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New Research Raises Concerns About the Dangers of Marijuana Use

Whatever your personal position on the subject of marijuana legalization, whether for medical or recreational use, a growing body of research reveals concerns over the potential harms caused by cannabis. The concerns are more than academic. With increasing public support (varying by demographic cohorts) for legalized marijuana, and 10 states legalizing recreational marijuana and 33 states where medical marijuana use is legal , the cannabis movement is just gaining steam. A new Pew R...
Tags: Psychology, California, Marijuana, Research, Cannabis, Substance Abuse, United States, Michigan, Pew Research Center, Mental Health And Wellness, Drug Use, Memory And Perception, Baby Boomers, Liu, Lancaster, Johns Hopkins University


Think you’re bad at math? You may suffer from ‘math trauma’

I teach people how to teach math, and I've been working in this field for 30 years. Across those decades, I've met many people who suffer from varying degrees of math trauma – a form of debilitating mental shutdown when it comes to doing mathematics.When people share their stories with me, there are common themes. These include someone telling them they were “not good at math," panicking over timed math tests, or getting stuck on some math topic and struggling to move past it. The topics can be ...
Tags: Psychology, Memory, Intelligence, Brain, Maths, Innovation, Fear, Emotions, Mind, Cognitive Science, Shannon Sweeny, Chris Willingham, Jennifer Ruef, Education Studies University of OregonThis


Podcast: Bizarre Questions Psychiatrists and Therapists Have Asked

 There is an assumption among many Americans that doctors are pretty darn smart and always know what they’re talking about. Psychiatrists work with the mentally ill, so they are certainly smarter than their patients. Because, after all, their patients are “crazy.” Right? In this episode, our hosts discuss all the times that psychiatrists and therapists didn’t live up to the hype – or stereotype.  SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW “Therapists and psychiatrists. . . They don’t know everyt...
Tags: Psychology, Hollywood, Obama, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Michael Jordan, Professional, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, King, Danny DeVito, Michelle, Gabe Howard, Don, Leah Remini, Leah


Similar ideas between Buddhism and Western psychology

Modern psychologists attribute less power to the conscious self. Buddhism has significant insight on how to counter listless states of desire. Doubting the ego just might be good for the ego itself. Many Western philosophers and scientists have for some time neglected Buddhist thought. As they saw it as either pure mysticism or couldn't wrap their heads around the seemingly contradictory nature of its teachings. Due to this incomprehension, much has been lost from ignoring this rich body of tho...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Innovation, Philosophy, Buddhism, Sigmund Freud, Buddha, Buddhist, Wright, Epstein, Robert Wright, Nagarjuna, Alan Watts, West Watts, Mark Epstein, Buddhism and Modern Psychology


Why Do We Forget?

To live is to forget—account numbers, names, the precise locations of keys and wallets, friends from childhood, peripheral characters from prestige TV shows, inside jokes, past ambitions, U.S. history, much else. Goldfish with guns: that’s the human race. But every frailty, we know, serves some larger adaptive…Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Memory, Neuroscience, Brain


Teenagers’ Lack Of Insight Into Some Of Their Abilities Has Implications For Career Counselling

By Christian Jarrett. Teen participants took mental and emotional tests and then estimated their own and their peers' abilities.
Tags: Psychology, Occupational


Parenting advice: 5 supportive gestures remembered by the mnemonic CLICC

Mnemonic CLICC:Comfort: stay calm and patientListen: show interest in their passionInspire: expose them to new ideasCollaborate: ask for their opinionCelebrate: use “put-ups”, “not put-downs” Comfort: stay calm and patientPractice active listening and provide support. For teens: Be present and pay attention to changes in behaviors. Offer validating and reflecting statements to help them label their own emotions when in distress.Practice relaxation techniques such as counting to ten, deep breathi...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Facebook, Parents, Children, Stress, Trauma, Pediatrics, Ves Dimov


Your Perfect New Excuse For Ordering Unhealthy Food And Drink: “Altruistic Indulgence”

By Christian Jarrett. When you order the unhealthy option to make your companion feel less guilty about their unhealthy choice.
Tags: Psychology, Health, Social, Christian Jarrett


New Drug Combo Treats Depression And Addiction (S)

