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Three Things You Should Not Do After An Affair   While there can be a lot of negative things a person can go through, an affair might be one of the worst. In many ways, it’s like a stab … ...
Why do People Believe in Supernatural Evil Forces? Do people gain any psychological benefits from believing that evil supernatural forces are real? Emerging research reveals the benefits of believing in evil spirits.
How to Let Go of Perfectionism Perfectionists strive for flawlessness in all parts of life. They have unattainably high standards for themselves. They are exceedingly concerned about others’ evaluation of them, hardly ever satisfied with their performance, and blame themselves when things go wrong — even when they are not directly … ...
Sleep interruptions worse for mood than overall reduced amount of sleep, study finds A study led by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers suggests that awakening several times throughout the night is more detrimental to people’s positive moods than getting the same shortened amount of sleep without interruption. As they report in the November 1 issue of the journal Sleep, researchers studied 62 healthy men and women randomly subjected to [...]
Forget counting sheep — therapy could help chronic pain sufferers get a good night’s sleep Research conducted at the University of Warwick indicates that chronic pain sufferers could benefit from therapy to help them sleep better. The University of Warwick academics found that cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) were either moderately or strongly effective in tackling insomnia in patients with long-term pain. They also discovered that chronic pain sufferers didn’t just [...]
Patients with psychosis and addiction: Disorder-specific treatment can help People with psychosis often develop an addiction disorder: almost one in two patients with schizophrenia are affected once during their lifetime. Patients with a dual diagnosis mostly have a poorer prognosis, and their disorder often becomes chronic. Euphrosyne Gouzoulis-Mayfrank and colleagues investigated in a randomized controlled study in the current issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International (Dtsch [...]
Research is leading towards a clearer understanding of how to detect lies University of Huddersfield investigative psychology lecturer Dr Chris Street is making breakthroughs that are leading towards a clearer understanding of how humans tell lies and how their deceptions can be detected. For more than 30 years it has been said that we should trust our hunches and unconscious knowledge of body language. Yet his work, described [...]
Trick or treat? The psychology of fright and Halloween horrors Halloween is upon us. The spirits of the departed return to haunt the living and demons roam the land. Predictably, scary movies flood television screens and packs of costumed, sugar-crazed children wander the streets. In many ways, trick or treating and watching horror movies are puzzling activities. What possesses people to help their children become [...]
Why Everyone (Including Introverts) Should Be Using FaceTime Are you an introvert who prefers to avoid using FaceTime? You may want to reconsider, and hit "accept" the next time someone tries to reach you.
The Relationship Between Desires and Feelings Desires and feelings are more closely linked than we imagine.
10 Life Lessons to Teach Your Child   Recently, I had an interaction with a friend that showed me some areas where we parent quite differently. The conversation brought to light the fact that, although we parent differently, … ...
Creative Ways to Explore and Process Your Emotions I think one of the foundations to great emotional and mental health is being able to identify and process our emotions. Which isn’t easy. Most of us are more used … ...
Should You Play Hard to Get? You can't always get what you want....but sometimes you can, if you're strategic.
It’s OK to Get Help For a Mental Illness I can remember when I was first diagnosed, I thought constantly about refusing meds and going to see the doctor, but in the hospital, you have no choice if you … ...
It’s Okay to Be Angry, Unless You’re a Woman During the recent Democratic presidential debate, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders swiped a question originally directed at Hillary Clinton, saying, “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.” Imagine if Hillary had said that herself. They might be polling differently today. Women … ...
Study on protein synthesis suggests lack of sleep may zap cell growth and brain activity Lack of adequate sleep can do more than just make you tired. It can short-circuit your system and interfere with a fundamental cellular process that drives physical growth, physiological adaptation and even brain activity, according to a new study from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Albrecht von Arnim, a molecular biologist based in the Department [...]
A Picture is Worth 1,000 Calories Battling with a nasty bout of food poisoning last weekend, I noticed something I hadn’t really been aware of before: A lot of my friends on social media like to … ...
It turns out clothes really do make the man About 14 million people, including me, watched the top Republican presidential contenders spar in their third debate Wednesday night. And while most pundits and viewers were attuned to their words, I noted the importance of what they wore – dark business suits, crisp button-down shirts and formal dress shoes. Their formal sartorial choices were likely [...]
Attractive qualities admired from afar can be threatening as that person approaches What people believe they want and what they might actually prefer are not always the same thing. And in the case of being outperformed as an element of romantic attraction, the difference between genuine affinity and apparent desirability becomes clearer as the distance between two people gets smaller. In matters of relative performance, distance influences [...]
Evolutionary psychology explains why haunted houses creep us out The Haunted House is a time-honored horror setting. All of us have shivered our way through spooky flicks such as The Haunting, The Amityville Horror, The Sentinel and Poltergeist. It’s not only at the movies that we pay good money to frighten ourselves to death: commercial haunted houses are an integral part of 21st-century Halloween [...]