Category Archives: Psychology

“Let’s Talk” about the Stigma of Mental Illness

As a person living with Major Depressive Disorder, I’m pleased to see any positive focus on public awareness and education around the topic of mental illness. Yet, I wonder about the real effect that Bell Media’s “Let’s Talk” awareness campaign … Continue reading

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National Congress for the Prevention of Suicide

I’m pleased to be participating in the following conference in May, 2022. A national conference, organized jointly by the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP), the Centre for Research and Intervention on Suicide, Ethical Issues and End-of-Life Practices (CRISE-UQAM), and … Continue reading

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The Importance of Accepting and Acknowledging Mental Health as a Part of One’s Overall Well-Being

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World Suicide Prevention Day

Each year on September 10th, people in over 50 countries around the world connect with each other by officially recognizing World Suicide Prevention Day. World Suicide Prevention Day is a chance to promote understanding about suicide: those impacted by a … Continue reading

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Sadness, Depression, and the Dark Night of the Soul

Transcending the Medicalization of Sadness By: Glòria Durà-Vilà An interesting book I happened across today: I found that religion played a crucial role in the way sadness was understood and resolved: symptoms that otherwise might have been described as evidence of … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Silent Treatment Abuse

Social ostracism has been a common punishment for millennia. But freezing someone out harms both the victim and the perpetrator. Daryl Austin | The Atlantic Kipling Williams has studied the effects of the silent treatment for more than 36 years, … Continue reading

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The Strangeness of Our Animal Bonds

Ben Crair | The New Yorker Last spring, I started boiling two eggs for breakfast every morning—one for me, and one for the crows. A mated pair patrolled the rooftops around my Berlin apartment building; I’d begun luring them to … Continue reading

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What Is Consciousness? Scientists Compete to Find Out

Andreas Kluth | Quint In the world of science, there’s so much to be excited about right now. But I’m especially intrigued by a set of experiments that may, eventually, raise human consciousness. I mean that literally: The goal of … Continue reading

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Find the Place You Love. Then Move There.

If where you live isn’t truly your home, and you have the resources to make a change, it could do wonders for your happiness. Arthur C. Brooks | The Atlantic Several years ago, I was sitting on a flight to … Continue reading

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Alexa, Hypnotize Me

Hypnosis, now going virtual, is gaining more acceptance from doctors, researchers and entrepreneurs. But potential patients remain skeptical. Betsy Morris | The Wall Street Journal Kelley Cutler was deeply skeptical when she took part in a month-long pilot test of … Continue reading

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How to Talk About Mental Illness in a New Relationship

Elizabeth Yuko | Lifehacker Dating can be tricky for anyone, but for those living with mental illness things can get a little more complicated. Putting aside how having an anxiety disorder makes the whole process much harder—you’re deliberately introducing new … Continue reading

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Could Happy Endings Mess Up Your Brain’s Decision-Making?

Tiziana Celine | The Science Times Humans are hard-wired to prefer memories with a ‘happy ending.’ However, the effects of past decision-making experience can have an impact on the next decisions. Research suggests that our best interests depend on decisions … Continue reading

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Dementia risk tied to personality: Anxious, moody people more prone to brain disease

Chris Melore | Studyfinds As we age, the countless cells and neurons in our brains can come under attack from harmful tangles and plaque build-ups. This interference is the common cause of dementia, which destroys the memory and thinking abilities of … Continue reading

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Unconscious learning fosters a belief in God, study finds

Brook Hays | UPI People who unconsciously predict complex patterns are more likely to hold a strong belief in God — a god who creates order in an otherwise chaotic universe — according to research published Wednesday in Nature. “Belief … Continue reading

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