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Health & Fitness | Health News

Self-Induced Disease: Why the #1 Killer of Americans May Surprise You

Most modern illness comes from bad behaviors that that can be hard to change. But with focus and motivation, we can avoid self-inflicted suffering.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

It's Surprisingly Easy to Trick People With a Disguise, Sneaky Study Finds

It could be much easier to pull off the perfect heist than you think. According to a new study from the UK, you don’t need to disguise yourself much in order to fool the average person into thinking they’re looking at someone else. It might even take

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Magnetic Brain Stimulation as Treatment for Depression Disappoints in VA Trial - Alpha-Stim

Magnetic therapy is no more successful at treating depression than a placebo. Alpha-Stim has been proven in over 100 clinical trials to bring relief.

Health & Fitness | Psychology!

7 Awkward Tips for Making New Friends | Psychology Today

Research find that friendships last an average of seven years, so we all find ourselves short on friends sometimes. Making new ones takes some effort, but it's worth it.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

The decoy effect: how you are influenced to choose without really knowing it

Most pricing structures nudge us to spend more. But there's a particularly cunning type of pricing that can get us to swap our preference from a cheaper to a more expensive option.

Psychology | Parenting and Kids

How to Help Teens Weather Their Emotional Storms - The New York Times

A D.I.Y. snow globe full of glitter is an apt metaphor for the emotional chaos of the adolescent brain.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Experiences, Not Things, Get Better With Time

Our memories pay dividends that our possessions do not, increasing with value over time, while the things we buy just get old.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Socialism Ruins the Traditional Family Structure, Warns Expert

WASHINGTON—The economic problems brought by socialism are widely known, but the danger the ideology poses to the institution ...

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

Avoid Choking Under Pressure: Imagine Having Prize & Performing To Keep It – Re

By Christian Jarrett. The mental technique is called "incentive reappraisal" and it's reflected in changed activity in a key brain structure.

Advice & Self-Help | Couples and Relationship Support

Let Go: On-Again, Off-Again Relationships Harmful To Mental Health - Study Finds

Letting go is painful for many people when it comes to relationships, but a study suggests that it may be the safest option when it comes to protecting one's mental health.

Advice & Self-Help | Couples and Relationship Support

Sex Therapy for the 21st Century

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Advice & Self-Help | Parenting

This Dad’s Trick for Getting Picky Kids to Eat Is Brilliant

The idea: Just retire from cooking dinner to stop the flood of complaints from young diners. One parent tried it, and this is what happened.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

To Pursue the Science of Happiness, Try These 14 Tips

Helping others, spending time with friends, and getting off social media are some of the things researchers have found can make us feel happier.

Advice & Self-Help | Couples and Relationship Support

Don't Hide Your Feelings: Honesty Truly Is The Best Policy, Study Finds

Researchers with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business found that our fear of honesty is unfounded. Most people can handle -- and want to hear -- the truth.

Psychology | Parenting and Kids

Gen Z More Likely to Report Mental Health Concerns

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Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

How Helping People Affects Your Brain

It truly is better to give than receive, biologically speaking. The brain gives us an emotional boost when we put others first and do something selfless.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

Feeling Stuck or Anxious? Change Your Story to Move Forward | Psychology Today

An exciting new line of research shows that creating psychological distance from negative memories or threatening future events can help you manage your emotional response.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

The scientific process to heal any emotional trauma | Ladders

It’s important to note that when it comes to healing suppressed pain or emotional trauma, you don’t have to sit on someone’s couch and re-hash the past.

Advice & Self-Help | Couples and Relationship Support

The everyday experiences that make us feel loved

By Christian Jarrett. People experience love in many situations beyond just romantic relationships.

News | Animal Links

People with depression, all treatment failed, until they adopted a pet

By Christian Jarrett. The companionship and responsibilities involved in looking after a pet may help combat depression.

Health & Fitness | Sleep

Study: 7 In 10 Teens Don't Get Enough Sleep, Raising Risk For Drug Use, Suicidal Thoughts - Study Finds

According to sleep experts, teenagers need between eight and ten hours of sleep every night, but a new study finds that when they're not meeting that standard, they're more prone to risky behaviors.

