The meanings of life

Parents often say: ‘I just want my children to be happy.’ It is unusual to hear: ‘I just want my children’s lives to be meaningful,’ yet that’s what most of us seem to want for ourselves. We fear meaninglessness. We fret about the ...

Oct 7

Categories: Happiness

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Reading Literary Fiction Improves “Mind-Reading” Skills

Heated debates about the quantifiable value of arts and literature are a common feature of American social discourse. Now, two researchers from The New School for Social Research have published a paper in Science demonstrating that reading literary ...

Oct 7

Categories: Asperger's Syndrome

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8 Fascinating Facts About Anxiety

Studies show that anxiety affects the sense of smell and balance, how we judge faces and perceptions of our personal space. Anxiety may be an unpleasant emotion, which can be crippling in excess, but it does exist for a good reason.

Oct 5

Categories: Anxiety

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How Instagram can ruin your appetite

Warning Instagrammers: you might want to stop taking so many pictures of your food. New research out of BYU finds that looking at too many pictures of food can actually make it less enjoyable to eat. Turns out your friend’s obsession with taking ...

Oct 5

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Mental health and wellbeing at work

October 2013 is Mental Health Month in most Australian States and Territories: a campaign aimed at raising awareness about mental health issues, ahead of World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2013. Mental Health Month serves as an opportunity for ...

Oct 5

Categories: Workplace Issues

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Psychotherapy’s Image Problem

PSYCHOTHERAPY is in decline. In the United States, from 1998 to 2007, the number of patients in outpatient mental health facilities receiving psychotherapy alone fell by 34 percent, while the number receiving medication alone increased by 23 ...

Oct 4

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Researcher found where pleasant memories are stored

Where do you go for a tasty bite and where the food is not so good? Where are you likely to meet an attractive partner and where you risk damage to your health? For every person - but also for animals - the information about pleasant and unpleasant ...

Oct 4

Categories: Happiness

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Gratitude Is About the Future, Not the Past

When life's got you down, gratitude can seem like a chore. Sure, you'll go through the motions and say the right things -- you'll thank people for help they've provided or try to muster a sense of thanks that things aren't worse. But you might not ...

Oct 4

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You Say He's Just a Friend, But Your Voice Says Differently

Think your partner is cheating? His or her voice may be a dead giveaway. New research by Albright College associate professor of psychology Susan Hughes, Ph.D., has found that men and women alter their voices when speaking to lovers versus friends ...

Oct 3

Categories: Infidelity, Relationships & Marriage

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What “60 Minutes” Gets Wrong in Report on Mental Illness and ...

On Sunday night the television news program 60 Minutes broadcast “Untreated mental illness an imminent danger?” Correspondent Steve Kroft introduces the report by stating: “The mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard two weeks ago that ...

Oct 3

Categories: Depression, Schizophrenia

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Clinician observations of preschoolers’ behavior help to predict ...

Don’t rely on one source of information about your preschoolers’ inattention or hyperactivity. Rather, consider how your child behaves at home as well as information from his or her teacher and a clinician. This advice comes from Sarah O'Neill, ...

Oct 3

Categories: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Child Development

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Bad luck? Knocking on wood can undo jinx: study

Knocking on wood is the most common superstition in Western culture used to reverse bad fortune or undo a "jinx." Other cultures maintain similar practices, like spitting or throwing salt, after someone has tempted fate. Even people who aren't ...

Oct 2

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Scientists Show using Facebook Is a Downer

Humans like being around other humans. We are extraordinarily social animals. In fact, we are so social, that simply interacting with other people has been shown to be use similar brain areas as those involved with the processing of very basic ...

Oct 2

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How to stay sharp in retirement

October is Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month, but how does one stay mentally fit after the 40-hour workweek is traded in for the gold watch? The more you want to use your brain — and the more you enjoy doing it — the more likely you are to ...

Oct 2

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues

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Australian Olympic Committee to send more psychologists to Rio ...

THE Australian Olympic Committee is set to send more psychologists to the Rio Olympics to meet athletes’ increasing demand for mental support. It comes after sporting stars, including champion swimmers Leisel Jones and Ian Thorpe, spoke out about ...

Oct 1

Categories: Sports Psychology

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