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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...
Age and Leadership: The Wisdom of Elders and Elephants In an era of change and innovation do businesses and societies still need older leaders or should they go for the young and bright? Understanding the relation between age and leadership.
Myth: Nothing Good Can Come From Conflict Conflict, especially in relationships, has gotten a pretty bad rap over the years and for good reason. Unresolved differences are the source of an awful lot of physical, mental and emotional distress. Many couples have concluded that arguing and fighting is painful that it’s better to avoid acknowledging differences at...
Personal Stories Week: Dr. Russell Morfitt Discusses Online Counseling How would you feel if you could stay home, open your computer or laptop, and have a therapy session? What about if your therapist offered to speak with you over Skype or some other online platform? Would you feel like a fish out of water or would you very much...
How to speak the language of thought We are now beginning to crack the brain’s code, which allows us to answer such bizarre questions as “what is the speed of thought?” When he was asked, as a joke, to explain how the mind works in five words, cognitive scientist Steven Pinker didn’t hesitate. “Brain cells fire in patterns”, he replied. It’s a […]
How You Can Recover From Depression We can never talk too much about depression. One in every five people will experience depression- that could be you, it could be your partner, child or parent, and it could be a colleague at work. 1 in 5 people include doctors, psychologists, lawyers, and celebrities, ministers of religion, teachers and counsellors. Knowledge, social status, […]
Mouse model for epilepsy, Alzheimer’s gives window into the working brain University of Utah scientists have developed a genetically engineered line of mice that is expected to open the door to new research on epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and other diseases. The mice carry a protein marker, which changes in degree of fluorescence in response to different calcium levels. This will allow many cell types, including cells called [...]The post Mouse model for epilepsy, Alzheimer’s gives window into the working brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Children with autism have extra synapses in brain Children and adolescents with autism have a surplus of synapses in the brain, and this excess is due to a slowdown in a normal brain “pruning” process during development, according to a study by neuroscientists at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). Because synapses are the points where neurons connect and communicate with each other, the [...]The post Children with autism have extra synapses in brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Learning to play the piano? You get better after a night of sleep, study finds According to researchers at the University of Montreal, the regions of the brain below the cortex play an important role as we train our bodies’ movements and, critically, they interact more effectively after a night of sleep.  While researchers knew that sleep helped us the learn sequences of movements (motor learning), it was not known [...]The post Learning to play the piano? You get better after a night of sleep, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.