Active Listening – Online Counseling New Jersey

Active Listening – Online Counseling New Jersey

When communicating in counseling It can be easy to focus more on what we are saying than how we are listening. If we are not truly hearing what someone is saying to us, then communication is not successful and misunderstandings occur. While listening may seem straight forward, there are many ways to practice poor listening skills that you may not recognize are barriers to really understanding someone. Some examples of poor listening habits include when you are distracted while someone is speaking, planning your response in your head before someone finishes what they are saying, or responding judgmentally to what …

Menstrual Cycle and Mood

Menstrual Cycle and Mood

The menstrual cycle is composed of four different phases, which vary in duration from woman to woman, and may fluctuate in length. The phases are menstrual, follicular, ovulation, and luteal. While the length of a menstrual cycle varies from woman to woman, many experience a cycle that lasts 28 days. During the fluctuations of a cycle, key hormones – testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen –  increase and decrease in a pattern that influences how we feel. Nutrition Coach Philadelphia Sarah Tronco, CMHIMP, is a Philadelphia Nutrition Coach specializing in mental nutrition. Sarah offers individualized mental health nutrition coaching that empowers you to make sustainable …

Cortisol, Stress, and Overall Nutritional Health

Cortisol, Stress, and Overall Nutritional Health

Cortisol is our body’s primary stress hormone. Our levels of cortisol fluctuate throughout the day, with morning typically being when we have our highest levels of cortisol with a decrease throughout the rest of the day. The changes in our cortisol levels throughout the day is known as diurnal cortisol slopes.1 What is the function of cortisol in the body? In the context of mental health, we often associate cortisol with stress, however, it plays a role in many essential bodily processes, such as our immune response, regulating blood sugar, metabolism, and decreasing inflammation. Cortisol belongs to a group of …

Staying at the Edge of Uncertainty & Anxiety

Staying at the Edge of Uncertainty & Anxiety

When we get into a situation that feels uncertain, most of us will immediately try to get to a place of certainty. Instead of writing a blog post, I’ll find myself wanting to check emails or my favorite websites. Instead of having a difficult conversation, we’ll stay in a crappy situation for longer than we need to. Instead of putting our art out into the world, we’ll hide it in the safety of obscurity. When things feel chaotic and overwhelming, we look for a system that will feel ordered and simple. All of us do this in most areas of …

12 Ideas for Establishing a Calming Routine

12 Ideas for Establishing a Calming Routine

One of the most rewarding changes in your life can be finding peace with a morning routine. I’ve made it a habit to wake before most of the world, at about 4:30 a.m., and just enjoy the quiet and solitude. It has made all the difference in the world. I sit quietly with a cup of coffee, and enjoy the silence. I go for a morning run, which relieves stress and is perfect for contemplation. I use the quiet time before my family awakes to write something each morning. I read, as a good novel is one of my favorite …

How to Do the Thing You’re Avoiding

How to Do the Thing You’re Avoiding

Most of us have something on our task list we’re avoiding or a project we’ve been putting off. Think for a moment: what’s the task or project you’ve been avoiding lately? Some possibilities: That report you don’t want to write Your book or blog you’ve been meaning to write The business you’ve been wanting to create for years Your garage you’ve been meaning to declutter That email that’s been sitting in your inbox for a month Going for a run So what is it you’ve been avoiding? Identify it now before you move on. In this article, we’ll look at …

Healing from Narcissistic Abuse

Trauma Therapy, how does it work?

If you’ve decided to read this article, it’s perhaps because you, or someone you know, is trying to heal in the aftermath of a toxic relationship. Or maybe you have been wondering how to leave a toxic relationship and how you will be able to heal. Whatever drew you to read this article, I want you to know that you are not alone, and that healing from being with someone abusive, is possible. Let’s start by defining what narcissistic abuse means. It’s a new term in our colloquial language, and it’s been used more and more to describe people who …

Trauma Therapy, how does it work?

