|The Fallacy of Unconditional Love
||We all want to be unconditionally loved, but how realistic is that? Partnerships require mutuality, where we each have certain basic minimum needs and requirements, such as for respect, understanding, and nurturing. Our children require unconditional love, but adult relationships ask that we be mindful of how we affect each other.
|Can a Good Marriage Have Problems?
||If your partner says, “We have a problem,” does your chest tighten? Do you forget to breathe? What goes through your mind? “A problem! Aggh! Does that mean he (or she) will leave me? Is our relationship doomed?” Do you imagine that something is terribly … ...
|Study NOW for Fall Success!
||Many students believe it’s best to leave their summer schoolwork for the end of the summer; they fear that if they do the work too early they will have forgotten the … ...
|Character traits outweigh material benefits in assessing value others bring us
||When it comes to making decisions involving others, the impression we have of their character weighs more heavily than do our assessments of how they can benefit us, a team of New York University researchers has found. “When we learn and make decisions about people, we don’t simply look at the positive or negative outcomes [...]
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|Simple intervention can moderate anti-vaccination beliefs, study finds
||It might not be possible to convince someone who believes that vaccines cause autism that they don’t. Telling skeptics that their belief is not scientifically supported often backfires – strengthening, rather than weakening, their anti-vaccine views. But researchers say they have found a way to overcome some of the most entrenched anti-vaccine attitudes: Remind the [...]
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|Can you be addicted to adrenaline?
||People who seek high- sensation experiences are more vulnerable to substance abuse.
|Over 80 percent of adults are sexting, study finds
||The practice of sexting may be more common than generally thought among adults. More than eight out of 10 people surveyed online admitted to sexting in the prior year, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 123rd Annual Convention. “Given the possible implications, both positive and negative, for sexual health, it is important [...]
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|Pushing on Emotional Bruises – 10 Ways We Do It
||Why do people push on physical bruises? Common responses from Yahoo Answers: I always push on my bruises cuz it like hurts…but it feels good at the same time… I … ...
|Top Ten Health Tips That Have Never Worked for Me
||Ever since a seemingly acute viral infection in 2001 turned into a chronic illness, I’ve received dozens and dozens of tips on how to regain my health. This piece is intended to be lighthearted, not meanhearted, which is why I’d be thrilled if someone reading one of these tips can honestly say: “That one helped me!”
|6 Ways to be Assertive with People Who Intimidate You
||Being assertive is important. It means expressing your thoughts, feelings, needs and wants in a relationship, said psychologist Julie de Azevedo Hanks, Ph.D, LCSW. However, many of us have a hard time being assertive with certain people. Maybe it’s someone with a strong personality. Maybe … ...
|Seeing Inequality--or Not
||The rich not only tend to care less than the poor about our growing economic inequality, but also they just don’t see it, according to recent studies reported in Psychological Science.
|How to Combat the Summer Funk
||I know what it’s like to get stuck in a funk. For normal people a funk can be anything from a feeling of stagnancy to a mild depression where the … ...
|The Wisdom of the (Select) Crowds
||More and more companies are tapping into the wisdom of their customers and users — a very select crowd. They do this through “big data” — collecting treasure troves of anonymous data and then running post-hoc analyses on it. This effort can lead to some … ...
|If you are a Parent No Fun Allowed … Or is it?
|| Self-Care Saturday Welcome to the weekend (at least here in my area it is). 8:00 AM on a summer Saturday holds the prospect of so many opportunities. Why not … ...
||Narcissistic parents have the same characteristics as narcissists. They admire and overestimate themselves to compensate for inner (unconscious) feelings of inadequacy. They tend to be selfish and self-involved and approve … ...
|How Common Is Sexting?
||Over 80 percent of survey respondents report sexting within the past year
|Social Media May be Making You a Nicer Person
||You might worry that the use of social media is causing us to lose the ability to communicate in person, much less be able to relate to others in a positive way. New research shows how, and when the contrary may be true.
|The Fast Track to Motivating an Emotional Eater
||The vast majority of my clients have no interest in giving up emotional or disordered eating. It is the effects of the behavior they want to stop. Eating is so pleasurable, so satisfying, that when presented with the options to stop—typically a diet or meal … ...
|Why Our Photos Don’t Look How We Expect
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|Psychology Around the Net: August 8, 2015
||Happy Saturday, Psych Central readers! This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers everything from ways to beat anxiety at work to learning how you can stop denying yourself happiness — and much more. 25 People Told Us What Relieves Their Anxiety at Work: Anxiety sufferers … ...