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  • Am I Having A Nervous Breakdown? One Woman's Experience With Panic Attacks

    Megsanity | Women, psychology and expletives.
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Panic attacks (discussed here and here) can show up with postpartum depression, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders or as their own issue.  Panic Disorder is characterized by:      Frequent, unexpected panic attacks that aren’t tied to a specific situ...
  • The Ferrari that distracted the gardener... 1

    Thoughts Aplenty
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    I learnt a new way of thinking today that I wanted to share with the Blogger realm, I was reading the The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and Julian Mantle had just filled John's cup to the brim and the cup was overflowing... I knew something great was about to be shared to the younger man.Julian was recounting his first few weeks in the Himalayas and reminded John of how much he doted over his garden. He asked him "You would get angry if I went to your garden and poured poison over your flowers would you not?" John of course replied affirmatively.He went on to explain that if people were to stand…
  • This Simple Technique Will Help Detect Lies

    4 Oct 2014 | 1:32 am
    Here is a quick way to find out whether or not someone is lying to you (visual representation).
  • Eating This For Breakfast Reduces Food Cravings Later in The Day

    Jeremy Dean
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    What you should eat for the 'most important meal of the day'. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: 3 Minutes of Tetris Reduces Cravings for Drink, Cigarettes and Food Food on the Mind: 20 Surprising Insights From Food Psychology Why the Sleep-Deprived Crave Junk Food and Buy Higher Calorie Foods Most Unlikely Weight Loss Trick Revealed by Psych Experiment One Extra Hour of TV Reduces Toddlers’ Kindergarten Chances
  • Easy Anxiety Relief in a Mindfulness Meditation Video

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    Sandra Kiume
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    A mindfulness guided meditation video to help you overcome anxiety and fear. In this simple 15 minute video, a calm male voice leads you through a breathing exercise, and repeating a series of mantras that focus on creating a sense of inner peace.  
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  • 'Ooo, You're So Defensive!"

    Jeremy E. Sherman, Ph.D.
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Defensiveness is just ego? Nope. Defensiveness has its place and serves a purpose, keeping you focused on your work and not your doubts. The question isn't whether to be defensive but in which situations. It has its place and we should focus on where to place it, and where to replace it with more
  • Why Is Employee Recognition Always a Problem?

    Victor Lipman
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    One issue that recurred in literally every employee survey I was involved with over several decades was lack of employee recognition. Providing such recognition should be easy for management, but it isn't. Why is that? I asked readers and received insightful answers. read more
  • Violence Risk Reduction Planning

    Kathryn Seifert, Ph.D.
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    While the murder rate in the U.S. is down as a whole, the mass murder rate has been rising. Many have been broadcasting the fact that we are seeing an overall decline in the murder rate in this country but the U.S. still has the highest violence and incarceration rates of all advanced nations in the more
  • Five Quotes to Consider on Being Alone

    Sophia Dembling
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    In a new book, the author describes society's attitude towards solitude, makes a case for its benefits, and suggests ways the solitude-averse can learn to love it. Or at least deal with more
  • Resources for People With Borderline Personality Disorder

    Randi Kreger
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    This is a space for people with borderline personality disorder who have specific suggestions about how they recovered or what specifically helped them, including sites, blogs, books, and more. Please focus on more
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  • The Multicultural Jigsaw Puzzle: Category Indispensability and Acceptance of Immigrants' Cultural Rights

    Verkuyten, M., Martinovic, B., Smeekes, A.
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    This research introduces and examines the relatively novel concept of category indispensability. It is examined whether the perception of subgroup indispensability for the identity of a superordinate category is associated with majority members’ acceptance of minority rights. We investigated the role of perceived national category indispensability of immigrants for native’s acceptances of immigrants’ expressive cultural rights. The general hypothesis tested is that higher perceived category indispensability of immigrant groups is associated with higher acceptance. Results…
  • Core Values Versus Common Sense: Consequentialist Views Appear Less Rooted in Morality

    Kreps, T. A., Monin, B.
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    When a speaker presents an opinion, an important factor in audiences’ reactions is whether the speaker seems to be basing his or her decision on ethical (as opposed to more pragmatic) concerns. We argue that, despite a consequentialist philosophical tradition that views utilitarian consequences as the basis for moral reasoning, lay perceivers think that speakers using arguments based on consequences do not construe the issue as a moral one. Five experiments show that, for both political views (including real State of the Union quotations) and organizational policies, consequentialist…
  • Empathy, Target Distress, and Neurohormone Genes Interact to Predict Aggression for Others-Even Without Provocation

    Buffone, A. E. K., Poulin, M. J.
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Can empathy for others motivate aggression on their behalf? This research examined potential predictors of empathy-linked aggression including the emotional state of empathy, an empathy target’s distress state, and the function of the social anxiety-modulating neuropeptides oxytocin and vasopressin. In Study 1 (N = 69), self-reported empathy combined with threat to a close other and individual differences in genes for the vasopressin receptor (AVPR1a rs3) and oxytocin receptor (OXTR rs53576) to predict self-reported aggression against a person who threatened a close other. In Study 2 (N…
  • Purpose in Life as a Resource for Increasing Comfort With Ethnic Diversity

    Burrow, A. L., Stanley, M., Sumner, R., Hill, P. L.
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Emerging demographic trends signal that White Americans will soon relinquish their majority status. As Whites’ acclimation to an increasingly diverse society is poised to figure prominently in their adjustment, identifying sources of greater comfort with diversity is important. Three studies (N = 519) revealed evidence that purpose in life bolsters comfort with ethnic diversity among White adults. Specifically, dispositional purpose was positively related to diversity attitudes and attenuated feelings of threat resulting from viewing demographic projections of greater diversity. In…
  • You Didn't Have to Do That: Belief in Free Will Promotes Gratitude

    MacKenzie, M. J., Vohs, K. D., Baumeister, R. F.
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Four studies tested the hypothesis that a weaker belief in free will would be related to feeling less gratitude. In Studies 1a and 1b, a trait measure of free will belief was positively correlated with a measure of dispositional gratitude. In Study 2, participants whose free will belief was weakened (vs. unchanged or bolstered) reported feeling less grateful for events in their past. Study 3 used a laboratory induction of gratitude. Participants with an experimentally reduced (vs. increased) belief in free will reported feeling less grateful for the favor. In Study 4, a reduced (vs.
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  • How to Learn Better: Evidence for Well-Known But Little-Used Technique

    Jeremy Dean
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    The powerful effect of the right kind of learning technique. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: You Can Learn a New Language While You Sleep, Study Finds How to Learn Anything Better By Tweaking Your Mindset The One (Really Easy) Persuasion Technique Everyone Should Know How The Brain Works During The Two Main Types of Meditation Humming in Sync: How Our Brains Can Learn So Quickly
  • Brain Scans Reveal Why Up To One in Six People Get SAD in Winter

    Jeremy Dean
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    New research reveals why so many people are affected by the 'winter blues'. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: High Blood Sugar Levels Linked to Brain Decay Does The Weather Affect Your Mood? Autism: Vital Link Found Between Vitamin D and Serotonin Production Debunked: ‘Right-Brain’ and ‘Left-Brain’ Personalities How New Ideas Change Your Brain Cells
  • Eating This For Breakfast Reduces Food Cravings Later in The Day

    Jeremy Dean
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    What you should eat for the 'most important meal of the day'. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: 3 Minutes of Tetris Reduces Cravings for Drink, Cigarettes and Food Food on the Mind: 20 Surprising Insights From Food Psychology Why the Sleep-Deprived Crave Junk Food and Buy Higher Calorie Foods Most Unlikely Weight Loss Trick Revealed by Psych Experiment One Extra Hour of TV Reduces Toddlers’ Kindergarten Chances
  • How Vision Works: Why Most of What You See Looks Sharp When Really It’s Not

    Jeremy Dean
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Solving the most fascinating quirk of vision: what you see isn't really what you see. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: The Brain “Sees” Objects That You Don’t Perceive How Thinking Works: 10 Brilliant Cognitive Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know How Attention Works: The Brain’s Anti-Distraction System Discovered 13 Milliseconds: The Incredible Speed at Which Your Brain Can Identify an Image How the Mind Works: 10 Fascinating TED Talks
  • How to Feel Happy Just By Walking Differently

    Jeremy Dean
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Our mood clearly affects how we walk, but how does our walking style affect our mood? Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: Happy Habits: How to Fix Bad Moods Here’s Why Materialistic People Are Less Happy and Less Satisfied What Alzheimer’s Patients Feel After Their Memories Have Vanished The Item of Clothing That Can Help People Feel Less Angry The Happiness Equation: It Can Predict How Good You Will Feel Moment-by-Moment
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    Mind Hacks

  • A Rush of Blood to the Brain

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    An article from Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry that discusses the concept of ‘moral disability’ and brain trauma in Victorian times includes a fascinating section on what was presumably thought to be the science of ‘knocking some sense into the brain’. The piece is by medical historian Brandy Shillace who researches Victorian scientific ideas and how they affected society. Sadly, the article is locked (quite rightly, humanities can kill if not used correctly) but this is the key section: While eighteenth-century French philosopher François Bichat had suggested that…
  • Hallucinating astronauts

    5 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    I’ve got a piece in The Observer about the stresses, strains and mind-bending effects of space flight. NASA considers behavioural and psychiatric conditions to be one of the most significant risks to the integrity of astronaut functioning and there is a surprisingly long history of these difficulties adversely affecting missions. Perhaps more seriously, hallucinations have been associated with the breakdown of crew coherence and space mission stress. In 1976, crew from the Russian Soyuz-21 mission were brought back to Earth early after they reported an acrid smell aboard the Salyut-5…
  • Spike activity 05-10-2014

    4 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Dropping science: neuroscientists throw down epic / excruciating rap battle on Twitter. Bring the line noise. The New Yorker has an interesting piece on the neuroscientific legacy of the Vietnam War. In neuroscience terms, it was America’s World War One. The latest edition of Nature NeuroPod is particularly good: psychosis, detecting animacy, network theory for brains. Livescience covers an interesting study finding that the uncanny valley effect is affected by loneliness. The US Government spend $300 million on BRAIN initiative…
  • A review of Susan Greenfield’s “Mind Change”

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    I was asked to write a review of Susan Greenfield’s new book “Mind Change” for the October edition of Literary Review magazine which has just been published. You can read the review in the print edition and I did have the full text posted here but the good folks at the magazine have also put it online to read in full, so do check it out at the link below. Mind Change marshals many published sources to address these claims. However, this provides little scientific insight owing to Greenfield’s difficulty with synthesising the evidence in any meaningful sense, while she also…
  • Buggin’ Out

    27 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    Sociology journal Transition has a fascinating article giving a history of the surprisingly frequent appearance of schizophrenia in rap music. In psychiatric circles, schizophrenia is considered a serious mental illness that causes delusions, hallucinations, and social withdrawal. But in rap, schizophrenia means something else: a mode of defiance, a boast, or a threat. The term appears frequently when describing competition between rappers. In “Speak Ya Clout,” the duo Gang Starr rhymes that they are “schizophrenic with rhyme plus we’re well organized” as a way of warning that they…
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  • Face-to-Face with Mark Henick on Mental Health Awareness Day

    Sandra Kiume
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    A brief interview with Mark Henick, a board member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and person with lived experience of mental health issues and suicide attempts. Mark’s tireless mental health advocacy to combat stigma has led to numerous speaking engagements, including a popular TEDxToronto talk on “Why we Choose Suicide.” This year for Mental Illness Awareness Week, Mark has been chosen as one of the Faces of Mental Illness.
  • Easy Anxiety Relief in a Mindfulness Meditation Video

    Sandra Kiume
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    A mindfulness guided meditation video to help you overcome anxiety and fear. In this simple 15 minute video, a calm male voice leads you through a breathing exercise, and repeating a series of mantras that focus on creating a sense of inner peace.  
  • How to Overcome Stage Fright

    Sandra Kiume
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    A funny and very endearing TED Talk by folk singer Joe Kowan about experiencing and overcoming severe stage fright. Kowan describes his discomfort as well as his unique and creative strategy for coping with it – performing a song that confronts it head on. I’m reminded of Brene Brown’s advice on coping with shame; by admitting to our vulnerabilities, others see us as authentic, and appreciate our humanity more than if we try to mask our fears. Bravo, Joe!
  • Finding Hope from an Attempt Survivor on World Suicide Prevention Day

    Sandra Kiume
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    In Finding Hope, a short and inspiring video, a child sexual abuse survivor talks about his suicide attempt and recovery. No matter how close to the brink you may be or have been, there is hope. Read this first, then reach out for help. Find a telephone helpline near you with this global directory, or if you prefer not to use a phone, find international crisis chat and other online services through Online Suicide Help. Learn more about World Suicide Prevention Day September 10,2014, and the many activities happening around the world.  
  • Is There a Biological Basis of Depression?

    Sandra Kiume
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A look at what neuroscience has learned about depression. Is there a biological basis? Far more complex than a “chemical imbalance,” this short animated video does its best to simplify scientific knowledge about the brain for the public. Packed with information, it’s a comprehensive overview.  
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    BPS Research Digest

  • Can a brain scan tell us anything about the art of creative writing?

