Mental Health

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Autism’s Vital Role in Shaping Human History

"Neurotribes started as an investigation into the prevalence of autism within the tech bubble of Silicon Valley... While acknowledging the very real challenges of the condition, author Steve Silberman argues strongly against the notion of autism as some 'modern plague.' Instead, he questions who are we to decide which type of minds should be considered as normal?" [Read Article]
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Are You a Good or Bad Perfectionist? Take this Test and See.

"A body of research suggests a healthy way to be a perfectionist, that lets you reap the good associated with it — as in, chasing after the ridiculously high goals you’ve set for yourself — while neatly sidestepping the nasty self-loathing should you happen to miss your mark, and the anxiety that prevents you from ever embarking on those goals in the first place." [Read Article]

The Healing Power of Beauty: Surprising Psychological Benefits

What do the experience of beauty and positive mental health have in common? Everything! Whether found in nature, art or people, the ability to experience beauty provides significant therapeutic qualities. In this seminar based on doctoral-level research, Dr. Margaret Laracy discusses how attentiveness to beauty can benefit both the client and the therapist in a variety of ways.
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The Shalom of Neurochemistry

"Oxytocin reminds us what we were created for: connection. This hormone delivers a reward, like we experience from sex or food, just for being connected to others...  We are meant to pursue monogamy, tenderly care for our children, enjoy close friendships, and maintain peace with acquaintances in our community. Oxytocin reminds us, on a chemical level, of who God is, his Trinitarian nature that is in constant communion with himself. It’s like shalom packed into a hormone." [Read Article]

Healing Perfectionism

Perfectionism, defined as a deep-seated sense of unlovableness, unworthiness or inability to ‘measure up,’ and typically accompanied by severe self-criticism, is rampant in western culture. This presentation will point out its consequences and offer a specific clinical tool for improving, and for many, completely eliminating all symptoms of the problem.
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A Neuroscientist Argues That Addiction is Not a Disease

"The disease theory, and the science sometimes used to support it, fail to take into account the plasticity of the human brain... Through a combination of a difficult emotional history, bad luck and the ordinary operations of the brain itself, an addict is someone whose brain has been transformed, but also someone who can be pushed further along the road toward healthy development." [Read Article]