#psychology

Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

Where Do You Go When You Die? The Increasing Signs That Human Consciousness Remains After Death

"Our consciousness, it seems, does not become annihilated just because we've crossed the threshold of death; it appears to keep functioning and not dissipate."

Health & Fitness | Psychology

Narcissists Are More Likely to Be Compulsive Facebook Users | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

Health & Fitness | News Items

What it Really Takes to Stop Sexual Harassment

Welcome to the Monitor on Psychology digital edition! This interactive format allows you to easily read, share with friends, and click on web links to get further resources.

Health & Fitness | Psychology

Scientific research shows gender is not just a social construct

“I don’t know any real researcher of human behavior who would say it’s all nature or all nurture.”

Psychology | Psychology

Screen time: Mental health menace or scapegoat? - CNN

Teens' happiness and self-esteem can be linked to the amount of time they're spending in front of their screens, a new study says.

Psychology | Psychology

This new brain study shows why some people are more creative than others

Creativity is often defined as the ability to come up with new and useful ideas. Like intelligence, it can be considered a trait that everyone – not just creative "geniuses" like Picasso and Steve Jobs – possesses in some capacity.

Psychology | Psychology

7 Simple Ways to Break a Sugar Addiction

Is sugar your vice? Are you ready to start kicking this habit for good? If sugar is ruling your diet, then these tips will help you gain control over your food

Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

Free Podcast on Epigenetics with Rachel Yehuda

Great talk with Rachel Yehuda on epigenetics and how trauma impacts our bodies, brains, and how it gets passed on AND how we can heal it.

Advice & Self-Help | Couples and Relationship Support

Marriage advice from experts who are married

We asked four couples in which both partners are relationship experts to share marriage advice based on what has worked best for them.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Evidence For Higher State of Consciousness Found - PsyBlog

The first study to show higher brain-signal diversity than normal when people are awake.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

The Best Anti-Anxiety Remedy

Why getting in touch with nature is the best thing you can do for your anxiety.

Psychology | Personality

Why it’s time to invest in yourself

Leaving the corporate 9 to 5 to invest in your health and wellbeing, in your skills and career capital, and, ultimately, in your future

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

The Intrinsic Motivation of Richard Ryan and Edward Deci - PsycIQ

Psychologists Richard Ryan, left and Edward Deci, developed the Self-Determination Theory (SDT) of motivation, which toppled the dominant belief that the best way to get human beings to perform tasks is to reinforce their behavior with rewards. In 1977, t

Psychology | Personality

Fear Is Nothing to Be Feared

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” FDR once famously declared. But was he right?

Psychology | Hypnosis Information

Hypnosis: An Underused Technique

When integrated into a behavior modification strategy and used by a trained therapist, hypnosis can be a powerfully effective tool for treating many disorders. 

News | Health & Wellbeing

Language patterns reveal body's hidden response to stress

Volunteers' use of certain words predicted stress-related changes in gene expression better than their self-reported feelings.

Health & Fitness | Psychology

7 ways to tell if you're talking to a psychopath or a narcissist

Scientists and mental-health experts have pinpointed a few key behaviors of psychopaths and narcissists when they're interacting with other people.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

World Health Organization is recognizing gaming disorder as a mental health condition

The World Health Organization is officially recognizing gaming disorder, or video game addiction, as a mental health condition.

Psychology | Psychology

Does Drinking Make Anxiety Worse? | POPSUGAR Fitness

You know the story: you're nervous before a big date or you want to unwind after a stressful day and have a drink to calm yourself. It helps, too. Drinking a

Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

Therapy for schizophrenia

Nick has been on the street due to schizophrenia; He is a very bright and loving 40 year old with whom I have been having lunch with, twice a week for the past 3 months. Nick’s Heart  opened up and he is willing to receive professional help. Nick inher

Health & Fitness | Health News

Get to know a gene: #HTR2A | GeneSight

What is HTR2A? The 5-HT2A receptor, encoded by the HTR2A gene, is responsible for post-synaptic serotonin signaling and is a target for many antipsychotics and antidepressants.1 Two single nucleotide polymorphisms...

Advice & Self-Help | Advice & Self-Help!

12 Simple Phrases That Are Guaranteed to Make People Like You More

A dozen simple, easy-to-remember phrases, and they'll almost always make other people react positively to you.

