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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.

The New Generation Of Self-Created Utopias

The New Generation Of Self-Created Utopias

Life, Long Reads, Psychology

The United States has been a laboratory for experiments in alternative living since its founding. As so-called intentional communities proliferate across the country, a subset of Americans is discovering the value of opting out of contemporary society.

The Art Of Losing Friends And Alienating People

The Art Of Losing Friends And Alienating People

Life, Long Reads, Psychology

Our culture long ago made peace with the fragility of matrimony, but we still have high expectations for friendships. If you really care about someone, you should be able to pick up where you left off, no matter how long it’s been. Friendship’s something you don’t really lose, right?

The Science Of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, And How Rem Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions

The Science Of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, And How Rem Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions

Life, Psychology, Science

Memory is never a precise duplicate of the original… it is a continuing act of creation. Dream images are the product of that creation. They are formed by pattern recognition between some current emotionally valued experience matching the condensed representation of similarly toned memories.

Why Speaking To Yourself In The Third Person Makes You Wiser

Why Speaking To Yourself In The Third Person Makes You Wiser

Explainers, Life, Psychology

Scientific research suggests that you should adopt an ancient rhetorical method favoured by the likes of Julius Caesar and known as ‘illeism’ – or speaking about yourself in the third person — the term was coined in 1809 by the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge from the Latin ille meaning ‘he, that’.

Are Rich People Heartless?

Are Rich People Heartless?

Life, Psychology, Videos

According to Chris Ryan, the author of ‘Civilized to Death: the price of progress’, rich people have the tendency to distance themselves from people because of their wealth differential.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
How Inuit Parents Teach Kids To Control Their Anger

How Inuit Parents Teach Kids To Control Their Anger

Life, Psychology, World

Back in the 1960s, a Harvard graduate student made a landmark discovery about the nature of human anger. There were no roads, no heating systems, no grocery stores. Winter temperatures could easily dip below minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Briggs persuaded an Inuit family to “adopt” her and “try to keep her alive.”

Success Comes From Affirming Your Potential

Success Comes From Affirming Your Potential

Life, Psychology

When people believe in their ability to grow, they make decisions that reflect this conviction, such as investing in their potential, focusing on their unique strengths, and discovering new paths to success and fulfillment that align with their core values and leadership goals.

What Separates Champions From ‘Almost Champions’?

What Separates Champions From ‘Almost Champions’?

Health, Life, Psychology

For a recent study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, talent development researchers Dave Collins, Áine MacNamara, and Neil McCarthy examined the differences between athletes who overcame adversity and went on to become world-class and those who struggled in the face of hardship.

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.”

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.

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.

How We’ll Forget John Lennon

How We’ll Forget John Lennon

Explainers, History, Media, Psychology

The report, “The universal decay of collective memory and attention,” concludes that people and things are kept alive through “oral communication” from about five to 30 years. They then pass into written and online records, where they experience a slower, longer decline.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
Self Control Is Overrated. Willpower Is Too.

Self Control Is Overrated. Willpower Is Too.

Psychology

Psychologists are shying away from the concept, as years of work suggesting that willpower is a finite, essential resource has come under intense scrutiny. In a specific situation, sure, you can muster willpower to save yourself from falling back into a bad habit.

How I Rewired My Brain To Become Fluent In Math

How I Rewired My Brain To Become Fluent In Math

Psychology, Science

Having a basic, deep-seated fluency in math and science—not just an “understanding,” is critical. The “fluency” part of me that loved literature and language was also the same part of me that ultimately fell in love with math and science—and transformed and enriched my life.

The Mystery Of Personal Identity: What Makes You And Your Childhood Self The Same Person Despite A Lifetime Of Change

The Mystery Of Personal Identity: What Makes You And Your Childhood Self The Same Person Despite A Lifetime Of Change

Life, Psychology

What is it that makes a person the very person that she is, herself alone and not another, an integrity of identity that persists over time, undergoing changes and yet still continuing to be — until she does not continue any longer, at least not unproblematically?

How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health

How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health

Explainers, Health, Life, Psychology

Active people tend to overthink what food is doing for their body—Is keto good for endurance? What’s the perfect post-training macro spread? Butter or no butter in my coffee?—but underthink what it’s doing for their mind. Yet you’ve probably noticed that what you eat impacts what’s going on upstairs.

How To Be Productive According To Ancient Philosophy

How To Be Productive According To Ancient Philosophy

Explainers, Life, Psychology

Productivity has been a topic of discussion ever since ancient eastern and western philosophy started. It’s a universal theme. I believe it’s in our nature to make better use of our time. Let’s start by learning the following 7 productivity lessons from the most well-known philosophers in history.

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.

Digital Technology Is Not To Blame For Our Hyperfast Lives

Digital Technology Is Not To Blame For Our Hyperfast Lives

Life, Psychology, Tech

Life in the 21st century, we are told, is faster than ever. Time is scarce, the pace of everyday life is accelerating, and everyone complains about how busy they are. For all the smart tech, we still feel pressed for time. Are digital services the problem, or are we humans to blame?

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
How The Views Of A Few Can Determine A Country’s Fate

How The Views Of A Few Can Determine A Country’s Fate

Media, Politics, Psychology

Some of the latest research shows us that one reason for the polarisation we see today comes down to a few, incredibly influential minorities. For better or worse, small but incredibly influential groups can change the course of political debate. But is this leading us to hold more polarised views?

What We Get Wrong About Time

What We Get Wrong About Time

Explainers, Life, Psychology

“Time” is the most frequently used noun in the English language. Most of us tend to think of time as linear, absolute and constantly “running out” – but is that really true? And how can we change our perceptions to feel better about its passing?

The Soul-Expanding Value Of Difficulty

The Soul-Expanding Value Of Difficulty

Life, Psychology

You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any agitation, any pain, any melancholy, since you really do not know what these states are working upon you?

How Political Opinions Change

How Political Opinions Change

Explainers, Politics, Psychology, Science

A powerful shaping factor about our social and political worlds is how they are structured by group belonging and identities. For instance, researchers have found that moral and emotion messages on contentious political topics, such as gun-control and climate change, spread more rapidly within rather than between ideologically like-minded networks.

Mommy Can’t Talk Right Now — She’s Dopamine Fasting

Mommy Can’t Talk Right Now — She’s Dopamine Fasting

Health, Life, Psychology

In Silicon Valley, there is a newish craze called dopamine fasting. What you must do is disconnect — take stock. Not look at your phone, not drink celery juice in your co-working kitchen, not hike, not touch, and not walk on busy streets. Attempt to prevent the activation of any dopamine at all and do deep thinking instead.

Psychology Still Skews Western And Affluent. Can It Be Fixed?

Psychology Still Skews Western And Affluent. Can It Be Fixed?

Psychology

For decades, the overwhelming majority of psychology research has examined people who live in the United States and other affluent Western countries. By focusing on such a narrow population, psychology researchers have — mostly unwittingly — presented a skewed view of the human mind.

The Problem Of Mindfulness

The Problem Of Mindfulness

Health, Life, Psychology

Instead of engaging in deliberation about oneself, what the arts of mindfulness have in common is a certain mode of attending to present events – often described as a ‘nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment’. Mindfulness promotes itself as value-neutral but it is loaded with (troubling) assumptions about the self and the cosmos.

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.

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