Psychology Around the Net: January 31, 2015

By Alicia Sparks • 1 min read


This week’s Psychology Around the Net will have you rethinking how you look at depression medications, constantly seeking the approval of others, and — oh, yeah — whether to have a glass of wine or beer with your dinner (seriously)!

Beer Compound Could Help Fend Off Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases: We’ve all heard about the potential health benefits of wine, but new reports show the compound from hops — a flower of the hop plant used as a basic ingredient in brewing beer — could help “protect brain cells from damage — and potentially slow the development of disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.”


Are You an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel? Thoughts on the 4 Tendencies Quiz

By Gretchen Rubin • 5 min read

Rubi_9780385348614_roughpages_8.25.14.inddLast week, I unveiled my Four Tendencies quiz, which helps people determine their Tendency. I developed this framework as part of my research on habits for my book Better Than BeforeTo take the Quiz, click here.

I’m very gratified that so many thousands of people have taken the quiz — and even more gratified by the notes at the end. The comments are fascinating. Zoikes.

After reading those comments, I’d make a few observations.


6 Essentials in Healing from an Affair

By Margaret Rutherford, PhD • 3 min read

6 Essentials in Healing from an AffairI got a call from a TV reporter after the infamous “blue dress” incident during Clinton’s presidency. He wanted to do an interview about the likelihood that the Clintons would break up, given the stress of Hillary discovering Bill lying and cheating.

I started smiling. Arkansans, and I am one, have a long history with the Clintons.

Then I stated, “If most couples didn’t make it through affairs, the divorce rate would be even higher than it is now. You just hear about the ones that don’t.”


Best of Our Blogs: January 30, 2015

By Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A. • 1 min read
Best of Our Blogs

Imagine trying to live your life normally when you have an injured knee, physical illness or disease. We do the same with emotional problems we try to avoid.

We try, for example, to pretend like we can do it all. We blindly hope we don’t need that medication anymore, that we’ll start taking care of ourselves tomorrow or that the stress we’re enduring is not only normal, but necessary in order to have a meaningful, fulfilling life.

We think we’re fine, but what we don’t know is how it’s all affecting us, how we have to compensate in other ways to adjust for the things we’re not willing to face.

Maybe you’re not ready for change. But sometimes the first step is acknowledging that injured knee, that we need help or that we’re really burnt out. Our posts this week may not change your life, but it could inspire you to begin the process of finally taking care of yourself.

Relax MGD©


How to Use Feng Shui to Enhance Love, Clarity, and Energy

By Bianca Alexander • Less than a min read

Looking to create more love, wealth or clarity in your life? Then watch today’s episode of Conscious Living ®, where Feng Shui practitioner and organizational expert Linda Pisani draws on this 5,000+ year art form to share simple, easy tips for clearing clutter, increasing “chi” or energy flow in your environment, and transforming any space into an abundant haven.

This article courtesy of Spirituality and Health.


Feeling Overwhelmed? 5 Tips that May Help

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. • 3 min read

Feeling Overwhelmed? 5 Tips That May HelpMany of us tend to think these kinds of thoughts daily: “I’m sooo busy. Life has been really overwhelming. I feel like I’m being torn apart. I wish I could clone myself, so I could keep up. I’ll relax after I’m done with all the tasks on my list — though I have no idea when that’ll actually happen.”

We may feel like we’re in a constant state of stressed out and overwhelmed.

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Be Like Nature: Bend & Be Resilient

By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. • 3 min read

Be Like Nature: Bend & Be ResilientNature teaches us a lot about what it takes to survive in the world. If only we’d listen.

As I watch the snow fall outside my window, I can’t help but be impressed. This perfect snow clumps on the tree branches, building a forest of white.

But branches can only take so much weight. What happens when the snow becomes too much?

This is where nature’s amazing architecture comes into play. Nature has a simple solution to the weight of the world — and it’s one we can all learn from.


Top 10 PTSD Blogs of 2014

By Kim Lyon • 3 min read

Top 10 PTSD Blogs of 2014Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often is linked to military veterans, but it can affect anyone following a traumatic event. There are five subtypes: normal stress response, acute stress disorder, uncomplicated PTSD, comorbid PTSD and complex PTSD. Sleep disturbances and flashbacks, where the sufferer relives the trauma, are hallmarks of the disease.

PTSD has several other symptoms, some of which overlap with other disorders. These include a loss of interest in regular activities, feeling depressed, anxious and difficulty concentrating. A person with PTSD may find it difficult to relate to loved ones. Instead they are emotionally distant and consumed with a sense of dread.

These blogs have been selected because they contain links and strategies specifically for people with PTSD in its various forms.


In Times of Great Stress, Reach for the Pause Button

By Sarah Newman, MA • 2 min read

In Times of Great Stress, Reach for the Pause ButtonSo I decided to move across the country and, not surprisingly, it’s turned my whole world upside down. While I’m micromanaging every detail and packing boxes when I go to bed instead of counting sheep, my anxiety and depression think they’ve won the Super Bowl.

I’m taking this opportunity to experiment with my attitude. I want to find out whether a person can learn to be laid-back. Of course, stressful things happen to everyone, but we can change the way we handle those situations. This week, I discovered the pause button.


Infestation Anxiety: The Enemy Within

By Evan Fisher • 2 min read

Stop RuminatingAs Ebola fears wane, don’t be fooled. The next great threat is always upon us.

There is a little-known psychological disorder called “Ekbom syndrome” in which a person believes that insects are crawling underneath their skin. Patients often tear their skin off in an attempt to extract the invisible vermin.

Even though it’s a rare disorder affecting about 100,000 Americans, somehow we can all relate to the maddening anxiety of those afflicted. There is something universally cringe-worthy about the experience of infestation.


Introducing Childhood Sexual Abuse Recovery

By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. • Less than a min read

Introducing Childhood Sexual Abuse RecoveryAdult survivors of childhood sexual abuse have a very difficult road to travel.

“Recovery is a complicated process for survivors and they are often re-victimized as adults due to the damage from their abuse,” notes Bobbi Parish.

She is the author of our new blog, Childhood Sexual Abuse Recovery. She hopes to be able to provide information and education so that survivors are better empowered in their recovery.

You can learn more about Bobbi here.

Please give her a warm Psych Central welcome over on her new blog now.

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Do You Wish You Spent Less Time Watching ‘Potato-Chip News’?

By Gretchen Rubin • 2 min read

potato-chipspileI just read Stephen Grosz’s The Examined Life: How We Lose Ourselves and Find Ourselves. It’s a series of essays by a practicing psychotherapist about some of his observations about human nature.

In his discussion of one patient’s experiences, Grosz observes,

“There are various ways to circumvent depressed, anxious feelings… It’s not uncommon to use some large scale calamity, or someone else’s personal disaster — the newspapers are full of both — to distract oneself from one’s own destructive impulses.”


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