Psychology | Personality

Stress and How Emotions Affect Susceptibility to Burnout and Disease

How your memories impact your immune system, why moving is one of the most stressful life-events, and what your parents have to do with your predisposition to

Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives – Brain Pickings

How to fine-tune the internal monologue that scores every aspect of our lives, from leadership to love.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Top 4 Health Benefits of Marriage - Dr. Axe

While marriage brings challenges, science consistently shows that it's great for your health in certain ways. Here are the top health benefits of marriage.

Psychology | Psychology

Those who need it most don’t get psychiatric care. It's a mental health crisis | Vyom Sharma | Opinion | The Guardian

People die without getting adequate psychiatric help, and it turns out even killing someone else isn’t enough to qualify for care. The system is failing

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

The Key to Becoming the Most Wonderful Version of Yourself

We all strive to be successful, or "good at" our work, parenting, athletic or whatever your favorite hobby is. But one thing we don't think about - is how to be wonderful.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

6 Signs You’re Actually An Outgoing Introvert, Because Yes, Those Exist

You’ve probably always considered yourself either an extrovert or an introvert, because in the dichotomy, you were either one or the other. Well, like with many things in life, this is not a simple case of black and white. There’s a large gray area t

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

You Don't Really Know Yourself

For the most part, people are unaware that their lives are controlled and regulated by negative attitudes toward themselves that represent a basic aspect of their identity

Advice & Self-Help | Couples and Relationship Support

The One Daily Talk That Will Benefit Your Marriage

Changing your approach to an end-of-the-day talk can ensure to help both you and your partner unwind.

Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

10 Psychological Concepts That People Don’t Get

Many aspects of human psychology that are consistently difficult for students to understand. Here is a list of 10 for starters.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Study: Being Alone Can Be Good For Your Health, Sparks Creativity

Just because you prefer to be alone doesn't mean you're depressed. A new study finds that being anti-social from time to time is linked to creativity.

News | Health & Wellbeing

Anxiety Makes It Harder to Listen to Your Intuition

New research shows that people who are feeling anxious have a harder time making decisions than people who are feeling optimistic.

Health & Fitness | Sleep

We’re in a ‘Dream Deprivation’ Epidemic

A new paper argues that a lack of dream sleep is a widespread public-health problem, one with dire implications for waking life.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Poll: 71% of Americans Say Political Correctness Has Silenced Discussions Society Needs to Have, 58% Have Political View

The Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey, a new national poll of 2,300 U.S. adults, finds that 71% Americans believe that political correctness has silenced important discussions our society needs to have. The consequences are personal—58% of Ame

Psychology | Parenting and Kids

The ‘Problem Child’ Is a Child, Not a Problem

Suspending or expelling young students for behavior they can’t control makes matters worse. There is a better way.

News | Health & Wellbeing

Stress Makes It Harder to Recognize Danger

Sometimes stress heightens our awareness, but more often, it dulls our ability to respond to new threats. Recognizing the risk and reducing sources of stress can help.

Health & Fitness | Sleep

Vicious Cycle of Insomnia and Sleeping Pills

Talking to Matthew Walker, a sleep scientist and the author of the new book Why We Sleep, about sleeping pills and CBT-I.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

This College Professor Is Under Siege for Challenging Transgender Orthodoxy

“There’s a kind of feeling that there’s a mob. And you don’t run across a mob,” says a Boise State professor.

Health & Fitness | Sleep

Sleep Deprivation Messes With The Brain's Emotional Response

Lack of sleep throws the brain regions associated with emotion off balance, finds a new study.

Family & Parenting | Family and Parenting

When They Say This ... They Might Need You To Know This. How to Deepen Your Connection and Increase Your Influence With

When we see through their words to the needs and feelings beneath, we deepen our connection, expand our influence, and become more able to guide them.

News | Health & Wellbeing

What Science Really Says About Negative Emotions

Pretending unwelcome feelings don't exist isn't helping. Here's what to do instead.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

After a Hurricane, New Confidence

Psychologists call it ‘posttraumatic growth’ and they see people emerge from scary times with confidence for new ventures, writes Elizabeth Bernstein in ‘Bonds: On Relationships.’

Psychology | Parenting and Kids

Compassionate Parenting

We teach children self-regulation by modeling our more humane values.

News | Health & Wellbeing

Fighting through the darkness

During the fourth year of my Ph.D. program, I found myself walking through the door of my university's counseling center, seeking help for a dangerously strong urge to commit suicide. With the help of the compassionate people in that office, I pulled thro

Advice & Self-Help | Relationships

Long-Distance Relationships – Real Life Things You Should Know Before Getting Started

Here's what you should know (advice, TIPs and problems) to make long-distance relationships work (last and keep) from real people before getting started.

