News Mash: What is good about friendly, healthy neuroticism?

You know THIS (below)…

Everyone KNOWS this.

Now thanks to Science, it has been absolutely proven irrefutable.

Being nice helps you make friends.

Science:“Yes, this is true. We have deemed it so!”

The Rest of the World: “Duh.”

[via PopSci]Science Confirms The Obvious: Being Nice Helps You Make Friends healthy neuroticism III
A new study finds that kids really do like other kids who are nice. ~By Emily Elert

After conducting a month-long study with several hundred Canadian tweens, researchers have arrived at the conclusion that permeates every after-school special you’ve ever been bored enough to watch: being nice makes people like you.

To investigate how kindness affects kids’ happiness and social standing, researchers organized a controlled study with 415 9-11 year-olds in Vancouver, British Columbia:

Every week over the course of 4 weeks, students…were instructed either to perform 3 acts of kindness (for anyone they wish) or visit 3 places (anywhere they wish). Throughout the 4-week intervention, students in both conditions reported what they did each week on in-class surveys. Examples of kind acts included “gave my mom a hug when she was stressed by her job,” “gave someone some of my lunch,” and “vacuumed the floor.” Examples of locations visited included “shopping centre,” “baseball diamond,” and “grandma’s house.”

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When it comes to your psyche, however…

And a little less dull on the the “I did NOT know that!” scale?

Science has now discovered that not only is having all those little neurotic ticks OK…

But that being neurotic might even be good for your health!

[via TodayHealth] Good news, neurotics! All that extra worry, and those frazzled nerves, might actually have an healthy neuroticism IIupside.

According to a new study from the University of Rochester Medical Center, self-described neurotics who also have high levels of conscientiousness (for instance, those who are organized, plan ahead, and are extremely self-controlled) experience lower levels of Interleukin 6 (IL-6), a biomarker for inflammation and chronic disease. In addition to lower levels of IL-6, self-described neurotics also have lower body-mass index scores and fewer diagnosed chronic health conditions.

Researchers arrived at their results after conducting clinical evaluations–12 hours worth of urine samples, along with fasting blood and saliva samples–on more than 1,000 adults. The tests were designed to provide accurate assessments of conditions linked to inflammation, such as heart disease, stroke, arthritis, and diabetes.

“Most studies find that a higher level of neuroticism is associated with increased substance abuse, higher inflammation, and increased risk of mortality,” says Nicholas Turiano, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the URMC Department of Psychiatry. “However, what we found was that when people are high both in neuroticism and conscientiousness, the conscientiousness buffers the negative effects of neuroticism,” he says. In other words, there is such a thing as “healthy neuroticism.”

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And…

When it comes to rage?

Expressing your rage (I’m sure in manageable ways)…

Might even go a LONG way to extending your life.

[via NYDailyNews]Getting mad as hell might just keep you away from there: People who vent anger live two healthy neuroticismyears longer on average, study says

Blowing your top can help you live longer, a new study shows.

A team of German researchers found people who let out anger live an average of two years longer than those who bottle up their rage.

In findings published in the journal Health Psychologies, the analysis of 6,000 patients showed those who internalized anxiety ran the risk of an elevated pulse — increasing the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and other ailments.

Patients who held back their anger were dubbed “repressors.”

They did bounce back more quickly from illness because they were more disciplined, the study found.

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When it comes to psyche studies, I applaud you, Science…

“Healthy neuroticism”?

Is now a thing.

And if you can be a FRIENDLY, healthy neurotic…

Note to self:

All the better.

Thank you, Science *whispers* “I wouldn’t have figured that one out all on my own.”

News Mash: The millennialism belief, via Skynet, to be born in four months? Oh, probably.

No matter how many time the “experts” say it will…

The world will NOT end, people, get over it.

It will NEVER end.

No matter what those people, who claim to “know better”, say…

The “end of times”?

Just. Ain’t. Happening!

