|Why Narcissists Try to Make You Feel Bad About Yourself
||It’s never pleasant to be the target of an insult. However, before you let an insulting remark get the better of you, stop and consider who’s doing the insulting. It’s likely that it’s just a narcissist, trying to feel better by making you feel bad.
|Mindfulness Isn’t a Depression Cure-All
||A new study from the University of Oxford finds that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is just as effective as antidepressants for preventing a relapse of depression. In MBCT, a person learns to pay closer attention to the present moment and to let go of the … ...
|'Lazy eye' may bully the brain into altering its wiring
||As the brain develops its preference for the dominant eye's input, it alters its connections to the weaker eye, according to a new study.
|How Positive Change Can Surprise You
||I got back in touch with a close friend from college. She was the type of girl who wore all black and listened to Belle and Sebastian. She had an … ...
|Making a mistake can be rewarding, study finds
||The human brain learns two ways - either through avoidance learning, which trains the brain to avoid committing a mistake, or through reward-based learning, a reinforcing process that occurs when someone gets the right answer. Scientists have found that making a mistake can feel rewarding, though, if the brain is given the opportunity to learn from its mistakes and assess its options.
|An Everyday Activity That Boosts Brain Size And Flexible Thinking
How to think more flexibly and grow a larger brain.
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|Welcome to Overcoming OCD
||Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is often misunderstood or thought of exclusively as something like excessive hand-washing. But OCD is one of those conditions that can present in many different ways in … ...
|When is it Okay to Celebrate Yourself?
||A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about a movie I personally didn’t much care for….along with my reasons why. I felt my points were valid – although … ...
|Consider This Before and After Checking the Hacked Ashley...
||The release of names and emails hacked from the on-line cheater’s website Ashley Madison stirs up questions of fidelity even in the best of relationships. This is especially true in light of some high profile confessions. The website promise of anonymity has been comprised and … ...
|What We All Know that Just Isn’t So: Multigenerational...
||In my research for How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century, I met wonderful people from 3-generational and 4-generational households who welcomed me into their … ...
|American Masculinity and Drugs
||Reading, coffee, waiting, camera: how American men and their relationship with mind-altering substances allegedly changed throughout the last 100 years.
|LSD, Suggestibility, and Personality Change
||A recent study found that LSD increases suggestibility. Research suggests that psychedelic drug use can increase openness to unusual ideas, such as spiritual and paranormal beliefs, in the long-term. Could this be be due to a long-lasting increase in suggestibility and related personality traits?
|Today I Love People Of Quiet Passion
||Today I love people of quiet passion, the ones who know what they want in their lives and patiently move toward finding those things for themselves, and the ones who just know they want something and ......
|#162 Psychotherapy and the Movies
||THX0477 via Compfight Speaking of movies I have a vested interest since my two older sons, Aaron and Matt, are movie makers. Their company, Tarantula Entertainment, recently produced a script … ...
|Stepping Back From the Future
||If you are a Chunzi (a virtuous, noble person), you know that the ways in which Westerners cope with depression are faulty and often ineffective. Pills and programs are the frail tools that are based upon the Western perspective on human existence and its place … ...
|Best of Our Blogs: August 25, 2015
||Like many of you out there, I suffer from an illness. Having autoimmune disease affects my mental health. At times, I feel like my mind and my body are in conflict. My mind wants me to speed things up and my body wants me to slow … ...
|It’s a New Dawn, it’s a New Day…
||… But I’m feeling as bad as always. That familiar old feeling. Why did I have to wake up again?! The fear of a new morning. Of the challenge of … ...
|What Makes You A Different Writer?
||Think about what brings you joy that is unique to you? For me, it might be listening to my favorite band perform live, like The Rolling Stones or U2. For … ...
|Square root of kids’ math anxiety: Their parents’ help
||Children of highly math-anxious parents learned less math and were more likely to develop math anxiety themselves.
|The psychology of cheating and apologizing
||Researchers found that forgiveness was the only significant predictor of posttraumatic growth.