Are You a Kleptomaniac?

Kleptomania is a psychological disorder where the individual feels an uncontrollable urge to steal, mostly in stores. Kleptomaniacs feel a kind of impulse that is relieved by the act of stealing. It has less to do with the actual value of the stolen property and more with the act of stealing itself – it is exciting. This is an impulse disorder. Studies show that it most often affects women between the age of 30 and 40 from economically-sound social environments who also (in 60% of cases) suffer from anxiety, depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Kleptomania is treatable, but it takes time. Behavioral therapy approaches are most appropriate for this mental disorder.

The Intelligence of Dogs

A recent study by a psychologist at the University of British Columbia says that dogs can count, recognize more than 150 words, and intentionally deceive other dogs or people to get attention (or a treat)! From an analysis of several studies on canine behavior, the study went on to say that the mental abilities of dogs are similar to those of a child aged between two and two-and-a-half years. Canine intelligence differs according to breed. This has been suspected by many dog-lovers from a long time, and can be easily tied in with now-old knowledge of certain breeds of dogs, such as collies, poodles, German shepherds, golden retrievers, Dobermans and Labradors generally being more obedient, trainable, and good at work.

Factors that Sabotage Weight-Loss Diets

Experts identified factors that may affect, or even sabotage, people’s many unsung efforts at losing weight. Some of these factors are:

Lack of sleep, as this can trigger metabolic changes that cause weight gain by affecting hormones that control appetite and satiety.

Stress, because it causes the body to release hormones that, over time, can stimulate appetite and cause overeating. In addition, stress also leads one to higher volumes of comfort food, which in turn often are foods rich in fat and sugar.

The influence of fatty foods on the brain because: Our body is naturally programmed to love fatty foods, both sweet and savory. This is because our brain not only receives signals of satiety in a more “loaded” way, it also puts in place a happy long-term memory experience. Beware! 

Autism: a Lengthy Trial in the U.S.

A topic of controversy and anxiety, autism may be the subject a lot of ink in coming months, when a U.S. court will examine the hypothesis that vaccines are responsible for this important behavioral disorder. The parents of about 5,000 American children hold that their children developed autism after being vaccinated. Two types of vaccine are particularly on the radar: those containing large quantities of mercury, and those with high volumes of live virus content, such as vaccines that combat rubella, mumps and measles.

I Love You, But I’m Not In Love With You

A marriage counselor for over 20 years now, Andrew G. Marshall writes regularly about couples for the Times, the Observer and several other women’s magazines. His book, I Love You, But I’m Not In Love With You, despite its rather dark title, is a breath of fresh air for all couples where passion seems to have given way to routine. Marshall has put together a seven-step program designed to restore loving communication between the two halves of a couple. An enlightening and positive book that offers new ways to rekindle the flame of the first day.