|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 … ...
|Business as Unusual
||Much like you can readily observe interesting and weird behavior among those around you, you can observe interesting and weird business practices in your hometown. Be the freakonomist on your block.
|The Self as Schtick:
||A schtick is a gimmick that wraps something up neatly. It’s the clichéd fistfight or kiss that clinches a pop story. It’s helps us make sense of the oceans of information we surf. But we’re ambivalent about it. It can delight us with a feeling of mastery, but it can also falsify the world and the self.
|Creating with Your Senses
||Tuning into our creativity means opening our eyes and actually using all our senses. Or rather it means paying attention to our senses and the information they’re giving us. After … ...
|Diabetes and brain tangles may be linked independently of Alzheimer’s disease
||Diabetes may be linked to the buildup of tangles or tau in the brain, separate from Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study published in the September 2, 2015, online version of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “Evidence shows that people with type 2 diabetes have double the risk of [...]
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|Tracking down the causes of Alzheimer’s disease
||Genes are not only important for regular memory performance, but also for the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the University of Basel now identified a specific group of genes that plays a central role in both processes. This group of molecules controls the concentration of calcium ions inside the cell. Their results appear in [...]
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|Study links common psychiatric disorders with increased risk of violent reoffending in ex-prisoners
||Ex-prisoners with common psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder) and alcohol and drug abuse are substantially more likely to commit a violent crime after release than other prisoners, according to new research published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. The study of almost 48000 ex-prisoners suggests that diagnosed psychiatric disorders are potentially responsible for [...]
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|Bisexual and questioning women have higher risk of eating disorders
||Young women who are attracted to both sexes or who are unsure about who they are attracted to are more likely to develop an eating disorder than those attracted to only one sex, according to a new study from Drexel University. However, the results of the study suggest that females attracted to the same-sex are [...]
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|How do academic prodigies spend their time and why does that matter?
||Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes a decade of intense practice – roughly 10,000 hours – to achieve mastery in any field. So, how does this apply to gifted students? Do gifted students from different countries actually invest their time differently in accruing those 10,000 hours needed to become masters of their field? [...]
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|Researchers use 3D-printed models to study women’s penis size preferences
||Researchers at the University of California–Los Angeles and University of New Mexico have found that women prefer a penis that is larger than average — but only slightly larger. “Since context matters, men should be thinking ‘fit’ rather than ‘fat’ with respect to their penis size,” researcher Nicole Prause told The Daily Beast. “In other [...]
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|The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar
||The more psychologists look for reliable cues to a person's deception, the more elusive the cues seems to be.
|Self-Care Sunday: Engaging in Absorbing Activities
||One of my close friends bought me a beautiful book for my birthday called On Reading. It features the photographs of André Kertész, who captured all sorts of people reading … ...
|Navigating Catastrophic Thinking, Part 2
||When we’re struggling with catastrophic thinking, our mind imagines all kinds of disasters occurring: A presentation at work not only doesn’t go well, but it ends in getting fired. Asking someone on a date ends in a big fat “No!” and getting humiliated. Your best … ...
|How To Prevent Suicide: 3 Risk Factors For Suicide Attempts
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|The Six Hallmarks of a Sociopath
||Do you know any sociopaths? Chances are, your answer is, “Only on TV.” And chances are, you’re wrong. The media’s portrayal of the sociopath is actually more a caricature of … ...
|Understanding Your Emotional Response
||People ask me, how do I explain my feelings that I resent my husband/partner? Whenever you give it away, do too much, take on too much for another, or enable … ...
|Stop Saying that Being Single Is Better Than Being...
||I hear this all the time: “Being single is better than being in a bad relationship” (or a bad marriage). There are other versions, too, such as, “It is better … ...