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New Year, New Chance to Raise Your Self-Esteem It’s one of the most common concerns I hear in my practice. Clients worry that their self-esteem isn’t high enough for them to succeed in relationships, work, school — almost anything. Not feeling good about themselves, they feel that changing their direction in life is … ...
Advice for Coping with Guilt Trips Do you have someone in your life who frequently manages to cause you to feel guilty? When with this person, is he/she constantly implying that you are uncaring, thoughtless, and selfish?  Be aware that there are some people who are master manipulators and can take … ...
Study: People more willing to harm others when competition is local Research published in Evolution and Human Behavior has found that people are more willing to harm their competitors when the competition is local. The researchers used an economic game to show that people were more willing to inflict financial harm on others when they were competing against two nearby people, compared to when they were [...]
Study: Negative automatic thoughts linked to distressing sexual symptoms New research published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy suggests that automatic thoughts during sex play an important role in sexual functioning. The study of 156 men and 168 women found negative automatic thoughts and fewer erotic thoughts during sexual activity was associated with distressing sexual symptoms. This was true of both male and female participants, regardless of their [...]
Study: Women find men who are desired by other women to be more desirable Women tend to perceive a man with an attractive romantic partner as more desirable, according to research published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology. The study of 245 female college students suggests that women use the presence of a romantic partner to infer that a man possesses unobservable, positive traits. The female participants found men more [...]
Your self-esteem might not be affected by the amount of Facebook friends other people have, study finds Seeing Facebook profiles with more friends than you may not negatively affect your self-esteem, contrary to popular belief. Facebook is the most popular social networking site, with 936 million daily users. There is a positive association between the amount of Facebook friends a person has and subjective well-being, but little research has been done based [...]
Close friendships between children can influence responses to fear New research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) shows that close friends may influence how school-aged children think about danger. The study investigated whether close friends affect each other’s fear responses, both in terms of beliefs and what they would do to avoid potential danger. The findings, published in the December issue of [...]
Thinking with our hands can help find new ways of solving problems New research by two cognitive psychology experts from Kingston University London is demonstrating how our decision making is heavily influenced by the world around us. Gaëlle Vallée-Tourangeau, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, and Frédéric Vallée-Tourangeau, Professor of Psychology, are challenging the traditional idea that thinking takes place strictly in the head. Have you ever tried to [...]
Shift in some teens’ use and perceptions of marijuana after recreational marijuana is legalized Marijuana use significantly increased and its perceived harm decreased among eighth- and 10th-graders in Washington state following enactment of recreational marijuana laws, according to a UC Davis and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health to be published online in JAMA Pediatrics. There was no change in use or perceived harm among 12th graders or [...]
Carrie Fisher, Bipolar Disorder, Addiction & The People She... When Carrie Fisher passed away on Tuesday morning at age 60, she left behind a legacy of being one of the first and most vocal Hollywood celebrities and actors to speak openly about mental illness. Specifically, Fisher battled bipolar disorder and addiction throughout most of … ...
Keeping Busy During Winter Break: Part II Introduction In my previous article, I discussed two ways, keeping a set schedule and exercising your brain, to stay busy during the holiday season with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  In … ...
Dealing with Sexual Trauma: 3 Phases Rape and sexual assault is both a personal and heinous crime, which often leads to trauma. Sexual assault can have a significant impact on the victim as well as those … ...
Keeping Your Kids Occupied During Winter Break Introduction Winter break has begun.  The question remains how do you keep your kids busy during the winter break.  Keeping your kids busy during the winter break can be a … ...
Guided Meditation Video For Coping With Grief (Video) A soothing and comforting guided meditation for coping with grief....
Researchers map how the brain processes faces from sight to recognition At a glance, you can recognize a friend’s face whether they are happy or sad or even if you haven’t seen them in a decade. How does the brain do this — recognize familiar faces with efficiency and ease despite extensive variation in how they appear? Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are closer than ever [...]
New Ways to Detect and Stop Smartphone Addiction Among... Addiction is the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as drugs to an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma. However, most people are addicted to so many things other than drugs, like … ...
How Psychiatry Can Help Physicians Cope with Burnout Physician stress is built into the nature of the profession, but there are ways to cope.
F.O.M.O. for All of Us The Facebook posts are scrolling by with everyone’s vacations, including family members sipping cocktails at the pool, spa, beach, resort and ski chalet.  I’ve had it.  I mean I have … ...
As Memories Fade, Food is Hard to Forget Towards the end of my mother’s life, her memory became worse. She didn’t have Alzheimer’s, but at 88 she had trouble remembering. She couldn’t remember friends’ names or what year … ...
Home Environment Influences Math and Science Learning Math and science learning isn’t just something that happens in the classroom. Several new studies have confirmed that children’s parents and home environment play an important role in shaping math and science skills. In fact, home and school learning seem to reinforce each other so that kids who learn about...