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What Was The Psychology Behind Dueling? Dueling works great as a dramatic device, but, legally and morally, it proves nothing. So why did so many people use it to settle scores and right wrongs? Take a look at why people would murder each other, semi-legally, on a regular basis....
Go Away Winter Blues “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” ~ Victor Hugo I used to hate the winters here in Chicago. I still talk about them like I hate them because it makes for good comedy, me being from the Deep South where I did not even own a...
7 Ways to Manage Mixed Emotions During the Holidays As the holiday season is now in full swing, I can’t help but observe the swing of emotions — mine and that of those all around me. On one hand, there is the child-like delight of magical holiday lights and decorations. Regardless of a “bah hum bug” mindset, it is...
Are You Letting Joy or Stress Dictate Your Holiday “Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” – Joseph Campbell Sometimes holiday stress overrides our joy. We get caught up with decorating, buying gifts, and the plethora of other overwhelming holiday expectations. We miss out on the daily pleasure and joyful opportunities all around...
How Mindful Children React Differently to Challenges (Illustrated) I was a firecracker as a kid. I reacted quickly to situations and never hesitated to express my “passionate” opinions. This often led to hurt feelings. I remember once, after a heated discussion with my brother, he asked my parents to put a coffee filter over my mouth to “keep the yucky...
How Mindful Children React Differently (Illustrated) Growing up, I was a firecracker. I reacted quickly to situations and never hesitated to express my “passionate” opinions. This often led to hurt feelings. I remember once, after a heated discussion with my brother, he asked my parents to put a coffee filter over my mouth to “keep the yucky stuff...
Learn to Let Go This Holiday Season For some reason, this holiday season hasn’t been the best for my family. Frankly, we can’t seem to get our sh*t together. Who’s going where? Who’s cooking what? Did we finally decide what to get Mom? ARE YOU SERIOUSLY GOING TO A FOOTBALL BOWL GAME THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS EVE?!...
Hugs help protect against stress, infection, say researchers Researchers tested whether hugs act as a form of social support, protecting stressed people from getting sick. They found that greater social support and more frequent hugs protected people from the increased susceptibility to infection associated with being stressed and resulted in less severe illness symptoms.
UN-Resolutions for 2015 Reflecting As the year comes to an end, I pause to reflect on things: work, writing, church, family and life in general. What am I doing, and what does it all mean? What’s next? Is this all there is?   Those of us with a chronic illness, like bipolar disorder,...
Lack of Sleep During Critical Period of Night Linked to Dementia Risk Missing out on this kind of sleep can lead to poor memory and dementia. 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:How Just One Night’s Poor Sleep Can Hurt a Relationship The Vitamin Which May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia How Cynical Personality Traits Affect Dementia Risk Bad Night’s Sleep? Blame the Full Moon Why Some People Only Need Five Hours’ Sleep a Night
Is a Red Light Effective to Stop People from Drinking Coke? We have a long distance to travel, before we arrive at Nutritional Facts labels that quickly inform consumers about what is good and bad for them to ingest.
Bugs life: The nerve cells that make locusts ‘gang up’ A team of biologists has identified a set of nerve cells in desert locusts that bring about 'gang-like' gregarious behavior when they are forced into a crowd. The findings demonstrate the importance of individual history for understanding how brain chemicals control behaviour, which may apply more broadly to humans also.
How Marriage Undermines Equality Among Harvard Faculty In my last post here, I critiqued a study published in the Harvard Business Review on the ever-popular topic of why fewer women than men reach the positions of greatest power in the workplace. My problem was that the article only addressed the experiences of married people, especially if they...
Human Growth Hormone Therapy and Potential for Abuse   With the recent announcement that the National Football League and the player’s union have reached an agreement on improvements to existing policies, human growth hormone (HGH) use is back in the news. The agreement will allow for testing of HGH and provide for neutral arbitration for appeals. Besides allowing...
Imaging scan records brain activity during epileptic a An imaging scan called SPECT records brain activity during epileptic seizures. The scan pinpoints where seizures originate, and helps in the planning of surgery to remove the part of the brain responsible for seizures.
3 Ways to Answer Kids’ Questions about School Violence Extreme school violence continues to be a major problem in the United States. As such, stories about school violence are frequent on news programs. No matter how much a parent may try, children may see and hear instances of school shootings. A study out of my research lab four years...
ADHD, It’s A Wonderful Life It’s that time of year again. Wild spending on food and decorations and gifts for people to help celebrate whatever it is you and your family celebrate. And traditions, oh the traditions. Dishes to prepare, songs to be sung, visits to share, stockings to be hung … (I’ll try not...
A Review of a Review of Paul Brunton’s Book With a few minutes to kill before the day starts, I go to Amazon to post a review of Paul Brunton’s very excellent “Notebook 4″ on meditation (which I have recently been re-reading) … only to realize that I was there ALREADY once at that Amazon page back in 2006...
Give and take: The anxiety of gift giving at Christmas The anxiety attached to gift giving is worth considering. The Christian commemoration of Christmas is about celebrating God’s ultimate gift, his only son. Such an exceptional gift reaches its destiny in the crucifixion of Jesus: a sacrifice that can never be acquitted. The extraordinary nature of this gift, which ends in death, is resonant of [...]The post Give and take: The anxiety of gift giving at Christmas appeared first on PsyPost.
Depression in dementia more common in community care, study finds Researchers studied 414 people with severe dementia along with their carers in England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. The study gathered information on quality of life, activities of daily living such as bathing, feeding and dressing and presence of depressive symptoms using standardised measures. In the groups studied, 37% of the [...]The post Depression in dementia more common in community care, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.