Understanding Ambivalence

Ambivalence is a human experience where two contradictory emotions about a decision, a person or an object keep you from choosing one or the other.

Jul 23

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Do You (Figuratively) Lick Your Wounds? Should You?

After failure or defeat, what are the pros and cons of licking your wounds?

Jul 23

Categories: Emotional Intelligence

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An Ecological Model for Dysfunction

Now, it is time to address the factors in human experience that either cause dysfunction or protect us from it. For convenience, we can clump these factors into the biological, the psychological and the social. Because these factors interact in ...

Jul 22

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Dear Friends: Why My Anxiety Ruined Our Relationships

I want you to know that I started psychotherapy and am now seeing a therapist every week. Through my therapy sessions, we have started to uncover that I have General Anxiety Disorder and Cyclothymic Disorder.

Jul 22

Categories: Anxiety, Ending a relationship issues, Friendships

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People estimate their own abilities based on others' performance

Ratings of our own abilities are strongly influenced by the performance of others, according to a study published July 20 in Neuron. Interacting with high performers makes us feel more capable in cooperative team settings, but less competent in ...

Jul 22

Categories: Other

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The Mystery of Urban Psychosis

Why are paranoia and schizophrenia more common in cities?

Jul 21

Categories: Paranoia / Suspiciousness, Schizophrenia

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The 2 Big Beliefs Linked to Anxiety

Worries and fears and stress, oh my! This week, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen reveals the two big beliefs that light up anxiety, plus how to pull the plug

Jul 21

Categories: Anxiety

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The Eating Habit That Wipes Out Memory and Learning

Memory problems could be partly responsible for obesity.

Jul 21

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Examining the Benefits of a Psychology Degree

Are there too many psychology majors these days? Is obtaining a psychology degree a practical goal for college students in the 21st century? Will I be able to find a job after earning a degree in psychology? These are the types of questions which ...

Jul 20

Categories: Other

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Is there a thin genetic line between happiness and depression?

Energy flows where attention goes," is a philosophy on well-being that resonates with individuals who are seeking positivity. Now, a new review suggests this is the case when it comes to happiness and depression. It seems the same genes that steer ...

Jul 20

Categories: Depression, Happiness

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Study Points to Fast-Acting Drug for OCD

OCD, which affects 3.3 million people in the United States, is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by intrusive, obsessivethoughts and repeated compulsive behaviors that collectively interfere with a person’s ability to function in daily ...

Jul 19

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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Revenge Is Bittersweet, Research Finds

Revenge is a dish best served cold. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die. The culture is swimming with depictions of revenge: Sometimes it's deeply satisfying, sometimes it ...

Jul 19

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Mental, Physical Exercises Produce Distinct Brain Benefits

Cognitive brain training improves executive function whereas aerobic activity improves memory, according to new Center for BrainHealth research at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Jul 19

Categories: Dementia

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What Loneliness Is Doing To Your Heart

You may have heard that loneliness is hazardous to your health - and can even lead to an early death. Now, an analysis of 23 scientific studies gives us numbers that reveal just how sick it can really make you. People with "poor social ...

Jul 18

Categories: Social Isolation

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The Eureka Factor

On his 45-minute commute to and from his college office in Philadelphia, John Kounios picks the quiet car on the regional rail. No ringing cellphones. His thoughts wander, perhaps to the future or to something that makes him happy. Once he's ...

Jul 18

Categories: Creative Blocks

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