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The Narcissistic Injury We've all been hurt to the core. Now, how do you get over it?
Cheat Sheet for Common Mental Illnesses Co-Occurring with Substance... I tend to work with addicts, alcoholics, abusers, and abuse victims.  Often, others are not quite sure what some of the typical symptoms are of some of the most common mental illnesses.  I decided to make my life a little easier so I typed up … ...
American Psychological Association's PsycINFO® Database Surpasses 4 Million Records Achievement is result of 8-plus decades of abstracting and indexing
Simple Giving: Helping Others to See Themselves We forget that there are people in this world who’ve yet to see a camera. Even more so, they’ve yet to see themselves. Humanitarian photographer Babita Patel was snapping a … ...
Beyond Hacking Your Habits: Moving from Awareness to Action... The essence of mindfulness is training the mind to recognize unconscious reactions, so that we may move out of autopilot and into more adaptive responding. Once you start Hacking Your … ...
Holiday survival guide: Staying sane amid the stress Perhaps the best way to cope with holiday stress is to mind your behavior.
The Top 5 Realities of Dating Someone with a... It’s not BAD. Just different. We’ve all heard (or have) horror stories about dating people who turned out a little “crazy.” Maybe she moved from the “like” stage to the obsession stage too quickly, or maybe he reacted by burning your stuff when you ended … ...
Grandma’s Drunk on Spiked Egg Nog: The Elderly and... Grandma’s Drunk on Spiked Egg Nog: The Elderly and Substance Abuse During the Holidays It’s that time of year when family gets together, maybe at grandma’s house or the family … ...
Mass Killers Explained by Syndrome E (Evil) Recently, Itzhak Fried hosted a conference on Syndrome E, an idea he published in 1997 to explain mass killers. Let’s examine the characteristics and alternative explanations.
Should I Fire My Therapist? As a therapist, I’m here to tell you: Sometimes it’s them, and not you. And sometimes they’re great therapists, but not for you. So I’m also here to tell you: … ...
Precarious manhood and the evolutionary psychology of mass shootings Men commit over 85% of all homicides, 91% of all same-sex homicides and 97% of all same-sex homicides in which the victim and killer aren’t related to each other. These startling statistics are driven home with each new mass shooting (though the most recent tragedy in San Bernardino, California is a bit unusual in that [...]
Brain scans explain why we are quicker to assign blame than give credit New research from Duke University helps explain the paradox of why we are quick to blame people for their actions, but slower to give them credit. We constantly read others’ intentions in what they do — from seeing someone help an elderly person cross the street or cutting in line or committing a heinous crime. [...]
Studies reveal the surprising complexity of cognitive issues in children with epilepsy Children with epilepsy face a number of challenges compared with their healthy peers, including an increased risk of cognitive impairment. Three studies presented the American Epilepsy Society’s (AES) 69th Annual Meeting parse the complex underpinnings of cognitive development in these children, revealing a need for smarter assessments and targeted interventions. Traditional neuropsychological assessments have an [...]
Study shows rudeness at work is contagious Workplace incivility should be treated with the utmost seriousness. This is the finding of three psychologists at Lund University in Sweden who surveyed nearly 6 000 people on the social climate in the workplace. Their studies show that being subjected to rudeness is a major reason for dissatisfaction at work and that unpleasant behaviour spreads [...]
Important details revealed in the search for the causes of face blindness For the very first time, researchers have been able to show that the causes of congenital face blindness can be traced back to an early stage in the perceptual process. These findings are crucial, not just for our understanding of face recognition, but also because they allow us to understand the processes behind the recognition [...]
New, open-source software tracks worm embryo’s brain development A new, open-source software that can help track the embryonic development and movement of neuronal cells throughout the body of the worm, is now available to scientists. The software is described in a paper published in the open access journal, eLife on December 3rd by researchers at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering [...]
Personalized medicine studies reveal gene targets for epilepsy Technological advances ranging from gene editing to next-generation sequencing offer unprecedented access to the human genome and promise to reshape the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. Four studies presented at the American Epilepsy Society’s (AES) 69th Annual Meeting demonstrate how these innovative technologies are being used to identify and manipulate genes linked to epilepsy. In [...]
Here’s how screen time is changing the way kids tell stories Recently, at a child’s birthday party, I overheard a conversation between parents discussing their concern about “screen time.” Phones, computers, iPads and the good old television are all around us. And this can be a source of anxiety for parents, caregivers and teachers. A recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests the amount [...]
Scientists discover certain herpes viruses could be causing brain disorders by infecting human neurons For years, researchers have noted a tantalizing link between some neurologic conditions and certain species of the herpes virus. In patients with Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and cerebellar ataxia, among other neuropathies, the cerebrospinal fluid teems with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Yet, the nature of that link has remained unclear, as it has been assumed that [...]
A Reminder for the Holidays Everything is optional. You can retire old traditions that don’t feel meaningful anymore. You can create new traditions, including body positive rituals, that do. You can tell people no. You … ...