Hugs Not Drugs? Physical Affection Fights Disease, Study Says

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Don't get me wrong, I'll still take my Dayquil and my antibiotics, but maybe I'll follow that up with an extra big hug from anyone who can stand to be around my snuffly self.  (from PsychCentral)It’s cold and flu season again — make sure you get plenty of sleep, take some extra vitamin C and … hug each other a little more. Yes, that’s right. A new study reveals that frequent hugging lowers your chances of becoming ill during times of stress.   Prior research has found that high levels of s … [Read more...]

All Shook Up: “Therapy Better than Meds for Overcoming Anxiety.” Says Major Study


About a week-and-a-half ago, I taped a series on Women of Grace with Johnnette Benkovic on anxiety and my book, God Help Me, This Stress Is Driving Me Crazy!  Finding Balance through God's  Grace.  At the time, I asserted that while most people only receive medication by way of treatment for anxiety disorders, medication is simply less effective than therapy.  On the show, I said that anyone who has an anxiety disorder and is not receiving therapy is not receiving the best standard of care and ma … [Read more...]

Setting the Captive Free! New Research Illustrates our Power to Overcome Depression

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In response to my post linking the new study questioning the serotonin-deprivation theory of depression, I received a very thoughtful email from a reader who wrote, "Dr. Popcak, some of my friends who suffer with depression are saying that in this article you are blaming them for their depression. Can you explain further?"Blaming the Victim?  A ResponseI am grateful for her question because I would never want anyone to think that I was blaming sufferers of depression for being d … [Read more...]

You’re So Vain (You Probably Think This Quiz Is About You).


How narcissistic are you?   A new study shows that one question can accurately reveal the degree of narcissism you exhibit.Ready...?To what extent do you agree with the following statement, "I am a narcissist"?Not at All True--1   2  3  4  5  6  7 --Very True (A score of 3 is about average.  A score of 4 means you're more narcissistic than about 80% of people taking the quiz)Read the article.Take the actual quiz. … [Read more...]

Blah, Blah, Blah–Women DON’T Talk More than Men (yet another) Study Says


Yesterday, I reported on research that exposed the surprising (not for me, but for some) truth that men are not naturally dogs who are, by nature, obsessed with sex.   Apparently this is gender-stereotype busting week because a new study takes on yet another truism about the genders.You have no doubt heard the pop-psych claim that women use something on the order of 3 million words a day and men use 6 (OK, I'm exaggerating--the actual claim was something like 20,000 vs 7,000 words--but you g … [Read more...]

Was Facebook Manipulating Us? Maybe Not.


A lot of folks are pretty upset with Facebook for "manipulating" them.  A recent study showed that Facebook adjusted the algorithm that posts notifications to your wall.  At various times, they let through more "negative" posts.  Other times they let through more "positive" posts.  Then they checked the tone of your status updates to see whether your posts trended more positively or negatively in response.This study has a lot of people concerned about emotional manipulation via social media. … [Read more...]

The Four Components of Wisdom


I think most of us would like to be wise, or at least hope to become wise one day.  But I wonder how many of us could articulate what wisdom really looks like.  I suspect most of us know wisdom when we see it, but how many of us would be able to articulate the skills or abilities make up wisdom?Wisdom: 4 Keys to Getting UnstuckToday on More2Life Radio, we discussed "getting unstuck."  When we encounter situations that leave us not knowing what to do and we feel trapped or stuck, it is wi … [Read more...]

Frequent Arguing Doubles Risk of Death by Mid-Life


Frequent arguments with partners, relatives, or neighbors may boost the risk of death from any cause in middle age, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.  (See Science Daily for full article)Researchers quizzed almost 10,000 men and women aged 36 to 52 about their everyday social relationships. The researchers focused particularly on who, among partners, children, other relatives, friends and neighbors, made excess demands, prompted wo … [Read more...]