Health & Fitness | Health & Fitness

This is your brain on video games

Given the immense power that games have to alter our consciousness, it’s natural to wonder what long-term effects they might have on our brains.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

9 Ways To Not Be So Stressed & Overwhelmed - mindbodygreen

Dr. Samantha Brody, licensed naturopathic physician and author of upcoming book, Overcoming Overwhelm: Dismantling Stress From the Inside Out, shares nine ways we can combat stress and the secret behind why what we're programmed to do isn't working.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

European Jews Feel Under Threat, Think of Emigrating Finds EU Survey

BRUSSELS—More than one in three European Jews have considered emigrating over the past five years because they no ...

Psychology | Personality

Shame may feel awful but it is fundamental to survival

By Emma Young. Shame functions like pain – as a warning not to repeat a behaviour that threatens our wellbeing. 

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

The Complicated Relationship Between Social Media and Depression - Neuroscience News

A new study reveals a correlation between the passive use of social media and depression symptoms such as loneliness and fatigue.

Advice & Self-Help | Couples and Relationship Support

What to Say to Someone in Grief

A new study suggests that while there may not be any objectively “right” things to say to someone in pain, saying less and listening more are always helpful. (“That sounds really hard” can also be a useful default.)

Psychology | Personality

What Are Ego Blind Spots?

An essay encourages people to consider their “ego blind spots”: hidden drives and assumptions that prompt us to keep repeating destructive knee-jerk reactions and behaviors. Is it possible to find these blind spots and reconsider (or eliminate) them?

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

5 Ways to Heal the Traumatized Brain (Part 4)

“Someone who has experienced trauma also has gifts to offer all of us- in their depth, in their knowledge of our universal vulnerability, and their experience of the power of compassion.”- Sharon Salzberg What a week. You’d...

Psychology | Personality

Coping Styles That Will Ease Your Worries

If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, here are two coping styles that will help ease your worries. Because when you're stressed it's important to have a plan.

Psychology | Personality

When Complex Trauma Is Misdiagnosed as Anxiety | The Mighty

A woman shares the difference between anxiety from complex trauma and generalized anxiety.

Advice & Self-Help | Advice

Five things to do when you have too many ideas and never finish anything

Many people have mastered the art of starting, but few have built the habit of finishing.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

An Astronaut's Guide to Navigating Stress - Mindful

In this video from Big Think, astronaut Chris Hadfield explains how to manage your reaction when stress hits.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

When Should I Meditate and When Should I Relax - Mindful

Meditation isn’t a vacation from everyday life—it can be an intensive course in exploring your inner landscape. If you need rest, Editor-in-Chief Barry Boyce says meditation may not be the best way to manage your mind.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

People with mental illness share what they want scientists to study - STAT

The new survey is part of a growing trend in the mental health field to listen to people and find out what they want scientists to study.

Psychology | Personality

How lights and sounds encourage risky behavior

A new study investigates how visual and auditory cues increase risk-taking behavior. The findings provide a much-needed insight into gambling addiction.

Psychology | Personality

A new "intelligence" test has been developed by psychologists — Quartz

But many have argued that evaluating something as complex as intelligence using just one measure is bound to be wrong.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

This is how psychotherapy for depression changes the brain – Research Digest

By Alex Fradera. Understanding the neural correlates of psychotherapy could help enhance its effectiveness.

Psychology | Personality

5 Ways to Stop Yourself From Jumping to Conclusions | Psychology Today

Coming to a conclusion before you have all the facts is a common problem that can hurt yourself and your relationships. Follow these steps to slow yourself down.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

How to Find the Motivation to Work Out When You’re Depressed

Working out can be especially difficult when you’re depressed, even though the brain benefits are powerful. An expert explains how to harness the latest research and get motivated.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

How I Learned That You Have the Power to Change Your Own Life

There were moments when it was easier to walk away, but I learned that change happens when you decide to keep going.

Health & Fitness | Health News

The Most Surprising Barrier To Weight Loss - PsyBlog

People's weight loss efforts can be undermined in this surprising way.

Health & Fitness | Health Tips

8 Ways to Tackle Morning Depression and Successfully Get Out of Bed

Depression can make it hard to get out of bed in the morning, especially when it’s kept you up all night or given you restless sleep. Here’s eight ways to tackle difficult mornings with a little self-care and consideration.

