Category Archives: Medical Science

A Gene to Better Remember Traumatic Events

A Gene to Better Remember Traumatic Events: Scientific American
A Gene to Better Remember Traumatic Events
Gene variant found in 30 percent of Caucasian population and 12 percent of African-Americans leads to more vivid recollections of emotionally powerful episodes—both good and bad
By Nikhil Swaminathan

The above is a great article published in Scientific American which may explain why some people remember traumatic events so vividly and others in the same events do not have the inense memories.

It would at least in part explain why some individuals suffer from PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and others involved in the same event have less or no problems as a result.

Click on the link at the top of this post to read the complete original article.

Learn to Manage Emotions

» Learn to Manage Emotions – Psych Central News
Learn to Manage Emotions
By: Psych Central Senior News Editor
on Thursday, Jul, 26, 2007

Reviewed by: John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
on July 26, 2007 at 11:31 am

Managing emotions is an arduous task for some but a skill that is essential to success in business and personal relationships. Often individuals who can not manage their emotions choose dangerous or destructive courses of action.

Emotional control, a trait associated with adulthood, is best learned during adolescence, a life period often characterized by wide swings of powerful emotions.

“There’s a stereotype that teens don’t manage their emotions, their emotions manage them,” said Reed Larson, a professor of family ecology at the University of Illinois.

Accordingly, Larson and colleagues studied if teenagers can be taught to manage their emotions. Their article is published in this month’s journal of Child Development.

Read More AT Psych Central

Scientists Find Social Networks Affect Obese Individuals

VOA News – Scientists Find Social Networks Affect Obese Individuals
Scientists Find Social Networks Affect Obese Individuals
By Deborah Tate
25 July 2007

Researchers say obesity is not only caused by genes, but by overweight people being part of social networks of obese individuals. Investigators say the finding helps explain an epidemic of obesity over the past 30 years. VOA’s Jessica Berman reports. Continue reading Scientists Find Social Networks Affect Obese Individuals

Happiness, what is it and how does it work?

Abraham Lincoln said, “People are about as happy as they make up their mind to be.” I agree with Lincoln and think Dan Gilbert has useful and impart on the subject of happiness and contentment.

Dan Gilbert talks about happiness. On TED/WNYC – New York Public Radio

Psychologist Dan Gilbert challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel real, enduring happiness, he says, even when things don’t go as planned. He calls this kind of happiness “synthetic happiness,” and he says it’s “every bit as real and enduring as the kind of happiness you stumble upon when you get exactly what you were aiming for.”

Stop Complaining?

Stop Complaining?

A few months ago Reverend Will Bowen, a pastor in Kansas City, Missouri, asked his congregation to make a simple pledge to not complain for 21 days, according to MSNBC. Each participant was given a purple bracelet as a reminder of the pledge, and with each complaint, the bracelet is switched to the other wrist and the 21 day count restarts.

The no-complaints movement has quickly become mainstream, and so far over a million no-complaint bracelets – which the church offers free of charge – have been ordered. Requests for the bracelets are coming in from as far away as Australia and South Africa, as well as from American troops in Iraq.

Some participants tried up to seven months to achieve 21 complaint-free days, but even with relapses, all efforts have resulted in millions of stopped complaints. As Rev. Bowen sums it up, “that’s a lot less ear pollution.”

Could you last 21 days with no complaining, criticizing, gossiping or sarcastic remarks? Take the no-complaints pledge, and encourage those around you to do the same.

To read the original article go here:

I encourage you to take this 21 day challenge. I also encourage you to be aware of your thoughts as you give up the habit of complaining and also suggest that you write a journal or keep a diary of the changes in thought processes that occur as the 21 days unfold.

Please post the results of your challenge on the blog or email them to me if you are willing to share with me. I am interested.