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▶ The Red Couch Sessions: Dr. Dieter Wolke - YouTube

University of Warwick researcher Dr. Dieter Wolke addresses the question, "What can schools and parents do to prevent bullying?" 

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The Emotionally Intelligent Brain, Part 2

The Emotionally Intelligent Brain, Part 2 | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Four Pathways to Retraining Your Brain This is the follow-up to my December 1st post, which was based on an article by UCLA researcher Daniel Siegel. His article describes a healthy brain-mind usin...
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In his latest post on The EQ Psych, Dr. Sam Alibrando offers 4 pathways to raise awareness so you can retrain your brain. 

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Newly Released Prisoners at Increased Risk of Suicide

Newly Released Prisoners at Increased Risk of Suicide | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Researchers in the U.K. investigating the risk of suicide in recently released prisoners have found that they are almost seven times more likely to commit suicide than the general population.
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Other studies hint that the best outcomes are seen when released prisoners have a supportive social network to help them work toward life change. Unfortunately, they rarely have this. Most released prisoners return to the same social networks they had before entering prison--which means they are also likely to return to former activities and/or die as a result of drug use or suicide.

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Study Reveals Gene Expression Changes with Meditation

Study Reveals Gene Expression Changes with Meditation | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
New study by researchers in Wisconsin, Spain, and France reports the first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of mindfulness meditation.
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Envy and Gratitude: Thanksgiving Every Day

Envy and Gratitude: Thanksgiving Every Day | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
One of my friends is now in Europe, all his expenses paid by his employer. (Oh yeah, did I tell you that he went with his wife and they are paying all her expenses too?) Another friend just release...
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Tune into the latest blog post from Dr. Sam Alibrando, as he turns emotional intelligence to the task of making Thanksgiving last all year. . . .

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Trauma Recovery Done Right: 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery (Part 2)

Trauma Recovery Done Right: 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery (Part 2) | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
  Having looked at Babette Rothschild’s presentation of basic awareness, focus on present time and place, correct sequencing of recovery tasks (symptom management before all else), and flashba...
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Part 2 of Tom Cloyd's book review: Trauma Recovery Done Right, by Babette Rothschild.

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Honoring Differences

Honoring Differences | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
I just finished facilitating a workshop for a consulting firm on the topic of “Honoring Differences & Emotional Intelligence.” All the participants took the ITI– Interpersonal Triangle Inventor...
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What color are you? Find some clues in Dr. Sam Alibrando's latest blog post on "The Emotional Intelligence Psych."

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Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, November 20, 2013 12:05 AM

One style doesn't fit all.

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Mothers’ Relationships Can Influence Adolescent Children’s Relationships, MU Study Finds

Mothers’ Relationships Can Influence Adolescent Children’s Relationships, MU Study Finds | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Study suggests parents' friendships with other adults can impact their adolescent children’s relationships with their own friends, particularly the negative aspects.
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Be the change you want to see in your kids, right?

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Do Sunny Climates Reduce ADHD?

Do Sunny Climates Reduce ADHD? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Study finds regions with high sunlight intensity have a lower prevalence of ADHD, suggesting that high sunlight intensity may exert a 'protective' effect for ADHD.
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Lon Woodbury's comment, October 23, 2013 4:46 PM
If it turns out to be anything to this, perhaps the tendency of children to spend less time outdoors could be one of the causative factors. -Lon
Gina Stepp's comment, October 23, 2013 5:23 PM
I was thinking the same thing, Lon. It will be interesting to see what else they find as they go on.
Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, October 28, 2013 7:20 PM

There are lower rates of ADHD in sunny climes. NOt sure if this is diue to the weather or some other factor. Maybe people exercise more, which helps attention.

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Single Aunt Seeks Sense of Purpose

Single Aunt Seeks Sense of Purpose | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
My sister-in-law took the kids out of town to visit their grandparents for a few days, leaving my brother at home to fend for himself. Conversations with my brother these days are usually peppered ...
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Having a sense of purpose contributes to resilience--a quality we all need as a buffer against mental health issues. In this latest post from Aunt Psych, JoAnn Savoia writes about where to look for one if you haven't found yours yet.

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5 Myths about Bullying (You Know, for Bullying Prevention Month)

5 Myths about Bullying (You Know, for Bullying Prevention Month) | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

A friend of mine recently pointed out that media articles promoting Bullying Prevention Month seem to focus on the effects of bullying more often than strategies for prevention. I had to admit she had a point, so I immediately went off to write an article that focused on prevention in her honor.


This isn’t it. . . . 

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Sibling Bullying: What's the Big Deal?

