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7. July 2015 12:22
by Dr. Irina Kerzhnerman,Phd
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The Changing Face of Marijuana Use

7. July 2015 12:22 by Dr. Irina Kerzhnerman,Phd | Comments

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Last month, the City of Miami Beach disclosed that they are considering changing the city ordinance around marijuana possession to allow for a fine rather than incarceration for possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana for personal use. Although there was a time when this kind of policy change would have met with outrage and social protest, the changing climate towards marijuana use in the United States in the past several years makes this legislative consideration not all that surprising. [More]

3. July 2015 21:59
by Raushannah Johnson-Verwayne,Psy.D.
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The Power in the Practice of Mindfulness

3. July 2015 21:59 by Raushannah Johnson-Verwayne,Psy.D. | Comments

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Although the brain is complex, it requires regular maintenance in order to operate at its full capacity. Mindfulness is likened to closing the apps running in the background on a smart phone in order to increase speed and performance. Slowing down and living in the moment can actually improve the function of the mind, body, and overall life experience (Albeinz & Holmes, 2000).
Although the brain is complex, it requires regular maintenance in order to operate at its full capacity. Mindfulness is likened to closing the apps running in the background on a smart phone in order to increase speed and performance. Slowing down and living in the moment can actually improve the function of the mind, body, and overall life experience (Albeinz & Holmes, 2000). [More]

29. June 2015 05:55
by Henry M. Pittman, MA
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Dolezal and Deception: NAACP Controversy

29. June 2015 05:55 by Henry M. Pittman, MA | Comments

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Rachel Dolezal (Perez-Pena, 2015) obtained her master degree from Howard University in 2002, a historical black college, that she sued for discrimination because of being she was white female. In 2008 (Perez-Pena, 2015) Rachel began verbalizing herself as African American or a mix of. Since the controversy Rachel Dolezal (Perez-Pena, 2015) was forced to resign as the NAACP Spokeman Chapter leader and no longer an employee of Eastern Washington University where she was a professor teaching African Studies. What many individuals are upset with regarding Rachel Dolezal is the alleged deception. This article is about is not about Rachel Dolezal or her ethnicity status, it is about deception in general and deceptive strategies. [More]

26. June 2015 05:55
by Karen Allen,MS, LMHC, CAMS, CHt
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The Golden Years – Delusion or Tarnished Treasure?

26. June 2015 05:55 by Karen Allen,MS, LMHC, CAMS, CHt | Comments

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Actor Christopher Lee recently died at the ripe old age of 97 leaving one to ponder what it is like to be an elderly person in America today? A myriad of thoughts pour out. As longevity increased due to access to healthcare, better nutrition, and improved hygiene, dilemmas for the elderly and their families have arisen on multiple fronts - ethical, moral, and social. Adult children are pulled between meeting their responsibilities to their own spouses, children, and employer as they struggle to meet the needs of their aging parents whose retirement finances are often woefully inadequate to cover their long-term care and medical needs. [More]

24. June 2015 07:41
by Autumn Robinson, MA, PhD Candidate
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The Women’s World Cup is Going On - But Most People Don’t Know It

24. June 2015 07:41 by Autumn Robinson, MA, PhD Candidate | Comments

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The FIFA World Cup is the most watched and followed broadcast event on Earth, more watched than the Olympics or the Super Bowl. Type it into any search engine or ask someone on the street and the answer is always the same; the World Cup is THE soccer championship. Yet when people speak about the World Cup, they are actually excluding half of the population. The FIFA World Cup is in actuality the FIFA Men’s World Cup. There is a separate soccer championship for women, called the FIFA Women’s World Cup, being played this year in Canada from June 6th to July 5th. It has a wholly different set of rules and regulations, and a wholly different place in the history of soccer. Up until recently women’s soccer has been a footnote, but that history might be changing. [More]

24. June 2015 05:55
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW
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The Other Caitlyn- Dog Abuse Explored

24. June 2015 05:55 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW | Comments

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On May 27, 2015 a brown, 38 pound, 15-month-old Staffordshire/pitbull mix, named Caitlyn was found with electrical tape tightly wrapped around her muzzle in Charleston, South Carolina. This abuse exposed her to many life-threatening situations. Caitlyn’s tongue was caught between her teeth, which resulted in the blood flow to her tongue being cut off. She could not bark, eat, pant to cool herself, defend herself or pick anything up. For all intents and purposes, Caitlyn was cut off from the world. It is estimated that she suffered for 36 - 48 hours. [More]

23. June 2015 11:20
by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D
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Spring Break Gang Rape Watched by Hundreds: The Bystander Effect

23. June 2015 11:20 by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D | Comments

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In March of 2015, while onlookers drank and partied, a young woman was brutally raped by three male college students. Later in April of 2015, while watching the news, the young victim recognized her tattoos in the video that portrayed the violent rape. It was then she realized, it was her that was being violated. Was it a flood of emotion or numbness that she felt as she watched her body being publicly abused? To worsen matters, there were hundreds of people within feet of the cr [More]

21. June 2015 05:55
by Lorna Hecht, MFT
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Do Moms Have to Act Like Dads if Dads Aren’t Around? Father's Day for Moms?

21. June 2015 05:55 by Lorna Hecht, MFT | Comments

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Angel Soft toilet tissue has posted an interesting and provocative ad for this Father’s Day. The short video features adult men and women thanking their single mothers for fulfilling the role of mother and father. The ad ends by wishing all the mothers a Happy Father’s Day. The sentiment is sweet; grown children acknowledging the difficulty of solo parenting by mothers, and is clearly designed to bring a tear to the eye of the viewer. However, and perhaps predictably, the ad has turned out to be something of a lightning rod for controversy. [More]

19. June 2015 13:14
by Carol Campbell, M.A
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Archbishop Challenges Transgender Acceptance: The Psychology of Resistance to Change

19. June 2015 13:14 by Carol Campbell, M.A | Comments

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According to the Washington Post, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco was invited to speak at a Catholic conference in New York City on June 3.(Gibson, June 3, 2015) The gathering was to discuss reintroducing the Latin Mass, but Cordileone also used his speaking time to declare, “The clear biological fact is that a human being is born either male or female.” He went on to remark about his bewilderment at the concept of gender identity being fluid and socially constructed. He drew laughter in reporting that one university has identified 14 different sexual identities of their students, and that he expects even more to be created over time. [More]

17. June 2015 05:55
by Lee Kehoe, MS, LMHC, NCC
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New Study Finds Humor Gene, Funny Is Built In

17. June 2015 05:55 by Lee Kehoe, MS, LMHC, NCC | Comments

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A new study in the June issue of Emotion found a connection between people with the short version of gene 5-HTTLPR and a more significant sense of humor. The study looked at 336 adults, showing them humorous comics and film clips, and rating the participants intensities of smiles or laughter. Those with the shorter alleles had more intense reactions of laughter or smiles and rated the comics or film clips as funnier than those with the longer alleles of the same gene. In past research, the 5-HTTLPR gene has been linked to regulating serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is thought to be related to mood fluctuations. [More]
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