Psychology News – 06 August, 2017

Finding Peace in The Anti Diet Age

Source: Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash On August 6th, The New York Times Magazine ran a cover story titled “ Losing it in the Anti Diet Age .” The author, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, documents her struggle to accept herself as a fat woman in a culture that doesn’t accept fatness. She searches for her path through diet-culture, which sells tempting promises to transform our body to fit our societal…
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The Hipster & the Clairvoyant: 6 Bad Openings for Your Book

Source: Chris Gander/FreeImages Today’s delightful—and very practical—post was contributed by Dinty W. Moore, author of The Story Cure: A Book Doctor’s Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir , the memoir Between Panic & Desire, and many other books. (See Moore’s full bio below.) Writing a book, either novel or memoir, is difficult work. Along the way, the writer must make millions…
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Why You Didn’t Get What You Needed from Narcissistic Parents

One of the oldest clichés about parenting is that we begin to have newfound respect and compassion for our parents as we raise our own children. If you have chosen to read this article however, your experience was probably quite different. You likely already had a sense that your parents were odd – unusually self-absorbed and inattentive to your needs – but it wasn’t until you had children of you…
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Teaching General Psychology with a Larger Purpose

“Psychology enabled me to open my eyes to different cultures around me as I learned we are all products of our upbringing. This was especially useful when I had the opportunity to interact with police officers in Kabul. A basic understanding of why cultures are different made it much easier to learn how they are different.” West Point cadet, Class of 2014, reflecting on his General Psychology for…
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Who is Sleeping the Worst, Women or Men?

Science just validated the plight of everyone who has been kicked out of the bedroom because of snoring, and the plight of everyone who just wants the noise to end. A recent study suggests that women feel more negative effects from sleep disorders, with their partners’ snoring high on the list of reasons why. The study found that women were more likely than men to experience sleep issues that…
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How to Overcome Rejection Like a Champ

None of us are immune to rejection. It doesn’t matter where you are in life, and whether it’s ending a marriage or breaking up with a partner. Even the strongest of us can’t help but feel like we did something wrong when the person we loved and cared about and spent our lives with as a partner suddenly doesn’t want to be with us anymore. “Why don’t they love me anymore?” “What did I do wrong?”…
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Spousal age gap affects marriage satisfaction over time

Men and women both report greater marital satisfaction with younger spouses, but that satisfaction fades over time in marriages with a significant age gap between the partners….
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Tracing the path of Parkinson’s disease proteins

Researchers have developed a set of tools to observe, monitor and quantify how misfolded proteins associated with Parkinson’s disease enter neurons in laboratory cultures and what happens to them once they’re inside….
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Can discrimination contribute to feelings of radicalization?

Muslim immigrants who feel marginalized and discriminated against in countries that expect them to integrate into their culture and society are more likely to experience psychological threats to their own significance that could be related to increased support of radicalism, according to new research….
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New, more sensitive sensor for evaluating drug safety

A new technique for evaluating drug safety is designed to be affordable and can detect stress on cells at earlier stages than conventional methods. It is the first with a fluorescent sensor that turns on when proteins begin to clump together — an early sign of a process that occurs in Alzheimer’s and other diseases….
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Why Aren’t We Teaching Our Students How to be Happy?

This summer, I decided for the first time in my Psychology of Human Growth & Development course to introduce my students to the research into the science of happiness . The impetus for this came as I was prepping lecture regarding parenting styles and I noticed that parents consistently identify the happiness of their children as their ultimate goal as their caregivers, despite variations in the…
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I’m a Police Psychologist: What was I Doing at San Quentin?

