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Engaging With Privilege: A Personal Journey If you want to cut to the chase in this post, go straight to the section called Talking about Race with Love. That’s where you will find the concrete lessons I have derived, especially about how a group that’s engaged in conversations about privilege without signing on to having them, can do so with love.
Mindfulness Can Stop You From Being an A-Hole I was recently interviewing Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier for an upcoming online symposium on Uncovering Happiness. I really enjoyed spending time with him rapping about what happiness is really about and why mindfulness and compassion can help inspire it. But one of the things that really made me...
The Holiday Season Thank God for holidays. They provide entertainment, enjoyment, and enlightenment. Their importance is best described by comedian Henny Youngman, “I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up—they have no holidays.” We love the holidays and we blame the holidays. Here are top 10 reasons that we blame the holidays for our misfortunes.
The social brain: Does guessing others’ intentions make a difference when we learn? People regularly engage in sophisticated ‘mentalizing’ (i.e. guessing the intentions or beliefs of others) whenever they convince, teach, deceive, and so on. Research published this week in PLOS Computational Biology demonstrates the laws that govern these intuitions and how efficient they are for anticipating the behaviour of other people. Jean Daunizeau and colleagues from INSERM [...]The post The social brain: Does guessing others’ intentions make a difference when we learn? appeared first on PsyPost.
Chicago summer jobs program for high school students dramatically reduces youth violence A public summer jobs program for high school students from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago reduced violent crime arrests by 43 percent over a 16-month period, according to a new study from the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the University of Pennsylvania. The randomized controlled trial is published in the journal Science. This research comes [...]The post Chicago summer jobs program for high school students dramatically reduces youth violence appeared first on PsyPost.
Medications for patients with first episode psychosis may not meet guidelines Many patients with first-episode psychosis receive medications that do not comply with recommended guidelines for first-episode treatment, researchers have found. Current guidelines emphasize low doses of antipsychotic drugs and strategies for minimizing the side effects that might contribute to patients stopping their medication. A study finds that almost 40 percent of people with first-episode psychosis [...]The post Medications for patients with first episode psychosis may not meet guidelines appeared first on PsyPost.
Study reveals effects on body mass index of gene linked to heavy smoking A genetic variant which causes smokers to smoke more heavily has been shown to be associated with increased body mass index (BMI) – but only in those who have never smoked, according to new research led by the University of Bristol, UK and published today in PLOS Genetics. It is likely that this finding has [...]The post Study reveals effects on body mass index of gene linked to heavy smoking appeared first on PsyPost.
Don’t worry, be happy: Just go to bed earlier When you go to bed, and how long you sleep at a time, might actually make it difficult for you to stop worrying. So say Jacob Nota and Meredith Coles of Binghamton University in the US, who found that people who sleep for shorter periods of time and go to bed very late at night [...]The post Don’t worry, be happy: Just go to bed earlier appeared first on PsyPost.
Distrust of police is top reason Latinos don’t call 9-1-1 for cardiac arrest Fear of police, language barriers, lack of knowledge of cardiac arrest symptoms and financial concerns prevent Latinos – particularly those of lower socioeconomic status – from seeking emergency medical help and performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), according to a study published online yesterday in Annals of Emergency Medicine. “Residents of low-income, minority neighborhoods have two strikes [...]The post Distrust of police is top reason Latinos don’t call 9-1-1 for cardiac arrest appeared first on PsyPost.
Overcoming fear of failure For someone who fears failure, the thought of failing is unacceptable. In an earlier series I talked about perfectionists and the way fear of failure ties in to their experience. When you convince yourself that failure is not an option you “fail” to fully grasp the idea that there are...
How to Make Your Relationship Last “Relationships are Terrifying. Did You Know That 50% of Marriages Last Forever?” This is the thought-provoking introductory statement in a recent YouTube presentation by Discovery News (DN). Every couple relationship is marked by competing preferences, likes and dislikes; you hate hockey, he loves it. You love camping, she hates it! Initially these differences can be […]
How to Find Creative Insights at Work Sometimes dogged persistence can actually backfire. Here's what you should do instead.
Positive Thinking “Positive psychology is the branch of psychology that uses scientific understanding and effective interventions to aid in the achievement of a satisfactory life, rather than merely treating mental illness” (Wikipedia). It focuses on growth and well-being. It centers around making people happier and more productive. It offers strategies to help people...
How are CTE and behavior linked? The answer requires more in-depth research, scientists say Media reports routinely link chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the neurodegenerative brain disease, with behavioral symptoms in former football players. But just how CTE and behavioral changes are related is poorly understood, researchers write.
Why Do People Love The Number Seven? Of all the infinitely many numbers in existence, the number seven appears to be humanity's favorite. Why?...
Trauma Therapy with Children in Ghana When you first walk into New Horizon Special School located in Accra, Ghana’s capital, you can’t miss a particular warmth to the place. It’s not just the lack of air conditioning; New Horizon is a happy place. Children shuffle or roll through the artwork and photograph-laden halls and the sound of...
How to Make Peace with Your Childhood Your childhood probably is tucked safely away in the past. But many of us underestimate the degree to which childhood events continue to affect our adult lives. It’s hard to imagine that events that occurred decades ago can stay with us, but underestimating their effects — even into adulthood —...
Wireless brain sensor could unchain neuroscience from cables Neuroscience research has been constrained by the cables required to connect brain sensors to computers for analysis. Scientists have now described a wireless brain-sensing system to acquire high-fidelity neural data during animal behavior experiments.
Is Therapy The Right Choice For You? When should you consider therapy? There is no one right answer, but if you have frequent and/or ongoing instances of the following, you should get an evaluation from a skilled psychotherapist....
Top 20 Quotes to Help to Be the Best Person You Can Be Our life journey will have both peaks and valleys. It would be great if we could always be enjoying the view from the peaks, but that’s just not how life unfolds. When life is going well we can do everything in our power to enjoy the experience and bask in...