The Psychology Of The Clutch Athlete

The Psychology Of The Clutch Athlete“I don’t know. It’s unbelievable. It’s amazing,” said Dodgers outfielder Enrique “Kiké” Hernandez after game 5 of the National League Championship Series, when he became the first Dodger in the team’s 134-year history to hit three home runs in a postseason game.

The Psychology Of Christmas Shopping: How Marketers Nudge You To Buy

shopping mall 12 17Many people see marketing as a form of manipulation, particularly around Christmas and the other retail bonanzas: Easter, Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day. But rather than simply trying to trick people, the masters of marketing know it’s much easier to understand and work with innate human flaws.

How Marketers Are Using Your Name To Sell To You

How Marketers Are Using Your Name To Sell To YouFrom packets of Tim Tams and jars of Vegemite to luxury hand bags, today’s marketing is stamping our names on the things we buy, setting us out as unique individuals.

How Your Darkest Moments Can Be The Start of Your New Life

Your Darkest Moments Could Be The Beginning of Your Life ChangeWhether it's the end of a relationship, the struggle to get a job, or an overwhelming sense of hopelessness and lack of direction, we all experience "dark moments". My attempt at wiping my existence off the face of the planet was the best thing to happen to me; it totally changed my life...

Seeing Through and Decoding Your Life Story

Seeing Through and Decoding Your Life StoryYour life story is the accumulation of experi­ences you have had in the physical realm, but it is not who you are in your essence. Who you are is far greater than you can ever imagine. Who you are is...

What Does It Mean to Be Authentic?

What Does It Mean to Be Authentic?Colloquially, “being authentic” usually describes someone sincerely speaking his deep inner thoughts, a supposedly honest monologue, one that is often critical about something emotionally stinging or at least sensitive, and marginally beyond the scope of what we consider to be normal, acceptable, or polite everyday conversation.

Learning New Ways of Being by Saying Yes! Yes! Yes!

The YES Frequency: Learning New Ways of BeingWhat awaits you if you are willing to trust the unlimited frequency of YES will be an extraordinarily rewarding life, one that has unlimited possibilities. The YES Frequency embodies all the “hopes and dreams” of your life. We are not talking about saying yes to any negative issues...

Money Can Buy Happiness If You Know How to Spend It

Money Can Buy Happiness If You Know How to Spend ItDo you really need a lot of stuff to be happy? Science says that the opposite is true. But that doesn’t help us understand then what kind of spending will actually make us happy and what kind won’t.

Creating a Better World: The Shadow and the Vision

Creating a Better World: The Shadow and the VisionWe Americans are caught in a web of our own cre­ation. We celebrate the individual; we praise self-reliance. We have built our entire economic system on competition and striving, where we set ourselves one against the other... Is this truly the vision of who we want to be and what we wish to pass along to our children?

How We Are Being Manipulated in Trivial to Momentous Situations

How We Are Being Manipulated by Psychology and AdvertisingAlthough propaganda is as ancient as civilization itself, it has taken on a new force with the ubiquitous power of modern technology. This enhanced form of reality manipulation is used to influence us regarding the most trivial to the most momentous situations, and these persuasive techniques have far-reaching effects on the human condition.

How to Be Happy on a Day-to-Day Basis

How to Live Happily-Ever-After on a Day-to-Day BasisI once read a quote by Hugh Downs that said, “A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” We only have to compare two people in the exact same circumstances—one happy, one not—to know just how true...

Some Brain Training Programs Cut Dementia Risk

Some Brain Training Programs Cuts Dementia RiskCertain cognitive training via the computer may reduce the risk of dementia among older adults, researchers report. “…we found that those who received more training also gained a greater protective benefit…”

Intentionally Creating Favorable Change For Our World

Carrying On With Intentionally Creating Favorable Change For Our WorldThe longevity and genius of shamanism is that, in part, it is not hidebound to methodology. As such, shamanism is always metamorphosing as it evolves in response to the current, always-changing circumstances of the world (like the weather!).

To Heal Your Life, Apply The Law Of Cause And Effect

How The Law Of Cause And Effect Is Unwavering In Its ExpressionThroughout the ages, our great spiritual and philosophical masters have taught us that if there is a certain effect you desire, there are certain causes that must be initiated to manifest that desire. If you wish an apple tree, you must plant an apple seed.

