Archive for the ‘Emotions’ Category

Adolescents are Prone to Love Addiction

Tweet Adolescence spans from roughly age twelve to as late as twenty-five, with the late teens and early twenties sometimes called ‘emerging adulthood.’ During this important and exciting phase of life, individuals transition from being children to being adults. Specific aspects of physical, social, and personality maturation affect the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors of adolescents. […]

Empathy Erosion and Treating People Like Objects

Tweet By guest blogger Amy Broadway Earlier this May, Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus escaped from a partially boarded-up home in Cleveland, Ohio. The nation suspects 52-year-old Ariel Castro individually kidnapped the women over a decade ago, imprisoning them in his home and psychologically and physically torturing them until their escape. Cuyahoga County […]

About Irritability

Tweet Normally an astute and happy kid, 12-year-old Chase Edwards had suddenly become irritable and sulky. Chase’s parents didn’t realize that his irritability was more than just puberty hormonal changes until he decided to end his life. Chase’s case shows that irritability, particularly in children and adolescents, can be a symptom of an underlying life-threatening […]

Emotional Regulation as a Route to Happiness

Tweet This post about emotional regulation and happiness was just posted over at the Breakup Cleanse. Share

Q&A: Anxiety and the Amygdala

Tweet I heard the amygdala gets larger when you suffer from anxiety. Is that true? “Martin” (not his real name) Dear “Martin” Yes, it is true. Or, at least the amount of gray matter in the amygdala, a small almond-shaped part of the subcortical brain in the temporal lobe, increases. See e.g. this article. There […]

Painful Reminders

Tweet My coauthor Catherine Behan has a new promotional video out. She has had several very different reactions to it. Some viewers got mad, some got sad and some got happy. Why does one video trigger such different responses? Movies and fiction, more generally, trigger affective responses: reflexes, moods and complex emotions. We feel pity […]

Sex, Romance and Menopause

Tweet If you are a woman anywhere near 50, you either just went through menopause or you are going to go through it within the next five years. How is that going to affect your sex life? And how will you respond chemically to new love affairs and breakups? “Menopause” means the end of menstruation. […]

The Fearless Woman

Tweet Adrenaline is one of the main ingredients in the love chemical cocktail that floods the blood vessels of people during the honeymoon phase of new relationships, after breakups and in cases of unrequited love. High levels of adrenaline, in turn, are closely correlated with fear. It has long been suspected that the amygdala, a […]

Personality Neglect

Tweet Can you predict how happy you will be when you graduate for college, get promoted or rekindle old love? Researchers say ‘no’.  Psychologist Jordi Quoidbach from University of Liege, Belgium and his coauthor Elizabeth Dunn from University of British Columbia recently looked at how accurate people’s predictions about their own future happiness are. They […]

Love and Hate

Tweet According to an old saying, the opposite of love isn’t hate but indifference. Recent scientific studies show that there is some truth to this claim. The areas of the brain associated with hate are entirely different from those associated with other negative emotions, including fear and sadness. Fear and sadness are significantly correlated with […]

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