How to Stop Suffering? Self-Help for Depression

You usually suffer because you make mistakes, or because you are a victim of other people’s wickedness. You can also suffer as a victim of many unfair situations. Your suffering cannot but provoke depression and many fears. When you are ...

Aug 20

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Effects of Prenatal Stress Passed Across Generations in Mice

Sons of male mice exposed to prenatal stress are more sensitive to stress as adults, according to a study in the August 17 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. These findings suggest experiences in the womb can lead to individual differences in ...

Aug 20

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Why Cleaned Wastewater Stays Dirty In Our Minds

Brent Haddad studies water in a place where water is often in short supply: California. Haddad is a professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. About 14 years ago, he became very interested in the issue of ...

Aug 18

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Reduced Recognition of Fear and Sadness in Post-Traumatic Stress ...

Facial expressions convey strong cues for someone's emotional state and the ability to interpret these cues is crucial in social interaction. This ability is known to be compromised in many psychiatric and neurological disorders, such as social ...

Aug 18

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The Mysteries of ADD and High IQ

We recently published a study of 117 high IQ children and adolescents with ADD. (Note: In this article, the term ADD is used to refer to both ADD and ADHD). All of these very bright students were struggling in school and often also in social ...

Aug 17

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Want to Keep Your Exercise Resolutions? New Research Offers Pointers

Sticking with an exercise routine means being able to overcome the obstacles that invariably arise. A key to success is having the confidence that you can do it, researchers report. A new study explores how some cognitive strategies and abilities ...

Aug 17

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Money Can Buy Isolation

Money can bring you happiness, studies show, but not as much as you might think. The richer you get, the happier you get, but the returns diminish after you reach a certain standard of living. (See Do We Need $75,000 a Year to Be Happy?) One of the ...

Aug 16

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Psychologists Interrupt the Miserable Cycle of Social Insecurity

Tom likes Susan but he fears she does not like him. Expecting to be rejected, he's cold toward Susan. And guess what? She snubs him back. His prophesy is self-fulfilled, his social insecurity reinforced. The miserable cycle continues. But what if ...

Aug 16

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Reel Therapy – movies related to counseling

There’s just something about movies, books, and songs that get into our heads and hearts in a better way than talk therapy. Often I have my clients tell me about their favorite movies because it gives me insight into their worldview. Just the ...

Aug 15

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Spoiling The Ending Makes For A Better Story

Old Yeller dies, Darth Vader is Luke's dad, Little Red Riding Hood lives. Did I spoil it? Yes I did. But maybe I did you a favor. Spoilers enhance the enjoyment of a story, according to findings to be published in the journal Psychological ...

Aug 15

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Scientists Highlight Link Between Stress and Appetite

Researchers in the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine have uncovered a mechanism by which stress increases food drive in rats. This new discovery, published online this week in the journal Neuron, ...

Aug 13

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How to Say No to Your Boss

People-pleasing can be a trap almost anyone can fall into. This is especially true during times of stress or economic uncertainty when there is an extra element of fear or insecurity in the workplace. We begin to think about others’ feelings, ...

Aug 13

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Social Acceptance and Rejection: The Sweet and the Bitter

For proof that rejection, exclusion, and acceptance are central to our lives, look no farther than the living room, says Nathan Dewall, a psychologist at the University of Kentucky. "If you turn on the television set, and watch any reality TV ...

Aug 13

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Mythbusters II: We Do NOT Begin As Blank Slates

We love the idea of childhood innocence. We love the idea that babies are born into the world with a blank slate. Anything is possible. Protect them from the dangers of the world and they will have perfectly wonderful, carefree lives. The ...

Aug 12

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Intestinal Protein May Have Role in ADHD, Other Neurological Disorders

A biochemical pathway long associated with diarrhea and intestinal function may provide a new therapeutic target for treating ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) other neuropsychiatric disorders, according to a team of scientists from ...

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