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.

Going To Bed Late Can Increase Negative Thinking And Worry

Sleep can affect or even shape your life beyond the ways you  could imagine.

Skimping on sleep and staying up late could indicate you’re headed for a negative spiral of persistent worry and negative thinking, according to new research from Binghamton University.

The researchers asked 100 students to complete several questionnaires and two computerized tasks to gauge repetitive negative thinking (RNT) by measuring how much the subjects worried, ruminated or obsessed over something. The subjects also answered questions about their sleep habits and schedules.

Going To Bed Late Can Increase Negative Thinking And Worry.

How our brains make us anxious about things that’ll never hurt us

– The Washington Post

Modern life can feel defined by low-level anxiety swirling through society: Continual reports about terrorism and war. A struggle to stay on top of family finances and hold onto jobs. An onslaught of news coverage about Ebola. At the heart of issues like these lies uncertainty – the unknown likelihood of how ongoing crises will evolve over time.

Worries knocking on the door 

How our brains make us anxious about things that’ll never hurt us – The Washington Post.

Thinking Humanity: Psychoanalyze Yourself Test

This is a very interesting test. Try it.
Have a pen and paper handy before you read any further. As soon as you read a question, write the answer right away. Make sure to answer questions 1-10 before moving onNO CHEATING!!
Read the following questions, imagining the scenes in your mind, and write down the FIRST thing that you visualize. Do not think about the questions excessively.
Thinking Humanity: Psychoanalyze Yourself Test.

Realizing the power of talented women

| McKinsey & Company

During the summer of 2013—about two and a half years after the start of a major effort to increase the number and proportion of senior-leadership roles held by women at eBay Inc.1 we conducted a global gender-diversity survey on the attitudes and experiences of our top 1,700 leaders.2 The survey revealed some good news: for example, our leaders—women and men alike—consider gender diversity an important business goal. Moreover, we found no aspiration gap: women and men, in roughly the same proportion, want to move up.

Realizing the power of talented women | McKinsey & Company.

Online haven gives HOPE to YOUTH struggling with mental illness

Based on Epoch Times Article

When considering how to improve mental health services for students, policy makers must be cognizant of the specific behaviours and habits of teens and young adults, says Aubé. In her case, she avoided talking to the school counsellor because she felt an adult couldn’t relate and wouldn’t be able to offer useful guidance. Fear of stigma amongst her peers and being labelled as “crazy” was also a block to seeking help.

Costly medications and therapy sessions aren’t always an option for young adults, many of whom work minimum wage jobs or are living on their own for the first time, she adds. This treatment gap has brought many youth who have already been diagnosed with a mental illness to her website, often as a last resort when they couldn’t find effective support elsewhere.

“I find that the traditional way [of getting help] is really intimidating for teens, and because there’s not the relatable aspect, that’s what teens are craving,” says Aubé. “We want to feel like we’re in this together.”

There is a new online support group launched by Emily Aubé, a university student and mental health activist who hails from Barrie, Ontario.anxietyfreecommunity pic

Online Haven Gives Hope to Youth Struggling With Mental Illness: 

8 Steps to Like Yourself (More)

| World of Psychology

Notice the word “like.” I’m not going to be so bold as to introduce eight steps that will have you love yourself. Baby steps, right?

For some, self-love is a no-brainer. They grew up in homes where LOVE was the predominant four-letter word. Some possess too much, and like Vanity Smurf, are most comfortable with a mirror in hand. These are the loud talkers, who think that everyone 20 feet behind and ahead of them should hear what’s on their mind.

8 Steps to Like Yourself (More) | World of Psychology.

The Things I Wish You Knew About My Mental Illness… 

| Elizabeth Hawksworth, on The Blog, Huffpost Living, Canada

The first thing I wish you knew is that I don’t choose to be like this. Whether it’s my brain chemicals that are different than yours, or a situation I’ve experienced (and for me it has been both), I don’t make a choice to have mental illness any more than a cancer sufferer chooses to have cancer. My symptoms are simply different, and they are ruled by my brain, which makes it seem like I can control them. I wish you knew what a struggle it was sometimes to act normal, to keep smiling, to pretend that I’m just like everyone else. In reality, every nerve ending is buzzing, my legs are almost imperceptibly shaking, and my heart is beating a million miles a minute while I try to control the compulsions and obsessions in my brain. In reality, I would like to be safely in bed, away from the scary things in the world, in the cocoon of my apartment, ignoring everyone.

The Things I Wish You Knew About My Mental Illness | Elizabeth Hawksworth.

Researchers create formula that predicts happiness

The Globe and Mail

Are you happy? Scientists suggest they can compute the answer.

A team of researchers at University College London have come up with a new one-line equation to predict people’s happiness from moment to moment.

Their work, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offers a mathematical solution to explain a fickle and elusive human emotion.

Researchers create formula that predicts happiness – The Globe and Mail.