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  • Graying Parent Care Falls to Daughters, Not Sons

    Scientific American: Mind & Brain
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Sisters spend double the time caring for parents as their brothers. Dina Fine Maron reports -- Read more on
  • Interactive Sociopath Test (Antisocial Personality Disorder)

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Are you suspecting that your new date is a sociopath? Having doubts about colleague at work or a family member? Take this test to find out.
  • Can a Fight With Your Partner Re-Energize Your Sex Life?

    The Essential Read
    Douglas LaBier, Ph.D.
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Many couples assume that conflict and fighting are the norm for most relationships, and that they are unrelated to their sex lives. But research and clinical observation shows how they are intertwined in ways that have major consequences for sex, romance, and the relationship for the more
  • Why You Should Take a Week-Long Break From All Screens

    Jeremy Dean
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    New study finds 5 days away from electronic devices has dramatic effects on children. 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: Memory Enhanced by a Simple Break After Reading Psychology in Brief: 6 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week (5 July 2013) Social Conformity Effect Lasts Three Days How Many Basic Emotions Are There? Fewer Than Previously Thought The Incubation Effect: How to Break Through a Mental Block
  • The Impact of Infidelity

    Psychology Today Features
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
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  • Will We Accept Pornosexuals As We Have Homosexuals?

    Jeremy E. Sherman, Ph.D.
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    Pornosexuals are people who get their sexual release from porn. People shun them in ways that echo discrimination against gays. Is it the same thing or different? read more
  • The Secret to Happiness and Compassion: Low Expectations

    Jeremy E. Sherman, Ph.D.
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:51 pm
    A new MRI study suggests that happier people have lower expectations. I'd argue that compassion too is a product of lowered expectations. So to be as happy and compassionate as possible, lower your expectations of yourself and others. The lower the better. Which is actually an argument that happiness and compassion aren't more
  • Do You Need to Be Liberated From Your Past?

    Leon F. Seltzer, Ph.D.
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    Do you feel free to be yourself? Have you ever been told that you overreact to others—or perhaps that you underreact to them? In one way or another, behavioral programs that were adaptive for you in childhood may be continuing, however irrationally, to govern your behavior as an adult. And if this is the case, the present post may offer you some "actionable" insights. read more
  • Why You Might Not Take Your Partner's Perspective

    Amie M. Gordon, PhD
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    First comes love, then comes the realization that we are navigating life’s journey with another person who may have different thoughts, feelings, and beliefs than us. Perspective-taking is a fundamental social skill that helps us smoothly steer through the many bumps in the road, unfortunately not everyone is good at more
  • Crying in Public: The Fear of Tears

    Gina Barreca, Ph.D.
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Learn to express anger as anger rather than as sorrow, so that your outrage isn't misread as grief; get the wiring sorted out so that the lines of emotional communication are as clear and direct as more
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    Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin current issue

  • Perceptual Underpinnings of Antigay Prejudice: Negative Evaluations of Sexual Minority Women Arise on the Basis of Gendered Facial Features

    Lick, D. J., Johnson, K. L.
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    Psychologists have amassed robust evidence of antigay prejudice by assessing participants’ global attitudes toward sexual minorities and their reactions to behavioral descriptions of hypothetical targets. In daily interactions, however, perceivers make decisions about others’ sexual orientations based upon visible cues alone. Does antigay prejudice arise on the basis of such visual exposure, and if so, why? Three studies revealed that perceivers evaluated women they categorized as lesbians more negatively than women they categorized as straight. Moreover, prejudice against lesbian…
  • Specific Mindfulness Skills Differentially Predict Creative Performance

    Baas, M., Nevicka, B., Ten Velden, F. S.
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    Past work has linked mindfulness to improved emotion regulation, interpersonal skills, and basic cognitive abilities, but is unclear about the relation between mindfulness and creativity. Studies examining effects of mindfulness on factors pertinent to creativity suggest a uniform and positive relation, whereas work on specific mindfulness skills suggests that mindfulness skills may differentially predict creativity. To test whether the relation between mindfulness and creativity is positive and uniform (the uniform hypothesis) or differentially depends on particular components of mindfulness…
  • Moving Narcissus: Can Narcissists Be Empathic?

    Hepper, E. G., Hart, C. M., Sedikides, C.
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    Empathy plays a critical role in fostering and maintaining social relations. Narcissists lack empathy, and this may account for their interpersonal failures. But why do narcissists lack empathy? Are they incapable, or is change possible? Three studies addressed this question. Study 1 showed that the link between narcissism and low empathy generalizes to a specific target person presented in a vignette. The effect was driven by maladaptive narcissistic components (i.e., entitlement, exploitativeness, exhibitionism). Study 2 examined the effect of perspective-taking (vs. control) instructions…
  • Goal Difficulty and Openness to Interpersonal Goal Support

    Righetti, F., Kumashiro, M., Campbell, S. B.
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    When people pursue important goals, they are often surrounded by close others who could provide help and support for the achievement of these goals. The present work investigated whether people are more likely to be open to such interpersonal goal support from a romantic partner when they perceive their goals as being easy versus difficult. Using a multiple methods approach, three studies revealed that, compared with the pursuit of easy goals, when people pursue difficult goals, they are less likely to seek out and be open to support from their romantic partner. Studies 2 and 3 revealed that…
  • Political Conservatives' Affinity for Obedience to Authority Is Loyal, Not Blind

    Frimer, J. A., Gaucher, D., Schaefer, N. K.
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    Liberals and conservatives disagree about obeying authorities, with conservatives holding the more positive views. We suggest that reactions to conservative authorities, rather than to obedience itself, are responsible for the division. Past findings that conservatives favor obedience uniformly confounded obedience with conservative authorities. We break down obedience to authority into its constituent parts to test the divisiveness of each part. The concepts of obedience (Study 1) and authority (Study 2) recruited inferences of conservative authorities, conflating results of simple,…
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  • The Item of Clothing That Can Help People Feel Less Angry

    Jeremy Dean
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    How to turn that frown upside down. 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: Powerful People Feel Taller Than They Really Are Want to Improve Your Attention? Wear a White Coat The Cheerleader Effect: Why People Appear Better-Looking in Groups How Many Basic Emotions Are There? Fewer Than Previously Thought Revealed: The Type of Music That Makes You Feel Most Powerful
  • Study Answers Age-Old Question: Do People Prefer The Good News or The Bad News First?

    Jeremy Dean
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    If there's good news and bad news, which do you prefer to hear first and which should you give first? Many management handbooks and websites recommend the so-called 'bad news sandwich' strategy. News-givers should hand out some good news first, then the bad, then finish off with the good. 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: Still Thinking About Your Ex? Why It’s Bad News for Your Current Partner How Just One Night’s Poor Sleep Can Hurt a Relationship What Can…
  • A Strange Cure for Lack of Sleep

    Jeremy Dean
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Why your perception of how you slept last night is so important. 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: Why Some People Only Need Five Hours’ Sleep a Night Poor Sleep: 8 Hours With Interruptions As Bad As Only 4 Hours Offline Learning: How The Mind Learns During Sleep You Can Learn a New Language While You Sleep, Study Finds How Just One Night’s Poor Sleep Can Hurt a Relationship
  • New Study Affirms 4 Very Old-Fashioned Guidelines for a Good Marriage

    Jeremy Dean
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    New research on 1,000 Americans over 5 years upholds some age-old rules about marriage. 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: Still Thinking About Your Ex? Why It’s Bad News for Your Current Partner Study Answers Age-Old Question: Do People Prefer The Good News or The Bad News First? Kissing: Its Vital Role in Choosing and Keeping Partners How Just One Night’s Poor Sleep Can Hurt a Relationship 10 Psychology Studies Every Lover Should Know
  • Why You Should Take a Week-Long Break From All Screens

    Jeremy Dean
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    New study finds 5 days away from electronic devices has dramatic effects on children. 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: Memory Enhanced by a Simple Break After Reading Psychology in Brief: 6 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week (5 July 2013) Social Conformity Effect Lasts Three Days How Many Basic Emotions Are There? Fewer Than Previously Thought The Incubation Effect: How to Break Through a Mental Block
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    Mind Hacks

  • Round trip ticket to the science of psychedelics

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    The latest edition of The Psychologist is a special open-access issue on the science and social impact of hallucinogenic drugs. There’s an article by me on culture and hallucinogens that discusses the role of hallucinogenic drugs in diverse cultures and which also covers how cultural expectations shape the hallucinogenic experience – from traditional Kitanemuk society to YouTube trip videos. The other articles cover some fascinating topics. Neuroscientists Robin Carhart-Harris, Mendel Kaelen and David Nutt have a great article on the neuroscience of hallucinogens, Henry David…
  • Disco biscuits

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    This is a video of Professor Stephen Stahl, author of Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology, doing a DSM-5 themed version of Stayin’ Alive by the BeeGees.   After working out that, no, no-one has dropped acid in your morning Red Bull, you may notice that the professor busts some pretty respectable moves.   Link to video on YouTube (via @AllenFrancesMD)
  • How to speak the language of thought

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:09 pm
    We are now beginning to crack the brain’s code, which allows us to answer such bizarre questions as “what is the speed of thought?” When he was asked, as a joke, to explain how the mind works in five words, cognitive scientist Steven Pinker didn’t hesitate. “Brain cells fire in patterns”, he replied. It’s a good effort, but all it really does is replace one enigma with another mystery. It’s long been known that brain cells communicate by firing electrical signals to each other, and we now have myriad technologies for recording their patterns of activity –…
  • Brain scanning the deceased

    17 Aug 2014 | 1:21 am
    I’ve got an article in The Observer about how, a little surprisingly, the dead are becoming an increasing focus for brain scanning studies. I first discussed this curious corner of neuroscience back in 2007 but a recent Neuroskeptic post reminded me of the area and I decided to check in on how it’s progressing. It turns out that brain scanning the dead is becoming increasingly common in research and medicine and the article looks at how the science is progressing. Crucially, it’s helping us better understand ourselves in both life and death. For thousands of years, direct…
  • Spike activity 15-08-2014

    16 Aug 2014 | 12:03 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: An important editorial in Nature describes the pressing problem of how research is not being turned into practice for treating children with mental health problems caused by armed conflict. Not Exactly Rocket Science covers a swarm of self-organising autonomous robots that have the potential to rise up, rise up and threaten humanity with their evil buzzing. To the bunkers! A Malaysian language names odors as precisely as English does colors. Interesting finding covered by Discover Magazine. New York Magazine has a piece on the social…
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    Channel N

  • Headspace: Mental, Physical, and Social Health for Youth

    Sandra Kiume
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Since 2006, Australia’s Headspace program for youth mental health has opened service centres across the country offering physical, mental, social, and addiction care. They’ve achieved a 93% satisfaction rate among nearly 100,000 youth. The model is now expanding to Canada. Learn more about the approach in this short whiteboard animation video from UBC.  
  • Romantic Chemistry

    Sandra Kiume
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Highlights from a talk by Larry Young about the brain chemistry of love. From bonded-for-life prairie voles to human partnerships, chemistry plays a role in romantic attraction and staying with a mate. Lessons from research into the science of love may be useful for other applications in psychiatric conditions, including autism spectrum disorders. An animated short excerpt from a presentation at the Brain Matters! conference held in Vancouver, BC in March, 2014.
  • More Than a Pet: Service Dogs for PTSD

    Sandra Kiume
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    A short video profiling labradoodle Rocco and the veteran he cares for, through the program K9s for Warriors in the US. K9s for Warriors trains rescue dogs to be service dogs for PTSD in veterans.  
  • What Makes Us Laugh?

