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You Have Everything You Need Right Now To Be “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” - Wilma Rudolph There are so many excuses and rationalizations we come up with for not creating a more fulfilling and...
Now Arriving: A Cure for Lateness Why we are late and what we can do about it. Nearly everyone is late occasionally. But when the problem is persistent, and better-late-than-never isn’t getting us the outcomes we want, is there a solution? It turns out there is – if we are willing to play games.
Study identifies why some deal with stress better A specific electrical pattern in the brain of otherwise genetically identical mice can predict how well they will cope with stress.
Women are getting smarter faster than men When it comes to smarts, women are catching up to men in some areas and outpacing them in others, new research has found.
Women and Violence: Society's Double Standard Is there a double standard in society concerning the ways in which men and women should handle their anger; more specifically violent behavior? If so, why? Is it because of the traditional stereotypes that still exist in main-stream society about how women and men ought and should behave?
Addicted to Opiates: The Staggering Impact of Prescription Painkillers An in-depth look at the types of prescription painkillers, rise in opioid overdoses and who is at risk for abusing these legal drugs.   Prescription opiates, which have been formulated to alleviate pain, continue to rise on the scale of abuse and addiction. So much so, that the Obama administration...
My Love Hate Relationship with Women in Reality TV   I must admit, I watch the cocktail sipping, Range Rover driving and high end shopping of the Real Housewives franchise and the ridiculousness of Love and Hip Hop. But before you agree or disagree, let me explain why I watch these shows. I love the unscripted format of reality...
Watching neurons fire from a front-row seat They are with us every moment of every day, controlling every action we make, from the breath we breathe to the words we speak, and yet there is still a lot we don't know about the cells that make up our nervous systems. When things go awry and nerve cells don't communicate as they should, the consequences can be devastating. Speech can be slurred, muscles stop working on command and memories can be lost forever.
Brainwaves can predict audience reaction of television programming By analyzing the brainwaves of 16 individuals as they watched mainstream television content, researchers were able to accurately predict the preferences of large TV audiences, up to 90 percent in the case of Super Bowl commercials.
Shuffle Your Mind: Short Film Screenings If you’re around in London Saturday 2nd August I’m curating a showing of short films about psychosis, hallucinations and mental health as part of the fantastic Shuffle Festival. The films include everything from a first-person view of voice hearing, to out-of-step behaviour in the urban sprawl, to a free-diver’s deep sea hallucinations. There will be […]
Sometimes resilience means letting go: The last post at One of the important components of resilience that I am learning to practice more and more is that of acceptance. Taking in my experiences as they come and allowing them to happen. Sometimes things need to change and I take action and other times things are out of my control...
Jews and Arabs Refuse to Be Enemies: A Compassionate Henry David Thoreau said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” At some point in our development we learn to see others through a lens of fear and hate. Because the brain is so malleable in our younger years these beliefs become that much more ingrained...
Protein hub necessary for proper brain development pinpointed: Surprises researchers Researchers have found that the protein glycogen synthase kinase-3, or GSK-3, is crucial for proper brain development early in life, a surprising finding considering that drug companies are searching for ways to limit the protein's function to treat conditions such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's disease.
What Happens When You Are Waiting For News? I still remember the wait to find out whether I had gotten into the college of my choice. I applied early and was told that letters would be mailed out on December 15. That period was filled with occasional bouts of stress and a lot of thoughts about whether I would get in. What happens in these waiting experiences?
Social origins of intelligence in the brain By studying the injuries and aptitudes of Vietnam War veterans who suffered penetrating head wounds during the war, scientists are tackling -- and beginning to answer -- longstanding questions about how the brain works. The researchers found that brain regions that contribute to optimal social functioning also are vital to general intelligence and to emotional intelligence. This finding bolsters the view that general intelligence emerges from the emotional and social context of one's life.
Autistic brain less flexible at taking on tasks The brains of children with autism are relatively inflexible at switching from rest to task performance, according to a new brain-imaging study.
Help your infant or toddler cope with stressful events 18-month-old “Karla” was playing on the slide at the park in her neighborhood, her mother sitting on a nearby bench chatting with her friend. A loud screech was followed by a crash and the sound of car alarms going off. In a flash, Karla was swept into her mother’s arms and both were shaking as they saw people running and heard sirens coming toward the scene of a car crash in the street next to the park.
Couples You Meet in Counseling: Mr. Perfect and His “What is her problem all the damn time? Why can’t she just chill out? We don’t have problems, she has problems. I have to get back to work.” The man who comes into counseling with this sort of mindset we will call Mr. Perfect. This high-achieving specimen of masculinity is...
How Someone With BPD Learns to Finally Let Go A woman recovering from a life spent suffering (unknowingly until recently) from Borderline Personality Disorder shares personal letters between herself and the ex-fiance who recently left, in part because of her BPD behaviors, to illustrate the strides she has made in learning to control her negative emotions and mindfully let go.
What Is A Soul-Mate? Can a soul mate be someone who opposes you?...