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Positive Thinking Vs Realistic Thinking

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In CBT groups we work on catching the lies we tell ourselves (I can't stand it; they don't like me; I'll never meet my goal). We try to figure out what kind of lie we're telling ourselves.  Are we blowing things out of proportion, are we mind-reading what we imagine others think about us, or having thoughts that are fatalistic? Once we have identified how we're not being accurate or truthful in our thoughts, we work on coming up with a more positive, or more accurately, ...
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Alcohol-Related Deaths in America

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just released new numbers this past month regarding alcohol effects in America. The study looked at data from years 2006-2010 and looked at alcohol-attributable deaths (AAD), as well as years of life potentially lost (YPLL) due to excessive alcohol use.  Here are two quotes from the report:      Excessive drinking accounted for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults in the United States.  Among working-a...
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New Study on Who Is Likely To Binge Drink

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In Nature this week there is a new study predicting who is likely to binge drink. This study looked at brains of 700 teens throughout Europe. Several factors were present, but a big one seemed to be personality. Thrill-seekers and those who were less conscientious were at greater risk. However, brain structure showed a relationship, as well. Here's a quote from NPR which paraphrases the study: Among binge drinkers, the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, which plays a ro...
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Did you know that drug overdoses kill more people than falling, guns or even traffic accidents? The National Institute on Drug Abuse has a teen section aimed at providing teenagers with good scientific information, such as this fact about deaths in the US.    If you work with teenagers, or are a parent, this website and the blog for teens, is an excellent resource. There are articles about  tobacco use, spice, video game addiction, and stimulant use for improving gr...
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Research on Facebook

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Love Facebook? Hate it? This is a great little article on how Facebook has changed social life in the past decade, and shares 10 social research studies about how Facebook affects us.  One of the things I liked about this article at Greater Good is how much CBT really relates. For example, one study was about the "likes" one gets.  The article states, "When you post a status update, how disappointed are you if no one 'likes' it or comments on it? O...
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Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) About Happiness

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In group we talk about building a life worth living. Positive psychology is all about building lives worth living. That is why I'm so excited to write about this great new class. MOOCs are college courses that you can take either for a low cost, or for free. The MOOC I'm linking to is from Berkeley, and is all about positive psychology. I've already signed up. It starts in September. If you can devote a couple hours a week, you will be getting a lot of great research as to what ma...
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Brain Science and Research About Mental Illness

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Want to learn more about the brain? Sure, we all do. Our understanding of mental illness has come a long way, but there is so much more we need to know. To learn more about the brain in general, if you're a science-y type person, brainfacts.org is a neat site. There's lots of research about a variety of topics, as well as a section on mental illness.
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Acacia Parks, PhD is a professor of psychology, and knows quite a bit about positive psychology. She has become interested in studying self-help approaches. Self-help is at its best when it takes the best that clinical research has to offer, and makes it available and practical and useable for the general public. Dr. Parks has a new study and is recruiting participants. Participants will be evaluating two online programs designed to increase happiness, and you will hopefully develop new strateg...
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