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Got a Minute? Then You Have Time to Create!

One of the biggest reasons many of us don’t create, and in particular write, is because we don’t have time. We’re working and parenting and cooking and dish-washing. We’re commuting, and dropping off and picking up. And we think we need to carve out at least 20 minutes to sit down and reconnect to our imagination. And somehow those 20 minutes get eaten up by other activities before we even realize it. However, all you really need to access your creativity is a minute. Yes, just 1 minute. Which m...
Tags: Psychology, Books, General, Writing, Habits, Happiness, Self-help, Creativity, Journaling, Writer's Block, Mental Health And Wellness, Don, Medeiros, Journal Prompts, Leigh Medeiros


7 best Alan Watts books on philosophy and life

Alan Watts wrote more than 25 books on the subject of philosophy and religion. He was among the first to bring Zen Buddhist thought to the west. Subjects ranged from dualism in philosophy to the troubles of modern man.Alan Watts was a gifted philosopher who tasked himself with the near impossible, putting that which transcended the knowable into words. A counterculture mystic and a spiritual entertainer with an eye on the divine, it's no surprise that Watt's philosophy and wisdom filled a numbe...
Tags: Psychology, Books, England, Zen, Life, West, Spirituality, Innovation, Literature, Philosophy, East, Watts, Watt, Zen Buddhist, Alan Watts, Zen Watts


Review: Waiting for Elijah

There are some books you take a deep breath before opening, and Kate Wild’s Waiting for Elijah is one such book. That’s not because you don’t want to read it, but because you know it contains information that will upend your understanding of the complexity of life. Specifically: mental health and what we ask of … Continue reading Review: Waiting for Elijah The post Review: Waiting for Elijah appeared first on The Boomerang Books Blog.
Tags: Books, Mental Health, Non-fiction, Elijah, Book Reviews - Non-Fiction, Fiona Crawford, Investigative Reporting, Kate Wild


Psychology Around the Net: January 12, 2019

Are you ready to learn about simple, no frills self-care tips we can all follow? Why incompetent people have more confidence than you’d think they should? How men and women experience chronic pain differently? Well, good news! This week’s Psychology Around the Net has all that and more. The Free Self-Care You Should Be Doing Right Now: Setting realistic exercise schedules. Tackling one cleaning or organizing project at a time. Getting enough sleep. Extremely basic but extremely helpful self-c...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Women, Memory, Values, Research, Disorders, Stress, Self-help, Confidence, Anxiety, Yoga, Men, Women's Issues, Chronic Pain, Men's Issues


Want to transform your life? Stop chasing perfection

Give up the rat race, accept reality and have the courage to be disliked – the latest self-help trend is not about self-reinvention but finding contentment in the life you haveBy tradition, this is the season for personal reinvention, but these days it’s hard not to feel cynical about the idea of a triumphant liberation from the past. In the news, Brexit provides an hourly reminder that merely wishing to bring about a glorious fresh start is no guarantee that calamity won’t be the result. Meanwh...
Tags: Health, Books, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Robert Plomin, Society books


I Was Pregnant and in Crisis. All the Doctors and Nurses Saw Was an Incompetent Black Woman

The first dream for my imagined future self that I can recall starts with a sound. I was maybe 5 years old and I wanted to click-clack. The click-clack of high heels on a shiny, hard floor. I have a briefcase. I am walking purposefully, click-clack-click-clack. That is the entire dream. I dreamed of being…
Tags: Health, Books, News, Pregnancy, Uncategorized, Black Women


The money, job, marriage myth: are you happy yet?

The ‘success’ narrative is at the heart of our idea of wellbeing, but the evidence tells a different tale, argues behavioural scientist Paul Dolan in this extract from his new bookThere are countless stories about how we ought to live our lives. We are expected to be ambitious; to want to be wealthy, successful and well educated; to get married, be monogamous and have kids. These social narratives can make our lives easier, by providing guidelines for behaviour, and they might sometimes make us ...
Tags: Health, Books, Society, UK News, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Paul Dolan, Hay, Happiness indices, Wellbeing At Work


Can Humor Alter Your Brain Chemistry?