    Sandra Kiume
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:49 am
    Professor Sophie Scott’s LaughterLab at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in the UK does neuroscience research on why and how people laugh. In a project at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2012 and the Big Bang Fair 2013, at an exhibit they simply asked people to write down, “What makes you laugh?” In this short, fun video, they share the answers they collected. To learn more about the LaughterLab and their research, visit this link, and for more fun and scientific videos about laughter check out Sophie Scott’s YouTube channel
  • What’s it Like to Experience and Recover from Psychosis?

    Sandra Kiume
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    Simon Says: Psychosis is a fantastic documentary featuring three people who’ve experienced psychosis, talking about what it’s like, and their recovery journeys assisted by the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service provided by the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in the UK. The film was created by John Richardson, a person with lived experience of psychosis, giving it special insight, empathy, and an insider perspective. For more background about the filmmaker’s process and intent, follow this link. You can follow the filmmaker on Twitter at @insipidmedia, and also…
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    BPS Research Digest

  • 10 Surprising Things Babies Can Do

    Research Digest
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:06 am
    Human infants are helpless. At first they can't even support the weight of their own heads. Crawling and walking take months to master. Compare this with the sprightly newborns of other mammals, such as kittens and foals, up and about within an hour of their birth. There are several theories as to why human development is so protracted - among them that this extra time is required for the human brain to develop. This post side-steps such debates and focuses on 10 studies hinting at the surprising abilities of babies aged up to one year. The research digested below suggests the infant mind is…
  • Drinking small amounts of alcohol boosts people's sense of smell

    Research Digest
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    As our modern world relies overwhelmingly on sight and sound to transmit information, it might not strike you quite how acute our sense of smell is. In fact we humans can outperform the most sensitive measuring instruments in detecting certain odours, and distinguish smells from strangers from those of our blood relations. Now new research suggests our natural olfactory talents may be even greater when we use modest amounts of alcohol to reduce our inhibitions.A team led by Yaara Endevelt-Shapira tested participants on two days: on one, tests took place before and after drinking a cup of…
  • Your angry face makes you look stronger

    Research Digest
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    No matter where you travel on earth, you'll likely have no problem recognising when someone is angry with you. From the plains of Russia to the beaches of Brazil, anger shows itself in a tell-tale facial display involving lowered brow, snarled nose, raised chin and thinned lips.A popular view has it that, besides reliably conveying anger, this particular constellation of facial movements is arbitrary and serves no other function. A team of evolutionary psychologists led by Aaron Sell disagrees. They think the anger face also makes the angry person look stronger. This fits their "recalibration…
  • Link feast

    Research Digest
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week:Finding a Good TherapistJules Evans' (author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations) recent encounter with a "somatic therapist" didn't go too well.Why Nurture Is Just As Important As Nature For Understanding GeneticsThe influence of genetics on our health and behaviour is not fixed, explains Claire Howarth, but depends on complex interactions with the environment. Why Do We Fear the Wrong Things?Over at the Talk Psych blog David Myers reflects on the misleading power of the "availability…
  • Reader reactions to news of terrorism depend on the images that are used

    Research Digest
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:49 am
    After viewing images of terrorists, people reported feelings of anger and fearHow readers' emotions are affected by media reports of terrorist attacks depends on the the photos used to accompany the story. That's according to an analysis by Aarti Iyer and colleagues, who say these different emotional reactions in turn lead to support for different government policies.Over two-hundred British adults (aged 18 to 68; 92 women), many based in London, read a news summary of the London terrorist bombings that occurred on July 7, 2005. Afterwards, the participants were split into two groups - one…
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  • Trend: Playing table tennis to enhance brain fitness and mental health

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Businessman turned love of pingpong into charity (Virginia Beach Beacon): “The elder Lees, now 76, still plays and heads up a table tennis club on the Eastern Shore…Ken Lees said it was local neurologist Dr. Scott Sautter who helped him realize the therapeutic benefits of pingpong on brain fitness and mental health… “It’s like aerobic chess,” he said. In addition to helping eye-hand coordination, and the use of reflexes, balance, planning and strategy, Lees pointed out the game’s a stress reliever, too. Lees founded the nonprofit Table Tennis Charity Foundation in 2012 to create…
  • Meet these 25+ Summit Speakers at the forefront of Brain, Health and Innovation

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    We are proud to share the world-class and expanding roster of experts and innovators who will speak at the upcoming 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (October 28-30th, 2014). Please check out their spectacular bios, the preliminary agenda, and consider joining us! As of today, we are counting on: Dr. Adam Gaz­za­ley, Direc­tor of the Neu­ro­science Imag­ing Cen­ter at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Francisco Aki Niko­laidis, NSF Fel­low at the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois Cham­paign Urbana Alex Doman, Co-founder of Sleep Genius Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO of SharpBrains…
  • Increased awareness and use of cognitive assessments seen as dementia-related priorities by RAND policy brief

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    Improving Dementia Long-Term Care: A Policy Blueprint (RAND Corporation’s report): “In 2010, 15 percent of Americans older than age 70 had dementia, and the number of new dementia cases among those 65 and older is expected to double by the year 2050. As the baby boomer generation ages, many older adults will require dementia-related long-term services and supports (LTSS)… RAND identified 25 high-impact policy options covering five broad objectives to improve dementia long-term services and supports (LTSS) delivery system, workforce, and financing… Objective 1: Increase public…
  • Brain teaser to exercise your mental rotation cognitive abilities

    Dr. Pascale Michelon
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    Mental self-rotation is the cognitive ability to imagine yourself in different locations in space, and to imagine your body moving in space. We need it for everyday activities such as finding a place or reading a map. The ability involved is technically called egocentric spatial transformations (yes, that is the scientific expression) or mental self rotation, and the brain areas primarily involved are the parietal lobes. Here’s an example. — Figures above:The map is upside down (A). The red dot represents your car’s position. Your goal is to go to Walgreens (W). You can either…
  • Gaiam and Reebok entering mental fitness market via InteraXon Muse partnerships

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    InteraXon Teams Up with Reebok & Gaiam To Bring Brain Fitness to the Masses (mobilesyrup): “Many of us lead lives so hectic we hardly have time to hit the treadmill never mind take a deep breath and relax. However, the booming yoga industry (worth $27 billion dollars at last count) proves that mindfulness and meditation are an important part of a comprehensive fitness regime. In an effort to bring a balanced, head-to-toe workout to the masses, the team behind brain-sensing headband Muse has teamed up with fitness giants Gaiam and Reebok. Leading yoga and fitness retailer Gaiam is…
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  • Moodletter

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    The information in Moodletter is for those living with these illnesses and their family members, friends, employers and co-workers, as well as mental health professionals. Others who want to live happier and healthier lives will also find articles of interest.  The information on Moodletter is provided to augment your relationship with your medical professional, not replace it. The better informed we are, the better we can help our medical professionals help us.
  • International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA)

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    ICSA’s mission is to apply research and professional perspectives to: Help those who have been spiritually abused or otherwise harmed by psychological manipulation and high-demand groups Educate the public Promote and conduct research Support helping professionals interested in cults, related groups, and psychological manipulation.
  • HALOS (Healing After Loved Ones Suicide)

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    After moving to Florida in December, 2004, I located the Left Behind After Suicide (LBAS) Support Group and found immediate connectedness with others there.  I want to provide such an atmosphere to others as they work through their loss and grief.  HALOS brings that desire to fruition.  I attended peer facilitation of a suicide survivor support group training offered by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in 2006.I have received many gifts, blessings and miracles in my life.  Many I recognize now to a much greater degree since Natalie’s death.  There’s nothing good…
  • Love Is NOT Abuse

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    We’re the force behind Love Is Not Abuse, where you are now. LINA, as we like to call it, was originally founded by the amazing Fifth and Pacific [formerly Liz Claiborne]. Now we’re all one big happy family, along with NO MORE and the National Dating Abuse Helpline.
  • Losing Your Parents

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    In her writing, she’s able to take the challenges she faces and turn them into a recipe which can be applied to every day life. In doing so, she knows that finding creative ways to move through tough emotions always leads to a better, healthier, happier, active, more adventurous life for herself. By writing honestly and openly, she hopes her direct experiences will inspire others to who are grieving to move forward in their lives.  Losing Your Parents confronts one of the hardest subjects for people to deal with, namely how to react in the face of a parent passing away. Blog posts on the…
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    Dr. Deb

  • 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…
  • The Myths that Society Holds About Mental Illness

    Dr. Deb
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    It is an undisputed fact that individuals who experience mental health issues are often faced with discrimination that results from misconceptions of their illness. As a result, many people who would benefit from mental health services often don't seek treatment for fear that they will be viewed in a negative way. The World Health Organization agrees and says that in the 400 million people worldwide who are affected by mental illness, about twenty percent reach out for treatment.Take a look at the common myths society holds about mental illness. MYTH: Mental illness is not a…
  • Is It Ever Right For a Therapist to Cry?

