More Reasons to Think Twice About Antidepressants

prozacSometimes antidepressants make me sad. 🙁

Before we get to the links, here’s my usual disclaimer: I am not flatly opposed to antidepressant medication. Sometimes it is useful, yadda, yadda, yadda. It is also grossly overprescribed and misused. Here are a couple new and compelling reasons to explore non-pharmaceutical treatment for depression. Continue reading “More Reasons to Think Twice About Antidepressants”

Random Links: Narcissism, Erring, and Exercising

picnic_area_signHere’s a question I’ve long pondered: do narcissists understand how others view them? According to the authors of an interesting new study, narcissists have insight into the facts that 1) others aren’t as enamored with them as they are with themselves, 2) others are often impressed with them at first, but that admiration fades, and 3) others view them as arrogant. You Probably Think This Paper’s About You (via MindHacks). Continue reading “Random Links: Narcissism, Erring, and Exercising”

What Do Believers Think When Their Prophecy Fails To Arrive?

Festinger's experiment became standard fare for any psych 101 class.Did ya’ ever wonder what happens in the mind of someone whose beliefs fail them? I’m not the first to point it out, but that’s what happened to the followers of Harold Camping’s recent doomsday prophecy. Reverend Camping predicted that armageddon would arrive on May 21st, and many of his followers made huge investments of time and money to warn others. Continue reading “What Do Believers Think When Their Prophecy Fails To Arrive?”

Should I Have Faith in My Psychologist?

Q: Is it true that a person has to “believe in” mental health treatment for it to work? A heart patient does not need to believe in the pill that helps his ticker, but I have been told that mental health treatment requires an attitude of belief. Thanks, doc. – Sreed Continue reading “Should I Have Faith in My Psychologist?”

Link of the Week: ESP, a Really Old Brain, and Concern About the Young ‘uns

Links of the WeekBook update for those who are interested: The User’s Guide to the Human Mind just passed the copyedit phase and is on its way to production. It’s still on track for a December 1st release. Gosh, isn’t that the holiday gift giving season? What a coincidence! Here are a few links to keep you busy for now: Continue reading “Link of the Week: ESP, a Really Old Brain, and Concern About the Young ‘uns”

Random Links: Junk Food, Doggie Kisses, and the Big Five

It’s a new feature on the website! I’m calling it Link of the Week – even though it contains multiple links. Also, I’ll update it whenever I get an itch, not weekly. I should probably rethink the name. Join me on Facebook if you want to catch all the updates. Here are a few things that have caught my eye recently: Continue reading “Random Links: Junk Food, Doggie Kisses, and the Big Five”