|The Enneagram Type 9 -The Peacemaker
||This week we’re jumping ahead in the Enneagram to look at the Type 9 Personality. Commonly known as the ‘Peacemakers,’ these are often the hardest personality type to identify simply because they can be so mellow. You might be a Type 9 if you avoid conflict at all costs and tend to procrastinate without really […]
|Scientists identify schizophrenia's 'Rosetta Stone' gene
||A breakthrough reveals gene's influence in a vulnerable period of the brain's development. Researchers hope it could offer a therapeutic target for reversing the disease. There is 'strong evidence' that subtle changes early on in life can lead to 'much bigger' effects in adulthood.
|Researchers pinpoint where the brain unites our eyes' double vision
||Using prisms and an advanced brain scanner, researchers have found the point in the human brain -- very early in image processing in the visual cortex -- in which the transformation to a cyclopean view of the world takes place.
|How to Stop Procrastinating in 2 Easy Steps
||A Wharton professor may have solved the world’s most irritating problem. The problem with procrastination is that whatever you are putting off doing doesn’t just go away; it gets worse and worse. That parking ticket you keep meaning to pay is slowly getting more expensive, … ...
|Teens with medical marijuana cards much likelier to say they’re addicted
||A new University of Michigan study finds that teens using marijuana for medical reasons are 10 times more likely to say they are hooked on marijuana than youth who get marijuana illegally. The study is the first to report on a nationally representative sample of 4,394 high school seniors and their legal or illegal medical [...]
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|Researchers pinpoint where the brain unites our eyes’ double vision
||If you have two working eyes, you are live streaming two images of the world into your brain. Your brain combines the two to produce a view of the world that appears as though you had a single eye — like the Cyclops from Greek mythology. And that’s a good thing, as the combination of [...]
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|"Should I Believe What the Internet Says About Borderlines?"
||"I have read things on the Internet and I am worried that being my boyfriend or family member is a form of torture (although my current boyfriend assures me he likes being with me). Am I really like those people?"
|Seeking the Optimal, Not the Balanced
||We are constantly bombarded with how to achieve greater work-life balance. What if we pursued an optimal time budget instead? Other species do not allocate time evenly across activities. Instead they devote time according to priorities that maximize their success.
|Are you there God??
||It’s me…Sarah. Do any of you remember that Judy Blume book – different name, but you know what I mean. That book was one of my favorites as a child … ...
|Finding A Therapist Or Psychiatrist
||As you may know, if you follow this blog, I am moving from Virginia to Nashville. That’s exciting. Fresh new start in a new place with new people. I can … ...
|Is Self-Care Vital for Family Members of the Mentally...
||Any discussion about mental illness isn’t complete without discussing the caregivers. There are three primary types of caregivers, and they all play an important role. Medical professionals, mental health advocates … ...
|Seven Reasons Why Your Financial Life Creates Anxiety
||While there are some who breathe the rarified air of having their financial lives totally together, most people struggle. Your degree of struggle might range from small—not being sufficiently organized—to complete and utter meltdown.
|Feeding Your Many Hungers
||I’ve written about this before. But as I’m reading Sarahjoy Marsh’s book Hunger, Hope & Healing: A Yoga Approach to Reclaiming Your Relationship to Your Body and Food I keep … ...
|I May Be a Jackass, But I Can Be Taught to Care
||A jackass is an ornery animal. You can lead it to water, but you can't make it drink. Are kids the same way?
|Parenting Tips for Difficult Kids
||Your client has read the parenting books, implemented the ideas, and tried new techniques but nothing seems to work. The siblings of the difficult child benefited from intentional parenting, but not the one it was intended to help. In fact, that child is getting worse … ...
|How Working Moms Can Make the Most of Their Time
||Today, the prevailing narrative is that of the harried, overworked, stressed-out mom. The woman who doesn’t get enough sleep. The woman who sacrifices self-care. The woman who either has a successful career or a happy marriage. The woman who can’t have it all. In her … ...
|Body fat can send signals to brain, affecting stress response
||The brain's effect on other parts of the body has been well established. Now, a group of researchers has found that it's a two-way street: Body fat can send a signal that affects the way the brain deals with stress and metabolism.
|New insights into the circuitry of PTSD, mild traumatic brain injury
||Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have devastating consequences. Both are associated with high rates of disability and suicide, and although they are separate conditions, they commonly co-occur. For example, a soldier who has developed PTSD as a result of a traumatic experience may have also sustained a brain injury during that experience.
|Three Tricks to Help Find Your Sweet Spot
||When was the last time you were so focused that time stood still?
Athletes call this mental state being in “The Zone”; psychologists call it “flow” or peak experience, and they have linked it to leading a life of happiness and purpose. Lao Tzu, the ancient Chinese philosopher who authored the Tao Te Ching, called it “doing without doing” or “trying without trying.”
I think of this mental state as our “sweet spot,” where we have both great strength and great ease; it’s the mental state when our best work emerges without strain or anxiety. Instead of making our most powerful effort, we get to experience our own effortless power.
Although we usually assume that a state of deep concentration is hard to achieve (and getting harder these days, as the interruptions from our smartphone/email/texts mount) the truth is that we can access this wonderful state much more easily than we often realize. Here’s how.
1. Clear mental clutter.What is going on in your mind that will keep you from your sweet spot?
Take a quick look at your task list, and decide what you will do today and when you will do it. When our subconscious mind doesn’t know when we will complete a task, it will often interrupt our flow state with intrusive reminders about what else we need to do. Research shows that our unconscious isn’t actually nagging us to do the task at hand but rather to make a plan to get it done. So scheduling a task can make a huge difference in our ability to focus on something else.
Another precursor to getting into The Zone is knowing where you are in your workflow. “That constant awareness of what is next is what keeps you focused,” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, professor of psychology and management at Claremont Graduate University and author of
|The Bilingual Advantage: More Gray Matter in Key Brain Region
Bilinguals have more gray matter in critical brain region, supporting their cognitive advantage.
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