    Research Digest
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
    When an accomplished creative writer gets on with their craft, their brain operates in a somewhat different way to a novice's. A new imaging study suggests that the expert approach may be more streamlined, emotionally literate, and initially unfiltered.Katharina Erhard with her colleagues from the German universities of Greifswald and Hildesheim asked participants to read a fragment of a story, to brainstorm what could continue the narrative, and then, for two minutes, to write a continuation of the story. Their brains were scanned throughout. This is an improvement on previous studies that…
  • Five-year-olds can see through your bravado

    Research Digest
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:29 am
    Imagine you wanted to lie to a five-year-old. "The toy shop is closed Billy," you say, "it always closes at 2pm on a Monday." You reason that if you make this announcement with confidence, then Billy is sure to believe you.It's not a bad strategy. In a new study involving nearly a hundred kids aged four to five, they were more likely to believe statements made by a woman who spoke and gestured with confidence, than those made by a woman who was hesitant and uncertain. In this case, the women's comments weren't about a toy shop, they were about the names of rare animals shown in pictures to…
  • Decades of lie detection research has been unrealistic

    Research Digest
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
    According to decades of psychology research, most people, including law enforcement professionals, are useless at detecting lies. But in a new paper, a team led by Tim Levine argues that nearly all previous research has been unrealistic. The field has been dominated by studies that place the "lie detector" in a passive role, tasked with spotting "tells" leaked by the liar. But this just isn't how deception detection works in real life, say Levine and his team. Rather, the interrogator interacts with the suspect and asks strategic questions to extract the truth. In this context, the…
  • "Place cells" discovered in the rat brain

    Research Digest
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    John O'KeefeImage: Nobelprize.orgThis month John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work identifying the brain's "GPS system" - the internal maps that allow us to understand our position in space. The Moser's discovery of grid cells this century built upon O'Keefe's earlier accomplishment at UCL in London, the discovery of place cells in the brain. Here, we look back to his 1971 "Short Communication" in the journal Brain Research which presented his preliminary evidence for place cells in rats.Earlier research had…
  • High Emotional Intelligence linked with more delinquency among young women (but not men)

    Research Digest
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    If, as research suggests, the psychological trait of sensation seeking is the catalyst for youthful delinquency, might high emotional intelligence (EI; having empathy for other people's emotions and good control over one's own) act as a calming restraint? That was the question Alison Bacon her colleagues posed in their study of 96 undergrads (average age 20; 48 women).Their "surprising and unprecedented" discovery was that for women, not only did high EI not moderate the link between sensation seeking and delinquency, in fact high EI went hand in hand with higher rates of self-reported…
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  • Best practices to assess and enhance brain functions via mobile devices and wearables

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Don’t miss the session Best prac­tices to assess and enhance brain func­tion via mobile devices and wearables at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit next week, featuring: Corinna E. Lathan, Founder and CEO of AnthroTronix (just received FDA clearance) Eddie Mar­tucci, VP Research & Devel­op­ment at Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs Alex Doman, Co-Founder of Sleep Genius Joan Sev­er­son, Pres­i­dent of Dig­i­tal Artefacts (developer of BrainBaseline) Chair: Jayne Plun­kett, Mem­ber of the Group Man­age­ment Board for Swiss Re We are looking forward to it! –> Explore…
  • Adam Gazzaley, Director of UCSF Neuroimaging Center & Akili co-founder, to speak at 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    Happy to share that Adam Gaz­za­ley, Direc­tor of UCSF Neu­ro­science Imag­ing Cen­ter and Co-founder of Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs, will share his work and insights on Improv­ing brain & men­tal health via dig­i­tal plat­forms, neu­ro­plas­tic­ity research and the White House BRAIN initiative, at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (October 28-30th). Dr. Gaz­za­ley is a fac­ulty mem­ber in the Neu­rol­ogy, Phys­i­ol­ogy and Psy­chi­a­try depart­ments, and prin­ci­pal inves­ti­ga­tor of a cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science lab­o­ra­tory that…
  • Hábitos para una vida laboral más próspera

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Dormir la siesta te hace mejor profesional (Expansión): “El español Álvaro Fernández Ibáñez dirige SharpBrains, una empresa estadounidense que investiga cómo mejorar la salud, la educación y la formación a través de la ciencia del cerebro y la innovación, y es coautor de Cómo invertir en su cerebro, publicado en castellano el pasado febrero. “No hay que esperar a tener un problema médico para cuidar tu cerebro. Cuanto más lo ejercites, más rendirás en el trabajo, mejorarás tu estado de ánimo y ayudarás a prevenir enfermedades”, explica Fernández Ibáñez.”
  • Focused ultrasound as emerging method of non-invasive neurotechnology

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Sound Waves Can Heal Brain Disorders (Scientific American): “…Physicians are also considering high-intensity focused ultrasound as an alternative to brain surgery. Patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and dystonia are increasingly being treated with implanted electrodes, which can interrupt problematic brain activity. A team at the University of Virginia hopes to use focused ultrasound to deliver thermal lesions deep into the brain without having patients go under the knife…The benefits of focused ultrasound might extend well beyond restoring mobility and…
  • AnthroTronix CEO Corinna Lathan to discuss 510(k) FDA clearance of its DANA neurocognitive test at 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Happy to share that Dr. Lathan, CEO of AnthroTronix, will discuss the brand-new 510(k) FDA clearance of their DANA neurocognitive test at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (October 28-30th), during the session Best prac­tices to assess and enhance brain func­tion via mobile devices and wearables. Dr. Corinna Lathan leads Anthro­Tronix, a bio­med­ical engi­neer­ing prod­uct devel­op­ment com­pany and pio­neer in mobile plat­form tech­nol­ogy. Their DANA™ prod­uct is a mobile med­ical app intended to col­lect and dis­play per­for­mance infor­ma­tion for use in…
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  • American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology is headquartered in the United States and has meetings three times a year.  It also has a journal, The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and also has developed a Model Curriculum in Psychology, now in its’ 7th adaptation.  There are also resources and a clinical trial workshop as well.
  • The Jung Page

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    With the cooperation and generosity of analysts, academics, independent scholars and commentators, and the editors of several Jungian journals, The Jung Page provides a place to encounter innovative writers and to enter into a rich, ongoing conversation about psychology and culture. It includes audio, articles, downloads, among other discussions about Jungian psychology and thoughts.  There are also resources and thoughts about Jung himself.
  • Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS)

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    This website includes the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS), including mental health services, and also Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others (JACS).  While located in New York, New York, this site does many things for those who are not anywhere near NYC. It includes:  Programs and Services for Adults living with Mental Illness, Children and Adolescent Services, Community Services, and People Living With Developmental Disabilities, just to name a few.  There is also professional training, volunteering, and ways to donate and work…
  • Faith Trust Institute

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    FaithTrust is there to help when a person is worried about what to do when they are in an abusive situation and worried about crossing religious and cultural mores.  They have different religions listed, and are very willing to help!  It is important for the person in the abusive situation to leave as soon as possible, and this website will help them feel more comfortable doing so.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
      Don’t ever feel that it is hopeless.  Don’t ever give up.  There is always someone willing to listen,to talk to you and listen to what you have to say.    With the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, there is a free, 24 hour hotline you can call that will enable you to not feel that all is lost.  It will let you speak to others and understand that you are not alone and to help you along in life.  It is important to keep moving on in life–not to give up.   You can volunteer and donate here as well.  There are crisis centers for that, and most importantly,…
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    Dr. Deb

  • Psychology Offers Tips as Ebola Concerns Mount

    Dr. Deb
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    What the Public Needs to KnowQ. What scares people the most about a threat from a natural disaster, contagious disease or terrorist attack? Are fear and anxiety a normal response?A. Experts on public health and risk perception say that fear about catastrophic incidents often originates from a feeling of lack of control and a perceived inability to prevent the problem or threat. Some level of anxiety is constructive in that it motivates people to take appropriate action (assuming such actions are available and recommended). But without any recommended course of action, anxiety around…
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week

    Dr. Deb
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    October 5th -11th 2014 is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in the United States and Canada. Since 1990, mental health advocates across North America have joined together during the first full week of October to sponsor awareness, create outreach and provide screenings in the name of mental health.Also sponsored this week is  National Depression Screening Day on October 9th and World Mental Health Day on October 10th. Mental health, a component of well-being, is just as essential as physical health and spiritual health. Learn how to take action, find support and dilute…
  • How to Find a Good Therapist

    Dr. Deb
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:12 pm
    One of the most common questions I'm asked is, "How can I find a good therapist?"Well, it's a multi-step process, so let's get going. Types of TherapistsFirst, it's important to think about the type of therapist you think is best for your presenting issues. There are many kinds of mental health therapists, but sometimes understanding "who does what" can be confusing. Here is a list to help identify the specialties and degrees therapists can hold.PsychologistsPsychologists generally have a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), or Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and must…
  • September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day

    Dr. Deb
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    Every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide. Every 41 seconds someone's left to make sense of it.That's over 1 million people who die by suicide each year. And millions more who grieve and mourn the loss of their loved one.Suicide is THE most preventable kind of death. Education, resources, intervention and outreach can help children and adults who struggle with staggering sadness, hopelessness and despair.World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th sponsored by The International Association for Suicide Prevention, The World Health Organization, The United Nations and many…
  • Gallup Poll: State of Well-Being in the U.S.

    Dr. Deb
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    A recent 2014 Gallup Poll cited levels of well-being in the USA. Research was done with over 85 thousand Americans and focused on 5 levels of well-being: Purpose, Social, Financial, Community and Physical. Below are more detailed definitions of these categories.Purpose well-being is composed of questions about having an inspiring leader, daily activity, goals, and strengths.Social well-being includes questions about relationships with friends and family, personal time, and received encouragement and support.Financial well-being is made up of questions about standard…
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  • Smoking interferes with neurocognitive recovery during abstinence from alcohol

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Researchers know that alcohol-dependent individuals (ALC) sustain neurocognitive impairment even after detoxification. A new study examines specific domains of cognitive recovery in conjunction with smoking status. Findings show that smoking status influenced the rate and level of neurocognitive recovery during eight months of abstinence in the ALC group.
  • Fight against Alzheimer's disease: New research on walnuts

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    An new animal study reveals potential brain-health benefits of a walnut-enriched diet. Researchers suggest that a diet including walnuts may have a beneficial effect in reducing the risk, delaying the onset, slowing the progression of, or preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Immune proteins moonlight to regulate brain-cell connections

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    When it comes to the brain, 'more is better' seems like an obvious assumption. But in the case of synapses, which are the connections between brain cells, too many or too few can both disrupt brain function. Researchers recently found an immune-system protein that moonlights in the nervous system to help regulate the number of synapses, and could play an unexpected role in conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, type 2 diabetes and autism.
  • Key factor in transition from moderate to problem drinking

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    A tiny segment of genetic material known as a microRNA plays a central role in the transition from moderate drinking to binge drinking and other alcohol use disorders, researchers have discovered.
  • Biochemical cause of seasonal depression (SAD) confirmed by researchers

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    New research confirms why some people suffer from the winter blues while others get through the winter without any problems. A longitudinal study has found that that people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) show significant seasonal differences in the way they regulate the neurotransmitter serotonin in comparison to the majority of the population.
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    I Choose Change

  • Narrative Self: Insert Your Life Story Here

    Jennifer M. Ryan, M.Ed.
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Your life script is so automatic, that to change, you need to stop and just be the audience in the play of your own life. Observe the writing, directing, production and set design of your own life’s play – the one you’re creating As you begin to learn about who you are, understanding your powerlessness and power all at once, you will begin to realize that what you’ve learned about “who I am” is really an exercise in thousands of experiences which have occurred around you and which shape your mind into a story that you adopt as “mine.” The stories you hang on to…
  • Play Therapy: A Change Agent for Kids

    I Choose Change PLLC
    2 Jun 2014 | 8:19 am
    Guest Blog: Gretchen Manes M.Ed,. M.S., LPC-Intern Each human being has an internal desire to obtain wellness. This is particularly true for children, who are developing a self-concept and communicating their state of well-being through their behaviors every day. When children “act out” behaviorally, their actions are often the catalyst that brings children and parents into my therapy office. It is important for me to help parents understand all behavior is purposeful. Therefore, even the behaviors we deem as inappropriate are an attempt by a child to fulfill an emotional or…
  • Rewrite History

    Jennifer M. Ryan, M.Ed.
    27 May 2014 | 7:02 am
    As I fumbled through some old files one evening, cleaning up my home office, I ran across a journal of quotes I started in 1994. (Ok, yes, I had quite a stack of books and papers I was going through.) I opened the journal, and right there on the first page was a quote that caught my eye and I knew I had to share it with you. It says: “Immaturity is allowing someone else to author your history. Maturity is accepting the authorship of your history. You cannot change history, but you can write history”. This was a statement made by a professor in my Fall semester of college in 1994 when…
  • The Legacy of Trauma

    I Choose Change PLLC
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    Guest Blog by Jenny Wang, M.A., LPC It was the middle of a difficult freshman year of college, and I found myself waiting in my lawyer’s office for the deposition to begin. I had been dreading this for weeks, so I called my most trusted confidant to pass the time. Finally, I was called in to meet with the opposing party’s attorney and the questioning began. I’m sure there were many questions that were focused on the specific recollections regarding the collision I was a survivor of. However, the questions that still burn clearly in my mind more than twenty years later were the ones…
  • Blind Rage Over Goldfish Crackers: How Not to Punish Your Kids

