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Self-Care Sunday 10.5.14 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’ll also occasionally share a small tip or idea for taking kinder care of ourselves. Yesterday, I was reading one of my favorite blogs “Eat This Poem.” It’s...
Hallucinating astronauts I’ve got a piece in The Observer about the stresses, strains and mind-bending effects of space flight. NASA considers behavioural and psychiatric conditions to be one of the most significant risks to the integrity of astronaut functioning and there is a surprisingly long history of these difficulties adversely affecting missions. Perhaps more seriously, hallucinations have […]
Helping the Emotional Child (and Adult) Every child, every person, is unique. Each child has their own unique personality, their own strengths, their own areas for growth, and their own particular character traits. Some children tend to be more laid back and adjust to changes more easily than others while other children tend to be more...
Sharing Responsibly: Grief, Loss and Social Media A lot of folks these days are talking about unplugging from social media. Maybe not permanently, but for a period of time in order to have face-to-face connections with people again. But what if not logging onto Facebook meant you wouldn’t know that your friend had died? That’s what happened...
Omega-3 fatty acids may prevent some forms of depression: study Patients with increased inflammation, including those receiving cytokines for medical treatment, have a greatly increased risk of depression. For example, a 6-month treatment course of interferon-alpha therapy for chronic hepatitis C virus infection causes depression in approximately 30% of patients. Omega-3 fatty acids, more commonly known as fish oil, have a long list of health [...]The post Omega-3 fatty acids may prevent some forms of depression: study appeared first on PsyPost.
Internet addicts often suffer from additional disorders Internet addicts often suffer from concomitant disorders, most frequently from depressive disorders, anxiety disorders and ADHS. PD Dr med. Bert te Wildt studies this phenomenon at the Ruhr-Universität’s LWL Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy. Spectrum of concomitant disorders similar to that in alcohol addicts The researcher from Bochum has compiled a so-called comorbidity profile [...]The post Internet addicts often suffer from additional disorders appeared first on PsyPost.
Economist finds formula for the ‘perfect ask’ in online fundraising Going it alone and setting targets are part of the ‘perfect ask’ fundraising formula to generate the most online donations for charity events, according to research. Economist Professor Kimberley Scharf, from the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick, led a team who analysed data from the online [...]The post Economist finds formula for the ‘perfect ask’ in online fundraising appeared first on PsyPost.
Digital Dream Research A new digital word search method has been designed to provide greater accuracy, objectivity, and speed in the study of dreams. The results of this study show that a digital approach can accurately identify many of the same distinctive patterns of dream content found by previous investigators using much more laborious and time-consuming methods.
Teen texting: Difference in girls and boys text talk and reflection on gender identity Teenage years are a turbulent time of learning independence, developing social skills and experiencing sexuality and romance. Teens face peer groups pressure and have no micro guidance from parents. Texting is an important social communication channel for teens, giving the opportunity for anxiety free communication with the opposite sex. This study in Journal of Children [...]The post Teen texting: Difference in girls and boys text talk and reflection on gender identity appeared first on PsyPost.
Obscure psychedelic substance called ibogaine can help defeat drug addiction, study suggests Could a mysterious hallucinogen used by shamans during healing ceremonies deep in the forests of Gabon be the key to defeating addiction? Though it sounds unlikely, preliminary research suggests a little-known psychedelic chemical called ibogaine could help people who abuse alcohol, cannabis, and cocaine overcome their substance dependence. Ibogaine is one of the psychoactive chemicals [...]The post Obscure psychedelic substance called ibogaine can help defeat drug addiction, study suggests appeared first on PsyPost.
7 Ways Smartphones Can Harm Your Relationship “We were texting back and forth about a project we were working on together. Gradually, the texts became a little more familiar. Over time we started sharing more, and … I guess you could say I’m involved in an emotional affair. I want to stay married, but I feel like...
20 Ways to Choose Happiness I love when I notice I’m smiling when I’m alone. The smile isn’t falsely constructed to please anyone else. Rather, it’s naturally powered by my inner bliss, which radiates and beams through my being. After many years of deep, inner work, I’m at a place in my life where I...
The Source of Both Life’s Happiest And Also Its Saddest Moments Hundreds of people were asked about the most positive and negative events in their lives... When you look back over your life, which moments have given you the most pain -- and which the most pleasure? Some might guess it's individual achievements, like getting a promotion, or individual failures, like failing an exam. In fact, research suggests that it's... 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:Why You Should Treasure Apparently Mundane Moments in Life America: Happiest and Saddest States Facebook or Twitter? How Age and Narcissism Motivates The Choice What Might Have Been: The Benefits of Counter-Factual Thinking Attending a Better University Doesn’t Make You Happier, Here’s What Does…
You’re Being Emotionally Abused–What Do You Do About it? My recent post Are You Being Emotionally Abused? seemed to strike a nerve with a lot of people.  That means that many of you are experiencing  emotional abuse in their relationships.  This is (sadly) not surprising to me, in my line of work.  But hopefully, it’s a comfort to realize...
10 Reasons You Don’t Need The Victory We all love to win. We all love the feeling of besting ourselves, our competitors, and basking in the sweet glow of admiration and praise victory offers. But is winning really the best thing for us? Does winning build character, develop strengths, encourage morality? Or are we focused on the...
Are You the Inspirational Type? In a world full of inspirational quotes, it might seem that we're all looking for ways to become more motivated. As it turns out, some of us are more likely to get inspired than others. This 4-item test will show where you stand on the inspirational scale, and how becoming inspired can help you achieve your goals.
Extreme Sexual Deviant Tells All A psychiatrist's opened files reveal stunning details about one of the world's most perverse child killers, Albert Fish. Chillingly, Fish states, "There are a lot of us."
Spike activity 05-10-2014 Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Dropping science: neuroscientists throw down epic / excruciating rap battle on Twitter. Bring the line noise. The New Yorker has an interesting piece on the neuroscientific legacy of the Vietnam War. In neuroscience terms, it was American’s World War One. The latest edition of […]
Psychology Around the Net: October 4, 2014 This week’s Psychology Around the Net features information about social anxiety treatments, ways to increase productivity, a possible link between depression and terrorism, and more. Talk Therapy May Trump Medication For Social Anxiety, Study Says: The Lancet Psychiatry has published new research suggesting talk therapy — or cognitive behavior therapy...
How to Detect Lies Here is a quick way to find out whether or not someone is lying to you (visual representation).