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Alexithymia reduced through affectionate communication

April 15, 2011 coms 0

Alexithymia is a relatively new word in the scientific world and is a term that represents an inability to understand, process, and describe emotions. Each of us has some level of alexithymia, but this personality trait is often found with other conditions on the autism spectrum, as well as post-traumatic stress disorders. It has also been shown to be related to eating and panic disorders, as well as substance abuse.

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How materialistic advertising messages negatively shape the female body image

April 13, 2011 coms 0

Psychological research has consistently shown that women feel unhappy with their body after looking at images of thin, idealized models, which are typically represented in the media. However, today’s consumer culture and media promote not only the ideal of perfect beauty, but also that of the material affluent lifestyle, both of which are commonly depicted together, and highlight the benefits of beauty and of owning material goods to one’s personal success and fame.

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Films Promote Superwoman Expectation for Women

April 11, 2011 coms 0

Exposure to attractive, aggressive, female leads in films affects how men and women think about who women ought to be in the real world. Women in particular have high standards for other women, and expect them to be both stereotypically feminine and masculine i.e. beautiful and aggressive rather than beautiful and passive.

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Smart Phones Not Replacing Other Media For News Access — At Least Yet

April 2, 2011 coms 0

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers found that mobile media technologies such as smart phones aren’t taking people away from relying on traditional media sources such as newspapers or television. Instead, mobile media are filling the spaces in people’s daily routine in which other media sources are either unavailable or inconvenient to use.