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Help! I’m a Stepmother! Are you a stepmother? Or, perhaps you identify better with the term, “step monster.”  Well, if you are, don’t dismay, there is hope!  You can have a successful and fulfilling life, even in this difficult and unappreciated role. There are no expectations quite so unfulfilled as … ...
Study: Men remember more about a woman with an ‘optimal’ waist-to-hip ratio New research suggests a woman’s waist-to-hip ratio influences the number of details men remember about her. Previous studies have found that women with a waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) of .60 to .70 are more consistently rated as highly attractive by men. The new study, published in Evolution and Human Behavior, found that male undergraduates who viewed [...]
New study finds common link across autism spectrum disorders There have been a multitude of studies attempting to find causes, both genetic and environmental, for autism. One of the big questions in autism research is whether autism is a single disorder or many different disorders that happen to present in the same way. Although recent genetic research has indicated hundreds of different genes contribute [...]
Caring for Trauma Survivors and Caring for Yourself in... Elise just told me about her past. I knew she had been through a lot, but not all that. She said her mom hit her and left bruises when she was a kid, her neighbor touched her where she didn’t want to be touched, and … ...
How does LSD induce short-term psychosis but long-term optimism? When most people think of LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­the image that comes to mind is hallucinating hippies at Woodstock, but the drug’s original use was psychotherapeutic. As early as the 1960s, researchers showed that LSD reduces depression, anxiety and pain in patients with advanced cancer, and recent years have seen a resurgence of interest [...]
As people age, memory-related brain activity loses cohesion Groups of brain regions that synchronize their activity during memory tasks become smaller and more numerous as people age, according to a study published in PLOS Computational Biology. Typically, research on brain activity relies on average brain measurements across entire groups of people. In a new study, Elizabeth Davison of Princeton University, New Jersey, and [...]
Imaging technique measures toxicity of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s proteins Researchers have developed a new imaging technique that makes it possible to study why proteins associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases may go from harmless to toxic. The technique uses a technology called multi-dimensional super-resolution imaging that makes it possible to observe changes in the surfaces of individual protein molecules as they clump together. The [...]
Study suggests that parental health behaviors may influence children’s sleep A new study indicates that children’s sleep duration may be influenced by parental sleep duration and confidence, which suggests that efforts to address insufficient sleep among children may require family-based interventions. Results of a parental survey show that higher parent confidence in the ability to help children get enough sleep was significantly associated with an [...]
Creative activities promote day-to-day wellbeing Everyday creative activity may lead to an “upward spiral” of increased wellbeing and creativity in young adults, new research from New Zealand’s University of Otago suggests. In their study, Department of Psychology researchers asked 658 university students to keep a daily diary of their experiences and emotional states over 13 days. After analysing the diaries [...]
Study: Taking practice tests protects memory against negative effects of stress Learning by taking practice tests, a strategy known as retrieval practice, can protect memory against the negative effects of stress, report scientists from Tufts University in a new study published in Science on Nov. 25. In experiments involving 120 student participants, individuals who learned a series of words and images by retrieval practice showed no [...]
Understanding Your Child’s Spiritual Life How well do you understand your child's inner life?
School, Self-Teaching and ADHD One of the most interesting things about the time we live in is that “disruptive” technologies are changing the way we live so many parts of our lives, from Amazon … ...
The True Roots of Racism: Child Abuse and Neglect In my two years of writing for PsychCentral, I have noticed that our readers are incredibly thoughtful people who are not satisfied with living life on the surface. You read … ...
Today I Love The Champions I Know Today I love the champions I know in my life. I love champions like Orit Shimoni who brings so much fixing to a broken world despite its ugly determination to … ...
Baby Boomers, relax. It probably isn’t dementia Memory loss, a possible symptom of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease, is usually associated with old age.
Helping Your Military Spouse Clients Laugh Considering that nearly three-million soldiers have deployed to Iraq and/or Afghanistan, your practice has likely included working with military spouses.  And if that is the case, you are likely aware that being a military spouse can be as difficult as actually being in the military. … ...
Killing Sobriety With Anxiety   “I once heard a sober alcoholic say that drinking never made him happy, but it made him feel like he was going to be happy in about fifteen minutes.” … ...
These 5 Conversations Will Change Your Marriage for Good... How many arguments do you think started because of The Newlywed Game? You’ve probably seen the game show in one of its many iterations since it first aired in 1966. The concept is simple: Bring in newly married couples. Separate them and ask questions about … ...
The New Tomboy Girls are given more leeway than boys in their gender presentation and, thus, it is more acceptable to be a tomboy than a sissy.
Signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Today It’s clear that people from every socio-economic status today have experienced one or more life events that have caused emotional trauma, thus creating PTSD. It’s not just the “veteran’s ailment” and is gaining growing and needed recognition in the psychotherapeutic healing community. PTSD is caused … ...