    Dr. Deb
    1 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    During my morning surf for psychology stories, I came across this one at the BBC asking "Is it ever right for a therapist to cry?"I wondered as I sipped my English Breakfast Tea (a perfect coincidence) why this was a worthy subject the BBC felt needed covering. Surely, people know that therapists cry. Especially if a patient's narrative is moving, upsetting or emotionally tragic. Right? The article, though, reported that some patients were surprised that a therapist might tear up in a session, finding the response off-putting and even unprofessional.The BBC article brought into view a…
  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    Dr. Deb
    1 May 2014 | 8:40 am
    In honor of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, I'll be giving away 2 autographed copies of my award winning book "DEPRESSION AND YOUR CHILD: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS."Research shows that children, even babies, experience depression. The clinical term is called Pediatric Depression, and rates are higher now than ever before. In the United States alone, evidence suggests that up to 1% of babies, 4 percent of preschool-aged children, 5 percent of school-aged children, and 11 percent of adolescents meet the criteria for major depression.Suicide is significantly linked to depression,…
  • How To Ask For Help

    Dr. Deb
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Asking for help can be easy for some, and painfully tough for others. There are many myths that tend to keep others from asking support or assistance. Here are a few:Myth: Asking for help makes us look vulnerable.Truth: Asking for help actually creates an atmosphere of empowerment. It communicates to others that, while you may not have the answers, you are willing to find them and make things better.Myth: Holding things in and keeping personal issues under wraps keeps us feeling secure.Truth: In reality, not allowing yourself to be "known" actually keeps you socially isolated, and…
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    Psychology Research News -- ScienceDaily

  • Stop and listen: Study shows how movement affects hearing

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    When we want to listen carefully to someone, the first thing we do is stop talking. The second thing we do is stop moving altogether. The interplay between movement and hearing has a counterpart deep in the brain. A new study used optogenetics to reveal exactly how the motor cortex, which controls movement, can tweak the volume control in the auditory cortex, which interprets sound.
  • Xenon exposure shown to erase traumatic memories

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    Xenon gas, used in humans for anesthesia and diagnostic imaging, has the potential to be a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and other memory-related disorders, researchers report. "We know from previous research that each time an emotional memory is recalled, the brain actually restores it as if it were a new memory. With this knowledge, we decided to see whether we could alter the process by introducing xenon gas immediately after a fear memory was reactivated," explained an author.
  • emotional association of memories changed by researchers

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    By manipulating neural circuits in the brain of mice, scientists have altered the emotional associations of specific memories. The research reveals that the connections between the part of the brain that stores contextual information about an experience and the part of the brain that stores the emotional memory of that experience are malleable.
  • Neuroscientists reverse memories' emotional associations: Brain circuit that links feelings to memories manipulated

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Most memories have some kind of emotion associated with them: Recalling the week you just spent at the beach probably makes you feel happy, while reflecting on being bullied provokes more negative feelings. A new study from neuroscientists reveals the brain circuit that controls how memories become linked with positive or negative emotions.
  • Flexing the brain: Why learning tasks can be difficult

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Learning a new skill is easier when it is related to an ability we already have. For example, a trained pianist can learn a new melody easier than learning how to hit a tennis serve. Scientists have discovered a fundamental constraint in the brain that may explain why this happens.
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    Sports Are 80 Percent Mental

  • Maybe Your Kids Inherited Your Couch Potato Genes

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    On the road to sports success, young athletes need two ingredients, innate skills and the willingness and determination to get better.  We all know boys and girls who showed early promise that got them noticed but then didn’t have the drive to practice every day to develop that talent.  Often labeled lazy or unmotivated, the assumption was that they chose their own path by not working hard.  However, new research shows evidence that genetics may play a role not only in the natural abilities of a developing superstar but also in their practice persistence and…
  • See The Game Through The Eyes Of The Quarterback

    6 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Going into the start of football season, there is plenty of expert commentary on what makes up the “right stuff” when evaluating quarterbacks. Everything from arm strength to height to foot skills to the size of their hands was measured and dissected to find the magic combination of variables. While the body mechanics of delivering a football on target are vital, QBs rely even more on their vision both before and after the ball is snapped.It’s not just knowing where and when to look at an opposing defense but also understanding what to look for across the line. Defensive players are…
  • How To Train The Runner's Brain - An Interview With Jason Fitzgerald

    5 Jun 2014 | 10:49 am
    As productive human athletes, we just assume that we can knock down any walls put in front of us and conquer new feats of greatness if "we just put our mind to it."  Our conscious brain sets goals, gives pep talks and convinces us that with the right training plan, we can finish a race of any distance. But, when we're stretching our training run farther than ever before, the little voice in our head pops up to try to talk some sense into us; "that's enough for today" or "there's a lot of pain happening right now, time to quit."  As I discussed in last week's post about the…
  • Fight Fatigue By Overriding Your Brain's Urge To Quit

    29 May 2014 | 1:44 pm
    What makes an endurance athlete quit? Not quit the sport, but quit during a competition.  Every runner, swimmer, or cyclist starts a race with the desire to win or at least achieve a personal best time.  They’ve done the pre-race math - keep at a certain pace for the entire distance to achieve the target time.  Their wearable technology keeps them updated on heart rate, distance and split times to stay on that pace.  However, at the finish line, many athletes are not able to maintain their strides/strokes per minute, giving in to the perception that their energy tank is…
  • Marathons Are Tough On The Heart, But Training Helps

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Now that it’s mid-April, thousands of amateur runners are realizing the time has come to get serious about their Spring marathon training plans.  The easier 4-6 mile weekday jogs increase quickly into 10-15 mile weekend long runs.  For those new to endurance distances, this jump in mileage can put a strain not only on the legs but also on the heart.  In fact, there’s been some confusing research in the press lately with some claiming a marathon can do some coronary damage while others praising the health benefits of the cardiovascular training.First, the encouraging news.
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    (e) Science News - Psychology & Sociology

  • Stone-tipped spears lethal, may indicate early cognitive and social skills

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Attaching a stone tip on to a wooden spear shaft was a significant innovation for early modern humans living around 500,000 years ago. However, it was also a costly behavior in terms of time and effort to collect, prepare and assemble the spear. Stone tips break more frequently than wooden spears, requiring more frequent replacement and upkeep, and the fragility of a broken point could necessitate multiple thrusts to an angry animal. So, why did early hunters begin to use stone-tipped spears? read more
  • Orphaned children can do just as well in institutions

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    The removal of institutions or group homes will not lead to better child well-being and could even worsen outcomes for some orphaned and separated children, according to new findings from a three-year study across five low- and middle-income countries. read more
  • Self-deceived individuals deceive others better

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Over confident people can fool others into believing they are more talented than they actually are, a study has found. read more
  • Neuroscientists reverse memories' emotional associations

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Most memories have some kind of emotion associated with them: Recalling the week you just spent at the beach probably makes you feel happy, while reflecting on being bullied provokes more negative feelings. read more
  • Group identity emphasized more by those who just make the cut

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    People and institutions who are marginal members of a high-status or well-esteemed group tend to emphasize their group membership more than those who are squarely entrenched members of the group, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. read more
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    Brain Blogger

  • The Hollywood Medical Reporter – Artistic License

    Daliah Leslie
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    What is more important, for a show to be compelling or medically accurate? The answer is not simple. I certainly believe that absurd inaccuracies in medical dramas, as I discussed in last week’s post on House M.D, have helped produce a public that is tragically and dangerously misinformed. However, I know we must not lose sight of the true purpose these entertainments have. House does not purport to be a factual medical source. It is meant to entertain. Nevertheless, regardless of the shows intention, it must be held responsible for any negative effect it has. That said, the medical…
  • Diabetics in Distress

    Jennifer Gibson, PharmD
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Diabetes affects millions of people in the United States and remains one of the leading causes of death. The disease is associated with a myriad of complications and comorbid conditions, but mental health issues are often overlooked. “Diabetes distress” is a relatively new term that describes the psychological manifestations of diabetes management. A recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association claims that two-thirds of patients with diabetes and mental health problems are undiagnosed and untreated. This failure to recognize psychological conditions associated with a…
  • Thinking Slow About Thinking Fast – Part III – The Monty Hall Problem

    Nisha Cooch, PhD
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    To wrap our minds around human behavior it’s helpful to consider why certain behaviors may have evolved. Natural selection tells us that behaviors that increase our chances of passing along our genes will continue to show up in future generations. It therefore follows that aspects of our behavioral tendencies at some point likely conferred an advantage over alternative behaviors. Efficiency may be the specific advantage afforded to us by our so-called irrational behaviors. Before delving into classic examples of “irrational” behavior, I’d like to share my favorite example of how our…
  • When To Think Less About Your Choices

    Jim Davies, PhD
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Smart people have a tendency to think hard about the choices they make. Who are you going to marry? What house are you going to buy? What flavor of gelato should you get? Some make lists of pros and cons, some try to think about the most important features of the choices, and some make up new strategies on the fly. The more important the decision, the more we feel it’s warranted to think hard about it. It seems self-evident that thinking more would produce better choices. But in science, even self-evident things have to be tested. Psychologists Ap Dijksterhuis and Zeger van Olden ran an…
  • Migraine and Stroke – What’s the Link?

    Viatcheslav Wlassoff, PhD
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    On the surface, strokes and migraines do not seem to have much in common except that both of them can have serious psychological effects on the sufferers. But researchers say that a complex relationship exists between the two. Migraine is a neurological disorder characterized by the occurrence of throbbing and recurring headaches that can be so severe to interfere with the normal day to day life. Stroke is a medical emergency caused by a compromised blood supply to the brain. It could result in brain damage, eventually leading to complications and disability. Several studies have associated…
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    World of Psychology

  • It Must Be My Fault

    Elisabeth Corey
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:35 pm
    When I was a child, I was told that everything was my fault. Eventually, I believed it. In reality, none of it was my fault. As an adult in recovery, I intellectually understand that now. But my unconscious parts are still working that out. My unconscious parts are still trying to make sense of the illogical. I have struggled with self-worth my entire life. While I don’t see myself as capable of doing good things, I do see myself as powerful at manifesting the bad. More than likely, this comes from my understanding of the abusive adults in my childhood. I felt the same way about them. And I…
  • Relationship Lies: Learn These 4 Dating Myths NOW Ladies

    Psych Central Staff
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    No, you won’t “just know” when you meet the right guy. Are you totally baffled as to why you only seem to attract men who are far from ideal for you? Are you tired of ending up with men who aren’t ready for the same type of relationship you want? Before you give up on the possibility of ever meeting a guy who truly measures up, you may want to take a look at how the following so-called “dating rules” may be adversely hurting your chances of finding The One. Myth# 1: You’ll “just know” when you meet the right guy. We’ve been…
  • We All Need to Take it Easy Sometimes

    Michael Hedrick
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    This past few weeks has been pretty chaotic for me. Money has been an issue, I moved to a new city, my nephew was born, I got a new writing job, I had my 29th birthday, I had to housesit for a while and on top of everything else I’ve been working myself into a tizzy over a potential relationship which may or may not work out. All said and done, I came to the realization last night that yes, I had done it, I had overwhelmed myself wholly and completely. Stress can be a killer, even more so for someone who has a mental illness. That’s what life does to us though, there’s always something…
  • 8 Building Blocks for Resilience

    Frances L. Hennessey, LICSW
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Resilience is the ability to adapt to stress and change,  to bounce back and rebound from negative experiences and the wear and tear of daily life. Resilience is a skills set that may be learned and practiced and benefits grow and accumulate over time. These are a few of the myriad ways to build and reinforce resilience: Activate the Relaxation Response: Dr. Herbert Benson, the modern “father” of the Relaxation Response formulated a basic 8-step process: Find a quiet place. Close your eyes. Relax your body. Slow your breathing. Focus on your breathing, or repeat a word, sound, prayer,…
  • Blue in the Face: When the Other Person Just Doesn’t ‘Get It’

    Linda Sapadin, Ph.D
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Have you felt frustrated because someone close to you just doesn’t “get it,” even though you’ve explained your point over and over? During those times, do you feel yourself getting enraged or shaking your head in disgust? We’re often under the illusion that if only the other person understood “the facts” (as we see them), he’d embrace our position. When he doesn’t, we’re perplexed and frustrated.  In those moments, it’s hard to imagine that the other person has his own version of “the facts.” That what we strongly adhere to may differ from…
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    Teaching High School Psychology

  • "Bloom Stuff" and "Maslow Stuff"

    Rob McEntarffer
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    I stumbled across this picture (via Twitter, retweeted originally from @DocbobLA) and this quote/idea reasonates with me: I believe that if we don't attend to the "Maslow stuff" with students (e.g. sense of belonging/trust, etc.) we won't be able to even get to the "Bloom stuff" (e.g. analysis, synthesis, other critical thinking skills).In my district, I get to co-present with other administrators on the topic "Relationship Matters." The main idea of that presentation supports the claim this quote makes: relationships are the "oxygen" in teaching/learning situations. Positive relationships…
  • To Type or not to Type: Is that the Question?

    Rob McEntarffer
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
    Last week several of us had a fascinating discussion via Twitter about the advantages/disadvantages of taking notes on computers or by hand on paper. The whole discussion started when Heather Chambers (@irishteach on Twitter) tweeted a question about the advantages and disadvantages of getting students to use computers for notes, or if they are better off handwriting notes. I responded a few days later with an article I found: "The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages ofLonghand Over Laptop Note Taking" These authors found that students who took notes by hand tended to summarize…
  • First Day Activities

    Chuck Schallhorn
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    So what should we do on the first day?  Here are some ideas:I posted a couple activities to my Google Drive.  Included are:a couple docs that Louis Schmier posted some time ago about establishing trust in the classroomDr. Drew Appleby's activity on memory and created connections within schemas--an adapted PPT file I use on the first or second dayA Psych True/False PPT Activity based upon chapters from the book, 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology by Scott O. Lilienfeld, et alA "Psych or Not" PowerPoint I created a few years…
  • Start of the year! Woot! (and Crash Course videos!)

    Rob McEntarffer
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    Howdy psych teachers! School started in my district yesterday - if you've started, hope you are having a great beginning!I never expected this to happen, but I think my 12 year old shared a great psychology teaching resource with me! She asked me if I ever watched the "Crash Course" videos on YouTube, and whether or not I thought the psychology ones are any good.I think they are very good! Hank Green (brother of John Green, who students and teachers may recognize as the author of The Fault in our Stars, and the narrator of other Crash Course videos) races through some great psych topics on…
  • Brainless or will the ten percent myth ever die

    Steve Jones
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    By now you no doubt have seen the trailer for the soon to be released movie Lucy, staring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freemen - and if you haven't surely your students have, and some will see the movie. If you have you know that the key concept is that the character played by Johansson has a drug of some sort implanted in her body, and when it begins to leak, it begins to give her super powers.Why? Because this drug heightens her cognitive abilities, and since "we only use 10% of our brains," Lucy now has the ability to use much more of her brain to become this seemingly unstoppable…
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    Advances in the History of Psychology

  • Congrats Center for the History of Psychology!

    Jacy Young
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm
    A big congratulations to the Center for the History of Psychology, which has secured a donation of $3.5 million. With the gift the Center will now be known as the Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology. The Cummings’s generosity comes in the wake of a previous donation of $1.5 million to the Center. With the funds the Cummings Center plans “to expand its museum and construct a dedicated research space and offices for visiting scholars and staff, as well as to fund an endowment to support a full-time associate director position.”  Share on…
  • Galton Papers Now Online!

    Jacy Young
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:24 pm
    UCL Special Collections and the Wellcome Trust have collaborated to make available online the papers of Francis Galton. This is part of a larger Wellcome Library endeavour Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics, which includes digitized papers from a number of important figures in the development of genetics. The full Galton papers can be explored online here. Share on Facebook
  • Latest on Little Albert: Not Neurologically Impaired After All?

    Jacy Young
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Now available via  History of Psychology‘s OnlineFirst option is the latest in the ongoing saga over the identity of John Watson and Rosalie Rayner’s Little Albert. Forthcoming in History of Psychology is an article from Nancy Digdon, Russell A. Powell, and Ben Harris challenging the recent depiction of Albert as a neurologically impaired child. Full article details, including abstract, follow below. “Little Albert’s Alleged Neurological Impairment: Watson, Rayner, and Historical Revision,” by Nancy Digdon, Russell A. Powell, and Ben Harris. The abstract…
  • 4th Annual BPS ‘Stories of Psychology’ Symposium

    Jacy Young
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    The British Psychological Society‘s History of Psychology Centre is hosting its fourth annual history of psychology symposium, “Stories of Psychology,” October 8, 2014. This year’s symposium is one of a number of BPS events marking the centenary of the First World War and looks at the influence of the war on psychology’s development in Britain. The day’s events are hosted by Alan Collins (right) of Lancaster University. Full program details follow below. ‘Stories of Psychology’ Symposium War and Its Legacy The fourth annual history of psychology…
  • July Talk! BPS History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar Series

    Jacy Young
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    The British Psychological Society’s History of Psychology Centre, in conjunction with UCL’s Centre for the History of the Psychological Disciplines, has announced another talk as part of the BPS History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar Series. On July 21st Vincent Barras, of the University of Lausanne, will be speaking on “Plays between Reason, Language and Gods: The Case of Glossolalia 19th-20th Centuries.” Full details follow below. The British Psychological Society History of Psychology Centre in conjunction with UCL’s Centre for the History of the Psychological…
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    Denying AIDS and other oddities

  • The Destructive Legacy of Peter Duesberg and AIDS Denialism

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Fake Cures For AIDS Have A Long And Dreadful Historyby SUSAN BRINKAugust 17, 2014NPR Goats and Soda: Stories of Life in a Changing WorldPeter DuesbergElectromagnetism can detect AIDS. The "Complete Cure Device" can wipe out the virus.The Egyptian military made those claims earlier this year, but now they have backtracked after the announcement was widely denounced by scientists, including Egypt's own science adviser.Nonetheless, people are still eager to believe the unbelievable. Egypt's announcement prompted 70,000 people to send emails asking to try the new treatment.The Complete Cure…
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    10 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    When Beliefs and Facts Collide   By BRENDAN NYHAN   JULY 5, 2014New York TimesDo Americans understand the scientific consensus about issues like climate change and evolution?At least for a substantial portion of the public, it seems like the answer is no. The Pew Research Center, for instance, found that 33 percent of the public believes“Humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time” and 26 percent think there is not “solid evidence that the average temperature on Earth has been getting warmer…
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    23 Jan 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Turner, Davis, Coleman & BakerHIV-Positive Pastor Found Guilty Of Knowingly Exposing Woman To DiseaseJan 22, 2014By NewsOne StaffA Georgia jury found an HIV-positive pastor guilty Tuesday of knowingly exposing a woman to the disease and faces 20 years for the crime, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reportsCraig Lamar Davis (pictured) was said to have sat motionless as the jury read guilty verdicts in two counts of reckless HIV, both of which are felonies. Deliberations took less than an hour. The case was the first of its kind in Clayton County, G., which falls in the…
  • GUILTY: AIDS Denialism is a Dumb Defense

    21 Jan 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Defendant in HIV trial found guiltyBy Tammy JoynerThe Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionA Clayton County jury found a Stone Mountain man guilty Tuesday of knowingly exposing a woman to HIV.Craig Lamar Davis, 43, sat motionless in a packed courtroom as the jury read guilty verdicts in two counts of reckless HIV, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Davis was taken into custody. Sentencing is set for 10 a.m. Feb. 21.Shortly before being taken into custody, Davis comforted family members, some of whom were crying.The case is the first of its kind to be tried in Clayton County,…
  • Lawyer Baron Coleman and His Court Jesters

    18 Jan 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Clayton County jury returns Tuesday to deliberate HIV caseBy Kathy Jefcoatskjefcoats@news-daily.comJONESBORO — Prosecutors said Friday it’s “absurd” to believe a woman would knowingly have sex with a man who is HIV-positive but defense attorneys called the woman a liar.“(She) lied,” said defense attorney John Turner. “She said they knew mutual acquaintances and that he pressure-washed her car. That’s a lie. If she lied about that, she could have lied about everything else.”Turner represents Craig Lamar Davis, 43, charged with two counts of reckless conduct by an…
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    One Among Many

  • Happiness Between Philosophy and Psychology

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    You know what it feels like to be happy. Why are philosophers and psychologists still debating? read more
  • Will in Chains

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Being a determinist and having no pretensions to possess a free will has not bothered me one bit. You should not worry either. These chains don’t hurt. read more
  • McDonald's and Culture

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    2 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Food and drink are culturally variable, and so is the design of the places that offer them. A general nod to “cultural differences” does not explain much, especially when the purveying corporation is the same globalized one. read more
  • Pathetic Ingroup Bias

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    Ethnocentrism (aka ingroup-favoritism in academic speak) is considered a bane of humanity but it feels terrific during the World Cup. Its power is so great that people look for pathetic extensions when the primary passionate form of ethnocentrism is no longer available. To see how this works, let’s take a look at the “Brazilian Dilemma.” read more
  • Saxon Science

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    5 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Social psychology suffers from a surplus of data, although most believe that there are not enough data. How about a bit more theory? read more
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    Ulterior Motives

  • Video Games and Risky Behavior

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:13 am
    One topic I have taken up in this blog from time-to-time is the impact of video games on behavior. There are both positive and negative consequences associated with video game play. One area where it has been hard to draw firm conclusions is in the area of aggression and risky behavior. read more
  • Creating Shared Memories

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    When we think about memory, we often focus on situations in which we encounter some information and then recall it later. In many situations, though, after we encounter the information, we talk about it with other people. That creates a shared recollection. This can happen both socially and in education more
  • The Trade Off: Personal Goals Vs. Relationship Goals

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    A quick walk through the checkout line at most grocery stores takes you past an array of magazines that the store hopes you will grab on your way out. The headlines from those magazines scream out solutions to the problems people struggle with. And to judge from their content, three of the biggest problems center around weight loss, sex, and more
  • Seeing Unexpected Things Makes Some People More Creative

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    Most days don’t require a lot of creativity. You get up and go through your normal routine. Your school or work day involves a lot of repetition of tasks like those you have done before. The day may be interesting, but it didn’t require you to really stretch out beyond your comfort more
  • Some Conformity Effects Are Short-Lived

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    There is often strong social pressure for people’s judgments and beliefs to conform to those of people around them. It can be hard to be the only person in a group to express a divergent opinion. At times, people will actually express an opinion closer to that of others while with a group in order to fit more
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    Psychology Press - Books, News and Conferences

  • Punishment and Penology
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    We are pleased to bring you a collection of new titles in the field of punishment and penology.  We hope you find something of interest to you!
  • Interview with Jonathan Daly, author of Historians Debate the Rise of the West
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Jonathan Daly, author of Historians Debate the Rise of the West, answers a few questions for us on his new book and his research into the rise of the Western World . Click here to read the full intervew. 
  • Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG) 2014
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Join Routledge at RGS-IBG in London from August 26-29, 2014. Visit our stand to browse our latest books and receive 20% off all titles on display and free shipping on all orders!
  • Routledge welcomes Anderson
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:46 am
    Routledge and Anderson – your source for excellence in criminal justice publishing...not just texts, but scholarly research and cutting-edge professional training as well! We are pleased to announce the joining together of Anderson texts and monographs with Routledge's distinguished list of books, monographs, and journals for Criminal Justice, effective September 19th 2014.
  • Free-to-View in August: Couple and Family Therapy
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Routledge has compiled a collection of books on Couple, Marriage and Family Therapy for which we're thrilled to offer free full-text previews until the end of August!
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    The Essential Read

  • Why You Might Not Take Your Partner's Perspective

    Amie M. Gordon, PhD
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    First comes love, then comes the realization that we are navigating life’s journey with another person who may have different thoughts, feelings, and beliefs than us. Perspective-taking is a fundamental social skill that helps us smoothly steer through the many bumps in the road, unfortunately not everyone is good at more
  • Video Games and Risky Behavior

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:13 am
    One topic I have taken up in this blog from time-to-time is the impact of video games on behavior. There are both positive and negative consequences associated with video game play. One area where it has been hard to draw firm conclusions is in the area of aggression and risky behavior. read more
  • Can a Fight With Your Partner Re-Energize Your Sex Life?

