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6 Strategies That Surprisingly Don’t Shrink Stress When we’re upset or overwhelmed, we may inadvertently turn to activities or habits that can spike our stress, not soothe it. Below, two experts reveal what doesn’t reduce stress and why — and what really does. Watching TV “Many of us — myself included — tend to unwind after a long...
Top Of My List Have I mentioned my love/hate relationship with lists before? Yes, looking back I see I have. Oh dear, I’ve discussed lists rather often I see. Sadly, lists is the next item on my list of blog post topics. And I can’t go against the list. Or can I? At the...
In Praise of Serious People Serious people deserve more of our time
A forest of porous dreaming A fascinating section of the book How Forests Think by anthropologist Eduardo Kohn where he describes how dreaming is much more porous among the Runa people of Ecuador. This is both because of how they understand dreams, but also because of the way sleep happens in their culture – it being a more social and […]
Coping With The Explosive Personality Last week I spoke about histrionic personality disorder and how this personality disorder negatively influences almost everyone in this person’s life. The effects of living with a rageful, angry, selfish, and domineering person can be great. The emotional, psychological, and physiological effects can also be great. Understanding how to cope...
Introducing Diary of a Therapist Even amongst people with a mental health issue or a mental illness, there remains discrimination. Women and many other minorities suffer from additional hurdles when seeking treatment, or when asserting their rights in treatment. Television often portrays minorities — and minority women especially — in a certain light that’s all...
Role of calcium in familial Alzheimer's disease clarified, pointing to new therapeutics Mutations in two presenilin proteins associated with familial Alzheimer's disease disrupt the flow of calcium ions within neurons. Researchers have found that suppressing the hyperactivity of the calcium channels alleviated FAD-like symptoms in mice models of the disease. These new observations suggest that approaches based on modulating calcium signaling could be explored for new AD therapies.
Lost Your Keys … Again!? 8 Tips for Finding Samuel Johnson wrote, “It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery, and as much happiness as possible,” and I’m often struck by how much happiness I get from making improvements in small, seemingly trivial aspects of my life. And one of...
4 Steps to Develop Authentic Leadership When it comes to leadership, today its less about finding solutions and more about creating new patterns. It’s less about redistribution of skills and more about fostering creative processes. It’s less about competition and more about collaboration. The 4E Leadership presents a framework to develop the qualities of authentic and transformational leadership.
Large increase seen in emergency departments visits for traumatic brain injury Between 2006 and 2010, there was a nearly 30 percent increase in the rate of visits to an emergency department for traumatic brain injury, which may be attributable to a number of factors, including increased awareness and diagnoses, according to a study. In the last decade, traumatic brain injury (TBI) garnered increased attention, including public campaigns and legislation to increase awareness and prevent head injuries.
Football: Concussions, years of play related to brain differences, especially in areas linked to memory College football players with and without a history of concussions have less volume in the hippocampal region of the brain that relates to memory and emotion, according to a new study. Moreover, the number of years of playing experience was inversely related to hippocampal volume and reaction time.
Reinterpreting Painful Stories I used to spin many painful stories about myself, my weight and my appearance. For instance, I used to cling to a story that said that once I was thin, I’d be beautiful, popular and happy. I also used to cling to a story that revolved around self-care: I didn’t...
Land of the Free, Home of the Prisoners In the U.S. we lock up more of our citizens than any other country. If we do not reform our prison system in a meaningful progressive way, our situation will continue to worsen from a psychological, economic and cultural standpoint.
Novel protein fragments may protect against Alzheimer's Alzheimer's research has centered on trying to understand the protective or regenerative properties of brain cells as an avenue for treating the widespread disease. Now a researcher has discovered novel protein fragments that have proven protective properties for cognitive functioning. Her findings have the potential to serve as a pipeline for new drug candidates to treat the disease.
Stem cell technology points to early indicators of schizophrenia Using new stem cell technology, scientists have shown that neurons generated from the skin cells of people with schizophrenia behave strangely in early developmental stages, providing a hint as to ways to detect and potentially treat the disease early. "This study aims to investigate the earliest detectable changes in the brain that lead to schizophrenia," says one researcher. "We were surprised at how early in the developmental process that defects in neural function could be detected."
One of the Most Nightmarish Behavioral Tests Ever Devised for Rats The behavior of lab rats is often used as a model for the behavior of humans. One test, the Open Field Test, is so simple and yet so like a horror movie, that it makes me wonder what real humans would do in the same situation....
What Saying NO Really Means Maybe it is all the well-placed NO answers that makes all the great YESES possible. If you’re like me, there are some things in life that you do well. And then there are all the other things that you get involved with that don’t serve much of a purpose when...
The Soul Factor: Why Huffington's Thrive Is a Bestseller In her new bestseller Thrive Arianna Huffington embodies what I call Leading with Soul. The next time you want to inspire your audience, make sure your message also has the “soul factor." Here's how.
Hallucinations of Loss, Visions of Grief When I was a boy and there was a death in the family, the mirrors in our house would be covered with a sheet, as Jewish tradition dictated. The “official” explanation of this custom, according to our rabbi, was that gazing at one’s reflection in a mirror is an act...
How to Achieve Honest Communication with Your Partner To sustain an intimate relationship, we must be able to communicate with one another. Our communication needs to go beyond the events of the day to truthful, heartfelt conversation that explores feelings and issues within and affecting the relationship. Much of what passes for communication in daily life is far...