    Jennifer M. Ryan, M.Ed.
    12 Mar 2014 | 7:24 am
    I pride myself on being able to control myself fairly well with my kids, even so much as to say I have never “punished” them and I rarely use the word “discipline” because of its negative connotation of control. That is, until this weekend when I thought I might come absolutely, 100% unglued at the seams with one of my daughters. I was enjoying my afternoon with a book in hand when my daughter ran to me dramatically yelling, “Ayla braided goldfish into my hair and I can’t get it out!!” That’s right; her sister had braided, into her hair, goldfish crackers. Being annoyed as I…
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    Tri-City Psychology Services

  • Less than half of Canadians exercise to relieve stress

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    © iStockphoto As fall brings with it dark mornings, getting up is getting harder. My first inclination when my alarm goes off at 6.00am is to roll over and go back to sleep. But that little voice in my head starts reminding me gotta get up, gotta hit the gym. Argh! its hard, but this is something I have to do, something I need to do. The older I get, the harder it gets, but the benefits outweigh the struggle to resist, and go back to sleep. A research study out of McMaster University has found that only 40 per cent of Canadians exercise to cope with stress. The researchers analyzed data from…
  • Happy Canada Day

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
  • Dan Gilbert: The psychology of your future self

    7 Jun 2014 | 9:58 am
    Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished.” Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the “end of history illusion,” where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we’ll be for the rest of time. Hint: that’s not the case.
  • Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

    30 May 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Worldwide, there are at least 44 million people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s—but everyone can help to fight it. Now is the time to get involved. Together we can end Alzheimer’s
  • Antidepressant May Slow Alzheimer’s Disease

    14 May 2014 | 11:55 am
    A commonly prescribed antidepressant can reduce production of the main ingredient in Alzheimer’s brain plaques, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Pennsylvania. The findings, in mice and people, are published May 14 in Science Translational Medicine. They support preliminary mouse studies that evaluated a variety of antidepressants. Brain plaques are tied closely to memory problems and other cognitive impairments caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Stopping plaque buildup may halt the disastrous mental decline caused by the…
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    Brain Blogger

  • The Science of Acupuncture

    Sara Adaes, PhD (c)
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Acupuncture has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. In the Western world, acupuncture has been a highly controversial therapy, mostly due to the lack of scientific explanations for its mechanisms of action. Nevertheless, acupuncture has become increasingly accepted, having spread worldwide and having become a frequently sought-after alternative therapy. In 1997, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Development Program recognized acupuncture as a therapeutic intervention of complementary medicine. The World Health Organization (WHO) now recommends the…
  • Life After Death – The Science of Near Death Experiences

    Carla Clark, PhD
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    For millennia, we have wondered what happens after death. This October 2014, scientists at Southampton University have published the largest ever study looking into what happens when patients return from death’s door. The outcomes seem to confirm the incredible – that consciousness continues on after you are considered clinically dead. Classical near death experiences are typically described as being vivid, peaceful and joyous, with heightened senses and an altered perception of time, sometimes encountering spirits or beings. The ‘bright light at the end of the tunnel’ is often…
  • Can Brain Imaging Detect Risk Takers?

    Daniel Faris
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Risk-taking seems to come naturally for some people – from those who don’t hesitate asking for a new promotion, to those who don’t flinch before artfully diving off a cliff into the ocean below. Others play it safer. While upbringing may have some role in our risk-taking probabilities, there are plenty of cases where siblings raised in the same environment have different tendencies to take risks. Several studies have investigated the correlation between brain structure and risk-taking. In response to the statistic that unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death among…
  • Antifeminism – An Online Trend

    Lorena Nessi, PhD, MA
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Feminism isn’t necessary anymore. At least that’s the claim made by many proponents of a growing antifeminism movement. No longer is this movement the prerogative, as it has been historically, of backwards-looking males who have no wish to see the status quo reconstructed. In fact a recent trend rocking the Internet has seen many women voicing antifeminist views. There’s a plethora of websites discussing the topic and a large debate on Tumblr and Twitter, using the hashtag of the now famous social media campaign Women Against Feminism. Their Facebook group has more than 16,000…
  • Poor Social Judgment – An Aspect of Schizophrenia

    Ann Reitan, PsyD
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    There are three components that generally typify an individual emerging with schizophrenia: alienation, introversion and divergent thinking. Together, these characteristics diminish the schizophrenic individual’s capacity for exercising good judgment in social situations. Alienation People with emerging schizophrenia are generally socially impaired and isolated. As stated by Burns (2006), “premorbid developmental and social impairments have been well documented in adult schizophrenia.” People with schizophrenia tend to be unpopular and uninvolved in primary and secondary school, and…
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    World of Psychology

  • 5 More Ways to Cultivate Your Child’s Creativity

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Last month I interviewed Tom Sturges, a music executive and mentor, about his tips for cultivating creativity in kids. This month I wanted to share some great tips from Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children. If you’re unfamiliar with Cameron, she penned a bestselling book on the creative process called The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity. She’s also a novelist, playwright, songwriter and poet. The Artist’s Way for Parents is a guide for nurturing your kids’ creativity. You’ll find 12 chapters, each of which focuses on…
  • When Conflict Gets Dangerous

    Harriet Pappenheim, LCSW
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    All couples fight. It’s perfectly healthy and normal. Disagreements are a natural part of relationships, and even if you’re deeply in love, some level of conflict is inevitable. In fact, avoiding conflict does more harm than good. Letting anger and resentment build up is a surefire recipe for trouble. However, constant arguing can be a red flag that there’s something deeper going on — especially if the same sorts of issues keep rearing their heads. Don’t ignore them. You need to take action — and the sooner, the better. Often, arguments are the result of pent-up…
  • Introducing Women’s Wellness Corner

    John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Sometimes women’s issues get a short shrift — both in psychology and society. How women cope with stress, treatment strategies, and life can be very different than how men cope. Yet all too often researchers and clinicians clump the two genders together. Women lose out. That’s why I’m pleased to introduce Women’s Wellness Corner with Donna M. White. Women’s Wellness Corner is a blog dedicated to women and all who support women. This blog will explore a wide variety of physical, emotional, and mental issues while providing practical skills and information to cope. As Donna says,…
  • The Secret to Living with Treatment-Resistant Depression

    Therese J. Borchard
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    You’d never suspect this by listening to pharmaceutical ads, but only one-third of people with major depression get better after trying an antidepressant. The others go on to try different drugs, or combinations of medicine and psychotherapy, and usually seven in 10 achieve remission. The other third? They are labeled with the three most dreaded words in the mental health profession: treatment-resistant depression. If clinical depression affects more than 15 million American adults and is predicted to be the second most common illness in the world by 2020, that’s a lot of people suffering…
  • Best of Our Blogs: October 21, 2014

    Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    If you have ever forgotten to hit save on a document and lost hours spent on work you can’t recover, you understand the horror, shock and astonishment of accepting what feels unacceptable. If you have ever lost precious, photos, your wallet or phone, you can relate to the anguish of not seeing something again. If you have done something untraditional and nonconventional, you get what it feels like to be different. If you understand that, you have a small glimpse into the world of someone who is struggling with illness, discrimination, or loss. We often think we can’t understand…
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    Teaching High School Psychology

  • Emotions, Language, and the Untranslatable

    Chuck Schallhorn
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    This is a cross-post to both the Teaching High School Sociology and Psychology Blogs.  This chart shows primary emotions and the less-used words that are related.  The chart also offers us some untranslatable nuanced terms that are found in other, non-English languages.It is an infographic that I found from Mental Floss at this address: by Chuck Schallhorn
  • New TOPSS Lesson Plans are Here! New TOPSS Lesson Plans are Here!

    Rob McEntarffer
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    If you're not yet a member of TOPSS, now would be a great time to join! New members can join now and get an extra few months of membership (through Dec. 2015)!If you already are a member of TOPSS, now is a great time to rejoice!Why you ask? All the great new lesson plans available for TOPSS members!Psychological Disorders (DSM 5 compliant!)  This lesson plan was written by the fabulous (and college question leader at the AP Psychology reading!) Richard Seefeldt, EdD, of the University of Wisconsin River Falls, and reviewed by TOPSS members Scott Reed and Nancy Diehl, PhD.Perspectives on…
  • Infographic on Hearing and Decibels

    Chuck Schallhorn
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    Was doing some other research/demo for students and discovered this little gem.The actual infographic can be found at this link: entire article from DailyInfographic can be found here: by Chuck Schallhorn
  • How Does Pain and Pain-Relievers Work

    Chuck Schallhorn
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    I am sitting at a volleyball match with my iPad and discovered this wonderful video. I cannot find a link to embed it, so here it is.  It's short, animated and talks about brain cells, nocireceptors, prostaglandins and more physiology.  In short, great for psych or ap psych.Since it is a TedEd lesson, there are more links for you to check out and have your kids look deeper into the subject. will update the tags and links with pictures when I get to a regular computer. Post by Chuck Schallhorn 
  • Sleeping and Twitching--Why Do We Twitch??

    Chuck Schallhorn
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    I was doing some other research and shared this find with a couple students doing their own research on sleep.  This has information about the process of neurotransmitters and sleep I was not familiar with.  Great Stuff. by Chuck Schallhorn
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    Advances in the History of Psychology

  • Alfred Binet: Naissance de la Psychologie Scientifique

    Jacy Young
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Historian of Medicine Alexandre Klein, a postdoctoral fellow at the Université d’Ottawa has recently released a web documentary on Alfred Binet. The French language documentary, a collaboration with film maker Philippe Thomine, can be viewed in full here. Share on Facebook
  • New JHN: Transnational Psychosurgery, Phantom Limbs, & More

    Jacy Young
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A new issue of Journal of the History of the Neuroscience is now online. Included in this issue are articles on psychosurgery as a transnational movement, artists and phantom limbs, and sex and gender in organology. Full titles, authors, and abstracts follow below. “A Transnational Perspective on Psychosurgery: Beyond Portugal and the United States,” by Brianne M. Collinsa & Henderikus J. Stam. The abstract reads, The history of psychosurgery is most often recounted as a narrative wherein Portuguese and American physicians play the leading role. It is a traditional narrative…
  • New JHBS: Intelligence Testing in India, Racism in South Africa, & More

    Jacy Young
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The autumn 2014 issue of Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences is now online. Articles in this issue discuss the race and professional organizations in South Africa, intelligence testing in British India, and discussion over psychical, occult, and religious research at early twentieth century international congresses. Full titles, authors, and abstracts follow below. “The Rhetoric of Racism: Revisiting the Creation of the Psychological Institute of the Republic of South Africa (1956–1962),” by Wahbie Long. The abstract reads, This paper revisits the 1962 splitting of…
  • New Editorship of History of the Human Sciences

    Jacy Young
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    History of the Human Sciences will be under new editorship as of January 2015. Full details on the journal, and its new editors, follow below. HISTORY OF THE HUMAN SCIENCES aims to expand our understanding of the human world through a broad interdisciplinary approach. The journal publishes articles from a wide range of fields – including sociology, psychology, anthropology, geography, political science, philosophy, literary theory and criticism, critical theory, art history, linguistics, and the law – that engage with the histories of these disciplines and the interactions between…
  • Special Issue CfP: History of the Behavioral Sciences

    Jacy Young
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    A call for papers has been issued for a special issue of Revista Argentina de Ciencias del Comportamiento (Argentinean Journal of Behavioral Sciences) dedicated to the history of the behavioral sciences. The issue is guest edited by Fernando José Ferrari, Fernando Andrés Polanco, Rodrigo Lopes Miranda, and Miguel Gallegos and submissions are due by December 31, 2014. The call for papers notes, This special issue on the “History of the Behavioral Sciences” is open to unpublished manuscripts of researchers addressing all aspects of the behavioral sciences past and of its…
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    One Among Many

  • Renegotiation

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Have you ever been ditched by a lover for someone better, with your now ex-lover promising to come back to you when done with the new flame? If so, did you leave the door open? I did not think so. read more
  • Peak Experience and Happiness

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Attention happiness seekers. A new study shows you will suffer social exclusion if you bliss out alone first. How good are the data, though? read more
  • Naygotiation

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Rejecting a low offer in a bargaining context may be scary for fear that all might be lost. Reviewing one’s own and the other party’s preferences may allay this fear and lead to a better outcome. read more
  • Earned Helplessness

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    How a bachelor gets a date, a dog food, and a blogger a post. read more
  • In the Beginning Was the Story

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Religion and science tell stories to explain the world. That’s where the commonality ends, but at least we have that. read more
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    Ulterior Motives

  • Children Learn Who They Should Learn From

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    A theme in this blog has been the way children learn to learn. Humans are able to survive in almost any environment in large part because we are able to learn so effectively from other people. Each generation adapts to the culture and technology of the time. This supports our ability to create cultures of ever-increasing more
  • Are Teens Really Prone to Take Risks?

