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Body Wisdom: Understanding the Language of Your Body, 1 Priya Saihgal via Compfight Like or love it, you and your body are a highly sophisticated communication network that operates 24/7 around the clock every day of your life. Neuroscience and other studies of the brain and human relationships have taught us a lot about the brain in the last two...
Top 5 Dangers Of Being A Perfectionist We all know perfectionism isn't healthy. But it may even be dangerous to our emotional health....
The Power of Your Emotional Attitudes Upon Your Entire Being We are integrated biological-psychological-social-spirituatl beings. Research shows the significant, system-wide impact our emotional attitudes and perspectives about life have upon our entire being -- our health, level of wellbeing and growth; or stagnation and illness.
The Trouble with Holding on Too Tightly I have a tendency to hold on too tightly. My particular problem isn’t with things, per se, but rather with situations or outcomes. From an early (oh so early) age, I was raised to set goals. Along with goal-setting came the instruction to create a plan to achieve those goals. So...
Anxious children have bigger 'fear centers' in the brain The amygdala is a key “fear center” in the brain. Alterations in the development of the amygdala during childhood may have an important influence on the development of anxiety problems, reports a new study. Researchers recruited 76 children, 7 to 9 years of age, a period when anxiety-related traits and symptoms can first be reliably identified. Using non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of brain structure and function, the researchers found that children with high levels of anxiety had enlarged amygdala volume.
Hunting down trigger for Parkinson's: Failing dopamine pump damages brain cells The function of an intracellular dopamine pump in Parkinson’s patients has been compared to a healthy test group in a new study. Researchers found out that this pump is less effective at pumping out dopamine and storing it in the brain cells of Parkinson's sufferers. If dopamine is not stored correctly, however, it can cause self-destruction of the affected nerve cells.
Smart treatment predictions for brain trauma with use of computer model Most people who suffer a severe brain injury take years to recover – if they recover at all. But the right treatment in the crucial hours following an accident can make all the difference. Now a new project is building sophisticated new computer models potentially able to improve diagnosis and predict the outcome of treatments.
The Husband Assumption When I get phone calls from strangers, especially those particularly annoying ones from marketers who never should have called my number in the first place, I am often addressed as “Mrs. DePaulo.” I never let it slide. I always correct the caller, telling the person that I am not a...
4 Ways to Benefit from Envy If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning. ~ Mahatma Gandhi Upward comparison is a universal experience. It is one way that we determine where we stand among others....
Pride Is Pride, Whether It’s Yours Or Mine! On Saturday I went to a Pride picnic in my town. I have some friends in the LGBT community and the annual celebration is for members of this community and their friends. I know what being marginalized is like. I know what being judged for who and what you are...
X-Men: Days of Future Past Explores Bipolar Disorder I have long argued that the X-Men movies are a great metaphor for bipolar disorder. When X-Men: The Last Stand came out I wrote an article about how the X-Men’s struggle to control their “super powers” are analogous to our struggles with mania and depression. When the newest movie came out I was hoping...
What the Amish Can Teach Us About Technology Some reasons why the Amish might be better qualified than most “experts” to advise the members of the majority culture on the impact of technology and the need to manage and control it.
Children in Low-Income Homes Fare Better in Kindergarten if Moms Work When They Are Babies, Research Finds Findings reflect changes in contemporary culture, mothers’ role in family earnings
Dissociation: A Crucial Problem for Sex Addiction Treatment We have always known that recovery from sex addiction involved regaining integrity. By this we usually mean that practicing sex addicts typically have a secret life. They are the all-around good guy as they move about the world and they become their darker, secret self when they are acting out...
Number One Dad – the Father Rules   The following poem about fathers was attributed to Eppie Lederer, better known as “Ann Landers,” one of America’s most reliable and trusted sources of advice for decades as a newspaper columnist. Can you imagine what she could do with social media today??! Back in the 80′s, I used to...
Life Lessons: One Father’s Open Letter to His Graduating Some words of wisdom from a father to his son. Tomorrow you are graduating from high school and preparing to move on to what’s next. It is a surreal moment for me, both as a parent and as a man. In watching you over these last 18 years, I have seen...
The girl who couldn't stop laughing A six-year-old Bolivian girl presented with an unusual medical symptom: uncontrollable and inappropriate fits of laughter. “She was considered spoiled, crazy, even devil-possessed,” according to those who knew her. Then medical researchers discovered a hamartoma -- a small tumor pressing on the temporal lobe of her brain.
New findings shed light on maternal mental illness Recent studies show that the range of disorders women face is wider than previously thought.
Amazing Dads In most families, yesteryear’s dad had one major role. He had to go to work and support his family financially. Secondarily, he was brought in for major disciplinary action (“wait till your father gets home”). No hugs, no kisses, no “I love you” was expected from Dad. Those tender moments,...
A peek inside The Skeleton Cupboard You’ll get more out of The Skeleton Cupboard, Tanyan Byron’s account of her training as a clinical psychologist, if you read the epilogue first. It tells you that the patients described in the book are fictional, to preserve confidentiality, but indicates that the stories were representative of real situations. This is a common device in […]