A high-resolution image of Earth from the moon. Astronauts who see Earth firsthand often report a life-changing sense of awe called the "overview effect." Source: Courtesy of NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University Recently, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania examined the life-changing awe that various astronauts describe after witnessing Earth from outer space. The overwhelming emotion, sense of wonder, and feelings of being simpatico with all of humankind, seem to occur when astronauts view our planet from orbit or the surface of the moon. This experience has been coined the “overview effect.” The March 2016 study, "The Overview Effect: Awe and Self-Transcendent Experience in Space Flight" was published in the journal Psychology of Consciousness. David B. Yaden of Penn's Positive Psychology Center was lead author of the paper. Yaden and colleagues are studying the overview effect to … [Read more...] about Wow! The Life-Changing Power of Experiencing Profound Awe
Source: pecaphoto77/Shutterstock A new understanding of paranoia as a psychiatric syndrome has been gained in recent years, enriched by contemporary psychoanalytic thought. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM) has historically defined this disorder, like other mental illnesses, in "categorical" terms rather than "dimensional" ones, observes psychoanalyst Nancy McWilliams. In other words, you either have it, or you don’t. But McWilliams claims paranoia is a process rather than a trait, one we are all susceptible to under the influence of stress or regression. There are different types of paranoia, yet all share two main features. The first is projection, in which unwanted feelings, impulses, or aspects of self are attributed to another: I’m not angry; she’s angry. Secondly, this projection is disavowed or disclaimed, and so the individual is unaware of having pinned these unwanted feelings onto someone … [Read more...] about New Insights Into Paranoia
Source: Geralt/Pixabay Written By Peter Livingstone You’re probably losing money right now, without even knowing it! Why? Well, if you have money sitting in a bank account that’s giving you a return of less than 1.5%, you’re losing money due to inflation. Inflation simply means that your dollar will buy less a year from now than it can buy today. In fact, you would need ten dollars today to buy what you could for one dollar in 1950. retirement funds in a bank account.” Perhaps you listen to the news when the Dow Jones Industrial Average drops hundreds of points and think “I couldn’t stand to lose money like those folks in the stock market.” Using some simple, evidence-based methods for wise investing, you can outperform the majority of stock market investors (even those “masters of the universe”). You don’t need a lot of money to start investing. If you are fortunate enough to have a workplace retirement account, such as a … [Read more...] about Stop Losing Money Now!
He who sings scares away his woes. —Cervantes , writer Music lifts moods. Psychologist and researcher Yuna Ferguson said, “Our work provides support for what many people already do—listen to music to improve their moods." Upbeat songs of your own choosing can pull you out of a funk but sad tunes can do the same. Freud wrote that we feel better when we are exposed to art with pathos because we feel understood, as if we are not alone, and that we are connected to a clan of like-minded beings. Further, we experience the artist as a benevolent figure who sees, cares, guides, and expresses what we might not be able to voice ourselves. Psychologist and researcher Dr. Anne Mieke van den Tol found that “an individual has intended to achieve mood enhancement through listening to ‘sad’ music.” While you may already have the habit of playing songs, melancholy or otherwise, it is good to know that music enhances wellness. Just in case music has left … [Read more...] about Music as Medicine, Songs as Solace
Source: Westend61/GettyImages "The brokenhearted are the bravest among us—they dared to love." —Brené Brown Most of us have had our hearts broken at some point and in some form or another, whether through the loss of a loved one or the ending of a romantic relationship. The emotional devastation that heartbreak leaves in its wake can be paralyzing, the pain all-encompassing, and the impact on our psychological and physical well-being crippling. In the most severe cases, a breakup can be a trigger for a clinical depressive episode. So why is it that heartbreak is so agonizing? The link between addiction and heartbreak According to psychologist Guy Winch, author of How to Fix a Broken Heart, the emotional aftermath of a breakup neurologically mirrors withdrawal from drugs such as heroin. Studies using functional MRIs, or brain scans, of the brokenhearted have shown the same areas of the brain being activated as those activated during drug … [Read more...] about 5 Essential Steps to Recovery from Heartbreak