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The Link Between Meditation And Empathy

The Link Between Meditation And Empathy | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Meditation could help people to be more empathetic, according to a small new study from Emory University.

 

"It's an intriguing result, suggesting that a behavioral intervention could enhance a key aspect of empathy," study researcher Jennifer Mascaro,

 

After the eight weeks, all the study participants completed the "Reading the Mind in the Eyes" test again. The researchers found that people who underwent the meditation training program had a 4.6 percent higher score on the empathy test at the end of the study period. Meanwhile, people who only partook in the discussion classes didn't experience any increase in empathy scores, and some even experienced a decrease in their scores.

The brain scans also revealed that people who took the meditation courses also had increased brain activity in the regions linked with empathy.


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Children With Autism Have Extra Synapses In Their Brains | IFLScience

Children With Autism Have Extra Synapses In Their Brains | IFLScience | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects about 1 in 68 children born in the United States. In an effort to find out why, a group of researchers led by David Sulzer at Columbia University Medical Center examined the synapses in the brains of children with autism. They discovered that during childhood, children with autism do not undergo regular synaptic pruning, resulting in having an excess. This also identified a potential conversion of genetic targets that could be used to create a new treatment for ASD.
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I have Aspergers Syndrome I do not really want to be cured because I am not sick! I think differently. That does not make ill.

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» Why Do We Stay In An Unhealthy Relationship? - Mental Health Awareness

» Why Do We Stay In An Unhealthy Relationship? - Mental Health Awareness | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Is love really enough? I often hear people say "I love him/her" even if their relationship is harmful, abusive or unhealthy. They stay in this relationship f
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Startling Medical Research Results Suggest Air Pollution Is Linked to Autism and Schizophrenia

Startling Medical Research Results Suggest Air Pollution Is Linked to Autism and Schizophrenia | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
A new study found ultrafine particles cause abnormalities in mice's brains similar those in humans with mental disorders.
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» 5 Things That Make a Good Partner - World of Psychology

» 5 Things That Make a Good Partner  - World of Psychology | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
There are various myths about what makes a good partner. For instance, it’s a myth that a good partner has to agree with what you say, do or think, according t
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» Researchers Find Genetic Marker Linked to OCD - Psych Central News

» Researchers Find Genetic Marker Linked to OCD - Psych Central News | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
A genetic marker linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has been identified in a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers who published their findings in
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Autism Community Split in Four, Says NIMH Chief | Child Mind Institute

Autism Community Split in Four, Says NIMH Chief | Child Mind Institute | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
The autism community is really "four kingdoms" with conflicted relationships to each other, NIMH director Dr. Tom Insel said at the Autism Science Foundation's 5th Anniversary conference this week. But better outcomes for people with autism require collaboration and understanding, he continued, and science is one way to achieve that.
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10 Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets Too Soon | Live Learn Evolve

10 Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets Too Soon | Live Learn Evolve | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Original Source Please check out Mark and Angel Hack life, awesome website with powerful articles! You know how you can hear something a hundred...
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Inspiration and Chai

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For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.


< snip> When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five: 

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7 Ways to Know When Your Mind is Trying to Control Your Life

7 Ways to Know When Your Mind is Trying to Control Your Life | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Most of us don't realize how often our mind tries to control our lives because it's so habitual and strong. Here are 7 ways to tell when it's happening.
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How to Release Disappointment and Thrive When Life Isn’t Fair

How to Release Disappointment and Thrive When Life Isn’t Fair | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
We all live with circumstances that are not fair or ideal. Life is too short to live in frustration that things are not the way we want them to be.
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Ten Keys to Handling Unreasonable & Difficult People

Ten Keys to Handling Unreasonable & Difficult People | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
10 Strategies for Handling Aggressive or Problem Personalities
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Fahari Health Resources's curator insight, January 2, 10:23 PM

Most of us encounter unreasonable people in our lives. We may be “stuck” with a difficult individual at work or at home. It’s easy to let a challenging person affect us and ruin our day. What are some of the keys to empowering yourself in such situations? Below are ten keys to handling unreasonable and difficult people. Keep in mind that these are general rules of thumb, and not all of the tips may apply to your particular situation. Simply utilize what works and leave the rest.