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    If you read the local news section of a newspaper, you are bound to come across the story of a tragic death or injury to a teen. They might be texting, drinking and driving, or skateboarding in a precarious spot. Reading these stories may reinforce a general belief that teens simply take too many more
  • Time to Give Negative Thinking Its Due

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In several blog entries, I have talked about the fantastic work that Gabriele Oettingen and her colleagues have done examining how to succeed at achieving difficult goals. Her work explores the way that our thoughts of the future help us to achieve desired more
  • Sleep and False Memories

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    When you remember a past event, you are not just playing back a video or audio file of a previous encounter. Instead, memories are reconstructed. That means that many sources of information can be combined to influence what you remember about the more
  • The Thinking and Doing Mindsets Affect What You See

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    At any given moment you can be focused on thinking about what is going on in the world around you or you can be motivated to act in the world. Psychologists have used different terms to describe these orientations, but I will call them the thinking mindset and the doing mindset. read more
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    Psychology Press - Books, News and Conferences

  • Interview with M. Joseph Sirgy, author of “Real Estate Marketing”
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Author M. Joseph Srigy sat down with Routledge to discuss his new title, Real Estate Marketing and how it is specifically designed to educate real estate students with the art and science of the real estate marketing profession.
  • How government policy impacts upon the built environment
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Read Ernie Jowsey's blog post on government and the built environment.  Jowsey is the author of  Real Estate Concepts: A Handbook which provides built environment students with an easy to use guide to the essential concepts they need to understand in order to succeed in their university courses and future professional careers.
  • New Ideals in the Planning of Cities, Towns and Villages
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Bruce Stephenson has worked as a professor, public planner and a consultant. He is a leading expert on John Nolen, the visionary founding father of American city planning. Stephenson’s definitive biography, John Nolen, Landscape Architect and City Planner, illuminates the art Nolen practiced and the legacy he left. He also wrote the Introduction to a re-issued edition of Nolen’s most far-reaching book, New Ideals in the Planning of Villages, Towns, and Cities. At Rollins College, Stephenson and his students offer plans to solve the problems suburban sprawl has created in Orlando,…
  • Designing Sustainability: Making radical changes in a material world
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Check out author Stuart Walker's blog post on his new book, Designing Sustainability. Learn more about Stuart by visiting these sites: and
  • Q&A with Paul Roberts, Co-Author of “University Trends”
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    A university campus is a place with special resonance: conjuring images of cloistered quadrangles and wood-panelled libraries, often echoing centuries of scholarly tradition. And yet it is also a place of cutting-edge science, interactive learning, youth, vibrancy, and energy. In our exclusive interview, Paul Roberts, co-author of University Trends: Contemporary Campus Design, discusses the book and current trends in campus design.
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    NIMH | Recent Updates

  • Science News » Rapid Agent Restores Pleasure-seeking Ahead of Other Antidepressant Action

    Jules Asher
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    A drug being studied as a fast-acting mood-lifter restored pleasure-seeking behavior independent of – and ahead of – its other antidepressant effects.
  • Science News » Increased Health Risks Linked to First-episode Psychosis

    Michaelle Scanlon
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Many patients with psychosis develop health risks associated with premature death early in the course of their mental illness, researchers have found.
  • Blog Post » Atonement

    Thomas Insel
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    In his blog for Mental Illness Awareness Week, Dr. Insel talks about the complexity of mental disorders and the need for scientists, clinicians, patients, and families to work together in searching for better treatment.
  • Video » BRAIN Initiative as Moonshot

    National Institute of Mental Health
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    NIH director Francis Collins, M.D., discusses some of the 58 projects funded in the first wave of grants awarded by the NIH under the BRAIN Initiative. He spoke at a press conference announcing the awards, September 30, 2014.
  • Blog Post » Ketamine

    Thomas Insel
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Ongoing research is investigating the long-term efficacy and safety of the anesthetic drug ketamine, which studies have shown can rapidly lift depressive symptoms; Dr. Insel talks about the status of ketamine in his blog.
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    The Essential Read

  • The Primal Scene: 100 Years of FOMO

    Anne Skomorowsky, M.D.
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    The primal scene is 100 years old. What does Freud's "Wolf Man" case have to teach us about 21st Century FOMO? read more
  • What Parents Can Do When Their Kids' Friendships End Badly

    Signe Whitson, L.S.W.
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:54 pm
    What can you do for your child when he or she is on the receiving end of a sudden deep freeze from former friends?read more
  • How to Turn Conflict Into Creativity

    Jeff DeGraff, Ph.D.
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Harmony is overrated. Innovation is about bringing together individuals with diverse strengths who can push against each other and build something collaboratively that they never would've come up with on their more
  • Some Answers on Media Violence

    The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    The media tend to report that psychiatrists and other researchers continue to debate whether media violence promotes aggressive behavior in children. In fact, a variety of studies dating back six decades shows that media violence is bad for the developing brain and contributes to our nation’s elevated levels of assault, gang fighting, sexual violence, robbery and more
  • How to Have a Well-Behaved Child, Part 2

    Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    In my last post, I presented general principles of good behavior in young children. Today, I would like to follow up with specific recommendations – 15 rules that parents can use to help children learn to behave well (most of the time). read more
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    In the news by Karen Franklin PhD

  • 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…
  • Forensic psychology: Is it the career for me?

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    I get many emails and phone calls from students interested in pursuing forensic psychology as a career. There is surprisingly little information available online to answer these students' questions. So, by popular demand, I have revised my 2007 overview in order to provide more current guidance, especially tailored toward frequently-asked student questions. You may also want to review the comments sections of my original essay, which is posted at each of my two professional blogs (HERE and HERE). First off, what is a forensic psychologist? Forensic psychologists are most commonly licensed…
  • More studies finding bias in PCL-R measurement of psychopathy

    4 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    I've been reporting for quite some time about problems with the reliability and validity of the Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-R), a popular instrument for measuring psychopathy in forensic settings. It is a critical issue in forensic psychology, because of the massively prejudicial nature of the term "psychopath." Once a judge or jury hears that term, pretty much everything else sounds like "blah blah blah."Now, the journal Law and Human Behavior has published two new studies -- one from the U.S. and the other from Sweden -- adding to the ever-more-persuasive line of research on PCL-R rater…
  • Patience is no virtue on MSOP injustice

    26 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    A federal judge seems willing to give the state more time. There's scant evidence it will be used well. Guest essay by D. J. Tice, Minnesota Star Tribune* For many years, critics of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program have worried that this state may be guilty of cruel injustices. They’ve worried that Minnesota’s sweeping, inconsistent system for dumping sex offenders who have completed prison sentences into so-called “treatment centers” may be imposing retroactive life sentences on some “clients” who pose no serious threat to the public, while giving them no effective treatment.
  • Announcing blogger sabbatical

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Dear Blog Subscribers and Readers, If you have detected a decline in blog frequency of late, it's not your imagination. After more than seven years, I have made the difficult decision to take a sabbatical break from regular blogging in order to direct my energy toward some larger writing projects. As some of you know, in addition to juggling forensic case work, trainings and teaching with family life, I have also experienced a considerable increase in professional travel. This represents exciting professional growth for me, but I am finding that this schedule makes it hard to pursue more…
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    The Mouse Trap

  • Love and Work

    Sandeep Gautam
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    #180541146 / Love and work are two cornerstones of adult human life. The capacity to love and work adequately was considered by Freud as important for our well-being. Adult romantic or love relationships are grounded in childhood attachment patterns. As per the famous and well researched and validated attachment theory, childhood attachment figures and the quality of our attachment with the primary caregiver, serve as templates for future adult relationships. Attachment theory posits that there are at-least three different kinds of attachment patterns- secure attachment (when…
  • Many Paths, Many Ends

    Sandeep Gautam
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:49 am
    Aum symbol in red (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Human beings are driven by many different goals throughout their life and though the goals of one individual would be different from other, the major goals of life can be classified as striving towards finding happiness, success, integrity and meaning in life. I have blogged elsewhere about how the latest research in positive psychology is explicating these four different legitimate aims via which one may lead a good or flourishing life. Also, a rider is in place here- its not as if one needs to, or is indeed, driven by one major goal to the…
  • emotions and personality: take 6

    Sandeep Gautam
    1 Feb 2014 | 5:52 am
    Cover of Personality Disorders in Modern Life   Today I learned that Theodore Millon died. I started reading ” personality disorders in modern life” as a tribute to him, but the monkey mind that mine is, ended up writing this post instead.   To recall, Theodore Millon’s model talked about four fundamental evolutionary problems faced by all humans: 1) existence 2) adaptation 3) replication and 4)  abstraction. There were also two polar ways of approaching each fundamental problem; that of pleasure-pain; activity-passivity; self-other and I added to it the fourth…
  • Doing more by doing less!

    11 Oct 2013 | 10:20 am
    Hepburn (band) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) When I first heard of the book title ” Why Quitters Win: Decide to be excellent“,  to say the least, I was very much intrigued. Was Nick trying to say something like stop doing something mid-way if you know that it is going to fail- and ignore the sunk costs…or was it about quitting when faced with unreasonable odds- rather than doubling your efforts and commitment. I believe in sticking with the choices you make,  till you have given it your last shot, and so was slightly apprehensive. However, what Nick Tasler means, is not about…
  • An infographic on schizophrenia

    Sandeep Gautam
    16 May 2013 | 3:35 am
    In continuation of the theme of May as Mental Health month, passing along an infographic received in email. Hope it helps in raising awareness. Source: Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
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    Your Mind Your Body

  • How and why you should ease your Ebola fears

    Dr. Sandra Wartski
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    U.S. officials speak to reporters at a press conference Oct. 1 about their visit to Liberia to see firsthand the impact of the Ebola epidemic. Photo by USArmyAfrica via flickr. The Ebola virus sounds scary.  The headlines about the disease are frightening:  it can be fatal, it is spread through bodily fluids, there’s no vaccine.  The news reports can cause alarm, and misinformation can be easily spread through social media and other Internet sites. And now that a person treated in a U.S. hospital has died from Ebola, people seem to be more on edge about the disease and about the…
  • Taking a look at the facts of domestic violence/intimate partner violence

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Photo courtesy of FrauSchütze/Flickr The world has now seen intimate partner violence splashed all over their television screens. Ravens running back Ray Rice knocked his fiancée unconscious in an elevator outfitted with a camera. Most people reacted with outrage to what they saw. But I have heard some say, “Well, she hit him first. She deserved it.” Others are very confused about why she has not left him. So let’s look at some facts On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12…
  • Managing your emotions during your child’s transition to college

    Dr. Robin Haight
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    Photo courtesy of Nazareth College/Flickr. This strange thought occurred to me when I was making a list of all the stuff I was going to need to send my son off to college: where’s the college shower? When a child comes into this world there is the baby shower, where experienced parents and a caring circle of friends pile on the onesies, the diapers, and the advice  in preparation for his or her arrival.  But when that very child (now young man or woman) leaves the nest for college there is no communal ritual preparation.  The, now, older parents really don’t have a clue about this…
  • It’s OK to talk to your children about suicide. Here’s how:

    Dr. Stephanie Smith
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Don’t avoid talking with children about suicide. Use age-appropriate language to start the conversation. Photo by pennuja via Flickr None of us want to talk about suicide, but lots of us are thinking about it. A 2009 study by SAMHSA found that 8.3 million adults in the United States had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year. That’s a lot of people–and it’s just for one year. The study also found that 2.3 million American adults made a plan for suicide in the past year. And 1.1 million actually attempted to kill themselves. Anyway you cut it, lots of people have suicide…
  • Coping with conflicting emotions and grief after a suicide

    Dr. Lisa Berghorst
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    Tributes to friends and family who died by suicide on display at a suicide prevention walk. (Used by permission via Flickr: Copyright 2009, Jenny Sand Photography) Shock.  Disbelief.  Numbness.  Anguish.  Despair.  Loneliness.  Abandonment.  Grief.  Anger.  Guilt.  Emptiness.  Helplessness.  Devastation. These are only a few of the intense emotions often experienced after a loved one, friend, colleague, or anyone you admire is lost through suicide. You are not alone in experiencing a range of potentially conflicting emotions.  They may come and go in waves and change over time.
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    Therapy Worksheets

  • Insomnia Workbooks

    3 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Lots of people struggle trying to get a good night's sleep. Tossing, turning, mind racing, sweating through sheets, the whole bit. There are ways to improve your sleep. Most using approaches rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In CBT, you look at your thoughts, look at your behaviors, look at your reactions, and move forward. Toward that end, here's a collection of insomnia workbooks at Amazon. Poke around, see what looks good, and maybe avoid an unwanted sunrise or two. Good luck!
  • Project Match Manuals

    12 Jun 2014 | 1:49 pm
    For therapists, from the NIHAA's Project Match, here's a series of manuals for working with alcoholic clients: Twelve Step Facilitation, Motivational Enhancement, Cognitive-Behavioral Coping Skills and a bunch of others.
  • Managing Burnout Worksheet

    23 Mar 2014 | 5:24 pm
    From consultant/coach Dewey Schott, by way of the books, Banishing Burnout and The Power of Full Engagement, here's a managing burnout presentation (with worksheets) along with a webinar conversation (which we haven't clicked on). Seems to be common sense stuff, perhaps worth mulling if you've ever felt or expect to feel burned out at work. Most people.
  • BPD Resources

    10 Feb 2014 | 8:39 am
    Helpful links--including worksheets--collected at Healing from BPD and at The Pinki Perspective. What's BPD? Stands for Borderline Personality Disorder. Find more about the diagnosis on PsychCentral, at NIMH, and/or at Wikipedia.
  • Mindfulness for OCD

    12 Dec 2013 | 12:39 pm
    From the new Mindfulness Workbook for OCD, by Jon Hershfield and Tom Corboy, here's a linked chapter about Relationship OCD (hit "click here to read an excerpt").  What's Relationship OCD? From the excerpt:ROCD is difficulty in tolerating uncertainty about the quality of a relationship and the genuineness of your feelings about another person. This isn’t the typical doubt you might expect when, say, one person is ready for marriage and the other isn’t. This is the kind of doubt that seeps in insidiously and chips away at the very concept of love and…
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    Dr. Jennifer Howard Changes That Last Blog

  • Achieving Success Part 1

    9 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Answer the following questions: Do you really want to achieve your goals? Do you really want to live up to your potentials and be fulfilled? Are you willing to do whatever it takes?
  • 5 Romantic Myths

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Romantic comedies are filled with them. It's constantly in our western culture. You see it on television shows, movies, hear it in songs. So many of us believe those love myths propagated by our culture.
  • Red Flags in Relationships (Part 2)

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In other blogs we were looking at the value of being curious in life, as well as being curious in the beginning of relationships and in long term relationships. Being curious about any red flags that might come up when you are in relationships can help inform you on what needs to be done.
  • Red Flags in Relationships (Part 1)

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We've been talking about the value of being curious in life, as well as being curious in the beginning of relationships and in long term relationships. Let's talk about those red flags in relationships. Being curious about any red flags that come up when you are in relationships can help inform you on what needs to be done.
  • How to Deal with Soft Addictions

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When we think of addictions, most of us think about substances the likes of cocaine, heroin, and alcohol. Those are hard addictions. But many of us haven't thought much about those behaviors or soft addictions that can create difficulties and distract us from our greatness.
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    Ellen Langer - blog

  • The Wellbeing Lecture Series

    12 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    I’ll be giving a lecture on “Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility” as part of The Wellbeing Lecture Series at the University of Minnesota on Monday, Nov 10, 2014. The schedule is as follows 2:00 – 3:30 PM, Lecture 3:30 – 4:00 PM, Q & A followed by a reception Great Hall Coffman Memorial Union For more information and tickets, click here.
  • Mindfulness in the Wild

    10 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    I just returned from an amazing South African safari. Being up close to the “big five” was a bit scary, which made it very exciting. The big five are the strongest not the biggest animals—lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, and rhinoceros. Elephants came to the lodge and aways to drink from a watering hole, about eight yards away. I tried to get even closer to take a photo and was quickly told to step back. As an American believing we’re safe in most situations, I had to be reminded that these animals were wild and potentially dangerous. By the time I saw the lions I was fully aware…
  • Who Are You?