Sibling Bullying: What's the Big Deal? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Study suggests victims consider sibling bullying to be more damaging than perpetrators percieve their behavior.
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Study Reveals the Wandering Mind Behind Insomnia - PsychCentral.com (blog)

Study Reveals the Wandering Mind Behind Insomnia - PsychCentral.com (blog) | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Daily Mail Study Reveals the Wandering Mind Behind Insomnia PsychCentral.com (blog) “We found that insomnia subjects did not properly turn on brain regions critical to a working memory task and did not turn off 'mind-wandering' brain regions...
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In Addiction, Meditation is Helpful When Coupled with Drug and Cognitive Therapies, Study Suggests

In Addiction, Meditation is Helpful When Coupled with Drug and Cognitive Therapies, Study Suggests | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Researchers suggest that rehabilitation strategies coupling meditation-like practices with drug and behavior therapies are more helpful than drug-plus-talk therapy alone when helping people overcome addiction.
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Do Patients in a Vegetative State Recognize Loved Ones?

Do Patients in a Vegetative State Recognize Loved Ones? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Researchers from Tel Aviv University find that the brains of patients in a vegetative state emotionally react to photographs of loved ones as though they recognize them.
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Although there was brain activity when the patients saw photos of general faces--the activity was distinctly different when the faces were those of loved ones. . .

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Mandela: An Emotionally Intelligent Giant

Mandela: An Emotionally Intelligent Giant | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
This week’s blog was supposed to be Part 2 of last week’s “The Emotionally Intelligent Brain, Part 1.”  However because of the passing of a historic man, I decided to digress for one week. Nelson M...
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What did Mandela have that we all could use? Check out Dr. Sam Alibrando's latest post on The EQ Psych to find out.

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Gratitude: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Gratitude: The Gift that Keeps on Giving | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

The simple act of taking time to reflect on whatever we have to be grateful for does pay dividends, say researchers, no matter how great or small our gifts. But what kinds of dividends, exactly?

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Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, December 2, 2013 1:54 PM

Gratitude helps givers to receive...

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Continued Increases in ADHD Diagnoses and Medication among US Children

Continued Increases in ADHD Diagnoses and Medication among US Children | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
New study led by the CDC reports that half of US children diagnosed with ADHD received that diagnosis by age 6.
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Higher Emotional Intelligence Leads to Better Decision-Making

Higher Emotional Intelligence Leads to Better Decision-Making | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Study finds that understanding the source and relevance of emotions influences how much sway they have over individuals' decision-making and can affect the willingness to take risks.
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And speaking of emotional intelligence: dont forget to check out The EI Psych: http://theemotionalintelligencepsych.com/

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Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, November 20, 2013 12:01 AM

Higher EQ may help you overcome your fear-based biases.

Ruth Obadia's curator insight, November 20, 2013 1:16 AM

The study shows that understanding the source and relevance of emotions influences how much sway they have over individuals' decision-making and can affect the willingness to take risks.

Terry Dunlop's curator insight, November 22, 2013 5:40 PM

If our behaviors are motivated by emotions, does it make sense that the higher the emotional I.Q. the better decisions?

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Torture Permanently Damages Normal Perception of Pain

Torture Permanently Damages Normal Perception of Pain | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Study shows that ex-prisoners of war (POWs), continue to suffer from dysfunctional pain perception and regulation, likely as a result of their torture.
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International law adamantly prohibits the torture of prisoners, yet some argue that it is sometimes justifiable. The research evidence would suggest otherwise. This is only one recent addition:

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Emotional Intelligence (EI): Becoming an Effective, Mature and Decent Human Being

Emotional Intelligence (EI): Becoming an Effective, Mature and Decent Human Being | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

We have a new Blog on Mom Psych! Dr. Sam Alibrando's introductory post explains: "Welcome to EI-Psych. EI stands for emotional intelligence. Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a modern day term for being an effective, mature and decent human being. . . ." 

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We're very happy to have Dr. Alibrando join the family of Mom Psych Bloggers . . . please help us welcome him.

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Peer Pressure Can Influence Food Choices at Restaurants

Peer Pressure Can Influence Food Choices at Restaurants | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
If you want to eat healthier when dining out, research recommends surrounding yourself with friends who make healthy food choices. 
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Note to self. No more lunches for two unless I have someone else with me.

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Not All Silence is Golden: Study Compares Environments for Premature Infants

Not All Silence is Golden: Study Compares Environments for Premature Infants | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Study finds private rooms in the NICU may lead to lower language and motor scores in addition to more externalizing behaviors in children.
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The researchers in this study went into it thinking they would find the new, quieter environments beneficial. They found the opposite.

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Kevin Breel: Confessions of a depressed comic | Video on TED.com

Kevin Breel didn't look like a depressed kid: team captain, at every party, funny and confident. But he tells the story of the night he realized that -- to save his own life -- he needed to say four simple words.

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Bullying Prevention Begins at Home

Bullying Prevention Begins at Home | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
October is Bullying Prevention Month, which means it’s time for schools and communities to plan prevention efforts. What can parents do to help?
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If your child is on either side of the bullying dynamic (or both sides, as is sometimes the case) it isn't necessarily because you're doing something wrong as a parent. But you may be the person who is best situated to help your child work toward change.
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