|Forgiveness: Is It Your Responsibility?
||When I talk about forgiveness with my clients, they typically say, “That’s exactly what I can never do!” Some people become confused about forgiveness because it sounds like you’re letting … ...
|Young minds think alike; older people are more distractible
||Age is believed to change the way our brains respond and how its networks interact, but studies looking at these changes tend to use very artificial experiments, with basic stimuli. To try to understand how we respond to complex, life-like stimuli, researchers showed 218 subjects aged 18-88 an edited version of an episode from a Hitchcock TV series while using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure their brain activity.
|'Brainy' mice raise hope of better treatments for cognitive disorders
||Researchers have created unusually intelligent mice by altering a single gene and as a result the mice were also less likely to feel anxiety or recall fear.
|The Sheep, the Wolf, and the Sheepdog
||For some reason, ever since I heard the movie was coming out, I have had a real eagerness to watch “American Sniper.” If I’m being honest, this reason probably had … ...
|The Simple Questions That Really Help Depressed People
This therapeutic technique can really help depressed people, research finds.
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||Before you know that you’re sad, you’re motivated to drink or eat too much. Before you know that you feel vulnerable, you’re motivated to blame, deny, or avoid. Before you know you’re ashamed, you’re motivated to seek quick adrenalin through active or passive aggression.
|Study: Cigarette Smoking May Make You Psychotic
||Experts at the Institute of Psychiatry in London are publishing research suggesting that smoking cigarettes may well be a cause of schizophrenia (a psychotic disorder). This startling finding includes a just published study, plus research to be published in the near future, all of which appears to suggest an … ...
|10 Principles of Good Parenting
||These ten principles of good parenting are easy to say but hard to execute. They are based on 37 years of practice and research as a psychoanalyst, and they incorporate … ...
|Best of Our Blogs: August 14, 2015
||Although we all experience a range of emotions, there are just a handpicked few we’re comfortable with. That’s understandable when you’re talking about major depression or other psychological disorders. But what about milder moods of disappointment, jealousy, or agitation? Most of us would rather swim in … ...
|A Long Hard ADHD Week
||I’ll tell you this much for free, I don’t mind hard work. In fact, I enjoy the sense of accomplishment. But I do hate doing more than I should have … ...
|10 Reasons Why People Won’t Move On After Divorce
||Divorce is hard. No healthy person enters into a marriage for the sole purpose of getting a divorce. Marriage is designed to be a long term loving commitment between two people. But each person brings baggage into the marriage which can cause one or both … ...
|| Holistic Integration Through Dance Therapy Do you ever just want to break through the barriers and into a freedom where your spirit is free? To … ...
|Digital tech, the BMJ, and The Baroness
||The British Medical Journal just published an editorial by me, Dorothy Bishop and Andrew Przybylski about the debate over digital technology and young people that focuses on Susan Greenfield’s mostly, it has to be said, unhelpful contributions. Through appearances, interviews, and a recent book Susan Greenfield, a senior research fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford, has […]
|Whether Mozart or Madonna, music can help you recover from surgery
||Most people undergo a surgical procedure at some point in their lives. More than 51m operative procedures are performed annually in the USA and 4.6m hospital admissions lead to surgical care in England. But the time after an operation is still a difficult one for patients and pain, discomfort, changes to regular routines and rehabilitation [...]
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|Is the Internet bad for kids? There’s little evidence it does much psychological harm
||You know the deal: a social phenomenon rises from obscurity to international familiarity within the blink of an eye. Pitchforks are sharpened, torches lit, and higher thought goes out the window. Elvis Presley’s hips, the skin revealed by a bikini, Harry Potter’s sorcery – you would think by now we’d have learnt to occasionally sit [...]
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|Going to the Gynecologist
||I canceled my gynecologist appointment today cause I felt the way I felt when I first had my mental break and seeked help. And it happened to be in the … ...
|Scientists confirm: The feel-good ‘exercise hormone’ irisin really does exist
||Scientists in the US have found that a feel-good exercise hormone called irisin does indeed exists in humans, putting to bed long-disputed claims that it is a myth. The research team, led by Bruce Spiegelman from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, used mass spectrometry to look for irisin in blood samples of individuals after exercise, finding [...]
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|A World Wanting to be Heard
||I wonder how many of us out there sit alone in our quiet rooms at night just desperately wanting to be heard and seen. Most of us spend our days out there in the world — talking to people, meeting with people, interacting with people. … ...
|Stop Seeking Higher Purpose and Discover your Lower One...
||(Not ‘higher’ in terms of heavenly. Not ‘lower’ in terms of hell. This is not a spiritual article.) You want to take the high road, learn from all life’s challenges, … ...
|Men Also Get Eating Disorders -I’m Not Kidding!
||The first time I discovered bulimia was in 1980. I was a freshman at Penn State University. The emotional release and feeling of control it gave me over my body was intoxicating. In just a short burst of time, I felt both the best and … ...