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Magical Thinking: The Illusion of Control? Magical thinking is defined as being “characterized by the belief that thinking or wishing something can cause it to occur.” Having worked in psychiatric facilities and counseling centers for the past three decades, this is a term that may be part of a diagnosis meant … ...
Playful Ways to Connect with Your Loved Ones How often do we do something playful or silly with our loved ones? How often do we simply sit down to dream, scheme and laugh? Maybe we do this sometimes. Maybe … ...
War Games “Strange game. The only winning move is not to play.” This line from the classic 1983 film War Games starring Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, Dabney Coleman and John Wood, speaks … ...
Brain Stimulation Could Be a Viable Treatment for Anorexia... Anorexia nervosa affects millions of people throughout the world. It has a high mortality rate and the therapies that are currently available are highly ineffective. Yet only 10–30% of adults with anorexia recover with psychotherapy, and pharmacological treatments have a low efficacy. The need for … ...
The World at 7:00 Psychologists know how to describe individuals, but can they describe situations? Volunteers in 20 nations used a new tool to describe what they did last night at 7:00.
Reading Into It: The Self-Diagnosis Boom Chances are the last time you looked up a health issue it was on the internet and not in a book. Maybe that’s how you found this very blog. Books are more … ...
Why is Academia So Negative? Is academia wearing you out? Did it start out being fun but now is just sheer tedium?
5 Ways Stress Knocks Your Love Life Way Off Track Your libido, appearance and more take a hit when you’re feeling too overwhelmed. If being stressed out of your mind didn’t feel bad enough, there’s a study that will make you want to chill the eff out even more. Researchers discovered that men find stressed … ...
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Taking photos can make a good experience better According to the results of a five-year study, taking photos can actually enhance the enhance the enjoyment of positive experiences.
Try These Two Mental Techniques To Feel Less Time Pressure Both techniques can reduce that anxious, rushed feeling on a daily basis, research finds. > Use code "10OFF" for 10% off PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
Are religious people honest about their Internet pornography viewing habits? Religious people tend to view pornography more often than they let on—and resist data that tells them so, according to a 2016 study. The study, published in Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention, aimed to answer a few questions regarding religiousness, online pornography use, and perceptions of the self and others [...]
Happier people show greater brain connectivity when processing negative information about themselves Happier people show greater brain connectivity when processing negative information about themselves, according to a recent study published this February in PLOS ONE. The study points to an active process in the brain, involving the dorsal medial prefrontal cortex, which is related to effectively regulating negative emotional information. Life satisfaction, often used as a measure [...]
Please Don’t Punish Yourself You ate a bowl of ice cream. The full fat kind. Maybe, you even ate two bowls. Please don’t punish yourself with cruel words. You are disgusting. You have no … ...
Captive Whales Deeply Suffer Psychologically, Experts Agree Experts across the board, including leaders in animal welfare science, agree that captive cetaceans are psychologically ill and cannot adequately be kept in tiny water cages.
An Easy Way to Guarantee Your Marriage Before tying the knot — or after if you’re already married — why not try out what could be the best way to keep your relationship on track as you journey through life together? Regardless of life’s ups and downs, the two of you can … ...
Why and How You Can Say No Why is it So Hard to Say No? All the people of the world can be divided into two groups: those who can say “no” easily, and those who cannot. … ...
Today I Love The Bounty Of Summer Today I love the bounty of summer. I love the amazing things that grow so well and so plentifully that there is hardly enough appetite available to consume them all. … ...
Timing is Everything When it comes to giving advice to a loved one who has messed up, striking while the iron is hot is likely to get you scalded. Yes, you may be dying to tell him what he did wrong, what he should have done, what he … ...
Simple Ways to Control Worry In my last column I talked about three different broad categories of worry: social, obsessive and general.  In this column I focus on different techniques your clients can use to overcome their worry.  The following tips are straightforward and simple and can be easily taught … ...