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There’s such a thing as collective narcissism (and it might explain a lot that’s going on at the moment)

Fuelled by self-doubt, collective narcissists believe their group is great, and woe betide anyone who doesn't show due respect. By Christian Jarrett

Best of Our Blogs: December 9, 2016

Are you wrestling with a decision? Are you struggling with a difficult situation? Are you fighting with a friend, partner or parent? It’s a frustrating place to be when you feel stuck. Nothing you say or do seems to be moving you in the direction […]

The Real Fear That Elected Donald Trump

Donald Trump played on our fears, not of immigrants or terrorists or globalization, but the deeper fear of losing control over our lives and futures.

Emotional Abuse in Children

Much of the work on emotional abuse has been written about adult relationships, yet children, pre-teens and teens have their own unique needs in these very important formative years. There are certain experiences such as secure attachment that need to be met in order for […]

The Three Relationship Killers and How to Overcome Them

As a marriage and family therapist for over 30 years, I’ve seen a lot of couples. And over and over, the demise of marriages and relationships in general, is not over money, children, or health but crummy communication styles. Unfortunately we were not taught in […]

The Online Anxiety Therapy That Changes People’s Brains In 9 Weeks

21 hours agoAcademics / Psychology : PsyBlog

The amygdala is an area of the brain vital to the processing of the emotions. Dr Jeremy Dean's ebooks are: The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anythin...

Deep brain stimulation fails to improve memory in new study

New findings temper the hope that deep brain stimulation might also be useful in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Certain gifts are scientifically proven to bring real happiness

Psychologists found that experiential consumption fosters gratitude and giving, and that thinking about experiences promotes more altruistic behavior than thinking about possessions.

'Flashing light therapy' for Alzheimer's

A flashing light therapy might help ward off Alzheimer's, say scientists after promising trials in mice.

Why selfless people have the best sex lives

Research showing altruists have the best chance of getting lucky with potential sexual partners.

Religious thoughts trigger reward systems like love, drugs

A new study shows through functional MRI scans that such religious and spiritual experiences can be rewarding to your brain.

PODCAST: Why Does Depression Make Us Feel Guilt or Shame?

In this week’s Psych Central Show, Gabe and Vincent discuss feelings of guilt surrounding a mental illness diagnosis.   Lots of us feel guilty about our diagnosis or our symptoms.  We feel badly for the effect it has on our loved ones, especially when they don’t sympathize.  Where does […]

Neuroscientists use neurofeedback to erase fear in the brain

Neuroscientists removed people's fears by "counter-conditionining" their non-conscious brain activity. By Christian Jarrett

Empathy Can Sometimes Motivate This Dark, Unjustified Behaviour

Empathy has a dark side which is at odds with its image as a cure-all for the world’s problems. Dr Jeremy Dean's ebooks are: The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything

The Next 9 Foods You Should Eat To Enhance Cognition

Carotenoids are plant pigments responsible for the vibrant colours in many fruits and vegetables. They may help to enhance cognition. Dr Jeremy Dean's ebooks are: The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything

How to Keep Fear from Stealing Your Life

“Fear is a sneaky thief, stealing away precious moments of your life.” – Elizabeth Lesser Everyone has been afraid at some point. If we’re in touch with our inner selves, we know right away when that negative emotion starts clutching at our hearts. It’s a feeling […]

Eat, Pray, Relate!

Personally, I grew up with no encouragement to pray. I used to have a vague sense that prayer was for simple, naïve folks, that it was the “opiate for the masses.” So I do understand if you don’t relate to the concept. But perhaps you […]

Why Do People Go Home for the Holidays?

‘Tis the season for gatherings and celebrations, and an onslaught of travelers are urgently trying to make their way home for the holidays. An innate urge seems to drive them back to their roots. And I wonder. What is it that draws people home for […]

Many of the same genes that influence our personality also affect our mental health

Researchers studied clients of the 23andMe commercial genetics service and found 6 genetic loci linked with personality. By Christian Jarrett

#NotMyPresident – Anti-Racism Activism Under a Trump Presidency

Open Letter to Graduate Students in Psychology: On November 9, 2016, we woke up to a new era in modern American politics. Not since the presidential campaign of pro-segregation proponent George Wallace in 1968 have racial and ethnic intolerance been expressed so openly and vehemently by a presidential candidate. Donald Trump called Mexican immigrants “rapists” […]

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