Trauma Therapy, how does it work?

A therapeutic approach in treatment planning has focused on the initial healing of individuals who have survived Post-Traumatic injury. A consultation, and comprehensive assessment of the client can direct that individual to an improved and motivated quality of life journey. Though the integration of theory, intervention, insight and to multi-cultural awareness, my goal emphasis has been on clients who are dually diagnosed, complex developmental trauma and psychological effects such as secondary trauma, emotional conflicts, self-medication, substance use to recovery and wanting life back. Claire Vines, PsyD. is Doctor of Psychology, DAPA practicing in Rancho Mirage, CA in the greater Palm Springs area. …

What is a website builder?

What is a website builder?

Looking for a therapist website builder? Website builders are tools that typically allow the construction of websites without manual code editing. They fall into two categories: online proprietary tools provided by web hosting companies. These are typically intended for users to build their private site. Some companies allow the site owner to install alternative tools (commercial or open-source) — the more complex of these may also be described as content management systems. offline software that runs on a computer, creating pages and which can then publish these pages on any host. (These are often considered to be “website design software”, …

Unstuck: Create a New Path for Yourself

Unstuck: Create a New Path for Yourself

Sometimes it can feel like we’re stuck in life, doing the same things we’re unhappy with, over and over again. Maybe you’ve been procrastinating on your meaningful work, or getting stuck in indecision or perfectionism. Maybe you’ve been putting off exercise or meditation, getting your finances in good shape, or making some other important change in your life. Depression Treatment Raleigh Do you feel down? Have you lost interest in things you used to enjoy? Are you critical and judgmental towards yourself? We can help you find the Inner Path that can lead you out of your depression. We get …

The Effect of Oxidative Stress on Mental Health

The Effect of Oxidative Stress on Mental Health

Understanding oxidative stress is important because we are exposed to many environmental and dietary stressors that can contribute to an imbalance in our body that impacts overall health. Oxidative stress is defined as “a disturbance in the balance between the production of reactive oxygen species (free radicals) and antioxidant defenses.” 1 Oxidative stress occurs when your body has an imbalance of antioxidants and free radicals. Free radicals, or reactive oxygen species (ROS), are molecules that contain oxygen and have an uneven electron number, making them highly reactive with other molecules and able to cause large chain chemical reactions. When these …

Anxiety treatment NYC: How To Help A Child Struggling With Anxiety

Anxiety treatment NYC: How To Help A Child Struggling With Anxiety

Childhood anxiety treatment is one of the most important mental health challenges of our time. One in five children will experience some kind of clinical-level anxiety by the time they reach adolescence, according to Danny Pine, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the National Institute of Mental Health and one of the world’s top anxiety researchers. Pine says that for most kids, these feelings of worry won’t last, but for some, they will — especially if those children don’t get help. Anxiety Treatment NYC Carolyn Ehrlich, LCSW specializes in treatment for anxiety. Anxiety is best described as the unhelpful thinking …

A Guide to the Basic Anxiety and Depression of Life

A Guide to the Basic Anxiety and Depression of Life

Underlying much of what we do is an uncertainty, an anxiety, a fear, doubts, dissatisfaction, and ultimately depression. And we react to these anxieties, dissatisfaction and uncertainty in so many unhelpful ways: we seek distraction, we eat unhealthy food, we procrastinate, we get caught in a cycle of anxiety and unhappiness, we lash out at others, we dwell in our loneliness, and then we get in denial about it all and become depressed. Depression Treatment Raleigh Do you feel down? Have you lost interest in things you used to enjoy? Are you critical and judgmental towards yourself? We can help …

Are You Sabotaging Your Relationships?

Are You Sabotaging Your Relationships?

