What it feels to want to kill yourself

Today, the 10th of September, is World Suicide Prevention Day. One of the most prominent questions surrounding suicide is "Why did they do it?" In considering people’s motivations for killing themselves, it is essential to recognize that most ...

Sep 10

Categories: Depression, Suicide Prevention

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It's possible to learn to be more optimistic

Optimists have good reason to be optimistic – research tells us that their sunny outlook means that they are likely to live longer, healthier, happier lives compared with others who have a habit of seeing a darker future ahead. This has led ...

Sep 9

Categories: Happiness

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Researchers identify method of creating long-lasting memories

Attention-grabbing experiences trigger the release of memory-enhancing chemicals. Those chemicals can etch memories into the brain that occur just before or soon after the experience, regardless of whether they were related to the event, according ...

Sep 9

Categories: Dementia

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Can You Improve Physical Skills While Dreaming?

BioPsychoSocial Health 0 Comments Can You Improve Physical Skills While Dreaming? by Carla Clark, PhD | September 8, 2016 sleeping-1353562_1280 Can we significantly improve physical skills by practicing them while we sleep? Yes, scientists say. ...

Sep 9

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Myth: Better to express anger than to hold it in?

If you're like most people, you believe that releasing anger is healthier than keeping it bottled up. This belief dates back more than 2,000 years to the Greek philosopher Aristotle. In his classic Poetics, Aristotle observed that viewing tragic ...

Sep 8

Categories: Aggression & Violence, Anger Management

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Loneliness can be depressing, but it helps us survive

Loneliness not only feels nasty, it can also make you depressed, shatter your sleep, even kill you. Yet scientists think loneliness evolved because it was good for us. It still is - sometimes.

Sep 8

Categories: Depression, Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance

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Study suggests physical activity reduces anxiety and depression in ...

A study presented at this year's European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress in London shows that increased physical activity among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) reduces their risk of anxiety or depression.

Sep 7

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WHO meeting to review public health implications of excessive use of ...

The Meeting on Policy and Programme Responses to Mental and Behavioural Disorders associated with Excessive Use of the Internet and other Communication and Gaming Platforms co-organised by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of ...

Sep 7

Categories: Addictions

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Best Friends build Shared Memory Networks

Transactive memory systems (TMS) are repositories of knowledge that are shared between two or more people. A shared memory of events between friends can be part of it, but it's also a way of calling up facts that other people know. If you say "Oh, ...

Sep 6

Categories: Friendships, Relationships & Marriage

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What a Bad Decision Looks Like in the Brain

Humans often make bad decisions. If you like Snickers more than Milky Way, it seems obvious which candy bar you’d pick, given a choice of the two. Traditional economic models follow this logical intuition, suggesting that people assign a value to ...

Sep 6

Categories: Adult psychological development

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Learning foreign languages can sharpen our minds

Scientists say the more foreign languages we learn, the more effectively our brain reacts and processes the data accumulated in the course of learning. Scientists from the Higher School of Economics (HSE) together with colleagues from the University ...

Sep 6

Categories: Other

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Wisdom is more of a state than a trait

We all know the kind of person who did really well at school and uni but can't seem to help themselves from forever making bad mistakes in real life. And then there are those characters who might not be surgeons or rocket scientists but have this ...

Sep 5

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Wounds from childhood bullying may persist into college years, study ...

Childhood bullying inflicts the same long-term psychological trauma on girls as severe physical or sexual abuse, suggests a new survey of college students.

Sep 5

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Keeping the Fire burning: Sex Over Time

Most people in a romantic relationship yearn for a passionate sex life. At the beginning of the relationship - the heady honeymoon phase, the days of early elation - passionate sex usually comes easily. Alas, over time routine sets in with the wear ...

Sep 3

Categories: Happiness, Relationships & Marriage

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How Schools are using Mindful Eating to fight Eating Disorders

Mindful eating invites participants to "pay attention" to the food in front of them and engage their five senses (sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch) before consuming a single morsel. This mindfulness practice builds the children's awareness of ...

Sep 3

Categories: Eating Disorders, Health Psychology, Mindfulness

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