Health & Fitness | Health News & Tips

Experiences in Childhood Can Alter Your DNA For The Rest of Your Life

Childhood is a defining period in anybody's life, but for many of us it seems those early life experiences could change the body right down to a genetic level.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Humans Have 27 Distinct Emotional States, Study Finds

A new study examining the various ways that we express ourselves determined that humans display 27 distinct emotional states.

Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

How To Be Resilient

How do we increase grit and persistence? Let's look at how survivors get through the most dangerous situations and learn lessons on how to be resilient.

Family & Parenting | Family and Parenting

Anxiety in Kids and Teens: Why Anxiety Triggers Often Don't Make Sense - And How to Tun Avoidance into Brave Behaviour -

Anxiety in kids and teens can be confusing, and can drive avoidance in a way that shrinks their world a little. Here's how to encourage brave behaviour.

Science & Technology | Social Media

We Can’t Stop Checking the News Either. Welcome to the New FOMO | WIRED

Who cares about my friends? I'm missing the news!

News | Health & Wellbeing

‘Emotional Diversity’ Is More Important Than Happiness

New research shows that allowing yourself to feel a wide range of feelings from across the emotional spectrum may be good for your health.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Why Labelling President Trump as Mentally Ill Is Wrong | Psychology Today

Four reasons why the petition calling President Trump mentally ill is deeply troubling.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder | Dr. Phil

So many parents express concern about their children being diagnosed with bipolar at age 5, 10 or 15. How is bipolar diagnosed and what are some of the early onset signs? First of all, it typically takes 8 to 10 years after the first signs of bipolar to r

Advice & Self-Help | Relationships

How to Build a Healthy Relationship Between a Man and a Woman with Science

You may know what a healthy romantic relationship looks like, but do you know how to get one? Find out what stages you must go through before true love.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

10 Things You Need to Know About Codependency

Codependency is often misunderstood. It’s not just a label to slap on the spouse of every alcoholic. It encompasses a wide-range of behavior and thought patterns that cause people distress to varying degrees. I hope this article will help clear up some.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

If You’ve Ever Been Called Overly Emotional or Too Sensitive, This is For You

For some reason, people in this day and age think that being emotional is a bad thing, that telling someone they are 'too emotional' is an extreme insult. Is it really no longer okay to feel

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

30 Practices to Boost Well Being

There is a strong element of choice in our level of happiness. Indeed we do decide to be happy, but that’s only for starters. Then we are challenged to cultivate happiness.

News | Health & Wellbeing

Why Being a Woman Puts You at Greater Risk of Having Anxiety

Partly, it’s biology; more important, though, may be what we teach young girls about their place in the world.

Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

The average American has only one close friend — here's how we got to this point

Stanford psychologist Emma Seppala says Americans are experiencing a crisis of loneliness, and it's partly a result of our desire for independence.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Messy desks could be a sign of genius, say researchers

Is your desk overflowing with scraps of paper, coffee cups, envelopes and wilted plants? Well, far from being idle, it turns out you might just be a creative genius.  In world where ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ is a well-valued idiom, being a m

Politics | The War On Gender

I’m a Pediatrician. How Transgender Ideology Has Infiltrated My Field and Produced Large-Scale Child Abuse.

Transgender ideology is intruding into the lives of the most innocent among us, and with the apparent growing support of the medical community.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

What Meditation Did For Me – and Can For You Too

Author Dan Harris and meditation expert Joseph Goldberg discuss how even the busiest, most distracted person can find a calmer state of mind.

Advice & Self-Help | Advice

5 Brain Training Techniques to Cultivate Your Creative Genius

Brain science reveals creativity is just as much a skill you can develop as it is a gift to be thankful for.

Psychology | Hypnosis Information

Mental Health & Hypnosis

Learn more from WebMD about the role of hypnotherapy, or hypnosis, in treating behavioral, physical, and psychological conditions.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

A Sociology of the Smartphone

Smartphones have altered the texture of everyday life, digesting many longstanding spaces and rituals, and transforming others beyond recognition.

Health & Fitness | Psychology

Is Your Mobile Phone Use Bad for Your Mental Health? | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

Health & Fitness | Psychology!

