Being Vulnerable: Being Willing to Give and Receive Love

Being Vulnerable: Stepping Out From Behind Our Walls

Living behind a glass wall can be lonely. You can see the others out there, yet you somehow remain separated from them. Your wall may be called "I'm not good enough" or "No one understands me or loves me". These glass walls have a way of magnifying the negative. Yet whatever you see through the wall is only the...

How Our Brains Can Be Manipulated To Tribalism

How Our Brains Can Be Manipulated To Tribalism

Tribalism has become a signature of America within and without since the election of President Trump. The nation has parted ways with international allies, left the rest of the world in their effort to fight the climate change, and most recently the pandemic, by leaving the World Health Organization.

How To Create A Less Resistant Relationship With Life

How To Create A Less Resistant Relationship With Life

What’s important to appreciate about resistance is that it is often not intentional but the result of what’s going on in the more subtle, hidden parts of your unconscious mind. Most people I meet are usually aware of the surface-level results of resistance, but they live unaware of the underlying reasons as to why they resist and end up feeling the way they do.

What Evolution Tells Us About Our Need For Personal Space

What Evolution Tells Us About Our Need For Personal Space

Humans are intensely social creatures. We all need company and social contact. But for many of us, being at home for long periods with a small group of people – even those we love best – can become frustrating.

3 Ways People Are Reacting To Coronavirus Emergency

3 Ways People Are Reacting To Coronavirus Emergency

There remains near-universal backing for the coronavirus lockdown among the UK public. In our study, nine out of ten people support the measures, including seven out of ten who strongly support them.

Can't Sleep And Feeling Anxious?

Can't Sleep And Feeling Anxious About Coronavirus?

This is a confusing and, frankly, scary time for a lot of us. There’s so much contradictory information, and the “right” thing to do yesterday is now the “wrong” thing to do today.

Creating A New Worldview and Culture: Women Are The Future

Creating A New Worldview and Culture: Women Are The Future

The Dalai Lama caused quite a stir at the 2009 Peace Summit in Vancouver. He said that “the world would be saved by Western women.” His statement received a range of responses, but many women found it empowering, and it catalyzed women-focused initiatives.

Why Wear Face Masks In Public? Here's What The Research Shows

Why Wear Face Masks In Public? Here's What The Research Shows

With the coronavirus pandemic quickly spreading, U.S. health officials have changed their advice on face masks and now recommend people wear cloth masks in public areas where social distancing can be difficult, such as grocery stores.

Attention Please! Love Needed!

Attention Please! Love Needed!
People who are starved for love go out and try to get attention! Now some people may do that by becoming prominent in a constructive way by being in theater, media, or the top in their field. Others choose another route.

Why People Need Rituals, Especially In Times Of Uncertainty

Why People Need Rituals, Especially In Times Of Uncertainty

Responding to the coronavirus pandemic, most American universities have suspended all campus activities. Like millions of people all around the world, the lives of students all over the U.S. has changed overnight.

What's Really Going On and What Do We Do About It?

What's Really Going On and What Do We Do About It?
So, who knows exactly what's going on right now? I've reviewed videos, read blogs and articles and books, accessed a variety of news sources, mainstream and sidestream, watched YouTube videos of doctors and economists, listened to informed and anxious friends, and I'm no closer to knowing for sure than before.

How To Make Accurate Decisions When Things Are Moving Fast

How To Make Accurate Decisions When Things Are Moving Fast
Thinking under extreme time pressure is not optimal, but it is inevita­ble that we will find ourselves in this situation at times. It is always best not to rush and get seduced by mental short­cuts. Use all the time available to you in making a decision.

Do You Need Approval and Validation?

Do You Need Approval and Validation?
I once worked for a rather abusive woman who constantly berated, belittled and badgered her employees -- me included. If any of us sought to stand up for ourselves, we were chastised and told in no uncertain terms that we were insecure whiners who should appreciate we had a job in the first place.

How To Actually Stop Touching Your Face

How To Actually Stop Touching Your Face

Health care professionals keep say to avoid touching your face as protection from COVID-19, but it’s a lot easier said than done.

How Behaviour Can Help Control The Spread Of COVID-19

How Behaviour Can Help Control The Spread Of COVID-19

Amid the carnage of the First World War, a flu epidemic took hold in the front-line trenches and subsequently spread around the world, infecting one-quarter of the world’s total population and ultimately killing more people than the war itself.

