earlier. Perhaps we award ourselves moral credits for being good earlier, and later spend them like Catholic indulgences for guilt-free sin. Or maybe the struggle with temptation wears down our self-control, or we become desensitised to the thought of…
  • Tested: Whether Extreme Music Causes Anger or Calms You Down

    Jeremy Dean
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    Punk, heavy metal, death metal, emo and screamo -- study tests if extreme music really causes anger or calms the listener down. » Continue reading: Tested: Whether Extreme Music Causes Anger or Calms You Down » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: How To Get a Bigger Buzz From Upbeat Music Why Do We Enjoy Listening to Sad Music? Revealed: The Type of Music That Makes You Feel Most Powerful How To Use Music To Boost Athletic Performance Making Music Dramatically Improves Young Children’s Behaviour
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  • Anticipating and Resisting the Temptation to Behave Unethically

    Sheldon, O. J., Fishbach, A.
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Ethical dilemmas pose a self-control conflict between pursuing immediate benefits through behaving dishonestly and pursuing long-term benefits through acts of honesty. Therefore, factors that facilitate self-control for other types of goals (e.g., health and financial) should also promote ethical behavior. Across four studies, we find support for this possibility. Specifically, we find that only under conditions that facilitate conflict identification—including the consideration of several decisions simultaneously (i.e., a broad decision frame) and perceived high connectedness to the…
  • Errors in Moral Forecasting: Perceptions of Affect Shape the Gap Between Moral Behaviors and Moral Forecasts

    Teper, R., Tullett, A. M., Page-Gould, E., Inzlicht, M.
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Research in moral decision making has shown that there may not be a one-to-one relationship between peoples’ moral forecasts and behaviors. Although past work suggests that physiological arousal may account for part of the behavior-forecasting discrepancy, whether or not perceptions of affect play an important determinant remains unclear. Here, we investigate whether this discrepancy may arise because people fail to anticipate how they will feel in morally significant situations. In Study 1, forecasters predicted cheating significantly more on a test than participants in a behavior…
  • Do Mean Guys Always Finish First or Just Say That They Do? Narcissists' Awareness of Their Social Status and Popularity Over Time

    Carlson, E. N., DesJardins, N. M. L.
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Narcissists crave respect and admiration. Do they attain the status and popularity they crave, or do they just think that they do? In two studies (Ns = 133 and 94), participants completed the Narcissistic Personality Inventory, described themselves on core personality traits (e.g., extraversion), and were described by an informant on those traits. Participants also provided self- and peer ratings of status and liking in small groups after an initial meeting and over the course of 4 months (Study 2). Relative to people lower, people higher in narcissism initially attained, but eventually lost…
  • Comparing You = Comparing Me: Social Comparisons of the Expanded Self

    Thai, S., Lockwood, P.
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:57 pm
    We examine whether individuals respond to comparisons involving romantic partners as they would to comparisons involving the self. Four studies (N = 2,210) using recalled (Studies 1-3) and actual (Study 4) comparisons about attractiveness (Study 1) and relationship skills (Studies 2-4) demonstrated that individuals high in self-other overlap decrease domain relevance following upward but not downward comparisons to protect their positive partner perceptions. This strategy was absent among those low in self-other overlap. Study 2 demonstrated that this effect extends to best friends, but not…
  • Knowing More Than We Can Tell: People Are Aware of Their Biased Self-Perceptions

    Bollich, K. L., Rogers, K. H., Vazire, S.
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:57 pm
    There is no question that biases exist in self-perceptions of personality. To what extent do people have insight into their positive and negative self-biases? In two samples (total N = 130), people with positive biases (i.e., self-perceptions that are more positive than a reputation-based criterion measure) accurately described themselves as positively biased, and people with negative biases accurately described themselves as negatively biased. Furthermore, people were able to distinguish which traits they were more or less biased about. These findings suggest that people may know more about…
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  • Why Conscious Self-Control May Be A Complete Illusion

    Jeremy Dean
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    New theory of consciousness could have major implications for mental disorders and addictions. » Continue reading: Why Conscious Self-Control May Be A Complete Illusion » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: The Unconscious Mind Can Spot a Lie Even When the Conscious Mind Fails Discovery of Quantum Vibrations Inside Brain Neurons Supports Controversial Theory of Consciousness Brain Scans During Out-of-Body Illusion Reveal Mind’s ‘Sense of Place’ The Illusion of Control: Are There Benefits to Being Self-Deluded? The…
  • Five-Day Diet Could Rejuvenate Memory and Learning

    Jeremy Dean
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:39 am
    Plus this short-term diet reduces belly fat and slows aging. » Continue reading: Five-Day Diet Could Rejuvenate Memory and Learning » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: Dementia Treated Successfully With Anti-Aging Diet The Diet Which Postpones Brain Aging High-Fat Diet May Disturb a Range of Thoughts And Feelings New MIND Diet Lowers Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease Over 50% Memory & Learning Boosted and Depression Prevented By Compound In These Fruits and Nuts
  • Dilated Pupils: 10 Messages My Eyes are Sending You

    Jeremy Dean
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:25 am
    Dilated pupils can reveal how hard we're thinking, how excited or disgusted we are and more... » Continue reading: Dilated Pupils: 10 Messages My Eyes are Sending You » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: How to Instantly Tell If Someone is About to Make a Good Decision (Or Not) How To Make Persuasive Eye Contact How To Change (Part 2) How Thinking Works: 10 Brilliant Cognitive Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know How Eye Contact Works
  • Tested: Whether Extreme Music Causes Anger or Calms You Down

    Jeremy Dean
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    Punk, heavy metal, death metal, emo and screamo -- study tests if extreme music really causes anger or calms the listener down. » Continue reading: Tested: Whether Extreme Music Causes Anger or Calms You Down » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: How To Get a Bigger Buzz From Upbeat Music Why Do We Enjoy Listening to Sad Music? Revealed: The Type of Music That Makes You Feel Most Powerful How To Use Music To Boost Athletic Performance Making Music Dramatically Improves Young Children’s Behaviour
  • Certain Foods Can Damage Your Ability To Think Flexibly

    Jeremy Dean
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:18 am
    Certain foods could damage the ability to think on your feet. » Continue reading: Certain Foods Can Damage Your Ability To Think Flexibly » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: The Diet Which Postpones Brain Aging 10 Most Addictive Foods: All But One Are Highly Processed High-Fat Diet May Disturb a Range of Thoughts And Feelings Dementia Treated Successfully With Anti-Aging Diet These Everyday Foods Have a Powerful Connection With Mental Wellbeing
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  • Never mind the neuromarketing

    28 Jun 2015 | 1:35 am
    I’ve got an article in The Observer about the state of neuromarketing – where companies pay millions of wasted dollars to apply brain science to marketing. The piece looks at the three forms of neuromarketing – advertising fluff, serious research, and applied neuroscience. The first is clearly bollocks, the second a solid but currently abstract science, and the third a triumph of selling style over substance. Finally, there is the murky but profitably grey area of applied neuromarketing, which is done by commercial companies for big-name clients. Here, the pop-culture hype…
  • Spike activity 26-06-2015

    28 Jun 2015 | 12:25 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Picture This? Some Just Can’t. The New York Times covers a new study on people without visual imagery – that science writer Carl Zimmer helped discover. New Republic on how the Romans understood hallucinations. “They did not have a single concept of ‘hallucination’ until very late on”. Science of the pornocalypse. Aeon has an excellent piece that looks at the evidence for benefits and harms of pornography. Pacific Stand has an important piece on copy number variant genetic mutations and intellectual…
  • Hold infinity in the palms of your hand

    25 Jun 2015 | 11:58 am
    A rare documentary about three people who have had hallucinatory and profound revelatory experiences is now available online. Those Who Are Jesus examines the borders between revelation and psychosis and hears people recount their intense experiences while looking at how they can be understood in terms of sociology, neuropsychiatry, religion and radical mental health. Julian believes he has been shown Jacob’s Ladder, how a universe is created and told his soul is Time itself. Sadat says a vision of an angel said to him: “You were Jesus Christ before and you were raised to life…
  • Compulsory well-being: An interview with Will Davies

    23 Jun 2015 | 3:28 am
    The UK government’s use of psychology has suddenly become controversial. They have promised to put psychologists into job centres “to provide integrated employment and mental health support to claimants with common mental health conditions” but with the potential threat of having assistance removed if people do not attend treatment. It has been criticised as ‘treating unemployment as a mental problem’ or an attempt to ‘psychologically reprogramme the unemployed’ and has triggered an upcoming march on a London job centre. Will Davies is a political…
  • Phantasmagoric neural net visions

    19 Jun 2015 | 10:54 am
    A starling galley of phantasmagoric images generated by a neural network technique has been released. The images were made by some computer scientists associated with Google who had been using neural networks to classify objects in images. They discovered that by using the neural networks “in reverse” they could elicit visualisations of the representations that the networks had developed over training. These pictures are freaky because they look sort of like the things the network had been trained to classify, but without the coherence of real-world scenes. In fact, the…
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    BPS Research Digest

  • We're more likely to cheat when we think it's our last chance to do so

    Research Digest
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:34 am
    Imagine spending your school half-term week with a forgetful relative who always leaves money scattered around the house. Would you pinch any? If so, when, and why? A new paper suggests that we are most likely to “cheat at the end”, and uses a neat method to find out why.A number of theories predict we are likelier to cheat later than earlier. Perhaps we award ourselves moral credits for being good earlier, and later spend them like Catholic indulgences for guilt-free sin. Or maybe the struggle with temptation wears down our self-control, or we become desensitised to the thought of…
  • Link feast

    Research Digest
    27 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Our pick of the week's 10 best psychology and neuroscience links:Psychology: Heaven and HellThis December in London we're putting on a little party to celebrate 10 years of the Research Digest blog. Come join us!It Pays to Be Nice… even when other people are screwing you over.Scientists Just Published Ambitious New Guidelines for Conducting Better ResearchJesse Singal reports on the recommendations produced by University of Virginia psychologist Bryan Nosek and others.#neurobusiness2015A conference held in Manchester this week promised to bring together the worlds of neuroscience and…
  • Is dyslexia associated with exceptional visual-spatial abilities?