Psychology | Personality

Desiring to alter personality not enough unless you take concrete action to change –

By Christian Jarrett. Active behavioural change is required to achieve shifts in personality.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

The overlooked subset of people who thrive after major depression

By Emma Young. More research is needed into people who experience "high functioning after depression".

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

6 things that make people live longer, happier lives - Business Insider

Harvard followed 800 people for their entire lives to see what makes people live happier, healthier, and longer. The study was the longest prospective study of physical and mental health in the world, and it found six factors that impact happiness, includ

Psychology | Personality

The Science Behind Why We Procrastinate — Breather Insights

Procrastination is a near-universal experience. Who hasn’t felt the impulse to briefly shrink away from our responsibilities to check our feeds, gossip with coworkers or just stare off into space?

Psychology | Personality

The 3 Qualities of a Successful Leader - Mindful

Based on extensive research, Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter reveal the three qualities present in the minds of great leaders.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

Sexual Assault And Harassment May Affect Women's Health For Years

In a small study of middle-aged women, a history of sexual assault and workplace harassment was linked to health problems like hypertension, sleeplessness and depression.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

This bizarre-looking font helps you remember what you read

The half-finished letters are designed to make us more engaged with what we’re reading, which increases memory retention.

Psychology | Personality

Understanding Reality: What Hallucinations Reveal - The Atlantic

Experiences like hearing voices are leading psychologists to question how all people perceive reality.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

Go ahead, talk to yourself. It's normal —and good for you.

Talking to yourself isn’t just normal, it’s good for your mental health — if you have the right conversations.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Can Be Contagious - Scientific American

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

Psychology | Personality

12 signs of a depression relapse

After experiencing one period of depression, many people experience a relapse. This can happen either before recovery is complete, or some time later, as a separate episode. Learn more about the early signs of relapses and recurrence and possible trigger

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

First PTSD Study During Warfare By Israeli Researchers Provides Early Symptom Indicators | Health News

Joint research by the University of Haifa and Natal during Operation Protective Edge in 2014 looked at reactions and experiences as the conflict unfolded.

Politics | The War On Gender

Is Transgender The New Anorexia? New Study Suggests So

A blockbuster study suggests that in some cases transgender is a 'social contagion,' a maladaptive coping technique spread by peer groups and the Internet.

Health & Fitness | Psychology

Understanding Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder

The term "passive-aggressive" is used to describe behavior that expresses defiance or hostility indirectly, rather than openly.

Travel | Travel

How Your Brain Morphs Stressful Family Vacations Into Pleasant Memories - The New York Times

There may be a lot of bickering, but your memory creates a nostalgia-inducing highlight reel that makes you want to plan the next trip.

Health & Fitness | Health

Pictures: What Are Personality Disorders?

What does it feel like to have a personality disorder? It can be confusing and upsetting to do everyday things like going to the store or asking for a favor. Find out if you have signs of these conditions and what to do if you think you might have one.

Advice & Self-Help | Advice

Psychologists Reveal The Easiest Hacks For Overthinkers To Try When They're Spiraling

Overthinking is the type of thing you don't realize you're doing until it's already succeeded in making you feel horrible. Whether it's some nightmarish, worst-case scenario you've imagined for the future, or a spiral about a text exchange with your…

Advice & Self-Help | Advice & Self-Help

Gwyneth Paltrow's latest profile reveals the wellness industry's utter quackery

It’s not surprising to see Goop’s anti-science, anti-fact garbage exposed for what it is – and all the signs were there for Elle Macpherson’s hook-up with discredited doctor Andrew Wakefield, too

Psychology | Psychology

Scientists Explain Why You Can't Stop Going Back to the Same Places | Inverse

In a study released last week in Nature "Human Behavior" a team of mathematicians explain that at any given time people regularly return to a maximum of 25 places. They say that it's not necessarily the same 25 places, but when you begin going t

Advice & Self-Help | Advice & Self-Help

The Best Ways to Pivot When You're Feeling Overwhelmed

'Delete, delegate, delay and do' is a time-management technique you're likely to find helpful.

Advice & Self-Help | Advice

5 Ways To Overcome Online Social Media Fatigue For Mental Well-Being

Are you feeling anxious, stressed and overwhelmed with social media? You might be suffering from social media fatigue. Here are top 5 ways to tackle and overcome social media fatigue for mental health and well-being.

