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How Facebook could be threatening your romantic relationship Deciding whether technology is “good” or “bad” can be like trying to decide the same thing about food. That is, it’s pretty obvious that it’s good in some ways and bad in others. But we need to be mindful of both as we tumble deeper into a digital age. Some argue that technology has an [...]
Youth with parents, household members in prison more likely to have first baby before marriage As incarceration rates have increased in the United States, so has the likelihood that children will endure the imprisonment of a parent — especially among the most disadvantaged populations. But how does the imprisonment of parents and other household members influence a child or adolescent’s future? A Princeton University study finds youth who are between [...]
Alcohol dependent individuals show greater risk of suicide in evening hours A new study found that there is a circadian pattern of peak and nadir in the incidence of suicides committed in alcohol dependent individuals. Subjects who consumed heavy amounts of alcohol had a peak incidence of suicide at 9PM, and a low around 5PM. In contrast, the peak incidence was around 12 PM for those [...]
How citizen journalism can lead to cyber bullying Citizen journalism is often seen as a more democratic form of journalism, where the public contributes to the reporting, analysis and dissemination of news. Sociologist and criminologist Agneta Mallén at Lund University in Sweden has studied the phenomenon and shown some of its downsides, including how it sometimes leads to outright cyber bullying. In recent [...]
Single? Childless? Unemployed? You Need To Read This This is a love letter for those who don’t fit in “the box.” You count. Even though partnering up is the “next stage” and it is a sign that you … ...
Researchers find possible missing link between sleep and improved memory A team of sleep researchers at the University of California, Riverside, led by psychology professor Sara C. Mednick, has found that the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for control of bodily functions not consciously directed (such as breathing, heartbeat, and digestive processes) plays a role in promoting memory consolidation – the process of converting [...]
Even when help is just a click away, stigma is still a roadblock Stigma is a major barrier preventing people with mental health issues from getting the help they need. Even in a private and anonymous setting online, someone with greater self-stigma is less likely to take that first step to get information about mental health concerns and counseling, according to a new Iowa State University study. Daniel [...]
Childhood abuse, parental death and divorce are linked to adult insomnia symptoms According to a new study, child adversities, which are known to play an important role in mental and physical health, are also associated with poor sleep. Child abuse, parental divorce and parental death, where shown to be associated with higher rates of adult insomnia. Mild insomnia was uniquely predicted by childhood abuse and divorce, and [...]
Consistent links between capacity to delay gratification and ADHD, obesity Two new studies led by researchers at McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton have found that individuals diagnosed with ADHD or obesity are more likely to choose smaller immediate rewards over larger future rewards. This reduced capacity to delay gratification in many individuals diagnosed with ADHD or obesity may lead to new approaches for [...]
Senior moments explained: Older adults have weaker brain clutter control A new study from the Georgia Institute of Technology finds that older people struggle to remember important details because their brains can’t resist the irrelevant “stuff” they soak up subconsciously. As a result, they tend to be less confident in their memories. Researchers looked at brain activity from EEG sensors and saw that older participants [...]
Partner as Healer Rescue marriage is the antidote to falling into the well of grief. Linda: Judith Wallerstein, author of The Good Marriage, taught me the phrase “rescue marriage.”  I immediately grasped that … ...
A Bipolar Man’s Answer to a “Bipolar Life” We’ve heard the old saying “Life has its ups and downs” and The Huffington Post thinks you should read something positive that will lift you back up. I agree. I hope … ...
Two Anxiety Disorders Tied to Bipolar Disorder More than 50% of bipolar disorder patients deal with additional psychological disorders. Eating disorders, substance abuse disorders and personality disorders are among the most common. Anxiety disorders top the list. … ...
Here’s an Easy Way to Find Men Who Won’t... My last cartoon was about an ice cream sundae. And the biggest secret of being thin. For any cartoon you enjoy, you’re invited to share the link anyplace except Pinterest … ...
Hushed Tones Speak Loudly When we communicate with other people we have the choice to speak, listen, respond, or be silent. We choose to talk in loud, moderate, or hushed tones. Depending on the content and context of our dialogues and how we feel about the person or subject, … ...
Research reveals pain, pleasure of sad music Sad music can provide enjoyment, comfort or pain to different people, according to new research looking at the effects of melancholy songs on the emotions.
Senior moments explained: Older adults have weaker clutter control Older people struggle to remember important details because their brains can't resist the irrelevant 'stuff' they soak up subconsciously. As a result, they tend to be less confident in their memories, say researchers.
Just Relax… “Can’t you just sit down for a minute and relax?” That is probably one of the questions that I am asked more than any other throughout my day.  I’ve been … ...
The Trump Mentality: A Modern-Day Conquistador? The apparent contradictions of Trump's expressed attitudes and behavior are actually consistent, when you realize they emanate from an overriding sense of unfettered personal power
The 5 Most Damaging Things You Can Do to... What’s the most damaging thing you can do to your relationship? Right away, most people would probably say infidelity. But cheating is far from the only way we feel betrayed. There are a lot of other behaviors that harm relationships. The scary thing? They’re much … ...