Archive for December, 2011

Weekend Reading: Setting New Year’s Resolutions With Psych Central

Friday, December 30th, 2011

If you’re like a gabazillion other people across the globe (or, maybe just America – not sure how into this kind of torment other countries are), chances are you’ve said or though at least one of the following statements at some point in the last few days:

  1. “In 2012, I’m going to [lose weight/start exercising/quit smoking/get organized/dye my hair blue]!”
  2. “New Year’s resolutions? Um, no. Not into that.”

Regardless of how you feel about making New Year’s resolutions, spend a few minutes this weekend checking out Psych Central’s New Year’s Guide.

This collection of New Year’s posts throughout the site covers:

  • The psychology behind why we make resolutions.
  • How we can make meaningful goals – and stick to them.
  • Changes that we can make TODAY.
  • How to make resolutions feel less like chores.
  • Considering deeper resolutions that help you deal with life’s challenges.

Are YOU making any resolutions for 2012? If so, what are they? If not, what’s your reason for not making them?

Top 10 Celebrity Psychings Posts Of 2011

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

It’s that time of year again…Top 10 Celebrity Psychings Posts of 2011!

Like last year’s Top 10 post, some of these aren’t even from 2011 (and some of them were actually featured on 2010’s list).

Timelessness will do that…as will the mention of an attractive naked actress!

Bada Bing!

Anyway, here are the 10 most popular Celebrity Psychings posts of 2011. Hope they go down as smooth the second time around!

Happy Holidays From Celebrity Psychings!

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Celebrity Psychings readers!

Celebrity Psychings and I are taking the day off for a Christmas break, but we’ll return Wednesday with some year-end deliciousness before we kick off 2012.

Weekend Reading: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Promotes Creativity

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, fellow Psych Central blogger Douglas Eby of The Creative Mind wrote a piece about actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (10 Things I Hate About You, 500 Days of Summer) and hitRECord, the production company he launched to help all artists (not just Hollywood) come together, create art, and share in the profits.

I didn’t know about hitRECord until Eby wrote about it, but I’m already in love. Aside from the fact that Gordon-Levitt recorded his own introduction video (and kind of gave me a massive crush in the process), the company seems to really focus on – as Gordon-Levitt put it – each “Regular Joe” writer, musician, filmmaker, video editor, animator, photographer, photoshopper, illustrator, and more.

Head over to Eby’s write up, Joseph Gordon-Levitt On Collective Creation, to learn more about the company and the idea behind it, and then hop around and check out a few of his other posts on creativity, such as Designing Video Games For Mental Health, Diablo Cody On The Catharsis Of Writing, and Do We Really Want Passionate And Creative People?

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Sinead O’Connor Gets Married, Gears Up For New Album, Tour

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

2011 has been a pretty big year for Sinead O’Connor.

The Irish singer-songwriter, perhaps best known for her 1990 hit version of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U”:

  • Has turned 45.
  • Married her boyfriend Barry Herridge.
  • Is gearing up for the release of a new album, How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?
  • Has already released two singles from said album.
  • Is getting ready to announce international tour dates to promote the album.

All this, from someone who flirted with idea of suicide just a few months ago.

Courtney Stodden Posts ‘Cyber Bullies & Cyber Victims’ Video

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Okay, so, speaking of famous names making videos against bullying

Courtney Stodden recently released a video on YouTube about cyber bullies and cyber victims.

Here’s the deal: I don’t really *get* who Courtney Stodden is. All I know is that she’s some teenager who married 51-year-old actor Doug Hutchison (who you may or may not know from movies like Con Air and The Green Mile, and a string of television appearances on shows like “24,” “Lost,” “Lie to Me,” and “CSI: Miami”). She won some beauty pageants at some point, and I think I watched some interview about how she got thrown out of a pumpkin patch last Halloween.

She seems to get a lot of negative press.

Probably because she’s half-naked most of the time (above screenshot notwithstanding) and doesn’t really talk about anything but herself, her husband, and their sex life relationship…

Weekend Watching: True Blood And The It Gets Better Project

Friday, December 16th, 2011

In case you didn’t know (and keep up with this sort of thing, which I totally do because helloomgsqueeeee it’s True Blood!), the True Blood writers put pen to paper earlier this week to start working on the show’s upcoming season.

Perfect timing to run into the cast’s contribution to the It Gets Better campaign, eh?

Celebrity Psychings Contest Winner Announced

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Just a quick post to thank everyone who stopped by the Celebrity Psychings Celebrates 3 Years: Contest Time! post over the past week and congratulated me on the milestone, entered the contest, or both!

After the comments closed at 11:59 p.m. last night, I randomly selected the winner by drawing from a hat and am pleased to announce that Sylvia Nigro will be the recipient of a brand new Silver Ribbon Pin from NARSAD Artworks!

Congratulations to Sylvia, and once again thanks to everyone who stopped by!

DBSA Webinar Reminder: Enhance Your Emotional Wellbeing

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Hey peeps!

At the time of this posting, there’s still room available for the FREE Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Webinar: “Seven Proven Strategies To Enhance Your Wellbeing During The Holiday Season” hosted by Australian speaker, author, and advocate Graeme Cowan, who’s also partnered with the DBSA to create the book BACK FROM THE BRINK: Americans Tell Their Stories of Overcoming Depression.

Learn more about it all over at the original post, or head straight to the registration page to claim your spot.

(Psst: Don’t forget to check your time zone. The top of the registration page shows Australian time – and December 13 – but in the United States that translates to 8 p.m. tonight, Monday, December 12, 2011.)

Weekend Reading: Teen Launches ‘Make It Safe’ Book Project

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Here’s the kind of story that’ll make you wonder what YOU spent your early teen years doing.

Just a couple of years after she came out, 14-year-old Amelia Roskin-Frazeel launched The Make It Safe Project, a book project that works to donate books about sexual orientation to K-12 schools and youth homeless shelters.

From the website:

Many young lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) teens only hear the word “gay” when it is used to mean “bad,” as in the phrase, “That’s so gay.” Schools rarely have books about being LGBT and most health curricula overlook LGBT relationships, sending a message to their LGBT students that they are not worth as much as their straight peers. As a result, startling numbers of LGBT teens have been bullied to the point where they have taken their own lives.


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