|How John Steinbeck Convinced Me to Start a Writing Diary
||For years I resisted keeping any sort of diary or journal, but reading the writing diary of John Steinbeck made me look at keeping one in a different light.
|Sometimes Sorry Isn’t Enough
||I’ve made a lot of poor choices in my life, choices that brought with them devastating consequences. It would be terribly easy to blame my destruction on bipolar disorder, and I did … ...
|We All Agree: Don’t Put a Mental Hospital In...
||Sadly, in many communities across America, people still feel it is perfectly acceptable to discriminate against people with a mental illness. Now in a small town north of San Luis Obispo, California called Templeton, residents there are saying no to a voluntary inpatient psychiatric hospital … ...
|Embracing Hardship, a Surprising Secret to Happiness
||We try to avoid pain and difficulty. Research shows that embracing it will help.
|Why Conscious Self-Control May Be A Complete Illusion
New theory of consciousness could have major implications for mental disorders and addictions.
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|Speaking Up For Yourself
||Some people have always had trouble speaking up; others have lost their voice along the way, perhaps because of the dynamics of their relationship. Here’s a crash course (or a … ...
|On the brink of chaos: Physicists find phase transition in visual cortex
||Intense visual input forces the brain into a brief moment of chaos, but the visual cortex spontaneously returns the brain to its optimal function, physicists have found. The finding advances fundamental understanding of how a healthy visual system processes information.
|Your Way IS the “Right Way”
||For so so so SO many years, I kept looking for the “right way.” I wanted to know the precise “how to guide” to achieve whatever goal I was pursuing … ...
|Fifty Shades of Grey: When Love Equals Pain
||So I recently read the first book of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy and just started the second one a couple of days ago. I am still at the … ...
|When Adolescents Continually Lie
||Continually lying to parents needs to prove counter-productive for the adolescent.
|Genes add risk to depression
||People born with a particular gene variant have a greater risk of developing depressions, a recent study shows. Depression has been relatively under-researched, and clinicians are not, generally, good at treating depression, authors say, noting that only about 60 per cent of patients get better with treatment, regardless of which treatment they get.
|Pupillary reflex enhanced by light inside blind spot
||The human retina contains some 100 million photoreceptor cells. When these are stimulated with light, they communicate that information to the brain and we perceive light. Researchers have now discovered that when light impinges on the photoreceptor-free blind spot alone the pupillary reflex does not occur, but the pupillary reflex is enhanced in response to bright illumination in a normal part of the retina when blue or white light containing shorter wavelengths is simultaneously delivered inside the blind spot.
|The Other Depression
||Depression is a major part of bipolar disorder. We spend three times the amount of time in depressive phases than manic phases, so it’s important to be able to recognize … ...
|The Legend of the Two Wolves
||There is a Cherokee legend about an elderly brave who tells his grandson about life. “Son,” he says, “Within all of us there is a battle of two wolves. One is evil. He is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, … ...
|ADHD And The Umbrella Manufacturing Industry
||Quick, where’s your umbrella? Front hall closet, maybe? Nope,it’s not there. That’s where I would have guessed too, but we were both wrong. Maybe you left it in the car? … ...
|From Nonduality to Duality and Back
||Carl Jung, when he was six or so, used to play this game with himself: Often when I was alone I sat down on this stone, and then began an … ...
|How to help co-worker grieving death of loved one
||When a colleague loses a family member, most people feel at a loss as to how to respond.
|Couples have to negotiate their visions of retirement
||Couples don't always have the same dreams for retirement, and it usually takes some negotiating to come to terms with what they're going to do.
|READ THIS FOR A LAUGH: Funny yet Amazing ABA...
||As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am now training to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and work as an ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Supervisor for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I love my job. I love working with the kids and watching … ...
|The Cure for Fear, Grief, and Death
||When Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s infant son was kidnapped and murdered, only this story helped her.