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How to change mindset and behavior

July 16, 2018 – <i>by Anna Güntner, Bill Schaninger and Julia Sperling</i><p>Our understanding of the unconscious mind has come a long way since Sigmund Freud, …

Psychology

The Death of a Parent Affects Even Grown Children Psychologically and Physically

Grief is both real and measurable. Scientists now know that the death or your father or mother will forever alter your brain chemistry and may also …

Psychology

Taking Away the Phones Won’t Solve Our Teenagers’ Problems

Apple has introduced new software designed to help users restrict the time they spend on their phones — just change your settings and your favorite app will lock you out after a certain number of hours. It’s been especially welcomed by parents who fret about the habits of their “screenagers” — …

Mental Health

'I was shocked it was so easy': ​meet the professor who says facial recognition ​​can tell if you're gay

Progress makes people uncomfortable. When the first monkeys walked, other monkeys probably said, 'This is outrageous!'<p>Kosinski received emails from people confused about their sexuality who hoped he'd run their photo through his algorithm<p>If you basically accept we’re just computers, then computers …

Artificial Intelligence

“Find your passion” is bad advice, say Yale and Stanford psychologists

Your passion isn’t out there, waiting to be discovered. It’s not a mysterious force that will—when found—remove all obstacles from your path. In fact, psychologists argue in a new study that the pithy mantra “find your passion” may be a dangerous distraction.<p>In a study (pdf) by researchers from …

Self-improvement

New York’s Suicide Prevention Program Is the First of Its Kind in the U.S.

Suicide rates have been rising overall, but the results from this Swiss study were promising: Suicidal behavior dropped by 80 percent.

Mental Health

Taming the Anxiety Beast: 6 Tried and True Books

Anxiety is ubiquitous in our modern world. Here are some resources to lean on.<p>Anxiety has been cited as the number one mental health issue in North America. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that anxiety disorders impact 18.1 percent of adults in the United States, while an …

World Health Organization

A psychologist explains how to overcome social anxiety

Get out of your own head.<p>No one likes to be told to “be yourself,” but it’s actually good advice. If you’re someone who often avoids speaking in public or is generally terrified of socially awkward situations, it’s especially good advice.<p>Fifteen millionAmericans suffer from a diagnosable form of …

Depression

The Long, Dark History of America’s Suicide Crisis

The game feels rigged for too many Americans, as the gulf widens between a society’s sense of what success looks like and the paths to achieving …

Many Doctors Feel They Have to Hide Their Suicidal Thoughts

"I think physicians want to see themselves as strong and being able to fix things on their own, and not needing too much help."<p>In the early 2010s, John* showed up at the office of Michael Brog, a psychiatrist in private practice in St. Louis. John was a young physician nearing the end of his …

Mental Health

Behind the Cover: The Wounds of the Drone Warriors

Gail Bichler, design director: “Eyal Press’s cover story discusses the ‘moral injury’ that some drone pilots may experience as a result of war. Matt Dorfman’s illustration of an airman with his head obscured uses pilots’ descriptions of their experiences to visualize their anguish.”<p>Read the cover …

The Correct Way to Fight as a Couple

<i>In Hump Day, award-winning psychotherapist and TV host Dr.</i> <i>Jenn</i> <i>Mann answers your sexiest questions—</i><i>unjudged and unfiltered.</i><p><b>DEAR DR. JENN,</b><p>My boyfriend …

Engagement Rings

CDC: U.S. Suicide Rates Have Climbed Dramatically

Suicide rates have increased in nearly every state over the past two decades, and half of the states have seen suicide rates go up more than 30 …

There’s a Dark Side to Emotional Intelligence. Here’s How to Protect Yourself

When Daniel Goleman published the book <i>Emotional Intelligence</i> in 1995, few had heard of the term. In academic circles, it was a new concept — a theory …

This iPhone feature can radically improve your life and relationships

Recently, I read a book about a man named Matthew Cowley, who was an incredible missionary and humanitarian to the people in New Zealand over 100 …

Motivation

The Invisible Struggle Of Living With High-Functioning Depression

It’s Monday morning when I arrive early at my full-time office job in Toronto’s financial district — looking put together and well rested for the day …

Mental Health

Why Rich Kids Are So Good at the Marshmallow Test

Affluence—not willpower—seems to be what’s behind some kids' capacity to delay gratification.<p>The marshmallow test is one of the most famous pieces of social-science research: Put a marshmallow in front of a child, tell her that she can have a second one if she can go 15 minutes without eating the …

Indiana University

Here’s Your Cheat Sheet to Happiness

Professor Laurie Santos didn’t set out to create the most popular course in the history of Yale University and the most talked-about college course …

ADD or ADHD - Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Cause

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (commonly referred to as ADD or ADHD – though ADHD is the technically correct abbreviation) is a …

Conversation is a skill. Here’s how to be better at it

<b>Celeste Headlee</b> is a journalist, public radio host, and professional opera singer whose TED Talk on conversations has been viewed over 10 million …

TED Talks

Secrets Of A Maya Supermom: What Parenting Books Don't Tell You

There's no other way to put it: Maria de los Angeles Tun Burgos is a supermom.<p>She's raising five children, does housework and chores — we're talking about fresh tortillas every day made from stone-ground corn — and she helps with the family's business in their small village about 2 1/2 hours west …

Parenting

Eric Schneiderman and the Meaning of Strangulation

It doesn’t take much to cut off someone’s oxygen supply, or to restrict blood flow to and from her brain. Around 10 seconds of pressure on the carotid artery, either constant or intermittent, is usually enough to render the victim unconscious, and it requires less pressure than it takes to open a …

20 Simple Habits That Will Make You Happier

I am fascinated with the habits that affect happiness, health, productivity and success. I read everything I can get my hands on related to these …

6 Ways To Start A Conversation That Guarantee A Positive Response, According To Dating Coaches

When you're interested in learning more about a person, asking the right questions is key. But when you're on a first date or just getting the …

How bacteria are changing your mood

<b>If anything makes us human it's our minds, thoughts and emotions.</b><p>And yet a controversial new concept is emerging that claims gut bacteria are an invisible hand altering our brains.<p>Science is piecing together how the trillions of microbes that live on and in all of us - our microbiome - affect our …

Study: This is how long it takes adults to make new friends

In a landmark study, a University of Kansas professor now believes he knows why making friends as an adult is just so difficult. Short answer? Time.<p><b>The study:</b> Published in the <i>Journal of Social and Personal Relationships</i>, Associate Professor of Communications Studies, Jeffrey Hall, found that it …

How to overcome social anxiety—in whatever situation freaks you out the most

If you’re one of the roughly 40 percent of people with social anxiety, chances are you’re all too familiar with the unwelcome heart palpitations, …

Does it matter whether your therapist is similar to you?

<i>By</i> Emma YoungHow do you choose the best possible therapist for someone who needs help? Does it make any difference if the therapist is about the same …

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Concise Review

<b>Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Epidemiology, Causes and Diagnosis</b><p>This is the first in a series of blog posts on ADHD. In it I concisely …