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Showing Love Through Stretching
Before runners begin a marathon, they stretch. After a long plane ride, passengers stretch. When graduates graduate, their commencement speakers urge them to stretch. And when new challenges confront a couple, they may need to stretch to be able to meet them. The advice, get out of your comfort zone , can be wise. Exploring new lands, new limits, in body, mind and spirit, is how we grow, both as individuals and in our relationships. I don t need much convi ...
Psychology Today - Sun. Jun 25
Journey or Destination: What's Your Pleasure?
Standing before us on the factory floor, tons of steel all around, large cranes above, is Albert Paley, the world renowned sculptor. Beside him is a seven foot model of his next project. When it is finished, it will be a fifty foot tall abstract metal sculpture that will be shipped to Chattanooga where it will be featured at a new park named for Martin Luther King, Jr. Paley, his grey hair pulled back in a pony-tail, is explaining patiently the complex pro ...
Psychology Today - Sun. Jun 25
Immortality
Excerpt from a recently published book
Psychology Today - Sun. Jun 25
Why We Forget
Of the various ways that memory shows its imperfections, the most prevalent by far is forgetting. We forget much of what we read, watch, think, and encounter directly in the world. Of course, we also remember many events in our lives, but that s a subject for another blog post. Refer to the link at the end. One disquieting but quick way to test the extent of forgetting is to access a list of celebrities who died in 2017 . See how many celebrities you recog ...
Psychology Today - Sat. Jun 24
Will A Robot Take Your Job?
A recent BBC article highlighted May 2017 research suggesting that within 120 years, there is a 50 likelihood that computers could take over all jobs. That s right all jobs. And many would be lost well before that. Low-paying, relatively routine jobs would be the first to be fully done by some form of technology. We ve already seen the pattern. Many jobs that need not be done on site, such as manufacturing, are now done by machinery technology or have been ...
Psychology Today - Sat. Jun 24
A Short History of Love
In the fifth century BC, the Greek philosopher Empedocles held that there are four primordial elements air, earth, fire, and water. These elements are driven together and apart by the opposed cosmic principles of Love and Strife. Love brings the elements together, and unopposed Love leads to The One , a divine and resplendent sphere. Strife gradually degrades the sphere, returning it to the elements, and this cosmic cycle repeats itself ad infinitum . Acco ...
Psychology Today - Sat. Jun 24
HiTOP: The Future of Mental Health Diagnosis is Here
The Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology HiTOP is a revolutionary new strategy to approach mental health diagnoses and all of the complex problems involved in them. Since the first Diagnostic and Statistical Manual DSM was introduced, mental health diagnoses have been plagued by inconsistency and subjectivity. The first DSM identified homosexuality as a mental illness, and masturbation itself was identified as a hallmark of mental health problems. In 1 ...
Psychology Today - Sat. Jun 24
Genes, ozone, and autism
University Park, PA -- A new analysis shows that individuals with high levels of genetic variation and elevated exposure to ozone in the environment are at an even higher risk for developing autism than would be expected by adding the two risk factors together. The study is the first to look at the combined effects of genome-wide genetic change and environmental risk factors for autism, and the first to identify an interaction between genes and environment ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Jun 24
Nearly 10 Million U.S. Adults Suffer From Mental Illness
Nearly 10 million American adults have a serious mental illness, and a similar number have considered suicide during the past year, according to a new government report on the nation s behavioral ills. The report also said that 15.7 million Americans abuse alcohol and 7.7 million abuse illicit drugs. The nation s growing opioid epidemic was also a focus in the report. The researchers found that 12.5 million people are estimated to have misused prescription ...
Healthday - Fri. Jun 23
OCD May Be Linked to Inflammation in the Brain: Study
People with obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD have high levels of brain inflammation, a discovery researchers say could lead to new treatments. In OCD, people typically have frequent, upsetting thoughts that they try to control by repeating certain rituals or behaviors, such as washing hands or checking door locks. Canadian researchers compared 20 OCD patients and a control group of 20 people without the condition. In the OCD patients, inflammation was 32 ...
Healthday - Fri. Jun 23
Six mindfulness techniques for physicians
What goes through your mind in the moment before you walk into the room to see your next patient A flurry of thoughts about all the patients you ve already seen and the mountain of admin tasks you need to finish later today
Medical News Today - Fri. Jun 23
Sleep-wake rhythms vary widely with age as well as amongst individuals of a gi...
The sleep rhythms that reflect circadian systems peak later in teenagers than in adults, and vary as much as 10 hours in individuals across at any ages, according to a study published June 21, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Dorothee Fischer from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA, and colleagues. People s circadian systems synchronize with light and darkness in the environment, giving rise to chronotypes individual rhythms in physi ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jun 23
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