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Women Who Film Men Acting Badly Two recent videos have gone viral. Both of them depict men approaching women on the street, sometimes in nice ways and sometimes in rather crude ways. Lauren Tuck, author of an article about the first video, which has a woman named Shoshana Roberts walking the streets of Soho, Times Square...
Six Parenting Tips to Promote Heroism in Your Child Today Most parents would like to instill heroic-like qualities in their children. The social psychology research indicates that character traits that bring heroism to the forefront in people are formed by factors beyond temperament. People are not born heroes, they are made that way and early in life is a time to instill traits associated with heroism.
Ethics in Parenting: Justice   “In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.” ~ Albert Einstein.   The fourth principle in the APA Code of Ethics concerns justice. We can apply this principle to ethics in...
Money Makes You Less Rational Than You Think Many of us believe that money brings out our calculating sides, inspiring decisions that are motivated by rational self-interest. But new evidence suggests that money does the opposite, leading to druglike mental states and irrational choices that are anything but sound....
How to Support & Help Someone with Depression Someone you know is struggling with depression. You want to help but you’re not sure how. You worry about saying the wrong thing, or doing the wrong thing. Or maybe you’ve already done or said the wrong thing. There may be many reasons you’re having a hard time helping your...
Do spinal cord injuries cause subsequent brain damage? Spinal cord injuries can cause widespread and sustained brain inflammation that leads to progressive loss of nerve cells, with associated cognitive problems and depression, researchers have found for the first time.
Abilify Interview Part II Suzanne B. Robotti of MedShadow recently interviewed me for her video Q&A on Abilify. This is Part II of the interview, “Is Abilify Worth the Risks?” Check out my previous post for Part I of the interview, “Why Is Abilify the #1 Selling Drug?“...
5 Mistakes that Can Help You Grow Ruminating over past mistakes limits both your satisfaction with the present and your hopes for the future.
This Injury Could Blind You While Making You Believe You Can See There is a specific mental condition that blocks the ability to recognize illness in oneself. It works whether the illness is schizophrenia, paralysis, or even complete blindness. It's called anosognosia....
Why Your Potential Matters More Than Your Accomplishments What’s more persuasive: Your potential or your actual accomplishments? The answer will surprise you and has important implications for getting jobs, promotions, and raises.
Moods & Seasons Football. School supplies. Changing leaves. Cooling temperatures. These are a few of the things I love about fall. I also tend to feel calmer and more relaxed when autumn rolls around. Summer feels so brash, intense and bright. Fall somehow feels softer. Perhaps it’s because of the change in light....
Here’s The Real Psychological Secret to Weight Loss (And It’s Not Counting Calories) Learning about the nutritional value of food is not enough to achieve weight loss. 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:Most Unlikely Weight Loss Trick Revealed by Psych Experiment The Surprising Impact of Weight Loss on the Emotions Here’s The Real Secret to Detecting Lies (And It’s Not Body Language) Diet Tip: The Unexpected Effect of Comfort Food on Bad Moods How to Lose Weight: Stop Exercising, Start Having Fun
People Pleasers: Please Thyself! To thine own self be true–it’s good advice.  But it’s hard to follow if you’ve got strong people-pleasing tendencies. To be clear, I’m defining a people pleaser as someone who consistently sets their needs aside in favor of doing what other people want, regardless of whether those wants are healthy...
5 Mindful Tips on Happiness from Your Dog Dogs – cute furry creatures that they are – are programmed for happiness. Somewhere along the way, they were installed with a chip that causes them to wag their tails, slobber all over you and otherwise love on you, regardless of what is going on in the world. Think about it....
Cannabis extract can have dramatic effect on brain cancer, says new research Experts have shown that when certain parts of cannabis are used to treat cancer tumors alongside radio therapy treatment the growths can virtually disappear.
Who Counts as Family and Why Should (Only) Family Writing for the Atlantic, Lisa Johnson asked, “Am I not my brother’s keeper?” She didn’t just mean that metaphorically. Her brother has health problems and an intellectual disability. Again and again, she has left work early or otherwise rearranged her life to help him. If the person Johnson was caring...
Hearing WiFi New Scientist has a fascinating article on Frank Swain who has hacked his hearing aid to allow him to hear WiFi. It’s a great idea and riffs on various attempts to ‘extend’ perception into the realm of being able to sense the usually unnoticed electromagnetic environment. I am walking through my north London neighbourhood on […]
It’s Time To Let The Horses Take Me Home There was a time when life was simpler for most people. Maybe not in the big ways, but in the little ways. And maybe some of those ways are bigger than they seem. We take driving for granted these days, everyone knows that it’s done and many, if not most...
Best of Our Blogs: November 14, 2014 As the seasons change and the holidays approach, some spotlights are shone on certain mental health factors. We might feel more stressed (and this isn’t isolated to adults!) or dealing with mental illness might become more of a challenge. Our bloggers tackle those topics and more in today’s Best of...
Dating on the Edge Last week’s cartoon is about celebration of individuality, and the satisfaction of pleasing yourself first. All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is ©Donna Barstow 2014.  My main cartoon site is Donna Barstow Cartoons. And  you can Like me  on Facebook to get notified of new cartoons as I post...