10+ Hilarious Comics For Socially Awkward People

The hilarious webcomics mostly revolve around one nerdy girl who always picks the worst words for conversations. Her everyday struggles include her love life, her career, and other common themes.

Miscellaneous | Stuff

How Do Paint Colors Get Their Names? | POPSUGAR Home

When picking out a paint color (or, for that matter, a beauty product), you've probably marveled at the interesting color names, ranging from the poetic (like

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

4 Powers That May Be Hiding Behind Anxiety Disorders

Heightened perception is a crucial part of anxiety, but in this ability of perceiving things lie 4 powers that other people don’t often possess.

News | From the HuffPost

Stephen Fry Explains Why Some People Believe Everything Donald Trump Says | HuffPost

Some supporters of President Donald Trump believe just about everything he says, even when he’s wrong. And Trump himself seems to have absolute confidence in his own beliefs ― again, even when he is demonstrably wrong.

Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

This $6,000 mistake taught me how to learn from failure

In my first job after college, I directed a product development department that created group weight loss curriculums. Turns out, I had misunderstood our agreement with this contractor. I thought we…

News | Health & Wellbeing

Can Pain Medication Ketamine Also Relieve Depression?

Researchers found a 50-percent drop in symptoms of depression among people who were given ketamine for chronic pain.

News | Health & Wellbeing

To Be More Empathetic, Pay Attention to Your Own Body

A new study found that people who focused on their heartbeats were better at understanding what those around them were feeling.

Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

Change Your Roles, Change Your Life

In 1978, Ellen Langer, a Harvard psychologist performed an important study. She gave houseplants to two groups of nursing-home residents. One group was told they were responsible for keeping the…

Miscellaneous | Miscellaneous

What Makes a Genius?

Some minds are so exceptional they change the world. We don’t know exactly why these people soar above the rest of us, but science offers us clues.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

3 Serious Struggles People Who Come From A Toxic Family Face Every Day

Coming from a toxic family can change your perception of the world around you, and usually not for the better. These 3 struggles are proof of that.

News | Health & Wellbeing

How a hobby can make you more confident and happy

Pursuing a childhood passion changed the way I looked at myself—and I'm not alone. Life coach Susie Moore says hobbies are a potent form of self-care.

News | Health & Wellbeing

Treating #Depression by Training Your #Amygdala

A recent study indicates that increasing activity in the amygdala during positive memory retrieval can have a strong antidepressant effect in depressed individuals.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

Here's Why You Can't Stay Focused

Regaining focus isn't about willpower. It's about deconstructing the modern life habits that obstruct your enjoying it again.

Health & Fitness | News Items

Biggest Study Yet on the Differences Between Male and Female Brains

It’s becoming clearer and clearer that there are many robust differences between male and female brains — and also lots of overlap.

Health & Fitness | Psychology!

When It Comes To Politics and 'Fake News,' Facts Aren't Enough

In politics, it sometimes feels like we can't agree on basic facts. But according to neuroscientist Tali Sharot, facts are not enough — emotions may be the key to changing our minds.

Miscellaneous | Social Media

Why We Can’t Look Away From Our Screens

In a new book, the social psychologist Adam Alter warns that our devotion to digital devices has morphed into something very much like addiction.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

What It Feels Like To Have Anxiety, Because It Isn’t Us ‘Being Crazy’

People underestimate what anxiety really is. You want to call those who overthink everything, or make up scenarios in their head crazy, but you don’t understand: those with anxiety can’t control it…

Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

A New Way To Understand And Treat Depression

It can pull you out of the hustle of daily life — and into meaning-making.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

10 Things Truly Confident People Do Differently

True confidence -- as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities -- has a look all its own. One thing is certain: truly co...

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Happiness: 10 Fascinating New Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know - PsyBlog

Where we feel happiness in the body, how it affects our genetic code, why it changes with age, unexpected pleasures and much more... Here are 10 of my favourite recent psychology studies about happiness.

Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

How to Change Your Personality

A big new study promises you are (probably) not stuck with yourself.

Health & Fitness | Health

The colors you see behind your eyes could hold clues for scientists about treating depression

As sophisticated as our brains are, they can be easily fooled. Take vision for example: Our eyes gather in information about the outside world and signal to the optic nerve, which turns this info into electrical signals in a part of the brain called the v

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Family Problems In Childhood Affect Brain Development

Childhood adversity experienced between ages 0-11 associated with a smaller cerebellum.