    Douglas LaBier, Ph.D.
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Many couples assume that conflict and fighting are the norm for most relationships, and that they are unrelated to their sex lives. But research and clinical observation shows how they are intertwined in ways that have major consequences for sex, romance, and the relationship for the more
  • Does Your Therapist Talk More Than You Do?

    Sherry Hamby, Ph.D.
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    Should therapy be like any other conversation? Learn the challenges and the signs of good listening and interviewing skills to help you find a good therapist. This basic information can also be helpful to new therapists, advocates, teachers, and others who need good listening more
  • Legacy Wars: Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates

    Adam Grant, Ph.D.
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Legacies are about more than achievementsread more
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    In the news by Karen Franklin PhD

  • 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…
  • Innovative international risk assessment service is expanding

    6 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Try your hand at answering these questions: When evaluating Aboriginal offenders, how valid are standard risk assessment protocols? Among Canadian men, how well does the Danger Assessment (DA) predict domestic violence? For sex offenders in Vermont, what instrument is more accurate than the widely used Static-99 for predicting recidivism? In screening U.S. soldiers coming back from Afghanistan, is there a valid tool that would help allocate limited therapeutic resources in order to decrease violence risk? Finally, what the heck are the Y-ARAT, the CuRV, the START, and the…
  • Film to explore gay-bashing in friendly, liberal community

    23 Jun 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Lawrence "Mikey" Partida's injuriesIt was a tragic end to his 32nd birthday celebration. As Lawrence “Mikey” Partida left his cousin’s house, a young neighbor confronted him, hurling antigay epithets before beating Partida unconscious. The slightly built long-distance runner and grocery clerk was left with a fractured skull and a piece of wooden fence post embedded behind his eye. He underwent months of surgery and rehabilitation. The event shocked the idyllic university community of Davis, California. Nestled between San Francisco and the state’s capital city of Sacramento, the town…
  • Special journal issue on new HCR-20 V3 risk instrument

    19 Jun 2014 | 8:27 pm
    The International Journal of Forensic Mental Health has just published a special issue on the HCR-20 Version 3, an update to the most widely used structured professional judgment method for assessing violence risk. Those of you without access to academic databases will be happy to learn that the entire issue is available for free download. The work covered in the special issue is international in scope, spanning seven countries. Separate articles present the latest data on the instrument’s scientific reliability and validity, with a special focus on the most critical question of how well…
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    The Mouse Trap

  • 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)
  • Book review: A Lethal Inheritance

    Sandeep Gautam
    15 May 2013 | 7:30 pm
    Rethink Mental Illness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   Today, i.e. 15th may 2013 is being celebrated as a mental health blog day by APA and in the spirit of the day I am posting a review of ‘A Lethal Inheritance’ by Victoria Costello. It is a book chronicling how ‘ a mother uncovers the science behind three generations of mental illness‘  and is an apt topic for the day highlighting the importance of public education and discourse about the topic of mental health.  this blog pots and book review is a homage to all the people who silently suffer from mental illness,…
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    Your Mind Your Body

  • 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.
  • Suicide facts and stats tell us what it is, but not why it happens

    Dr. Robin Haight
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Robin Williams’ Walk of Fame star. Photo credit. Here are the demographic statistics for suicide: a 63-year-old white man living in the western United States exists is at highest risk.  Men kill themselves about four times as frequently as women. Of those who died by suicide in 2011, 78.5 percent were men and 21.5 percent were women. These numbers do not tell us the WHY of suicide, just what is. We know that depression is a huge risk for suicide. Alcohol or substance abuse elevates that risk even higher. Sixty percent of those who kill themselves suffered from major depression; if we…
  • Trying to understand Robin Williams’ death and how to stop suicide

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Robin Williams performs at George Washington University in Washington, DC in 2008. Photo courtesy of Shamigo/Flickr. The world is reeling in shock from the death of Robin Williams. He was an amazing man–an icon. His popularity spanned generations. He had it all…talent, fame, money, a family and friends. Yes, he had it all…even depression and addictions. The world is in mourning together. So many of us feel the sadness; as if the loss were intensely personal. We knew this man. Or did we. We are confused. We are angry. We have so many questions. Why would someone with so much want to…
  • How a quick summertime getaway can boost your relationship

    Dr. Robin Haight
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Even just a weekend getaway can help rekindle a couple’s relationship. A weekend getaway can boost a couple’s intimacy both emotionally and sexually. Even couples who have low intimacy in their day-to-day lives can rekindle the spark when they are out of their routines. These are the very couples who bicker, connect mostly as “business partners,” seem to pass each other like ships in the night. They might be couples whose work or children are the priorities. They often allow their relationship to take a back seat. What is it about a change of scenery that allows couples to…
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    Workplace Psychology

  • In Chinese: Crisis Does NOT Mean Danger and Opportunity

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    JFK was wrong. On, a website about the Chinese language, Victor H. Mair, a professor of Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, firmly corrects an American linguistic blunder that interprets the word “crisis” in Chinese as meaning both “danger” and “opportunity.” “The explication of the Chinese word for crisis as made up of two components signifying danger and opportunity is due partly to wishful thinking, but mainly to a fundamental misunderstanding about how terms are formed in Mandarin and other Sinitic languages.” -Victor H. Mair…
  • I Will Teach My Daughter Not to Be Afraid

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    #91629132 / “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” ~ George Bernard Shaw About a month ago, my wife and I became parents for the very first time. We are truly blessed to have a healthy baby girl. She is truly a miracle. I joke with my coworkers that my daughter has very strong lungs. People say that when you become a parent, your perspective changes and, in…
  • 10 Life Lessons from Basic SEAL Training from Admiral William H. McRaven

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:07 pm
    For those unable to watch the video on my blog, you can watch it directly on YouTube (University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address – Admiral William H. McRaven), This is an inspiring and powerful 20-minute commencement speech by Naval Admiral William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, at the University-wide Commencement at The University of Texas at Austin on May 17, 2014. Admiral McRaven’s commencement speech is perhaps one of the best commencement speeches I have ever heard. It is on point and offers some fantastic…
  • Introverts Are Excellent Just As They Are

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:46 pm
    For those unable to watch the video on my blog, you can watch it directly on the TED Talk website, Susan Cain: The power of introverts. Here is a great 19-minute TED Talk by Susan Cain, author of the book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Below are excerpts from her speech. “I got the message that somehow my quiet and introverted style of being was not necessarily the right way to go, that I should be trying to pass as more of an extrovert. And I always sensed deep down that this was wrong and that introverts were pretty excellent just as they…
  • Psychopathology, Assessments of Personality, and I-O Psychology

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    9 Mar 2014 | 7:52 pm
    #106421817 / In the latest issue of Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, one of the focal articles talked about maladaptive personality at work. In the article, Nigel Guenole (2014) discussed the DSM-5’s newest changes to the personality disorder diagnosis. He presented a model of maladaptive trait, along with objections to inventories measuring maladaptive personality. Under the section titled “Important Considerations in the Assessment of Maladaptive Personality at Work,” Guenole listed five barriers to explain why…
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    Dr. Jennifer Howard Changes That Last Blog

  • Are You Curious Enough?

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I'm sure that you have heard it said many times that “relationships are all about communication.” It seems simple enough to agree with that statement, but what does it really mean when people say that? There are as many different answers as there are people in relationships. This can be confusing for many and therein lies the rub.
  • Christina Nitschmann: 60 Minute Interview about Your Ultimate Life Plan

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I recently was interviewed by Christina Nitschmann on her show Savvy Central Radio, which supports entrepreneurs and small-business owners in sharing their expertise, knowledge, tips, and stories with the world. We had a wonderful conversation about many of the topics in my book, Your Ultimate Life Plan.
  • The Bob Charles Show: 60 Min. Interview about Your Ultimate Life Plan

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I recently was interviewed by Bob Charles on his radio show The Bob Charles Show. (NOTE: Please make “The Bob Charles Show”. We had a great conversation about my book, Your Ultimate Life Plan.
  • My Relationship is Over, Now What?

    7 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If a relationship has ended, first of all be kind to yourself. You'll need to grieve through your loss. The immediate loss is in the present. And in that there will be some kind of thread tying it to the past, whether that is an earlier adult relationship, a love from your teenage years, or some kind of childhood wounding in your family of origin.
  • The Value of Mindfulness

    26 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    (Adapted from my multiple award-winning book, Your Ultimate Life Plan: How to Deeply Transform Your Everyday Experience and Create Changes That Last) “Mindfulness is an innate human capacity to deliberately pay full attention to where we are, to our actual experience, and to learn from it.” ~ Jack Kornfield
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    Ellen Langer - blog

  • 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.
  • Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity

    13 Feb 2014 | 6:21 am
    “For nearly four decades, Langer’s research on mindfulness has influenced thinking across a range of fields, from behavioral economics to positive psychology. It demonstrates that by paying attention to what’s going on around us, instead of operating on autopilot, we can reduce stress, unlock creativity, and boost performance. “Mindfulness is the essence of engagement,” Langer says. “And it’s energy-begetting, not energy-consuming.” It enables people to recognize and take advantage of opportunities when they arise and to avert risk. Furthermore, Langer says, “You like…
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    Graphology World

  • 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... The post 5 Danger signs in Handwriting appeared first on Graphology World.
  • The Secrets of her Phenomenal Memory

    Sandra Fisher
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:21 am
    She has a phenomenal memory and the secrets are wrapped up in her strange handwriting. You've never seen anything like it. The post The Secrets of her Phenomenal Memory appeared first on Graphology World.
  • 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... The post Handwriting Analysis: This is how it Works appeared first on Graphology World.
  • How to Spot Jealousy in Two Lines of Handwriting

    Sandra Fisher
    4 Mar 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Jealousy often comes in disguise so we don't always recognize it for what it really is - fear! The post How to Spot Jealousy in Two Lines of Handwriting appeared first on Graphology World.
  • The Personality of a Hippopotamus

    Sandra Fisher
    12 Feb 2014 | 5:19 am
    She gives the impression of being sluggish and absent minded. But don’t be mistaken. There is a watchfulness in those half-shut eyes. The post The Personality of a Hippopotamus appeared first on Graphology World.
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    Psychology Matters Asia

  • Are you playing the BLAME-GAME to fix your unsatisfying sex life?

