Novel research looks at resting state brain activity in expectant fathers and how it correlates with empathy, bonding, and effective parenting.

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KEY POINTS

  • Early fatherhood is a critical period that sets the stage for bonding and future parenting.
  • A father’s ability to empathize and mentalize during pregnancy correlates with later bonding and parenting during infancy.
  • Specific brain areas in expectant fathers affect social information processing, self-awareness, emotion regulation, and cognitive control.
  • Fathers’ capacity…

Emerging research provides clinically-relevant findings for those addressing and living with combined social anxiety and depression.

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Key points

  • Social anxiety is common, correlated with childhood trauma, and predicts future depression.
  • Depression with and without social anxiety is different in symptom presentation, severity, and treatment.
  • Addressing underlying factors is likely to improve treatment outcomes and quality of life for those with combined social anxiety and depression.

Social…

Research on gratitude in relationships shows how to boost its impact.

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KEY POINTS

  • Gratitude has three components: cognitive, emotional, behavioral.
  • Gratitude felt is good; gratitude expressed is even better.
  • Sharing gratitude amplifies its positive effects.

While the individual practice of gratitude has been shown to be beneficial, per research by Walsh, Regan and Lyubomirsky published in The Journal of Positive Psychology (2022), somewhat…

Research paints a chillingly accurate picture of a common situation.

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Key points

  • Infidelity is common, with pros and cons from an evolutionary perspective.
  • While infidelity can lead to divorce or breakup, infidelity is also common in many long-term relationships that do not end.
  • Research identifies 53 specific ways people try to conceal infidelity, which group into 11 major strategies.
  • The balance between…

New research identifies a key brain region involved with procrastination and suggests how to manage emotions to reduce procrastination and cope when we do put things off.

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Key points

  • In order to get to work on unpleasant tasks, people must manage negative emotions.
  • Procrastination happens when people are unable to cope effectively with negative feelings, seeking short-term relief.
  • Brain regions involved in cognitive control, notably the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, are involved in necessary emotional inhibition.
  • Self-compassion may enable…

Qualitative research sheds light on a critical phase of paternal development by taking a deep dive into first-time fathers’ attitudes during the third trimester.

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Lagarto and Duaso, authors of a recent study in the Infant Mental Health Journal (2021), highlight the need for greater understanding of emerging fatherhood. Perhaps understandably, the majority of early infant attachment has focused on the relationship between mother and child. …

Qualitative research sheds light on a critical phase of paternal development by taking a deepdive into first-time fathers’ attitudes during the third trimester.

Tatiana Syrikova from Pexels

Lagarto and Duaso, authors of a recent study in the Infant Mental Health Journal (2021), highlight the need for greater understanding of emerging fatherhood. Perhaps understandably, the majority of early infant attachment has focused on the relationship between mother and child. …

New research from the perspective of relatives and romantic partners sheds light on common problems in relationships involving pathologically narcissistic people.

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Narcissism is a source of ever-increasing attention because of the suffering and helplessness that arise routinely in relationships where pathological self-interest and personal vulnerability dominates. These traits are typically in our blind spots and so are hard to change even when the need for change is recognized and desired.

Narcissism…

Self-regulation, peer relations, and more.

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Key points

  • People who achieve less than their potential are often left with regret and disappointment, in spite of much success.
  • Gifted children who are struggling academically present an unmet challenge for the educational system.
  • Research identifies various external factors that may lead to underachievement among gifted kids.
  • Detailed interviews provide actionable…

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