|Predicting human crowds with statistical physics
||For the first time researchers have directly measured a general law of how pedestrians interact in a crowd. This law can be used to create realistic crowds in virtual reality games and to make public spaces safer. People intuitively know how to navigate through crowds in a way that both minimizes distance travelled and avoids [...]The post Predicting human crowds with statistical physics appeared first on PsyPost.
|Self-Care Sunday: Easeful Evenings
||Last Sunday we talked about creating meaningful mornings. Today, let’s talk about evenings. How do you normally spend your evenings? Do you plop on the couch and watch TV? Do you continue responding to email? Do you wash the dishes and clean up most of the night? Do you read...
|Introducing Bipolar Out Loud
||We know that living with bipolar disorder — just like living with any mental health concern — is rarely an easy road to walk. That’s why it takes a gentle yet deft hand to share one’s own experiences with bipolar disorder, in order to help others with their own journey....
|Goal Motivation and Risk Tolerance Test
||How motivated are you to achieve your goal? Are you ready to risk? Is high risk tolerance a necessary trait for goal achievement? This test will will help you find out.
|Depressed People Take Social Rejection Harder, Here’s Why
There's a good reason why depressed people find it much harder to deal with social rejection.
Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
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|Get Out of Yourself
||We are fortunate when something happens that extricates us from an excessive focus on ourselves. The hardest burden in life is self-centeredness.
|Eliminating Verbal Abuse Once and for All
||Verbal abuse is derogatory language with the intent to humiliate, hurt, and/or undermine. It robs the other person of their dignity and sense of security. Mostly, verbal abuse occurs in anger; sometimes it occurs with cold calculation (in which case, the abuser is much more of a threat to another’s well-being...
|8 Warning Signs Your Lover is a Narcissist
||The Mayo Clinic research group defines narcissistic personality disorder as “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration." How do you know when your romantic partner may be a narcissist? Here are eight telltale signs...
|115 Years Old, Still Single, and Still Living Alone
||“Can staying single really help you live forever?” That was the headline of a story at Fusion, picking up on an article at the New York Times that zipped around the internet soon after it was published – fittingly, on Valentine’s Day. Our heroine is Emma Morano of Italy, born...
|Five Simple Steps to Learn Mindfulness That Really Work
||Fifteen years ago a colleague dragged me to a Mindfulness Training for mental health professionals. At that time, mindfulness was not considered a fully valid concept in psychology. As a psychologist who valued science, I viewed it as nothing other than new age, mystical hippy nonsense. I anticipated a flaky...
|5 Steps to Increase Motivation
||I hear it all the time: “I’m not motivated.” For many of my clients, they are referring to not having the motivation to perform basic life responsibilities such as paying bills, cleaning the house, making calls, and taking care of their health. When do they get motivated? When they are...
|Fundraising 101: Tempting alternatives increase willingness to donate
||Charities are always trying to understand what type of appeal will increase the likelihood of donations. According to a new study in the Journal of Marketing Research, people are also very driven by seeing the good in themselves. Referencing particularly indulgent products (not a simple cup of coffee), can significantly increase charitable donations. “Giving to [...]The post Fundraising 101: Tempting alternatives increase willingness to donate appeared first on PsyPost.
|Psychology of food choice: Challenging the status quo
||Researchers are challenging conventional beliefs about the effectiveness of traditional strategies for encouraging healthy eating. The symposium, “Challenging Misconceptions About the Psychology of Food Choice,” includes four presentations that tackle issues such as the harmfulness of weight-stigma, encouraging healthy choices, and strategies to help children and teens. The symposium is featured at the SPSP 16th [...]The post Psychology of food choice: Challenging the status quo appeared first on PsyPost.
|Image-guided treatment shown to break the migraine cycle
||An innovative interventional radiology treatment has been found to offer chronic migraine sufferers sustained relief of their headaches, according to research being presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s Annual Scientific Meeting. Clinicians at Albany Medical Center and the State University New York Empire State College in Saratoga Springs used a treatment called image-guided, intranasal [...]The post Image-guided treatment shown to break the migraine cycle appeared first on PsyPost.
|How Fault-Finding Destroys Loving Relationships?
||Do you really understand what destroys relationships?
||My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them. - Bono I agree with Bono. Surviving a mistake or a perceived failure and transforming it into wisdom or a life lesson is inspiring. If you do an Internet search for quotes or...
|Understanding the Islamic State - A Fool's Errand?
||Attempts to identify the beliefs that define the "truth" of any religion are doomed to fail because of our own cognitive biases and the nature of religion itself.
|How to beat a bad mood
||Psychologists believe that we're wired to react more strongly to crummy happenings than pleasant ones.
|Playful adults preferred in choice of partner
||Playful adults are fond of wordplay, like improvising, approach a challenge lightheartedly, take pleasure in unusual things, deal with others in a playful way, enjoy teasing – and create situations in which they and others are entertained: Playfulness in humans has many facets. In psychology, however, comparatively little research has been conducted into playfulness in [...]The post Playful adults preferred in choice of partner appeared first on PsyPost.
|Study Reveals Key to Better Decision Making
|| A 2013 study published in Psychological Science suggests that understanding both the source and the relevance of your emotions can have a serious effect on how much those emotions can sway your decision-making. Not only that, this understanding may affect your willingness to take risks as well. According to...