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The Psychology of Internet Trolls We all know these people who seem to take pleasure in posting negative comments and making other people upset. Canadian researchers conducted a fascinating study that revealed some interesting facts about these people. Here is what they found out...
Why So Cynical about Valentine’s Day? As the Valentine's Day hype machine roars on, so does the Valentine's Day cynicism. Here's why you should resist both.
The Real Victims Of Stigma The idea that a mental health disorder makes you less of a person is pretty deplorable. And sadly, it’s also a rather common mind set. And it hurts those who are victims of it. This is, of course, what stigma is, this very idea. And to say that it’s hurtful...
Best of Our Blogs: February 13, 2015 Talk to any mom and you’ll get a good dose of something we all deal with on various levels-guilt and regret. The trick is how to alleviate those concerns instead of let it eat you and your self-worth alive. Here’s my guilty list of regrets: 1. Guilt over too much texting....
Thirst Responders Most people have probably heard of ‘binge drinking’ and ‘binge eating’. But what about binge gambling? Binge gambling shares many similarities with other binge behaviours including loss of control, salience, mood modification, conflict, withdrawal symptoms, denial, etc. This blog looks at an interesting case study of binge gambling
Setting Limits on Electronics It is important to establish electronic rules for children. Most children are intrigued by electronics and it is the easiest way to preoccupy them if you need to do something around the house. Most parents however do not know how to set rules and boundaries to limit screen time. A lot of...
Your Dark Side’s Upside Why you might add some societally discouraged behaviors to your toolkit.
The Keys to Rewarding Relationships; Secure Attachment If everyone could read social situations accurately, not get flooded or hijacked by strong emotions, and respond in a kind, empathetic, non-defensive and constructive manner, the world would be a more accepting and predictable place. Understanding the processes underlying secure attachment can help you get there and experience more rewarding and healthy relationships.
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The One Question Every Therapist Should Ask       Let’s face it. Going to therapy is hard. Sometimes, really hard. It’s hard to know which therapist to call. It’s hard to even pick up the phone. And it’s probably even harder having a condition/situation/event that you feel requires therapy.   And yet, as therapists, we want...
The Benefits of Detaching from Technology Even though I’m a member of Generation Y, I will cling to non-smartphones until they become obsolete. But my cell phone is automatically encompassed in my daily routine. Has a day gone by where I haven’t composed a text message? Not really. And the Internet is an integral part of...
End That Addictive Relationship, Once and For All Here’s a quick checklist to know if you’re addicted to a toxic relationship: You have more bad moments than good but you can’t let go because you’re always chasing another fix of the good. The relationship depletes rather than energizes you.  It takes away from other areas in your life....
Reality is distorted in brain’s maps: Study examines neurons known as grid cells The brain’s GPS would be worthless if it simply contained maps of our surroundings that were not aligned to the real world. But we now know how this is done. The way that the brain’s internal maps are linked and anchored to the external world has been a mystery for a decade, ever since 2014 [...]The post Reality is distorted in brain’s maps: Study examines neurons known as grid cells appeared first on PsyPost.
Looking for love? Use Reddit to give Cupid tech support When looking for love on the Internet, people who use dating websites have experiences unlike most in the online social world. Interactions are one-on-one, private, directed primarily between strangers–and not always smooth or easy. That’s why, according to new Georgia Institute of Technology research (PDF), many men and women head to Reddit after signing up [...]The post Looking for love? Use Reddit to give Cupid tech support appeared first on PsyPost.
Brain activity can predict increased fat intake following sleep deprivation Experts have warned for years that insufficient sleep can lead to weight gain. A new Penn Medicine study found that not only do we consume more food following a night of total sleep deprivation, but we also we consume more fat and less carbohydrates and a region of the brain known as the salience network is [...]The post Brain activity can predict increased fat intake following sleep deprivation appeared first on PsyPost.
We Judge Each Other in Milliseconds In NLP we maintain that good communication skills go a long way toward establishing relationships with new people in your life. Even the best communication skills are implemented after our initial judgment of people, however. There are  individuals that make it so much easier to build relationships of trust from...
Instructional DVD reduces MRI scan patients’ anxiety and improves scan quality A DVD designed to help people prepare for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan, including guidance on how to relax, led to more successful scans. The patients receiving the DVD also felt less anxious during the scan says a paper published in the British Journal of Health Psychology. Lead author Dr Rachael Powell from The [...]The post Instructional DVD reduces MRI scan patients’ anxiety and improves scan quality appeared first on PsyPost.
Finding points to possible mechanism underpinning Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have for the first time discovered a killing mechanism that could underpin a range of the most intractable neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS. The new study, published recently in the journal Brain, revealed the mechanism of toxicity of a misfolded form [...]The post Finding points to possible mechanism underpinning Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases appeared first on PsyPost.
People value resources more consistently when they are scarce We tend to be economically irrational when it comes to choosing how we use resources like money and time but scarcity can convert us into economically rational decision makers, according to research in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Research from psychological science has shown that we humans make economically irrational [...]The post People value resources more consistently when they are scarce appeared first on PsyPost.
A brain system that appears to compensate for autism, OCD, and dyslexia Individuals with five neurodevelopmental disorders — autism spectrum disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome, dyslexia, and Specific Language Impairment — appear to compensate for dysfunction by relying on a single powerful and nimble system in the brain known as declarative memory. This hypothesis being proposed by a Georgetown University Medical Center neuroscientist is based on decades [...]The post A brain system that appears to compensate for autism, OCD, and dyslexia appeared first on PsyPost.