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The dark side of being the ‘gifted kid’ Those who think exceptional students have it made don’t understand that being brilliant can have dark implications, writes Swerve’s Marcello Di Cintio.

The dark side of being the ‘gifted kid’

Reed Ball started playing Monopoly with his family at age three—and beat them. In the early 1980s, he was one of the first kids to have a “portable” computer, a 10-kilogram Amstrad PPC512. Reed brought it to class until one of the school’s bullies knocked it out of his hands and down a stairwell. Reed was a math whiz, and used to correct his teachers’ science errors. Feeling edgy? Get some sleep. UC BERKELEY (US) — A lack of sleep, which is common in anxiety disorders, may play a key role in firing up brain regions that contribute to excessive worrying.

Feeling edgy? Get some sleep

Sleep deprivation amplifies anticipatory anxiety by activating the brain’s amygdala and insular cortex—regions associated with emotional processing. The resulting pattern mimics the abnormal neural activity seen in anxiety disorders. Furthermore, research suggests that innate worriers—people who are naturally more anxious and therefore more likely to develop a full-blown anxiety disorder—are acutely vulnerable to the effect of insufficient sleep.

“These findings help us realize that those people who are anxious by nature are the same people who will suffer the greatest harm from sleep deprivation,” says Matthew Walker, professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley. To trigger anticipatory anxiety, researchers primed the participants using one of three visual cues prior to each series of images. Porn Star James Deen GQ Profile - July 2012: Celebrities. It is a clement spring day in greater Los Angeles, and James Deen is driving through the soft green tumescences of the Calabasas hills on his way to a pornographic-movie shoot.

Porn Star James Deen GQ Profile - July 2012: Celebrities

If Deen betrays not a trace of anticipation, aversion, or excitement at the prospect of having sex on-camera today, it is because having sex on-camera is something the 26-year-old does more frequently than most of us use dental floss: "About 360 days a year" is Deen's offhand tally. Psychologists discover oxytocin receptor gene's link to optimism, self-esteem. UCLA life scientists have identified for the first time a particular gene's link to optimism, self-esteem and "mastery," the belief that one has control over one's own life -- three critical psychological resources for coping well with stress and depression.

Psychologists discover oxytocin receptor gene's link to optimism, self-esteem

Basics - A Molecule of Motivation, Dopamine Excels at Its Task. Which Traits Predict Success? (The Importance of Grit) What are the causes of success?

Which Traits Predict Success? (The Importance of Grit)

At first glance, the answer is easy: success is about talent. It’s about being able to do something – hit a baseball, play chess, trade stocks, write a blog – better than most anyone else. The Benefits of Distraction and Overstimulation. I.

The Benefits of Distraction and Overstimulation

The Poverty of Attention I’m going to pause here, right at the beginning of my riveting article about attention, and ask you to please get all of your precious 21st-century distractions out of your system now. Check the score of the Mets game; text your sister that pun you just thought of about her roommate’s new pet lizard (“iguana hold yr hand LOL get it like Beatles”); refresh your work e-mail, your home e-mail, your school e-mail; upload pictures of yourself reading this paragraph to your “me reading magazine articles” Flickr photostream; and alert the fellow citizens of whatever Twittertopia you happen to frequent that you will be suspending your digital presence for the next twenty minutes or so (I know that seems drastic: Tell them you’re having an appendectomy or something and are about to lose consciousness).

Good. Now: Count your breaths. Over the last several years, the problem of attention has migrated right into the center of our cultural attention. The Memory Doctor 2010 - The future of false memories. Psychology Today: The Ideological Animal. Cinnamon Stillwell never thought she'd be the founder of a political organization.

Psychology Today: The Ideological Animal

She certainly never expected to start a group for conservatives, most of whom became conservatives on the same day—September 11, 2001. She organized the group, the 911 Neocons, as a haven for people like her—"former lefties" who did political 180s after 9/11. Stillwell, now a conservative columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle , had been a liberal her whole life, writing off all Republicans as "ignorant, intolerant yahoos. " Yet on 9/11, everything changed for her, as it did for so many. In the days after the attacks, the world seemed "topsy-turvy. " Disgusted, she looked elsewhere. How Violent Sex Helped Ease My PTSD - Media. It was my research editor who told me it was completely nuts to willingly get fucked at gunpoint.

How Violent Sex Helped Ease My PTSD - Media

That's what she called me when I told her the story. We were drunk and in a karaoke bar, so at the time I came up with only a wounded face and a whiny, "I'm not completely nuuuuts! " Upon further consideration, a more explanative response probably would have been something like: Well.