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The Shotgun Method Of Task Management I’m going to try looking at life differently for a while, maybe even permanently. I’m going to look at things backwards … kind of, sort of, maybe. I’m going to admit that I’m incompetent at prioritizing my jobs. I’m going to admit it and try to approach my life in...
What’s Wrong with This Effusive Account of a Great On the Travel page of the magazine, The Week, was a one-paragraph excerpt from a story about a visit to America’s “happiest seaside town.” Read it and see what you think. Then keep reading if you want to know what I thought. “I was with an old friend, not my...
Best of Our Blogs: May 9, 2014 If you’ve had a week like mine, well — you’ve had a hodgepodge of a week. From changes in job responsibilities and hours to wonky weather, nothing’s followed much of a routine this week. That’s not such a bad thing, though, is it? I mean, unless you thrive on or...
A Buddhist Monk Told Me The Answer To Life I am in Kyoto, Japan with my wife, Hannah, teaching a personal growth workshop. Our program is designed to help individuals and couples have healthier relationships. Interestingly, I met an old Buddhist Monk who asked me what I was doing in Kyoto. I started to answer him. He interrupted me...
Anti-aging hormone could make you smarter A hormone associated with longevity also appears to boost cognition.
Therapy dogs help returning troops deal with postwar stress Therapy dogs can be effective in getting soldiers to seek out therapy and consistently attend appointments.
Do you need a friend break? There are ways of coping with a friendship-gone-south.
Fear of Vulnerability: Avoiding Feelings Monica and Bill came to counseling after another blow up. They fought all the time and it was destroying their relationship. It was clear that they could not discuss their problems because their intense emotional reactions always got in the way. Monica: “It makes me angry when I don’t know...
Big Minds, Big Egos, One Nameless Tribe Big Bang theorists keep trying to explain the entire Universe… without factoring their own minds into their so-called “theories of everything.” Does that make sense to you? - I know that with each judgement I am barking at a nameless tree of reality Do you? - Reality is neither right...
Big Mind, Big Ego Big Bang theorists keep trying to explain the entire Universe… without factoring their own minds into their so-called “theories of everything.” Does that make sense to you? - I know I am barking at a nameless tree. Do you? - Reality is neither right nor wrong. It just is. -...
Anti-aging factor offers brain boost too A variant of the gene KLOTHO is known for its anti-aging effects in people fortunate enough to carry one copy. Now researchers find that it also has benefits when it comes to brain function. The variant appears to lend beneficial cognitive effects by increasing overall levels of klotho in the bloodstream and brain. What’s more,
Simulated training technique teaches adults with autism how to impress interviewer Adults with an autism spectrum disorder, who may have trouble talking about themselves and interacting socially, don’t always make good impressions in job interviews and have low employment rates. A new human simulation training program — based on software originally used to train FBI agents — helps adults with autism improve their job interview skills
Better cognition seen with gene variant carried by 1 in 5 A scientific team led by the Gladstone Institutes and UC San Francisco has discovered that a common form of a gene already associated with long life also improves learning and memory, a finding that could have implications for treating age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s. The researchers found that people who carry a single copy of the
Listening to bipolar disorder: Smartphone app detects mood swings via voice analysis A smartphone app that monitors subtle qualities of a person’s voice during everyday phone conversations shows promise for detecting early signs of mood changes in people with bipolar disorder, a University of Michigan team reports. While the app still needs much testing before widespread use, early results from a small group of patients show its
Just keep your promises: Going above and beyond does not pay off If you are sending Mother’s Day flowers to your mom this weekend, chances are you opted for guaranteed delivery: the promise that they will arrive by a certain time. Should the flowers not arrive in time, you will likely feel betrayed by the sender for breaking their promise. But if they arrive earlier, you likely
Partisan media driving a wedge between citizens, study finds Viewing partisan news reports from both the conservative and liberal viewpoints doesn’t make people more accepting of citizens on the other side of the political fence, new research finds. A study of people in the United States and Israel examined citizens’ media consumption: specifically, how often they viewed liberal and conservative news outlets and how
Army drug users twice as likely to use synthetic marijuana as regular marijuana Social work researchers from the University of Washington have found that among a group of active-duty Army personnel who use illicit drugs, the most abused substance is synthetic marijuana, which is harder to detect than other drugs through standard drug tests. The research will be published in the July 2014 issue of Addictive Behaviors, but is already
Cutting National Healthcare Costs Through Broader Mental Wellness Access In 2010, over 6.4 million emergency room visits involved treatment for mental health conditions or substance abuse. That number is up 28 percent from just four years earlier. Though many of these cases may be due to serious illnesses or related injuries, too many are preventable with ongoing mental wellness...
Gaslighting: How Addicts Drive Loved Ones Over the Edge What Is Gaslighting? Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse where false information is presented to the victim by a spouse or another primary attachment figure, causing the victim to doubt his or her perceptions, judgments, memories, and even sanity. The term derives from the 1938 stage play, Gaslight, and...
5 Steps to Transition from Rescuer to Helper There are some people in the world who are wired to be ‘rescuers’. They see injustice, illness and pain and want to help people who are struggling. Ideally they desire to ‘save’ others and erase all conflict. Rescuers play an important function in society. They are the voices of the silenced and the stigmatised, and […]