|Is Introversion Interfering With Your Friendships?
||You might not need a lot of friends and you might not need to see them often, but you do need friends. Introversion is no excuse--or reason--for letting friendships lapse.
|How to Start Over — Starting With You
||Often when a couple with a long history together comes to me in an attempt to save their relationship, I find myself recommending that they ritualistically end the old relationship — even if they want to stay together. It is a bit akin to having the right ingredients for a...
|Sadistic Sex: Orientation, Addiction or Lifestyle?
||The mother of a 15 year old boy recently reached out to one of my colleagues for advice regarding her son’s seemingly out-of-control preoccupation with kinky sex and highly sadistic pornography. (This boy was described as bright, poopular and high functioning). The response among my fellow clinicians was mixed. Sexual...
|Self-disclosures Increase Attraction
||The sense of closeness increases if self-disclosures are emotional rather than factual.
|Do Dog People and Cat People Differ in Terms of Dominance?
||New data suggests that dog people and cat people are selecting their preferred pets because they complement their own personality
|Actual Reality tested in functional assessment post-TBI
||Actual Reality has been described as a new tool for assessing performance of activities of everyday life in people with traumatic brain injury (TBI). A new article outlines the first study examining the use of Actual Reality in the TBI population.
|Brain networks differ among those with severe schizophrenia, study shows
||People with a severe form of schizophrenia have major differences in their brain networks compared to others with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and healthy individuals, a new study shows. Schizophrenia, which affects one in 100 people, is generally known for symptoms of delusions and hallucinations, which can be treated with antipsychotic medications. However, lack of motivation and social withdrawal are also characteristic symptoms of the illness.
|Custodial grandparents: depressed, anxious and stressed?
||Grandparents who care for grandchildren with abnormal emotional and hyperactive symptoms are more likely to experience lower levels of life satisfaction, a study has found.
|The 7 Habits of Truly Genuine People
||Being authentic requires a different approach to life—here's what you need to know:
|Overcoming Negative Self-Thinking
||The task of changing schema is to unlearn the self-defeating old habit and replace it with a new, healthier one.
|Getting Focused On Life, Feelings, Hopes: A Therapy Tool
||A therapy tool which focuses on your life-events, how they impacted you, and your feelings about this....
|Is Atheism Just Another Religion?
||Do strident atheists practice a form of religious zealotry? Does atheism lead to violence? Is The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins as likely to engender violence as say religious texts rooted in genocidal hatred of non-believers?
|How OxyContin Was Allowed to Kill so Many
||How OxyContin Was Allowed to Kill so Many In a well-written article in The Week, reprinted from the Pacific Standard, Mike Mariani outlines how OxyContin, which was allegedly known to be addictive by its manufacturers, was pawned off on the public as a safe and effective, and decidedly non-addictive, painkiller....
|3 Simple but Significant Strategies for Shrinking Self-Criticism
||Many of us say mean things to ourselves on a regular basis. I’m such an idiot. I’m such a failure. I can’t believe I made such a stupid mistake! Oh, wait, yes, I can. I can’t believe I get anxious over the smallest things. Why can’t I do anything right?...
|College Students Gone Wild!
||Rather than banishing misbehaving students from campus we should try to find a path of reconciliation, restorative justice, and thoughtful learning that ultimately makes for a better, and more compassionate, community.
|Why Childhood Stress Crimps Academic Performance
||Animals from an environment full of risk remain vigilant and avoid exploring their surroundings. This promotes survival but has the indirect consequence of reducing their cognitive ability. A similar pattern applies to humans and shows up as academic under performance.
|Negative Thoughts and Positive Alternatives
||Affirmations may sound (and feel) a little stiff and unnatural at first, but don’t worry — they work anyway. Once you get the feel of affirmations, relax and develop your own style. You can begin by spending 15 minutes every day capturing your thought process on paper. Looking at your...
|Prevent Dementia: 4 Lifestyle Changes That Double Brain’s Speed
These simple lifestyle changes improve reasoning, problem-solving, processing speed and may ultimately prevent dementia.
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|At What Age Is It Hardest to Be Single? Part 1
||Recently, a reporter asked me how the experience of living single is different at different ages. Is there a time when it is especially difficult? A time when it is not that difficult at all? I remembered that a few years ago (before I started blogging for Psych Central), I...
|Increase Control, Reduce Child Anxiety – A Quick Drawing
||Having some control over the outcomes of situations in life affects levels of anxiety. For example, if your child has some control over the grade on their next test, this can translate to less anxiety. This might seem obvious, but here’s the thing that’s not apparent… just believing in the ability to...