|Self-Care Sunday: Your Voice
||When we dislike our bodies, when we feel uncomfortable in our own skin, we may start silencing our voices. Because we haven’t lost weight, can’t adhere to a diet, can’t fit into a certain size or don’t fit into a certain standard, we become convinced that our voices don’t matter....
||“I’m the black sheep of my family,” said the young man who sat before me in my therapy office. I tried to imagine this adorable, sad young man being the “black sheep” of anything. I couldn’t. Generally considered the outcast of the family, the black sheep is typically assumed to...
|Hearing Voices: Rachel’s Experience Might Surprise You
Hearing voices is much more common than you might think.
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|Cops Helping Cops
||Ten cops contribute stories to an anthology dedicated to fallen officers.
|Disagreeing: For Better or Worse
||Disagreeing is not always easy. How do you handle a difference of opinion with your spouse or others? Do you express yourself truthfully and respectfully? Become angry or defensive? Or do you try to keep the peace with silence or by changing the subject? Virginia Satir, a social worker and...
|Coming Out as Polyamorous, Part II
||This blog explores strategies for coming out to families, friends, and kids about being polyamorous.
|“Put it on the shelf.”
||This week has been rough. I can’t remember who I talked to on the phone or what I said. My brain is scrambled. If you read my last blog post, you know that my 5 & 1/2 year relationship ended. That is hard. THAT is hard. My therapist is a...
|The Most Powerful Story Ever
||We all tell stories all the time. It’s a fundamental way that we communicate. If I ask you, “Who are you?”—most likely you will respond with a story or a narrative. People who have coherent narratives—good stories—tend to be healthier and happier. But here’s the interesting thing—a good story isn’t...
|Does Anxiety Help You Survive in the Modern World?
||Might the worrisome symptoms of anxiety have a useful function? Our ancestors needed to worry about lions, tigers, bears, and the headhunters over the next hill. But is anxiety still useful in the modern world? There are some scientific findings on this question.
|The Hazard of Coasting in Your Partnership
||Your partnership is rolling along pretty well. Long gone are days when you wondered whether you’d be accepted and wanted. You’re in a solid partnership, or living together, or married. You’ve settled into a comfortable routine with each other: shared dinners, sleeping together, and maybe caring for the kids. In...
|The Importance of Involving Children in Household Chores
||As much as we parents like to protect our babies, we are also responsible for preparing and teaching them about the various realities of life. The ability to cope with disappointments, accept the consequences of their actions, develop problem-solving skills, and become functioning, independent adults depends largely on our parenting...
|Actresses must be picky about with whom they work to survive in movie industry
||Actresses need to be pickier than men about with whom they work if they want to survive in the movie industry, suggests a new study. “My research indicates that women in the film industry suffer a lack of access to future career opportunities when they tend to work with people who have collaborated frequently in [...]The post Actresses must be picky about with whom they work to survive in movie industry appeared first on PsyPost.
|Drug restores brain function and memory in early Alzheimer’s disease
||A novel therapeutic approach for an existing drug reverses a condition in elderly patients who are at high risk for dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at Johns Hopkins University found. The drug, commonly used to treat epilepsy, calms hyperactivity in the brain of patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), a clinically recognized condition [...]The post Drug restores brain function and memory in early Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
|British Psychological Society report challenges received wisdom about psychosis and schizophrenia
||March 21st, 2015 will see the US launch of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology’s ground-breaking report ‘Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia‘. The report, which will be launched at 9am at the Cooper Union, Manhattan, NYC by invitation of the International Society for Psychological and Social approaches to Psychosis (ISPS), challenges received wisdom about [...]The post British Psychological Society report challenges received wisdom about psychosis and schizophrenia appeared first on PsyPost.
|Assumptions of equality lead to poorer group decisions
||People of differing competence tend to give each other’s views equal weight, preventing them from making the best group decisions, finds new UCL-led research. This suggests that people with similar levels of competence make the best decision-making groups, as otherwise the tendency to assume equal competence can give undue weight to the opinions of less [...]The post Assumptions of equality lead to poorer group decisions appeared first on PsyPost.
|Why loneliness is a growing public health concern
||Research shows chronic loneliness raises the risk of a number of physical and psychological health problems.
|Why the Portrayal of Bipolar Disorder on “Empire” is
||The finale of FOX’s hit new show, Empire, aired this week and it was an ending fitting of such an explosive premiere season. If you are planning to watch the show and would rather avoid spoilers, I encourage you to navigate away from this article before I go any further....
|Why You Don’t Need to Be More Confident to
||We often assume that in order to achieve our goals, we need to become more confident. We need to work through our deep-seated self-doubts and then take action. Because then we’ll be ready. Then we’ll be able to achieve what we want to achieve. We’ll feel more secure with ourselves....
|Handshakes Will Never Be The Same Once You Know This
Could this study provide the real reason that we tend to shake hands when greeting another person?
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|Almost 30, the Hardest Time to Be Single? Part 2
||A conversation with Wendy Wasson In the first post in this series, I described the widespread belief that living single only gets harder as you proceed through midlife and then through later life. I also said that my guess, in most cases, is that just the opposite is true. I...