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Predicting Divorce: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalpyse The beginning of a relationship is a lot like buying a new house. Everything seems terrific, and that initial excitement can last for weeks, months, or even years. But like any house that isn’t taken care of, eventually your relationship may start to fall apart, leaving you wondering where it...
​A Mental Condition Can Make People Seem to Spew Ticker Tape Some people's entire lives are closed captioned. Whenever the people around them speak a word, they can see it spewing on a tape, like ticker tape. Here's what it's like to live in a world where the subtitles are always on....
Bad Parenting Today was quite a good day if I do say so myself. We did nothing in particular except watch The Walking Dead all day today. I’ve never watched it before and found myself actually enjoying it and quite enthralled. I think I found a new favorite, next to Criminal Minds....
The Problem with Perfectionism–How to Truly Succeed! Are you a perfectionist? Many perfectionists are very hard on themselves when it comes to perceived imperfections, faults, and shortcomings. You may think that you’re not good enough in some ways, thereby placing tremendous pressure on yourself to succeed…
The Problem with Perfectionism — How to Truly Succeed! Are you a perfectionist? Many perfectionists are very hard on themselves when it comes to perceived imperfections, faults, and shortcomings. You may think that you’re not good enough in some ways, thereby placing tremendous pressure on yourself to succeed...
Personality and heart attacks: A new look A new study has addressed the relationship between personality and heart attacks. Distressed (type D) personality (TDP), characterized by high negative affectivity (NA) and social inhibition (SI), along with depression, anxiety and other negative affects (such as demoralization, hopelessness, pessimism and rumination) have been implicated as potential risk factors for coronary artery disease. While some evidence suggests that the NA dimension of TDP overlaps at least partially with depression, other studies underline how ‘TDP refers to a chronic, more covert form of distress that is distinct from depression'.
New Novel about a Single Woman “Single-at-Heart” readers may remember a clever guest post by Paula Coston on the pros and cons of singlehood. Coston has just published a novel, “On the far side, there’s a boy,” and I asked her to tell us about it. Can you tell us a bit about what your novel...
5 More Things that Make a Good Partner Last month we explored five things that make a good partner, including loving yourself and understanding the true meaning of 50/50. This month we asked two different relationship experts to share their insights. “Many people believe that a good partner is someone who gives unconditionally and makes the relationship all...
Study on malicious joy in kids suggests schadenfreude evolved as a response to unfairness Children as young as 24-months-old show signs of pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others, according to new research published July 2 in PLoS One, an emotion that appears to be triggered by the end of an unequal situation. “It has been suggested that negative reactions to an unequal reward distribution in regard to the effort invested may [...]The post Study on malicious joy in kids suggests schadenfreude evolved as a response to unfairness appeared first on PsyPost.
Kids from same-sex families fare as well as peers – or better By Simon Crouch, University of Melbourne It’s often suggested that children with same-sex parents have poorer outcomes because they’re missing a parent of a particular sex. But research my colleagues and I published in the journal BMC Public Health shows this isn’t the case. In fact, we found children in same-sex families scored better on [...]The post Kids from same-sex families fare as well as peers – or better appeared first on PsyPost.
A Codependent’s Take on the Disney Song ‘Let It I finally broke down and watched the movie Frozen. I just don’t have any compelling reasons to watch Disney these days, with no kids under 10 in my household. So it took me a while to get around to it. Of course, I’d heard the hit song during and after...
Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones but Words Can Kill There is a new threat to modern teenagers—a threat that doesn’t end with the boundaries of the home, but can pass right through physical barriers with ease. Coming to a computer screen near you—meet the cyber bully.
Treating Social Anxiety with Meditation and Mindfulness Training Meditation is at the core of a new generation of treatments for social anxiety. Kevin Schjerning, a 48-year-old film and video editor, doesn’t simply dislike social gatherings; he finds them overwhelming. “I basically feel claustrophobic,” he says. “I have to get out of there.” An estimated 22 million people in...
OCD and My Dirty House   Let’s start off by defining Obsessive Compulsive Disorder shall we? Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions). –National Library of Medicine I have been plagued with...
Priming the Brain’s Learning Pump   Dear Friends, Each summer I teach a low-cost SAT class at my local community college, and during each session I present various learning and study tips based on brain science. These are pointers that apply to ALL learners, of all ages! We started with our study of the 100 Most Common...
Take off your watch. It’s making you depressed. I don’t wear a watch. I have watches, very nice watches, in fact. I don’t even know where they are – probably in a drawer somewhere. I don’t wear a watch because I have a thing with time. I learned early on in my recovery from alcoholism and depression that...
Psychology Around the Net: July 5, 2014 From Facebook’s creepy psychological experiment to the new “Happiness Blanket” from British Airways, check out what’s been going on around the ‘Net this week! Selfie Psychology: Is There an Age Expiration Date for This New Trend? Ask yourself these questions to determine whether you should (still) be taking selfies. Facebook...
20 Questions for Connecting to Yourself & Your Needs “The only journey is the one within.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke The foundation for self-care is knowing who you are — knowing your needs, wants, wishes. Because in order to respond to our needs and innermost desires, it’s important to know what they are in the first place. As such,...
Survey On Instant Gratification: Please Take It Here Special thanks to:   You are invited to participate in research on the motivation behind instant gratification. Click here to take this brief survey. Average completion time is just two minutes. Learn about your subconscious motivation for instant gratification as you answer the 12 questions. And contribute to the body...
Ethical robots and brain implants for mental illness Two recent grants provide funding for research into robot ethics and brain implants for the with mentally ill. These are both projects with exciting potential, but are not without opportunities for misuse.