The Rat Park Experiment: Why It Overturned Our Understanding of Addiction

Addiction is a complex psychological and physical process, and approaches to recovery that ignore either the physical or mental components tend to fail. In decades past, it was widely believed that only physical dependency was the root of addiction.

Yet this failed to explain why breaking the physical dependence wasn't enough to cure the problem. In the late 1970s, scientist Bruce K. Alexander and his associates carried out a study on rats that flew under the radar...


Brain Over Binge: Author Kathryn Hansen’s Radical Eating Disorder Recovery

An estimated 8% of American adults will suffer from Binge Eating Disorder at some point in their lives.

Nearly half of these individuals also exhibit signs of a comorbid mood or anxiety disorder, while nearly 1 in 10 are suffering from different forms of substance abuse.

The numbers jump more dramatically when you consider individuals who have received bariatric surgery -- nearly 1 in 4 are binge eating. What's truly terrifying...


Why We Fear Ending Destructive Habits (Try this Experiment)

Are we really afraid to end bad habits? Here's how to know.

Try this simple thought experiment:

Think of your bad habit. It could be anything. Biting your nails, smoking, raging, spending too much money, overeating, dating the wrong people; you name it.
Say to yourself, with firmness and a matter-of-fact tone, the following:

I will never (insert bad habit) again. For as long as I live, I will simply abstain from (insert bad...


Nothing to Do But Complain? How Lucky You Are!

Note: In this article, I use the word “you” a lot. The “you” I’m referring to is me:)

The grocery store only has green bananas. Where are the ripe ones? What a pain!

Traffic backs up suddenly. You’re going to be late! How is the day going so perfectly wrong? Ugh!

Your step-son is acting out again. I didn’t sign up for this! Why can’t he just be normal?

If you’re looking for reasons to complain, you’ll never be disappointed...


Glutamate’s Role in Alcohol Abuse

Researchers at Indiana University have been studying how glutamate may play a role in alcohol cravings.

Glutamate is a neurotransmitter produced in the human body and is a naturally occurring amino acid found naturally in several foods, like peas, soy sauce, mushrooms, and walnuts.

Normal levels of glutamate help with memory, while too much glutamate is associated with conditions like Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis. Individuals who have problems using and/or processing glutamate may be more likely to develop disorders...


NLP Seminars ~ A Comprehensive Guide to the Good, Bad and Manipulative

NLP Seminars ~ In this post you will find:
• Valid reasons NLP seminars are often considered manipulative
• The intention of legitimate NLP seminars and practitioners
• The difference between NLP and a manipulative NLP seminar leader
• Detailed list of tactics manipulative NLP seminars use (red flags)
• A list of specific features legitimate NLP training organizations offer
Since its development in the 1970’s, neuro-linguistic programming or NLP has received its fair share of accusations as a...


How Unconditional Love Ruins Romantic Relationships

I think in a lot of ways unconditional love is a myth. My mom's the only reason I know it's a real thing.
- Conor Oberst

I don’t think many people enter romantic relationships with the intention of systematically undermining them, but that’s what happens much of the time. We could ask why this happens, but today I’d prefer to ask how. One way to ruin romantic relationships is to expect unconditional love.

Unconditional love is just what...


Curcumin for Depression: Study Surprises Researchers

Curcumin is an active ingredient in turmeric, which is the yellow pigment in curry spice. Small amounts of curcumin are also present in ginger.

Curcumin has developed a reputation as an anti-inflammatory supplement. It’s often used by those seeking relief from common symptoms of inflammation.

Many believe inflammation is the underlying cause of all disease, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

WebMD reports a host of potential benefits of turmeric and curcumin.

A recent study...


Three Ways to Deal with Unfair Relationships

Unfair relationships are those that are one-sided or non-reciprocal.

Keep in mind that you might not consider an "unfair" relationship unfair if you prefer the one-sidedness in any of the following scenarios.

Unfair relationships can happen when one party:

• Does a lot of talking, but little listening.
• Makes all the decisions while the other goes along.
• Takes and takes, but doesn't give.
• Pays all the bills while the other doesn't contribute in any way.
• Does all the work,...

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