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The Common Pill That Sadly Lowers Women’s Wellbeing

Women reported lower mood, self-control and energy. • Click here for your free sample of Dr Jeremy Dean's latest ebook The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic • Dr Dean is also the author of Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything.

Will Marriage Make Me Lose My Identity?

“No man is an island” said seventeenth century author John Donne. This is true in marriage. Yet we can and should keep our separate identities after tying the knot. We should also accept that none of us is totally self-sufficient. We depend on car mechanics, […]

The Importance of Finding Your Happy Place

We all need a place we can go to in our minds for comfort and to feel calm.  My relaxation theory is that if we visit that place in our heads, we’ll feel better.  Some people imagine an ocean beach, with calm waves returning to […]

Parenting: The Importance of Expectations

Ask any parent and they’ll tell you parenting is not for wimps. It requires courage to face the terrifying uncertainty of caring for a helpless infant; the uncontrollable tantrums of an oppositional toddler; the tears of the older child when limits are set; to the […]

Feel the burn: why do we love chilli?

It’s not just about the flavour – or even the pain. In this extract from his new book, Bob Holmes uncovers the pharmacology and psychology behind humanity’s heat-seeking desire I’ve been procrastinating. On my dining room table I have...Show More Summary

It’s time to see things differently… to improve your life | Beau Lotto

Our brains evolved to make sense of uncertainties, so there’s no need to fear doubt When you open your eyes, do you see the world as it really is? Humans have been asking themselves this for thousands of years. From the shadows on the...Show More Summary

Cat videos and what they say about you - personality quiz | Ben Ambridge

How emotionally stable are you? Find out by revealing how often you watch cat videos YouTube cat videos have amassed over 26bn plays. That’s an average of 12,000 plays for every video. How often do you watch cat videos, and what does...Show More Summary

Supplementing the 12-Step Program with Yoga

Author Taylor Hunt is teaching people struggling with addiction a new tool for recovery: Ashtanga Yoga. His charity works with treatment centers, halfway houses, and prisons. Taylor Hunt recently broke his anonymity and published a gritty memoir of his drug addiction, A Way from Darkness. […]

How a Single Gene Could Become a Volume Knob for Pain—and End America's Opioid Epidemic | WIRED

On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your pain? Would you say it aches, or would you say it stabs? Does it burn, or does it pinch? How long would you say you've been hurting? And are you taking anything for it? Steven Pete has no idea how you feel. Show More Summary

Single Or Married: Which Is The Most Fulfilling Life?

Psychologist challenges the orthodox view with evidence from studies conducted over 30 years. • Click here for your free sample of Dr Jeremy Dean's latest ebook The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic • Dr Dean is also the author of Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything.

How to Manage Your Friends (Without Making It Awkward)

When you’re a fast-rising millennial stepping into a managerial role for the first time, there’s certainly a lot to think about. You’ve probably wondered if your older colleagues will consider you experienced enough. Or maybe you’ve thought about how the shift in responsibility will affect […]

Psychology Around the Net: April 22, 2017

Happy Saturday, sweet readers! This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers mindfulness vs. talk therapy, the physical and mental pros and cons of “frenemies,” the controversial “controlled drinking” treatment for problem drinking, and more. Mindfulness May Rival Talk Therapy For A Variety Of Mental Health […]

On Grieving and Celebrating the Deceased

Aunt Jane died.  She was 95.  Aunt Jane was the lady who taught me how to play jacks and cats’ cradle in 1969 when I was six-years-old.  She fed me salmon patties, which I grew to like.  She took me on daily walks by the […]

This Natural Juice Helps Keep Your Brain Young

Older brains can perform like younger ones with this supplement. • Click here for your free sample of Dr Jeremy Dean's latest ebook The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic • Dr Dean is also the author of Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything.

The Importance of ’13 Reasons Why’ and It’s Reflection of Teen Mental Health

Warning: This article does include spoilers for the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”. On March 31, 2017 Netflix released a new series titled, “13 Reasons Why”, based off the book by author Jay Asher. This series depicts a young man, Clay Jensen, and his journey […]

Want to live twice as long? Meditation might help | Oliver Burkeman

What if you could increase the attention you paid to every moment, no matter how humdrum? In his new book The Science Of Enlightenment, the meditation teacher Shinzen Young claims that if you meditate for a few minutes a day, you’ll double your lifespan. Show More Summary

Best of Our Blogs: April 21, 2017

In a few days it will be Earth Day. Will you spend it raising environmental awareness, reducing your carbon footprint or perhaps planting a tree? Whatever your beliefs about the planet, no one could argue its importance to our health. There is another thing you can do. Connecting with […]

How much are readers misled by headlines that imply correlational findings are causal?

By Alex Fradera What do you take from this hypothetical headline: “Reading the Research Digest blog is associated with higher…

10 Famous People with Depression, Bipolar Disorder or Both

Whenever I hit a depression rut, where I feel disabled by the illness and therefore pathetic for being brought to my knees by a bunch of thoughts, it helps me to review celebrities — esteemed politicians, actors, musicians, comedians, astronauts, writers, and athletes — that I […]

Do Most Breast Cancer Patients Develop PTSD?

I’m grateful to Traci Pedersen for her March 3, 2016 article “Study Finds Most Breast Cancer Patients Develop PTSD Symptoms,” and to Dr. Grohol for all his efforts to help people heal from trauma. I’d say 99% of breast cancer patients develop PTSD, even though symptoms […]

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