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The Power of Vulnerability to Create Intimacy

Friday, January 9th, 2015

classically_vulnerable_stockII_by_moonlitdreamer_stockTo be alive is to feel insecure sometimes. We’re wired with a desire to feel physically safe and emotionally secure. Our heart longs for love; we want intimacy to feel connected with the fabric of life — and not so painfully alone.

Being human means being vulnerable. We may open ourselves to another person, only to have our sensitive heart met with the rough shards of shame and criticism. As our overtures for connection are met with rejection, we may keep ourselves hidden to protect our tender heart.

Coming to Terms with Your Delusions

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Coming to Terms With Your DelusionsI’d be lying if I said I haven’t thought some pretty outrageous things in the course of my illness. I’d also be lying if I said I don’t think about outrageous things still. Even with a good amount of stability, delusions can still persist.

Sometimes it’s about what people think of you, maybe just an offhand notion. Other times it can be so bad that you think you’re a king or a prophet or Jesus Christ himself. I’ve seen every part of the spectrum.

Nine years on, I still deal with whether people are making fun of me. This is a delusion which, no matter what I’ve tried, I can’t stop.

Introverts: You Were Born That Way

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Introverts: You Were Born That WayI hate people. I must hate people. I recently took a night class at a local university, and I didn’t learn any of my classmates’ names. I never spoke to any of them. I just knew them by description.

Asian woman with glasses. Asian woman without glasses. Australian woman. British woman. Dude with beard. Dude without beard. Am I a jerk? Maybe. But maybe something else is going on.

I’ve been called many things in my life. Reserved. Shy. I especially like anti-social; my older sister came up with that one (thanks, Jessica).

Psychology Around the Net: January 3, 2014

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

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Happy New Year, Psych Central Readers!

As we begin 2015, let’s take a moment to reflect on some of 2014’s final psychology news.

We have everything from ways to make your New Year’s Resolutions stick and how your job affects your sleep to finding hope in depression and evolving into someone who can help others with anxiety disorders.

Enjoy!

7 Psychology Tricks to Make Your Resolutions Stick: So many of us make New Year’s Resolutions each January, and so many of us feel disheartened or even give up within a few weeks or months. Check out these seven tips to help you stick to your resolutions this year.

Make Small-Scale Changes to Reach Long-Term Goals: Speaking of New Year’s Resolutions, here are a few ways for you to set realistic goals, deal with challenges, and ultimately reach your destination (and stay there!).

Top 10 Psychology & Mental Health Topics of 2014

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

top-10-psychology-topics-2014Another year has passed and with it, we’ve all grown a little older. And perhaps a little wiser as well.

But we’ve also experienced deep loss this year as well, with the tragic suicide of Robin Williams — just one of the estimated 800,000 people who take their own lives each year. A marker of just how much further we have to go.

Here at Psych Central we try every day to reach more people with our message of hope — we now serve more than 7 million people from around the world each month. They come here not only to learn about a mental health concern, but also about common psychological topics and issues, and to learn how to improve their relationships and parenting skills. Our two online support communities are now home to over 220 support groups for our 417,000 members.

With a new year comes the potential of a new start and changing some of those aspects about yourself that could use a little improvement. We’ll be here for you to help you with those goals, with great new articles on these topics from experts, professionals and people just like you.

Click through to see our top 10 lists for the World of Psychology blog, our entire blog network, our Pro site, and from our news bureau.

Are New Treatments for Depression Right Under Our Nose?

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Are New Treatments for Depression Right Under Our Nose?

“The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.” – Edith Wharton

Yogic breathing, a phone app, and laughing gas may be some of the best new remedies for depression.

Some interesting pilot studies in 2014 are providing hope for the future of depression. Curiously, these new possibilities all involve the mouth and nose. Breathing a certain way, speaking a certain way, and inhaling nitrous oxide all may have potential in reducing symptoms and breaking the cycle of depression.

The Power of Being Self-Compassionate

Monday, December 29th, 2014

The Power of Being Self-Compassionate Think about a time that you were overly critical with yourself. You looked in the mirror and didn’t like what you saw. You told yourself you were too skinny or too fat or even too average.

You picked apart the image looking back at you. Or you forgot something important, or made a mistake and you told yourself you were stupid or incompetent.

Research demonstrates that our brains have a negativity bias, meaning we are more sensitive to negative than positive. This is because in the natural environment, negative signals were a sign of trouble and therefore took up more of our awareness.

Psychology Around the Net: December 27, 2014

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

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Ah, the weekend after Christmas. Whether or not you celebrate, this Saturday has to be a relaxing time. What better way to decompress than to check out this week’s psychology news circulating the ‘net?

From effective communication to handling rejection, we have a great reading list for you today!

10 Rules You Need to Know to Communicate Effectively: Do you use small words and short sentences? Are you consistent and credible? These and other traits could help you better communicate with others.

Psychology: Why Boredom Is Bad…and Good for You: Although boredom is, well, boring, it can actually help shape important characteristics.

Toward a Language of Gratitude: My Problem with Saying ‘No Problem’

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

How Gratitude and Kindness Go Together for Brain-Changing Happiness

“Thanks for being there for me yesterday. It really helped to talk with you.”

“No problem.”

“The flowers are really beautiful! Thanks for bringing them.”

“No problem.”

“I appreciate the ride to the airport.”

“No problem.”

In each of these interactions, there is something offered and gratitude expressed. Yet the giver does not appear to receive the gratitude. There is a lost opportunity for a deeper flow of giving and receiving.

Skepticism & Discrimination About Mental Illness Hurts

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Skepticism & Discrimination About Mental Illness Hurts

While we’ve made great strides in the past three decades in helping people understand that a person’s mental illness is as real as the flu, breaking your leg, or having a disease like diabetes, we still have a ways to go.

Too many well-meaning people continue to discriminate against those with a mental illness. They do this in too many ways to mention or list here, but we’ve all seen or heard them.

“Well, I can’t see anything wrong with you, so what’s the problem?”

“Depression’s not a real disease. It’s just something people made up so they wouldn’t feel so bad.”

“You can tell he’s a schizophrenic. You can just see it.”

You Might be Codependent If…

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

You Might be Codependent If...While there are many features of codependency, here are some top ones. See if these apply to you.

1. You are preoccupied with others’ feelings. A friend to whom I was talking years ago about my worries of having upset someone asked if I felt responsible for others’ feelings. I immediately thought to myself, “Well, yeah. I mean, aren’t I?”

Looking back now, I understand what my friend was getting at. His idea was that we each are responsible for our own thoughts, feelings or actions.

It’s OK to Say No to Opportunities

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

how-to-say-noWe’re all faced with choices every single day of our lives. We’re also faced with numerous opportunities. These choices and opportunities come in questions from our friends, loved ones and colleagues. Some opportunities have incredible potential to take us places we never could have imagined. Some are just everyday opportunities, such as going to the bar with some friends.

The problem with a multitude of choices is the fact that to some, we’re inevitably going to have to say no.

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