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The Mind

Glass or Plastic?

Richard M. Cohen | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard M. Cohen

I placed the empty glass under the spout but was confused about what to do next. I kept starting to put my finger on the button to dispense the water and then pulling it away. Finally it occurred to me to capture the damned water and pour it into plastic.

This Video About Worry Will Really Make You Think

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living

"Can you allow your mind to be quiet?" British philosopher Alan Watts poses the question in his speech on worry, which he describes as "a mind in ...

The Painted Bird: Stigma and Mental Illness

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

At a moment when mental health is so much at the forefront of the minds of Americans and our media, it seems time, again, to try to understand the damaging views so commonly held about people with mental illness.

Brain Injury Awareness Month: New Hope for the Brain-Injured Person

Anat Baniel | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. It is of great importance to raise the general awareness of the prevalence of brain injury, since even mild brain injury can have devastating impact on a person's life.

How To Ensure That Decision Is A Good One

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

We make a thousand choices a day, each one a bargain in which the brain weighs expected benefits against expected costs. Therefore, it's important to make good bargains, good choices, in which the real benefits are greater than the real costs.

Losing Your Mind And Finding Your Self

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 05.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

We usually take offense when someone says to us, "Are you out of your mind?" But what if it is actually the coolest thing to say? What if being out of our mind means we aren't disturbed or annoyed by the madness of our mind and are more in touch with our heart and our freedom?

Why Normally Productive People Get Snowed By Stress

meQuilibrium | Posted 04.20.2013 | Healthy Living
meQuilibrium

A fascinating article recently published in the New York Times shines the spotlight on why, when the going gets tough, some of us are worriers and some become warriors.

Those Thanksgiving Calories: Of Hollow Leg, And Hypothalamus

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.19.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There is a particular "Thanksgiving moment" that occurs as the meal is winding down. I set down my fork -- groan -- and say something like: "My goodness, I couldn't eat another bite..." This, of course, is promptly followed by: "What's for dessert?"

Fit and Smart: Does Exercise Improve Your Brain?

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 01.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

Scientists have long studied exercise and its impact on any number of physical and emotional factors, including bone density, cardiovascular disease and stress. If these advantages aren't enough to get you motivated, maybe knowing that it also improves your mind will.

Staving Off Boredom by Focusing on It

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 12.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

New research results suggest a novel approach to satiation: A good way to fight boredom is to start by acknowledging that you are getting bored.

Jam On! The Many Benefits Of Playing An Instrument

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 12.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Frank Fitzpatrick

I find playing music to be one of my strongest personal therapies, not only from the state of being I can achieve while playing, but also from the energetic balancing and mood-enhancing effect on my mind, body and spirit throughout the day.

Music: A Mega-Vitamin For Your Brain

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Frank Fitzpatrick

Your personal playlist can become your personal toolkit for optimizing your mental and emotional state whenever you need it.

Cara Santa Maria

Do We Control Our Own Brains?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 09.18.2012 | Science

I was recently asked to join HuffPost Live Producer/Host Janet Varney for a conversation about free will. What does the science say? And how does the ...

Creativity And The Infinite Potential Of The Mind

Michael Neill | Posted 10.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Neill

One of my favorite stories about the power of trusting the deeper intelligence behind the mind is of a consultant friend of mine who brought a new intern with him to a corporate mediation.

Cornfield Creek Diary: Collision and Solidarity

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Neighbors lingered a long time on the lawns and street, long after the emergency workers and police had left. There was nothing we could do to help, but nobody seemed quite ready to give up the sense of solidarity that emerges around such threatening experiences.

Could We Ever Accept Cloned Humans With Duplicated Minds?

Bruce Hood | Posted 10.23.2012 | Science
Bruce Hood

Science often inspires science fiction writers to explore fantastic scenarios that may be just around the corner. However, sometimes, science fiction can also be an inspiration for science.

Are Today's Young Women Afraid To Lead? Part 2

Mary Pritchard | Posted 09.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Mary Pritchard

I recently posted a blog about the fear of leadership among women of the millennial generation. It received numerous comments -- several from people who voiced the opinion that men are natural-born leaders, whereas women are not. Thus, the topic of discussion became not women's fear of leadership, but women's inability to lead.

Tyrannosaurus Sex, Harmonica Yoga, and Other Odd Couplings

David Harp | Posted 08.22.2012 | Healthy Living
David Harp

For many of us, unuseful fight-or-flight or desire responses distract us or disrupt our attention -- or even affect our behavior -- numerous times throughout the day, during business meetings, lunch, while we're trying to fall asleep, or talk to a friend.

From Anti-Alzheimer's 'Magic Bullets' to True Brain Health

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 06.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

If you followed news coverage on the release of the National Alzheimer's Plan, you'd probably conclude that the solution to maintain lifelong brain health is simple: Simply wait until 2025 for a "magic bullet" to be discovered to cure Alzheimer's disease.

Have Compassion For Your Inner Critic: The Reasons Why We Beat Our Selves Up

Kristin Neff | Posted 08.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Kristin Neff

Don't beat yourself up for beating yourself up in the vain hope that somehow it will help you stop beating yourself up. Instead, take a step back and give your inner critic some slack. In its ineffective, counterproductive way, your inner critic is actually trying to keep you safe.

Tapping Away Trauma: 'Emotional Freedom' Techniques

Serina Deen, M.D., MPH | Posted 07.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Serina Deen, M.D., MPH

EFT involves techniques that combines exposure, cognitive restructuring, waking hypnosis, and physical relaxation while tapping on a sequence of pressure points and repeating key phrases out loud.

Paradise Is In Your Mind

Nitika Chopra | Posted 07.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Nitika Chopra

Believe in your power, broaden your perception and be present with it all. Paradise is in your mind. Start there and never stop having hope.

The Neuroscience of Bad Habits: Dr. Nora Volkow

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Just because our brains have been altered by addiction, doesn't mean we're destined to fall into the same habits. With the right skills, community and support we can learn how to break out of routine and into a life worth living.

How Do You Change Your Own Mind?

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

In the end, if you are truly trying to change your mind, you need to argue with yourself rather than with someone else.

Can Your Brain Fall in Love?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

There is no doubt that brain research is one of the most exciting frontiers in medicine, and our knowledge doubles every few years. The problem isn't about the data, but about overstepping and making too may claims about what the data are telling us about ourselves.