    Research Digest
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:05 am
    Image: Jose.Stuefer / FlickrChildren and adults with dyslexia have reading skills that are weak relative to their overall intelligence. That's why it is often referred to as "specific learning disability". But what if such a profile also tended to be associated with exceptional strengths in other areas, such as visual skills? That's certainly what some experts have proposed, for example based on the observation that people with dyslexia are over-represented in fields that involve visual-spatial abilities, such as art and architecture.Now a team led by Mirela Duranovic has tested 40 children…
  • Here's a technique that helps self-critical people build confidence from a taste of success

    Research Digest
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    The directed abstraction technique acts a springboard,allowing the timid to gain confidence from initial successLast week Kathleen finally put aside her fears about public speaking to give a presentation… and it went pretty well! But when you caught her at lunch today and asked if she wanted future opportunities to present, you found she was as pessimistic about her ability as ever.This story reflects an unfortunate truth: people with low self-belief are liable to hold onto negative assumptions about themselves despite concrete evidence of the contrary; that is, they fail to "generalise…
  • New research challenges the idea that willpower is a "limited resource"

    Research Digest
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:55 am
    A popular psychological theory says that your willpower isa "limited resource" like the fuel in your car, but is it wrong?When we use willpower to concentrate or to resist temptation, does it leave us depleted so that we have less self-control left over to tackle new challenges? This is a question fundamental to our understanding of human nature and yet a newly published investigation reveals that psychologists are in open disagreement as to the answer.The idea that willpower is a limited resource, much like the fuel in your car, is popular in academic psychology and supported by many…
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  • Update: Latest thinking and neuro-tools to promote lifelong brain health

    28 Jun 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Time for Sharp­Brains’ June e-newsletter, wrap­ping up this month’s key news and insights around brain health innovation. First of all, a reminder: There are just 12 hours left to register @ Pervasive Neurotech Webinar, where we’ll discuss how the Digital Revolution is meeting the Human Brain. Reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants so far include inno­va­tors at IBM, Medtronic, Sam­sung, CNS Response, UCSF, Stan­ford, Intel­lec­tual Ven­tures, Neu­ro­verse, Brain Resource, AARP, and more (10%-off discount code: sharp2015). New thinking to promote lifelong brain health Why…
  • Final 12 hours to register @ Pervasive Neurotech Webinar, where the Digital Revolution meets the Human Brain

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:51 am
    Heads-up: Registration ends this coming Monday, June 29th, so hurry up if you want to join our upcom­ing webi­nar on how the Digital Revolution is meeting the Human Brain, building on the new report Per­va­sive Neu­rotech­nol­ogy: A Ground­break­ing Analy­sis of 10,000+ Patent Fil­ings Trans­form­ing Med­i­cine, Health, Enter­tain­ment and Busi­ness. –> To learn more about the webinar and report, click HERE. Registered participants so far include innovators at IBM, Medtronic, Samsung, CNS Response, UCSF, Stanford, Intellectual Ventures, Neuroverse, Brain Resource,…
  • Lumos Labs ranked #13 Holder of Pervasive Neurotech Intellectual Property*

    25 Jun 2015 | 12:39 am
    Lumos Labs produces the popular brain training web and mobile app named Lumosity. With 60 million registered users, Lumosity is the world’s largest cognitive training service. To date, Lumos Labs has raised over $70M in funding, and the company significantly expanded its IP portfolio in 2014 through the acquisition of several patents from Scientific Learning–another cognitive training provider–who has been facing financial difficulties. Location: San Francisco, CA Number of employees: 100–999 Pervasive neurotech US patent grants: 6 Pervasive neurotech US pending applications: 4…
  • El negocio del cerebro, al alza…también en español

    24 Jun 2015 | 4:40 am
    El negocio del cerebro, al alza (Diario Público): “Fernández está firmemente convencido del potencial que tiene el mercado de la neurotecnología, aunque no se le escapa que todavía existe mucho ruido mediático al respecto. No es el único, puesto que desde el Centro para el Negocio Digital de la Salford Business School, el profesor Gordon Fletcher prevé que para 2020 el mercado de las ‘aplicaciones tecnológicas cerebrales’ podría rondar los 35.000 millones de dólares… El ritmo al que se están registrando las patentes en torno a esta tecnología puede ser otro buen…
  • NeuroSky ranked #12 Holder of Pervasive Neurotech Intellectual Property*

    23 Jun 2015 | 3:39 am
    NeuroSky is a ten-year-old private company focused on biosensor innovation. Their primary products are EEG sensors (for the mind) and ECG sensors (for the body). Though NeuroSky does have its own proprietary headset, MindWave, for use in computer applications and gaming, its ThinkGear EEG technology is used in partnership with a variety of other consumer products, including toys and novelty items, that have found success in the US market as well as in Asia. On the ECG side, NeuroSky’s CardioChip can be used in a wide range of applications for health monitoring, sports, and HRV guidance.
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  • Crisis Text Line

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    We are here for you, anonymously, when you want to text us and talk about what you are feeling, what is going on and what is possibly upsetting you. We fight for the texter. Our first priority is helping people move from a hot moment to a cool calm, guiding them to create a plan to stay safe and healthy. YOU are our first priority. Great crisis counseling requires great crisis counselors. It is on us to provide a platform that allows our specialists to do their best possible work. We’re proud that our platform is stable and very easy to use. And, while we love data and data science, we…
  • The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    The mission of the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health is to develop and promote accessible, culturally relevant, and trauma-informed responses to domestic violence and other lifetime trauma so that survivors and their children can access the resources that are essential to their safety, resilience, and well-being. We provide training and support to advocates, mental health and substance providers, legal professionals, policymakers, and government officials as they work to improve the ways that their agencies and systems respond to survivors of domestic and their…
  • Open to Hope

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Open to Hope is a non-profit organization with the mission of helping people find hope after loss. We invite you to read, listen, and share your stories of hope and compassion.    This website helps people to learn how to grieve and recover after a tragic event such as a death in the family.  It is important to grieve and let others know how you feel.  Life is too short to let others pass without letting them know how you feel!
  • The Society for Consumer Psychology

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Society for Consumer Psychology shall grow and advance consumer psychology as a scientific discipline through the support of intellectual contributions to consumer psychology the promotion of research in consumer psychology and the improvement of research methods and conditions the professional development of consumer psychologists the mentoring of doctoral students and junior faculty the maintenance of the highest standards of professional ethics the fostering of an international presence the promotion of diversity in consumer psychology the increase and diffusion of consumer…
  • Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder, which affect more than 21 million Americans, account for 90% of the nation’s suicides every year, and cost $23 billion in lost workdays and other workplace losses. DBSA’s peer-based, wellness-oriented, and empowering services and resources are available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them—online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts,…
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    Psychology Research News -- ScienceDaily

  • Children from high conflict homes process emotion differently, could face social challenges

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Children of parents who are frequently in conflict process emotional interactions differently and may face social challenges later in life compared with children from low conflict homes. The findings are based on measuring research subjects’ brain activity during a psychological test.
  • On the brink of chaos: Physicists find phase transition in visual cortex

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:09 am
    Intense visual input forces the brain into a brief moment of chaos, but the visual cortex spontaneously returns the brain to its optimal function, physicists have found. The finding advances fundamental understanding of how a healthy visual system processes information.
  • Genes add risk to depression

    29 Jun 2015 | 5:01 am
    People born with a particular gene variant have a greater risk of developing depressions, a recent study shows. Depression has been relatively under-researched, and clinicians are not, generally, good at treating depression, authors say, noting that only about 60 per cent of patients get better with treatment, regardless of which treatment they get.
  • Pupillary reflex enhanced by light inside blind spot

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:58 am
    The human retina contains some 100 million photoreceptor cells. When these are stimulated with light, they communicate that information to the brain and we perceive light. Researchers have now discovered that when light impinges on the photoreceptor-free blind spot alone the pupillary reflex does not occur, but the pupillary reflex is enhanced in response to bright illumination in a normal part of the retina when blue or white light containing shorter wavelengths is simultaneously delivered inside the blind spot.
  • Calcium channel essential for deep sleep identified

    27 Jun 2015 | 5:12 am
    A specific calcium channel plays a crucial role in deep, slow-wave sleep, scientists have discovered. This is a key step toward understanding both normal and abnormal waking brain functions.
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  • Stress in low-income families can affect children's learning

    19 Jun 2015 | 8:43 am
    Children living in low-income households who endure family instability and emotionally distant caregivers are at risk of having impaired cognitive abilities according to new research from the University of Rochester. read more
  • Not-so-guilty pleasure: Viewing cat videos boosts energy and positive emotions

    18 Jun 2015 | 5:34 pm
    If you get a warm, fuzzy feeling after watching cute cat videos online, the effect may be more profound than you think. read more
  • Recalling positive memories reverses stress-induced depression

    18 Jun 2015 | 2:51 pm
    In a remarkable demonstration of the curative power of memory, published in Nature, scientists have established that artificial reactivation of memories stored during a positive experience can suppress the effects of stress-induced depression. The research, conducted by scientists at the RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics, a joint collaboration of RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan and MIT, shows how positive and negative memories interact in mood disorders, and provides a specific brain circuit for future clinical interventions. read more
  • Starfish have a surprising talent for squeezing foreign bodies out through the skin

    17 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    Starfish have strange talents. Two biology students from University of Southern Denmark have revealed that starfish are able to squeeze foreign bodies along the length of their body cavities and out through their arm tips. This newly discovered talent gives insight into how certain animals are able to quickly heal themselves. read more
  • Do insect societies share brain power?

    17 Jun 2015 | 8:22 am
    The society you live in can shape the complexity of your brain--and it does so differently for social insects than for humans and other vertebrate animals. read more
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    Tri-City Psychology Services

  • 73% of insomniacs cured after 1-hour therapy session

    2 Jun 2015 | 9:16 am
    istockphoto A simple one-hour therapy session has helped to cure 73% of people suffering from acute insomnia, according to a new study from Northumbria University released today. In the first ever study to attempt to treat insomnia in the acute phase – before it becomes chronic – researchers found that almost three-quarters of participants saw improvements in the quality of their sleep within three months following a 60-minute cognitive behavioural therapy session. The findings, which have been published today (Monday 1 June) in the international journal SLEEP, are especially important as…
  • Happy Mothers Day

    10 May 2015 | 8:56 am
  • Children’s sleep and mental health are related

    7 May 2015 | 9:59 am
    Toddlers who take a long time to fall asleep or wake up many times during the night have put many a desperate mom and dad to the test. Tired parents are often told that night waking is part of toddlerhood, and that it will soon pass on its own, but this is not the case for everyone. Researchers at NTNU’s Department of Psychology have conducted a comprehensive survey of nearly 1,000 toddlers that shows that serious sleep disorders in young children can have long-term consequences. The study shows that four-year-olds with sleep disorders have a higher risk of developing symptoms of…
  • Supporting Mindfulness

    5 May 2015 | 2:31 pm
    We live in a world filled with material wealth, live longer and healthier lives, and yet anxiety, stress, unhappiness, and depression have never been more common. What are the driving forces behind these interlinked global epidemics? In this series, Professor Mark Williams (Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at Oxford University) and Dr Danny Penman discuss the recent scientific advances that have radically altered our understanding of depression and related disorders. Also discussed is the latest treatments and therapies that are offering hope to those suffering from depression.
  • Can your I-Phone help preventing a relapse of depression?

    28 Apr 2015 | 10:09 am
    Image: iStockphotoA controlled trial published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics reports on a new modality of performing relapse prevention in depression. Internet-based cognitive therapy with monitoring via text messages (mobile CT), in addition to treatment as usual , might offer a cost-effective way to treat recurrent depression. Kok et al. conducted a study on remitted patients with at least 2 previous episodes of depression, randomized to mobile Cognitive Therapy in addition to treatment as usual.Results showed that residual depressive symptoms showed a small but…
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    Brain Blogger

  • Sex Bias In Autism Spectrum Disorders – Is It Real?

    Sara Adaes, PhD (c)
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    An intriguing observation in the epidemiology of autism is the marked sex bias in its prevalence, with a commonly reported ratio of five males to one female. Age of diagnosis also differs between males and females, being on average later in the latter. Despite the consistent documentation of such a difference, there is a surprisingly low amount of research on sex differences in ASD. The first question that arises in regard to this sex bias in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is if males are indeed more prone to developing autism, or if it is due to different behavioral characteristics (real…
  • Neuronal Transplantation May Restore Brain Functionality

    Viatcheslav Wlassoff, PhD
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Artificial limbs let receivers lead more productive and fulfilling lives. Organ transplantations give new life to people. Science has advanced so far that it can even tinker with the workings of the brain to explore ways in which lost brain functions can be revived. Experiments are already underway to determine if neuronal transplantation can replace and restore the functionality of lost or damaged neurons. Experiments conducted on laboratory mice provide a glimmer of hope. For instance, in a recent experiment, embryonic neurons were transplanted into the visual cortex of vision-impaired…
  • Disruptive Intelligent Machines

    Lorena Nessi, PhD, MA
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Intelligent machines are very likely to become as popular as smartphones. Still, the intelligence of a machine remains a debatable term and the first examples are as yet incipient prototypes. In truth it is difficult to conceive a technology more disruptive than truly intelligent machines. In some years “intelligent personal assistants” such as Siri and the new Hound, will likely be seen as an archaic pre-intelligent form of technology. According to Harvard professor Clayton Christensen, some innovations labelled as disruptive can significantly shape networks and markets through…
  • Do Insects Have Emotions and Empathy?