    23 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Everyone wants an amazing sex life. Many couples start out their relationship with a satisfying sex life. However, if the couple continues to stay together and increase the complexity of their relationship via careers, financial obligations, children, aging parents and their own personal health issues, sex often can and does change. Unfortunately, too often it changes in a way for the worse.
  • Alienated Parents, Alienated Children

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Professionally and personally, my heart goes out to parents and children who have become heartbroken and "alienated" in their relationship. I am grateful to families - both parents and children - who have shared with me their painful experiences in our sessions together. They are just too many to count. They have taught me much about the conflicts and distancing between parent and child and about how to protect the children from their parents- battles.
  • How to improve your Knowledge and Understanding of your Self

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm
    “Oh wad some power the giftie gie us To see oursel-s as others see us! It wad frae monie a blunder free us, And foolish notion”
  • The sex conversation all couples should have but most don't until it's too late

    10 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    For most couples, monogamy and sexual fidelity are an assumed part of their relationship contract. However, the extent of this assumed contract discussion is essentially:
  • Society and Psychopathology

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Let me tell you something that might sound radical to you: we all live in an "addicted society." Society contributes a huge part into the corruption, dysfunction, or breakdown of individuals and families in our world. Would that be so difficult for you to grasp?
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  • End the Nightmare: Address ADHD Sleep Challenges

    Charles Parker
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    CorePsych Main health effects of sleep deprivation (See Wikipedia:Sleep deprivation). Model: Mikael Häggström. To discuss image, please see Template talk:Häggström diagrams (Photo credit: Wikipedia) End the Nightmare of Not Enough Sleep Guest Article by: Alan Brown ADHD Coach As we head into the end of summer, where our routines and daily “rhythms” are less firmly in place – there’s more of a chance that a particularly important rhythm may fall (even further) off: our sleep. The ADHD Sleep Problem Research indicates that ADHD sufferers are more likely to have sleep abnormalities,…
  • ADHD & Nature Immersion – Good for the Body & the Brain

    Dr Charles Parker
    9 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    CorePsych Natural Immersion Tips for Body and Brain Improvement Guest Post By: Linda Anderson Travels Matter If there is anything I can recommend to you this summer, it’s simply this, go somewhere beautiful. Go to the desert, water, mountains, or trees and immerse yourself. In my life I’ve covered some interesting new territories, and spent time in some incredibly beautiful places all across the United States. Some of these places I’ve travelled to several times, and I am always overwhelmed by their beauty. Just remembering these moments brings a deep feeling of satisfaction…
  • Sapolsky on Human Differences – Neuroscience Matters

    Charles Parker
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:15 am
    CorePsych Professor Robert Sapolsky – Practical Neuroscience Depression is not generalized pessimism, but pessimism specific to the effects of one’s own skilled action. ― Robert M. Sapolsky, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers Take the time to listen to this absolutely important video below by Sapolsky. He’s evolving neuroscientific understanding for Core mind-science applications  – an interesting thought leader for the next level of thinking about thinking. [Hidden in his quote above: metacognition.] Sapolsky is a neuroendocrinologist currently a Professor of…
  • Protein Breakfast Before ADHD Medication, 4 Videos

    Charles Parker
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:15 am
    CorePsych Get it right at the start – the Day, your Life Protein Provides The Building Blocks For Neurotransmitters Summer Update Build Your Neurotransmitter Foundation: Practice for the fall – start breakfast now with protein. All the authorities on nutrition and diet say the same thing: start with protein at breakfast. It’s still  surprising today how many simply disregard breakfast… “I prefer not to.” They aren’t facing the Reality of Mind Foundations [Video On Reality and ADHD]. Often they’re quite proud of the fact that they are Picky…
  • ADHD Thinking: Solutions from Within

    Charles Parker
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    CorePsych ADHD Thinking: Solutions from Within Guest Post By:  Jeff Copper Where Do You Look For Solutions? Is the self-help section of the bookstore the place where you will stumble upon the solution you are seeking? I will say it emphatically, NO!   Those self-help books are filled with steps, exercises, top tips, – the list goes on and on. Browsing through the book titles, how will you decide which method is going to work for you? The answer is: you can’t, and you’re left with no solutions and less money. We have a problem here if you miss this key next step……
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    Connecting Hypnotherapy...

  • Trapeze Depression Remedy

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Swinging through the air on a rope might seem like the last thing you would want to do if you were feeling down. But for the leggings-clad crew at a trapeze class on the outskirts of London, it is both body and mind that benefit.I started on what felt like a rather feeble bar - just a metre and a half off the ground.Reaching up to grip the fat ropes and pulling myself up from sitting took all my strength. I felt a significant sense of achievement (and relief) when I graduated to a move that involved flipping backwards, landing on my feet on a crash mat.The instructor, Amanda Miles, has been…
  • VIDEO The Chemistry Between Us: Love And Romance

    23 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
  • The Dark Psychology of Being A Good Comedian

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Immediately after 9/11, comedy ground to a halt. The Daily Show went off the air for nine days. Saturday Night Live, whose 27th season started 18 days later, featured a somber cold-open with Lorne Michaels asking New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, "Can we be funny?"The staffers of The Onion, the satirical paper that had just relocated to New York, weren’t sure how to answer that question. Even three weeks after the attack, the comedian Gilbert Gottfried was publicly hissed at for joking that he was taking a flight that would make a stop at the Empire State Building.The Onion staffers agonized,…
  • Nine Signs That You Are Setting Yourself Up To Be Controlled

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Nine Signs That You Are Setting Yourself Up To Be ControlledThese nine examples reflect our tendency to invite, or even subconsciously require, others to control us. If you do one or more of these things consistently, you may be inviting more control into your life than you consciously want.1. You don’t take good care of yourself.If you don’t take care of yourself, you send a subconscious message to others. The message is: I can’t take care of myself, so please take care of me. This invites others to intervene and tell you what you should be doing. It also invites them to nag you to get…
  • VIDEO Thin: Eating Disorders

    16 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
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    What is Psychology?

  • Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend – VIDEO

    4 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    For decades we have been taught that too much stress is harmful to one’s health. However, psychologist Kelly McGonigal posits that, if viewed in a positive light, stress can not only be harmless, but even beneficial.
  • The Effect of Beauty on Success and Self Confidence

    8 May 2014 | 7:57 am
    A brilliant young woman stares silently at her mirror. Unfazed, her reflection stares silently back. She takes a deep breath and dabs a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice onto her face – one of the many beauty tips recently read on howtoremovethat. Dark spots simply wouldn’t do for tomorrow’s job interview. Her belief is that it might be advantageous to appear as attractive as possible when she faces those potentially life changing questions. And as superficial as this might sound, she’s absolutely right. Research conducted by Dr. Mikki Hebl of Rice University and Dr. Juan…
  • Understanding the Psychology of Gambling

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    Gambling is perceived by many individuals as merely a form of entertainment – an outlet for stress and perhaps even a form of “therapy” where person can kick back and have fun. Over the past few years, gambling has grown into a popular global pastime, appearing in a variety of guises such as horse racing, casino games, sports betting, lotteries, slot machines and other games of chance. Due to ease of access, gambling has become particularly rampant on the internet with hundreds of gambling sites having mushroomed online to meet the increasing demands of gamblers worldwide. However,…
  • Peering Into The Science of Alcoholism

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Alcoholism is nothing new to modern society, but we have only recently begun to understand it in the past century. Alcohol has been a part of human culture for thousands of years, and alcoholism throughout history has often been portrayed as silly, stupid or even an endearing characteristic. We’ve all seen the movies or read a book where a funny drunk is stumbling about saying ridiculous things in broken speech patterns. However, we’ve come to realize it is a much more serious issue than that would suggest. Alcoholism is a chronic disease that affects 15 million people in the US alone,…
  • 3 Ways To Get More RESPECT At Work

    16 Mar 2014 | 9:33 pm
    We all want to earn the respect of our bosses and coworkers; however, many times our best efforts go unnoticed — so what options do we have to earn more respect? While working late and doing extra tasks have their merits, research suggests that we can enhance our professional image and increase our salary by focusing specifically on our outward appearance. Get in Shape Perhaps physical attributes shouldn’t play much of a role inside a work environment; unfortunately for overweight professionals, research suggests that it does. The Wall Street Journal recently profiled a study…
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    Carl Jung Depth Psychology

  • Carl Jung on “Meditation and Imagination.”

    Lewis Lafontaine
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Carl Jung on “Meditation and Imagination.” The point of view described above is supported by the alchemist's remarkable use of the terms meditatio and imaginatio. Ruland's Lexicon alchemiae... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on “The Psychology of Dreams.”

    Lewis Lafontaine
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    [Carl Jung on “The Psychology of Dreams.”] A dream is a psychic structure which at first sight appears to be in striking contrast with conscious thought, because judging by its form and substance,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on Extrovert and Introvert “There is no such thing as schematic classification.”

    Lewis Lafontaine
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:23 am
    [Carl Jung on Extrovert and Introvert “There is no such thing as schematic classification.”] Dr. Evans: Of course, one of the very common misconceptions, at least in my opinion, about your work... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on the “Treasure Hard to Attain.”

    Lewis Lafontaine
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:01 pm
    [Carl Jung on the “Treasure Hard to Attain.”] The "treasure hard to attain," whose presence was suspected in the dark prima materia, is symbolized by the alchemists in various ways. Christopher of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on The Self and The Bounds of Knowledge

    Lewis Lafontaine
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:21 am
    [Carl Jung on The Self and The Bounds of Knowledge] As I have repeatedly pointed out, the alchemist's statements about the lapis, considered psychologically, describe the archetype of the self. Its... [[ 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 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…
  • Ep 222: How To Remember Jokes

    Michael Britt
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    How many times have you wanted to remember a joke at a party but you just can't? Well, there IS a way to remember jokes and I have got 4 jokes to tell you along with a mnemonic that will help you remember all 4 of them. I challenge you to listen to these 4 jokes, then listen to my mnemonic and then wait a little while and go through the mnemonic and I guarantee that you'll remember all 4 jokes. Remembering anything for more than a few minutes requires not only repetition, but also something else that will make the to-be-remembered thing stick in your head. That thing can be a mnemonic device.
  • Ep 221: Facebook Study: A Brief Summary and Did They Use Informed Consent?