How To Be More Persuasive

How To Be More Persuasive‘So…what do you say?’ Everett Collection Whether it’s getting your partner to do more housework or making your colleagues back your latest idea, we all end up spending a considerable amount of time trying to persuade or even manipulate others.

What We Need Is Each Other: Our Time, Talent, Attention & Love

What We Need Is Each Other: Our Time, Talent, Attention & LoveThe power to bring about change is in our hands. That's because the most important thing that each of us needs is each other. Many of our problems have grown out of our alienation -- our inattention to each other as individuals. And that is something we have the power to change. One by one, person by person, we...

The Curious Relationship Between Altitude And Suicide

The Curious Relationship Between Altitude And SuicideSuicide is one of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S.There are many factors known to affect an individual’s risk for suicide. For example, people who are older, male, white, divorced, low-income, isolated or who abuse substances are all at higher risk. Psychiatric illness, mood disorders and lack of social support are also...

What Is The True Engine of Profound Happiness?

What Is The True Engine of Profound Happiness?There is a deeper dimension to happiness that transcends mere joy and zest for life. A dimension that sustains and inspires us through the best of times as well as in the periods when happiness feels like a distant memory. That dimension is meaning. Meaning supercharges our joy when life is good and keeps us moving forward when life is painful and difficult.

The Word and the Womb: Getting the Support You Need

The Word and the Womb: Getting the Support You NeedHow much should you tell other people about what is really important to you? Should you broadcast your dreams to everyone in hopes that others will honor your intentions and support you? Or would you be wiser to keep your visions to yourself and avoid debilitating criticism?

How To Soothe Yourself To Sleep

How To Soothe Yourself To SleepGetting a good night of sleep can seem like the most effortless and natural thing in the world, but when we can’t fall asleep it can quickly feel elusive and frustrating. 

Why Working With Buddies Can Improve Performance

Why Working With Buddies Can Improve PerformanceWe routinely work together with other people. Often, we try to achieve shared goals in groups, whether as a team of firefighters or in a scientific collaboration.

Skills and Tools For Staying Sane

Ninja Skills and Tools For Staying SaneAt the time I was diagnosed with bipolar, I had so little awareness of my body or stress levels that I literally had to be sobbing before I realized I was sad, or be awake for three nights running before I realized I was stressed and anxious. Learning to “hear” my body and mind has been a revelation for me, and a crucial part of my stability.

Seeing The Actual Problem In The Brain Decreases The Stigma Of Illness

Seeing The Actual Problem In The Brain Decreases The Stigma Of IllnessAs a psychiatrist, I find that one of the hardest parts of my job is telling parents and their children that they are not to blame for their illness. Children with emotional and behavioral problems continue to suffer considerable stigma.

How To Serve Your Soul’s Divine Purpose

How To Serve Your Soul’s Divine PurposeThis is a time of big questions: What changes will living my soul’s purpose make in my life? Do I know all my gifts? How will expressing my gifts help me live a life I love? Who will help me do all this?

Moving Into Our Future with an Ongoing Commitment to Peace

Moving Into Our Future with an Ongoing Commitment to PeaceOur ongoing commitment to an era of peace on Earth is essential to enable the divine blueprint of the new Earth to begin activation. It is vital that you understand what you are here to contribute and how to do this.

Ten Guidelines to Protect Your Happiness & Well-Being

Ten Guidelines to Protect Your Happiness & Well-BeingEthical discipline is really a way of protecting yourself so that your efforts in spiritual practice can flourish without getting stomped to smithereens every other day, or every other year. The guidelines are fairly simple. There are ten that are enormously helpful in a general way. Bear in mind that they are all a protection for your own well-being, in solitude or in community...

On Being Kind and Opening Our Heart In Challenging Situations

On Being Kind and Opening Our Heart In Challenging SituationsI woke up in a pissy mood recently, committed to gloom before I had even rolled out of bed. Still grumpy that afternoon, I went to the supermarket, only to be greeted by the sweetest checkout clerk ever. I couldn’t resist her happy eyes and huge smile.

Accepting Life’s Changes In All Its Forms

Accepting Life’s Changes In All Its FormsI enjoy varying my choice of clothing, jewelry, purses, shoes, hair style, always craving a new look. Yet, generally, life provides changes on a much larger scale, which can be challenging. With every major milestone in my life, I have experienced a period of adjustment.

