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Taking Responsibility When Dealing With Manipulators I was schooled in personality disorder recently and I got to tell you, it is rough. It is rough mostly because when we get into a relationship with someone with a personality disorder, you start to question your own sanity and you may find yourself not taking responsibility for your...
Physical activity keeps hippocampus healthy in people at risk for Alzheimer's disease Moderate physical activity may preserve the hippocampus -- the brain region responsible for memory and spatial orientation that is attacked first in Alzheimer's disease, a study of older adults at increased risk for Alzheimer's disease shows. It is the first evidence that physical activity may protect against cognitive decline and the onset of dementia symptoms in those who carry the genetic marker for Alzheimer's.
ADHD drug may help preserve self-control resources Methylphenidate, also known as Ritalin, may prevent the depletion of self-control, according to research. Self-control can be difficult -- sticking with a diet or trying to focus attention on a boring textbook are hard things to do. Considerable research suggests one potential explanation for this difficulty: Exerting self-control for a long period seems to "deplete" our ability to exert self-control effectively on subsequent tasks.
A Better Way to Cope With Persistent Bad Memories New technique holds promise for those experiencing disturbing emotional flashbacks.→ 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:Possibility of Selectively Erasing Unwanted Memories Reconstructing the Past: How Recalling Memories Alters Them Childhood Amnesia: The Age at Which Our Earliest Memories Fade The Genetic Predisposition to Focus on the Negative Mind Pops: Memories That Come From Nowhere
Is Romantic Ignorance a Virtue? Knowledge is often considered to be essential for love. Hence, romantic ignorance is constantly criticized. However, empirical evidence suggests that positive illusions are beneficial for romantic love. This raises the question of what constructive role ignorance plays in love. I believe that romantic ignorance is beneficial in some circumstances.read more
First Thought Photo: Where Is My Mind? This post is part of the Your Body, Your Mind “First Thought Photo” series. The point of the series is simple: share your first thought upon seeing this photo. Of course, the rules are flexible Share your second, third, and fourth thoughts, too, if you want! How many times have...
Scapegoating ADHD — Because It’s Popular As if people with a mental illness didn’t have enough to worry about. One of the favorite media topics to write about is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a potentially serious mental illness that affects millions of Americans. It causes them to not be able to focus on everyday tasks...
ADHD: Easily Board … er Bored I’m not complaining about work. My job is sometimes hard, but that’s okay, I’m up for it. I’m not the young man I used to be, but I’m still able to keep up, even with a damaged shoulder. In fact, the burden of physical labor isn’t a problem for me...
Bipolar Disorder: Stuck in a Moment “You’ve got to get yourself together, you’ve got stuck in a moment, and you can’t get out of it.” –U2, Stuck in a Moment One of the most annoying parts of bipolar disorder, for me anyway, is feeling like I’m stuck in a mood that I can’t get out of. Example: I had...
Research Digest posts, #1: A self-fulfilling fallacy? This week I will be blogging over at the BPS Research Digest. The Digest was written for over ten years by psychology-writer extraordinaire Christian Jarrett, and I’m one of a series of guest editors during the transition period to a new permanent editor. My first piece is now up, and here is the opening: Lady […]
American Psychological Association Marks Mental Health Awareness Month with Focus on Children, Substance Abuse
Employee Distrust is Pervasive in U.S. Workforce APA survey finds only half of workers believe their employer is open and upfront with them
6 Personalities With Ingrained Thinking Patterns The job of a therapist seems to be one of the most difficult jobs in the world. I’m not just saying this because I am a therapist myself. But I say this because human beings are complex, and often require years if not decades of study to be fully understood. Even...
Lower-income teens aren't getting enough sleep Research shows African American high school students and boys in low- to middle-income families reported short, fragmented sleep, which could play a role in their health risks.
Want to Know If Your New Man Is Sincere? It's tough to know where you stand with an arrogant man. He obstructs the truth to protect his inflated image. At least you don't have to wonder if he is honest -- his shallow sense of entitlement tells you that he is not. A humble man, however, is sincere and easy-going. He is like a crystal-clear pond that is also black because the bottom is so very far from the surface.read more
Retirees who use the Internet less likely to be depressed Study shows older Americans who regularly spend time online were about a third less likely to suffer from depression.
Personality research says change in major traits occurs naturally Studies show that a person's personality naturally changes over the course of adulthood.
How to Experience “Flow” Have you ever been fully engaged doing something that challenged your abilities, in a state of total ecstasy where nothing else mattered except you and the task at hand, so much in fact that you became completely unaware of your surroundings, losing your conscious self to that precious moment?  ...
How High Is Your Personal Intelligence? Who's high and who's low in personal intelligence?read more
Brain circuits involved in emotion discovered by neuroscientists A brain pathway that underlies the emotional behaviors critical for survival have been discovered by neuroscientists. The team has identified a chain of neural connections which links central survival circuits to the spinal cord, causing the body to freeze when experiencing fear. Understanding how these central neural pathways work is a fundamental step towards developing effective treatments for emotional disorders such as anxiety, panic attacks and phobias.