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Scans Show Psychopaths Have Brain Abnormalities…Click the link below to read full article.

Scans Show Psychopaths Have Brain Abnormalities

By  Associate News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on May 11, 2012

Scans Show Psychopaths Have Brain Abnormalities    new research shows that psychopathy is linked to specific structural abnormalities in the brain.

The study, published in theArchives of General Psychiatry and led by researchers at King’s College London, also confirmed that psychopathy is a distinct sub-group of antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), said Nigel Blackwood, M.D., from the College’s Institute of Psychiatry and lead author of the study.

He noted that most violent crimes are committed by a small group of male offenders with ASPD, but only about a third of these men are true psychopaths (ASPD+P). Psychopaths are characterized by a lack of empathy and remorse, and use aggression in a planned way to secure what they want, whether it is status or money.

Previous research has shown that psychopaths’ brains differ structurally from healthy brains, but until now, none have examined these differences within a population of violent offenders with ASPD, Blackwood said.

“Using MRI scans we found that psychopaths had structural brain abnormalities in key areas of their ‘social brains’ compared to those who just had ASPD,” he said.

He noted there is a clear difference between those with ASPD and those with ASPD+P.

“We describe those without psychopathy as hot-headed and those with psychopathy as cold-hearted,” he said.

“The cold-hearted psychopathic group begin offending earlier, engage in a broader range and greater density of offending behaviors, and respond less well to treatment programs in adulthood, compared to the hot-headed group. We now know that this behavioral difference corresponds to very specific structural brain abnormalities which underpin psychopathic behavior, such as profound deficits in empathizing with the distress of others.”

The researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to scan the brains of 44 violent offenders diagnosed with ASPD. Crimes committed included murder, rape, attempted murder and grievous bodily harm. Of these, 17 met the diagnosis for psychopathy (ASPD+P) and 27 did not (ASPD-P). They also scanned the brains of 22 healthy non-offenders.

The study found that ASPD+P offenders displayed significantly reduced grey matter volumes in the anterior rostral prefrontal cortex and temporal poles compared to ASPD-P offenders and healthy non-offenders.

These areas are important in understanding other people’s emotions and intentions and are activated when people think about moral behavior, the researchers noted. Damage to these areas is associated with impaired empathizing with other people, a poor response to fear and distress, and a lack of self-conscious emotions such as guilt or embarrassment.

“Identifying and diagnosing this sub-group of violent offenders with brain scans has important implications for treatment,” Blackwood continued. “Those without the syndrome of psychopathy, and the associated structural brain damage, will benefit from cognitive and behavioral treatments. Optimal treatment for the group of psychopaths is much less clear at this stage.”

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Source: King’s College London 

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Chronic Childhood Stress Leaves Lasting Impact on Brain. An interesting article…

By  Associate News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on June 29, 2014

child-covering-eyes-with-hands-blond-white-big-SSExtreme stress experienced during childhood, such as poverty, neglect, and physical abuse, might alter the parts of the brain responsible for learning, memory, and the processing of stress and emotion.

These changes may be linked to negative effects on behavior, health, employment, and even the choice of romantic partners later in life, according to researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“We haven’t really understood why things that happen when you’re two, three, four years old stay with you and have a lasting impact,” said Dr. Seth Pollak, co-leader of the study and UW-Madison professor of psychology.

“Yet,” noted Pollak, “early life stress has been linked to depression,anxiety, heart disease, cancer, and a lack of educational and employment success.”

“Given how costly these early stressful experiences are for society … unless we understand what part of the brain is affected, we won’t be able to tailor something to do about it,” said Pollak, also director of the UW Waisman Center’s Child Emotion Research Laboratory.

The study involved 128 children, approximately age 12, who had experienced either physical abuse, neglect early in life, or came from low socioeconomic status.

The children and their caregivers underwent in-depth interviews, reporting behavioral problems and their cumulative life stress. The researchers also took images of the children’s brains, focusing on the hippocampus and amygdala, parts of the brain involved in emotion and stress processing. These images were compared to similar children from middle-class households who had not been maltreated.

The researchers outlined each child’s hippocampus and amygdala by hand and calculated their volumes. Both brain structures are very small, especially in children, and the researchers believed that automated software measurements might be prone to error.