The combination worked for every patient in the study. → There is now a small membership fee for accessing some articles. Support PsyBlog for just $4 per month. → Explore PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
Tags: Psychology, Depression, Jeremy Dean, Subscribers-only


Blood Test Detects Alzheimer’s 16 Years Earlier (S)

The test measures levels of a key protein in the blood. → There is now a small membership fee for accessing some articles. Support PsyBlog for just $4 per month. → Explore PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
Tags: Psychology, Dementia, Jeremy Dean, Subscribers-only


The Diet That Lowers Your IQ In 9 Days

The diet causes lower intelligence and 50% more laziness. → There is now a small membership fee for accessing some articles. Support PsyBlog for just $4 per month. → Explore PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
Tags: Psychology, Nutrition, Intelligence, Jeremy Dean


The Law of Polarity Might Change Your Life

As a change facilitator and therapist, I recognize there really isn’t a one-size fits all approach to being healthy and happy. Which is why books by gurus, and therapies sometimes work and sometimes don’t? The truth is just because something worked well for one person, that doesn’t mean it will work the same for you. And sometimes finding the right information which suits you can be a challenge. So, what happens if you’ve tried multiple approaches to change something in your life and you sti...
Tags: Psychology, Happiness, Self-help, Optimism, Negativity, Positive Psychology, Motivation And Inspiration


Only empathy can break the cycle of violence in Israel-Palestine | Simon Baron-Cohen

I’ve spent my career studying empathy. It’s a vital first step in conflicts where both sides have dehumanised each otherEmpathy is all about imagining other minds, appreciating that different people have different perspectives, and responding to their thoughts and feelings with an appropriate emotion. After a career studying autism and the nature of empathy, I see empathy as one of our most valuable natural resources. It has particular promise as an approach to conflict resolution, one that has ...
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Israel, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Israel Palestine, Simon Baron Cohen


"An affected or simpering smile; a silly, conceited, smiling look."

That's the definition of "smirk" in the (unlinkable) OED. I looked up the word because it was used over and over to refer to the smile on the face of the Covington Catholic schoolboy the media singled out to destroy over the weekend.When is a smile a "smirk"? The dictionary says, when it's affected or simpering or silly and conceited looking.But I'd like a deeper psychological explanation of what is supposed to be in the mind of the smirker and how observers of smiles decide they have a window i...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Law, Virginia, Self-esteem, Wisconsin, Catholic, John, Smiling, Howe, Ruth Graham, Jaltcoh, John Althouse Cohen, Ann Althouse, OED, Brett Kavanaugh


Best of Our Blogs: January 22, 2019

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” –  late Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. As I write this it’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Every year I learn something new and inspiring about him. Recently, I read that King struggled with depressed early on and in his later years. His words must surely be the result of what he endured and suffered through. It’s hopeful to hear that he not only survived in spite of his illness, but that he lived on to make a difference...
Tags: Psychology, King, Martin Luther King Jr, Best Of Our Blogs, Intropaths


This Weight Loss Technique Is Twice As Effective

Use this technique as part of a diet and exercise programme. → There is now a small membership fee for accessing some articles. Support PsyBlog for just $4 per month. → Explore PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
Tags: Psychology, Weight Loss, Jeremy Dean


Anxiety About Therapy

About 5 years ago, I started seeing a therapist weekly to do CBT for my lifelong anxiety. However, my anxiety quickly latched onto the therapy itself. I found myself worrying constantly about what the therapist thought of me and whether I was doing therapy wrong. Going to sessions became a major anxiety-inducing experience, and everything the therapist said felt like criticism. I eventually worked up the courage to talk to the therapist about the issue. She said she understood. We discussed it s...
Tags: Psychology, General, Anxiety, Therapy, Medication related questions, Personality, Phobia, CBT


Making Friends with Failure

Many of us may have grown up with the idea that making mistakes is a bad thing. When we received a bad grade or things didn’t go as expected, we may have felt distressed as we told our parents about it. We worried about their negative reaction. The urge to avoid errors goes back to an earlier time when our ancestors could not afford to make a mistake when they hunted for food or came across danger. Miscalculations cost people their lives in the olden days. Their minds were adept at helping ...
Tags: Psychology, Failure, Success, Self-help, Perfectionism, Achievement, Success & Achievement, Thomas Edison, Coping Skills, Blakely, Sara Blakely, Sara Blakely Spanx



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