How The Body And Mind Talk To One Another To Understand The World

How The Body And Mind Talk To One Another To Understand The World
Have you ever been startled by someone suddenly talking to you when you thought you were alone? Even when they apologize for surprising you, your heart goes on pounding in your chest.

How Dynamic Pricing Can Train Us To Shop Smarter

How Dynamic Pricing Can Train Us To Shop Smarter
Dynamic pricing can generate unintended consequences by changing the behavior of customers, according to a new paper.

Why It's Wrong To Label Students "At-Risk"

Why It's Wrong To Label Students At-risk

Of all the terms used to describe students who don’t perform well in traditional educational settings, few are used as frequently– or as casually – as the term “at-risk.”

The Gift of Self: Contributing To -- and Serving -- The Wider Collective

The Gift of Self: Contributing To -- and Serving -- The Wider Collective
In indigenous gift-sharing and kinship societies, individuals do not “win” at the expense of society but rather consider society’s win as theirs. Futurist Riane Eisler referred to this as “linking rather than ranking,” typical of the partnership paradigm, and the antithesis to the dominator paradigm. “Empowerment of self and others” characterizes the partnership model.

Why Being Clever And Wicked Is A Form Of Creativity

Why Being Clever And Wicked Is A Form Of Creativity

Suppose you forgot it was your partner’s birthday, but you know that they would appreciate the smallest of gestures, say a bouquet. It’s late at night and no florists are open.

4 Steps To Get Kids Into The Flow Of Learning

4 Steps To Get Kids Into The Flow Of Learning

New research outlines a four-step plan to develop students’ connection to their learning environment and achieve an ideal state for learning: “flow.”

Why The Media Loves The White Racist Story

Why The Media Loves The White Racist Story
Racism isn’t new and will not go away. What is new is the interest in pointing it out and calling out its perpetrators through both mainstream and social media.

The Pain of Rejection Brings a Gift

The Pain of Rejection Brings a Gift
Rejection can hurt. Perhaps a person can be rejected by a friend, partner, boss, sibling, parent, co-worker, someone you work out with at the gym, or even your grown child. Scientists are discovering that the hurt of rejection can be actually recorded within your body.

What Makes You A Morning Or Night Person?

What Makes You A Morning Or Night Person?
Do you prefer to rise early with the lark or stay up late with the owl? Your preference turns out to be partly decided by your genes.

How To Get Out of the Blame Game

How To Get Out of the Blame Game
Most of us think of blame as the melodramatic pointing of a long, crooked finger towards one who has done scandalous wrong. Yet we're actually into blame just about every waking moment of our days. From weather, to rude drivers, to toothpaste caps, we blame from sunup 'til sundown and never think a thing about it.

What Impact Does Epigenetics Have On Our Psychology?

What Impact Does Epigenetics Have On Our Psychology?
In the battle of nature versus nurture, nurture has a new recruit: epigenetics - brought in from molecular biology to give scientific heft to the argument that genes are not destiny.

What Makes You A Man Or A Woman?

What Makes You A Man Or A Woman?
There are many cultural and social factors involved in making a baby into a man or a woman. But biologically speaking, sex starts when you’re just a tiny group of cells in your mother’s uterus.

How Moving To A New House Changes You

How Moving To A New House Changes You
Many people move in the summer months, but not everyone realizes that moving starts a process of identity transformation that never really stops.

Why Do We Complain and What Is An Alternative?

Why Do We Complain and What Is An Alternative?
We don't always see what we're doing as complaining; in fact, we often think we're simply telling the truth about the world. What constitutes complaining? One dictionary defines it as, 'An expression of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment.' I would add that it's a statement of...

A Few Basic Principles to Change Bad Habits to Good Ones

Changing Bad Habits to Good OnesWhen we learn a new skill and continue to practice it, our brain cells establish connections that solidify that new activity in our muscle memory and in our body. That’s how later on we can do that activity repeatedly without paying attention to it. The flipside of this is that to unlearn a habit that’s become ingrained in us we have to demolish that network of connections

How To Tell If A Leader Is Manufacturing A Crises

How To Tell If A Leader Is Manufacturing A Crises

“This is a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul.” That’s how President Donald Trump framed his demand for funds to build a “border wall” and end the partial government shutdown.

Discovering Resiliency Through Fear, Imagination, and Creativity

Discovering Resiliency Through Fear, Imagination, and Creativity
In both my teaching and collaborative experience, I have often found that the most "fearful" and "neurotic" people are actually those with the best imaginations. They have simply channeled their imaginations down the routes of their cultural conditioning. The News at Five is never the good news, and so when they play the possible movie of their future they routinely screen the one with danger and dire outcomes.

