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Beyond Ending the Stigma: Radical Compassion for Suicide Prevention... When my dad ended his life, it felt like I arrived somewhere I had always been headed. I was 13 years old when I first saw the signs. I was 15 when he was hospitalized for his first attempt — his life thereafter owed to … ...
Creepy Clowns and the Science of Deindividuation Clowns are among the few people in society who are inherently in a state of deindividuation. This is largely why they are creepy.
The Psychology Behind the Creepy Crown Phenomenon Clowns are among the few people in society who are inherently in a state of deindividuation. This is largely what makes them so creepy.
Who Lies the Most? 2016’s Ig Nobel Prize in... One recipient built himself prosthetic goat limbs and spent several days grazing among a herd of goats. Another investigated the perceived personality traits of rocks. Surprising as it may be, I’m not listing Nobel Prize winners. Rather, these are recipients of the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize, an award for “achievements...
5 Ways to Teach a Child to be Mindful... Want to teach your child the art of mindfulness? Even one minute of mindfulness can create a shift during your day. It doesn’t take a particular posture or formal training … ...
TOP TEN WAYS TO RAISE A HAPPY CHILD: PART 2  TOP TEN WAYS TO RAISE A HAPPY CHILD: PART 2 What’s the secret to raising happy, independent, resilient kids? What do their parents do? Here’s the second blog in my … ...
How to Spot A Narcissist–Heed This Tip It’s very hard to leave a narcissist once you love them. I get that. So the point of this post is to set you free before that point. Have you … ...
Can We Profile the Serial Killer? A serial killer is stalking senior citizens at a Japanese hospital. What kind of person would do this?
Psychological First Aid for Mental Health: World Mental Health... When we think of first aid, we typically think of the kind of aid administered to someone when they’ve experienced a scrape or bruise, requiring use of a bandage or some other aid to help the wound begin to heal. But what do people think … ...
OCD Awareness Week   October 9-15, 2016 is OCD Awareness Week and this time in October always holds a special meaning for me. It was during this week in 2010 that I “officially” … ...
Slow Down to Spark Creativity When I was a kid, I remember the story of “The Tortoise and the Hare.” They’re having a race. The tortoise starts out really slow. The hare almost gets to to the finish line, but decides to sit next to a tree. The hare falls … ...
Mars-bound astronauts face chronic dementia risk from galactic cosmic ray exposure Will astronauts traveling to Mars remember much of it? That's the question concerning scientists probing a phenomenon called "space brain." Scientists have found that exposure to highly energetic charged particles -- much like those found in the galactic cosmic rays that will bombard astronauts during extended spaceflights -- causes significant long-term brain damage in test rodents, resulting in cognitive impairments and dementia.
Irving Gottesman, Brilliant Scholar, Showed Us the Dignity in... There was a time when schizophrenia was blamed on bad mothering (“schizophrenogenic mother”), when some believed that racial differences in I.Q. were entirely genetic, and when it was almost unheard … ...
Do students know what’s good for them? Of course they do, and of course they don’t. Putting a student at the centre of their own learning seems like fundamental pedagogy. The Constructivist approach to education emphasises the need for knowledge to reassembled in the mind of the learner, and the related impossibility of its direct transmission from the mind of the teacher. … Continue reading "Do students know what’s good for them?"
Study links poor understanding of the physical world to religious and paranormal beliefs Poor understanding of the physical world is related to religious and paranormal beliefs, according to a recent study published this June in Applied Cognitive Psychology. Many people like to believe in supernatural phenomena, for example, breaking a mirror brings you 7 years of bad luck. In the past, studies have shown that people see natural [...]
6 Signs You’re a Productivity Addict Google “productivity” and you’re served up almost 18 million search results. Dive in and you’ll find blogs, websites, apps, op-eds, subreddits, consulting firms, podcasts and scientific studies devoted to the art of efficiency. Our obsession in modern society with doing more is rivaled only by … ...
Fewer indications of ADHD in children whose mothers took vitamin D during pregnancy Children of mothers who took vitamin D during pregnancy with resultant high levels of the vitamin in the umbilical blood have fewer symptoms of ADHD at the age of 2½ years. These were the findings in a new study from the Odense Child Cohort just published in The Australia & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. [...]
What’s really going on in PTSD brains? Experts suggest new theory For decades, neuroscientists and physicians have tried to get to the bottom of the age-old mystery of post-traumatic stress disorder, to explain why only some people are vulnerable and why they experience so many symptoms and so much disability. All experts in the field now agree that PTSD indeed has its roots in very real, [...]
Children mean stress for moms, joy for dads A new study from a Cornell University sociologist shows that while parents enjoy the time they spend with their children, parenting carries more strain for mothers. That is likely, the researchers found, because moms spend more time with their kids while doing more onerous chores like basic childcare, cooking and cleaning, whereas dads spend more [...]
Gaining Happiness by Losing Yourself A novel scientific perspective on happiness and a potential to treat mental disorders.