Business & Finance | Business

59 Percent Of You Will Share This Article Without Even Reading It

A recent study found that 59 percent of all links shared on social networks aren't actually clicked on at all, implying that people are sharing articles without ever getting past the headlines.

Music | Music

This Is Your Brain On Music | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

USC's Dr. Assal Habibi has been studying the brains of 80 kids for five years in the hopes of answering the question: does studying music enhance brain function? We'll soon find out.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

Being Your Own Partner | Thrive Global

It doesn't matter if you are alone or you find a romantic relationship or a partner as long as you love yourself and have self-respect.

Health & Fitness | Psychology!

Why Walking Through Doorways Makes Us Forget

Ever walked from your kitchen to the living room to find your phone and then forgotten what you were looking for once you got there? Researchers think your brain is hard-wired to undergo precisely that process of forgetting.

Advice & Self-Help | Health & Fitness

Panic Attack vs. Heart Attack: How to Tell the Difference

There are a few easy, helpful ways to distinguish between the two. Here, an expert explains how to spot the difference.

Health & Fitness | Health & Fitness

13 Facts About Vertigo | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

Books | Books

What does running do to your brain?

Neuroscientists have studied treadmill runners, ultramarathon athletes – and a number of lab animals – to investigate the effects of running on grey matter

Psychology | Psychology

A New Report Says Stanford's Most Famous Psychology Experiment Is a 'Fraud,' a 'Sham,' and a 'Lie' | Inc.com

You were almost certainly taught this 50-year-old experiment's findings. But what really happened?

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Women Who Walk This Way Are Most Attractive

Attractiveness is not just down to body size and shape -- the way people move may be just as important.

Health & Fitness | Psychology

How Much Smartphone Use Is Too Much?

Researchers have a term for the fear of being without your phone: nomophobia ("no mobile phone phobia").

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

Positive Self-Talk: 7 Things Mentally Healthy People Tell Themselves

The messages we give to ourselves every day have enormous power. Anything that is repeated and repeated and repeated can become "truth" -- even when it isn't. Any coach will tell you that practice doesn't necessarily make perfect but it certainl

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

How Useful Is Fear? - The Atlantic

Evolution has installed phobias in humans that are proving hard to shake.

Psychology | Psychology

Online dating lowers self-esteem and increases depression, studies say - CNN

Dating apps are a booming business, but they may be taking a toll on their users' mental health.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

A Wise Man Balances – Total Activity Equals Total Rest

Give it everything you've got! Balance come from being active so totally that passivity follows automatically.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

'Dear Kids, Love From Your Brain.' What All Kids Need to Know About the Brain -

Kids do great things with the right information, and any information we can give them about how to become the best version of themselves will lay a sprinkling of gold dust on their path to adulthood. They have enormous power to influence the structure and

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Where you live has a bigger impact on happiness and health than you might imagine - San Antonio Express-News

When my husband and I moved from Los Angeles to Washington for his job, I saw only the cons in our new city: Overcast skies, solemn monuments and women wearing an accessory I'd forgotten about from junior high dances: Pantyhose. The humidity was oppressiv

Politics | Politics

Why unintelligent protest may kill democracy

Protest is an age-old social good, but a new strain developing on the Left may kill democracy, says "professor in exile" Heather Heying.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

A New Approach to Understanding Social Anxiety

There’s more to social anxiety disorder than just its symptoms says new research

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

Rewiring Your Avoidant, Anxious, or Fearful Attachment Style

Sometimes it's less about figuring things out and more about practicing behaviors that will help rewire your emotional system and give you the freedom to change.

Advice & Self-Help | Health & Fitness

Why Do I Wake Up Feeling Like I Never Slept?

A new study helps explain why so many insomniacs feel like they never fell asleep: It’s possible to remain consciously aware while your brain (or parts of it, anyway) is in a sleep pattern.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

How to Cope When Debt Wrecks Your Mental Health

Here’s expert advice on handling the psychological and emotional toll of money, especially when you’re in debt.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Positive Parenting and the Brain

You're never going to look back on your life and say, "I wish hadn't been so kind to my children!"

Psychology | Psychology

Renowned Harvard Psychologist Says ADHD Is Largely A Fraud

If anyone has the professional expertise and moral authority to compare psychology to a rotten piece of furniture, it is Jerome Kagan...

