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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

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

'Winter blues' study finds key to depression resilience

A new study examines the brains of people with seasonal affective disorder to examine why some people do not develop depression despite being at risk.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

Can Trauma Be Inherited Between Generations? - The Atlantic

A new study on Civil War prisoners adds to the evidence suggesting that our parents’—and even grandparents’—experiences might affect our DNA.

Health & Fitness | Sleep

Struggling in the Dark - Mindful

Lots of research tells us what the best habits are around sleep, but if we are trying too hard day and night, rest may not come easily.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

When the Mind Goes Dark - Mindful

When depression hits, can meditating help you work through it? Maybe, but not always. Psychologists weigh in on when mindfulness therapies can (and can’t) help to ease depression.

Advice & Self-Help | Couples and Relationship Support

Why Mindset Is Critical in Successful Relationships

Whether you have a fixed or growth mindset affects the quality (and future) of your relationships. 

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

We Tell Suicidal People to ‘Get Help.’ But What Happens When They Do? | The Mighty

The Mighty answers the question, "What really happens to people who get help when they're suicidal?"

Psychology | Parenting and Kids

How to Help a Child With an Anxiety Disorder - The New York Times

When worrying gets in the way of a child’s functioning, parents need to get help rather than arranging the child’s life to avoid the occasions of anxiety.

Psychology | Parenting and Kids

Five Ways to Help Teens Build a Sense of Self-Worth - Mindful

Teens are experiencing increased levels of anxiety and perfectionism. Encouraging them to develop their strengths and see beyond themselves can help boost their self-esteem.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

Using Mindfulness to Treat Depression - Mindful

Daniel Goleman explains how Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy gives people the tools to recognize and talk back to negative thoughts.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

Somatic Mindfulness: What Is My Body Telling Me? (And Should I Listen?)

Somatic mindfulness—the ability to step back from what your nervous system is telling you—can be an especially helpful skill for managing trauma's effects.

Psychology | Personality

Brain scans could distinguish bipolar from depression: Looking inside the brain to distinguish bipolar from depression -

New research has found that neurons deep inside the brain could hold the key to accurately diagnosing bipolar disorder and depression.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

Compelling Speakers Do These 4 Things Every Single Time | Thrive Global

Leaders from Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama shared these easy-to-adopt habits that made them masterful orators.

Psychology | Personality

Teens Face Lifelong Health Effects After Sexual Assault | Thrive Global

All survivors grapple with lifelong consequences, but teens are particularly vulnerable to certain brain changes.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

The search for Meaning

Welcome to the Monitor on Psychology digital edition! This interactive format allows you to easily read, share with friends, and click on web links to get further resources.

Psychology | Personality

Your Fear of Confrontation Is Probably Unnecessary

New research from the University of Chicago finds that most people react better to honesty than we expect them to, suggesting that the common fear of confrontation is unhelpful and unfounded.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

Vagus Nerve Stimulation A 'Game Changer' For People Battling Depression - Study Finds

Clinical depression directly impacts 14 million Americans, many of whom do not get the desired results from medications or other traditional treatments. New research shows that vagus nerve stimulation could be a life-changer for people battling the mental

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

Battered woman syndrome: Definition, symptoms, and getting help

Battered woman syndrome is a condition that can develop as a result of an abusive relationship. Learn about the symptoms, stages, and complications.

Psychology | Personality

Why Children From Abusive Families Analyze Every Single Detail

It is a well-known fact our families are one of the guiding factors that shape our personalities while we're growing up. Parents raise us to the best of their

Psychology | Personality

This Is the Age When Your Self-Esteem Is Highest, Study Says | Time

A new study looks at how self-esteem changes with age, beginning from childhood to old age. Here's when self-esteem is highest.

Psychology | Personality

What do gut decisions reveal about us?

A new study compares the psychological effects of intuitive decisions based on the proverbial gut feeling with decisions made after careful deliberation.

Psychology | Personality

Who to trust: Study shows guilt-prone people are more trustworthy — Quartz at Work

New research from the University of Chicago suggests trustworthiness is actually linked to guilt.

