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Life Lessons From Our Two Competing Definitions of "Cool" In pop culture and pop psychology, being cool means either being a winner or being OK with losing. To make sense of this ambiguity, and peace with the challenge of staying cool, we explore coolness's evolutionary roots.
#117 Mom’s Night Out I wanted to comment on the discussions that have followed the recent movie Mom’s Night Out. I haven’t seen it but apparently the movie portrayed women who are stay at home moms as flaky, flighty, or not intelligent. I disagree with any movie, book or whatever that portrays people in...
Are YOU to Blame for Always Being Overlooked? Have you wondered why you are so often overlooked when others aren’t? It feels terrible to be constantly overlooked. This is the situation that Melanie is struggling with: “Even when I think I am fitting in to a group and talking to everybody okay, I always seem to be overlooked...
Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder: What A Bipolar Mood Swing Depressed MOOD downer Swing: Life is Hopeless!! Manic MOOD Twisted Swing: What a Ride!! It’s Awesome!! Make it Stop!! Negativity MOOD broken Swing:  I HaTe  You BOTH!!! Caption: Bipolar Mood Swing When I was young, I experienced bipolar differently then I do now:…Now, that I’ve been medicated and have it in...
Southern states are now epicenter of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. The infection rate among African American and Latina women in the South rivals sub-Saharan Africa.
Tourism to Switzerland for assisted suicide is growing, often for nonfatal diseases More and more people with a nonfatal disease are making the trip to end their lives.
The Anthropocebo Effect Explains How Our Minds Can Destroy the World The placebo effect and the nocebo effect demonstrate that our minds have a special kind of control over our bodies. They also might have control over the world. And that's something to be worried about....
Benefits of wellness program for people with multiple sclerosis demonstrated in pilot study A pilot study has shown the benefits of a 10-week psychoeducational wellness program in people with multiple sclerosis. Improvements were seen in mood, overall mental health, perceived stress, and pain, researchers report.
Moving Beyond The Couch Once you have established a practice, your 1:1 sessions are steady and filled, have you arrived? Are you done building your business? For some of you, this is the ultimate goal. Nothing more would make you happy and complete. Others of you, once you have arrived to this point, begin...
Brainwave test could improve autism diagnosis, classification Measuring how fast the brain responds to sights and sounds could help in objectively classifying people on the autism spectrum and may help diagnose the condition earlier, research suggests. Statistics show that 1 in 68 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The signs and symptoms of ASD vary significantly from person to person, ranging from mild social and communication difficulties to profound cognitive impairments.
Stigma and Publicity #DoubtfireFace Challenge for Suicide Prevention? Never heard of it. The ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” is undoubtedly one of the most successful and engaging fundraising efforts in recent history. The challenge, which involved posting a video of yourself getting doused by a bucket of ice water, quickly gained popularity and became...
Three Universal Questions To Ask Ourselves During Rosh Hashana Humankind is the focal point of creation, we're given a spark of the Divine in the form of a soul and a greater power of autonomy than any other creation. ...
Food Memory: New discovery outlines how we remember taste experiences A functional link between the brain region responsible for taste memory and the area responsible for encoding the time and place we experienced the taste had been found. The findings expose the complexity and richness of the simple sensory experiences that are engraved in our brains and that in most cases we aren't even aware of. The study can also help explain behavioral results and the difficulty in producing memories when certain areas of the brain become dysfunctional following and illness or accident.
Here's Why You Sometimes Wonder If You're a Hoarder You have a junk drawer full of stuff you might use some day. You have a few things that you know you'll never use again, but can't bring yourself to throw away. You have a collection that's too much and too big for the space you live in. So what makes you different from a hoarder? Not much....
Spouse’s Personality May Be The Key To Success When we look at promotions, financial compensation status and career success, it is the spouse that may be exerting a bigger influence on that success.
The Ironic Reason Why Chilling Out Does Not Re-Energise You Your down-time may be doing you no good unless you follow this guidance. 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:8 Ironic Effects of Thought Suppression Rethinking The Stress Mindset: Can You Find The Upside of Pressure? One More Reason Why Teenage Behaviour Can Be So Extreme The Irritating Reason That Overconfident People Get All The Breaks Facebook or Twitter? How Age and Narcissism Motivates The Choice
Some Frank Personal Thoughts on Depression and Suicide Last month we were shocked – flattened – to discover our beloved Robin Williams had taken his own life. I blogged about it the day I found out….and I’m still very sad. I miss him. Knowing more about the possible “whys” – he had been diagnosed with early stage Parkinson’s...
What Lesson Can Our Children Teach Us about Finding Last Saturday I went the beach with my family. The days are the last days of summer. The sun was comforting, the breeze was cool, and everyone at the beach were in a wonderful mood. Everyone but me. I couldn’t quite tell why I was groggy. I had no imminent...
Owning Our Dark Sides All of us have a dark side. This dark side includes qualities we don’t dare reveal to others. It’s the traits we are ashamed of and embarrassed about. It’s the traits others have rejected. It’s the traits we believe deem us undeserving or unworthy of love. You may be judgmental,...
Parenting and the Use of Corrective Violence Use of corrective violence by parents, not only injures the child, but also harms the child's ongoing relationship to the parent.