    Carla Clark, PhD
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    A recent survey suggests that for most of us that have ever had a pet companion, it’s a no-brainer that mammals and birds are emotional creatures, sharing emotions with multiple species and not just their own. Yet despite the thousands of YouTube videos and hundreds of recent scientific studies presenting easily accessible evidence and examples, not everyone thinks so. It was only in 2012 that scientists finally agreed that nonhuman animals are conscious beings. Meanwhile, in the laboratory, we have only just discovered that dogs display immensely complex human-like emotions like jealousy,…
  • Top 5 Persuasion Techniques of 2015

    Carla Clark, PhD
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    The art of persuasion really is an art form. It’s not always easy to get everyone on board and ready to comply – we are stubborn beings us humans. From kids refusing bath-time and shy friends avoiding going out, to simple requests to your other half going in one ear and out the other and bosses not taking the 1000th hint and giving you that much deserved pay rise… come on, persuading even ourselves to do what is best for us isn’t always a walk in the park. Thankfully, psychology research continues to advance our understanding of how to use persuasion techniques, making getting…
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    World of Psychology

  • 7 Connection-Cultivating Activities Couples Can Do this Summer

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:35 pm
    It’s official. Summer has started. For you this might mean a more relaxed few months. Or it might mean a busy season at work with more responsibilities. It might mean lots to do at home, trying to entertain bored, adventure-seeking kids. But whether you have more or less time, consider carving out some time to nurture your relationship. “One of the best ways to foster a connection is shared activities,” said Christina Steinorth-Powell, MFT, a psychotherapist who specializes in couples counseling in Santa Barbara, Calif. Shared activities give couples something fun to focus on, instead…
  • We All Agree: Don’t Put a Mental Hospital In My Backyard

    John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:28 am
    Sadly, in many communities across America, people still feel it is perfectly acceptable to discriminate against people with a mental illness. Now in a small town north of San Luis Obispo, California called Templeton, residents there are saying no to a voluntary inpatient psychiatric hospital that a company would like to build — adding to the town’s tax rolls and job base. Would they be equally likely to say no to a regular, medical hospital? Or is there something specific about a psychiatric inpatient hospital that the residents of Templeton object to? John Allan Peschong, writing…
  • The Legend of the Two Wolves

    Therese J. Borchard
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:45 am
    There is a Cherokee legend about an elderly brave who tells his grandson about life. “Son,” he says, “Within all of us there is a battle of two wolves. One is evil. He is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other wolf is good. He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.” “The same fight is going on inside of you, and inside every other person, too,” explained the wise…
  • The #1 Key: How to Help a Person Dealing with Depression

    Psych Central Staff
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:55 pm
    “Don’t look for someone who will solve all your problems. Look for someone who won’t let you face them alone.” — Unknown Depression for me is like constantly walking up a hill. Most of the time the hill has only a one percent gradient. You can hardly even tell it’s a hill. I walk, run, jump, skip along, doing cartwheels and stopping to smell pretty flowers and listen to bird-calls; it’s sunny and warm, with clear blue skies. Even though I have to put in a little bit of effort to walk up, times are good. And then something happens in my life, like I lose my job, I…
  • How We Deny Ourselves Joy Without Even Realizing It

    Sarah Newman, MA
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:45 am
    “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” – Rumi There’s a funny thing about depression and self-esteem. Even when we feel like life is good, maybe even great, and we have everything we could possibly want, we somehow can’t believe it. We wait for the other shoe to drop. Why? Because we’re not even aware of the fact that we have a long history of denying ourselves joy. The pattern is pervasive. We make jokes that undercut how well we are feeling at the moment. It’s almost superstitious. If we said out loud, “My…
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    Teaching High School Psychology

  • AP Psych workshop in Bellevue, WA

    Rob McEntarffer
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:49 pm
    I'm getting the room set up for our AP Psych workshop in Bellevue, WA. I'm a lucky guy: I get to do this workshop every year, and every year I meet fantastic, enthusiastic teachers.Big crowd this year - 35 teachers if everyone shows up! I'm grateful to the publishers who sent materials.One curiosity this year: Barron's is always nice enough to send plenty of copies of the How to Prepare for the AP Psychology Exam book, and this year we also got a dozen copies of Animals in the Water: My First Noisy Bath Book. Surely I can figure out how to work this into a demo, right? :) Not sure if anyone…
  • Psychology of GIFs

    Rob McEntarffer
    9 Jun 2015 | 12:43 pm
    However you pronounce it (are you a "gif" person, or a "jif" person?) , GIFs (short, looping animations/video clips) abound on social media and blog posts. This long blog post includes MANY examples of GIFs and a good discussion about why they are so effective (sometimes) in electronic communication. Includes references to top-down/bottom-up processing, mere exposure effect, selective attention, and other relevant principles.On Repeat: How to Use Loops to Explain Anythingposted by Rob McEntarffer
  • Standards-Based Grading (SBG) and Psychology

    Chuck Schallhorn
    2 Jun 2015 | 9:38 am
    Hello Everyone,Today we have a guest blogger, Maggie Payne from Shelby County Schools in Kentucky. I saw her post on Standards-Based Grading on one of the AP Psychology facebook groups and asked her to do a guest post for us. Thank you, Maggie!I have no experience with this format, so Maggie's expertise and insight are particularly valuable. Check out her experiences below.=======================================================================At Shelby County High School, we’ve been doing Standards Based Grading (SBG) for 3 years. It was piloted by our Science department and it gained…
  • Amy Poehler's Smart Girls: Just Breathe

    Chuck Schallhorn
    28 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    On her website, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, there is a video entitled, "Just breathe." It is a wonderful short examining what happens to the body and brain when we get angry or excited and how to counteract the rush of emotions. Great video and ideas to control emotions. by Chuck Schallhorn
  • Psychology Teacher Resources by THSP

    Chuck Schallhorn
    27 May 2015 | 10:03 am
    In an attempt to share resources among teachers in the modern world, we tried the 4-shared database for a number of years. Over time, it became clunky and unwieldy. Then I created a google site as a prototype, but the data allowed on any one site was minimal and links needed to be added rather than files being uploaded.Then Google Drive came to us through a variety of suggestions. The current organization is much like the blog, with the units being numbered consistent with the AP Psych course outline--14 units.The link for the drive can be found…
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    Advances in the History of Psychology

  • New Isis: Psychopathy in Germany & Helmholtz’s Musicology!

    Jacy Young
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:27 am
    The June 2015 issue of Isis, the official journal of the History of Science Society, is now online. Included in the issue are two articles of special interest to AHP readers: Greg Eghigian (right) documents the history of psychopathy in Germany, while Julia Kursell, in the issue’s Focus Section on “The History of Humanities and the History of Science,” describes Hermann von Helmholtz’s work on musicology. Full details, including abstracts, follow below. “A Drifting Concept for an Unruly Menace: A History of Psychopathy in Germany,” by Greg Eghigian. The…
  • Resource: Online Guide to Medical Humanities Dissertations

    Shayna Fox Lee
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:15 am
    Margaret DeLacy over at the H-Scholar network has linked to a resource that could be of interest to our readership: a large collection of ProQuest info for dissertations from subject areas within the umbrella of the ‘medical humanities’ that has been compiled by the University of Pittsburgh’s History of Medicine Librarian, John Erlen. Find the main list of subjects here. Erlen has been contributing to the collection on a monthly basis since 2001, and when you click on each topic of interest it takes you to his most recent addition. However at the top of each page there is…
  • Cheiron Workshop: “Archives, Repositories, Websites, Blogs, Exhibits, Oh My! Digitization Considerations and Conceptualizations”

    Kelli Vaughn-Johnson, Jennifer L. Bazar, & Jacy L. Young
    20 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    The 47th Annual Meeting of Cheiron, the International Society for the History of the Behavioral and Social Sciences, just wrapped up at the University of Kansas. On the final day of the meeting we presented the workshop “Archives, Repositories, Websites, Blogs, Exhibits, Oh My! Digitization Considerations and Conceptualizations.” The workshop drew on our joint experiences with three different web-based history of psychology projects: Psychology’s Feminist Voices, a Multimedia Digital Archive, Remembering Oak Ridge, a Digital Archive and Exhibit, and this blog, Advances in the History of…
  • The New Yorker: “The Real Lesson of the Stanford Prison Experiment”

    Jacy Young
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:12 am
    The New Yorker has just posted an article on “The Real Lesson of the Stanford Prison Experiment.” A new feature film The Stanford Prison Experiment, starring Billy Crudup as psychologist Philip Zimbardo, provides the impetus for the piece. On the morning of August 17, 1971, nine young men in the Palo Alto area received visits from local police officers. While their neighbors looked on, the men were arrested for violating Penal Codes 211 and 459 (armed robbery and burglary), searched, handcuffed, and led into the rear of a waiting police car. The cars took them to a Palo Alto…
  • 2-Day Workshop: “Brainwash: History, Cinema and the Psy-Professions”

    Jacy Young
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:49 am
    The Hidden Persuaders Project and the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image at Birkbeck College, University of London is holding a 2-day workshop July 3 & 4, 2015. The workshop, “Brainwash: History, Cinema and the Psy-Professions,” is free to attend and participants can register online here. Full details of the event, as well as the workshop programme follow below. The history of cinema, like the history of psychoanalysis, psychiatry and psychotherapy, percolates with Western suspicions that our minds are susceptible to covert, even unconscious manipulation. Cinema and…
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    One Among Many

  • Corrosive Communication

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    20 Jun 2015 | 11:49 am
    Sticks and stones, who believes it? Words can hurt. Here’s a look at sarcasm and the accusation of defensiveness.
  • Vietato L'Accesso

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    7 Jun 2015 | 10:37 am
    My students would call these notes from Northern Italy and Southern Austria random, but we know there is no such thing.
  • The Perils of Being Overconfident

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    31 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Overconfidence in judgment and decision-making is one of the signature biases of human cognition. A new measure sheds new light.
  • Water Games

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    20 May 2015 | 4:11 am
    Negotiations are especially difficult when you are responding to the other party’s assumed instead of actual preferences.
  • Psychology of Money

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    15 May 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Are you sure you want to spend your money on THAT? Dan Ariely wants you to wait and think. Same for having children.
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    The Situationist

  • Supreme Court Acknowledges “Unconscious Prejudice.”

    The Situationist Staff
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:03 am
    From Slate, by Kenji Yoshino: Thursday’s blockbuster opinion in the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project case will be primarily and justly remembered for interpreting the Fair Housing Act to include a disparate-impact cause of action. In anti-discrimination law, “disparate treatment” requires an intent to discriminate, while “disparate impact” can allow a plaintiff to win even in the absence of discriminatory intent. For instance, if an entity has a policy that disproportionately affects a protected group, it has to justify that…
  • Systemic Justice Conference – Today!

