Kids Will Sacrifice To Teach Wrongdoers A Lesson

Kids Will Sacrifice To Teach Wrongdoers A Lesson

Many children are willing to make personal sacrifices to punish wrongdoers—and even more so if they believe punishment will teach the transgressor a lesson, according to a new study.

How Social Isolation Impacts Your Brain

How Social Isolation Impacts Your Brain

Currently, we are facing one of the worst pandemics in human history. Since our means to fight the virus are still limited, social distancing has been the best way to contain the crisis.

How Powerful People Use "Lousy Lies" To Twist Reality

How Powerful People Use Lies To Twist Reality

When was the last time you told a lie? If you can’t remember, I’ll give you a clue. Chances are it was sometime today – based on the fact research shows the average person lies at least once a day.

Can You Unintentionally Bully Someone?

Can You Unintentionally Bully Someone?

I was nine. Some girl, maybe around 15 or 16, old enough to tower over me, asked whether Bill Beattie was my brother. I nodded. Without saying another word she grabbed me by my hair and started to drag me across the street – pulling out clumps of it.

'Kissing Can Be Dangerous': How Old Advice For TB Seems Strangely Familiar Today

'Kissing Can Be Dangerous': How Old Advice For TB Seems Strangely Familiar Today

In the first half of the 20th century, people with TB were advised to stop kissing to protect their friends and family from contracting the dreaded disease. In 1905, delegates at an International Congress on Tuberculosis in Paris described kissing as “dangerous, detrimental and responsible for countless diseases”. 

Why Some People Can't Admit Defeat When They Lose

Why Some People Can't Admit Defeat When They Lose

We cannot psychoanalyse Trump from a distance, though I am sure many of us have tried. We can, however, apply psychological theories and models to understand the denial of defeat.

Why Trust Is Vital To Public Health Strategy

Why Trust Is Vital To Public Health Strategy

Trust is a crucial component of effective public health policy. It is also a two-way street. People need to trust the authorities – universities, employers, the government – that are asking them to behave in a certain way, but they also need to feel trusted by these authorities.

To Change Coronavirus Behaviours, Think Like A Marketer

To Change Coronavirus Behaviours, Think Like A Marketer

COVID-19 has been a humbling experience. From a frayed pandemic early-warning system to a shortage of personal protective equipment for front-line workers, public health experts have been playing catch up. But it has also been a teachable moment.

Why Questions, Both Good and Bad, Matter

Why Questions, Both Good and Bad, Matter

Children are naturally inquisitive and tolerant. Many constantly ask questions. At some point, most of them – most of us – just stop. Why does this happen?

Who Is That Unmasked Man? It's Time to Liberate Masculinity

Who is that Unmasked Man? It's Time to Liberate Masculinity

As a psychologist whose specialty is treating men, I believe that behind many of the threats we face are the invisible, dangerous, dysfunctional and persistent beliefs that manhood is about power and control. These beliefs about what it means to be a man are what I refer to as “confined masculinity.”

How Much Do Our Genes Restrict Free Will?

How Much Do Our Genes Restrict Free Will?

Many of us believe we are masters of own destiny, but new research is revealing the extent to which our behaviour is influenced by our genes.

Can Guilt Actually Be Good For You?

Why Guilt Can Be Good For You

We spend so much time helping people who punish themselves and constrain their lives with an overdeveloped sense of guilt that it's easy to forget the other side of the coin.

Commitment: How Do We Know What to Commit To?

 

Commitment: How Do We Know What to Commit To?

Sometimes it seems that commitment is a four-letter word. It is a word that oftentimes brings up fear as well as insecurity and doubt. What is the underlying fear to committing ourselves to an action, project, or relationship? Is it...

How We've Created Duality and Separation, and What To Do About It

 How We've Created Duality and Separation... And What To Do About It

Instead of embracing change and uniqueness, we are raised to fear both. Our conditioned ego asks that we expend huge amounts of energy trying to create a false sense of security and stability. It chides us mercilessly if we attempt to break out of the dysfunctional norms that our culture has placed on us.

Mask-Shaming Won’t Work. Try These 5 Things Instead

Mask-Shaming Won’t Work. Try These 5 Things Instead

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, many people have found themselves serving as armchair epidemiologists and pundits, tracking the virus, projecting the future, and browbeating people who refuse to stay home or wear masks.

Why People Are Missing Their Daily Commute

Why People Are Missing Their Daily Commute

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a unique experiment in mass homeworking. It’s the first time since before the industrial revolution that most people are working in the same space that they live.

Why The Coronavirus Pandemic Became Florida's Perfect Storm

Why The Coronavirus Pandemic Became Florida's Perfect Storm

Florida is an international crossroads, a magnet for tourists and retirees, and its population is older, sicker and more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 on the job than the country as a whole.

Personality Can Predict Who's A Rule-follower And Who Flouts Guidelines

Personality Can Predict Who's A Rule-follower And Who Flouts Guidelines

As states struggle to get the COVID-19 balance right – between eased restrictions and rising infection rates – it falls to individuals to abide by mask-wearing rules and to maintain six feet of distance between themselves and others when out and about.

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.

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