Warning signs that you might be sabotaging a good thing You meet someone new and happily date for a little while. The connection is great, there is chemistry, and sex is fun. You start spending more and more time together and begin considering becoming a couple. But then, you stop replying to their texts right away. You cancel dates. You avoid talking about taking things to the next level. Your partner expresses frustration, disappointment, or even anger about your behavior. Not long after, the partner breaks up the relationship. Does this sound like something that happens to you? If so, …

Depression Treatment Raleigh: Finding Mindfulness in an Age of Depression & Anxiety

Depression Treatment Raleigh: Finding Mindfulness in an Age of Depression & Anxiety

We live in uncertain times. Actually, things have always felt uncertain to the people who live in those times, but these days it might feel even more heightened, with the hyperconnectivity of the internet, social media and constant messaging, comparing ourselves to everyone else, and a very tense, divisive political situation (not just in the U.S., but in many countries). It’s enough to drive anxiety through the roof for many people and depression seems to be a huge problem for many people we work with. Anxiety & depression seem to be on the rise, or at least it can feel …

For Men Only – Men’s Mental Health

For Men Only – Men’s Mental Health

At A New Day Family Counseling, we understand the challenges men face today to improve their mental health. Men typically engage in fewer health-promoting behaviors, have fewer social supports, possess less effective behavioral responses to stress, and use fewer health care services than women. Men are 4 times more likely than females to die from suicide attempts (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010). Men with depression are more likely to turn to alcohol and drugs. Men are also more likely to allow anger to be expressed freely without acknowledging other’s feelings and are not likely to ask for help …

Understanding Alcoholic Neuropathy – Addiction Counseling Westwood New Jersey

Understanding Alcoholic Neuropathy - Addiction Counseling Westwood New Jersey

Alcoholic neuropathy is one of the most common and least recognizable consequences of heavy alcohol use. People with a long history of alcohol misuse might experience pain, tingling, weakness, numbness, or loss of balance as a result of alcoholic neuropathy. Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholic Neuropathy Signs and symptoms of alcoholic neuropathy can progress gradually, and they are usually subtle at first. Often, a person who drinks heavily might not recognize that the symptoms are related to alcohol or to neuropathy. For addiction counseling Westwood New Jersey. Signs and symptoms include any combination of the following: *Deceased sensation of the …

What America Can Learn from Couples Therapy

What America Can Learn from Couples Therapy

The principles of good communication for Couples Therapy Palo Alto could also apply to divided Americans. At family gatherings, in bars and restaurants, relatives and friends are shouting at each other instead of engaging in what used to be called political discussions. These high-volume, emotionally charged exchanges are also increasingly the norm in venues ranging from local governments to national ruling bodies across the world. These shout-fests might remind you of a bad marriage—and we think there is some truth in that. We are clinical psychologists who are couples therapists and researchers who evaluate the benefits of interventions with couples. …

Online Counseling for Work Stress New York City

Online Counseling for Work Stress New York City

Online Counseling for Work Stress New York City What does your reflection reveal? There are times when we see parts of our character we don’t like. The moments are often fleeting, yet can be haunting. Did I snap too harshly on the person again? Was I too passive in the meeting as usual? Am I too smothering to my child as my parents were to me? Was it only about me yet again? We worry, obsess, can’t sleep, or have dreams about this, and can even feel the part of us is right under the surface. The symptoms are stress, …

Online Counseling in Texas

Online Counseling in Texas

The Pros of Online Therapy Are you considering Online Counseling in Texas? The internet has opened up new avenues for mental health treatment, but there are some pros and cons you should consider before you decide if e-therapy, also known as teletherapy,1 is right for you. In the face of the social distancing measures required in our COVID-19 crisis, many in-person psychotherapies are becoming online out of necessity. Pros of Online Therapy Let’s explore some of the biggest advantages of online therapy.2 Good Option for Remote Areas Online therapy offers access to mental health information and treatment to people in …

