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Robin Williams lost the fight. I’ve had some days now to digest the news of Robin Williams’s passing. It was very triggering for me, having attempted suicide before. Why does one man’s death, a man I never met, have such a profound effect on me? Because if this man, this celebrity who was witty and...
5 Tips to Keep ‘Keeping Score’ from Ending Your Why holding on to your partner’s mistakes will end up hurting you. We’ve all been there. Your partner has put you off, let you down or totally messed up so many times, you have a running tally going, and it only fuels your irritation and anger. One woman posted on...
Parent-reported cases of disability in children rise Study shows that more parents, especially upper-income ones, are reporting that their children have a physical, developmental or mental health disability.
Three Tips to Teach Your Child Emotional Intelligence Emotional Intelligence (EI) is your ability to manage and understand emotions and relationships, your own as well as others’. Research has shown that Emotional Intelligence is more vital to life success and satisfaction than general intelligence. This makes EI a very important skill for parents to teach their children. The good...
Can a Sex Addict Also Be a Codependent? In my 27 years working with addicts and codependents, I rarely have come across a completely healthy partner of an addict. Although addicts’ partners are unequivocally not to blame for the addiction, and most certainly not the consequences of it, they certainly carry responsibility for the shared relationship problems. The...
Do gut bacteria rule our minds? Microbes evolved to sway food choices It sounds like science fiction, but it seems that bacteria within us — which outnumber our own cells about 100-fold — may very well be affecting both our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want, and often are driving us toward obesity. In an article published this week in the journal BioEssays, [...]The post Do gut bacteria rule our minds? Microbes evolved to sway food choices appeared first on PsyPost.
The notion of love can lead to greater acceptance of couples’ rights An Indiana University study found that how “in love” a romantic couple appears to be is interpreted differently based on the couple’s sexual orientation, affecting what formal and informal rights people think that couple deserves. Long Doan, a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at IU Bloomington’s College of Arts and Sciences, said the [...]The post The notion of love can lead to greater acceptance of couples’ rights appeared first on PsyPost.
Virginity pledges for men can lead to sexual confusion — even after the wedding day Bragging of sexual conquests, suggestive jokes and innuendo, and sexual one-upmanship can all be a part of demonstrating one’s manhood, especially for young men eager to exert their masculinity. But how does masculinity manifest itself among young men who have pledged sexual abstinence before marriage? How do they handle sexual temptation, and what sorts of [...]The post Virginity pledges for men can lead to sexual confusion — even after the wedding day appeared first on PsyPost.
Epigenetic breakthrough bolsters understanding of Alzheimer’s disease A team led by researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School and King’s College London has uncovered some of the strongest evidence yet that epigenetic changes in the brain play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. Epigenetic changes affect the expression or activity of genes without changing the underlying DNA sequence and are believed to [...]The post Epigenetic breakthrough bolsters understanding of Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Study suggests federal law to combat use of ‘club drugs’ has done more harm than good A federal law enacted to combat the use of “club drugs” such as Ecstasy — and today’s variation known as Molly — has failed to reduce the drugs’ popularity and, instead, has further endangered users by hampering the use of measures to protect them. University of Delaware sociology professor Tammy L. Anderson makes that case [...]The post Study suggests federal law to combat use of ‘club drugs’ has done more harm than good appeared first on PsyPost.
Borderline Personality Disorder and Addiction These people are demanding, hard on themselves and others, constant life crises. The chaos leads to shame and lack of self-worth even though the person may be very intelligent or accomplished. They engage in a lot of helplessness, frequently asking for help but not carrying through with moving to a conclusion.
Risky situations increase women’s anxiety, hurt their performance compared to men Risky situations increase anxiety for women but not for men, leading women to perform worse under these circumstances, finds a study to be presented at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. “On the surface, risky situations may not appear to be particularly disadvantageous to women, but these findings suggest otherwise,” said study [...]The post Risky situations increase women’s anxiety, hurt their performance compared to men appeared first on PsyPost.
Stuck in neutral: Brain defect traps schizophrenics in twilight zone People with schizophrenia struggle to turn goals into actions because brain structures governing desire and emotion are less active and fail to pass goal-directed messages to cortical regions affecting human decision-making, new research reveals. Published in Biological Psychiatry, the finding by a University of Sydney research team is the first to illustrate the inability to initiate [...]The post Stuck in neutral: Brain defect traps schizophrenics in twilight zone appeared first on PsyPost.
Stem cells reveal how illness-linked genetic variation affects neurons A genetic variation linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe depression wreaks havoc on connections among neurons in the developing brain, a team of researchers reports. The study, led by Guo-li Ming, M.D., Ph.D., and Hongjun Song, Ph.D., of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and described online Aug. 17 in the journal Nature, used [...]The post Stem cells reveal how illness-linked genetic variation affects neurons appeared first on PsyPost.
New Stanford research sheds light on how children’s brains memorize facts As children learn basic arithmetic, they gradually switch from solving problems by counting on their fingers to pulling facts from memory. The shift comes more easily for some kids than for others, but no one knows why. Now, new brain-imaging research gives the first evidence drawn from a longitudinal study to explain how the brain [...]The post New Stanford research sheds light on how children’s brains memorize facts appeared first on PsyPost.
Synapse dysfunction and psychiatric disorders: Suspect gene corrupts neural connections Researchers have long suspected that major mental disorders are genetically-rooted diseases of synapses – the connections between neurons. Now, investigators supported in part by the National Institutes of Health have demonstrated in patients’ cells how a rare mutation in a suspect gene disrupts the turning on and off of dozens of other genes underlying these [...]The post Synapse dysfunction and psychiatric disorders: Suspect gene corrupts neural connections appeared first on PsyPost.
Ferguson and the Flight Response The flight response can actually show up in a number of interesting ways. The first one is the most obvious, which is the classic flight of “fight/flight/freeze.” It’s the desire to escape from a dangerous situation. A recent example is Dorian Johnson’s description of running away with his friend Michael...
On Shooting the Marginalized and Marginalizing the Shot Let’s bring a less idealized vision of America and the police to the discussion of race. A fearful American is a failure of policing.
Transformative Change: Five Steps to Empower Your Mind to                So what is transformative change about? One way to think of transforming change is as an inner capacity you have to create the more happiness and meaning in life that you’re naturally included to do. More specifically, it is a way of consciously...
Surveys Can Make People Go Extreme There are all kinds of reasons why people don't tell the truth when asked questions. Sometimes they suddenly turn into fanatics. They hate, or love, anything. Here's how you catch people when they go extreme, or when they try to just get along....