|Does Psychoanalytic Therapy Really Work?
||Over the years many people have questioned whether psychoanalysis really works. It has especially come under attack in recent years, as psychotherapy has become controlled by insurance companies, who bemoan any long-term treatment. Those who practice psychoanalytic psychotherapy have asserted strongly that it works. They point to qualitative improvements in...
|Using social media for behavioral studies is cheap, fast, but fraught with biases
||The rise of social media has seemed like a bonanza for behavioral scientists, who have eagerly tapped the social nets to quickly and cheaply gather huge amounts of data about what people are thinking and doing. But computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and McGill University warn that those massive datasets may be misleading. In [...]The post Using social media for behavioral studies is cheap, fast, but fraught with biases appeared first on PsyPost.
|Most American presidents destined to fade from nation’s memory, study suggests
||American presidents spend their time in office trying to carve out a prominent place in the nation’s collective memory, but most are destined to be forgotten within 50-to-100 years of their serving as president, suggests a study on presidential name recall released today by the journal Science. “By the year 2060, Americans will probably remember [...]The post Most American presidents destined to fade from nation’s memory, study suggests appeared first on PsyPost.
|Surviving Infidelity: Regain Your Confidence & Self-Esteem
||It’s not okay for someone to give you less than 100% love and safety. Ladies, if you’ve been cheated on, then you know how crippling it can be to your self-esteem. It can send a crumbling ripple effect to your ego, making you feel worthless for many months, if not...
|Why Our Brains Love Babies (Video)
||Brief educational video on the neuroscience behind why babies are so cute....
|Do ‘typical’ sexual fantasies 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? Psychiatry’s two main diagnostic manuals list certain sexual interests – such as voyeurism, exhibitionism, fetishism, sadism and masochism – as “anomalous” or “unusual”. But, our study shows that some of these [...]The post Do ‘typical’ sexual fantasies exist? appeared first on PsyPost.
|Retail rage: Why Black Friday leads shoppers to behave badly
||The manic nature of Black Friday has often led shoppers to engage in fistfights and other misbehavior in their desperation to snatch up the last ultra-discounted television, computer or pair of pants. What is it about the day after Thanksgiving, historically one of the busiest shopping days of the year and traditionally the start of [...]The post Retail rage: Why Black Friday leads shoppers to behave badly appeared first on PsyPost.
|The “Birds and the Bees” Differ for Boys and Girls
||In a forthcoming publication in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences with my undergraduate RAs and developmental psychologist Dawn K. Melzer, I explored the content of communications that parents have with their children about sex. Our participants’ parents were more focused on guarding the sexuality of their daughters than their sons.
|Spike activity 28-11-2014
||Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The Pentagon publishes their plan for future war and they seem to have ripped off the plot from 1980s Rogue Trooper story lines. The Scientist has a basic guide to imaging white matter with diffusion MRI. Next week in The Scientist: Collar up or […]
|What Gottman Got Wrong
||IMO, Gottman's use of "the four horsemen of the apocalypse" to describe what goes wrong in partnerships is unnecessarily gender-biased and vague, and can actually cause more trouble than it solves. But there's an easy fix.
|Are You a Narcissist? InfoGraphic
||Ever wonder if you or someone in your life is a diagnosable narcissist? Well, try answering these questions to find out.
|Are You a Narcissist?: InfoGraphic
||Does it seem like inflated self-esteem is getting a little out of control these days? Here is a chart to help you better recognize narcissism. But noticing narcissistic traits around us may be the easy part. The hard part is understanding why these traits show up and what to do about them.
|Tinder And Evolutionary Psychology
||Tinder’s popularity stems from its ability to match the human evolutionary mechanism. In a word, it is “distilled.” It cuts through the B.S., giving users only the data they need to develop a meaningful first impression.
|How to Survive the holidays with Bipolar
||Holiday Survival 101 I was really hesitating to write this blog. I mean, aren’t there literally hundreds of blogs telling us how to make the holidays brighter? Cheerier? In fact, I haven’t written in a week for fear that I had really nothing new to say. Then,...
|Breathing Right Video 2, The Core-Breathing Boost
||Miriam Manela, co-author (with me, C.R.) of The Parent-Child Dance: A Guide to Help You Understand and Shape Your Child’s Behavior, talks about how to boost your or your child’s core breathing strength in this short video....
|3 Ways to Respond to Your Anxious Child’s What-If
||“What if I don’t get asked to the dance?” “What if you run out of gas and can’t pick me up from school?” “What if we get robbed?” “What if… insert your child's anxious thought here ?” If your child’s anxious, it’s likely they do something I like to...
|4 Proven Ways to Uplift Your Mood
||It is not uncommon for people from all walks of life to feel sad or lonely at times. Everyone at one time or another will have the blues, but you may have depression. Depression is a medical condition that requires help and is much more serious than being in a...
|Just 1 Gram of This Spice Boosts Memory in Six Hours
Memory improved by consuming small amount of this spice with breakfast.
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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|Are You Impulsive?
||Did Black Friday prompt you to make an impulse purchase? Read this post and calculate your ‘dysfunctional impulsivity’ score.
|How Impulsive Are You?
||Impulsivity is a basic, yet fascinating concept in psychology. It’s associated with many traits, ranging from sensation-seeking to neuroticism, and it affects a number of behaviors of interest to psychologists, from over-eating to under-saving. Many important choices you've made may have been affected by your level of impulsivity.