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Some People Love Conflict and Drama I used to have this problem with this restaurant behind me. When I would attempt to ask for their help to resolve the issue, they would either ignore me or react with screaming and yelling. It was a resolvable issue and I often wondered why they didn’t just resolve it...
Obsessive ‘sharenting’ could be more than digital narcissism By Sarah Martindale, University of Nottingham It’s summer and Facebook news feeds are awash with idyllic, sun-drenched snapshots of family life. This kind of “sharenting” is bigger than ever but we rarely stop to think about whether it is appropriate, why we do it and whether we might use social media for something less self-indulgent. [...]The post Obsessive ‘sharenting’ could be more than digital narcissism appeared first on PsyPost.
Why People Are So Mean to Immigrant Children The current wave of hostility toward the influx of Central American children has its psychic roots in, first, a need to project unacceptable needs and shameful vulnerabilities onto others who then become the "enemy," and, second, by scapegoating these children, some people feel a momentary sense of community based on an "us-vs-them" or "insider-outsider" experience.
Life is Like a Game of Tetris I always loved the game of Tetris as a kid. I don’t allow myself the time to play it so much anymore, but maybe it would be a useful practice now and then. Tetris, while a game of speed and strategy, also teaches us acceptance, flexibility, and gratitude if we...
16 Quick Surefire Tips For Handling Stubborn People Suggestions for debate management made as simple as possible but no simpler.
The One Thing That Is Holding You Back, And “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ― E.E. Cummings I think everyone has a limit on what they are comfortable doing and when they feel out of their element. Even that “adrenaline junky” who thrives on taking big risks probably has some area of life where...
Creating Your Nourishing List of Yes Last week I talked about the power of saying no, and shared examples of requests, activities, habits and ideas we can say no to. Because saying no gives us the time, space and energy to say yes to what truly nourishes and serves us. But what are those things for...
Creating Shared Memories When we think about memory, we often focus on situations in which we encounter some information and then recall it later. In many situations, though, after we encounter the information, we talk about it with other people. That creates a shared recollection. This can happen both socially and in education situations.
5 Attachment-Based Activities to Strengthen Parent-Child Relationships I tried to teach my child with books. He gave me only puzzled looks. I used clear words to discipline, But I never seemed to win. Despairingly, I turned aside. “How shall I reach this child?” I cried. Into my hand he put the key: “Come,” he said, “Play with...
Ecstasy by the Numbers: 869,000 New Users of an According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 16 million people have used ecstasy at some point in their life, and during the 2012 year, 869,000 people used ecstasy for the first time, far higher than the number of new LSD and PCP users combined. The...
10 Things Parents Wish Educators Knew about Eating Disorders 1. Eating disorders are real and deadly illnesses and having one is not a choice. Your reaction, as an administrator or teacher, to a disclosure of an eating disorder should be the same as if you were told a child had leukemia. Certain eating disorders have a mortality rate as high as...
How Unwanted Negative Thoughts Could Be Treated By Changing Memories Cutting-edge research explores how memories can be modified after recall. Hope for effectively treating unwanted negative thoughts may come from new techniques that can alter vivid, long-established memories. Unwanted negative thoughts are core components of problems like addictions and... 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:Possibility of Selectively Erasing Unwanted Memories 8 Ways to Get Rid of Unwanted Negative Thoughts How to Give The Slip to Persistent Negative Thoughts A Better Way to Cope With Persistent Bad Memories Childhood Amnesia: The Age at Which Our Earliest Memories Fade
How to Show Growth Without Directing the Course of How can you work toward treatment goals while remaining true to the open-endedness of child-centered therapy, the most common play therapy theoretical orientation?...
To Err Is Human, To Apologize Is Humane Most people struggle when faced with conflict. Things become even more complicated when we are in the wrong. Recent research suggests that the delivery of an effective apology helps preserve and grow our relationships. This article discusses why apologies are so important and how we can better deliver them to the people we have offended.
Striatum acts as hub for multisensory integration A new study provides insight on how the brain processes external input such as touch, vision or sound from different sources and sides of the body, in order to select and generate adequate movements. The findings show that the striatum acts as a sensory ‘hub’ integrating various types of sensory information, with specialized functional roles for the different neuron types.
Who Should You Trust? Once you’ve been burned (especially if it’s by a parent in your early life), it can be hard to open up again.  In some cases, with some people, you really shouldn’t open up.  But how do you know who you should trust, and who you shouldn’t?  And how can you...
This is a Bad Reason to Start Couples Counseling Last week’s cartoon is a classic example of an approach-avoidance situation: something sounds tempting, but there is a big problem involved. All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is ©Donna Barstow 2014,  My main cartoon site is Donna Barstow Cartoons. And  you can Like me  on Facebook to get notified...
Procrastination Is An Island In Denial Firstly, I apologize for the sorry pun. But it works on so many levels … well, okay two, it works on two levels. The sorry pun is one level. The other level is the fact that denial is the full time facilitator of procrastination. I don’t mean that we deny...
Best of Our Blogs: August 22, 2014 Why You Struggle With Relationships If you’re constantly stumbling over relationships with relatives, co-workers, friends and romantic partners, you’re probably fed up. Maybe you want to give up. But before you throw in the towel, check out this Sounds True podcast with clinical psychologist Dr. Welwood. Here is a snippet...
Calligraphy of Change Change, growth is often invisible. Too subtle, too gradual, too incremental to notice. Sometimes too erratic, too spontaneous – each precedent, each pattern-break as messy as a brush stroke. Yet, eventually a healing vector emerges. A pattern of wellbeing begins to evidence itself. Shinagawa Tetsuzan, a Buddhist calligrapher and a...