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Unfettered: The Quest for Solitude and Wide Open Spaces I started driving off into the desert and wanted to just keep on going, away from everyone and everything. Last year I blogged about this experience and found that many readers resonated with this desire to escape. A few weeks ago I had a chance to take another drive into the desert. I looked back: Had I been able to follow my own recommendations from that earlier entry?
How the brain builds on prior knowledge It is easier to learn something new if you can link it to something you already know. A specific part of the brain appears to be involved in this process: the medial prefrontal cortex. These findings further enhance our understanding of the brain mechanisms that underlie effective learning. A researcher added a tip for secondary school students taking their final exams: "If you don't immediately know the answer to a question, you could first try recalling what you already know about that topic. This might help you to come up with the right answer after all."
Telling the (Whole, Uncomfortable, Necessary) Truth The other day I did it again. I told someone important to me the truth. Not the truth according to the ultra-polite, politically-correct Southern gal within. Not the truth as if I were standing in the other person’s shoes. Not the truth I thought they could handle hearing. Nope –...
Eminem Apologizes to His Mother in New Song ‘Headlights’ Paul Simon might’ve been right when he predicted Eminem would eventually regret airing all his family’s dirty laundry in his songs — some of the most famous including his first hit, “My Name Is” and “Cleaning Out My Closet.” One of his most common punching bags? His mother, Debbie Mathers....
Re-Righting Freud’s Biography In Becoming Freud, Adam Phillips uses the story of Freud's early years to make a compelling case that psychoanalysis is actually a distinctive form of biography in which a useful, personal, and private truth may be discerned through a discovery in which patients speak about and for themselves, answer back, and recover and revise foundational life experiences.
Glass Fully Empty People talk about seeing the glass as half full (optimism) or half empty (pessimism).  What about seeing glass as is (realism)? Is the glass half full or half empty? Neither. The glass just is. It has nothing to do with ether the quality or quantity of what is “inside” it....
Stanton Peele’s New Book: “Recover!” Stanton Peele’s writing has been a Copernican paradigm shift in the field of recovery. With his “Diseasing of America,” Peele emerged as a savvy provocateur with the guts to take on the recovery establishment. With “Recover!” Peele shares his clinical wisdom and compassion with those who are on the path...
Super-Focus: 10 Natural Steps to Nurture Your Attention How to deal with interruptions, structure your environment, enter a flow state and much more...→ 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:How Attention Works: The Brain’s Anti-Distraction System Discovered Mindfulness Meditation: 8 Quick Exercises That Easily Fit into Your Day Meditation Benefits: 10 Ways It Helps Your Mind Mindfulness: 6 Steps to Better Memory, Verbal Reasoning and Improved Concentration Meditation Can Make You More Creative
How to Make Happy Single People Feel Bad From all of the stereotyping, stigmatizing and discrimination against single people that I call singlism, you probably already realize that many people have a problem with people who are single. What really surprised me at first is that some people seem even more upset at single people who are happily...
How to Start Separating Yourself from a Codependent Relationship Codependent relationships are fraught with pain, resentment, anger and criticism, said Kathy Morelli, LPC, a psychotherapist with a marriage and family counseling practice in Wayne, N.J. Instead of focusing on themselves, people who are codependent focus on others, such as their partner or parent. They don’t function from their “innate...
Mental Health Week Show Sometimes I get worked up about promoting mental health awareness. I get upset about stigmatization and marginalization of persons with mental health issues, disorders and disease. I get angry with people who would either judge people whose mental health is less than optimal, or exploit us for gain. But if...
Is My 2-Year-Old Mentally Ill? How a Culture of Childhood Mental Health Treatment: Can  We Call Over-Medication Progress? A disturbing trend has emerged in the health care field: Parents are visiting their doctor’s office asking whether children as young as 2 could have a diagnosable mental illness such as depression. And now more than ever, parents are likely to...
The Words of Erik Erikson Erik Erikson was a German-born psychologist who is perhaps best known for his concept of the identity crisis and his eight-stage theory of psychosocial development. In addition to being a notable theorist, Erikson was also a prolific writer and published a number of popular books including The Life Cycle Completed and Identity and the Life Cycle. Check out some of the selected quotations from Erik Erikson to learn more about his thoughts on identity, childhood, and adult development....Read Full Post
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5 Surprising Ways to Make More Time in Your Day Getting pulled in all different directions, putting out fires, dealing with one problem after another—pretty soon the day is gone.  Many of us can’t find time to work on our own growth and recovery because obligations, decisions, and all kinds of distractions crowd into our awareness and fill up our...
Is Facebook encouraging "Selfitis"? Selfies: Is Facebook a modern-day reflecting pool for narcissists?
Selfies, Facebook, and Narcissism: What's the Link? Selfies: Is Facebook a modern-day reflecting pool for narcissists?
Do You Experience Love as a Positive or Negative Emotion? Ah, love! Is the feeling of love all blissful for you, or is it more complicated? Some research suggests that the dialecticism emphasized by East Asians may inspire a different experience of love, one that incorporates more negative feelings alongside blissful harmonious affection.
Men from ethnic minorities take longer to recover from mental illness, study finds Men from minority ethnic groups experiencing mental health problems in the UK take longer to recover than white men as they are more reluctant to seek professional help, according to research. The study, which analyzed the experiences of twelve groups of men with poor mental health from African-Caribbean, African, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Chinese communities in London and the West Midlands, found that black and minority ethnic men's ability to talk openly about feeling vulnerable was affected by masculine identity.
What Sort of Events Lead to Complex Trauma? Events that cause complex trauma are usually prolonged, severe exposure to interpersonal trauma.  Examples include: Interpersonal trauma Childhood sexual abuse Physical abuse Emotional abuse Prolonged trauma Neglect by parent/caretakers Child soldiers Human trafficking victims Multiple events (least likely) Parent’s divorce, followed by death of family member and resulting attachment issues...