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How Sensitivity Can Enhance Creativity “For me, fashion is incredibly emotional. I go to shows in Paris and try not to cry.” Actor Jessica Chastain Qualities such as emotionality and empathy can help highly sensitive people be especially creative. The self-test Are You Highly Sensitive? by Elaine N. Aron, PhD includes the items: “I have a rich,...
The Ultimate Compatibility Test Based on 4 Classical Personality Types Once you answer all questions (you: left column, your partner: right column) a table with results will appear. It will tell you how much you scored for every personality type. Your main personality type is where you scored the highest. Similarly, your partner’s personality type is where he or she scored the highest. Once you […]
Schizophrenia Is Actually Eight Distinct Genetic Disorders New research published in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that schizophrenia is not a single disease, but rather a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each of them with its own set of symptoms. The finding could result in improved diagnosis and treatment, while also shedding light on how genes work together to cause complex disorders....
Radical Embitterment: The Psychology of Terrorists Given recent events, I was reminded of my previous postings here several years ago, in which I discussed the psychology of terrorists and their motivations, both conscious and unconscious. It seems timely to revisit these posts (Parts 1 and 2) today, with an eye toward how they might apply to the phenomenon of ISIS, an even more virulent and violent strain of Al-Qaeda.
Borderline Provocations IX: Hostile Sounding Comments Being in a relationship, by blood or romance, with someone with traits of borderline personality disorder is incredibly challenging. In Part IX of this series, I recommend listening to the actual words when someone makes a statement which sounds like a criticism, rather than the tone of voice, because the statement may actually be ambiguous.
How the media covers suicide and mental health I am on a plane, flying to Washington, DC. For the next three days I will be immersed in suicide – specifically, how the media covers suicide and mental health. The seminar is being sponsored by The Poynter Institute, the McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute and the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention....
Two Reminders to Help You Keep Stretching and Growing “You have enormous untapped power you’ll probably never tap, because most people never run far enough on their first wind to ever find they have a second.” – William James Whether you want to get in better shape, learn a new skill, or make an important life change, it requires...
Do You Care to Share? 5 Ways to Share your Message Last time we talked about your writing your marketing message for your private practice here. Now let’s talk about what to do with it. How do you get your message out to the world? Start with who you know. My friends and colleagues knew me, but they didn’t all know who...
This is your brain on snacks: Brain stimulation affects craving, consumption Magnetic stimulation of a brain area involved in "executive function" affects cravings for and consumption of calorie-dense snack foods, reports a study. After stimulation of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), young women experience increased cravings for high-calorie snacks -- and eat more of those foods when given the opportunity, according to the researchers.
Are You Divorcing/Dealing With A Narcissist? Know Why You Are you divorcing a narcissist? Oh, No!  No fun, hon. Or maybe your boss or someone else you know has this problem. I can help. First, let’s look at what it means to be a narcissist. Narcissistic Personality Disorder Narcissists are extremely difficult to deal with. They are usually cunning and manipulative. They...
‘I Don’t Want My Friends to Think I’m Crazy’: Mental illness is a prevalent issue on college campuses that often goes unseen and unacknowledged. When I decided I wanted to write an article about students at my university with bipolar disorder, I ran into the difficulty of finding subjects to interview. I asked around my fellow students to see...
Using cerebral protection device during transcatheter aortic valve replacement can cut number of cerebral lesions A first-of-its kind study found that using a cerebral protection device during transcatheter aortic valve replacement can significantly reduce the number and volume of cerebral lesions in high risk patients with severe aortic stenosis.
The Surprising Effect of Little Daily Hassles On Your Long-Term Health What's more likely to kill you: little hassles or major stressful life 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:Can Everyday Hassles Make You Depressed? How Long-Term Stress Affects Short-Term Memory How Long-Term Stress Causes Serious Mental Disorders Family Problems In Childhood Affect Brain Development The Surprising Power of an Emotional ‘Memory Palace’
For Men: Old-School Tips For A Happy Marriage Old-school, old-fashioned, love, marriage, values. Is this what makes a marriage last?...
Jane Goodall Answers a Questionnaire I can’t help but find it oh-so interesting that, just a few days after posting my thoughts on the relative value of online quizzes, I encounter another quiz I really want to take. Although here I feel that perhaps the deck is unfairly stacked against me. You see, Jane Goodall,...
Brain development in schizophrenia strays from normal path Schizophrenia is generally considered to be a disorder of brain development and it shares many risk factors, both genetic and environmental, with other neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and intellectual disability. The normal path for brain development is determined by the combined effects of a complex network of genes and a wide range of environmental factors. However, longitudinal brain imaging studies in both healthy and patient populations are required in order to map the disturbances in brain structures as they emerge, researchers say.
Hypersensitivity to non-painful events may be part of pathology in fibromyalgia New research shows that patients with fibromyalgia have hypersensitivity to non-painful events based on images of the patients’ brains, which show reduced activation in primary sensory regions and increased activation in sensory integration areas. Findings suggest that brain abnormalities in response to non-painful sensory stimulation may cause the increased unpleasantness that patients experience in response to daily visual, auditory and tactile stimulation.
What’s Holding You Back? 5 Ways to Break Free The power of fear never ceases to amaze me. It can control people’s entire lives and destiny!  I was in Orlando, Florida, the day I realized that fear was just a made-up idea — a concept that is both very real for most people, yet not real at all. I...
The Two Worlds (Real and Virtual) of Parenting Adolescents Parenting adolescents now is more complicated than in the parents' day because back then the freedom growing up was only offline; but today it is online too.
Overwhelmed Is As Overwhelmed Does What is overwhelmed? Overwhelmed is when something that needs attention is so intimidating that it stops you from being able to attend to it. Sometimes what overwhelms us is not an individual task but the prioritization of several tasks. I’m there now. And it isn’t fun. I finally decided a...