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Is there an Ultimate Destination?   I’m sitting on a flight from Paris to New York, trying to pass eight long hours, and getting bored. The airplane does not have an in-flight entertainment system, and my Kindle book-reader ran out of battery, so I resort to reading anything I can lay my eyes on. First...
Using Polygraph Tests to Keep Sex Addicts Honest Asking a sex addict to take a polygraph seemed ludicrous to me at first. First off, it seems like something you do with a criminal, not with a patient who has come in for help with a sexually compulsive behavior. It is certainly true that addicts are world class liars....
What Makes Us Laugh? (Video) Scientists ask people what makes them laugh, and share the answers they collected in a fun video....
10 Ways to Boost Your Energy “Energy is your most precious resource,” writes Susannah Seton in the introduction of Everyday Energy Boosters: 365 Tips and Tricks to Help You Feel Like a Million Bucks, co-written with Sondra Kornblatt. “Without it, you simply go through the motions of your life.” With energy, she notes, we’re able to...
Making ADHD Work Last night I was at a concert. During intermission, I got talking with a friend of mine who runs a local business. I mentioned that I had a 6:30 AM deadline for my blog, and that I wasn’t sure what I’d write about. He asked me why I didn’t just...
Common gene variants account for most genetic risk for autism Most of the genetic risk for autism comes from versions of genes that are common in the population rather than from rare variants or spontaneous glitches, researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have found. Heritability also outweighed other risk factors in this largest study of its kind to date. About 52 percent of [...]The post Common gene variants account for most genetic risk for autism appeared first on PsyPost.
Are You Assertive Enough? Too Assertive? A Self-Assesment Alas, squeaky wheels get the grease but not if you’re too squeaky.
Understanding and Using the Thoughts and Feelings After Divorce Divorce statistics tend to obscure the emotional impact of divorce. Whether a divorce is chosen, imposed, contested, litigated or mediated, divorce is difficult. What often adds to the difficulty even after a divorce is finalized are lingering thoughts and feelings that bewilder, disturb, preoccupy and interfere with moving forward in...
3 Movies That Use The 10% Myth Lucy, which debuts July 25, follows the protagonist (Scarlett Johansson) who – through the marvels of modern science – gains  access to much more of her brain’s capacity, beyond the “normal 10%.” Subsequently, as she gains access towards 100% of her brain capacity, she becomes more and more powerful, and “interesting things...
Encouraging Males to Embrace Safe, Platonic Touch Touch. It’s a delicate subject. I just read an article that discussed the idea of gentle, platonic touch between men. It made the case that men are often isolated from touch at an early age by both parents, and that the lack of gentle, platonic touch is a killer. The...
Magnetic Resonance Imaging study finds brain abnormalities in regular marijuana users People who regularly use marijuana show significant abnormalities in areas of the brain associated with motivation and emotion, a team of Swiss researchers has found. The scientists discovered changes in the volume of gray matter — the tissue containing brain cells — in regular marijuana users compared with occasional ones. Marijuana, the most commonly used [...]The post Magnetic Resonance Imaging study finds brain abnormalities in regular marijuana users appeared first on PsyPost.
Prisoner’s Dilemma study shows youth don’t follow a predictable cooperative strategy Young people between the ages of ten and sixteen demonstrate more fickle behaviour when it comes to cooperating, unlike other age groups. People over the age of 66 demonstrated the most cooperative behaviour. These are the conclusions of a research paper by scientists from the University of Barcelona (UB), the Carlos III University of Madrid [...]The post Prisoner’s Dilemma study shows youth don’t follow a predictable cooperative strategy appeared first on PsyPost.
Genetic risk for autism stems mostly from common genes Using new statistical tools, Carnegie Mellon University’s Kathryn Roeder has led an international team of researchers to discover that most of the genetic risk for autism comes from versions of genes that are common in the population rather than from rare variants or spontaneous glitches. Published in the July 20 issue of the journal “Nature [...]The post Genetic risk for autism stems mostly from common genes appeared first on PsyPost.
8 Ways to Live With a Chronic Illness “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain,” wrote Vivian Greene. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow,’” wrote Mary Anne Radmacher. These are two of my...
Car Dealers Use the "Defense in Depth" Strategy to Wear You Down At one point or another, most people will have to be in some kind of negotiation for a big ticket item. The most notorious of these negotiations is the car. Car salesmen have become famous for their underhanded negotiation tactics. There is an actual name for one strategy that car dealerships (and other unscrupulous types) use. It's called defense in depth....
Your Body Is Not The Enemy In our culture there is a prevailing belief that if we can’t get our bodies to look a certain way, to lose weight, to fit into an old pair of jeans, then they’re the enemy. They’re an enemy we have to subdue, manipulate and pound into submission. An enemy we...
Cyberloafing at Work Makes You More Productive Surfing the web at work for leisure makes you 9% more productive, a new study finds.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:“Is the Internet Good/Bad For You?” and Other Dumb Questions The Incubation Effect: How to Break Through a Mental Block Can You Be Addicted to Facebook or is it Just a Bad Habit? The Positive Effect of Creative Hobbies on Performance at Work Buy Less Insurance
Vedic Peace “Tat tvam asi” is an ancient Vedic mantra which means: “You are that” or “That you are.” What does it mean?  It means that Universe (Reality) is not inter-personal but intra-personal. What does that mean?  It means that when you look “outside” you are looking “inside.” What does that mean?...
So Very Happy We’re almost there! Just $50 more dollars to go till we reach our goal of $600 and we’ll be able to become tax exempt. We’ve already hit well over what we needed for the Articles of Incorporation and now we’re working on the tax exempt, 501(c)3 part of it all....
How to Be More Assertive at Work We’ve all had days or weeks or months at our jobs where we feel like we’re being taken advantage of. You know the feeling: if it doesn’t come in getting passed over for an opportunity, it comes at the hands of either your boss or coworkers not giving you the...