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Couples with similar levels of personal autonomy tend to have more sexual desire, study finds Are you a clingy lover or do you maintain your independence? New exploratory research has investigated how our sense of personal autonomy is related to sexual desire. The findings, published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, suggest that couples with a similar level of autonomy in their relationship tend to have a better [...]
Should we stop saying ‘commit’ suicide? There is a movement in mental health to avoid the phrase ‘commit suicide’. It is claimed that the word ‘commit’ refers to a crime and this increases the stigma for what’s often an act of desperation that deserves compassion, rather than condemnation. The Samaritans’ media guidelines discourage using the phrase, advising: “Avoid labelling a death … Continue reading "Should we stop saying ‘commit’ suicide?"
How to Recognize Your Innate Self-Worth You don’t feel very good about yourself. You search for a boost everywhere. In relationships. In the scale. In work you don’t even like. At the bottom of a shot glass. You feel the need to earn your self-worth, as though it were a bulletin … ...
When the Problem May Not Be the Problem When a family comes in for their initial session, one of the first questions a therapist asks is something like, “What brings you here today?” Someone in the family usually takes the lead and describes what he or she thinks is “the problem.” Others nod … ...
Beware: On a First Date, Red Flags Can Look Red Hot Beware dangerous liaisons. On a first date, exciting, assertive people perceived as desirable might be dangerous. Get to know prospective partners before getting involved.
Personality and Potential Nuclear Confrontation The possible catastrophe of nuclear war rests on the psychology of just two men
Psychology Around the Net: August 12, 2017 Happy Saturday, sweet readers! I have a busy, busy day today. First, I’m having a meeting with family members to make some important (but fun!) plans, and then after a couple of hours of downtime (I hope), I’ll be out celebrating one of my city’s … ...
Study finds 1 in 8 Americans struggles with alcohol abuse Women, African Americans and older people have seen some of the sharpest rises in abuse.
The Psychology of the New McCarthyism On the rising threat to science and basic human rights in America.
Study: More recreational screen-time linked to worse mental health in teens The increasing amount of ‘screen-time’ spent on mobiles, tablets and computers among young people is associated with poor self-image, according to a study recently published in Mental Health and Physical Activity. Mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are reported to affect one in five young people. Despite the prevalence of mental health problems [...]
Vast majority of high-functioning adults with autism are interested in romantic relationships The majority of high-functioning adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have had or are interested in romantic relationships, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. Adults with ASD without intellectual impairments often struggle to understand and take part in romantic relationships. This is because ASD individuals have difficulties interpreting body [...]
Money on the Mind Researchers are exploring the influence of historic income inequality on how we make choices and behave.
Personal Foul College football: bucolic settings, pulsating stadiums, swooning cheerleaders. And, yes, hyperventilating coaches. From an enraged Woody Hayes to a shrieking Jim Harbaugh, apoplectic coaches are more common than Natural Light on university campuses. And, at times, even more biting. As I Netflixed my way through … ...
The Truth About Narcissistic Personality Disorder Have you ever wondered, “Isn’t everybody a bit narcissistic?” Learn the difference between healthy self-esteem and Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Atari's New Centipede Comic Is More Brilliant and Heartfelt Than It Has Any Business Being Every so often, you come across a comic that throws you for the sort of loop that makes you pause a few pages in and think, “I wasn’t at all prepared for how damned good this is.” Atari and Dynamite’s new Centipede series, based on the classic 1980s video game, is definitely one of those comics....
Symmetrical and Complementary Relationships In the 1960s, a team of theorists and psychologists at the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Palo Alto, California started to study communication in families in a new way. This team recognized that self-reinforcing and self-correcting feedback loops occur in many fields, including neurology, evolutionary … ...
Making the Wait Worthwhile An hour wait for that trendy new cupcake? How long you wait may impact how much you buy.
Dealing with Distraction? “If you have a hundred thoughts, you will have a hundred helpers in your meditation.” — Mingyur Rinpoche Today is Monday (or any day) and you find that you are hit with seemingly endless distractions. No sooner do you start one task than you are … ...
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Supportive relationships linked to willingness to pursue opportunities Psychologists have discovered that people with supportive spouses were more likely to take on potentially rewarding challenges and that those who accepted the challenges experienced more personal growth, happiness, psychological well-being and better relationship functioning months later.