InnerSelf Newsletter: December 3rd, 2017

InnerSelf Newsletter: December 3rd, 2017

Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

If a situation is not all roses, there are unpleasant things to deal with as well as the pleasant ones. And such is life, and so are we. We contain within us light and dark, joy and sadness, trust and doubt, love and fear... All of these essences are present and sometimes invisible to us as they may reside in our shadow.

As you scroll down through this week's articles, you will find the words fear, shadow, stress, manipulation, pain. Yet you also find the balance in the themes of kindness, love, prayer, compassion, vision, meditation, creating a better world, and choosing love over fear. This week we dare take a look at our dark side, and also learn to befriend our shadow.

We also have numerous additional articles covering themes such as cults, teenagers, drinking, cats and dogs, the American dream, climate, prejudice, and much more... Scroll down below and discover this week's new additions to InnerSelf.

Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, and loving week.

Marie T. Russell
editor/publisher,
InnerSelf.com
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"

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NEW ARTICLES THIS WEEK

The Quality of Mercy: Choosing Kindness and Love

Written by Alan Cohen 

The Quality of Mercy: Choosing Kindness and Love

An elementary schoolteacher asked her students to describe in a sentence, “What is love?” The teacher received many humorous and touching answers, yet the one that moved her the most was: “Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.”

Article continued here: The Quality of Mercy: Choosing Kindness and Love


Easing Fear in Children (and Adults)

Written by Brent Feinberg 

Easing Fear in Children (and Adults)

Many of the fears that parents have and try to hide from their children are not quite hidden. Emotional fears, financial, or any fear at all is picked up on by children. The good news is that fear is normal. We all have fears...

Article continued here: Easing Fear in Children (and Adults)


Prayer Works: Try It and Persist!

Written by Joyce Vissell 

Prayer Works: Try It and Persist!

There is a large billboard sign along the Saw Mill River Parkway north of New York City that reads in big bold letters, “Prayer Works.” There are no other words on the sign. A man named Tom rode by that sign every single day on his way to work. He did not believe in prayer and he scoffed at the sign each day.

Article continued here: Prayer Works: Try It and Persist!


Only the Shadow Knows: Befriending Your Shadow

Written by Kate O'Connell, LPC 

Befriending the Shadow SelfConformity is how we have been conditioned to participate in a false sense of security which results in us being out of integrity with ourselves. On a deep, unconscious level we are aware of this and this awareness largely informs our suffering.

Article continued here: Only the Shadow Knows -- Befriending Your Shadow


How We Are Being Manipulated in Trivial to Momentous Situations

Written by Howard G. Charing 

How We Are Being Manipulated by Psychology and Advertising

Although 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.

Article continued here: How We Are Being Manipulated in Trivial to...


Creating a Better World: The Shadow and the Vision

Written by Kent Nerburn 

Creating a Better World: The Shadow and the Vision

We 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?

Article continued here: Creating a Better World: The Shadow and the Vision


How Meditation Can Manage Chronic Pain and Stress

How Meditation Can Manage Chronic Pain and Stress

by Daniel Goleman

If you want to feel less pain, meditate more often. According to this new research, it can genuinely erase the…

Article continued here: How Meditation Can Manage Chronic Pain and Stress


The Shape Of Water: Choosing Love Over Fear

The Shape Of Water: Choosing Love Over Fear

by Anthony Bonato, Ryerson University

The Shape of Water is a gorgeous and entertaining movie, but it also has a timely, allegorical message about our…

Article continued here: The Shape Of Water: Choosing Love Over Fear


How Cult Leaders Exploit A Basic Psychological Need

How Cult Leaders Exploit A Basic Psychological Need

by Lou Manza, Lebanon Valley College

Charles Manson, who died Nov. 19, famously attracted a coterie of men and women to do his bidding, which included…

Article continued here: How Cult Leaders Exploit A Basic Psychological Need


Brain Scans Reveal Why Rewards And Punishments Don't Seem To Work On Teenagers

Brain Scans Reveal Why Rewards And Punishments Don't Seem To Work On Teenagers

by Gina Rippon, Aston University

Parents and teachers are painfully aware that it’s nearly impossible to get a teenager to focus on what you think is…

Article continued here: Brain Scans Reveal Why Rewards...