I recently took a 5 hour tour of San Quentin, sponsored by the Northern California chapter of Sisters-in- Crime of which I’m a member. As a police psychologist, most of the time, you’ll find me working the other side of the aisle; writing about cops, teaching cops, holding workshops for police families, and working as a clinician for the First Responders Support Network. I joined the tour because…
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In the Eyes of the Beholder

Source: Alexas_Fotos/Pixabay Charlie: Many of us toss around the notion of “the truth” as though there is an incontestable, objective “reality” and that we know what it is. More often than not these words refer to something that is anything but objectively verifiable and is more likely to be an opinion, judgment, or belief such as, “that shirt doesn’t go with those pants” or “people are basically…
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7 Science-Backed Reasons You Should Spend More Time Alone

When I suggest spending a few minutes alone to clients in my therapy office I often hear comments like, “I’m too busy to make time for myself,” or “I can’t sit still. I need to be productive.” Inserting a little solitude into your overfilled schedule isn’t a waste of time, however. The busier you are, the more likely you are to benefit from some quiet time. There are a multitude of studies that…
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How Childhood Spanking Affects Personality 10 Years On

How Childhood Spanking Affects Personality 10 Years On The study is one of the few to follow children over a decade. Spanking can have negative consequences up to 10 years later, new research finds. The study found that children spanked in infancy had worse behaviour and personalities in their teens. The study is one of the few to follow children over a decade. Professor Gustavo Carlo, one of the…
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The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation , an online publication covering the latest research. Each year, in the final few hours of the last day of December, many people all across North America gather with friends to raise a glass and sing Robert Burns’ famous ballad, “ Auld Lang Syne .” Standing at the brink of a New Year, arms around each other, they ask: “Should…
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Considerations on “The Big Sick”

Kumail is a Pakistani comic who meets an American graduate student named Emily. But Kumail worries about what his traditional Pakistani parents will think of Emily. She’s not Pakistani; she’s not Muslim; it’s not a match based on family status; and he’s in love with her. You don’t have to be Pakistani or Muslim to identify with this dilemma, because this true story of Kumail Nanjiani’s…
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Seeing the Sky as a Copernican

Carbondale’s First of Two (Almost Full) Days in the Sun Carbondale, Illinois is arguably the preeminent location in the United States for viewing the solar eclipse on August 21. That is not only because it is in the path of greatest duration (about two and a half minutes) for the sun’s total eclipse. Nor is it even because of the considerable support that Southern Illinois University, which is…
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Imperfection Makes Celebrities (and All of Us) More Likable

Source: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain On August 2, 2017, Justin Bieber (who is at the zenith of his career and has been on top of the Billboard charts for months) made a stream of consciousness announcement on Instagram explaining to his millions of followers why he needs to take a break from performing and has cancelled the final dates of his “Purpose” world tour. In a refreshingly candid…
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Sugar and mental health: A toxic combination?

Sugar has crept into all parts of our diet, and researchers are only now beginning to understand its effect on brain health. When sugar cravings set in, the last thing we might think of is our long-term mental health. However, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that we should. We’ve all been there. After a stressful day, when our mood is low, it is easy to reach for a tub of ice cream…
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How to Stop Making Problems for Yourself

“You make problem, you have problem.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn When it comes to problems , we all have them. Many problems, however, are self-imposed. Startling thought? It’s meant to be. If you want to narrow the list of problems you have, start with a firm decision to stop making problems in the first place. Already, the objections start, beginning with the problems that others create that have…
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Top Networking Tips for the Shy, Awkward, and Introverted

Source: Flickr/Dennis Stachel The ability to network – to develop contacts and personal connections with a variety of people who might be helpful to you and your career – is a critical skill for any of us. A deep and varied network of trusted colleagues can help when searching for new business partners, when seeking investment opportunities, when looking for sources of capital or opportunities to…
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Dumb, Dumber, and Foxconn

In the annals of dubious management , Terry Gou has a storied place. He is CEO of the Foxconn Technology Group, a transnational Taiwanese corporation that controls half the global market in electronics manufacturing. If you own a smartphone, the odds are that it was assembled in a Foxconn factory in China. If you want to believe that your smartphone was made by well-paid, happy workers in healthy…
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So Lonely I Could Die

Social isolation, loneliness could be greater threat to public health than obesity, researchers say…
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Can Discrimination Contribute to Feelings of Radicalization?

