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Psychology of a Mistake I did my best… I did my best! Dane Cook, comedian The phrase “to make a mistake” implies purposive, conscious, planned action. That’s utterly inaccurate: there are no intentional mistakes, no one consciously sets out to fail. When we fail on purpose, when we make a mistake by design, we...
5 Relevant Black History Month Facts We love     Black History Month acknowledges our past as a foundation for us to build upon so we may become better citizens and, together, form a better nation. Let’s turn our attention to accomplishments by famous Black American that you should know. The first African American woman to fly in...
One Way to Use Someone Else to Strengthen Your Good Habits Because accountability is so important, I’m always looking for new, ingenious ways that people have created accountability.
Looking for the Right Relationship? Make a Plan! Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and you’re still alone. Or maybe you’re just wishing you were alone because clearly you’re dating a total loser. Or maybe you’ve decided to address your long-standing dating dilemma with a bold new approach. If you’ve opted for the latter, read on.
4 Ways a Child with Autism Affects Family Life An autism diagnosis not only changes the life of the child diagnosed, but also that of family members. Parents of an autistic child have to bear a lot of stress owing to complicated therapy schedules, home treatments, and juggling job responsibilities and family commitments. There is also financial stress coming...
Afraid of Divorce? 15 Reasons Not To Be Are you afraid of getting divorced? I understand. Society places so much value on staying married. There is pressure there. Some of that pressure is good, it keeps people from taking marriage too lightly. (Except for Kim Kardashian. ) However, there are those on the other end of the spectrum who need to...
Anti-Vaxxers Love Their Children Too Anti-vaxxers are seen as crazy or stupid. Psychology says otherwise.
Is your busy schedule affecting your health? Time might not be the problem The modern schedule is infamously frantic, leaving many of us feeling constantly pressed for time. But that feeling may not have much to do with time itself, according to a new study. "Feeling pressed for time impacts how consumers spend time, and how much they are willing to pay to save it. From a consumer standpoint, feeling pressed for time can have many harmful consequences such as poorer health, trouble sleeping, and depression. By pausing to breathe or envision the source of stress in a more positive light, people can enjoy the time they actually have in a healthier and happier way," conclude the authors.
Blockbusters: Can EEGs predict a movie's success better than surveys? Seventy-five percent of movies earn a net loss during their run in theaters. A new study finds that brain activity visible through EEG measures may be a much cheaper and more accurate way to predict the commercial success of movies.
Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D may control brain serotonin, affecting behavior and psychiatric disorders Although essential marine omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D have been shown to improve cognitive function and behavior in the context of certain brain disorders, the underlying mechanism has been unclear. In a new paper, serotonin is explained as the possible missing link tying together why vitamin D and marine omega-3 fatty acids might ameliorate the symptoms associated with a broad array of brain disorders.
Patricia Arquette, Jon Stewart, and the No Good, Very To be single or an adult with no kids is to be in a group that is often stereotyped, stigmatized, or ignored. Those derogated and marginalized categories are different from other stigmatized categories, such as certain racial groups, because there is far less awareness of the prejudice and discrimination. That...
Two Personality Traits Which Predict Long Life Why friends are better at predicting how long you'll live from personality traits. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:How Cynical Personality Traits Affect Dementia Risk Comedians Have Psychotic Personality Traits Mental Health Problems Can Shorten Life More Than Heavy Smoking Here’s Why Believing People Can Change Is So Important in Life This Social Media Behaviour Points To Personality Issues
Preventing Mental Disorders in Children and Teens As parents, we’re trying to do a million things to promote the well-being of our children.  Mental health, though, often gets short shrift. Not all mental health disorders can be avoided (genetics do play a role here.)  But their impact can be lessened, and in some cases, prevented altogether. If...
Why Healthy Relationships Always Have Boundaries & How to In romantic relationships we often think of boundaries as a bad thing or simply unnecessary. Isn’t our partner supposed to anticipate our wants and needs? Isn’t that part of being in love? Aren’t boundaries callous? Don’t they interfere with the romance and spontaneity of a relationship? Many of Ryan Howes’s...
Focus On Attention ADHD is an acronym for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. The name is a blanket term intended to collect a spectrum of symptoms under one heading. There are in fact two distinct main manifestations of ADHD, primarily inattentive and primarily hyperactive, with the third most common being a concatenation of the...
Online Dating - The Dark Side Theses people use devious psychological ploys. Have you ever been suspicious about an online relationship?
Online Dating: The Dark Side These people use devious psychological ploys. Have you ever been suspicious about an online relationship?
A Tribute to Dr. Oliver Sacks “I am also an honorary Asperger. And I’m an honorary bipolar. I suspect we all have a bit of everything.” I recently read a letter from Dr. Oliver Sacks. At 81 years-old he has been diagnosed with metastasized ocular cancer and has only a few months left of his life....
Misdiagnosed? Am I Bipolar, or Is it Something Else? If you are experiencing emotional highs and lows, are having difficulty concentrating, can’t stop those racing thoughts, are vulnerable to rages, sometimes feel like you can do anything-literally, and/or fall into the throes of depression, you may have bipolar-then, then again, you...
The Therapeutic Relationship: 7 Things That Help It Stand When you think of therapy what comes to mind? A couch and a shrink? A stern psychiatrist who sits protected behind a desk while asking you or your loved one multiple questions? Do you think of a cold, dark office or an overly positive office with positive quotes all over...