Digging in the Dung: Turning Tragedy and Pain into Insights and Wisdom

Digging in the Dung: Turning Tragedy and Pain into Insights and Wisdom
Unpleasant things happen in life. They happen to everyone. The only difference between a happy person and one who gets depressed is how they respond to disasters. Imagine you have just had a wonderful afternoon and when you return home, you find a huge truckload of dung has been dumped right in front of your door...

What We Don’t Understand About Young People’s Motivations

What We Don't Understand About Young People's Motivations

Young people are demanding change. In the last few days, young Indigenous activists and their supporters blocked parliamentarians in Victoria, B.C., from accessing the provincial legislature and led waves of protest across the country. 

Even Very Young Children Can Become Prejudiced

Even Very Young Children Can Become Prejudiced

Racism has negative consequences for children’s health. It harms the kids who experience it personally and those who witness it, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, an organization that represents 67,000 doctors who treat children.

What Does Gambling Responsibly Actually Mean?

What Does Gamble Responsibly Actually Mean?
Advertisements for gambling and online betting tell us to “gamble responsibly”. But what does this mean in reality? And how can you gamble responsibly online when another bet is just a click or swipe away?

What Is Social Anxiety Disorder?

What Is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Most of us would admit to feeling shy from time to time, or anxious about public speaking: the larger the crowd the greater the terror.

This Blood Test Tells The Time Of Your Body Clock

This Blood Test Tells The Time Of Your Body Clock
Researchers have developed a new simple blood test that can tell the time in your body—which might be very different from the time showing on the clock on the wall.

Why Being Copycats Might Be Key To Being Human

Why Being Copycats Might Be Key To Being Human
Chimpanzees, human beings’ closest animal relatives, share up to 98% of our genes. Their human-like hands and facial expressions can send uncanny shivers of self-recognition down the backs of zoo patrons.

Do You Zombie Check Your Phone?

Do You Zombie Check Your Phone?
The most prominent reason users of all ages reach for their device is not to work, but to “zombie check”.

The Best Way To Ditch Bad Habits

The Best Way To Ditch Bad Habits
Come February, 80% of people will have given up giving up. So what can we learn from the 20% who make it?

Attaining Emotional Balance By Letting Our Emotions Flow

Attain Emotional Balance by Letting Your Emotions Flow
We as humans, just like the wildflowers, must bend and flow to the demands placed upon us by our environment. The body's ability to maintain an inner balance in the face of changing conditions of our environment...

New Year's Resolutions: Symbolic Gestures or Magical Thinking?

New Year's Resolutions: Symbolic Gestures or Magical Thinking?
“I will definitely give up smoking – that’s my New Year’s resolution,” she stated emphatically as she thumped her fist on the table to underline her determination. “All very well”, I thought, as I sat opposite her in my medical consulting room in October.

The Hidden Psychology Of The Christmas Poker face

The Hidden Psychology Of The Christmas Poker Face
Imagine the scene – gleeful children ripping open presents, harassed parents surveying the carnage of once-tidy homes, disgruntled relatives muttering disapproval into their third glass of sherry.

How Not To Overeat This Christmas

How Not To Overeat This Christmas
Christmas is notoriously a time of indulgence: there are all of the chocolates, cheese boards, mince pies, nuts, crisps – and that’s after you’ve already eaten your own body weight in Christmas dinner.

The Soul's Agenda: Learning to Trust Ourselves and Life Itself

Our Soul's Agenda
We lack self-trust because of the countless times we sold ourselves out, abandoned ourselves, ignored our intuition, refused to take appropriate action, forfeited our power. So, lacking self-trust, we are left to the hopeless device of trying to make everyone and everything conform to our need to feel safe.

Bullying Won't Be Curbed Until We Figure Out What Fuels It

Bullying Won't Be Curbed Until We Figure Out What Fuels It
In October 2019, a 14-year-old and an 18-year-old were charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Devan Bracci-Selvey, who died in his mother’s arms outside his southern Ontario high school.

How Do People Make Decisions In Groups?

How People Make Decisions In Groups
Using a mathematical framework with roots in artificial intelligence and robotics, researchers have uncovered the process for how people make decisions in groups.

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