Touch May Alleviate Existential Fears for People With Low Self-Esteem

As human beings, we all know that we are going to die some day. Most of us deal with this knowledge by trying to live meaningful lives, but people with low self-esteem tend not to see their lives as particularly meaningful. Now, research suggests ...

Dec 6

Categories: Adult psychological development, Self-Esteem

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Avoiding spiritual struggles and existential questions is linked with ...

Fear of confronting the tensions and conflicts brought on by existential concerns - the "big questions" of life - is linked with poorer mental health, including higher levels of depression, anxiety and difficulty regulating emotions, according to a ...

Dec 6

Categories: Spirituality

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Why You Should Never Go to Sleep on An Argument

"Never go to bed on an argument," so the saying goes. And according to a new study, we should take note of this age-old advice. Researchers have found that going to sleep while still holding on to negative memories can make it harder to suppress ...

Dec 5

Categories: Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex ...

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Less Active Dementia Patients Face Lower Quality of Life

Dementia patients living in long-term care often have very low levels of activity, and this strongly contributes to a low quality of life, according to a new large-scale national study by the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre and Griffith ...

Dec 5

Categories: Dementia

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It’s all in the eyes: Women and Men Really Do See Things ...

Women and men look at faces and absorb visual information in different ways, which suggests there is a gender difference in understanding visual cues, according to a team of scientists that included psychologists from Queen Mary University of London ...

Dec 2

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Test Anxiety? Want to Get Better Grades? Take More Tests.

Have you ever freaked out and forgotten everything you needed to know at the onset of an exam? A study published in the November 25, 2016 issue of the journal Science found clues to the link between anxiety and memory in test taking.

Dec 2

Categories: Anxiety

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Fighting Depression by Staying Awake

Insomnia is a common symptom of major depression, and yet sleep deprivation can be part of the solution for a patient seeking quick relief. Although it seems counterintuitive, an old and often forgotten approach to improving mood rapidly involves ...

Dec 1

Categories: Depression, Sleep Disorders

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A maturing picture of emotion

We tend to think of adult ageing as a time of losses: many aspects of our health and memory get worse. However, wellbeing and wisdom often show increases across the lifespan. How might the pattern of age-related gains and losses influence emotional ...

Dec 1

Categories: Adult psychological development

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Why Nostalgia is Good for You

The bittersweet emotion increases feelings of vitality. On holidays, it's natural to feel a longing for times gone by—a childhood spent singing carols or meals spent with now departed loved ones. Recently scientists have explored the bittersweet ...

Nov 30

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5 Faces of Toxic Relationships - The Critic, Passive Aggressor, ...

As humans, we can read all the brilliant self-help books and possess wisdom about relationships, yet so many of us still are hindered by toxicity. We are often scared to speak up to those who produce toxic vibes and are even more fearful of leaving ...

Nov 30

Categories: Antisocial personality, Personality problems, Relationships & ...

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Can you spot a psychopath in the making?

It's always comforting to think that people can change if they're given the right conditions. If, as the philosopher John Locke suggested, we are all born as "blank slates," any writing on these slates that occurs early in life should be modifiable. ...

Nov 29

Categories: Adult psychological development, Antisocial personality, Child and/or ...

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Why Wait? The Science Behind Procrastination

People have struggled with habitual hesitation going back to ancient civilizations. The Greek poet Hesiod, writing around 800 B.C., cautioned not to "put your work off till tomorrow and the day after." The Roman consul Cicero called procrastination ...

Nov 29

Categories: Academic Issues, Other, Workplace Issues

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Body Mass, Inflammation, and Cognition – What is the strongest ...

Body mass index (BMI) has been linked to inflammation, and systemic inflammation has been linked to decreased cognition. Now, a new study directly links a high BMI to lower cognitive functioning. The current study, published in the journal Brain, ...

Nov 28

Categories: Cognitive Problems Amnesia / Dementia, Health Psychology

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Some children are extra sensitive to parenting style, bad and good

Just over ten years ago, a fascinating journal article argued that some children are like orchids – they don’t just wither in response to a harsh upbringing, they also flourish in a positive environment, unlike their “dandelion” peers who ...

Nov 28

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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With Thanks in the Brain

What happens in your brain when you experience gratitude? A study last year set out to determine the neural correlates of gratitude using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Nov 26

Categories: Happiness

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