Online Counseling in Texas

Online Counseling in Texas

The Pros of Online Therapy Are you considering Online Counseling in Texas? The internet has opened up new avenues for mental health treatment, but there are some pros and cons you should consider before you decide if e-therapy, also known as teletherapy,1 is right for you. In the face of the social distancing measures required in our COVID-19 crisis, many in-person psychotherapies are becoming online out of necessity. Pros of Online Therapy Let’s explore some of the biggest advantages of online therapy.2 Good Option for Remote Areas Online therapy offers access to mental health information and treatment to people in …

Online therapy in Texas

Online therapy in Texas

online therapy Texas Online counseling is the provision of professional mental health counseling services through the Internet. Services are typically offered via email, real-time chat, and video conferencing. Some clients use online counseling in conjunction with traditional psychotherapy, or nutritional counseling, and a growing number of clients are using online counseling as a replacement for office visits. While some form of tele-psychology has been available for over 35 years, the advent of internet video chat systems and the increasing penetration of broadband has resulted in the continuing growth of online therapy. Some clients are using videoconferencing, live chat and email …

Online Counseling DC

Online Counseling DC

Welcome back to our Online Counseling DC newsletter series addressing the question we’ve been hearing from our community of clients: Is my response to the abnormality, normal? Last time, we focused on your own thoughts and feelings. In this 3rd installment, we are focusing on what our community is noticing in their relationships with others. Relating in Isolation As depicted in the graphic above, our Online Counseling DC community is noticing that we are still very committed to our relationships, but there are shifts in our roles, or we may play multiple roles at once. You may also find yourself having to …

Psychologist Chapel Hill N.C. – Telehealth

Psychologist Chapel Hill N.C. - Telehealth

Recent developments in the COVID-19 pandemic have motivated me to transition to an entirely virtual practice. I believe firmly that social distancing is the safest and most ethical way to ensure the well-being for everyone and protect my clients. I use a HIPAA-compliant platform that can be accessed by phone, iPad, or computer. No set-up needed; you simply click a link sent to you prior to the session. While the same rules of confidentiality for in-person sessions apply to virtual or phone sessions, there are some unique aspects to consider: – Use a private Wi-Fi connection with high speed internet. …

Social Media and Suicide Among Teens

Social Media and Suicide Among Teens

Digital media, including social media, became a centerpiece of day to day life at a seemingly exponential rate. Before I graduated high school in 2006, I remember many evenings spent on ICQ (used to chat with friends), making simple websites with shout outs to my friends which included obnoxious lists of inside jokes, and playing The Sims Online. I whiled away the hours without much consequence – at that time it was  project to upload a picture to the internet (you had to have a digital camera or a scanner), and in order to sign up for Facebook, you needed …

Couples Therapy Palo Alto: Relationships in the Tech World.

Couples Therapy Palo Alto

Being a Marriage and Family Therapist in the Bay Area specializing in Couples Therapy Palo Alto, means I have the privilege to meet clients from very diverse backgrounds. One of them is the Silicon Valley background which is a culture in and of itself. Clients and couples with this background share some distinct characteristics: high achieving, hard working, intelligent, ambitious, and long working hours. Some people work so hard and long that they don’t even dare to get into any intimate relationship. While a small number of people are content with life without being in a significant relationship, many of …

Family Stress Test

Counseling Plainfield Illinois

Family Stress Test Stress is a natural and normal “by-product” of every family’s life. In fact, family stress can bring out the best of us: as we stretch to meet the challenges we face, we become better parents, our children blossom and our families grow. But too much stress can spiral our families in the other direction. Take this Thriving test to see how your family fares. Set 1 1. There is a lot of bickering in our house. Someone is always angry at someone else. 2. There’s never enough time to sit down together, either to talk or to …

Disorganized Attachment

Disorganized Attachment

Mary Ainsworth’s work on attachment identified three attachment categories (secure, insecure avoidant, and insecure ambivalent/resistant). The development of the disorganized/disoriented classification evolved as a part of Mary Main’s doctoral research in which she noticed that approximately 10% of infants in Ainsworth’s Strange Situation Procedure were difficult to classify.1 Disorganized attachment is an additional attachment category that was identified in 1986 by Mary Main and Judith Solomon at the University of California, Berkeley. — Explore your attachment style through Online Counseling in New Jersey Are you curious about your attachment style and how it may be impacting the quality of your …

How Well Are You Listening to Your Children and Others?

