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Psychology Around the Net: November 22, 2014 This week’s Psychology Around the Net is jampacked with everything (OK, some things!) you need to know about sleep habits, disclosing mental illness in the workplace, trying to achieve happiness, and more. There’s More to Sleep Cycles Than Being a Morning or Night Person: “In a small study being published...
Is Bill Cosby A Narcissist? “He was like, ‘Let’s take off your clothes and get you in to bed because you’re so sick and we need to take care of you, I’m helping you.’  He put me in bed and then started taking his clothes off, I was like ‘no, no, no’.”  – Tamara Green....
Prompts for Practicing Gratitude for Our Bodies With American Thanksgiving less than a week away (how did this happen!!), I wanted to share more ideas with you on practicing gratitude, year-round. (On Wednesday I talked about doing a gratitude alphabet. ) For instance, this month, Laura Simms, a career coach whose work I greatly admire, has been...
What Habits Are Best for Creativity? When I tell people that I’ve been working on Better Than Before, my book about habit change, many people ask, “What habits are best for creativity? What habits help people think creatively — and also, actually produce?“ Often, people make the case for adopting a particular habit by pointing to a renowned...
A Circle A couple of days ago it was my dad’s birthday. He died over 10 years ago. It’s a strange thing to think of someone’s birthday long after they have died. Also curious how even in death we burden (inadvertently) the memories of those who survive with yet another auspicious calendar...
How to Determine Whether It’s ‘Love’ Or ‘Lust’ Not sure about your feelings? Here’s how to know if what you are feeling is really love. Moving from “like” to “love” is one of the most important transitions a couple can make. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most misunderstood ones. Too many couples think that love is the...
How Much Does the Language We Speak Shape Our Identity? Can a different language change who we are?
Living with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) As if having a period every month isn’t enough, many women also get the cramping, headaches, bloating, and mood swings as an added bonus. Hooray for us, right? I was in my 20’s when I started to notice that all of my symptoms didn’t seem to be quite the same...
Why One Kid Gives Up While Another Bounces Back Have you ever wondered why one kid may be more resilient than another? Let’s say Lisa and Jenny are students in the same eighth grade math class. They both struggle during the quarter and, in the end, they both receive low final grades. Upon hearing the news, Lisa and Jenny...
Does "Positive Thinking" Really Make Our Lives Better? You've heard the self-help gurus who say positive thoughts can bring us happiness, wealth, and success. But there's another side to the story. Here's why positive thinking often backfires — and why many of us are starting to resent it. ...
30 More Journaling Prompts for Self-Reflection and Self-Discovery In September I shared 30 prompts, questions and ideas to help you get to know yourself better. This month I’m sharing 30 more. When we get to know ourselves better, we know what we need. That means we can respond to those needs and make better, kinder decisions. 1. Write...
Female bosses 'more depressed' Research shows that women with job authority are more likely than men to display symptoms of depression.
The 19th Century Blueprint For A Massive Mind-Control Machine James Tilly Matthews was a peace activist 200 years ago, during the Napoleonic Wars. He was confined to Bedlam asylum because he attributed the bloody conflict to a secret society using futuristic mind-control devices, which he illustrated in exquisite detail, rivaling the technical drawings of engineers....
Study says a bad marriage could literally break your heart A study has found that older couples in bad marriages, especially wives, have a higher risk for heart disease than those who are happily wed.
Immune checkpoint inhibitors may work in brain cancers New evidence that immune checkpoint inhibitors may work in glioblastoma and brain metastases was presented today by Dr Anna Sophie Berghoff at the ESMO Symposium on Immuno-Oncology 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Spike activity 21-11-2014 Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Wall Street Journal on The Future of AI: An Ubiquitous, Invisible, Smart Utility. A list of the 100 most followed psychologists and neuroscientists on Twitter compiled by the BPS Research Digest. And a mixed bag it is too. Student Science has a fantastic how-to […]
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation studied for stroke rehab Researchers are trying to help patients who have suffered a stroke to improve arm movement by stimulating the brain using a device called a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator (TMS). The idea is that when one side of the brain is damaged by a stroke, the healthy side tends to generate much more activity to compensate, but that may actually prevent the injured side from recovering, explains the principal investigator.
How to Degrade a Human Being at JRC In Massachusetts — supposedly one of the most enlightened and liberal states you can live in in our fine United States — a facility is engaged in a horrifying business. Some have even call it state-sanctioned torture on American soil. They degrade human beings daily, calling it a form of...
Are You Being Emotionally Manipulated In Your Relationships? 8 What is Emotional Manipulation (EM)? Big question, the short answer is: You are being emotionally manipulated anytime someone else is able to get you to doubt yourself; move away from your boundaries; and not take care of yourself, by their words, actions, or inactions. EMs hurt your self-esteem. They seek to serve...
A Japanese Answer to the Question of Dying Alone In the U.S., one of the myths used to try to scare single people into marrying is the threat that they will die alone. In Japan, too, the dramatic increase in the number of single people, and people living alone, has caused a panic. There, anxieties gather not just around...