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When does rude service at luxury stores make consumers go back for more? For many people, the idea of purchasing a luxury product in a high-end boutique comes with the stigma of snobbery and rude salesclerks. But when they are rejected in real life, a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research reveals that a person’s desire for brand affiliation and willingness to purchase and display the item actually [...]
Home sweet messy home: How do consumers cope with disorder at home? From hanging up our coats to organizing our bookshelves and kitchen cupboards, some people keep their homes tidy and others seem to live in complete chaos. According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, understanding how we organize our homes can help us cope with contradictions and disruptions occurring in our daily lives. [...]
Mass Shooters = Mental Illness? In the wake of yet another mass school shooting, we mourn. We are angry. Why is this happening in our country? What is going on? And yet, as I flip on my television — what do I see? It’s certainly not anything about gun control or raising children properly, but...
Define The Life You Long to Live         When you are emotionally sensitive your emotions can rule your life. The more painful emotions exhaust and drain you, sometimes to the point that your days are about avoiding hurt rather than living your life.  You may dread the mornings and crave isolation though at the...
4 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude Gratitude is an important ingredient in happiness and resilience. Studies show that people who are more grateful are also happier. We also know that with a little bit of practice, it’s pretty easy to lift your overall sense of gratitude.    Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology recommends the following to help...
Blackness ever blackening: My lifetime of depression How do I explain an existence dominated by the bleakest, darkest moods? And do I even want to? By Jenny Diski. I was such a moody child. That’s what my parents said. “She’s such a moody child.” “Why are you such a moody child?” I don’t remember ever being called a happy-go-lucky or sunny-natured child, or [...]
abNormal: The science of being different Are you normal? What does it mean to be normal? Is it a good thing, or does it mean you’re just plain dull? Is being abnormal more fun, does it make us seem more kooky, quirky, individual – or could it mean we’re cut off from society, perceived as odd or even mentally ill? abNormal is [...]
Bites, dives and dirty tackles – what makes a footballer break the rules? By Maria Kavussanu, University of Birmingham FIFA’s decision to hand Luis Suarez a four month ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini has sealed Suarez’s place as the villain of World Cup 2014. The incident has provoked outrage across the globe, with many saying the punishment is too lenient for such a heinous crime. But [...]
Watching individual neurons respond to magnetic therapy Engineers and neuroscientists at Duke University have developed a method to measure the response of an individual neuron to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the brain. The advance will help researchers understand the underlying physiological effects of TMS — a procedure used to treat psychiatric disorders — and optimize its use as a therapeutic treatment. [...]
Noninvasive brain control: New light-sensitive protein enables more powerful optogenetics Optogenetics, a technology that allows scientists to control brain activity by shining light on neurons, relies on light-sensitive proteins that can suppress or stimulate electrical signals within cells. This technique requires a light source to be implanted in the brain, where it can reach the cells to be controlled. MIT engineers have now developed the [...]
Trying to “Win” at Love May Cost Your Relationship Trying to “Win” at Love May Cost Your Relationship. Zero sum thinking can ruin romance. By Lisa Juliano, PsyD
Amy Schumer & Therapy Consistent with Pete Holmes is the Worst Therapist, therapy continues to be used as a set-up to comedically absurd outcomes. Amy Schumer is another comedian who has used this scenario in various ways on her show, and like Pete Holmes, beneath the jokes there are some valid points made about...
Have You Ever Realized You Were In a Dream? Recently, for the first time, I realized that I was dreaming as I was having the dream. This was due to critical thinking - which usually doesn't happen in dreams. We'll look at why lucid dreaming and critical thinking might go hand in hand....
5 Things to Do When You Get the Worries Sometimes the best way to learn a subject is to teach it. That was certainly the case last weekend. I took a group of 10-year-old girls to see the movie, “Heaven Is For Real.” I walked away from the big screen inspired that maybe there is no anxiety and depression...
Increase the Resiliency of Your Relationship: 6 Strategies “Well, you two certainly have a very resilient relationship!” our marital therapist exclaimed to my husband and me several years ago, with obvious surprise and relief detectable in her face and her voice. She was responding to our report that we had nicely recovered from our Armageddon conflict from last week and were in...
My Opinion on Second Opinions Are you unsure whether your doctor is providing the best treatment for you or a loved one? When should you seek a second opinion? And who should provide that critical medical advice? In order to "Own Your Health," you need to know!
The Lasting Impact of Early Life Stress on the Brain Results from a study of 128 children who had experienced neglect, abuse or other serious, chronic stressors early in life.Advertisement:→ A new PSYCHOMETRIC TEST on WHAT BEAUTY MEANS TO YOU is at http://CitiesBeautiful.org Related articles:Family Problems In Childhood Affect Brain Development Chronic Stress Early in Life Causes Anxiety and Aggression in Adulthood Childhood Poverty and Stress Harms Adult Brain Function How Long-Term Stress Causes Serious Mental Disorders Mental Health Problems Can Shorten Life More Than Heavy Smoking
Asexualities: First-Ever Collection of Scholarly Essays I first wrote about asexuality in 2009 after getting repeated requests to address the topic. At the time, there was very little scholarly research on the topic. Now, just five years later, a collection of scholarly essays on asexualities has been published – the first of its kind. Asexualities: Feminist...
Conscientious People Might Use More ‘Filler Speech’ (Um, You Turns out it isn’t what you say — but how you say it, that matters. There aren’t many guys roaming the earth who’d honestly define their type as the superficial and super-naïve Cher Horowitz from Clueless. The valley-girl persona has always been associated with a narrow world view and, well,...
Why teenagers act crazy Because of a quirk of brain development, adolescents, on average, experience more anxiety and fear and have a harder time learning how not to be afraid than either children or adults.