    9 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    For more information, see the conference website or the facebook page or download the program (pdf).
  • Erin Hennes at Harvard Law School – Discussing “A Convenient Untruth”

    The Situationist Staff
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:57 pm
    Tomorrow (Thursday) at noon  join the HLS Student Association for Law & Mind Sciences and JUSTICE FOR bALL for a lunch talk with Erin Hennes, PhD to discuss the psychological processes underlying the acceptance of the existence of climate change, and the implications these biases have for our legal system. Non-pizza lunch provided. Where: WCC 2009 When: 3/12/15 at noon ————————————————————————- A Convenient Untruth: System Justification and the…
  • Morality and Politics: A System Justification Perspective

    The Situationist Staff
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:49 pm
    An Interview with John Jost by Paul Rosenberg Note: This interview was originally published on with an outrageously incendiary title that entirely misrepresented its content. Introduction by Paul Rosenberg: In the immediate aftermath of World War II, a wide range of thinkers, both secular and religious, struggled to make sense of the profound evil of war, particularly Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. One such effort, “The Authoritarian Personality” by Theodore Adorno and three co-authors, opened up a whole new field of political psychology—initially a small niche within the…
  • Systemic Justice Project in The Globe

    7 Feb 2015 | 8:42 am
    Below are excerpts from Courtney Humphries’s superb Boston Globe article about the Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School (cartoon by Sam Washburn and photo by Justin Saglio, both for the Globe): From the first day, it’s clear that law professor Jon Hanson’s new Systemic Justice class at Harvard Law School is going to be different from most classes at the school. Hanson, lanky, bespectacled, and affable, cracks jokes as he paces the room. He refers to the class of 50-odd students as a community; he even asks students to brainstorm a name for the group. But behind the…
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    Ulterior Motives

  • The Consistency of Flashbulb Memories

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:46 am
    I remember as a kid that my parents shared vivid memories of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. They could tell me where they were and who they were with when they found out the president had been shot. In 1977, Roger Brown and James Kulik called memories like this flashbulb memories.
  • When You See Objects, You Think Words

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:25 am
    Take a quick look around the room. Chances are, you looked at a number of different objects. From where I am sitting, there is a computer, a coffee mug, a tape dispenser, and a little green Gumby model.
  • Solving a Shakespearean Mystery With Data

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:23 am
    Our ability to use language involves a combination of complex mechanisms that allow us to produce speech, learn words, and combine those words into sentences. We certainly notice the oddities in people’s speech when they are not a native speaker of your language. But, a lot of what you say daily involves habits you have developed over the course of your life.
  • Social Influence About Risk Differs for Teens and Adults

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    28 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    Life is full of risky decisions. Some involve physical risks like crossing the street against the light. Others involve social risks like expressing an opinion that differs from those of peers. Still others involve financial risks like investing in the stock of a new company.
  • Toddlers Understand the Cost of Actions

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    22 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    When a friend refuses to help you with something, that may or may not upset you. It depends on their ability to help as well as the cost of that help. What do young children do?
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    Psychology Today - Essentials

  • 14 Tips for Parenting in Public

    Laura Markham Ph.D.
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Kids don't always behave as we'd like when we're out and about. And when children are at family gatherings, they're often off their schedules and especially excited, so their behavior can be particularly challenging. Here's how to help your child become the kind of person who understands what behavior is appropriate, and who wants to behave that way!
  • How to Learn to Love Networking

    Susan Cain
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:29 pm
    We all want to connect at a deep level. The only question is, how do you find the magical portal to the deep stuff?
  • How John Steinbeck Convinced Me to Start a Writing Diary

    Mark D. White Ph.D.
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    For years I resisted keeping any sort of diary or journal, but reading the writing diary of John Steinbeck made me look at keeping one in a different light.
  • Embracing Hardship, a Surprising Secret to Happiness

    Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D.
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:06 am
    We try to avoid pain and difficulty. Research shows that embracing it will help.
  • When Adolescents Continually Lie

    Carl E Pickhardt Ph.D.
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:23 am
    Continually lying to parents needs to prove counter-productive for the adolescent.
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    In the news by Karen Franklin PhD

  • Recommended summer reading

    5 Jun 2015 | 10:37 am
    Among a bumper crop of engaging new books, here are a few that stand out as especially relevant to forensic psychologists interested in popular culture: Murder as public spectacleIf you want to understand the nature of murder and its resolution in U.S. inner cities, look no further than L.A. Times reporter Jill Leovy's Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America. Leovy embedded herself with detectives in one South Los Angeles precinct to discover the gloomy truth: When the government does not provide strong, centralized justice, people will take the law into their own hands … with…
  • Science reporter delves into shadowy realm of civil commitment

    3 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    Wayne Hicks and Hersey Lelaind. Illustration by Jenny Chang."Hersey Lelaind knew he was in trouble -- just not how much trouble. He and a housemate had been on a drive, and Lelaind had been smoking pot. When they returned to their home in Vacaville, California, the sheriff’s department was waiting…. "That was in 2006, when Lelaind was 26 years old. He’s been kept under lock and key ever since. His problem wasn’t the drug bust itself. But the bust prompted the authorities to review Lelaind’s checkered past. As a teenager, he had been convicted for sexual abuse against a minor --…
  • Static-99: Yet more bumps on a rocky developmental path

    19 Apr 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Last December, psychologist Brian Abbott and I produced a table to illustrate the mercurial nature of the Static-99 risk assessment tool for sex offenders. No sooner had we published our table chronicling the tool's shifting nature over time, than the developers announced yet more changes. Here, we are re-posting our original table, with an update as of January 2015.  By Brian Abbott, PhD and Karen Franklin, PhD* The Static-99 is the most widely used instrument for assessing sex offenders’ future risk to the public. Indeed, some state governments and other agencies even…
  • Static-99: A bumpy developmental path

    31 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    By Brian Abbott, PhD and Karen Franklin, PhD* The Static-99 is the most widely used instrument for assessing sex offenders’ future risk to the public. Indeed, some state governments and other agencies even mandate its use. But bureaucratic faith may be misplaced. Conventional psychological tests go through a standard process of development, beginning with the generation and refinement of items and proceeding through set stages that include pilot testing and replication, leading finally to peer review and formal publication. The trajectory of the Static-99 has been more haphazard: Since…
  • Upcoming forensic psychology trainings in Australia

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    I will be traveling to Australia next month to give a series of trainings, seminars and keynote addresses at Bond University on the Gold Coast (where I am a visiting research scholar), in Brisbane, and at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Here are descriptions and dates, in case you are nearby and interested in attending. For further information, click on any of the links below. I look forward to seeing some of you there.* * * * * SOCIAL MEDIA FOR FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGISTS This half-day training workshop will be offered twice: College of Forensic Psychologists, Australian…
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    Dr. Jennifer Howard Changes That Last Blog

  • Turning the Tables # 1

    23 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Dr. Jennifer Howard, host of A Conscious Life radio show and author of the awarding winning book, Your Ultimate Life Plan, is usually interviewing luminaries, thought leaders, and stellar authors on her show.
  • An Excerpt from Make Me One with Everything by Lama Surya Das

    15 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Tomorrow, we begin a four-part series with Lama Surya Das focused on his new book, Make Me One with Everything. In his new book, he explores “inclusive meditation” for both new and experienced meditators. here is an excerpt from his new book.

    11 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I'm excited to announce that starting Wednesday June 17, we begin a four-part series with Lama Surya Das focused on his new book, Make Me One with Everything. In his new book, he explores “inclusive meditation” for both new and experienced meditators.
  • A Conscious Life, Lama Surya Das

    24 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Dr. Jennifer Howard's Radio Show A Conscious Life, with Lama Surya Das and his new book, Make Me One with Everything
  • Achieving Success - Part 7

    18 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In Achieving Success - Part 1, we discussed the fact that how you choose to spend your time makes a real difference in achieving success. In Achieving Success - Part 2 we picked a goal and began imagining and envisioning it. In Achieving Success - Part 3 we picked a step toward that goal and looked at what might be keeping us from taking that step. In Achieving Success – Part 4 we examined what we tend to neglect and avoid in our lives or businesses. In Achieving Success - Part 5 we began looking at Jim Rohn's quote above and looked at the concept of inspiration and what inspires us. In…
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    Graphology World

  • 5 Important Questions about Graphology

    23 Jun 2015 | 12:08 pm
    I have written a great deal about Graphology over the years.  Articles, books, courses, blogs, newsletters.  A lot of thinking goes into the process of writing as you well know. But then, while indulging in another bout of thinking, (I should do it more often, I know) a disconcerting thought popped into my head. During all that time, had I been asking the right questions? Like – what is Graphology really all about?  What is its essence and true meaning?  Does it have any real value over and above scrutinizing the scribblings on a page? These are important questions to ask. So here…
  • 10 Things you can learn about yourself from your Handwriting

    10 Jun 2015 | 9:25 am
        Your handwriting speaks volumes. It will answer some of your most pressing questions about the real you.  Here are some of the key things that you can learn about yourself – or anyone else – from as little as a single page of writing! Your handwriting will help you to: 1. Find out about your strengths You need to know your strong points if you want to take advantage of them and use them for your greater success. Fortunately, strengths stand out in handwriting. The stronger the trait the more evident it will be in your handwriting. 2. Recognize your weaknesses While…
  • Signs of Genius in Alan Turing’s handwriting

    3 Jun 2015 | 11:43 am
    Long before the popular movie, “The Imitation Game” came out I decided to feature Alan Turing and his handwriting as one of the geniuses in my book “The Mark of Genius.” At the time I was unable to find any examples of Alan Turing’s handwriting but what I did find was an online version of an amazingly descriptive and fascinating biography of Alan Turing. It was “The Alan Turing Internet Scrapbook” and the author was Andrew Hodges. Now here’s the fascinating part. This remarkable biographical work is coupled with Andrew Hodges’s book, The Enigma which was…
  • Secret love letters of Charlotte Bronte discovered

    18 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Charlotte Bronte wrote Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte the author of Jane Eyre was one of the most romantic writers of the 1800’s. Partly biographical, Jane Eyre is about the struggles of a strong independent young woman and her need for love. Packed with atmosphere, it is a deeply romantic book that positively sizzles with passion. In fact, largely because of its many biographical elements, I like many others have often wondered about Charlotte Bronte’s own search for love. And now her secret has been exposed.  Because Charlotte’s secret love letters have just been discovered. And what an…
  • Need attention? Check your handwriting

    5 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    If you need attention or if you have a need to be noticed what does it really mean? Is it just a shallow desire to show off a new outfit? Or is it a desire to show how clever or talented you are? Maybe it embraces all these things and more. But in reality it’s a ploy for recognition because we all have a basic need to be recognized. However, what happens if we dig a little deeper – what do we find? Insecurity. A cry in the dark that says; “please notice me because I also count in the scheme of things.” Very often the cry goes unnoticed. And it is then that out of frustration…
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    Psychology Matters Asia

  • A Teaspoon of Novelty can Change Your Life

    24 Jun 2015 | 8:49 pm
    ”When people are inspired , they have more brain real-estate” – Says Julia Volkman ofBrainBasicsin thisexcellent articleon boosting your learning ability through harnessing the power of inspiration. Indeed, this and other recent research all seem to point what we’ve known intuitively for a long time now –when we like and are stimulated by something – we learn better.
  • The "De-selfing" Phenomenon

    10 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    In a group therapy session, a woman was asked what she enjoyed doing. Her name was Maria, who shared: "There is not anything I enjoyed doing. My whole life was taking care of my husband. I wanted to do what he desired. I was always there for him no matter how I felt. I listened for hours on end to his problems. I really lived for him. And now I have no life."
  • 'How can you think like that? You drive me crazy!' How your individual differences can strengthen your Couple Relationship

    6 May 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Do you find yourself arguing with your partner over a messy kitchen? Or perhaps feel frustrated because you are always the one planning your couple or family activities? Maybe you love to mingle at a party but feel irritated when your partner prefers to sit in the corner?
  • Boost Your Happiness and Beat the Blues in 3 Easy Steps

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:39 pm
    I believe strongly that Happiness is Our Birthright. Yet so many of us, myself included, have days where we feel really bogged down by the pressures we might have at home or work, by ruminations on the past and concerns about the future. We wake up worried about the things we need to complete over the course of the day and fall asleep criticising ourselves for the things we didn’t get round to doing – or tasks we feel we could have done better. Wefixate on negative feedbackand get anxious about how our friends, colleagues or even family might be evaluating us.
  • Dyscalculia or Math Difficulties?

