Want to Keep Your Exercise Resolutions? New Research Offers Pointers

Sticking with an exercise routine means being able to overcome the obstacles that invariably arise. A key to success is having the confidence that you can do it, researchers report. A new study explores how some cognitive strategies and abilities ...

Aug 17

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Money Can Buy Isolation

Money can bring you happiness, studies show, but not as much as you might think. The richer you get, the happier you get, but the returns diminish after you reach a certain standard of living. (See Do We Need $75,000 a Year to Be Happy?) One of the ...

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Psychologists Interrupt the Miserable Cycle of Social Insecurity

Tom likes Susan but he fears she does not like him. Expecting to be rejected, he's cold toward Susan. And guess what? She snubs him back. His prophesy is self-fulfilled, his social insecurity reinforced. The miserable cycle continues. But what if ...

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Reel Therapy – movies related to counseling

There’s just something about movies, books, and songs that get into our heads and hearts in a better way than talk therapy. Often I have my clients tell me about their favorite movies because it gives me insight into their worldview. Just the ...

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Spoiling The Ending Makes For A Better Story

Old Yeller dies, Darth Vader is Luke's dad, Little Red Riding Hood lives. Did I spoil it? Yes I did. But maybe I did you a favor. Spoilers enhance the enjoyment of a story, according to findings to be published in the journal Psychological ...

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Scientists Highlight Link Between Stress and Appetite

Researchers in the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine have uncovered a mechanism by which stress increases food drive in rats. This new discovery, published online this week in the journal Neuron, ...

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How to Say No to Your Boss

People-pleasing can be a trap almost anyone can fall into. This is especially true during times of stress or economic uncertainty when there is an extra element of fear or insecurity in the workplace. We begin to think about others’ feelings, ...

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Social Acceptance and Rejection: The Sweet and the Bitter

For proof that rejection, exclusion, and acceptance are central to our lives, look no farther than the living room, says Nathan Dewall, a psychologist at the University of Kentucky. "If you turn on the television set, and watch any reality TV ...

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Mythbusters II: We Do NOT Begin As Blank Slates

We love the idea of childhood innocence. We love the idea that babies are born into the world with a blank slate. Anything is possible. Protect them from the dangers of the world and they will have perfectly wonderful, carefree lives. The ...

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Intestinal Protein May Have Role in ADHD, Other Neurological Disorders

A biochemical pathway long associated with diarrhea and intestinal function may provide a new therapeutic target for treating ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) other neuropsychiatric disorders, according to a team of scientists from ...

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Riot psychology

In the coming weeks we can expect to see politicians and pundits lining up to give us their smash-and-grab clichés for the recent urban riots in the UK. They’ll undoubtedly give a warm welcome to our old friends economic decay, disengaged ...

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Incivility a growing problem at work, psychologists say

"Workplace incivility" is on the rise, researchers said Sunday at the American Psychological Association annual meeting. The academics define workplace incivility as "a form of organizational deviance… characterized by low-intensity behaviors ...

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Can Blaming Others Make People Sick?

Constant bitterness can make a person ill, according to Concordia University researchers who have examined the relationship between failure, bitterness and quality of life. "Persistent bitterness may result in global feelings of anger and hostility ...

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Psychology, Not Economics, is Behind Market Bubbles

In stock market bubbles, human nature comes in and mucks up elegant economic theories. The stock market is supposed to be so efficient that it immediately corrects any errors due to human logical biases. There are even investors who exploit ...

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When Irrational Thinking and Emotion Prevail, the Economy Suffers

The threat of a “double dip” back into an economic recession looms, but if this comes to pass, the reasons would be much different from the body blow the U.S. economy received a few years ago. In 2008, a number of major financial institutions ...

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