Is The Midlife Crisis A Real Thing?

Is The Midlife Crisis A Real Thing?Middle age is often seen as life’s pivot point. A hill has been climbed and the view over the other side is unsettling.

The Effects Of Total Isolation Explained

effects of isolation2 1 4Imagine being confined to a small, dark room, with no social interaction whatsoever for 30 days. Not many people would jump at this opportunity.

Your Eye Color Might Be Why You Have The Winter Blues

Your Eye Color Might Be Why You Have The Winter BluesYou’re not alone if colder weather and longer nights make you feel down. This well-known phenomenon, called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), might explain why people feel low, irritable, and lethargic in the winter months.

Four Steps to Radical Forgiveness

Four Steps to Radical ForgivenessThis process takes only a few moments but it is one that literally could save you from getting totally caught up in the drama of what is happening and going to 'Victimland' for an extended stay! Our tendency is to default to victim consciousness whenever our upset...

Tips For A New Year Tuneup For Your Brain

Tips For A New Year Tuneup For Your BrainUnlike the effervescent bubbles that stream to the top of champagne flutes on New Year’s Eve, what I call brain bubbles are far from celebratory.

A Behaviorist's Guide To New Year's Resolutions

A Behaviorist's Guide To New Year's ResolutionsEvery year you set out determined to stick to your New Year’s resolutions. But year after year you fall off track and quickly abandon them. So why are resolutions so hard to keep?

What Works For Me: Acknowledging My Choices

What Works For Me: Acknowledging My ChoicesThere are many things in life that can make our existence easier or more difficult. A huge factor is our attitude. One attitude that has served me well is recognizing that everything I do is by choice... Even if appearances may seem like I don't always have a choice, I really do.

The Very Best New Year’s Start

The Very Best New Year’s StartThere are many wishes people make for family and friends at the start of a new year: for health and success, for love and prosperity, for success in their studies or any special endeavour, the list is very long. However, there is one I wish to make for all readers of this...

Gifts of the Moment: The Small Blessings of Life

Gifts of the Moment: The Small Blessings of LifeThe spiritual journey is full of unexpected and wondrous inner shifts. I recently realized that a change has gradually occurred in my outlook. I am appreciating the moment-by-moment experiences in my life in a happier way than I have since childhood...

You Can Release Guilt and Cynicism and Lighten Up Your World

You Can Release Guilt and Cynicism and Lighten Up Your WorldCynicism seems to have a lot going for it in the modern world. I know that I didn’t give up cynicism until it utterly failed me as a means of self-protection. As I began to understand the psychological roots of my physical collapse, it became clear that my cynical, stressful attitudes toward life had delivered me into this catastrophic con­dition.

The Psychology Of New Year’s Resolutions

The Psychology Of New Year’s Resolutions

Research has shown that about half of all adults make New Year’s resolutions. However, fewer than 10% manage to keep them for more than a few months.

Facing Your Fears, Taming Them, and Recognizing Their Value

Facing Your Fears: Taming Them and Recognizing the GoodEach fear is like a small subpersonality inside of you demanding to be heard. One 'fear-being' might chatter, 'Don't go outside. It's raining. You'll catch a cold.' Another might be constantly whimpering in your ear, 'Don't fall in love. You know you'll get hurt!' We hold our fears captive and even justify them...

Are Your New Year's Health Resolutions Really A Free Choice?

Are Your New Year's Health Resolutions Really A Free Choice?“I really should be taking better care of myself.” Who hasn’t thought that at least once in the past year? And maybe you’ve made a few health resolutions for 2019 — to cut back on the junk food, up the daily exercise, start meditating or get more sleep?

How You May Be Being Manipulated On Social Media

How You May Be Being Manipulated On Social MediaSometime in the political frenzy of the past year, I realized I had to stop scanning Twitter. I had become used to taking the pulse of online society, but was no longer confident that the tweets I was reading were accurate portrayals of the authentic views of real humans.

Here's How A Book, Podcast Or TV Show Changes You

Here's How A Book, Podcast Or TV Show Changes YouEvery holiday season, you have new worlds at your fingertips. Reading books, listening to podcasts, and watching films and TV shows can help you break away from the frenzy of everyday life, and journey into other possible worlds.

Let Off Some Steam Before You Explode

Let Off Some Steam Before You ExplodeThink of a closed vessel that is continually heated. Eventually the pressure will build up and cause the vessel to explode. If the vessel is vented, however, when the pressure gets too great, steam or gas can escape a little at a time and keep an explosion from happening.

How Not To Be Afflicted by Unseen Forces

How Not To Be Afflicted by Unseen Forces
We may expect great transformations throughout human culture, as mankind becomes more responsible for its knowledge, and thus its deeds.

