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My Life with Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling)

“Truth is I cut my hair for freedom, not for beauty.”  ~Chrisette Michele When I was around 13 years old — 27 or so years ago — I decided to grow a ponytail. Before that, my parents chose my haircuts and kept it short. At […]

Does what you do define the type of person you are? | Ben Ambridge

Do you sit around the house naked, read poetry and make compost? If so, you’re not the conscientious type How do your daily activities define your personality? Psychologists have explored personality from every conceivable angle except...Show More Summary

Why it’s awesome to be awkward | Ty Tashiro

Nerds are all the rage. They may be social misfits but ‘awkwards’ see detail in glorious Technicolour A few years ago, “awkward” became the term du jour for the socially clumsy. When I looked at the number of people who Googled the question “Why am I so awkward?”, I saw a spike that remained consistent for five years. Show More Summary

The very culture of drugs is addictive | Barbara Ellen

Getting hooked is not just about chemical properties A Canadian study suggests that people who think that they only use cocaine “recreationally” could be in danger of becoming addicted more easily than previously thought. After taking...Show More Summary

Using Acceptance to Manage Anxiety and Stress

It sounds counterintuitive, but the benefits are so worth it! It happened again, that annoying trigger that starts your day off on a bad foot. And, to make things even worse, today was the day you felt rested, and ready to relax. Darn it! 7 […]

Are You Living in Your Own Bubble?

It’s so easy to live in your own bubble. To ridicule ideas that aren’t in your echo chamber. To give zero latitude to concepts that are foreign to you. Too bad. For to live a full life, a rich life, you need to remind yourself […]

The Natural Dietary Add-On Found To Treat Depression

19 hours agoAcademics / Psychology : PsyBlog

64% of depression and anxiety patients saw reductions in their symptoms. • Try one of PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do (NEW) The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything

Seven Surprising Lessons a “Helicopter” Parent Learned from Her Asperger Child

I felt utterly helpless. There was something profoundly wrong with my daughter, but I couldn’t help her — me the trained psychologist, the one with the master’s degree in social work and a doctoral degree in psychology. But this was long before the Asperger’s Syndrome […]

Psychology Around the Net: May 27, 2017

Happy Saturday, sweet readers! If you’re here in the States, I hope you’re enjoying your long holiday weekend; however, before you hit the outdoors take a moment to check out the latest in this week’s mental health news! Learn about mindfulness-focused childbirth, why it’s important […]

8 Effective Ways to Reclaim Your Sex Life During Depression

You CAN do it! Over nearly my entire life, at least since going through puberty at an early age, there’s been a cold war brewing in my mind and body between sex, stress, and depression. There is a seemingly never-ending battle between my libido and […]

Putting the Health and Care in Healthcare

Red, white, and blue. The blue represents Americans’ collective mood. Is it our work-centric culture? Our reticence to discuss mental health? Our collective independence? Regardless the U.S. stands for Under Stress. But why are we so unhappy — at least compared to our Scandinavian brethren? […]

This Subtle Dementia Symptom Sends Early Warning

Dementia breaks down the brain's ability to perform complex tasks, like this one. • Try one of PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do (NEW) The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything

Gender stereotypes? Worry less, join in more, says world's first professor of play

Paul Ramchandanim, new Cambridge University academic set to lead research into child leisure activity, says parents’ involvement more important than gender roles or games played Little girls in pink princess costumes and boys dressed as cowboys might strike many parents as a nightmare combination of gender stereotypes and unappealing role models. Show More Summary

5 Effortless Ways to Embrace Change

“The only thing that is constant is change.” – Heraclitus Time never stands still in real life. It’s not like the movies where characters can freeze-frame and the writer takes the viewer on some tangential story. In real life, change happens constantly. You can fight […]

Negativity bias: why conservatives are more swayed by threats than liberals

We all tend to give more weight to negative messages than positive. Recent research reveals that this psychological bias is much stronger in conservatives than liberals (Preface: all of the research reported in this post has been done with American voters and not those in the UK, where equivalent research is lagging. Show More Summary

Best of Our Blogs: May 26, 2017

We’re nearing the end of Mental Health Awareness Month. But there are still things you can do. I received an email that certain brands will make a donation to a mental health charity of your choice when you make a purchase online. You can learn […]

Is something rotten in the state of social psychology? Part Two: digging through the past

Researchers have conducted a forensic analysis of the validity of 1800 test statistics from 500 social psychology papers. By Alex Fradera

The Federal Pain Research Strategy - NIH

The Federal Pain Research Strategy is an effort of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee and the Office of Pain Policy of the National Institutes of Health to oversee development of a long-term strategic plan for those federal agencies and departments that support pain research. Show More Summary

3 Ways to Develop and Maintain Healthy Relationship Boundaries

Having boundaries is so, so important. Boundaries in relationships are certainly a hot topic lately, but it also seems to be this ever-elusive concept. While boundaries are incredibly important to the success of any healthy relationship, most people seem completely at a loss for how […]

Coping with Anxiety in School and the Workplace

Anxiety can affect anyone at any stage in their life, but it is one of the most common mental disorders on college campuses. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, forty million American adults suffer from an anxiety disorder, and 75% of those […]

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