|Malignant Narcissism vs. Narcissism vs. Narcissistic Personality Disorder
||How is malignant narcissism different from simple narcissism or narcissistic personality disorder? This article is an attempt to define these three terms. Includes examples and video illustration.
|Could Your iPad, Laptop or Kindle Be Keeping You
||Getting a good night’s sleep is a challenge for many people. Whether it’s constant awakenings throughout the night or difficulty falling asleep or something else, your sleep is the foundation for your mental health. Without regular, deep sleep, you’re not functioning at your best. For most of us, that’s a...
|Could playing Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' and other music improve kids' brains?
||In a study called 'the largest investigation of the association between playing a musical instrument and brain development,' a child psychiatry team has found that musical training might also help kids focus their attention, control their emotions and diminish their anxiety.
|Into the White White Woods
||What better time to address racism, and the ill-effects of unchecked systems of power and privilege, than when we are seated comfortably in our bubbles of power and privilege? While watching holiday movies with our families. A time during which we celebrate fantastic images of who we are--or at least who we dream ourselves to be--projected onto an enormous screen?
|That smartphone is giving your thumbs superpowers
||When people spend time interacting with their smartphones via touchscreen, it actually changes the way their thumbs and brains work together, according to a new report. More touchscreen use in the recent past translates directly into greater brain activity when the thumbs and other fingertips are touched, the study shows.
|Terrorism fears may shorten your life
||Long-term fear of terrorists may damage your heart and increase your risk for an early death, study shows.
|What I Learned From My Depression
||Well, we are coming to the end of my depression series. It took a lot of strength to climb my way out of the cave. I can see the sun on the horizon, and thankfully, I finally feel better. It’s not completely over, or perfect, but I can reflect on...
|Questions for Writing Down Your Soul
||In the last few months I’ve been sharing lists of prompts to help us discover ourselves and our needs, because self-reflection is key for taking compassionate care of ourselves and crafting a meaningful life. (Here’s one list of 30 prompts; and the second list.) As Margaret Atwood wrote in her...
|4 Ways to Embrace Aging
||Our bodies age. As members of the kingdom of animals, we inherit a biology that grows less efficient with time. Glitches and injuries accumulate. Our youthful form is lost, and our aged one is gained. By dint of fear of change, the innate sexual attractiveness of younger bodies, and massive exploitation of both...
|The Familiar Electronic Device That Could Be Ruining Your Sleep and Health
Study finds that these devices damage people's sleep and may worsen their health.
Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
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|Holiday Pity Parties for Single People
||I was browsing at Pottery Barn the other day when I overheard one of the other shoppers tell a saleswoman that she was buying something for her brother because “he’s single and doesn’t have any kids and doesn’t get anything” for Christmas. It was one of those many frustrating times...
|A Mindful Minute: 3 Fun Mindfulness Exercises For Kids
||Inspired by questions from my last article, How Mindful Children React Different to Challenges, about how to actually teach mindfulness to kids, I’m putting out a new weekly post with FUN mindfulness exercises for the family. After all, who said mindfulness had to be a drag?! Remember, mindfulness takes training. The goal is...
|Using targeted brain stimulation to change attention patterns for anxious individuals
||Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a painless treatment strategy that uses weak electrical currents to deliver targeted stimulation to the brain via electrodes placed on the scalp. tDCS has shown promise in treating mood, anxiety, cognition, and some symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
|10 Mindful Quotes to Get You Through the Holidays
||Last week I blogged about how my family couldn’t really “get it together” this holiday season. Food, presents, travel—you name it, we’ve agonized over it. My rational self knows the holidays aren’t about any of those things; they’re trivial. Still, that knowledge doesn’t always stop me—or any of us—from stressing...
|A Defense of Jealousy
||In Jealousy, Peter Toohey provides a charming and instructive survey of a much maligned emotion. He examines jealousy in many of its guises, including sexual jealousy, the Oedipus Complex, and sibling rivalry. Aware that it can be an ugly emotion, he argues that jealousy is an evolutionary adaptation that "can be a beautiful thing."
|Best of Our Blogs: December 23, 2014
||Every year, the days come and go like falling stars, gone as quickly as they appear. Sometimes I dream of catching them, holding each to be admired, stored, wondered for another day. But just like minutes, months and moments, they’re impossible to capture, and too precious to be saved. As...
|‘Twas Four Days Before Christmas
||‘Twas four days before Christmas, I sat in my house My cat was still sleeping, ignoring her stuffed mouse; My friends’ stockings were hung by the new wooden stairs I sat in my office in my old office chair. At ten in the morning, my first morning call; I chatted...
|Cartoons of Christmas Past – Let It Snow-Man
||Door: (Name:Grinch) Address:187 (cop code in Detroit and California for murder/death/kill) Caption: Frosty the snowman “WAS” a jolly happy soul… Chato Stewart Notes on Mental Health humor: This cartoon is grim enough for dark humor. Needless to say: if you look over all the Cartoons of Christmas Past, you may...
|Starting a Counseling Practice Part 7: Creating a GOOD
||If you build it, they will come. I talk to therapists daily who truly believed that if they had an office space, and a website, that clients would find them. The truth is, it isn’t just about building it, people have to be able to FIND you! When starting out...
|Stress May Increase Desire For Reward But Not Pleasure, Research Finds
||Study helps explain why stress often leads to binge eating, relapses in drug addiction or gambling