|Children from high conflict homes process emotion differently, could face social challenges
||Children of parents who are frequently in conflict process emotional interactions differently and may face social challenges later in life compared with children from low conflict homes. The findings are based on measuring research subjects’ brain activity during a psychological test.
|Will the Arguing Ever End?
||Why things get worse before getting better. We all argue now and then. Chronic arguing, however, requires thoughtful and ongoing work. Happy endings are possible—but there may be a storm or two before the calm.
|Who's to Blame for Parent and Adult Child Estrangement?
||When adult children are estranged from their parents, the truth is usually hidden from view. What stands in the way of real dialogue.
|5 Ways to Trick Love Back
||Your marriage is at an all-time low. You’re fighting constantly and the arguments never seems to get resolved. Or you’re not fighting at all, not speaking, living almost as separate … ...
|Starting a Private Practice as a Mom: Part 1 Should I?
||I started my private practice with a baby at home. My son was born in January of 2007. In April of 2007, I was all set to return to my “safe” county job on a part-time basis. We had done the daycare tests, it was … ...
|Start where you are
||Self-care is a journey that has all kinds of twists and turns in it. The only place to start is where you are. You cannot be any place other than … ...
|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
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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, … ...