It's Time To Take A Stand and Lead The Way

It's Time To Take A Stand and Lead The Way
“They,” whoever they are, say that if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. What do you stand for? A handful of courageous activists like Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, Gloria Steinem, and Nelson Mandela, have changed the world because of their stand. But the idea of taking a stand...

How To Cut Through Negative Self-Talk

How to Talk to YourselfWhen we become aware of our story lines -- the things we tell ourselves to keep from moving forward -- we can use affirmations to make our mental chatter more fluid.

Expanding the Boundaries of Our Standard Worldview

Expanding the Boundaries of Our Standard WorldviewWhen confronted with something that perplexes or confounds us, we tend to attribute our lack of understanding to not having enough facts or evidence, or we relegate it to the scrap heap of the supernatural. These are the modes of explanation available to us within the container of our standard worldview.

Choosing Our Destiny By Picking A New Course Of Action

Choosing Our Destiny By Picking A New Course Of Action
Sometimes, it’s useful to ask yourself: What do I gain by continuing the course of action I am taking, and what might I gain by choosing an alternative course of action? So often we find ourselves on a course of action that demands we argue with another until...

Why Restoring Morale Is Important To Mental Health In Difficult Times

Why Restoring Morale Is Important To Mental Health In Difficult TimesThe term demoralization was originally coined in the 1970s by a psychiatrist who was seeing patients that didn’t quite meet full criteria for major depression. Nonetheless, they were suffering – in a shared state of emotional distress and sense of incompetence.

Be This, Not That! Archetypes As Tools for Transformation

The Power of Archetypes: How to Use Universal Symbols to Understand Your Behavior and Reprogram Your Subconscious by Marie D. JonesTo not have inner harmony and balance is to walk through the world without a sense of being centered, grounded, and at peace. We don’t feel authentic at all, but rather experience a sort of mental “vertigo” that pulls us in one direction, even when we wish to go in another.As we look closer and closer at what archetypes operate in our lives, we often see these imbalances and begin to realize how they have been making things much harder for us.

How To Align With Your Bliss and Your Spirit

How To Align With Your Bliss and Your SpiritChoosing a dream is not enough. In the universe of light and darkness, of yin and yang, you will be asked to choose again, and again, and again. The truth is that you choose in every waking moment, and strangely enough, even when...

Thinking Peace: How We Can Each Contribute To The Creation Of World Peace

Thinking Peace: How We Can Each Contribute To The Creation Of World PeaceIf we study the world’s metaphysical and spiritual teachings, whether they are from the East or the West, we see that one of the basic spiritual tenets or “natural laws” is that all events originate in thought. In other words, it is not possible for an event to take place in the outer world without there first being a thought. Thought is the causative factor.

Ayahuasca and The Need to Feel Loved and Accepted

 Ayahuasca and The Need to Feel Loved and AcceptedIn ayahuasca ceremonies, people sometimes view visionary home movies of their childhood while maintaining an outside observer’s perspective. At other times, they relive a childhood event as if it were happening in the ceremonial moment; they regress in age to the time of the scene. Either way, ceremonies often open up deep feelings of wanting to be accepted and loved.

From Chaos to Order: Planning a New Life with New Habits

From Chaos to Order: Planning a New Life with New HabitsWhen a habit forms, it indicates that the experience has been repeated a lot. When we call addictive behaviors “habits,” we mean the addict is doing drugs and engaging in drug-related activities so much, often to the exclusion of virtually everything else, that they become automatic.

Transform Your Life by Exploring and Changing Your Current Story

Transforming Your Life by Exploring and Changing Your Current StoryMany of us look back and wish that we had spent more time doing what we enjoy and less time doing what we felt we had to do. You may have some strong ideas about what you would like to change in your life. However, you may not know how to write a better script for your personal story...

How To Experience More Joy in your Life

Where Are The Paths to Experiencing More Joy in your Life?Allow yourself to feel, hear, know, see, taste, and sense the energy transfer that is happening in this moment. With your free will ask yourself this very important question, “Are you willing to experience more joy in your life?” This seems like the simplest of questions and...

