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Noosphere: You Are a Part of It Noosphere – a beautiful concept. You are a part of this human whole. A conscious or an unconscious part? The noosphere is the sphere of human thought. The word derives from the Greek νοῦς (nous “mind”) and σφαῖρα (sphaira “sphere”), in lexical analogy to “atmosphere” and “biosphere”. It was introduced...
Colleag-emy #2: The Workplace Diva The Workplace Diva can drive you crazy. What is the best way to minimize their effect on the job?
How to Respond to Failure When Giving Up Is a Bad Idea “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston Churchill Failure is inevitable, we all know that. Mistakes are a completely normal and natural part of learning and getting better. However, even though we know failure is a part of life, we...
Which Types of People Make the Best Liars? There has been quite a lot of research on how to detect lies, but which types of people are most successful at deception?
Adapting to Change The leaves soon will turn into the familiar shades we love to remind us that the seasons change and nature transitions. People also experience transitions requiring adjustment. We experience loss, whether it be in the form of a person, pet, place, job, habit, or object. We experience loss in the...
How to Get Out of a Bad Mood: 12 Tips Large and rapidly moving, ominous clouds of negativity roll into my mind, infuse my thoughts and deeply darken my mood. As I exhale, I feel the irritability fume from my nostrils like fiery smoke from a dragon’s. As I bristle with defensiveness and hostility, I feel the energetic spikes of...
Buggin’ Out Sociology journal Transition has a fascinating article giving a history of the surprisingly frequent appearance of schizophrenia in rap music. In psychiatric circles, schizophrenia is considered a serious mental illness that causes delusions, hallucinations, and social withdrawal. But in rap, schizophrenia means something else: a mode of defiance, a boast, or a threat. The term […]
The Road to Growth: 6 Mistakes to Avoid This past month I’ve been struggling with my own personal view on growth. A concept so dear to me considering it’s been the underlying principle of my whole existence. See, I’m one of those persons who firmly believes life is an opportunity for continuous improvement. And that individuals should strive...
Spike activity 26-09-2014 Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Why most scientists don’t take Susan Greenfield seriously. A serious rebuttal for some poor scientific claims over at BishopBlog. The Guardian has a good profile of food and flavour scientist Charles Spence who specialises in sensory integration. Couvade syndrome: some men develop signs of […]
Social Anxiety Disorder: Impressive Study Reveals The Very Best Treatment Large study reveals the most effective treatment for social anxiety disorder. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Meditation is an Effective Treatment for Depression, Anxiety and Pain A Curious New Sleep Disorder That Affects One in Seven Antidepressants: Higher Rates of Psychological Side-Effects Revealed by New Study Long-Held Belief About Depression Challenged by New Study Social Conformity Effect Lasts Three Days
Taphophobia: Fear of Waking inside your Grave A woman seemingly buried alive this week in Greece strikes fear in the hearts of those who suffer from taphophobia.
30 Journaling Prompts for Self-Reflection and Self-Discovery I often include different journal prompts on Weightless because I think it’s key to continually maintain a dialogue with ourselves. It’s part of building a healthy relationship, or rather a friendship, with yourself. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends...
7 Ways That Exercise Is Bad for You and Antidotes for Each Though exercise is generally good for your mental and physical health, these 7 surprising ill effects can have the opposite effect. Fortunately, there's a remedy for each one.
Psychology Around the Net: September 27, 2014 Need caught up on this week’s psychology-related news around the ‘net? From Alanis Morissette’s view on happiness to what NOT to say to someone with bipolar disorder, we’ve got you covered. Behind the Online Comments: The Psychology of Online Trolls: We’ve all experienced them. Now find out what motivates them....
Dietz's DBT Site Has Helped Thousands of Borderline Folks "Staying active with the site has been a real gift. It has allowed me to remain active in DBT and be reminded of the skills to make my life a life worth living. This has been the most gratifying work I have ever done. It has become more than I could have ever imagined."
The Psychology of Terrorists (Pt. 2): The Messiah Complex What motivates terrorist leaders like Osama Bin Laden and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed head of ISIS? Clearly, the answer to such a question is complex, and varies to some extent from person to person. However, like the late bin Laden, al-Baghdadi seems to be exhibiting some sort of messiah complex.
Why some men develop signs of pregnancy There are a range of theories as to why some men develop an involuntary manifestation of pregnancy.
Is beer good for your brain? Research suggests a flavonoid found in beer may play a role in cognitive function.
Chaos and Creative Expression – Part 2 See Part 1 Author Malcolm Gladwell (‘Outliers: The Story of Success’; ‘Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking’ and other books) has commented, “Anyone who is in a creative space…you have to reverse the normal human tendency, which is to edit. Creative people…their brains are messy. Their imaginations...
Rejecting or Embracing the Sacred in Meditation I recently taught a class in creative contemplation that was based on Lectio Divina, or divine reading. It is a practice undertaken by contemplative Christians and monks in which one completely surrenders to the voice of God as inspired by a line of scripture. I have no real allegiance to...