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Making Connection Between Bullying, Health Problems The subject of bullying has become a topic of academic interest over the past decade, as scientists and social scientists delve into the psychological and physiological effects for both the bullied and the bully. New research into bullying focuses on the relationship between social pain and physical pain. Social pain brought on by rejection and victimization predicts hormonal changes that can lead to health problems, such as high blood pressure, abdominal pain, headaches and joint pain. For example, changes in cortisol, “the stress hormone,” have been linked to being bullied.
Setting Boundaries In The Helping Profession: Part 1 In the helping profession, we come across many people whose lives may be unmanageable and need help with getting their life back on track.  We spend countless hours doing case management and therapy and if we are not careful, we can eventually burn out.  Self care is important, and with...
Prejudice Against People Who Get In Our Way Of course, we prefer the company of people who help us over people who get in our way, but we take that preference a step too fare by treating helpers as good people and thwarters as bad. Why do we do that, and what is the name for that prejudice whereby those who thwart us are automatically deemed jerks?
Myers-Briggs or VIA Survey (Character Strengths)? The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the VIA Survey are two of the most popular tests in psychology for both personal and professional use. There are some similarities but many important differences to understand. These are offered as well as ideas for integration.
Spike activity 16-05-2014 Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Motherboard on a legal rights framework for biohacking the brain. Caveat hax0r no? There Is a Doppelganger Inside All Our Heads. Interesting piece in Nautilus. Discover Magazine covers the latest study on using electrical stimulation to increase the chance of lucid dreaming. The seductive […]
The Toxic Naysayer: Has One Infected Your Team? The fastest way for a group to lose momentum, productivity, and good team players is by having a toxic naysayer trying to derail your plans and goals every step of the way. Here are some helpful strategies for defusing naysayers and keeping your team on a positive and productive track.
A Mindful Parenting Podcast with Dr. Jessica Michaelson! Dr. Jessica Michaelson of Honest Parenthood is one of my favorite parenting experts – her perspective is honest, funny, supportive, and refreshingly down to earth – not to mention super helpful! Needless to say, I was thrilled when she asked if I would record a podcast with her about mindful parenting!...
The Othello Error Makes You Sure Everyone is Lying Ever heard of Othello error? It's the unfortunate mindset that leads questioners to believe people are lying, even when they're telling the truth. It can cause them to use understandable coincidences as damning evidence, and getting rid of it can make us better at judging honesty....
Lessons from a Skinhead Frank Meeink beat the odds; he survived. An Irish-Italian kid, he grew up in the slums of South Philly. Both of his parents were alcoholics, drug addicts and dealers. Frank was two and his mother was nineteen when his parents split up. A few years later, during their once a...
Why Dieting Does Not Usually Work "Five years after a diet, most people have regained the weight. Forty percent of them have gained even 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:10 Ways To Be Happier at Work The Positive Effect of Creative Hobbies on Performance at Work Can Long Distance Relationships Work? How to Use Psychology to Succeed at Work 7 Ways Work Can Make You Physically Sick
The Power of Words: 20 Phrases to Heal (or Steve Jurvetson via Compfight Thoughts are much more than airy pieces of information that enter our minds and then disappear. The words and ideas we think, and the accompanying feelings they spark, subconsciously shape our lives. They can literally activate chemical processes that affect us at every level, emotional, physical, mental, and...
The Two Competing Selves Inside You Sitting up late talking with friends, you may spend a lot of time thinking about who you would like to be ideally. You focus on the people you would help, the good you could do for society, and your dreams. In your day-to-day life, though, you spend a lot of time just doing what has to be done to get ahead.
Obesity may affect cancer patients' outcomes Study shows being obese may increase the chance that some patients' cancers will come back, and may increase the likelihood that those patients will die from cancer.
War and Peace (of Mind): Mindfulness training for military could help them deal with stress Mindfulness training -- a combination of meditation and body awareness exercises -- can help U.S. Marine Corps personnel prepare for and recover from stressful combat situations. The study suggests that incorporating meditative practices into pre-deployment training might be a way to help the U.S. military reduce rising rates of stress-related health conditions, including PTSD, depression and anxiety, within its ranks.
No such thing as a 'universal' intelligence test: Cultural differences determine results country by country Scientists have studied 54 individuals -- half Spanish and half Moroccan -- to determine how IQ tests work. New research suggests that a universal test of intelligence quotient does not exist. Results in this type of test are determined to a strong degree by cultural differences.
New treatment targeting versatile protein may protect brain cells in Parkinson's disease In Parkinson’s disease (PD), dopamine-producing nerve cells that control our movements waste away. Current treatments for PD therefore aim at restoring dopamine contents in the brain. In a new study, researchers are attacking the problem from a different angle, through early activation of a protein that improves the brain's capacity to cope with a host of harmful processes.
Bipolar Mother, Author and Advocate I’m sure many wonder exactly what that title means. To me it may mean something completely different than it means to you. For me though,  bipolar does not describe who I am, although it is used as an adjective in the title above. To me, it simply shows my audience,...
How Do I Achieve Balance? We pose questions with our minds and we answer questions with our minds.  But body too has questions and answers. Here’s a question that we ask our minds a lot: “How do I achieve balance in my life?” For a change, let your body answer this question: find a concrete...
Creepy or Cute? One Approach to the Solo Diner There’s good news and bad news about dining alone. The bad news is that many people are intimidated by the mere thought of dining solo. They think that other people will see them as lonely, pathetic – as people who do not have a friend in the world. The good...
There’s Only 24 Hours In An ADHD Day! In the past 24 hours I’ve done many things. Did it seem unusual? No. Was it unusual? Not for me. Why am I writing about it? Well, in retrospect, I think it might be one of my more distracted, scattered and diverse days. Certainly not the most, just one of...