Is Truth Overrated? What The Experts Say

Is Truth Overrated? What The Experts SaySeek the truth and minimize harm. That’s how we instruct young journalists to prepare for the profession. Until recently, factual, objective reporting has been the mantra of modern journalism. But is objectivity a relevant concept in the era of fake news, filter bubbles and alternative facts?

Writing to Heal from Hardships and Trauma

Writing to Heal from Hardships and Trauma“I wanted to talk with you because I wanted others to know that when you are out there, writing can help. I still struggle with PTSD...with all of it. But I can tell you, when I was out there — in the middle of a war — the writing helped take the unseen monkey off my back.”

The Science Of Being Nice: How Politeness Is Different From Compassion

The Science Of Being Nice: How Politeness Is Different From CompassionThe word “nice” has an unusual history in the English language. Originally a term for “foolish”, its meaning over the centuries has morphed from “wanton” to “reserved” to “fastidious”. These days, it has become...

What Happens To Your Body When You're Stressed

What Happens To Your Body When You're StressedWe all feel stressed from time to time – it’s all part of the emotional ups and downs of life. Stress has many sources, it can come from our environment, from our bodies, or our own thoughts and how we view the world around us. 

How Do You Know That What You Know Is True?

How Do You Know That What You Know Is True?How do you know if you are thinking rationally? Epistemology is about understanding how we come to know that something is the case, whether it be a matter of fact or a matter of value...

A Limited View of Life: It's Time for a Change in Perception

A Limited View of Life: It's Time for a Change in PerceptionSo many of our problems arise from a fundamental disconnection with our own awareness, our own wisdom, and the natural world. Once we disconnect ourselves from what we know, and what is real, we are free to careen headlong into...

Creating Changes That Last! Can It Be Done?

Creating Changes That Last! Can It Be Done?When we feel stuck or want to change something, it usually comes from the desire to improve or rid ourselves of something we don’t like, or that’s painful. Perhaps you’re inspired to change because...

Learning to Embrace the Experience of Constant Change

Learning to Embrace the Experience of Constant ChangeIt’s not always easy to embrace change. There are times in our lives when we feel sad that change is happening. We want to resist it, even if unbeknownst to us it is bringing future happiness into our life.

How To Identify Our Assumptions Without Judgment

Questioning Our AssumptionsAssumptions are thoughts in the mind that define us and limit us. But the strangest thing about these assumptions is that they are not even there. They are really just groups of thoughts, glued together by our assumption that they are true. And yet they seem to cause so much pain and suffering...

Is One Person's Reality Anything Like Anyone Else's Reality?

Is One Person's Reality Anything Like Anyone Else's Reality?The funny thing about reality is that you can only get so close to it. Our senses compose an interface between our brains and the universe, a reality interface. Everything we experience and everything we are and ever will be are ultimately derived from sensory input.

The Future: It's Not Here & It's Not Now

The Future: It's Not Here and It's Not NowWe are spend a lot of time thinking about the future. We create idealistic dreams. "The Right Man/ Woman will appear. He/she will understand me perfectly." "This job will fulfill me completely." As a result, we develop unrealistic expectations that leave us...

Life Is A Circle, Not A Straight Line

Life Is A Circle, Not A Straight LineWhen we look at nature, we can clearly see how everything is related to cycles. We have lunar cycles, tide cycles, flower cycles, mating cycles, birthing cycles, and death cycles. Nature creates beautiful things and then these beautiful things fade and get replaced by other beautiful things.

Are You Ready to Live the Life You’ve Always Dreamed Of?

Are You Ready to Live the Life You’ve Always Dreamed Of?Are you living the life you’ve always dreamed of? I mean, really? Are you the person you want to be? Or is there a persistent issue in your life you’ve yet to change or improve? No matter where you’re starting from, you can go to your next level of...

Become Deeply Rooted In A Deep Trust of Life

Become Deeply Rooted In A Deep Trust of Life
I believe that the invitation to truly live requires us to be rooted in a deep trust of life. This rooting is grounded in openness, watered with courage, fertilized by compassion, expressed with kindness, blossoms through patience, and–when fully mature—embodies peace.

Dealing with The Clutter of Becoming a "Better Me"

The Clutter of Becoming a "Better Me"I’ve noticed that a number of recent self-improvement books use the phrase becoming a better you. The problem with trying to be a “better you” is the implication that you are not okay now. It also presumes that there’s an objective standard of okayness. Often we want to be “better” so that...

