|5 Key Tips for Finding Happiness at Work
||Five key findings from the VIA Institute about bringing character strengths to work, including grow more from using your strengths rather than improving your weaknesses; connect character strengths with your everyday work tasks; and more!
|To Kiss Or To Hug
||Traveling to Paris? Here is a little insight into social greetings.
|The House of Cards Characters Have Terrible Sleep Hygiene
||If Frank Underwood has trouble sleeping, it's not because of his conscience. Here's why the House of Cards characters have terrible sleep hygiene.
|What If You Still Don’t Like Your Body?
||I subscribe to Anna Guest-Jelley’s newsletter (and you should, too; it’s filled with excellent and practical insights). Recently, she wrote something really powerful, which I knew, as soon as I read the words, that I had to share with you. It’s a beautiful way of thinking about body acceptance. And...
|Tomas Tranströmer’s Avocational Polymathy
||Scratch beneath the surface of just about any successful career in science, art, or human affairs and you’re sure to find wide-ranging interests. We’ve been scratching through the memoirs and biographies of Nobel Prize winners. No surprise, avocational polmathy, aka the several-hats tactic, turns up time and again. Tomas Tranströmer provides a case in point.
|Multitasking hunger neurons also control compulsive behaviors
||In the absence of food, neurons that normally control appetite initiate complex, repetitive behaviors seen in obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anorexia nervosa, according to a new study.
|Getting Better by Understanding Your Depression
||Sandy struggled with spells of depression her entire life. She’d be feeling OK, when suddenly, and seemingly out of nowhere, she’d get depressed again. She’d lose interest in things she previously enjoyed. She’d lose motivation for performing daily tasks. She’d feel guilty and worthless. She’d withdraw from loved ones. She’d...
|Why an Apple a Week May be a Better Plan
||I went for my annual checkup today. I really love my doctor – a delightful first in my medical history. She is easy to talk to, practical, and (a must for anyone who has ever suffered from an eating disorder) non-dramatic when it comes to the normal ebbs and flows...
|Easily Distracted? Study Finds A Fabulous Real-World Advantage
Proust, Chekhov and Darwin were all easily distracted, but it gave them one big advantage.
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|Lower Your Stress by Thinking About the Distant Future
||Stress is one of the biggest complaints people have about their lives. People worry about money, work, and family. They are also dragged down by events that have happened in the recent past. A bad test grade can throw a student into a funk. A fight with a partner in the morning can affect the rest of the day. A missed sale at work can ruin a weekend.
|Life Hack: 9 Ways to Start Running
||Some of you know I joined a gym in January and, as a quick update, it’s been great! I’ve stayed accountable with my workout buddies, gotten to know a few of the other gym members (as well as the owner, who’s super helpful), and overall taken the panic and anxiety...
|Getting Started With Social Media
||Getting your social media accounts set up when you start your practice almost seems to be a given these days. Yet, some of you have posted in other forums asking – what’s the point? Fact is, many people have built amazing practices without social media. It doesn’t mean that you...
|The Mask Of Addiction
||Medication Bottle: (Anonymous mask – Mental Health) Liquor Bottle: (Anonymous mask – Mental Illness) Crack Pipe: (Anonymous mask – Mental Disorder) Caption: Is it time to unmask addiction? Helping A Fellow Advocate with Some Serious Funny Chato Stewart is one of those gems you find when Googling for information for this...
|New findings on 'key players' in brain inflammation
||Inflammatory processes occur in the brain in conjunction with stroke and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Researchers have presented new findings about some of the ‘key players’ in inflammation. In the long term, these findings could lead to new treatments.
|Brain treats real and imaginary objects in the same way
||The human brain can select relevant objects from a flood of information and edit out what is irrelevant. It also knows which parts belong to a whole. If, for example, we direct our attention to the doors of a house, the brain will preferentially process its windows, but not the neighbouring houses. Psychologists have now discovered that this also happens when parts of the objects are merely maintained in our memory.
|Mice don't need the cortex to sing their songs
||The human language is unique in that we can refer to objects, events and ideas. The combination of syllables and words enables humans to generate an infinite number of expressions. An important prerequisite for language is the ability to imitate sounds, i.e. to store acquired acoustic information and to use this for one's own vocal production. Cortical structures in the brain play a crucial role in this. While songbirds and certain marine mammals are capable of such vocal learning, there is very little evidence for vocal learning in terrestrial mammals -- not even in our closest living relatives, the chimpanzees. Nonhuman primate vocal production is largely restricted to an innate repertoire of sounds.
|Autism detection improved by multimodal neuroimaging
||Combined measurements of brain anatomy, connectivity and neurochemistry distinguish autism spectrum disorder subjects from controls, scientists say. This multimodal approach is distinct from many previous studies that have used a single neuroimaging measure. While those studies uncovered widespread functional and anatomical brain abnormalities in ASD, the results were not highly consistent, possibly reflecting the complex brain pathology in autism spectrum disorders.
|Are you ADHD Self Aware?
||It is arguably the single most important aspect of being human, that we are aware of ourselves. We must be aware of our existence in order to be able to advance. And as a species, we have advanced greatly. The fact that you are reading my words, whether you live...
|Best of Our Blogs: March 6, 2015
||We’re a culture that values external accomplishments over internal victories. We’re more apt to feel validated by recognition for a job well done, than to feel a sense of self-worth for just being ourselves. But traveling on that road of people-pleasing and perfection will eventually deplete us, sometimes financially and physically,...
|Does Your Client Have a Problem With Love Addiction?
||It’s March. Valentine’s Day is a distant memory and wedding season looms. Essentially, this is the time when psychotherapy clients often want to review and discuss their romantic relationships. For clients who struggle with problematic behavioral choices related to love, attachment and intimacy, in particular love addiction (also known as romance...