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Existentially Grounded Self-Help Psychology Begins with Nondualistic Ontology Made of nothing more than seemingly dead matter, you see and feel and think, right? Conclusion? Matter that sees, feels and thinks is not dead. You are Living (Conscious) Matter. Get it?! Existentially grounding self-help psychology begins (and ends) with nondualistic ontology (i.e. with a non-divisive view of self and reality)....
Existentially Grounded Psychology Begins with Nondualistic Ontology Made of nothing more than seemingly dead matter, you see and feel and think, right? Conclusion? Matter that sees, feels and thinks is not dead. You are Living (Conscious) Matter. Get it?! Existentially grounding psychology begins (and ends) with nondualistic ontology (i.e. with a non-divisive view of self and reality). -...
Freeing Yourself from a Dsyfunctional Family Ann came from a wealthy family in the suburbs. Behind the walls of her expensive home, her stock broker father was an abusive drunk. Her mother was a submissive victim. Her older brother was a sadist and her younger brother was a psychopath. As a child, Ann used her innate...
What do Ethical Media Professionals Look Like? In media ethics, the moral lapses and scandals get all the press. But the moral psychology of media exemplars shows us a profile of journalists and PR practitioners who are intent on avoiding harm, respectful of everyone they work with, and who are motivated by social justice.
Robin Williams, Creativity & Mental Illness Robin Williams’ suicide this past week has brought forward some commentators who are linking his creative genius to his mental illness. While we can’t say for certain whether his creativity was due, at least in part, to his mental illness, we can say this — there is a lot less...
Voyeurism: What it is and What it isn’t Most sex addicts, no matter what their behaviors consist in (prostitutes, anonymous sex, serial seductions, pornography etc.) will tend to sexualize other people they look at. You might say that sex addicts view the world through sex colored glasses. But this does not mean that they are voyeurs. Voyeurism is...
Evolution of Human Fatherhood How did human fathers evolve? Here, we consider 7 take-home points highlighted in a new review paper that focuses on the evolution of human fatherhood.
Surprising differences in how teen athletes experience concussion The latest research on sports concussions in teens has been the focus of recent study. "We discovered a bidirectional relationship between both emotional symptoms developing in conjunction with physical symptoms, and also emotional symptoms developing because of the physical symptoms," said one researcher. In other words, "this research gives us a better understanding of the interaction between physical and emotional symptoms in concussion and will allow us to explore ways to help adolescents recover in a more timely fashion."
What? Success Doesn’t Ensure Happiness? The self-inflicted death of Robin Williams is pushing my buttons. And while I’ve read many commentaries, I have yet to come across one that speaks to the issue I find most affecting, so I feel prompted to speak up. My take on this tragedy is narcissistic. I realize it’s unseemly...
Robin Williams’ Death Shocking? Yes and No I keep reading that Robin Williams’ death is a shock. Were you shocked? Was I? Yes and no. But mostly, no. Sadly, some of us dealing with mental health issues, personally and in our professional lives, or have loved ones who are, are not as shocked as others seem to...
Passengers who survived terrifying flight help psychologists uncover new clues about post-traumatic stress vulnerability An extraordinary opportunity to study memory and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a group of Air Transat passengers who experienced 30 minutes of unimaginable terror over the Atlantic Ocean in 2001 has resulted in the discovery of a potential risk factor that may help predict who is most vulnerable to PTSD.
3 Tips to Change Your Perspective on Nearly Everything Recently I took drastic measures to shift my perspective and conjure up some new ideas, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! You see, I’ve been talking a lot lately with activist allies about climate change, or global warming, or climate chaos if you prefer. Like so...
The Daytime Benefits of Lucid Dreaming Study finds cognitive benefits for those who realise they are in a dream while dreaming. 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:Dreams: 10 Striking Insights From Psychological Science Later School Start Times Improve Sleep and Daytime Functioning in Adolescents The Upside of Anger: 6 Psychological Benefits of Getting Mad You Can Learn a New Language While You Sleep, Study Finds 8 Ironic Effects of Thought Suppression
Why You Might Not Want to Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain After I first read the popular New York Times article by Daniel J. Levitin, “Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain,” my reply to the person who tweeted it was, “I would do that more often if the process of booting back up didn't take so long.” Why do some people have more trouble starting back up after breaks than others?
Signs You May Be in a Codependent Relationship A codependent relationship is an unhealthy relationship. When someone is “being codependent,” they’re either excessively controlling or compliant in a relationship; don’t practice self-care or have much self-respect; and enable their partner to engage in self-destructive behavior, according to Chris Kingman, LCSW, a psychotherapist in the Flatiron District in New...
ADHD Eclectic (or How I Found The Perfect Summer Job) Last Friday I started a small temporary part time job. Helping set up for a local folk festival. The hours are long and the work is hard, but on the other hand, the pay is lousy. I get my admission covered to get into the festival for the whole weekend....
One death too many One of the first things I do in the morning is check the front pages of the daily papers and on the day following Robin Williams’ death, rarely have I been so disappointed in the British press. Over the years, we have gathered a lot of evidence from reliable studies that show that how suicide […]
Change: Learning How To Roll With Your Own Resistance Change. It’s a simple word but it can mean so many things to the person experiencing the change. I’ve had many changes in my personal life, changes that were both good and bad. Some change is on time and other changes come at the wrong time. Still, other changes are...
Where's my car? Key brain region in contextual memories studied by researchers A previously understudied part of the brain, the retrosplenial cortex, is essential for forming the basis for contextual memories, which help you to recall events ranging from global disasters to where you parked your car. Although it is known that a specific network of brain regions is important for contextual memory, it has remained unknown how different parts of the network contribute to this process, until now.
The evolution of PMS: It may exist to break up infertile relationships A brave scientist has sought to answer a question that has baffled for centuries: why do women get premenstrual syndrome (PMS)? Professor of Molecular Evolution, Michael Gillings, believes that in our evolutionary past there was a hidden selective advantage to PMS, because it increased the chance that infertile pair bonds would dissolve, thus improving the [...]