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How to Think Like a Narcissist Why would anyone want to intentionally think like a narcissist? The way a narcissist thinks is so foreign that in order predict their next move, a person needs to think like them. This is useful in divorce and civil litigation, contract negotiation, parenting and spousal … ...
Epiphanies, Revelations and Transformations Sometimes sane people give up their usual ways of life and adopt new beliefs and behaviors, leaving their families, friends and pursuits behind, inflicting pain and bafflement.
Eye-tracking study finds heavy cannabis user avoid anxiety-provoking stimuli People who use marijuana heavily have reactions to anxiety-inducing stimuli that resemble those of people diagnosed with anxiety disorders, according to a study to be published in the journal Addictive Behaviors Reports. Psychological tests of people’s reactions to threatening and non-threatening pictures have shown that people with anxiety disorders exhibit a pattern of eye movements [...]
Risk of schizophrenia and other psychoses three times higher in refugees A study of 1.3 million people in Sweden found that the risk of being diagnosed with schizophrenia or other psychoses was three times higher in refugees than in the Swedish-born population. The research team, from the Karolinska Institutet and UCL, found that more than one in a thousand refugees were diagnosed with schizophrenia or other [...]
Mindfulness meditation provides opioid-free pain relief, study finds Everyone knows that stubbing your toe hurts. What makes it stop hurting is the body’s main pain-blocking process – the natural production of opioids. Cognitive-based approaches found to reduce pain, such as hypnosis, acupuncture, distraction and even the placebo response, have been shown to work through this system. But does meditation also use opioids to [...]
Mothers with postnatal depression reluctant to have more than two children Mothers who have postnatal depression are unlikely to have more than two children according to research carried out by evolutionary anthropologists the University of Kent and published by Evolution, Medicine and Public Health. Until now very little has been known about how women’s future fertility is impacted by the experience of postnatal depression. A research [...]
Research on problem solving finds conservatives and liberals do think differently Big differences in the ways conservatives and liberals think about solving the nation’s most pressing problems couldn’t be more apparent during this presidential election cycle. But political ideas aside, people who hold conservative versus liberal perspectives appear to differ in everyday thinking processes and problem solving, according to research from Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation [...]
The sounds of eating may reduce how much you eat New doctor’s orders: No earbuds, no music, and no watching TV while eating. Researchers at Brigham Young University and Colorado State University have found that the noise your food makes while you’re eating can have a significant effect on how much food you eat. The “Crunch Effect,” as they call it, suggests you’re likely to [...]
Researchers find higher risk of mild cognitive impairment after traumatic brain injury Traumatic brain injury appears to be related to both increased risk and earlier onset of mild cognitive impairment, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers report. Researchers discovered those who had experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) with loss of consciousness for more than five minutes were at greater risk of being diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, [...]
Epigenetics: Can stress really change your genes? The Dutch famine of 1944 was a terrible time for many in the Netherlands – with around 4.5m people affected and reliant on soup kitchens after food supplies were stopped from getting into the area by German blockades. As many as 22,000 people were thought to have died, and those who survived would find it [...]
Employee recognition programs can reduce firm-level productivity More than 80 percent of companies use award programs like “Employee of the Month” and “Top Sales Club” to motivate employees and increase performance. While the conventional wisdom is that such awards are cheap and can provide a subtle way to motivate employees, these programs might be reducing firms’ overall productivity, according to a new [...]
Rare single gene mutation increases risk of schizophrenia 35-fold, new study suggests Genetic factors play a major role in schizophrenia but scientists are only now beginning to identify the specific genes involved. A new study published in Nature Neuroscience shows that rare mutations in the SETD1A gene dramatically increase the risk of developing schizophrenia. This implicates a specific biological pathway in schizophrenia, which may also be of [...]
What makes us conscious? Do you think that the machine you are reading this story on, right now, has a feeling of “what it is like” to be in its state? What about a pet dog? Does it have a sense of what it’s like to be in its state? It may pine for attention, and appear to have [...]
Allow Good Things To Happen I had a friend look at me the other day and say, “I don’t get excited about good things in my life.”  I looked at her rather incredulously, “Why in … ...
Just made a bad decision? Perhaps anxiety is to blame Scientists have discovered a mechanism for how anxiety may disrupt decision making. They report that anxiety disengages a region of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, which is critical for flexible decision making.
Raising a Child with Anxiety: One Parent’s Story My kid wasn’t only having tantrums, he was also having panic attacks. Imagine your child had the inability to focus and sit still with ADHD, the resistance to instruction and discipline of Oppositional Defiant Disorder, the need for routine and order and ritual of Obsessive … ...
The Real Problem with Feelings and a 4-Step Process... All else being equal, feelings are not a problem. Positive or negative, they come, they go. Feelings are meant to flow. The real problem with feelings is identifying with them. … ...
Winning by Losing “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win,” said Mahatma Gandhi many years ago before he became one of the wisest leaders … ...
#190: Girls and Women and Sexuality-Part One JD Lasica via Compfight Last week I proposed the idea that sexual roles tend to break out along gender lines. That is, men typically exploit women sexually and women can … ...
5 Tips for Communicating with a Difficult Ex-Spouse Sometimes when life hands you a divorce, you end up with a difficult ex. One person’s description of difficult can vary from another’s, but it typically will include situations such as … ...