Does it pay to let your mind wander?

Have you ever wondered how Einstein, before the age of quantum computers and super conducting super colliders was able to come up with his theories of Relativity? Simple, he used what he called "thought experiments." Take for example, the one he conducted at sixteen years of age, ...

Aug 28

Categories: Other

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Using music therapy to heal Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

I think I am on firm ground when I say that music permeates our daily lives. On any subway you can find more than a few people sitting with their earphones, heads bobbing to music. Equally anxious to escape into another world, earphoned joggers can often be seen on big-city sidewalks dodging ...

Aug 21

Categories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD, ...

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Coping with stress: What does love have to do with it?

When life tries to slap us down, we instinctively turn to others for support particularly our intimate partners. Although this tendency to seek emotional support from loved ones to heal our wounds has long been recognized, it is only in the past couple of decades that substantial scientific ...

Aug 13

Categories: Codependency / Dependency, Couple Counseling, Post Traumatic Stress ...

Written By:
Brian Scott

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Can Fun and Play Improve Intelligence?

Derek Bok, lawyer, professor and former president of Harvard University once said, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” I have to wonder if Mr. Bok had ever heard of Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil in Switzerland. At over $100,000 US per year for tuition, ...

Aug 10

Categories: Academic Issues, Child and/or Adolescent Issues

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Aurora Incident: Does Violent Media Cause Aggressive Behavior?

For years there has been a controversy surrounding the question of a causal link between exposure to violent media and aggressive behavior. At least as far back as 1986 when the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was released, the public has been divided over whether not such media has a ...

Jul 28

Categories: Aggression & Violence, Child and/or Adolescent Issues

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Can Your Parenting Style Influence your Child’s Weight?

Asian Americans are the least likely of all Americans to be obese. That is what a Gallup poll, released a few days ago on July 17, 2012 in America reported. After reading about that report I decided ...

Jul 23

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Parenting

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Neurasthenia, “Americanitis” and the Chinese Patient

I like to think of medicine from a biopsychosocial perspective, which focuses on the bi-directional relationships between body, mind and environment. Note that I did not reference a brain-body, but instead a mind-body relationship. The 33 billion or so cells which serve as the command center of our ...

Jul 19

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Do You Cry in Public or in Private?

“If you've never eaten while crying you don’t know what life tastes like.” I came across this saying by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe the other day and thought that it would be a nice starting point to talk about the subject of crying. It’s not that Goethe cried a lot; ...

Jul 13

Categories: Empathy, Grief, Loss, Bereavement

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Fear of the Abyss: Healing the Wounds of Shame

In my years of practice as a psychotherapist, I have come to know that people can actually heal, not just cope better—the best hope current cognitive-behavioral therapy models offer. Depending on the difficulty of their problems and the degree of self-examination they are willing to do, ...

Jun 29

Categories: Control Issues, Self-Criticism, Shame

Written By:
Tony Brown

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3 Ways to Make yourself Happier and more Positive in Life

"The joyfulness of a man prolongeth his days" ~  Ecclesiastes Positive Psychology is an exciting and relatively new area of psychology. It aims to study scientifically what makes us humans happy and how we can improve our general level of happiness, well-being, and health. ...

Jun 19

Categories: Positive Psychology, Self-Care / Self Compassion

Written By:
Brian Scott

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Are you an adult with Asperger’s syndrome?

The condition now called Asperger’s syndrome (AS) was first recognized in children in the mid 1940s (Kanner 1943; Asperger, 1944). Since that time, children have been the main focus of attention by mental health workers so that most children with AS have been detected and diagnosed in ...

May 28

Categories: Asperger's Syndrome

Written By:
Brian Scott

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How nature's beauty can restore yourself mentally, physically, and ...

Over 200 years ago, William Wordsworth alluded to the idea that nature has the power to restore our weary hearts and minds. In his poem “Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour, July 13, 1798”, he eloquently describes how the ...

May 4

Categories: Spirituality, Stress Management

Written By:
Brian Scott

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Top Ten Specific Mental Disorders

Most of us worry about the possibility of getting physically sick at some time in our life and that is why insurance coverage of medical diseases is so common. However, how many of us even think about developing a psychological illness let alone get insurance coverage for it? Yet a recent and very ...

Apr 16

Categories: Adult ADHD, Agoraphobia, Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity ...

Written By:
Psych Mat Asia Editor

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Is love for somewhere you previously lived preventing you from ...

Sometimes memories of enjoyable and rewarding attachments in the past interfere with forming similar positive attachments in the present. This post is about psychological strategies to prevent such maladaptive memories of places where we have lived in the past from interfering with the formation of ...

Mar 27

Categories: Other

Written By:
Brian Scott

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4 most common classes of Mental illness and their prevalence

What is our risk of developing a mental illness over the course of our entire lives and which types of mental illnesses are we most likely to develop? These questions are not just academic in nature because the answers are of great practical importance to all of us. We need this information if we ...

Mar 13

Categories: Addictions, Inattention, Impulsivity, & Hyperactivity (ADHD), ...

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Psych Mat Asia Editor

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