Yasmin

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Race and Spanking in the US: A Spank is a Spank is a Spank

Yes, it is no secret how we at child-psych.org feel about spanking. Nestor and I have both posted on it before. Still, there remain arguments that …

Art as Therapy: Alain de Botton on the 7 Psychological Functions of Art

The question of what art is has occupied humanity since the dawn of recorded history. For Tolstoy, the purpose of art was to provide a bridge of empathy between us and others, and for Anaïs Nin, a way to exorcise our emotional excess. But the highest achievement of art might be something that …

Soft Overcomes Hard: Control Your Emotions with Tai Chi | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

One of the deepest teachings of Tai Chi philosophy is to overcome hardness with softness. A classic example of this is water – it is the embodiment …

Angry Kids: Dealing With Explosive Behavior

When a child—even a small child—melts down and becomes aggressive, he can pose a serious risk to himself and others, including parents and …

Autism

Are Teens Taking On Adult Stress Habits?

Teens experience stress in a way that is similar to adults, according to a new survey by the American Psychological Association (APA). In fact, teens …

How internet and games affect the teenage mind: mini-lecture (UCL)

Teens

Mind matters: the mental health taboo at universities

"I was depressed and paranoid", "I was anxious and out of control", "I had severe depression, I couldn't get out of bed and had difficulty speaking to large groups of people".<p>These are the experiences of a group of students struggling with their mental health while at university, and they're not …

Dancing in the Rain: Learning to Live With Treatment-Resistant Depression & Chronic Pain

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass … it’s about learning to dance in the rain,” wrote Vivian Greene. Dancing in the rain is the <i>modus</i> …

Parent Like a Mad Scientist

As an immigrant society with no common culture, we Americans have always been blessed with the ability to make things up as we go, be it baseball, …

Therapists' Apps Aim To Help With Mental Health Issues

Games like Flappy Bird and Candy Crush have helped many of us de-stress during long waits at the doctor's office and crowded Metro rides. But what if an app could actually help with mental health?<p>Researchers from Hunter College and the City University of New York say they've developed an app that …

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30 Positive Reframes: How to Start Changing Your Perspective on Life

The single most important attribute in cultivating happiness and success in your life is your ability to create positive reframes.<p>A positive reframe …

HeadMeds: Taking Prozac, Citalopram and Amitriptyline

The A, B, ZZZs of Yoga

<b>A Yogi's Guide to Sound Sleep</b><p>Have you ever glanced at the illuminated numbers on the clock near your bed and thought in shock, "It's already 1:30 a.m. Crap! I have to get up at 6:30 a.m. If I can just fall asleep right now, I'll get five hours of rest." As you lie restless, you try to convince …

Fight Burnout at Work With This Quick Yoga Routine

<i>By Sara Angle,</i> SELF<p>I sit at a desk <i>ALLLL</i> day, as do most of my colleagues (we're not at the gym all day, swear.) And what better way to stretch it out than with a few yoga poses? (We have staffers who swear by it for morning efficiency.) So needless to say I was excited when I learned about a new …

How Language Seems To Shape One's View Of The World

Lera Boroditsky once did a simple experiment: She asked people to close their eyes and point southeast. A room of distinguished professors in the U.S. pointed in almost every possible direction, whereas 5-year-old Australian aboriginal girls always got it right.<p>She says the difference lies in …

Why Some People Respond to Stress by Falling Asleep

Fight or flight, or sleep<p>Last month, my wife and I found ourselves in a disagreement about whether or not our apartment was clean enough for guests—the type of medium-sized disagreement that likely plagues all close relationships. In the midst of it, there was a lull and, feeling exhausted all of a …

The Power of Touch in the Face of Fear

In the dark days of winter, it is not uncommon for existential concerns to creep in and consume the worried mind. Thoughts of family members, …

Psychology

About Psychotherapy: Your Therapist Wants To Tell You These Things... But Can't

<i>By Valerie Ross and Leigh Newman</i><p>What in the world are those mental-health professionals scribbling down on their pads… but refusing to say out loud? At last, some answers.<p><b>1. Please Stop Asking Why!</b><p>Most of us come to therapy wanting to know why the heck we are the way we are. It’s important to …

"Hitting the Wall" in Therapy

As marathon runners pass mile after mile, many reach a point where they suddenly feel that they cannot go on. They may feel an unimaginable weight …

Mental Health

Giving Thanks Could Be Good for You | Health News | US News

<b>By Amy Norton</b><i><br>HealthDay Reporter</i><p>THURSDAY, Nov. 28, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Thanksgiving may be an official day of gratitude, but research suggests …

How Scientists Are Learning To Shape Our Memory

The next treatment for trauma could be spotless minds.<p>Roadside bombs, childhood abuse, car accidents—they form memories that can shape (and damage) us for a lifetime. Now, a handful of studies have shown that we’re on the verge of erasing and even rewriting memories. The hope is that this research …

I'm in therapy – and I'm not ashamed to admit it

Seeking professional help for personal problems should carry no taboo whatsoever, writes Mic Wright.<p>I’m in therapy. I have been since January this year. I will be forever.<p>What booze and pills were to some of my friends in recovery, bleakness and despair is to me. I got therapy just as many of them …

Mental Health