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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Understanding Personality for Decision-Making, Longevity, and Mental ...

Extraversion does not just explain differences between how people act at social events. How extraverted you are may influence how the brain makes choices – specifically whether you choose an immediate or delayed reward, according to a new study. ...

Jan 18

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues

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Can People Really Grow Out Of Autism?

et’s start with the headlines blaring the news about a recent autism study. They almost invariably use the phrase “grow out of autism,” even though the study itself does not use that phrase or even reference “grow” except to talk about ...

Jan 18

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New study challenges links between day care and behavioral issues

A new study that looked at more than 75,000 children in day care in Norway found little evidence that the amount of time a child spends in child care leads to an increase in behavioral problems, according to researchers from the United States and ...

Jan 18

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues

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Can You Be Addicted to Facebook or is it Just a Bad Habit?


It seems we live in an age of paranoia about what the Internet is doing to our minds. Inspired by this, some psychologists are now creating scales designed to measure whether the Facebook habit is getting out of ...

Jan 17

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Mindfulness meditation may relieve chronic inflammation

People suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma — in which psychological stress plays a major role — may benefit from mindfulness meditation techniques, according to a ...

Jan 17

Categories: Mindfulness Meditation

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