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Self-Care Sunday: Create A Nourishing List In Thursday’s post I mentioned that there are many ways we can nourish ourselves — in addition to food. Today, make a list of all the things that nourish you. I see nourishment as anything that’s fulfilling, meaningful, fun, playful, soothing, refreshing, invigorating, puts-a-smile-on-your-face, and meets a need. Creating this...
3 Ways to Harness Your Brain’s Power & Change Between psychology, medical science and neuroscience, we have never known so much about the human mind. Recently I’ve been amazed at the number and quality of studies which are showing us the amount of pure power our brains have; powers that are truly amazing. Powers that change the meaning of...
Use Your Dreams to Become More Productive “What you don’t know can hurt you,” is an old saying that could be flipped around to say, “Knowing what you don’t want to know can help you.” Ever since Sigmund Freud discovered the unconscious, which he compared to an iceberg’s large and dangerous edges below the water, humans by...
Boyhood and the Judgment of Artistic Value As viewers, we are not entirely unconscious dreamers. When we sleep we are often able to stand apart from the action of our dreams and recognize that the chaotic story we are witnessing is not real. This kind of double consciousness is always true of our experience of art. When we watch or read or listen to a fictional story, we know it is a fiction.
What Suicidal Depression Feels Like I don’t know if you have noticed, but ever since Robin Williams died, I have removed the filter from my writing that keeps me safe of jaw dropping, disappointing head gestures, and all kinds of judgments that authentic writing invites. I just really don’t care anymore what people think because...
Thumbs Up to Non-Preference Our natural state is that of balance. Any system (including a living one) is homeostatic, self-regulating. Likes and dislikes knock us out of that sweet balance that we are naturally in. This is a simple thought. You can’t go wrong with it. So simple that it is, arguably, self-evident. But,...
BPD: NEA-BPD Family Connections Training in Australia In Australia, many families are desperately struggling to connect and support their loved ones with BPD.  In order for things to change something has to be done differently.  This change can come about when non-BPD family members learn new communication skills.  Be the change you want to happen in your...
Don’t Run From It: What Adversity Can Teach You     There is no shortage of adversity. In fact, recent data from the National Institute of Mental Health reports that 6 out of 10 women and 5 out of 10 men will face one or more major crisis in their lifetime. And when they do, there will be plenty...
Setbacks When you have a mental illness, some days are better than others. When you are a living person, some days are better than others. With bipolar disorder there are periods professionals refer to as “remission,” a time when you may be asymptomatic. You are neither depressed nor manic. You hum...
A Fun Way to Shape the New Year: Pick a One-Word Theme I love New Year’s resolutions — and I’m not the only one. Some 44% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. There’s one kind of resolution that I particularly love: identifying one idea, often summarized in just one word, as an overarching theme for the entire year. My sister often does...
Dear Daughter: 5 Life Lessons for My Child   As my daughter enters the middle of her eighth year, she is changing and growing rapidly. She vacillates between the feelings and needs of a child, and the desires of independence of a young teen. Eight years old is an age of rapid maturation for many children. She picks...
Imaging study finds first evidence of neuroinflammation in brains of chronic pain patients A new study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has found, for the first time, evidence of neuroinflammation in key regions of the brains of patients with chronic pain. By showing that levels of an inflammation-linked protein are elevated in regions known to be involved in the transmission of pain, the study published online in [...]The post Imaging study finds first evidence of neuroinflammation in brains of chronic pain patients appeared first on PsyPost.
Scientists discover gene tied to profound vision loss An exhaustive hereditary analysis of a large Louisiana family with vision issues has uncovered a new gene tied to an incurable eye disorder called retinitis pigmentosa, according to an examination led by scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). It is a family of eye diseases that affects more than [...]The post Scientists discover gene tied to profound vision loss appeared first on PsyPost.
Islamic fundamentalism is not a marginal phenomenon in Europe Last week’s attacks in Paris, committed in the name of a god, reopen a badly-healed scar in Europe. The world once again turns towards religious fundamentalism. A new study shows that hostility towards other out-groups is not an isolated phenomenon among Muslims living in Europe; but nor is it a synonym of violence. According to [...]The post Islamic fundamentalism is not a marginal phenomenon in Europe appeared first on PsyPost.
Adolescents who sleep poorly and insufficiently may develop alcohol and drug problems Sleep difficulties and insufficient sleep are common among American youth. Prior research has shown that poor sleep can predict alcohol-related problems and illicit drug use among adolescents and young adults in high-risk samples. A new study has found that sleep difficulties and hours of sleep can predict a number of specific problems, including binge drinking, [...]The post Adolescents who sleep poorly and insufficiently may develop alcohol and drug problems appeared first on PsyPost.
Exploring the use of alcohol-interactive prescription medication among US drinkers Approximately 71 percent of American adults drink alcohol. While alcohol interacts negatively with a number of commonly prescribed medications, little is known on a population level about the use of alcohol-interactive (AI) prescription medication among US drinkers. A new study has found that almost 42 percent of drinkers in the US population have used one [...]The post Exploring the use of alcohol-interactive prescription medication among US drinkers appeared first on PsyPost.
Research Reveals Key to Make Learning Easier The human mind is an intricate marvel of complexity and adaptability. Yet there are undertakings that seem relatively easy to some people, but prove to be a tremendous challenge to others. What determines if a new task is easy or difficult to learn? In NLP, we draw on existing, familiar,...
Concussions aren’t only a medical issue The sports media has a fascination with concussions. Not only is there a huge volume of stories about the issue, but there’s also an urgency to the tone of the reporting. The heightened coverage has served to increase awareness of the concussion problem and encourage public debate about sport, health and safety. But what’s often [...]The post Concussions aren’t only a medical issue appeared first on PsyPost.
How Taking a Vacation Can Bring Relief Ever since the New Year, I’ve bogged myself down in worries. There have been worries about work, about relationships, about friends and about social anxiety. It got to the point where I was obsessing about things I couldn’t change, losing sleep over insignificant details. Finally, I decided it would be...
Introversion Versus Shyness: Drawing a Line in the Sand I’ve heard these two words used interchangeably, perhaps because being introverted often goes hand in hand with staying home a lot. But there is a big distinction between the two. If you don’t recognize that, social anxiety can take control of your life. I used to use introversion as an...