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Could You Be Suffering from the Summertime Blues? Summer is in full swing and all around you, people seem to be enjoying themselves. Happy to be outdoors, puttering in the garden, reading cheesy novels, going to the beach or nearby parks for picnics. Not only do you not get it, you feel worse just seeing their rosy complexions....
10 Quick & Easy Ways to Improve Your Mental Health We all know the importance of maintaining good physical health — we’re bombarded daily with ads for exercise programs, diet plans, and blog posts on what to eat and drink and what vitamin supplements to take or avoid. What’s not as frequently addressed, however, is mental health — but it’s...
More Than Two-Thirds of American Youth Don't Qualify for the Military Calling it a "national security matter," the Pentagon says that 71% of Americans aged 17 to 24 would fail to qualify for military service owing to physical, behavioral, or educational shortcomings. Obesity is a big part of the problem, but it's hardly the whole story. ...
Mania – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly I’ve hit mania pretty hard this week. It’s a beautiful thing when it starts. Lots of ideas, no need for sleep, lighter on my feet, lots of energy. It can be wonderful and blissful. I’ve managed to get The Bipolar Parenting Project and The Childhood Mental Health Project pages up...
A Checklist of 12 Science-of-Love Approved Wedding Vows, 2     This post lists the last 6 of 12 science-backed wedding vows, and is a continuation of Part 1. They are 7. “I vow to disallow my past to negatively influence our present and future together as individuals and a couple. This vow stems from research on couple communications and forgiveness. Consciously or not, early experiences in interactions...
#105 War and Hierarchy   If we look at the history of war, it is not so much a story of right versus wrong as it is a struggle over power and hierarchy. Who has the most land and wealth, the largest army, the truest religion, the most control? Certain groups attain supremacy that...
Viral Values: How Do Personal Values Affect Behavior? Everyday businesses are realizing that in order to prosper in today’s consumer-centric economy satisfying the psychological needs of their customers is vital to their financial success. For example, my friends at Zenzi are constantly touting the benefits of value-based marketing. But why, you may ask, are values so important?
Introducing Mental Momma Most parents know they already have their hands full with their first child. Even if a second child adds to the family, parenting in today’s modern world of distraction and technology has never been more challenging. What if you add mental illness into the mix? As a parent, dealing with...
You Have Already Survived the Toughest Day of Your Not that you asked, but my mom had me by c-section. So – without even the courtesy of a minute to prepare – I was literally infant-jacked from my nice, warm, dark, solitary shelter and summarily thrust into the “real world.” I know you will think I’m crazy (sometimes I...
Facebook Reveals Secret Experiment To Control Your Emotions Study in which Facebook manipulated the news feeds of almost 700,000 users for psychological research sparks controversy.Advertisement:→ A new PSYCHOMETRIC TEST on WHAT BEAUTY MEANS TO YOU is at http://CitiesBeautiful.org Related articles:Happiness is Contagious and Powerful on Social Media The Honking Experiment: Can You Predict Your Driving Behaviour? What “The Love Bridge” Tells Us About How Thoughts and Emotions Interact “Is the Internet Good/Bad For You?” and Other Dumb Questions How Our Emotions Work
Early traumas and young people's reactions to terror Adolescents can have post-traumatic stress reactions even when not directly affected by terrorist attacks. They are at increased risk if they have experienced violence or sexual abuse in early life. Those who have experienced sexual abuse numerous times have a doubled risk of post-traumatic stress reactions to a terrorist incident, new research finds.
Learn Dutch in your sleep: Listening to lessons while sleeping reinforces memory When you have learned words in another language, it may be worth listening to them again in your sleep. A study has now shown that this method reinforces memory. "Our method is easy to use in daily life and can be adopted by anyone," says the study director.
Are Dog People More Prejudiced than Cat People? A new study finds that self-identified dog people are higher in social dominance orientation than cat people, a trait associated with prejudice. However, this seems puzzling as previous research found that dog people are also more agreeable and conscientious. Further research is needed to determine dog people really are more prejudiced than cat people and if so why.
I Can’t Believe They Did That! Taming Judgmental Tendencies Being judgmental can be a good thing. Our judgment is a survival skill, according to psychotherapist Joyce Marter, LCPC. It helps us stay out of danger. For instance, you use good judgment when you don’t give your phone number to a man who’s “separated” from his “crazy” wife, or invest...
Speed Is Relative … Even Mine I know several couples where one half is diagnosed as having ADHD and the other is not. But on observing the so called Neuro-Typical or NT component of those relationships by themselves, I’m sometimes left wondering if perhaps they aren’t possibly worthy of a diagnosis themselves. The earth’s circumference is...
Get Graphic! Using Visual Content to Build Your Online Photos, graphics, and memes can help build engagement and grow your online private practice presence. Visual content is becoming increasingly important to a business’s online presence, and your therapy practice would do well to get on board.  Nothing can replace quality written content, but too many words on a page...
A Disturbing Mind Trick to Make You "Confess" During Interrogations So after you got up this morning, had some waffles, and murdered your neighbor, how did you get away from the scene? Did you walk or did you take your car? Answering this question might lead to incarceration due to the Recency Principle....
5 Lessons Addicts Can Learn from Weight Watchers The 22 million Americans addicted to drugs aren’t as “different” as they may think. Added to their ranks are nearly 150 million obese or overweight Americans who are compelled to eat in much the same way addicts are driven to get high. Although it has taken awhile for science to...
Demons inside: Teens at risk can hide mental illness Teens with mental illness often suffer from social stigma, leading to shame, secrecy and social isolation.
The Inner World of a Sex Addict A reader asked how it feels for a sex addict to lead a double life. This is an interesting question and to some extent the answer is “It depends on the addict.” New studies in progress using the MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory), The Millon Clinical Inventory and the Sexual...