Psychology

Taking Cold Showers in the Middle of Winter Changed My Life

Geeta Nadkarni | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Business
Geeta Nadkarni

I started a 30-day cold shower program after I realized that many of my other entrepreneurial heroes like Tony Robbins and Tim Ferriss also use cold showers to prime themselves for their day. Why? Because, as I discovered first hand, a cold shower is like a Rorschach ink blot test for all the crap you carry around in your mental backpack. The crap that holds you back from greatness.

Why We're All So Obsessed With the Paranormal

Parmjit Parmar | Posted 03.16.2015 | Canada Living
Parmjit Parmar

Here are a few reasons why vampires, paranormal activity and supernatural stories continue to intrigue and entertain our society.

Why We Need To Let People in Gaza Know That Their Community Is Waiting to Help

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Impact
Romeo Vitelli

Since 2001, Palestinian militants have launched thousands of mortar and missile attacks directed against the southern part of Israel, particularly th...

Why I Don't Like The Term 'Mental Illness'

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

I have to admit something embarrassing. I am a registered psychologist working in private practice, and I don't know what the term mental illness means. Well, on a general level I know that it refers to psychological problems, but I don't know exactly what is meant by the "illness" part.

We Need More Research and Less Shaming When Talking About Anti-Vaxxers

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

I understand people's anger toward anti-vaccination and other "non-scientific" belief systems. But let's use science to help solve the problem, and not let our emotions get the better of us. Rather than type insults on Twitter, our time might be best spent advocating for more research grant money to help better understand this important issue.

Cynicism, Paranoia and Stress Can Dramatically Impact Your Health

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada Living
Romeo Vitelli

When the researchers looked at how Type A behaviour was linked to cardiovascular disease however, the results were very different. Stress, neuroticism, cynicism, and paranoia were all significant predictors of cardiovascular disease although being ambitious and hard-driven were not.

How Similar Are Humans to Chimpanzees and Orangutans?

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

What do these study findings actually suggest about human personality? Seeing similar personality trends in other species that have a shared evolutionary history with humans provides strong evidence that biology plays an important role in personality, perhaps even more than social or cultural influences.

The 10 Money Fears that Block Women From Wealth

Alyson Jones | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

As a therapist I have worked with many successful women who have the "fraud syndrome," where they think they do not deserve the success they are experiencing and that somebody somehow will find out that they are faking it. There are also those who are suspicious of success and power. Here are some of the common blocks and defeating thoughts that women commonly experience.

How to Survive a Character Assassination

Ryan Pannell | Posted 12.22.2014 | Canada Living
Ryan Pannell

If you are a dynamic, successful individual, a born leader, highly charismatic, popular, attractive, or all of these things, then at some point you are guaranteed to be the target of character assassination. Given how damaging character assassination can be, it's worthwhile having in your toolkit the means to survive one -- and not just survive: PREVAIL.

How Do We Help Drone Operators Facing Burnout?

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 12.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Romeo Vitelli

Despite the high rates of exhaustion and cynicism in drone operators, only a very small percentage of drone operators met the formal criteria for occupational burnout or viewed themselves as being ineffective at their jobs. The exhausting schedules that drone operators need to follow are definitely cause for concern due to the increased risk of mishaps during drone missions.

Why We Need To Increase Insurance Coverage For Private Psychological Care

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Roger Covin, Ph.D

Increasing insurance benefits increases access to private care, which has become a necessity in Canada. Those wanting psychological treatments must either choose between public care (ex: psychologist in a hospital) or private care (ex: psychologist in private practice). Unfortunately, there tend to be unreasonable wait lists for access to public care (typically one year or longer).

Why We Don't Need a Blood Test to Diagnose Depression

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 11.22.2014 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

For those who are unfamiliar with this latest science story, researchers in the U.S. claim they can diagnose depression using a blood sample. Why would we need a blood test to do something professionals can already accomplish on their own in a fairly short period of time? The most touted benefit of this test seemed to be that it would offer the first "objective" measurement of depression. In the present case, the problem with trying to find an "objective" method of diagnosing depression is that "depression" and "diagnosis of depression" are two separate things.

Are Bikers and Hikers Really That Different?

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Living
Tamara Griffiths

Research is showing that high-risk sport can serve many other personal goals beyond thrill seeking. For example Castanier et al. found that 'escape self-awareness' was a key motivation in their study of high-risk sportsmen. Escape self-awareness means, as the term suggests, turning your thinking away from yourself by engaging in high-risk activities that absorb all concentration.

