|The Dark Side of Dependency
||Compared to other personality disorders such as antisocial or borderline personality disorder, not nearly as much research attention had been devoted to dependent personality disorder. However, interpersonal dependency is associated with a variety of both negative and positive consequences.
|How to Ask for Help in a Crisis
||I have lived with schizophrenia for eight years. In those eight years I have gone through cycles of wellness. While it primarily gets better with each passing day, there are still periods here and there where life becomes too overwhelming or where I push myself too hard. Then I feel...
|My Interview with the Horse Whisperer on Human Psychology
||Most people have heard of the Horse Whisperer because of the 1998 movie of the same name, starring Robert Redford. Many people don’t realize that there is a real life Horse Whisperer by the name Monty Roberts. It is upon Monty’s work that the movie was based. Additionally, the real...
|Are Cleveland Sports Fans Really Cursed?
||With the release of The Letter, Lebron James announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. His departure was not momentous for the city, and perhaps his return will end the Cleveland sports curse. You see, the city of Cleveland probably has had many redeeming factors, but the success of its...
|Let it Go, Let it Go…
||Have you ever been told to just “let it go”? Many of us hear that from well meaning friends or family members trying to calm us down when we are upset or concerned. Heck, they may even sing you a song about it! We have often wondered what “let it...
|Extreme obesity shortens your life more than smoking
||Researchers compared normal weight smokers to extremely obese non-smokers and found that the smokers lived longer on average.
|Women see other gals dressed in red as a sexual threat
||Study shows female onlookers, when shown photos of another woman wearing red, jumped to the conclusion that she would be a sexual threat.
|Motherhood, apple pie and replication
||Who could possibly be against replication of research results? Jason Mitchell of Harvard University is, under some conditions, for reasons described in his essay On the emptiness of failed replications. I wrote something for the Centre for Open Science which tries to draw out the sensible points in Mitchell’s essay – something I thought worth […]
|Identifying Illness Through Scent
||It’s been known for some time that rats and other animals can detect illness in others of their species based on scent. Rats will actively avoid sick packmates shortly after they fall ill, when there are few visible symptoms. Most people might believe that humans don’t notice sick friends quite...
|Considering ECT And Sleep Issues
||I finally got some sleep in. It wasn’t a lot, only about 5 solid hours, but I’ll take it. It’s better than none. I plan on taking a nice nap this afternoon and passing the day by that way and hopefully getting some better sleep tonight. Hubs is right, when...
|Kids of Same-Sex Couples Do Better; Therefore…
||How many times have you read a story in the media claiming that the children of married parents do better than the children of single parents, and therefore people should get married before they have kids, or they should refrain from divorcing? The claim about the children of married parents...
|The Art of Successful Workplace Collaboration
||On paper, collaborations have a lot to offer. So it’s surprising that studies show they yield mixed results. Which raises an important question: How do we get them right?
|Feeling Unappreciated, Taken Advantage of, or Overburdened? Try This.
||It’s never too late to put in these corrections! (Charlie): The other day I caught myself feeling like a victim. Again. I’ve been writing and teaching about responsibility and accountability long enough to know that whenever I feel victimized by someone or something, there’s usually (like about 99.9% of the...
|Here’s The Psychological Key to Early Academic Achievement
||Why some children find it hard to read and deal with complicated classroom instructions.Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
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|This is How You Literally Feel Other People's Pain
How many times have you seen someone receive a painful blow and doubled over yourself? People seem to have the ability to feel a kind of phantom pain when we see others getting hurt. What's the neurology behind sympathy pain?...
|Blame it on the astrocytes: does brain's most abundant cell type have role in neurological disorders?
||The demonstration that astrocytes, the brain's most abundant cell type, participate in the formation of inhibitory synapses in the cortex suggests an important role for these cells in some neurological disorders. Astrocytes, named for their star-like shape, are ubiquitous brain cells known for regulating excitatory synapse formation through cells. Recent studies have shown that astrocytes also play a role in forming inhibitory synapses, but the key players and underlying mechanisms have remained unknown until now.
|Ultrasound tracks odor representation in brain
||A new ultrasound imaging technique has provided the first ever in vivo visualization of activity in the piriform cortex of rats during odor perception. This deep-seated brain structure plays an important role in olfaction, and was inaccessible to functional imaging until now. This work also sheds new light on the still poorly known functioning of the olfactory system, and notably how information is processed in the brain.
|Loss of Motivation
|| Lacking in motivation is not something only people with mental illness deal with…it is a human thing. We all are driven to be successful from a young age, be it from our parents, friends, the media, or even something deep down inside us. When you have stumble in...
|Why My Boyfriend Told Me to “Just Go!”
||I’m running a 5k tomorrow and I’m extremely nervous about it. Maybe “nervous” isn’t the word. Maybe “anxious” is better. So, I’m extremely anxious about it. Anyway (and especially if you run), you’re probably thinking, “What’s the big deal? It’s just a 5k. Barely over three miles.” That’s true, but...
|What’s Behind the Door?
||Last week’s cartoon, about how to flirt with someone online, is here. All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is ©Donna Barstow 2014, My main cartoon website is Donna Barstow Cartoons. And you can Like me on Facebook to get notified of new cartoons. Thanks! This week’s cartoon is about...