Lack of cultural identity, marginalization related to Muslim immigrants’ support for extremism, research finds…
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Danger Zones: 3 Red Flags to Avoid on a First Date

A first date is an opportunity to enhance existing virtual attraction in the case of online dating , or explore “something more” with an existing offline acquaintance. Given the importance of maximizing first impressions , a first date should steer clear of some easy to manage chemistry roadblocks. Such roadblocks are presented here as “zoning violations” to avoid on a first date. Each situation…
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Magic Trick Helps Scientists Study How Brain Perceives the Body

Neuroscientists are using the “mirror box” illusion, a classic trick used by magicians, to reveal how the brain processes multiple sensory inputs to perceive our bodies and the world around us. During this trick, a participant places his left hand on the table in front of a small mirror’s reflective surface. He then places his right hand behind the mirror, about six inches away, where he can’t…
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The Best Way to Deal With People Who Talk Too Much

You’re trying to get out the door after a long day at work, and your boss decides to start chatting with you about the latest news out of Hollywood. You’re not really all that interested in the first place, but it’s your boss and you don’t feel you can easily ease yourself out the door. Or perhaps you’re at a family gathering and you’ve gotten seated next to a relative you really adore, but who…
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Evolved for Activism

Source: Rowland Scherman; restored by Adam Cuerden; Wikimedia Commons When you read the work of the great evolutionists Paul Bingham and Joanne Souza, you quickly see that political activism is actually a foundational feature of being human – one that goes deep into our ancestral past. The Politically Active Ape In an exemplary analysis of human origins, Bingham and Souza (2009) make a strong…
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Busyness: The New Status Symbol

Decades ago, success was measured by wealth and leisure. The number of vacations you took. Where you went. How you spent that time. The number of fancy cars inside your garage. The number of fancy things and rooms inside your home. These were the ultimate status symbols. The more you relaxed, the more lavish your lifestyle, the more luxurious your getaways, the more you were seen as a highly…
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Radiation for Childhood Cancer May Lead to Adult Brain Tumors

In a new study, neuroscientists have figured out why so many long-term survivors of childhood cancer develop meningiomas, the most common adult brain tumor. They discovered that the cranial-spinal radiation treatment commonly used to treat childhood cancer causes genetic rearrangements in DNA that can eventually lead to meningiomas. “It is an important clinical problem because it presents…
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The Psychology of Experience in the Digital World

Conversion is an alluring end-game, but it’s not the only one. Before we celebrate the small percentage of customers who convert, shouldn’t we understand the vast majority who don’t? “A man is dropped off on a desert island. He brings with him with an industrial-sized water barrel, which he thinks is full. But when he opens it, he finds only 10 cm of water at the bottom.” My colleague leans back…
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Why Can Some Politicians Lie and Get Away With It?

Why do some political figures appear to be able to get away with bending the truth and sometimes telling outrageous lies? A new study suggests people have more leniency for those lies when they bolster a shared belief that a specific political stance is morally right. “It appears to be because those lies are perceived by supporters as an acceptable and, perhaps necessary, means to achieve…
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Feeling Overwhelmed? Here Are 7 Remedies

My client Amy recently asked for help because whenever she got overwhelmed at work, she’d freeze as if her brain had blown a fuse. She’d find herself mindlessly clicking a retractable pen for minutes at a time, or frantically scrolling through documents without even seeing them. Her brain’s power grid was overloaded, so the result was like summer in the city when everyone’s running an air
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Ask Ariely: On Interrupting the Internet, Involving Ideologies, and Admiring Air Travel

Here’s my Q&A column from the WSJ this week — and if you have any questions for me, you can tweet them to @danariely with the hashtag #askariely, post a comment on my Ask Ariely Facebook page , or email them to AskAriely@wsj.com . Dear Dan, We try to set boundaries on phone and computer use by our teenagers, who are supposed to stop using their…
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New Mindfulness Approach Can Help Athletes Get ‘In the Zone’

Sports psychologists have developed a multi-step program based on the practice of mindfulness to increase coaches’ and athletes’ mental readiness for the game. Mindfulness involves being aware of the present moment and accepting things as they are without judgment. When it comes to sports, athletes who are able to simply observe moments as they come and go rather than latch onto them and…
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Psychology Around the Net: August 5, 2017

I have lots of goodies for you today, sweet readers! This week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at how smartphones negatively impact the “iGen” mental health , why marijuana users have a more dampened stress response than do non-users, how your name can mold your physical appearance (say what?!), and more. Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? According to Jean M. Twenge, who’s…
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Marital bliss short-lived for spouses with younger partners

