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To know suicide The most important risk factor for suicide may be mental illness, especially depression or bipolar disorder.
Is Stephen Colbert Lonely? Those with Narcissist Personality Disorder are self-sufficient, exploitative exhibitionists, and feel entitled, superior, and vain. Yeah, those types. Are individuals with NPD lonely? It was a curious question I wonder every time I look at The Colbert Report. So I decided to do a bit of digging to see what the answer might be.
7 Ways to Be Kind to Ourselves Every Day Some people believe that if we push through the pain or are critical or even cruel with ourselves, we’ll be more successful and get things done. But being hard on ourselves only leads to depression and anxiety, said Jennifer Kogan, LICSW, a psychotherapist who works with individuals, couples and families...
The Psychology of Racial Profiling Recent events, including the shooting death of Michael Brown, a young unarmed African American man in Ferguson, Missouri has re-awakened us as a nation to the continuing problem of race-based violence and racial profiling across the United States. These painful events brought needed national attention to the ongoing problems and...
Does Your Sweetheart Drive You Nuts with the Very Are you driven nuts by the very qualities that drew you to your sweetheart? A few days ago, I read Elizabeth Bernstein’s Wall Street Journal piece, How to cope when you and your partner are falling out of love. It discusses the idea of “fatal attraction” — that the traits that drew you...
Before and After: “I Get My Coffee in My I’m writing my next book, about how we make and break habits– an issue  very relevant to happiness. Each week, I’ll post a before-and-after story submitted by a reader, about how he or she successfully changed a habit. We can all learn from each other. If you’d like to share your story,...
Assume a Dangerous Crowd and You Get a Dangerous Crowd What we have observed over the last few days in Ferguson is that it is not modern, powerful equipment that makes a police force sophisticated in protest situations, but rather how well it understands the psychology of crowds.
Some Things We Might Learn from Robin Williams’ Death “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato As shock waves resulting from Robin Williams’ suicide begin to settle, we might reflect upon what we might learn from this tragic event. Viktor Frankl, a concentration camp survivor and author of the classic book, Man’s Search...
Brain imaging shows brain differences in risk-taking teens Brain differences associated with risk-taking teens have been investigated by researchers who found that connections between certain brain regions are amplified in teens more prone to risk. "Our brains have an emotional-regulation network that exists to govern emotions and influence decision-making," explained the study's lead author. "Antisocial or risk-seeking behavior may be associated with an imbalance in this network."
Revealed: The Type of Music That Makes You Feel Most Powerful If you want to get pumped up before a big event, what type of music should you choose? Music has already been shown to have all kinds of effects on the mind, like making you happier, reducing pain and bringing people together. Now a new study finds that music of the right kind can transform the listener's sense of power.... 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:Powerful People Feel Taller Than They Really Are Music and Memory: 5 Awesome New Psychology Studies Antidepressants: Higher Rates of Psychological Side-Effects Revealed by New Study Why Do We Enjoy Listening to Sad Music? How a Psychological Bias Makes Groups Feel Good About Themselves And Discredit Others
Robin Williams and Death: Dealing With the Physical and Robin Williams committed suicide earlier this week. Say that again, out loud. Robin Williams — one of the world’s funniest and, despite suffering from depression, seemingly happiest men on earth — committed suicide. Williams isn’t the first beloved celebrity to take his own life, but he is one so beloved...
Instant Self-Esteem Boosters Maybe you’ve been in a slump lately.  Maybe it’s situational (you lost your job, and the market’s brutal, or are having relationship issues.)  Maybe you’re chronically struggling with self-esteem.  Or maybe I just caught you on a bad day.  For anyone who’s feeling low, these boosters should help. 1)  Change...
The 3 Revolutions Rocking Our Social Worlds When I was growing up, there was a big telephone stuck to the kitchen wall. I used it occasionally, as did everyone else in the family, but mostly, our contacts with other people took place in person. When I had a question about something relevant to my schoolwork, I looked...
Push Me, Pull You, Which to Do? Last week’s cartoon is called: How You View Your Therapist Tells Her Everything  She Needs to Know About You .  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 of...
It Seems Like Hyper Focus, I Swear It Does! I’m working on something. It’s a project. Well, actually, I’m hoping it’s a career. I’m hoping it’s my career. I’ve told you I write music. I’ve mentioned that I play a bit too, I’m sure, I’m not really well known for subtlety. And I’ve mentioned I’ve been published a couple...
Best of Our Blogs: August 15, 2014 “Depression is different for everyone, but for me it was like I wandered into a swamp and couldn’t remember how I got there, but more importantly I couldn’t remember why I wanted to get back out of it.” – Before Happiness author Shawn Achor, Super Soul Sunday It’s difficult to grieve over...
5 Truths About the Addict in Your Life Most families have been touched by addiction. Many have been forever altered by it. And though most people are affected by it, few understand it. This is because addiction is not a logical disease. The selfishness, the repeated mistakes despite devastating consequences – none of it makes sense, not even...
Personal Stories Week: Learning From Personal Experience It’s that time of year again when I collaborate with a group of readers, writers, parents, twitter followers, friends, and colleagues to discuss, during 1 entire week, their experiences with mental illness. Their experiences could be personal or professional and focus on challenges, miracles, systemic difficulties, financial strain, failures of the...
9 Ways to Find Happiness It may seem self-serving to some to study happiness in a world full of misery. However, research findings support the theory that being happy motivates people to constructive action in the world. So cultivating happiness and well-being influence your energy and enthusiasm. Happiness is not a static state or a...
Memories of errors foster faster learning Using a deceptively simple set of experiments, researchers have learned why people learn an identical or similar task faster the second, third and subsequent time around. The reason: They are aided not only by memories of how to perform the task, but also by memories of the errors made the first time.