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Inter-brain coupling: Getting in Sync

  • October 12, 2022
  • couples
  • John M. Oldham, M.D., & Lois B. Morris

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM & LOIS B. MORRIS What happens when we feel we’re truly in sync with another person?  It’s such a satisfying feeling of shared purpose, connection and understanding. But are we really on the same wavelength? Now neuroscientists have invented a machine to measure that. And the answer is: yes, our brainwaves […]

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Resilience When the Going Gets Rough

  • September 01, 2022
  • Coping
  • John M. Oldham, M.D., & Lois B. Morris

BY JOHN M. OLDAM, MD & LOIS B. MORRIS When the going gets rough, check your personality for its resilience quotient.   Resilience is the ability to cope with adversity, a most valuable trait to have in rough and tough times. The last time we blogged about stress and resilience was in May 2021: “Personality and […]

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What’s Your Pet’s Personality Style?

  • March 16, 2022
  • General
  • John M. Oldham, M.D., & Lois B. Morris

  BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, MD, & LOIS B. MORRIS Anybody who has a pet knows that each one has its own personality style.  Maybe you have, say, two cocker spaniels. They’re bred to be alike in temperament. So how come one resists training while the other seems to anticipate your every desire? And cats! […]

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Can you forgive? Let Desmond Tutu help you

  • January 07, 2022
  • General
  • John M. Oldham, M.D.

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, MD As we enter a new year, let’s hope it’s  a better one.  Who’s to blame?  Can we forgive? Filled with calamities, 2021 should not be hard to beat, but who knows?  Hard to see much light at the end of the pandemic tunnel or the climate tunnel, or to see […]

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Are You a Cat Person or a Dog Person?

  • October 17, 2021
  • General
  • John M. Oldham, M.D., & Lois B. Morris

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, MD Do cat people and dog people have distinctly different personality styles?   There’s a lot of opinion out there about this—there’s even a Wikipedia site called “Cat people and dog people.”  Then there’s our much-viewed blog from early 2019, “Are You a Cat Person?” I’ve been mulling this over since last […]

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Personality and the Radical Stress of Social Isolation

  • May 10, 2021
  • General
  • John M. Oldham, M.D., & Lois B. Morris

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, M.D. & LOIS B. MORRIS No matter how resilient our personality styles may be, we are all susceptible to the radical stress of a year of social isolation.  We humans are social animals.  Whether we’re naturally outgoing or reserved, we need to be with each other.  Adjusting to constraint is hard […]

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Attention!

  • March 01, 2021
  • General
  • Lois Morris

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, M.D., & LOIS B. MORRIS “Attention is a limited resource, so pay attention to where you pay attention,” said the writer Howard Rheingold. This maxim is a favorite of a theoretical physicist named Michael Goldhaber. He is “the internet prophet you’ve never heard of,” according to New York Times Opinion  writer […]

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