“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”   ~ Mahatma Gandhi Do you know why everyone isn’t in a mental hospital? Because there isn’t enough room. Philosophers have long observed a dearth of happiness among humanity. Henry David Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” John Stuart Mill observed, “Unquestionably, it is possible to do without happiness; it is done involuntarily by nineteen-twentieths of mankind.” Abd ar-Rahman III, who reigned...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Neuroscience, Self-help, Depression, United States, Humor, Sadness, Iberia, Laughter, Henry David Thoreau, University of Montreal, David Sedaris, Mahatma Gandhi, John Stuart Mill, Centers for Disease Control CDC


How ‘Shout Your Abortion’ grew from a Seattle hashtag into a book

Amelia Bonow was recently in Seattle to talk about the book, "Shout Your Abortion."
Tags: Health, Books, News, Life, Lifestyle, Local Politics, Seattle, Local News, Amelia Bonow


Is it better to read a book or listen to it?

Daniel Willingham, a University of Virginia psychologist who wrote "The Reading Mind," says that the most common question he receives these days is the following: “Is it cheating if I listen to an audiobook for my book club?” In a New York Times essay, Willingham parses the benefits and drawbacks of both formats. Which one is better? Of course personally preference and convenience matter, but Willingham argues that generally right now when it comes to listening or reading a book, there is "equi...
Tags: Psychology, Audiobooks, Post, Books, News, Reading, New York Times, Literacy, University Of Virginia, Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Reading Mind


Top Brain-Based Habits to Elevate Your Relationships

Relationships are crucial to having a healthy and caring life with those who you value the most. Enhancing interpersonal skill has proven effective in reducing anxiety, depression, and stress. It can also improve both business success and marital satisfaction.  In world-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Daniel G. Amen’s latest book, Feel Better Fast and Make It Last , he introduces techniques from research in the field of interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT).  The acronym RELATING, as outlined below...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Relationships, Communication, Forgiveness, Active Listening, Daniel G Amen


Humor for the Heartbroken

Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.  ~ Matt Groening Social psychologist Daniel Gilbert of Harvard University said, “In many ways, navigating the social world is more complicated than a voyage to the moon. But it’s a journey we have to take, because whether we like it or not, our happiness is in each other’s hands.” Our sadness is also in each other’s hands, and is most easily induced by those ...
Tags: Psychology, Books, California, Relationships, Self-help, Creativity, Harvard University, New Orleans, Annie, Mila Kunis, Grief And Loss, University Of Michigan, Dennis, Mental Health And Wellness, Marriage And Divorce, John Cusack


Promoting digital technologies for disease prevention among Latinos

Half of Americans live with at least one chronic disease, such as diabetes, hypertension, or heart disease. Chronic diseases take an economic toll and account for a large proportion of health care costs.  A moderate amount of weight loss and an increase in physical activity can prevent or reduce the burden of chronic disease.  Therefore, we need to find a low-cost platform that is effective for chronic illness prevention. The use of digital technology, such as smartphones and mobile apps, has gr...
Tags: Health, Books, Featured, United States, Disease, Journals, Latinos, Healthy Lifestyle, Health & Medicine, Chronic Disease, Digital Technologies, Bay Area of California, Disease Prevention, Translational Behavioral Medicine, Tbmedi, Yoshimi Fukuoka


Stress management in the work place [infographic]

Employees in the modern work force are faced with obstacles every day that prompt stress. These work-related stressors can lead to different kinds of strains that affect both the health and the well-being of the employee and the organization. Various types of stress management interventions, guided by organizational development and work stress frameworks, may be employed to prevent or cope with job stressors and manage strains that develop.Using the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology, we...
Tags: Health, Wellness, Infographics, Books, Featured, Infographic, Stress, Employees, Stress Management, Psychology & Neuroscience, Organizational Development, Oxford Research Encyclopedia, Everyday Obstacles, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology, Stress Management Techniques, Stressors


The ancient Greeks warned us about AI: Chips with Everything podcast

Author Adrienne Mayor discusses the myths that contained the first blueprints for artificial intelligence Philosopher René Descartes’ quote “cogito, ergo sum” became well known after being translated into English as “I think, therefore I am.” It was the result of his attempt to figure out which of the things he thought he knew were impervious to doubt.Long before Descartes uttered these words, however, humans were telling stories about artificial beings and thinking about what defines humanity. ...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Science, Technology, Greece, Culture, Robots, Computing, Consciousness, Philosophy, Descartes, Artificial intelligence (AI, Adrienne Mayor


Change Suicidal Thoughts by Asking “Says Who?” 

