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Healing Compassion Fatigue with Nature Suspecting I was struggling with a touch of compassion fatigue, my husband recently convinced me to head up to northern Michigan for a few days to stay at our family’s … ...
Wild cat brains: An evolutionary curveball The brains of wild cats don’t necessarily respond to the same evolutionary pressures as those of their fellow mammals, humans and primates, indicates a surprising new study.
Fear of Missing Out, and Not Even Trying… Dear Folks, I’ve been off line a few days with a family emergency.  In that time I was interviewed for a radio show called “Emotions R Us” about how vulnerable normal … ...
Narcissism and Love For Pets: Is There A Connection? New research examines how narcissism and "dark personality traits" affect our attachments to pets and why some people are drawn to companion rats, snakes, and tarantulas.
How to stop binge eating: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy... Binge eating is a common complaint that so many of my clients experience. The degree to which this is an issue for people varies widely, but today I’d like to … ...
Today I Love Busy Weekends Today I love busy weekends in the rear view mirror. I love all the music I got to experience, open mic on Friday, Steve Poltz on Saturday, and both Lauren … ...
Job-hunting? This Halloween cartoon’s for you. My earlier cartoon this month was about Halloween, too, but that witch wore a bikini. And I talked about good and evil a lot. I did this cartoon for the … ...
The Culture of Childhood: We’ve Almost Destroyed It Here are the lessons that children learn best in interactions with other children, away from adults. If we want our children to become adults, we must preserve childhood culture.
On The Busy Side I’m a little late. I have a six thirty deadline and it’s six fifteen. I’m not going to make it. Part of the problem of writing a blog about ADHD … ...
5 Qualities to Look for in a Life Partner Romantic relationships are a challenge for everyone. No matter how great couples look on Facebook, no matter how many loving, hugging, kissing photos you see of your friends, no intimate relationship is trouble free. That’s because of two facts that are in complete conflict with … ...
America Has a Drug Problem: “Duh!”   The initial response is a classic Joey Tribbiani, “Duh!” William O’Brien, running for the House of Delegates in West Virginia’s District 28, believes “meaningful, well-paying jobs that restore self-worth, … ...
reinforcing your wiser self Nautilus has a piece by David Perezcassar on how technology takes advantage of our animal instinct for variable reward schedules (Unreliable rewards trap us into addictive cell phone use, but they can also get us out). It’s a great illustrated read about the scientific history of the ideas behind ‘persuasive technology’, and ends with a … Continue reading "reinforcing your wiser self"
In a Hospital, Friends Are Not People: Guest Post... Bella’s intro: For many years, I have been writing about the research on single people and their social ties. Contrary to the stereotype of single people as isolated and alone, … ...
Depersonalization as Philosophical Awareness. Depersonalization can appear as a "philosophical splinter in my head.”. Feeling unreal awakes philosophical awareness and pondering about world, self, consciousness and reality.
Top 7 Life Management Resources for Moms Sometimes, we, as moms, get stressed by the clutter in our homes or maybe by the feeling of chaos in our schedules or possibly by the never-ending chores. This blog … ...
What Would You Do? I’m not an avid television viewer these days, after decades of binge watching various series. On the occasion that I do tune in, one of the shows that taps on … ...
Single session of autogenic training increases sexual arousal in women A relaxation technique known as autogenic training may help increase women’s sexual response by affecting their heart-rate variability, according to research published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. The study of 33 female undergraduate students found listening to a 14-minute autogenic training recording led to significant increases in both physiological and subjective measures [...]
5 More Things A Narcissist Will Never Tell You I’ll do what it takes to work outside the system. Just don’t be mad when I make money you can’t tax. I eat Special K for breakfast with blueberries every … ...
Autism spectrum disorder linked to mutations in some mitochondrial DNA Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have greater numbers of harmful mutations in their mitochondrial DNA than family members, report Zhenglong Gu of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and colleagues, in a study published October 28th, 2016 in PLOS Genetics. Increasingly, studies [1,2] point to malfunctions in mitochondria – the powerhouses of the [...]
Women tend to be warmer and friendlier than men on Facebook, study finds Research conducted by a team of psychologists and computer scientists has found that women tend to be warmer and friendlier than men on Facebook. The study, published in the open-access journal PLOS One, analyzed the language of more than 68,000 Facebook users. Women were more likely to make references to social relationships and emotions, while men were [...]