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Being an Effective Stepparent I read a report last week that stated that over 1,300 new stepfamilies are forming every single day. Every day, children who are coping with the loss of one parent … ...
Creative Counseling One attribute of a good counselor or good leader is the ability to be creative.  This article is an overview of Samuel Gladding’s ideas for implementing creativity into one’s counseling practice. The acronym SCAMPER was created by Bob Eberle as a creativity technique to help … ...
11 Surprising New Facts About Your Personality People can smell your personality, helpful people have more sex, what underlies personality disorders, and more... Dr Jeremy Dean's ebooks are: The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
When Depression Isn’t An Episode Depression isn’t limited to full bipolar episodes. It is possible to feel depressed and have symptoms of depression before the experience can be qualified as an episode. You can start … ...
Warm Weather Ambivalence We may be bearing witness to the dawning of a new human experience, one in which we both enjoy unseasonable warmth and also feel something may be wrong with the climate.
ADHD Autopilot Zoning out, spacing out, going on autopilot. Call it whatever you want – it’s the reason the milk ends up on the coat rack and your coat ends up in … ...
Status in a Group Affects Generosity Toward the Group Groups of people naturally form groups that have status hierarchies. How does someone's status affect their generosity toward other group members?
Why You Should Let Your Passion Die I began my journey in personal development at age 18. I became obsessed with Tony Robbins’ seminars and audio programs. He ended each one by saying, “Live with passion.” Many of us seek passion in our relationships, work, and life itself. Being passionate is a … ...
What Happens When Narcissism Turns Malignant Narcissism is one of the Dark Triad traits that also include psychopathy and Machiavellianism. New research that sadism brings its own unique contribution to the equation.
Cocaine addiction leads to build-up of iron in brain Cocaine addiction may affect how the body processes iron, leading to a build-up of the mineral in the brain, according to new research. The study raises hopes that there may be a biomarker -- a biological measure of addiction -- that could be used as a target for future treatments.
Posttraumatic Growth in Combat Veterans Mental health professionals are well aware of the problem of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in our combat veterans. Estimates vary, but researchers tend to agree that around 10-15 percent of veterans of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from the disorder.  It is … ...
Creative people have better-connected brains Seemingly countless self-help books and seminars tell you to tap into the right side of your brain to stimulate creativity. But forget the "right-brain" myth -- a new study suggests it's how well the two brain hemispheres communicate that sets highly creative people apart.
The World’s Most Annoying Wall Art I have this plaque hanging on my wall. It reads, “Today is a perfect day for a perfect day.” A former friend gave it to me. The friendship didn’t survive, … ...
9 Ways of Being Stuck He enjoyed roaming the land and meeting different folks. It intrigued him that the others were finding out who they were and what made them tick.
Today I Love The Dining Room Today I love the dining room which is more than half way back to being a dining room again and has only about 30% of the boxes left in it … ...
Fingerprinting young brains: New leads for mental disorders Like a fingerprint, the connections of the human brain render us distinct from one another. In a study just published in Nature Neuroscience, researchers from the University of Oslo revealed that such a unique, fingerprint-like pattern evolves during development and is sensitive to mental health. These findings suggest that such brain network maturation during the course of childhood and adolescence reflects an important aspect of healthy brain development, and may help develop better tools for finding the right diagnosis and treatments of mental illness.
A novel principle to mobilize neurons for brain repair Restorative neuroscience is a rapidly advancing scientific field considering our progressively aging society. Redirecting immature neurons that reside in specific brain areas towards the sites of brain damage is an appealing strategy for the therapy of acute brain injury or stroke. A collaborative effort has revealed that some mature neurons are able to reconfigure their local microenvironment such that it becomes conducive for adult-born immature neurons to extensively migrate. Thus, a molecular principle emerges that can allow researchers to best mobilize resident cellular reserves in the adult brain and guide immature neurons to the sites of brain damage.
Teens with PTSD, conduct disorder have difficulty recognizing facial expressions Adolescents with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms are more likely to misidentify sad and angry faces as fearful, while teens with symptoms of conduct disorder tend to interpret sad faces as angry, finds a study.
#235: Feminist History: Sadly Repeating Itself We are all astonished to see that the gains that women have made in the 20th century—beginning with the right to vote and including access to birth control, reproductive choices, … ...
Brain-computer interface advance allows fast, accurate typing by people with paralysis A brain-to-computer hookup can enable people with paralysis to type via direct brain control at the highest speeds and accuracy levels reported to date, a clinical research publication has demonstrated.