    Michael Britt
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm
    You may have heard that Facebook manipulated the content of user's New Feeds during January of 2012 so that some users saw more positive posts than others, which other Facebook users saw more negative posts. How did this affect these users? Did those who say negative posts become more negative and vice versa? The answer is that the research indicates that some of them - though a very, very few of them - did subsequently write posts that were similar to the ones that saw on their News Feed. How big of an effect is this? Is it unethical? Does agreeing to Facebook's Terms of Use constitute…
  • 220: PsycExplorer Roundup: More Evidence That Animals Think and Feel

    Michael Britt
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:55 pm
    In episode 217 I asked you to be frank with yourself: does your animal really think? It's easy to believe they do, but if you're going to study this issue scientifically you have to eliminate our human tendency to anthropomorphize - to want to believe that animal actions are motivated by internal states. Well, here's a roundup of a few articles I found in my PsycExplorer app (PsycExplorerHD for iPad) which show exactly what psychologists are doing to find out what exactly is going on (if anything...) in the minds of dogs, cats, rats, chickens and yes fruit flies. Are they really thinking in…
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    The Socially Responsible Practitioner

  • 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…
  • Remembering Our Friend Margot Adler

    The Adler School
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Margot Adler, speaking to Adler School graduates in Chicago in 2011 We are saddened this afternoon to learn thatMargot Adler has passed away. She was a longtime National Public Radio (NPR) correspondent, author, and the granddaughter of community psychologistAlfred Adler whose work inspired the founding of our School. She also was a friend. In October 2011, we were pleased to present her with an honorary degree for her work promoting social justice and change: through reports through the years that documented confrontation between radicals and the Ku Klux Klan in Greensboro, N.C., the…
  • In the Dominican Republic: Ethnicism, Identity & A Tale of Three Sisters

    The Adler School
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    A university mural reflecting the people of Dominican Republic emphasizing white European identity 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 have been in the Dominican Republic this month working with community agencies on a number of fronts: creating community-level education & prevention interventions for internalized stigmas related to homophobia & heterosexism, domestic violence, and harm-reduction strategies for substance use and…
  • Posts from Romania: Week 1 Working with the Areopagus Institute for Family Therapy

    The Adler School
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    First-year Adler School students John Devine and Meg Molony, pursuing their master’s degrees in Couple and Family Therapy, are in Romania with Assistant Professor Ileana Ungureanu, Ph.D., this month studying with colleagues at the Areopagus Institute for Family Therapy in Timișoara. In addition to studies, they are collaborating 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: We left Chicago the evening of July 10. Four in-flight movies and one…
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  • Flexing the brain: Why learning tasks can be difficult

    Carnegie Mellon University
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    Learning a new skill is easier when it is related to an ability we already have. For example, a trained pianist can learn a new melody easier than learning how to hit a tennis serve. Scientists from the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) – a joint program between Carnegie Mellon University and [...]The post Flexing the brain: Why learning tasks can be difficult appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Xenon exposure shown to erase traumatic memories

    McLean Hospital
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:14 am
    McLean Hospital researchers are reporting that xenon gas, used in humans for anesthesia and diagnostic imaging, has the potential to be a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other memory-related disorders. “In our study, we found that xenon gas has the capability of reducing memories of traumatic events,” said Edward G. Meloni, PhD, assistant [...]The post Xenon exposure shown to erase traumatic memories appeared first on PsyPost.
  • No cookie-cutter divorces, so what info should online co-parenting classes offer?

    University of Illinois
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Required online classes for divorcing couples who have children are good at teaching parents how to deal with children’s needs and responses to their family’s new situation. But co-parenting couples would benefit from content that helps adults cope with their own emotions and from unique tracks for families with special circumstances such as intimate partner [...]The post No cookie-cutter divorces, so what info should online co-parenting classes offer? appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Marijuana compound may offer treatment for Alzheimer’s disease

    University of Florida
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Extremely low levels of the compound in marijuana known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, may slow or halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a recent study from neuroscientists at the University of South Florida shows. Findings from the experiments, using a cellular model of Alzheimer’s disease, were reported online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Researchers from [...]The post Marijuana compound may offer treatment for Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Scientists use light to change the emotional association of memories

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    By manipulating neural circuits in the brain of mice, scientists have altered the emotional associations of specific memories. The research, led by Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Susumu Tonegawa at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), reveals that the connections between the part of the brain that stores contextual information about an experience and the [...]The post Scientists use light to change the emotional association of memories appeared first on PsyPost.
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  • How You Can Recover From Depression

    Colleen Morris
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm by Theeradech Sanin We can never talk too much about depression. One in every five people will experience depression- that could be you, it could be your partner, child or parent, and it could be a colleague at work. 1 in 5 people include doctors, psychologists, lawyers, and celebrities, ministers of religion, teachers and counsellors. Knowledge, social status, a particular culture, success nor even a particular faith or religion safeguards a person from depression. Depression is no respecter of persons. I have experienced depression. I was diagnosed with severe…
  • 5 Tips to Help Your Couple Relationship Not Only Survive but Learn to Thrive

    Colleen Morris
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The top ten reasons couples decide to call it quits is the subject of a survey conducted by the law firm Slater and Gordon, and published in March 2014. A total of 1,000 divorcees were interviewed on questions pertaining to their reason/s for divorce and the process by which the decision to leave the marriage was made. Some of the information from this surveyed is captured in the infographic below. The results inform us that ‘the average person spends 24 months and 12 days thinking about a divorce before going ahead with it’. This suggests that a majority of couples are able to tolerate…
  • 6 Basic Steps to Effect Change in Your Couple Relationship

    Colleen Morris
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Is your relationship feeling stuck? Do you ever feel like you are ‘talking to a brick wall’ when speaking to your partner about problematic issues? Do you despair that your partner may never change? I speak to many couples where one or both people feel this way. It is very typical of human behaviour that, when faced with a problem, we blame someone else – in couple relationships that ‘someone else’ is your partner. Sometimes your partner’s ‘problematic’ behaviour is glaringly obvious to everyone around them; excessive alcohol, physical violence, explosive anger are just some…
  • How I Personally Managed Transition

    Jessica Morris
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Talking with Counsellor, Mentor and Business Coach Duncan Morris If you are a keen observer of nature, you will know that transition is part of the natural order of things. We call the transition between day and night ‘twilight’; the transition between summer and winter we call ‘autumn’ or ‘fall’; the transition between being a child and being an adult we term ‘adolescence’. Transition is the movement between the old and the new, sometimes swift but more frequently transition is slow and even painful. It is for this reason that we can…
  • Our Love Affair with Alcohol and Other Drugs

    Colleen Morris
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Have you ever paused to consider just how deeply your lifestyle and those around you have been affected by alcohol and other drugs?  In this infographic provided by the Australian Drug Foundation, we are shown the facts about our nation’s love affair with alcohol and other drugs. No matter what your age or socio economic factors, it is evident that these substances have negatively impacted our lives and will continue to do so unless we better educate ourselves and our families in these areas. This fascinating infographic shows us that we can no longer put our head in the sand- we must take…
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  • Myers-Briggs® MBTI Test ESTP Personality Types and Leadership

    Sparkos Merriman
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    Myers-Briggs® MBTI Test ESTP Personality Types and Leadership  Being aware of the Myers-Briggs type indicator test personality type can drastically affect who you are as a leader. Knowing the ins and outs of who you are as an individual can help you to regulate and motivate yourself allowing you to become a more skilled and respected leader. This week we will be learning about how to engage and inspire others to accomplish your organization’s objectives by focusing on your unique abilities as an Extroverted Sensing with Introverted Thinking  (ESTP) MBTItype. (Richmond, 2008, CPP Inc.)…
  • Myers-Briggs® MBTI Test ISTJ Personality Types and Leadership

    Sparkos Merriman
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Knowing the potential assets and challenges that face us as leaders can be closely examined by analyzing your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® personality type. Obtaining a better grasp on your personality type preferences, strengths, and weaknesses, as a leader, will not only help you understand your core values but aid in developing a leadership style that improves both performance and satisfaction.  This week we will be learning about leadership potential and development for The Introverted Sensing with Extroverted Thinking (ISTJ) MBTITest personality types. (Richmond, 2008, CPP Inc.) Image…
  • Myers-Briggs ENTJ’s and Innovation Styles

    Taylor Micaela
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
                   Your Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality type can tell you more than just your base characteristics; it can also identify the areas of innovation and the creative processes that you work best with. Learning about your MBTI assessment type can help you position yourself in the best place for innovative success. This week, for our final blog post in our three part series including The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator 16 Personality Types and innovation, emotional intelligence and project management, we will discuss how Extraverted Thinking with Introverted…
  • MBTI® Test ENTJ Personality Type and Project Management

    Taylor Micaela
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Image courtesy of jscreationzs / MBTI® Test ENTJ Personality Type and Project Management An individual’s Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI Test) assessment type can say a lot about how they go about working on and overseeing the completion of a project. Therefore, by understanding how your MBTI personality type best approaches project management, you can proactively tailor your project experience to take advantage of your personality type’s strength. This week’s MBTI personality type’s focus, Extroverted Thinking with Introverted Intuition (ENTJ), for…
  • MBTI® Test ENFJ Personality Types and Emotional Intelligence

    Taylor Micaela
    6 Jun 2014 | 8:54 am
    ENFJ’s Emotional Intelligence Your Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality type can tell you a great deal about how you handle your emotions. Learning about your MBTI Test type can help you assess your various emotional processes, both inwardly and outwardly, and help you to tweak your innate tendencies to become a more emotionally intelligent person. This week, we’ll learn about the emotional intelligence of Extraverted Feeling with Introverted Intuition (ENFJ) MBTI types. “Image courtesy of Victor Habbick/”  Emotional intelligence can be…
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    The Friendship Blog

  • In the Media – 8 of Life’s Biggest Shakeups (Shape Magazine)

    Irene S. Levine
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    One constant thing about life is that it is always changing. In this article in Shape Magazine, writer Locke Hughes spoke with experts for advice on how to recover from some of its shakeups and move successful through various milestones. The post In the Media – 8 of Life’s Biggest Shakeups (Shape Magazine) appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • In the Media – Are your friends bad for your health? (RLTV)

    Irene S. Levine
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    Journalist Linda Melone reviewed a new study from Carnegie Mellon University that focuses on health and friendship. The post In the Media – Are your friends bad for your health? (RLTV) appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Sharing a friend’s happiness when you’re unhappy

    Irene S. Levine
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:13 am
    It can be difficult to share a friend's happiness when you are having a hard time---but things often balance out over time. The post Sharing a friend’s happiness when you’re unhappy appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • 15 Tips for making friends at school this year

    Irene S. Levine
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    Contributor Amy Feld has been fielding a lot of questions from teens concerned about making friends at school this year. She offers some savvy tips for making friends (and being a good friend) in high school. The post 15 Tips for making friends at school this year appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • My disappointing maid of honor

    Sharon Naylor
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    What do you do what a maid of honor doesn’t seem to share your excitement about the wedding? The post My disappointing maid of honor appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
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  • Interactive Sociopath Test (Antisocial Personality Disorder)

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Are you suspecting that your new date is a sociopath? Having doubts about colleague at work or a family member? Take this test to find out.
  • TEST: Are you a love junkie?

