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Today’s high-stress environment is an opportunity to reset how our brains deal with stressful situations. CasarsaGuru/iStock

Want to stop the COVID-19 stress meltdown? Train your brain

With the county facing a crisis in emotional health, we may need two vaccines: one for COVID-19 and another for toxic stress. Here's a technique for dealing with all that stress.
Gyms start to empty as more and more people give up their New Year’s resolutions. AP Photo/Sang Tan

Why your New Year’s resolution to go to the gym will fail

Gym memberships spike as people make their New Year's resolutions – but very few people will actually use them past February.
The emotion of lassitude might help your body fight off infection by making certain adjustments. Kalinka Georgieva/Shutterstock.com

Feeling sick is an emotion meant to help you get better faster

Fighting off infection comes with predictable psychological and behavioral features. Now researchers suggest an emotion coordinates this response to help you get better. They call it 'lassitude.'
Historically, the body and movement have been widely disregarded within psychotherapy. But times are changing, as a growing movement of somatic and dance therapies are gaining scientific credibility. (Shutterstock)

From depression to Parkinson’s disease: The healing power of dance

Dance therapy is effective in treating depression, improving memory and neuroplasticity in older adults and improving executive function in those with Parkinson's disease.
Felicity Huffman leaves federal court with her husband William H. Macy, left, and her brother Moore Huffman Jr. rear center, after she was sentenced in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal, Sept. 13, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Felicity Huffman: White is the colour of remorse

The fallout from the Huffman case has been intense, with much anger centered on the light punishment meted out to a white A-list celebrity versus the excessive charges levelled at Black defendants.
Your cold, hard list is no match for hot emotions. Glenn Carstens-Peters/Unsplash

A rational checklist is no match for emotions in matters of the heart

A cold, logical list of attributes sought in a partner is cast aside by the hot emotions that come up in real life. A psychology researcher explains how this 'hot-cold empathy gap' works in dating.
To feel a pang of pleasure at the misfortune of others is to be human. VixCompaNi/Shutterstock.com

Why does it feel good to see someone fail?

Schadenfreude seems to arise out of envy and a sense of justice. But some psychologists believe a darker impulse is at play.
Successful therapy involves collaboration. Both therapist and client work at maintaining a positive relationship and need to continuously respond and adjust to the other. (Shutterstock)

The surprising secret to successful psychotherapy

Therapy works. But success has little to do with your therapist’s experience, gender, graduate degree, or even the school of therapy they practise.
Some believe the color pink can calm unruly inmates. Others say it’s a form of humiliation. Mohd KhairilX/Shutterstock.com

Can pink really pacify?

Famously feminized by the Nazis – and later used in prison cells to limit aggression in inmates – the color pink toes a shaky line between social psychology and gender stereotyping.
You’re ready to blow your top – but how much is due to your internal hunger and how much to external annoyances? Perfectlab/Shutterstock

When does hungry become hangry?

Missing a meal can certainly push you toward a bad mood. But new research identifies in what kind of situations hunger is most likely to tip toward hanger.

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