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Think Vacations Are Luxuries? Think Again One day last month Linda and I dropped everything, turned off the computer, called the cat-sitter, packed our bags and boarded a flight to Mexico. Actually it wasn’t quite that spontaneous. We had made the plans several weeks before but since we worked right up until the day of the...
The Power of Belief: Why You Have Exactly What Recent I had an eye opening dream while I was asleep. I was in a war torn region and superheroes existed (Keep in mind I have a couple younger kids). I was injured somehow, but some of these superheroes were telling me I could fly. As I tried to fly,...
Can Back Pain Be Contagious? At Times, the Answer Is "Yes." We think of back pain as being caused by an injury to the back. But a combination of stress and exposure can create the right condition for back pain. And this phenomenon is much more common than you might think.
Do You Get Tired Of Tightrope-Walking The Middle Path? We call it "finding balance" but that makes it sound easier than it is, as though once you've found it, you've got it. "Managing tensions" is more like it, and the management never ends. Still, some of us retire from managing tensions, falling into idealistic extremism a haven from the balancing act.
Why You Should Stop Worrying So Much About What You Eat Just because we don't yet know whether broccoli or brussel sprouts have a more potent benefit to our health and longevity, we know enough about lifestyle behaviors to make better decisions than most of us are currently making when it comes to nutrition.
Our Love of Guidance: Why We Crave Relationship Advice We treasure relationships, making us willing to approach them with an open mind. Most of us, both men and women, are having an affair with guidance and counsel: In short, we love advice for relationships. We read blogs, we ask our friends (well, if we’re female … guys mainly just...
More Evidence That Longevity Depends on Your State of Mind We all know that having goals is important, but a joint US-Canadian study reveals that having a sense of purpose can affect our longevity. Remarkably, it doesn't matter how old we are or what we aspire to — as long as we have goals, we live longer....
Children Become the Negative Names They Are Called A new study confirms what many skilled NLP practitioners have known for a long, long time. Calling a child a negative name (regardless of your intention) increases the likelihood that he or she will become that very thing. For example, a new study conducted by psychologists at UCLA has shown that...
Here’s Why Believing People Can Change Is So Important in Life How a growth mindset affects stress levels and health.→ 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:Can People’s Personalities Change? Rethinking The Stress Mindset: Can You Find The Upside of Pressure? 9 Simple Suggestions That Change People’s Perceptions Children Suffer Mentally and Physically From Astounding Levels of Homework Chronic Stress Early in Life Causes Anxiety and Aggression in Adulthood
The NFL’s Brandon Marshall and His Mental Health Crusade I am a mental health consumer and advocate. I am also a huge NFL fan. So, I’m extremely excited about the Chicago Bears’ Brandon Marshall. A few days ago, Marshall received the biggest Bears’ wide receiver contract ever—3 years at $30 million. It’s obvious from this payout that he’s a...
Best of Our Blogs: May 23, 2014 I spent twenty minutes concocting a story about the woman sitting across of me on the airplane. She was elderly, well-dressed, and polite. She also quietly requested to be moved to another seat. As she listened to the flight attendant apologize for the full plane, I secretly analyzed her. I...
Do You Hear The ADHD Music Do you have ADHD? Do you find yourself easily distracted? Do you think sometimes that you are so different you may have originated on a different planet? Do you forget things? Do you forget the list when you go shopping? Do you stray from the list if you remember it?...
When One Wedding Is Not Enough When writers of movies and TV shows want to reach for an easy plot line, they all come up with the same sort of answer – a marriage proposal, a wedding, or some other tired old form of matrimania. It doesn’t matter what the genre is – comedies, dramas, crime...
An Exercise for Getting to Know Yourself One of my favorite topics to explore on Weightless, in addition to cultivating a positive body image and compassionate self-care, is self-discovery. (I also like to explore self-discovery on Psych Central’s main blog “World of Psychology.”) That’s because in order to care for ourselves, it’s important to know what we...
It’s Easy to Forget the Bad Stuff Last week’s cartoon,  which is about a man all women want, (even if they don’t admit it),  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!...
7 Dirty Little ADHD Secrets – Part II Cedward Brice via Compfight Yesterday we covered the first three of seven dirty little ADHD secrets. Draw near. Shhhhh… remember, I’m not supposed to be sharing these. Let’s keep this between you and me, ok? Dirty Little ADHD Secrets #4 – 7 4 ) We’re smarter than you Don’t worry,...
Caveman instincts may explain our belief in gods and ghosts By Steve Kelly, Strathclyde University Notions of gods arise in all human societies, from all powerful and all-knowing deities to simple forest spirits. A recent method of examining religious thought and behaviour links their ubiquity and the similarity of our beliefs to the ways in which human mental processes were adapted for survival in prehistoric
A new target for alcoholism treatment: Kappa opioid receptors The list of brain receptor targets for opiates reads like a fraternity: Mu Delta Kappa. The mu opioid receptor is the primary target for morphine and endogenous opioids like endorphin, whereas the delta opioid receptor shows the highest affinity for endogenous enkephalins. The kappa opioid receptor (KOR) is very interesting, but the least understood of
Growing inequalities make science more of a ‘winner takes all’ field As new research documents growing inequalities in health and wealth, the gap between “haves” and “have-nots” is growing in the field of scientific research itself, says University of Michigan sociologist Yu Xie. “It’s surprising that more attention has not been paid to the large, changing inequalities in the world of scientific research, given the preoccupation
Aggressive behavior observed after alcohol-related priming Researchers from California State University, Long Beach, the University of Kent and the University of Missouri collaborated on a study to test whether briefly exposing participants to alcohol-related terms increases aggressive behavior. It has been well documented by previous research that the consumption of alcohol is directly linked to an increase in aggression and other