Do Different Drinks Make You Different Drunk?

Do Different Drinks Make You Different Drunk?

by Nicole Lee, Curtin University

Reports of a study linking different kinds of alcoholic drinks with different mood states were making the rounds…

Article continued here: Do Different Drinks Make You Different Drunk?


Sorry Cat Lovers, But Dogs Are Smarter

Sorry Cat Lovers, But Dogs Are Smarter

by David Salisbury-Vanderbilt University

Dogs have significantly more neurons in their cerebral cortex—”little gray cells” associated with thinking, planning…

Article continued here: Sorry Cat Lovers, But Dogs Are Smarter


Should We Aim For Perfection And Stop Fearing Failure?

Should We Aim For Perfection And Stop Fearing Failure?

by Jon Bowers

Sometimes trying your best isn't enough; when the situation demands it, you need to be perfect.

Article continued here: Should We Aim For Perfection And Stop Fearing Failure?


How To Help Children Recover From The Trauma Of Disaster

How To Help Children Recover From The Trauma Of Disaster

by Florence Halstead, University of Hull

In any culture, children hit by a natural disaster will see family members undergo huge amounts of stress and worry.…

Article continued here: How To Help Children Recover From The Trauma...


Is There's More To Life Than Being Happy?

Is There's More To Life Than Being Happy?

by Emily Esfahani Smith

Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there's a more fulfilling path?

Article continued here: Is There's More To Life Than Being Happy?


The Perversion Of The American Dream

The Perversion Of The American Dream

by William McKeen, Boston University

For millions today, the American dream is simply the delirious pursuit of fame. Ask a schoolchild what he wants and…

Article continued here: The Perversion Of The American Dream


Is Drinking Wine Really Good For Your Heart?

Is Drinking Wine Really Good For Your Heart?

by Adrian Baranchuk; Bryce Alexander and Sohaib Haseeb, Queen's University, Ontario

As the weekend approaches, people are opening wine bottles in bars and restaurants and homes around the world, ready to…

Article continued here: Is Drinking Wine Really Good For Your Heart?


A Fresh Start For Climate Change Mitigation In New Zealand

A Fresh Start For Climate Change Mitigation In New Zealand

by Robert McLachlan, Massey University

The election of the sixth Labour-led government heralds a new direction for climate change policy in New Zealand. As…

Article continued here: A Fresh Start For Climate Change Mitigation...


White Children's Bias Towards Other White Children Is Not Due To Prejudice

White Children's Bias Towards Other White Children Is Not Due To Prejudice

by Amanda Williams, University of Bristol

Research has consistently shown that white individuals display implicit bias favouring white people over black people…

Article continued here: White Children's Bias Towards Other White Children...


How Gendered Language Shapes The Way We See The World

How Gendered Language Shapes The Way We See The World

by Ella Tennant, Keele University

Is water male or female – and does it really matter? English does not allocate gender to words. Although some things,…

Article continued here: How Gendered Language Shapes The Way We See The World


Why Men Also Get Postnatal Depression

Why Men Also Get Postnatal Depression

by Andrew Mayers, Bournemouth University

Over the past few years, there has been an increase in media reports about postnatal depression and other maternal…

Article continued here: Why Men Also Get Postnatal Depression


These Foods Will Lower Your Risk Of Heart Disease

These Foods Will Lower Your Risk Of Heart Disease

by Karen Mornin, University of British Columbia

Low-fat or low-carb? Butter or margarine? Avocado oil or coconut oil? Bombarded with contradictory media reports on the…

Article continued here: These Foods Will Lower Your Risk Of Heart Disease


Responsible Chocolate Is About Protecting Both Forests And Cocoa Farmers’ Livelihoods

Responsible Chocolate Is About Protecting Both Forests And Cocoa Farmers’ Livelihoods

by Mark Hirons, Constance McDermott, and Victoria Maguire-Rajpaul, University of Oxford

Chocolate lovers probably don’t want any new reasons to feel guilty about eating chocolate. But there is growing public…

Article continued here: Responsible Chocolate Is About Protecting Both...


