Drink and be merry: why alcohol makes us feel good, then doesn’t

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With the festive season upon us, many of us will get through a lot of booze. But why do we consume it when it has undeniably negative effects? The Guardian Dean Burnett If someone offered you a glass of mild poison, you’d decline. If they said “drink this, it’ll make it harder to… Drink and be merry: why alcohol… Read More »

10 Things I Wish You Knew About My Struggle With Depression

I thought I could just “think positive” myself out of it, and when that didn’t work I tried to make myself as perfect as I could. Puja Uppal I was fooling myself. Publicly I wore a mask of the cheery girl I used to be, privately I was barely keeping m… Source: 10 Things I Wish You Knew About My Struggle With Depression | Puja Uppal Read More »

Signs of Pure Altruism Converge in the Brain And Increase with Age

EUGENE, Ore. — Aug. 15, 2016 – Combining insights from psychology, behavioral economics and neuroscience, University of Oregon researchers have found converging signs of pure altruism and behavior that increase with age in the brain. People give to charity for numerous non-altruistic reasons, such as showing off their generosity to others. To isolate pure altruism from other motivations, researchers triangulated methods from the… Source: Signs of Pure Altruism Converge in the Brain And Increase with Age – ScienceNewsline Read More »

Even presidential candidates need sleep

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The demands of being a presidential candidate take a toll on sleep. And the demands are not likely to lessen for whomever is elected. Michael S. Jaffee The Conversation President Obama says he schedules six hours of sleep a night but that is not always possible, and Bill Clinton reported getting five to six hours. How much sleep is needed for senior executives such as our president to have optimal function? This is also an important question to ask as ... Read More »

New studies explore why ordinary people turn terrorist

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Research in the Iraqi war zone point to key characteristics among ISIS soldiers and their opponents Bruce Bower ScienceNews Fierce combat erupted in February 2016 at the northern Iraqi village of Kudilah. A Western-backed coalition of Arab Sunni tribesmen, Kurds in the Iraqi army and Kurdish government forces advanced on… New studies explore… Read More »

The rise of Donald Trump: the psychology motivating voters

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HIS views are bizarre. His words are extreme. His political experience is nil. So why are so many voters in the United States taking Donald Trump seriously? Just one election campaign ago, any other candidate uttering a single one of his authoritarian assertions would have been committing political suicide… Source: The rise of Donald Trump: the psychology motivating voters | CairnsPost Read More »

We don’t ‘lose’ our mothers – the reality is more violent than that

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Saying goodbye to your mother is a pain we all must face. That doesn’t make it any easier to do David Ferguson The Guardian T wo dear friends of mine lost their mothers this month, a high school friend and an old love. I’ve been sitting… We don’t ‘lose’… Read More »

The day I decided to wear the hijab

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Sudanese-born, Australian-raised Yassmin Abdel Magied chose an auspicious date for this new step in her life as a Muslim woman. Yassmin Abdel-Magied SBS I decided to wear the hijab on 10 November 2001, the day of an Australian Federal election. I chose an auspicious date for this turning point in my life, the day I started to dress like a ‘Muslim woman’, just in case I forgot. It would be a date I could look up in the history books, ... Read More »

Gambling Addiction and the Brain

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Gambling — whether it be the lottery, scratch cards, casino games, bingo, slot machines, Internet poker, or sports betting — is more acceptable and accessible than ever before. Mary Bates BrainFacts For most people, gambling is a recreational activity. But for a significant minority, it progresses to a serious problem. Recently, scientists and mental health professionals decided to classify problem gambling as a behavioral addiction, the first of its kind, putting it in a category of disorders that also includes ... Read More »

Asian Gambling Addiction

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“We have this saying in Chinese: if you don’t gamble, you don’t know how lucky you are.” —Anonymous Chinese gambler This strong belief in luck, fate, or fortune is part of the driving force behind Asians and gambling. Sam Louie MA, LMHC Psychology Today It’s no coincidence there is such a high proportion of Asians gambling and the deep cultural factors which not only encourage gambling but discourage seeking help when it becomes compulsive or addictive. Research shows Asians in the ... Read More »