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Opinions About People With Mental Illness (Video) Consumer/survivor Suzanne Feldman interviews people in a Toronto park about their opinions of people with mental illness....
The Laws of Unintended Consequences Pay attention to unintended consequences and how they happen. If you do, you'll minimize the bad ones and you'll be more compassionate with yourself about those you can't escape.
Reconciling the Mismatch Between Giving and Receiving Gifts Research on giving and receiving gifts shows how we can maintain perspective during the gift-giving season and reconcile our differing desires as gift-giver and gift-receiver.
Is It Possible To Live A Tidy Life?   “A tidy life.”… I woke up this morning after a fitful night’s sleep due to residual cough and congestion, with those words in my head. I have always wanted … ...
What is Your Holiday Personality? Which Christmas movie character are you? Take this quick quiz to find out.
Letting Go of the Need for Approval It was the year 2012, and I wrote an editorial-based article for Psych Central titled, “What Drives Our Need For Approval?” Since my experiences typically inspired my ideas for the World of Psychology Blog, I can only deduce that, at the time, I must have … ...
Cindy Crawford Wants (and Deserves) to Age Gracefully I can remember getting ready to start middle school and Cindy Crawford’s face was plastered on every magazine cover. She was also in commercials, hosting shows on MTV, and basically … ...
Is There a Perfectly Boring Task? Boredom research is a fairly popular area of study in psychology recently. It’s not to be confused with boring research because it can give us some interesting insights into how people work, which is one reason I’ve written about it on here before. An important question for boredom researchers is...
Who Ruined Your Life? Is it fair to single out our parents as the only people who ruined our lives? There are so many others we could also blame, so why not spread it around?
How To Generate Income in Private Practice for 2017 The year is almost over and many of you are planning how you will be generating income in your private practice. Look at what worked this past year. Where did your income come from?   For some of you, you offered 1:1 services and you … ...
Arnold Schwarzenegger Reveals Self-Image Issues Not many people can say that they were Mr. Universe, one of the biggest Hollywood action heroes in history, and the governor of California but Arnold Schwarzenegger can.  Yet, despite … ...
Store and supply: How the brain saves time Neurons in the brain store RNA molecules -- DNA gene copies -- in order to rapidly react to stimuli. This storage dramatically accelerates the production of proteins. This is one of the reasons why neurons in the brain can adapt quickly during learning processes.
Huntington's disease linked to dysfunction of brain structure Scientists have identified a link between Huntington's disease and dysfunction of the subthalamic nucleus, a component of the basal ganglia, a group of brain structures critical for movement and impulse control.
Music in the brain: The first imaging genetic study linking dopaminergic genes to music Sounds, such as music and noise, are capable of reliably affecting individuals' moods and emotions, possibly by regulating brain dopamine, a neurotransmitter strongly involved in emotional behavior and mood regulation. However, the relationship of sound environments with mood and emotions is highly variable across individuals. A putative source of variability is genetic background, a study shows.
The challenge of defining maturity when the brain never stops changing Neuroscientists don't know when your brain is a legal adult. While the law has to draw a line between adolescence and maturity, ranging globally from 10 to the early 20s, different parts of the brain mature at different rates, rather than growing up entirely overnight. A psychologist now argues that using current neuroscience tools to define when a brain 'reaches maturity' is much trickier than it may seem.
Here Comes 2017 I’ve written before about issues that might arise during the holiday season for those with obsessive-compulsive disorder.  If you or a loved one has OCD, I recommend checking out my … ...
Whether you should worry about lying to kids about Santa Psychologists argue about the effect of the Santa myth on kids, with some saying it is benign and others saying it is harmful.
Can Pursuing Happiness Make You Unhappy? How’s this for a cruel paradox: the more you want to be happy, the less happy you become. I’m not just suggesting that idea as a thought experiment. According to some research, that’s actually how things work – actively trying to be happy can make you less happy. The idea...
7 Practical Tips for Relieving Holiday Depression For highly-sensitive folks and people predisposed to sadness, the holidays create a perfect storm for depression. There’s the added stress of holiday shopping, decorating, and parties — not to mention dealing with strained family relations; snowball and gingerbread cookies seem to stalk you; and a … ...
Rejuvenating the brain's disposal system A characteristic feature of Alzheimer's disease is the presence of so called amyloid plaques in the patient's brain -- aggregates of misfolded proteins that clump together and damage nerve cells. Researchers have now discovered a strategy to help the brain remove amyloid plaques.