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Celebrating Girls Exactly As They Are—And Celebrating Ourselves... When I found out I was having a girl, I got scared. Because I remember what it’s like to be a girl, a teenager, a young woman. I remember vividly the insecurity; … ...
A prescription for touch: Early experiences shape preterm babies' brains Newborn babies experience the world through touch. Now, researchers who have measured the brain responses of 125 infants -- including babies who were born prematurely and others who went full-term -- show that a baby's earliest experiences of touch have lasting effects on the way their young brains respond to gentle touch when they go home.
10 Ways to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing Again “Creativity is God’s will for us and should be practiced like any other spiritual practice — one day at a time.” – Julia Cameron As a child, being creative is a natural part of everyday life. From drawing, finger painting and crafting in kindergarten to … ...
Where Are the Trustworthy Leaders? Trustworthy leaders aren’t always easy to spot. Research reveals some not so obvious qualities to look for.
Mothering’s Hidden Masterpiece In the car on the way to her music lesson, my fourteen-year-old daughter is surly, withdrawn, and irritable. When she is like this, I am careful not to fill the … ...
Cause of obsessive-compulsive disorder discovered An overactive molecular signal pathway in the brain region of the amygdala can lead to obsessive-compulsive disorder. A research team has now established this connection.
How rats could lead to autism drugs that actually work Studies suggest that rats will offer new insights into autism, even after decades of research on mice with similar mutations.
Today I Love Busy Thursdays Today I love busy Thursdays and their Thursday-ish intensity and verve. I love that I have an overwhelmingly large list of things to do because I love having lots of … ...
Keeping Your Cool This one’s on my mind after a bunch of hours of airport travel yesterday, followed by a 45 minute wait for a rental car (ten kiosks, one person working), not … ...
5 Ways Narcissists Smear Others Being the victim of a narcissistic smear attack is not fun. Rather, it is an intense campaign designed to humiliate an opponent while simultaneously elevating the narcissist. It requires quite a bit of skill, manipulation, and persistence to successfully pull one off. But for the … ...
Forecasting Happiness How do we know what will make us happy? Psychologist Daniel Gilbert’s insights on happiness.
PODCAST: Teen Suicide Survivor Becomes Activist In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe and Vincent begin a 3-part series about the Palo Alto suicides and some of the things that came about after and, at least partially, as a result of them. The guests on this episode are Sammy Kotmel … ...
Self-Care for Therapists Featuring an Interview with Karen Koenig,... This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Karen Koenig, LCSW, a clinical social worker, blogger, and author, on the topic of self-care for therapists. As helping professionals, it is crucial that we work to practice self-care. Self-care is helpful and necessary for everyone. However, … ...
Do People With Mental Illness Really Die 25 Years... A common statistic quoted by almost every expert is that people with mental illness will die, on average, 25 years younger than someone without mental illness. Some mental health advocates … ...
Does Society Lose If You Get Married? The history of science is filled with backstories that don’t get told until decades later. In the movie “Hidden Figures,” for example, the role of African American women in the … ...
My Favorite Psychology Study Was the good Samaritan more upstanding than everyone else was? Or did he just have more time? This is the story of my favorite psychology study.
Brain Awareness Week: Pinky and The Brain #brainweek It happened when I tried to brainstorm some ideas for my Mental Health Humor series BrainStorming to celebrate “Brain Awareness Week.” I heard in my Brain, “what do ya wanna do … ...
APA Calls Upon Congress to Oppose American Health Care Act Expresses concern to House leaders over Congressional Budget Office analysis
Accepting Responsibility and Finding Forgiveness Some people become confused about forgiveness because it sounds like you’re letting go of responsibility and allowing others to avoid any consequence from their behavior. But forgiveness can complement personal … ...
Eye tracking study finds women rate men with a lower waist-to-chest ratio as more attractive Women direct their visual attention toward specific areas of men’s bodies when assessing attractiveness, according to research published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology. In the study, 90 women of Mexican American descent (aged 18–38) viewed color photographs of a young Caucasian man in his early 20s while researchers tracked their gaze using an eye tracking device. The [...]