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5 Ways to Alleviate Anxiety When you’re anxious, all you can see is your anxiety. It feels urgent, serious and overwhelming. You wonder if you’ll always feel this way. You wonder, Why me? Why now? Why won’t it stop? You feel frustrated and hopeless—like there’s nothing you can do. Thankfully, … ...
Can Humor Hurt? Humor is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. Most people are able to experience humor – be amused, smile or laugh at something funny and they are therefore considered to have a sense of humor. People who do not … ...
Do You Need an “Interesting” Man? Many marriage minded women complain that men they meet aren’t “interesting.” Such comments jolt me. Interesting can be fine, but not if you expect all stimulation to come from outside yourself. Women who are already enjoying life, rather than waiting around for someone to light … ...
Some Thoughts on My Daughter’s High School Graduation: Go... Last week, my daughter graduated from high school. It was a bittersweet afternoon. Happy, because it’s satisfying to think of the work that she’s done, sweet because it’s great to see the friends she’s made, and exciting to see her move forward. (Like that old … ...
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Technique: The Observing Self... Do you ever focus on looking AT your thoughts rather than FROM your thoughts? If so, you are practicing one of the cornerstones of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy developed by Dr. Stephen Hayes. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, known as ACT, combines CBT principles with mindfulness techniques. … ...
Developing Interdependence in Children If you’ve noticed parenting as well as teaching techniques over the years, you’ve probably noticed that there are many different styles of parenting and consequently many different outcomes of child behavior that is shaped by these styles. Children are born with a certain amount of … ...
Brain Activity Boosted By These Childhood Activities Greater brain activity seen in the prefrontal cortex, an area vital for the brain's higher functions. • 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
“I’m Just a Mom” “I’m just a mom,” the young woman replied, with bowed head and downcast eyes. This troubling response arose during a discussion among a group of women about managing their hectic schedules between career and child care. When asked a common question like, ‘What do you … ...
The Art of Persuasion “You can’t think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don’t get why you aren’t.” Michelle Carter, found guilty of manslaughter, encouraged her boyfriend over text messages to commit suicide.   She texted him dozens … ...
The Best of Fathers Dysfunctional fathers are constantly in the news: those who abuse, abandon, neglect, or even kill their children. While it is a sensational headline, too much makes it look like all dads are bad. Unfortunately, not much attention is paid to excellent fathers. They rarely receive … ...
How Accurate Are You at Judging Personality? Do you consider yourself a good judge of personality? New research provides clues on how to improve this important asset.
When Spirituality and Sexuality Clash Are sexuality and spirituality naturally antagonistic? Recent research suggests that sexual thoughts can weaken spiritual motivations. Can the two be reconciled?
Psychology Around the Net: June 17, 2017 Happy Saturday, sweet readers! My intention for this week’s Psychology Around the Net wasn’t to get straight to the point; rather, I had a story I wanted to share. However, given the topic of several of this week’s stories (you’ll see), I’ve decided to keep … ...
Coping With Not Knowing What Happened to a Missing Loved One We have become used to images of missing people collecting on street corners as signifying the hope of those searching for any news.
For some, the best therapy can be stroking a velvety nose Veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress find that a horse can relate.
Maine Voices: Dog Breeder, Therapist and Liam Created a... Liam has changed my life, and now my relationships are stronger and healthier than ever before. SEBAGO — In my mid-20s, I was terrified to reintegrate myself into society after losing my job and ending up on disability. Even though I was taking my medication … ...
How To Hit The Reset Button In Your Brain Simple procedure enhances flexible thinking and shakes off old ideas. • 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
Investigating emotional spillover in the brain When we let emotions from one event carry on to the next, such spillover can color our impressions and behavior in new situations - sometimes for the worse. Researchers are discovering what happens in the brain when such emotional spillover occurs.
Lack of 'editing' in brain molecules potential driver of cancer A “significant” lack of ‘editing’ has been observed in microRNAs in brain tissue of brain cancer patients, report investigators.
How Do You Know if You Are Depressed or Just Sad? Contrary to what some people may believe, depression and sadness are not the same thing. Sadness can come and go and affects your mood, while depression is a lingering cloud that affects your overall ability to function. Sometimes it can be tricky to distinguish between … ...