What? Me being defensive? I’m not defensive! YOU’RE the one that’s always defensive!
That’s a classic defensive response to a piece of feedback. Throw up a wall, rebut the statement, and accuse the other person of the same complaint. The sad thing is many of us react defensively without even thinking about it. In her book, A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives, Cordelia Fine points out that we think other people’s bad behavior toward us is intentional, but we dismiss our own bad behavior as inadvertent, a mistake, or unavoidable due to circumstances out of our control. This allows us to feel morally superior to the other person while simultaneously protecting our ego from the possibility that we may actually be incompetent or acting like a jerk.
The Causes of Defensiveness
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By Randy Dotinga
MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Middle school students who send sexually explicit text messages and photos to one another are more likely to have sex than those who don’t “sext,” a new study finds.
A survey of young teens in Los Angeles found that 40 percent who’d sent explicit messages or photos said they’d been sexually active compared to just 5 percent of other kids with cellphones that could display text messages.
“The surprise is that for younger kids — 11- to 13-year-olds — sexting is not an alternative to real-life sexual activity. It’s actually a part of it,” said study author Eric Rice, an assistant professor at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
“Also, kids who reported 100 or more text messages per day were much more likely to report sexting, so being an excessive texter may be an indication of…
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By Randy Dotinga
MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A combination drug used to treat and prevent HIV — Truvada — may have an additional benefit: lowering the risk of a genital herpes infection, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that African heterosexuals who were at risk of getting HIV from their partners were about 30 percent less likely to get infected with genital herpes if they took the drug tenofovir alone or with emtricitabine. Truvada is made from the combination of these two drugs.
The study isn’t likely to lead physicians to use tenofovir — alone or in combination with emtricitabine — solely to prevent herpes, one infectious-disease specialist said.
“No one is going to use tenofovir specifically to reduce herpes. There are some side effects and the drug is not cheap. It will only be used as prevention for HIV — not herpes — for…
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By Kathleen Doheny
TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Adding access to a computer tablet to traditional therapy may help children with autism talk and interact more, new research suggests.
The study compared language and social communication treatment — with or without access to an iPad computer tablet — in 61 young children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and found that the device helped boost the effect of the treatment.
“All the children improved, but they improved more if they had access to the iPad,” said Connie Kasari, professor of human development and psychology and psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.
The children used the iPad when they were engaged in play, she said. “It focused on helping them initiate conversation, using the iPad to comment on what they were doing. The iPad worked because it is…
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By Amy Norton
MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The annual pelvic exam has long been a routine part of women’s health care, but new guidelines say there’s no good reason for it.
The recommendations, laid out by the American College of Physicians (ACP), advise against pelvic exams for women who aren’t pregnant and have no symptoms of a potential problem.
The reason? There’s no good evidence the screening exams benefit women, the ACP said.
“I think a lot of women will be relieved by this [recommendation], especially since it’s based on scientific evidence,” said Dr. Linda Humphrey, a member of the ACP’s Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee, which devised the new advice after reviewing 32 studies on the benefits and harms of routine pelvic exams.
Humphrey stressed that the new guidelines apply only to pelvic exams, and that women should continue to have cervical cancer screenings.
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No other produce screams summer quite like watermelon. It could be its refreshing sweetness or even the burst of color that adds a bit of brightness to your plate.
Thing is, there’s more to watermelon than just its flavor: It boasts some powerful health benefits, too. At 46 calories per cup, watermelon offers 20% of your daily intake of vitamin C and 17% vitamin A, according to the USDA. That’s not all.
No wonder there’s a month-long holiday dedicated to it—July is National Watermelon Month. Here are some other fun facts to celebrate watermelon’s big month:
It has more lycopene than raw tomatoes
In just one cup, watermelon has 1.5 times the stuff than a large fresh tomato, 6 milligrams compared to 4…
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