The findings showed that children who experienced any of the three types of early life stress had smaller amygdalas than children who had not. Children who lived in poverty and children who had been physically abused also had smaller hippocampal volumes.

Putting the same images through automated software showed no effects. Behavioral problems and increased cumulative life stress were linked to smaller hippocampus and amygdala volumes.

“For me, it’s an important reminder that as a society we need to attend to the types of experiences children are having,” Pollak said. “We are shaping the people these individuals will become.”

But the findings, say the researchers, are only markers for neurobiological change — a display of the robustness of the human brain, and not a crystal ball to be used to see the future.

“Just because it’s in the brain doesn’t mean it’s destiny,” said study author and UW Ph.D. graduate Jamie Hanson.

The study is published in the journal Biological Psychiatry.

Article courtesy and originally from: www.psychcentral.com

Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Take the ‘Weird’ test and see where you fit in!

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Bizarre and Peculiar Abstract Human Art courtesy of http://www.trendhunter.com via Google Images.

I love the realistic fantasy, which tricks the eye and mind at first gaze… #odd

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Bizarre art image courtesy of http://www.secondcitizen.net via Google Images.

The infamous ‘illuminate’ tree! Apparently, ‘illuminate tree’ or ‘IT’ as he’s called in the forest, is being held captive by a crazy antique tree watcher! The tree watcher from antiquity, is obviously forcing ‘IT’ to painfully gaze upon a true schizophrenic with paranoid delusions. With a piece of art so bizarre, why wouldn’t my explanation be bizzare as well?

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Bizarre Rabbit Art Print by Ruben Ireland. image courtesy of http://www.lavamind.com via Google Images.

Did you notice the fella is bald and has one helluva moustache? That wasn’t what I observed first! I had to look at it for a few seconds… #Bizarre

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Bizarre Tree Art. Image courtesy of http://www.crispyclicks.com via Google Images.

In all my years, growing up in the country, building tree forts, and playing in the woods daily, I never was lucky enough to see a tree like this! I mean, I built some mean wooden fortresses… I even had booby traps set up around my camoflouged perimeter… I would have given that all up as a boy to see a tree like this! I know, I’m a typical male…can’t help that! #wood

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Dark Art Skull Manipulation by Fabio Carito. Image courtesy of http://www.fabiocarito.deviantart.com via Google Images.

The Walking Dead? Beauty and youth versus mortality and time? The lifeless gaze of a living corpse? Either answer or answers could be both the question and the answer. That’s the beauty of all art… it’s open to individual interpretation! #thewalkingdead

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Bizarre Street Art. Image from http://www.weird.com via Google Images.

Although, definitely not a traditional oil on canvas, I feel the canvas is absolutely appropriate that this artist used. A wonderfully macabre peice of art! #macabre

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Words… perhaps aren’t necessary for this piece. Bizarre and a little gross, but it does force the viewer to figure out what’s happening in this picture. I did the picture. I glean my own definition, my own understanding… what do you think of this artwork? #obesity

If you found 3 or more of the above pictures, somehow cool, then you are officially in the most intelligent group, the ‘Weird’ group! 

If you found 2 or less of the above pictures, somewhat, not cool, then you are officially in the Republican Party! Just kidding, just kidding… but no, you are definitely less intelligent than the weirdos!

I hope you enjoyed the odd art and simple writing. I enjoyed writing and researching! I’m a nerd and a weirdo!

Thanks again and come back! Like my blog please! #www.darwinsrightleftwing.com

Emery Myers

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Narcissistic personality disorder…What is it? Do you know somebody…read more…click link…

emery myers:

Do you know someone that most people can’t stand due to their huge ego? Does the person drive you crazy? If so, this article is for you!

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Narcissistic personality disorder

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How do you spot a narcissist? Image from http://www.vtdigger.org via Google Images

Have you heard of the word narcissist before? What does the word mean to you? For many years, I thought it was simply, a person that loved one’s self more than anyone else…a person that was an ‘ego-maniac’. Simple…much too simple, as I have found out over the years.

Narcissist’s naturally have over-inflated perceptions of themselves’. Narcissistic personality disorder is characterized by dramatic, emotional behavior, which is in the same category as antisocial and borderline personality disorders.

