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The Power of a Simple Hug as a Natural Anti-Depressant There’s really nothing like the power of a big supportive hug. The body reads a sense of caring in the human touch. When we’re hugged we sense that on a deep level, we are not alone. In some ways it’s a shame that in our relationships with healing professionals hugging...
5 Tips to Survive the Holidays The holidays are a stressful time for a lot of people. Those of us who experience social anxiety are bombarded with situations that toss us into a sea of people – parties, shopping for gifts, family get-togethers. Many people leave home to spend the holidays elsewhere and the simple fact...
Stop Reducing Your Anger And Start Using It “Lower your anger!” “Get rid of that anger” “Your anger will kill you” We’ve all heard these before and it always means the same thing: Anger is bad. But what we forget is that anger is an emotion – and a very necessary one at that. In many ways, anger...
The Night Before Christmas ~ ADHD Style ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse I know this to be true ’cause I was still up Wandering round the house trying hard to catch up For each time I headed in my bed’s direction I’d see...
You Might be Codependent If… While there are many features of codependency, here are some top ones. See if these apply to you. 1. You are preoccupied with others’ feelings. A friend to whom I was talking years ago about my worries of having upset someone asked if I felt responsible for others’ feelings. I...
7 Famous Writers With Mental Disorders Leo Tolstoy. War and Peace and Anna Karenina are still considered masterpieces of Russian Literature. Tolstoy wrote a book exploring his own tendency toward depression called A Confession. As he reached middle age, his depression seemed to worsen. He became overly concerned with his success, and started giving his personal...
Cartoons of Christmas Past – Oh Christmas Tree Sign: CSI: evergreens crime scene Caption: better call the Capt., the December ax killer is back! With this Mental Health Humor cartoon, we get a little peak of my dark side/twisted with my light colorful and simplistic drawing style. I didn’t really notice the dark humor was evident...
Finding The True Holiday Spirit for Christmas On this site we’re often talking about many serious subjects such as severe mental illness, parenting a child (adult or minor) with severe mental illness, being a caregiver, seeking hospitalization for a loved one, understanding parents who harm their children due to an illness, abuse, neglect, pathological lying, avoidant personalities,...
13 Tips to Fight Holiday Food Temptation I think a lot about habits, and lately I’ve been thinking a lot about habits related to holiday eating. The holidays are supposed to be a festive time, but many people feel anxiety and regret around food and drink — the holiday season is so full of temptation. I have to...
Identifying brain variations to predict patient response to surgery for OCD Identifying brain variations may help physicians predict which patients will respond to a neurosurgical procedure to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder that does not respond to medication or cognitive-behavioral therapies, according to a report.
Top 10 Reasons Why It's Easier to be Jewish at Christmas I've had serious holiday envy caused by being Jewish at Christmas. Oh sure, we had Chanukah. It’s billed as “the festival of light” but it’s really Christmas-light. “Dreidel” isn’t even in MS spellcheck. But no longer as I now see the perks! Read my top 10 list...
60 Last-Minute Body Positive Gifts For Your Loved Ones Since I’ve been writing Weightless, every year around this time, I’ve shared a list of last-minute gifts we can give to our loved ones and ourselves — whether we’re celebrating Christmas or not. I’ve combined those lists, updated them and added new ideas. Below, you’ll find a combination of presents...
The quality of parent-infant relationships and early childhood shyness predict teen anxiety Infants who frequently react to unfamiliar objects, people, and situations by becoming afraid and withdrawing are referred to as having a behaviorally inhibited temperament. As these infants grow up, many continue to be inhibited or reticent when they experience new things, including meeting new people. Inhibited children are more likely than their peers to develop [...]The post The quality of parent-infant relationships and early childhood shyness predict teen anxiety appeared first on PsyPost.
Computer network rivals primate brain in object recognition Primates visually recognise and determine the category of an object even at a brief glance, and to date, this behaviour has been unmatched by artificial systems. A study publishing this week in PLOS Computational Biology has found that the latest artificial “deep neural network” performs as well as the primate brain at object recognition. Charles [...]The post Computer network rivals primate brain in object recognition appeared first on PsyPost.
Consumer loyalty driven by aesthetics over functionality When designing a new car, manufacturers might try to attract consumers with more horsepower, increased fuel efficiency or a lower price point. But new research from San Francisco State University shows consumers’ loyalty and passion for an automobile brand are driven more by appearance. Aesthetics that resonate on an emotional level are more responsible for [...]The post Consumer loyalty driven by aesthetics over functionality appeared first on PsyPost.
Smartphone thumb skills are altering our brains Every region of the body — from the toes to the jaw and tongue — has a particular processing area in our emotional center in the brain, the somatosensory cortex. These areas are flexible and can change. In the case of violinists, for instance, the area representing the fingers that guide the instrument is larger [...]The post Smartphone thumb skills are altering our brains appeared first on PsyPost.
Study finds Facebook popularity hampers fundraising efforts People with fewer friends on Facebook raise more money for charity than those with lots of connections, research by an economist at the University of Warwick has found. Professor Kimberley Scharf analysed data from JustGiving.com and found a negative correlation between the size of a group and the amount of money given by each donor [...]The post Study finds Facebook popularity hampers fundraising efforts appeared first on PsyPost.
Could playing Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker’ and other music improve kids’ brains? Children who play the violin or study piano could be learning more than just Mozart. A University of Vermont College of Medicine child psychiatry team has found that musical training might also help kids focus their attention, control their emotions and diminish their anxiety. Their research is published in the Journal of the American Academy [...]The post Could playing Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker’ and other music improve kids’ brains? appeared first on PsyPost.
Strong neighborhood ties can help reduce gun violence The bonds that tie a neighborhood together can help shield community members from gun violence, according to new findings by Yale School of Medicine researchers in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program (RWJF CSP). The team presented their work Dec. 19 at the Institute of Medicine’s Means of Violence workshop. “Violence results in [...]The post Strong neighborhood ties can help reduce gun violence appeared first on PsyPost.
Malignant Narcissism vs. Narcissism vs. Narcissistic Personality Disorder How is malignant narcissism different from simple narcissism or narcissistic personality disorder? This article is an attempt to define these three terms. Includes examples and video illustration.