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Money and Relationships: Are You REALLY Fighting About Finances? Don’t let your money troubles prevent you from having a great relationship. My husband and I have had countless arguments about money. And we’re not alone; divorce statistics suggest that money is the major cause of most divorces. Suffice it to say that money is a hot topic and one...
Got Self-Destructive Behaviors? Try This Instead What do I mean by self-destructive behaviors? For the purposes of this post, I’m going to use the definition from Lisa Ferentz, which is broader than some: she includes any self-directed act that is “addictive, destructive acts that are punitive, are harmful, hurt the body or compromise physical safety.” She...
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the #doubtfireface challenge Researching #doubtfireface  On American Foundation for Suicide Prevention In my last blog post, I got my #doubtfireface on for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention personal campaign. The truth is the first time I heard about it was from one of my Facebook friends after my friend saw my ALS video. I...
Happiness With Others 10: Leave A Trail Of Happiness What goes around comes around. The more we leave a trail of happiness for others to follow, the more happiness we find as well. Learn the five powerful strategies that, through bringing happiness to others, returns it to us in kind.
Memory in silent neurons: How do unconnected neurons communicate? According to a generally-accepted model of synaptic plasticity, a neuron that communicates with others of the same kind emits an electrical impulse as well as activating its synapses transiently. This electrical pulse, combined with the signal received from other neurons, acts to stimulate the synapses. How is it that some neurons are caught up in the communication interplay even when they are barely connected? This is the chicken-or-egg puzzle of synaptic plasticity that a team is aiming to solve.
Memory and Alzheimer's: Towards a better comprehension of the dynamic mechanisms A new study opens the door towards better understanding of the neural circuitry and dynamic mechanisms controlling memory as well of the role of an essential element of the hippocampus -- a sub-region named the subiculum.
The Personality Test That's All About Hand Gestures Here's a personality test that is based on how we interpret vague hand gestures. Take a look at what people can tell from what is essentially a drawing exercise, and decide if you want to contribute a hand gesture of your own....
Single & Surviving as a Woman Being 34 and single, the last 10 years have been a time of a lot of emotional stress for me. I had been a very successful student in my younger days. So I used to take praise for granted. In the extended family I was touted as someone that the...
Yoga: If It’s Good Enough For the A-Listers   Let me tell you something about me, in about 8 days time, my life is about to explode and I will become an over-scheduled, sometimes cranky, workaholic for the next 10 months. Along with my regular 40 hour a week full time job, I also have a part time...
Why Kids Need to Play It is so important for kids to have unstructured, free play time. In these days of schedules, routines, and many demands and responsibilities, it is increasingly important for children to be allowed to just play. See the following reasons why children need to play (statements in italics retrieved from More...
Suffer from Funphobia? Maybe You Need a Little Luxury On the cruise ship, formal afternoon tea finds me gazing back and forth between jewel-pretty pastries and — past massive yachts sporting helicopter pads — ­­­­Monaco, alight with countless actual emeralds and sapphires worn and sold along its terraced streets. Astounding. But why do I find it so hard to...
A Powerful Question for Making Good Decisions I’ve always had a hard time making decisions (you should hear me order anything at a restaurant). When I really think about it, a big part of the difficulty is the fear of making the wrong decision. It’s the palpable yearning for perfection. Plus, big decisions can seem so overwhelming....
Long-Held Belief About Depression Challenged by New Study The flaw in the most common treatment for depression. 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:A Blood Test for Depression Depression: 10 Fascinating Insights into a Misunderstood Condition Mindfulness at School Decreases Chance of Developing Depression Autism: Vital Link Found Between Vitamin D and Serotonin Production Probiotic Therapy Shows Promise for Treating Autism
Before You Medicate, Read This Yesterday I wrote about the pros and cons of psychotropic medicines; basically, I’m all for drugs that make people feel better quickly. But the physical, mental, emotional and financial costs of these drugs as currently prescribed so often outweigh their benefit. Yesterday after I clicked “publish”, I started thinking about...
Psychology and a Less Lethal Military Strategy Psychology and related social sciences may be decisive in future military strategy. Without integrating such knowledge into the military, defeating ideologically based extremist groups like ISIS will be a Herculean task. In short, kinetic energy alone is insufficient to defeat such enemies.
The problem with getting too much light at night Research shows artificial light exposure at night is associated with depression and other negative symptoms.
KKK recruits with candies and fliers The Ku Klux Klan may be seizing on a time when race and immigration are dominant issues.
Out of the Darkness Last year I attended the Out of the Darkness Walk here in Virginia. It was my first time to participate and I wrote about it last year in a post titled the same as this one, “Out of the Darkness.”  Take a look at it to read about my experience. My...
How to Overcome Limiting Beliefs I have to earn my place here. Other people don’t struggle like I do. I should’ve figured this out by now. There’s something wrong with me. Do these thoughts — or some version of them — swirl in your head? Do they consume you daily? Or arise whenever you try...
Doctor Who and the Neuroscience of Morality Malfunctions Has the Doctor misplaced one of his hearts? The latest version of the lead character on "Doctor Who" seems short on empathy and worries if regeneration has skewed his morality. Both brain injury and neural manipulations alter real people's empathic and moral abilities in terms of cognition, emotion, and compassion. To build concern for others, we first need it from others.