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Privacy Is Needed For Grieving Families     For most of us, when a family member dies we are granted the gift of grieving in private. Our closest friends may call and send flowers and notes of sympathy, but for the most part we are given some time to say good-bye to our loved one in...
10 Aphorisms: What did your parents tell you? There are some saying that stay with you throughout your life. Whether you used them with your friends growing up, or found insight from your parents, here is a list of some sayings that have always stayed with me, and have helped me throughout different times in my life: Don’t be afraid...
The Zen of Intimacy Life is complex and cumbersome. To ease our anxiety, our minds like to divide reality into simplified black and white categories. There is spiritual practice and psychological inquiry. There’s the life of the spirit and the life of the flesh. We can choose between a path of spirituality and a...
Dear Robin Williams Oh, Robin Williams. If you could see the enormity of your loss, I wonder if you would still be with us. I wish you could see how much you were loved and how many people are devastated by your loss. Some have labeled your suicide “selfish” but that is a...
Less stress when work relationships are good Managers who enjoy a good relationship with their employees, suffer less dangerous stress at work, according to a study of nearly 3000 managers. It’s tough at the top, people say. Managers have heavy responsibilities, both for their workers and for the organisation’s results. They need to make hard, and at times unpopular, decisions. Such factors [...]The post Less stress when work relationships are good appeared first on PsyPost.
Pioneering online treatment helps people with bipolar disorder, study finds The first effective web-based treatment for Bipolar Disorder based on the latest research evidence has been developed by psychologists. People with Bipolar Disorder have problems getting access to psychological therapy and this online intervention, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders,  may offer a round the clock solution at a reduced cost to the NHS. [...]The post Pioneering online treatment helps people with bipolar disorder, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Why chilli burns, and milk helps soothe the pain By Alex Russell, University of Sydney Whether it’s a few flakes on a pizza or the spiciest vindaloo known to humankind, most people can tolerate or even enjoy the tingling, burning sensation chilli can bring. So how does chilli deliver its sting? And why is it that milk can take the edge off a spicy [...]The post Why chilli burns, and milk helps soothe the pain appeared first on PsyPost.
New insights into how young and developing readers make sense of words Skilled readers are often able to make sense of words suffering from ‘typos’ and jumbled up letter orders as long as the beginning and end letters of the words are correct. But a study at the University of Leicester suggests that young developing readers also have a similar understanding of how these outside letters can [...]The post New insights into how young and developing readers make sense of words appeared first on PsyPost.
Awake within a dream: lucid dreamers show greater insight in waking life People who are aware they are asleep when they are dreaming have better than average problem-solving abilities, new research has discovered. Experts from the University of Lincoln, UK, say that those who experience ‘lucid dreaming’ – a phenomena where someone who is asleep can recognise that they are dreaming – can solve problems in the [...]The post Awake within a dream: lucid dreamers show greater insight in waking life appeared first on PsyPost.
Verbal abuse of older adults: A disturbing influence on quality of life Newly published research from Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect (Routledge) has determined that verbal mistreatment is a highly prevalent concern among older adults in primary care clinics because of its relation to negative mental health outcomes including poor social functioning and major depression.  Verbal Mistreatment of the Elderly, conducted by a research team from Northeastern University, [...]The post Verbal abuse of older adults: A disturbing influence on quality of life appeared first on PsyPost.
Gene linked to disease found to play a critical role in normal memory development It has been more than 20 years since scientists discovered that mutations in the gene huntingtin cause the devastating progressive neurological condition Huntington’s disease, which involves involuntary movements, emotional disturbance and cognitive impairment. Surprisingly little, however, has been known about the gene’s role in normal brain activity. Now, a study from The Scripps Research Institute’s [...]The post Gene linked to disease found to play a critical role in normal memory development appeared first on PsyPost.
How arbitrary is language? Study examines how sounds relate to meaning Words in the English language are structured to help children learn according to research led by Lancaster University. Words like “woof” accurately represent the sound of a dog while sounds with similar meanings may have a similar structure eg the “sl” sound at the beginning of a word often has negative properties as in “slime, [...]The post How arbitrary is language? Study examines how sounds relate to meaning appeared first on PsyPost.
Existentially Grounded Self-Help Psychology Begins with Nondualistic Ontology Made of nothing more than seemingly dead matter, you see and feel and think, right? Conclusion? Matter that sees, feels and thinks is not dead. You are Living (Conscious) Matter. Get it?! Existentially grounding self-help psychology begins (and ends) with nondualistic ontology (i.e. with a non-divisive view of self and reality)....
Existentially Grounded Psychology Begins with Nondualistic Ontology Made of nothing more than seemingly dead matter, you see and feel and think, right? Conclusion? Matter that sees, feels and thinks is not dead. You are Living (Conscious) Matter. Get it?! Existentially grounding psychology begins (and ends) with nondualistic ontology (i.e. with a non-divisive view of self and reality). -...
Freeing Yourself from a Dsyfunctional Family Ann came from a wealthy family in the suburbs. Behind the walls of her expensive home, her stock broker father was an abusive drunk. Her mother was a submissive victim. Her older brother was a sadist and her younger brother was a psychopath. As a child, Ann used her innate...
What do Ethical Media Professionals Look Like? In media ethics, the moral lapses and scandals get all the press. But the moral psychology of media exemplars shows us a profile of journalists and PR practitioners who are intent on avoiding harm, respectful of everyone they work with, and who are motivated by social justice.
Robin Williams, Creativity & Mental Illness Robin Williams’ suicide this past week has brought forward some commentators who are linking his creative genius to his mental illness. While we can’t say for certain whether his creativity was due, at least in part, to his mental illness, we can say this — there is a lot less...
Voyeurism: What it is and What it isn’t Most sex addicts, no matter what their behaviors consist in (prostitutes, anonymous sex, serial seductions, pornography etc.) will tend to sexualize other people they look at. You might say that sex addicts view the world through sex colored glasses. But this does not mean that they are voyeurs. Voyeurism is...
Evolution of Human Fatherhood How did human fathers evolve? Here, we consider 7 take-home points highlighted in a new review paper that focuses on the evolution of human fatherhood.
Surprising differences in how teen athletes experience concussion The latest research on sports concussions in teens has been the focus of recent study. "We discovered a bidirectional relationship between both emotional symptoms developing in conjunction with physical symptoms, and also emotional symptoms developing because of the physical symptoms," said one researcher. In other words, "this research gives us a better understanding of the interaction between physical and emotional symptoms in concussion and will allow us to explore ways to help adolescents recover in a more timely fashion."