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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed. 1 out of every 100 people are psychopaths and they look just like everybody else.   Dancing often increases happiness. A condition called “False Awakening” occurs when you’re dreaming that you’ve woken up, but still are in deep sleep. ~ Happy Friday!~ source: @Fact twitter.com/Fact

Life Is Wonderful vs. Life Is Woeful

Life Is Wonderful vs. Life Is Woeful

Reconciling the positive aspects of life with the terrible is challenging. In an era of incivility and aggression—an era of selfishness, greed and exploitation; with a wealth-poverty gap, political polarization, fundamentalist extremism, terrorism, fascist rhetoric, misogyny, gun violence, racism and anti-Semitism, war, and so much more—how can we possibly tolerate such terrible circumstances? On the other hand, in an era of exciting progress—scientific discoveries; magnificent art, writing and music; relative peace; international cooperation; feminist progress; philanthropy; exploration of the cosmos;…

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Why We Procrastinate

Why We Procrastinate

Last minute taskers rejoice: psychological research proves that procrastinators are not necessarily lazy. Often, they are people who fear failure and rejection but don’t know the right strategies to reveal and conquer that fear. Oh. Well that’s not much better than “lazy,” but at least we have a legitimate excuse. One of the more obvious reasons why people procrastinate is to avoid doing something unpleasant. However, this is actually not as simple as it may sound. While some tasks are…

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What Is Attachment Theory?

What Is Attachment Theory?

Introduction to attachment theory in developmental psychology, including Bowlby and Ainsworth’s contributions, evaluation and criticisms of attachment theory. Attachment theory is a concept in developmental psychology that concerns the importance of “attachment” in regards to personal development. Specifically, it makes the claim that the ability for an individual to form an emotional and physical “attachment” to another person gives a sense of stability and security necessary to take risks, branch out, and grow and develop as a personality. Naturally, attachment…

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Your World is Full of Placebo Buttons (and That’s a Good Thing)

Your World is Full of Placebo Buttons (and That’s a Good Thing)

All products and services, everything we buy and use, have but one job—to modulate our mood. The fundamental reason we use technology of all sorts, from stone tools to the latest iPhone, is to make us feel better. To prove the point, consider how perception of relief is tantamount to actual relief. Consider the so-called placebo button. Take, for example, the lowly crosswalk button. When we find ourselves at an intersection, waiting for a light to change, we tap the…

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The Power of Rituals

The Power of Rituals

WADE BOGGS, THE Hall of Fame third baseman for the Boston Red Sox, was famous for his pregame rituals. Before each outing, he ate chicken, took batting practice at 5:17 p.m., did wind sprints at 7:17 p.m., and fielded 150 ground balls. He also wrote the Hebrew word for life (“chai”) in the dirt before going up to bat. Did these superstitions do any good? Some new research suggests they might have, and that anyone — from Olympic athletes to…

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What Is Positive Psychology?

What Is Positive Psychology?

A Brief Overview of the Field of Positive Psychology Positive psychology is one of the newest branches of psychology to emerge. This particular area of psychology focuses on how to help human beings prosper and lead healthy, happy lives. While many other branches of psychology tend to focus on dysfunction and abnormal behavior, positive psychology is centered on helping people become happier. Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describe positive psychology in the following way: “We believe that a psychology of…

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Can We Ever Really Change Who We Are?

Can We Ever Really Change Who We Are?

As a psychiatrist and novelist concerned with people’s inner conflicts, I’m often asked whether people can truly change. The answer is: yes, and no. Most mental health professionals agree that our deeply embedded traits and tendencies are ingrained by the time we’re adolescents. Yes, there can be some minor modifications after that, but our basic way of interacting with others is pretty much set by the time we’re 17 or 18. We interact with others in a fairly inflexible and…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

  People are more likely to cry at night  because the lack of sleep makes emotions hard to control.   An Oxford University study has found that for every person you fall in love with and accommodate into your life  you lose two close friends.   A pizza delivery is more likely to arrive to your home  sooner than an ambulance in a case of an emergency.   Eating celery is technically exercise. When you eat celery,  you burn more…

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What Are the Building Blocks of a Good Life?

What Are the Building Blocks of a Good Life?

These 5 elements can change your life for the better. I spent years studying damage, deficit and dysfunction in the human mind. I don’t remember once in my training hearing the words “joy,” “awe” or “wellbeing.” We talked about “happiness” but only in a negative sense. During a manic phase of bipolar illness, patients may experience excessive happiness. The diagnostic criterion of mania includes a persistently elevated or expansive mood and inflated self-esteem. This is a bad thing. It has…

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