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Psychology Around the Net: September 27, 2014 Need caught up on this week’s psychology-related news around the ‘net? From Alanis Morissette’s view on happiness to what NOT to say to someone with bipolar disorder, we’ve got you covered. Behind the Online Comments: The Psychology of Online Trolls: We’ve all experienced them. Now find out what motivates them....
Dietz's DBT Site Has Helped Thousands of Borderline Folks "Staying active with the site has been a real gift. It has allowed me to remain active in DBT and be reminded of the skills to make my life a life worth living. This has been the most gratifying work I have ever done. It has become more than I could have ever imagined."
The Psychology of Terrorists (Pt. 2): The Messiah Complex What motivates terrorist leaders like Osama Bin Laden and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed head of ISIS? Clearly, the answer to such a question is complex, and varies to some extent from person to person. However, like the late bin Laden, al-Baghdadi seems to be exhibiting some sort of messiah complex.
Why some men develop signs of pregnancy There are a range of theories as to why some men develop an involuntary manifestation of pregnancy.
Is beer good for your brain? Research suggests a flavonoid found in beer may play a role in cognitive function.
Chaos and Creative Expression – Part 2 See Part 1 Author Malcolm Gladwell (‘Outliers: The Story of Success’; ‘Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking’ and other books) has commented, “Anyone who is in a creative space…you have to reverse the normal human tendency, which is to edit. Creative people…their brains are messy. Their imaginations...
Rejecting or Embracing the Sacred in Meditation I recently taught a class in creative contemplation that was based on Lectio Divina, or divine reading. It is a practice undertaken by contemplative Christians and monks in which one completely surrenders to the voice of God as inspired by a line of scripture. I have no real allegiance to...
Forever Young - Through Humor and Surgery The late comic icon, Joan Rivers, like writer Daphne Merkin, and psychologist/blogger, Joan Ullman, have all voiced at times extreme unhappiness with their physical appearance - what in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is termed Bodily Dysmorphic Disorder. But far from having been undone, each woman triumphed over her affliction.
Tobacco Smoking and Mental Health Most adults are aware of the health risks of smoking tobacco. Research shows that smoking may also have an affect on mental health. While the motivation for smoking varies from person to person, knowing why some people smoke may help those who want to stop. The physical, or biological, elements...
How to Do Good Therapy   Therapy is really hard to do. Good therapy is, anyway. Bad therapy is pretty easy: giving advice, passively listening, befriending clients, or following a rigid step-by-step protocol. Good therapy is incredibly demanding and involves observing and then integrating information on a number of levels. That’s why it can be...
You Don’t Have to Do Everything Perfectly One of my biggest struggles is the fact that I feel like I have to do everything just right. There’s some small part of me that kind of panics if I don’t do things correctly, or the way I imagine they should be done. The biggest area of my life...
When where and why we get peeved What I really wanted to say in my title is when where and why we get pissed. Cause we do. And we can’t blame a mental illness on outbursts of rage, irritability, or anything else for that matter. Here is a list of things that piss me off, and any...
Dealing with Ex-spouses Q: My ex-wife is ruining my life. She doesn’t want to spend time with our kids, which is fine with me because she’s incredibly neglectful. But she’s actually blackmailing me, telling me that if I don’t keep paying child support, even though the kids aren’t with her at all, she’ll...
Ten Reasons People Do (and Don't) Regret a Hook Up A hook up is sometimes more than a hook up, leaving people with emotions ranging from excitement and pride to regret and shame. What explains these different reactions?
Unexpected clue to peripheral neuropathies found Disrupting the molecular function of a tumor suppressor causes improper formation of a protective insulating sheath on peripheral nerves -- leading to neuropathy and muscle wasting in mice similar to that in human diabetes and neurodegeneration. A new study also suggests that normal molecular function of the tumor suppressor gene Lkb1 is essential to the formation process.
Neuroscientists use morphed images of Hollywood celebrities to reveal how neurons make up your mind Morphed images of celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Bob Marley, Sylvester Stallone, Uma Thurman, Nicole Kidman, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Clinton and George Bush, and others were shown to participants in a recent study. The study found that neurons fire in line with conscious recognition of images rather than the actual images seen, thereby leading scientists to believe that neurons play a key role in the formation of memory.
How to Get Rid of Guilt. How to avoid guilt?
How to Get Rid of Guilt Guilt is painful and even narcissistic. It has but one redeeming feature.
Therapists 2014: The Intersection between Clinician, Business Savvy & In October 2009, I wrote my first piece in a series for Psych Central on the changing landscape of therapists online. Psychotherapists Unmasked on the Internet reflected upon a conversation I’d had with my psychiatrist father five years prior, who gave me an earful around the ethics of having my...
Infographic: Body Language of Men Visual representation of most common male body language signs.