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Neuroimaging study finds intolerance of uncertainty is linked to an enlarged striatum in the brain People who struggle with the ambiguity of the future tend to have a larger striatum, according to new neuroimaging research published in the journal Emotion. The study found people who had difficulty tolerating an uncertain future had a greater volume of gray matter within the striatum, a brain structure that plays an important role in [...]
How psychological distress from being cheated on can harm your physical health Everyone knows that being cheated on is a painful experience. But psychologists are now honing in on the particular effects that infidelity can have on both mental and physical health. A new study, published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, has found that the attribution of blame — whether you blame yourself or your [...]
The Ethics of Armchair Diagnosis When you resort to name calling, you’ve lost the argument. When you resort to diagnosing, they’ve lost credibility. Is it any wonder why non-mental health professionals are diagnosing people out of anger?   Some people diagnose because of a disagreement. How many times have we … ...
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Do school dress codes end up body-shaming girls? Families are concerned that dress code enforcement tends to result in girls not feeling good about themselves.
How to Tap into Your Capabilities “You are capable of so much more than we usually dare to imagine.” – Sharon Salzberg How many times do you think about doing something and then immediately discard the idea because you think you’re not capable? It’s amazing how often people sell themselves short. … ...
Prenatal stress predisposes female mice to binge eating Stress changes our eating habits, but the mechanism may not be purely psychological, research in mice suggests. A study has found that stressed mouse mothers were more likely to give birth to pups that would go on to exhibit binge-eating-like behavior later in life. The pups from stressed mothers shared epigenetic tags on their DNA, but these markers only made a difference when the researchers put the young offspring into a stressful situation.
What Erroneous Beliefs Do You Hold About Resilience? We only learn about what makes people resilient and how to help people become more resilient with sufficient scientific theories and methodologies. Read this course correction.
Two Personal Qualities More Vital To Success Than IQ That Most People Don’t Know Here are two trainable personal qualities which predict success four times more than intelligence. • Try one of PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do (NEW) The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
How OCPDs Escape Responsibility People with Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) can seem to be overly responsible at first. But given time, their ability to escape responsibility becomes clear. After all, everyone has the same amount of time in a given day and while OCPDs seem to be more … ...
How Parents Turn Their Children Into Criminal Psychopaths The criminal psychopath is not just born: he is also made. • Try one of PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do (NEW) The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
How to Calm Our Anxious Selves When I was over at a friend’s house recently, I was fascinated watching their six month old kitten playing with a toy mouse. This kitten had never been outdoors, had never been taught to hunt, and had never been exposed to a mouse. Yet she … ...
Anger and Disgust at Moral Violations When people respond to immoral acts, they often respond with anger or disgust. Does that mean that these two emotions are really two sides of the same coin?
Brain opioids help us to relate to others New research reveals how the brain's opioids modulate responses towards other people's pain.
Does stress lead to lengthier periods of sick leave? The duration of a person’s unfitness for work is determined by more than his/her primary diagnosis. Patients often report psychological problems and a feeling of being burnt out. Researchers analyzed whether an association exists between such psychological symptoms and the length of sick leave, even if patients received their sick note because of purely physical symptoms, such as back pain.
Perpetual Adolescents A nation of adult-children cannot be a nation of self-governing people.
Screening Tests Don’t Diagnose People A recent article over at NPR’s health blog, Shots, cautions that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can’t be diagnosed with a simple screening test. Of course it can’t. The question I have to ask then is, who ever said any mental illness or mental health … ...
How circadian clocks communicate with each other Multiple biological clocks control the daily rhythms of physiology and behavior in animals and humans. Whether and how these clocks are connected with each other is still a largely open question. A new study now shows that a central clock governs the circadian rhythms in certain cases.
3 Rules for Podcastable Characters The success of the S-Town podcast provides an opportunity to ponder what makes some characters so compelling.
Best of Our Blogs: May 30, 2017 One of the most difficult things about illness, either physical or mental, is how much of an impact it can have on one’s life. On rough days, it’s easy to fantasize about life free without the burdens that come with it. How nice it would … ...