|Finding a Secure Base and Rewiring your Personality
||One way to change your insecure attachment style to that of having an “earned” secure style is to find and nurture your own secure base in adulthood. Learn what to look for and how to create for yourself the experiences that naturally instill mental health and well-being. It is never too late to rewire your personality in a way that works better for you and leads to more h
|Confirmation Bias and Stigma
||Confirmation bias confirms not only expectations about the percept, but also those relating to the kind of world we live in and our role in it.
|Do You Ever Pretend You’re Somebody Else?
||I decided I couldn’t live in a world without Robby. The only thing to do was to take his place. I’d have to become Robby. No, not “become Robby.” I’d be Robby.
|From Meditation to Mental Resilience
||I have never been in jail. Thank goodness. But even the thought of going to jail…even the merest firing up of my imagination around the subject…brings on unimaginable stress. When … ...
|Do You Work with a Narcissist?
|| Perhaps the best portrayal of a narcissistic boss is Meryl Streep in her film role as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada (2006). The fear and intimidation she exudes in her employees is a classic example of narcissism. While watching it on the screen may be entertaining, … ...
|The Power of Evolutionary Psychology
||A good scientific discipline should provide tangible new findings about some phenomena. Evolutionary psychology consistently provides new insights into what it means to be human. Here are three of the biggies – things we simply would now know without evolutionary psychology.
|Slowness as organization principle in the brain
||The brain is so complex that its structure cannot be completely determined by genetics. Neuroscientists attempt to figure out which mechanisms nerve cells use to organize themselves. They have suggested that slowness may be the decisive factor.
|On Selling Out
||I have practice-building clients who deal with immense guilt when they leave the under served population with whom they’ve been working. Maybe they don’t like the day to day realities of working in the methadone clinic or community mental health agency, but they feel badly … ...
|Likert Scale Examples and Usage
||Learn how to use Likert scale for attitude rating; a lot of examples and ideas for your future projects.
|Best of Our Blogs: July 21, 2015
||With my birthday coming up this week, I’m surprised by my changed in attitude. Normally, I dread the day for weeks prior. When I was in my twenties, I worried no one would remember. When I got older, I worried over the passing time and … ...
|The Big It
||The following occurred to me as I was confronted by the shimmering silver of the ocean and the fading denim of the sky above it: when we glimpse the big … ...
|Conspiracy theory as character flaw
||Philosophy professor Quassim Cassam has a piece in Aeon arguing that conspiracy theorists should be understood in terms of the intellectual vices. It is a dead-end, he says, to try to understand the reasons someone gives for believing a conspiracy theory. Consider someone called Oliver who believes that 9/11 was an inside job: Usually, when […]
|The Creative Impulse
|| The Healing Force of Art Form Many people who have experienced manic episodes but are currently stable, perhaps on medications; may remember extreme creativity … ...
|Do Sex and Violence Sell? Maybe Not, Says New Study
||Advertisements in violent programming appear to have decreased effectiveness, research says
|Poverty may hinder kids' brain development
||Poor children tend to have as much as 10 percent less gray matter in several areas of the brain associated with academic skills.
|How music alters the teenage brain
||Music training, begun as late as high school, may help improve the teenage brain’s responses to sound and sharpen hearing and language skills, suggests a new Northwestern University study. The research, to be published the week of July 20 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), indicates that music instruction helps enhance [...]
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|Novel monoclonal antibodies show promise for Alzheimer’s disease treatment
||Scientists at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Center for Cognitive Neurology have evidence that monoclonal antibodies they developed may provide the blueprint for effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease. A team led by Fernando Goni, PhD, an adjunct associate professor of Neurology, and Thomas Wisniewski MD, director of the [...]
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|The science of ‘hangry’ — or why some people get grumpy when they’re hungry
||Have you ever snapped angrily at someone when you were hungry? Or has someone snapped angrily at you when they were hungry? If so, you’ve experienced “hangry” (an amalgam of hungry and angry) – the phenomenon whereby some people get grumpy and short-tempered when they’re overdue for a feed. But where does hanger come from? [...]
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|New study suggests evidence for serotonergic dissociation between anxiety and fear
||Researchers from the Institute and Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of São Paulo, (Brazil); the Imperial College of London, (UK); the University of Western Australia (Australia) and the University of Toronto (Canada) have just published a study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology suggesting that what had been clustered as anxiety disorders is not [...]
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|Scientists discovered a cause of mental retardation and autism
||The term intellectual disability covers a large number of clinical entities, some with known cause and others of uncertain origin. For example Down syndrome is due to an extra copy of chromosome 21 and Rett syndrome is in part caused by a mutation in the control switch gene called MeCP2. In other cases the mechanisms [...]
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