|Trying to quit smoking? First strengthen self-control
||The desire to quit smoking -- often considered a requirement for enrolling in treatment programs -- is not always necessary to reduce cigarette cravings, argues a review of addiction research. Early evidence suggests that exercises aimed at increasing self-control, such as mindfulness meditation, can decrease the unconscious influences that motivate a person to smoke.
|The Surprising Shadow Side of a Narcissist
||Like the boy Narcissus in the Greek tale, narcissists are in love with their own appearance. They expect others to be mirrors of themselves.
|Genetic tug of war in the brain influences parental control over offspring behavior
||Researchers report that a nuanced, targeted version of parental control over gene expression is the method of choice over classic genomic imprinting. So-called noncanonical imprinting is particularly prevalent in the brain, and skews the genetic message in subpopulations of cells so that mom, or dad, has a stronger say, they say. The mechanism can influence offspring behavior, and because it is observed more frequently than classic imprinting, appears to be preferred.
|Are You Giving Your Anxiety an Essence?
||Does it feel like your anxiety is taking over your life? Would you do anything to get rid of your anxiety? Does it feel like it is some part of you that doesn’t belong? While it is perfectly natural to want to answer yes to … ...
|Why Autistic People Take Longer To Learn New Things
||So my friend and I were having one of those conversations about what celebrities could have Asperger’s, and he said Stanley Kubrick. I’ve heard that one before. But then he said … ...
|Memory Boosted a Staggering 50% By These Activities From Childhood
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|Fighting The Stigma Of Mental Illness: Wear White for...
||In my travels, both in real life and online, I meet a lot of people. I enjoy the exchange of ideas, opinions, and even the disagreements that crop up along … ...
|Punk Music Isn't "Bad"
||New research explores whether extreme music (e.g. heavy metal and punk) makes you angrier, or helps you process and regulate your anger.
|Are Single People More Open and More Observant?
||In a culture so saturated with singlism and matrimania, it is a rare treat to find a serious discussion in which it is single life that is said to bring … ...
|Treatment is a Team Effort
||When dealing with mental illness, you and your doctor need to be tight-knit. Throughout the course of your illness, you will probably have a team of doctors that treat different … ...
|Narcissistic-Like Traits Within Mental Health Professionals...
||It’s common for mental health professionals to have a notion of narcissism as a conglomeration of characterological features occurring solely in psychologically corrupted individuals. However, there seems to be a vague awareness of the possibility of mental health providers displaying some of these personality traits. … ...
|Depressive ruminations and the idling brain
||Depressed people often find themselves preoccupied with guilty, shameful, or self-defeating thoughts for large parts of their day. These thoughts not only distract from other activities but also fail to resolve the underlying life issues. Further, the ideas that receive focused attention in these depressive ruminations are frequently quite distorted and lead to distress.
|Blood test predicts prognosis for traumatic brain injuries
||A new blood test could help emergency room doctors quickly diagnose traumatic brain injury and determine its severity. The findings could help identify patients who might benefit from extra therapy or experimental treatments.
|Lose a Duality
||In Jung’s writings about the unconscious, he essentially equated consciousness with the world and the world with consciousness: The deeper ‘layers’ of the psyche lose their individual uniqueness as they retreat … ...
|How to Eliminate Recurring Nightmares
||All of us have nightmares. Maybe in your nightmare you’re being chased by some terrifying but unknown entity. Maybe you’re surrounded by bloodthirsty vampires or hordes of zombies. Maybe you’re trapped in a room with snakes or spiders or any other animal you fear. Maybe … ...
||At first glance, the notion that creativity perturbs us is oxymoronic. We live in an age in which we are encouraged to prize all things ingenious. However, novelty also brings risk and uncertainty.
|37 Lessons on Body Image, Well-Being And Life
||Today is my 33rd birthday. Eeek. Every year, on this day, I’ve been republishing a version of the below post. It’s basically become a tradition around here. In it, I … ...
|Health insurers face little enforcement of federal mental health parity law
||Insurers are supposed to cover mental health treatment as they cover other illnesses but the U.S. does not appear to actively enforce the federal law.
|Surprise! You may be an ambivert
||Ambiverts are sometimes the life of the party and other times they just want to curl up with a book to recharge.
|Could you have a drinking problem and not know it?
||Only 10 percent of American adults have alcohol-use disorder, but nearly one-third lie somewhere on the spectrum as "excessive drinkers."