Over time, marital satisfaction may fade for couples with large age differences. There are many factors that can put strain on a marriage – money worries, work stress, the demands of a new baby, to name a few. A new study finds that a large age gap between partners may also take its toll. Researchers found that while both men and women initially report greater marital satisfaction with…
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Marcus Gunn pupil: Causes, diagnosis, and treatment

With Marcus Gunn pupil, the pupils may not react as expected to light or in the same way as one another. Marcus Gunn pupil is a rare condition that affects the eyes, causing each to respond differently when a light is shone into them. This response indicates that there is dysfunction or disease in the optic nerve or retina. It is a type of relative afferent pupil defect (RAPD)….
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7 Keys to Coping with a Loved One’s Serious Illness

Source: Courtesy, Michael Edelstein Michael Edelstein is a psychotherapist and my friend. I have been amazed at how well he’s coping with his wife having serious cancer and cardiovascular disease. In hopes there might be lessons for us all, I asked him how he does it. He described seven keys: 1. Loving her. I’m lucky I married someone I came to deeply love . There are so many things about her…
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Is Your Chronic Procrastination Actually a Matter of Mental Health?

Perhaps you’re checking Facebook – you know, just one more time before you get started with your work. Then it’s email. Then it’s some other obscure to-do that suddenly seems pressing (and isn’t); or perhaps you’re not doing anything at all. And you know you should get going on that project with a deadline looming, but you just can’t seem to help putting it off. Essentially you’re putting stuff…
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Long Engagement: Weddings Waiting for Marriage Equality

Image copyright KE Photography/Supplied Image caption Chelle and Kell cried “happy tears” at their wedding During his late teens, Richard Steer was well aware it was illegal to be intimate with another man. “When I was an 18-year-old boy, exploring what it was to be a gay man, you could be arrested for having sex with another man in Queensland,” he said. The 47-year-old, who still lives in…
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Yoga May Help to Treat Depression, Studies Suggest

Yoga may be effective for reducing symptoms of depression. A series of new studies brings yoga one step closer to becoming a recommended treatment for depression, after finding that the practice can help to reduce symptoms of the condition. It is estimated that around 16.1 million adults in the United States have experienced at least one depressive episode in the past 12 months, making depression…
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Rights Groups Assail U.S. Justice Department Over College Race Probe

By Lawrence Hurley and Julia Edwards Ainsley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Civil rights groups slammed the Trump administration on Wednesday over a U.S. Justice Department plan to probe whether colleges’ racial-preference admissions programs discriminate against white and Asian-American applicants. First reported by The New York Times, the proposal has met resistance among career lawyers within the…
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Born This Way? Researchers Explore the Biology of Gender Identity

NEW YORK (Reuters) – While President Donald Trump has thrust transgender people back into the conflict between conservative and liberal values in the United States, geneticists are quietly working on a major research effort to unlock the secrets of gender identity. A consortium of five research institutions in Europe and the United States, including Vanderbilt University Medical Center…
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Face-To-Face Therapy Best to Treat Binge Eating Disorder

(Reuters Health) – – People should opt for face-to-face cognitive behavioral therapy if they’re looking for the fastest way to address their binge eating disorder, suggests a new study from Germany. Researchers found that while an internet-based self-help program did help people binge eat less often, face-to-face therapy led to a larger and faster reduction in binge eating episodes. “Although the…
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Why A Lonely Cold Feels Even More Miserable

A wealth of science over the last few years has drawn clear lines between loneliness and poorer health , both physical and psychological. Feeling lonely leads to stronger feelings of social isolation , and those feelings are extremely damaging, particularly over time as the effects compound. Now a new study asks whether loneliness also leads to shorter-term health effects, like worse symptoms for…
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New Course: The Magic of Forming New Relationships

By Leo Babauta It can be really difficult when you aren’t good at talking to people, at making friends, or at dating. It can stress you out, get you down, make your life harder. I consider myself an introvert, but I’ve made a concerted effort in my life to get better at making friends and socializing. So it’s possible. I’ve created a course in my Sea Change Program to help others get good…
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Why Do Narcissists Abuse Those They Love?

Source: pexels.com courtesy of pixabay.com One of the most difficult things to understand in life is how someone who professes to love you can then go on to abuse you. Many people feel traumatized and confused after…

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