Why Stock Investors On Higher Floors Take More Risks

Why Stock Investors On Higher Floors Take More Risks
Stocks have been on a bumpy ride lately as concerns over a trade war prompt investors to rethink their appetite for risk. But what prompts people to take risks in the first place? A desire for wealth? Fear of failure? Personality? Gender? Age? Education? Race?

Outsmarting Your Doubting Voices and Valuing Your Natural Abilities

Outsmarting Youur Doubting Voices and Valuing Your Natural Abilities
Women have long had the self-destructive habit of discounting themselves and their natural abilities. This is a common gremlin, assuming that what comes easily to us is not valuable or unique. It's all part of our training to push others into the limelight and be a support person rather than...

Being Polite May Not Be A Universal Concept

Being Polite May Not Be A Universal Concept?
A French waiter hit the headlines in March 2018 when he contested his dismissal from a Canadian restaurant for his “aggressive tone and nature”.

Why You Stink At Fact Checking

Why You Stink At Fact Checking
Research from cognitive psychology shows that people are naturally poor fact-checkers and it is very difficult for us to compare things we read or hear to what we already know about a topic. In what’s been called an era of “fake news,” this reality has important implications for how people consume journalism, social media and other public information.

Creating A Life Of Positive Meaning

Your Life, Your Legacy, Your Choice: Living In Ways You Would Be Pleased To Remember
Granny was satisfied with life. Despite adversity, she did not dwell on or run from the disappointments of life; she courageously faced hardship by grieving, accepting, forgiving, and moving on. She made mistakes. But instead of living with regret, she made the effort to make a better choice the next time she faced a similar situation.

Tattoos Through The Lens Of Consciousness

Tattoos Through The Lens Of Consciousness
Believe it or not, your tattoo, and what it represents, is cap­tured in your consciousness. It is immortally etched into your cel­lular memory and will either enhance or lower your vibration, based on the intention and emotions imbued at its creation.

Changing...Instantly: It's A Lot Easier Than You Think

Changing...Instantly: It's A Lot Easier Than You Think
Mechanical behaviors are old ways of doing things that once worked, or appeared to have worked, in situations that were stressful or in situations that were actual or perceived as potentially endangering your survival.

The Role Women Played In Getting Dyslexia Recognized

The Role Women Played In Getting Dyslexia RecognizedDyslexia affects up to 10% of the population and is widely accepted as a learning difficulty that can cause problems with (among other things) reading, writing and spelling. But it hasn’t always been this way.

Mind Over Mountain

Mind Over Mountain
My first time hiking I was in physical distress just walking uphill. Resting briefly, I recovered and continued. I began imagining a string at the top of my head connected to the top of the mountain. The peak was pulling me to it. I also imagined myself standing on the summit.

Why Having A Tattoo Of Your Lover's Name Has Been A Bad Idea

Why Having A Tattoo Of Your Lover's Name Has Been A Bad Idea
Every Valentine’s Day we are reminded about the importance of showing our commitment to our lovers – whether we are married to them or not. For some people this might mean getting a tattoo of their lover’s name or initials.

Are You Soul Conscious...or in Trance?

Are You Soul Conscious...or in Trance?
Any moment in which we are unaware and out of balance and harmony, then we are in trance. When we are feeling superior and feel justified in our judgments, we are in trance. When we feel inferior or unworthy, we are in trance. Streams of past, future, or worrisome thoughts that surface...

Learning Our Lessons Through Crisis and Life Stories

Learning Our Lessons Through Crisis and Life Stories
S
ad but true, we all grow out of the soil of pain....The crises that arise in our lives are here to serve us, not to hurt us. As counterintuitive as this sounds, crisis is nothing more than your own soul trying to get your attention, to show you your path. The soul uses pain, crisis, and trauma to wake us up.

Trying To Give Up A Bad Habit?

Trying To Give Up A Bad Habit?
Let me set you a task. For the next minute, I want you to not think about Donald Trump. You must block all thoughts of Trump from your mind.

Of Horseshoe Crabs and Empathy

Of Horseshoe Crabs and Empathy
The crabs and kelp and eels are all gone. The mind searches for the cause – to understand, to blame, and then to fix – but in a complex non-linear system, it is often impossible to isolate causes. This quality of complex systems collides with our culture’s general approach to problem-solving, which is first to identify the cause, the culprit, the germ, the pest, the badguy, the disease, the wrong idea, or the bad personal quality, and second to dominate, defeat, or destroy that culprit.

To Better Focus On A New Task, Try This Plan

To Better Focus On A New Task, Try This Plan
When you have to switch tasks at work, making a plan to return to and finish the task you’re leaving can help you better focus on the new, interrupting work, according to new research.

Why Your Morals May Be More Flexible Than You Think

Why Your Morals May Be More Flexible Than You ThinkDisapproval of qualities people often associate with immorality such as selfishness, dishonesty, sexual infidelity, and mercilessness is conditional, rather than universal, according to a new study.

The Yaqui Deer Dancer: The Art of Becoming What You Are Doing

The Yaqui Deer Dancer: The Art of Becoming What You Are DoingTo perform, whether surgery or dance, we must practice. We practice doing what we cannot do. By giving ourselves wholly to practicing we may transcend practicing, and find ourselves playing, with mind, body, heart and soul fully surrendered.

The Psychology Of The Clutch Athlete

The Psychology Of The Clutch Athlete“I don’t know. It’s unbelievable. It’s amazing,” said Dodgers outfielder Enrique “Kiké” Hernandez after game 5 of the National League Championship Series, when he became the first Dodger in the team’s 134-year history to hit three home runs in a postseason game.

