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The advantages of Depression

Recent research suggests that despondency helps us think better – and contributes to increase attentiveness and enhanced problem solving ability. In an ingenious experiment Joe Forgas, professor of psychology at the University of New South Wales, placed a variety of trinkets, such as toy solders, plastic animals […]

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The Traumatised Mind

The word trauma comes from the Greek word meaning “to wound” or “to pierce”. Trauma is a kind of wounding. Sudden or outgoing catastrophic events can cause violence to the psyche, rendering the victim helpless and disturbed. Any life-threatening experience can cause a person to be traumatised. […]

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Cognitive impairment in children: a matter of memory or attention deficit?

The majority of children with poor working memory are slow to learn in the areas of reading, maths and science across both primary and secondary school years. The key issue is: Why? One theory is that learning difficulties faced by these children arise because they are unable […]

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The Power of Meditation

Paul Ekman at the University of California and Robert Levenson tested a Tibetan monk into the psychophysiology laboratory to assess his presence of mind. After being wired up to equipment sensitive to even the minutest fluctuations in autonomic function – muscle contraction, pulse rate, perspiration and skin […]

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The culture of relentless examinations and the impact on children.

Anyone who has been reading the educational press over the past decade will have read countless letters from teachers (often penned anonymously – presumable for fear of retribution) about the audit culture of relentless testing, examinations and over academic learning. The mainstream education system is not the […]

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Resilience in trauma

Sexual abuse victims are almost always burdened with the shame of having let it happen. Such feelings are irrational and very hard to overcome. It seems difficult for adult clients to make allowances for the fact that they were small dependent children. Some more recent writers point […]

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Cognitive benefits of bedtime story

It is clear that the old fashioned bedtime story has valuable benefits for young children’s language development and may also help their storytelling abilities and their understanding of other’s mental states. Shared reading as early as 8 months but not as early as 4 months, has been […]

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Genetic link between autism and genius

Many leading figures in the fields of science, politics and the arts achieved success because they were autistic. Michael Fitzgerald, Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College, Dublin, said traits linked to autism spectrum disorders matched those associated with creative genius. Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, George Orwell, and […]

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One tip on how to reduce peaks of high anxiety and depression

Research shows that weighing yourself every day is a more effective weight loss strategy than stepping on the scales less frequently. Another research found that people who wear pedometers walk a mile a day more on average than those who don’t. It seems that taking a daily […]

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Physical symptoms in pregnancy

Treatment and support for women experiencing nausea and vomiting (NVP) during pregnancy has improved and yet there are even now a number of practitioners who attribute blame to the woman for her sickness such as anxiety and ambivalence towards the pregnancy. NVP is commonly referred to as […]

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