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The 5 Uncommon Strengths of the Emotionally Neglected With their heads held high but their spirits lower than should be, they walk among us. “I don’t need any help,” they say with a smile. But “what do you … ...
Polyphonic Polyamory The word polyphonic describes the blending of many voices or sounds.  The term polyamory is derived from the Greek word for ‘many’ and the Latin word for ‘love’. From a sociological perspective, it is also … ...
Self-Care Sunday: Disconnecting from Our Devices and Reconnecting to... We take our devices—namely our phones—everywhere with us: to dinner, to bed (so they’re the first and last things we see before slumber), even to the bathroom. But at least … ...
Is the World Headed for a Catastrophe? The Doomsday Clock says that the world is three minutes away from a global disaster. Should we pay attention to it? The Doomsday Clock is not a real clock. It … ...
The death of the soul has been greatly exaggerated I’ve got a piece in today’s Observer looking back on 20 years since novelist Tom Wolfe wrote a landmark article that threw open the doors on how the new science of cognitive neuroscience was challenging the notion of the self. Exactly 20 years ago, Tom Wolfe wrote one of the most influential articles in neuroscience. […]
Providing Hopefulness For Clients Frequently, I am asked the question, how do you listen to people’s problems all day long? Isn’t it depressing? As a psychotherapist, I listen to people’s most personal, distressing concerns. Often, they have not shared their concern with anyone else. When a new client enters … ...
How Do Mental Illness Diagnoses Really Compare to Medical... One of the common complaints I hear about mental illness diagnoses is that they are “unscientific,” based upon a bunch of subjective symptoms that are arbitrary. People who dismiss mental illness as not being “real” say it doesn’t have laboratory tests, biopsies or meaningful imaging … ...
The Decline of Courtship in the Modern Age To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way. — Plato Call me ‘old-fashioned,’ but the banality of dating habits I hear about from male and female psychotherapy clients in their 20’s and 30’s makes me recoil … ...
It Is Okay To Ask For Help If you have a mental illness, you are going to need help. Point. Blank. The first thing you have to do is be brave enough seek out professional help. Initial appointments … ...
9 Tips for Overcoming Chronic Lateness If you’re chronically tardy, how do you start showing up on time? Many people have the habit of constantly running late — and they drive themselves, and other people, crazy. Now, I have the opposite problem — I’m pathologically early, and often arrive places too … ...
Dipping Into Mindfulness Meditation Over the past couple of months, I’ve transitioned from working for a newspaper as a full-time reporter to working for myself as a freelance writer. This led to two immediate changes: … ...
Psychiatry Research Updates: Antidepressant Dosage and Self-Harm... SELF-HARM Does Dose Matter When it Comes to Antidepressants and Self-Harm? Concerns about the possible risk of suicide in young people taking antidepressants are often voiced by experts and parents. But how much of a role does dosage play in the risk of suicide and … ...
Can Women Get Addicted to Porn? Do Women Even Look at Porn? It’s no secret that the Internet is bursting at the seams with pornography, and lots of people are looking at it. For instance, research … ...
How Your Lie–Detector Chin Gives Away the Naked Truth We surmise what lies behind facial expressions, decipher body language, and interpret tone apart from literal words. We read between the lines and hear what isn't said.
You have a story to tell and it’s time... Everyone has a story. I have a story, you have a story, we all have something to offer this world through our experiences. The reason why, you ask, or may … ...
When do children learn to write? Earlier than you might think We typically think of writing as something that is out of reach for preschool children. After all, young children can’t write recognizable letters, and they can’t spell words. We have been studying young children’s knowledge about writing in our research. And we are finding that they know more about writing – even before they learn [...]
What Your Brain Does Automatically So Some Memories Are Recalled Preferentially And Without Effort We can only recall a very small proportion of the memories we make each day. ** PsyBlog’s New Motivation Ebook Out Now — Use Code “PSYBLOG” For 30% Off **
A psychologist analyzes Kanye West’s Twitter rants Ah, Yeezy. The proclaimed deity and perennial mogul Kanye West is once again receiving a surge of media attention for his social media output — to the point where no tweeter could be in the dark about the coinciding release of his new album and fashion line. Kanye’s latest tweet-based pontifications have ranged from the [...]
Psychology Around the Net: February 20, 2016 Good afternoon, Psych Central readers! First, I have to apologize for the late post. Generally, I try to publish these earlier in the day, but, alas. Technology is a wonderful thing, but unfortunately there are some blips along the way — and I’ve had a … ...
A Tip to Try for Anyone Who Struggles with Uncertainty Many us, whether we struggle with an anxiety disorder or not, view uncertainty as intimidating. After all, uncertainty is ambiguous. It means unpredictable situations, which we’re convinced have the potential for discomfort, undesirable outcomes, bad news, big mistakes. So we avoid uncertainty. We don’t take … ...