[via Reason]…

In Heaven on Earth, the Boston University historian Richard Landes presents a cross-cultural survey of millennialism—the conviction that we’re approaching either the end of the world or a sudden, radical global transformation. One theme of the book is the experience of “apocalyptic time,” that moment when men and women become convinced that the change they have anticipated is about to arrive. “Many things come to people who believe themselves in the midst of apocalyptic time; many things become possible,” Landes writes. “Such people bring us saintly men wandering through Europe preaching peace, and warriors with crosses wading in blood up to their horses’ bridles, both believing that this was the Day our Lord promised, to rejoice therein.”

The closer you look at American history, the more it seems that someone somewhere is always in apocalyptic time. Sometimes the whole country seems to plunge in together, as in such convulsive periods as the American Revolution, the Civil War, and the aftermath of 9/11. Other times a distinct subculture detects an eschaton invisible to everyone else. On October 22, 1844, the followers of William Miller abandoned their homes and fields and gathered to greet the end of the world; to quote Mark Twain’s account, they “put on their ascension robes, took a tearful leave of their friends, and made ready to fly up to heaven at the first blast of the trumpet. But the angel did not blow it.”

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Will…

The end of times ain’t happening?

Until THIS (below) little sucker is born, then watch out!

[via Kurzweilai] Meet Roboy, “one of the most advanced humanoid robots,” say researchers at the Artificial look how cute I amIntelligence Laboratory of the University of Zurich.

Their 15 project partners and over 40 engineers and scientists are constructing Roboy as a tendon-driven robot modeled on human beings (robots usually have their motors in their joints, giving them that “robot” break-dance look), so it will move almost as elegantly as a human.

Roboy will be a “service robot,” meaning it will execute services independently for the convenience of human beings, as in the movie Robot & Frank.

And since service robots share their “living space” with people, user-friendliness and safety, above all, are of great importance, roboticists point out.

Which is why “soft robotics” — soft to the touch, soft in their interaction, soft and natural in their movements — will be important, and Roboy will be covered with “soft skin,” making interacting with him safer and more pleasant.

Humanoid service robot from I, Robot movie (credit: 20th Century Fox)

Service robots are already used in a wide variety of areas today, including for household chores, surveillance work and cleaning, and in hospitals and care homes. Our aging population is making it necessary to keep older people as autonomous as possible for as long as possible, which means caring for aged people is likely to be an important area for the deployment of service robots, roboticists say.

To speed up the process, the AI Lab researchers set a goal to build Roboy in just 9 months (the project began five months ago). Roboy will be unveiled at the Robots on Tour March 8 and 9, 2013 in Zurich.

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Skynet does not “become” self aware.

Nope.

Apparently, thanks to the hubris of humanity?

Oh, in four months…

It will be BORN that way, 2013.

*weeps*

News Mash: China backs stereotactic ablation as an “obvious” answer to addiction. Scary!

Science is filled with “obvious” answers to questions…

Regarding some very basic problems.

The need for Science to confirm these?

Necessary, for some, I’m sure…

Just so Science can say, “Yes, this is true. We have deemed it so!”

[via Scientific American] 12 Obvious Science Findings of 2012~ By Jeanna Bryner , Stephanie Pappas and LiveScience

For scientists, an answer to a question, or solution to a problem, is not true until proven so. And sometimes that means revealing what mere mortals already knew, like, say the fact that getting to the hospital quicker can save heart-attack victims, or, the seemingly far-fetched idea that exercise is good for you.

Here are a few of the most obvious findings of 2012.

5. Keeping guns out of the hands of troubled individuals saves lives

In a report that would tragically prove very timely this year, the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health found that keeping guns away from high-risk individuals prevents gun violence. These individuals include criminals, those with a history of domestic violence, the mentally ill, people under age 21 and substance abusers.

