4 Ways to Challenge Negative Thoughts: How To Do Cognitive Behavioral Therapy At Home

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under Treatment Techniques

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a set of techniques often used to treat scary thoughts and the depression and anxiety that stem from those thoughts. The premise is simple: if you can find a way to change you thoughts, you can change the way you feel and the way you behave. Everyone responds a little differently to these techniques, but there should be at least one that clicks.

It’s kind of like my jokes. They aren’t for everyone. Just ask my mother in law. (Which is why I have a whole series of these posts, several of which are listed at the end of this article.)...  continue reading

Warning! You Might Be Delusional: How Hallucinations and Delusions Affect Healthy People (and why they aren't all bad)

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under General

"You're delusional! Did the voice inside your head tell you that?"

Last week, this was actually said to me during a disagreement, though I'll get to the why in a minute.

While I suspect, but am not certain, that I was the only one in the conversation who could read, I am very certain that I am the only one with a psychology blog where it would be completely appropriate to bridge such a topic.

Checkmate, motherfucker....  continue reading

Does Anxiety Cause Insomnia? It's Not As Clear-Cut As You Might Think.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under Anxiety

Are you anxious due to lack of sleep, or are you not sleeping because you're anxious? 

The answer might surprise you. 

Can Anxiety Cause Insomnia?

Despite the complaints of nervous people everywhere, studies report that anxiety has little ability to cause true sleep issues, aside from in those with post-traumatic stress1....  continue reading

Why What We Know About Male Sexual Jealousy May Be Wrong

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under Sexuality/Relationships

 

According to psychologist and researcher Dr. David Buss, jealousy looks different across the sexes1.

Of course, we already knew that.

We've all seen The Bachlorette. We've watched the Housewives of Atlanta scream and fight because their partner paid too much attention to another woman at a party.

We've also heard the news stories about some guy opening fire on his best friend for sleeping with his wife. We may also be aware that, until its repeal in 1974, Texas law allowed men to shoot their wives if they were found in bed with another man (True story)....  continue reading

Can Similar Parents Cause Psychological Issues in Children? Assortative Mating, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Obesity and Autism

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under Sexuality/Relationships


Assortative mating--or marrying someone much like yourself--is a relatively new phenomenon. In generations past, marriage was often a function of factors like building relationships between families (think joining kingdoms), or for a dowry as opposed to similar dispositions.

Today, times have changed. We live in a computerized world of matchmaking, where we can seek and find those who are much like us with relative ease. Newer models of dating embrace "matching couples across 69 different personality traits" because everyone knows that those who are more similar are happier in the long run. 

Right?

Sharing certain ideologies or lifestyles may reduce later conflict between couples. But marrying someone with similar personality traits—and therefore similar genetics—may have unexpected consequences for younger generations for both heritable and environmental reasons. However, this doesn’t mean that anyone should necessarily avoid partnering with someone too similar....  continue reading

What Is Aspergers? The Evolutionary Benefit of Autistic Traits

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under General


In the past, those with Aspergers were often thought to have anxiety disorders or were simply labeled as “introverts”. Today, the inclusion of Aspergers is one of the main reasons for the rise in the numbers of those on the autism spectrum. 

Despite the fact that it is becoming more mainstream—thanks in large part to mother’s advocacy groups—Aspergers is often greatly misunderstood, particularly in adults. The traits associated with Aspergers can trigger social difficulties and inadvertently lead to anxiety and depression. Most are also unaware that Aspergers and other spectrum traits may have had great importance in our evolutionary history. Those on the spectrum may have thrived when the more social among us could not.

There are a number of strengths inherent in the Aspergers diagnosis, even if it is discouraging due to constant bombardment of how people are “supposed to” behave or feel. Understanding the symptoms, the benefits, and the treatments available may assist those who struggle with the symptoms of Aspergers as well as those who love them....  continue reading