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A Bear In His Natural Habitat Every time I’m reminded that we are different, I’m reminded of the inanity of that idea. How can we be different? I mean, how can an entire group of people be different from humanity, yet have enough in common with themselves that they can be diagnosed. In other words, we...
Body Image Booster: Be 10 Percent Kinder Every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit that helps boost your body image, whether directly or indirectly — and hopefully kick-starts the week on a positive note! Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and I’ll be...
A Closer Look at Intrinsic Motivation When was the last time you did something just for the enjoyment of the activity itself? Some examples might include painting a picture, playing a game, writing a story, and reading a book. When you pursue an activity simply for enjoyment, you are doing so doing so because you are intrinsically motivated. Your motivations for engaging in the behavior arise entirely for within rather than out of a desire to gain some type of external reward such as prizes, money, or acclaim....Read Full Post
10 Questions That Will Transform Your Life with ADHD woodleywonderworks via Compfight When I was little, asking questions often got me into trouble. I had questions about everything. Apparently this was annoying to teachers, parents, and random strangers. I still want to know everything about everything, but I’m learning to make that work for me in a practical sense....
Low-Income Latino Children Show Great Benefits from Montessori Pre-kindergarten Programs, Study Finds Such programs may better incorporate cultural backgrounds
The Myth of the “Normal” Childhood: Why are you It is not unusual for sex addicts to ask “How did I get this way? I had such an ordinary childhood.” Nobody survives childhood unwounded.  And many kinds of stressful or frightening experiences can become sexualized along the way, leading to problems later on.  And yet whether or not there...
Not just a pretty face, although that helps female politicians on election day Female politicians’ success can be predicted by their facial features, especially in conservative states where women with more feminine faces tend to do better at the ballot box, a Dartmouth College-led study finds. The results don’t mean a supermodel will win the White House, but they do suggest women’s electoral success requires a delicate balance
High-speed imaging method captures entire brain activity A new system to simultaneously image the activity of every neuron in the worm Caenorhabditis elegans, as well as the entire brain of a zebrafish larva, has been used by researchers, offering a more complete picture of nervous system activity than has been previously possible. The findings could be ultimately useful in developing new types of algorithms that simulate functions of the brain and predict behavior.
Autism - The Real Meaning of 1 in 68 What do the latest autism statistics really mean? Are they evidence of an epidemic, or signs of an unrecognized community that's finally coming into its own? Autistic author John Elder Robison shares his thoughts on autism's place in the world, and autistic humanity's role in society. Take a read, and tell us what you think.
Judge to rule on Oregon gay marriage ban A federal judge says he will issue a decision on a constitutional challenge to Oregon's same-sex marriage ban.
Food should be regulated like tobacco, say campaigners Consumer organizations call for more stringent rules claiming obesity poses a greater global health risk than cigarettes.
Longevity Gene May Enhance Cognition Mice with the KLOTHO gene variant lived longer and were smarter.→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Will Your Mind Still Be Sharp At 95? The Chances Are Improving All The Time The Genetic Predisposition to Focus on the Negative Copper Pinpointed as Main Environmental Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Reverses Schizophrenia in Mice by Curbing Synaptic Pruning Genetic Trigger Discovered For Most Common Form of Mental Disability and Autism
How to Recognize and Handle Passive-Aggressive Behavior The American Psychiatric Association defines passive-aggressive personality disorder as a "pervasive pattern of negativistic attitudes and passive resistance to demands for adequate performance in social and occupational situations…"
What Does the Treatment for Complex Trauma Look Like? Lack of research and exclusion of truly complex cases Research for complex trauma and dissociation is severely underfunded relative to the numbers of individuals with these conditions. As such, there aren’t any randomized control trials that assess a specific protocol, like there are for other disorders. The few studies that...
Does Criticism Motivate More Than Praise? To effect change, we're told to praise more than criticize. But is that necessarily true?
Generosity: Help Others, Help Yourself Do you believe in angels? Those who watch out for us and help (or even save) us when in need. Have you ever felt protected by one? I sure have. Just last weekend my tire blew out while driving with my husband and a generous couple pulled over (on a brutally...
Four Health Components to Consider with Bipolar Disorder Bipolar disorder is an illness of patterns, routines, and subtleties. Even the slightest change in our health-related habits can cause mood symptoms. Here are four health components you may want to consider in minding your bipolar: Caffeine Intake Reducing caffeine intake helps support sleep. Sleep is an issue for many...
My Dream Graduation Speech The education that we pay for barely prepares us for the challenges that lie ahead. Here is what we ought to have been told at graduation instead of all the misplaced, self-congratulatory platitudes.
The Paradoxical Needs of the Narcissist As glamorous and captivating as narcissists might appear to be, we know from extensive psychological research that many suffer deep-seated insecurities. In the worst case scenarios, their desire to be loved and adored comes in direct conflict with their tendencies to put off the people who care about them the most.
How to Handle Overwhelming Emotions I was just reliving my younger years as I worked on the Teen Angst playlist for Spotify, as inspired by my novel “Don’t Try to Find Me.”  Adolescence, for many, involves overwhelming emotion, in part because so many of the emotions feel new as well as intense.  What’s the best...