Family & Parenting | Kids

The secret world of babies

This lab is revealing the hidden workings of babies’ brains… and could prove key in getting earlier support to children who have neurological differences like autism.

Advice & Self-Help | Dr. Eleanor's Websites & Social Media Links

Interview: The way of the Sacred Feminine

Delve into Beyond Human Design for self-discovery. Learn about the multidimensional universe and recognize the truth of your Self

Family & Parenting | Kids

How to Help Your Kids Overcome Anxiety

Whether your kid is scared of monsters or fearful of going to preschool, here's how to help your kid overcome his/her anxieties and fears.

Health & Fitness | Psychology

Narcissists Are More Likely to Be Compulsive Facebook Users | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

Health & Fitness | Psychology

Scientific research shows gender is not just a social construct

“I don’t know any real researcher of human behavior who would say it’s all nature or all nurture.”

Psychology | Psychology

Screen time: Mental health menace or scapegoat? - CNN

Teens' happiness and self-esteem can be linked to the amount of time they're spending in front of their screens, a new study says.

Psychology | Psychology

This new brain study shows why some people are more creative than others

Creativity is often defined as the ability to come up with new and useful ideas. Like intelligence, it can be considered a trait that everyone – not just creative "geniuses" like Picasso and Steve Jobs – possesses in some capacity.

Psychology | Psychology

7 Simple Ways to Break a Sugar Addiction

Is sugar your vice? Are you ready to start kicking this habit for good? If sugar is ruling your diet, then these tips will help you gain control over your food

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Evidence For Higher State of Consciousness Found - PsyBlog

The first study to show higher brain-signal diversity than normal when people are awake.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

The Intrinsic Motivation of Richard Ryan and Edward Deci - PsycIQ

Psychologists Richard Ryan, left and Edward Deci, developed the Self-Determination Theory (SDT) of motivation, which toppled the dominant belief that the best way to get human beings to perform tasks is to reinforce their behavior with rewards. In 1977, t

Health & Fitness | Psychology

7 ways to tell if you're talking to a psychopath or a narcissist

Scientists and mental-health experts have pinpointed a few key behaviors of psychopaths and narcissists when they're interacting with other people.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

World Health Organization is recognizing gaming disorder as a mental health condition

The World Health Organization is officially recognizing gaming disorder, or video game addiction, as a mental health condition.

Psychology | Psychology

Does Drinking Make Anxiety Worse? | POPSUGAR Fitness

You know the story: you're nervous before a big date or you want to unwind after a stressful day and have a drink to calm yourself. It helps, too. Drinking a

Health & Fitness | Health News

Get to know a gene: #HTR2A | GeneSight

What is HTR2A? The 5-HT2A receptor, encoded by the HTR2A gene, is responsible for post-synaptic serotonin signaling and is a target for many antipsychotics and antidepressants.1 Two single nucleotide polymorphisms...

Advice & Self-Help | Advice & Self-Help!

12 Simple Phrases That Are Guaranteed to Make People Like You More

A dozen simple, easy-to-remember phrases, and they'll almost always make other people react positively to you.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Top 4 Health Benefits of Marriage - Dr. Axe

While marriage brings challenges, science consistently shows that it's great for your health in certain ways. Here are the top health benefits of marriage.

Psychology | Psychology

Those who need it most don’t get psychiatric care. It's a mental health crisis | Vyom Sharma | Opinion | The Guardian

People die without getting adequate psychiatric help, and it turns out even killing someone else isn’t enough to qualify for care. The system is failing

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

The Key to Becoming the Most Wonderful Version of Yourself

We all strive to be successful, or "good at" our work, parenting, athletic or whatever your favorite hobby is. But one thing we don't think about - is how to be wonderful.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

6 Signs You’re Actually An Outgoing Introvert, Because Yes, Those Exist

You’ve probably always considered yourself either an extrovert or an introvert, because in the dichotomy, you were either one or the other. Well, like with many things in life, this is not a simple case of black and white. There’s a large gray area t

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

You Don't Really Know Yourself

For the most part, people are unaware that their lives are controlled and regulated by negative attitudes toward themselves that represent a basic aspect of their identity

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Study: Being Alone Can Be Good For Your Health, Sparks Creativity

Just because you prefer to be alone doesn't mean you're depressed. A new study finds that being anti-social from time to time is linked to creativity.