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Those Absolutely Essential Truths I Can’t Remember My dog fell ill, and I forgot every healthy lesson life has taught me. Ralphy, an eleven pound mass of gray white fur and–I believe–the most affectionate companion in the world, has been one of my most supportive friends for seven years. Saturday morning, after seeming tremulous and weak the night before, he showed no...
In Chinese: Crisis Does NOT Mean Danger and Opportunity JFK was wrong. On pinyin.info, a website about the Chinese language, Victor H. Mair, a professor of Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, firmly corrects an American linguistic blunder that interprets the word “crisis” in Chinese as meaning both “danger” and “opportunity.” “The explication of the Chinese word for crisis as made […]
Shell shock treatments reveal the conflict in psychiatry’s heart By James Bradley, University of Melbourne One of the most iconic images of the first world war, the outbreak of which is being commemorated all over the world, is the deserter – heartlessly tried for cowardice, blindfolded and bound to a post, facing the firing squad. In all, 306 soldiers from British and Imperial forces [...]The post Shell shock treatments reveal the conflict in psychiatry’s heart appeared first on PsyPost.
The Cultural Curse of Knowledge and Movie Spoilers I've always demanded spoilers for what I watch, but I understand that most people like to go into films unspoiled. It's odd then, that the curse of knowledge makes spoilers for the most important films of our time unavoidable....
Self-Scapes of Fear                 How do you see yourself and your world?  The way you view both affects the way you live your life.  You may be quite secure about who you are and your safety in the world. Or not.  Let’s call the basic way...
4 Questions to Ask Yourself to Make Good Decisions We make countless minute and monumental decisions on a daily basis. What time will I wake up? What will I eat for breakfast? What tasks will I tackle at work? Should I say yes or no to this commitment? Do I want the promotion? Do I want this person for...
6 Rules for a Happy Life and Healthier Environment These six rules for personal happiness may also help save our environment. Pursuing true happiness not only benefits you but also the environment, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention. Dr. Miriam Tatzel reviews decades of psychological research, arguing that the fundamentals of a happy life are also good for the environment... 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:How The Right Type of Materialism Can Make You Happy How Aging Changes What Makes You Happy Happy Habits: How to Fix Bad Moods How To Be Happy: 6 Most Uplifting TED Talks 8 Psychological Keys to Spending Wisely
CDR! The Secret Behind You Being Out Of Your Desperately Wanting Better  Whenever you give it away, do too much, take on too much for another, or enable dysfunctional behavior, you unwittingly set into motion that wave that builds momentum and cannot be stopped until you still the waters — or watch the wave crash like a tsunami. Put...
The One Trait that Predicts Sexual Satisfaction in Long-Term Think a satisfying sex life in a long-term relationship is kind of an anomaly? Sure, people pretend it exists because it makes for good romantic comedies and keeps us married folks somewhat hopeful of our futures. But it’s not actually a “thing” in real life, right? Well — yes and...
Coming Out As Mentally Ill to My Mother A woman with Borderline Personality Disorder "comes out" to her mother after a near suicide attempt.
Borderlines Working with Borderlines If non-Borderline mental health workers are triggered by working with people with BPD then how do peer support workers with a diagnosis of BPD cope with working with Borderlines? Triggers, both conscious and unconscious can catapult people in to the past where old issues surface and can affect how workers...
What does ‘diversity’ mean to you? The answer may depend on your race Diversity in the workplace has been a contentious issue for many employers. In May 2014, Google disclosed that 70% of its employees are male, and in terms of racial diversity, the company is 61% White, 30% Asian, 3% Hispanic and 2% Black. Does that breakdown sound diverse to you? If not, what would an ideal diverse team [...]The post What does ‘diversity’ mean to you? The answer may depend on your race appeared first on PsyPost.
Scientists unravel mystery of brain cell growth In the developing brain, special proteins that act like molecular tugboats push or pull on growing nerve cells, or neurons, helping them navigate to their assigned places amidst the brain’s wiring. How a single protein can exert both a push and a pull force to nudge a neuron in the desired direction is a longstanding [...]The post Scientists unravel mystery of brain cell growth appeared first on PsyPost.
Daylight in your office improves sleep, physical activity and quality of life Office workers with more light exposure at the office had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace, reports a new study from Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The study highlights the importance of [...]The post Daylight in your office improves sleep, physical activity and quality of life appeared first on PsyPost.
Expecting to teach enhances learning and recall, study finds “When compared to learners expecting a test, learners expecting to teach recalled more material correctly, they organized their recall more effectively and they had better memory for especially important information,” said lead author John Nestojko, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in psychology in Arts & Sciences at WUSTL. The study, published recently in the journal Memory & [...]The post Expecting to teach enhances learning and recall, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Trauma before enlistment linked to high suicide rates among military personnel, veterans High rates of suicide among military service members and veterans may be related to traumatic experiences they had before enlisting, making them more vulnerable to suicidal behavior when coping with combat and multiple deployments, according to the findings of several recent studies presented at the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention. Experiencing child abuse, being [...]The post Trauma before enlistment linked to high suicide rates among military personnel, veterans appeared first on PsyPost.
Psychologists: Regular marijuana use bad for teens’ brains Frequent marijuana use can have a significant negative effect on the brains of teenagers and young adults, including cognitive decline, poor attention and memory, and decreased IQ, according to psychologists discussing public health implications of marijuana legalization at the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention. “It needs to be emphasized that regular cannabis use, which [...]The post Psychologists: Regular marijuana use bad for teens’ brains appeared first on PsyPost.
Women who ‘lean in’ often soon leave engineering careers, study finds Nearly 40 percent of women who earn engineering degrees quit the profession or never enter the field, and for those who leave, poor workplace climates and mistreatment by managers and co-workers are common reasons, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention. While women accounted for more than 20 percent of [...]The post Women who ‘lean in’ often soon leave engineering careers, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Can money buy happiness? By Neil Levy, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health If survey data are to be trusted, there’s a surprisingly weak relationship between money and happiness. As national incomes rise, happiness does not increase. Consider this: happiness in the United States has been stable for the past 50 years, although at the same time [...]The post Can money buy happiness? appeared first on PsyPost.
3 Creative Ways to Combat the Blues Often, stress, disappointments, and mundane realities of everyday life plague our inner worlds so much that it’s difficult to experience positive emotions such as joy, peace, and spontaneity. Unfortunately, it becomes a vicious cycle. The negative emotions build up even more, sapping our mental and physical energies to the point...