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Anxiety and Panic

5 Ways to Get In Touch With Your Inner Bitch

I don’t know about you, but for the longest time, I was afraid of my inner bitch.

In the old suppressed, sexist tradition of 'you’re either a whore or a saint', women are too often taught that we are either 'nice' or 'bitches' and never the twain shall meet.

So it’s not surprising that when I was growing up I felt it necessary to suppress any snarkiness. It was hard when what I really wanted to do was say something...
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Brain and Behavior

6 Steps to Quiet the Mind

I was all set to interview Eric Swanson, coauthor (with Yongey Mingur Rinpoche) of "Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Find Freedom," when I realized that my main question -- Can you give me some concrete steps to quiet the mind? -- was already addressed in his book!

So he and Harmony Books graciously gave me permission to reprint parts of chapter seven on "Attention." Here, then, is the step-by-step approach to...
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Brain and Behavior

A Loved One’s Photo Helps Reduce Your Pain

Previous psychological research has demonstrated that the mere presence of a loved one -- a partner, family member or friend -- can help reduce one's subjective experience of physical pain (for instance, during a medical procedure), versus experiencing similar pain while alone. This research has been replicated over the years in various settings and in such a way as to suggest that...
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Anxiety and Panic

Emotions and Sensitivity: An Interview with Michael Jawer

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Michael Jawer, coauthor of "The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion," which you can read about at . He is an emotion researcher and expert on "sick building syndrome" and lives in Vienna, Virginia. I found his book incredibly intriguing and comprehensive. He dabbles in every topic you have ever wondered about in relationship to depression: sensitivities to chemicals, highly-sensitive people, different types of personalities, what the brain does...
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Brain and Behavior

Facebook, Myspace and Twitter: Evil to Teens


"This technology may be interfering with the normal development of a generation, prolonging the “normal” narcissism of adolescence and preventing the establishment of mature relationships."

Quiz time!

Does this quote refer to:

Radio
Television
Video games
Facebook, YouTube or Twitter
All of the above
None of the above


If you answered anything other than #5, you're incorrect.

Although the author of that quote, Lauren D. LaPorta, MD, writing in a recent issue of Psychiatric Times, suggests it is only #4....
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Brain and Behavior

Need to Form a New Habit? 66 Days

A lot of the change that comes about through processes like psychotherapy (or even just reading a self-help article or book and trying to put those ideas into effect in your life) requires forming new habits. Habits of thinking differently, of reacting differently, of behaving differently. And it can be a frustrating process as you wait for these changes to take effect...
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Depression

Phone Psychotherapy Helps Depression

Imagine a treatment that was so powerful and useful, it could even be delivered by the telephone.

That treatment? Good old psychotherapy.

We've previously discussed the benefits of using web-based self-help programs for depression based upon proven cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques. And we've noted previous studies that showed the benefits of telephone therapy for depression. But this new 600-person study is the largest to date of psychotherapy by phone — and one of...
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Anxiety and Panic

The Type C Personality: Are You Susceptible to Illness?

Are you more susceptible to illness than other people? Do you have difficulty establishing proper boundaries in relationships, and communicating your needs?

You could be a Type C personality, which makes you more susceptible to illnesses, says Michael Jawer in the fascinating book he wrote with Marc Micozzi, , , called "The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion: How Feelings Link the Brain, the Body, and the Sixth Sense," which you...
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