|How to Tell If You’re a Conversational Narcissist
||Enough about me! What do you think about me? If you have the tendency to make every conversation about you, you might be a conversational narcissist and not even know it. I used to have this friend from school named Geoff who was very smart, … ...
|In terminally ill patients, some types of delirium are a sign of ‘imminent death’
||In cancer patients nearing the end of life, certain subtypes of delirium–specifically, hypoactive and “mixed” delirium–are a strong indicator that death will come soon, reports a study in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. “Terminally ill patients with the hypoactive [...]
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|Understanding self-control: Eating and spending are different public policy issues
||You can resist buying a candy bar while you’re waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store–but you’ll buy any pair of shoes that are on sale. Your best friend, in contrast, wouldn’t dream of buying a pair of shoes he thinks he doesn’t need, no matter how low the price–but he can’t resist [...]
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|Message to Starbucks: Consumer idea generation is not one-size-fits-all
||Listen up, Dell and Starbucks and all the other companies that turn to consumers for new ideas about products and services. There’s a better way to pry good ideas out of your customers than through the same old standard online platforms–you know, the ones that provide all users with access to other users’ ideas and [...]
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|Telecommuting works best in moderation, science shows
||Organizations are increasingly offering employees a variety of work-from-home options despite sometimes conflicting evidence about the effectiveness of telecommuting. A comprehensive new report reveals that telecommuting can boost employee job satisfaction and productivity, but only when it’s carefully implemented with specific individual and organizational factors in mind. A key factor in determining the success of [...]
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|Study reveals how culture during childhood shapes family planning decisions
||The number of children we have and at what age is not just a conscious decision made as an adult. Apparently young parents are noticeably impressed by childhood experiences, as a new analysis on Turkish migrant data by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany, proves. Women born in Turkey who [...]
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|Childhood brain tumors affect working memory of adult survivors, study find
||Adult survivors of childhood brain tumors have lower working memory performance compared to healthy adults, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Emory University. The findings, published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society in August, report that adult survivors of pediatric posterior fossa brain tumors performed significantly lower than controls on standardized [...]
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|Can Your Find The Gift?
||I have come to believe that there is a gift in every event, every encounter, and every difficulty. Is this true? No, but it’s an example of how I choose … ...
|The MMA sport: More than just violence and fighters in a cage
||Ethnologist Magnus Stenius from Umeå University in Sweden has, in his dissertation on the subject of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), made a three-year field work in Sweden and around the world. He has conducted participant observations in various gyms, has practised MMA himself and has taken part in fights against sparring partners. MMA is a [...]
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|How big business co-opted the art of mindfulness to make us bear the unbearable
||“If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.” Hsin Hsin Ming Almost every person who walks through my practice doorway is anxious in some way. And so they should be. While their anxiety might be blasting messages at an overly high volume, the [...]
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|Chemical messengers: How hormones make us feel hungry and full
||The need to find fuel to generate energy is a profound drive within the biology of all living organisms: we all need food to survive. So it’s not surprising that our bodies have such a complex system to control food intake, driven by hormones. Hormone levels also change when we lose weight. As much as [...]
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|How celebrity suicides change support-seeking practices on a popular Reddit support group
||There’s a widely adopted suicide support forum on Reddit called “SuicideWatch.” It features entries from people looking for support and guidance from experienced, trained moderators and anonymous social media users volunteering to extend help to those in need. New research from the Georgia Institute of Technology finds that activity on this forum changes dramatically in [...]
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|How to Write a Letter to Help Your Partner...
||In After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful, Dr. Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D., an expert on issues of trust, fidelity, and forgiveness, outlines … ...
|Rebuilding Trust: A Letter to Write to Heal Your...
||Informed by clinical research, as well as examples from the author’s practice and personal experience, in the book After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been … ...
|Genetic screening of brain metastases could reveal new targets for treatment
||Unravelling the genetic sequences of cancer that has spread to the brain could offer unexpected targets for effective treatment.
|The Biggest Threat to a Marriage
||Someone asked me recently, “How do you know when you’re repressing a feeling or if you’re just letting it go because it’s not really important enough or necessary to bring up?” I said, “See how you’re behaving later, in a few hours, a month or … ...
|Honoring the Rule of Reciprocation
||In his book, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Robert Cialdini makes reference to what he considers to be one of the most important yet often unrecognized factors inherent in the … ...
|Looking to Our Past May Doom Us for Failure
||Your annual New Year’s resolution to lose weight is but a distant memory, but this time you just know you can stick with a healthy eating plan. It helps that … ...
|Self-Care Sunday Links 9.27.15
||On some Sundays I share links to pieces from around the web, along with posts I’ve written for Psych Central. This month’s links include everything from practicing self-compassion to being … ...
|User's Manual for the Male Brain
||Theory and practice of getting the best and avoiding the worst in male humans