Monthly Archives: January 2013

Facebook makes users feel envious, dissatisfied: German study reveals social network’s big role in users’ emotional life

ScienceDaily: Relationship News

Facebook makes users feel envious, dissatisfied: German study reveals social network’s big role in users’ emotional life
In a new study by researchers in Germany, Facebook users were surveyed regarding their feelings after using the platform. More than one-third of respondents reported predominantly negative feelings, such as frustration. The researchers identified that envying their “Facebook friends” is the major reason for this feeling.

How repeated aggression triggers social aversion in mice

ScienceDaily: Stress News

How repeated aggression triggers social aversion in mice
One of the mechanisms involved in the onset of stress-induced depression has been highlighted in mice. Scientists have determined the role of the corticosterone (stress hormone) receptor, in the long-term behavioral change triggered by chronic stress. In mice subject to repeated aggressions, this receptor participates in the development of social aversion by controlling the release of dopamine, a key chemical messenger. If this receptor is blocked, the animals become “resilient”: although anxious, they overcome the trauma and no longer avoid contact with their fellow creatures.

Mindfulness meditation may relieve chronic inflammation

ScienceDaily: Spirituality News

Mindfulness meditation may relieve chronic inflammation
People suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma — in which psychological stress plays a major role — may benefit from mindfulness meditation techniques, according to a new study.

Social networks may inflate self-esteem, reduce self-control

Do social networks represent social and peer pressure of today? Research indicates that. For the bipolar person, one needs to ask:

How is this social network influencing my:

eating
self control
shopping
hypomanic tendencies
impulsiveness

Dr. Bunch

ScienceDaily: Relationship News

Social networks may inflate self-esteem, reduce self-control
Researchers have obtained evidence on Facebook behavior and how it relates to users’ self-control, body-mass indexes, and credit-card debt.

Happiness and sadness circuits contribute to bipolar disorder?

ScienceDaily: Bipolar Disorder News

How do happiness and sadness circuits contribute to bipolar disorder?
please see the full article at our main bipolar disorder information site:

Bipolar and ongoing conflict? Psychological common ground could ease tensions among those with different religious beliefs

Note from Dr. Bunch: “finding common ground” could be used as a treatment method for bipolar conflict and family conflict as well as this study of use with Christians and Muslims. Of course, motivation to make it work must be there.

ScienceDaily: Spirituality News

Psychological common ground could ease tensions among those with different religious beliefs
A new study found that thoughts of death increased atheists, Christians, Muslims and agnostics conviction in their own world views. For example, contrary to the wartime aphorism that there are no atheists in foxholes, thoughts of death did not cause atheists to express belief in a deity.