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NUTRITION AND MENTAL HEALTH

March 5th, 2015|

A PRESS RELEASE from Medical Express (http://medicalxpress.com/) from January 28 (but just showing up in my inbox!) is a press release from the University of Melbourne. That's in Oz, of course. http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-01-diet-nutrition-essential-mental-health.html "Diet and nutrition essential for mental health" publicizes a recent article by Jerome Sarris and a gaggle of [...]

AGING VS THRIVING

February 16th, 2015|

AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, I like intense intermittent exercise. I can get much of the value of longer exercise episodes in fifteen minutes. Since the body likes habit and routine, High Intensity Interval Training is a way to keep throwing change at the body. It may resent the change, [...]

IS THE DODO DEAD?

January 21st, 2015|

I have recently posted two Dodo Bird articles, arguing that when it comes to psychotherapy, all models seem to get approximately the same results. Now I say that the Dodo Bird is Wrong!  In my post, “Is Mental Illness A Disease” [http://drlynnjohnson.com/is-mental-illness-a-disease/], I pointed out that the DSM5 appears to [...]

MEDITATION: CAN IT BE A STAND-ALONE TREATMENT?

December 18th, 2014|

In a new study just released, group mindfulness treatment was just as effective as individual cognitive therapy in treating depression.[1] As usual, the actual article is behind a paywall, but if you sign up for online library services through your alma mater, you should be able to get the actual [...]

Lifestyles solutions

December 14th, 2014|

On Dec. 10 I interviewed Sandra Scheinbaum, Ph.D. on functional medicine. She is a psychologist, and has been in a practice with other therapists, medical doctors, and a psychiatrist. Her core argument is that psychotherapy has been too narrow to help as many people as it should. For her, the [...]

IS “NO POACHING” A SOUND RULE?

November 14th, 2014|

“Mate poaching” means that you take a partner from another person. A man who seduces (what an old-fashioned word, neh?) a woman, someone who already has a committed relationship with another man, has poached. It works both ways, of course. One large 2004 study estimated that 63% of men and [...]

PSYCHOTHERAPY, NOT DRUGS FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY

October 7th, 2014|

The good news is that therapists have much more  to offer anxious clients than the drugs that they are often offered. The bad news is that drugs are overused. Patients are robbed of the best treatment. Share this good news!  Press release as I received it:    Johns Hopkins University [...]

HAPPIEST COUNTRIES TO VISIT

May 19th, 2014|

My friend Frank sent me a link. CNN recently posted a report on the happiest countries to visit, and Frank asked, "I wonder what these countries might possibly have in common?" Here is the report link. http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/20/travel/happiest-countries-to-visit/index.html What do they have in common? Here is my answer: Frank, you wonder [...]

CHILDREN OUTDOORS

May 12th, 2014|

Are children benefitted by playing outdoors? While the answer should be obvious, ask yourself this: How are children growing up now? If playing outdoors is important, why are parents raising their children indoors? A new study says children who spend more time playing outdoors have a stronger sense of self-fulfillment and purpose than [...]

IS SEVEN THE MAGIC NUMBER?

April 22nd, 2014|

Happiness is mostly a matter of right thinking, would you agree? Practicing calmness, hope and gratitude will all boost happiness? Or perhaps, it is about right action? Acts of kindness and service, focusing on improving skills, embracing a life of savoring and enjoying this world will boost happiness? Undoubtedly, happiness [...]

HAPPINESS VERSUS TRAGEDY?

April 9th, 2014|

I received a heart-warming bit of "fan mail" and wanted to thank the wonderful person who mailed it and make a couple of comments. Here is the mail, reprinted with permission: Dear Dr. Johnson Both my husband and I enjoyed your class on Positive Psychology on Feb 14th. I have [...]

CONSCIENTIOUS PEOPLE = BETTER HEALTH

March 27th, 2014|

Here is press release describing some research on conscientiousness and health. As it turns out, conscientious people have better health. Well, how can that be a surprise? They do take more care, are going to be more careful about health, eating, and exercise. The real question is whether this press [...]