|Focusing: A Path Toward Befriending Feelings
||During the 1960’s, the psychologist and philosopher Eugene Gendlin asked a simple question: why do some people make progress in psychotherapy, while others don’t — and what is happening within those individuals who are benefiting from therapy? After analyzing hundreds of taped therapy sessions, Gendlin … ...
|Using Your Creative Voice
|| Do you express yourself creatively – or in other ways – as fully and authentically as you want? If you’re like most of us, the answer is No. For … ...
|Do First Amendment Rights Apply to Students in School?
||In this interview, conducted by guest blogger Alex Walker, the founder of Free Student Press, David Krane, explains that student free speech is legally protected by the first amendment, but students must fight for that protection. School officials typically do everything they can to prevent students from knowing about and exercising their constitutional rights.
|Study: Playing Tetris for three minutes can reduce addictive cravings by one fifth
||Playing Tetris for as little as three minutes at a time can weaken cravings for drugs, food and activities such as sex and sleeping by approximately one fifth, according to new research. In the first test of its kind to study people in natural settings outside of a laboratory, participants were monitored for levels of [...]
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|Scientists discover what controls waking up and going to sleep
||Fifteen years ago, an odd mutant fruit fly caught the attention and curiosity of Dr. Ravi Allada, a circadian rhythms expert at Northwestern University, leading the neuroscientist to recently discover how an animal’s biological clock wakes it up in the morning and puts it to sleep at night. The clock’s mechanism, it turns out, is [...]
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|Low birth weight, preterm birth can predict schizophrenia risk — if specific genetic subtype is present
||Low birth weight and preterm birth appear to increase the risk of schizophrenia among individuals with a genetic condition called the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, a new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shows. The research, published in Genetics in Medicine, is “…part of ongoing efforts among schizophrenia researchers to predict and [...]
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|Color-changing polymer may signal traumatic brain injuries in soldiers, athletes
||A bomb blast or a rough tackle can inflict brain damage that destroys lives. Yet at the time of impact, these injuries are often invisible. To detect head trauma immediately, a team of researchers has developed a polymer-based material that changes colors depending on how hard it is hit. The goal is to someday incorporate [...]
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|What's Wrong with Antianxiety Drugs?
||Recognition of the multiplicity of the brain systems that contribute to fear and anxiety disorders is the first step towards the development of better treatments.
|Personality and hormones: Trait anxiety influences the link between testosterone and aggression
||For many years, testosterone has been associated with aggressive and dominant behaviour, especially in male populations. In more recent years, researchers have focused on how individual personality differences can influence the effects of testosterone on aggression. One such study examined trait anxiety, which can be defined as “a measure of one’s tendency to perceive situations [...]
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|The Collapse of Values and My Local Car Dealership
||What an efficient group of employees! Then why do I feel so bad?
|7 Simple Ways to Be Kind To Yourself
||It’s ridiculous how we push ourselves. Always running to the next appointment on our calendar and scheduling activities for the benefit of others. Over the course of time, your productivity … ...
|Work on My Marriage — Why Bother?
||If your relationship is good, you shouldn’t have to “work” on it, right? Fairy tales promote the effortless happily-ever-after marriage myth when we are at an impressionable age. Later we view romantic movies and read novels with happily-ever-after endings. Consequently, it’s easy to develop unrealistic, … ...
|5 More Ways to Listen to Ourselves
||So often we dismiss our own thoughts, feelings, needs and desires. We assume that someone else knows better about what we should do, eat, wear, think, feel, want, need. So … ...
|Being Schizophrenic: The Two Minds and The Demon Voice
||I’ve often remarked on how I feel as if there are two minds inside my head, one that is essentially me and my body and the down to earth human, … ...
|Were You Born Under the Gaslight?
||Of the endless number of psychological factors that can plague a person throughout his life, I think there’s none more powerful than The Gaslight. The term “gaslight treatment” was coined … ...
|The Reason Brain Diseases Have Quadrupled in 21 Years
Given the power of modern medicine, why have brain diseases increased by four times?
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|Desperate: The Hidden World of Introvert Narcissists
||Narcissism is often associated with its many external manifestations. At the same time, psychiatrist Glen Gabbard suggests that some narcissists belong to a subtype that are much more introvert oriented. Here is a comparison of introvert versus extrovert narcissists...
|Psychological science in intelligence service operations
||I’ve got an article in today’s Observer about how British intelligence services are applying psychological science in their deception and infiltration operations. Unfortunately, the online version has been given a headline which is both frivolous and wrong (“Britain’s ‘Twitter troops’ have ways of making you think…”). The ‘Twitter troops’ name was given to the UK […]
|Vote to Help Teach Kids Vital Mental Health Tools
||Microsoft wants to #UpgradeYourWorld with $500,000 grant Your vote can bring iFred’s Schools for Hope program to children around the world. Microsoft is celebrating people and organizations who do great things and make a difference every day by awarding a global nonprofit organization with $500,000, along … ...
|Spike activity 14-07-2015
||Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Trends and fashions in the science of neurotransmitters. Neuroskeptic looks at this seasons hottest brain chemicals. MIT Tech Reviews has an interesting piece on the new wave of normal hearing enhancement hearing aids. Sorry Paleo diet aficionados, carbs were probably essentially to our evolving […]