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:14 am
    Excerpt from “Dyscalculia – a Mathematics Disorder- and Math Difficulties in Singapore” (Faber, 2014)Case of Susan:I was not assessed for Dyscalculia until I was about 17 years old; I went for this assessment on my accord as I wanted to find out. During all my years in Primary and Secondary schools, no teachers had recommended that I need to be assessed though I had failed math since Primary Two. My mum was concerned enough to bring me to a government clinic to be assessed when I was in Primary Five. At that time, it was concluded that I did not have Dyscalculia due to…
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    Connecting Hypnotherapy...

  • JK Rowling: Depression and Dementors

    28 Jun 2015 | 3:48 am
    When J.K. Rowling created the Dementors that haunt Harry Potter, she reportedly based them on her experience of depression. In their presence, all the joy, warmth and happiness feels like it’s being sucked out of the air, though the real terror lies in their ‘kiss’, which drags out one’s soul (though maybe she’s trying to ward her kids off dating there).If you haven’t had depression the Dementors probably washed over you as generically evil creatures, particularly with their hooded cloaks, rotting hands, and general hovering around. But to those in the know, the Dementors are…
  • VIDEO Hypnotherapy Demonstration: Anaesthesia

    14 Jun 2015 | 2:35 pm
  • 20 Mind Tricks to Try on Your Friends

    10 Jun 2015 | 2:22 pm
    A timing trick. We adjust to timing errors / latency. For example you press a button and 300 milliseconds later, a beep. You do this a few times, and you will adjust to it and the delay will become less apparent. Now the trick: After adjusting to the delay, remove the delay. Press the button, and the beep happens instantly. But the timing adjustment in your head will sincerely make you believe that the beep happened before you pressed the button. It’s mind-blowing. You can try a visual version of the trick by clicking here. -thenfour & Aeoxic#2. I like doing a…
  • Active Listening: Hear What People Are Actually Saying

    6 Jun 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Listening is one of the most important skills you can have. How well you listen has a major impact on your job effectiveness, and on the quality of your relationships with others. For instance:We listen to obtain information.We listen to understand.We listen for enjoyment.We listen to learn.Given all this listening we do, you would think we'd be good at it! In fact most of us are not, and research suggests that we remember between 25 percent and 50 percent of what we hear. That means that when you talk to your boss, colleagues, customers or spouse for 10 minutes, they pay attention to less…
  • Poetry and Hypnosis, Poetry for Healing

    2 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
     by Felice AustinOnly poetry can mend a rupture in our civilization. – John Carey, P.Hd.As hypnotherapists we deal in the language of the unconscious mind—in metaphors, symbols, imagery, and sensory detail. Our profession and our tools are not new; for thousands of years humans have done this: shamans, monks, prophets, poets. In some languages, the ancient word for poet is the same as the word for prophet.By definition, a prophet or prophetess is someone who speaks by inspiration, edifies, uplifts, heals, and sometimes predicts things to come. Poets also do this. The very…
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    Carl Jung Depth Psychology

  • Carl Jung on: The Unconscious: Archetypes

    Lewis Lafontaine
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:55 am
    Carl Jung on: The Unconscious: Archetypes Dr. Evans: You mentioned earlier that Freud's Oedipal situation was an example of an archetype. At this time would you please elaborate on the concept,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on the Anima and Animus

    Lewis Lafontaine
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dr. Evans: To be more specific, Dr. Jung, you have used the concepts, anima and animus, which you are now identifying in terms of sex, male or female. I wonder if you could elaborate perhaps even... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jung's Appraisal of Freud's Structural Concepts: Id, Ego, and Super-Ego

    Lewis Lafontaine
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:41 am
    Jung's Appraisal of Freud's Structural Concepts: Id, Ego, and Super-Ego Dr. Evans: Going still further into the development of Dr. Freud's theory, which you acknowledge as a significant factor in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung: Relating to Freud, Adler, and Rank

    Lewis Lafontaine
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:59 am
    Carl Jung: Relating to Freud, Adler, and Rank Dr. Evans: Dr. Jung, many of us who have read a great deal of your work are aware of the fact that in your early work you were in association with Dr.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung: "It seems to me that we are at the end of an era. "

    Lewis Lafontaine
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:44 am
    It seems to me that we are at the end of an era. The splitting of the atom and the nuclear bomb bring us a new view of matter. As physical man cannot develop any further, it would seem that this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Psychology in Everyday Life: The Psych Files Podcast

  • Ep 242: The Psychology of Attractiveness: An Interview with Rob Burriss

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:53 am
    One of the most popular topics in Psychology is attraction: why are we romantically attracted (or not) to each other? Whenever anyone asks me about this topic, or they ask me for other psychology podcasts in addition to The Psych Files. I send them over to the Psychology of Attractiveness podcast, hosted by Rob Burriss. Rob has been hosting this podcast for the past 6 years and he never fails to uncover the most interesting new research in this field.
  • Ep 241: I know What You DID'T Do - the Internet of Things for Dementia and Alzheimer's

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    13 Jun 2015 | 3:24 am
    How can technology be used to help people with Dementia and Alzheimer's? Here are a few examples. You may have heard of the "Internet of Things" - this is the idea that we can place small Internet-connected devices onto everyday household objects in order to get information from them about what you are doing - and not doing - throughout the day. A simple use of these devices would be to program these devices to turn the heat up (or down), turn your coffee on and feed the cat when the device senses that you just woke up. But how about using these devices with people who have memory problems?
  • Ep 240: How Do You Treat People Who Are Ill?

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    29 May 2015 | 10:07 am
    We all want to help others - especially those in the "helping professions" - but what's the best way to do that? Therapy? Medication? How about setting up an entire fake village set up to look like the '50s with helping professionals dressed up to look like grocers? Sound bizarre? Well, they're doing it in Amersterdam.
  • Ep 239: Racial Divide: Why Does It Happen? How We Can Fix It

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    4 May 2015 | 10:44 am
    Why does conflict emerge as it did in Baltimore last week, among the police and the African-American community? Is it caused by poor parenting? Poverty? Joblessness? I provide a psychological perspective on the situation. I look at how stereotypes develop and conflict among groups develops. The solution is complex but the theories on these two issues give us some insight into what has to happen to resolve the problems.
  • Ep: 238: A Robot's Gender, Act Like A Girl and Be A Man

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Does it matter if a robot looks male or female? You might not think so, but are we perpetuating stereotypes if if we create a robot that looks "feminine" to help the elderly aren't we continuing the stereotype that these types of jobs are "women's" jobs? If we create "masculine" looking robots to work outside and do adventurous, heavy lifting jobs aren't we discouraging young women from entering such jobs? Something to think about. Also, have you ever said (like I have) "Like a girl"? What effect does that have on young girls? Isn't it, upon reflection, a derogatory thing to say - implying…
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    The Socially Responsible Practitioner

  • Reflections on Juneteenth and Slavery’s Long Economic Shadow

    Adler University
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:08 pm
    On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all slaves were to be set free from chattel slavery. This day, known as Juneteenth, is the last official day of slavery in the United States—which occurred two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863. In recognition of Juneteenth, Adler University students, faculty and staff in Chicago created an exhibition of posters to honor agents of change throughout history, including contemporary figures. Several student leaders from the Adler…
  • From Graduate School to Employment: The Value of a Diverse Resume

    Adler University
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Briana Colton graduated in October with her Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy from the Adler School–now Adler University–in Chicago. A Chicago resident, she is blogging for us to chronicle her experiences navigating the transition between graduate school and full-time employment—and to share her progress and insights with the Adler community including current students and fellow graduates.  Today she writes:   I’ve been quiet on the blog over the past couple months.  I have heard from multiple sources that I’m “doing all the right things” in regards to my…
  • Social Exclusion: Everyone in Chicago Should Have Equal Access to Our Rivers

    Adler University
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Planning Council Chloe Gurin-Sands, a master’s student at University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Public Health, is completing her MPH field practicum at Adler’s Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE).  Recently, she blogged about conversations with the Chicago’s region’s Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) about the Great Rivers Chicago project. She provides social exclusion perspective on the multi-year project, and correlations to the ISE’s work with health impact assessment that incorporates urban planning,…
  • From Graduate School to Employment: Sharing My Profession & Advocating for the Field

    Adler University
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:51 am
    Briana Colton graduated in October with her Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy from Adler University. A Chicago resident, she is blogging for us to chronicle her experiences navigating the transition between graduate school and full-time employment—and to share her progress and insights with the Adler community including current students and fellow graduates.  Today she writes:   When I began looking for a job, one of the first pieces of advice I received from mentors in the field of art therapy focused on finding opportunities to advocate for the field. One woman suggested,…
  • American Red Cross Honors Dr. Troiani

    Adler University
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    Les Waite (left) with Joseph Troiani, Ph.D., at the Heroes Breakfast Les Waite has volunteered with the American Red Cross for 27 years and is Lead Volunteer for its Greater Chicago Chapter’s Service to the Armed Forces program. Les is completing his Psy.D. through Adler’s Military‬‪ Clinical ‎Psychology‬ track and is interested in providing treatment in areas of substance abuse and military sexual trauma. He also served for more than 11 years in the Ohio Air National Guard. Each year the American Red Cross honors individuals and groups for acts of great bravery,…
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  • Mindfulness meditation may have positive impact on personality and self-concept

    April McDowell
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
    A review of recent research has revealed that meditation, specifically mindfulness meditation, may help shape a person’s personality traits and promote a healthier self-concept.  Researchers Cristiano Crescentini and Viviana Capurso released their findings January 2015 in Frontiers in Psychology.  Their study summarizes the evidence on the potential benefits of the increasingly popular practice of meditation. The [...] The post Mindfulness meditation may have positive impact on personality and self-concept appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Fructose produces less rewarding sensations in the brain

    University of Basel
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Fructose not only results in a lower level of satiety, it also stimulates the reward system in the brain to a lesser degree than glucose. This may cause excessive consumption accompanied by effects that are a risk to health, report researchers from the University of Basel in a study published in the scientific journal PLOS [...] The post Fructose produces less rewarding sensations in the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Multiple pathways progressing to Alzheimer’s disease

    University of California at San Diego
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:23 pm
    The amyloid cascade hypothesis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) posits that sticky aggregations or plaques of amyloid-beta peptides accumulate over time in the brain, triggering a series of events that ultimately result in the full-blown neurodegenerative disorder. The hypothesis has been a major driver of AD research for more than 20 years. However, in a new [...] The post Multiple pathways progressing to Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Sacrificing men to save women: Reproductive goals influence men’s moral decisions

    Emily Shemanski
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Previous research has shown that men are more likely to make utilitarian decisions than women, in the context of someone dying to save several lives. However, a recent study showed that men were more likely to make anti-utilitarian decisions if the person they were saving had greater reproductive value to them than those he sacrificed. [...] The post Sacrificing men to save women: Reproductive goals influence men’s moral decisions appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Psychologists use Pinocchio to uncover surprising quirk in human perception

    Garrett Ray Harriman
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Using the movie Pinocchio, researchers at Ghent University in Belgium (PLOS ONE, 23 March 2015) have uncovered a stunning quirk of human perception. Their study shows that, with the right belief and priming, people grant the same perceptual “aliveness” to inanimate, humanlike objects that they usually reserve for living things. From a perceptual standpoint, this [...] The post Psychologists use Pinocchio to uncover surprising quirk in human perception appeared first on PsyPost.
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    Watersedge Counselling

