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Don’t Look at This if You’re Easily Scared *I thought this might be a good week to repost a column I wrote back in April. Last week’s cartoon was about recognizing talent and ability in a person struggling … ...
Bound for Success: Reasons Why Boundaries are Essential... I couldn’t wait to ask my friend how her new private practice was going. We had spent hours over the previous months consulting and planning, sharing tips and tools and getting excited about how this move would improve her life. She’s a fantastic counselor, and … ...
7 Body Language Mistakes that Could Hold You Back... For the past two months, you’ve had your eye on that promotion. It’s between you and your colleague, and you really want the job. So you put in crazy hours, deliver top-notch work, and take on extra projects to show your work. You don’t see … ...
There’s No ADHD Back Seat People with ADHD are a group that share a cluster of symptoms and traits. That means we have lots in common with each other. And while no two of us … ...
Frequently Monitoring Progress Toward Goals Increases Chance of Success Publicly reporting or recording progress has an even greater effect, study says
APA Urges Passage of Bipartisan Budget Deal Calls for lifting spending caps
APA Alerts Federal Officials to New Policy Banning Psychologists From National Security Interrogations Association sends letters to White House, DoD, CIA and others
6 Signs Your Child Has Sexually Inappropriate Behaviors... It’s hard to believe that a young  child or adolescent would engage in sexually inappropriate behaviors that can ultimately affect their reputation, psychological and emotional well-being, and ultimate life course. … ...
MYTH! OR FACT? Someone with Tourette’s Syndrome always blurts... Sign: Tourette Syndrome ~ Neurology Tic Disorder Clinic Tic Exterminator: Ya I got a call about a “Tick” infestation. Caption: Tic Exterminator – They won’t “be Back!” MYTH! OR FACT?  Someone with … ...
Study reveals brain mechanism for creating durable memories Rehearsing information immediately after being given it may be all you need to make it a permanent memory, a new study suggests. Psychologists found that the same area of the brain activated when laying down a memory is also activated when rehearsing that memory.
The Paradoxes of Our Time We live in a paradoxical age marked by enormous technological achievement and deep existential confusion.
When The Dark Clouds Come I am having a rough day. Had a rough night last night, tonight too. I want you to know these moments, days, weeks, months will come. I feel so heavy. … ...
A Mindset that Makes Setting Boundaries Easier You already understand that setting boundaries involves saying no. Yet, which specific mindset makes it easier to do? We’ll explore the mindset that leads to easier and clearer boundaries in … ...
Study shows anger increases partisan attitudes and political polarization An angry state of mind makes people’s political view more extreme, and makes them view themselves as more polarized from their political adversaries, an article published in PLoS One reports. A team of psychologists, led by Michaela Huber of Technische Universitaet Dresden, conducted a pair of experiments to uncover how emotions influence people’s political perceptions. [...]
Single dose cortisol shows promise in treating heroin addiction The administration of a single dose of cortisol prior to a low dose administration of heroin shows promise in reducing heroin cravings, based on the results of recent research published in Translational Psychiatry. Given the link between increased stress and increased craving and relapse, the research team, led by Dr. Marc Walter, were interested in [...]
Green office environments linked with higher cognitive function scores People who work in well-ventilated offices with below-average levels of indoor pollutants and carbon dioxide (CO2) have significantly higher cognitive functioning scores–in crucial areas such as responding to a crisis or developing strategy–than those who work in offices with typical levels, according to a new study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s [...]
Reduced activity of a brain protein linked to post-traumatic stress disorder People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have reduced activity of the protein serum and glucocorticoid regulated kinase 1 (SGK1) in their prefrontal cortices, and experimentally reducing the protein’s activity in rats leads to PTSD-like behavior, according to a new study in PLOS Biology. The study by Pawel Licznerski, Ronald Duman and colleagues of the Department of [...]
Smiles all round: why sharing happy news is good for you and everyone you know I have some good news for you: happiness is contagious and affects the happiness of others with whom you are connected. That’s right – according to recent research by the University of Pennsylvania – making yourself and those around you happy is not only possible, but really quite easy. All you have to do, quite [...]
New role for insulin: Studies tie the hormone to brain’s ‘pleasure’ center Insulin, the hormone essential to all mammals for controlling blood sugar levels and a feeling of being full after eating, plays a much stronger role than previously known in regulating release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers, new studies by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center show. “We [...]
THE PARADOX: The Big Secret of Emotion Regulation The mind-body system for regulating emotions is a paradox! The mind-body-vehicle and passengers metaphors from the last two blogs help explain why despite our best intentions, we can get off … ...