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How Much of Us is Born Versus Made? One of the most fundamental questions in psychology is whether our behaviors and our personalities are born or made. How much is genetically determined, and how much is the product of our environment? Here is what research tells us about being great athletes, parents, leaders, and lovers.
Pharmacogenetic Testing May Change Psychiatric Treatments for ADHD, Depression Prescribing medications has long been a trial-and-error approach for nearly any medication you could take. That’s been especially true in psychiatry, where there are dozens of medications that could be prescribed for common mental health concerns, such as anxiety, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). What if doctors had...
With kids’ antipsychotic treatment on the rise, study looks at prescriber decision-making More kids nationwide are taking medications designed to treat such mental illnesses as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and pediatricians and psychiatrists at the University of Vermont want to know why. Led by David Rettew, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, the researchers conducted a study to find out “whether the right youth are being [...]The post With kids’ antipsychotic treatment on the rise, study looks at prescriber decision-making appeared first on PsyPost.
Is there really a single ideal body shape for women? Many scholars of Renaissance art tell us that Botticelli’s Birth of Venus captures the tension between the celestial perfection of divine beauty and its flawed earthly manifestation. As classical ideas blossomed anew in 15th-century Florence, Botticelli could not have missed the popular Neoplatonic notion that contemplating earthly beauty teaches us about the divine. Evolutionary biologists [...]The post Is there really a single ideal body shape for women? appeared first on PsyPost.
Mental health is a complex, interactive dance of nature and nurture In mental health, resolving the relative contributions of our biology and genetics and how these interact with social and environmental factors (our parenting, peer-relationships, learning, and experiences of both abuse and nurturing) is more than an intellectual puzzle. I’m occasionally annoyed by what appears to be a rather simplistic suggestion that if there’s a biological, [...]The post Mental health is a complex, interactive dance of nature and nurture appeared first on PsyPost.
What your shoes say about you (quite a lot, actually) Paris Fashion Week heralds the finale to what has been a packed calendar of catwalk shows. The designers’ eagerly awaited collections for Autumn/Winter 2015 have been revealed, new trends noted and the commercial wheel for fashion’s next season set in motion once again. As the globe trotting fashion pack jostle for the much coveted front [...]The post What your shoes say about you (quite a lot, actually) appeared first on PsyPost.
Science debunks fad autism theories, but that doesn’t dissuade believers According to a 2014 National Consumers League poll, 29% of American adults believe that childhood vaccinations can trigger autism. To many, these views are difficult to comprehend. After all, multiple controlled studies conducted on huge international samples have debunked any statistical association between vaccines and autism. Moreover, when the Danish government removed thimerosal – a [...]The post Science debunks fad autism theories, but that doesn’t dissuade believers appeared first on PsyPost.
Creativity and Mental Illness Creating and creativity are healthy processes in contradiction to contentions such as those of Kay Jamison and Nancy Andreasen and others who have carried out weak research purportedly showing connections between creativity and mental illness.
5 Reasons Why You Want to Avoid Arguing With Parenting is likely the most difficult job in the world. It’s easy to get into fights that turn into parent-child power struggles. Regardless of the magnitude of an issue, however, whether it’s a relatively minor one of brushing teeth or bigger ones over homework or curfews, there are several reasons parents want to pause and consider before getting...
Stop Seeing Failure, Start Using Self-Compassion Imagine if we could forgive our mistakes and flaws, pick ourselves up when we get down, and refrain from judging our actions and emotions. We all could do with a little more self-compassion. Instead, we tend to judge ourselves, catastrophize when something doesn’t go as planned, and we can even be...
One Powerful Truth That Eliminates Suffering There is One Truth that can make relating with your partner—and other people—much easier. The truth is so simple, yet most of us never really recognize it. But we can learn to. In this short article I’ll introduce you to this idea and then if you are interested the full...
Hands Up, Don’t Shoot Psychologists may play an instrumental role in reducing inappropriate use of deadly force by law enforcement personnel.
Two Intense Emotions Linked to 750% Increase in Heart Attack Risk Two intense emotions that are linked to massive increase in heart attack risk. » Continue reading: Two Intense Emotions Linked to 750% Increase in Heart Attack Risk » Read HealthiestBlog.com, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles:4 Very Common Medicines Newly Linked to Irreversible Dementia Risk Lack of Sleep During Critical Period of Night Linked to Dementia Risk The Personality Trait That Doubles Alzheimer’s Risk How to Use Your Head AND Follow Your Heart This Personality Trait Linked to a Healthier Heart
Celebrating International Women’s Day Today is International Women’s Day, so how about celebrating yourself and the women in your life? Here are some ideas, which of course you can do any day and every day: Write thank-you cards to your favorite women, telling them why you love them and the qualities you appreciate about...
Emotionally Neglected in a Highly Emotional Family “I scored high on the Emotional Neglect Questionnaire, but I actually grew up in a family that was the opposite of what you describe. My family was constantly yelling and screaming. How can this be?”    –A question posted by a reader on PDAN. Six-year-old Marcus feels invisible as he sits...
The Real Fairy Tales — Grimmer Than the Grimms’, In different renditions of fairy tales, there is a hierarchy of realness. The Disney versions are chirpier than the dark versions published by the Grimms. But even the Grimms’ editions have been cleaned up relative to more authentic renderings. Unknown to contemporaries until a few years ago is the cache...
3 Warning Signs of a Relationship in Trouble―Research Based Most of us want to meet and settle down with the “right” person, and most of us want such a relationship to last. Yet, 53% of marriages in the U.S., 48% in Canada, 47% in the U.K., and 43% in Australia end in divorce. What are some of the major warning signs of a relationship in trouble? Here are three key indicators based on research...
Interfaced With What Is “Human skin is porous; the world flows through you. Your senses are large pores that let the world in. By being attuned to the wisdom of your senses, you will never become an exile in your own life, an outsider lost in an external spiritual place that your will and...
Pattern Break #45-xc Dare to be no deeper than a mirror....
5 Ways to Create Joy Every Day Joy resides in the big moments of life: birthdays, weddings, romantic dinners, weeklong getaways. But it also resides in the tiny moments between waking up and eating breakfast. Between dinner and falling asleep to the sound of rain against your window. Between opening the door of your home and opening...