    15 Jun 2014 | 4:19 pm
    When asked this question, most of us reply first with our gender and then with the roles we occupy. I might say I’m a woman, a psychologist, an artist, and then turn to my relationships—a spouse, a friend, and so on. The more roles we have the more buffers we have against stress if something in one role goes awry. If I get disappointed regarding the sale of a painting, I can reflect on the acceptance of one of my journal articles. This is the accepted understanding of identity. Some of our roles loom very large for us—mother or spouse, for example—and that can be limiting. If we…
  • On Being Interview with Krista Tippett

    3 Jun 2014 | 2:37 pm
    My interview with Krista has been posted. You can also listen to the podcast at any time at: Ellen Langer — Science of Mindlessness and Mindfulness
  • 5 Mindfulness Steps That Guarantee Increased Success And Vitality

    13 Feb 2014 | 6:33 am
    “In my training as a family therapist years ago, I began to see clearly that the ways in which we view ourselves and the world around us, in fact, alters our lives and our experiences dramatically. As science has proved, “The observer affects the observed,” or put another way, what you believe, you will live. I was intrigued, then, when I recently learned of the mindfulness research conducted by Dr. Ellen Langer, a renowned mindfulness expert, experimental social psychologist and Psychology Professor at Harvard University, and the author of the groundbreaking book Mindfulness. Dr.
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    Graphology World

  • 7 Magic Keys to Self-discovery

    Sandra Fisher
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    How well do you think you know yourself? Do you have a realistic assessment of your own personality? And importantly, do you have any idea of how others see you? The most famous quote from Socrates is the phrase “know thyself.” It was relevant two thousand years ago – and it’s still relevant today – it’s that important! Knowing who you are and understanding yourself is the key to every aspect of your life. In fact, your happiness and success in life is largely dependent on your personality and the impression it makes on others. Your personality can either make or break you.
  • 5 Danger signs in Handwriting

    Sandra Fisher
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    Would you go out with this man? Or would you let your daughter go out with him? As you read this note you may suspect a trap – but how can you be sure? Obviously you can’t. And unfortunately there’s nowhere to turn to for further information – unless you look at the handwriting itself. And that’s where it gets interesting. Because the handwriting speaks volumes about this person. At a mere glance it reveals red flags everywhere. 5 Danger Signs warn us that the writer is: dogmatic and dictatorial emotionally unstable bad tempered extremely resentful and probably even violent!
  • The Secrets of her Phenomenal Memory

    Sandra Fisher
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:21 am
    Have you ever come across someone with a truly phenomenal memory? Well one such person hit the headlines a while ago. She has a phenomenal memory and her secrets are wrapped up in her strange handwriting. I’m sure you’ve never seen anything like it. You may have heard of her.  She is Jill Price and she is famous for her unbelievable memory. In fact, she was featured on the Oprah Winfrey show and her personal story was widely reported in the media.   But that is not the only point.  The important thing for us is her remarkably strange handwriting.  And if ever you wanted…
  • Handwriting Analysis: This is how it Works

    Sandra Fisher
    11 Mar 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Handwriting analysis has been the  subject of many articles but exactly how it works is still shrouded in mystery. Handwriting is actually recorded movement and it may be helpful to think of it as a snapshot of your mental and emotional processes. Another way of looking at it is by comparing it to a cardiogram. In some respects the written movements that are recorded on paper are similar to the graph of the cardiogram as it describes the condition of the heart. Take a look at the pattern of the following handwriting sample:   Of course this is not meant to be an accurate comparison. But…
  • How to Spot Jealousy in Two Lines of Handwriting

    Sandra Fisher
    4 Mar 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Graphology is a fascinating study but it’s not much more than an intellectual game if it doesn’t relate to real life issues. If we want it to be useful in a practical way we have to be able to apply it to important real life situations. Now when it comes to real life issues you can’t find anything more riddled with problems than jealousy. And so I would like to show you how to use graphology to identify and better understand that very emotional issue of jealousy. Because jealousy often comes in disguise we seldom recognize it for what it really is.  And so we fail to understand the…
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    The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies

  • Anima mundi in transition: dystopian reflections and a slow boat to China

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    The theme for the IAAP (International Association of Analytical Psychology) to be held in Kyoto in 2016 is ‘Anima Mundi in Transition’, the movement of the world soul, or the world soul in transition. The central premise is that Jung highlighted a disconnection between man in modernity and his relationship to nature. The development of Western philosophy during the last two centuries has succeeded in isolating the mind in its own sphere and in severing it from its primordial oneness with the universe. Man himself has ceased to be the microcosm and eidolon of the cosmos, and his…
  • Lacan Beginner’s Guide – Lionel Bailly

    3 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    Book review by Tasha Tollman In a recent Jungian Master Class, I was introduced by Stephen to the work of the controversial and charismatic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Jacque Lacan, arguably one of the most influential critical thinkers of the 20th century. Considered the most important psychoanalyst since Sigmund Freud, Lacan’s teachings and writings explore the significance of Freud’s discoveries and deal with absorbing questions such as what it is that enables individuals to become aware of themselves as autonomous thinking, feeling beings; how a human life is best lived and…
  • The Memories, Dreams, (and) Reflections of Linda Hawkins

    19 Jun 2014 | 8:28 am
    The following piece, written by Linda Hawkins, is both a review of Jung’s biographical book MDR (Memories, Dreams, Reflections) as well as her own reflections on life, the universe and everything in it; including her encounters over the last year with Applied Jungian Psychology. Memories, Dreams, Reflections catapulted me into the depths of my own being; it has left me shaken, stirred, fuelled and ready for the next part of my own journey. Jung’s ability to share the story of his life with such clarity and in such a raw, humble, powerful and brutally honest manner, has left me with a…
  • Jung’s dream house and discovering your own archetypal home

    19 Jun 2014 | 1:13 am
    In Memories, Dreams, Reflections Jung reports a seminal dream in his discovery of the collective unconscious. I was in a house I did not know, which had two storeys.It was “my house”.I found myself in the upper storey, where there was a kind of salon furnished with fine old pieces in Rococo style.On the walls hung a number of precious, old paintings.I wondered that this should be my house and thought, “Not bad”.But then it occurred to me that I did not know what the lower floor looked like.Descending the stairs, I reached the ground floor.There everything was much…
  • The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other by James Hollis

    5 May 2014 | 12:28 am
    A book review by Tasha Tollman In the Eden Project, Jungian Analyst James Hollis, examines the psychodynamics of relationships.Not as a practical guide on how to fix relationships but as a hard hitting examination of the myth of romantic love, the myth that a “Magical Other” will give us comfort from this world, love us eternally, complete us.As Hollis himself says “It’s premises may be disappointing to some and as a matter of fact I don’t care much for them myself, but they are, I believe, more practical and more ethical than the many alternatives that float through our popular…
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    Psychology Matters Asia

  • The Neurobiology of Sex

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    In Dr Pat Love’s latest article for Psychotherapy Networker, the researcher and couple’s specialist takes a look at how brain chemistry may lie at the heart of what makes or breaks sexual intimacy in relationships. In it, she highlights three significant points around the neurobiology of sex : (1) How understanding that passion is influenced by chemical releases in the brain is key in reducing shame and insecurity when sex isn’t working in a relationship . (2) That honesty about our sexual desires with our partners promotes satisfaction in the bedroom and (3) That you can ,…
  • The Power of Self-Compassion

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Self- compassion is always an interesting and well deliberated topic in my therapy room- and it comes up ,with most clients, at least once across the sessions that I see them for. Central to the Buddhist tradition of non-duality, its often embodied in the form of a lotus flower ; a reminder of the path towards peace and unity that lies within us all. This path, of course has proven itself over and over again to be elusive even for the best of us – yet I can promise with a bit of self-work and the right tools, that you too can find a place within yourself where things just sit right…
  • How To Love Yourself

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:25 pm
    "We cannot give what we do not have." That-s what author Walter Trobish asserts in his book "Love Yourself." It also echoes Jesus- words in Scripture about receiving and giving. We can only possess and give to others what is real inside of us.
  • 5 Tips for Parents with Exam Anxious Children

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:54 pm
    5 Tips for Parents with Exam Anxious Children: Exam-s around the corner. I received some enquiries about exam related therapy sessions for children with high anxiety level. When the pressure mounts, grades suffer as well. Here are some tips for parent to work with your child.
  • Loneliness: What You Need

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Several months ago, a British man came to see me with his Filipina wife. There I felt the heaviest weights their hearts can endure. After being shown indisputable evidences of her affair with a younger man, the wife hurriedly walked out. Tears flowing from his eyes as a flooding river in the night, the British husband was left with me. Groans fell from his lips -- deep loneliness and trauma arrived and clinged to his chair.
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  • Toxic Metal Overload Depression – Walsh Biotype

    Charles Parker
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    CorePsych Identify Toxic Metals Toxic Metal Overload Depression – Walsh Biotypes: 5th of 5 Subsets Since depression due to metal toxicity is relatively uncommon, a logical first step is to rule out the presence of undermethylation , folate deficiency, copper overload, pyrrole disorder, casein /gluten allergy , or a thyroid imbalance. ~ William Walsh Toxic Metal Overload: ADHD, Depression & Treatment Failure WD5: Walsh Depression #5 – This is the last in a series [WD1: Undermethylation here, | WD2: Overmethylation here | WD3: Copper Excess here | WD4: Pyrrole Disorder here] of…
  • Pyrrole Disorder and Depression – Walsh Biotypes

    Charles Parker
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    CorePsych Pyrrole Life Preserver Pyrrole Disorder & Walsh Depression Biotypes: 4th of 5 Subsets Pyrrole disorder typically involves high anxiety, poor behavioral control, a reading disorder, impaired immune function , and other troubling symptoms. Severe pyrrole levels have been observed in persons diagnosed with violent behaviors, depression, schizophrenia, and other serious mental disorders. ~ William Walsh Pyrrole Disorder, ADHD, Depression & Treatment Failure WD4: Walsh Depression #4 – This is the fourth in a series [WD1: Undermethylation here, | WD2: Overmethylation here |…
  • Copper Excess and Depression – Walsh Biotypes

    Dr Charles Parker
    4 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    CorePsych Peering Into High Copper Darkness Copper Excess & Depression Biotypes: 3rd of 5 Subsets Copper-overloaded depressives usually report that serotonin-enhancing antidepressants provide improvement in moods, but they worsen anxiety. Benzodiazapines such as Klonipin and Xanax can be effective in reducing anxiety but are reported to have little effect on depression for this biotype. High-copper females are usually intolerant of birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy since these treatments increase copper levels in the blood. [96% of this biotype are women.] 1 ~ William…
  • Overmethylation and Depression – Walsh Biotypes

    Charles Parker
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    CorePsych Small Marker, Vast Sea Overmethylation & Depression Biotypes: 2nd of 5 Subsets With very few exceptions, these persons report intolerance to SSRI antidepressants and antihistamines. A high percentage are non-competitive persons who complain of chemical and food sensitivities… –  shootings at Columbine High School and Virginia Tech were carried out by students taking SSRIs.1 ~ William Walsh Overmethylation, Folate Deficiency 3 & Treatment Failure Typical features of overmethylation include excellent socialization skills, many friendships, non-competitiveness,…
  • TotallyADD, Rick Green, Parker & Galileo

    Charles Parker
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    CorePsych Markers Matter at Portland Head Light TotallyADD, Executive Function And The New Technology: Our Galileo Team Embraces The Latest Neuroscience Rick and I Don’t Know Galileo Personally, But Galileo’s Attitude Matches Our Collective Concerns I’m very pleased to announce to CorePsych readers that I’ve been invited by Rick Green, as a 3 Episode Webinar Guest on his webinar site TotallyADD - coming soon in October. Rick is the PBS luminary who wrote and directed the award winning film ADD and Loving It  [See the film trailer here. Then see the schedule for film…
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    Connecting Hypnotherapy...