  • 7 Steps to a Meaningful Relationship

    Jessica Morris
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    It is easy to waft through life, concentrating on surface level relationships. For one thing, a relationship purely cultivated on this is free of restraints. There are few expectations, and it doesn’t take much energy to have them. Yet we all find ourselves craving more. Whether it’s a relationship with a family member, a friend you haven’t seen in sometime or an acquaintance, the need for meaningful relationships is fundamental in our lives. Here are 7 steps that will help you create and sustain these in your own life. Be intentional If you want to be known by this person, they need to…
  • The Enneagram Type 2- The Helper

    Colleen Morris
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Do you have people in your life who are always helping others? Do they use their energy and resources to fix any problem that arises, and seem to be more compassionate than the average person? Chances are they are a Type 2 on the Enneagram. Take a look at our new infographic for this personality type, and see if you can identify the Type 2’s in your life. Perhaps you are even one yourself! Keep your eyes out for the next instalment in our Enneagram series coming soon: Type 3- The Achiever . Are you a Type 2? Would you like to better understand yourself or the Type 2’s around you? Here’s…
  • Keys to a Happy Relationship: Effective Repairs During Conflict

    Colleen Morris
    11 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Married At First Sight, Australia’s most recent reality show, has been declared a ratings success in spite of the controversy that the show attracted prior to being aired. It is little wonder, given that human beings are ‘wired’ for relationship and as such, long for and pursue the relationship that will meet their need for a life time of love and happiness. So it is with fascination that we watch the relational dynamics between each of the four couples, no doubt overlaying our own commentary and judgement about what we witness on our screens. My attention has been particularly drawn to…
  • The Enneagram Type 1- The Perfectionist

    Colleen Morris
    4 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    We all hold unique traits and characteristics, but there are some personalities which we are more easily able to adapt to and understand. The Enneagram is a personality profile that allocates people into one of nine personality types. By finding more out about our own personality type, as well as the people around us, we are able to better understand ourselves. Today we are starting with Type 1- The Perfectionist. You will be able to pin point these people by their passion for justice, their non-conformity and their natural charisma. Are you a Type 1? Would you like to better understand…
  • How to Deal with Depression

    Colleen Morris
    28 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Beyond the statistics that tell us depression is the most common mental illness in the western world, we know it is an illness that inhibits millions of people. It drains you of energy, sapping the light from your life and makes you feel isolated and alone. This week Colleen was asked by Australian Counselling to share some of her advice on how to deal with depression. Joining other therapists, she gives us some simple and effective advice on the steps we can take to recover from depression and feel healthy and motivated again. Focusing on the more creative methods of working through…
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  • MBTI® Test ENFP Personality Types and Project Management Preferences

    Geeta Aneja
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:50 pm
    MBTI® Test ENFP Personality Types and Project Management Preferences Different peoples’ Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI Test) personality type can yield valuable insights about their thought processes, strengths, and proclivities while they are planning for, completing, and wrapping up projects. Learning about your own MBTI test type, as well as those of your team members or co-workers, can facilitate the development of a more efficient and equitable work environment. It can also help you become more selective and knowledgeable about the projects you choose to tackle and your modus…
  • Myers Briggs® INTJ Personality Types and Communication in The Workplace

    Geeta Aneja
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Myers-Briggs® Test INTJ & Communication People communicate in ways that differ vastly from one another. In some cases, these differences are positive and enable individuals to learn and grow with one another in a working environment. However, in other cases, they can cause miscommunications that are mildly inconvenient at best. Fortunately, Dunning (2003) has drawn parallels between communication styles and Myers-Briggs testpersonality type indicators. This means that being aware of different personality types can help leaders anticipate differences and therefore challenges in…
  • The Myers Briggs® INTJ Personality Type Leadership Preference

    Geeta Aneja
    12 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    Being a strong, confident, and above all, an effective leader is important and vital in the fast-paced 21st century workplace. Thanks to technology-facilitated instant communication, companies and clients are expecting their teams to complete projects quickly and accurately. The best way to ensure that the teams you lead are functioning optimally is to be aware of your and their MBTItest personality type and how it affects your leadership style. This week, we focus on The Myers-Briggs® INTJ (Introverted-Intuitive-Thinking-Judging) personality type and what they can do to improve their…
  • The Myers-Briggs® INFP Personality Type Leadership Preference

    Geeta Aneja
    1 May 2015 | 1:25 am
    This week’s post focuses on Introverted-Intuition-Feeling-Perceiving (INFP) personality types and how they can effectively adapt to today’s fast-paced, complex working environment. People are often told to capitalize on their strengths to maximize their achievements, both in and out of the workplace. Before modern leadership development strategies were prominent, people would try dozens of strategies and thousands of combinations before finding the mix that was just right for them (Richmond, 2008). Today, leaders are inundated with strategies, seminars, techniques, and workshops to help…
  • MBTI® ENTP Personality Types and Communication in The Workplace

    Geeta Aneja
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Different people with varying personality types communicate in different ways. Developing a nuanced understanding of your, your spouse’s, children or your employees’ or colleagues’ MBTI® type can help you communicate and understand them more effectively and efficiently. Knowing others’ MBTI test personality types can additionally help you work better as a team, and ultimately be able to complement one and another as you work towards achieving common goals. This can aid you in reaching the best possible outcomes in your personal life, your team functionalities, departments, and…
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  • Study: Higher Income is Related to Less Daily Sadness but Not More Daily Happiness

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    13 Jun 2015 | 6:57 am
    A new large-scale study of over 12,000 participants shows that higher income is associated with less daily sadness but not more daily happiness (Kushlev, Dunn, & Lucas, 2015). Previous research... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Reasons Why People Maintain Negative Self-Evaluations

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:44 am
    Why would people maintain negative self-evaluations when they result in a great degree of distress? What purpose do negative self-evaluations have? Do they help us solve our problems, or do they help... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Three Most Basic Psychological Needs, and Why We Need to Satisfy Them

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:28 am
    Are you aware that psychological need satisfaction is crucial to your well-being, and that it should be one of your biggest priorities? This post will show you why. According to Self-determination... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Don’t Fear Responsibility Because ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    When we hold others responsible, we expect something from, and in order to expect something from others, we must trust and believe in them. We have to believe that they are capable of doing what we... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Social Effectiveness Therapy Beats Social Anxiety, Study Shows

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    At some point in our lives, we all experience symptoms of anxiety. Public speaking or other unfamiliar situations can provoke natural feelings of anxiety. When these natural feelings turn into... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Accessible Psychology

  • How to Silence Your Inner Critic and Become Your Own Best Friend Through Self-Compassion Part Five

    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Picture Courtesy of Shutterstock Why the work we do on ourselves helps others too…   In her conclusion of the series, Tami Simon, the founder and publisher of Sounds True, eloquently describes the notion of projection (projection being an unconscious self-defence mechanism characterised by a person unconsciously attributing their own issues onto someone or something else) by going on to say that…   “the work we do to accept the unlovable parts of ourselves, to accept the actions that we take that we wish we hadn’t taken. That that work is not work that we’re just…
  • Are your anxieties and fears are based on real threats? Here’s how to find out..

    23 Jun 2015 | 11:14 pm
    When faced with a threat our reptilian brain kicks in and throws us into flight fight or freeze mode. This is an automatic and instinctive response built into us from millennia ago when we had to scavenge for food and fight off lions to survive. The problem today is that this response still exists in us even though we very seldom need it. Don’t get me wrong, if someone is mugged in the street it is a very useful reaction – essential for survival even – but often this fight, flight or freeze response is activated when we perceive a threat, regardless whether one exists or not.
  • Feeling guilty? How to use guilt to your advantage!

    23 Jun 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Like anyone I’ve felt guilty from time to time. Interestingly I have a long standing history of confusing guilt for shame. When researching for this month’s series article on self-compassion I had an aha moment when I realized guilt was very different to shame. Shame by its very nature tells us that we are something wrong – a very destructive way of thinking and not helpful at all – whilst guilt signals that we’ve done something wrong, which incentivizes us to make amends and put the situation right. Guilt can also guide us to make better choices, serving as a barometer towards…
  • How to Silence Your Inner Critic and Become Your Own Best Friend Through Self-Compassion Part Four

    22 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Picture Courtesy of Shutterstock     How to deal with shame…   One of the ongoing themes to the interviews that I saw surrounded shame – a destructive emotion that tells us we are something wrong as opposed to guilt, which is useful and tells us we’ve done something wrong.  I think that one of the reasons why shame was such a central theme in the series is because when we experience shame, our inner critic goes into hyper drive.   Brene Brown, an award winning speaker who has spent the past ten years researching vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame…
  • Angry much? The critical message our anger is sending us (and why you need to hear it)

    18 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Like anyone, I’ve had my angry moments. One of the things I learnt in treatment was that often our anger comes from when our rights have been violated. For example, I have the right to my own opinions and beliefs. Has anyone ever imposed their opinion on you, said you were wrong or foolish and made you angry? That’s because they violated your rights!   Being angry is often a strong indication that our rights are being violated and knowing our rights is critical if we are to protect ourselves against others abusing them whilst creating healthy boundaries for our lives.   Below is…
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    Always ladies

  • Spread love

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:38 am
    Spread love everywhere you go… Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
  • Stay strong

    25 Jun 2015 | 1:58 am
    Be strong, you never know who you are inspiring!
  • Say something nice or nothing at all

    22 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    If the words you spoke appeared on your skin, would you still be beautiful?
  • Be yourself

    16 Jun 2015 | 6:59 am
    “By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before”  – Edwin Elliot
  • Reader’s story: When work becomes a nightmare

    10 Jun 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Bullying. One of those words that you hear often and it has an instant effect on you. I had mainly associated bullying
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    Hi Tim - HOME

  • Temper-Temper, Temp

    23 Jun 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Hi Tim, I’m a 24 year-old woman and paralegal, laid off last year and took a temp job in January for a firm that recently lost a long-term employee. Another temp lady and I are in the running for this permanent position with great benefits, perks and lots of career potential. She and I started off friendly enough, but then she started making sarcastic remarks to me in front of others, joking about my performance and alluding to the fact that she would certainly win the fight for this position. Now, she has begun showing up a half-hour earlier than we usually do so she can grab a few…
  • Currently Closeted

    5 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    Hi Tim,  I'm gay and I am out (and proud) to everyone except my family. I do not think that they will react in a way that brings me danger or kicking me out. But I know that they will become very uncomfortable around me for a very long time. My family has been through some rough stuff together and I feel like we are finally in a good place. I don't want to be the one to mess up the dynamic. I hate being looked at by them as an other. I just want to be adaughter.  Sincerely,  Currently ClosetedHi Closeted,Congratulations on coming out! I am happy to hear you have supportive…
  • Comparisons Are For Prices

    28 Apr 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Hi Tim,Single male, 20’s artist: I’m constantly comparing myself to different people with different abilities and mine are never as good. My parents and extended family always compared me to my superstar older brother who can do no wrong, and I guess I picked it up from them because I’m constantly looking around me at people who’re better than me at work, more talented artists, better looking, smarter, make more money, and so on. It never ends, and I feel crappy by comparison everywhere I go. Why am I not better than somebody at something, or is it me?  - Less…
  • Unhappy 420

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Hi Tim,I’m a man, 30, in the financial field with a great career, wife and two children. Life is good. I have a very minor dilemma, and I was hoping you could give me a fresh perspective. My little sister, a hipster, recently gave me an unusual 30th birthday gift; a bag of marijuana. Judging from her description, it is “primo” and I should expect to be high as a kite for hours at a time. In fact, she shared with me that I’m too uptight and need to loosen up. Instead of simply gifting me a membership to yoga or a massage or something, she chose to place in my possession…
  • Smoking Gun

    15 Apr 2015 | 10:43 am
    Hi Tim, I’m a single woman, 27, falling madly in love with a cute, sweet guy. He’s a little on the “bad boy” side, quite different than what I’m used to, with a sleeve of tattoos and some very noticeable piercings. We’ve been dating for 10 months and we are so sexually compatible. He does have quirks, harmless like most of us have, and one is to bring a .45 automatic pistol to bed with us. Of course it’s not loaded, but he likes to do some role play with it, have me hold it to his head or vice versa and things like that. That’s all harmless fun…
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    San Francisco Psychotherapy and Couples Counseling

  • From Funk to Flow: Reviving Your Soul and Finding Your Passion.

