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Manage Stress by Knowing What You Value

Much has been written about “stress management” techniques that are primarily behavioral in nature — such as getting adequate sleep, regular exercise, and mental downtime; taking vacation; doing controlled breathing; practicing yoga or mindfulness meditation; or getting acupuncture treatments. But …

Man who claims he hasn't showered in 12 years uses bacteria to stay 'clean'

Dave Whitlock, a chemical engineer, has eschewed bathing for 12 years in favour of dousing himself with a probiotic spray<p>Showering, for many of us, is an important part of our daily routine. Personal hygeine is a good thing to maintain if you want friends or a job.<p>However, Dave Whitlock, a chemical …

Synthetic Biology

Grow your own happiness: how meditation physically changes the brain

People can boost their happiness by growing a part of the brain which increases positive thinking, scientists believe<p>Aristotle said that ‘happiness depends upon ourselves’ and a new study suggests it is possible to physically grow a happier brain through practices like meditation.<p>Although …

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7 Dangerous Myths About Depression in Men

There were over 41,000 deaths from completed suicide in 2013 with males accounting for nearly 80 percent of fatalities. In addition to the individual loss of life, the emotional and psychological costs to family members, friends and entire communities are enormous. Despite the apparent need for …

How To Break The Cycle Of Negative Thoughts In Your Head

We've all fallen prey to shame spirals and rumination. In his new book, Elisha Goldstein, PhD, helps you identify and escape those bad-mood traps.<p>Who doesn't know that thrumming, repetitive thinking that plays on an endless loop in our brains? It can start with anything -- a grouchy look from …

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How Can Psychology Help You Live a Better Life?

How can psychology apply to your everyday life? Do you think that psychology is just for students, academics, and therapists? Then think again. …

What the Psychology of Suicide Prevention Teaches Us About Controlling Our Everyday Worries

<i>“We must gain victory, not by assaulting the walls, but by accepting them,”</i> wrote James Gordon Gilkey in his 1934 guide to how not to worry. <i>“Don’t worry about popular opinion … Don’t worry about the past. Don’t worry about the future. … Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you,”</i> F. Scott …

A Simple Exercise to Increase Well-Being and Lower Depression from Martin Seligman, Founding Father of Positive Psychology

<i>“When [a man] has fair health, a fair fortune, a tidy conscience and a complete exemption from embarrassing relatives,”</i> Henry James wrote in his diary, <i>“I suppose he is bound, in delicacy, to write himself happy.”</i> More than a mere philosophical contemplation, however, James’s observation presages …

How Our Delusions Keep Us Sane: The Psychology of Our Essential Self-Enhancement Bias

<i>“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope,”</i> Helen Keller wrote in her 1903 treatise on optimism. But a positive outlook, it turns out, isn’t merely an intellectual disposition we don — it’s a deep-seated component of our evolutionary wiring and the product …

27 Psychological Reasons Why Good People Do Bad Things

It's an old story: The star executive who gets caught waist-deep in a fraud scandal; the finance phenom who steals millions by skimming off the top.<p>What causes these smart, successful people to get wrapped up in illegal activities and unethical behavior? Dr. Muel Kaptein of the Rotterdam School of …

How Actors Create Emotions: A Problematic Psychology

Fully inhabiting the mind, mannerisms, and reality of a fictional character can be as alienating as it is rewarding.<p>Early on in her career, Deborah Margolin realized that she was a woman nobody liked, not even herself. She was a “homely person who was pregnant all the time”—not because she enjoyed …

How Your Brain Circuits Become Miswired

How do the faulty brain circuits involved in mental disorders such as autism or retardation develop? Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College …

Could Brain Scans Reveal The Right Treatment For Depression?

Finding the right treatment for depression can be a struggle. People find relief with the first treatment only 40 percent of the time. Trying different antidepressants or therapies can take months, which means months of suffering.<p>Scientists are trying to better the odds by searching for signals in …

Meditation Beats Anxiety By Activating Certain Brain Regions, Study Finds

Mindfulness meditation -- nonjudgmental awareness of thoughts and emotions -- is known for its anxiety-busting powers, and now scientists are getting a better understanding of <i>why</i> it has this impact in the brain.<p>Researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that meditation has effects on …

Psychopathic wiring: Disturbed differences - Ezine

Incarcerated psychopaths<p>Psychopathy is characterised as a personality disorder in which the afflicted lacks empathy for other people, feels no …

Psychopaths' Brains Aren't Wired To Show Empathy, Study Finds

Psychopaths are unable to show empathy toward others because their brains aren't wired to do so, according to a new study in JAMA Psychiatry.<p>Researchers from the University of Chicago used brain imaging technology to find that psychopaths have less activation in certain parts of the brain and high …

Training the brains of psychopaths: Daniel Reisel at TED2013

Photos: James Duncan Davidson<p>Daniel Reisel is here to talk about our brains. In particular, how we might change them–and how this kind of thinking …

Would Judge Give Psychopath With Genetic Defect Lighter Sentence?

In 1991, a man named Stephen Mobley robbed a Domino's pizza in Hall County, Ga., and shot the restaurant manager dead.<p>Crimes like this happen all the time, but this particular case became a national story, in part because Mobley seemed so proud of his crime. After the robbery, he bragged about the …

What autism can teach us about psychoanalysis

It is probably impossible to watch Sophie Robert's extraordinary compelling documentary The Wall: Psychoanalysis Put to the Test for Autism, and not be outraged. Robert's brilliantly crafted polemic, released in France last year, exposes the plight of a person with autism in France today: first …