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Can this Marriage be Saved?  One of the most frequently asked questions that Linda and I have been getting at our book signings and on our radio and TV interviews is “How do you know when to call it quits?” Often, this question comes up earlier in the conversation than questions that have to do...
5 Ways to Feel More Fulfilled at Work We spend the majority of our day at work. So feeling fulfilled at a place you spend so much time, effort and energy is important. Unfortunately, according to author and consultant Jim Donovan, in his book Happy At Work, most of the studies on fulfillment and happiness in the workplace...
A Collaborative Approach To Pediatric Depression, Anxiety Miriam Manela, OTR/L tells how psychotherapy and occupational therapy can work together to help children and teens with depression and anxiety....
Why It’s Dangerous to Give a Hurricane a Female Name The deadly meteorological consequences of gender stereotypes.Advertisement:→ Please participate in a PSYCHOMETRIC TEST on CIVIC BEAUTY at http://CitiesBeautiful.org Related articles:Men Forget More Than Women Connectivity: The Difference Between Men’s and Women’s Brains Destructive Daydreams: Why Wishful Thinking is Dangerous How to Give The Slip to Persistent Negative Thoughts 50 Years of Leadership: Women Rated As Effective Or More So Than Men
When Writing Will Not Be Denied The urge to write, a normal human expression, can become a compulsion that sufferers simultaneously fear and embrace. It's a window into the link between neuroscience and the literary impulse.
Best of Our Blogs: June 6, 2014 “It is the most toxic force on the planet. It is the root of more unhappiness than poverty, disease and erectile dysfunction…How many of us have become drunks and drug addicts, developed tumors and neuroses, succumbed to painkillers, gossip and compulsive cell-phone use simply because we don’t do that thing...
What Makes Me Focus? When I start working on something, it’s a toss up whether or not I’ll be able to focus on it long enough to finish. I will finish what I start, if it’s a job I’ve been hired to do. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be trouble. If I have...
Happy Birthday Tetris! Released on 6th of June 1984, Tetris is 30 years old today. Here’s a video where I try and explain something of the psychology of Tetris: All credit for the graphics to Andrew Twist. What I say in the video is based on an article I wrote a while back for BBC Future. As well […]
A Nation of Narcessists? Researchers estimate that 1% of the general population has lifelong Narcissistic Personality Disorder. That's one person in one hundred. And the prevalence of narcissism may be increasing.
A Nation of Narcissists? Researchers estimate that one percent of the general population have lifelong Narcissistic Personality Disorder. That's one person in one hundred. And the prevalence of narcissism may be increasing.
Being Alive Before I Die From this point in your life—today—this moment—right NOW—how quickly has your life gone by? For some, I know that life goes by too slowly. I’ve heard this from people who are not very happy. Life seems to drag along—seems like the whole thing will just never end. But for most...
What Should You Say to Someone Who Hates You? Last week’s cartoon,  which is about men and their emotions (are they allowed to have them?),  is here.  All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is © Donna Barstow 2014,  My own website is Donna Barstow Cartoons. And Like me  on Facebook to get notified of new cartoons. Thanks! Ha!...
Is glaucoma a brain disease? Scientists find that jigsaw effect in glaucoma patients proves it is The brain, not the eye, controls the cellular process that leads to glaucoma, a new study finds. The results may help develop treatments for one of the world’s leading causes of irreversible blindness, as well as contribute to the development of future therapies for preserving brain function in other age-related disorders such as Alzheimer’s.
Step Into Change Change is inevitable. We are dynamic beings living in a world that never stops. Yet we try so hard to resist it. We fiercely grab on to our ways thinking they will somehow protect us. Terrified of the unknown we hold on to our status quo under the false illusion...
Five Reasons Why Men Should Start Practicing Mindfulness From my experience the gender that is overwhelmingly attracted to mindfulness is women, men aren’t quite as attracted to it. Why   is this? In the early days, the man’s greatest responsibility was to protect the tribe. Our brains have been crafted over thousands     and thousands of years to guard...
Where Do Bullies Come From? I don’t write about my experiences with bullying very often. Maybe I have internalized society’s beliefs that I should have stood up for myself in middle and high school, especially when my peers were doing the bullying. Maybe the shame is more significant because this time, the abusers were my...
Research Reveals Why People Avoid Taking Positive Action We live in a world where success and fulfillment come from taking positive actions. Inactivity leads to failure, emptiness and despair. Interestingly, if there is one thing that many unfulfilled people lack, it is the ability to take action in the direction of their dreams. This may be why personal...
What’s the Big Deal About Cannabis? Cannabis has long been a popular recreational drug due to its relaxant effects and ready availability. For many people, cannabis is a form of self-medication; serving to dull the impact of physical and emotional pain. The chances are that you and/or someone you know have used cannabis at least once or more in your life- […]
New evidence links air pollution to autism, schizophrenia A new study describes how exposure to air pollution early in life produces harmful changes in the brains of mice, including an enlargement of part of the brain that is seen in humans who have autism and schizophrenia. The mice performed poorly in tests of short-term memory, learning ability, and impulsivity. Study authors say the findings are very suggestive that air pollution may play a role in autism, as well as in other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Children at risk for mental disorders experience communication breakdown in brain networks supporting attention Attention deficits are central to psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and are thought to precede the presentation of the illnesses. A new study suggests that the brain network interactions between regions that support attention are dysfunctional in children and adolescents at genetic risk for developing schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.