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How Are You Going to be Different in 2013?

All of us every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives. Steven Spielberg   In preparation for 2013 — a somewhat controversial quote. H-m-m-m. What do you think? Different in some ways, but not an entirely different person? Always the same, basically? You change usually …

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Music and Mood

The calm mind allows one to connect with the inner self, the Soul, the very source of our being. That’s where the music lives. That’s where my music comes from. Clarence Clemons That and a walk are the way to change your mood, when and if you need to.

Amazement and Awe

“Typically, amazement is what motivates people to alter their understanding of the world and awe brings people’s attention to the present moment and alters their subjective time experience.” Ryan T. Howell Ph.D. Howell suggests giving others and yourself an experience as a gift rather than …

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Moms and Newtown and Taking Care

“You only have one mom, and you should take care of her,” says Sean, 12. From quotes from kids, a web site.. I thought much about children and parents today because of the Newtown tragedy as well as the season of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Of course this applies for adult kids as well as little …

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Are We Generally Self-Absorbed?

The article in Scientific American Mind assures readers that we are not self-absorbed or egotists. The research they report seems to conflict with their conclusion. “People devote 30 to 40 percent of their total speaking time to describing their own opinions and experiences according to much research.” MRI studies showed parts of …

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Change and Learning through Mental Stimulation

Try juggling? Fencing? Astronomy? Writing poetry? To keep your brain fit and healthy, it needs to exercise and cross train in the same way you need to keep your body fit and healthy. Instead of focusing on abs and hams, cardiovascular conditioning, we’re focusing on problem solving, flexible thinking, working memory, emotional …

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Great Time for Your Comments this Week!

Lots of company for the next week, so posts may be sparse or absent. But, I’ll be back on my Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule for sure starting August 27th. In the meantime, you can always check out past posts that have lasting info; e.g. gender differences, strategic allocation of attention, detachment, problem-solving. Or if you …

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Maybe Smart Men Deal with Negative Self-Talk as Do Intelligent Women?

A PT post by about why men don’t talk was written by Shawn T. Smith Psy.D. Here are his cut-to-the-chase answers to the why. “1) Men Ain’t Supposed to Talk This may be the most obvious reason for male silence. Many men are at a disadvantage in discussions about …

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The Agile Mind — Reviewed Lightly and Well on

Check out an article I wrote about The Agile Mind for, titled “Promoting Mental Agility through Cognitive Control and Mental Representation.” Today, July 24th, my article is at the top of the first page where you’ll land. Title sounds a bit heavy, but article is light!

Psychological Distance — Great Friend of Emotional Regulation

As a therapist, a common occurrence took place after a client started taking prescribed medicine for bi-polar mood disorder. They became bored with the narrow band width of emotions they felt, even though they dreaded the downs. The ups added excitement. I understood, but as you can imagine, I always advocated staying on the meds. …

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