    Jodie Stein
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    Lately, all I want to do is make smudge feather fans. I’ve spent a ton of money on feathers, leather, and fur and I’ve been inside tethered to my glue gun during some rare beautiful weekends. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. I don’t really use them, and although I’m obsessed with checking the stats on my Etsy store, I haven’t sold any either. They just pile up on a bookshelf in my living room. Yet for some reason I need to keep making more. It feels really good. When I am working on one of these it’s like time disappears. It’s like they’re making themselves for me, as…
  • Zombie States: The Hidden Meaning of our Obsession with the Undead

    Travis Robinson
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    His life is a jitterbug jumping bean that just won’t hold still. He suffers from anxiety, profound overwhelm, and dissociative states. He dreams of zombie hordes infesting his home, infiltrating his city, devouring his family. He lives in perpetual states of vigilance. He has trouble trusting others. He has insomnia. He is terrified of relationship, and angry at the world. He feels dislocated. He spends most of his free time a little drunk, video gaming, and surfing the net. Do you recognize him? He is not alone. I know many others who suffer like this. There is a zombification…
  • Self-Care Part 2: Finding a Refuge for Your Inner Child

    Abby Volk
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:31 pm
    In my previous article, I talked about nurturing the self as you would a child. This isn’t to say that you would infantilize yourself, but to actually treat yourself with the kindness and respect. In my work with adult survivors of trauma, many people, when introduced to this concept often explain that they were never or rarely treated with gentleness, patience, and affection. The need to learn the healing behaviors and beliefs that will keep them from traveling down a further destructive path of over-working, codependent relationships, addiction, isolation, and constant avoidance of…
  • Speak! (Even if your voice shakes)

    Christine Canty
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:02 am
    “Wow,” the pastor of my former church said, looking over the coffeeshop counter at me. Jessica had stopped into the Peet’s where I worked on her day off. She was wearing her usual hiking boots in the middle of the city, with her unruly hair that she was letting turn fully gray after years of dying it falling and flying all around her face. I had just asked her something that had been on my mind for months. “Jessica, can you PLEASE give a sermon about how women should respond to homeless men? Because the only advice I’ve ever heard from pastors has been that I should make…
  • Screen Time for Adults: Setting Limits for Yourself (and your inner child).

    Lily Sloane
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:57 pm
    I was sick with a cold this weekend and feeling pretty crappy, which was fine because the third season of Orange is the New Black just got released. I can safely say when I wasn’t sleeping, I was likely looking at a screen. I’d brainstorm article ideas for a minute, watch an episode or two, play sudoku on my phone, play a word in Words With Friends. And then my friends bought a video game for the XBox that I had problems tearing myself away from last time I played it 10 years ago. Turns out my obsession with this game really hasn’t changed much. By now I’m really pushing up against…
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  • If You Change Your Facial Expressions You Can Look More Trustworthy

    Staff Writer
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Look happy, be trustworthy. A new study published by a professor of psychology at New York University finds that you can change your facial expressions to look more trustworthy. But you can’t change your facial features to look more competent. This was one of four experiments done by the researchers at NYU. All four experiments […] The post If You Change Your Facial Expressions You Can Look More Trustworthy appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Great Ways for Teachers to Reduce Stress

    Staff Writer
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:02 pm
    As the school year comes to an end, it is important for teachers to revitalize themselves and prepare for an even better year ahead. Here are just a few ideas to become a happier and healthier person – they can help to reduce stress and let go of negative feelings. Expanding your perspective is something […] The post Great Ways for Teachers to Reduce Stress appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Stay Positive And Happy With These Simple Recommendations

    Staff Writer
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:42 am
    At times it can be difficult to remain positive, but instead of avoiding all negative aspects in your life, sometimes you need to face them head on. This article lists various ways to lead a happier life. Looking at the positive side of things, thinking of the things that you are grateful for, and finding […] The post Stay Positive And Happy With These Simple Recommendations appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Never Underestimate the Power of Language

    Staff Writer
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Words can be incredibly important and have a huge impact on a person’s success in life. When speaking it is important to use passion and energy. This plays a big role in developing the right mindset and attitude. Negative people who complain all the time are not the kind of people you want to be […] The post Never Underestimate the Power of Language appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • You Can Stop Being A Slave To Your Emotions

    Staff Writer
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Emotions have you enslaved ? Read this article for tips and tricks on validating your emotions, recognizing your triggers, taking responsibility for your feelings, taking time away from your powerful feelings and creating a mantra that will allow you to feel empowered to take back control of life, and stop being a slave to your […] The post You Can Stop Being A Slave To Your Emotions appeared first on BrainSpeak.
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    Amy Bucher, Ph.D.

  • A Gold Medal Technique for Goal Attainment

    Amy Bucher
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:32 am
    There are steps you can take to increase the chances that you’ll successfully reach the goals you set for yourself. One is forming an action plan. A study of people with chronic health conditions found that people who developed action plans and felt confident about them were in better shape with respect to their health six … Continue reading A Gold Medal Technique for Goal Attainment →
  • For Creative Dinners on the Fly: Plated

    Amy Bucher
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:48 am
    For the past year or so, we’ve been getting occasional deliveries from Plated, a service that sends all of the ingredients you need to execute a fast, tasty recipe (minus pantry staples like salt, pepper, and olive oil). It’s great to not have to go to the grocery store, worry about what to cook, or … Continue reading For Creative Dinners on the Fly: Plated →
  • If You Want to Be Happy . . . Find the Meaning in Your Life

    Amy Bucher
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:53 am
    Motivational psychology hinges on the idea that understanding what is most important to any individual person is the key to changing behavior. I’ve heard this idea referred to as mission, as purpose. It’s easy to think that following your mission and living your purpose would mean happiness, but what if it doesn’t? Roy Baumeister, a … Continue reading If You Want to Be Happy . . . Find the Meaning in Your Life →
  • Your Secret Communication Weapon: A Good Story

    Amy Bucher
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
    Stories are powerful tools to persuade, teach, and communicate with people. Stories capture attention in a way that straightfoward data cannot. They transcend education and literacy levels, appeal across demographic groups, and cut through cognitive load. Now, there’s even evidence that stories work at a neurological level, causing the release of oxytocin. Stories can be … Continue reading Your Secret Communication Weapon: A Good Story →
  • Better than Good? Surprisingly Good.

    Amy Bucher
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:22 am
    The element of surprise can really help to capture people’s attention and break through the cognitive clutter. That’s the case with advertising, where unusual approaches can help an ad to stand out in a very crowded landscape. It can also be the case with health coaching, because people who need to make behavior changes have … Continue reading Better than Good? Surprisingly Good. →
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  • Facial expressions: Fear

    Hanan Parvez
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:57 pm
    EyebrowsIn fear, the eyebrows are raised and drawn together producing wrinkles on the forehead. The wrinkles appear on the area between and just above the eyebrows.EyesThe upper eyelids are raised as high as possible, opening the eyes to the maximum. This maximum opening of the eyes is necessary because when we are afraid we need to assess the threatening situation fully so that we may choose the best possible course of action. When the eyes are opened to the maximum, more light can enter the eyes and we can see and assess the situation more effectively.LipsLips are stretched horizontally…
  • Facial expressions: Disgust

    Hanan Parvez
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:50 pm
    EyebrowsIn extreme disgust, the eyebrows are lowered forming a ‘V’ above the nose and producing wrinkles on the forehead. In mild disgust, the eyebrows may only be slightly lowered or not lowered at all.EyesEyes are made as narrow as possible by bringing the eyelids together. In extreme disgust, it appears as if the eyes are almost completely shut. This is the mind’s attempt to block out the disgusting thing from our sight. Out of sight, out of mind.NoseThe nostrils are pulled straight up producing wrinkles on the bridge and sides of the nose. This action also raises the cheeks forming…
  • Facial expressions: Anger

    Hanan Parvez
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:53 pm
    EyebrowsEyebrows are lowered and drawn together such that they form a ‘V’ over the nose. This lowering and drawing together of the eyebrows forms wrinkles on the forehead, just above the nose and the eyebrows.EyesThe eyes are usually narrowed to produce an intense stare. Staring eyes are indicated by raised upper eyelids. The lower eyelids may also be slightly raised or tensed in order to produce the focusing eye movement.NoseWrinkles may be seen on the nose due to flaring of the nostrils. Nostril flaring allows more air to enter the lungs so that more blood is oxygenated and more energy…
  • How facial expressions are triggered

    Hanan Parvez
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Facial expressions are triggered by unconscious interpretations of events and situations. These unconscious interpretations usually happen very quickly and instantaneously so that we only become aware of our ownfacial expressions once we’ve already made them.Something happens in the environment; our unconscious mindobserves it, interprets it and reacts to it. The reaction is an emotion and the visible manifestation of this emotion is usually a facial expression.We usually become conscious only at the end of this entire process when we notice a change in our facial expression. At this point…
  • Types of facial expressions: Strong and subtle facial expressions

    Hanan Parvez
    21 Jun 2015 | 10:25 pm
    The facial expressions that most of us are familiar with are what are known as strong or full facial expressions. All of us can easily recognize when a person is feeling happy, sad, angry, afraid, etc. just by looking at their facial expression because the expressions for these emotions are full, strong and conspicuous. But facial expressions displayed for these emotions aren’t always full or strong and can be slight or partial too. These slight or subtle versions of the different facial expressions are often hard to detect. Ironically, these subtle facial expressions occur more frequently…
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  • Research Finds A New Way To Spread Happiness

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Research Finds A New Way To Spread Happiness It is well established that happiness can be spread through social interactions. Mimicry induced through hearing and vision are both able to spread happiness from person to person. While research has found smell is able to transfer negative feelings, it has not really considered if smell has the power to transfer positive feelings between people. But new research aimed to do exactly that: “We examined whether chemosignals are also involved in the transmission of positive emotions.” With a recent push of positive psychology and the fact…
  • How To Get Children To Eat More Fruit and Vegetables

    27 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    How To Get Children To Eat More Fruit and Vegetables Evidence showing the benefits of fruit and vegetable consumption is substantial. Despite this knowledge being widespread many adults and children alike do not eat the recommended amounts. As childhood learnt behaviours often carry on into adulthood, childhood is an important time to ensure a healthy amount of fruit and vegetables is being consumed, and a healthy habit is formed. So recently researchers from Coventry University examined if a school-level intervention may help create these healthy eating habits. “a major challenge is…
  • 5 Awesome Blog Posts About Introverts

    17 Jun 2015 | 9:54 am
    Introvert (and Extrovert) research has been a hot topic over the past few years. One of the reasons this area of research has proved so popular is that people are able to relate to findings from research. So here is a collection of some great, recent blog posts about introverts. 1. Introverts: You Were Born That Way Ever wondered why people are either introverts or extroverts? Turns out we might be born that way. 2. When Introverts and Extroverts Attract The differences may attract, but do they cause problems? 3. Introverts Can Hinder Extroverted Co-Workers’ Careers But what can be done…
  • The Benefits of Being Proud

