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Researcher: Pornography is not necessarily harmful for couples — and could have positive impacts A new article published online in the journal Current Opinion in Psychology argues that the current state of research on pornography suffers from several shortcomings, which makes it difficult to draw firm conclusion about pornography’s true effects on relationships. The article, authored by Taylor Kohut and Lorne Campbell of the University of Western Ontario, says [...]
Study reveals the dating behaviors of single parents in the United States New research in the journal Personal Relationships investigates the dating behaviors of single parents in the United States. The study of 747 single parents with dependent-age children found that a majority of them (62.2%) were not actively dating but many were still open to establishing a romantic relationship. Younger parents were both more likely to [...]
Sex and Porn Addictions: Misconceptions and Bias I’ve spent the past 25 years providing clinical treatment to sex addicts and their families, while also training therapists and documenting the clinical evolution of this increasingly common issue. Throughout … ...
Risk avoidance in older adults is related to brain anatomy, not age Older adults are less inclined to take risks, but this behavior may be linked to changes in brain anatomy rather than age, according to a new Yale-led study. The finding adds to scientific understanding of decision making and may lead to strategies for modifying changes in risk behavior as people age. The study was published [...]
Sleep helps process traumatic experiences Does sleep help process stress and trauma? Or does it actually intensify emotional reactions and memories of the event? This previously unanswered question is highly relevant for the prevention of trauma-related disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). How extremely distressing experiences are processed right at the outset can influence the further course and development [...]
Study links nutrition to brain health and intelligence in older adults A study of older adults links consumption of a pigment found in leafy greens to the preservation of “crystallized intelligence,” the ability to use the skills and knowledge one has acquired over a lifetime. The study is reported in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. Lutein (LOO-teen) is one of several plant pigments that humans [...]
Drug for narcolepsy could help food addicts lose weight Overweight people could be given help with the discovery that a drug used for sleep disorder could also reduce the impulse for food. There are many factors that cause obesity but there is a growing weight of evidence that shows obesity is not just caused by a behavioural disorder, such as a lack of self-control, [...]
New study proves that even optimists get the blues Waiting for those tests results? Waiting to hear who won the election? And while waiting, does the feeling of dread start to creep in? Turns out, as the moment of uncertain news draws nearer and nearer, bracing for the worst comes as second nature to optimists and pessimists alike. In a new study called “Even [...]
Image of ‘typical’ welfare recipient linked with racial stereotypes When thinking about a welfare recipient, people tend to imagine someone who is African American and who is lazier and less competent than someone who doesn’t receive welfare benefits, according to new findings in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. This mental image, and its association with specific racial stereotypes, influences [...]
#225 Finding Hope in the Holidays   Given the fear and uncertainty that is sweeping the country, hope may be in short supply these days. But the holidays, however we celebrate them, can provide a respite … ...
Guess What My Diagnosis Is? I moved to North Carolina from Tennessee in August. For a couple of months I saw a psychiatric physicians assistant near my parents’ home where I was staying. Then I … ...
How to Teach Your Kids to Beat Anxiety It is bedtime. It is also time for the tears and fears. It is school time again. Welcome back stomachaches and tantrums. It is a party invitation. Here come the … ...
The Depressive Episode: When You’re Too Tired to Get... Today has been a hard day, I woke up in a slump and haven’t been able to break its hold on me all day. I moped and complained and I truly gave in to the awfulness that consumed me the entire day and stole my … ...
Brain structure best explains our dwindling tolerance of risk Our brain’s changing structure, not simply getting older and wiser, most affects our attitudes to risk, according to new research.
Here Come the Blues – 5 Teen Holiday Tips “Sadly, I know too many people to whom this applies. My family included. Many will attempt to decorate..to cook.. buy (or make) and wrap gifts… to be festive.. But the … ...
Getting Bullying Out Of His Head: Conversation with Kris... Getting bullied is common for anyone who’s different. Many people bear the scars of bullying from when they were young, or get bullied as adults. People with AS or NLD … ...
21st Century Cures Act Becomes Law, Improves U.S. National... When President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act earlier today, he signed into law one of the most sweeping efforts to provide additional programs and funding for health conditions and innovation in America, including things like cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, opioid addiction, medical devices, access … ...
Compelling New Method for Healing Your Past Self If there were one thing missing from many childhoods, it would be compassion. If your parents lacked compassion, as an adult you’re probably faced with the challenge of healing your … ...
It’s OK To Say No… How stressed out are you right now? There are only 12 days until Christmas morning and I’ll bet many of you reading this are being pulled in a hundred different … ...
First Impressions Count Even More Than You Thought We all know that first impressions count -- but this study reveals they matter a lot more than many people realise. Dr Jeremy Dean's ebooks are: The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything