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How to Let Go of Mistakes I’ve lived with schizophrenia for almost nine years now and if one thing is for certain when it comes to schizophrenia, it’s that worries seem to get lodged in the folds of your brain. You can have a worm in there that will eat into to your mind and it...
How to Think about Terrorism The terrorists want us all to be afraid. But should we? Perhaps we can look at this with greater rationality and, ultimately, realize that this is an act of desperation rather than real power.
No One Is Successful to Spite You: Being Happy “If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you.” –...
Here is Why Age-Related Memory and Thinking Problems Are Less Scary Than Many Imagine Study reveals the chance that mild age-related memory and thinking problems will turn into 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:The Effects of Vitamin E on Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Problems This Blood Type Linked to Memory Loss Later in Life Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Memory Loss From Alzheimer’s Reversed For First Time With New Approach This Beverage Reversed Normal Age-Related Memory Loss in Three Months
Does Your Personality Predispose You to the Winter Blues? With winter in the northern climes comes an increase in the risk of developing Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. Short of a diagnosable disorder, others experience the winter blues. As it turns out, it’s not only the cold or the reduction in daylight, but personality may also play a key role.
What’s the New in Your New Year? What’s the New you want to see this New Year? Sometimes people feel too afraid to make changes. It can seem be easier to hide behind a bad relationship, a bad job, or a bad lifestyle than it is to make new choices. In my forthcoming book, Stop Giving It...
Psychology Around the Net: January 10, 2015 Happy Saturday, readers! As cliche as it might sound, we can’t help but think of new beginnings when we think of a new year, and what better way to welcome new beginnings than by keeping up with all the new mental health news, research, and even opinions as we launch...
Flexibility is the New Black One thing I’ve learned about living life while Bipolar, is, ya gotta be flexible. I mean, you never know when a mood will strike you – good or bad, down or up, fast or slow – and you’ve got to be ready to take advantage of the good, and get...
The How of Happiness: Six Nuggets You Need To Know       There is a lot that’s said about happiness. Money can’t buy it, others can’t create it for you, stuff doesn’t lead to it, and neither does isolation.   So we meditate, eat right, exercise, pray (or not), try our best to make real and lasting relationships, have...
The Keys to Rewarding Relationships Relationships can be difficult and navigating them can be frustrating. Understanding how your emotional system is wired, how and why you pick up on or ignore threats of social rejection, and how your emotions and thoughts influence each other and your behaviors, you can consciously choose how to act in your social interactions and have the kinds of experiences you deserve.
Aging Well I was going to use the phrase “aging gracefully” but honestly, I’ve never done anything gracefully in my life.  I’m more of a lurcher.  And I’m okay with that. That’s the key point of this blog, and–I believe–the key to aging well: being okay with who and where you are...
It’s Hard to Go to Your Psychiatrist It’s a hard thing, for me, to go to my psychiatrist. I know it’s coming on the calendar, and I dread it. I actually forget the date and have to call my psychiatrist and leave a message: “Hey Dr. I think my appointment is on Thursday the 15th….at 2:30? If...
The Power of Vulnerability to Create Intimacy To be alive is to feel insecure sometimes. We’re wired with a desire to feel physically safe and emotionally secure. Our heart longs for love; we want intimacy to feel connected with the fabric of life — and not so painfully alone. Being human means being vulnerable. We may open...
Spike activity 09-01-2015 Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Game theorists crack poker according to a fascinating report from Nature. First nuclear war, now poker. Whatever next! Harvard Business Review has a genuinely interesting piece on the psychology of office politics. Child mental health services have been secretly cut by £50m according to […]
More sun means fewer children and grandchildren Gine Roll Skjaervoe at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) Department of Biology has studied church records from the period 1750-1900 and looked at life history variables: how old were women when they had their first child, and their last? How many years passed between the birth of each child, and how many [...]The post More sun means fewer children and grandchildren appeared first on PsyPost.
Playing catch can improve balance, prevent falls in seniors The simple training exercise of catching a weighted medicine ball can improve balance and may help prevent falls in the elderly, according to research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Their results are reported in studies available online to subscribers in advance of print in two journals: Electromyography and Kinesiology, and Experimental Brain Research. [...]The post Playing catch can improve balance, prevent falls in seniors appeared first on PsyPost.
What can beagles teach us about Alzheimer’s disease? Every 67 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and new estimates suggest that it may be the third leading cause of death of older people. Alzheimer’s disease is associated with losses in memory in older people that become severe enough over time to interfere with normal daily functions. Other signs [...]The post What can beagles teach us about Alzheimer’s disease? appeared first on PsyPost.
Writing Vows to Ourselves When we got married, Brian and I wrote our own vows. Writing my vows to him, and him reading his vows to me are moments that I will never forget. Writing our vows gave us both the opportunity to reflect on our relationship, to consider where we started, where we...
Twenty years of research says: Eat with your kids As a family therapist, I often have the impulse to tell families to go home and have dinner together rather than spending an hour with me. And 20 years of research in North America, Europe and Australia back up my enthusiasm for family dinners. It turns out that sitting down for a nightly meal is [...]The post Twenty years of research says: Eat with your kids appeared first on PsyPost.
What can your online avatar say about your personality? More communication among individuals is occurring online, and often between individuals who do not know each other offline. Researchers at York University are looking to understand the potential impressions and their limitations of those we meet in a digital context. In a study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, the researchers specifically looked at [...]The post What can your online avatar say about your personality? appeared first on PsyPost.