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How to Find the Strength to Leave a Relationship

It takes tremendous courage to leave a relationship that no longer fits. It takes tremendous self-love to know you deserve better. It takes tremendous faith to believe something better, someone better lies just around the corner in your future. It takes tremendous wisdom to feel deep in your bones that you were born to live a life of joy and that everything you dream about can be yours. I am here to offer living proof that you do deserve better. That you must leave. That if you can imagine be...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Relationships, Self-help, Codependence, Breakups, Self Care, Heartache, Self-worth, Self Love, Paulo Coelho, Esther Hicks, Don Miguel Luis


6 Inspiring Books That Will Lift Your Mood

Losing yourself in the pages of a riveting novel or memoir is a legitimate form of therapy. Even better is coming away from the characters and the story with a renewed purpose and sense of hope. John Green, one of my favorite authors, said “Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.” I think that’s true especially for people who struggle with depression and anxiety or some other chronic illness that is stigmatized in our culture. Between the covers of a book, we find a n...
Tags: Psychology, Motivation, Books, Inspiration, Reading, Self-help, Santiago, Amsterdam, Shakespeare, Eddie, John Green, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, Julius Caesar, Jonathan


How Writers Write About Heartbreaking Things and Care for Themselves in the Process

For more than 20 years, Mary Cregan wanted to write her recently published memoir The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery, but she felt that she couldn’t. It’s primarily because she wasn’t ready to face the exposure required to be so honest about such a devastating, difficult part of her life. Because that’s the thing about writing: We let readers into our innermost thoughts and feelings, into our souls, and that can be scary. We tackle topics we’d never bring up with a ...
Tags: Psychology, Books, General, Writing, Habits, Disorders, Vulnerability, Creativity, Stigma, Hemingway, Mental Health And Wellness, Inspiration & Hope, Sweeney, Goldberg, Heartbreak, Blum


6 Ways to Use Mindfulness to Ease Difficult Emotions

Mindfulness has become quite the buzzword these days, with impressive studies popping up in the news with regularity. For example, research from the University of Oxford finds that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is just as effective as antidepressants for preventing a relapse of depression. In MBCT, a person learns to pay closer attention to the present moment and to let go of the negative thoughts and ruminations that can trigger depression. They also explore a greater awareness of ...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Mindfulness, Self-help, Depression, University of Oxford, Mental Health And Wellness, Brain And Behavior, Motivation And Inspiration, University of Massachusetts, Jon Kabat Zinn, Kabat Zinn, Anne Arundel Community Hospital


Does gender bias influence how people assess children’s pain?

A recently published paper in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology has attracted much media attention for its analysis of a subject that has long been debated: how do our beliefs about male-female differences influence our decision-making? Specifically, do our beliefs about the pain expressions of boys and girls influence our assessment of their pain experience?The authors found that when adult participants were shown the same video of a young child undergoing a painful procedure, those who were ...
Tags: Decision Making, Health, Books, Gender, Featured, Children, New York Times, Pain, Health & Medicine, Pain Management, Public Domain, Pediatrics, Science & Medicine, Psychology & Neuroscience, Medical Mondays, Pixabay


6 books on the occult and mysticism

Almost by definition, the occult is a mysterious, hidden and captivating genre.These six books help illuminate occult thinking and history for the curious reader.Ranging from Cornelius Agrippa in the 16th century to Alesiter Crowley, also known as "the wickedest man in the world," these books are sure to entertain and provide their readers with a solid background in the occult and mysticism. Strange Angel Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scie...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Religion, America, History, Nasa, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, Innovation, Philosophy, Agrippa, Wilson, Crowley, Parsons, Carlos, Don Juan, Wernher von Braun


Behold, the '70s sci-fi book series that popularized the Illuminati conspiracy

The historical Illuminati was a failed 18th century Bavarian secret society. Current Illuminati conspiracies stem from a satirical '70s counterculture book.Authors Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson's intent was to sow chaotic disinformation just for the satire.The Illuminati has become a stand-in myth for every conspiratorial crackpots' idea of some omnipresent cabal pulling the strings on world affairs. Depending on who you ask, sometimes they're responsible for some two-bit celebrity's ris...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Fiction, Alan Moore, History, Culture, Innovation, Literature, Bavaria, Illuminati, Kennedy, Wilson, Shea, Robert Anton Wilson, Robert Shea, Principia Discordia


Better detection of concussions using vital signs

As a father of a young ice hockey player, I’m all too familiar with every parent’s concern about concussions. As a neuroscientist, I chose not to accept that it was okay to rely on subjective and error-prone tests to understand how best to care for our brains after concussion. We dared ourselves to think bigger, and to devise a solution that was larger than concussions – to ask the question: “Why don’t we have objective vital signs for brain function?”We have vital signs for our body like heart ...
Tags: Health, Books, Featured, Neuroscience, Brain, Canada, United States, Neurology, Brain Injury, Concussion, Health & Medicine, Simon Fraser University, Rochester Minnesota, Science & Medicine, Medical Mondays, Biomedicine


