Worry: The Fifth Superpower of the Female Brain

You might be surprised to learn that the final post in the series about feminine brain strengths is actually about worry! As a psychologist, I rarely talk about worry as a strength.

I should qualify here that I am talking about a little worry, not to be confused with the excessive worry that constitutes anxiety. (In fact, I don’t like using the word worry, but there is great value in being able to see certain tendencies as part of a spectrum and not necessarily entirely different...

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Stayin' Alive: The Fourth Superpower of the Female Brain

Before diving in to the next "superpower" of the female brain, let's go through a few statistical facts about women:

  • A little over 10 years ago, only 7% of the entire prison population in the US was female;
  • There is a significantly higher rate of Antisocial Personality Disorder among men as compared to women; 
  • Research shows that women are generally better at keeping strong negative emotions in check, and when a woman does act on her negative emotions, she will more often attack...
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Collaboration: The Third Superpower of the Female Brain

One day while riding on the train on the way to my office, there was a female conductor. I’ve travelled with a female conductor once before, and both times ended the same way.

On the intercom as we reached our destination, the conductor concluded her comments with, “Have a great day everyone, and thank you crew for your work.” The only two times the conductor thanked the crew in the past two months were the two times the conductor was female – and they...

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Empathy: The Second Superpower of the Female Brain

In the first article in this series on differences in the female brain that give it an edge over the male brain in certain functions, I talked about intuition and the neural networking of white matter that allows for a greater reach across different areas of the brain and more sources of information.

In this post, I'd like to turn our attention to the next "superpower" of the female brain: empathy!

Empathy is the ability to recognize and share in other peoples’ experiences -...

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The Female Brain: What's Your Superpower?

With this post, I'm opening up a short series focusing on the female brain and a few of the ways that it differs from the male brain.

Fortunately there is a ton of research out there to rely on instead of just offering musings from my own experience. (I don’t know how much experience is required for a man to feel competent on his own to comment on the female brain, but I assure you I have not reached it!)

Instead I will be relying on the work of Dr. Daniel Amen, among others, who has...

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The Influence of Your Inner Spiritualizer

Written by: Shawn van der Linden, IDDM Master Mentor & CatholicPsych International Programs Consultant

Let's embark on a fascinating journey, weaving together the threads of psychology and spirituality. Our focus? Unearthing the influence of the "inner spiritualizer" and understanding the impact it can have in our daily lives.

With the God Image (Imago Dei) within us - a divine essence that should cultivate love and unity etched into our beings - Christians are often...

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Why You Don’t Need to Fear Failure


Failure.

The word itself is enough to give some of us a mild panic attack.

Generally seen as something to avoid at all costs, the fear of failing (or of being considered a failure) is enough to paralyze us when faced with the decision of whether to take a risk or try something new.

Maybe you’ve experienced that stifling fear of failure.

It takes different forms and can result in preventing us from attempting to make forward progress. It can sound like:

What if it doesn’t work?
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Walking With the Wounded Soul

God designed our humanity in such a way that even from the very first moment of our existence, we are dependent upon other people to survive.

As humans made in the image of a trinitarian God who is a communion of persons, we aren’t meant to go through life alone. We’re made for communion - with God and with others. Or to put it simply, we are made out of relationship and for relationship. 

However (as I’m sure you’ve noticed) we live in a fallen world. And that...

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What is Mental Health? (Q&A with Dr. Greg)

- The following is an excerpt edited from a live presentation and Q&A with Dr. Greg Bottaro. 

Q. We hear about mental illness all the time. But how do we arrive at mental health? Can you give a working concept of what that looks like?

A. It could be helpful to start with health in general. What could we point to as an indicator of health that overlaps any dimension of our human experience, whether physical, spiritual, or emotional/mental? 

The presence of adaptability or...

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God’s Vision of You: Perfectionism vs. Self-Compassion

Written by Sean Faulkner, IDDM Training Director

Think for a minute about what you are striving for in life. What is it that drives you to work really hard? What’s the narrative that runs through your mind when feeling this drive to accomplish things?

Many of us are trapped in a false narrative, trying desperately to earn what we can’t, despite the reality that we don’t actually have to. Why? Because - unbeknownst to us - we already have it. 

What the heck am I talking...

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