|PTSD trials suggest ecstasy could also be a treatment for depression
||Increasing consideration is being given to 3,4-Methylene-dioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or “ecstasy”) as a possible treatment approach for depression. In a review of current literature published in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, authors Rachel Patel of Green Templeton College and Daniel Titheradge of St Hugh’s College discuss the pros and cons of treating depression with MDMA, noting that clinical [...]
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|5 More Obstacles that Prevent You from Being Assertive
||Many things can squelch our attempts at being assertive — before we ever even start to express ourselves. In a previous piece we talked about three obstacles that stall assertiveness: a sinking self-worth; our fear of disconnecting with the other person; and lack of communication … ...
|This Tweak To School Week Actually Improves Academic Performance
The change to the school week that surprisingly improves children's academic performance.
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|What Am I a Part of Today?
||It took my dog Sherpa and I about 2 years to create this shortcut in the woods. And now that this path has reached a threshold of public visibility, legions … ...
|Can You Change Your Personality?
||A recent research study shows that people are able to make significant personality changes in just sixteen weeks. For example, people who wanted to become more extraverted tested as being higher in extraversion by the end of the study period. These changes can be measured by personality testing as well as behaviour changes.
|Using humor to help toddlers learn
||We all know that laughter is the best medicine, but a team of French scientists has discovered that using humor also appears to help toddlers learn new tasks, reports a new study.
|How Trauma Has Mentored Me
||Out of all the experiences I have had in my 44+ years to date, “trauma” is not one of my favorites. For example, I did not enjoy the two decades … ...
|Today I Love That Tie-Dyed Sky
||Today I love that tie-dyed sky all baby blue and neon pink and gold this morning. I love that my outdoor world is still a full spectrum of greens and the weather has been ......
|Images of ultra-thin models need your attention to make you feel bad
||I have a guest post over at the BPS Research Digest, covering research on the psychological effects of pictures of ultra-thin fashion models. A crucial question is whether the effect of these thin-ideal images is automatic. Does the comparison to the models, which is thought to be the key driver in their negative effects, happen […]
|How Detachment from Childhood Begets Adolescent Boredom
||Just because early adolescent boredom is common, doesn't make it okay. Parents need to keep a mindful eye on how long it lasts, how the young person is coping with it, and what they might do to help.
|The Power of Rumination
||Those of us with bipolar disorder tend to get stuck in our own minds on a fairly frequent basis. Whatever is going on around you becomes hazy and out-of-focus. The … ...
|The Two Hour ADHD Vortex
||Years ago, I had no idea of the existence of the two hour vortex. In fact, I learned about ADHD before I discovered the vortex. And in truth, I never connected the two until very recently....
|Screentime Is NOT Making Kids Moody, Crazy & Lazy
||I’m sure Dr. Victoria Dunckley means well with her recent screed entitled “Screentime is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy.” She cites research studies to back up her points, and buried in the middle of the article is the common-sense disclaimer that “restricting electronics may … ...
|Why Are Celebrities Sleeping with Nannies?
||Hollywood has been rocked by the allegations that Ben Affleck cheated on his wife, Jennifer Garner, with their nanny. After a decade of marriage, and three children, it seemed like … ...
|Just How Narcissistic are US Presidents? Does Ego Rule?
||42 U.S. presidents up to and including George W. Bush were assessed as being greater Presidents if they scored higher on narcissism....This investigation... found higher narcissism in personality was also positively associated with better public persuasiveness, improved crisis management, superior agenda setting, winning more of the popular vote...
|Does “Yes” Mean “Yes”? Sexual Consent, Manipulation and...
||Revelations in recent years as to the extent of sexual assault on campuses, in the military and in other institutional settings has lead to some changes in the idea of … ...
|Mirror gazing: A compulsive and addictive aspect of body dysmorphic disorder
||The act of mirror gazing, the compulsive tendency to view and scrutinize oneself in the mirror, can play a major role in those who experience body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Researchers Joanna Silver and Jacqui Farrants examined this specific feature of BDD, and the results are striking. Body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD, is an obsessive-compulsive psychiatric [...]
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|Welcome to Tales from the Couch
||You learn a lot by going into psychotherapy. But guess what — the therapist sitting in the other chair is also learning from their patients. They’re learning about how to … ...
|On Wound Collectors
||What do many mass murderers have in common? Something many see but fail to recognize in advance.
|Weeds in the Garden: Trauma and Guilt
||“It’s time to start dealing with your childhood trauma.” That’s what I tell myself, but what does that mean? I deal with it every day. I get myself out of bed each morning and most of the time I’m not thinking about what happened to me. My … ...