|Understanding Primates – and Donald Trump
||By scientific criteria, Donald Trump is not a natural leader. How can we then explain his popularity among certain groups of American voters? To understand it we need to go way back into our evolutionary history as primates or consider our own childhood experiences in the school play ground.
|TBI triggers liver to produce protein tied to inflammation; hypertension drug blocks it
||Traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects the body as well as the brain, a new animal study shows. The research also indicates that treatment with hypertension drugs blocks the production of proteins related to inflammation.
|A high fat diet leads to overeating because of faulty brain signaling
||Defective signaling in the brain can cause overeating of high fat foods in mice, leading to obesity, according to a new article. The body controls food intake by balancing a need for food to survive with a desire for food for pleasure. By shifting the balance between these systems, defective brain signaling can cause pleasure to take over, resulting in overeating and obesity.
|Addiction & The Spiritual Quest
||“It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied and most human beings live only for the gratification of it.” Aristotle What sets the stage for addictions? On a metaphysical level, addictions are a misguided search for self-love and spiritual fulfillment. From a psychological … ...
|Today I Love Morning Skies
||That good old morning sun, drying up the condensation from the party that the evening threw for itself since it had almost no company to share itself with. Luckily the deck was available and also alone, so it and the evening were alone and together....
|Seven Shifts as Generation Y Becomes Generation Z
||As we work with students, we’ve discovered these young teens are showing signs of a “morph,” shifting away from old realities and into new ones. Here’s what we’ve found*:
|“I won’t be myself,” is a valid concern about...
||I don’t like taking medication. You would never know it by looking at my medicine cabinet. While I’m thankfully not at the point where I’m taking medications for side effects, … ...
|How to Recover from an Abusive Relationship
||Recovering from an abusive relationship may take both time and attention. From my perspective, the old adage “time heals all wounds” needs to be altered. Time and attention heals wounds. An ignored wound may just get worse and grow larger if it isn’t taken care … ...
|ADHD Goes Back To School
||So there’s this website called ADHD Kids Rock. It’s a place where kids can read about Jeff Rasmussen’s determination to succeed in the face of ADHD, and where they can … ...
|3 Effective Tips for Losing Weight and Improving Healthy...
||It is often the case that dieting fails or people tend to go back to their old habits. In terms of losing weight and getting into the habit of maintaining healthy habits, it can seem to be an uphill battle. Even when people seem to … ...
|From Withness to Oneness
||Two people with each other in withness — Truman Capote Withness is a strange word, isn’t it? Sounds like “witness” but it’s not – there is an unexpected “h” in … ...
|National Singles Week: 19 Reasons Why We Need It
||The third full week of September is National Singles Week, September 20-26 (more formally known as Unmarried and Single Americans Week). There are so many reasons we need a week … ...
|Is Your Learning Style Paranoid?
||We learn—and grow—by engaging with anomalies: new things that don't fit our familiar categories. It's a gut process, not just a philosophical choice. Anxiety can make us paranoid about what's new and strange. Knowing that can spur fascination and help us to adapt.
|When negative emotions are positive: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy meets Positive Psychology
||Positive Psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are different movements within psychology. Yet they also have quite a lot in common. Contact between both has been scarce until now. In July 2015, captains of both ships met for the very first time: Barbara ‘Positivity’ Fredrickson and Steven ‘ACT’ Hayes. Here is an exclusive report [...]
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|Did Gary Busey Say Something Inappropriate on Dancing with...
||My last Quick Fix cartoon was published on 9/11, and it was about 9/11. My last happy cartoon was about when you feel like you can’t take it anymore, and … ...
|What’s the Most Valuable Personality Trait?
||Do you have it? Have you ever been described as conscientious? Maybe in a job review or a parent/teacher conference? If so, that’s a great thing. It turns out that conscientiousness is the only major personality trait that leads to success, according to an article … ...
|It is Incredibly Difficult to Obtain an Evolution Education
||Darwin’s big idea has been out since about 1859. Since that time, evolutionary principles have proven to be extraordinary useful in helping us understand all kinds of things. So you’d think that it would be easy to learn about evolution in modern universities. In reality, finding an evolution education in college is excessively difficult these days.
|Psychologists combine Freud with virtual reality to change how people think about themselves
||The illusion of being in another body affects not only our perception (as is already known) but also our way of thinking. Thanks to virtual reality, some subjects embodied Sigmund Freud and proved better at giving themselves psychological advice compared to when they were simply themselves. The volunteers participating in Sofia Adelaide Osimo’s experiments may [...]
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|Sound focus on health or eating disorder in disguise?
||According to Norwegian fitness bloggers, the ideal female body is supposed to be slim, muscular, feminine and strong. However, the eating and workout regimes they promote are so strict, that even the bloggers themselves almost fail to follow them. Ever searched for workout tips online? Or recipes for healthy food? Googled “knee bend”? Or even [...]
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|Study explores whether internet campaigns motivate users to respond to crises
||Online campaigns about humanitarian crises need to be more surprising if they are to successfully engage the public, according to an academic from the University of East Anglia (UEA). Research by Dr Martin Scott, published in the journal International Communication Gazette, aimed to explore why UK citizens respond to some online campaigns and communications concerning [...]
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