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IMAlive: A Global Crisis Chat Service

Pinterest Board CommanderIMAlive.org is an online crisis counseling service that uses an instant message (IM) chat interface instead of phone or SMS texting. I maintain Online Suicide Help, a global directory of services which are usually restricted to one country or even one small town. This has [Read More ...]The Creator...
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Learn How to Stop Being Your Own Worst Critic

Pinterest Board CommanderHow to tune out self-doubt. When we summon the courage to take a risk or make a change, we often encounter fear and a little voice that talks trash. “You won’t be good at it. Don’t try it. You’ll fail anyway. It’s not worth the [Read More ...]The Creator...
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How to Be Honest with Yourself

Pinterest Board Commander“When compassion awakens in your heart, you’re able to be more honest with yourself.” – Mingyur Rinpoche Do you lie to yourself? Maybe just a little? Maybe a lot? Whatever the answer, you’re not alone. Most people tell lies, rationalize at times, trying to reassure [Read More ...]The Creator...
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Psychology Around the Net: August 19, 2017

Pinterest Board CommanderHappy Saturday, sweet readers! Guess what? I’m going “off the grid” this weekend. Well, maybe not in the strictest of senses (I’ll still have my computer and phone) but in the sense that…well, let’s just say I’ve been neglecting my own personal interests — things [Read More ...]The Creator...
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Feeling Scattered

Pinterest Board CommanderWhen I sat down to write this article, I was completely focused on what I wanted to accomplish. Now, here it is, just 20 minutes later, and I’m feeling scattered and unfocused. What happened? An “urgent” text pinged, saddling me with another task I must [Read More ...]The Creator...
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The Ties Between Crime and Malignant Narcissism

Pinterest Board CommanderWhat do Jim Jones, OJ Simpson, and Ted Bundy all have in common? They were charismatic, charming, and had the ability to influence almost anyone. They also demonstrated specific characteristics associated with malignant narcissism. Malignant narcissism is known as a mixture of narcissism and antisocial [Read More ...]The Creator...
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How computers learn to recognize objects instantly | Joseph Redmon

Pinterest Board CommanderTen years ago, researchers thought that getting a computer to tell the difference between a cat and a dog would be almost impossible. Today, computer vision systems do it with greater than 99 percent accuracy. How? Joseph Redmon works on the YOLO (You Only Look Once) system, an open-source method of object detection that can identify objects in images and video -- from zebras to stop signs -- with lightning-quick speed. In a remarkable live demo, Redmon shows off this important step forward for applications like self-driving cars, robotics and even cancer detection. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe...[Read More ...]The Creator...
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Best of Our Blogs: August 18, 2017

Pinterest Board CommanderMany of us are living our hell. We feel trapped, imprisoned, and unhappy by circumstances we have no control over. Maybe we’re unemployed or stuck in a relationship, job or state that we can’t stand. When I feel this way, I think of Holocaust survivor [Read More ...]The Creator...
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How New Generation Drugs Are Targeting Depression

Pinterest Board CommanderTwo years ago, I talked with a prominent psychiatrist about what could be done for all the people who have treatment-resistant depression who do not respond — or only partially respond — to the drugs on the market today. “We wait for better drugs to come out,” [Read More ...]The Creator...
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What to Do When Your Friends Divorce

Pinterest Board CommanderYou have been best buddies for years. As couples you were at each other’s weddings, baby showers, and housewarmings. You spend more weekends together than not. And, almost as much as growing old with your spouse, you picture growing old with them. Until — divorce. When [Read More ...]The Creator...
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Psychology Today Promotes Its Own Trump Fake News

Pinterest Board CommanderNo matter what your political view, it is disconcerting when we run across news online that is not factually correct. President Trump refers to such news stories as “fake news” — but also includes in this category any news story he simply doesn’t agree with. [Read More ...]The Creator...
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Podcast: What Is Postpartum Depression?

Pinterest Board CommanderIn this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome guest Dr. Emma Basch. Dr. Basch is a licensed clinical psychologist as well as the author of PsychCentral’s Maternity Matters blog. She joins our hosts (two childless men, it should [Read More ...]The Creator...
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Science Says This Is How to Break Any Bad Habit

Pinterest Board CommanderIt’s 3 p.m., and you’re deep in an afternoon energy slump. You head towards the office kitchen to grab a glass of water where you encounter a box of treats that seems to be calling your name. “Just one,” you swear. But that’s the third [Read More ...]The Creator...
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Want Happy and Healthy Kids? Just Say “NO!”

Pinterest Board CommanderWhen asked what they want for their kids, many parents respond, “I just want them to be happy and healthy.” Such a simple, harmless, laudable goal! And yet, such an orientation frequently results in parents giving their kids too much stuff, too many experiences, at too early an age. [Read More ...]The Creator...
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What six years in captivity taught me about fear and faith (English subtitles) | Ingrid Betancourt

Pinterest Board Commander(Full English subtitles are available for this talk -- click the CC button in the bottom right of your screen to turn subtitles on.) In 2002, the Colombian guerrilla movement known as the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) kidnapped Ingrid Betancourt in the middle of her presidential campaign. For the next six years, Betancourt was held hostage in jungle prison camps where she was ravaged by malaria, fleas, hunger and human cruelty until her rescue by the Colombian government. In this deeply personal talk, the politician turned writer explains what it's like to live in a perpetual state of fear -- and how her faith sustained her. (In Spanish with English subtitles.) The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and...[Read More ...]The Creator...
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OCD and Sleep Timing

Pinterest Board CommanderI’ve been writing about obsessive-compulsive disorder for about ten years now, and my most-read posts, by far, are those that discuss sleep and sleep deprivation. OCD, by its very nature, is unconducive to a good night’s sleep. How can you sleep when you have to [Read More ...]The Creator...
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America’s Drunk History: An Interview with Christopher M. Finan

Pinterest Board CommanderThe Fix Q&A with Christopher M. Finan, author of Drunks: An American History, on our nation’s history of alcoholism, recovery and AA. The origin story of America is typically told as a fight for freedom. But a new book, Drunks: An American History, by Christopher [Read More ...]The Creator...
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Speak the Evil

Pinterest Board CommanderSee no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil. And in case you were wondering, the proverbial “evil” would be my dormant mental health issues.   Growing up in an upper-class family in Des Moines, Iowa, mental health was an afterthought — sandwiched in [Read More ...]The Creator...
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