Thou Shalt Not Kill! Violence Begets Violence, Love Begets Peace

Thou Shalt Not Kill! Violence Begets Violence, Love Begets PeaceAt some point we begin to realize that violence begets violence, and that the human race is in a vicious cycle of aggression, often unable to find a way out. Yet we must, if we are to achieve what every true human being yearns for: peace.

How Your Eyes Are A Window To Your Stress

How Your Eyes Are A Window To Your StressPrevious studies on workload and productivity include physical aspects, such as how much a person walks or carries, but they do not take into account a person’s state of mind.

Knowing Just One Gay Person Shifts Attitudes

Knowing Just One Gay Person Shifts AttitudesPeople who met and became acquainted with at least one gay person were more likely to later change their minds about marriage equality and become more accepting of gay and lesbian people in general, research shows.

The Greatest Christmas Present Ever

The Greatest Christmas Present EverIn a variety of teachings, unconditional love is the heart and soul of the spiritual life and the ultimate aim of the spiritual path – and by love is meant love in action of course (be it meditation or feeding the hungry), not discourses about love.

How To Make Reading Fun And Part Of Life

How To Make Reading Fun And Part Of LifeThe love of reading is one of the greatest gifts an adult can give to a child. Pragmatically, reading proficiently helps with school work. But it also widens children’s horizons. It can help readers to understand their own world better, and to explore other worlds.

Anger's Gift: The Fierce Dance of Love

Anger's Gift: The Fierce Dance of LoveSometimes what looks like a fight is only the fierceness of love. We have moved from a condition of silent hostility, buried resentment, and covert low-intensity warfare to open conflict. We are wrestling together, changing roles in the hay, engaging in honest intercourse, yessing and k(no)wing each other. And contact is the first condition of love.

What Does Gaslighting Mean?

What Does Gaslighting Mean?Shortlisted for the Oxford English Dictionary’s 2018 word of the year, “gaslighting” has well and truly found its way into contemporary thought and vernacular.

How To Transform Negative Events Into A Positive Spiritual Response

How To Transform Negative Events and Negative People Into A Positive Spiritual ResponseWe have the strongest karmic connections with family members; therefore, we have a great responsibility for developing our relationships with them. If we cannot develop loving-kindness towards our family, why even talk about other being. Zen Buddhism teaches that everything we do, provided it is done with total awareness, is spiritual activity.

It’s Not Fear, It’s Sensation

It’s Not Fear, It’s SensationIf you’re anything like me, or at least who I used to be, my hunch is that when you are on the cusp of doing (and especially saying) something big, important, and paradigm shifting, you label what you are experiencing in your body as fear.

Be (the) Present: It's The Best Gift There Is

Be (the) Present: It's The Best Gift There IsI have been “cleaning out my karma” for a few decades now. When I first started paying attention to the feelings of the moment, there was a collage of easy to detect feelings.

Why The Vast Majority Of People Fib To The Doctor

Why The Vast Majority Of People Fib To The DoctorBetween 60 and 80 percent of people surveyed have not been forthcoming with their doctors about information that could be relevant to their health, according to a new study.

Why Violence and Mental Illness Are A Harsh Reality

Why Violence And Mental Illness Is A Harsh RealityThe violent and senseless death of 11-year-old Luke Batty in Victoria has not only drawn attention to the serious problem of family violence but has also raised questions about the role that undiagnosed or untreated mental illness may have played in his father’s behaviour.

Can Physics Explain The Motions Of The Panicked Crowd?

Can Physics Explain The Motions Of The Panicked Crowd?When people come together in a crowd, physical and emotional connections define their movement, state of mind and will to act. Understanding crowds can help us manage the panic caused by a terrorist attack

Genes Do Shape Our Behavior But It’s Complicated

Genes Do Shape Our Behavior But It’s ComplicatedMany of our psychological traits are innate in origin. There is overwhelming evidence from twin, family and general population studies that all manner of personality traits, as well as things such as intelligence, sexuality and risk of psychiatric disorders, are highly heritable

Why Vegans Inspire Fear And Loathing Among Meat Eaters

Why Vegans Inspire Fear And Loathing Among Meat Eaters

Food critic William Sitwell has resigned as editor of Waitrose’s in-house magazine following a row over his astonishingly hostile response to a freelance journalist who proposed a series of articles on veganism.

When You're Grateful, Your Brain Becomes More Charitable

When You're Grateful, Your Brain Becomes More Charitable

‘Tis the season when the conversation shifts to what you’re thankful for. Gathered with family and friends around a holiday feast, for instance, people may recount some of the biggies – like their health or their children – or smaller things that enhance everyday life – like happening upon a great movie while channel-surfing or enjoying a favorite seasonal food.

