Psychology

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Meet the Woman Who's Picked Her Own Death Date

"I don't want someone else deciding for me whether I'm ready to die or not. I'm not a child anymore – I know what I want."<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE France.</i><p>Two weeks ago, Jacqueline Jencquel went public with her decision to end her life in January, 2020. The 75-year-old isn't …

Breast Cancer

Hiding my psychosis for 10 years from the age of 12

<b>Luke Watkin was in year eight at school and alone in a corridor when he first heard a strange noise.</b><p>"I heard what sounded like a train brake, followed by a metal on metal noise.<p>"It was just something completely out of the ordinary. It was a bit of a shock to the system, something I just couldn't …

Mental Health

1961 psychiatric interview with a schizophrenic

I've watched this video twice because it is fascinating, both for the subject and for the aesthetics. This young man is being interviewed about why …

Mental Health

The difference between panic attacks and anxiety attacks

There is a difference, but it's not what you think.<p>It happened as I was walking home from class during my second year of college.<p>Seemingly out of nowhere, my heart started racing, I felt like I couldn't breathe, and I began sweating, even though it wasn't even hot outside. Terrified of what was …

Mental Health

Cognitive Ability and Vulnerability to Fake News

“Fake news” is Donald Trump’s favorite catchphrase. Since the election, it has appeared in some 180 tweets by the President, decrying everything from …

The Placebo Effect Is Real, and Scientists May Be Able To Predict Who Responds

It’s well-established that placebo treatments, such as sugar pills, can prompt real reductions in symptoms for patients. But scientists have long …

Placebos

15 Helpful Tips to Stop Binge Eating

Binge eating disorder (BED) is considered the most common eating disorder in the US and can be a difficult problem to address (1).<p>Characterized by …

Binge Eating

Scientists determine four personality types based on new data: Comprehensive data analysis dispels established paradigms in psychology

Comprehensive data analysis dispels established paradigms in psychology<p>Researchers have sifted through data from more than 1.5 million questionnaire …

Northwestern University

Who likes to be alone? Not introverts, according to a new paper on personality and the experience of solitude

Why do some people go to great lengths to have the chance to spend time by themselves, while others find solitude painful and forever crave company? …

Personality

How to get out of a mental rut, according to a psychologist

Ruts happen to all of us. One day, life is amazing and everything is peachy—and the next, it’s a struggle to just get through the day. It’s not a …

Positive Thinking

Major schizophrenia breakthrough finds immune cells on the wrong side of the tracks

For so long schizophrenia was seen as a disorder exclusively of the mind, but new lines of research are uncovering evidence that its machinations may …

Immune System

Why minimalism doesn’t bring your senses joy

<b>Ingrid Fettell Lee:</b> I think one of the reasons we don’t feel joy as much as we might like is because we have a culture in which joy is judged often …

Drums

These 15 Free Apps Will Help You Manage Your Mental Health

<i>Refinery29 is exploring mental health topics as part of our partnership with Clinton Global Initiative University.</i><p>We've heard it over and over again …

Mental Disorders

Still Not Happy? Why Embracing Painful Emotions Is The First Step To A Happier Life

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be,” wrote Abraham Lincoln.<p>Let’s face it, if happiness was as achievable as simply deciding to be happy, there’d be a whole lot more happy people. Yet not only is happiness not something we can “just choose,” when we put pressure on ourselves …

Happiness

Feeling Hazy? Here's Your Definitive Guide To Brain Fog

"Brain fog" is a term commonly used by patients when they are trying to describe a lack of mental clarity, mild confusion, loss of focus and …

Rough Childhood Experiences Can Age Your Cells Prematurely, New Study Suggests

Brutal.<p>We know that comparatively disadvantaged people, even in rich countries, have worse health and shorter life expectancy than others.<p>But what is …

Methylation

More millennials feel pressured to be perfect — and it's causing a huge spike in depression, anorexia and suicide

According to research published in the American Psychological Association (APA), there's an alarming and increasing trend in the number of young people suffering from perfectionism — and according to the research, it's leading to soaring rates of depression and suicide.<p>It appears this phenomenon is …

Self-Criticism

The 3 requirements for achieving huge goals (according to psychology)

According to the “Expectancy Theory of Motivation,” three things must occur for a person to be deeply and fully motivated toward their goals.<p>If you …

Self-improvement

How To Get Over Your Fear Of Working Out In Front Of Others

Group fitness classes are a great idea in theory, but if you're fearful of working out in front of a bunch of strangers, the experience can be less …

Self-awareness

Why Sugar Pills Might Be The Future Of Pain Relief

The placebo effect has fascinated doctors and patients alike for centuries. Some people with specific ailments—from clinical depression to irritable …

Northwestern University

Scientists study barn owls to understand why people with ADHD struggle to focus

Kids with ADHD are easily distracted. Barn owls are not.<p>So a team at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore is studying these highly focused predatory …

Owls

Researchers Say ADHD Increases Risk of Developing Parkinson's Disease

Adults diagnosed with ADHD and those who take psychostimulants are more likely to develop Parkinson’s-like disorders.<p>Adults diagnosed with attention …

ADHD

7 Unexpected Habits Sociopaths Have In Relationships

Sociopaths aren't exactly known for being the best type of partners. They tend to focus more on themselves than anyone else. When it comes to …

Sociopathy

Coping with the rejection of a child | The Recovery Expert

One of the hardest things to experience is the betrayal wound that occurs when your own child grows up to hate you. I have seen this numerous times …

Psychology

5 behaviours that will expose a narcissist the first time you meet them.

Narcissists lack empathy, exploit others, feel superior and are excessively entitled. Those on the malignant end of the spectrum can be dangerous and …

12 habits of genuine people

There’s an enormous amount of research suggesting that emotional intelligence (EQ) is critical to your performance at work. TalentSmart has tested …

Emotional Intelligence

How Imposter Syndrome and Emotional Intelligence Collide! | Inc.com

After a successful career in the entertainment and marketing fields, today, Tami Holzman is a best-selling author, Limited Partner with Halogen Ventures, angel investor, advisor, entrepreneur and keynote speaker. Tami loves to mentor and promote opportunities for women. I had a chance to catch up …

Emotional Intelligence

10 characteristics of people with high emotional intelligence

Why do certain people achieve more success than others?<p>What is it about how certain people behave and interact, how they are “wired,” that drives …

Emotional Intelligence

Crucial Emotional Intelligence Traits Of Highly Effective Leaders

Over the last decade there has been a huge increase in evidence that emotional intelligence is an important factor in leadership. Numerous studies …

Emotional Intelligence