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How To Be Happy. Is It Really This Simple?

The key to true happiness is, according to a recent study, giving. But is it really that simple?

Being generous, according to this study*, leads to measurable changes in brain activity and neural connectivity in specific regions associated with happiness.

Fifty subjects were divided into two groups. Each group (which ended up being 24 subjects due to exclusions) was told they would be receiving 25 Swiss francs a week over the upcoming four weeks.

One group agreed to spend the money...
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General

Questions About Sociopaths, Psychopaths, and Narcissists

Psychopaths and sociopaths are pop-psychology terms describing two somewhat different types or expressions of antisocial personality disorder.

Narcissistic personality disorder is a separate disorder, but there is much overlap.

Narcissistic traits are inherently part of antisocial personality disorder, and antisocial traits are inherently part of narcissistic personality disorder. Is there more work to be done on defining these disorders?
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Communication

Facebook & Narcissists (More Thoughts)

Do Facebook and narcissists go together like salt and pepper? We thought so nearly five years ago.

Now, a recent meta-analysis of 57 studies shows there is indeed a link between narcissism and social media habits.

“We suggest that the link between narcissism and the behavior in social media follows the pattern of a self-reinforcing spiral,” said one of the researchers.

"Grandiose narcissists are encountered more frequently in social networks than vulnerable narcissists.
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anxiety

Love Older People & Advocate For Them

The New York Times reported on new research that shows there's been an extremely sharp rise in the use of multiple psychotropic drugs in older Americans, even those without mental health diagnoses.
"The number of retirement-age Americans taking at least three psychiatric drugs more than doubled between 2004 and 2013, even though almost half of them had no mental health diagnosis on record, researchers reported on Monday.
"The new analysis, based on data...
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Addiction

6 News Stories That Are Actually Positive

In A Wise Approach To Taking In The News PsychCentral blogger Elisha Goldstein writes: The global political climate right now is very sensitive and all we need is a little spark to get our nervous systems activated. He also suggests if we experience a positive or negative reaction to the news, we research the article before sharing it.

In NYC, what we've seen is a tendency towards feeling negative about the news in general, and a palpable lack of...
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General

Feel Better With…Revenge?

Don't get mad, get even. Revenge is sweet. Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive. Blah, blah, blah.

A new study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology called Combating the Sting of Rejection With the Pleasure of Revenge: A New Look at How Emotion Shapes Aggression confirms that getting back at someone who caused you suffering actually can make you feel better by improving your mood. Simply put, this is why people often do seek...
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