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Friends

I’m Not Envious, Am I?

*When people have positive feelings towards one another then they are able to sit down and talk about what really matters, that is, the true purpose and meaning of life. When envy and jealousy flee, truth has a fertile ground in which to grow and ripen.


General

Neuroplasticity: Yes, You Can Change Your Brain (And Your Life)

Scientists used to think that if the brain was damaged, that was it. The damaged part would likely not recover. Relatively recently, though, neuroplasticity is becoming more accepted in the mainstream. Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to change. Brain functions (including related aspects of personality) are not set in stone. The brain can change, and if the brain can, that means you change too.


Children

Is Social Media Making Kids (And Adults) Lose The Ability To Think?

Baroness Susan Greenfield, a senior research fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford University, and author of the 2015 book, Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains, says social media may be causing a generation of children to lose their ability to think clearly, and empathize, and communicate. She's worried that children are experiencing more instant gratification and losing their "inner narrative."

In an interview with The Telegraph, she says “What I...


anxiety

10 Tips For Making New Friends

In Is There A Remedy For Loneliness we didn't agree with the idea that mindfulness is the main solution. Connection, getting out there and having real relationships, is even more important. During the summer, when everyone seems to be out, what do you do if you are shy? An introvert? Depressed? Have social anxiety? Or have another mental health or emotional issue that seems like an insurmountable block to making new friends?


anxiety

Talking About Your Past: Does It Help?

Effective therapists believe in everyone’s right to privacy – especially their patients’. They believe it is extremely important to help you understand which parts of your life are relevant and need to be talked about and which areas should remain unexposed. There are some types of therapy though that encourage therapists and patients to make an unhealthy breach of boundaries. These methods are a reflection of the culture at large, where privacy and modesty almost don't exist.


Addiction

Acupuncture For Addiction

Can acupuncture be an important and effective component of treatment for addiction? While the science may not be conclusive, auricular acupuncture as certified by NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) is a growing option for those in addiction treatment. And a new randomized prospective study to determine if auricular acupuncture plus traditional treatment enhance outcomes: quality of life, depression, anxiety and abstinence from substance abuse seems to show that among certain demographics, it is indeed effective.