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6 Things I Learned While Recording an Audiobook This week, I’ve been recording the audiobook for Better Than Before. I did this once before, for The Happiness Project. And once again, it was an interesting, unsettling process. Here’s what I learned about myself and my book: 1. I can’t stand the sound of my own voice. Whenever they replayed aloud something I’d...
The 5 Essential Steps to Change A Personality Trait People don’t change. Or do they? It has long been believed that personality, the ingrained set of traits that determine our behavior and decisions, is entrenched and virtually unchangeable. In the late 1990s, psychologists identified five traits which are believed to form the basis of personality. They are: Openness to...
Funny vs. Happy: 30 Comedians Who Had Major Depression Funny and happy are not the same thing. These people make you laugh but they may be crying inside. Comedians and depression [INFOGRAPHIC].
Find love tonight: The first Sunday after New Year’s Day is the busiest night of the year for online dating Eric Hopton for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online If this is the year you are looking for an online love connection, start today. Why? Because the first Sunday after New Year’s Day is annually the busiest day of the year for online dating. Meaning: Tonight’s the night! Using data gathered from traffic in previous years, [...]The post Find love tonight: The first Sunday after New Year’s Day is the busiest night of the year for online dating appeared first on PsyPost.
Is ‘Facebook Murder’ real? Criminologists profile murderers who use social networking sites A New Hampshire man recently walked into his wife’s hospital, fatally shot her and then turned the gun on himself. The murder-suicide was explained in a message on his Facebook page: “My baby was trying to escape the bipolar demons that have been swirling around in her brain since childhood and now because of my [...]The post Is ‘Facebook Murder’ real? Criminologists profile murderers who use social networking sites appeared first on PsyPost.
Hate slut shaming? Study finds gender inequality to blame for restrictive sexual morality “Slut shaming” could be the product of inequality between men and women in the economic realm. A new study seeks to explain anti-promiscuity views by examining the economic situation of men relative to women — and its findings suggest that “slut shaming” could have its genesis in concerns over parental investment. Brunel University researchers Michael [...]The post Hate slut shaming? Study finds gender inequality to blame for restrictive sexual morality appeared first on PsyPost.
Keys to Creativity: Vulnerability. Fear is one of the main impediments to enjoying life fully, creating, and being who we are. At some point something shifted for us as a society and gradually we started trading genuineness, openness, and honesty for fear and closeness. We’ve been collectively buying into the myth that being open...
Day Four: Memory is not accurate. Nope, not Our memories can seem so vivid and realistic, it’s hard to believe they’re not literally true! But memory doesn’t work like a video camera. For one thing, due to our limited powers of attention (see Day One) we never get the whole story to begin with. Then, every time we...
 The Skill of Procrastination I’m not sure if it is a skill or a curse.  I do my best to get things done and I have many lists (in my head and written done on calendars). Just paper calendars and smart phone apps, but it seems like they make it harder, at times, to...
Turning Down an Invitation from Misery In the new year, I will be embarking on a new chapter in my life. My husband and I will be moving from New York to California. As someone who suffers from anxiety and depression, this should be the perfect opportunity to use some of the coping strategies I’ve learned in...
Toward a Language of Gratitude The satisfying flow of giving and receiving can deepen as we express genuine gratitude to each other and respond to expressions of gratitude from an open-hearted place. But oftentimes our language shuts down the potential contact created by expressions of gratitude. This article shows how saying "no problem" often blocks receiving, and explores other ways of responding.
Self-Care Sunday Links 1.4.15 Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! This week’s self-care links feature everything from making peace with food to exploring your word for the year. Pausing for peace, and how to make peace with food. 5 questions for a bright and clear new year. Do you have...
The Type of People Most Likely To Be Manipulative, Self-Admiring Psychopaths The type of people most likely to be psychopaths, narcissists and manipulators. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Like to Stay Up Late? Different Neural Structures Found in the Brains of Night Owls Which Professions Have The Most Psychopaths? Consuming This Type of Fat Linked to 10% Worse Memory Performance Why Some People Only Need Five Hours’ Sleep a Night How So Many Psychopaths Manage to Reach Positions of Power
How To Spot and Stop Narcissists Pathological narcissists often come across as grandiose, egotistical, manipulative, self-absorbed, and highly conceited. It's not easy when you have such an individual in your personal or professional life. How can you spot and stop a narcissist? Here are seven important keys...
Gut bacteria and anxiety New research shows evidence of a connection between gut bacteria and mental health.
Are You Challenging Your Challenges? – Are You Following   We have many commitment strategies we can employ on a daily basis to reach our goals and succeed in our plans. Nevertheless, many of us fail because we allow challenges to take us of the success path and push us in a direction leading to failure. A winning attitude...
A Surprising Way to Quiet Your Inner Critic Self-criticism has many faces. It might be a subtle push toward producing better work, or it might be an aggressive or abusive assertion that you’re wrong, bad or seriously flawed, said Ali Miller, MFT, a therapist in private practice in Berkeley and San Francisco, Calif., who specializes in helping adults...
Bringing us closer to the blueprints of the brain I’ve got a piece in today’s Observer about the amazing science of doing functional brain imaging and behavioural studies with babies while they are still in the womb to see the earliest stages of neurocognitive development. Brain development during pregnancy is key for future health, which is why it gets checked so thoroughly during prenatal […]
Story Time Growing up my parents had kept a lot of secrets from me. I am sure it had something to do with the fact that I had no filter and would blab my parents business to just about anyone who would listen. Some of their secrets they were ashamed of and...
How can Children Overcome Anxiety? Anxiety is very common and normal emotion that we all experience. If you are a parent of an anxious child, you know what it is like to be a hostage and so does your child. Children who worry too much go to lengths to avoid situations that they perceive as...