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The answer to treating drug and alcohol addiction may be far simpler than you think

The answer is far simpler than you might think, at least according to neuroscience journalist and author Maia Szalavitz, whose new book, "Unbroken Brain," throws water on most of the modern assumptions that plague our understanding of drug and alcohol addiction.<p>Addiction, she writes, is not a …

My favorite online research tools for writers

Here’s how I researched material for a book I was ghostwriting. You might like these tools, too.<p>You can’t find everything on the Internet…yet. But …

41 Of The Most Suspenseful Books You'll Ever Read

*GASP*<p><i>Note: Entries have been edited for clarity and length.</i>

Books

God Is Not Dead — but Our Ability to Be Aware of God Might Be

TIME’s 1966 cover story—which provocatively asked “Is God Dead?”—was and remains an ethnocentric proposition with …

10 Tips for Staying Sober During Difficult Times

<b>Self-care is critically important, especially in early recovery. Here are some methods to stay balanced, for 12 steppers and non-12 steppers alike.</b><p>My …

Humans Evolved to Believe In God, This Theory Argues

More than eight in ten people worldwide believe in some form of religion.<p>More than eight in ten people worldwide have some sort of religious belief, according to a Pew Research Center study. Approximately one third of those people are Christian.<p>Even though the percentage of people who identify as …

Nurturing steps help build good relationships

By Judi Light Hopson, Emma H Hopson and Ted Hagen/Tribune News Service<p>Do you wonder why your marriage or a friendship has fallen apart?<br>One reason …

The No.1 Killer Of Your Happiness (and How To Beat It)

Can you name your most precious asset?<p>The one that guarantees you the best chance of happiness? Of skipping through your days, laughing and smiling, …

Happiness

Dahr Jamail | Not a Fish Tale: Humans Are Ingesting Plastic Thanks to Ocean Pollution

(Photo: Plastic Bag via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO)<p>Humans generate more than 300 million tons of plastic annually — an amount equal to the …

Mental illness mostly caused by life events not genetics, argue psychologists

Mental illness is largely caused by social crises such as unemployment or childhood abuse and too much money is spent researching genetic and biological factors, psychologists have warned.<p>Over the past decade funding bodies like the Medical Research Council(MRC) have spent hundreds of millions on …

10 Easy Steps for Breathing Calm Into Your Anxious Brain

Your brain is brilliantly wired to react to life-threatening danger. When it perceives a threat, your core brain instantly shifts into “survival …

The Real Difference Between Whiskey, Bourbon, Scotch and Rye

Ever wondered what the difference is between all those dark liquors? If you think they're all the same, think again. Whiskeys come in many forms, and we're here to help you distinguish between the three main types.<p>Ever wondered what the difference is between all those dark liquors? If you think …

Whiskey

5 weird signs you're vitamin deficient

When your body is trying to tell you something— for example, that you're skimping on critical vitamins— it may go to some strange lengths. "With today's diet of processed foods, it's easy to become vitamin deficient, either by not eating enough of the right foods or not absorbing them properly due …

You are not what you see because you are not the Self

You’re not what you see because you are not the ‘Self’. The ‘Self’ is Soul that sees the coming and going, of the world in which you exist. Thus, the …

Proof of Evolution That You Can Find on Your Own Body

DO try this at home.<p>It might sound a little offensive, but your body is a museum, full of ancient relics that no one really needs anymore. From your …

The first Muslims in England

<b>Sixteenth-century Elizabethan England has always had a special place in the nation's understanding of itself. But few realise that it was also the first time that Muslims began openly living, working and practising their faith in England, writes Jerry Brotton.</b><p>From as far away as North Africa, the …

The 3 Main Reasons Why People Have Affairs

“I just don’t know what’s wrong with him. I mean, we’ve been married for 25 years and this just started happening in the last few. But it keeps …

7 Totally Unexpected Ways to Use Your Myers-Briggs Results

Broken into four key quadrants, the Myers-Briggs personality test has proven to be a pretty reliable way to learn <i>a lot</i> about yourself. Results are especially useful in professional situations (employers love ’em!), where personality quizzes can reveal your dream career, help you maximize your …

Myers-Briggs

How extinct humans left their mark on us

<b>Most people in the world share 2-4% of DNA with Neanderthals while a few inherited genes from Denisovans, a study confirms.</b><p>Denisovan DNA lives on only in Pacific island dwellers, while Neanderthal genes are more widespread, researchers report in the journal Science.<p>Meanwhile, some parts of our …

Proof of evolution that you can find on your own body - Vox

Vestigial structures are evolution's leftovers — body parts that, through inheritance, have outlived the context in which they arose. Some of the most delightful reminders of the common ancestry we share with other animals, they show that the building blocks of the human body predate our species by …

Earth - What is the real reason we sleep?

There are a few things we literally cannot live without. Oxygen is one. Another is food and water. And then there is sleep: forcibly keep an animal awake for long enough and you will kill it. The same almost certainly applies to humans.<p>This fact alone tells us that sleep must be doing something …

Sleep

Eating Kimchi Helps With Social Anxiety Disorder, Science Says

Not long ago, my daily life was in really bad shape. I was sleeping anywhere between 3am to 6am on average, and on the really bad days I wouldn’t …

The best science fiction and fantasy novels – reviews roundup

Eric Brown on Radiance by Catherynne M Valente, Eleanor by Jason Gurley, Empire V by Victor Pelevin, A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab and Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky<p>In <b>Radiance</b> (Corsair, £16.99), her first adult novel for four years, Catherynne M Valente posits an absurdist alternative …

The Bible Unlocked: Jesus and Christ

Understanding the true meaning of words in the Bible unlocks the meaning of this ancient and sacred text. Before we go any further, we need to look at the central character in the New Testament, Jesus Christ. <b>Is this one being or two different beings?</b><p>A survey of the New Testament reveals that we …

Consciousness

19 Books That Are Brutally Honest About Mental Health

Memoirs, YA, essays and more.

Mental Health

Meat eating accelerated face evolution

<b>Eating raw meat and making stone tools may be behind the smaller teeth and faces of humans compared with their ancient relatives.</b><p>Meat and tools, not the advent of cooking, was the trigger that freed early humans to develop a smaller chewing apparatus, a study suggests.<p>This in turn may have allowed …

I'm in a Relationship With Four People. Just One Is My Husband.

"The thing I couldn't get my head around was never having another first kiss."<p><i>Lisa (a pseudonym), 34, has been with her husband for half of her life, and says being polyamorous has strengthened her marriage. Their relationship has been almost entirely open, albeit with differing rules and</i> …

People With Anxiety Perceive The World In A Fundamentally Different Way

Can't argue with science: A person isn't responsible for having a mental illness.<p>People who still believe the outdated notion that mental health conditions are "all in a person's head" have yet another reason to stop believing the myth: According to a new study in the journal Current Biology, those …

Mental Disorders

Mental health problems aren’t all in the brain | Clare Allan

Divorcing mental ill health from its social and political context, as the BBC’s recent In the Mind Series did, implies wider issues of inequality or poverty don’t matter

Mental Health