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What Happens When We Laugh
What happens during laughter? It has to do with breathing, as neuroscientist Sophie Scott explains, as well as emotions, and the voice. Studying the mechanisms of laughter, she discovered it's a social, universal expression not just in humans but even chimpanzees and rats.

Do You Love a Narcissist?
What starts out being delightful can quickly turn into a nightmare when in love with a narcissist.

Obesity Could Dim Women's Job Prospects
Obese women are more likely to be discriminated against when applying for jobs and, once hired, receive lower starting salaries than their slim colleagues.

The ABCs of Behavior
Laura Smith has learned to follow the ABCs of therapy when treating patients -- antecedent, behavior and consequence. The approach was sparked by Laura's dog, Sadie. Bone up on the details...

Why We're Becoming More Lonely
Being lonely is not just painful, it is a major contributor to a host of health problems including depression, sleep problems, obesity and dementia.

And a new blog announcement... Please give Rita Brhel a warm Psych Central welcome over at her new blog, Attachment Matters, about how attachment styles can influence our choices in relationships, careers, and more.

News & Views

Computer Use + Exercise = Keep Your Memory
A combination of mentally stimulating exercises and physical exercise lowers the risk of memory loss.

Anxiety, Depression & Arthritis Patients
One-third of Americans ages 45 and over who have arthritis also suffer from anxiety or depression, a new study finds.

Escalating Price of Abusing Porn
The tsunami of accessible, affordable, and increasingly graphic Internet pornography accessed via home computers, laptops, smart-phones and other mobile devices we now carry in our pockets can, for some, cause not only emotional, relationship and financial problems, but also sexual dysfunction.

Multitasking Seems to Serve Emotional,
Not Productivity, Needs

Unraveling the mystery of multitasking.

Are Highly Religious People Less Compassionate?
Highly religious individuals are less likely to help a stranger than less religious people.

FDA Approves Amyvid for Alzheimer's
Although its use remains somewhat controversial.

Link Between Schizophrenia and Autism?
Scientists have labeled 33 genes as being associated with autism and other related disorders and also found several of these genes to be altered in people with schizophrenia.

World of Psychology

We Welcome "This Emotional Life" Community
We'd like to extend a warm welcome to the nearly 25,000 members of This Emotional Life, the three-part television series that originally aired in early 2010.

5 Ways to Prevent Job Burnout
Everyone feels frustrated and frazzled with their jobs from time to time. But burnout goes beyond the occasional bad day — or bad week. Burnout is a silent condition induced by chronic stress that is characterized by emotional or physical exhaustion, cynicism and a lack of professional efficacy. Don't burn out!

Finding Healing When You're Broken
We humans break easily. Our feelings get hurt. Our self-esteem is fragile. We hurt each other with words and actions. Time for some healing.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 10 to 18 year olds. Check out this week's video for more facts about adolescent suicide and the resources that are available to help prevent it.

Video: What is Couples Therapy?
Have you ever wondered what couples therapy was really about?

Best of our Blogs

Strengths of the Heart and Mind
(Character Strengths) - Complete a survey and identify your top strengths.

The Forensics of Relationships
(Angst in Anxiety) - Do you find yourself repeating patterns in a relationship? Do you find yourself attracted to a certain type of person?

Who Says ‘I Love You’ First?
(Healing Together for Couples) - You might be surprised by the answer.

What Looks Can Tell About Personality
(Adventures in Positive Psychology) - Morphopsychology is the analysis and study of the facial morphology, used for personality evaluations. The process by which the shape of one’s face interacts with the psychology is still a mystery but that doesn't stop this blogger from delving into the matter.

How to Get the Most Out of Drug Rehab
(Addiction Recovery) - Drug rehab is an opportunity and an investment. Like all investments, it can be strategically planned and implemented, or it can be an opportunity squandered.

Quotes to Inspire Mindful Living
(Dialectical Behavior Therapy Understood) - These quotes will inspire you to live mindfully in body and spirit.

(My Meds, My Self) - We continue to fight about medicating kids for psychiatric disorders but we really have no idea how many even take the drugs in question.

Building Identity
(The Emotionally Sensitive Person) - Changing to fit what others believe and think can be a way to avoid conflict and rejection but can create anxiety and depression.

Faith and Self-Esteem
(Faith on the Couch) - You are God's gift to the world... and that's a good thing, Dr. Greg Popcak says.

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Anxiety about Schizophrenia
I have a question about state i am currently in. I’m 22 year old female, engineering student. 2.5 months ago my relative had a psychosis and was diagnosed schizophrenia. As...

Losing Touch with Reality
I think I’m going crazy. I feel like I have split personalities and they change back and forth between emotions. I’m seeing a therapist for anxiety. Sometimes he seems like...

Can't Forget or Forgive
Me and my boyfriend have been together for almost 2 years and we have a 4 month old together and I also have a child by my high school sweetheart...

On Meds but Still Have Issues
I am a very blessed person with a great support group. I have depression and am on Celexa 20 mg one daily for it. I’ve been on it for probably...

Sexually Confused
I’m 18 and for some time I have been debating whether or not I’m gay, bi, or neither. The thing is that I am really turned on to other males...

Afraid of Men
I just realized today I have a serious fear of men. Any man whom I could potentially be involved with. I am 21 years old. Ever since I was small...

Boyfriend Doesn't Trust Me
Hello. I have been with a boy for about 3 years. During this time we have broken up and got back together many times. He is very jealous and suspicious...

Dad's Leaving Me
I’m a 14-year-old guy. My dad has been dating this girl for a while and he decided to move in with her and her new kids. I do...

Cheating Husband
Me and my now husband started our relationship at the end of February 2010, and got married mid-April 2011. It's a different marriage as he lives in Portsmouth due to...

Psych Central Answers
Something's broken
At times I think my brain has something broken (screws loose maybe). I cannot think or concentrate the way I used to. This episode has been going on...

Hurting herself
I have a 13-year-old daughter who suffers from selective mutisum and broad spectrum disorder/not otherwise specified. Today I found that she has been hurting herself...

Don't know what to do
I have been with my boyfriend for 10 months. We are both 26. We have had our ups and downs, but even when I am being absolutely ridiculous...

I am really thinking of ending it. I have screwed up my finances again. We could lose our house. This is the second time I have done this. My son...

Sis-in-law hates me
My sister-in-law is really angry and has has multiple outbursts throughout the years. This time she got really mad at my husband, mother-in-law and myself. She...

Weary of believing
I have been unemployed now for over 2 years, I started out with an apartment in Brooklyn and now I live in a barn in Alabama (I'm not kidding) I...

I think I'm lost
So, I'm 21 years old. I go to community college, I work, and I find miscellanious things to fill the rest of my time. I spent a majority of my...

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