Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath?

One day last summer, Anne and her husband, Miguel, took their 9-year-old son, Michael, to a Florida elementary school for the first day of what the family chose to call “summer camp.” For years, Anne and Miguel have struggled to understand their ...

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A Walk in the Park Gives Mental Boost to People With Depression

A walk in the park may have psychological benefits for people suffering from depression. In one of the first studies to examine the effect of nature walks on cognition and mood in people with major depression, researchers in Canada and the U.S. have ...

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Polanski’s Movie “Carnage” and Personality Types

This is Part II of my blog on Roman Polanski’s Carnage, starring Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, and Christoph Waltz. Early in the movie, 11 year-old Zachary’s parents are on their way to leave Ethan’s parents’ apartment after a ...

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5 Psychological Reasons Gambling is so Addictive

Gambling has become one of the most popular pastimes for people today. Whether it’s betting on your favourite football team, playing the slot machine at a local casino, or pulling the trigger in a risky round of Russian roulette, gambling never ...

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Are You Dominant or Subordinate in Your Romantic Relationship?

Dominance is so intrinsic to human social relationships that we don’t even notice it. However, I suspect that if I asked you to make a list of one hundred people you know, including family members, friends, and coworkers, and indicate whether you ...

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Be careful when comforting struggling students

Previous research tells us that students who see intelligence and ability as fixed will tend to give up when confronted by a difficult problem, whereas those who see intelligence as growable will persevere. But how do teachers' beliefs about ability ...

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Can I Trust My Gut to Know If I've Found My True Love?

How can you tell if the person you are currently drawn to, dating or living with is The One True Love with whom you should seal the deal? Can you trust your gut to tell you who is a good choice to marry? Is cohabitation a good way to assess if a ...

May 12

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World of Psychology Removing the Stigma of Mental Health

I was a successful actor. Then I had more and more success. I won an Emmy for my role on The Sopranos and I thought: That’s it? The Emmy was supposed to make me feel better. I left it on the floor of my car. It didn’t give me the feelings a life ...

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Assertive versus Aggressive: Which Side are You On?

Learning to behave more assertively is an important part of being successful in life. Whether your newfound assertive behaviors enable you to push for that big salary raise you’ve deserved for years or simply to command more respect from your ...

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How To Encourage People To Change Their Own Minds

Changing people's minds is hard. We resist having our attitudes adjusted by others, especially when the message isn't directly relevant to us and we aren't paying that much attention. But what if you could get people to change their own minds? ...

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Feeling chilly? Indulge in some nostalgia

Over recent years a body of research has accumulated showing the psychological benefits of nostalgia. For example, reminiscing about the past can combat loneliness and off-set the discomfort of thinking about death. Now a team led by Xinyue Zhou has ...

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Sharing Opinions Feels at Least as Good as Earning Money

If you enjoy sharing all your likes and dislikes on Facebook, you’re definitely not alone: research finds that broadcasting personal opinions gives people the same sense of reward as earning money. The study is in the Proceedings of the National ...

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People love talking about themselves, brain scans show

Got something to report about yourself? An opinion, perhaps, or a status update? Nobody may care except you, but new brain research suggests you can make yourself feel good simply by sharing. Participants who talked about themselves showed signs ...

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Science Remains a Stranger to Psychiatry’s New Bible

n the offices of psychiatrists and psychologists across the country you can find a rather hefty tome called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM). The current edition of the DSM, the DSM-IV, is something like a field ...

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On Marriage & Pair Bonds: the straight and gay of it

Most people in the USA identify marriage as a natural goal for humans, with love as a necessary component. After all, Frank Sinatra sang “love and marriage, love and marriage, go together like a horse and carriage” and informed us that “you ...

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