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The Fear of Acceptance: Are We Afraid of Being... Attachment Theory suggests that we’re wired to seek love and acceptance. So the fear of rejection is understandable. But might there be a corresponding fear that is less visible — a fear of being accepted? Much has been written about the fear of rejection, but … ...
OCD Doesn’t Always Strike Alone The thing about chronic illnesses is that they like to team up. This is no different for mental illnesses than it is for physical ones. Of course, most of us … ...
Debunking the Myth of Laziness Debunking the Myth of Laziness. 7 reasons “slackers” don’t exert effort. Laura D. Miller, LCSW
Hallucinated Happiness If only imagination could sustain our happiness! Alas, we remain shackled to reality. Examples of continued attempts to psych ourselves into happiness – or others into unhappiness – range from the entertaining to the disturbing.
The 7 Things I’ve Learned In The 7 Years... Tonight’s a weird night. It is always a little weird this time of year. I have flashbacks to the day of the incident – the day I tried to kill … ...
4 Steps to Stop Seeking Approval from Others Humans share an innate drive to connect with others. We’re evolutionarily wired to crave inclusion. Eons ago, this was linked with our survival; in prehistoric times, rejection triggered fear. If someone became isolated or was ousted from the group, his or her life would be … ...
Love Isn’t Something You Fall Into “Lovers are those for whom no minute is like any other, people between whom nothing habitual takes place, just what is new, unprecedented, unexpected. In such connections there exists an … ...
Because Someone’s Got to Do It: How to Be a Critical Thinker Why it's good to resist the allure of black and white thinking, single sources of information, and conversations only with persons who always absolutely agree with you.
Statistical fallacy impairs post-publication mood No scientific paper is perfect, but a recent result on the effect of mood on colour perception is getting a particularly rough ride post-publication. Thorstenson and colleagues published their paper this summer in Psychological Science, claiming that people who were sad had impaired colour perception along the blue-yellow colour axis but not along the red-green […]
The Back-to-School-Night Speech We'd Like to Hear* Sit in a school auditorium listening to a list of rules and procedures, on the one hand, and numbing banalities about how "all children can learn," on the other hand -- and dream of a presentation that gets to the heart of what schooling could be like if kids (and learning) really mattered most...
Friendships make you happier, healthier Friendships are critically important to every aspect of our lives, especially as we age and change our work and social lives.
Spike activity 02-10-2015 Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The madness of Charlie Brown. The Lancet has a wonderful article on Lucy, Charlie Brown’s local psychiatrist. The Atlantic has an excellent piece on new research showing neurons have different genomes. Mexico’s 13-year-old psychologist is amazing, reports USA Today. Sí, es. PLOS Neuro has […]
The Hidden Trait that Predicts Being Attractive Finding love is a tricky game. New evidence suggests that others' interest in you might be tied to your dispositional mindfulness.
Strengthen Your Marriage: Quality Time We are wrapping up our five part series on how to strengthen your marriage by looking at one of the most important things you can give your spouse – your … ...
4 Strategies for Helping Your Child Cope with Anxiety Unlike aggression, impulsivity or hyperactivity, anxiety often goes under the radar in kids, said Elizabeth Penela, Ph.D, a psychologist who specializes in treating anxiety in kids. It might be because anxiety typically manifests as somatic symptoms. For instance, kids might have headaches, muscle tension and … ...
How to Limit Stress When You Have a Mental Illness Stress is a killer, it contributes to heart problems, mental problems and myriad other conditions and it can take a toll on work life, relationships and overall happiness. I’ve been … ...
‘Phubbing’: The Modern Way To Kill Your Relationship The cellphone behaviour linked to depression and lower relationship satisfaction. » Continue reading: ‘Phubbing’: The Modern Way To Kill Your Relationship
Eating Disorders: 4 Reasons to Choose Recovery Are you struggling with an eating disorder? Choosing recovery will enable you to reclaim your life.
Today I Love Autumn At The Farmers’ Market Today I love autumn at the farmers' market. I love the wonderful things that are available there. I love that the market is like a weekly fair, that you never know who you'll see there, that it is always teaming with friends and acquaintances ...
Questions for Becoming More Deliberate About Stress and Overwhelm... To an extent, we have control over the things that bother us. That is, we can exaggerate an event’s importance. We can ruminate about it, for hours or days. We … ...