The report also found that the availability of high-capacity magazines increased deaths in mass shootings. [The 10 Most Destructive Human Behaviors]

Mass shootings bring public attention to the exceptionally high rate of gun violence in the U.S., but policy discussions rarely focus on preventing the daily gun violence that results in an average of 30 lives lost every day,” said study author Daniel Webster, the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. “Addressing weaknesses in existing gun laws by expanding prohibitions for criminals, perpetrators of domestic violence, youth, and drug abusers, and closing the loopholes that allow prohibited persons to obtain guns can be effective strategies to reduce gun violence. It is important to note that making these changes to our gun laws would not disarm law-abiding adults.”

6. Exercise is good for you

If you haven’t heard by now that getting moving is good for you, you might want to get with the times. Perhaps also not new news to those who enjoy a good endorphin buzz: Exercise improves mental health as well as physical.

A study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science in September found that both the improved body image that came with exercise and the social interaction inherent in organized sports made teens less likely to suffer from mental problems such as depression, anxiety or substance abuse. The study controlled for factors such as socioeconomic background, age and gender.

7. Calling an ambulance improves heart attack survival

Think you’re having a heart attack? Dial 911. Believe it or not, paramedics really do save lives.

Research presented at the Acute Care Cardiac Congress in October found that only 29 percent of Turkish patients having heart attacks went to the hospital by ambulance, despite the fact that this service is free in Turkey. Taking a cab or driving one’s own car was slower than an ambulance ride and delayed crucial treatment, the study found.

…[Read More – Read All 12 HERE!]

Hmm.

Just because an answer to a problem is “obvious”…

Doesn’t mean it’s the “right” answer.

Take China’s brilliant *no* practice (read that to mean “insane idea”) for dealing people with addiction issues.

It just sounds too horrible to comprehend:

They take away people’s ability to feel JOY!

So in THIS (below) instance?

I really, really, REALLY do not want to hear Science say, “Yes, this is true. we have deemed it so!”

[via io9]Physicians in China treat addictions by destroying the brain’s pleasure center ~by George Dvorsky

Drug addiction in China is highly stigmatized. And now, some doctors are trying to cure it with a radical procedure known as as a “stereotactic ablation.” More simply, it’s the practice of destroying parts of the brain’s “pleasure centers” (the nucleus accumbens) in heroin addicts and alcoholics as a way to stop drug cravings. At the same time, however, damage to this region could also impair a person’s ability to experience natural longings and other emotions, including joy.Joy we'll just cut that shit out

Ablations are not entirely exclusive to China. They’re sometimes performed in the U.S. and U.K. on a select number of patients who have untreatable depression or obsessive compulsive disorder. But experts tend to agree that the technique should never be used to treat addictions.

Indeed, given the way the procedure is being researched and conducted in China, there is genuine cause for concern. Writing in TIME, neuroscience journalist Maia Szalavitz explains:

The authors [of a new study], led by Guodong Gao, claim that the surgery is “a feasible method for alleviating psychological dependence on opiate drugs.” At the same time, they report that more than half of the 60 patients had lasting side effects, including memory problems and loss of motivation. Within five years, 53% had relapsed and were addicted again to opiates, leaving 47% drug free.

Conventional treatment only results in significant recovery in about 30-40% of cases, so the procedure apparently improves on that, but experts do not believe that such a small increase in benefit is worth the tremendous risk the surgery poses. Even the most successful brain surgeries carry risk of infection, disability and death since opening the skull and cutting brain tissue for any reason is both dangerous and unpredictable. And the Chinese researchers report that 21% of the patients they studied experienced memory deficits after the surgery and 18% had “weakened motivation,” including at least one report of lack of sexual desire. The authors claim, however, that “all of these patients reported that their [adverse results] were tolerable.” In addition, 53% of patients had a change in personality, but the authors describe the majority of these changes as “mildness oriented,” presumably meaning that they became more compliant. Around 7%, however, became more impulsive.

