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Are You Afraid Too Afraid To Make A Change?... Hiding in your cave: Caves can feel comfortable. Change is hard for most of us, even good changes. This is normal. It can be scary out there, and most of us … ...
Brain Waving: 10 Brain Images  Dr. Barbara Bachmeier posted about Brain Waves on her blog. It awaken me to a number of Mental Health Humor cartoons I’ve drawn for my own art Therapy to ‘regulate emotion and reduce … ...
Unexpected brain structures tied to creativity, and to stifling it A surprising link has been found between creative problem-solving and heightened activity in the cerebellum, a structure located in the back of the brain and more typically thought of as the body's movement-coordination center.
Never Miss an Opportunity to Encourage Others I had the MOST fun yesterday! My favorite yoga studio started its summer pass package (all the yoga you can stand for one discounted price), so of course I had … ...
Changing activity in the aging brain Normal aging affects our ability to carry out complex cognitive tasks. But exactly how our brain functions change during this process is largely unknown. Now, researchers have demonstrated that aging changes the activity patterns in specific brain regions involved in memory and cognition.
Combating Anxiety Anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses. Anxiety is a normal reaction to many situations, but can become excessive (as in obsessive-compulsive disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 43 million Americans were diagnosed with some type of … ...
Can Happiness Be Learned In A Classroom? Positive Psychology All the research in the field of positive psychology—the branch of psychology that studies wellbeing—reveals that there are certain learnable skills, which when learned, practiced and integrated into … ...
Love ’em or Leave ’em “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist themselves to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of … ...
Multiple Income Stream Success Story #2: Consulting We are continuing our Success Stories of multiple income streams using the six areas I’ve previously highlighted: supervising, consulting, teaching, publishing, speaking, and writing. Today we’re looking at number two on this list, Consulting. There are many ways a private practitioner can offer their knowledge … ...
How Facebook Affects Our Relationships Facebook has influenced the way couples interact with and feel about each other and their relationships. But, you may wonder if that change is for better or worse. So let’s examine the ups and downs of having a relationship in the age of Facebook.
Using Technology in Sobriety Over the course of the last several years, I’ve written repeatedly about the ways in which technology can both facilitate and exacerbate addictions. For instance, drug addicts can purchase and … ...
Not Making Enough Money? Check Your Attitude High levels of cynicism associated with lower income levels later in life, study says
Mental Health Month? Are You Sure? Every day, Google finds articles with the words “mental health” in them and posts them neatly at the bottom of my home screen.  Since the first of May, I’ve been … ...
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What Do Our Movies Say About Us? When archeologists dig up an old culture, they are able to better understand that culture by the kind of art it produced. The most notable art America has produced, arguably, … ...
Three Reasons We Disclose Too Much Information to Strangers Have you ever told intimate details of your life to a stranger on a plane? Does your hair stylist know your whole life story? Why do we disclose so much personal information to complete strangers? Here are 3 surprising psychological reasons.
Better understanding of links between pain, anxiety reveals treatment opportunities Anxiety is common in people suffering from chronic pain, and people with anxiety are more likely to suffer from chronic pain. Now researchers have found the biological basis for this link in the connections between neurons in a brain region known as the anterior cingulate cortex. Better yet, they have identified a molecule that can reduce chronic pain-related anxiety.
Molecules involved in Alzheimer's have a role in weakening of connections between neurons Molecules that are strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease are important players in a process called long-term depression (LTD), researchers have discovered. LTD is a process through which the strength of synapses, the connections between neurons, is selectively reduced. This new research suggests improperly regulated LTD could cause the degeneration of the connections between neurons that is a core feature of Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.
‘Do’ is better than ‘don’t’ when it comes to eating better Tell your child or spouse what they can eat and not what they can’t.  Telling your child to eat an apple so they stay healthy will work better than telling them not to eat the cookie because it will make them fat.  A new Cornell discovery shows that “Don’t” messages don’t work for most of us. [...] The post ‘Do’ is better than ‘don’t’ when it comes to eating better appeared first on PsyPost.
Weak electric current to the brain may improve thinking in people with schizophrenia Lightly stimulating the brain with electricity may improve short-term memory in people with schizophrenia, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The procedure, known as transcranial direct current stimulation, involves placing sponge-covered electrodes on the head and passing a weak electrical current between them. It is widely [...] The post Weak electric current to the brain may improve thinking in people with schizophrenia appeared first on PsyPost.