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People are making themselves miserable by trying too hard to be happy

In the wake of global events like Brexit and Donald Trump’s victory, it’s hard for a lot of people to feel happy right now. And according to psychology, we shouldn’t try to fight it.<p>A growing body of research suggests that striving for happiness as an end in itself can be self-defeating. In fact, …

Happiness

Four Simple Positive Psychology Interventions That Could Change Your Life

Positive Psychology (PP) is generally considered to be a subfield of psychology. Refreshingly, PP focuses on what is positive about human beings, …

Indonesia's mentally ill 'abused and stigmatized'

Human Rights Watch has released a report detailing the horrific treatment of people with mental health conditions in Indonesia. Shantha Rau Barriga, …

The Disturbing Truth About Anxiety and Depression in College

Much has been written about the epidemic of anxiety and depression on college campuses. This guest post by college-aged Jake Heilbrunn sheds light on …

Mental Health

Autism May Affect Social Development of the Brain

Experts at the University of California have published a research in <i>Brain and Behavior</i>, a journal, revealing how the brain’s “social area” is …

Autism

The Basics of Mental Health First Aid Everyone Should Know

Would you know what to do if an employee had a mental health crisis at work?<p>Somewhere along the line you probably learned the basics of first aid. If someone scrapes their knee you wash it and stick on a band aid. If the cut is deeper, you apply pressure and get some help. Maybe you even got a …

Artist Turns Sleep Disorder Nightmares Into Haunting Photo Series

"Each day that passes, I am able to gain more control over what happens within my episodes."<p>Sleep paralysis may seem like a Surrealist metaphor, but it's a very real health condition that affects roughly 8 percent of the population. It renders people who are on the brink of wakefulness -- either …

Science Finds An Interesting Link Between Anxiety And Intelligence

People who think too much may have little reason to worry. Recent studies have shown that there is a link between anxiety and intelligence and it is …

Psychology

Meet the scientist who is hotwiring the brain to treat depression by kickstarting the ability to feel pleasure

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — Inside a fifth-floor lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a 76-year-old neuroscientist is helping to reinvent …

Near-Infrared

Neurofeedback Illuminates Personalized Ways to Self-Motivate

In a groundbreaking new study, Duke University neuroscientists have pinpointed fascinating ways that individuals can learn how to manipulate specific …

The Brain

Are you a Highly Sensitive Person?

Up to 20% of the population are considered to be ‘highly sensitive.’ High sensitivity isn’t a psychological weakness, but is an innate trait…the …

Psychology

Be Amazed By This Marvelous Music Machine, Powered By 2,000 Marbles

<i>NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with Martin Molin, creator of the marble machine, on</i> Weekend Edition Sunday. <i>You can hear their conversation at the audio link.</i><p>The "Marble Machine" is a musical instrument by way of a Rube Goldberg contraption, the love child of a barrel organ, a kick drum, a vibraphone and …

3D

Can You Spot 10 Signs of a Childish Adult?

<b>How can you assess if an adult functions emotionally more like a child?</b><p>As a therapist who works primarily with couples, I have learned that almost …

Psychology

This is What Long-Term Stress Is Doing To Your Short-Term Memory - PsyBlog

The study also tested how long it took memory to recover from long-term stress.<p>Long-term stress damages the brain’s short-term memory system, new …

Why Silence Is So Good For Your Brain

In a loud and distracting world, finding pockets of stillness can benefit your brain and body. Here are four science-backed reasons why.<p>We live in a loud and distracting world, where silence is increasingly difficult to come by ― and that may be negatively affecting our health.<p>In fact, a 2011 World …

Humanity

Could You Hack Your Brain To Get More Motivated?

We know we should put the cigarettes away or make use of that gym membership, but in the moment, we just don't do it. There is a cluster of neurons in our brain critical for motivation, though. What if you could hack them to motivate yourself?<p>These neurons are located in the middle of the brain, in …

The Brain

The Royal Society of Open Science say 'simple' faces are more likely to be seen as attractive

Bland really IS beautiful: Researchers find 'simple' faces are more likely to be seen as attractive as they are easier for the brain to process<p><b>Men</b> …

Psychology

His stress is not like her stress

Muscles tighten, the heart pounds and nausea takes hold: In the face of sudden stress, men and women respond alike. But when threats, scares or …

Study Skills

5 Secrets for Daily Joy, Backed by Research

We all wanna be happier, right?<p>Thing is, depression is at epic levels. More people are unhappy and they’re getting miserable at an even younger …

Neuroscience says these five rituals will help your brain stay in peak condition

Thanks to improvements in medicine, more of us are living longer. That makes we have a heightened investment in making sure our brains stay in shape as we age, too. While an increased life expectancy will not necessarily lead to a higher incidence of cognitive disorders, Alzheimer’s alone is …

The Brain

Psychologist: Mental Illness Is a Result of Intolerable Circumstances, Not Defective Genes

The health professions make a grave mistake when they treat mental illnesses as “discrete brain conditions that are largely genetically determined …

Headphones That Get You High on Dopamine Are Tipped to Go on Sale Next Month

When the music is not enough.<p>Headphones that stimulate the release of dopamine in your brain and reportedly make you feel high as hell have been …

Consumer Tech