Brain and Behavior

Even Facebook Doesn’t Understand Facebook’s Algorithms

After all the hand-wringing that came from the "fake news" spectacle courtesy of Facebook's news feed -- the content you see when you log into Facebook from your phone or laptop -- one thing has become abundantly clear. Even Facebook doesn't understand Facebook.

And that's the problem with relying on an algorithmic artificial intelligence (AI) that has been built (or more accurately, pieced together) over the years by hundreds of different developers and programmers.

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Addiction

Psychology Around the Net: April 29, 2017


Happy Saturday, sweet readers!

Regardless of which day you read this, chances are I'm trying (or have succeeded for that day) to get some exercise in. I made an appointment with my doctor last week to find out why I've been so, so exhausted lately. Any mental health concerns were ruled out, and my blood test results were top notch (as usual -- go me!). So, she asked me about my exercise routine and, well...let's just say my answer wasn't what she wanted to hear.

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Brain and Behavior

Decision Fatigue: Does it Help to Wear the Same Clothes Every Day?

Ever since the late Steve Jobs popularized the idea, some folks have been enamored by the idea that by wearing the same clothes everyday, you are somehow setting yourself up for greater success. The psychological reasoning behind this is the idea that the fewer decisions you have to make every day on rudimentary tasks (like choosing your clothing, what you're going to eat, etc.), the more brain power you have available for more important decisions.

But is that true? Does cutting out simple decisions about clothing really likely to significantly impact your overall brain reserve for the day?

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Brain and Behavior

Stop Refusing to Apologize & Embrace Being Sorry

One of the hardest lessons to be learned in life is how to be truly, genuinely sorry for our behavior or words that cause another person pain, upset, or harm. Some companies -- as we saw this past week with United Airlines' difficulty in apologizing to their customers -- have an even more difficult time with this than most people.

You may think, "Well, what do I have to apologize for? They were clearly in the wrong." Such stubbornness and a refusal to apologize will get you into far more trouble than it could possibly be worth. It's a lesson worth learning sooner rather than later -- that is, if you want to be happier and more successful in your life.

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ADHD and ADD

How I Healed My Inner Child

Growing older does not mean we’ve actually grown “up.” Aging chronologically and mentally are two very different things, as my young adult life so brilliantly demonstrated.

I was completely out of control: alcohol abuse, depression, and if I didn’t get my way, throwing temper tantrums that would make a three year old blush. Well into my twenties, I had the mentality of a rebellious child.

And while I was well aware that my dysfunctional childhood was at the root of my behavior, I had no idea how to rectify this part of me that had been around for almost as long as I had been.
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Bipolar

Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, & the Microbiome

You've probably heard about the rising importance of the microbiome -- otherwise known as your gut bacteria. Researchers have started to find interesting links between the naturally occurring bacteria that live in our guts, and things we've traditionally attributed to the brain. Things like our mood, feelings, and even thoughts. We now know, for instance, that gut bacteria can influence brain function.

What has the research found linking the microbiome to serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?

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Books

Psychology Around the Net: April 8, 2017


Happy Saturday, sweet readers!

If you're wondering what's up with the "Happy Birthday" sign, well, yesterday the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrated the anniversary of its launch in 1948 -- as well as the annual World Health Day event.

Other topics in this week's Psychology Around the Net include how climate change affects our mental health, why some people are genetically programmed to be night owls, the tragic loss of Amy Bleuel, and more.

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Brain and Behavior

5 Common Traits of Psychologically Healthy People


How psychologically healthy are YOU?

We all have a general idea of what we think a psychologically healthy person looks like. Maybe it’s not being depressed or anxious, not suffering, or not having a diagnosis. Maybe it’s being happy, or simply able to live a good life. All of these things are important and have great merit, of course. But what are the specific factors that make a person psychologically healthy? Here are the five hallmarks that hardly anyone thinks about.
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Brain and Behavior

Are You Codependent or Just Caring?

The word “codependency” -- our tendency to deny our own wants in order to serve others -- has entered the mainstream vocabulary. The concept evolved from the term “co-alcoholic,” which describes an alcoholic partner’s passive, enabling behaviors but neglects to recognize how they are being affected and fails to affirm their own needs and limits.

At the heart of codependency is ignoring or bypassing our own inner life in favor of responding automatically to others’ real or imagined needs

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