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Overcoming Despair To Discover The Meaning Of Life

Overcoming Despair To Discover The Meaning Of Life

Life, Psychology

“Sick Souls, Healthy Minds” offers us a lifeline at this moment. As we tell each other what to watch, what to cook, what to read and what exercises to do, John Kaag invites us to ask, together with America’s greatest philosopher, William James, what makes life worth living.

The Hypersane Are Among Us, If Only We Are Prepared to Look

The Hypersane Are Among Us, If Only We Are Prepared to Look

Life, Psychology

Hypersane people are calm, contained and constructive. It is not just that the ‘sane’ are irrational but that they lack scope and range, as though they’ve grown into the prisoners of their arbitrary lives, locked up in their own dark and narrow subjectivity.

What We Know About Mental Fatigue

What We Know About Mental Fatigue

Life, Psychology

A temporary and localized fuel shortage triggers a rise in adenosine levels, which in turn blocks the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine. The result is a rise in perception of effort and a decrease in motivation—in other words, a feeling of mental fatigue.

Is Our Brain Hard-Wired To Be Optimistic?

Is Our Brain Hard-Wired To Be Optimistic?

Psychology, Science

Psychologists have found that 80% of people have, what they define as an optimism bias and that’s regardless of whether they believe themselves to be more pessimistic or realistic. The optimism bias is our tendency to underestimate the likelihood of negative events and overestimating the likelihood of positive events.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
What Happened To American Childhood?

What Happened To American Childhood?

Life, Long Reads, Psychology

The percentage of 12-to-17-year-olds who had experienced a major depressive episode in the previous year shot up from 8 percent to 13 percent. Among girls, the rate was even higher; in 2017, one in five reported experiencing major depression. Here’s what we can do about it.

The Unexpected Benefits Of Being Weird

The Unexpected Benefits Of Being Weird

Life, Psychology

I went in search of outsiders who were thriving in communities where acceptance is hard to come by. It turns out, we might all learn from their approach to life.

Why Do Smart People Do Foolish Things?

Why Do Smart People Do Foolish Things?

Psychology, Science

Intelligence is not the same as critical thinking—and the difference matters. Most intelligence tests fail to capture real-world decision-making and our ability to interact well with others. This is why “smart” people do “dumb” things.

How Your Personality Changes As You Age

How Your Personality Changes As You Age

Life, Psychology

Our personalities were long thought to be fixed by the time we reach our 30s, but the latest research suggests they change throughout our lives – and bring some surprising benefits.

An Effortless Way to Improve Your Memory

An Effortless Way to Improve Your Memory

Life, Psychology

New research suggests that we should aim for “minimal interference” during 10-15 minutes breaks – deliberately avoiding any activity that could tamper with the delicate task of memory formation. You really need to give your brain the chance for a complete recharge with no distractions.

What To Do When It All Goes Wrong

What To Do When It All Goes Wrong

Life, Psychology

The standard coping strategies, like positive self-talk, reframing, etc., work really well when you are teetering on the edge between striving and giving in, but once you’ve taken the step over the cliff, a new strategy needs to be implemented. You don’t need to cope, you need to be snapped out of it.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
How Being Bullied Affects Your Adulthood

How Being Bullied Affects Your Adulthood

Health, Psychology

Years after being mistreated, people with adult post-bullying syndrome commonly struggle with trust and self-esteem, and develop psychiatric problems, professor Ellen Walser deLara’s research found. Some become people-pleasers, or rely on food, alcohol, or drugs to cope.

Brain Man: The Boy With The Incredible Brain

Brain Man: The Boy With The Incredible Brain

Psychology, Videos

An extraordinary documentary on the brainpower of Daniel T, the young Englishman who could be the world’s greatest mental athlete. Daniel is not just a calculating wizard, but also a memory champion and super linguist. He speaks nine languages.

The Music In You

The Music In You

Life, Long Reads, Psychology

The more psychologists investigate musicality, the more it seems that nearly all of us are musical experts, in quite a startling sense. You might not be a virtuoso, but you have remarkable music abilities. You just don’t know about them yet.

Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus

Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus

Life, Psychology

In keeping with recent research, both focus and unfocus are vital. The brain operates optimally when it toggles between focus and unfocus, allowing you to develop resilience, enhance creativity, and make better decisions too.

To Control Your Life, Control What You Pay Attention To

To Control Your Life, Control What You Pay Attention To

Life, Psychology

One of the best insights on what true productivity means in the 21st century dates back to 1890. In his book The Principles of Psychology, Vol.1, William James wrote a simple statement that’s packed with meaning: “My experience is what I agree to attend to.”

The Benefits Of Optimism Are Real

The Benefits Of Optimism Are Real

Health, Psychology

People who are resilient tend to be more positive and optimistic compared with less resilient folks; they are better able to regulate their emotions, and they are able to maintain their optimism through the most trying circumstances.

How Tiny Changes In Words You Hear Impact Your Thinking

How Tiny Changes In Words You Hear Impact Your Thinking

Life, Psychology

In a fascinating look at language, Professor George Lakoff lays out how political parties can sway supporters with tiny tweaks in word choice. When trying to get your point across, refrain from using the other side’s language. Doing so will activate and strengthen their frames and undermine your own views.

Selfishness Is Learned

Selfishness Is Learned

Psychology

Harvard professors, Martin Nowak and Joshua Greene, tackled a question: Which is our default mode, selfishness or selflessness? Do we all have craven instincts we must restrain by force of will? Or are we basically good, even if we slip up sometimes?

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
How Being A Workaholic Differs From Working Long Hours

How Being A Workaholic Differs From Working Long Hours

Business, Health, Psychology

An HBR survey found that work hours were not related to any health issues, while workaholism was. Specifically, employees who worked long hours, but who did not obsess about work, did not have increased levels of RMS and reported fewer health complaints than employees who demonstrated workaholism.

'Light Is My New Drug': The Actually Convincing Science Of Light Therapy

'Light Is My New Drug': The Actually Convincing Science Of Light Therapy

Health, Psychology, Science

In recent years, research on light therapy has moved from the fringes of scientific discovery to something closer to the mainstream; its commercial uses are now following the same path, as these devices, once available only in spas, gyms, or dermatologists’ offices, become increasingly affordable for consumers.

The Link Between Self Compassion And Peak Performance

The Link Between Self Compassion And Peak Performance

Life, Psychology

Research shows that individuals who react to failure with self-compassion get back on the bandwagon much more swiftly than those who judge themselves. That’s because if you judge yourself for messing up, you’re liable to feel guilt or shame, and it is often this very guilt or shame that drives more of the undesired behavior.

Pleas Of Insanity: The Mysterious Case Of Anthony Montwheeler

Pleas Of Insanity: The Mysterious Case Of Anthony Montwheeler

Crime, Long Reads, Psychology

If Anthony Montwheeler does suffer from a mental illness, one that caused him to become extremely violent, how were the hospital staff and the review board so easily fooled? And, if he does not, why, a month after winning release, did he commit a senseless murder in the full view of multiple witnesses?

A Psychologist Explains How To Beat Social Anxiety

A Psychologist Explains How To Beat Social Anxiety

Explainers, Life, Psychology

A nice analogy is that of mood and action. We often think we have to “feel” like doing something before doing it. We think we have to feel like going to the gym before going to work out. But if we lace up our shoes and go to the gym, often our mood catches up, and we’re glad we went. With confidence, it’s the same thing.

The Healing Power Of Nature

The Healing Power Of Nature

Health, Nature, Psychology

River guides might know that nature is transformative for the human body and psyche; but the mechanism behind such profound change is less universally agreed upon and understood. The idea that immersing yourself in forests and nature has a healing effect is far more than just folk wisdom.

How Not To Care When People Don’t Like You

How Not To Care When People Don’t Like You

Life, Psychology

When you’re not wasting energy molding your personality to someone else’s to be accepted, you’re more likely to find people who genuinely like you for you, and those relationships are far less exhausting to keep up. Still, it sucks to feel disliked. Here’s how to get through it without falling down a rabbit hole of sadness.

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