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Avoiding spiritual struggles and existential questions is linked with poorer mental health

Fear of confronting the tensions and conflicts brought on by existential concerns — the “big questions” of life — is linked with poorer mental …

Mental Health

9 signs you're dealing with an emotional manipulator

A few years ago, Facebook, in conjunction with researchers from Cornell and the University of California, conducted an experiment in which they intentionally played with the emotions of 689,000 users by manipulating their feeds so that some users only saw negative stories while others only saw …

Self-help

Your Comprehensive Guide to Probiotics

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Eating

Yoga Nidra: The Key to Better Sleep? | Goop

According to Ananda’s head of yoga, Kirit Thacker, one session of the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra, which means, “psychic sleep,” is equivalent to …

How The Bacteria In Your Gut Could Be Used To Treat Mental Illness

New research finds that altering gut bacteria in mice changes the way their brains work.<p>The trillions of bacteria living in the human gut influence how our brain functions, our mood and behavior. Scientists have linked imbalances in this community of microbes to a range of psychiatric conditions, …

Mental Disorders

100 Must-Read Memoirs, From The Famous To The Obscure

I know quite a few readers who credit reading a memoir as their gateway into other nonfiction. While I certainly love memoirs for that, it’s also a …

Books

Top 52 Mind-Blowing and Peaceful Meditation Quotes

Meditation is that magical tool which helps us to control our restless mind, every day we encounter with hundreds and thousands of thoughts, some of …

Meditation

Is porn immoral? That doesn't matter: It's a public health crisis.

Last month, the Republican-led Utah House of Representatives became the first legislative body in the United States to pass a resolution declaring pornography "a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms." The liberal backlash …

'Religious freedom' bills: Opinions are as different as individuals in the South

<b>Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) —</b> A spate of bills across the nation, but especially across the South, has pitted religious freedom against LGBT rights, resurrecting the specter of the civil rights movement, which saw religion and race locking horns many decades ago.<p>In North Carolina, it's about which …

LGBTQI

Field Of Light: Artist Uses 50,000 Lights To Turn Desert Into Surreal Fairytale

Bruce Munro is an internationally acclaimed British artist best known for his vast and immersive light-based installations. For this latest project, …

Testosterone Decreases The Ability To Feel Empathy By Interrupting Brain Networks

Whenever there’s a quarrel, fist-fight or bar brawl, testosterone usually has something to do with it. Famous for fuelling aggression, this male sex …

Neurology

Gut bacteria regulate nerve fibre insulation

Research suggests that gut bacteria may directly affect brain structure and function, offering new ways to treat multiple sclerosis and psychiatric conditions<p>Far from being silent partners that merely help to digest food, the bacteria in your gut may also be exerting subtle influences on your …

Neuroscience

Healing The Healer: Why Physicians and Medical Professionals Must Practice Self-Care

As patients, we look to our doctors and others in the medical profession to help us heal from illnesses. However, what the studies indicate is that doctors and medical professionals often struggle with burnout and depression, as well as substance abuse. This leads to asking the question: What are …

What Changes When a School Embraces Mindfulness?

It was lunch time at Marysville School in Southeast Portland when the fire broke out. Teachers quickly herded their students out of the building to …

Teaching

There was no wave of compassion when addicts were hooked on crack

<b>EKOW YANKAH, Law Professor, Yeshiva University:</b><p>That Kroger, the Midwestern grocery chain, has decided to make the heroin overdose drug naloxone …

Republicans

A Day in the Life of Two Feminist, Cannabis-Growing Nuns

“They are exactly who they present themselves to be,” say photographers Shaughn Crawford and John DuBois of the <i>Sisters of the Valley</i>, two nuns who …

This Psychedelic Drug is Helping in the Fight Against Depression

Psychology researchers have found a link between mental time travel and depression. Mental time travel refers to our ability to ruminate on events …

Depression

Hyperrealistic Oil Paintings of Women in Sheets Celebrate the Beauty of the Female Form

Artist Serge Marshennikov‘s delicate oil portraits honour the inherent beauty of the female form. Combining hyperrealistic methods with a flair for accurately conveying the beauty of the women he paints, Marshennikov has made a name for himself in the art world. Recognized as an accomplished …

Painting

These Disney Paintings Are Incredibly Vivid, and Just A Little Bit Creepy

When Walt Disney was at his best, his movies worked on many levels. As family entertainment, they were brilliant. But the subversive themes and winks …

The color of heroin addiction — why war then, treatment now?

By Joe Davidson<p>, Columnist<p>The nation’s heroin epidemic found its way from the shadows of America to Capitol Hill on Tuesday as lawmakers and experts struggled with a raging disease that is leaving an increasing number of bodies behind.<p>Heroin deaths have almost tripled since 2010, Louis J. Milione, …

A 'Habitual Drunkard' Law Is Keeping Homeless Alcoholics on the Streets in Virginia | VICE News

<i>This story is part of a partnership between MedPage Today and VICE News.</i><p>Bryan Manning was once arrested for being inside a Walmart where liquor happened to be sold.<p>Manning is one of the 16.6 million alcoholics over 18 in the United States, but because he is homeless, a legal aid center says he's …

Why Finland has the best schools

The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, "Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just about the opposite of what we are doing in the United States."<p>Following his recommendation, I enrolled my 7-year-old son in a primary school in …

Education

We Are Sex Addicts: 6 Distinctly Un-Sexy Realities

For anyone famous enough that getting caught sticking their pants-parts in places they shouldn't is grounds for a press conference, the go-to tactic …

How Altruistic is Your Brain?

Many scholars have argued that we humans are a morally flawed species, concerned only about ourselves. Without religious doctrine and strict ethical …

UC Berkeley

JK Rowling's Harry Potter chair 'to fetch $45,000 at auction'

At first glance, it's not a piece of furniture that will leave you spellbound.<p>A slightly battered 1930s oak dining chair, even its owner says it is the sort of household object that would have been "purchased from a junk shop for a tenner".<p>However, as the words painted on the chair's backrest say: …

J K Rowling

TimesLIVE

The Stanford Prison Experiment Architect Has Become an Anti-Porn Crusader

Dr. Philip Zimbardo is best known as the architect of the Stanford Prison Experiment, in which a group of randomly assigned “guards” in a simulated …

Psychology

16 books that every introvert should read

There's nothing better than a storyline that really speaks to you, so we rounded up 16 books with themes and characters that introverts will really appreciate.<p>Read on for literature real introverts need to read.

Books

The Secret Language of Narcissists, Sociopaths and Psychopaths: How Abusers Manipulate Their Victims

<b>The Secret Language of Narcissists, Sociopaths and Psychopaths: How Abusers Manipulate Their Victims by Shahida Arabi</b><p>Society assumes that everyone …