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When Trying to Be Positive Brings You Down

When Trying to Be Positive Brings You Down | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
It’s only when we can be truly honest with ourselves about how we feel that we will be able to find the positive lesson, heal, and move on.
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» Genes + Environmental Stress = Panic Disorder - Psych Central News

» Genes + Environmental Stress = Panic Disorder  - Psych Central News | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
New research from Spain suggests that the gene NTRK3 may be a factor in panic disorder, which is often accompanied by other conditions such as depression or
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What Picking Up Other People's Garbage Unexpectedly Taught Me About Compassion - Karen C.L. Anderson

What Picking Up Other People's Garbage Unexpectedly Taught Me About Compassion - Karen C.L. Anderson | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
“Many of us think that compassion drains us, but I promise you it is something that truly enlivens us.” ~ Joan Halifax I was taking one of my nearly daily OBP 365 walks and I came across a McDonald’s bag, either tossed by someone from a moving car or perhaps left there by someone who …
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7 Reasons Why Play Needs To Be A Part Of A Happy & SMART Life

7 Reasons Why Play Needs To Be A Part Of A Happy & SMART Life | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
SMART Living 365 is dedicated to exploring ideas and information that lead to a happier, more peaceful, and content life--365!
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Dealing with mental illness in a marriage: 6 tips | KSL.com

Dealing with mental illness in a marriage: 6 tips | KSL.com | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
According to the National Institute of Mental
Health, about one in four American adults meet
criteria for a mental health diagnosis. Here
are six tips if one of those adults is your
spouse.
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6 Signs You Could Be a Highly Sensitive Person

6 Signs You Could Be a Highly Sensitive Person | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
An inherited temperament could be impacting your life or someone you love in surprising ways.
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Why Good Enough And Done Is Better Than Perfect

Why Good Enough And Done Is Better Than Perfect | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
When we allow perfectionism to stop us from sharing our gifts with the world we are sacrificing the good for the perfect. Here's one way to move past it.
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» Do You Put Others’ Needs First? You Might Be A Detrimental Caretaker - Psychology of Women

» Do You Put Others’ Needs First? You Might Be A Detrimental Caretaker - Psychology of Women | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Many women feel the need to give and sacrifice for others first. This can lead to depression, anxiety, increased stress. Learn more about detrimental caretaking.
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» Unhappy Relationships and Depression Go Hand in Hand - Parenting Tips

» Unhappy Relationships and Depression Go Hand in Hand - Parenting Tips | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Assessing and treating both positive and negative aspects of their intimate relationships should be considered evidence-based treatment for depression.
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Are You Afraid of Happiness [Quiz]

Are You Afraid of Happiness [Quiz] | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
A fear of happiness often coexists with other mental disorders
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When You’re In Transition: Being Patient and Accepting Uncertainty

When You’re In Transition: Being Patient and Accepting Uncertainty | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Transitions come with uncertainty, but if we rush to have everything figured out, we make a choice that's not right for us.
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Julianna Bonola's curator insight, January 28, 3:26 PM

Transitions come in all shapes and sizes.  When we are faced with a reality check that leads us into a long transitional period, staying centred is difficult.  I recall my last major tranisitory period.  Life looked so bleake - no money, lots of bills and no one close enough to share what I was going through.  I just kept reminding myself that it was my choice to be where I was, and that time would pass and I would get through the subsequent changes.  I reminded myself of this every day until one day, I realised that I didn't need to remind myself that it was my choice,to feel okay about where I was.  It was around that time also, that the fogg lifted and I could see a future ahead of me.  Over time, I learned that change doesn't have to be scarry, it will always be there and there's no point in being afraid of it, because being afraid doesn't help.  In fact, being afraid makes it worse.  Relaxing into transition and being kind and gentle with yourself is the easiest and fastest way through any transition.  It can be done!  I'm living proof.  And, if I can do it, anyone can do it.

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» 6 Subtle Signs Your Boundaries Are Being Broken - World of Psychology

» 6 Subtle Signs Your Boundaries Are Being Broken - World of Psychology | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
When someone has broken a physical boundary, it’s usually easy to tell. These boundaries relate to your body, physical space and privacy. For instance, s
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What It Means to Just Be Yourself and 3 Ways to Do It

What It Means to Just Be Yourself and 3 Ways to Do It | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
What does it means to "just be yourself"? What if someone's a jerk to others? Or what if someone's scared and hermit-like? Is that who they really are?
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Fahari Health Resources's curator insight, January 2, 10:27 PM

Our true self is who we really are when we let go of all of the stories, labels, and judgments that we have placed upon ourselves. It is who we naturally are without the masks and pretentiousness.

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Five Myths Of A Thankful Life

Five Myths Of A Thankful Life | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Living a thankful live is very similar to creating a happy life and the myths around them both are very simple. Here's a few to take a look at.
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