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Does Your Culture Define You as Mentally Ill? In many ways, being born in the United States or another western country means having a number of privileges. However, privilege, oppression, inequality and poverty are more complicated than GDP, and a full discussion is outside the scope of this post. What is relevant, however, is how mental illnesses present...
Why Meditation is an Essential Habit to Be at “Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.” – Deepak Chopra It is becoming more and more clear that meditation is a healthy and valuable...
The Problem With The Famously Godawful Executive Monkey Study In 1958, a study done on monkeys supposedly showed the terrible psychological burden that we put on people with power. It was not a pleasant study, and had wildly inaccurate results. And it was basically just monkey torture....
In a battle of brains, bigger isn't always better: Rats and mice perform similarly in cognitive tests It's one of those ideas that seems to make perfect sense: the bigger the brain, the more intelligent the creature. Exceptions are becoming increasingly common, yet the belief persists even among scientists. Most biologists, for example, assume that rats are smarter than mice. Scientists now challenge this belief. They compared mice and rats and found very similar levels of intelligence, a result that could have powerful implications for researchers studying complex behaviors and learning.
What You Need To Know If You Want To Bounce Back Not surprisingly, we don’t all have the same goals. While some of us focus on learning a skill or mastering a concept, others focus on specific ability goals — such as being able to complete a report in a specified time, acheive a sales target, or win a competition. Others...
Why We Don’t Hate George Clooney George Clooney’s in the news again, this time it’s about his wedding to Amal Almuddin.  The guy has everything; awards, women, wealth, fame, you name it, and throw in a idyllic mansion on Lake Cuomo.  Why don’t we feel envious, jealous, or just outright hate him?  For one thing, we’re hard-wired...
Getting Your Needs Met Are you a nice person? Are you considerate, thoughtful and sensitive to the needs of others? That’s admirable and praiseworthy! So how come you’ve been feeling unappreciated lately? Your needs never seem to count. It’s not fair. You take other people’s feelings into account. How come they run roughshod over...
Great Blogs You’ve (Probably) Missed On Emotions, Mental Health, Not run-of-the-mill, these blogs have unique viewpoints on emotional health, relationships, and more....
The Neuroscience of Bad Habits and Why It’s Not Why are bad habits so hard to break? What if the bumper sticker “Just Say No!” actually works against us? If willpower were the answer to breaking bad habits then we wouldn’t have drug addiction or obesity. There’s something going on in our brains where we literally lose the ability...
The Unexpected Emotional Effect of Sharing ‘Epic Moments’ With Others Been on an amazing holiday or had an extraordinary experience you're dying to share? 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 How Aging Changes What Makes You Happy Social Conformity Effect Lasts Three Days The Positive Effect of Creative Hobbies on Performance at Work The Source of Both Life’s Happiest And Also Its Saddest Moments
The Secret Benefits of a Curious Mind It's no surprise that when we are curious about something, it makes it easier to learn. But cutting-edge research published in the academic journal Neuron provides startling evidence for how a curious state of mind improves learning and memory for things we are not even interested in.
College and Bipolar Do Go Together ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE Getting a doctorate degree is not the easiest thing in the world, by far. Only about 1 percent of the U.S. Population has a doctorate . They are generally quite rigorous and take from three to seven years to complete. But if you need it for career or self-actualization,...
10 Thought Provoking Questions About Your Life Partner (Quiz) Interactive quiz: how well do you know your partner? Do you know their history, their losses, the traumatic experiences they had to endure? Do you know what they consider to be their greatest achievements and are most proud of? This type of knowledge helps build foundation for some of the most satisfying relationships.
The Personality Trait That Doubles Alzheimer’s Risk Study of link between dementia and personality followed 800 women for 38 years.
Excitement, Compassion, Not-Knowing As a parent I asked myself the other day (while falling asleep) – what am I modeling to my kid? And here’s what crystallized in mind: “Only three virtues I know and stand for: Excitement, Compassion and Not-knowing.” Sure, as a parent, there all kinds of things I need to...
6 Absolute Must-Haves for Relationship Compatibility Romantic relationships can be a lot of fun! The start of a new relationship is nearly always one of the most exciting times, as you each explore one another’s hopes, dreams … and bodies. But what happens if you want to turn that short-term fling into a longer-term thing? Will...
10 Things That People With ADHD Understand Perfectly ADHD is a collection of symptoms. Those symptoms aren’t all present in everyone of us all the time, just too much of the time. And they fluctuate in intensity from one person to the next. So each of us, like the visually impaired men examining the elephant in the famous...
Poetry and the Language of the Heart Do we process emotions differently in our respective languages? An answer can be found in the language chosen by bilingual poets, in swearwords used by bilinguals, and in experimental studies of affective processing.
As Ebola Concerns Mount, Psychology Offers Guidance on Health-Risks Communication What science reveals about importance of preparatory communication in large-scale incidents
Childhood Psychological Abuse as Harmful as Sexual or Physical Abuse Often unrecognized, emotional abuse prevalent form of child abuse, study finds