|Psychology study explains when and why bystanders intervene in cyberbullying
||People on social media are often unsupportive of cyberbullying victims who have shared highly personal feelings, UCLA psychologists report. Compared to face-to-face situations, bystanders are even less likely to intervene with online bullying. The researchers wanted to learn why bystanders are infrequently supportive of when bullying occurs online. In a new study, the researchers created [...]
|Autism-linked protein lays groundwork for healthy brain
||A gene linked to mental disorders helps lays the foundation for a crucial brain structure during prenatal development, according to Salk Institute research published January 14, 2016 in Cell Reports. The findings reveal new mechanistic insights into the gene, known as MDGA1, which may bring a better understanding of neurodevelopmental disorders in people, says Carlos [...]
|20 Things We Don’t Need
||1. We don’t need to join another weight-loss program. 2. We don’t need to buy a new diet book. 3. We don’t need to take a diet pill. (Diet pills … ...
|How I Find Contentment
||I’ve talked before about how, instead of trying to seek happiness we should aim for the more manageable goal of contentment. I think this is something we would all do … ...
|How to be Productive without Losing Your Sanity or...
||In our quest to get things done, we might be missing something, or rather someone, very important: ourselves. That is, in trying to get everything checked off our to-do lists, we might neglect our needs. We might sacrifice sleep. We might work overtime without much, … ...
|Mental Illness Equals Creativity? Not So Fast.
||One of the issues/topics I have frequently written against is the romanticizing of mental illness. One of the ways of romanticizing mental illness is to believe that people who are … ...
|The 5 Most Dangerous Myths About Narcissism (Part 1)
||You may think you know all there is to know about narcissism. But you’d be surprised by how many of your most cherished ideas turn out to be just plain wrong.
|How The Brain Can Play Out Memories And Future Events In Fast Forward
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|Today I Love Windfalls
||Today I love windfalls, those small pieces of luck that occur in a life that you often have to work to find and often have to really look hard at … ...
|In a Relationship with an Introvert? Here’s Some Good News
||If you’re in a relationship with an introvert, you may wonder whether your relationship will suffer from your partner’s preferences for quiet contemplation. Here’s the good news
|Deconstructing Red Bull
||Americans guzzled a mind-blowing 3.5 billion energy drinks in 2013, with sales totaling $8.7 billion (Miller A, Dairy Foods 2014;115(3):22). Red Bull, the brand that basically created the industry, commands a 39% market share, trailed closely by Monster. The market is now so large that … ...
|Psychology Around the Net: January 16, 2016
||Hey, Psych Central readers! So, a lot of stuff happened this week. Some of it, pretty exciting (we finally got a few Powerball winners!); some of it, downright heart-wrenching (rest in peace, Alan Rickman and David Bowie). For our purposes (which I have to admit, … ...
|Mind Games People Play
||At one point in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the author has Hamlet say to Guildenstern, “Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me! You would play upon me, … ...
|The Transgender Journey: Challenging, Crucial and Complicated...
||The coming out of Caityn Jenner, a Woman of the Year 2015, brought recognition of transgender people into the public eye. With media reminders of the transitions of Christine Jorgenson, … ...
|How to Make the Spirituality of Anger Work for You
||Anger is not the most comfortable emotion to feel. It also may be the most abhorred emotional state in spiritual contexts. We often get the message that anger is what our practices should be able to get rid of, that we should be able to … ...
|5 Quotes to Help Inspire Your Mental Toughness
|| Having one of those days? Feel like everything that could go wrong just did? Wonder if there is something out there conspiring against you? Or maybe you’ve been feeling … ...
|Spike activity 15-01-2016
||Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The New York Times has a brilliant piece on the non-scandal around sociologist Alice Goffman that’s also a reflection on sociology itself. There’s a fascinating piece on ‘super forecasters‘ – people who seem to have an exceptional ability to judge the outcome of future […]
|Eco-Spirituality and Nature Informed Therapies: Part Two...
||Research indicates that encounters with nature bring a sense of balance and relief from everyday stressors and also rekindle a sense of belonging to the natural world (Chalquist, 2014, p. 71). In addition to promoting physical health, active participation in the natural world appears to … ...
|Why Write A Book And How To Do It
||“Books can make us think and take us out of our lives.” Joanna Penn notes: “You know, life is hectic, life is crazy we all get bogged down in the … ...
||5 ways to help an extrovert understand an introvert. Why do we feel we need to change those who aren't like us; instead, let's choose to understand them!