    14 Jun 2015 | 12:41 pm
    The Benefits of Being Proud Feeling proud is associated with feelings of confidence, accomplishment, and self-worth so has obvious functions. But researchers wanted to examine if these feelings could lead on to actual improvements in success levels in two particular areas: athletic and academic. “When high authentic pride is experienced, individuals should respond with plans to behave similarly in the future, whereas low authentic pride should result in plans to behave differently, in an effort to improve performance” Specifically the researchers predicted that low levels of…
  • Why Eating Comfort Food Can Be Good For You

    4 Jun 2015 | 2:03 am
    Why Eating Comfort Food Can Be Good For You The general health-trend is a move away from unhealthy comfort foods to increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables in our diets. But research recently published on behalf of BUPA has found a link between mood and comfort food. The researchers found that comfort foods literally did make people feel comforted: Dr Pablo Vandenabeele, psychiatrist and Bupa’s head of mental health said: “Food is much more than just taste and sustenance, it connects us to family traditions, cherished moments and loved ones.” 33% of those who answered…
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  • Preventing Underage Alcohol and Drug Consumption

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:23 am
    According to a new report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), underage drinking has been on a steady decline for over a decade. From 2002 to 2013, the number of underage children experimenting with alcohol has dropped from 28.8 percent to 22.7 percent. Despite the fact that this decline is hinting towards the possibility of a better future for younger generations, alcohol is still the most widely used substance for children between the ages of 12 to 20, with tobacco and illicit drugs trailing behind. If you suspect your teen or child might have…
  • Learning to Get Over Your Fears and Into Rehab

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    5 Jun 2015 | 1:32 pm
    For those who aren’t suffering from addiction, it is hard to understand why individuals who have trouble with drugs and alcohol wouldn’t be running in droves to rehab centers and detox facilities. Why wouldn’t they want help, why wouldn’t they want to make their lives—and the lives of their loved ones—better? From an outsider’s perspective, it’s hard to wrap your mind around why addicts make the decisions that they do, almost as if they’re making the conscious choice to remain within the grasp of drugs or alcohol. But for those who actually live with addiction every day for…
  • Sober Dating Tips & Tricks

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    28 May 2015 | 10:36 am
    Learning how to date as a sober individual after years of barely remembered evenings out followed by countless mornings woken up next to someone you don’t even recognize can be both a thrilling and absolutely terrifying experience for newly recovering addicts. Everything feels fresh and new once the beer googles are taken off and the social crutch that is alcohol or drugs set down, allowing for a level of excitement that makes everything that was once unappreciated now cherished. You have to learn all over again how to interact with people on a one-on-one basis without the help of “liquid…
  • Teen Drug Abuse, Is It Really On The Decline?

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    18 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    The news tells us that things are getting better, parenting is finally getting easier. The studies they report on say that our teens are abusing illegal substances less and less frequently. For 11 years straight, things have been looking up. These studies come from credible sources like the Department of Health and Human Services, so how could we not help but to relax just a little? However when we take a look around us, our lives don’t seem to match these findings.  Substance abuse has affected all of us in one way or another—one of our children’s friends, some vague fellow student,…
  • Surviving the Summer Months Sober

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    7 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    With Cinco de Mayo just newly passed and Memorial Day fast approaching, the summer season is a time for getting together with loved ones to celebrate beautiful weather and good old-fashioned fun. The summer months are punctuated by a number of holidays including those mentioned above, as well as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Independence Day. This can be a difficult time for those addicts new to sober living, as it presents an assortment of new and challenging situations highlighted by powerful temptations and triggers. Navigating these few months is possible, although not easy, while…
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  • Have You Forgotten Your Gifts?

    Loi Liang Yang
    20 Jun 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Talent Are you living the dreams of someone else’s will? Have your dreams and aspirations become a fantasy and is now long buried within you? Let the moment now be an opportunity to revive your youthful strength. Young, naive and dangerous. Those were the moments when you were in touch with your emotional core. But the tireless work that you face everyday eventually put your gifts on hold. Those gifts are the only true source of energy to your aliveness. Only when your gifts are given to the world fully, can you begin to receive the gifts back from the world. Your gifts to the world is…
  • Mike Tyson, A Game Of Mind

    Loi Liang Yang
    13 Jun 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Mike Tyson Brute strength and violence is what seems to be portrayed by Mike Tyson, who achieved the youngest heavyweight boxing champion of the world. Yet what is in the mind of Mike Tyson is one we can all learn and adapt from. We tend to overlook the mental strength and endurance necessary to achieve greatness. The truth is that those who we admire have similar neurology as the rest of us do. They have fear, doubts, and anxiety while trying to accomplish their highest aspirations. During an interview with Mike Tyson, he showed that he is constantly in paranoia of winning because he was…
  • The Singapore Millionaire Next Door

    Loi Liang Yang
    8 Jun 2015 | 4:24 am
    Singapore Rolex, Ferrari, Lamborghini and the list of expensive brands go on. However, none of the aforementioned brands are owned by the wealthy. The wealthy will not splurge for the sake of pride, ego and social status. These prodigious accumulator of wealth continuously live below their means, and that is how they manage to accumulate huge amount of assets. In the book, The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko, the wealthy is simply not how the media portrays them to be. In fact, the wealthy simply spends like the average person but with much higher annual…
  • Why You Should Spend More Time Alone

    Loi Liang Yang
    30 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Be Alone In modern society, we encounter multifarious events which distract our train of thoughts. From social media platforms, to the constant calls and text messages from our mobile devices, these disruptions disable our ability to think deeply into the topic we have on hand. Every moment we are beginning to dwell deeper into our mind, a distraction is presented which breaks the momentum of deep thinking. Over time, this regular disruption prevents us from coming out with more ideas or rational decisions. In the book, Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, the author explored two mode…
  • Invisible Master Slave Dialectic

    Loi Liang Yang
    28 May 2015 | 7:19 am
    Master Slave An invisible hierarchical structure in place to stabilize society. Yet this stability in itself is confronted with chaos and resistant. This ultimately leads to an unending cycle of power shift between the master and slave. When you are at work, you are an invisible slave to your employer. You are tasked to work at specific domain driven activity. Failure to produce satisfying or adequate results lead to unemployment. The fear of unemployment from this specific master results in an invisible relationship of conformity. Both master and slave are stuck in a perpetual battle for…
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  • The goal of psychology everyone has forgotten about

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:26 pm
    "The psychology in general is perceived as a discipline that trains people how to analyse others, how to treat mental health problems, how to find out what is wrong with your brain. In many countries, going to counsellor or psychotherapist is perceived as something a bit creepy, perhaps even placing you in a position of being ostracized for having mental problems or even being insane. However, what most people have forgotten about is the fact that psychology has been founded upon principles of investigating a brain, behaviour and most importantly, our emotions and feelings. Early psychology…
  • Instant brain booster - Green Tea

    25 Jun 2015 | 9:33 am
    "This modest herb comes in various types and shapes – from pure leaves and powder traditionally used in China, Japan and other Asian regions, to teabags in a Western culture. Many have claimed that the green tea might cure or prevent cancer, improve depressive symptoms and even work against anxiety. Others claim that these benefits lack any scientific evidence and therefore might be false. However, the important fact is that green tea is beneficial to your cognition – as long as consumed in moderation.   Key ingredients EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) is one of the main…
  • The meaning of life

    21 Jun 2015 | 5:42 pm
    "Sooner or later, each one of us experiences a somehow forced break from life and starts reflecting upon the meaning or purpose of life. There are several answers to this question – some people choose religion to fulfill the black hole of meaninglessness, other people commit suicide due to ultimate realization of having no reason to live, some other people despite the realization of meaninglessness still enjoy their existence. I would like to focus on the perspective shared by the last group of people. To live with an ultimate realization that one's existence holds no meaning is either…
  • Why is it good to get angry

    17 Jun 2015 | 2:59 pm
    "There is that widespread notion that anger is a disgusting and damaging emotion, and because of it, very often people aren't so keen on talking about anger. We tend to be ashamed when things get out of control, or even worse, we might even direct anger towards ourselves. And that's the worst we could possibly do - if we don't know how to express anger in an appropriate way, we attack ourselves and in a consequence, we destroy our self esteem which might lead to depression. Or other way around - depression might lead to anger. And therefore, it's easy to lock ourselves in a vicious cycle of…
  • INTJ and Perfectionism

    11 Jun 2015 | 2:45 pm
    "First, I'll try to explain the perfection itself and then how it's connected to the INTJ's urge to make things of the best form one is capable of.   You probably have been in a situation when a task fell on your hands. As a responsible person, you create alternatives and these form further predictions. By your judgement, you pick which one suits the most to your problem. Have you asked yourself -even about other alternatives which could actually work too- why have you picked the one that seems the most perfect by your concept? What is perfection? You have ideas of perfection: a…
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  • Tenet #5: Assume Attraction (You Are Enough)

    Josh Hudson
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:22 pm
    You Are Enough! Entitlement (Assume Attraction) One of the most difficult principles for men to grasp is their understanding of value and entitlement. This understanding can give you the biggest potential for growth in having success with Women and life in general. It also takes the most time to achieve. If you read on, I’ll give you a better understanding of what exactly understanding Value and Entitlement is. If you ask any guy that is “successful” with women how they view themselves in the mating market, they will most likely say they are a “10!” Delusional?
  • Do I Need Therapy?

    Josh Hudson
    13 Jun 2015 | 8:34 pm
    I want to start this article by saying two things: First, I obviously have a personal bias in writing this article. Second, therapy works, and a lot of people would see a benefit of going to a therapist. Most people seem to associate the stigma of “seeing a therapist” with being crazy, or something is wrong with the person going to the appointment. This is simply not true. Here is a news flash – no one is perfect. Here’s the best way to explain it: Therapists are like doctors for the mind. What follows are nine specific reasons to see a therapist, and how they can help…
  • How To Become A Master In Your Field – Mastery By Robert Greene

    Josh Hudson
    9 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Interested in how to become a master of your field? Read this book by Robert Greene. Mastery by Robert Greene is the one most influential book I have ever read. There is so much golden material in this book that it is difficult for me to sum it all up in a short article. I highly suggest reading this book if you are at all motivated to increase your emotional, social, and overall intelligence in any field of work. I will go over the 6 key points that the author describes on how to obtain mastery in any field that you choose. How to Become A Master In Your Field To Robert, Mastery is a simple…
  • How We Lie To Ourselves (via Cognitive Dissonance & Rationalizations)

    Josh Hudson
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Rationalization is a process of not perceiving reality, but of attempting to make reality fit one’s emotions. – Ayn Rand We are backwards rationalization creatures. We use something known as Cognitive Dissonance in many areas of our lives. This is a concept that states that you will experience mental discomfort when you hold two different and conflicting ideas simultaneously, or when new information contradicts what you currently know. It is argued by some philosophers and psychologists that every action we take has a direct or indirect link to our survival. For cognitive…
  • Get Rid of An Addiction by Increasing Awareness (Prochaska’s Model of Change)

    Josh Hudson
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:33 pm
    How to Create New Habits & Eradicate Old Ones Eradicating old habits and making new ones is very difficult. Humans will not exert any outside unnecessary energy where it is not needed.  We are creatures of comfort. Possible change promotes anxiety and discomfort in most people. Our emotions tell us to stay right where we, whether it is beneficial for us or not. What motivates us to change? How do we know how close we are to our newly formed behaviors? When do we realize that we want to change? Why do we sometimes want change in our lifes and other times we do not? James O. Prochaska was…
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