In my book, Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change the Way You Think Forever, I’ve created a method for transforming negative and fear-based thoughts that cause emotional turmoil, such as anxiety or depression. For many years as a young actress, I experienced severe anxiety. It wasn’t until I went into Jungian analysis that I came face to face with a deep-seated, fear-based thought that I’d buried deep in my subconscious. By unburying it, I was able to realize how it was the direct cau...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Suicide, Self-help, Depression, Suicidal Thoughts, Heraclitus


Coping with Life’s Literal Clutter

Back in 2015, I published a collection of my previously published Psych Central pieces in an E-Book titled Coping With Life’s Clutter. Whether it’s relationship issues or introspective woes, I wanted this collection to be about life’s various stresses, and how we can try to deal with them to the best of our ability. I recently had a job interview where the prospective employer perused my resume and asked about this very book. His eyes lit up as he inquired about the title and the meaning behi...
Tags: Psychology, Motivation, Books, Organization, Habits, Stress, Personal, Self-help, Clutter, Princeton University, Success & Achievement, Ryback, Ralph Ryback


Is Exposure & Response Prevention Therapy a Well-Guarded Secret?

OCD Awareness Week 2018 has come and gone and there were many successful, informative events to help all those whose lives have been touched by obsessive-compulsive disorder. There was also attention paid to OCD through the national media, though I’m not sure if the two shows I watched/listened to were broadcasted because of OCD Awareness Week. While I think the productions both did a good job debunking the myths of OCD and illustrating what the disorder is all about (as much as you can w...
Tags: Psychology, Books, ERP, Green, Personal, Treatment, Psychotherapy, John, OCD, John Green, Stigma, Dan, American Psychological Association, Minding the Media, American Public Media Six


More Than Chemicals: The Difference Between Pleasure and Happiness

The experience of pleasure is distinct from the experience of happiness. Quite distinct. With pleasure, a dopamine “spike” occurs in response to an acute momentary reward. The experience feels wonderful but depletes serotonin. The ultimate consequence of repeated rushes to this pleasure center leads to the loss of dopamine receptors in the brain. With the loss of neurons comes Tolerance: a situation in which more and more “hits” are needed to feel the same impact as before — or to feel anythi...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Books, Cook, Happiness, San Francisco, United States, University Of California, Pleasure, Omega, Joy, Lustig, Robert Lustig, Neurotransmitter, Neurochemistry


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The history of ghost stories, the tallest residential building in the world and more The Man Behind Modern Ghost Stories Born in 1862, Montague Rhodes James was an acclaimed intellectual who published a handful of stories (from short quips to long, academic papers) that are widely regarded as the basis upon which modern ghost stories are built. Not entirely for the narratives, but rather the …
Tags: Health, Books, Science, Design, Medicine, Sex, History, Reading, Meditation, Flying, Stephen Hawking, Palm, Ghost Stories, Linkaboutit, Link About It, Condoms


Psychology Around the Net: October 20, 2018

This week’s Psychology Around the Net brings you the latest on picture books and children’s mental health, why it’s important to maintain friendships when you’re in a romantic relationship, the mental health benefits of commuting in a natural environment, and more. Can Picture Books Meet the Crisis in Children’s Mental Health? Author Matt Haig is hopeful his first illustrated story, The Truth Pixie, will encourage children to talk about their mental health. As the name suggests, the book focu...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Family, Celebrities, Parenting, Relationships, Friends, Research, Kanye West, Nature, Urban Planning, Commuting, Friendships, Stigma, Children And Teens, Money And Financial


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 so...
Tags: Health, Books, Kate, Infertility, Attachment Theory, Matt, Katie, Bo, David G Markham, Northern Ontario Canada, Psychotherapeutic humanities, Crow Lake, Mary Lawson


Reforming How We Look at Our Past Could Brighten the Present

As she approaches a milestone birthday, ‘Margaret’ tosses and turns in her otherwise comfortable bed. A thought permeates her mind that keeps her awake in the wee hours, “You are turning 60 and what do you have to show for it?” At that moment, an amusing volley ball game begins as the vibrant, well- toned aspect of herself hurls the ball across the net and lists her accomplishments. “You are well respected in your field. You have earned advanced degrees. You make a difference in people’s lives....
Tags: Psychology, Books, Regret, Aging, Stress, Positivity, Optimism, John, Worry, Mental Health And Wellness, Success & Achievement, Accomplishments, Memory And Perception, Margaret, Affirmations, Noah St John


