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This Early Parental Behaviour Predicts A Child’s Academic and Social Skills 3 Decades Later This parental behaviour in the first three years is vital to a child's future success. 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:Here’s The Psychological Key to Early Academic Achievement The Lasting Impact of Early Life Stress on the Brain The Key to Happiness: Brainpower or Social Connectedness? Academic Achievement: You Inherit More Than Just Intelligence From Your Parents Early Fitness Preserves Thinking Skills 25 Years Later
Smartphone screens impact kids' sleep A new study finds that even small-screen devices interrupt children’s sleep.
Major study of bereaved military families underway Widowers, parents, siblings and children are sharing accounts of their grief as part of the largest study ever of America's military families as they go through bereavement.
Women, quitting smoking for New Years? Time it with your period! The menstrual cycle appears to have an effect on nicotine cravings, according to a new study. "Our data reveal that incontrollable urges to smoke are stronger at the beginning of the follicular phase that begins after menstruation. Hormonal decreases of estrogen and progesterone possibly deepen the withdrawal syndrome and increase activity of neural circuits associated with craving," an investigator said, suggesting that it could therefore be easier for women to overcome abstinence-related withdrawal symptoms during the mid-luteal phrase, i.e. after ovulation, when their levels of estrogen and progesterone are elevated.
Adults and ADHD: Reminders for When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed Clinical psychologist Roberto Olivardia’s clients who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) regularly tell him they feel overwhelmed by everyday tasks. “They feel as if they are in the midst of an avalanche of chores they cannot properly prioritize, organize or execute.” Tasks such as paying the bills, preparing dinner,...
ADHD Means Never Being Speechless I don’t know about you, but over the years I’ve had to learn not to open my mouth every time there’s silence. The result is that I’ve had less things to apologize for. Note that I said less things and not no things. That’s because, even if I do pause...
National Singles Day, January 11: Consciousness-Rasing, Discounts, or Fun? In China, the Amazon-like ecommerce giant, Alibaba, turned November 11 into a National Singles Day extravaganza. November 11 seemed like the right day to them because of the four ones, 11-11. Here in the U.S., the talented and indefatigable Karen Reed is organizing the second of what she hopes will...
Empathy or Sympathy? (Video) Noted psychologist Brene Brown explains the difference between empathy and sympathy in an animated video....
Margaret Keane: Overcoming Exploitation In the 1960s, paintings of “sad-eyed children,” massively reproduced in posters and cards, became possibly the best-selling art in the world for a time, thanks to the tireless marketing by Walter Keane of “his” work. The “big eyes” images were owned by celebrities and hung in many permanent collections. But...
6 Things I Learned While Recording an Audiobook This week, I’ve been recording the audiobook for Better Than Before. I did this once before, for The Happiness Project. And once again, it was an interesting, unsettling process. Here’s what I learned about myself and my book: 1. I can’t stand the sound of my own voice. Whenever they replayed aloud something I’d...
The 5 Essential Steps to Change A Personality Trait People don’t change. Or do they? It has long been believed that personality, the ingrained set of traits that determine our behavior and decisions, is entrenched and virtually unchangeable. In the late 1990s, psychologists identified five traits which are believed to form the basis of personality. They are: Openness to...
Funny vs. Happy: 30 Comedians Who Had Major Depression Funny and happy are not the same thing. These people make you laugh but they may be crying inside. Comedians and depression [INFOGRAPHIC].
Find love tonight: The first Sunday after New Year’s Day is the busiest night of the year for online dating Eric Hopton for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online If this is the year you are looking for an online love connection, start today. Why? Because the first Sunday after New Year’s Day is annually the busiest day of the year for online dating. Meaning: Tonight’s the night! Using data gathered from traffic in previous years, [...]The post Find love tonight: The first Sunday after New Year’s Day is the busiest night of the year for online dating appeared first on PsyPost.
Is ‘Facebook Murder’ real? Criminologists profile murderers who use social networking sites A New Hampshire man recently walked into his wife’s hospital, fatally shot her and then turned the gun on himself. The murder-suicide was explained in a message on his Facebook page: “My baby was trying to escape the bipolar demons that have been swirling around in her brain since childhood and now because of my [...]The post Is ‘Facebook Murder’ real? Criminologists profile murderers who use social networking sites appeared first on PsyPost.
Hate slut shaming? Study finds gender inequality to blame for restrictive sexual morality “Slut shaming” could be the product of inequality between men and women in the economic realm. A new study seeks to explain anti-promiscuity views by examining the economic situation of men relative to women — and its findings suggest that “slut shaming” could have its genesis in concerns over parental investment. Brunel University researchers Michael [...]The post Hate slut shaming? Study finds gender inequality to blame for restrictive sexual morality appeared first on PsyPost.
Keys to Creativity: Vulnerability. Fear is one of the main impediments to enjoying life fully, creating, and being who we are. At some point something shifted for us as a society and gradually we started trading genuineness, openness, and honesty for fear and closeness. We’ve been collectively buying into the myth that being open...
Day Four: Memory is not accurate. Nope, not Our memories can seem so vivid and realistic, it’s hard to believe they’re not literally true! But memory doesn’t work like a video camera. For one thing, due to our limited powers of attention (see Day One) we never get the whole story to begin with. Then, every time we...
 The Skill of Procrastination I’m not sure if it is a skill or a curse.  I do my best to get things done and I have many lists (in my head and written done on calendars). Just paper calendars and smart phone apps, but it seems like they make it harder, at times, to...
Turning Down an Invitation from Misery In the new year, I will be embarking on a new chapter in my life. My husband and I will be moving from New York to California. As someone who suffers from anxiety and depression, this should be the perfect opportunity to use some of the coping strategies I’ve learned in...
Toward a Language of Gratitude The satisfying flow of giving and receiving can deepen as we express genuine gratitude to each other and respond to expressions of gratitude from an open-hearted place. But oftentimes our language shuts down the potential contact created by expressions of gratitude. This article shows how saying "no problem" often blocks receiving, and explores other ways of responding.