Advice & Self-Help | Advice & Self-Help

Dr. Eleanor’s Reflections | Beyond Human Design - Learn how to transform your life with author Eleanor hapel-Portner, PhD, as she simplifies the concepts of astrology, human design, kabbalah, chakras, I-ching, consciousness using therapy, coaching, los angeles

Beyond Human Design - Learn how to transform your life with author Eleanor hapel-Portner, PhD, as she simplifies the concepts of astrology, human design, kabbalah, chakras, I-ching, consciousness using therapy, coaching, los angeles

Politics | Politics

In the VP Debate, Mike Pence Got Implicit Bias Pretty Wrong | WIRED

It's not racism, not demeaning, and worth understanding---especially if you want to fix it.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

Why Smart People Are Lazier than Their Dumb Friends | Broadly

According to a new study, people with a high need for cognition are more likely to spend their days lounging around and not exercising.

Health & Fitness | Health News

8 Hidden Psychological Effects Of Being Right- Or Left-Handed

The right-hand bias, the leftie advantage, handedness and mental illness and more…

Advice & Self-Help | Helpful Advice

How To Overcome Self-Sabotage

When I was in high school, I loved being on stage. I mostly performed in musicals. While I loved the spotlight there was always a part of me that was jud...

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

Trauma is the root cause of addiction, according to Dr. Gabor Mate

Trauma is at the nature of addiction according to Dr. Gabor Maté. “Addiction is only a symptom, it’s not the fundamental problem. The fundamental problem is trauma,” said Dr. Maté…

Advice & Self-Help | Advice & Self-Help

Study: Engaging With Social Media Can Drain Your Brain

Each decision to retweet or not saps cognitive energy, and it adds up quickly.

Advice & Self-Help | Advice & Self-Help

Use This Simple Trick to Catch a Liar (Secret Tactic Used by The FBI Revealed!)

Ladies, do you ever wonder if your man is telling you the truth or just telling you what he thinks you want to hear? Coming straight from a man, I want to give you a little insight. Most men, like …

Advice & Self-Help | Advice & Self-Help

Science: Fake Sleep Is Almost as Good as the Real Thing

How you think about a bad night's sleep has a big impact on your performance, research shows.

Advice & Self-Help | Advice & Self-Help

There Are 5 Better Ways to Eat, and You Can Start Today

Close your eyes, inhale deeply, and let your senses take over.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

10 Things Not to Say to Someone Suffering From Depression

As anyone who's been through it knows, once depression sets in, we're powerless to do anything but let it pass

Advice & Self-Help | Advice & Self-Help

Facebook Isn't the Only One to Blame for Surrounding You With Your Own Views

Groupthink existed long before algorithms helped enforce it. But the Internet isn't doing you many favors if you want to challenge your own ideas.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

11 Ways Narcissists Use Shame to Control | The Exhausted Woman

A weakness of a narcissist is their extreme hatred of being embarrassed. There is nothing worse for them than having someone point out even the slightest fault. Ironically, they have no problem openly doing this to others. This method of casting shame all

Health & Fitness | Lifestyle

The Truth About Hypnosis: 10 Myths & Misconceptions Answered | Dyan Haspel-Johnson - Hypnosis

For many years, I have taught seminars for both health care professionals and for the public

Psychology | Psychology

The Science of Making Friends - WSJ

Starting in early adulthood, our number of friends starts to decrease steadily; there are ways to reverse the tide, writes Elizabeth Bernstein.

Health & Fitness | Psychology!

Why ' Work-Life Balance' Talk Might Make Us More Stressed Out

Do you snicker when you hear the term “work-life balance?” As if. That elusive Zen zone can provoke anxiety, especially to those of us whose perfectionism tells us if we try harder, we’ll find it.

Advice & Self-Help | Advice & Self-Help!

Psychologists Reveal One Of The Best Ways To Boost Your Mood

When we’re having a rough day, many of us tend to treat ourselves to some form of retail therapy, a favorite dessert or going out with friends in hopes of feeling better.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links!

19 Truths That Are All Too Real If You're An Introvert

It can be a challenge to have a complex inner life. Introverts are often mistaken as unfriendly or shy when in reality they just prefer reflection and solitude. What’s so wrong with a little silence and alone time? (Answer: Nothing).

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

Emotional Exhaustion: Is Empathy a Choice?

Life offers endless opportunities to test your empathy—the ability to feel for and with others—sometimes to its breaking point.