10 ways to improve your Relationship by Responding Reflectively and ...

Imagine the following scenario. One member of a committed couple arrives home 45 min late. The other member of the couple who spent hours preparing a nice meal feels unappreciated and angrily snaps “Why are you so late?” This seems like an attack to the other mate who was laid off that ...

Jan 18

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

Written By:
Brian Scott

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Family Therapy in Addictions Work

I would like to offer my observations and recommendations based on my work in Singapore between 2005 and 2011 in the field of addictions. To summarize:   I just finished reading a superb article by Timothy Sim on family therapy in Singapore1. He captures it all. It brought me back to many ...

Jan 10

Categories: Addictions, Compulsive Spending / Shopping, Drug Addiction, Eating ...

Written By:
Marjorie Nixon LCSW

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Top 5 Articles of 2012 on Psychology Matters

The year has gone by in the blink of an eye and 2012 is coming to an end. Since we are all still here despite the predicted end of the world, let's take some time to look back at some of the articles that you enjoyed the most in the past year. We will continue working hard to give you more ...

Dec 28

Categories: Other

Written By:
Psych Mat Asia Editor

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Can Video Games improve your Attention?

Several years ago after having served in the U.S. Army as a flight medic, I decided to take advantage of some veteran-friendly prices and obtain a private pilot’s license. The $5,000 US price tag, however, was a bit too much for my. Imagine my surprise when an army pilot told me that 10 of ...

Dec 18

Categories: Adult psychological development, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity ...

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Self-Focused Attention in a Conversation increases Social Anxiety

Your two eyes together process about two megabytes of information per second. They accomplish this by transmitting along the approximately one million nerve fibers exiting each eye to the brain. We efficiently process this enormous amount of information by prioritizing certain information for ...

Dec 10

Categories: Anxiety, Self-Confidence

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Is there a relationship between codependency and ADHD?

  Codependency and adult attention deficit hyperactivity are special areas of clinical interest for me. Over the past couple of years, I had begun to notice that clients who initially had come for codependency treatment, frequently exhibited symptoms of ADHD. It also seemed that clients in ...

Nov 29

Categories: Adult ADHD, Adult psychological development, Codependency / Dependency

Written By:
Brian Scott

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Financial Hardship Changes Your Brain

The role of hardship in the association between socio-economic position and depression The World Health Organization reports “Depression is the leading cause of disability as measured by YLD (Years Lost to Disability)”1 Depression could be described as a general feeling of sadness or ...

Nov 16

Categories: Depression

Written By:
Tony Brown

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How does Mindfulness in Cognitive Behavorial Therapy Help you

" I've been I practicing mind-fullness all my life...I can multi-task, multi-think, and multi-stress with the best of them. What I'm not good at is mindfulness." A few years ago, while studying some brain anatomy material for an upcoming exam, I had an epiphany. It occurred to me ...

Nov 5

Categories: Mindfulness Meditation

Written By:
Tony Brown

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How does anti-social behavior during Childhood shape the Adult life

“Hate is as injurious to the subject of hate as it is to the object of hate.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This statement made by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has been one of my lifelong favorites. It goes past the typical non-violence quote by concentrating on how violent thoughts ...

Oct 25

Categories: Adult psychological development, Antisocial personality, Child and/or ...

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Anti Dementia

Want a sharper memory and a more agile mind? The solution might be just one click away. In late adulthood, cognitive functioning gradually declines with age- a process most people want to prevent. Emilio Muhd, a senior therapist at The Brain Foundation Singapore, has various solutions to tackle Attention Issues, Mild Memory Loss or ...

Oct 11

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Cognitive Problems Amnesia / Dementia, ...

Written By:
Emilio Muhd

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What is mental illness?

When you hear that someone has been diagnosed with a ‘mental illness’ — what enters your mind?  Is it that the person is perhaps psychotic?  Delusional?  Dangerous?  Would it change your opinion of your babysitter?  Your new love interest? Since the ...

Oct 6

Categories: Other

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Can Depression in an Individual be predicted?

What if we had the ability to predict or even prevent mental illness? A study in the Australian Journal of Psychology1 suggests that we may be able to soon. We estimate that by 2030 depression will be the leading cause of disease burden worldwide2 This is forecasted despite the fact that our ...

Sep 27

Categories: Adult psychological development, Depression

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Maintaining Faithfulness in married Expat Couples

I recently came across an article titled "Expat wives losing hubbies to Asian women a big worry" in which expat wives in Singapore expressed worries on the trend of expat husbands leaving their wives for local women. In today's ...

Sep 20

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Infidelity

Written By:
Brian Scott

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The Olympic Games and the source of National Pride

I am not a sports enthusiast by any stretch of the imagination. I am too lazy to play and too impatient to watch. There are, however, a few exceptions. Take for example the Tour de France. I watch is as a kind of inspiration because I keep threatening to take up bicycling as an exercise hobby. ...

Sep 12

Categories: Multicultural Concerns

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Can Empathy be Learned? The neural substrate of caring

I remember a science fiction show from television that featured a character which was said to have been an empath. For all I knew, the writers might have invented the word, but I thought it was an intriguing concept. The idea was that the empath, upon encountering someone who had suffered great ...

Sep 5

Categories: Empathy

Written By:
Tony Brown

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