How is Your Personality Linked To Your Health?

| The Mind Unleashed

A team of health psychologists at The University of Nottingham and the University of California in Los Angeles carried out a study to examine the relationship between certain personality traits and the expression of genes that can affect our health by controlling the activity of our immune systems.

The study did not find any results to support a common theory that tendencies toward negative emotions such as depression or anxiety can lead to poor health (disease-prone personality). What was related to differences in immune cell gene expression were a person’s degree of extraversion and conscientiousness.

How is Your Personality Linked To Your Health? | The Mind Unleashed.

How To Understand An Introvert, In One Chart

Many people associate the personality type with being shy or aloof, when really they just tend to reflect inwardly. In fact, introverts can just easily be social butterflies like their extroverted counterparts, they just approach it differently. But that’s not all that makes up an introvert: They also are extremely detail oriented, tend to be old soulsand make the most of downtime.

But if you just don’t identify with any of these characteristics (and don’t understand how anyone else does, either), fear not. Artist Roman Jones has created a handy guide that details everything you need to know about the “quiet type.” Read on to discover what introverts really think on a daily basis. Who knows? You may be able to relate to the personality type more than you thought.

How To Understand An Introvert, In One Chart.

Poor Sleep Can Lead to False Memories


Short of sleep? Your memory could be playing serious tricks on you.

We all know that lack of sleep affects our memory, along with other cognitive abilities.

Sitting in the office, sleep deprived, it’s difficult to remember your own name, let along the ever-lengthening to-do list. But now new research shows that not getting enough sleep increases the chances your mind will actually create false memories.

The study, published in Psychological Science, allowed one group of participants to get a full nights’ sleep, while another had to stay up all night (Frenda et al., 2014).

Poor Sleep Can Lead to False Memories — PsyBlog.

The Surefire First Step to Stop Procrastinating

| Psychology Today

We procrastinate for a variety of reasons—anxiety,perfectionism, lack of motivation, guilt, poor decision-making skills—and some of us wear our procrastination like a badge of honor. It’s not always a bad thing, of course, especially if you work well under pressure and you always end up meeting your deadlines in the end. But for the rest of us who would like to make some headway on the onerous tasks that putting in our rearview mirror would truly make us feel better.

Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., the author of The Friendship Fix and a  teacher at Georgetown University offers an old cognitive -behavioural therapy trick called the five-minute rule.

What’s the idea? …Read

The Surefire First Step to Stop Procrastinating | Psychology Today.

New centre helps struggling mothers go beyond stigma of mental health

The Globe and Mail

Getting parenting support is tough at the best of times, but especially challenging for women struggling with mental-health issues. Now a first-of-its-kind centre that dispenses with the need for formal referrals to a child psychiatrist, long wait times and fees is helping women be better moms.

Launched in January by Women’s College Hospital, but only officially announced this month, the Toronto centre – a pilot project – offers advice on helping kids overcome everything from sleep and eatingdisorders to sibling rivalry.

New centre helps struggling mothers go beyond stigma of mental health – The Globe and Mail.

How Emotionally Intelligent Are You? Here’s How To Tell

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What makes some people more successful in work and life than others? IQ and work ethic are important, but they don’t tell the whole story. Our emotional intelligence — the way we manage emotions, both our own and those of others — can play a critical role in determining our happiness and success.

Plato said that all learning has some emotional basis, and he may be right. The way we interact with and regulate our emotions has repercussions in nearly every aspect of our lives. To put it in colloquial terms, emotional intelligence (EQ) is like “street smarts,” as opposed to “book smarts,” and it’s what accounts for a great deal of one’s ability to navigate life effectively.

“What having emotional intelligence looks like is that you’re confident, good at working towards your goals, adaptable and flexible. You recover quickly from stress and you’re resilient,” Daniel Goleman, psychologist and author of Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, tells The Huffington Post. “Life goes much more smoothly if you have good emotional intelligence.”

The five components of emotional intelligence, as defined by Goleman, are self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, social skills and empathy. We can be strong in some of these areas and deficient in others, but we all have the power to improve any of them.

How Emotionally Intelligent Are You? Here’s How To Tell.

What I wish I had known: 16 student tips on how to find a job

The Globe and Mail

Internships and experiential learning are integral opportunities every student should engage in to gain key insight into the world of work, explore vocation, and participate in service leadership. These experiences can form a strong foundation that provides access for opportunities to network, receive mentoring, develop individual passions, as well as improve skill-sets (particularly soft skills) – all of which comprise fundamental steps in landing a job today.

Be likable and humble. At the very least, make them hope you’re the most qualified for the job.

Be flexible and adaptable, and don’t have too big of an ego. There’s no job too small – approach everything you’re assigned with a positive attitude. Your employer will notice and trust you with greater responsibilities in time, but you have to earn their trust first.

What I wish I had known: 16 student tips on how to find a job – The Globe and Mail.