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I Intend To Enjoy it How optimistic is your view of your life? Despite a serious illness, Leslie intends to enjoy her life. To see how optimistic your frame of mind is, I invite you to take the Optimism Scale and score it. Then I invite you to think about how deeply a more positive world view might increase your enjoyment.
Stand-Up Video: Mother and Art School  DBSA Stronger Together Conference “Stand-Up for Mental Health” In my second part of my Stand up act for the DBSA, I take aim at a very important achievement last year dealing with Self-Injury… Don’t worry you can applaud! While I’m on stage, I made sure to plug my Mental Health Humor...
One Self or Many Selves? Although our sense is usually of a singular self across time, in fact we experience a multiplicity of self-states. How these multiple self-states "get along" is crucial for our mental health; thus, it is important to understand the forces that give rise to them.
Procrastination: Blame It On My Genes A recent behavioral genetics study revealed that procrastination is moderately heritable, and that genetically it was not separable from impulsivity. Does this mean that impulsivity is the cause of procrastination? No, not at all. It’s all about goal-management ability.
My Favorite Free Online Resources for Last-Minute SAT Review Dear Friends, The next SAT is just around the corner, on Saturday, May 3! So, in case you’ve got a student who needs to do some last-minute review, I’ve complied this collection of my favorite easy-to-use, free online tools, perfect for using this weekend and through next week. Khan Academy...
FDA Panel Recommends Banning Rotenberg Child Shock Devices America is one of the few countries where you can provide an electrical shock to a child and still call it “therapy.” Aversive therapy, to be specific. It is a treatment so out of the mainstream of modern treatment that it is used by only one treatment center in the...
5 Initial Assessments Needed To Get You Accurate Patient Here is my latest cartoon used for Medivance Educational Blog Series: “Gorski on Charting”, Increasing Revenue with Effective Patient Charting Screening, Charting and Patient Placement. “An initial Assessment needs to accurately describe Patient Description, Presenting Problems, Brief Treatment History, Initial Diagnosis and Treatment Recommendations. In this blog, “Screening, Charting and...
Almost half of homeless men had traumatic brain injury in their lifetime Almost half of all homeless men who took part in a study had suffered at least one traumatic brain injury in their life and 87 percent of those injuries occurred before the men lost their homes. While assaults were a major cause of those traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, (60 per cent) many were caused by potentially non-violent mechanisms such as sports and recreation (44 per cent) and motor vehicle collisions and falls (42 per cent).
Not all wedded bliss: Marital stress linked to depression Marital stress may make people more vulnerable to depression, according to a recent study. The long-term study shows that people who experience chronic marital stress are less able to savor positive experiences, a hallmark of depression. They are also more likely to report other depressive symptoms. Married people are, in general, happier and healthier than single people, according to numerous studies. But marriage can also be one of the most significant sources of long-lasting social stress.
Gene mutation, key symptoms of autism appear to be linked Abnormal brain growth is associated with autism spectrum disorder -- this scientists know. However, the relationship between the two has not been well understood. Now, research has shown that mutations in a specific gene that is disrupted in some individuals with autism results in too much growth throughout the brain, and yet surprisingly specific problems in social interactions, at least in mouse models that mimic this risk factor in humans.
How the Mind Works: 10 Fascinating TED Talks How memory works, what visual illusions reveal, the price of happiness, the power of introverts and more...→ 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:How The Mind Really Works: 10 Counterintuitive Psychology Studies Superstars of Psychology: 10 Best Short Talks (Videos) Psychological Distance: 10 Fascinating Effects of a Simple Mind Hack How Memory Works: 10 Things Most People Get Wrong How Memory Works: 21 Psychological Insights
Challenging the "Banality" of Evil and of Heroism Part 1 What makes a hero, what makes a villain? Phil Zimbardo has claimed that evil and heroism are equally banal and mainly arise as a matter of circumstance rather than any special qualities of the person. However, his own analysis blames evil on external forces, but views heroism as coming from within the person. A more balanced view is needed to understand these extremes.
Sperry, Jenkins: Left Brain, Right Brain The improbable 'meeting' of a noted neuroscientist and a suffering veteran of World War II in 1962 underlie the left brain, right brain story, which is accepted by many as truth, but is in fact largely a myth. First of two posts.read more
The Biggest Challenge Why is it that something that is so intrinsic to our basic nature, that is, loving another person, should be so difficult, so challenging? Given the fact that the sustainability and perpetuation of the human species is dependent upon our willingness and ability to love and provide care for one...
10 Essential Ways of Thinking to Make Mindfulness a Mindfulness makes living a happy and health life and relationship easier and more effortless, and yet it is more than being present and breathing, and rather requires consistent and conscious effort to become aware and conscious thinkers. It is if anything a transformation of our thoughts, beliefs about how we relate...
Seeking causes of hyperactivity 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. Mice lacking an intracellular trafficking protein called LMTK3, are hyperactive, research shows. Hyperactivity is a behavioral disorder that shows symptoms including restlessness, lack of coordination, and aggressive behavior. Identifying the genetic factors that contribute to such behaviors may help to explain the pathological mechanisms underlying autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, in humans.
What Makes an Experience Satisfying? When an experience seems satisfying to you, what do you think makes it feel that way? Is it fulfilling certain basic needs? What about unsatisfying experiences – are they leaving fundamental needs unfulfilled? To consider this more concretely, think about the most personally satisfying event you experienced in the past...
Best of Our Blogs: April 25, 2014 I’ve been guilty of it. The big “C” word that sometimes interferes with my personal life. It becomes intolerable during the worst circumstances. It seems that the more out of control I feel, the more controlling I get. The dishes are cleaner, I’ll pack for a trip 2 weeks ahead...
ADHD Economic Stimulation Plan I think I’ve just figured out the answer to a really big problem. I think I’ve just solved world poverty. Well, maybe. This may sound like I’m joking here, and I want to assure you all that I am not making fun of people who live below the poverty line...
Research Digest #3: Getting to grips with implicit bias My third and final post at the BPS Research Digest is now up: Getting to grips with implicit bias. Here’s the intro: Implicit attitudes are one of the hottest topics in social psychology. Now a massive new study directly compares methods for changing them. The results are both good and bad for those who believe […]