It's been more than a decade since oxytocin was first heralded as the "hormone of love" -- a distinction that came with optimistic predictions for future drug therapies. The question now is not whether oxytocin has beneficial effects, but under what circumstances and for whom does it have these effects?
We should remember that loneliness is the pain of being alone, yet solitude is the splendor of being alone, and that to have long-lasting happiness we should remember the difference in between.
by Chloe Mondesir She was more than a best friend. As an only child, she was the sibling I never had. I lost her on my third day of high school. I ...
In order to break these ignorant cycles, one must obtain truthful self-awareness. When this is obtained, outside perceptions and projections (intentional or not) will have no power to affect you.
As every other medical field has been driven by high tech and dynamic science, psychiatry has spent decades refining the art of trial and error. With more patients every year suffering from mental health disorders, it's time to take the lessons we've learned in the rest of medicine.
I've come to realize that like any gift, a thank-you note is not about you, it's about the receiver. It's true that you should send one, but the thought behind it is what counts.
What kinds of people are prone to reject the scientific evidence for global climate change? This question was explored in the May 2013 issue of Psychological Science. These researchers suggest that people typically engage in motivated reasoning.
We're all part of the Make or Break Generation: Will we destroy our own life support systems beyond repair or will we quickly learn how to live and prosper in harmony with the rest of nature?
The people I admire are the ones who know how to ask me a good question. They know how to carry on a conversation by doing nothing more than asking something about, well, me. If you'd like to be a better questioner as a way of being a better connector, consider the following.
As writers, it's important to know that "what" you write and "why" you do so will surely express "who" you are. Perhaps, that's why the APA session on writing was so powerful and pertinent for psychiatrists, and the rest of us.
By Lynne Feldman Months before I landed in my first MotherWoman group, an anxious, exhausted, and shaken mother to a newborn, I would never have gues...
When officials who hold power positions act arbitrarily and without values like doing the right thing, fairness, equality, and respect -- values that we consider part of our national identity -- innocent people and ultimately the moral authority of government itself suffers.
Without exception, the starting place for everyone's perception and experience is their thinking and the feeling state that ensues.
No one deserves to live with the stigma associated with a mental illness. The important thing that we need to do as a society is be more compassionate, more informed, more caring and more supportive of those with mental illness.
If DSM diagnosis doesn't inform treatment, what good is it? The answer is one, to facilitate the exchange of money between payers and providers, and two, to create silos for focused research. With the NIMH announcement, scratch number two.
By removing the "bereavement exclusion" from what had been considered the bible of the mental health world, the DSM's editors risk undermining bereavement as a universal, normal, if profoundly painful, experience.
The truth is, I already knew I was going to be late and instead of just owning it, the part of my brain that wants to pretend I'm powerless takes over and starts inventing reasoning to take away the supposed sting of personal responsibility.
In sum, there's a lot of psychology behind why Community fans love their meta, self-aware show. It thus seems only fitting that the fans should be (and most likely already are to some degree) self-aware about where their own love is coming from.
In Star Trek Into Darkness, Spock claims he can choose whether or not to feel an emotion. Can humans chose how to feel or is this simply a Vulcan thing? The answer is that people can often act in a Vulcan manner and choose their feelings.
A funny thing happens when you lie to people: they tend to believe. Why shouldn't they? They lie to themselves all the time. Our minds are wired to respond in predictable ways-among them is perceiving the world the way we want to see it, not necessarily the way it is.