Where do you draw the line between accommodating others and being ...

I am not an accommodating person. I draw a line quickly and if you cross it, well that’s it for our relationship. When I was younger, I was just too nice and accommodating and that allowed people around me really take advantage of me. I took a lot ...

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Positive parenting during early childhood may prevent obesity

Programs that support parents during their child's early years hold promise for obesity prevention, according to a new study in the online February 6 issue of Pediatrics. Today, one out of five American children is obese. Young children who are ...

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Psychological Diagnosis: Dangerous, Desirable, or Both?

How do labels hurt and how can they be helpful? Calling yourself an anxious person, for instance, can put you at risk for ignoring the many times that you feel relaxed, playful, and loving. Label your friend a narcissist and you risk losing sight ...

Feb 6

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Internet addiction changes brain similar to cocaine: Study

Can a person be truly addicted to the Internet? A new brain scan study shows not only can that be the case, but also that Internet addiction might cause the same brain changes that are seen in alcoholics and drug addicts. For the study, published ...

Feb 6

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Duck/Rabbit Illusion Provides a Simple Test of Creativity

The well-known known illusion above can be seen in two ways: as both a duck and a rabbit. Which do you see first? And if you see one, can you also see the other? Most people see the duck first and can flip between the two representations, but the ...

Feb 4

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Schizophrenia: When Hallucinatory Voices Suppress Real Ones, New ...

When a patient afflicted with schizophrenia hears inner voices something is taking place inside the brain that prevents the individual from perceiving real voices. A simple electronic application may help the patient learn to shift focus. "The ...

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Synchronized Eating: Social Influences on Eating Behavior

New research published today in the journal PLoS ONE indicates that the same sort of behavioral mimicry is responsible for social eating, at least among university-age women of normal weight. That’s right: the young women were more likely to ...

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Men Behaving Nicely: Selfless Acts by Men Increase When Attractive ...

Men put on their best behaviour when attractive ladies are close by. When the scenario is reversed however, the behaviour of women remains the same. These findings were published February 2, 2012, in the British Psychological Society's British ...

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Facebook or Twitter: What does your choice of social networking site ...

Social networking sites have changed our lives. There were 500 million active Facebook users in 2011 and approximately 200 million Twitter accounts. As users will know, the sites have important differences. Facebook places more of an emphasis on who ...

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What 10 Days of Silent Meditation Taught Me

Recently I had the privilege of attending a ten day silent meditation retreat at the Vipassana Meditation Center in Massachusetts. Although I have meditated on occasion, I had never done anything like this before so I wasn't sure what to expect. The ...

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Facebook is not such a good thing for those with low self-esteem

In theory, the social networking website Facebook could be great for people with low self-esteem. Sharing is important for improving friendships. But in practice, people with low self-esteem seem to behave counterproductively, bombarding their ...

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Here Is What Real Commitment to Your Marriage Means

"When people say, 'I'm committed to my relationship,' they can mean two things," said study co-author Benjamin Karney, a professor of psychology and co-director of the Relationship Institute at UCLA. "One thing they can mean is, 'I really like this ...

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What a Yawn Says about Your Relationship

Yawning is more contagious among people who are emotionally close. A recent study conducted by Ivan Norscia and Elisabetta Palagi and published in the journal PLoSONE has found such evidence in the unlikeliest of places: yawns. More specifically, ...

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The psychology of losing weight explained

Like many Singaporeans, Bryan Ho loves his bak kwa (barbecued meat). However, over the recent Chinese New Year weekend, the 31-year-old IT consultant did his best to resist the treat while his family and friends scoffed them down. "(Bak kwa) is ...

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