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9 Ideas for Creating Serene and Satisfying Days Our circumstances don’t necessarily have to change in order for us to experience serenity and satisfaction. Because sometimes we can’t change a situation. Most things are not within our control. This is a hard realization but tends to feel liberating when you can accept it. And it certainly takes practice...
A Mindful Minute: A Funny-Looking, But Powerful Breathing Exercise “Wait…what are you… are you doing what I think… ew, are you scratching…OH NO… Are you picking your nose? AAAAAAAH!” This might be the reaction you get along with fits of giggles from kids learning a powerful, abeit funny-looking, ancient yogic breathing exercise. It’s a great thing that kids find this...
Releasing False Low Self-Esteem I have been working on this lately. In fact, in the last couple weeks alone I have been hearing a (surprisingly sane) voice in my head giving me very clear instructions. Here are some examples: It is time to give up this “body hate” business. It is time to let...
Social Comparison’s Effects on Hall of Fame Voting When you walk into a party, is it best to walk in with attractive people, so you appear to be “with them,” or unattractive people, to make yourself stand out? As per the annual tradition, baseball announced the newest members of the esteemed Hall of Fame, and equally as traditional, the...
This Social Media Behaviour Points To Personality Issues Study connects this social media behaviour with narcissism and psychopathic personality traits. 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 Type of People Most Likely To Be Manipulative, Self-Admiring Psychopaths How People Use Social Media to Manage Their Emotions Happiness is Contagious and Powerful on Social Media This Early Parental Behaviour Predicts A Child’s Academic and Social Skills 3 Decades Later 8 Social Psychology Experiments: Revealing Insights Into Our Behaviour
Best of Our Blogs: January 9, 2015 Part of accomplishing your goals involves confronting the possibility of failure. Most would rather sit on their hands and watch the world pass by instead of deal with it. They shade their eyes in the light of other’s success. They look for flaws in their attempts. They distract themselves with mindless eating,...
Trapped With ADHD I live half way between the equator and the north pole. Well, not quite, I’m a 40 minute drive from the 45th parallel. Close enough though. I can say that “half way” thing without feeling like I’m lying. I’m not standing on the line, but I’m a stones throw from...
From the lab to your digital device, quantum dots have made quantum leaps Quantum dots have not only found their way into tablets, computer screens, and TVs, they are also used in biological and medical imaging tools, and now researchers are exploring them for solar cell as well as brain imaging applications.
Excellent NPR Invisibilia finally hits the wires A sublime new radio show on mind, brain and behaviour has launched today. It’s called Invisibilia and is both profound and brilliant. It’s produced by ex-Radiolab alumni Lulu Miller and radio journalist Alix Spiegel – responsible for some of the best mind and brain material on the radio in the last decade. The first episode […]
The Paradoxical Power of Humility Humility is about emotional neutrality. It involves an experience of growth in which you no longer need to put yourself above others, but you don’t put yourself below them, either. Everyone is your peer – from the most “important” person to the least. You’re just as valuable as every other human being on the planet, no more and no less.
Weird Community Of Twisted Ones Imagine being in a community of people where social conformity demanded being genuine in the extreme, not fake. The norms in such a community would be quite different than what we are used to. In fact, we’d have to call this community “twisted” according to our standards. In a community...
More Reasons To Marry Your Best Friend A recent investigation into the causal relationship between marriage and life satisfaction found that people who regard their partner as their best friend derive more satisfaction from their marriages than others....
Facial motion activates a dedicated network within the brain, research shows A face is more than a static collection of features. A shift in gaze, a tightening of the lips, a tilt of the head, these movements convey important clues to someone’s state of mind. Scientists know that two particularly social and visual creatures, humans and rhesus macaque monkeys, have a network of small areas within [...]The post Facial motion activates a dedicated network within the brain, research shows appeared first on PsyPost.
How do men and women respond to gender bias in STEM? Research has revealed that gender biases limit the opportunities for women within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. But just how prevalent are these biases and how are they perceived differently by men and women? A new study out today in Psychology of Women Quarterlyexamined a well-known space for candid sharing of thoughts – [...]The post How do men and women respond to gender bias in STEM? appeared first on PsyPost.
Practice really does make perfect, study finds Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the University of Plymouth have shown that follow-through – such as when swinging a golf club or tennis racket – can help us to learn two different skills at once, or to learn a single skill faster. The research provides new insight into the way tasks are learned, [...]The post Practice really does make perfect, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Making people think about their legacy prompts environmental action Prompting people to think about the legacy they want to leave for future generations can boost their desire and intention to take action on climate change, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The research was conducted by psychological scientists Lisa Zaval and Elke Weber of [...]The post Making people think about their legacy prompts environmental action appeared first on PsyPost.
Partner Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder? 10 Truths You Need I was 18 years old, pregnant, scared and lonely when I met my now husband. We became best friends and two years later, he married and had a baby. Fast forward six years, we were madly in love and engaged, then married. One year after that, my husband came home...
How quality of sleep impacts academic performance in children Making sure school-aged kids get to sleep at a regular hour is often a struggle for parents. But a study by researchers at McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal suggests it’s well worth the effort: the researchers found that a good night’s sleep is linked to better performance in math [...]The post How quality of sleep impacts academic performance in children appeared first on PsyPost.
Alcohol warnings from parents matter Parenting practices and restrictions when it comes to alcohol use can make a difference with adolescent drinking, and there is considerable value to consistent and sustained parental attitudes about drinking, according to new research by a University at Buffalo psychologist. This study, however, shows that those same parents who communicate the risks of alcohol use [...]The post Alcohol warnings from parents matter appeared first on PsyPost.
10 Things OCD Doesn’t Want You to Know! Hello, my name is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder but go by the nickname, OCD. I have likely been part of your life since childhood, causing you to think and behave in ways that may seem strange to others. Here, I am talking about the “odd” stuff, like engaging in ritualistic behaviors,...