|A texting driver's education
||Technology distraction is an issue that scientists say is playing out in many aspects of life — not just behind the wheel, but also at work and at home.
|Creating A Safe Space for Others
||Yesterday I talked about how we can create a safe space for ourselves, to listen to our needs, wants and wishes and to compassionately care for ourselves. Today, let’s talk about how we can do the same for others. Whether this is your child, spouse, best friend or family member, here are some...
|What Does It Mean To Leverage Adversity?
||Welcome to the first post here on Leveraging Adversity! To begin, I thought I would first answer a few questions. What does it mean to leverage adversity? The definition of the word leverage is to “gain a mechanical advantage or to act from a position of influence.” Essentially, when we...
|A Student Discovers The Joy of Reading
|| Dear Friends, The other day I had a wonderful conversation with one of my older students. He was brimming over with enthusiasm for his senior-level College Reading class. It’s really more a structured study period than a class, in which students come in every day and spend the entire...
|September Is the Other January: Do You Agree or
||Even though I haven’t been in school for a long time, for me, September marks the beginning of a new year. Orange is the new black, breakfast is the new lunch, Monday is the new Thursday, pork is the other white meat, and September is the other January. (And yes, it’s...
|The Meaning of Life — Part 2
||Part one of this blog about finding the meaning of your life focused mainly on looking outside yourself and finding ways to contribute to other people. I proposed that helping others is a way to help ourselves. There is another equally salient point . . . We must learn to...
|7 Mindfulness Tips from Your Dog
|| Until you’ve been greeted by a slobbery, smooching, cold nosed, tail wagging dog, you haven’t experienced the purity of unconditional love. Talk about being mindful – these furry creatures are the epitome of living in the here and now! Think about it for a moment. When your dog jumps...
|Finding your optimal sleep duration: How much do you really need?
||By Gemma Paech, University of South Australia The amount of sleep adults need has once again come under the spotlight, with a recent Wall Street Journal article suggesting seven hours sleep is better than eight hours and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine drawing up guidelines surrounding sleep need. So, what should the guidelines say? [...]The post Finding your optimal sleep duration: How much do you really need? appeared first on PsyPost.
|Online mindfulness intervention reduces fatigue and negative work-related worry
||Brief online mindfulness interventions requiring only two hours of training and practice per week are effective at reducing fatigue and negative work-related rumination and at improving sleep quality. These are the findings of Dawn Querstret and Professor Mark Cropley from Surrey University in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation. The research is being presented at [...]The post Online mindfulness intervention reduces fatigue and negative work-related worry appeared first on PsyPost.
|Students take note: Evidence that leaving essays to the last minute ruins your grades
||Students that hand in assignments at the last minute face a five per cent drop in marks. New research from David Arnott and Scott Dacko, of Warwick Business School, looked at work submitted online and found marks dropped the closer to the deadline the essays were handed in. (See attached table). The academics believe spotting [...]The post Students take note: Evidence that leaving essays to the last minute ruins your grades appeared first on PsyPost.
|Researchers demonstrate direct brain-to-brain communication in humans
||An international study published on the open access journal PLOS ONE provides the first demonstration of conscious brain-to-brain communication in humans. Researchers have achieved internet-mediated direct communication between the minds of two people separated by 7,800 kilometres by using non-invasive technologies. The study is co-led by Carles Grau, researcher in the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychobiology [...]The post Researchers demonstrate direct brain-to-brain communication in humans appeared first on PsyPost.
|Teachers risk role confusion on Facebook
||Using Facebook for class discussions sounds like a great idea, but before teacher mix with their students on social media – make sure the roles in a group are clear. A new book features research from Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology on how role confusion can create problems – and what you can do [...]The post Teachers risk role confusion on Facebook appeared first on PsyPost.
|Sunshine can act as a ‘driver’ for suicide, study finds
||Long spells of sunshine – as proven by many scientific studies – can have a positive impact on the human mind and can have a helpful effect for people with depression. Things are very different at the start of a spell of nice weather, however. During the first days of sunshine, the internal unrest and [...]The post Sunshine can act as a ‘driver’ for suicide, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
|Talking therapy hope for people with a recent bipolar disorder diagnosis
||Cognitive Behavioural Therapy could give people with a recent Bipolar Disorder diagnosis a better chance of recovery, a new study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry suggests. New research, published September 11, compared a group of people a recent bipolar diagnosis who had an average of 14 hours Cognitive Behavioural Therapy alongside ‘treatment as [...]The post Talking therapy hope for people with a recent bipolar disorder diagnosis appeared first on PsyPost.
|5 Ways to Reduce Helplessness
||When trauma hits, we may feel utterly helpless. We may feel powerless, paralyzed, wounded. The trauma may be a physical trauma, such as a car wreck or any kind of abuse; an emotional trauma, such as bullying or poverty; or a community trauma, such as an earthquake or murder, according...
|Drugs for depression linked with failure of dental implants
||A team from McGill University has discovered that people who take the most common antidepressants (such as Celexa, Paxil, Lexapro, Prozac, and Zoloft, the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRIs) are twice as likely to have dental implants fail as those who are not taking SSRIs. “Because antidepressants, which are widely used around the world, [...]The post Drugs for depression linked with failure of dental implants appeared first on PsyPost.
|Epilepsy breakthrough may lead to non-pharmacological therapies
||A breakthrough in detecting early onset of refractory epilepsy in children will lead to effective treatment using non-pharmacological therapies, researchers say. 65 million people around the world today suffer from epilepsy, a condition of the brain that may trigger an uncontrollable seizure at any time, often for no known reason.
|Worst. Parent. Ever.
||Every parent has had that feeling at one point or another. It could be an error in judgment, a moment of frustration, a public spectacle, a comparison to other people’s kids… Lucky us, there are a ton of scenarios that can evoke feelings of anxiety, insecurity, self-doubt, and self-laceration. What...
|Husband or Wife? The Partner Whose Happiness Matters More For The Marriage
Which spouse's happiness is most important for marital satisfaction?
Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
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|Why Coincidences Aren't All That Surprising
Hey look. There's an object on Mars that, from a certain vantage point, looks just like a squirrel.
Must be a space-squirrel, right?...