What is the best psychological strategy to avoid boredom?

There are these weird people who never seem to get bored. "Oh!" say the chronically interested and engaged, "What a fascinating and exciting world we live in. How wonderful it is to be alive. How can anyone possibly be bored with all the variety ...

Jan 25

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Frequent Multitaskers Are Bad at It

Most people believe they can multitask effectively, but a University of Utah study indicates that people who multitask the most – including talking on a cell phone while driving – are least capable of doing so. “What is alarming is that ...

Jan 25

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Mental Health Gun Laws Unlikely To Reduce Shootings

States aren't likely to prevent many shootings by requiring mental health professionals to report potentially violent patients, psychiatrists and psychologists say. The approach is part of a gun control law passed in New York yesterday in ...

Jan 25

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That Loving Feeling Takes a Lot of Work

When people fall in love and decide to marry, the expectation is nearly always that love and marriage and the happiness they bring will last; as the vows say, till death do us part. Only the most cynical among us would think, walking down the aisle, ...

Jan 24

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Socially Isolated Rats are More Vulnerable to Addiction, Report ...

Rats that are socially isolated during a critical period of adolescence are more vulnerable to addiction to amphetamine and alcohol, found researchers at The University of Texas at Austin. Amphetamine addiction is also harder to extinguish in the ...

Jan 24

Categories: Addictions, Social Isolation

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Warning Signs of Violent Acts Often Unclear

No one but a deeply disturbed individual marches into an elementary school or a movie theater and guns down random, innocent people. That hard fact drives the public longing for a mental health system that produces clear warning signals and can ...

Jan 24

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'Grief and anxiety are not mental illnesses'

Many people experience a profound and long-lasting grieving process following the death of a loved one. Many soldiers returning from conflict suffer from trauma. Many of us are shy and anxious in social situations or unmotivated and pessimistic if ...

Jan 23

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From dark hearts comes the kindness of mankind (Evolution)

The kind­ness of mankind most likely devel­oped from our more sin­is­ter and self-serving ten­den­cies, accord­ing to Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity and Uni­ver­sity of Ari­zona research that sug­gests society’s rules against ...

Jan 23

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Top 10 Mental Health Apps

With so many apps on the market, it’s hard to know which are useful. Many are designed by software developers instead of psychologists, without scientific testing. They range from beneficial, to harmless but useless, to bordering on ...

Jan 23

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Surprising Connections Between Our Well-being and Giving, Getting, ...

Social psychologists are increasingly finding that "prosocial” behavior – including expressing gratitude and giving to others – is key to our psychological well-being. Even how we choose to spend our money on purchases affects our health and ...

Jan 22

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New Journal Brings Zen, and Bio, to Mental Health

Like many scientific disciplines, mental health is a fragmented place, with individual researchers plugging away on their favorite disorders, like depression, often without regard to how the disease connects to, say, physical health, let alone ...

Jan 22

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Facebook makes users envious and dissatisfied

Participation in social networks, such as Facebook, can cause negative feelings and reduce members’ life satisfaction. Those are the results of a survey with nearly 600 Facebook users by Information Systems scientists at the TU Darmstadt and the ...

Jan 22

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Are parents happier? Dads may be, but not moms, singles

Are parents happier than people without kids? The conventional wisdom would say kids bring parental joy, but in past research, childless people have reported greater well-being. Now, new research in the journal Psychological Science find that ...

Jan 21

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Loneliness, Like Chronic Stress, Taxes the Immune System

New research links loneliness to a number of dysfunctional immune responses, suggesting that being lonely has the potential to harm overall health. Researchers found that people who were more lonely showed signs of elevated latent herpes virus ...

Jan 21

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Stress Management

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Willpower Expert Roy Baumeister on Staying in Control

It’s the third week of the new year, and many of us are realizing that those New Year’s resolutions are getting harder to keep. So TIME asked Roy Baumeister, professor of psychology at Florida State University and co-author of the bestselling ...

Jan 21

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