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Politics is Unbelievably Selfish Psychology tries to be consistent with the facts. But what happens when psychology reveals unpleasant things that almost no one wants to believe? What happens when we're looking at something like public opinion on hot-button issues, and the facts don't fit anyone's political agenda?
5 New Theories on the Cause of Depression I grew up thinking depression was as simple as one little transmitter getting lost somewhere on his way from one neuron to the other, much like I do when I venture farther than five miles from home. It’s an easy explanation — a chemical imbalance in the brain — one...
The Zeroth Law Of ADHD I have ADHD. You also may have ADHD. Or maybe you know someone who does. That’s what this blog is about. At least, that’s what it’s usually about. Sometimes, though, I talk about other things. Sometimes I talk about how things relate to ADHD, rather than talking about ADHD. Today,...
Introverts' Quick-Start Guide, Part 2 “I wish that the ability to work independently would be celebrated and valued as much as the ability to work in teams,” says Peter Vogt, author of the new book, The Introvert Manifesto. “We have team-building activities, after all, especially on the job. Why not independent work-building activities?”
The 10 Biggest Myths about Sex Addiction Treatment These 10 things are not so much myths as they are distortions born of fear and misinformation. When people do not understand sex addiction treatment they may see it as suspect or threatening in some way. This is most often based on very little direct knowledge or a misunderstanding of...
Gone Girl: Constructing the Truth   The movie, Gone Girl, with a screenplay by Gillian Flynn (based on her own novel), vividly illustrates how easily our point of view can be controlled. It also shows how easily some people can be controlled. It is the story of a psychopathic woman named Amy (played by Rosamund...
The Disillusioning Drama of Jian Ghomeshi If Jian hadn’t been so convincing as a gentle, peace-loving hipster, he might not have found so many alleged “consenting” partners. Who could have predicted it would take a sex scandal to reveal an ancient deep profound philosophical truth: The shadow side of appearing to be one extreme is that it makes it easier to be the opposite.
Understanding Adolescents With Borderline Personality Traits Are you the parent, grandparent, or family member of a teen or pre-teen who exhibits an inability to control their impulses, emotional reactions, behaviors, aggression, suicidal thoughts, self-injurious behaviors, and anger? Is the behavior so extreme that you are afraid to discuss minor issues for fear of upsetting this teen...
Police On The Scene: Three Words Can Save You Caption:Ever been videoing a Street performer, then realize he might be mentally Ill & in crisis?. #CopsRbout2beatACrazyGuy #video4sale Continue: Panel One | Panel Two | Panel Three | Panel Four In this four-part Mental Health Humor Cartoon series   Three Words Can Save You During a Mental Health Crisis “Police...
Are You Having A Public Mental Health Crisis? Did Police Car 5051: “Dispatch: at scene of disturbance we have the wife here requesting a Psych Eval. The suspect is 10-73 Bipolar and off his meds. We are cocked and locked and ready to approach suspect for assessment with deadly force.” Caption: Ever been videoing a street performer juggling -then...
Unproductive, and Proud of It As the days shorten, I’ve been working to keep my head above water. Although my spirits often feel liberated and expansive, the state of mind is unstable. My psyche is over-ballasted, and foundering comes easily. It doesn’t help to live in such a grinding materialist culture, with its competitive measures...
Is It a Street Performer or Someone in a Person Videoing one: Oh Ya, this’s on going on Youtube…he is Awesome! Person Videoing two: Is this dinner theater? Caption: Ever been out & seen something so awesome that you just had to stop and video it? #AwesomeStreetPerformer Continue: Panel One | Panel Two | Panel Three | Panel Four...
Comedian Ruby Wax Laughs at Mental Illness (Video) Ruby Wax gives a funny TED Talk about mental illness....
Video explains the negative side of positive thinking Research shows that sometimes positive thinking leads to failure rather than success.The post Video explains the negative side of positive thinking appeared first on PsyPost.
Religion reduces suicidal thoughts among African-Americans: study Religious beliefs and practices may reduce thoughts of suicide among African-American adults in stressful life events induced by racial discrimination, according to a new research study conducted at the University of Houston (UH). “African-Americans experience an inordinate amount of psychological strain through racial discrimination, leading to depression, hopelessness and other high risk factors for suicide, [...]The post Religion reduces suicidal thoughts among African-Americans: study appeared first on PsyPost.
Don’t bet on stinginess to keep stress low Is generosity less stressful than being stingy? QUT research, published in scientific journal Public Library of Science (PLOS) ONE, examined the physiological reactions of participants in a financial bargaining game and found that not only those receiving relatively low offers experienced stress but also those that make low offers, when compared to people who made [...]The post Don’t bet on stinginess to keep stress low appeared first on PsyPost.
Compensation and punishment: ‘Justice’ depends on whether or not we’re a victim We’re more likely to punish wrongdoing as a third party to a non-violent offense than when we’re victimized by it, according to a new study by New York University psychology researchers. The findings, which appear in the journal Nature Communications, may offer insights into how juries differ from plaintiffs in seeking to restore justice. Their [...]The post Compensation and punishment: ‘Justice’ depends on whether or not we’re a victim appeared first on PsyPost.
Heavy drinking in adolescence associated with lasting brain changes, animal study suggests Heavy drinking during adolescence may lead to structural changes in the brain and memory deficits that persist into adulthood, according to an animal study. The study found that, even as adults, rats given daily access to alcohol during adolescence had reduced levels of myelin -- the fatty coating on nerve fibers that accelerates the transmission of electrical signals between neurons.
Different brain tumors have the same origin, new findings show Glioma is a common name for serious brain tumors. Different types of glioma are usually diagnosed as separate diseases and have been considered to arise from different cell types in the brain. Now researchers have shown that one and the same cell of origin can give rise to different types of glioma. This is important for the basic understanding of how these tumors are formed and can contribute to the development of more efficient and specific glioma therapies.
Sleep disturbances are linked to higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease in men In a new study, researchers from Uppsala University demonstrate that elderly men with self-reported sleep disturbances run a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease than men without self-reported sleep disturbances. The results are published in the scientific journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia. The researchers followed more than 1,000 men, who were initially 50 year old, between [...]The post Sleep disturbances are linked to higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease in men appeared first on PsyPost.