Major depression feels debilitating, but current research shows us that we can have a powerful effect on our mood through free and enjoyable activities.
The dream stage of sleep incorporates rapid eye movement and increased activity in the areas of the brain responsible for visual imagery and emotional processing. In recent years, this natural and automatic processing of information has found its way into mainstream psychological therapy for symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. P.T.S.D.’s Devastating Effects In recent years, the general public […]
Can affirmations help with weight loss? In a recent article for the Association for Psychological Science, Divya Menon reported on a study by Christine Logel of the University of Waterloo and Geoffrey L. Cohen of Stanford University titled: The Role of Self in Physical Health: Testing the Effect of a Values-Affirmation Intervention on Weight Loss. They […]
The innerspace of our mind is just as mysterious and amazing as outer space, and the unconscious nature of dreams adds to the intrigue. Recent research into neuro-plasticity and unconscious processes is refuting some old assumptions about the meaning and purpose of dream states, and providing new evidence that some old theories were remarkably predictive. Frequency of Dreams […]
The tragedy of suicide has a ripple effect, traumatizing those left behind and sometimes creating a contagion effect, especially among adolescents and young adults. Studies have revealed various risk factors for suicide, with alcohol dependency standing out as a major factor. The risk for suicidal ideation and completion is increased 60 to 120 times in […]
Dissociative Identity Disorder, formerly called Multiple Personality Disorder, is a devastating condition for the individual burdened with it, but fascinating to the general public. D.I.D. has been the focus of several books and movies, thus sensationalized and usually misunderstood. Some medical doctors have been known to deny the existence of dissociation, much to the dismay of the […]
Some people who have been subjected to traumatic experiences engage in repetitive self-destructive behaviours including the abuse of drugs, and suffer from fears that interfere with everyday functioning at work and at home. On the other hand, the majority of people who undergo trauma are not severely affected over the long term by these experiences, and this often […]
What does it mean to be intelligent? What are the characteristics, talents, achievements, or the degree of neuronal complexity that separates the average from the gifted? Most of us could provide numerous examples of people we consider intelligent, but would we agree on the constructs of intelligence? What about accomplished academics or wealthy, successful business tycoons […]