An Ethical Guide To Responsible Giving

An Ethical Guide To Responsible Giving

by Ted Lechterman, Stanford University

Every holiday season, Americans find themselves showered with mailed appeals, beseeching phone calls and emotional…

Article continued here: An Ethical Guide To Responsible Giving


Some Brain Training Programs Cuts Dementia Risk

Some Brain Training Programs Cut Dementia Risk

by Marjorie Miller-Penn State University

Certain cognitive training via the computer may reduce the risk of dementia among older adults, researchers report.…

Article continued here: Some Brain Training Programs Cut Dementia Risk


When It Comes To Mental Health, A Problem Shared Can Be A Problem Doubled

When It Comes To Mental Health, A Problem Shared Can Be A Problem Doubled

by Robin Bailey, University of Central Lancashire

People discuss their problems with friends in the hope that they’ll gain some insight into how to solve them. How…

Article continued here: When It Comes To Mental Health, A Problem Shared Can Be A Problem Doubled


Why Keeping Score Of Friends On Social Media May Be Harmful To Your Health

Why Keeping Score Of Friends On Social Media May Be Harmful To Your Health

by Ashley Whillans, Harvard Business School and Frances Chen, University of British Columbia

These days, with the rise of social media apps like Facebook and Instagram, it is easier than ever to benchmark the…

Article continued here: Why Keeping Score Of Friends On Social Media May Be Harmful...


How Some Websites Watch Your Every Move And Ignore Privacy Settings

How Some Websites Watch Your Every Move And Ignore Privacy Settings

by Yijun Yu, The Open University

Hundreds of the world’s top websites routinely track a user’s every keystroke, mouse movement and input into a web form…

Article continued here: How Some Websites Watch Your Every Move And Ignore Privacy Settings


Why Grown-ups Still Need Fairy Tales

Why Grown-ups Still Need Fairy Tales

by Marguerite Johnson, University of Newcastle

For as long as we have been able to stand upright and speak, we have told stories. They explained the mysteries of the…

Article continued here: Why Grown-ups Still Need Fairy Tales


10 Steps to Understanding Net Neutrality

10 Steps to Understanding Net Neutrality

by Jeff Inglis, The Conversation

What is net neutrality, this policy Ajit Pai, President Trump’s chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has…

Article continued here: 10 Steps to Understanding Net Neutrality


New Research Suggests Common Herbicides Are Linked To Antibiotic Resistance

New Research Suggests Common Herbicides Are Linked To Antibiotic Resistance

by Jack Heinemann, University of Canterbury

Antibiotics are losing their ability to kill bacteria. One of the main reasons for the rise in antibiotic resistance is…

Article continued here: New Research Suggests Common Herbicides Are Linked To...


Why Addiction May Be A Matter Of Motivation, Not Habit

Why Addiction May Be A Matter Of Motivation, Not Habit

by The University of Michigan

Motivation, rather than habit, drives addictive behavior in the face of adverse consequences and constantly changing…

Article continued here: Why Addiction May Be A Matter Of Motivation, Not Habit


Astrological Journal for the Week

Written by Pam Younghans

InnerSelf Newsletter: December 3rd

Pam YounghansThis weekly column (updated every Sunday afternoon) is based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies... Read this week's journal here

It is also highly beneficial to reread the past week's astrological journal as it gives a hindsight view of the events that took place and may provide many "ah-ha" insights. 


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