The Psychology of Nostalgia

It seems incredible now but at one time nostalgia used to be considered a psychiatric condition: "Nostalgia was regarded as a medical disease confined to the Swiss, a view that persisted through most of the 19th century. Symptoms—including bouts ...

Jul 3

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Are Thoughts of Death Conducive to Humor?

A New Study Shows an Increase in Humorous Creativity when Individuals are Primed with Thoughts of Death. Humor is an intrinsic part of human experience. It plays a role in every aspect of human existence, from day-to-day conversation to television ...

Jul 3

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15 Things To Give Up For Happiness

Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead ...

Jul 2

Categories: Happiness

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Body Drugs that Can Affect the Mind

Many drugs that treat bodily ills can alter mood, memory and other mental functions. Often the trials required to approve new drugs miss these uncommon side effects, but when the medications go on the market and are doled out to millions, thousands ...

Jul 2

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues

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Self-Disciplined People Are Happier (and Not as Deprived as You Think)

It’s easy to think of the highly self-disciplined as being miserable misers or uptight Puritans, but it turns out that exerting self-control can make you happier not only in the long run, but also in the moment. The research, which was published ...

Jul 2

Categories: Control Issues

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Divorce early in childhood affects parental relationships in adulthood

Divorce has a bigger impact on child-parent relationships if it occurs in the first few years of the child's life, according to new research. Those who experience parental divorce early in their childhood tend to have more insecure relationships ...

Jul 1

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development, Divorce / Divorce ...

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Reading Facial Emotions

For half a century, one theory about the way we experience and express emotion has helped shape how we practice psychology, do police work, and even fight terrorism. But what if that theory is wrong? Forty-six years ago a young San ...

Jul 1

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The hack to save your marriage: Eli Finkel

According to Eli Finkel, we’ve changed how we value our personal ...

Jul 1

Categories: Marital Counseling, Relationships & Marriage

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Teenage Physical fitness reduces the risk of suicidal behavior later ...

Being in good physical shape at 18 years of age can be linked with a reduced risk of attempted suicide later in life. So says a study of over one million Swedish men conducted by researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, ...

Jun 29

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Suicide Prevention

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Low Self-Control Promotes Selfless Behavior in Close Relationships

When faced with the choice of sacrificing time and energy for a loved one or taking the self-centered route, people’s first impulse is to think of others, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association ...

Jun 29

Categories: Control Issues, Relationships & Marriage

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Can mental training in compassion lead to altruistic behavior and ...

The first time I ever tried a loving-kindness med­i­ta­tion, I was over­come by a feel­ing of com­plete… futil­ity. Men­tally extend­ing com­pas­sion to oth­ers and wish­ing them free from suf­fer­ing seemed nice enough, but I had a ...

Jun 29

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The evolution of the psychoanalyst's office

New York psychoanalyst Mark Gerald is also a photographer, and for more than ten years he has photographed other psychoanalysts' offices, as part of a project called "In the Shadow of Freud's Couch." The images have been exhibited in New York and ...

Jun 28

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Ritalin Shows Promise in Treating Addiction

A single dose of a commonly-prescribed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug helps improve brain function in cocaine addiction, according to an imaging study conducted by researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. ...

Jun 28

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction

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How pure irrelevance turns things invisible

There's such a blizzard of sensory information out there, the brain would be overwhelmed if it weren't for a spotlight process of selective attention that allows us to focus. This means that once we're tuned into certain aspects of the environment, ...

Jun 28

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How Men and Women Cooperate

Cooperation is essential in any successful romantic relationship, but how men and women experience cooperation emotionally may be quite different, according to new research conducted at the University of Arizona. Ashley Randall, a post-doctoral ...

Jun 27

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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