|More Creative Ways to Manage Sadness and Anxiety
||On Tuesday, in this post, I shared seven ways we can navigate sadness and anxiety from Lee Crutchley’s new book How to Be Happy (Or at Least Less Sad): A … ...
|The Wrong Way to Get People to Do the Right Thing
||It may seem a matter of hard-headed realism to emphasize "enlightened self-interest" (rather than altruism) in our efforts to promote individual acts of caring or to justify spending public funds to address infant mortality or spousal abuse. But this approach, just like rewarding children when they do nice things, is counterproductive over the long haul.
|Is Narcissistic Rage Real?
||Narcissists are people who feed off the energy of others. They draw from people around them to boost their self-esteem. As a result, they are extraordinarily self-centered. If you have a narcissist for a boss, that can be very difficult. Narcissists are reluctant to share credit with others.
|A brief and unlikely scenario
||The Independent have been running a series called ‘If I were Prime Minister’ where they’ve asked a diverse range of people what they would do if they were PM. I written a brief piece for them where I talk about why we need to make hospital care for people with psychosis much less distressing. It’s […]
|How your brain reacts to emotional information is influenced by your genes
||Your genes may influence how sensitive you are to emotional information, according to new research by a neuroscientist. The study found that carriers of a certain genetic variation perceived positive and negative images more vividly, and had heightened activity in certain brain regions.
|The Importance of Being Wanted
||Are the children of gay and lesbian parents likely to suffer adverse outcomes?
|The Worry List
||I’ve started taking mindfulness classes again. I’ve chosen to arm myself with a few more tools to help when that dreaded anxiety decides to rear it’s head. When I’m down … ...
|Top 3 Needs For Happy Life — Fascinating Changes Since 1938
How beliefs about what makes us happy have changed in the last 80 years.
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|Potential cause of schizophrenic symptoms identified
||Researchers believe they have discovered an abnormality in the schizophrenic brain that could be responsible for many of the disease's symptoms and could provide a drug target for therapeutic treatments. Schizophrenia affects millions of people worldwide but the cause of its wide-ranging symptoms remains largely unknown.
|As life slips by: Why eye movement doesn't blur the picture
||Researchers have identified the molecular “glue” that builds the brain connections that keep visual images clear and still, even as objects or your eyes move. Using mouse models, the researchers demonstrate that image stabilization depends upon two proteins, Contactin-4 and amyloid precursor protein, binding during embryonic development.
|Locating the brain's SAD center
||Biologists have known that variations in the amount of sunlight a person receives and her or his circadian clock play a role in the disorder. They have also proposed that the neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin may be involved. However, they have not yet identified the underlying neurobiological mechanisms responsible. Biologists have now localized the seasonal light cycle effects that drive seasonal affective disorder to a small region of the brain called the dorsal raphe nucleus.
|Instead of Criticizing Yourself Cultivate Curiosity
||Instead of getting frustrated with our bodies, our reactions or our feelings, we can get curious. Instead of berating ourselves, we can dig deeper. We can explore why we’re having … ...
|Child Psychology for Teachers
||No one works harder than teachers. They dedicate their professional (and often their personal) lives to making sure the children they serve are as well-equipped and taken care of as any. Teachers have a lot of responsibility, are underpaid, and don’t have enough time in … ...
|How to Be a Good Enough Mother
||Good enough is as good as it gets when it comes to mothering—and it is as good as it needs to be.
|Fish born in larger groups develop more social skills, different brain structure
||A new study shows that cichlid fish reared in larger social groups from birth display a greater and more extensive range of social interactions, which continues into the later life of the fish. Researchers say this indicates the fish develop more attuned social behaviour as a result of early environments.
|Mad Men Television Series and Addiction
||Mad Men, the renowned and multiple Emmy award winning television series, recently aired it’s series finale. It is a drama that takes place at a prestigious advertising agency in New … ...
|Raising Boys to Become Confident Men
||In recent years I have noticed a growing trend both in my therapy practice and in my college classes. About 80% of my therapy practice is comprised of men, mostly … ...
|Meet the Expert Witness Who Goes Inside the Minds of Young Killers
||Imagine spending time with murderers, digging into their childhoods to figure out what made them violent — and then convincing skeptical juries to take your conclusions into account. In his book Listening to Killers, Dr. James Garbarino reflects on 20 years spent serving as an expert witness. He told us what it’s like to work with killers....
|Therapy and the Soul with Tanchum Burton
||On therapy and spirituality: We need to be waited for, and not rushed into insights......
|Finding Your Emotional Sweet Spot
||The emotional sweet spot is the place between emotional awareness and attunement on the one hand and the adaptive regulation of feelings in accordance with long term goals on the other. This blog articulates key do's and don'ts for finding your emotional sweet spot.