|5 Steps to Taming Perfectionsim
||Perfectionism: friend or foe? The promise and perils of unrealistic aspirations.
|Perfectionism: Friend or Foe?
||Perfectionism: Friend or Foe? The promise and perils of unrealistic aspirations. By Max Belkin, Ph.D.
|Introducing Your Best Self
||While there are thousands of books and blogs on self-improvement, each person approaches the topic differently and with a different focus. Some focus on their own personal experiences that have informed their approach to improving one’s life. Others focus on tried-and-true techniques and exercises. The good news is that virtually...
|The Value of Being Valued
|| Yesterday was a very special day. As a Human Resources Director I had the amazing privilege of making 350 employees happier. These employees were formally recognized for the first time in 40 years for their loyalty and dedication. And what really surprised me was that it was not the...
|21 Signs That Your Worries Are Out of Control
||Bad things happen from time to time, do they not? And it makes a lot of sense to prevent them from happening. Yet, sometimes the bad things in life just show up. Does worrying about it help? Well, worry is a signal that something bad might happen. It’s useful. Worry...
|Duplicity, Lies, Manipulation, and Eating Disorders
||Many patients with eating disorders lie about their symptoms to cover up. For some patients, manipulating and lying to others is painful and shameful. For other patients, deceiving others and covering up their symptoms is a way of life. Here are the recovery issues facing these different types of patients.
|Why You Tolerate What You Hate
||We all have some old emotional wounds that cause us to both hate certain ways we feel others treat us, yet tolerate them long after others wouldn't. Recognizing your wounds and learning to heal them is the key to managing close relationships.
|Comic-Con: A Healthy Dose of Non-Reality
||Comic-Con, an annual celebration of pop culture, is not only not crazy, it’s good for your mental health. Why? It remains a place where you can get a dose of non-reality and allows us to try on new identities. And Comic-Con gives a green light to the desire to be goofy that we all have but that we are usually too inhibited, busy or guilty to indulge.
||One need only look at the first several rows periodic table to find some elements essential to good mental health. Human brains need minerals to function normally, and a diet high in processed foods will lower mineral content, so that mineral levels in the body suffer. Zinc, magnesium, lithium, iron, chromium, and calcium all influence our moods and resiliency.
|Ted Stanley Donates $650 Million to Psychiatric Research
||Wow. Just wow. Nobody has ever donated so much money dedicated to better understanding the foundations of mental illness. The gift, announced earlier this week, is being made by Ted Stanley to his Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute to support its ongoing — and new —...
|Anti-inflammatory drug can prevent neuron loss in Parkinson's model
||An experimental anti-inflammatory drug can protect vulnerable neurons and reduce motor deficits in a rat model of Parkinson's disease, a study has shown. The findings demonstrate that the drug, called XPro1595, can reach the brain at sufficient levels and have beneficial effects when administered by subcutaneous injection, like an insulin shot. Previous studies of XPro1595 in animals tested more invasive modes of delivery, such as direct injection into the brain.
|Manipulating key protein in brain holds potential against obesity, diabetes
||A protein that controls when genes are switched on or off plays a key role in specific areas of the brain to regulate metabolism, researchers have found. The research potentially could lead to new therapies to treat obesity and diabetes, since the transcription factor involved – spliced X-box binding protein 1 – appears to influence the body's sensitivity to insulin and leptin signaling.
|Childhood Covert Incest and Adult Life
||Dashiell, a 29-year-old CPA, first came to see me after his self-described “healthy sexual appetite” went from fun to over-the-edge to addiction. In our initial assessment, Dash told me his sexual behavior had spiraled out of control, resulting in a string of reprimands at work (for downloading porn on company...
|A Campaign Of Hatred Against Child & Parent
||Parental alienation destroys the parent-child bond....
|A Reminder for Being And Embracing Ourselves
||This week I read two powerful posts on being ourselves, which I immediately pasted into Evernote, because they’re key reminders for me. In one post Therese Borchard talks about wanting to be Gretchen Rubin and struggling with her commencement speech for her alma mater. She writes: My first draft was...
|Do Borderlines Really Lack a Sense of Self?
||Prevailing clinical wisdom asserts that those with Borderline Personality Disorder profoundly lack a sense of self. But is this really true?
|It takes two to court: Pheromone that triggers mating found in mice
||The functions of two classes of pheromone receptors have been identified by researchers, who have also found pheromones crucial to triggering the mating process in mice. "Interestingly, the pheromone that tells other mice that 'I am female,' or the one that tells others, 'I am ovulating,' do not do much on their own," says the investigator who led the study. "But when the two are presented together, the male mice showed great interest in courting and mating with the female."
|Could an hour less sleep be better?
||Several sleep studies suggest that seven hours of sleep may be the ideal amount.
|In Pursuit of Happiness
||How is it that Pharrell Williams’s light-hearted song, “Happy,” has become such a global hit? The daily news suggests that the world is going to hell in a handbasket. Williams sings: “…clap along if you feel like a room without a roof, Clap along if you feel that happiness is...
|How To Be Happy: 6 Most Uplifting TED Talks
||How to be happy at work, at play, with our money and with our minds. The first two are among the most popular TED talks ever recorded.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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