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Is Your Diagnosis a Deal-breaker? How to Survive an... Adopting our son, Tommy, from Guatemala in 2005 was one of the most difficult, time-consuming, detail-oriented things I’ve ever done. The powers-that-be purposely make adoption hard for couples so that people won’t abuse the system and/or the children in the system. Adoption is a multi-part … ...
How kappa opioid receptors drive anxiety A cellular mechanism has been discovered by which kappa opioid receptors (KORs) drive anxiety. These proteins inhibit the release of the neurotransmitter glutamate in a part of the brain that regulates emotion. KORs are targets for the treatment of addiction and anxiety disorders.
A new glimpse into working memory: Bursts of neural activity found as brain holds information in mind When you hold in mind a sentence you have just read or a phone number you're about to dial, you're engaging a critical brain system known as working memory.
Stop the Glorification of Busy and Give Yourself Permission... It’s as if someone from the outside has decided to play a cruel joke on a large segment of humanity. From the outside looking in they’re saying, “Let’s turn up … ...
Incorporating Spiritual Practices into Psychotherapy Sessions... Modern psychology has prioritized the use of scientific, empirically-based treatment protocols for healing and for good reason. But there is an increasing body of evidence that supports drawing upon clients’ spiritual and religious resources to complement evidence-based approaches. In fact, science itself says that spirituality … ...
The Selfless Gene People who think that Dawkins’ “selfish gene” phrase implies that all human behavior evolved to be selfish have it completely wrong. Here’s the deal.
Self-criticism can be psychologically devastating Constructive self-critiquing is very useful, but harsher self-criticism can be damaging.
The Autism of Rodin’s Thinker Autistic deficits in quick, intuitive social responses are balanced by strengths in more deliberative, objective, and unbiased reasoning, just as the diametric model implies.
How To Fix All Your Relationships Is it possible that there is one solution that will address all your relationship issues? We believe there is. It is a simple idea that was created by the father … ...
This Graceful Posture Boosts Self-Esteem, Improves Mood, Reduces Self-Consciousness… ** PsyBlog's new ebook is out now: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" ** ...causes people to speak faster and improves their memory.
Are Dogs Purchased From Pet Stores More Aggressive? Puppies bought from pet shops are more likely to develop owner directed aggression than those that come from breeders.
Walking, Gardening, Dancing And 12 Other Activities That Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk By 50% ** PsyBlog's new ebook is out now: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" ** Those with the highest levels of calories burned saw a 50% reduction in their risk of Alzheimer's.
What Self-Care Is (And What It Isn’t) There are many misconceptions about self-care. For instance, many of us assume that self-care means engaging in activities that are “good for us” (which we may or may not even enjoy). We assume self-care is going to the gym or lifting weights or running outside. … ...
How The Sounds You Make While Eating Could Help You Lose Weight ** PsyBlog's new ebook is out now: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" ** The "Crunch Effect" can help you eat less.
10 Things I learned After A Year of Living...   I posted this essay on my Facebook page on March 15th, 2015.   The post that I linked to is how my in-laws and friends found out that I … ...
Self-Limiting Beliefs Limit Happiness One of my mentors, Dr. Jeanne Achterberg once said: “No thought, no emotion, is without biochemical, electrochemical activity; and the activity leaves no cell untouched.” There is an ancient expression … ...
Are Music Lessons Really Beneficial? Wondering if there are any benefits to putting your child in music lessons? Researchers say hell yes!
Brain may show signs of aging earlier than old age The brain shows signs of aging earlier than old age, a new study shows. The study found that the microglia cells—the immune cells of the brain—in middle-aged mice already showed altered activity seen in microglia from older mice.
Rethinking Test Anxiety: From Anxious to Excited Take this quick test: You’re about to give the biggest speech of your life. One-thousand pairs of eyes are glaring at you—you’re nervous. In fact, your heart is racing, your palms … ...
Future brain therapies for Parkinson's possible with stem cell bioengineering innovation Scientists have created a new technology that could someday help treat Parkinson's disease and other devastating brain-related conditions that affect millions of people. The technology -- a major innovation -- involves converting adult tissue-derived stem cells into human neurons on 3-D 'scaffolds,' or tiny islands of fibers.