Being vulnerable is a popular topic of conversation these days. In fact, at this time, Brene Brown’s TED talk “The Power of Vulnerability” has had more than 53 million views. In spite of all the talk and of how much we may want to be vulnerable, especially in our romantic relationships , it’s not easy to drop our defenses and open ourselves up to another person. My book, Daring to Love , looks at the different reasons we push love away. One is that love makes us feel vulnerable, which then scares us. We often react by withdrawing into ourselves, or by withholding our loving behavior, or by trying to control our partner’s loving behavior. All to defend against feeling vulnerable. Obviously, we can strive to control our defensive reactions. We can resist isolating ourselves, we can interrupt our withholding behavior, and we can stop trying to control our partner. But there are also behaviors that we can engage in that will help us be more vulnerable: being generous, asking … [Read more...] about Being Vulnerable to Love
Cerebellum (Latin for "little brain") in red. Source: Life Science Databases/Wikimedia Commons A study published today offers new clues that help explain why some people are more inclined to be teetotalers—while others seem hardwired for heavy drinking. These groundbreaking findings show that alcohol doesn't interact the same way in every brain, which illuminates the neurobiology behind different drinking habits. David Rossi , P.h.D., a professor of integrative physiology and neuroscience at Washington State University, and colleagues have pinpointed a specific cellular mechanism in the cerebellum (Latin for “little brain”) that strongly influences if an animal is likely to consume copious amounts of alcohol, or to drink in moderation. The August 2016 study, ” Pharmacologically Counteracting a Phenotypic Difference in Cerebellar GABAA Receptor Response to Alcohol Prevents Excessive Alcohol Consumption in a High Alcohol-Consuming Rodent Genotype ,” appears in the … [Read more...] about Your Cerebellum May Dictate How Your Brain Handles Alcohol
What do Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Warren Buffet have in common? Among other things, they’ve all had mentors at some point in their professional development. As mentees, they took advantage of learning from others’ experiences and tapping into more seasoned professionals as resources for business advice, strategy, and insights. Actively seeking out a mentor can sometimes feel awkward and transactional , but relationship-based networking is essential for personal and professional growth. A survey by Kabbage found that 92% of small businesses agree that mentors directly impact the development and the survival of their business. Don’t fall into the misconception that you don’t need mentors once you’ve found your own success — the beauty of mentorship is that it gives you the opportunity to never stop learning and growing, no matter where you are in your career . To realize the powerful benefits of mentorship, go beyond simply picking a mentor and connecting … [Read more...] about 3 Tips to Proactively Elevate Your Mentorship Experience
By Marla Munro and Kathleen Bogart Globally, there are more than 300 million people who have one of the 7,000 known rare diseases (Nguengang Wakap et al., 2020). In the United States, any disease affecting fewer than 200,000 people per year is considered rare . People with rare diseases experience many of the same challenges who those with more common chronic illnesses deal with, but they also face additional barriers and stigma due to how rare their conditions are. Some of these unique challenges include having significantly delayed diagnosis (averaging seven to nine years), receiving multiple misdiagnoses, and lacking access to information about or treatments for their conditions (von der Lippe et al., 2017; Zhu et al., 2017). People with rare diseases often face social and psychological challenges, such as isolation because they do not know anyone with their disease (Anderson et al., 2019; Bryson et al., 2021) and a higher risk of anxiety and depression (Bogart & … [Read more...] about Why Is the Stigma of Rare Disease So Common?
There’s a strong prejudice in our society against romantic couples with a considerable age difference. Tabloids were abuzz when actor George Clooney announced he was marrying Amal Alamuddin, who is 17 years his junior. And when Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France, many eyebrows were raised as it came to light that his wife Brigitte was 24 years older than him. When the topic of age-gap relationships comes up, someone is bound to mention the “half your age plus seven” rule. According to this rule, you take the age of the older person, divide it in half, and then add 7 to determine the youngest age of a person that they can be romantically involved with. There’s nothing scientific about this rule, but it does reflect the general consensus that age gaps are more important at younger than older ages. For instance, an 18-year-old high school senior can date a 16-year-old sophomore, but a 21-year-old college student should only date those 18 and older. But the rule also … [Read more...] about Why People Still Look Down on Couples with a Major Age Differences