How Complaining Rewires Your Brain For Negativity (And How To Break The Habit)

-Annie Wood “Spending today complaining about yesterday won’t make tomorrow any better.” ~Unknown When I was about sixteen or so, one of my parent’s friends got into some trouble with the law. When we’d visit him he’d often shake his head from side to side and mumble, my life is in the toilet. He saidContinue reading “How Complaining Rewires Your Brain For Negativity (And How To Break The Habit)”

Mismatch Of Personal Needs, Work Duties Can Fuel Burnout

-Traci Pedersen A new study shows that burnout occurs when there is a mismatch between unconscious needs and the demands you experience at work. For example, burnout may happen to an outgoing accountant who seeks to make new friendships but whose job offers little opportunity to do so, or perhaps to a manager who doesContinue reading “Mismatch Of Personal Needs, Work Duties Can Fuel Burnout”

Sleep Can Impact Relationship Satisfaction

-Rick Nauert, PhD New research discovers that when husbands and wives get more sleep than on an average night, they are more satisfied with their marriages — at least the following day. In the study, Florida State University psychology professor Dr. Jim McNulty and graduate student Heather Maranges hypothesize that sleep is linked to self-regulation orContinue reading “Sleep Can Impact Relationship Satisfaction”

The Science Behind a Successful Single Life

-Janice Wood A new study has found that single people have richer social lives and more psychological growth than married people. “The preoccupation with the perils of loneliness can obscure the profound benefits of solitude,” said Bella DePaulo, Ph.D., a scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a regular Psych Central blogger. “ItContinue reading “The Science Behind a Successful Single Life”

Future Focus Can Help Couples Ease Conflict

-Rick Nauert, PhD New research finds that thinking about the future helps couples focus on their feelings and reasoning strategies. “When romantic partners argue over things like finances, jealousy, or other interpersonal issues, they tend to employ their current feelings as fuel for a heated argument. By envisioning their relationship in the future, people can shiftContinue reading “Future Focus Can Help Couples Ease Conflict”

Your Relationship’s Personality

-Mark B. Borg, Jr, Ph.D., Grant H. Brenner, MD, & Daniel Berry, RN, MHA How does a relationship go about “self-improvement?” Every relationship has its own personality, that is, a “quality” or “character” distinct from the traits each individual brings to the table. Though this idea may seem strange, it’s a straightforward concept from theContinue reading “Your Relationship’s Personality”

Facial Characteristics May Influence Perception of Honesty

-Rick Nauert, PhD Can you look at someone and tell if they are honest? Many of us believe we can and a new Canadian study explains why we have this perception (accurate or not). Researchers determined that certain facial features, not the expression, influence whether people think someone is trustworthy. That is, some people mayContinue reading “Facial Characteristics May Influence Perception of Honesty”

While Cognitive Ability Varies, Prejudice Seems Universal

-Janice Wood A new study finds that when it comes to prejudice, it doesn’t matter if you are smart or conservative or liberal. Each group has its own specific biases. In fact, the study found that cognitive ability — whether high or low — only predicts prejudice towards specific groups. “Very few people are immuneContinue reading “While Cognitive Ability Varies, Prejudice Seems Universal”

The Kids Can’t Stop: Is Internet Addiction Real?

-Matthew J. Edlund, MD Continually connecting can make you deeply disconnected. Is This Addiction? Can you get addicted to internet use? A new Chinese study argues that it certainly happens; that it clearly changes brain and behavior; and that the brain changes seen are in many ways similar to what happens with drug addiction andContinue reading “The Kids Can’t Stop: Is Internet Addiction Real?”

Why You Can’t Eat (or Can’t Stop Eating) After a Breakup

-Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH Investigating the gut-brain response We often find what we need when we’re not looking for it. That’s how it was for me today, spending a lazy Sunday searching the scientific literature for research related to “communication about feelings” (isn’t that what everyone does on Sundays?). Instead of finding research related toContinue reading “Why You Can’t Eat (or Can’t Stop Eating) After a Breakup”