Interview: Jerico Mandybur, Author of Neo-Tarot

We discuss empowerment and self-care through an ancient practice Writer/editor/speaker/podcast host, Jerico Mandybur is also the editorial director at Girlboss and the author of the brand new Neo Tarot: A Fresh Approach to Self-Care, Healing & Empowerment. Officially releasing 2 April (but available for pre-order now), the book comes with a deck of tarot cards, and the set offers a unique, contemporary and thoughtful guide to …
Tags: Health, Wellness, Books, Design, Interviews, Mindfulness, Culture, Tarot, Self Care, Girlboss, Tarot Cards, Jerico Mandybur


Don’t Force Gratitude

In his book What Happy People Know, Dan Baker argues that you can’t be in a state of appreciation and fear, or anxiety, at the same time. He explains: During active appreciation the threatening messages from your amygdala [fear center of the brain] and the anxious instincts of your brainstem are cut off, suddenly and surely, from access to your brain’s neocortex, where they can fester, replicate themselves, and turn your stream of thoughts into a cold river of dread. It is a fact of neurology th...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Happiness, Personal, Self-help, Depression, Arkansas, Oprah, Baker, Mental Health And Wellness, Brain And Behavior, Rutherford, Dan Baker, Margaret Rutherford, University of California in Berkeley


Nicci Gerrard: ‘Dementia is more scary when you try not to think about it’

The Observer journalist on her father’s dementia, caring for campaigners, and facing her fears in her new book• Read an extract from What Dementia Teaches Us About LoveNicci Gerrard is a journalist and campaigner, who writes bestselling novels with her husband under the name Nicci French. She won the 2016 Orwell prize for exposing Britain’s social evils, for her reporting on the care of dementia patients in the UK.What compelled you to write this book?I didn’t want to write a memoir about my fat...
Tags: Health, Books, UK, Society, Mental Health, Culture, Britain, Dementia, Autobiography and memoir, John, Orwell, Nicci Gerrard, John Gerrard, Nicci, Mind And Body Books, LoveNicci Gerrard


Lynn Enright Destroys Myths About the Female Body

In her new book Vagina: A Re-Education, Lynn Enright (journalist and “accidental vagina specialist”) is debunking the myths, theories and lies that many women grew up believing. From gender bias in sex education to pain, pleasure, pregnancy and beyond, Enright explores the female body and the experience of living inside one—with many personal anecdotes. Enright spoke with Kelly Pigram about the book, which is fascinating …
Tags: Health, Books, Gender, Science, Design, Education, Anatomy, Sex, Reading, Culture, Bodies, Linkaboutit, Enright, Kelly Pigram, Lynn Enright, Vagina: A Re-Education


How One Daring Woman Introduced the Idea of Smallpox Inoculation to England

"The small-pox, so fatal, and so general amongst us, is here entirely harmless," Mary Montagu wrote from Istanbul in 1717.
Tags: Health, Books, Gender, England, News, Uncategorized, Istanbul, Mary Montagu


8 Vital Ways Dads Can Support Their Partners’ Mental Health Postpartum

You’ll be bringing your baby home soon. Or maybe you already have. And you want to be there for your spouse. You know that having a baby not only affects your wife’s body, but it also affects her mental health. You want to be supportive, encouraging and helpful. But you’re not exactly sure how to do that. What does it look like to support your spouse’s mental health? Where do you start? What should you avoid? Here, you’ll find suggestions from Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC, a perinatal me...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Family, General, Parenting, Friends, Pregnancy, Self-help, Salmon, Child Development, Fatherhood, Mental Health And Wellness, Chapman, Brunner, Postpartum, Gary Chapman


The Power of Creativity in Helping Us to (Kind of) Cope

The intensity of Maureen “Marzi” Wilson’s anxiety varies day to day. Some days, it’s a “mild uneasiness,” a nagging feeling that she’s forgotten something important. “Other days, it’s closer to terror, a horrible premonition that something catastrophic is imminent,” she said. The outward expression varies, too. Sometimes, she fidgets. Other times, she’s “sitting in the corner of a closet wrapped in a blanket.” Because “some days are harder than others,” she said. Wilson has been strugg...
Tags: Psychology, Books, General, Disorders, Stress, Self-help, Anxiety, Creativity, Wilson, Mental Health And Wellness, Anxiety And Panic, Inspiration & Hope, Coping Skills, Overwhelm, Emotion Regulation, Marzi


