1. The Casual Vacancy

    theobsessive-compulsive:

    One of this generation’s most prominent author, J.K. Rowling’s new book “The Casual Vacany” has a character that suffers from OCD. The character is one of the main ones as well and Rowling hopes that this will prevent the trivializing of OCD, especially from media outlets.

    Rowling said it was based on her own experiences of the illness which she suffered from as well, which consisted of her “checking, double-checking, triple-checking things.”

    The Casual Vacancy is Rowling’s first novel apart from the Harry Potter series.

  2. Hi! Would you be able to help my friends and I spread our blog as part of our community awareness project for OCD! Thanks! theobsessive-compulsive(.)tumblr(.)com/

    Of course!

    How did you learn to do your tags page?

    I made it using the tag cloud generator by Heather Rivers. For some reason the link doesn’t seem to be working right now…

  3. Mental Illness Affects Job Prospects More Than Physical Disability

    Medical News Today (08 Oct 2012) — The stigma of mental illness often has a greater impact on people’s employment prospects than physical disability or illness, Australian researchers reported today.

    The study, commissioned by WISE Employment, a not-for-profit organization aimed at empowering job seekers to find meaningful work, revealed that mental illness, even in today’s supposed period of apparent enlightenment, continues to be a serious obstacle to employment.

    The study was commissioned as part of Mental Health Week, which started on Sunday, October 7th, 2012.

    The researchers explained that one in every five Australian adults has been affected with some kind of mental illness during the last 12 months.

    The main barrier to employing people who have had or have a mental illness is simply ignorance - or lack of understanding, said Matthew Lambelle, from WISE Employment.

    Matthew Lambelle emphasized that mental illness is not linked to job performance.  

    WISE Employment (WISE) says it is dedicated towards the reduction of stigma associated with employing people who have a mental illness. The organization says that people with a mental illness are capable of working, and doing their jobs well; sometimes even being the best person for a position.

    WISE explained that most employers with at least five workers most likely already have personnel with some kind of mental illness, many in positions of trust and responsibility.

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  4. Sleeping Brain Behaves as If It’s Remembering Something

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    ScienceDaily (Oct. 7, 2012) — UCLA researchers have for the first time measured the activity of a brain region known to be involved in learning, memory and Alzheimer’s disease during sleep. They discovered that this part of the brain behaves as if it’s remembering something, even under anesthesia, a finding that counters conventional theories about memory consolidation during sleep.

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    (via neurosciencestuff)

  5. Girls With ADHD More Prone to Self-Injury, Suicide as They Enter Adulthood

    Girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are significantly more likely to attempt suicide or injure themselves as young adults than girls who do not have ADHD, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. 

    Young women diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as girls, particularly the type with early signs of impulsivity, were three to four times more likely to attempt suicide and two to three times more likely to report injuring themselves than comparable young women in a control group, according to the findings, published online in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 

    "ADHD can signal future psychological problems for girls as they are entering adulthood," said the study’s lead author, Stephen Hinshaw, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of California, Berkeley. "Our findings reinforce the idea that ADHD in girls is particularly severe and can have serious public health implications." 

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  6. I have to ask, as it's been bugging me the entire time, but is your title a shout-out to the Evangelion Rebuild series? with the (not) thing. Apologies if this has been asked before or if it irritates you. xD; Love your blog, too.

    Oh no, ask away! It’s actually an allusion to this painting. When I made this blog I thought, “The image addresses perception, that has to do with psychology somehow!” And that’s how the title came about.

    Naming things is a pain in the ass

    I'm surprised that "science" isn't a tag that is on the majority of your posts and/or reblogs~!

    That’s because I use it mostly to distinguish between psychology posts and posts on other fields of science, not because I don’t think psychology is a science. :)

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    #HisSassyFaceWhenHeSaysItThough

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  8. The Dilemma of Anger: “Let It Out” or “Bottle It Up”?

    via Invitation to Psychology

    What do you do when you feel angry? Do you tend to brood and sulk, collecting your righteous complaints like acorns for the winter, or do you erupt, hurling your wrath upon anyone or anything at hand? Do you discuss your feelings when you have calmed down? Does “letting anger out” get rid of it for you, or does it only make it more intense?

