|How We Deny Ourselves Joy Without Even Realizing It
||“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” – Rumi There’s a funny thing about depression and self-esteem. Even when we feel like life is good, maybe even great, and we have everything we could possibly want, … ...
|Self-Care Sunday: Seeking Solitude
||Spending time alone is how we tune in to ourselves. It’s how we listen to our thoughts, feelings and needs. Which, of course, is the first step in caring for … ...
|The Fine Line Between Selfish and Strong
||Read through this list of personal actions, and label each as either “strong” or “selfish.” 1. Your elderly aunt asks you to take her out to dinner and you say … ...
|Five-Day Diet Could Rejuvenate Memory and Learning
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|Regional Differences in Personality: Surprising Findings
||Individual personality traits and the geographic region where one lives are correlated with important social outcomes. Research has found that personality traits are also geographically clustered in ways correlated with these same outcomes. Some of the results are surprising as the individual level and societal level correlates of personality can differ strikingly.
|How to live wisely, think deeply and love generously
||I’m not a religious person, but I benefited a great deal by reading Pope Francis’ encyclical (letter), released last week, explaining his views on what we need to do to … ...
|Myths and Facts about Psychopaths
||Psychopaths have gotten popular, but where can we find info we can trust?
|The Fallacy of Unconditional Love: Why Selfless Loving Doesn’t...
||Wouldn’t it be great to find someone who loves and accepts us as we are? Many times during psychotherapy sessions, my clients have uttered some version of, “I just want to be unconditionally loved! I want someone who can accept me with my flaws and foibles.” … ...
|Accessing Your Inner Superhero
||Each of us is on a journey. This journey is our story. And naturally you are the protagonist in this story, which like any story, has conflict. And no one … ...
|Never mind the neuromarketing
||I’ve got an article in The Observer about the state of neuromarketing – where companies pay millions of wasted dollars to apply brain science to marketing. The piece looks at the three forms of neuromarketing – advertising fluff, serious research, and applied neuroscience. The first is clearly bollocks, the second a solid but currently abstract […]
|Spike activity 26-06-2015
||Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Picture This? Some Just Can’t. The New York Times covers a new study on people without visual imagery – that science writer Carl Zimmer helped discover. New Republic on how the Romans understood hallucinations. “They did not have a single concept of ‘hallucination’ until […]
|Is high self-esteem bad for you?
||Research suggests that the belief that bolstering self-esteem leads to many positive psychological and behavioural consequences may be misguided. Indeed it could have seriously unintended consequences and make matters worse
||Memoir is about handing over your life to someone and saying, this is what I went through, this is who I am, and maybe you can learn something from it.” … ...
|Three Ways to Find Your Inner Superhero
|| Most of think it is outside of us. We may think that other people have it, or that it is reserved only for immortals. But the truth is, all … ...
|10 Tips for Supporting Children Through a Spouse’s Mental...
||A parent’s mental illness can leave a child feeling scared and unstable. Dad’s mood changes. The whole household feels the effects. Everyone quickly switches gears, puts on their best behavior, and attempts not to cause any waves. Mom tries to put on a happy face … ...
|Surprising Links Between Gratefulness, Money and Happiness
||Research finds unexpected ways in which your level of happiness and materialism are effected by your experience of gratitude in life.
|Psychiatry Headed into the Future or Off A Cliff?
||Two Chinese investigators, Ying Wu and Zhiguang Duan at Shanxi Medical University, have recently tried to assess highlights in psychiatry since the 1960s. They analyzed references in 85, 612 papers published in 10 leading psychiatry journals, using a variant of who-cites-whom analysis, to identify central issues. This is not a method of establishing truth but rather of te
|The Anti-Black Sheep In Your Family
||Most families have a black sheep that is talked about and oftentimes misunderstood. The black sheep in the family can be isolative, a recluse, might miss Thanksgiving or other family … ...
|Are Eating Disorders Really “As Simple As That”?
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|Freedom To Be Who You Are Should Be Guaranteed
||This week’s news about gay marriage has been a landmark in the history books. I kept thinking yesterday as I scrolled the news articles and saw all my friends posting … ...