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The Upside of Ambivalence & How to Deal With It   Many people struggle with ambivalence: Is the man I’m going out with the right person for me? Should I change this job that provides a good salary but doesn’t challenge … ...
Gray Must Remain Our Sacred Space Gray is the stance against a bipolar world, with extreme claims and exponential implications. Living in gray means living uncomfortably in the middle, but it also means living in tolerance and peace. It means commuting between two worlds and leading a double, a poetic life. It means being able to love, to feel everything but not know anything at all.
How to Trick Your Friends Into Thinking You Gave Them a Sweet Gift ‘Tis better to give than to receive, but ‘tis best by far to give something that will make you look good in the eyes of the recipient — especially if you can save money in the bargain. Here’s one psychological finding that will help you choose cheaper gifts people will still appreciate: the less-is-better effect....
Top 10 Unpopular Strategies to Boost Happiness When it comes to boosting well-being, some exercises get all the attention (e.g.., mindfulness) and some get little attention. This post offers 10 powerful but rarely discussed interventions that emerge from well-being research.
Are You Afraid to Ask for a Change? How do I ask for things to change? This is a popular question and it’s one I get asked a lot as a psychotherapist and counselor. A lot of you out there want to make … ...
Writers Best Tips for Social Anxiety Everything about making movies, TV shows, and live theater, is collaborative. Actors have to get along with directors, directors have to get along with producers, and producers have to get … ...
Brain scans illuminate emotional response to sound Noisy gymnasiums, restaurants where conversations are nearly impossible and concert halls less than perfect for the music are all acoustical problems. Now acoustical engineers are using functional MRI to better understand room acoustics and the emotions they can cause.
Don’t let the Paris attacks infuse your parenting with fear By refusing to let fear limit our kids’ opportunities to explore the world, we give them the gift of learning how to manage the unexpected.
Study shows eviction ups risk of suicide People who have been evicted from their home are four times more likely than average to commit suicide.
Consciousness and Memory The role of memory in consciousness is often taken for granted. Without the brain's various memory systems it would be unlikely that conscious experience would even occur. Consciousness not only relies on working memory to maintain perceptual and other information but also on long-term memory to enrich our present experience with information from the past.
Family Background, Creativity, and Genius Is the intense motivation of creative persons and geniuses, as manifested by months- or years-long devotions to a project in science, art, or other fields, due to inheritance or other family background factors? I describe a controlled empirical study of 435 Nobel laureates in science and 215 literary prizewinners.
Researchers decode patterns that make our brains human The human brain may be the most complex piece of organized matter in the known universe, but researchers have begun to unravel the genetic code underlying its function. Research has now identified a surprisingly small set of molecular patterns that dominate gene expression in the human brain and appear common to all individuals, providing key insights into the core of the genetic code that makes our brains distinctly human.
3 Ways to Help Your Child Turn Mistakes into Success They can’t learn anything if they’re not allowed to try and try again. “Wow, she’s a natural at soccer.” “He’s like a math prodigy!” “Did you see how well she plays the violin? And she’s only five.” Growing up, I was in awe of kids … ...
No more Type I/II error confusion Type I and Type II errors are, respectively, when you allow a statistical test to convinces you of a false effect, and when you allow a statistical test to convince you to dismiss a true effect. Despite being fundamentally important concepts, they are terribly named. Who can ever remember which way around the two errors […]
Treating epilepsy, brain traumas by neurotransmitters Researchers conducted experiments on the hippocampus of neonatal rats and mice, quite similar to the one of a human fetus at the second half of pregnancy period. Hence it will be possible make precise identification of medicaments safe for a fetus and its brain development. The potential application of obtained results is to find its place in treating brain malfunctions, such as epilepsy, post-ischemic conditions, and brain traumas.
Can You Teach Someone to be Funny? A humor expert explains how almost anyone can make a good joke.
Sarcasm Can Stimulate This Highly Desirable Mental Skill Sarcasm has an unexpected mental benefit. » Continue reading: Sarcasm Can Stimulate This Highly Desirable Mental Skill
I Still Lose My Grip on Reality Sometimes Last night I had a moment of panic, I couldn’t focus and the paranoia was coming on strong. I was so lost in the fog of confusion that I could … ...
Today I Love This Misty Morning Today I love this misty morning with the sunlight tumbling through trees and lighting up the very air so that the shadows are nearly real, nearly shadows of substance. I … ...
4 More Pointers for New Parents for Maintaining a... Having kids can be hard on a marriage. As relationship therapist Rebecca Wong, LCSW, said, kids absorb much of your attention and energy. There are a whole lot more responsibilities and tasks, and your schedule suddenly becomes very limited. Suddenly, there are new challenges to … ...