How Well Are You Listening to Your Children and Others?

When our children come to us with a problem, we usually want to help them. So we console, interpret, advise, distract or praise. Other times, we feel we must teach our children, and so we interrogate, lecture, moralize or order. And probably more often than we’d like, we respond angrily—blaming, criticizing, ridiculing, shaming or withdrawing. However, all of these responses are problematic—whether with our children, or with the important adults in our lives. They often serve to stop the communication of real feelings and the development of individual solutions. Take the quiz below, adapted from the classic Parent Effectiveness Training, …

Couples Therapy DC + Online Counseling DC

Couples Therapy DC + Online Counseling DC

Your Reaction to “The New Normal”: Are My Thoughts And Feelings Normal? How Are You? No, Really, How are you? The answer to this question is often a resounding, “Eh.” As therapists, we see the silver lining in this: emotional honesty (we can see your eye roll). We have found that because we are in a difficult common experience, we have been able to connect more quickly with one another around difficult emotions. This seems more authentic than the old standard, “I’m fine.” Am I Normal? We’ve all been hearing a lot about “the new normal,” but what does that …

Counseling for women – Infidelity

Counseling for women - Infidelity

According to The New York Times, the most consistent data on infidelity comes from the University of Chicago’s General Social Survey (GSS). Interviews with people in non-monogamous relationships since 1972 by the GSS have shown that approximately 12% of men and 7% of women admit to having had an extramarital relationship. Results, however, vary year by year, and also by age-group surveyed. For example, one study conducted by the University of Washington, Seattle found slightly, or significantly higher rates of infidelity for populations under 35, or older than 60. In that study which involved 19,065 people during a 15-year period, …

What is ADHD?

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a multifactorial neurobiological disorder (Curatolo, Paloscia, D’Agati, Moavero, & Pasini, 2009) that affects between 3% and 7% of school aged children in the United States and is the most prevalent neurobehavioral condition among this population in many countries (Findling, 2008).  Although it may be the most studied condition in child psychiatry worldwide, its exact causes  and the exact mechanisms underlying this disorder are still unknown (Cortese, 2012).  It appears to be caused by the confluence of many genetic and environmental risk factors, each having a small effect on increasing vulnerability to the disorder (Curatolo et al., …

Are You Financially Avoidant?

Are You Financially Avoidant?

You come home and see the pile of unopened bills and bank statements, but instead of opening them, you move onto something else. Maybe you come up with a justification for passing that pile for the umpteenth time, or maybe you stuff the slight feeling of panic back down and ignore it. You have no idea what your credit score is, and you aren’t sure how close you are to overdrawing your bank account. You’re waiting until you get paid again to check, but part of you knows that you aren’t planning to check next time around either. Money becomes …

Everything You Need To Know About Relationship Counseling

Why, when and how to pursue therapy to make your relationships stronger Saying “relationships are hard” is so common it’s a cliché now. But it’s also true. Even when people get along really well, stress and daily life can cause conflicts that seem difficult or even impossible to resolve. Relationship counseling can help people in these tough situations to work through their problems, move beyond them, and be better partners overall. Relationship therapy isn’t just for married people: cohabiting couples, people in non-monogamous relationships and gay, lesbian and queer people can also benefit. It can also be helpful for siblings …

Are You a Visual or an Auditory Learner? It Doesn’t Matter

One mental strategy may be much better suited than another to a particular task. You must read this article to understand it, but many people feel reading is not how they learn best. They would rather listen to an explanation or view a diagram. Researchers have formalized those intuitions into theories of learning styles. These theories are influential enough that many states (including New York) require future teachers to know them and to know how they might be used in the classroom. But there’s no good scientific evidence that learning styles actually exist. Over the last several decades, researchers have …

