|Anorexia is an illness – not something we can simply blame on the media
||France has joined Italy and Israel in passing laws banning the promotion of extreme thinness in the fashion industry. The health reforms, which include fining agencies employing models with a BMI under 18 and criminalising pro-anorexia web content, have now passed through the upper house of parliament. An analysis of the reforms by Sarah Jackson [...]
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|Three Simple Steps to Melt your Worries
||It’s easy to dismiss a worrier. Oh, stop worrying so much. Nothing bad is happening. What we miss when we give this banal advice is this: Worrying is extremely uncomfortable. … ...
|Positive discipline is all about the right relationship...
||Some parents misconstrue Attachment Parenting (AP) as promoting undisciplined children and martyred parents, when in actuality, Attachment Parenting has a strong basis in discipline and balance. Parents are encouraged to … ...
|A Palestinian Gandhi
||Where are the "Palestinian Gandhis"? Ali Abu Awwad is a one of them, and there are more. However, we don't hear about them, and their effectiveness is limited, because the media are more attracted to violence than nonviolence. Thus, rather than helping promote peace, reporters unwittingly encourage violent activism.
|Sage Advice from Therapists Around the World
||If you have ever wanted to glean encouragement and wisdom from other therapists who are in private practice, now is your chance. After surveying a few groups of therapists, these are some of the juiciest bits collated for you to use anytime you need support. … ...
|Afraid to say “no” to others? Try this.
||Having a hard time saying “no” to other people, believe it or not, is an American specific type of concern; generally -and with exceptions, of course- others view saying “no” as … ...
|5 Mindful Attitudes to Help Overcome Fear and Anxiety
||Why mindfulness? Because there are no drugs that will make you immune to stress or pain, or that will magically solve your problems. It will take conscious effort on your part to move in the direction of healing and peace. This means learning to work … ...
|Making a Change? Remember the Key Ingredient!
||When I listen to people speak about changes they are making, they often speak as if they have no control. They say things like “I’ll have to wait and see what happens” or “I just hope things go back to the way they were.” These statements indicate a passivity—a sense of inaction. They forget they have core internal qualities that give them some control.
|Scientists identify brain circuitry responsible for anxiety in smoking cessation
||In a promising breakthrough for smokers who are trying to quit, neuroscientists have identified circuitry in the brain responsible for the increased anxiety commonly experienced during withdrawal from nicotine addiction.
|Surprising contributor to Rett syndrome identified
||The immune system is designed to protect us from disease. But what if it was malfunctioning? Would it make a disease worse? That appears to be the case with Rett syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder, and possibly in other neurological disorders as well.
|Are You Embarrassed?
||The major reason that some of us are embarrassment-prone is that we’ve been conditioned to set unrealistically high expectations for ourselves and to judge ourselves negatively when we can’t possibly meet those standards.
|If They Don’t Call Or Text You Back, Do...
||Can you see things from someone else's perspective? Try this exercise when a friend doesn't call you right back....
|Who’s Your Favorite Parent?
||Parents are told not to favor one child in the family, but there are no rules that govern how children ought to feel about parents. One theory of family relationships can help provide perspective on this surprisingly under-researched area.
|Life Is Not a Premortality Condition
||Western medical science has changed life into a premortality condition and death into a failure of treatment.
|A Destination Divorce? Get Outta Town! No, Really.
||You don’t need to travel to get a divorce today, but purveyors of tropical divorce getaways insist you might reach a better agreement under the swaying palm trees of someplace else.
||Well, I made it to New York to celebrate my birthday, and found myself alone in my own hotel room, eating out alone, and meeting random people all along the … ...
|Choosing to Be Child-free
||More and more people in the west are choosing not to have children. Is this a puzzle for evolutionary psychologists? What does the research say on this topic?
|Do the “Eyes” Have It?
||When we have our face in our phone how do we listen to someone next to us?
|Cannabis consumers show greater susceptibility to false memories
||Consumers of cannabis are more prone to experiencing false memories. One of the known consequences of consuming this drug is the memory problems it can cause. Chronic consumers show more difficulties than the general population in retaining new information and recovering memories. The new study also reveals that the chronic use of cannabis causes distortions in memory, making it easier for imaginary or false memories to appear.
|Why Some Depressed People Hate Being Told to ‘Cheer Up’
Why many find it so hard to support people who are depressed.
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