Comments, traffic statistics help empower bloggers psychologically

In a series of studies, female bloggers showed that they enjoyed blogging because it made them feel empowered and part of a community, said Carmen Stavrositu, who recently completed doctoral work in mass communications at Penn State. The studies ...

Nov 21

Categories: Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem

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What's it like to have OCD?

Research with people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is often impersonal. Participants' thoughts, feelings and behaviours are reduced to ticked boxes on a questionnaire. There's a risk the real story of what it's like to have OCD ...

Nov 21

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Some Don't Live to Earn, but Earn to Live

For most people, the key to retiring early is accumulating enough money to live out your days in your chosen style. For Fred Ecks, a former software engineer for Sun Microsystems, the answer lies on the other side of the balance sheet: on cutting ...

Nov 20

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A pathbreaking investigation into the evolution of cooperative ...

Humans are much more inclined to cooperate than are their closest evolutionary relatives. The prevailing wisdom about why this is true has long been focused on the idea of altruism: we go out of our way to do nice things for other people, sometimes ...

Nov 20

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The advantage of having an anxiously attached person on your team

Psychologists talk about different attachment styles, such as secure, anxious and avoidant. The secure style is usually the one we're supposed to aspire to. They're the calm people who find it easy to get close to others, but not in a clingy way. By ...

Nov 20

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The jokes that toddlers make

Few sounds can be as heart-warming as a chuckling toddler. Often they're laughing at a joke you or someone else has performed, but what about their own attempts at humour? To find out, Elena Hoicka and Nameera Akhtar filmed 47 parent-child pairs ...

Nov 19

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Anxiety Linked to Chest Pain in Children

Psychological factors can have as much-or more-impact on pediatric chest pain as physical ones, a University of Georgia study found recently. UGA psychologists discovered pediatric patients diagnosed with noncardiac chest pain have higher levels of ...

Nov 19

Categories: Anxiety

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Placebos Work Better On Stoics

Aches and pains getting you down? Or maybe they really tick you off. If that’s the case, maybe don’t look to a placebo to give you any relief. Because a new study shows that sugar pills are less effective for people who are quick to anger. The ...

Nov 19

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Infographics: Rethink Mental Illness



Interesting inforgraphics on the origins of Schizophrenia and attempts to dispel the stigma and misconceptions surrounding it.

Nov 17

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Recreation to Help Teens with Anxiety



Pandemonium is a program for youth ages 13-17 with severe anxiety. ...

Nov 17

Categories: Anger Management, Anxiety, Child and/or Adolescent Issues

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Book review: Mind over Mind

Wearing all black can make you a more aggressive competitor, and striking a pose can make you act authoritative. According to journalist Berdik, fulfilling expectations—such as perceiving a commanding, “I am the law” persona—is what our ...

Nov 17

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10-12 Hours of meditation can improve emotional regulation

“A new study has found that par­tic­i­pat­ing in an 8-week med­i­ta­tion train­ing pro­gram can have mea­sur­able effects on how the brain func­tions even when some­one is not actively meditating…While neu­roimag­ing stud­ies ...

Nov 16

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Researchers Outline Effective Strategies to Prevent Teen Depression ...

University of Cincinnati researchers report on the positive connections that offset tragedies among teenagers. Untreated depression is one of the leading causes of teen suicide, and signs of depression can also be a warning that a teen is ...

Nov 16

Categories: Suicide Prevention

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Humans can smell fear, and it's contagious

Humans can smell fear and disgust, and the emotions are contagious, according to a new study. The findings, published Nov. 5 in the journal Psychological Science, suggest that humans communicate via smell just like other animals. "These ...

Nov 16

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5 Ways to Deal with a Partner’s Fear of Intimacy

As a therapist, I often hear couples complain that whenever one partner tries to get close, the other pulls away. It's a painful reality that love isn't always as easy to give and receive as we'd like to think. Many people have developed defenses ...

Nov 15

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