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When You Want What Your Friend Has There are many unspoken but virtually universal rules of friendship that have been uncovered by researchers. In the next several blogs, we are going to explore the Top 10 Rues of Friendship. We take a look at Rule #1 in this entry: Do not be jealous or critical of your friend’s other relationships...
The Age At Which You Reach Peak Cognitive Performance ...but there's a silver lining for those over the magic age.→ 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:The Myth of Cognitive Decline: Elderly Know More and Use it Better Irregular Bedtimes Reduce Children’s Cognitive Performance Boosting Your Brainpower in Old Age: Do Scientists Really Think Mental Workouts Can Help? Green Tea Improves Working Memory Higher Risk of Mental Illness for Those With Older Fathers
Anger Management: From “No” to “Yes” During my recent workshop series in Wisconsin, I described the clinical trajectory of anger management as follows: “It’s a shift from saying “No!” to reality to saying “Yes” to reality.” Put differently, it’s a shift from taking everything personally to realizing that nothing is personal. Rudolf Steiner, the founder of...
Break the “Busy”ness Cycle: Live with More Intention Is the daily routine of life getting you down? Find your passion and live a more authentic life! Do you ever have those times when you have been on the go non-stop trying to stay on top of all your responsibilities and get all the necessary things on your “to...
Highlights from the Trenches of Emotion Science Tidbits from the inaugural meeting of the new Society for Affective Science.
The Angry, Intense, Rushed Person Coping with a type personality, whether it's you or someone else.
Dealing with a Loud Inner Critic All of us have an inner critic. But for some of us that inner critic is especially loud. You’re enormous. You’re too small. What the heck are you wearing? Wow, you have to be the stupidest person on this planet. You actually think that looks good? You need to sprint...
Single motherhood does not make women unhappy Raising a child outside of marriage poses many challenges – but does not have a negative impact on women’s happiness, according to new research published in the Journal of Happiness Studies. Single motherhood is often seen as a reason for a number of life adversities. Single mothers need to handle organizational and financial pressures. They
Home or care? Researchers investigate what works best for abused or neglected children University of York researchers are launching a new multi-disciplinary project to examine what works best for abused or neglected children – going into care or staying at home with support. The study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), will find out whether going into care can improve their wellbeing and life chances
The Masks of Trauma Sometimes I receive emails from acquaintances I knew in my early years. They usually start by expressing their deep concern for me and what I went through. Each message like this is healing because validation and concern for my situation was something I desperately needed as a child. But their...
Do Something Different at School Habits in schools can create real problems. Breaking them can have fantastic outcomes...
Luck affects how we judge reckless actions A person, who acts immorally or recklessly but is “lucky” by escaping dire consequences, is judged less harshly than an “unlucky” person, even when both have committed the same act. The study, “Beliefs in Moral Luck: When and Why Blame Hinges on Luck,” is co-authored by Lench, along with Rachel Smallman and Kathleen Darbor, also
Hip width plays a role in a woman’s decision to have sex In a new study, women who were more inclined to have one-night stands had wider hips, reveals Colin A. Hendrie of the University of Leeds in the UK. He is the lead author of a study into how a woman’s build influences her sexual behavior, published in Springer’s journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.The study into
Why do some people with Alzheimer’s disease die without cognitive impairment, while others do? Since the time of Dr. Alois Alzheimer himself, two proteins (beta-amyloid (Aβ) and tau) have become tantamount to Alzheimer’s disease (AD). But a Mayo Clinic study challenges the perception that these are the only important proteins accounting for the clinical features of the devastating disease. In a large clinico-imaging pathological study, Mayo Clinic researchers demonstratedRead More
Neuroscientists find differing rhythms coordinate the neural activity governing movement Although we are seldom aware of it, even simple motor actions like lifting a hand depend on complex communication processes between multiple structures in different parts of the brain. Recent studies show that rhythmic activities of groups of neurons may be fundamental to neuronal communication. However, we still have only a poor understanding of the
Seeking the causes of hyperactivity: Scientists identify key protein The 60 trillion cells that comprise our bodies communicate constantly.  Information travels when chemical compounds released by some cells are received by receptors in the membrane of another cell. In a paper published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the OIST Cell Signal Unit, led by Professor Tadashi Yamamoto, reported that mice lacking an intracellular trafficking protein called
Tips for Transitioning Graduates Into the Real World As the end of the school year approaches, expectations and anxiety begin to loom in equal measure. Prior to graduation, the notion that “now life really begins” fills people with giddy anticipation. However, there are several unexpected challenges that can take the young graduate by surprise, dismaying their parents who...
OCD: The Surprising Truth 94% of people have experienced unwanted, intrusive thoughts.→ 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:8 Ways to Defeat Persistent Unwanted Thoughts The Surprising Motivational Power of Self-Compassion How to Avoid Being Distracted From Your Goals What Can Self-Control Do For You? 10 New Studies Provide Surprising Answers How to Give The Slip to Persistent Negative Thoughts
Facebook Use Reflects Your Personality in Surprising Ways The widespread adoption of Facebook among people of all ages and nationalities suggests that it taps into some deep human need. However, everyone’s Facebook use differs. This 20 question quiz will reveal what your Facebook habits say about your own needs for connection and where some of the danger signs may lurk.
Being Your Child’s Advocate I’ve mentioned before in this blog that my daughter’s had some delays.  Recently, she had an occupational therapy evaluation where the possibility of apraxia (a lifelong motor processing issue that needs heavy-duty therapy for years) was raised. I went into a bit of a panic as I learned more about...