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Why-We-Love-Narcissists image courtesy of http://www.interrete.org via Google Images

Narcissistic personality disorder symptoms may include:

  • Believing that you’re better than others
  • Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness
  • Exaggerating your achievements or talents
  • Expecting constant praise and admiration
  • Believing that you’re special and acting accordingly
  • Failing to recognize other people’s emotions and feelings
  • Expecting others to go along with your ideas…

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Narcissistic personality disorder…What is it? Do you know somebody…read more…click link…

Narcissistic personality disorder

How do you spot a narcissist image from www.vtdigger.org via Google Images
How do you spot a narcissist? Image from http://www.vtdigger.org via Google Images

Have you heard of the word narcissist before? What does the word mean to you? For many years, I thought it was simply, a person that loved one’s self more than anyone else…a person that was an ‘ego-maniac’. Simple…much too simple, as I have found out over the years.

Narcissist’s naturally have over-inflated perceptions of themselves’. Narcissistic personality disorder is characterized by dramatic, emotional behavior, which is in the same category as antisocial and borderline personality disorders.

Why-We-Love-Narcissists image courtesy of www.interrete.org via Google Images
Why-We-Love-Narcissists image courtesy of http://www.interrete.org via Google Images

Narcissistic personality disorder symptoms may include:

  • Believing that you’re better than others
  • Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness
  • Exaggerating your achievements or talents
  • Expecting constant praise and admiration
  • Believing that you’re special and acting accordingly
  • Failing to recognize other people’s emotions and feelings
  • Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans
  • Taking advantage of others
  • Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior
  • Being jealous of others
  • Believing that others are jealous of you
  • Trouble keeping healthy relationships
  • Setting unrealistic goals
  • Being easily hurt and rejected
  • Having a fragile self-esteem
  • Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional

Although some features of narcissistic personality disorder may seem like having confidence or strong self-esteem, it’s not the same. Narcissistic personality disorder crosses the border of healthy confidence and self-esteem into thinking so highly of yourself that you put yourself on a pedestal. In contrast, people who have healthy confidence and self-esteem don’t value themselves more than they value others.

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Celebrities are more likely to be narcissistic according to the most recent psychological science. Excessive “Selfies” are also an indicator of narcissism.                                    Image courtesy of http://www.independent.ie via Google Images

When you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious. You often monopolize conversations. You may belittle or look down on people you perceive as inferior. You may have a sense of entitlement. And when you don’t receive the special treatment to which you feel entitled, you may become very impatient or angry. You may insist on having “the best” of everything — the best car, athletic club, medical care or social circles, for instance.

But underneath all this behavior often lies a fragile self-esteem. You have trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism. You may have a sense of secret shame and humiliation. And in order to make yourself feel better, you may react with rage or contempt and efforts to belittle the other person to make yourself appear better.

This information from the Mayo Clinic Staff, is intended for educational/entertainment. If you feel you have any mental issues, please contact your doctor. This article is simply explaining what a narcissist really is.

Thank you for reading.

~Cannablogna Staff~

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China’s Real Estate Downturn Spells Trouble for Global Economy

Originally posted on TIME:

“Will the government save the market if housing prices fall?” That was the question being asked in China this week — not by stressed-out mortgage holders, but by the country’s most famous (and wealthy) property mogul, Pan Shiyi.

Pan, the chairman of giant real estate developer SOHO China, has made a series of pronouncements in recent weeks that reflect an increasingly bearish long-term outlook for China’s property sector.

At an industry forum in late May, Pan compared the nation’s real estate prospects to the Titanic. “It [the real estate industry] will soon hit the iceberg in front of it,” he declared.

Pan’s outlook may be bleak, but is borne out by statistics. According to Standard & Poor’s, residential housing prices in China will drop by 5% this year — a dramatic reversal from last year’s rise of 11.5%.

That’s bad news for China’s property holders, but potentially also a…

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What Does This Soul Graffiti Do for You?

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Bizarre Street Art. Image from http://www.weird.com via Google Images. #Bizarre

Hideous and malevolent… yet oddly, beautiful.

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Greek Graffiti 2. Image from http://www.mrpilgrim.co.uk via Google Images. 

