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The Morality of Olive Kitteridge The morality of the self can vary, from the self-protectiveness of Olive Kitteridge to the openhearted and open-mindedness of her husband, Henry.
10 Small Physical Activities That Help with Depression   If you are dealing with depression, chances are the mere thought of doing any type of exercise is overwhelming. Right now, you may be struggling to put one foot in front of the other or even get off the couch. When we are feeling awful, it’s kind of hard...
The Shadow Side of Falling In Love: The Power Whereas genuine love fosters an empathic connection with both self and other, one that nourishes the mental, physical and emotional growth and capacity for compassion and self-actualization of each person, the neurochemistry of love relationships can morph into a dangerous mix of drugs more difficult to part with than alcohol, cocaine...
The Environmental Factor Linked to Huge Rise in ADHD Exposure to environmental factor increased children's chances of developing attention problems by five times. 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:Six Neurotoxic Industrial Chemicals Linked to Rise In Brain Disorders This Blood Type Linked to Memory Loss Later in Life Gifted Children Get Ignored in School Despite Huge Future Contribution to Society High Blood Sugar Levels Linked to Brain Decay Copper Pinpointed as Main Environmental Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease
Battle of the Brain: We Want To Feel Safe, Fear is in the air once again: An Ebola epidemic. ISIS atrocities. Another senseless school shooting. What’s going on here? We want to feel safe. We want our families to be safe. Yet, every time we turn on the news (in all the many forms we receive it today), panic-inducing...
Four Steps to Kick the E-Cig Habit E-cigarettes look techy and space age, so it is fairly easy to think the hype that e-cigs are safer than smoking is true. Unfortunately, they are not. E-cigs are just another method of putting an extremely addictive substance — nicotine — into your body. Online stores, like E-Cig Twigg’s Best...
How’s your memory? I forgot. Having done work with traumatic brain injury clients, I have come to understand memory in a different light then I ever thought I would. Growing up, I can’t say i actually spent any significant time thinking about memory, but given how significant memory actually is in our lives, I think...
What brain studies reveal about risk of adolescent alcohol use, abuse What are the brain factors and behaviors that put teens at risk of alcohol use and abuse before they start drinking? Researchers explore this question in four new abstracts. One provides new evidence that adolescents at higher risk of alcoholism have reduced connections in key brain networks; another links impaired brain connections to impulsivity; and two examine impulsivity in relation to intake of sugar and DHA, an essential omega-3 fatty acid.
Danger of repeat head injuries: Brain's inability to tap energy source Two or more serious hits to the head within days of each other can interfere with the brain’s ability to use sugar – its primary energy source – to repair cells damaged by the injuries, new research suggests.
How to Communicate Effectively with Older Adults Higher standards of living and medical advancements are extending life expectancies in many countries to well above the age of eighty. Caring for, and having successful relationships with older adults often requires unique communication skills and strategies. Here are five keys for successful communication with seniors...
Self-Care Sunday: Holiday Edition In addition to sharing links to others’ posts on self-care (along with a few of my own) in these “Self-Care Sunday” posts, I also sometimes share a small tip or idea for taking kinder care of ourselves. The holidays can be a stressful time. There are extra responsibilities, on top...
Identity Giveaway Identity theft is when someone identifies themselves as you and steals your resources. Identity giveaway is when you identify as someone else and surrender your sense of individuality and uniqueness. All identification with the external is a giveaway of your essence. Identity giveaway begins with social comparisons and peaks with...
How Do You Relate to Your Environment? I’ve been reading Brian Little’s interesting book, Me, Myself, and Us: the Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being. Among other things, he discusses various  frameworks for understanding people’s different traits. I’d never heard about the “Environmental Response Inventory” before, and found it very compelling. Created by George McKechnie, this...
Are You Nice But Not Good? An inventory to self-assess the extent to which you’re a phony.
Playing action video games can boost learning A new study shows for the first time that playing action video games improves not just the skills taught in the game, but learning capabilities more generally. “Prior research by our group and others has shown that action gamers excel at many tasks. In this new study, we show they excel because they are better [...]The post Playing action video games can boost learning appeared first on PsyPost.
Focusing on executive functions in kindergarten leads to lasting academic improvements An educational approach focused on the development of children’s executive functions – the ability to avoid distractions, focus attention, hold relevant information in working memory, and regulate impulsive behavior – improved academic learning in and beyond kindergarten, according to a new study by researchers at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Because [...]The post Focusing on executive functions in kindergarten leads to lasting academic improvements appeared first on PsyPost.
5 Ways to Prepare for a Difficult Conversation Difficult conversations are hard. They create the potential for conflict and conflict can be tough to confront. A little while ago, I knew I had to have a difficult conversation with an old friend. I needed to obtain a sense of closure and clarity from what was rocky emotional terrain.Needless...
5 Tips for Healing after Childhood Adversity 1. Reframe Vulnerabilities Those of us who experienced abuse, grief, or neglect during childhood feel different from those who didn’t. We are more easily hurt, which leads to withdrawal or rage. We feel less confident in ourselves, which leads to under- or over-achievement. We have problems with attention, suffering either...
Do You Blame Yourself First When Things Go Wrong? A girlfriend of mine just finished putting on a magnificent affair for 1000+ people to honor our servicemen on Veteran’s Day. She spent hours and hours, voluntarily, to help in this huge event. As well as everything went, there were still a few glitches, one of which led to some pretty icky interaction with a...
More on the enigma of blindness and psychosis A long-standing enigma in psychiatry has been why no-one has been able to find someone who has both congenital blindness and a diagnosis of schizophrenia. The newest and most comprehensive archive study to date has just been published on exactly this issue although it raises more questions than it answers. Evelina Leivada and Cedric Boeckx […]