|How Denial Works in Sex Addiction
||Denial is a form of distorted thinking. In fact it is a masterpiece of distorted thinking. Breaking through denial marks the beginning of addiction treatment. This is just as true for sexual addiction and behavioral addictions generally as it is for chemical dependency. Without treatment, the set of ideas, rationalizations...
|38 Tips For Finding Ways to Relax
||This past week I met with a few of my former colleagues and we ended up discussing the various ways we tend to de-stress over the weekend. I thought many of the suggestions shared were great and wanted to share them with you! If you are a parent, family member,...
|Psychopathic Violent Offenders’ Brains Can’t Understand Punishment
||Psychopathic violent offenders have abnormalities in the parts of the brain related to learning from punishment, according to an MRI study.
|10 Things to Say to a Loved One Who
||If you’ve ever been depressed, you know that awful feeling when well meaning people give advice that simply makes things worse. There are lots of blogs that talk about what not to say to someone who is depressed. Here are 10 positive things to say to help. I’m sorry you’re struggling,...
|Research into brain control of liver lipid production could cause breakthrough in obesity treatment
||Ways of keeping the heart healthy has widened, with the discovery that the brain can help fight off hardening of the arteries. Atherosclerosis–hardening and narrowing of the arteries–can be caused by fat build up that causes plaque deposits, and is one of the main causes of cardiovascular disease. Jessica Yue, a newly recruited researcher in [...]The post Research into brain control of liver lipid production could cause breakthrough in obesity treatment appeared first on PsyPost.
|Stress during pregnancy related to infant gut microbiota
||Women who experience stress during pregnancy are likely to have babies with a poor mix of intestinal microbiota and with a higher incidence of intestinal problems and allergic reactions. This could be related to psychological and physical problems as the child develops. (Psychoneuroendocrinology). Stress during pregnancy is often linked to physical and psychological problems in [...]The post Stress during pregnancy related to infant gut microbiota appeared first on PsyPost.
|Unemployment benefits do not discourage job seekers from returning to work
||Unemployment benefits do not discourage job seekers from returning to the workforce, according to a study carried out by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) that analyzes the Spanish system of unemployment protection from a legal and economic perspective. The situation that Spain is experiencing in terms of unemployment is problematic: together with Greece, [...]The post Unemployment benefits do not discourage job seekers from returning to work appeared first on PsyPost.
|Testosterone helps to bind antidepressants in the brain
||Female sex hormones have a strong effect on the psyche. This has been confirmed by numerous scientific studies and by phenomena such as the “baby blues”, a bout of low mood following childbirth, or recurrent mood swings that occur prior to menstruation. However the male sex hormone testosterone also affects our mood and emotions, as [...]The post Testosterone helps to bind antidepressants in the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
|How One Woman Reclaimed Stability During Postpartum Depression
||One minute I was fine, the next a raging lunatic. Nothing ever prepares you for motherhood. Nothing. I read the books, made my birth plan, chose a playlist for my delivery and yet I was still totally naive and ignorant when the baby actually came nine months later. I was...
|Researchers finds hormone that increases the sex drive of mice
||Swedish studies show that mice that receive a supplement of the “appetite hormone” ghrelin increase their sexual activity. Whether the hormone has the same impact on humans is unknown – but if it does, the researchers may have found the key to future treatments for sex abuse. Ghrelin is a gastrointestinal hormone that is released [...]The post Researchers finds hormone that increases the sex drive of mice appeared first on PsyPost.
|Scientists find drug candidates can block cell-death pathway associated with Parkinson’s
||In a pair of related studies, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have shown their drug candidates can target biological pathways involved in the destruction of brain cells in Parkinson’s disease. The studies, published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and Scientific Reports, suggest that it is possible to design [...]The post Scientists find drug candidates can block cell-death pathway associated with Parkinson’s appeared first on PsyPost.
|Mothers’ ‘baby talk’ is less clear than their adult speech
||People tend to have a distinctive way of talking to babies and small children: We speak more slowly, using a sing-song voice, and tend to use cutesy words like “tummy”. While we might be inclined to think that “baby talk” is easier for children to understand, new research findings in Psychological Science, a journal of the [...]The post Mothers’ ‘baby talk’ is less clear than their adult speech appeared first on PsyPost.
|Want Engaged Employees? Give Them Work-Life Balance
I often say management is hard but not necessarily complex.
We live in a disengaged era. Studies repeatedly show there’s an epidemic of employee disengagement, with some 7 in 10 employees not engaged – meaning not “emotionally committed” to the organizations they work for. Meaning also that in all likelihood they’re not working at full productive capacity. A few observations about the role of work-life balance as a key element of engagement after several decades of corporate management...
One of the surest ways to ensure you’ll have unproductive employees is to have their minds elsewhere.
One of the surest ways to ensure you’ll have productive employees is to have them focused on the here and now.
