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Psychology & Sociology

Museums, art galleries, ballet may enhance men’s well-being even more than women’s

Museums, art galleries, ballet may enhance men’s well-being even more than women’s     MONDAY, May 23 (HealthDay News) — Are you the type of man who enjoys going to concerts, art galleries and the theater? If so, here’s some good news: A new Norwegian study suggests that you are more likely to enjoy life […]

Dependency and passivity — you can have 1 without the other

  Think of a dependent person, and you think of someone who’s needy, high-maintenance, and passive. That’s how many psychologists and therapists think of them, too; passivity is key. But dependency is actually more complex and can even have active, positive aspects, writes Robert Bornstein of Adelphi University, the author of a new article published […]

Why Doctors Should Be More Empathetic–But Not Too Much More

Why Doctors Should Be More Empathetic–But Not Too Much More Research is revealing what goes on in the brains of health care workers when they see patients as objects   Brain scans suggest doctors learn to shut down empathy Image: Hüseyin Tuncer If possible, think back to a time you or a loved one had […]


 Psychiatric Times.   MOLECULES OF THE MIND To Sirtuin With Love: Caloric Restrictions and the Genes of the Aging Brain By John J. Medina, PhD | April 5, 2011 Dr Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and private consultant, with research interests in the genetics of psychiatric disorders. For more about Dr Medina, visit http://brainrules.net. […]

Psychosocially hazardous neighborhoods associated with worse cognitive function in some older adults

Published: Monday, March 7, 2011 – Residing in a psychosocially hazardous neighborhood is associated with worse cognitive function in older age for persons with the apolipoprotein E ε4 allele (an alternative form of the gene), according to a report in the March issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. “A prominent […]

Bad Things Happen to Good People, But Is It Our Fault?

One day after relocating his family to Boston, Mass., Rabbi Harold Kushner was informed by a local pediatrician that his three-year-old son Aaron would never grow taller than three feet and would suffer the symptoms of progeria “rapid aging.” This news threw his entire belief about God out the window. He would go on to […]

Are You Normal? It Depends.

Posted on February 15, 2011 by Jenika We all have personality quirks.  But occasionally, a person may behave so eccentrically and erratically that they cannot function in regular life situations.  It might seem easy to identify a person who behaves oddly.  They might be chronically suspicious of everyone and everything.  Or they may be so […]

Who Are You? (And What do You Think of Me?)

  The New Hire: What Do I Need to Know About This Job Candidate—and How Can I Find It Out? How to make sense of a new hire, a touchy stranger, a potential lover, and other perplexing encounters. Every Sunday, America’s corporate titans share their hiring strategies with The New York Times. “I have a […]

Do Psychiatrists Need Pain Training?

Do Psychiatrists Need Pain Training? Pain education should be an integral part of the core curriculum of psychiatric residency programs, according to an article published in the January issue of Archives of General Psychiatry. In a Perspectives article, experts from Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, note that despite […]

The Glee Club

Positive psychology focuses on cultivating personality strengths and honing an optimistic approach to life. Exercises like writing a “gratitude letter” or making a “gratitude visit” can be a life-changing event.   My first assignment was the gratitude visit. It goes like this: Pick a person in your life whom you’d like to thank, someone who […]

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