Where to Find Romance in Marriage

It took my mother’s short-term amnesia to make me realize what long-term love is all about. I feared that my childhood had ruined me for romance. My mother raised me alone, just the two of us, in five states and nine different houses. Sometimes we were broke, but we always had fun. She made every day beautiful. We ate pancakes for dinner, grew watermelon in the garden, picked raspberries. I had always imagined myself married, but how could marriage ever compare to the enchantment of my childhood? We had dogs, cats, ferrets. Wild animals showed up like messengers from fairy …

How Arousal Impacts Physiological Synchrony in Relationships

A team of researchers led by a member of the Colorado School of Public Health faculty at the Anschutz Medical Campus examined what type of social interaction is required for people to display physiological synchrony — mutual changes in autonomic nervous system activity. The study also looked at whether the levels of autonomic arousal people share predicts affiliation and friendship interest between people. The findings are published in Nature Scientific Reports. “In a variety of situations, people appear more social with one another when their autonomic nervous systems are in sync. However, this is the first study to show that, …

Tainted By Association, What Does This Tell Us About Ethics?

When I first heard the allegations of serial sexual misconduct against the American folk-rock singer Ryan Adams earlier this year – that he had emotionally and psychologically abused several women and underage girls, using his status in the music industry as leverage – I didn’t want to believe it. Yet this desire to not-believe strongly preceded any acquaintance I had with the actual facts. Indeed – and as I am now ashamed to admit – I initially read the facts with great skepticism, hoping that they were wrong. Only with effort have I forced myself to put aside my initial …

Therapist Website Design & Marketing

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Therapist Website Design & Marketing We’re more than just web designers. We are a creative collective of artists, marketing experts, and down-to-earth people & we’re ready to help your business grow. The balance that comes from having a foot in both the design and mental health worlds keeps life interesting. Creating a website is more than technical ability. We bring years of design expertise and skill to offer you a customized website that is filled with extra touches and design elements that will make your website and private practice stand out from the crowd. An effective therapist website We know …

Misbehaving: being clever and wicked is a form of creativity

Suppose you forgot it was your partner’s birthday, but you know that they would appreciate the smallest of gestures, say a bouquet. It’s late at night and no florists are open. The cemetery on your way home has recently had a funeral, and you walk across the site and pick up a good-looking bouquet of roses from someone’s grave. You then head home, and the flowers are happily received by your partner. Would you say that you hurt anyone? This isn’t so much a moral dilemma as it is a creative misbehaviour. More specifically, it is an instance of the …

The 5 Different Types of Cybersex Users

So many questions come up about cybersex. What is cyber sex? What are the risks of cybersex? How can we protect children from cyberstalkers? While you might think of certain stereotypes associated with cybersex addiction, the reality is that cybersex addiction spans many demographic groups, including people of all genders and ages. While more research is needed to identify groups more accurately, there are some specific types of cybersex user we do know about. Cybersex users vary in how much they engage in internet sexual behavior, and in their reasons for seeking sexual gratification online. As outlined in the book, …

The Trouble With Being Happy

Lots of animals have thoughts, but humans are unique because we can have thoughts about our thoughts. We can feel content about feeling happy. Or we can also feel disappointed about being depressed. We developed this skill because most of our problem solving starts with thinking. We strategize, we evaluate, and we ruminate. So it’s only natural to assume that any bad mood can be solved with some good mental strategy, right? As it turns out . . .not so much. Humans are programmed to be great thinkers, but we didn’t evolve to be happy every second of every day. …

Concentrations of Cannabinoids Impact Anxiety, Stress, and Depression

A new study sheds light on how different quantities of tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol — the psychoactive compounds in cannabis — affect levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. Researchers from Washington State University (WSU) found that adults reported a reduction in depressive symptoms with just a single puff of medical marijuana that was high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The team also found that at least 10 puffs of marijuana high in both CBD and THC led to significant reductions in self-reported stress, while two puffs of cannabis with any level of CBD or THC led to a …

