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A Loved One Dies: Here We Go….   #1: Denial and Isolation So I have started the denial and isolation phase, and guess what, it’s true! And I love it. I don’t have to feel anything. Shock … ...
What Do Your Secret Playlists Reveal About You? Do your secret playlists bring you the pleasure of private enjoyment or hide aspects of yourself you'd rather not share?
Golden Child: It’s Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be If you were not the Golden Child in your narcissistic family, consider yourself lucky. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be. I can hear Scapegoats worldwide mumbling under their … ...
The Burn-Out Point In my ten years of living with schizophrenia I’ve become acutely aware of a phenomenon I’ll call the burn-out point. It usually happens when things get to be too much … ...
How sexting is creating a safe space for curious millennials Millennials have become cyborgs. They exist far beyond biology and through a variety of technological devices which don’t function as external entities but as a platform and backdrop to their daily lives. They were born between 1980 and 2000, and are regarded by researchers as an open-minded, responsive and liberal generation who believe that “useful [...]
How To Make Your Brain 10 Years Younger People showed improved memory and the ability to perform tasks more quickly. ** PsyBlog's new ebook is out now: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
Practicing meditation reduces mind wandering while reading New psychology research suggests that meditation training can improve a person’s ability to detect errors while reading by preventing the reader from becoming distracted by off-topic thoughts. Meditation techniques developed within the tradition of Buddhism require practitioners to focus their attention solely on a particular object of thought or a particular sensation. The meditator, for instance, can [...]
Study finds brain’s response to social exclusion is different in young marijuana users A study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers finds that the brains of young adult marijuana users react differently to social exclusion than do those of non-users. In a report published in the March issue of Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, the team reports that activation of the insula, a region of the brain [...]
A Really Strange Way To Make People Feel More Empathy Make others empathise more with this really strange method. ** PsyBlog's new ebook is out now: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
How to Help Someone with Anxiety As human beings, it’s in our nature to care for those we love. If something’s wrong, we want to find ways to wave a magic wand and make things better. One of my best friends suffered with anxiety for years. When he first confided in … ...
An Exercise for Building Value-Based Days How often do you say, “Where did the time go?” or a similar version, lamenting that there isn’t enough time for everything you want and need to do. Part of the … ...
Anxiety and Depression Are Symptoms, Not Diseases It is crucial to first and foremost see anxiety and depression as symptoms of unmet needs for relational value, rather than diseases of the brain.
What Is A Mood Disorder? Introduction So far in this blog, I have discussed characteristics of Major Depressive Disorder and Persistent Depressive Disorder. You may be wondering what type of disorders are Major Depressive Disorder … ...
Today I Love The Promise Of A Warmer Day Today I love the promise of a warm day. I love that all the trees are still wearing diamonds of ice in their branches. I love that soon they’ll be … ...
The Science Doesn’t Lie: 10 Surprising Facts About Deception... I’ve been following the US presidential primary elections pretty closely lately, and I woke up this morning thinking I should research an article about lying and deception for AllPsych. Funny how that happened. Politicians aren’t the only people who lie, of course – they’re just the ones who’re best at...
It’s Time to Rethink the Type A Personality It’s the personality type we love to hate. However, the Type A personality may not be as lethal as you’ve been led to believe.
Professional Development When in Private Practice One of the most serious downsides of private practice is the lack of spontaneous intellectual exchanges with colleagues and the loss of agency-sponsored in-service training and support. When we work as solo practitioners, there are no colleagues in a break room with whom to debate … ...
Psychology Around the Net: March 26, 2016 Listen to that…do you hear that, sweet readers? That’s the sound of absolute silence. Well, at least, it is for me. The roofers are gone, our living room is safe again, and let’s just say this week has presented far less work frustration over it, … ...
Mental Health: Knowing When To Get Help Some people can get so depressed or problematic that they even reach a point where they question their own sanity. Many people actually wonder if they have really “gone over … ...
You Are Not Less Than When I first got sick, like, really sick, I lost a lot of confidence in myself, in what I could do. I felt like bipolar disorder had stamped me “REJECT.” … ...