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It's Okay To Be Good And Not Great

It's Okay To Be Good And Not Great

Health, Life, Psychology

“Good is the enemy of great” is one of the most popular self-improvement expressions there is. It’s the first sentence of an international bestselling business book. It sounds appealing and rolls off the tongue nicely, but there’s a good chance it’s downright wrong.

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.

Surprising Ways To Beat Anxiety And Become Mentally Strong – According To Science

Surprising Ways To Beat Anxiety And Become Mentally Strong – According To Science

Health, Psychology, Science

The way you cope or handle things in life has a direct impact on how much anxiety you experience – tweak the way you’re coping, therefore, and you can lower your anxiety levels. Research shows that if it’s left untreated, anxiety can lead to depression, early death and suicide.

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.

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?

Is There An Upside To Having No Social Life?

Is There An Upside To Having No Social Life?

Life, Psychology

For one month, Madeleine Dore declined all in-person activities with friends to see if it would make her more productive – with surprising results. The trick to being successful could, in fact, be simple.

The New Mind Control

The New Mind Control

Long Reads, Media, Psychology

The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do. Most of the vacuous thoughts and intense feelings our teenagers experience from morning till night are carefully orchestrated by highly skilled marketing professionals working in our fashion and entertainment industries.

The Surprising Psychology Of Dieting And Plate Design

The Surprising Psychology Of Dieting And Plate Design

Food, Psychology

You’ve probably heard the idea that using smaller plates and bowls can affect your perception of how much you’re eating, thereby helping you eat less. But how well does it work? A new study sheds light on that popular theory, finding that if you’re really hungry, it doesn’t work.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
Why So Many Americans Are Turning To Buddhism

Why So Many Americans Are Turning To Buddhism

Health, Psychology

There are now dozens of Buddhist podcasts, among many more apps and playlists geared specifically toward personal, non-Buddhist meditation. Four in 10 American adults now say they meditate at least weekly. The ancient Eastern religion is helping Westerners with very modern mental-health problems.

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.

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.

Are You Really The ‘Real’ You?

Are You Really The ‘Real’ You?

Health, Life, Psychology

What rational cogs are turning for people when they change their minds about who they are? Are beliefs about ourselves even the kind of thing we can be rational about, when we’re the ones who make those beliefs true?

The Real Reason The Sound Of Your Own Voice Makes You Cringe

The Real Reason The Sound Of Your Own Voice Makes You Cringe

Psychology, Science

A common explanation is that because we normally hear our own voice while talking, we receive both sound transferred to our ears externally by air conduction and sound transferred internally through our bones. This bone conduction of sound delivers rich low frequencies that are not included in air-conducted vocal sound.

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.

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.

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.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
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.

'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 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?

The Courage To Be Yourself: E.E. Cummings On Art, Life, And Being Unafraid To Feel

The Courage To Be Yourself: E.E. Cummings On Art, Life, And Being Unafraid To Feel

Art, Life, Psychology

E.E. Cummings (October 14, 1894–September 3, 1962) — an artist who never cowered from being his unconventional self. “To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.”

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.

The Way We Work Is Killing Us

The Way We Work Is Killing Us

Business, Health, Life, Psychology

In the United States, workers work among the longest, most extreme, and most irregular hours; have no guarantee to paid sick days, paid vacation, or paid family leave; and pay more for health insurance, yet are sicker and more stressed out than workers in other advanced economies.

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.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
Grieving With Google Street View

Grieving With Google Street View

Apps, Life, Psychology, Tech

One Twitter user recently posted that her family never got to say goodbye to her grandpa when he died a few years ago, but when she visited her grandpa’s farm through Street View, there he was, sitting at the end of the road.  Thousands of people responded with their own Google Street View stories.

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.

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?

How To Overcome Your Fear Of Failure

How To Overcome Your Fear Of Failure

Explainers, Life, Psychology

Behind many fears is worry about doing something wrong, looking foolish, or not meeting expectations — in other words, fear of failure. By framing a situation you’re dreading differently before you attempt it, you may be able to avoid some stress and anxiety.

The Only Metric Of Success That Really Matters Is The One We Ignore

The Only Metric Of Success That Really Matters Is The One We Ignore

Health, Life, Psychology

When all is said and done it’s the people around you that make the difference. Warren Buffett, a friend of Bill Gates, says that his measure of success comes down to one question: “Do the people you care about love you back?” Gates wrote: “I think that is about as good a metric as you will find.”

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.

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.

How Technology Is Hijacking Your Mind

How Technology Is Hijacking Your Mind

Psychology, Tech

I spent the last three years as a Design Ethicist at Google caring about how to design things in a way that defends a billion people’s minds from getting hijacked. When using technology, we often focus optimistically on all the things it does for us. But I want to show you where it might do the opposite.

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