The surgery is actually performed while patients are awake in order to minimize the chances of destroying regions necessary for sensation, consciousness or movement. Surgeons use heat to kill cells in small sections of both sides of the brain’s nucleus accumbens. That region is saturated with neurons containing dopamine and endogenous opioids, which are involved in pleasure and desire related both to drugs and to ordinary experiences like eating, love and sex.

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Because, to be quite honest…

It is NOT.

To hear Science say taking out ANYONE’S pleasure center is a fix for ANYTHING?

Too freaking terrifying to contemplate.

Wow, China Science…

You scary.

Someday perhaps…Let your light shine down on me!

“To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don’t worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest”

Someday perhaps

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“God’s promises are like the stars; the darker the night the brighter they shine
~David Nicholas

BOSS Gifs – The Biggest Machine in the World, Edition!

The biggest, the baddest machine in the world .

Eat your hearts humans.

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This is the Bagger 288! A monstrous, titanic killing machine the likes of which the world has never seen! A horrific leviathan of unimaginable power designed with merciless destruction as its sole purpose! But it is here for the defence of mankind! It was created as our only hope of survival! We have written this lovely song to honour it in its terrible beauty.

Like a BOSS!

News Mash: Byzantine monastery monks suffer from cognitive dissonance? Oh, probably!

Besides suffering sever heartburn…

From that restaurant you just ate at, did you know?

You, more than likely, suffered from cognitive dissonance as well.

Dammitsomuch–I hate when that happens!”

[via LifeHacker]You’re out at a restaurant and your server comes by to ask you how you like your food. You say everything’s great. The food is okay, but you don’t want to be rude so you lie. It may not seem like a big deal, but when the check comes you’ll be overly generous with your tip. This is one example of how white lies actually affect your behavior. Psychologist Guy Winch, writing for Psychology Today, explains:

[Researches Argo and Shiv] found that 85% of diners in restaurants admitted to telling white lies when their dining experiences were unsatisfactory (i.e., claiming all was well when it wasn’t). However the real interesting finding was that diners who told white lies to cover up their dissatisfactions were then likely to leave bigger tips than those who did not. Why would diners who were less satisfied with their meals and who lied to their server about it leave an even bigger tip as a result? The researchers propose that cognitive dissonance was at play.

Conigitive dissonance describes the discomfort you feel when holding two (or more) conflicting thoughts, and it shows up a lot when you lie.

…[Read More – See “What Lying Actually Does to Your Brain and Body Every Day” HERE!]

Because, yes you can admit it, we all have probably suffered from it from time to time…

And we now know how this kind of squelching on the truth affected US?

It does make me wonder, however, how this exact same kinda of cognitive dissonance affected those who are suppose to be our superior spiritual “betters”…

Who, yes, from the sounds of it?

Suffered from similar cognitive dissonance fates when it came to their eats:

[via io9] Archaeology exposes the forbidden eating habits of a bunch of 6th century monks ~by Alasdair Wilkins

In the 500s, Byzantine monasteries were found throughout the deserts of Africa and the Near East. The remoteno feasting allowed locations were no accident — these monks were meant to adhere to asceticism, which strictly forbade worldly pleasures and required the monks to live on little else but bread and water. One exception to the isolation of these early monasteries was St. Stephen’s in Jerusalem, which afforded its monks access to temptations unknown to those of their desert-dwelling brethren.

Unfortunately, it seems the monks of St. Stephen’s weren’t able to withstand the temptation. The University of South Alabama’s Lesley Gregoricka analyzed bone samples from 55 skeletons in the monastery. The ratios of carbon and nitrogen isotopes in the bone can be used to reconstruct a reasonable picture of the ancient monks’ diets. And while some of the monks did indeed only seem to subsist on bread and water with the occasional fruits and vegetables mixed in, that wasn’t exactly true of all the inhabitants of St. Stephen’s.

