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How to Make People More Accepting of Polyamory? As alternative relationships become ever more present in the public eye, a new study suggests that all that added information and critical evaluations of monogamy may make people more accepting of consensually nonmonogamous lifestyles.
Yoga Mat for Your Mouth Yoga is union. Mindful eating is also yoga — in the sense that eating unites your body and mind’s intention through a moment of eating presence. Create an eating mindfulness placemat that you could carry with you like a yoga mat, from table to table, from setting to setting, whether...
Best of Our Blogs: February 17, 2014 At the heart of it, I think all problems stem from a fear of not being “good enough.” I’ve noticed this when ambling to construct my next workshop. Am I working on giving or am I in the mindset of owing people for taking it? I’ve noticed it when I’m...
The Problem With Professional Test Subjects PBS has an article about the the rising use of Mechanical Turk — Amazon's marketplace for low-paying, one-shot jobs — for academic research surveys. In the old days, psychology students were the primary subjects. Not anymore. ...
Are They Workaholics or Heroic? Most very successful people work far more than work-life-balance advocates urge.
The Placebo Effect How do you know a treatment is really working or else all effects are due to the placebo effect? How do scientists research and try and control for the placebo effect
Compulsive Gambling According to The National Gambling Impact Study Commission (NGISC)  “gambling addiction affects approximately 2 to 5 percent of Americans.” People who gamble continue to do so despite of financial hardship or legal consequences. The brain of a gambler who is addicted responds in the same way the alcoholic brain responds...
Is It Irrational to Decide to Have Children? People choose to have children on the grounds of mistaken beliefs. And we can’t really blame them. Cognitive dissonance, or what is better known as self-deception, leads people who already have kids to testify to the great wonders of parenthood.
Flow and Happiness What is the relationship between the state of ‘flow’ and happiness? I suggest here that flow is beneficial but limited in scope because it is bound up with work and expertise.
Essentials: Wellness and Recovery Plan Using a personalized plan for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and balance is a first step in managing the symptoms of depression and mania. Developing your Wellness and Recovery Plan will help you do this. Our last blog introduced you to the idea of using a Wellness and Recovery Plan or...
Silencing the Internal Critic Self-nurturing means, above all, making a commitment to self-compassion. – Jennifer Louden When does your internal critic show up? Is it when you spill your coffee? When you forget to buy the bread? When you speak too harshly to your children? Is it when you made the C when you were striving...
#138 Kids’ Feedback for MOM Dan Allison via Compfight Last week we started with Mom. Dad told her how great she looked and we had to stop and re-program her so that she didn’t turn the comment into something negative. (Been there! Done that! It’s hard for women to accept positive comments!) But remember! This...
The Real Deal about Deal Breakers And How to Avoid Them. One of the most frequently asked questions that we get from our readers and students is “What are the deal-breakers in relationships?”  “Deal-breakers” are those behaviors or conditions that one partner is unable or unwilling to tolerate in a relationship. Because “tolerance” is a relative...
Impromptu Therapy Sessions I had a rough night. I got overwhelmed. I catastrophized – thinking what if this, then that and then that and then what will I do???!!! It is not a healthy way of thinking,but not uncommon for those of us with OCD. So I did what I would tell you...
The Appeal of Fifty Shades of Grey The phenomenal success of Fifty Shades of Grey is telling something important about the female psyche.
Money out of Misery  Snowman: Ha-Ha, I’m rich! I got donations from every snow bank in town! Caption: Money out of misery…some are just cold hearted.    This one is for my sister(s) up in Boston and for all my family digging out of the snow this winter. Sorry about your mean neighbor(s) that won’t let...
Teens need sleep, yet are increasingly sleep deprived Sufficient sleep is critical for adolescent health, yet the number of hours slept per night has decreased among teenagers in the United States over the last 20 years. A study by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found that female students, racial/ethnic minorities, and students of lower socioeconomic status are particularly affected, [...]The post Teens need sleep, yet are increasingly sleep deprived appeared first on PsyPost.
Mindfulness meditation appears to help improve sleep quality Mindfulness meditation practices resulted in improved sleep quality for older adults with moderate sleep disturbance in a clinical trial comparing meditation to a more structured program focusing on changing poor sleep habits and establishing a bedtime routine, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. Sleep disturbances are a medical and public health [...]The post Mindfulness meditation appears to help improve sleep quality appeared first on PsyPost.
Support for sleeping in? Half of parents favor later school start times for teens Should teenagers be able to hit the snooze button one more time before school? Ask their parents and half say they would support later school start times, according to today’s University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. More schools across the country are exploring delayed school start times as research [...]The post Support for sleeping in? Half of parents favor later school start times for teens appeared first on PsyPost.
Anti-inflammatory mechanism of dieting and fasting revealed Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have found that a compound produced by the body when dieting or fasting can block a part of the immune system involved in several inflammatory disorders such as type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. In their study, published in the Feb. 16 online issue of Nature Medicine, the [...]The post Anti-inflammatory mechanism of dieting and fasting revealed appeared first on PsyPost.