It’s been a bizarre year; more so in the USA than most other countries. Not only did America have the pandemic to tackle but also a Presidential Election campaign being fought in very trying circumstances, against a polarised backdrop. With the constant culture war that was being waged combined with how the pandemic was affecting the US population in 2020 compared to other countries, is it any wonder that the US media was offering a negative view of Covid-19 compared to science journals and the international media? It’s likely that the effects of the coronavirus were impossible to disentangle from management (or non-management) of attempts to control the spread of the virus. US news has been overly negative Source: Ono Kosuki/Pexels Why did this happen? David Leonhardt in The New York Times thinks it might be something about how journalists need to expose the truth, it’s a core part of their role in society. And perhaps in the impact and management of Covid-19 in … [Read more...] about Do Americans Prefer Bad News?
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More than anything, a parent wants their child to feel loved. The manner in which they go about it, however, may strengthen or weaken a child’s resiliency. The difference between an empathic approach and a sympathetic style may determine the amount of grit a child brings to the table in life. Resonating with a child’s feeling states is empathic . Dismissing a child’s experience because a parent is uncomfortable with the difficult emotions and wishes to “fix it” qualifies as a form of pity or sympathy. The parent becomes the saver and rescuer and the child is postured as the “victim.” Disappointment is an unpleasant emotion with which most humans can relate. Faced with developmental challenges, kids experience disappointment regularly. If handled with empathy, the experience of intense disappointment may help a child retry and grow . If approached with sympathy, the child may quit or expect special treatment. For example, Charlie’s friend, Jon, is trying out for a travel … [Read more...] about Raising A Resilient Child In A Competitive World
Source: MichaelGaida/Pixabay (modifications: Arash Emamzadeh) What makes the news? Rarely is it love, happiness , friendship , healthy habits, charity, or volunteering. Instead, it is often financial problems, people’s unhealthy behaviors, disease, scams, robberies, burglaries, accidents, fires, natural disasters, murder, suicide , rape, racism, discrimination , terror, and war. And these days, it is the news of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 spreading, making people sick, causing economic upheaval , and mass panic . If you have a mental illness , like anxiety, OCD , or PTSD , you might be feeling very anxious these days. So, how to stay up to date? Here are four suggestions. 1. Try to limit your exposure to news programs. News programs affect us emotionally. Though men, compared to women, seem to be more hard-wired for attention to (and memory of) negative news , 1 news programs can make all of us more anxious, depressed, and more likely … [Read more...] about What to Do If the News Has Made You Paralyzed With Fear
Body image is a complicated concept, as it encompasses perceptions, thoughts and feelings about the body over time. As people age, the focus on body features tends to shift predominantly onto facial attractiveness including the skin, eyes, cheekbones and jawline. It follows that facelift procedures are some of the most common aesthetic surgical procedures undertaken by those over 40 years of age. While the primary goal of facelift surgery is to create an outward appearance that reflects the patient's inner spirit and sense of beauty, studies have not shown any relationship between the degree of facial aging and the amount of patients’ concern. Furthermore, there is no documented association between the amount of objective improvement after facelift surgery and patient satisfaction. To fully understand the impact of facelift procedures on mental health, we need to examine patients’ underlying motivations for surgery, the immediate postoperative effects, and longer term quality of … [Read more...] about The Psychological Impact of a Facelift
Online quizzes are a great way to answer questions like: Which Hogwarts house do you belong in? They are not ideal for answering questions like: What kind of therapeutic protocol should I follow? The best way to answer that question is by consulting a psychotherapist or a psychiatrist. However, this article may prove a helpful, fact-based guide to point you in a good direction. There are two commonalities to the therapies below. Firstly, some tend to forget the "therapy" part of psychedelic therapy. None of the treatments outlined below are solely about the substance. For each, it’s important to have a good relationship with the practitioner administering the substance. Secondly, all of these treatments work by, in some way or another, affecting the neuroplasticity in your brain. “Neuroplasticity” is not the amount of plastic in your neurons but rather something akin to the flexibility of your mind and the ability to transcend fixed routines or patterns of thought. MDMA … [Read more...] about What Kind of Psychedelic Therapy Is Right for You?