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Holding the Mast in the Dark Night Sea Storm Linda: We can see intention as a light guiding our way through a dark passage. Or we can see intention as a machete blazing a trail through a thick jungle, … ...
Explaining Schizophrenia (Video) A short animated documentary explaining symptoms and types of schizophrenia....
5 Questions to Ask a Loved One At Risk It can be scary to ask a loved one if they are at risk of suicide. There is a stigma within society that insists asking someone about suicide attempts, thoughts or plans will perpetuate the act of suicide—but this is simply not true. In fact, asking someone if they are struggling, and giving them the […]
3 Reasons We Love Prince I have been in a bit of a purple funk since Thursday April 21st. The untimely passing of the  musical genius Prince has left me numb and deeply reflective. Why was … ...
The Daily Grind Rise and grind. 5:58 a.m. You jolt up; the blaring alarm clock interrupts the morning stillness. Rousing yourself from your morning stupor, the ritual begins: a glance outside, dry toast with jelly, and a quick part of your thinning hair. Lingering in front of the … ...
What Do We Know About Atheists? Even though atheists make up a small percentage of the population they are not aliens or people to be distrusted or disliked.
The search for the terrorist ‘type’ BBC World Service has an excellent radio documentary on the history and practice of terrorist profiling. Unlike many pieces on the psychology of terrorism, which tend to take a Hollywood view of the problem, it’s an insightful, critical and genuinely enlightening piece on the false promises and possibilities of applied psychology in the service of … Continue reading "The search for the terrorist ‘type’"
The Correlation Between ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder in... Picture this: I’ve gathered a room full of people who all have children with ADHD. I ask them, “Does anyone in here have a child with ADHD who is hypersensitive … ...
How Lack of Confidence Leads to Incompetence Life has been trying for me this past month. I lost a loved one, I had a falling out with a close friend, I started a new job and am … ...
Do bearded dragons dream? Reptiles share sleep patterns with mammals and birds Brain sleep appeared early in vertebrate evolution. Researchers describe the existence of REM and slow-wave sleep in the Australian dragon, with many common features with mammalian sleep: a phase characterized by low frequency/high amplitude average brain activity and rare and bursty neuronal firing (slow-wave sleep); another characterized by awake-like brain activity and rapid eye movements.
A Totally Innocent And Simple Way to Feel Happier Activity may raise feel-good neurotransmitters and boost mood. > Get motivated with PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
Women Cheated On By Partner ‘Win’ In The Long-Term, Research Finds It is better to be rid of a cheating partner in the long-run. > Get motivated with PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
Three Tips to Muscle Through Social Anxiety Something strange happens when I have to talk to a new person or someone I don’t feel comfortable with. My heart rate increases, my hands shake a little and I can feel a tightening in my chest. It happens to everyone to some extent when they … ...
8 Ways to Convince Yourself That You're Really an Exerciser The way you define your identity has a major impact on how you behave. Here’s how to make “exerciser” a core part of your identity, especially if you haven't been active for long.
How Being Bullied Affects You As An Adult Hey fellow nerds. I’ve been thinking lately about how autism has actually affected me over the past five years. I don’t want to use the label as a crutch. I’m … ...
From retina to cortex: An unexpected division of labor By using imaging technologies that allow visualization of the ON and OFF response regions of hundreds of individual cortical neurons, researchers have discovered that fine scale retinal spatial information is preserved by the OFF response regions of cortical neurons, while the ON response regions exhibit systematic spatial displacements that are necessary to build an orderly map of edge orientation.
The Blaming Approach to Personal Improvement Let me tell you about a client named Jack, who couldn’t see why he shouldn’t be “hard” on his wife and kids. It was for their own good. “I’m no harder … ...
Excessive empathy can impair understanding of others People who empathize easily with others do not necessarily understand them well. To the contrary: Excessive empathy can even impair understanding as a new study conducted by psychologists has established.
Modifying an obesity drug could reduce side effects like anxiety and depression A new version of an obesity drug that caused serious psychiatric side effects could help people lose pounds without experiencing the anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts previously associated with it. The research shows that the new version of the drug can still work without reaching the brain in rats, avoiding the side effects.
Gestational exposure to type of antidepressants associated with adolescent offspring depression The use of certain antidepressants during pregnancy can result in offspring depression by early adolescence. Using national register data from Finland, researchers found that children exposed to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during gestation had more chance of being diagnosed with depression after age 12, reaching a cumulative incidence of 8.2% by age 15. For children exposed to maternal psychiatric illness but no antidepressants, the incidence was 1.9%. Rates of anxiety, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnoses did not differ significantly between the two groups.