Exercising Soul Muscles: Our Best Medicine for Tough Times

Exercising Soul Muscles: Our Best Medicine for Tough TimesThe World Health Organization calls stress "a global epidemic". Stress may be as American as apple pie, but it is also as worldwide as bread pudding. It doesn't matter who you are, where you live, how much money you make, or how dysfunctional your parents were...

Is the Grass Really Greener Somewhere Else?

Is the Grass Really Greener Somewhere Else?When we are unhappy, we often quite naturally begin to fantasize about how our troubles would end "if only". If only I could quit my job... If only I could leave this marriage... Unfortunately, all too often we quit that stressful job or leave that unhappy marriage, only to find...

5 Ways To Improve Your Outlook

5 Ways To Improve Your Outlook

It is the events that happen in our lives that determine the state of our mental health, rather than some inherent personal inadequacy or genetic flaw.

How Violence In Childhood Speeds Up Aging

How Violence In Childhood Speeds Up AgingViolence, psychological or emotional abuse, and deprivation or neglect during childhood can affect both cellular aging and biological development, according to a new study.

Holding a Grudge: Would You Rather Be Right or Be Happy?

Holding a Grudge: Would You Rather Be Right or Be Happy?Usually the events for which we hold grudges are long-time past, yet, deep in our heart is this little hard cold spot where the memory of that event, accompanied with anger and resentment, lives on as if it happened yesterday. That dark negative energy comes up at the strangest moments...

How You Can Feel Gratitude During Difficult Times

How You Can Feel Gratitude During Difficult Times
Gratitude is noticing the good things that are happening all around you. Feeling gratitude when life is stormy can be difficult; it’s during times of hardship that our gratitude is most tested. Seeing the silver lining during those times is easier when we focus on the power of our gratitude.

Reflections on Mom: From Pain to Gratitude and Forgiveness

Reflections on Mom: From Pain to Gratitude and Forgiveness
As I felt the benefits of forgiving my ex-husband Werner, I began to look at other grievances and judgments I was holding. Mom was at the top of my list. Could I find my way to forgive her, too? That would require me to mourn the losses of my childhood and let them go. Holding onto my resentment to Mom kept them in place.

An Attitude of Gratitude: Enjoying the Here and Now

An Attitude of Gratitude: Enjoying the Here and Now
Being unappreciative in general and focusing on the half empty is a core attitude that Attitude Reconstruction associates with the emotion of anger. These qualities block our ability to experience the emotion of love. With the holidays approaching, it’s time to reverse your old tendency.

The Failure of Security: Life Is Neither Secure Nor Insecure

The Failure of Security: Life Is Neither Secure Nor InsecureWe want life to be secure as much as we want our plans and expectations to work out. We want to live happily-ever-after. We want life to conform to our wishes, to make us happy, and to protect us from human suffering. In the end, we want life to protect us from itself, and the idea of security offers us that false consolation.

Could Consciousness All Come Down To The Way Things Vibrate?

Could Consciousness All Come Down To The Way Things Vibrate?
Why is my awareness here, while yours is over there? Why is the universe split in two for each of us, into a subject and an infinity of objects? How is each of us our own center of experience, receiving information about the rest of the world out there? Why are some things conscious and others apparently not? Is a rat conscious? A gnat? A bacterium?

Now We Know Why Humans Roar

Now We Know Why Humans Roar
Historical accounts indicate that soldiers have roared in battle throughout history, from the Roman army to the Red army. We can also see it on the sports pitch, such as in wrestling or the New Zealand rugby players’ posture dance known as the “haka”.

Learning To Be Grateful: Be Thankful for Everything

Learning To Be Grateful: Be Thankful for EverythingWhen Lynn Grabhorn was asked, “What is one simple thing I can do now to help prepare for the Shift?” her reply was, “Learn to be grateful”. She suggested the practice of extending gratitude for all the little things we take for granted and of developing an “attitude of gratitude.”

Why Do Vegans Have Such Bad Reputations?

Why Do Vegans Have Such Bad Reputations?

More and more people are adopting plant-based diets in Australia and other western nations. But also seemingly on the rise is resentment towards vegans and vegetarians.

The Best Medicine For Confronting Trauma Is To Be Present

The Best Medicine For Confronting Trauma Is To Be Present
Report after report documents how—despite more technologies aimed at connecting people, ideas, and information—people of all ages continue to experience greater and greater social and personal disconnection. Why? Well, our body, mind, and spirit can only keep up with so much. When overloaded, we may disconnect because it all is too much or feels like it is too much.

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