The Dark Side of That Personality Quiz You Just Took
by PAUL BISCEGLIO, The Atlantic
July 13, 2017
Clearly, personality quizzes have some sort of perennial appeal. Facebook newsfeeds are filled with BuzzFeed quizzes and other oddball questionnaires that tell you which city you should actually live in, which ousted Arab Spring ruler you are, and which Hogwarts house you belong in. But these new online quizzes have a dark edge that their analog predecessors didn’t. In the wake of the U.S. election, a secretive data firm hired by Donald Trump’s campaign boasted that it has been using quizzes for years to gather personal information about millions of voters. Its goal: the creation of digital profiles that can predict—and possibly exploit—Americans’ values, anxieties, and political leanings.
Women and men may have different bipolar disorder biomarkers
by Materials, sciencedaily.com
July 11, 2017
Bipolar disorder is a recurring mood condition that will affect about 1 to 4 percent of people in the United States over their lifetimes.
Yes, You Can’t!—Why You Should Affirm Your Limitations
Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. / Psychology Today
Don’t give up on your dreams, advantageously “amend” them. The title above may seem rather pessimistic—or downright perverse. Virtually every article written on achieving goals encourages you to transcend your (perceived) limitations—to break down, or leap over, barriers of your own making. But on a cautionary note, there are many times when your lofty ideals must bow to inescapable reality. Times when you have to make peace with constraints you’re enduringly “afflicted” with. Aspirations that, genetically or temperamentally, will remain off limits for you.
Strawberry compound may prevent Alzheimer’s
By Honor Whiteman / Medical News Today
A natural compound found in strawberries and other fruits and vegetables could help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related neurodegenerative diseases, new research suggests.
What Everyday Situation Can Drain Your Empathy for Others?
Meg Selig / Psychology Today
If we stop doing this one thing, we can become kinder to others—and ourselves. Psychologists have long studied the issue of when we more likely to ignore the suffering of others and just walk on by and when we are likely to stop and help. Of course there are sociopaths and narcissists whose upbringing and genetics have contributed to a pathological lack of compassion for others. But the studies of helping behavior don’t focus on these outliers. Rather, they focus on ordinary people like you and me whose intentions are generally good.
How Animals Heal Us and Teach Us
psychologytoday.com | July 11, 2017
Source: Jonas Vincent/Unsplash
A famous survey conducted in 2004 showed that our social networks are decreasing dramatically. In fact, the #1 reason people are seeking out therapy is loneliness. The New York Times calls it an “epidemic of loneliness.” And yet loneliness has powerful repercussions, including earlier mortality.
Depression and the brain: Study finds sex-specific differences in teens
by Maria Cohut, medicalnewstoday.com
Teenage boys and girls experience depression differently, study shows.
Research targeting the brain activity of male and female adolescents found that depression may affect their brains in different ways, pointing to a need to better understand major depression across sexes.