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    Short but effective psychological love test that will help you get a better perspective of your own attitude to love and personal relationships.
  • TEST: Are you desperate for other people’s approval?

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    Do you suspect you might be a people pleaser? Take this quick psychological test to find out.
  • Authoritarian Parenting – Effective or Counterproductive?

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:32 pm
    The parenting debate is most definitely one that comes up fairly regularly. We are forever hearing about this type of parenting, and that type of mothering a child. Authoritarian parenting is a term that has been thrown around a lot recently, and it would seem that it picks up a lot of mixed reviews. To […]
  • Apology Letter to Girlfriend – Tips and How To’s

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    Have you been a bit of a naughty boy? Is it time to go groveling back to your girlfriend with your tail between your legs, promising to change and make a difference to the relationship? If you struggle to say the words you need to say to win back her affections, it’s time to go […]
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  • Can People Hold 7±2 Objects in their Short-Term Memory or What?

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Myth: People can hold 7±2 objects in their short-term memory. Fact: English-speaking people can on average hold 7±2 unidimensional objects in their short-term memory. One of the most cited papers in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 4 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself to Grow as a Person

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:40 am
    1. Do You Have a Fixed or a Growth Mindset? If people have a fixed mindset, they view their abilities as a fixed entity. They tend to view their failures as a consequence of their insufficient... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Study: Vacations Decrease Work-Related Stress, Especially in “Obsessive” Workers

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    The summer vacations have just ended for most people. So, you might wonder how long you benefit from the effects of your holiday? Ought we go on holidays to relieve work-related stress and to stay... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wear the Right Clothes and Make the Right Impressions on Others: Dress to Impress

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:52 am
    Whether you like it or not: the clothes you wear makes a particular impression on others. Even subtle appearance cues lead others to judge our personality, status and more. I’ve come across a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Study: Choosing Products With Attractive Designs Affirms People’s Self-Image

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:34 am
    People strive for consistency in beliefs and behaviors as they have a basic desire to affirm their self-image (self-verification). Studies have shown that people choose products that are congruent... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Suicide is not selfish

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    I don’t think there are many people who weren’t left speechless in shock over Academy award winning actor and comedian Robin Williams’
  • Aubergine and tomatoes summer risotto

    14 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    If past lives do exist then I must have been a China native as my love for rice is unspeakable. I can
  • Breastfeeding: good for the baby and the mum

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Every woman’s journey to motherhood is different. Yet, all mothers-to-be are faced with the same dilemma, how to feed their newborn baby.
  • Underwear as outerwear sizzling style

    7 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    It is summer and as temperatures have reached an all time high, the less clothes we wear the more comfortable we feel.
  • Stretch marks: the ugly truth

    1 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Many believe that stretch marks are only seen in voluptuous or pregnant women but that is far away for the truth. A large
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    Hi Tim - HOME

  • Whose History Is It, Anyway?

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Hi Tim,I am a grandmother who adopted all my children and I have been blessed with many grandchildren. All our adoptions happened back in the 50's and they were completely closed with sealed records. One of my daughters initially asked for the names and personal information of her birth family and I gave her everything I had, which was very little. She decided she was not interested in finding any biological relatives and dropped the subject over 30 years ago.However, her son is in his thirties and has had some health issues, and he has pleaded with her to give him…
  • Bully's Burden

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Hi Tim,I am a man in my 50's who taunted and teased a quiet, smaller boy when we were in elementary through junior high. Me and my friends cornered him in school and in the neighborhood. Sometimes we hit and kicked and humiliated him, too. I can't even remember the exact reason except that he was small. He was taught to fight by someone older and fought back, which is when I backed off but the other boys reacted by ganging up on him and causing him serious injuries. He was in the hospital and recovered, but immediately his family moved. I recently…
  • Dear White on White People Jokers

    11 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
    Hi Tim, I am a White girl, 22 and see friends who are also White on social media all the time, posting or sharing white people jokes. Should that be offensive to me? I don’t joke about other races and cultures. I can understand why other ethnicities would tell these jokes. But how is it hip and cool for Whites to make fun of themselves? I ignored the first 100 or so jokes, memes and even anti-White slurs, but this creeps me out now and I am not completely sure why. Any ideas? - Whites are JerkyHi Whites are Jerky, I see your point. If ethnocentric majority members usurp humor from…
  • Currently Clueless

    4 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Hi Tim,I am a woman in my mid-20's with a professional job at a telecomm company. We have the typical office setting, where coworkers take breaks together and convene during lunch in a cafeteria, and conversations get started. But lately, when I have tried to contribute and offer my opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or Russia-Ukraine conflict, or politics, people seem to be uneasy, and now they are avoiding me completely! It seems fine for others to share their opinions on current events like this, and I do not have an odd opinion, I am not the weird outlier or freak, and I…
  • Dislike

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    Hi Tim,My sister and I are in our 30's, both have kids, and we are trying to organize a family reunion. We have a group on Facebook, but every time we seem to agree on a venue, somebody eventually objects and puts a kink in our plans. Some are ugly about it online, and this has led to my sister and I contradicting each other in the group which led to more ugly comments about us "control freaks," then an argument between us, now it is 2 months before the planned date and we have not been speaking for 2 weeks! I know my sister has not been talking to anyone or making plans for location, etc. Is…
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    San Francisco Psychotherapy and Couples Counseling

  • Stalling Grief:  what we are saying when we say, “I can’t believe it!”

    Marty Cooper
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    I think that virtually everyone I’ve worked with (myself included) at some point (or perhaps chronically) finds themselves saying, “I can’t believe they did that!”  It could be specific:  “I can’t believe my mother criticizes me about my partner!”  Or general:  “I can’t believe that people drive like such idiots!”  Or very broad indeed:  “I can’t believe that God allows such suffering to happen!” On the surface, it seems like an obvious statement:  someone or something is wrong, and you are pointing attention at it with the intention of finding a solution,…
  • Sharing the Shame

    Lily Sloane
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Mortified: connecting with others to find relief from shame When I was 15, I wrote some pretty silly things in my diary (because I was 15). When I was 17, I went back through those entries and edited them, leaving critical comments about my intelligence and maturity as a 15 year old. Actually, a big chunk of the beginning of the diary is torn out because my 17 year old self was too disgusted with what she read. Reading through these entries the other day I was tempted to go back in and edit the edits with some fresh critical comments aimed at the 17 year old who was obviously being a jerk.
  • Trust your struggle*: mindfulness for uncertain times

    Molly Howard
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    A mindful conundrum An op-ed piece recently came out in the New York Times that took a critical look at the booming mindfulness craze. You might’ve noticed mindfulness is everywhere lately, touted as the next big thing (even though it is in fact, ancient). The piece skeptically highlights the appropriation of mindfulness toward improprietous ends such as financial gain, corporate productivity and the avoidance of pain altogether. (Haruki Murakami said, “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”) The author briefly mentions the distinction between mindfulness and meditation and goes on…
  • The Cyclical Stages of Love: Couples Counseling Insights

    Traci Ruble
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    What do lovers and mothers have in common? I am getting ready to head out on vacation, and it is an interesting time for me for two reasons. First, I like to reflect on my work before taking my big annual vacation. Second, I have to plan, pack, and arrange for two young sons on an international flight with my husband. And that nimble planning, packing, and relating dance has an energy that I find oddly connected to my work as a couples therapist. It goes something like this; pack and nag, then get really ticked off, stamp my feet, long to blurt a disparaging comment at my husband, and instead…
  • Discouraging encouragement: the kind of praise that doesn’t help

    Jenny Kepler
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As I was ignoring my children and zoning-out on the old Facebook for a time recently, I found myself considering a post from the Conscious Discipline feed.  Conscious Discipline is all about attuning to our kids and bringing them up – can you guess? – consciously.  It’s a wonderful resource for parents, for teachers and anyone who works with kids.  I have come to look forward to their daily tips. That day I read the following: Conscious Discipline’s 6 Principles of Encouragement: 1. We are all in this together 2. Contributing to the welfare of others builds self-worth. 3. How…
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  • Social Influence: Heuristic Processing

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you find yourself having to make an argument that you know isn’t very strong, or presenting an idea that is under developed, you’ll certainly want your target to process your message heuristically (quickly based on irrelevant aspects of your message). Now luckily if you’re in this type of situation, the chances of this happening are already in your favor since heuristic processing is usually what’s on autopilot for most people. However, if you think they’ll analyze it systematically, or maybe you just want to increase their likelihood of staying in autopilot, these strategies…
  • Social Influence: Systematic Processing

    24 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    When people evaluate information in order to make a decision, they do so using one of two methods. Knowing how to influence the process your target will use can increase your chances of gaining the response you’re looking for exponentially. The two types of evaluation processes people use are systematic processing, which is the process people use when critically evaluating all of the available information prior to making their decision, and heuristic processing, in which a decision is made quickly based on factors that are usually irrelevant such as attractiveness of the other person,…
  • Persuasion Techniques: Desensitizing Your Message

    23 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Sometimes it can be difficult to get people to do things that you know would actually be good for them. We’ve all run into this situation before, and probably tried to come up with ways of gaining their cooperation to no avail. This can be quite frustrating, but fortunately there is a way you can solve at least some of these problems. It has to with desensitizing the message you’re trying to get across to them. This persuasion technique involves minuscule, gradual changes that produce a much larger change overtime. Lets pretend that you have a rather stubborn child that sits far too close…
  • Behavior Modification Techniques: Using Repetition to Gain Cooperation

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Almost everyday, we encounter situations that require us to ask another person for help or a favor. Sometimes your actual request is more or less a means of respect rather than actually wondering if they’ll accept it or not because you know the other person will more than likely be okay with whatever you’re requesting. On the other hand, we also run into situations in which we’re unsure what their answer will be, or sometimes we know they’ll probably be opposed to such a inquiry. When faced with the ladder situation, wouldn’t it be nice to know how to sway their response in your…
  • Cooperation Agreement: Revealing Similarities

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    Most of us know that the ability to create rapport with different types of people can be a very valuable skill. I think there’s more than enough information on that topic, but there are certain skills that are kind of “subcategories” of building rapport. The one I want to share with you today is the art of revealing similarities. You’ve probably heard the phrase “opposites attract” many times before. However in reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. People like other people that they feel are in some way similar to them. When we discover similarities that other people…
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