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World of Psychology


General

How to Add More Joy to Your Days

It’s safe to say that most of us would love more joy in our lives, particularly when it feels like the hours blend together into one big blur, and we find ourselves feeling blah.

Yet, do you know what brings you joy?

Sometimes, we can get so swept up in the daily hustle that we forget to ask ourselves this question—and we have no idea about the answer.

According to therapist Lynn Zakeri, LCSW, “joy is found in different ways by different people.”
Depression

Podcast: Openly Discussing Suicide in Our Communities


One of the most dangerous misconceptions about suicide is that asking a loved one if they are suicidal will increase the odds that they will attempt suicide.  Today Dr. Nate Ivers of Wake Forest University discusses the importance of making “the covert overt” by asking blunt, straightforward questions of those you suspect may be thinking about suicide.  What words should you use, and if the answer is yes, what should you do next?  And why are we so uncomfortable about asking these potentially lifesaving questions?
General

How Complaining Destroys Your Relationships

We’ve all known them, the constant complainers. They can suck the fun out of any situation and exhaust you in a matter of minutes. Nothing is ever good enough, there’s always a problem or something to nit-pick. It can be hard enough to work or be friends with people who complain constantly, but constant complaining can also take a big toll on your romantic relationships.

Over time chronic complaining will destroy nearly any relationship. In a romantic relationship it eats away at it bit by bit as it upsets the normal balance between partners that is necessary in a healthy relationship. This leaves one partner as the director and the other as the fixer.
General

The Causes of Schizophrenia: It’s Probably Not Genetics

For more than a century, researchers have had a deeply-held belief that schizophrenia is one form of mental illness that has its basis in genetics. In the intervening years, hundreds of millions of person-hours and billions of dollars have been funneled pursuing the genetic theory of schizophrenia.

Despite all of this enormous effort, researchers are starting to understand that perhaps the genetic component of schizophrenia has been overemphasized. And, in fact, the heritability estimates are not the 80-85 percent that some researchers claimed, but instead are far less.

Books

Using Writing to Help Us Process Our Grief

On a cool November morning in the small town of Mountain View, Calif., Sarah Neustadter’s beloved boyfriend, John—the man she was going to marry—threw himself in front of an oncoming train. Just days prior, John had turned 36.

The devastation Neustadter felt was so deep that she, too, wanted to die.

“The pain of missing him was unbearable. The thought of living the rest of my life, years upon years, without him filled me with hopelessness and despair,” Neustadter writes in her new book
Happiness

Bridging the Gap Between Vacation and Everyday Life

I'm on vacation this week and it's got me thinking a lot about the whole concept of taking time away from our everyday lives and why this becomes so important to us. 

I get it. The demands of daily life can be very challenging. Our routines become monotonous, our day-to-day stress can restrain our enjoyment in life. Most of us spend a good deal of time adhering to rules set by others and so, it causes us to look out the window longing for a day when we can "get a break."
A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Podcast: Persistent Myths of Mental Illness


Myths spring up about everything that is misunderstood – and mental illness is one of the most misunderstood things out there. People are equal parts fascinated by and terrified of it, seemingly at the same time. In this episode, our hosts take a look at some myths about living with schizophrenia and even tackle the most common one – are schizophrenics violent?
Motivation and Inspiration

What Determines Your Success?

Throughout life we are faced with many tasks in which we either experience failure or success. Some of these tasks are profession-oriented such as completing our education or building a stable career. Others are more personal in nature, like finding a compatible romantic companion or achieving health and fitness goals.

How you define success in these areas has a lot to do with what your beliefs are about what determines your success. 

Consider this scenario: You and another colleague are being considered for a promotion. Your educational background is very similar. Your performance at work is comparable. In many ways, you stand on equal footing for this evaluation. But for some reason, you are awarded the job. 
Relationships

Is Past Trauma Affecting Your Relationship?

How early parent-child relationships affect adult romantic relationships.


Our early experiences with those closest to us shape how we understand the nature of relationships. During these early years, we develop our attachment style. Attachment style influences who we fall in love with, how we behave in romantic relationships, and even how the relationship ends.