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Can positive memories help treat mental health problems? A study highlighting the effectiveness of using positive memories and images to help generate positive emotions has been published by researchers. The work suggests that savouring positive memories can generate positive emotions. Increasing positive emotion can have a range of benefits including reducing attention to and experiences of threat.
Rumination: A Problem in Anxiety and Depression Rumination is one of the similarities between anxiety and depression. Ruminating is simply repetitively going over a thought or a problem without completion.
Today I Love The Lace Covered Lawn Today I love the lace covered lawn. I love that it didn’t melt before I could get a photo of it, or at least a photo of the neighbours lawn … ...
It Happens in Canada, Too: 6 Reasons Why Married... Bella’s intro: For a long time, I’ve been writing about the ways in which single people are unfairly disadvantaged, financially and in other ways. “Singlism” is what I call the … ...
Facing PostPartum Depression: The Honesty, Courage and Support it... Nobody would believe what an effort it is to do what little I am able” – Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the Yellow Wallpaper, 1892 It is wonderful to see the birth of a child greeted with warm enthusiasm and support. We celebrate the joy of a … ...
Addicted to Distraction Is there something you really need to do, yet somehow you just can’t seem to get to it? You tell yourself you’re going to do it, but then something else always gets in the way. If so, it’s likely that you are addicted to distraction. … ...
When Your Doctor Doesn’t Understand ADHD Here in the ADHD blogosphere, we talk a lot about ways ADHD awareness can be improved in the general population and common misconceptions people have about ADHD. It’s great that … ...
How ADHD Stole My Day I had a day today. Yes, I have a day every day, but you have to put the right emphasis on the words. Maybe if I embellish it a little, … ...
5 Facts About Optimism Honestly, I tend to tune out when people talk about the power of positive thinking. The idea that being optimistic can solve all your problems never really rang true to me. Surely it should go in the other direction, that you become more optimistic by solving your problems, no? Still,...
APA Expresses Opposition To State Bills Targeting LGBT Citizens Association calls for passage of federal Equality Act
Understanding Trauma and the Cycle of Abuse Have you ever heard of the Cycle of Abuse? What about Traumatic Bonding? If not, this article is for you. One of the things I find myself doing in my … ...
Psychologists study intense awe astronauts feel viewing Earth from space Picture Earth at the center of a frame. The planet looks unassuming, a fleck, its blue-and-white marbling stark against a black interstellar backdrop. Yet the image likely evokes some reaction. Now imagine seeing this view from space. Astronauts who experience Earth from orbit often report feelings of awe and wonder, of being transformed by what [...]
Why do we think we see so much when the scientific evidence suggests we see so little? Glance out the window and then close your eyes. What did you see? Maybe you noticed it’s raining and there was a man carrying an umbrella. What color was it? What shape was its handle? Did you catch those details? Probably not. Some neuroscientists would say that, even though you perceived very few specifics from [...]
Loneliness and isolation linked to heightened risk of heart disease/stroke Loneliness and social isolation are linked to around a 30 per cent increased risk of having a stroke or developing coronary artery disease–the two leading causes of illness and death in high income countries–finds an analysis of the available evidence, published online in the journal Heart. The size of the effect is comparable to that [...]
Researchers pinpoint part of the brain that recognizes facial expressions Researchers at The Ohio State University have pinpointed the area of the brain responsible for recognizing human facial expressions. It’s on the right side of the brain behind the ear, in a region called the posterior superior temporal sulcus (pSTS). In a paper published today in the Journal of Neuroscience, the researchers report that they [...]
Scientists ID genes connected to wellbeing, depression and neuroticism An international group of more than 190 scientists who analyzed the genomes of 298,420 individuals have found genetic variants that may influence our sense of wellbeing, depression and neuroticism. The study, to be published April 18 by the journal Nature Genetics, is one of the largest genomic studies to date on behavioral genetics. “We have [...]
Study identifies specific work factors that predict sleep problems A new study found that specific psychological and social work factors were associated with sleep problems both concurrently and two years after exposure, indicating prolonged consequences. Results show that quantitative job demands, decision control, role conflict and support from a superior in the workplace were the most consistent predictors of troubled sleep, which was characterized [...]
Disclaimers don’t reduce the negative effects of media exposure on body image Extensive exposure to slender and attractive models who have been digitally altered to appear flawless has negative effects on how many women feel about their bodies.  Researchers at Chapman University tested if adding disclaimers or “subvertisements” to these images counteracts the negative effects of this media.  Subvertisements are changes that body image activists make to [...]
Flexible hours controlled by management cause stress and damage lives of low-paid workers A researcher who embedded himself in several London branches of one of the UK’s largest supermarkets found that management used a combination of ‘flexed-time’ contracts and overtime to control worker shifts to meet times of anticipated demand, while ensuring costs are kept to a minimum. Workers at the supermarket chain were frequently expected to extend [...]
‘Good cop’ parent not enough to buffer some harmful effects of ‘bad cop’ parent New research shows harsh parenting may increase a child’s risk for poor physical health and obesity as they get older. And attempts by one parent to counterbalance the harsh behavior are not always effective in lessening that risk. Thomas Schofield, lead author and an assistant professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State [...]