Domhoff and Schneider go on to emphasize a subtle but crucial point about what exactly this continuity between waking and dreaming means: it involves what people care about in waking, what’s most on their minds, and not necessarily what actually happens to them during the day. Izzy’s case makes this especially clear. Her celebrity crushes involve people she has never actually met in waking life. She has, however, frequently thought and fantasized about them in waking life. They are an important part of her mental world, but not her daily physical existence. As Domhoff and Schneider conclude, “both of these dreamers once again demonstrate the overriding importance of imagination, not waking reality, in dreaming.” … [Read more...] about Dreaming in Adolescence and Young Adulthood
Religion: The frequency of references to religion is also unusually high in this series, and the list of specific words used in the dreams makes it fairly easy to accurately infer that Brianna is Jewish. In previous studies I have found that patterns in dreaming offer good clues to a person’s beliefs and attitudes towards religion. The Brianna series seems to be another illustration of that premise, and through deeper analysis I hope to understand better how religious and spiritual themes in the dreams track with Brianna’s waking life interests, concerns, and experiences. … [Read more...] about The Study of a 32-Year Long Dream Journal
Kindness can really offset stress and impact the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and how it acts in your body. In one study in California, people were asked to conduct random acts of kindness. Their leukocyte genes were less tuned toward inflammation. You can see purely biological effects of such things as opening doors for someone, letting someone ahead of you in traffic, buying coffee for your coworker, very simple things that not only make life more pleasurable for everyone involved but actually boost your health. That’s kind of satisfying when you think about it, that being nice makes you healthier and live longer. … [Read more...] about The Surprising Secret to Longevity
Daugherty took that PICU knowledge and joined the Stanford Pediatric Emergency Department in 2010, and has been a part of a tight-knit, cohesive team. Through thick and thin, this team rides the emotional highs and lows together, often decompressing with a cry or a laugh, sometimes both. She credits her peers with helping her grow and develop as a pediatric nurse, a daunting challenge if faced alone. As she developed trust and understanding with fellow team members, her perspective on pediatric medicine matured. … [Read more...] about Nursing Narratives: The Frontline to the Finish Line
That message rocked Brooklyn’s Barclays Center also during last September’s Fashion Week, as pop star and designer Rihanna’s booming Fenty brand got much buzz for its effervescent lingerie fashion show, featuring models of all races, shapes, and sizes. And the iconic brand Victoria’s Secret, known for promoting fairly homogenous images of ultra-thin often surgically altered models strutting everywhere in their underwear, decided to cancel its own lingerie show, a move that garnered no small amount of press and maybe a fair amount of relief among many women. … [Read more...] about Body Positivity: It’s Here, It’s Now, but What Does It Mean?