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Friday, March 27, 2015

#FF Wonderful Weekend Review: Psychology, Health, Art, Music & Comics


Thought for the Day: Here's some interesting articles about #Alzheimer's research, #Couples & #Memory, A #Blind Artist accomplishing their dreams, #stress, & reducing the calorie count of rice along with some great #GIF's and some funny #comics & a #Multimedia, #Music, #Dance and water sculpture video. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did. Have a great weekend!  View my Flipboard Magazine.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thursday's Psychology Tip: Stressed? Try Coloring


Thought for the Day: The last couple of months have been extremely stressful for many people. Thanks to Mother Nature, snow storms have battered the northeastern states of the United States in rapid succession. Record inches of snow have left it's residents house bound, stir crazy, and exhausted from shoveling snow from driveways and roofs. The beginning of more spring-like weather, may help, although the forecast for this weekend is for yet one more slushy snow storm followed by a cold snap. Today's Psychology Tip may help those of you suffering from yet another snowbound Friday! It may surprise you, but pull out the crayons and start drawing!
     Researchers have found that coloring can help reduce stress. When drawing, we activate both sides of the brain, stimulating both logic, creativity and pleasure, reminding us of positive aspects of childhood. Different colors help us express different emotions, which is another reason that drawing can be therapeutic and help eliminate stress. The repetitive motion and focusing on coloring also appear to produce a form of active meditation. Currently, there are many books coloring books created for adults. For an array of  "Anti-stress gallery" of coloring books for adults take a look here.
     If want a free sample mandala to try to color for relaxation, you can click here (http://www.colormandala.com/) and download an art project from a number of wonderful designs and see for yourself how it helps this weekend. Use crayons, not markers which will seep through the paper. Let your creativity flow. If worries enter your mind, simply tell yourself to let them go and keep on coloring. You can add some relaxing music to enhance the relaxation as well. I'd love to hear how it works for you.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Psychology, But Were Afraid To Ask


Thought for the Day: I hope the title of this blog post caught your attention and that you will help me out. I have been very busy for the last few months. It has led to less frequent posting on this blog. I have been trying to come up with ways to make the blog more interactive. In just 3 years, there have been over 150,000 page views. I know you are reading and commenting, but I want it to be even more helpful to my readers.

Instead of posting an article, I'd like to ask you to share your questions. What do you want to learn about psychology? What problems are you struggling with in your lives?  What would you like to know about mental health, mental illness, depression? Are there ways I could help you understand or cope with relationship issues or family conflicts? Parenting questions, work issues are just some of the possible areas you can ask about. I would like you to take advantage of my experience as a clinical psychologist to help you at this time in your life.

Consider this your opportunity to have a free private consultation. Ask whatever you have been afraid to ask in the past. You can post your questions here (using your g+ name) on the blog or e-mail me if you want your identity to be totally anonymous. My e-mail is DrBarbaraLavi@aol.com.

All inquiries will be replied to on the blog. Depending on the number of questions I receive, I will try to respond in a timely fashion with 1 to 3 questions answered a week.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

#FF Wonderful Weekend Review: #ADHD, #Education, #Personality, #Comics & #Quotes

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Thought for the Day: Here are a few interesting articles on ADHD, education, how your personality may impact on your choice of places to live, comics, quotes, & photography. Enjoy!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Motivational Monday: In The War Against Terror, Hashtags & Rallies Are Just the First Steps


Thought for the Day: Last week's massacres in France, followed by the powerful images from yesterday's Unity March in Paris and the parallels to the rallies following the end of World War II have been on my mind all week. I was not alive when Hitler was defeated. However, I have seen movies depicting the war and the liberation of France. During World War II, many people turned a blind eye to the atrocities perpetrated against the Jews, Gypsies, and the disabled. Americans were reluctant to enter the war until it landed on their soil and did not want to see that Anti-semitism and prejudice fueled the Nazi regime. The rally in France was the largest since it was liberated from the Nazi Germany. Unfortunately, today anti-semitism along with anti-democratic sentiments are fueling the terrorist movements. In the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Elsa Cayat, 54, the only woman killed in the attacks, was a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and columnist who wrote a bi-monthly column, Le Divan. Cayat was believed to have been singled out because she was Jewish. The attack on a Kosher supermarket was also an intentional act of ant-semitism. Sadly, history is repeating itself. This time the world has an opportunity to do something to stop hate crimes.
     Yesterday's march was in many ways a victory. It was a victorious statement of victory over fear. There has been an outpouring of support around the world on social media with hashtags #JeSuisCharlie leading to massive responses on twitter & social media. The rally attended by over a million people and leaders from around the world are a show of support for freedom, but I fear that it is too soon to celebrate. Sadly, it will take more than rallies and hashtags to win a war against extreme terrorists who want to wipe out modern civilization along with the freedom of speech and religious diversity. Read on to see why...


Saturday, January 10, 2015

#FF Wonderful Weekend Review 1/9/15 #JeSuisCharlie, #Psychology, #Music, #Photos, #Humor

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Thought for the Day: This has been a tough start to the New Year. The events in Paris (Charlie Hebdo attack & Kosher Supermarket attack) were gripping and very upsetting for all those who cherish freedom and respect for differences. Today's magazine includes some of the reactions of cartoonists world wide. There are several psychology articles about ways to make the most of New Year's resolutions, improve relationships and use exercise to remain young. If you missed Kevin Spacey on the Billy Joel award show, take a look, it is a wonderful array of great singers saluting Billy Joel. There are wonderful photos showing parenthood from a different perspective than most posed family photos and more.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Thursday's Psychology Research finds: To Treat Depression, Drugs or Therapy? By RICHARD A. FRIEDMAN, M.D. JANUARY 8, 2015 8:00 AM well.blogs.NYTimes

Stuart Bradford (From well.blogs.NYTimes.com)
Thought for the Day: Today, instead of creating a trivia post, I decided to share a great article I found today from a blog connected to the New York Times (well.blogs.NYTimes.com) by Richard A Friedman, MD. It raises some very important questions about how best to treat depression. It is refreshing to hear a physician question the strong bias towards medication over psychotherapy, even when research findings are supporting psychotherapy or a combination of psychotherapy and medications. I hope you will take a look. Here's the link:
             http://nyti.ms/1xJHC0k