Scary surrealism in this postapocalyptic street graffiti scene…

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Social Vandalism Street Artworks. Image from http://www.coolstuffdirectory.com via Google Images. #Bizarre

Even if you don’t “get it”, you “feel it”!

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Street Art. Image from http://www.oddycentral.co.uk via Google Images. 
I hope you enjoyed this little art exhibit!
Emery Myers
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~Would~ by Alice in Chains! If you don’t know this band then shame on YOU!

Perhaps one of the top, original bands of all time, but plagued with tragedy and hopelessness. The music paints the emotional stage for the band!

Alice in Chains: Original information source HERE.

Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in SeattleWashington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley. The initial lineup was rounded out by drummer Sean Kinney, and bassist Mike Starr (who was replaced in 1993 by Mike Inez).

Although widely associated with grunge music, the band’s sound incorporates heavy metal and acoustic elements. Since its formation, Alice in Chains has released five studio albums, three EPs, two live albums, four compilations, and two DVDs. The band is known for its distinct vocal style which often included the harmonized vocals of Staley and Cantrell.

Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s, along with other Seattle bands such asNirvanaPearl Jam, and Soundgarden. The band was one of the most successful music acts of the 1990s, selling over 20 million albums worldwide,[1] and over 14 million in the US alone.[2] In 1992, the band released their album Dirt, which was critically acclaimed and has been certified quadruple platinum. The band also achieved two No. 1 Billboard 200 releases, 14 top ten songs on theMainstream Rock Tracks chart and eight Grammy Award nominations.

Although never officially disbanding, Alice in Chains was plagued by extended inactivity from 1996 onwards due to Staley’s substance abuse, which resulted in his death in 2002. The band reunited in 2005 with new lead vocalist William DuVall, and released their fourth studio album, Black Gives Way to Blue, in 2009. The album was a success, being certified gold by the RIAA in 2010. Alice in Chains released their fifth studio album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, on May 28, 2013. They are currently on tour for this album.[3]

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Common Sense is Genius in It’s Working Clothes.

Common Sense is Genius in It’s Working Clothes.

written by Emery Myers, May 23rd, 2014

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Common Sense is Genius… image courtesy of http://www.whatantsees.wordpress.com

What happened to common sense in America? Did it ever truly exist? It’s hard to answer this question without relying on what other humans recorded throughout human history. Some recorded history is accurate… I am sure of that, but much of recorded history is, dare I say, conjecture, hear-say, mistakes and recorded decades after the fact. Impossible to prove much of ancient history…unless we have tangible evidence and the science scholars involved. If you don’t accept science, carbon-14 dating, or evolutionary biology, physics and the other sciences, then you probably aren’t going to agree with this article.

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Common Sense image courtesy of http://www.universityofcommonsense.com

I am a college graduate. My wife is a college graduate. College education did not teach either of us what common sense is. We had common sense before college. Education does not gift a person with common sense. I have worked with many people in my life and I’ll take common sense over education level any time of the day! I have met people with 10-plus years of higher education and absolutely no common sense… Some of the most brilliant minds I have ever known have a very limited educational background but are the epitome of common sense and intelligent decision-making!

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Seriously… Bring it back now! Americans are either too afraid to speak up and use their first amendment rights, or lack good, old commonsense! The majority in Cannablogna’s polling indicates the latter… commonsense is endangered! It is quickly becoming non-existent in our America. This is what the leaders of huge corporations and our political system count on. The powers that be want us to be scared, confused and fearful of everything. It keeps us “controlled”. It keeps us in our social caste. It forces us to be consumers! It Keeps us… the 99 PERCENT!

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Common sense, just because you can… courtesy of http://www.sodahead.com

I have quite literally, been killed, hundreds of times in my work career. The majority of accidents were caused by idiots as pictured above! We all have seen them, tried to communicate with them, and tried to pull their weight. The people lacking common sense… their numbers are growing rapidly! The CDC should have released a report years ago! How many people die in workplace accidents or are seriously injured, due to someone else’s lack of common sense? We know all too well that it was probably an idiot lacking commonsense.

That Video, courtesy of Youtube.com, pretty much wraps up any further need for explanation.

Your friend in commonsense,

Emery Myers, contributing author for http://www.cannablogna.com, and http://www.darwinsrightleftwing.com

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