Psychology | Personality

Moral Outrage Can Backfire When It Goes Viral - Pacific Standard

As negative comments accumulate, they start to come across as bullying—even if they're justified.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

Personal Traumatic Growth for Individuals with Hallucinations

Objectives: Hallucinations can be traumatic. However, research into ‘post-traumatic growth’ in relation to hallucinations is scarce. This study aims to furthe..

Psychology | Parenting and Kids

When There Is a Mental Health Crisis in Your Dorm - The New York Times

As colleges face criticism for asking mentally ill students to take leaves of absence, former students discuss their struggles, and their roommates and dorm mates recount what it’s like living with them.

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.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Poll: 71% of Americans Say Political Correctness Has Silenced Discussions Society Needs to Have, 58% Have Political View

The Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey, a new national poll of 2,300 U.S. adults, finds that 71% Americans believe that political correctness has silenced important discussions our society needs to have. The consequences are personal—58% of Ame

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

This College Professor Is Under Siege for Challenging Transgender Orthodoxy

“There’s a kind of feeling that there’s a mob. And you don’t run across a mob,” says a Boise State professor.

Family & Parenting | Family and Parenting

When They Say This ... They Might Need You To Know This. How to Deepen Your Connection and Increase Your Influence With

When we see through their words to the needs and feelings beneath, we deepen our connection, expand our influence, and become more able to guide them.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

After a Hurricane, New Confidence

Psychologists call it ‘posttraumatic growth’ and they see people emerge from scary times with confidence for new ventures, writes Elizabeth Bernstein in ‘Bonds: On Relationships.’

Advice & Self-Help | Relationships

Long-Distance Relationships – Real Life Things You Should Know Before Getting Started

Here's what you should know (advice, TIPs and problems) to make long-distance relationships work (last and keep) from real people before getting started.

Health & Fitness | Health News & Tips

Experiences in Childhood Can Alter Your DNA For The Rest of Your Life

Childhood is a defining period in anybody's life, but for many of us it seems those early life experiences could change the body right down to a genetic level.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Humans Have 27 Distinct Emotional States, Study Finds

A new study examining the various ways that we express ourselves determined that humans display 27 distinct emotional states.

Family & Parenting | Family and Parenting

Anxiety in Kids and Teens: Why Anxiety Triggers Often Don't Make Sense - And How to Tun Avoidance into Brave Behaviour -

Anxiety in kids and teens can be confusing, and can drive avoidance in a way that shrinks their world a little. Here's how to encourage brave behaviour.

Science & Technology | Social Media

We Can’t Stop Checking the News Either. Welcome to the New FOMO | WIRED

Who cares about my friends? I'm missing the news!

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Why Labelling President Trump as Mentally Ill Is Wrong | Psychology Today

Four reasons why the petition calling President Trump mentally ill is deeply troubling.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder | Dr. Phil

So many parents express concern about their children being diagnosed with bipolar at age 5, 10 or 15. How is bipolar diagnosed and what are some of the early onset signs? First of all, it typically takes 8 to 10 years after the first signs of bipolar to r

Advice & Self-Help | Relationships

How to Build a Healthy Relationship Between a Man and a Woman with Science

You may know what a healthy romantic relationship looks like, but do you know how to get one? Find out what stages you must go through before true love.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

10 Things You Need to Know About Codependency

Codependency is often misunderstood. It’s not just a label to slap on the spouse of every alcoholic. It encompasses a wide-range of behavior and thought patterns that cause people distress to varying degrees. I hope this article will help clear up some.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

If You’ve Ever Been Called Overly Emotional or Too Sensitive, This is For You

For some reason, people in this day and age think that being emotional is a bad thing, that telling someone they are 'too emotional' is an extreme insult. Is it really no longer okay to feel

Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

The average American has only one close friend — here's how we got to this point

Stanford psychologist Emma Seppala says Americans are experiencing a crisis of loneliness, and it's partly a result of our desire for independence.