    The answers are crucial for how you get along with your family, neighbors, employers, and strangers. Critical thinkers can learn to think carefully about how and when to express anger, and make a calm decision on how to proceed. Chronic feelings of anger and an inability to control anger can be as emotionally devastating and unhealthy as chronic problems with depression or anxiety. Yet in contrast to much pop-psych advice, research shows that expressing anger does not always get it “out of your system”; often people feel worse, physically and mentally, after an angry confrontation. When people brood and ruminate about their anger, talk to others incessantly about how angry they are, or ventilate their feelings in hostile acts, their blood pressure shoots up, they often feel angrier, and they behave even more aggressively later than if they had just let their feelings of anger subside (Bushman et al., 2005; Tavris, 1989). Conversely, when people learn to control their tempers and express anger constructively, they usually feel better, not worse; calmer, not angrier.

    When people are feeling angry, they have a choice of doing any number of things, some of which will be more beneficial than others. Some people sulk, expecting everyone else to read their minds, which is hardly a way to communicate clearly. Many post impulsive comments on blogs that have annoyed them or send nasty texts on the spur of the moment. Some scream abuses at their friends or family, or strike out physically. If a particular action soothes their feelings or gets the desired response from others, they are likely to acquire a habit. Soon that habit feels “natural,” as if it could never be changed. Some habits are better than others, though! Baking bread or going for a jog is fine, whereas many people justify their violent tempers by saying, “I couldn’t help myself.” But they can. If you have acquired an abusive or aggressive habit, the research offers practical suggestions for learning constructive ways of managing anger:

    • Don’t sound off in the heat of anger; let bodily arousal cool down. Whether your arousal comes from background stresses such as heat, crowds, or loud noise or from conflict with another person, take time to relax. Time allows you to decide whether you are really angry or just tired and tense. This is the reason for the sage old advice to count to 10, count to 100, or sleep on it. Other cooling-off strategies include taking a time-out in the middle of an argument, meditating or relaxing, and calming yourself with a distracting activity.

    • Don’t take it personally. If you feel that you have been insulted, check your perception for its accuracy. Could there be another reason for the behavior you find offensive? People who are quick to feel anger tend to interpret other people’s actions as intentional offenses. People who are slow to anger tend to give others the benefit of the doubt, and they are not as focused on their own injured pride. Empathy (“Poor guy, he’s feeling rotten”) is usually incompatible with anger, so practice seeing the situation from the other person’s perspective.

    • Beware of road rage—yours and the other person’s. Driving increases everyone’s level of physiological arousal, but not everyone becomes a hotheaded driver. Some drivers make themselves angry by having vengeful and retaliatory thoughts about other drivers (who have the nerve to change lanes or want to park! Who dare to drive at the speed limit in a school zone!). Hotheaded drivers take more risks while driving (rapidly switching lanes in their impatience), behave more aggressively (swearing, giving other drivers the finger or cursing them), and have more accidents (Deffenbacher et al., 2003).

    If you decide that expressing anger is appropriate, be sure you use the right verbal and nonverbal language to make yourself understood. Because cultures (and families) have different display rules, be sure the recipient of your anger understands what you are feeling and what complaint you are trying to convey—and whether or not the person thinks your anger is appropriate. For example, a study compared the use of anger by Asian-American and Anglo-American negotiators. Expressing anger was effective for the Anglo teams—it got more concessions from the other side—but was much less effective for the Asian negotiators (Adam, Shirako, & Maddux, 2010).

    Think carefully about how to express anger so that you will get the results you want. What do you want your anger to accomplish? Do you just want to make the other person feel bad, or do you want the other person to understand your concerns and make amends? Shouting “You moron! How could you be so stupid!” might accomplish the former goal, but it’s not likely to get the person to apologize, let alone to change his or her behavior. If your goal is to improve a bad situation or achieve justice, learning how to express anger so the other person will listen is essential.

    Of course, if you just want to blow off steam, go right ahead; but you risk becoming a hothead.