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Who Do You Choose to Be? Whether you are wondering why you exist or looking to define the legacy you want to leave behind, these three steps will help you define your direction.
Exposure to dim light at night increases depressive-like behaviors in offspring, study finds Being exposed to artificial lighting at night appears to not only impact animals, but their offspring as well. New research has found that depressive-like behaviors are elevated among the offspring of hamsters exposed to dim light at night. If the findings translate to humans, it could help explain the rising rates of depression in the [...]
Bipolar Woman Targeted, Flagged, Dragged and Deplaned An recent article the New York Times reported that the “Big Three,” i.e., Delta, American, and United Airlines have more consumer complaints on record this year than at any time in aviation history. Judges on the United States Court of Appeals have directed the FAA to … ...
Study finds marijuana use is associated with dating violence Marijuana use is associated with an increased risk of physical violence in relationships among young people, according to study recently published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. In the USA the law regarding marijuana is changing. Over 20 states have decriminalized the use of marijuana and 35 states have made it legal for medical use. Young [...]
Emotional support from parents predicts physiological and psychological responses to stress Parental responses to offspring’s emotion in childhood influences their ability to deal with stressful situations as young adults, according to a study recently published in Physiology & Behavior. It is thought that our ability to regulate emotions is partly determined by the strategies used by our parents to deal with our emotions in childhood. This [...]
People with a ‘good’ personality are also often more physically attractive People with a more socially effective personality tend to also be more physically attractive, according to new research published in Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology. “We are very interested in the general factor of personality or GFP. The GFP is the shared variance among personality traits and we believe it represents individual differences in social-effectiveness [...]
Educating Teacher and Students about OCD As many of us are well aware, obsessive-compulsive disorder is an often misunderstood disorder. Though I do believe progress is being made (albeit slowly) there is still such a lack of understanding surrounding OCD. Most upsetting to me is when I come across professionals such … ...
The Mirror: A Place to Be Compassionate I know many compassionate people. They are kind. They are forgiving. They are charitable towards others. And yet, they are mean, vindictive and show no mercy when they assess themselves in the mirror. I doubt that it will come as a surprise to you that … ...
The Psychopathology of Shakespeare’s Most Evil Villains And thus I clothe my naked villainy / With odd old ends stol'n forth of holy writ, / And seem a saint when most I play the devil. – Richard III
Parents test school liability in bullying and child suicide Courts have been reluctant to second-guess school administrators, even as bullying among children remains a common problem.
Diversity Includes Intellectual Diversity James Damore, an engineer with Google, was fired for sending out a memo suggesting that our understanding of human nature should inform corporate policy. We have a long way to go.
When Creative People Are Afraid Medication Will Dull Their... Creative people worry that their essential spark — that which makes them artists in the first place — will disappear forever, or at least be hindered, if they seek chemical relief for depression or anxiety. Like everyone else, writers today can address their depression and … ...
How to Become a More Mindful Person We all have heard of the concept of becoming more mindful. But what does that actually mean in our everyday lives? Is it strictly tied to various forms of meditation or breathing exercises? It can be, according to the experts, but in actuality it is … ...
Gaslighting: How to Drive Someone Crazy A man obsessed with stealing valuable jewels murders one woman and attempts to drive the other one (his wife) crazy. His single-mindedness, driven by selfish motives, caused him to deceive and manipulate in order to obtain what he wanted regardless of the cost to others. … ...
Couples with similar levels of personal autonomy tend to have more sexual desire, study finds Are you a clingy lover or do you maintain your independence? New exploratory research has investigated how our sense of personal autonomy is related to sexual desire. The findings, published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, suggest that couples with a similar level of autonomy in their relationship tend to have a better [...]
Should we stop saying ‘commit’ suicide? There is a movement in mental health to avoid the phrase ‘commit suicide’. It is claimed that the word ‘commit’ refers to a crime and this increases the stigma for what’s often an act of desperation that deserves compassion, rather than condemnation. The Samaritans’ media guidelines discourage using the phrase, advising: “Avoid labelling a death … Continue reading "Should we stop saying ‘commit’ suicide?"
How to Recognize Your Innate Self-Worth You don’t feel very good about yourself. You search for a boost everywhere. In relationships. In the scale. In work you don’t even like. At the bottom of a shot glass. You feel the need to earn your self-worth, as though it were a bulletin … ...
When the Problem May Not Be the Problem When a family comes in for their initial session, one of the first questions a therapist asks is something like, “What brings you here today?” Someone in the family usually takes the lead and describes what he or she thinks is “the problem.” Others nod … ...
Beware: On a First Date, Red Flags Can Look Red Hot Beware dangerous liaisons. On a first date, exciting, assertive people perceived as desirable might be dangerous. Get to know prospective partners before getting involved.
Personality and Potential Nuclear Confrontation The possible catastrophe of nuclear war rests on the psychology of just two men