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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 […]
For Happiness, Does Money Beat Respect? Why the 'local-ladder effect' is so important for happiness.Advertisement:→ Please participate in a PSYCHOMETRIC TEST on CIVIC BEAUTY at http://CitiesBeautiful.org Related articles:Why Spending Money on Others Promotes Your Happiness The Key to Happiness: Brainpower or Social Connectedness? This is How Much Happier Therapy Makes You Than More Money Our Genes Respond Positively to The Right Kind of Happiness Attractive Students Get Higher Grades
The Power of Our Personal Stories The stories we spin about ourselves shape our lives. These stories shape how we interact with others, and even how they interact with us. They shape how we feel about ourselves and what we think we’re capable of. These stories shape the decisions we make, everything from the partners we...
Neonatal Bipolar Disorder I have always showed signs of bipolar disorder, even from my early teens. I can still remember my first blown manic episode at the age of 13 years old, but no one really knew what was going on with me or how to deal with it. So like most things...
Need to Boost Creative Thinking? Try Taking a Walk A new study shows that walking — as opposed to sitting — significantly improves creative thinking. Scientists aren’t sure exactly why yet (more research is coming), but they hypothesize that the act of walking most likely triggers certain physiological changes that activate the part of the brain that fuels imagination....
Can You Figure Out This Parking Lot's Numbering System? Can you explain the numbering system in this parking lot? Like most good riddles, there are several clues hiding in plain site, and the answer, once you see it, is clear as day. (And, if you're like me, you'll wonder why it didn't dawn on you sooner.)...
#103 Parenting: The Bigger Picture Gemma Bou via Compfight See-Saw Parenting is not a how-to approach to parenting but rather an attitude toward other human beings—one of respect, honor, an “I-Thou” mentality. My friend and colleague Alan Hawkins, Professor of Family Life at Brigham Young University, put it very well in his review of Family...
3 Signs Your Relationship is in Trouble In all relationships there are ebbs and flows; times when you feel closer and times when you feel more distant. You may go through periods when things are going well, and then find yourselves stuck in conflicts and misunderstandings. Recognizing that there are problems is the first step toward finding...
The Best of Her Bipolar Life As I mentioned in my last post, the final Her Bipolar Life blog is this Wednesday, June 18, 2014. In this second to last entry, I’d like to reflect on the last year and a half-long journey we’ve shared together here on PsychCentral.com. According to the readers, here are the...
Psychology and the Study of Leadership The formal study of leadership is fragmented across disciplines. Because of its scientific foundation, psychology provides the natural home for the systematic study of leadership.
The FBI's Sessions with Serial Killers Robert Ressler, who died last year, was among the first members of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit. He had an idea that turned into an important research project that benefits criminologists, investigators, and psychologists today.
Mental Health Problems Can Shorten Life More Than Heavy Smoking A serious mental health problem can reduce life expectancy by 10 to 20 years, according to a new analysis by psychiatrists.Advertisement:→ Please participate in a PSYCHOMETRIC TEST on CIVIC BEAUTY at http://CitiesBeautiful.org Related articles:Psychedelic Drug Use Not Associated With Mental Health Problems Family Problems In Childhood Affect Brain Development Urban Living: Green Spaces Improve Your Mental Health Heavy Drinkers Lose Memory Faster With Age Here’s Why Believing People Can Change Is So Important in Life
5 Communication Tools You Need for Difficult Conversations Conflicts in our closest relationships can challenge even the most skilled communicator. However, you can resolve those conflicts successfully by tapping into these 5 time-tested strategies
Good Self-Esteem is Still Self-Judgment The solution to bad self-esteem is not good self-esteem. The solution to bad self-esteem is unconditional self-acceptance. All esteem (good or bad) is a form of situation-specific self-estimation, that is, a form of conditional self-judgment, and, as such, is psychologically self-limiting. Self-acceptance, on the other hand, is a platform of...
Finding the Right Couples Therapist This is not the same as finding a “good” couples therapist.  I used to believe in the myth that therapists are either good or bad; now I think that there are some good therapists who are just a mismatch for certain clients. So how to find the right one? 1)...
Psychology Around the Net: June 15, 2014 This week we take a look at animal mental health, Obama’s student-debt move, couples’ sleeping patterns, and more. Q&A: What Animal Mental Illness Tells Us About Humans: Laurel Braitman, author of Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves, gives National Geographic an...
5 Simple Ways to Moderate Your Drinking Most people who have consumed alcohol for a few years or more have at least one embarrassing story: the time they humiliated themselves at an office party, the hangover that ruined their weekend plans, the time they drove when they really shouldn’t have. The next day, they inevitably tell themselves,...