|Would Your Life Be Better if You Owned More Things?
||Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. ~ Oprah Winfrey Materialists are those who have a central life focus on acquiring more things. They often relate their happiness directly to their possessions...
|Change Yourself: Making New Choices to Manage Anger
||Therapist: “When was the first time you can recall feeling that life was so unfair?” Erin: “I remember when I was something like 8 years old, my friend Jen wanted me to come out and play. I asked my mom if I could, but she said I had to watch...
|Poor Sleep Can Lead to False Memories
||Short of sleep? Your memory could be playing serious tricks on you.Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
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|Subtle Signs You May Have Adult ADHD
||ADHD may be hard to spot in adults, because everyone can exhibit many of the symptoms, said Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating ADHD. Many people forget important things, get bored easily, daydream, get restless and fidget, he said. “What is often overlooked are the extent...
|Seeing ourselves through the eyes of the machine
||I’ve got an article in The Observer about how our inventions have profoundly shaped how we view ourselves because we’ve traditionally looked to technology for metaphors of human nature. We tend to think that we understand ourselves and then create technologies to take advantage of that new knowledge but it usually happens the other way […]
|What Doesn’t Matter Matters Too
||On the way home from work, at a stop sign, I noticed a pigeon walking circles around an empty bag of potato chips. Does this matter? It depends on your existential filter. A Sufi teacher, Sayad Ali Shah, once said: “You must become as aware of insignificance as you think...
|Feeling Pressured To Create
||One kind of pressure is feeling an intense urge to create; it is probably an inherent part of being a creative person. But other pressures can lead to stress and overwhelm, and being pulled away from the joys of creating. Annemarie Roeper (founder of the Roeper School and The Roeper...
|Memory and Summer Math Review
|| Dear Friends, Many students believe it’s best to leave their summer math review for the end of the summer; they fear that if they do the work too early they will have forgotten the material again by September. In fact, the best way to make learning stick is to...
|Death in the Family: How I Found Myself After
||How I lost her but learned a lot about myself along the way. I would like to start this by saying that this isn’t a typical love story about a woman who wakes up one day and falls face first into self-discovery — but it comes pretty close. When I...
|I Will Teach My Daughter Not to Be Afraid
||“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” ~ George Bernard Shaw About a month ago, my wife and […]
|The Fat Shaming Epidemic
||I’ve been thinking a lot about body shaming and fat shaming. It’s all over the media lately. And although kids being teased for their weight is nothing new, the power of the internet takes it to an entirely new level. Carleigh O’Connell, a 14 year old girl from New Jersey, became...
|Adam Levine is Packing Major Life Lessons
||Adam Levine: Five Life Lessons The Adam Levine engagement period is over. The mega-watt celebrity officially tied the knot on July 19th, 2014 in Cabo San Lucas Mexico to Victoria Secret model Behati Prinsloo. In the weeks leading up to the wedding, interest in Levine and his fiancé reached a...
|Who Cares? People with Mental Illness Overwhelm US Justice
||Americans just don’t seem to care that we’ve moved treatment of serious mental illness from inpatient hospitals to jails. We’re the only industrialized nation to do this on the kind of massive scale that we have. Instead of getting people with serious mental illness into treatment, we’re perfectly content as...
|Misperceived cues? Study traces mental illness stigma back to behavioral immune system biases
||The evolved behaviors that humans engage in to avoid contact with infectious diseases could help explain the pervasive stigma against mentally ill people, according to a new study. “In response to the recurrent threat of infectious disease, a variety of species appear to have evolved behavioral adaptations to counter pathogen threat,” the study’s authors, Erik M. Lund [...]The post Misperceived cues? Study traces mental illness stigma back to behavioral immune system biases appeared first on PsyPost.
|Are You A Collaborative Hero?
||Chaos Theory tells us that the movement of a butterfly’s wings on one side of the world affects weather patterns on the other side. What does this mean for us? For one thing, it means that every time we so much as send a tweet we’re setting in motion a ripple effect-one with the power to topple dictators and transform our world.
|Awaiting a theory of neural weather
||In a recent New York Times editorial, psychologist Gary Marcus noted that neuroscience is still awaiting a ‘bridging’ theory that elegantly connects neuroscience with psychology. This reflects a common belief in cognitive science that there is a ‘missing law’ to be discovered that will tell us how mind and brain are linked – but it […]
|Stress tied to change in children’s gene expression related to emotion regulation, physical health
||Children who have been abused or neglected early in life are at risk for developing both emotional and physical health problems. In a new study, scientists have found that maltreatment affects the way genes are activated, which has implications for children’s long-term development. Previous studies focused on how a particular child’s individual characteristics and genetics [...]The post Stress tied to change in children’s gene expression related to emotion regulation, physical health appeared first on PsyPost.
|Stronger early reading skills predict higher intelligence later, study finds
||A new study of identical twins has found that early reading skill might positively affect later intellectual abilities. The study, in the journal Child Development, was conducted by researchers at the University of Edinburgh and King’s College London. “Since reading is an ability that can be improved, our findings have implications for reading instruction,” according to [...]The post Stronger early reading skills predict higher intelligence later, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
|How does Fido really feel? Jealousy is not just for humans
||By Paul Morris, University of Portsmouth Are animals jealous? How would we know? Scientists are educated to have a deep scepticism about attributing sophisticated mental abilities to non-human animals. Anthropomorphism is regarded as a scientific sin. However, the paradox is that scientists are all Darwinists, and Darwin’s great contribution to psychology was the argument for [...]The post How does Fido really feel? Jealousy is not just for humans appeared first on PsyPost.
|On Finding Your Material.
||How to select the right subject for a story or essay?