Dream Analysis Reveals if You Are Psychotic

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One of the big problems with psychology and psychiatry is that diagnosing patients relies heavily upon subjective, qualitative observations instead of more rigorous quantitative methods. In fact, publication of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (known as DSM-5 and colloquially referred to as the “Bible of psychiatry”) caused a major controversy precisely because its recommendations made no effort to incorporate biological evidence. A field that refuses to incorporate quantifiable markers of disease is going to have a difficult time gaining credibility. Continue reading

Behavioral Change Can Reduce Migraine Pain, Frequency

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Migraine sufferers will do almost anything to prevent or reduce the pain of migraines. Different techniques seem to work for different people. For me, drinking coffee, laying down in a dark and quiet room or taking a hot shower is often helpful. If those methods don’t work, there are also many effective medications, such as sumatriptan and eletriptan. However, life would be much better if there was a more systematic, evidence-based approach to preventing migraines in the first place. Continue reading

Why We Flaunt Our Sexy Partners

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Plenty of anecdotal evidence suggests that women are attracted to men who are already in a relationship. Psychologist Valerie Golden believes this is a real phenomenon, citing research which showed that women were far more interested in a man if they thought he was taken rather than single.

flaunting.jpgThe prevailing explanation for this is that women trust the decisions made by other women. A woman may subconsciously say to herself, “If he’s good enough for her, then he’s good enough for me.” If she then acts on this adulterous impulse, she is officially a “mate poacher.”

Men, it seems, are well aware of how women think on this matter. If women are drawn to men who are in relationships, then maybe men will choose to flaunt their partners, particularly if they are attractive. Indeed, new research shows exactly that: Men (and women) like to flaunt their sexy partners to their peers. Continue reading