These Clues Help Identify a Mentally Ill 'Lone Gunman' Before Tragedy Strikes

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

Lone-acting offenders were far more likely to have a history of mental illness than offenders who had been part of a group. Lone-actors with mental illness were also more likely to have a spouse or partner who was part of a larger movement (making them more vulnerable to outside influences) and to have parents who were divorced. Though offenders acting alone are often characterized as being "loners" without any real sources of emotional support, that doesn't appear to be the case.

The Complexity of Closing Gaps in Canada's Mental Health Care System

Karen R. Cohen | Posted 10.26.2014 | Canada Living
Karen R. Cohen

Earlier this week, Marvin Ross reached out to the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) for a piece that he was writing for HuffPost about the significant needs and gaps when it comes to "serious mental illness" in Canada. The issues and needs when it comes to Canada's mental health and illness are complex, however, and we wanted to make an opportunity to share our perspective first hand.

Why We Need Mandatory Psychological Tests For Foreign Adoptive Parents

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

Previous reports stated that Maxim had a positive relationship with Massimo Maravalle and his wife Patrizia but questions are now being raised about what signs may have been missed. Other witnesses have reported that the suspect had been seen shaking Maxim a few days before his death although it is still unknown whether psychiatric problems contributed to his actions.

Why Rob Ford's Addiction is An Explanation, Not An Excuse

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Roger Covin, Ph.D

In the case of someone like Rob Ford, he may have very little control over his cravings for alcohol, and this is where he deserves sympathy. In a culture where everyone has something -- coffee, cigarettes, marijuana, shopping, alcohol, need for approval, etc. -- it shouldn't be too hard for us to sympathize with someone dealing with a dependence problem. However, as a man who has good financial resources and who is capable of accomplishing significant person goals, he has considerable, personal influence over the treatment of this problem.

The Toll Trauma Takes on the Families of Victims

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Romeo Vitelli

In a recent news conference over the ongoing kidnapping crisis in Nigeria, the national chairman of the Kibaku (Chibok) Area Development Association has stated that at least seven parents of kidnapped girls have died due to trauma. According to Dr. Pogu Bitrus, delays in the government response to free the girls has taken a toll on parents as a result.

How To Take Control of Your Psoriasis and Regain Confidence

Kimberly Moffit | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Living
Kimberly Moffit

Many people don't realize how skin conditions can deeply affect our self-confidence and create emotional challenges. Some people give up on activities they enjoy like playing sports (wearing athletic clothing) or dating (nervous about appearance). Recognizing the emotional barriers will help to empower you and help you gain confidence.

Do You Know About This Mysterious Sleeping Epidemic?

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

Along with the inhabitants of Kalachi, the few remaining residents of the nearby town of Krasnogorsk, Russia have also been reporting sleeping episodes lasting as long as six days. Krasnogorsk, which was once home to more than 6500 people during the boom period during the U.S.S.R., when the nearby uranium mine was operated in secret by the Soviet government.

Is Homophobia a Religious or a Psychological Issue?

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

Historically, prejudice of any kind could be freely expressed with few repercussions (emotional, legal, or otherwise) so long as there was a reasonable justification. Religion has often served as the justification, and has therefore facilitated an array of prejudice, from racism to sexism to homophobia. Over time, the use of religious beliefs to justify prejudice has tended to decline, but still persists -- especially when it comes to homosexuality.

Six Benefits of Mental Spring Cleaning

Deri Latimer | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Spring is often the time of year when you engage in some spring cleaning; getting rid of what's been stored over the winter that you doubt you will ever use again. What about your mental debris? You know, those limiting beliefs, those skewed expectations, that internal dialogue -- that story -- that is just not serving you any longer.

Attention Parents: Mother Nature Needs Us

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada
Dr. Shimi Kang

Given the state of the world and the tasks of the next generation, our survival depends on how we parent our children right now. We need to focus on the values we are encouraging for our children, and questioning whether or not our individual actions are helping our kids become the environmental stewards the world desperately needs.

Why Making Mistakes Is Good For Your Kids

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

Children who are exclusively rewarded for right answers or who are shunned or punished for making mistakes may become afraid of trying new things. Children are more open to learning and more willing to try harder when they are praised and rewarded for their efforts, not their results.

I Have a Condition That Almost No Doctor Understands

Sarah Robertson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Robertson

I am just one of the millions of people in Canada who has a condition called Trichotillomania, a.k.a. Hair Pulling Disorder. These conditions are also under the umbrella term Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviours. In Canada, there are currently only two doctors who treat these conditions, and they have waiting lists for up to a year or more. This is unacceptable.