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What Are Americans Most Afraid Of? A recent survey asked 1,500 Americans what they fear most. The answers may surprise you. ...
The Beast Is Back: Depression Part II It has almost been over a week on my new antidepressant and it’s getting easier to open the pill box and take it. Not perfect, but I’m trying. I skipped a couple days which I know is bad but I waffled on taking the whole thing to begin with so...
Hope for Anxiety – Part Two In my last blog I stated that I’d learned to become less anxious about having anxiety.   In order to this, the first thing I had to do was accept that I was anxious. If you read part one of this two part blog, you can probably guess this was not...
25 Questions for Cultivating Self-Compassion As I wrote in this piece on journaling prompts for self-reflection and self-discovery, part of building a healthy relationship with ourselves is keeping an open and honest dialogue. It’s continually asking ourselves questions and welcoming the answers. It’s getting to know ourselves, at our core. Another part of building a...
Interferences of Interest in the Talking Child For some time now, we have been immersed in feelings. Most recently, we have explored the crucial feeling of interest (curiosity) and what enhances and inhibits it. Last month, we examined the ways in which curiosity can be constricted in infancy, i.e. the preverbal child. This month, we discuss how curiosity can be restricted as the child begins to use words.
Everyone Is Lying To You All The Time And Only Butlers Know Why Those new-fangled contraptions these days — with their beeping and their "online" social interaction — are making us dishonest! Researchers from Cornell University have determined that they have led to a new kind of lie. Learn about the "butler lie," and why it fools everyone....
Alcohol’s Surprising Influence on Memory Loss in Later Years How light to moderate alcohol intake affects memory for past events. 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:Heavy Drinkers Lose Memory Faster With Age This Blood Type Linked to Memory Loss Later in Life The Surprising Power of an Emotional ‘Memory Palace’ The Facial Expression That Fights Memory Loss Green Tea Improves Working Memory
Do You Make Demands or Offer Choices Think about how the words ‘should’ and ‘must’ are used in language. These small, single syllable words limit options and creative problem-solving by fostering rigidity. If you ‘should’ or ‘must’ do something one way, then it rules out all the other ways a thing might be accomplished. So rather then...
Diamonds Aren’t Forever For decades, the idea that spending a fortune on engagement rings and weddings is good for your relationship has gone untested and largely unchallenged. But recently, a pair of economists put De Beers et al. to the test.
Pleasure of learning new words From our very first years, we are intrinsically motivated to learn new words and their meanings. First language acquisition occurs within a permanent emotional interaction between parents and children. However, the exact mechanism behind the human drive to acquire communicative linguistic skills is yet to be established.
ADHD Has Been Good To Me Yes, ADHD has made me the success I am today. Without it I’d be … well, I’d not be me. I’d be someone else. And who that person I might have been is, I will never know. The question is, would I have been that much better off if I...
Best of Our Blogs: October 24, 2014 Something we all struggle with or have struggled with is self-worth and self-love that’s not conditional on external circumstances. And it’s not just loving yourself despite your depression, mistakes and imperfections. It’s about loving the whole of who you are and realizing you’re worthy of love regardless of the things...
How to Bargain to Get What You Want Last week’s cartoon is based on an idea of what I think marriage might be like. Too negative? Time will tell! 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...
Is Perfectionism Ruining Your Screenplay? 9 Tips 1. Don’t compare your writing with Quentin Tarentino’s. If you fall into the category of so-called “neurotic perfectionists,” (and I feel that all writers share some of these traits), you might tend to see everything in black and white.  You might be thinking as you write, “I’m either a success or a...
As Seen on TV: Advertising’s Influence on Alcohol Abuse As Seen on TV: Advertising’s Influence on Alcohol Abuse Excessive alcohol consumption is a leading cause of premature death in the U.S. and responsible for one in every 10 deaths. The statistics that describe the ways in which we drink ourselves to death are staggering. A study published in the...
Ottawa Parliament Shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau An Islamic State terrorist or an individual pursued by his own demons?
Does This Person Look Trustworthy To You? Don't Be So Sure. There's little doubt humans have evolved to make useful judgements based on the appearance of a person's face – whether someone looks angry with us, for example – but is it reasonable for us to judge someone's character based on facial structure alone?...
You Must Learn to Love Yourself Before Extending Love Sometimes joy is found, not in what you receive, but in what you finally let go. I can pinpoint “the happiest moment of my life” almost to the second. I was on a plane taxiing down a runway en-route to visit my parents in Chicago. The airline attendant began the...
Married and Having an Affair: 7 Lies We Tell Ourselves An affair can keep your marriage intact is the controversial headline of a recent article (8 August 2014) published by the Economic Times. If the headline invokes a strong emotional reaction within you, you are not alone. In my professional experience, an affair can have irreversible negative consequences for a marriage relationship.  This is backed […]
Reminiscing can help boost mental performance, study finds To solve a mental puzzle, the brain’s executive control network for externally focused, goal-oriented thinking must activate, while the network for internally directed thinking like daydreaming must be turned down to avoid interference – or so we thought. New research led by Cornell University neuroscientist Nathan Spreng shows for the first time that engaging brain [...]The post Reminiscing can help boost mental performance, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.