|Depressed? You Should Be in Therapy & Taking an
||If you’re like most people with depression, you probably should be engaging in two simultaneous treatments — some type of psychotherapy combined with an antidepressant medication. That is, if you have moderate to severe depression and you’ve had it for less than 2 years. So says yet another study confirming...
|Why You Should Take a Week-Long Break From All Screens
New study finds 5 days away from electronic devices has dramatic effects on children.
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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|Healing Past Hurts, Opening Up Again
||For some people, opening up comes easily (maybe too easily–which leaves them prey to manipulation or rejection or worse.) Some people never open up at all. The healthiest approach is the middle ground: Finding a person who is worth trusting, and then taking the emotional risk of opening up. In...
|Psychology Around the Net: August 23, 2014
||Overthinking, oversharing, and — well, a few celebrities to boot. That’s what you’ll find in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. When to Think Less About Your Choices: Thinking too much about something could mean you’re focusing on only a few variables instead of blending a more holistic, emotional view...
|Accepting Schizo-Affective Disorder: A Mother’s Most Difficult Challenge
||Are you the parent of or know someone who is the parent of an adult child with schizophrenia or Schizoaffective disorder? How would you respond to that diagnosis? What if your son or daughter was a stellar student with gifted abilities and one day lost her hope for a bright...
|A new meta-analysis published in Psychological Science throws a bucket of cold water on the "10,000-
||A new meta-analysis published in Psychological Science throws a bucket of cold water on the "10,000-hour rule" – the idea that "deliberate practice" of any skill for 10,000 hours is sufficient to make you an expert at that skill. Fiona Rutherford breaks down the results over at NewStatesman....
|Losing weight won’t make you happy: study
||In a study of 1,979 overweight and obese adults in the UK, people who lost 5% or more of their initial body weight over four years showed significant changes in markers of physical health, but were more likely to report depressed mood than those who stayed within 5% of their original weight. The research, published [...]The post Losing weight won’t make you happy: study appeared first on PsyPost.
|In our digital world, are young people losing the ability to read emotions?
||Children’s social skills may be declining as they have less time for face-to-face interaction due to their increased use of digital media, according to a UCLA psychology study. UCLA scientists found that sixth-graders who went five days without even glancing at a smartphone, television or other digital screen did substantially better at reading human emotions [...]The post In our digital world, are young people losing the ability to read emotions? appeared first on PsyPost.
|From happiness to pain: Understanding serotonin’s function
||In a study published today (August 22nd), in the scientific journal PLoS One, researchers at the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme establish the effect of serotonin on sensitivity to pain using a combination of advanced genetic and optical techniques. “Serotonin is a small molecule known to be implicated in a wide range of brain functions, from the control [...]The post From happiness to pain: Understanding serotonin’s function appeared first on PsyPost.
|Research underway to create pomegranate drug to stem Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
||The onset of Alzheimer’s disease can be slowed and some of its symptoms curbed by a natural compound that is found in pomegranate. Also, the painful inflammation that accompanies illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson’s disease could be reduced, according to the findings of a two-year project headed by University of Huddersfield scientist Dr Olumayokun [...]The post Research underway to create pomegranate drug to stem Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s appeared first on PsyPost.
|Use a rule of thumb to control how much wine you drink
||Sticking to a general rule of pouring just a half glass of wine limits the likelihood of overconsumption, even for men with a higher body mass index. That’s the finding of a new Iowa State and Cornell University study to be published in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Drug Policy. Laura Smarandescu, lead author [...]The post Use a rule of thumb to control how much wine you drink appeared first on PsyPost.
|The Risks of Distracted Living
||By now, we all know the risks of distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every year thousands of people die in car crashes where the driver was occupied in something other than driving, mostly texting on their phones. A driver who is texting is 23 times...
|Heartbreak Happens: Get Over It!
||Don’t let one setback stop you from finding love and happiness in the rest of your life. Life is a series of events. I want you to look at that statement, and then I want you to read it again. Life is a series of events. In fact, I want...
|Some People Love Conflict and Drama
||I used to have this problem with this restaurant behind me. When I would attempt to ask for their help to resolve the issue, they would either ignore me or react with screaming and yelling. It was a resolvable issue and I often wondered why they didn’t just resolve it...
|Obsessive ‘sharenting’ could be more than digital narcissism
||By Sarah Martindale, University of Nottingham It’s summer and Facebook news feeds are awash with idyllic, sun-drenched snapshots of family life. This kind of “sharenting” is bigger than ever but we rarely stop to think about whether it is appropriate, why we do it and whether we might use social media for something less self-indulgent. [...]The post Obsessive ‘sharenting’ could be more than digital narcissism appeared first on PsyPost.
|Why People Are So Mean to Immigrant Children
||The current wave of hostility toward the influx of Central American children has its psychic roots in, first, a need to project unacceptable needs and shameful vulnerabilities onto others who then become the "enemy," and, second, by scapegoating these children, some people feel a momentary sense of community based on an "us-vs-them" or "insider-outsider" experience.
|Life is Like a Game of Tetris
||I always loved the game of Tetris as a kid. I don’t allow myself the time to play it so much anymore, but maybe it would be a useful practice now and then. Tetris, while a game of speed and strategy, also teaches us acceptance, flexibility, and gratitude if we...
|16 Quick Surefire Tips For Handling Stubborn People
||Suggestions for debate management made as simple as possible but no simpler.
|The One Thing That Is Holding You Back, And
||“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ― E.E. Cummings I think everyone has a limit on what they are comfortable doing and when they feel out of their element. Even that “adrenaline junky” who thrives on taking big risks probably has some area of life where...
|Creating Your Nourishing List of Yes
||Last week I talked about the power of saying no, and shared examples of requests, activities, habits and ideas we can say no to. Because saying no gives us the time, space and energy to say yes to what truly nourishes and serves us. But what are those things for...