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How Long Should Psychotherapy Last “How long will it last?” is one of the questions people most often ask when they are about to begin psychotherapy–especially if it’s their first time. The answer I usually give isn’t the one people want to hear, because I answer with a question: “How long should yoga last?” “How...
4 Things to Remember When the Going Gets Tough When the going gets tough, smart people make a choice. The choice often involves two options: 1.    Persist (the tough get going) 2.    Quit (which is often a smart thing to do) It’s difficult to know which is the smarter choice, so I’ve written an entire life skills post about...
Men with Tattoos: Why Do Women Dig Them?   Men with cool tattoos seem to be a major turn on for a lot of women – at least that is what a female friend of mine shared over a cup of coffee a few weeks ago.  According to her, men with tattoos were more fun, more masculine and...
The Shattered Vase Is The Fertile Ground: 5 Things Imagine that you had a treasured vase. Maybe even a family memento. Something that had enormous sentimental value to you, and could not be replaced. And then, one day, accidentally, you knock it off the shelf. To your horror, it shatters in front of you, it’s beautiful pieces flying off...
Private Practice Kickstart: Should I get certified in? I talk to therapists often who report their business plan is to get certified in “fill in the blank.” At an EMDRIA conference recently it was amazing to speak to so many therapists whose practices were going well! Many of them reported their certification in EMDR was a major determination...
Quieting the Voice of the Devil on Your Shoulder I often equate having schizophrenia to having a little devil on my shoulder that likes to whisper nasty stuff in my ear. He’s a cunning little jerk, too. If he senses a vulnerability or the potential for anxiety he’ll start screaming. In the eight years I’ve lived with the illness...
Suicide in the Military – What is the Solution?  Not long ago, war trauma was treated with compassion, understanding and love. But today, the willingness to empathize with the warrior and listen to his experiences has been replaced by a psychiatric pop-a-pill “quick-fix” mentality that employs antidepressants, antipsychotics, stimulants, sedatives or anti-anxiety drugs.~*Drugging The Military Suicide in the Military...
Dare to Embrace the Uncertainty As human beings we have a natural need to understand and control. We want to make sense of our world. And in a life that is so uncertain and unpredictable, we want to have power over the outcome of our experiences. And as we struggle to find certainty in life,...
Tech Celibacy Isn't The Answer to Multi-Tasking Tech celibacy probably isn't the answer to your problems. But perhaps inserting a bit of mindfulness into your choices might improve your quality of life.
Fifty Shades Puts the Transfer of Power on the Table Fifty Shades is not just a curious sociological phenomenon to be mused over in academic seminars. With this kind of impact, it is like throwing a hand grenade into the sex garage. What has been the real impact of Fifty Shades on the sexual scene?
Even without kids, couples eat frequent family meals Couples and other adult family members living without minors in the house are just as likely as adults living with young children or adolescents to eat family meals at home on most days of the week, new research suggests. The study is the first large-scale look at family-meal eating patterns in American adults. While a [...]The post Even without kids, couples eat frequent family meals appeared first on PsyPost.
Neurons express ‘gloss’ using three perceptual parameters Japanese researchers showed monkeys a number of images representing various glosses and then they measured the responses of 39 neurons by using microelectrodes. They found that a specific population of neurons changed the intensities of the responses linearly according to either the contrast-of-highlight, sharpness-of-highlight, or brightness of the object. This shows that these 3 perceptual [...]The post Neurons express ‘gloss’ using three perceptual parameters appeared first on PsyPost.
Simple test can help detect Alzheimer’s before dementia signs show: study York University researchers say a simple test that combines thinking and movement can help to detect heightened risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease in a person, even before there are any telltale behavioural signs of dementia. Faculty of Health Professor Lauren Sergio and PhD candidate Kara Hawkins who led the study asked the participants to complete [...]The post Simple test can help detect Alzheimer’s before dementia signs show: study appeared first on PsyPost.
Mayo researchers reveal pathway that contributes to Alzheimer’s disease Researchers at Jacksonville’s campus of Mayo Clinic have discovered a defect in a key cell-signaling pathway they say contributes to both overproduction of toxic protein in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients as well as loss of communication between neurons — both significant contributors to this type of dementia. Their study, in the online issue of Neuron, offers [...]The post Mayo researchers reveal pathway that contributes to Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Powerful Questions to Inspire Positive Change Good questions can be powerful in life-changing ways. They can spark exciting ideas and inventions. They can spark personal discoveries, which lead to fulfilling, meaningful lives. According to historian David Hackett Fischer, questions “are the engines of intellect — cerebral machines that convert curiosity into controlled inquiry.” Author and journalist...
How to Instantly Tell If Someone is About to Make a Good Decision (Or Not) Study finds intriguing link between decision-making and this subtle signal. 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:High Emotional Intelligence Dramatically Improves Decision-Making What The Eyes Reveal: 10 Messages My Pupils are Sending You The New Science of ‘The Meeting’ How to Use Your Head AND Follow Your Heart How You Can Instantly Tell Which Way a Crowd is Looking
Prejudice in the Bedroom: How Many Pillows Does a Some societies, such as Finland, care deeply that every citizen has a respectable standard of living. A report on what should count as a decent minimum standard of living in Finland begins like this: “In recent years, the level of basic security has dropped, and the income of those relying...
Darkness, Romance, and the Dark Triad in Personality We associate romance with dimly-lit settings and candlelight. However, people with dark intent are more likely than others to improve their romantic odds when shrouded in darkness. Watch out for those tell-tale signs that someone’s interest in you is less than sincere, especially when that someone is lurking in the shadows.
Getting Over a Breakup We’ve all been there: stuck on the one that got away.  If you’re having trouble moving on, this post’s for you. 1)  Find out whether it’s really over, or if there’s a chance to reconcile. That means having an honest, adult conversation with the one who broke your heart.  Sometimes...
Psychology Around the Net: September 20, 2014 Blood tests for depression, happiness in the workplace, and tricking your brain to be more productive — it’s all in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. Study Diagnoses Med Test Anxiety: Tend to “freak out” when it’s time to take a test? This recent Yale study suggests a possible treatment...