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Is It Hard to Think About Nannies? A recent documentary film, "Finding Vivian Maier," about a Chicago nanny who had a secret life as a photographer, raises questions about why parents are often not curious enough about those whom they hire to care for their children.
Archetypal Arc Forgiveness begins as a strange idea, as something that other people do, as something that we are afraid to do. Forgiveness continues as “something that makes sense,” as a way to “move on,” “to let go,” as something you “need to work on.” Then forgiveness manifests – first, as an...
Why Some People Will Never Learn We learn faster when we absorb feedback efficiently. Learning therefore takes an ability to "stand corrected." Stand, meaning your dignity is intact even while admitting and error and correcting it. For that you need a special kind of confidence, confidence in a sense of yourself as a worthy work in progress.
The Key To Speed-Learning Anything We learn faster when we absorb feedback efficiently. Learning therefore takes an ability to "stand corrected." Stand, meaning your dignity is intact even while admitting and error and correcting it. For that you need a special kind of confidence, confidence in a sense of yourself as a worthy work in progress.
Different Communication Styles Don’t Have To Wreak Havoc on Many couples feel that their arguments never get resolved because one partner seems to find the confrontation easy while the other partner wants to avoid it. “We just cannot communicate” is a common statement made in couples therapy. This communication pattern is very common: John and Sue are frequently getting...
What is Complex Trauma? A series Post-traumatic Stress Disorder was defined in order to describe the symptoms of many Vietnam War veterans that were returning to the United States.  Physically unharmed, many of these veterans were presenting with obvious disturbances that impacted their functioning.  So, the APA scrambled and in 1980 Post-traumatic Stress Disorder made its...
How to Build Your Emotional Well-being Emotions are “energy in motion”. They make us human and are part of who we are. Although many times neglected, emotional well-being is essential for our overall health. When we deal with our emotions effectively we enhance our experience of life and give ourselves an opportunity to thrive. So how...
Neural states affect learning Theta-band activity in hippocampus after an event seems to be crucial for learning. A study at the University of Jyväskylä also proved that the absence of theta facilitated learning a simple task while training during theta had no effect on learning. Hippocampus is a brain structure that has a critical role in mammalian learning. The
Experiencing letters as colours: New insights into synaesthesia Scientists studying the bizarre phenomenon of synaesthesia – best described as a “union of the senses” whereby two or more of the five senses that are normally experienced separately are involuntarily and automatically joined together – have made a new breakthrough in their attempts to understand the condition. V.S. Ramachandran and Elizabeth Seckel from the
People view heterosexual married men as the most manly We are still inclined to regard heterosexual men as more masculine than homosexual men and single men as more competent than married men. This is the finding of a study by Mariana Pinho, a PhD student at the University of Lincoln, to be presented Thursday 8 May 2014, as part of a poster presentation session
Warm hands, warm heart: heat helps cooperation People cooperate with each other more when they’ve been holding hot, as opposed to cold, objects. This is the finding of a study by Simon Storey and Professor Lance Workman from the University of South Wales presented as part of the poster presentation session at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference, Thursday 8 May 2014,
Mass number-crunching may help crack Alzheimer’s disease code By lending a little computer power, people can join a new George Mason University project and help crack the Alzheimer’s disease code. George Mason is teaming with Reston-based Parabon Computation to ask volunteers to install software on their personal computers that will crunch numbers when the computer isn’t in use. Notable projects from Stanford University
Discrepancies in Attractiveness Between Romantic Partners At times we encounter a man or woman who is much better looking than his or her romantic partner. Does this difference in attractiveness influence their communication? Research suggests it does. Read on to learn more.
The Realm of Love: Getting Real Once when I broke up with a man, I was struggling with getting over him. When he quickly got engaged to someone else, I was devastated. At the time, I was going to school and confided in my professor, who invited me to look deeper at my grief: “Consider whether...
Why Do We Yawn? It's not to do with inhaling more oxygen or expelling more carbon dioxide.→ 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:Why Do People Yawn? Does The Weather Affect Your Mood? Women 3 Times More Likely to Wear Red or Pink When Fertile Happiness is Contagious and Powerful on Social Media Connectivity: The Difference Between Men’s and Women’s Brains
5 Ways to Impress the People you Need to Impress Whether it’s in social relationships or at work, we’re often put on the spot to make a great impression. Unfortunately, the higher the stakes, the more challenging you find this task. By following 5 relatively simple principles, you can not only look impressive to others, but feel good about yourself in the process.
When You Didn’t Get the Mother You Deserved For some of my adult clients, Mother’s Day is painful.  That’s because they are surrounded by exhortations to tell their mothers how much they love her.  But what if they don’t feel that?  What if they missed out on the kind of mother they deserved? I’m assuming that if you’re...
Coping with Anxiety Anxiety happens to everyone. It can occur in new situations, testing or assessments, performance evaluations, competition and even asking something of another. Some may continue to feel anxious even after the nerve-wracking activity has ended. It can manifest as a “gut feeling” or as physical symptoms, such as sweating and...
‘Rice theory’ explains north-south China cultural differences, study shows A new cultural psychology study has found that psychological differences between the people of northern and southern China mirror the differences between community-oriented East Asia and the more individualistic Western world – and the differences seem to have come about because southern China has grown rice for thousands of years, whereas the north has grown
Study confirms mitochondrial deficits in children with autism Children with autism experience deficits in a type of immune cell that protects the body from infection. Called granulocytes, the cells exhibit one-third the capacity to fight infection and protect the body from invasion compared with the same cells in children who are developing normally. The cells, which circulate in the bloodstream, are less able to deliver