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Why Do We Stay In An Unhealthy Relationship? Is love really enough? I often hear people say  “I love him/her” even if their relationship is harmful, abusive or unhealthy. They stay in this relationship for the wrong reasons and sometimes they find it extremely difficult to leave the relationship. Leaving can be more complicated than it seems. There are...
Fish oil may benefit alcohol abusers Omega-3 fish oil might help protect against alcohol-related neurodamage and the risk of eventual dementia, according to a study. Many human studies have shown that long-term alcohol abuse causes brain damage and increases the risk of dementia. The new study found that in brain cells exposed to high levels of alcohol, a fish oil compound protected against inflammation and neuronal cell death.
On Being Brave In every aspect of our lives, we will always face the inevitable clause of change. In our relationships, work life, social life and private life, we will each be given moments where we must choose to embrace change or deny it. Often, this denial can lead to unresolved issues, addictions, relationship troubles and conflict. When […]
Towards a scientifically unified therapy Today’s edition of Nature has an excellent article on the need to apply cognitive science to understanding how psychological therapies work. Psychological therapies are often called ‘talking treatments’ but this is often a misleading name. Talking is essential, but it’s not where most of the change happens. Like seeing a personal trainer in the gym, […]
Esteemed Study Identifies Sexual Addiction as Identifiable and Diagnosable All Highly Pleasurable Substances and Behaviors Have Addiction Potential Led by Dr. Valerie Voon, a group of researchers at the University of Cambridge (UK) recently published a detailed fMRI study showing that the brain activity in sex addicts, when they are shown pornography, mirrors the brain activity in drug addicts...
It’s a myth that we only use 10% of our brains – here’s why By Jordan Gaines Lewis, Penn State College of Medicine It’s a common conversation starter to assert that we only use 10% of our brains. In Lucy, the soon-to-be-released thriller about a woman forced to work as a drug mule for the Taiwanese mob, Professor Norman lectures, “It is estimated most human beings only use 10% [...]The post It’s a myth that we only use 10% of our brains – here’s why appeared first on PsyPost.
Lie detectors and the lying liars who use them By Hassan Ugail, University of Bradford As society becomes more and more dependent on machines to make important decisions, the use of technology for lie detection is becoming increasingly popular. But as much as we would like to rely on technology to give us definitive answers, humans may well always be able to beat the [...]The post Lie detectors and the lying liars who use them appeared first on PsyPost.
Making Choices for Yourself: Doing What Pleases You We spend lots of time trying to make others happy or preventing their unhappiness. Instead we need to allow others to be accountable for themselves and take ownership over our own happiness. This requires one to: chose to stop doing what is unnecessary and do something constructive by living on...
Making Choices for Yourself: Doing What Please You We spend lots of time trying to make others happy or preventing their unhappiness. This requires one to: chose to stop doing what is unnecessary and do something constructive by living on your own terms in the present. This may involve stopping what we “should” do and making a choice...
25 More Statements for Speaking Kindly to Ourselves On Tuesday I shared 25 compassionate statements we can say to ourselves, inspired by Joyce’s beautiful post. Today, I’m sharing 25 more statements. As I wrote in my other post, when speaking these statements to yourself, try to use a gentle, soft, caring voice, as though you are speaking to...
Fundraising and Support Groups I know I have blogged about this before, but I am so excited to announce that we have raised enough money to apply for our Articles of Incorporation. Next Monday when the funds come available to me I will be sending a check and the paperwork in so we can...
Fat Because You Can’t, Won’t, Or Shouldn’t Lose Weight? With weight gain or any situation that gives us trouble, there are three basic interpretations. Familiarize yourself with them and you'll do a better job of figuring out which fits the situation.
How the brain stabilizes connections in order to learn better Throughout our lives, our brains adapt to what we learn and memorize. The brain is indeed made up of complex networks of neurons and synapses that are constantly re-configured. However, in order for learning to leave a trace, connections must be stabilized. A team researchers has now discovered a new cellular mechanism to help understand this.
Forty percent of Ontario female prisoners enter correctional system with a traumatic brain injury Almost 40 per cent of Ontario female prisoners have a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI), a study has shown. Unlike the men participating in the study, half of these women sustained a TBI before committing their first crime. Typically caused by a blow to the head, TBI is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. TBI is commonly caused by falls, motor vehicle collisions, physical assault or sports injuries.
Anxious? Stressed? Depressed? Hire Nature as Your Therapist Stressed out? Let nature calm you down. For the past ten years I have taken a small group of people into the woods for a seven-day retreat in the fall. Every year, I am amazed at the healing effects of this. By the end of the week, everyone is blissful,...
What are the risks of post-traumatic stress disorder after an accident? Many patients continue to suffer from symptoms (headaches, pain) several months after an accident. Now, a research team has studied the subsequent development of 1,300 people who were admitted to hospital for trauma. The researchers demonstrate that it is possible to identify people who will develop post-traumatic stress disorder, which generally occurs when the individual's life was put in danger.
Potential new therapy with brain-on-a-chip axonal strain injury model The use of 'Brain-on-a-Chip' microsystem has been used to assess specific effects of traumatic axonal injury. This innovative approach was used to characterize the biochemical changes that are induced following traumatic axonal injury and highlights an apparent injury threshold that exists in axonal mitochondria.
Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 Hour Rule is Proven Bunk Ah, poor Malcolm Gladwell. Apparently research has caught up to one of his proclamations that people needed about 10,000 hours of practice to become an amazing expert in that field. Never mind that he based his proclamation largely on a single study of musicians from 1993. His Outliers book is...
The Messed-Up Experiment Meant To Induce Crippling Guilt In Children Do you know when children start to feel guilt? Scientists at the University of Iowa do, because of this little experiment. They gave children a toy, told them that the toy was very special to them, and asked the child to be extremely careful with it. Then the toy broke....
We Use Way More Than 10 Percent of Our Brains One of the biggest misconceptions in neuroscience is that we only use 10% of our brains. As ludicrous as the claim is, however, 2/3 of the public and half of science teachers still believe it to be true. How did this misconception come about, anyway?