Can You Escape Having Both A Dark Side & A Light Side?

You Can’t Escape Having Both A Dark Side & A Light SideYou’re not being offered one side of life that seems better than its opposite. You learn the knack for living peacefully with both sides of life—divine and human, light and dark, high and low, winning and losing, suc­ceeding and failing, loving and hating, order and chaos, happiness and sorrow.

Guidelines for a Life without Judgment and Limits

Reactions, Judgment and Discernment, Life and LimitsEach of us is body, mind, and spirit, and of the three, it is our minds that can limit us. While the spirit is indeed most important, it’s our bodies that communicate messages from Source, because our bodies are solid, substantial forms that only relay truth. The more we listen to them, the better we accurately understand what’s happening in our lives.

Searching for the Key to Happiness?

Searching for the Key to Happiness?Many people are searching for fulfillment. It seems we are all searching for happiness in our materialistic world. If you search long enough, you will real­ize that...

Living in Uncertain Times: Learning The Lessons of Trust and Faith

Living in Uncertain Times: Learning The Lessons of Trust and FaithUncertainty in these times is the only certainty. That which has a beginning will end. In my own life, many years ago, a business decision to take on a partner nearly ended in disaster. Though fear and panic gripped my heart I knew that the only way to...

How to Live Your Well Life Plan with Greater Efficiency

How to Live Your Well Life Plan with Greater EfficiencyFeeling chronically overwhelmed, beset by obstacles, and short on time can really get in the way of living a Well Life. Obstacles are una­voidable, but these issues can often be effectively managed by sim­ply improving your efficiency. Here are some of the best approaches we’ve found for becoming more efficient and reclaiming your time.

Claim Your Inheritance and Let Life Love You

Claim Your Inheritance and Let Life Love YouThe spiritual teacher Bashar defines abundance as “the ability to do what you need to do when you need to do it.” This definition says nothing about a particular amount of money in your bank account or a specified way your support should come. There are an infinite number of ways you can be taken care of. Money is just one of them.

Why Bringing Out Your Shadow Can Be Beneficial

Why Bringing Out Your Shadow Can Be BeneficialAccording to Jung, the shadow is any part of the psyche which remains unconscious. It is not always dark or undesirable. Since the shadow is any part of ourselves that we "send away," it contains parts of oneself which may also be quite pleasing, yet for one reason or another, are allowed neither awareness nor expression.

And Then What? A Mantra for Inner Peace

And Then What? A Mantra for Inner PeaceI’d like to share a very useful tool for bringing your mind back to the present moment when it is trying to cling to something that hasn’t happened yet. It realigns your perspective of whatever is pulling you into the fu­ture and reengages you with the now.

Keeping Your Yin Alive in a Yang Society

Keeping Your Yin Alive in a Yang SocietyI have come to understand how important it is to have a healthy balance between Yin and Yang energies, both within us and outside of us. Yin energy is the energy of rest, introspection, integration, reflection and silence. Often misunderstood to be the weaker component...

When Life Gives You Lemons, Pick Up Your Pen

When Life Gives You Lemons, Pick Up Your PenHave you ever been there — knocked to the ground by a traumatic event? Woken up one morning as someone you knew and in the midst of your busy day had it all suddenly change? In my case, I unexpectedly had joined the tribe of the traumatized — women facing cancer.

Twelve Tips for Emotional and Mental Health

Twelve Tips for  Emotional and Mental HealthGrowing up in a difficult family or living in a difficult fam­ily inevitably produces negative consequences of all sorts. These are on top of the other challenges you face — challenges around life purpose and meaning, making a living and paying the bills, getting ill, falling out of love, making mistakes and disappointing yourself, and more.

Why Our Pursuit Of Happiness Sometimes Makes Us Sad

Why Our Pursuit Of Happiness Sometimes Makes Us SadSocial pressure to feel happy can actually have the opposite effect–and might contribute to the prevalence of depression–according to recent research.

How You Keep Things In Mind Over The Short Term

How You Keep Things In Mind Over The Short TermWhen you need to remember a phone number, a shopping list or a set of instructions, you rely on what psychologists and neuroscientists refer to as working memory.

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