|Best of Our Blogs: September 11, 2015
||What if the cause of your problems wasn’t due to lack of intense positive experiences, but your fear of fully enjoying them? It may sound like a radical idea. But it’s something Colorado psychotherapist Bruce Tift believes and spoke about in his podcast with Sounds … ...
|Fight, Regroup: When Stress Sets Off OCD
||It’s been a stressful week. The kind of week, I think, that I would have been unable to deal with a year ago. I noticed even before I was diagnosed … ...
|9 11 Remembered
||9:59 A.M. Collapse of the World Trade Center’s South Tower 10:28 A.M. Collapse of the World Trade Center’s North Tower The tragedy does not need to be rehashed out on … ...
|Talking Too Much and Not Listening
||In a previous life and time, I worked as a mental health counselor. I was trained in the art of listening and would periodically have my listening skills evaluated by professors, supervisors, and even peers (on videos and in live sessions). It was stressful and sometimes I felt more like the patient/client than the therapist. … Continue reading Talking Too Much and Not Listening →
|15 Best Productivity Tricks
||Writers are often working day jobs, so they have to make the most of the time they have to write. These tricks can help you get through your paying job … ...
||Fossils of new human ancestor identified in cave in South Africa are exciting on their own; together, they raise questions about whether our earliest ancestors deliberately cared for the bodies of the dead.
|#take5 Suicide Prevention Step 5: Reach Out
||Step Five: Reach Out Learn how to get help if you are concerned about your own thoughts and feelings. Know you are not alone and that recovery is possible! In … ...
|Depressed patients with smaller hippocampal volume may respond better to ketamine
||Recent findings published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology have shown a link between the size of the hippocampus and the rapid antidepressant effects of ketamine, a glutamate-based anesthetic drug. Previous studies suggest a relationship between depression and abnormal functioning of glutamate, a neurotransmitter in the brain. However, the research team noted that many traditional antidepressants [...]
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|The social softness illusion makes other people’s skin feel softer than your own
||Have you ever touched someone else and wondered why his or her skin felt so incredibly soft? Well, now researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on September 10 present evidence that this experience may often be an illusion. In a series of studies led by Aikaterini Fotopoulou of the University College London, [...]
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|Facebook data suggests people from higher social class have fewer international friends
||A new study conducted in collaboration with Facebook using anonymised data from the social networking site shows a correlation between people’s social and financial status, and the levels of internationalism in their friendship networks – with those from higher social classes around the world having fewer friends outside of their own country. Despite the fact [...]
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|Major complication of Parkinson’s therapy explained
||Researchers have discovered why long-term use of L-DOPA (levodopa), the most effective treatment for Parkinson’s disease, commonly leads to a movement problem called dyskinesia, a side effect that can be as debilitating as Parkinson’s disease itself. Using a new method for manipulating neurons in a mouse model of Parkinson’s, a Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) [...]
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|Researchers find neuroanatomical signature for schizophrenia
||While it is known that the incidence and outward symptoms of schizophrenia are strongly influenced by ethnic factors–for instance, patients from Asian ethnicities are more likely to experience visual hallucinations, whereas patients from western cultures and Caucasian ethnicities are more likely to suffer from auditory hallucinations–it was unclear if brain deficits would differ amongst suffers [...]
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|People worldwide — even nomads in Tanzania — think of colors the same way
||Would a color by any other name be thought of in the same way, regardless of the language used to describe it? According to new research, the answer is yes. A new study examines how a culture of nomadic hunter-gatherers names colors, and shows that they group colors into categories that align with patterns of [...]
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|Reduced heart rate variability may indicate greater vulnerability to PTSD
||A prospective longitudinal study of U.S. Marines suggests that reduced heart rate variability – the changing time interval between heartbeats – may be a contributing risk factor for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The findings are reported in the September 9 online issue of JAMA Psychiatry by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of [...]
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|60+ Relationship Tips for Intimacy
||We all want intimacy with our partner, but at times it can be hard to cultivate. In this new blog from Australian Counselling, 20 therapists, including our own Colleen Morris, share their tips for creating intimacy with your partner. From simple, minute details, to larger than life ideas, this list will give you the inspiration […]
|Eating a lot of fish may help curb depression risk -- at least in Europe
||Eating a lot of fish may help curb the risk of depression -- at least in Europe -- suggests a pooled analysis of the available evidence. Depression affects an estimated 350 million people worldwide, and is projected to become the second leading cause of ill health by 2020.
|8 Amazing Traits of Healthy, Submissive People
||In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it. ~Lao Tzu This post … ...
|Real crisis in psychology isn’t that studies don’t replicate, but that we usually don’t even try
||Psychology is still digesting the implications of a large study published last month, in which a team led by University of Virginia’s Brian Nosek repeated 100 psychological experiments and found that only 36% of originally “significant” (in the statistical sense) results were replicated. Commentators are divided over how much to worry about the news. Some [...]
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|Chemical messengers: How hormones help us sleep
||When it comes to motives for getting a good night’s sleep we don’t usually think about our body’s hormones. But sleep allows many of our hormones to replenish so we have the optimal energy, immunity, appetite and coping ability to face the day’s highs and lows. The activities we do during the day – from [...]
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|What’s the psychology behind the belief that the world is fair?
||Life’s not fair! So why do we assume it is? Larisa Hussak, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Income inequality in America has been growing rapidly, and is expected to increase. While the widening wealth gap is a hot topic in the media and on the campaign trail, there’s quite a disconnect between the perceptions of [...]
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