People are quick to believe the worst when they are stressed

People are quicker to jump to the worst conclusion when they are stressed, new research suggests. A new study indicates that when under stress people reach undesirable conclusions based on weaker evidence than when they are relaxed. The findings suggest that stress can make people more likely to conclude the worst scenario is true. Our … Continued

LGBT Identification Rises to 5.6% in Latest U.S. Estimate

A recent Gallup Poll is indicating a rise in identification by generation of individuals who identify as LGBT. By self-report, bi-sexuality appears to have had the greatest rise. What the poll does not mention is that sexual identification is fluid over the lifespan. Nor does the poll speak to the impacts that social influence may … Continued

How to Know When to Quit Your Job

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal (January 24, 2021; How to Know When to Quit Your Job) addresses that exciting yet fear-producing time in the life-span we call retirement. Read the article. The piece ends with insightful questions to ask yourself: How long is it optimal to be in my role? Is it … Continued

Pollyanna Had It Wrong

A 2018 study ( found that suppressing negative emotions was more injurious to mental health than facing negative emotions head-on. The study found in the Journal of Personal and Social Psychology demonstrated that individuals who learned to accept negative emotions rather than judge them had more positive outcomes. Lesson learned . . . just having … Continued

Americans’ Mental Health Ratings Sink to New Low

DECEMBER 7, 2020 Americans’ Mental Health Ratings Sink to New Low BY MEGAN BRENAN WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ latest assessment of their mental health is worse than it has been at any point in the last two decades. Seventy-six percent of U.S. adults rate their mental health positively, representing a nine-point decline from 2019. Each … Continued

Low fitness linked to higher depression and anxiety risk

University College London News Release 10-Nov-2020 People with low aerobic and muscular fitness are nearly twice as likely to experience depression, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. Low fitness levels also predicted a 60% greater chance of anxiety, over a seven-year follow-up, according to the findings published in BMC Medicine. Lead author, PhD student … Continued

Men Who Watch Too Much Porn More Likely To Have Erectile Dysfunction

By Hannah Frishberg/New York Post July 17, 2020 Adult content can make it hard to maintain one’s manhood. So says new research which found a correlation between men watching porn — and men suffering from erectile dysfunction. “We found that there was a highly significant relationship between time spent watching porn and increasing difficulty with … Continued

Can Binge Drinking Affect Your Level of Empathy?

This article from MEDIzzy Journal offers new research related to binge drinking and the inability to express empathy. Binge drinking is most prevalent between the ages of 18 and 34. Afterward, there is a significant drop in frequency of drinking. Therapy can help. Give me a call at Reflection Therapy in Tuscaloosa to learn more. … Continued

Depression during the holidays

Be warned: It may not actually be the most wonderful time of the year. Society portrays the holidays as a time of love and peace and joy and happiness and snow and all else that is good. But constant reminders of love in other people’s lives can serve as a reminder of the love and happiness that’s missing in our own lives.