A Conceptual History of Anxiety and Depression

For more than 2500 years, physicians have distinguished the clinical conditions which we call affective or anxiety disorder from such everyday feelings as fear, restlessness, and despondency, feelings which overwhelm each of us, at one time or another. Contrary to what might be expected, case descriptions from the past bear often remarkable resemblances ...

Inspirational Quote for Athletes and Others As Well

Inspirational Quote for Athletes and Others As Well

Your success depends on believing in yourself. There is no such thing as a “make up practice”. What is missed is missed. Everyone wants to fill a champion’s shoes, but a champion’s shoes are not loafers. You race in meets the way you race in practice. If you think you can’t, you’re right. “YOUGOTTANWANNA” Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. You c ...

The Future of Optimism

The Future of Optimism

Recent theoretical discussions of optimism as an inherent aspect of human nature converge with empirical investigations of optimism as an individual difference to show that optimism can be a highly beneficial psychological characteristic linked to good mood, perseverance, achievement, and physical health. Questions remain about optimism as a research top ...

Trying to Forget

Trying to Forget

But the weight of all the memories, piled up and overlapping in his brain, created crippling confusion. S could not fathom the meaning of a story, because the words got in the way. “No,” [S] would say. “This is too much. Each word calls up images; they collide with one another, and the result is chaos. I can’t make anything out of this.” When S was asked ...

Theories of Dreaming and Lucid Dreaming: an Integrative Review Towards Sleep, Dreaming and Consciousness

Theories of Dreaming and Lucid Dreaming: an Integrative Review Towards Sleep, Dreaming and Consciousness

Over the last several decades an effort has been made to shed light on the phenomenon of lucid dreaming and the factors associated with this ability. The phenomenon of lucid dreams in REM sleep was verified in the late 1970s (Hearne, 1978; LaBerge, 1980a). It is defined as the fact that a dreamer is aware that he is dreaming while dreaming (e.g., LaBerge ...

Why You Should NOT Marry a Foreigner

Why You Should NOT Marry a Foreigner

Far away from family. One of us is always living far, far, far away from family and friends. There will never be a time when we are close to his family as well as mine. Loss of holiday traditions. My husband especially feels this when Christmastime rolls around: There is nothing even close to a Weihnachtsmarkt here in Seattle (and where is the smell of r ...

Feeling Hopeless Here’S St. Rita’S Powerful Prayer for Impossible Cases

Feeling Hopeless Here’S St. Rita’S Powerful Prayer for Impossible Cases

The feast of St. Rita is May 22. She is the patroness of impossible causes, difficult marriages, infertility and parenthood. This amazing saint led an incredibly holy life. She married a cruel and abusive man, whom she prayed unceasingly for. With him, she had two difficult children. They all eventually converted before their deaths. After the death of h ...

10 Reasons Not to Have Sex Before Marriage

10 Reasons Not to Have Sex Before Marriage

Now most people that will tell you not to have sex until marriage probably haven’t had a lot of sex outside of marriage, and will give you some answer like “because it’s a sin” or “you are breaking a commandment” or something like that might not make a whole lot of sense to you. I on the other hand have had A LOT of sex outside of marriage and I’m here t ...

What Makes Alcoholics Drink? Research Shows It’S More Complex Than Supposed

What Makes Alcoholics Drink? Research Shows It’S More Complex Than Supposed

What makes alcoholics drink? New research has found that in both men and women with alcohol dependence, the major factor predicting the amount of drinking seems to be a question of immediate mood. They found that suffering from long-term mental health problems did not affect alcohol consumption, with one important exception: men with a history of depress ...

Waking up 30 Days Using the New Sam Harris Meditation App

Waking up 30 Days Using the New Sam Harris Meditation App

A few months ago Sam Harris finally released his highly anticipated meditation app called Waking Up. I decided I wanted to keep a journal of the first thirty days and share my experience with all of you. As I write this I am currently on Day 32 in the app, and I can definitely say that it has lived up to my expectations. Sam was actually my initiation in ...

Surviving Homesickness

Surviving Homesickness

One of the major changes in a person’s life involves the transition from home to university. It’s a transition filled with excitement, expectation, and adventure. It can also be marked by homesickness, which can sometimes make people feel quite miserable. It is important to remember that homesickness is a normal process which many students go through. It ...

How to Stop Wet Dreams Four Ways to Prevent Ejaculation in Your Sleep

How to Stop Wet Dreams Four Ways to Prevent Ejaculation in Your Sleep

IF YOU’RE sick of waking up in a sticky situation, here’s how you can stop yourself from getting off during the night. GETTY SEXY SLEEP: The majority of men experience wet dreams during their lifetime Thinking about sex doesn’t stop when you fall asleep and many men will be familiar with experiencing a “wet dream” or “nocturnal emission”. It’s when a guy ...

Self-Help Strategies for Social Anxiety

Self-Help Strategies for Social Anxiety

This is a very important first step since it helps you to understand what is happening when you are feeling uncomfortable in social situations. All the worries and physical feelings you are experiencing have a name: ANXIETY. Learn the facts about anxiety. FACT 1: Anxiety is normal and adaptive because it helps us prepare for danger (for instance, our hea ...

Love-Bombing: a Narcissistic Approach to Relationship Formation

Love-Bombing: a Narcissistic Approach to Relationship Formation

The current study examined the relationship between attachment style, self-esteem, and narcissism as they pertain to behavioral tendencies, termed Love-Bombing behaviors, among a sample of young adult Millennials. Love-Bombing was identified as the presence of excessive communication at the beginning of a romantic relationship in order to obtain power an ...

Way Cope with Exam Stress

Is my stress level excessive? I feel physically ill just before an exam. I have trouble completing exams because I keep thinking about what will happen if I fail. My mind just went completely blank in the middle of an exam. I have difficulty getting a good night’s sleep before an exam. I start to panic when other students finish their exams while I am st ...

10 Tips for Choosing the Right Partner

10 Tips for Choosing the Right Partner

I recently read an article in Psychology Today called "10 Tips to Help You Pick a Good Partner'' by Dr. Barton Goldsmith. What really jumped out at me was this line: "Picking the right person for the right reasons at the right time is an art form." I cannot think of a more accurate statement in one sentence that sums up dating. With the divorce rates as ...