How to Create Greater Meaning and Purpose in Our Daily Lives

Sometimes we can learn very helpful life lessons from unexpected places. I had an interesting conversation with one of my nieces about her acting class, and began thinking about how the skills she is working on there might apply to all of our lives.  She was sharing with me how she is learning to (1) identify and develop her character’s motivation before she begins any scene; and (2) use techniques to make each scene completely fresh, as if it was unfolding in the moment and not coming from a ...
Tags: Psychology, Motivation, Books, Inspiration, Mindfulness, Self-help, Creativity, Purpose, Motivation And Inspiration, Contentment, Personal Values, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Existential Question


World Mental Health Day | YA Book Book Recs

With World Mental Health Day having come and gone on the 10th of October, I thought this would make a great opportunity to give some mental health YA reading recommendations! Books are both excellent sources of knowledge and can help you be more empathetic to circumstances you might not be familiar with. If there are two … Continue reading World Mental Health Day | YA Book Book Recs The post World Mental Health Day | YA Book Book Recs appeared first on The Boomerang Books Blog.
Tags: Books, Mental Health, Illness, Young Adult, Book News, Cait Drews, Best-of book lists, Young Adult Fiction


My Journey to Wholeness: How I Learned to Embrace My Flaws to Create a Joyful Life

I believe there is not enough dialogue out there about soul-sickness, especially among wealthy communities. We are taught to believe from a young age that once we have the perfect partner, house, car, children, and careers, we will be happy. And often times this is not the case; the happiness does not come. There is an insatiable need for more. Because there is no dialogue about this, most people think, I am the only one , something is wrong with me , or no one understands me . This l...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Happiness, Personal, Ptsd, Trauma, Spirituality, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Violence And Aggression, Cult Members, Spiritual Abuse


Book review: The Perils of Perception, by Bobby Duffy

After almost 25 years at Ipsos MORI, Bobby Duffy is an expert in social research. One of his particular interests is how we get things wrong, something that the agency has investigated through interviews with 100,000 people in 40 different countries. That work has now been brought together in the book The Perils of Perception: […]
Tags: Psychology, Books, Future, Current Affairs, Ipsos, Bobby Duffy


Pros and cons of GMO crop farming [infographic]

In the agricultural industry, recombinant DNA technology allows for DNA to be transferred from one organism to another, creating Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Four crops constitute the vast majority of the GM crop production: maize, canola, soybean, and cotton. Since 1995, GM crops have been grown commercially and the global area sown to these crops has expanded over 100-fold over the past two decades.  While many champion this innovation for its ability to enhance food production acros...
Tags: Health, Books, Featured, Nutrition, Crops, Gmo, Pesticides, Farming, Agriculture, Gm, Solar Energy, Chemicals, Insects, Environmental Science, Genetically Modified, Science & Medicine


Forever Inspiring; Elizabeth Mary Cummings on The Forever Kid

Children’s author and poet, with a background in education and psychology, Elizabeth Mary Cummings is known for her sensitive attention to difficult topics including mental health and anti-bullying issues. Following titles, such as The Disappearing Sister and Dinner on the Doorstep, Elizabeth has recently released her picture book on grief, The Forever Kid. She has … Continue reading Forever Inspiring; Elizabeth Mary Cummings on The Forever Kid The post Forever Inspiring; Elizabeth Mary Cummin...
Tags: Books, Grief, Family, Bullying, Mental Health, Remembrance, Loss, Memories, Strength, Author Interviews, Book Reviews - Childrens and Young Adult, New Book Releases, Romi Sharp, Big Sky Publishing, Cheri Hughes, Narrative therapy


How Working Parents Can Regularly Reconnect and Strengthen Their Relationship

In 2016 author Jessica Turner surveyed 2000 working moms. Two-thirds said that marriage or making time for their partner was a challenge. For instance, one working mom wrote: “My husband and I are so busy and tired that we ‘forget’ to pay attention to each other.” Another wrote: “My husband and I find it difficult to find time to have any sort of conversation outside of work and kids.” Another working mom expressed: “I feel as if I have become a roommate to my husband. I love and adore him, b...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Family, General, Parenting, Relationships, Happiness, Stress, Self-help, Motherhood, Turner, Mental Health And Wellness, Marriage And Divorce, Jessica Turner, Stuart Brown, Family Time



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