  • Clinical Hypnosis for Children with Cancer

    18 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    By Christina Liossi, Lecturer in Health Psychology. University of the West of England BristolClinical Hypnosis for Children with CancerHypnosis has established a successful record in the paediatric oncology setting mainly in the management of chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting (NV) and procedure-related pain.Initial reports on the use of hypnosis to treat NV were in the form of case studies. Subsequently several controlled studies have assessed and supported the efficacy of hypnotherapy in alleviating chemotherapy-related NV. In the most recent study Hawkins et al (1995)…
  • Carl Jung: The Archetypes and the Collective Conscience

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Why did primitive man go to such lengths to describe and interpret the happenings in the natural world, for example the rising and setting of the sun, the phases of the moon, the seasons? Carl Jung believed that the events of nature were not simply put into fairytales and myths as a way of explaining them physically. Rather, the outer world was used to make sense of the inner.In our time, Jung noted, this rich well of symbols – art, religion, mythology – which for thousands of years helped people understand the mysteries of life, had been filled in and replaced by the science of…
  • Infographic: Psychology of Gambling

    11 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
  • Hypnosis For Writing and Inspiration

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:42 pm
    When I started my hypnotherapy diploma at LCCH I was working as a freelance tutor, writer and alternative health practitioner. I was already aware that hypnosis could get rid of fears and phobias, and break unwanted habits like nail-biting or smoking; however, I was much more interested to know if it could unleash my hidden creativity. Could it, for instance, improve my ability to play diifficult Chopin pieces on the piano? Or even help me to write a book?Like many writers I had mysterious blocks that prevented me from getting down to it. I started a lot of writing projects but never finished…
  • VIDEO Genie: Secret of the Wild Child

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
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    Carl Jung Depth Psychology

  • Carl Jung on the "Mother Complex."

    Lewis Lafontaine
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    [Carl Jung on the "Mother Complex."] The Mother-Complex The mother archetype forms the foundation of the so-called mother-complex. It is an open question whether a mother-complex can develop... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung ...what a human being "brings over" at the time of his death is so important.

    Lewis Lafontaine
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    [Carl Jung ...what a human being "brings over" at the time of his death is so important.] The maximum awareness which has been attained anywhere forms, so it seems to me, the upper limit of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on the need for Mythic Statements.

    Lewis Lafontaine
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    [Carl Jung on the need for Mythic Statements.] The need for mythic statements is satisfied when we frame a view of the world which adequately explains the meaning of human existence in the cosmos, a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell on "Projection."

    Lewis Lafontaine
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:22 am
    [Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell] "Those who know, not only that the Everlasting lives in them, but that what they, and all things, really are IS the Everlasting, dwell in the groves of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung "Ancient genealogy suffers from four marked defects:..."

    Lewis Lafontaine
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    Ancient genealogy suffers from four marked defects: it can hardly be disentangled from mythology; it is fragmentary, frequently unreliable and contradictory; it confuses tribal origins with... [[ 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 227: I Remember How I Felt (Or Do You)?

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Do "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation" or are we actually pretty happy most of the time? As it turns out humans are far more resilient than you think. Ever heard of the term "affective forecasting"? It's something we do every day and very often we make mistakes doing it. In this episode you'll learn more about positive psychology from the authors of a new book called Pollyanna's Revenge. Another myth put to rest: "depressive realism" - the idea that there's an advantage to being depressed - that depressed people are more realistic about the world than non-depressed people. That's not…
  • Ep 226 (video): The Psychology of Dance Part 2 - Importance of Marking

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    Most performers "mark" when they're tired during rehearsals. Are they "not giving it their all" or are they getting quite a benefit from doing this? You'd be surprised at how beneficial marking can be. If you're not familiar with marking, here's a definition from the authors of a recent study on how marking benefits dancers: "Marking involves enacting the sequence of movements with curtailed size and energy by diminishing the size of steps, height of jumps and leaps, and extension of limbs. The dancer often does not leave the floor and may even substitute hand gestures for certain steps."
  • Ep 225: What's Best for Memory - Coffee or a Nap - or Both?

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    You may have been heard that taking a nap or going to sleep after you learn something helps you to retain it (which is true), but you may also have heard that drinking coffee helps your memory. So which is it? How can you drink coffee AND take a nap? Well, apparently you can get the benefit of both - if you do it right. In this episode we not only learn about the so-called "students' coffee" but we learn about the "coffee nap". If you do it just right you can get some great memory boosts.
  • Ep 224 (Video): If Freud Worked Tech Support

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    A humorous way to learn about the Freudian defense mechanisms (actually elaborated by Anna Freud) of Displacement, Denial, Sublimation, Reaction Formation, and Projection. A little dream analysis thrown in. Who knows? Maybe Freud would have been good at tech support...
  • Ep 223: Little Albert's Real Identity - Time to Rewrite the Textbooks

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    What was the name of that baby in John Watson's famous videos in which he attempts to demonstrate that fears can be acquired through conditioning (pairing a loud noise with a furry animal)? A few years ago we were presented with information indicating that a boy named Douglas Merrite was the true identity of "Little Albert". The data looked pretty convincing at that time. However, a few pieces of that data simply did not fit together for researchers Nancy Digdon, Russell Powell and Ben Harris. After another lengthy search into the past, these researchers determined that another child fits the…
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    The Socially Responsible Practitioner

  • Exploring International Lessons to Help Illinois End Its School-to-Prison Pipeline

    The Adler School
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Elena Quintana, Ph.D. As the U.S. prison system continues to be vastly over-represented by youth of color and costs of incarceration continue to skyrocket, The Woods Fund Chicago launches its Right On Justice Initiative in partnership with the Adler School’s Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice (IPSSJ), and the Albany Park Neighborhood Council, with an October 22 international symposium in Chicago featuring Paula Jack, Northern Ireland’s CEO of its Youth Justice Agency, Department of Justice. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, IPSSJ Executive Director Elena…
  • Deaf in Prison: Examining Social Exclusion Within Systems

    The Adler School
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    Incarcerated populations are already in many ways invisible to us. Their needs are easy for society to ignore, and their voices are silenced. But what happens when a person is marginalized within this already increasingly marginalized space?  What is it like to be denied the very small amount of basic human rights even afforded to the general population of prisoners? What is it like not to be able to communicate your needs within a system that already does not hear you? What is it like to be deaf in prison? On Wednesday, October 22, the Adler School Institute on Social Exclusion, Institute…
  • An Open Letter to President Obama and U.S. Ambassador James Brewster

    The Adler School
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    Kevin Osten, Psy.D. Adler School faculty and clinical psychologists Nataka Moore and Kevin Osten-Garner along with students in our Human Rights & International Immersion course with Heartland Alliance recently returned from the Dominican Republic, working with community agencies on a number of fronts. Based on their work and research, Dr. Osten-Garner has shared the following update and request to President Barack Obama and James Brewster, Jr., Ambassador to Dominican Republic.  Dr. Osten-Garner is Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Division of Community Engagement…
  • Hope Rising: From Ebola in Liberia to Violence in Chicago

    The Adler School
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, Liberian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Nataka Moore, Psy.D. Adler School Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Clinical psychologist Nataka Moore, Psy.D., is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Adler School in Chicago. Her areas of specialty include international and community psychology. I had the opportunity to have breakfast with the Honorable Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, the Liberian Minister of Foreign Affairs during his recent visit to Chicago.  He came here after attending the first U.S.-African Summit, in Washington D.C. last week with…
  • In Romania, A Transformative Experience Visiting Struggling Families

    The Adler School
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    First-year Adler School students John Devine and Meg Molony, pursuing their master’s degrees in Couple and Family Therapy, recently traveled to Romania with Assistant Professor Ileana Ungureanu, Ph.D., to study for two weeks with colleagues at the Aeropagus Institute for Family Therapy in Timișoara. In addition to studies, they collaborated with Institute social workers in projects supporting children from low-SES [socioeconomic status] families and families with HIV-positive patients. From Timișoara, John and Meg blog: Following our week working with children through…
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  • See-through sensors open new window into the brain

    University of Wisconsin at Madison
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Developing invisible implantable medical sensor arrays, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has overcome a major technological hurdle in researchers’ efforts to understand the brain. The team described its technology, which has applications in fields ranging from neuroscience to cardiac care and even contact lenses, in the Oct. 20 issue of the online journal [...]The post See-through sensors open new window into the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Immune proteins moonlight to regulate brain-cell connections

    Princeton University
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    When it comes to the brain, “more is better” seems like an obvious assumption. But in the case of synapses, which are the connections between brain cells, too many or too few can both disrupt brain function. Researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) recently found that an immune-system protein called [...]The post Immune proteins moonlight to regulate brain-cell connections appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Teenage self-harm linked to problems in later life

    University of Bristol
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Those who self-harm as teenagers are more at risk of developing mental health and substance misuse problems as adults, new research from the biggest study of its kind in the UK has revealed. Researchers at the University of Bristol, working together with colleagues from the University of Oxford and University College London, collected data from [...]The post Teenage self-harm linked to problems in later life appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Unsteady on your feet? Little touches could make all the difference

    University of Birmingham
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    When a toddler takes their first steps we observe an uncertain sway in their walking. Being unsteady on our feet is something we can experience throughout life – and a new study has shown how even the lightest fingertip touch can help people to maintain their balance. The research, led by the University of Birmingham, [...]The post Unsteady on your feet? Little touches could make all the difference appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs may have an impact on depression

    Aarhus University
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Ordinary over the counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs purchased from pharmacies may also be effective in the treatment of people suffering of depression. This is shown by the largest ever meta-analysis that has just been published by a research group from Aarhus University in the American scientific journal JAMA Psychiatry. The meta-analysis is based on [...]The post Analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs may have an impact on depression appeared first on PsyPost.
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    Mark Rubin's Social Psychology Research Blog

  • How You Feel About People is Related to How You Feel About Cities

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
    You take delight not in a city's seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours. (Calvino, 1978, p. 44).There are numerous structural factors that influence people’s attitudes towards cities, including the city’s architecture, size, infrastructure, transport, crime rates, population density, and quality of housing, to name just a few.  However, as the Italian writer Calvino (1978) alluded to in his book Invisible Cities, these factors may be constituents of broader sociocultural “questions” that people ask about their cities.  For example,…
  • “I am Working-Class”: Self-Identification as a Measure of Social Class in Educational Research

    24 Mar 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Governments around the world are trying to open up higher education to working-class people. For example, in January this year, the White House released a report titled: "Increasing college opportunity for low-income students: Promising models and a call to action."In the context of this general push towards widening participation in higher education, my colleagues and I have been developing a research project that aims to investigate social class differences in social integration among students atuniversity. After all, we need to bring working-class people into our universities socially and…
  • Spock's Not One of Us! Exploring the In-Group Overexclusion Effect

    8 Feb 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Liberal or Conservative?We all belong to many different social groups. For example, we belong to groups based on our age, gender, nationality, sexuality, and occupation, to name just a few. Most of the time, it's fairly easy to work out who belongs to which group. But sometimes it's not that clear. For example, if you had to guess, would you say that the man opposite is a liberal or a conservative? Well, social psychologists have found that your answer will sometimes depend on which group you belong to. If you're a liberal, then you'll probably guess that the man is a conservative. And if…
  • In-Group Favouritism can be used to Get Even as well as to Get Ahead

    11 Jan 2014 | 1:17 am
    Social identity theory is a major mainstream theory of intergroup relations (Tajfel and Turner, 1979). At its heart lies the assumption that social groups fight and compete with one another in order to attain positive distinctiveness from one another. In other words, group members are motivated to favor their own group (the in-group) and derogate other groups (out-groups) along specific intergroup comparison dimensions in order to increase or maintain their group's relative social status. High in-group status and positive in-group distinctiveness enable in-group members to achieve or maintain…
  • Boys Don’t Cry, But They Can Be Sensitive! Behavioural Descriptions of Counterstereotypical People Cause Greater Prejudice than Personality Descriptions

    3 Aug 2013 | 12:01 am
    Stereotypes are pretty useful things! We use them to help us to understand and respond to people from a large and diverse array of social groups. But how do people feel about individuals who buck the trend and contradict stereotypes? For example, how do people feel about a man who is crying or a woman who is smoking a cigar!Most evidence shows that people react quite negatively towards counterstereotypical individuals. The typical explanation for this negative bias refers to people’s need to protect and maintain their stereotypes: People are biased against counterstereotypical individuals…
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  • How To Help Your Young Person Manage Stress

    Jessica Morris
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    As we head towards the end of the year, you may have noticed your teen or young adult feeling stressed about their studies. End of year exams are coming, final assignments are due, and they are feeling more pressure than ever to have their lives figured out. In this infographic by, we learn about the real affect stress can have on our loved ones physical health, mental wellbeing and overall quality of life. 1 in 5 students have felt too stressed to study, and time has shown us that students are more stressed than they were three decades ago. Feelings of being…
  • How to Keep Good Mental Health

    Colleen Morris
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I really like Wednesdays. I would go so far as to say that Wednesdays are good for my mental health. “Why Wednesdays?” you may ask. Why not Fridays or Saturdays? After all, Wednesday is ‘hump day’- just half way through the working week for the majority of people. It is a wishy-washy sort of day where I have survived Monday and Tuesday, but I still have Thursday and Friday to go. I anticipate Wednesday’s with enthusiasm because it is my ‘day off’ from my office. It represents a whole 8 hours of time to do as I choose. Ahh, I love Wednesdays. Just saying that invites a deep sigh;…
  • How to Teach Your Teenager to Say ‘No’

    Colleen Morris
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    From family pressures and work commitments to relationship issues, it can be hard to say no. Over the past month we have talked about the importance of drawing your boundaries. From the practical “5 Ways To Say No” to a look at how our family of origin affects us in, “How Does Our Childhood Affect Our Ability To Say No?” we have explored about why so many of us struggle to utter the word “No.” Today we conclude our series by offering some insight in how to speak to your teenager about drawing boundaries. The adolescent years are filled with peer pressure and opportunities your…
  • How Does Our Childhood Affect our Ability to Say No?

