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Experts conclude that hallucinations and delusions are common and understandable A report published by the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology challenges received wisdom about the nature of mental illness. ‘Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia: Why people sometimes hear voices, believe things that others find strange, or appear out of touch with reality, and what can help’ has been written by a group of eminent [...]The post Experts conclude that hallucinations and delusions are common and understandable appeared first on PsyPost.
Who’s Smoking Marijuana and How Much? Who’s Smoking Marijuana and How Much? Statistics on cannabis users skew perceptions of cannabis use. Most statistical surveys of marijuana focus on a single quantitative measurement, “How many people are using?” However, there is a problem; more marijuana use does not necessarily translate into more marijuana users. The greatest amount of marijuana...
Does Anyone Want to Date a Bipolar Girl?     Or is it that she doesn’t find anyone she wants to spend the energy to date?     At this time of year, I find myself feeling a bit blue, not lonely exactly, just sad that I don’t have what everyone else seems to have in a steady,...
Happiness With Life 3: Practice Gratitude The things in your life do not need to change for you to be happy, but your attitude may very well have to. In this blog, you will discover how the attitude of gratitude can add significantly to your happiness quotient.
Elderly brains learn, but maybe too much A new study led by Brown University reports that older learners retained the mental flexibility needed to learn a visual perception task but were not as good as younger people at filtering out irrelevant information. The findings undermine the conventional wisdom that the brains of older people lack flexibility, or “plasticity,” but highlight a different [...]The post Elderly brains learn, but maybe too much appeared first on PsyPost.
Alzheimer’s disease: Molecular signals cause brain cells to switch into a hectic state Alzheimer’s disease damages the nervous system in many different ways. This is because the disease affects not only neurons but also other brain cells, such as the astrocytes. These support the normal function of neurons and are involved in the regulation of cerebral blood flow. Through experimental studies scientists of the German Center for Neurodegenerative [...]The post Alzheimer’s disease: Molecular signals cause brain cells to switch into a hectic state appeared first on PsyPost.
For women, job authority adds to depression symptoms Job authority increases symptoms of depression among women, but decreases them among men, according to a new study from University of Texas at Austin sociologist Tetyana Pudrovska. “Women with job authority — the ability to hire, fire, and influence pay — have significantly more symptoms of depression than women without this power,” said Pudrovska, the [...]The post For women, job authority adds to depression symptoms appeared first on PsyPost.
Songbirds help scientists develop cooling technique to safely map the human brain A new diagnostic technique — resulting from monitoring thousands of courtship calls from songbirds — can be used to safely map the human brain during complex neurosurgery, according to research from Neuroscientists at NYU Langone Medical Center and elsewhere. The mapping process, first tested in zebra finches, involves gently placing a miniature electrical cooling device [...]The post Songbirds help scientists develop cooling technique to safely map the human brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Vagaries of memory mean eyewitness testimony isn’t reliable Twenty eyewitnesses testified before the grand jury investigating the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. None of these accounts is fully consistent with any other. Moreover, eyewitnesses even gave accounts that do not agree with their own earlier versions. To the public and the media, these discrepancies have been startling. But psychological scientists [...]The post Vagaries of memory mean eyewitness testimony isn’t reliable appeared first on PsyPost.
Infertility is Trauma, Physical and Emotional You might think that if there were an epidemic that impacted 1 in 6 couples, that it couldn’t possibly be invisible. Yet every day people who struggle with infertility are asked when they’re going to have children or told to be patient or urged to listen to advice from people...
Couples & Money: 10 Tips to Fix Your Finances Together This knowledge will help you avoid common financial fights. A strong relationship with your partner, and a solid, secure financial life together, begins with what you bring to the table. As a money and relationship coach, I work with couples who struggle with this; and, while there’s a lot they...
Quiz: Am I In Love? Do you want to find out whether you love or simply like someone? Here is a little test to help you understand your feelings.
Do 'Typical' Sexual Fantasies Even Exist? Can we use unusual sexual fantasies to identify sexual deviancy? Is there a link between what people fantasize about and how they actually behave?...
4 Barriers to Dialoguing About Race and How to Overcome Them Talking about race is no easy task. What makes understanding each other so hard? What can you do to make racial dialogue more healing and less painful? Here's what I've learned from working with diverse groups dialoguing about race.
Ten Steps to Learn Self-Discipline Here’s a brief recap of last week’s article, Self-Discipline Season Has Begun:  Struggling with self-discipline is not a sign of weakness or a character flaw Self-discipline is made up of two parts: making yourself do things you don’t want to do; and stopping yourself from doing things that you want...
Couple Communications: 5 Prerequisites to Unlock Imagination, 4 of To see yourself as captain is to, first, make a commitment to heal as an individual (see Prerequisite 1 above) and, second, to accept painful emotions as potentially vital information and view your ability to connect to vulnerable emotions without getting triggered as a strength (see Prerequisite 2 above). To...
4 Tips for Improving Self-Esteem Low self-esteem, which is just another term for shame, is very common in our culture. It especially afflicts those who grew up abused, neglected, or bereaved. Here are some simple tips for building confidence. 1. Be Fair Everyone suffers from flaws. It’s not fair to focus on our own personal...
7 Tips for a Saner Holiday As soon as autumn comes, people’s thoughts begin to shift to the holidays, and sometimes those thoughts are accompanied by difficult emotions such as depression, frustration, and anxiety. For some, the holidays conjure up unpleasant associations, such as the first event without Grandma there, or prickly family get-togethers. Then there...
Self-Care Sunday: A Tip for Practicing Self-Care Every Day In addition to sharing links to others’ posts on self-care (along with a few of my own) in these “Self-Care Sunday” posts, I also sometimes share a small tip or idea for taking kinder care of ourselves. Self-care is an attitude — of compassion toward ourselves. It’s asking ourselves “what’s...
How Comforting Are Comfort Foods? In what may have been one of the sweetest psychology experiments of all time, participants were asked about their favorite comfort foods – and then they were given them, in ample quantities! The researchers weren’t just being sweet; they wanted to know just how comforting comfort foods really are. Comfort...