Which is where the importance of work-life balance comes in - and why it’s important to make management decisions that offer reasonable levels of work-life balance.
When an employee is at work, you want him or her to be focused on work. Not on a problem at school, or a kid’s sporting event, or an ailing grandparent or a doctor’s appointment. Ideally, you want them to be able to take care of what they need to outside of work so it doesn’t become an issue inside of work.
The power of flexibility - In my management experience, these “life” (as opposed to “work”) requests were, most of the time, modest, simple ones. Attend a daughter’s softball game. Take a child or an aging parent to a medical appointment. Go to a son’s school play. Etcetera. My answer was virtually always the same: “Will it cause any problems here at work, and will you do whatever is needed to stay on top of things?” Assuming the answers were no and yes respectively, I was a pretty soft touch. I’d give my employees the space to work flexibly.
Over several decades I never once regretted it. Naturally, any missed work has to get done. If it doesn’t, it goes without saying you’re not fulfilling your management responsibilities. And of course it’s incumbent on managers to be sure the work does get done. Otherwise, you’re just being taken advantage of.
I was often surprised and pleased by the emails I'd get at 10 or 11 p.m., passing along the day’s work that was completed late that night after time had been spent away from the office that day.
People invariably appreciated the flexibility and did their best not to abuse it so they could continue to enjoy it in the future.
Studies confirm that personal flexibility is extremely highly valued, as any experienced in-the-trenches manager knows. A sizable percentage of employees will even choose it over higher pay.
In the end, what choice does a manager really have? You tell a good employee no, they can’t go to that school event or that outside appointment… and it’s a fair bet their minds will be elsewhere. They’ll subtly wish they were elsewhere. They’ll be resentful. They may well be less productive, giving 95 percent, say, rather than 105 percent.
I didn't want an employee giving 95 percent. Much rather have 105. Work-life balance can be elusive but it can also be a powerful benefit and motivator.
When I was in management I always said, “Pick your battles.” Denying someone a reasonable level of work-life balance was never one of them.
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|Low-frequency deep brain stimulation improves difficult-to-treat Parkinson's symptoms
||Parkinson’s disease patients treated with low-frequency deep brain stimulation show significant improvements in swallowing dysfunction and freezing of gait over typical high-frequency treatment, a study has demonstrated.
|Get To Know The Uber-Inspiring Woman Dubbed "The Superhero's Shrink"
The Atlantic has a long-form profile of psychologist, comic-book and cosplay enthusiast, and Under the Mask blogger Andrea Letamendi, discussing her background as an academic who slowly allowed her geeky passions to infiltrate her professional life. ...
|Intracranial stimulation proved efficient in the recovery of learning and memory in rats
||The research, published in Behavioural Brain Research, was conducted by Pilar Segura and Ignacio Morgado (coordinators), Laura Aldavert and Marc Ramoneda, psychobiologists of the Institute of Neurosciences and the Department of Psychobiology and Health Sciences Methodology of the UAB and by Elisabet Kadar and Gemma Huguet, molecular biologists of the University of Girona, to explore [...]The post Intracranial stimulation proved efficient in the recovery of learning and memory in rats appeared first on PsyPost.
|Association found between parental time pressure and mental health problems among children
||A doctor’s thesis at Sahlgrenska Academy has found that children whose parents experience time pressure are more likely to have mental health problems. Mental health problems among children and adolescents are a growing health challenge in the Nordic countries. Children’s sense of wellbeing largely reflects the circumstances in which their parents find themselves. But few [...]The post Association found between parental time pressure and mental health problems among children appeared first on PsyPost.
|How creative are you? Depends where you’re from
||With the “creative class” on the rise, many businesses are trying to capitalize on imagination and innovation. But when it comes to creative juices, some societies have a faster flow than others. That’s because, as new research from Concordia University suggests, creativity is tied to culture. The study, recently published in the Journal of Business [...]The post How creative are you? Depends where you’re from appeared first on PsyPost.
|The nocebo effect: Negative patient-doctor communication could worsen symptoms
||Doctors who unintentionally communicate to patients that they do not believe or understand them could actually make their symptoms worse, a new study suggests. Research by the University of Exeter Medical School, and the psychology departments at the University of Exeter and University of Southampton published in the American Journal of Medicine, indicates that a [...]The post The nocebo effect: Negative patient-doctor communication could worsen symptoms appeared first on PsyPost.
|Beneficial effects of surgery for epilepsy are sustained for more than 15 years
||Brain surgery for otherwise hard-to-treat epilepsy is effective for up to 15 years, according to a new survey by Henry Ford Hospital physicians. “These encouraging findings will be valuable during the decision-making process and counseling on different aspects of care in patients with epilepsy,” says Vibhangini S. Wasade, M.D., a neurologist at Henry Ford Hospital [...]The post Beneficial effects of surgery for epilepsy are sustained for more than 15 years appeared first on PsyPost.