    Colleen Morris
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    We all have trouble saying “no” every now and again – do you think there’s a reason why we find it so hard? ‘NO’ This has just got to be one of the first words we all learn as infants! Mum: “Susie, sit up at the table!” Susie: “No!” ‘No’ seems to be so easy when we are young, like a reflex reaction. But as we get older, we learn that it is not polite or even right, to say no all the time. There are consequences to saying no; our parents, family members, teachers or friends might become upset with us. We may have been punished for saying no, and some people…
  • What Every Introvert Needs To Know To Be Happy and Successful

    Colleen Morris
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In a new infographic by Happify, we learn more about introverts and how many of us can live a happier life. Instead of rejecting our need for quiet time and our inward dialogue, this interesting graphic challenges us to embrace our true selves. By stepping out of our comfort zone and embracing some social activities, we are shown to be happier and healthier…given there is time to recharge in a quiet place afterwards. As an introvert this infographic will encourage you, and as an extrovert it will give you some insight into how and why introverts behave the way they do. Enjoy this…
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    Career Assessment Site

  • Myers-Briggs® MBTI® Test ESTP Personality Types and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Myers-Briggs® MBTI® Test ESTP Personality Types and Leadership This week, we are building on last week’s theme of “The 10% Stretch” (Robinson, 2008) by considering how Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) ESTP (Extraverted-Sensing- Thinking-Perceiving) leaders can capitalize on their strengths and stretch them to lead even more effectively. Image courtesy of cooldesign at In coming posts, we will explore the leadership qualities of even more Myers Briggs® Types and how knowing your personality type challenges and strengths can help you be a more effective…
  • Myers Briggs® MBTI Test ESTJ Personality Types and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Myers Briggs® MBTI® Test ESTJ Personality Types and Leadership Just like runners stretch their hamstrings to ultimately increase their speed and agility, you as a leader need to stretch beyond your comfort zone and into your growth zone to increase your leadership skills. Identifying and understanding your Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality type can help you do this to become a stronger, more versatile leader. This week, we will focus on how Extraverted-Sensing-Thinking-Judging (ESTJ) MBTI test types can identify their personality strengths and stretch them by 10%. Image…
  • Myers-Briggs® MBTI Test ISTP Personality Types and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    Myers Briggs® MBTI® Test ISTP Personality Types and Leadership Understanding your Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI test) personality type can help you identify and capitalize on your strengths and become a stronger leader. By knowing the areas in which you excel, you can better position yourself for more success. This week, we will discuss how Introverted Thinking with Extraverted Sensing, more specifically; The Introverted-Sensing-Thinking-Perceiving MBTI ISTP personality type can play to their strengths both personally and in the workplace. mage courtesy of renjith krishnan at…
  • Myers-Briggs® MBTI Test ISTJ Personality Types and Communication

    Jonathan Bollag, Owner and Founder
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    The Myers-Briggs® MBTI Test ISTJ Personality Type and Communication Differences. We have all heard the saying that “Communication is Key”. Communication can often be misunderstood between two individuals and we have to wonder why this is? Why is that at times one individual might state something clearly and with no ill intent, while another individual receives this expression in a different manner or tone then the original intent of the expression? Well, as humans we differ, more specifically we differ by The MBTI Test 16 Myers-Briggs® Personality Types, and often enough our differences…
  • Myers-Briggs® MBTI Test ESFP Personality Types and Leadership

    Sparkos Merriman
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:13 pm
    MBTI Test ESFP Personality Types and Leadership Your particular Myers-Briggs test personality type benefits from your natural propensity for using your mind in different ways than others. Employing some of the most elementary patterns in human operation, the MBTI t­est helps in numerous areas of life, and most certainly with occupational growth and examination. Knowing the diverse qualities that you demonstrate is crucial when contemplating successful leadership. They provide comprehension of your core attributes. This week we will be learning about how to involve and motivate others to…
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    The Friendship Blog

  • I am the needy friend!

    Irene S. Levine
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    A woman is frustrated and feels like “the needy friend” because of the boundaries set by her friend. The post I am the needy friend! appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • A friend who asks to couchsurf with you

    Irene S. Levine
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    Agreeing to let someone couchsurf in your apartment can be tricky. The post A friend who asks to couchsurf with you appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • In the Media – 5 Secrets of people with lifelong friends

    Irene S. Levine
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    In the Huffington Post, Catherine Pearson explains some of the secrets to maintaining lifelong friends. The post In the Media – 5 Secrets of people with lifelong friends appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • A texting only friendship

    Irene S. Levine
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    Can a texting only friendship survive without face-to-face contact? The post A texting only friendship appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Friendship: A matter of trust

    Irene S. Levine
    11 Oct 2014 | 3:07 am
    Can you be friends with someone whom you aren’t sure you can trust? The post Friendship: A matter of trust appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
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  • Marilyn Monroe Quotes on Love and Relationships

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:17 am
    Marilyn Monroe quotes and sayings on love and relationships.
  • The Difference Between Narcissism and Self-esteem

    12 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    What's the difference between narcissistic personality disorder and high self-esteem? When self-confidence becomes aggressive entitlement and healthy self-love is replaced by a sick fantasy? Finally, what is the root of this problem?
  • 10 Thought Provoking Questions About Your Life Partner (Quiz)

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    Interactive quiz: how well do you know your partner? Do you know their history, their losses, the traumatic experiences they had to endure? Do you know what they consider to be their greatest achievements and what they are most proud of? This type of knowledge helps build foundation for some of the most satisfying relationships.
  • This Simple Technique Will Help Detect Lies

    4 Oct 2014 | 1:32 am
    Here is a quick way to find out whether or not someone is lying to you (visual representation).
  • Infographic: Personality Colors and Meaning of Colors

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:20 am
    If you are curious to know more about this grab your coffee and start here: Meanings and Qualities of Colors What’s Your Personality Color? Embed this in your web page: PSYCHOLOGIA.CO
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  • The Affect Heuristic: How We Feel is How We Think

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Do you feel that your emotions control what you think? Or do you find it difficult to be rational when you are emotional? Consider this example: If someone has harmed you, you quickly arrive at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Write Down Your Thoughts to Become More Mindful and Consciously Aware

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Do you make shopping lists? Do you use your calendar for planning? Or do you otherwise tend to write down your thoughts? Good! Writing things down can help you become more mindful and consciously... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • People Who Are Consciously Aware of Their Emotions Deal With Them More Effectively, Study Shows

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    People who are consciously aware of their emotions deal with them more effectively. This idea is supported by a recent survey study by Claudia Subic-Wrana and co-workers (2014) of almost 2,000... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A 100-Year Old Word Repetition Technique is Effective in Reducing the Impact of (Negative) Words

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Repeat the word milk for 45 seconds or more (remember to say it out loud), and you will find that the word begins to lose its meaning. It’s called the Milk Milk Milk exercise, and it is just... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 7 Wonderful Live in the Moment Quotes

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:44 am
    1 “The future is always beginning now.” — Mark Strand 2 “Find the most delicate qualities within; then treat these qualities as tiny little seeds that you would plant in your heart, with you being... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Accessible Psychology

  • 7 Steps to a Happier You; Part Three

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Step Six: Hobbies and leisure pursuits   Having hobbies and ways to creatively express ourselves can also significantly boost our feelings of happiness. Why not try taking a class of something you have always wanted to do? When we creatively express ourselves we experience a deep sense of personal satisfaction, pride and achievement which all work to boost our happiness. Check out Tasterlab for an extensive directory of hobby taster classes. Likewise, having leisure pursuits is essential as they serve to both reduce stress, relax us and are a valuable source of fun and enjoyment. I have…
  • 7 Steps to a Happier You; Part Two

    13 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
      Step Three: Live for the moment In all of my happiest memories I was totally absorbed and engaged in the moment. These moments were so crystal clear it is as if I had experienced them with eyes which were seeing for the very first time. Amazingly, we can all learn to develop this close relationship to the present moment. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the man responsible for bringing mindfulness meditation into the mainstream medical arena, defines mindfulness as ‘The awareness that emerges when we learn to pay attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally…
  • 7 Steps to a Happier You; Part One

    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
      According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary happiness can be defined as ‘A state of well being and contentment’. We all want to be happy but is it something we can actively pursue? For years I struggled with depression and so I began questioning whether I could reduce the possibility of further bouts by proactively seeking happiness. I was fortunate that I began my research into happiness at a time when the area of positive psychology had exploded and was grateful to discover that there was extensive information and findings surrounding the field of happiness. In fact there are…
  • The Many Roads To Happiness…

    3 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
      “People take different roads seeking fulfilment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” H Jackson Browne   Whilst there are certain universal principles which lead to greater happiness, like living in line with ones values for example, the path to happiness is just as unique and varied as each of us. Although our humanity unites us all, we each have idiosyncrasies and distinctly individual likes and dislikes. What brings me laughter and joy, another may not even find funny, and so it is with happiness. Even the basic…
  • Fantastic New CD’s Now Featured on ‘Further Reading (and Listening)’ Page!

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Hi All,   Check out the fabulous new CD’s on my ‘Further Reading (and Listening)’ page! Whether you are struggling to move on after a separation or the loss of a loved one, you want a mindfulness meditation CD which all of the top therapists recommend, or you want to use the law of attraction to manifest more success in your life, you can find something on our page that’s just right for you. Simply scroll to the bottom of the site to view ‘Recommended Books and CD’s’ where you can select the CD’s by genre, or go to our ‘Further…
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    Always ladies

  • A dog for a healthier family

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    There is more to your family pet than a silly, drooling plaything for the children, or snugly warm comfort on the couch.
  • Girl bullied after hair cut for cancer charity

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    Cancer, a word that even the sound of it makes you shiver. And how couldn’t you? According to Cancer Research UK, 14.1
  • Life Tip #11: Be grateful

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Being grateful sounds quite easy; actually pulling it off, well, that’s another story altogether. We mostly complain about the current state of
  • Your Photo of the Day -Tottori Sand Dunes

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    The Tottori sand dunes—the largest in Japan—rise toward the horizon in the country’s south. The coastal dunes were formed by sand and
  • Your photo of the Day – Over the River

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:22 am
    A tar mine edges up to a boreal forest and the MacKay River in northern Alberta, Canada. Photographer Garth Lenz speaks of
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    Hi Tim - HOME

  • Oh, The Horror!

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Hi Tim,I'm young at heart, in my 30's and Dad to "Sarah," 8 and "Trent," 5. I've been married to their Mom "Brenda" for 13 years and we're doing mostly fine. Except for Halloween season. I'm really into Halloween and decorate the whole house and yard with blood dripping out of windows and gore like severed heads on the walk, etc. There's a 6 foot hooded executioner with a bloody axe on the porch, stuffed bodies here and there, and dismembered zombies scattered around. Of course, we have the standard skeletons and spider, fog machine and the whole works for…
  • Disclosure Dilemma

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Hi Tim,  I am in my fifties and have been out of the workforce for the past seven years.  I spent some of that time caring for my disabled child and parents with medical problems. I also had been struggling with an undiagnosed thyroid disease called  Hashimoto's Disease, which my doctors and I mistook for bipolar disorder. After a correct diagnosis and months of adjusting thyroid medications, I feel better than I have in years!I am ready to go back to work and concerned about how I should address the above on my resume and in interviews, without going into the painful details.
  • Voting Parents

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Hi Tim, I'm 18 and, for better or worse, a product of my very opinionated parents. I love them both. Unfortunately, their opinions are mostly on the opposite sides of one another. One's Democrat and the other Republican, and they usually go at it at the dinner table. They're civil, but passionate about their chosen party and full of lectures about why it's the superior one. I have mastered tuning them out years ago, but now that I have the right to vote I am being dragged into their debates to have my vote fought over by two crazy people, both of whom clearly want to win me over and I do…
  • Ups and Downs 

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:07 am
    Hi Tim, I am a single mum, 30’s, raising a 14 year old boy who’s well behaved and makes good grades. For the past 2 years, he’s also been an elevator enthusiast, meaning people who ride all types of lifts round-trip, document or videotape the experience and then share later online with like-minded people. He has a good friend, a girl who shares this passion and somehow they managed to find each other in this big world. Now they explore the city in their free time, always collecting lifts. I try to be cheery about his hobby, watch his videos and thumb through his massive…
  • Less is More

