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Moving Out of Fear and into Your Life What is stopping you from achieving your goals in life? There are lots of things that may hinder you from taking the action required to make changes in your life, grow and reach certain goals. Fear can be one of those hurdles that continues to … ...
Do I Really Have OCD? As many of us know, doubt is the driving force behind obsessive-compulsive disorder. Compulsions are performed to make sure nothing terrible will happen. The problem, of course, is that certainty … ...
A Sobering Thought :   Bloody Stools Diane, a drinker since she was 13, recently posted to an addiction blog about her experiences with alcohol. Now 27, Diane wants to quit drinking — but has made a … ...
Gadgets Are Not People Photo: APIf you’re currently single, falling in love with an inanimate object might seem like the obvious solution. Whether its 15 inflatable pool toys or just a potentially explosive cellphone, dating the non-living instantly eliminates some of the trickiest relationships issues. Worried they might not like you back? Not a problem. Afraid they’ll leave you? Not gonna happen....
Part 2: Getting Through to Delusional Beliefs Last week I discussed ways to communicate with someone who displays delusional beliefs. This week I would like to discuss the types of delusions that can be experienced. It is important … ...
How personality drives smartphone addiction How many times a day do you check your smartphone? According to a recent survey, the typical American checks once every six-and-a-half minutes, or approximately 150 times every day. Other research has found that number to be as high as 300 times a day. For young people, the attachment is particularly acute: 53 percent of [...]
Orgasms activate a powerful type of unconscious learning The experience of an orgasm can act as a Pavlovian reward that influences our future behavior, according to a review article published in the journal Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology. The review examined the current research about brain changes during orgasm. It concluded that basic neural pathways involved in the experience of an orgasm could influence [...]
Preparing Yourself for Seasonal Depression The Holidays are looming and I have to be ready. For the majority of my life I have experienced seasonal depression, and November has traditionally been the beginning of a … ...
Being fit protects against health risks caused by stress at work It is a well-known fact that fitness and well-being go hand in hand. But being in good shape also protects against the health problems that arise when we feel particularly stressed at work. As reported by sports scientists from the University of Basel in Switzerland and colleagues from Sweden, it therefore pays to stay physically [...]
Schizophrenic stem cells do not differentiate properly into neurons Researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute have used human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) to identify a characteristic of abnormal brain development in schizophrenia. Published in Translational Psychiatry, the study shows how deletion of a specific gene known to be associated with schizophrenia leads to abnormal differentiation of neurons and an imbalance between the number [...]
Young adults’ problem drinking may have lasting health effects Young adults with symptoms of alcohol dependence may see health effects late in life–even decades after conquering their problem drinking, according to a study in the November 2016 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Researchers found that, of 664 U.S. male veterans, those who had symptoms of alcohol dependence for at [...]
Women have a remarkable variety of orgasmic experiences The nature of a woman’s orgasm has been a source of debate for over a century. Since the Victorian era, the pendulum has swung from the vagina to the clitoris, and to some extent back again. Today, the debate is stuck over whether an orgasm can be produced through vaginal stimulation alone, or if arousal [...]
Nearly every American will know a victim of gun violence, study finds Nearly all Americans are likely to know a victim of gun violence within their social networks during their lifetime, indicating that citizens are “closer to gun violence than they perceive,” according to a new study by researchers from the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine. In a study in the journal Preventive Medicine, [...]
Competence matters more than gender for women running for office The nomination of the first woman presidential candidate by a major party has shattered some gender barriers, while at the same time reinforced certain stereotypes and double standards that still exist for women. Tessa Ditonto, an assistant professor of political science at Iowa State University, studies how gender and political psychology influence voter behavior. Ditonto [...]
Exercise and healthy diets associated with better cognitive functioning Findings published this week in the Journal of Public Health reveal that both younger and older Canadian adults who engage in regular physical activity, consume more fruits and vegetables and are normal weight or overweight have overall better cognitive functioning. Regular engagement in physical activity and healthy eating has long been associated with a reduced [...]
Analysis of mind-wandering studies offers new perspective on mental disorders During downtime, some of us daydream while others might focus on a to-do list, or get stuck in a negative loop. Psychology has traditionally defined all these thought patterns as variations of “mind-wandering.” But a review of brain imaging studies led by researchers at UC Berkeley and the University of British Columbia offers a new [...]
5 Ways You're Doing Introversion Wrong If you think the introvert-proud movement is all about staying home, then you're not doing introversion any favors.
‘High Schizotype’ — It’s Not as Bad as It... Human beings have a strong need for order and a compulsion to categorize phenomena we encounter in the world. Binary thinking stems from an ancient tradition: success or failure, happy or sad, black or white, good or bad, introvert or extrovert. Yet, does anything ever … ...
Feelings Of Abandonment Versus An "I-Thou" Relationship Is this the most important discovery in psychology? In an “I-Thou” relationship, the vagus nerve slows the heart rate and calms, by activating the parasympathetic nervous system.
Vitamin D Deficiency in Bipolar Disorder Vitamin D is essential in maintaining good health. It promotes bone growth, helps prevent osteoporosis, promotes cell growth, helps fight inflammation and boost immune function. Unfortunately, about 1 billion people … ...