Why it is hard to measure Emotional Intelligence?

“The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control their emotions by the application of reason.” This quote by the 20th century writer Marya Mannes sums up has Western thought has subordinated emotion to intelligence since just after the time of Charles Darwin. Darwin ...

Mar 22

Categories: Emotional Intelligence


Is Emotional Intelligence an intrinsic Trait or an Ability to be ...

Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to appreciate one’s own emotions while maintaining awareness of others’. There are different components of the EI process to consider. First, the emotional intelligence of perception concerns the ability to recognize emotion cues in their ...

Feb 13

Categories: Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues, Emotional Intelligence


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as Adjunctive Treatment for Psychosis

As mindfulness and CBT make their way into mainstream medicine, there are many hurdles to clear. We need to accomplish more research on the anatomical correlates, neural substrates and cognitive descriptions. We will also need to educate more healthcare practitioners who, until now consider ...

Jan 28

Categories: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


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 ...


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


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


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


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 ...


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


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


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


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


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


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, ...


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


Blog Writer:

Tony Brown

Tony Brown is a former U.S. Army (Reserve) Medical Officer, and currently completing his studies as an M.D./PhD/MBA candidate, with a research thesis titled, “Pharmacology and the Neurological Correlates of Consciousness.”