As New Scientist reports, Many of the monks were found to have bones rich in nitrogen-15, which has to be derived from consumption of animal protein. That most likely means meat, although it’s possible the monks were eating cheese or other dairy-based products. Either way, such foods would have violated the principles of asceticism. What’s more, such foods were a luxury item in 6th century Jerusalem, meaning the monks almost certainly would have violated their vow of poverty just to get their hands on the food.

According to Peter Hallie of the University of Dallas, “Only fallen, weak, mad and demonic monks ate meat.”

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In other words?

They just LIED about it, and the purity of their extreme, “holy”, self-sacrificing (pffft) selves!

Yee of little faith…

Jeez, I hope their lies, via cognitive dissonance, gave them heartburn.

News Mash: Double Sensation Pizza makes me wanna flip over my dinner plate!

THIS (below) puppy?

Seriously single-minded & into his food.

One has to respect…

And awe at?

His utter concentration:

[Want a cute puppy gif from the vid ABOVE? Get it HERE!]

Gotta say…

I can totally sympathize.

Cause if I had a shot at THIS (below) pizza?

I react to it, much in the same way the pup above reacts to it’s meal:

[via FoodBeast] In an epic battle between Pizza Hut America and Pizza Hut Singapore, you win, Singapore. Hands down, you have created the most epic — and confusing — pizza EVER.

I want

It’s like, pizza in a pizza in a pizza up in here. Or, as Pizza Hut Singapore calls it, “Double Sensation Pizza” which includes a plethora of complicated ingredients: “two unique crusts, one stuffed with cheesy sausage and another with 3-flavour cheese. Topped with succulent smoked chicken and turkey ham on two tantalizing sauces – Pepper Alfredo and Salsa.”

…[Read More – Check out the Fantastic site Food Beast HERE!]

Pizza…

After all, and Inception Pizza specifically?

Deserves absolute dedication.

Come on, tell me…

Why is this not awesome?

I dare you to tell me!

News Mash: Americans try to transform into popsicles & FAIL. End result? Craziness

People in America are…

Freakin’ nuts!

One only needs to watch five minutes on YouTube, looking at personal compilation videos?

Sadly, to figure this out.

Though why Science is just NOW laying claim to this fact?

Totally beyond me.

Personally, I figured it was just common knowledge:

[via LiveScience] How mentally healthy is the United States? And how hard is it for people with mental problems to get help here?

These are some of the questions that advocates and practitioners of mental health have been asking in the week following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. While the definition of mental health and its disorders often differ across the globe, there are studies that can address the quality of care issue.

First off, the government estimates that one in five adult Americans suffered from some sort of diagnosable mental illness in the past year, according to the 2012 Survey of Mental Health by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Young people from 18 to 25 had the highest rate, nearly at 30 percent. But about 5 percent of the U.S. population suffered from a serious mental health problem that “resulted in serious functional impairment, which substantially interfered with or limited one or more major life activities.”

Looking across the world, experts say that cross-cultural differences, social and religious stigmas, and income levels often make it difficult to compare mental health diagnoses rates from country to country. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the five developed countries with the highest rates of any kind of diagnosed mental health problems (including substance abuse) are Colombia, France, the Ukraine, New Zealand and the United States, according to a 2009 report.

“We don’t know why,” said Magdalena Cerda, professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. “There are different theories. It’s still something people are trying to investigate. The next step is to investigate differences between countries.”

Overall, 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. More than half aren’t getting the help they need, and that the problem is growing worse.

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Americans ARE pretty nuts.

Though why exactly we have such issues?

Totally beyond the understanding of Science…

Though….

If you ask me?

I would say the problem could be pin-pointed somewhere in YouTube, and our present, insatiable need for social recognition and a few minutes of fame, for lives seemingly SO common, ordinary and unworthy, if but to do nothing else than to validate our personally belittled existence . Even if? It’s garnered in the worst way possible.

People can do great things