Goals, in this description, don’t exist in the universe as such. They are our way of describing and predicting the behavior of living beings. Living beings are not only self-replicating and structure-preserving, but they are also future-oriented — they behave as if their actions would be affected by goals they have about desired future states. A thirsty gazelle walks towards the pond in anticipation of being able to drink there. What the complex neurological system seems to give rise to is behavior that can be described as goal-oriented. … [Read more...] about How Can Life Be Valuable in a Cold and Mechanistic Universe?
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Bottom line: Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best preventive strategies available to pregnant women. It can help prevent postpartum depression as well as birth complications such as low birth weight. Don’t be afraid to discuss this with your doctor. It may seem minor, but sleep has a huge impact on you and your baby. … [Read more...] about Your Most Powerful Tool Against Postpartum Depression
Transmitting correct information is critical when dealing with the serious and disabling injury of concussion. I have previously shared how my own post-concussive symptoms altered my capacities and led to a self-reflection of the new me. Our study demonstrates that fighters are exposed to head traumas in fight simulations, or so-called sparring sessions, typically twice a week. This information alone should be enough to focus extra attention on the risks these athletes face. Health-care professionals are rarely present during training, coaches have significant knowledge gaps and are unfamiliar with concussion assessment tools, and athletes usually do not report symptoms to avoid removal from a practice or a competition. This shows the importance of spreading reliable information on head injury knowledge, assessment, and management in combat sports. … [Read more...] about The Vicious Cycle of Concussion Ignorance in Combat Sports
Through what mechanisms does status influence health? One view suggests psychological mechanisms linking lower status and poor health involve a lack of interpersonal resources (e.g., social support) and intrapersonal resources (e.g., optimism, perceived control). For instance, individuals of lower status are usually exposed to a greater number of stressful situations that drain their resources. In addition, their current environments often do not allow them to develop or replenish their resources.3 So, might stress exposure and response explain why people of lower status are more likely to experience ill health? … [Read more...] about Is Stress the Link Between Low Social Status and Poor Health?
Insufficient sleep affects people of all ages and in all stages of life. For instance, new mothers often struggle with anxiety or depression precisely because their beautiful bundles of joy keep them up the better part of the night. In fact, many who come to me with postpartum depression are “cured” once they get some much-needed sleep. Similarly, I have seen lack of sleep haunt people who have overcommitted themselves so much that they have not gotten enough sleep for a long time. And for them, getting more sleep has also alleviated much anxiety, depression, and unclear thinking. … [Read more...] about A Simple Way to Be Happier, Healthier, and More Successful