Archive | May, 2015


31 May

Just a 30 minute nap can help undo the harmful effects of a poor nights sleep. The nap can restore normal hormone and protein levels. (Massachusetts General Hospital, 2015, 11(5), 2)


28 May

Researchers analyzed information from 5000 young people with lifetime histories of at least one of three types of abuse-psychological, physical, or sexual abuse. The psychological abuse included bullying, insults, overwhelming demands, and isolation. Those who experienced such psychological abuse had anxiety, depression , low self-esteem, PTSD, and suicidality at the same or greater rates than those physically or sexually abused. (In Brief, Monitor on Psychology, 2015, January, 46(1). 18)


25 May

Isaac Asimov: Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as important as your knowledge.”


21 May

A recent study showed that a brief daytime snooze can increase associative memory for items that are unfamiliar by fivefold.

(Mind, Mood, & Memory,2015, June, 2.)


17 May

Take a hike because a study out of an English University showed that consistent  group walking in nature was linked with less depression and more well-being. (In brief. Monitor on Psychology, 2014, December, 16-20)


14 May

Robert Benchley: There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who who divide the world into two kinds of people, and those who don’t.


10 May

The National Institute of Mental Health reported that about 4 million Americans, about 18% of the population, have a clinical anxiety disorder. (Stossel, S., A brief history of anxiety: The invention of modern malaise. Psychotherapy Networker, 2014, 38(6), 24-27)


7 May

At least once in life, about 10% U.S. citizens experience a serious episode of despondency, and depression is the most frequent emotional problem for women.  ( Kasten, E. Can infection give you the blues? Scientific American Mind, 2015, 26(3), 46-49)


3 May

Wallace Stevens: It is necessary to any originality to have the courage to be an amateur.