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Meditation: The Rosary in the Sauna Meditation is hard. It takes discipline, time, and regularity. It takes a lot. I have always struggled with meditating. Even with my mood stabilizer, I’ve always had rushed thoughts that have made it hard for me to sit down, be still and chill. When I read about meditation and all...
ADHD & Adults: Help for Organizing Your Household Almost every symptom of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) plays out in the household, said Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW, a psychotherapist and author of the book The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus and Get More Done. Disorganization and distractibility lead to lost papers, unpaid...
Casino Designers Have a Whole New Theory About How to Manipulate You Why can't you stop gambling? Many people would say it's because the windowless, maze-like layout of casinos is designed to keep you mesmerized by the games. But scientists argue that the most successful casinos keep you playing with a new set of psychological tricks....
Just How Dark Is Your Dark Side? When we talk about our dark side, we’re generally calling attention to our most aggressive, or lustful, anti-social instincts. Acting out impulses that would disrupt others’ lives—if not downright decimate them. But what I’d like to suggest is that our darkest fantasies might not be anywhere as demonic as typically supposed.
Self-Compassion During the Holiday Season The holiday season is upon us. I just took a deep breath after writing that. Maybe you’d like to, too. The holidays are a beautiful time, but they also may be a stressful and even heartbreaking time for oh-so many reasons. Whatever this month brings for you, I hope you...
Salience network linked to brain disorders A brain structure called the insula is essential for selecting things out of the environment that are 'salient' for an individual, and dysfunction of this system is linked to brain disorders such as autism, psychosis and dementia.
The Simple Change to Daily Routine That Fights Bothersome Negative Thoughts That Won’t Go Away A change to the daily routine that may help fight unwanted negative thoughts. 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:8 Ways to Get Rid of Unwanted Negative Thoughts How Unwanted Negative Thoughts Could Be Treated By Changing Memories How to Give The Slip to Persistent Negative Thoughts 9 Simple Suggestions That Change People’s Perceptions Autism Explained: Simple New Theory Links Confusing Array of Symptoms
Simplify Gift Giving By Not Giving People What They Wanted Here's a little practical evil for the holidays. Does someone want something expensive? Get them the cheap version, and then use choice blindness to convince them that they like it....
Strings Attached: When Gifts Aren’t Really Gifts “The catch about not looking a gift horse in the mouth is that it may be a Trojan horse.” – David Seller Having recently gotten married, I received a lot of gifts from close friends and family. If there is anything I’ve learned it’s that some of these “presents” come...
Five Ways To Teach Your Kid To Be Mentally Tough The hope is that they become resourceful adults. The hope is that they learn to take life’s ups and downs and continue on. The hope is that they will recover from setbacks and mistakes, and persevere — even becoming stronger as they go. For most parents, the hope when raising...
Images of brain after mild stroke predict future risk A CT scan of the brain within 24 hours of a mild, non-disabling stroke can predict when patients will be at the highest risk of another stroke or when symptoms may worsen, according to new research. Like stroke, a transient ischemic attack (TIA) is caused by restricted blood supply to the brain. Symptoms may last only a few minutes.
Cerebral oxygenation in elite kenyan athletes A pioneering study in the world of the physiology of exercise describes for the first time that elite Kenyan athletes have greater brain oxygenation during periods of maximum physical effort, which contributes to their success in long-distance races.
Dopamine helps with math rules as well as mood Rule-applying neurons work better under the influence of the happy hormone, researchers have found. The chemical messenger dopamine – otherwise known as the happiness hormone – is important not only for motivation and motor skills. It seems it can also help neurons with difficult cognitive tasks, they report.
How Casinos Use Design Psychology to Get You to Gamble More Everyone's heard that there are no clocks or windows in casinos so that gamblers won't realize how long they've been losing money. But is this actually design gospel? And does it work? According to research, it turns out that the most successful casino design may not be the dark, maze-like designs we think they are. ...
Obese lose up to eight years of life Study shows being severely obese can knock up to eight years off your life and cause decades of ill health.
On having mentally ill friends… I am lucky. A few weeks ago someone stumbled across this blog via a local Meetup group profile. She thought it was weird to contact me, but felt we had a lot in common so did anyway. After much back and forth through email and one failed attempt at meeting, we...
Best of Our Blogs: December 5, 2014 The holidays offer us the greatest opportunity to either relish in goodness and hope or to deplete ourselves in envy and disappointment. The difference is our perception of what’s going in our lives. Do we indulge in the drama of a situation or do we settle our eyes on something...
Give Me A Gift For The ADHD Holidays There was a time when I thought I was normal. Okay, you can stop laughing now. What I meant was I thought I was well within the normal spectrum and that, while unique and quirky, I was still just your everyday, average guy. You’re laughing again, I’ll wait ’til you...
What is the Success Rate of Online Dating? Last week’s cartoon was about people who sulk too much. Oooh, they make me mad. All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is ©Donna Barstow 2015.  My main cartoon site is Donna Barstow Cartoons. And  you can Like me  on Facebook to get notified of new cartoons as I post...
Believe in Yourself: A Surprising Way to Boost Morale Recently, I read Christopher Isherwood’s memoir, My Guru and His Disciple. It’s an account of Isherwood’s relationship with Swami Prabhavananda, the Hindu monk who was his spiritual mentor and friend for more than thirty years. (The photo shows Swami Prabhavananda on the left, Isherwood on the right, and Aldous Huxley between...