Quitting Smoking Enhances Personality Change

University of Missouri researchers have found evidence that shows those who quit smoking show improvements in their overall personality. "The data indicate that for some young adults smoking is impulsive," said Andrew Littlefield, a doctoral ...

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When You are Knocked Down, Get Up with a Smile

Why is it that some people are so alive and joyful while others are drab and lifeless? This is something we all know, yet never talk about. What makes some people seem fibrantly alive and others seem so lifeless and drab? Look to nature for ...

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Sept 2011 Issue of Ezine from Singapore Psychological Society

In this issue you will find an update by Bernard Lim, President of the SPS Council. There is a short write-up of everybody so you know who are serving you. AGM highlights and photos can also be found in this e-zine

Sep 12

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The Psychology of U.S. Reaction to 9/11

What do we know today about the psychology of 9/11 that we did not know immediately after the attacks? We knew immediately that the reaction to 9/11 was likely to be out of proportion to the human and material cost of the attacks we suffered. In ...

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Early motor experiences give infants a social jump start

In a new study published September 9 in the journal Developmental Science, researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Vanderbilt University found that early motor experiences can shape infants' preferences for objects and faces. The study ...

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Top Concentration Killers

Whether you're living with ADHD or just have trouble focusing from time to time, today's world is full of concentration killers. Psychologist Lucy Jo Palladino, PhD offers a few tips to manage distractions, starting with social media. It's easy to ...

Sep 9

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Sick Body, Vigilant Mind

We know that in keeping the body physically healthy, the mind both conscious and unconscious is a principle actor. Indeed, research has shown that the biological, or physiological, immune system that fights pathogens once they've entered the body ...

Sep 9

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The World of the Borderline Mother--And Her Children

The children of borderline and narcissistic parents spend a lifetime gaining their freedom after living such a warped childhood. No one explains better how to do this than Christine Lawson, author of the classic book Understanding the Borderline ...

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Mistakes Improve Children's Learning

Everyone makes mistakes and children are no exception. What's important is how we learn from them. Yet, children grow up in a society that pressures them to be perfect and intelligent - to achieve the highest SAT scores, land prized scholarships, ...

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A More Progressive Tax System Makes People Happier, 54-Nation Study ...

The way some people talk, you'd think that a flat tax system -- in which everyone pays at the same rate regardless of income -- would make citizens feel better than more progressive taxation, where wealthier people are taxed at higher rates. Indeed, ...

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Volunteering to Help Others Could Lead to Better Health; Reduced ...

People who volunteer may live longer than those who don't, as long as their reasons for volunteering are to help others rather than themselves, suggests new research published by the American Psychological Association. This was the first time ...

Sep 7

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Nearly 40 percent of Europeans suffer mental illness

Europeans are plagued by mental and neurological illnesses, with almost 165 million people or 38 percent of the population suffering each year from a brain disorder such as depression, anxiety, insomnia or dementia, according to a large new study.

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Does Keeping Busy Make Us Happy?

Much of modern civilisation can be credited to our very human habit of keeping busy. Science, art, philosophy, technology, commerce and all the rest: it's not just necessity that's the mother of invention, it's also boredom. But there is a ...

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The Emotional Brain in Youth: Research Suggests How to Diagnose and ...

Recognition of bipolar disorder in adolescents is now clearly established. However, whether bipolarity exists in children remains controversial despite numerous studies that have been conducted on this topic in the last fifteen years. Since the ...

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Do You Dare to Be Bad?

What would you do if you could do anything, and no one would get hurt? For some, such a thought experiment is easy. For others--especially women--it can be incredibly difficult. Getting Unstuck, a guide to unblocking your creativity, says you ought ...

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