4 Strategies to Foster Self-Compassion

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~ Quote often attributed to Buddha Nurturing self-compassion is by far the most difficult part of my recovery from depression because the self-hater is loudest when my mood dips, charging me to try harder, be tougher, and comparing ...
Tags: Psychology, Books, General, Happiness, Vulnerability, Personal, Austin, Self-help, Resilience, Shame, Perfectionism, Personal Growth, Self-compassion, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope


War doctor David Nott: ‘The adrenaline was overpowering’

As his book detailing his time volunteering in Sarajevo, Gaza, Syria and beyond is published, the NHS surgeon talks about what it takes to work in a war zone• Read an extract from David Nott’s book War DoctorWhat first inspired you to become a war doctor?Two things. The first was Roland Joffé’s film The Killing Fields, which had a huge impact on me when I saw it as a trainee surgeon. There is a scene in a hospital in Phnom Penh, overrun with patients, where a surgeon has to deal with a shrapnel ...
Tags: Health, Books, Society, World news, Syria, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, NHS, Gaza, Doctors, Autobiography and memoir, Phnom Penh, Sarajevo, Roland Joffe, David Nott


Oral sex is good for older couples

Is it difficult or even embarrassing to imagine grandparents having oral sex? Indeed, most studies of oral sex focus on adolescents or younger adults, while research on sexuality in late life is primarily focused on sexual dysfunctions from a medical perspective, contributing to the prevailing stereotype that most older adults are sexually inactive or asexual due to health conditions or related medication use. However, data from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project showed that a s...
Tags: Health, Books, Featured, Valentine's Day, Elderly, Sex Education, Health & Medicine, Social Sciences, Science & Medicine, Gerontology, National Social Life Health, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, National Social Life Health and Aging Project, Elderly Health, Oral Sex Education


The Authentic Self versus the False Self

In my new book, Live True: A Mindfulness Guide to Authenticity , I say that it is the present moment that matters the most, and if we value the moments of our lives, we will want to make the most of each one, and not let any moment go by without having lived it as truthfully and authentically as we can. But what does it mean to live “authentically”? The definition of authentic is “genuine” and “real,” or in other words, the combination of all your true qualities and characteristics. Howeve...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Relationships, Mindfulness, Self-help, Authenticity


The best strategies to prevent cancer

February 4th marks World Cancer Day and this year, the launch of a new three year campaign called “I Am and I Will,” led by the Union for International Cancer Control. The focus lies on emphasising the importance of each person’s role in the fight against cancer, and reinforcing that everyone has the power to reduce the impact of cancer.A fundamental step towards reducing the impact is to look towards prevention and understand how to lower the risk of developing the disease. Many lifestyle facto...
Tags: Health, Books, UK, London, Featured, Obesity, Cancer, US, Lifestyle, Research, Exercise, Bacon, Cancer Research, Cancer Research UK, Health & Medicine, Science & Medicine


Books - The Square and The Tower by Niall Ferguson

Two organizing ideas about how society is organized can be described as hierarchies and networks. Both have existed throughout human history.  Understanding social organization is important because the structures and dynamics of the ways of organizing social life at a marcosystemic level influence behavior at the microsystemic level. Most of the macrosystemic organizing structures and dynamics are unconscious and as such, people don't understand why they think what they think, why they fee...
Tags: Health, Google, Books, United Kingdom, Ferguson, Infertility, The Square, Niall Ferguson, Facebook Amazon, MBH, David G Markham, Structural Factors


Books - Crow Lake by Mary Lawson

What happens when parents suddenly die in a car crash and leave a 17 yr. old son, a 16 yr. old son, a 7 year old daughter and a baby daughter in a rural farming community in Northern Ontario, Canada?Grown up Kate, now in her 20s tells most of the story.It is a narrative full of love, sacrifice, loyalty, persistence, projection, and descriptions of attachment styles that are fascinating.Kate certainly has become avoidant although she had been every attached to her brother, Matt the youngest son. ...
Tags: Health, Books, Kate, Infertility, Attachment Theory, Matt, Katie, Bo, northern Ontario, David G Markham, Psychotherapeutic humanities, Crow Lake, Mary Lawson


Books - The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

There are plenty of slave narratives. Do we need any more?Colson Whitehead's novel, The Underground Railroad, tells the story of a young slave woman, Cora, who escapes the Randall plantation in Georgia with a male companion Caesar and makes her way north and west on a literal underground railroad whose tunnels have been dug by abolitionists committed to undoing the bonds of slavery.The scenes about slave torture and killings are terrible and offset to some extent by the kindness of strangers who...
Tags: Health, Books, America, Georgia, Racism, United States, Slavery, Infertility, Cora, Caesar, Underground Railroad, Whitehead, David G Markham, Colson Whitehead, Psychotherapeutic humanities, Markham Behavioral Health


