Secrets Every Married Woman Should Know: What Penis Size Can Teach Us About Monogamy

Monday, February 10, 2014 by Meg   •   Filed under Sexuality/Relationships

We prize sharing in theory, but nowhere near the extent of our nomadic ancestors who shared food, resources and mates among them like a socialist hippie commune.The egalitarian--or equal--structure of most early nomadic societies relied on both men and women for survival. This equality--along with cooperative caretaking patterns--allowed for sexual expression that favored multiple partner mating.

In other words, we reared our children in big cooperative groups, and lifelong monogomy wasn't really a priority, or a benefit. Switching partners was the norm.  

And there is still a part of our brain that craves this....  continue reading

Lies Your Brain Tells You: Why We Have Scary Thoughts

Thursday, February 06, 2014 by Meg   •   Filed under Anxiety

People refer to anxiety symptoms as anything from "being stressed out" or "feeling agitated" to "having a nervous breakdown". On the internet, I'm fairly sure the scale goes from :-( to 8-[ . But I could be wrong. 

Lower levels of anxiety hormones are necessary, triggering motivation and even normal functioning like waking up. But too many of those chemicals and you move past motivating thoughts and into scary thought territory; and most of the thoughts have nothing to do with the actual reason for the anxiety....  continue reading

Are Your Friends Messing With Your Self Esteem? How Conflict Bred Cooperation (And Why It Might Cause Low Self Worth)

Sunday, February 02, 2014 by Meg   •   Filed under Evolutionary Psychology


 

In ancestral times, physical prowess was more important than it is today because it indicated greater survival capabilities. Therefore, physically-based social competition was commonplace. 

Interestingly, this competition seems to have laid the groundwork for nurturing and cooperation, according to evolutionary psychologists David Geary and Mark Flinn 1. But these drives may also be responsible for certain types of anxious and depressive responses....  continue reading

Can The Weather Make You Depressed? Seasonal Affective Disorder, Depression and Vitamin D

Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Meg   •   Filed under Physical Health and Emotion

GET OUTSIDE, SUCKERS!

Yeah, right. It's about two hundred degrees below zero, and snow is bullshit.

Something to consider, though: it is usually right around this time of year when depressive symptoms spike, particularly for those in colder climates. And researchers say that some of these mood changes might be related to low vitamin D levels....  continue reading

Warning! Red Hair Might Be Dangerous to Your Dental Health

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Meg   •   Filed under General

Do you have red hair? You might be more likely to have high anxiety surrounding dental procedures....  continue reading

How Healthy Are Your Boundaries? Understanding Personal Boundary Styles to Build Better Relationships

Friday, January 24, 2014 by Meg   •   Filed under Sexuality/Relationships

When children are small, it's almost as if you're one person, the lines between you and them blurring as you spend your day tending to another's needs. A few years later, when you find them rummaging through your purse for the car keys, those boundaries are far more defined.

Boundaries are something we actively do and adjust. Because of this, it may be hard to decide when your boundaries are being breached.

Except with that car keys thing. 

"Get out of my shit, punk!"

Do you feel victimized? Guilty? Overwhelmed? It may be time to check out your personal boundaries and decide how well they are working for you....  continue reading