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Hi Tim,I'm 33, married with 2 children, 5 and 6. We are all in good health. I'm finished with graduate school and 5 years into a successful career with a good salary. My wife has a successful career too and we have both worked hard to get here. But none of it seems to mean anything. We're about to move to a bigger house in a more showy neighborhood. We each just bought new luxury cars. We will be taking the family to Disney World soon. Family and friends say we look perfect. It isn't all perfect. We all have our faces buried in screens most of the time we're at home or in the car…
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    San Francisco Psychotherapy and Couples Counseling

  • Preschool as Therapy: 5 great ideas for adult wellness

    Linda Shanti McCabe
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    1. All feelings are allowed. At my child’s preschool, they have a saying: You have to get the bad feelings out to let the good feelings in. In therapy, we know there are no “bad” feelings. However, feelings such as anger, sadness and hurt don’t feel good, and they need expression. To express your true feelings within the context of a safe attachment relationship is a deep form of wellness. “When children [and adults] experience an attuned connection from a responsive empathic adult they feel good about themselves because their emotions have been given resonance and reflection.” 1…
  • Stepping Into My Shadow: Halloween as Therapy

    Lily Sloane
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Hold on, man. We don’t go anywhere with ‘scary,’ ‘spooky,’ ‘haunted,’ or ‘forbidden’ in the title.” – Shaggy Rogers (Scooby-Doo) It wasn’t until recently that I realized why I love Halloween so much. I don’t really feel excitement over candy or overwhelming crowds. Yet the theatrical has always had a magnetic pull on me, and Halloween, in all it’s theatrics, provides me with an open invitation to explore things from which I normally try to distance myself. (My ’08 Sarah Palin costume really sums it up). Halloween is that special time of year when the icky…
  • Feeling the Pull: Dealing with Competing Needs for Happier Days with Your Kids

    Jenny Kepler
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:54 pm
    As fall approaches in the Bay Area, we never know what weather will come. Which is why, on a day as hot as this one was recently, a poor Gelato Scooper was scooping alone when there should have been two of him; and the line was stretched out the door. I’m sure his arm was aching, and then there I was, in a hurry. And there was the woman behind me with two little, and very hot kids. She and I waited as he scooped for the family ahead of me, it seemed in slow motion. And all the while, this poor mom behind me was telling her wilting kids how they weren’t going to have enough time to…
  • Laws for in-laws: why trouble in these relationships hurts, and what to do about it

    Elizabeth Sullivan
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “We were having lunch with my in-laws the other day and out of the blue my mother-in-law said, ‘I’ve decided I want to be cremated.’ I said, ‘Alright, get your coat.’” -D. Spivey Our culture has a lot of deeply hostile (and very funny) jokes about mother-in-laws—a sure sign that something important is going on underneath. Freud’s early and significant work on jokes pointed out that they were a way for people to reveal things that we wanted to talk about, but in a more socially-acceptable form. Because of misogyny, there is more of a focus on mother-in-laws, but in…
  • Listening to Depression: The Choice of a New Generation

    Tiffany McLain
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Meet Poppy. She’s spunky, hip and successful. She’s the V.P. of marketing at a happening firm and recently got married to a successful lawyer.  She and her beau are also in the process of baby-making talks. Life is, well… perfect. Only, it isn’t. In those rare moments of inactivity, Poppy increasingly finds herself feeling exhausted, desperate and overwhelmed. Given her extensive consumption of media, Poppy is quick to identify that these are the symptoms of depression. She is also quick to conclude that she wants them to go away. Now. She’s not alone. According to the NIH, 16…
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    Psψch Student's Blog

  • Mental Health Jobs in Australia – where do you find them?

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    I wanted to quickly share two great resources for finding jobs in social justice and mental health. I remember going to an interview about 5 years ago advertised on my university website. The position was as a receptionist, and the manager informed me she no longer advertises jobs on Seek as she can get up to 1200 applications a day. Some university job sites are better than others, but one of the best resources I have come across is Ethical Jobs. Ethical Jobs has a huge range of jobs in the area of social justice. It is a national site with so many roles ranging from policy and project work…
  • Cheap Professional Development Opportunities for Mental Health Clinicians

    8 Oct 2014 | 10:34 pm
    I recently attended the 4th Annual BPD Conference in Melbourne which seems to have grown in popularity. One of the reasons for this (I believe) is that the conference was just $20 for students to attend. For this reason, I saw a lot of my fellow students at the event. This was both refreshing and encouraging – all of the conferences, training and professional development I have attended has been paid for by my workplace. The Childhood Trauma Conference I attended in August – while very helpful – was about $700 to attend! Often these events offer “discounted student…
  • The worst drug in Australia?

    26 Sep 2014 | 1:21 am
    Recently, during a conversation with my brother I was asked “What is the worst drug you see at work?”. I work in a multidisciplinary team which includes drug and alcohol, and I know that the community collectively has been overwhelmed with the impacts of the drug Ice, or Methamphetamine. Speak to anyone working in a community health centre, and you will hear that Australia is in the midst of an Ice epidemic. I hear the drug constantly demonized by mental health professionals and mental health clients alike  – the amount of time I have heard about “these young ones…
  • Coping with Stress – A Mindfulness Meditation Playlist

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Postgraduate study requires a great deal of work and enormous self-discipline to complete. Most people I know are dealing with coursework, research, placements and trying to work part-time to support themselves. Unfortunately it can be hard to compartmentalize your life, and a lot of this stress spills over into your downtime. My own therapist provided me with a mindfulness CD. It was then I realised I did not have a CD player – however using my computer, I managed to listen to the tracks, and then find them on Youtube. I wanted to share this link with you Guided Mindfulness…
  • 5 of the Best: Psychology Podcasts

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:23 am
    If you are like me, even in your downtime you are learning about psychology and science through books, TV shows and podcasts. I like to go for a walk on a sunny day and listen to a good podcast, so this is why I have compiled this list of psychology-related podcasts for your enjoyment. 1. ABC Radio National: All in the Mind. I don’t think its hyperbolic to say that the topics of this podcast are nothing short of fascinating. My most recent favourite podcast topics include the abandoned children of Romania, The Narcissism Epidemic and What Makes a Psychopath?.  Presented by Lynne…
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  • How To Set Yourself Up For a Great Day

    Staff Writer
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
    When you start the day off on a positive note, the rest of the day just seems to be better. If you want to make sure that you can do that consistently, follow this 3-Step mindfulness exercise routine from Tony Robbins. It won’t take much time, and you may just find yourself having a great day – EVERY day! Find the routine on Fast Company: The New Habit Challenge: Use Your Morning To Focus On Your Goals The post How To Set Yourself Up For a Great Day appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • What Is the Future For Your Brain?

    Staff Writer
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    A great deal of the answer to that question – what is the future for your brain – is up to you! As Debbie Hampton points out in this article from our Gratitude edition of BrainSpeak Magazine (Apple iTunes), your brain can either be your best friend or your worst enemy. Millions of Americans over age 65 have Alzheimer’s today, and current thinking is that the number will triple by 2050. This makes many of us concerned about our brain health. The good news is that there are some steps that you can take to help your brain be as healthy as possible – but what you really…
  • Fake It Till You Make It? A Twist on Feeling Happy

    Staff Writer
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    You have probably heard that if you are feeling down, the act of smiling can actually help to change your physiology so that it helps to lift your mood. Recent research has found yet another way to mimic “feeling happy” that can work in a similar way. It has to do with how you walk! Get the details on PsyBlog: How to Feel Happy Just By Walking Differently   The post Fake It Till You Make It? A Twist on Feeling Happy appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Easily Remove the 10 Biggest Obstacles to Meditation

    Staff Writer
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Have you been thinking that you would REALLY like to try meditation – it sounds like it is so beneficial – but every time you think about it all the reasons it will be difficult pop into your brain? You are not alone! Thinking you have to empty your mind of all thoughts or finding a big chunk of time every day to do it are two of the most common. Find out how easy it is to remove these obstacles to meditation: How to Breakthrough the Top 10 Obstacles in Meditation The post Easily Remove the 10 Biggest Obstacles to Meditation appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • 4 Ways Struggle is a Gift

    Staff Writer
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:45 pm
    How could something as difficult as struggle be considered a gift? It doesn’t seem possible, and yet it can help to push us in directions that we may not have otherwise gone. It happened to me while dealing with an uncomfortable relationship – I ended up moving overseas for several years and stretching far past my self-imposed limitations Find out how useful struggle can be: The Gift of Struggle The post 4 Ways Struggle is a Gift appeared first on BrainSpeak.
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  • Fear of Silence Phobia – Sedatephobia

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    “Silence”, it is said, ‘speaks a thousand words’. It is also common knowledge that couples who can spend their time in silence (and still feel as if they have had the best conversation ever) will always stay together. However, to some people, silence can be downright scary. There is term for this phobia: Sedatephobia. The word originates from Greek ‘Sedate’ meaning ‘silent or sleeping or dead’ and Phobos meaning the Greek God of fear, or dread or aversion. The phobia was relatively unheard of 50 years ago. However, today, it is a fairly common phobia. Expert hypnotists and…
  • Fear of Reptiles Phobia – Herpetophobia

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:49 am
    Herpetophobia is the irrational, unwarranted and persistent fear of reptiles. It is a highly common animal phobia. The word Herpetophobia originates from “Herp” meaning snake or reptile and “Phobos” which stands for the Greek God of Fear. The fear of reptiles is often combined with Ophidiophobia which is specifically the fear of snakes, but they are both rather different and should not be confused with each other. Most individuals suffering from Herpetophobia are not just afraid of dangers posed by reptiles like snakes (mainly due to their venom), they are even afraid of harmless wall…
  • Fear of Insanity Phobia – Dementophobia

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    The word ‘Dementophobia’ is used to denote the fear of insanity. It is derived from the Greek words Dementos and Phobos which mean ‘insanity’ and ‘fear’ respectively. An individual having Dementophobia experiences extreme anxiety or a panic attack when s/he encounters a thought about going insane, or even a movie scene depicting insane person/situation. Excessive fear of this type can affect one’s day-to-day life. Often, the fear of going insane prevents the individual from leaving his/her house, or holding a steady job. Most patients of this type tend to be socially withdrawn…
  • Fear of Escalators Phobia – Escalaphobia

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    Escalaphobia is a common specific phobia affecting hundreds of thousands of individuals all around the world. The word Escalaphobia comes from Greek escalo meaning ‘to move up/escalators’ and phobos which means ‘deep aversion, dread or fear’. There are several thousand escalators in Canada and United States, together moving millions of people up and down daily. However, there are still some people who prefer taking the stairs owing to their intense fear of escalators. The intensity and reasons behind this fear depend on individual experience that the phobic has had in relation to…
  • Fear of Dentists Phobia – Dentophobia

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Dentophobia, as the self explanatory word explains, is the fear of dentists or the fear of dental work. It is a fairly common phobia affecting children as well as adults. Nearly 75% of the adult global population is known to fear dentists. The phobia is linked to other phobias like the fear of needles (Tryphanophobia) fear of doctors (Iatrophobia) and others (such as fear of hospitals, pain etc). Some cases of Dentophobia are so extreme that they are known to lead to some very negative consequences. Causes of the fear of dentists As with other specific phobias, the fear of dentists results…
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  • When Istanbul cries

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    She tries to remember But the memory eludesThere's a weight over herAnd the memory is crudeShe tries to perfect itPolish it and cherish But the days of us dancingHave become dirty with the yearsWhen Istanbul criesShe cries for usShe knows deep down insideThere's a place for usWhy not in my embrace?She thinks, as she criesAnd then she remembers Until her tear ducts run dry 
  • The Ferrari that distracted the gardener... 1

    12 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    I learnt a new way of thinking today that I wanted to share with the Blogger realm, I was reading the The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and Julian Mantle had just filled John's cup to the brim and the cup was overflowing... I knew something great was about to be shared to the younger man.Julian was recounting his first few weeks in the Himalayas and reminded John of how much he doted over his garden. He asked him "You would get angry if I went to your garden and poured poison over your flowers would you not?" John of course replied affirmatively.He went on to explain that if people were to stand…
  • Asking why to find causality is a trap for our sad minds...

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    It has long been thought that anger, anxiety, dysthymia and depression all have a cause leading up to the result... therapist and psychologists have all been attacking it the same way; looking for problems in the home, workplace, social circle and childhood. It has always been believed that by accessing the root cause of the problem will enable one to erradicate the problem itself.Appying causality to the world of psychology is inherently misguided. All human thoughts and actions are not guided by causes and a desire for results... the human thinks simply because it does, YES there are…
  • Bliss is...

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Bliss is when you look into her eyes and believe no other eyes exist.Bliss is when the mind leaves the head and goes for a thorough stroll.Bliss is when she looks at you and she doesn't need to say it, you just know.Bliss is when you have a long and arduous road ahead of you but your lamp only reaches so far.Bliss is when she leaves your sight and it feels like she's there in the peripherals.Bliss is when a coffee and a cigarette are enough to be as happy as the kings.Bliss is when you own someone with no need for a deed.Bliss is when you feel owned but it's more liberating than to not…
  • Is a solitary life possible? Part 3

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    You have your physiological needs met and you feel safe at home... you don't leave the apartment apart from when you need to replenish your stock of food, coffee and ciggarettes. You are extremely unhappy, feel disconnected from the world and can't understand why.It's the solitude compadre. The thing that has ruined me over the course of many years.You see the three levels at the top of this pyramid are the components in the hierarchy of needs that make us happy. If these needs are not met, feelings of irrelevance, disconnectedness and unhappiness will follow.These are not wants! They are…
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