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Best of Our Blogs: September 27, 2011

Anger can be expressed in a multitude of ways. If we attempt to hide it, it can fester leading to resentment. If we ignore it, it can use food, shopping and other addictions to get our attention. If we focus all our energy on it, it can seep out, toxic and destructive, hurting everyone it touches. But if we simply listen to it, quietly, non-judgmentally, we may learn something.

Anger is an emotion that we're often afraid of. As a kid, you're taught to "play nice,"or to keep quiet when you're upset. Sometimes the things adults don't say in response to our negative emotions have the greatest impact of all. Maybe the adults in your life were fearful of their own anger and so you didn't learn how to healthily express your own.

The bright side is that we can always make different choices. You could seek help from a professional, support from a friend and/or use the top posts below to start to become aware of how anger works or doesn't work in your life. What will you choose to make better choices and live free of being afraid of your emotions?

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APA Mental Health Blog Party 2011 Roundup

Here is our roundup of posts from the Psych Central Blog Network that blogged about mental health today as a part of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Mental Health "Blog Party." Psych Central is the world's largest independent mental health network run by ordinary mental health professionals. Each month, over 1.5 million people visit our site from around the world to learn more about better mental health and conditions like depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD and anxiety.

Psych Central bloggers are some of the most dedicated and passionate people I've met in the field of mental health. Some are professionals, some are not, but all share one thing in common -- they have a knack for writing about psychology and mental health issues with a dedication and enthusiasm you don't see elsewhere. We love our bloggers -- they are simply some of the best people you'll ever meet (virtually!).

We're proud to represent mental health and wellness awareness this day, in our own unique and personalized way. We'll be updating this post throughout the day with new posts that are published from our bloggers, so stay tuned!

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10 Blogs to Spark Your Creativity

Recently, I've talked quite a bit about connecting to our creative selves. (Yes, everyone is creative!)

One way to access our creativity, I believe, is through inspiration from other amazing minds.

In honor of that, I wanted to share 10 blogs that help me get creative (this is by no means an exhaustive list), find tons of right answers and most importantly, get super-excited about the world and all there is to see.

In no particular order, they are:

1. Scoutie Girl.

This blog features interesting independent craft and design work. As their about page states, “Simply put, Scoutie Girl is the blog with a penchant for the passionately handmade.” The posts are always a lovely surprise. Topics include creative living and mindful spending.

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Top Ten Depression Blogs 2010

The good (and bad) news about blogging about depression in 2010 is that there's less of it. Bloggers who were solely devoted to writing personal posts about depression, psychic pain, melancholy and stress in their lives found themselves, for whatever reasons, with less to say on traditional blogs.

But depression hasn't vanished, and neither has blogging, so where's it all going? Twitter, drop boxes, text, media, and mobile -- watch for blogging to evolve across platforms. And there are professionals sharing tips, artists gathering, and advocates to support each other. Although it may seem a quiet time, under the surface it's changing.

Blogs most likely to be triggering if you’re in a fragile state are marked with a (T). So, without further adieu, here are the picks for our favorite places we found depression blogged about in 2010...

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A Psychopath’s Brain on fMRI

Our newest blogger, Dr. Kelly McAleer, has an interesting two-part post about the use of fMRI imaging technologies to try and detect psychopathology in criminals:

In my last post, I discussed how Dr. Kent Kiehl, a neuroscientist, is using fMRI technology to detect brain abnormalities in people with psychopathy. His participants are prison inmates who score high on the PCL-R, a psychodiagnostic measure used to assess psychopathy. Once he determines that the participant is, in fact, a psychopath based on their PCL-R score, he takes scans of their brains using an fMRI to determine if there are brain differences between psychopathic participants and normal controls. He has found defects in the paralimbic system that he believes relate to psychopathy.

Interestingly, Dr. Kiehl’s research is being used by perpetrators to avoid prison or to reduce sentencing. One such case has plagued the Chicago area for over two decades. Brian Dugan, a 52-year-old man with a 13-year crime spree, including murders, rapes, arson, and burglaries, spanning the 1970s and 80s finally went to trial for his crimes in late 2009. For those interested in death penalty laws, this case has a lot of history, and contributed to the moratorium on the death penalty in Illinois due to the wrongful conviction of three men for one of the murders (Jeanine Nicarico) that Dugan committed.

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More Top Ten Online Psychology Experiments

After the publication of our 2008 top ten online psychology experiments list -- which detailed the best psychological science research projects seeking online participants -- we're back with a follow-up.

At any given time, hundreds of online psychology experiments are going on. They are a great, cost-efficient method to gather experimental data from the multitudes of people online. These experiments can be fun to try, but also provide researchers with valuable data that future research may be based upon. Here are all-new experiments as well as a couple of classics:

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Mental Health Year in Review: 2009

Another year is over, and so brings us to the close of another year of great stories, great friends, and great insights into the world of psychology -- our annual Year in Review of Mental Health.

Conflicts of Interest, Lawsuits and Transparency

Perhaps 2009 will be noted as the year of reckoning for pharmaceutical companies, who have not enjoyed good press this year. In January, we noted how...
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Encephalon 73 with Videos at Channel N

Every month, there's a thing like Grand Rounds (which focuses more on health and medicine blog posts) that highlights some of the most interesting brain and neuropsychology blog posts around the net in the past month. It's called Encephalon and Psych Central's own Channel N is hosting Encephalon 73 with Videos.

If you're looking for some interesting reading -- or viewing -- this month's Encephalon is worth checking out! Good stuff in...
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