Ketamine Used By Researchers At The National Institutes of Health

It was November 2012 when Dennis Hartman, a Seattle business executive, managed to pull himself out of bed, force himself to shower for the first time in days and board a plane that would carry him across the country to a clinical trial at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda. After a lifetime of profound depression, 25 years of therapy and cycling through 18 antidepressants and mood stabilizers, Hartman, then 46, had settled on a date and a plan to end it all. The clinical trial would be his last attempt at salvation. For 40 minutes, he …

The Heartbreak of Infidelity

Infidelity is the ultimate betrayal. Weather physical cheating, emotional cheating or a combination of both, the pain of finding out that your partner has cheated on you is second to none. Despite the sadness, there is hope. People can change, and relationships can get stronger. If you choose to continue your relationship after cheating has occurred, it is possible to move on and have a robust and secure relationship with your partner. However, before you move on, you have to begin to cope. Here are a few ways to start your journey to wellness and happiness after you’ve faced the …

Are there ways of spending money that will make you happier?

Being rich or richer may not guarantee happiness, as shown by ample evidence from the social sciences, but there are ways of spending money that will make you happier than others. Recent research has uncovered the “experiential advantage”: greater happiness from spending money on experiences (holidays, meals, theatre tickets) instead of material things (gadgets, clothes, jewelry). This could be for a number of reasons, such as experiences being more closely aligned with our values and being less likely to produce rumination and regret. There are exceptions to this rule, of course. Studies have found that personality traits can influence whether …

A Landmark Study on the Origins of Alcoholism

By studying rats in a smarter way, scientists are finally learning something useful about why some drinkers become addicted and others don’t. For Markus Heilig, the years of dead ends were starting to grate. A seasoned psychiatrist, Heilig joined the National Institutes of Health in 2004 with grand ambitions of finding new ways to treat addiction and alcoholism. “It was the age of the neuroscience revolution, and all this new tech gave us many ways of manipulating animal brains,” he recalls. By studying addictive behavior in laboratory rats and mice, he would pinpoint crucial genes, molecules, and brain regions that …

People With Strong Self Control Are Less Hungry & Tired?!

You may think of people with high self-control as having enviable reserves of willpower, but recent findings suggest this isn’t the case. Instead it seems the strong-willed are canny folk, adept at avoiding temptation in the first place. A new study in the journal Self and Identity builds on this picture, showing that people high in self-control tend to experience less intense visceral states, like fatigue, hunger and stress (states that are known to encourage impulsive behaviour). The new findings make sense: after all, it is much easier to be in control of your decisions if you are organised enough …

A Dark Sense of Humor Linked to High Intelligence

People who appreciate taboo jokes and other forms of black humor show higher levels of intelligence, according to a recent study. Do you find yourself holding back your laughter at tasteless or morbid jokes? An appreciation of black humor could be an indicator of intelligence levels, according to the findings of a new Austrian study published in the journal Cognitive Processing. Researchers at the Medical University of Vienna have found that the enjoyment of so-called ‘gallows humor’ is linked to high levels of both verbal and nonverbal intelligence. In an experiment led by psychologist Ulrike Willinger, they also found that …

Does Being Spiritual Make You Healthier?

Examining the spirituality-health connection Ever since the late 1990s, there’s been an explosion in the number of studies devoted to examining the role that spirituality and religion have on health. Between 2001 and 2010, the number of research studies examining the spirituality-health connection more than doubled, from 1200 to 3000. Improvements in pharmacology are one big reason for the shift. Because we already have so many medical treatments at our disposal, there is more interest in examining the role of religion and spirituality in health. Despite the increase in interest, however, the relationship between religion/spirituality and health remains nebulous and …