Attachment In Therapeutic Practice by Jeremy Holmes and Arietta Slade

I just finished Attachment In Therapeutic Practice by Jeremy Holmes and Arietta Slade.Attachment In Therapeutic Practice is about attachment theory and how this understanding of human development and behavior can be used in psychotherapeutic practice. Even with 49 years of experience in the mental health field as a Psychiatric Social Worker, I am still learning more every day. Many of the ideas that Holmes and Slade describe I have been familiar with, and their way of connecting the dots is very...
Tags: Health, Books, Infertility, Attachment Theory, Holmes, Slade, David G Markham, Jeremy Holmes, Arietta Slade Attachment In Therapeutic Practice, Arietta Slade


10 books to check out from Jordan Peterson's 'Great Books' list

Peterson's Great Books list features classics by Orwell, Jung, Huxley, and Dostoevsky. Categories include literature, neuroscience, religion, and systems analysis. Having recently left Patreon for "freedom of speech" reasons, Peterson is taking direct donations through Paypal (and Bitcoin).We like to know what informed thinkers we respect, to better understand what shaped their worldview. On his website, Jordan Peterson offers his Great Books list, granting insight into the turning of his own mi...
Tags: Psychology, Amazon, Books, England, Russia, Religion, America, Neuroscience, Paypal, World, George Orwell, Paris, Innovation, Burma, Consciousness, Literature


10 incredible books from Jordan Peterson's 'Great Books' list

Peterson's Great Books list features classics by Orwell, Jung, Huxley, and Dostoevsky. Categories include literature, neuroscience, religion, and systems analysis. Having recently left Patreon for "freedom of speech" reasons, Peterson is taking direct donations through Paypal (and Bitcoin).We like to know what informed thinkers we respect, to better understand what shaped their worldview. On his website, Jordan Peterson offers his Great Books list, granting insight into the turning of his own mi...
Tags: Psychology, Amazon, Books, England, Russia, Religion, America, Neuroscience, Paypal, World, George Orwell, Paris, Innovation, Burma, Consciousness, Literature


Books - Crow Lake by Mary Lawson

What happens when parents suddenly die in a car crash and leave a 17 yr. old son, a 16 yr. old son, a 7 year old daughter and a baby daughter in a rural farming community in Northern Ontario, Canada?Grown up Kate, now in her 20s tells most of the story.It is a narrative full of love, sacrifice, loyalty, persistence, projection, and descriptions of attachment styles that are fascinating.Kate certainly has become avoidant although she had been every attached to her brother, Matt the youngest son. ...
Tags: Health, Books, Kate, Infertility, Attachment Theory, Matt, Katie, Bo, northern Ontario, David G Markham, Psychotherapeutic humanities, Crow Lake, Mary Lawson


Books - The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

There are plenty of slave narratives. Do we need any more?Colson Whitehead's novel, The Underground Railroad, tells the story of a young slave woman, Cora, who escapes the Randall plantation in Georgia with a male companion Caesar and makes her way north and west on a literal underground railroad whose tunnels have been dug by abolitionists committed to undoing the bonds of slavery.The scenes about slave torture and killings are terrible and offset to some extent by the kindness of strangers who...
Tags: Health, Books, America, Georgia, Racism, United States, Slavery, Infertility, Cora, Caesar, Underground Railroad, Whitehead, David G Markham, Colson Whitehead, Psychotherapeutic humanities, Markham Behavioral Health


Attachment In Therapeutic Practice by Jeremy Holmes and Arietta Slade

I just finished Attachment In Therapeutic Practice by Jeremy Holmes and Arietta Slade.Attachment In Therapeutic Practice is about attachment theory and how this understanding of human development and behavior can be used in psychotherapeutic practice. Even with 49 years of experience in the mental health field as a Psychiatric Social Worker, I am still learning more every day. Many of the ideas that Holmes and Slade describe I have been familiar with, and their way of connecting the dots is very...
Tags: Health, Books, Infertility, Attachment Theory, Holmes, Slade, David G Markham, Jeremy Holmes, Arietta Slade Attachment In Therapeutic Practice, Arietta Slade


A Real Dose of Hope When You’re Feeling Hopeless

You’re trying to find a job, and after way too many interviews, you’re still unemployed. You’ve had a string of awful dates, and you’re convinced that you’ll never find your person. You’ve repeatedly asked your spouse to work less or spend less or drink less and after promising to make a change, they still haven’t. You have depression, and nothing seems to be helping. And, so, you feel hopeless. And you assume that this feeling of hopelessness carries with it some significant truth: your circ...
Tags: Psychology, Books, General, California, Disorders, Stress, Self-help, Depression, Treatment, Self-esteem, Voice, Allan, Mental Health And Wellness, Inspiration & Hope, Boyd, Vancouver Canada



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