Some Brain Training Programs Cut Dementia Risk

Some Brain Training Programs Cuts Dementia RiskCertain cognitive training via the computer may reduce the risk of dementia among older adults, researchers report. “…we found that those who received more training also gained a greater protective benefit…”

Why Working With Buddies Can Improve Performance

Why Working With Buddies Can Improve PerformanceWe routinely work together with other people. Often, we try to achieve shared goals in groups, whether as a team of firefighters or in a scientific collaboration.

On Being Kind and Opening Our Heart In Challenging Situations

On Being Kind and Opening Our Heart In Challenging SituationsI woke up in a pissy mood recently, committed to gloom before I had even rolled out of bed. Still grumpy that afternoon, I went to the supermarket, only to be greeted by the sweetest checkout clerk ever. I couldn’t resist her happy eyes and huge smile.

It's Time To Take A Stand and Lead The Way

It's Time To Take A Stand and Lead The Way
“They,” whoever they are, say that if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. What do you stand for? A handful of courageous activists like Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, Gloria Steinem, and Nelson Mandela, have changed the world because of their stand. But the idea of taking a stand...

Is Truth Overrated? What The Experts Say

Is Truth Overrated? What The Experts SaySeek the truth and minimize harm. That’s how we instruct young journalists to prepare for the profession. Until recently, factual, objective reporting has been the mantra of modern journalism. But is objectivity a relevant concept in the era of fake news, filter bubbles and alternative facts?

The Science Of Being Nice: How Politeness Is Different From Compassion

The Science Of Being Nice: How Politeness Is Different From CompassionThe word “nice” has an unusual history in the English language. Originally a term for “foolish”, its meaning over the centuries has morphed from “wanton” to “reserved” to “fastidious”. These days, it has become...

What Happens To Your Body When You're Stressed

What Happens To Your Body When You're StressedWe all feel stressed from time to time – it’s all part of the emotional ups and downs of life. Stress has many sources, it can come from our environment, from our bodies, or our own thoughts and how we view the world around us. 

A Limited View of Life: It's Time for a Change in Perception

A Limited View of Life: It's Time for a Change in PerceptionSo many of our problems arise from a fundamental disconnection with our own awareness, our own wisdom, and the natural world. Once we disconnect ourselves from what we know, and what is real, we are free to careen headlong into...

Dealing with The Clutter of Becoming a "Better Me"

The Clutter of Becoming a "Better Me"I’ve noticed that a number of recent self-improvement books use the phrase becoming a better you. The problem with trying to be a “better you” is the implication that you are not okay now. It also presumes that there’s an objective standard of okayness. Often we want to be “better” so that...

How to Live Your Well Life Plan with Greater Efficiency

How to Live Your Well Life Plan with Greater EfficiencyFeeling chronically overwhelmed, beset by obstacles, and short on time can really get in the way of living a Well Life. Obstacles are una­voidable, but these issues can often be effectively managed by sim­ply improving your efficiency. Here are some of the best approaches we’ve found for becoming more efficient and reclaiming your time.

And Then What? A Mantra for Inner Peace

And Then What? A Mantra for Inner PeaceI’d like to share a very useful tool for bringing your mind back to the present moment when it is trying to cling to something that hasn’t happened yet. It realigns your perspective of whatever is pulling you into the fu­ture and reengages you with the now.

How You Keep Things In Mind Over The Short Term

How You Keep Things In Mind Over The Short TermWhen you need to remember a phone number, a shopping list or a set of instructions, you rely on what psychologists and neuroscientists refer to as working memory.

The Tyranny Of Competence: Why It Is Bad For Us To Be Good Enough

The Tyranny Of Competence: Why It Is Bad For Us To Be Good EnoughOur modern working lives are ruled by the concept of competence. Competence based interviews are used to decide if we should get a job. If we do get the job, we are then trained to achieve competency in the workplace.

How To Be A Champion In Your Everyday Life

How You Can Be a Champion Every DayAnyone can be a champion, whether they are Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors, the janitor of your child’s elementary school, a grocery store clerk, a local park ranger, or the second-string quarterback on your peewee football team. It happens when one becomes...

How You Can Say Good-Bye to Rejection Forever

How You Can Say Good-Bye to RejectionAt some point in our lives we all come face to face with feelings of rejection. These feelings can be brought about by many situations. Let’s examine the circumstances related to feeling rejected. First...

Upending The Myth Of The Super Successful College Dropout

Upending The Myth Of The Super Successful College DropoutWhen Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was asked to give this year’s commencement address at Harvard, he asked for advice from Bill Gates.

Is Your Life Filled with Drama? Are You Giving Away Your Power?

Is Your Life Filled with Drama?Dramas are the unconscious, personal, and emotional conflicts that we create with others, or with life situations. Many human beings spend much time or even their entire lives engaging in drama, for in their disempowered alienation from...

Chimpanzees Hunting For Honey Are Very Very Clever

Chimpanzees Hunting For Honey Are Very Very CleverChimpanzees are the closest living relatives to humans. Because of this they can offer invaluable insights into understanding the evolutionary roots of how humans developed their cognitive and technological abilities. The Conversation

How To Let Go of Guilt, Shame and Failure

How To Let Go of Guilt, Shame and FailureQ: You talk about guilt as a great human weakness. I was brought up in a family where I was made to feel guilty for everything, and find it difficult to transcend this deep-seated emotion. How would you suggest I banish guilt from my life...

The Real Work Can Begin When We Allow Uncertainty

The Real Work Can Begin When We Allow UncertaintyOur current political climate is volatile, scary, and uncertain. But maybe the not knowing and the confusion will finally allow us to arrive at a true beginning.

The Importance of Your Daydreams and Mind Wanderings

The Importance of Your Daydreams and Mind WanderingsOur attention is affected by the ultradian rhythm that alters our attention span every 90 to 120 minutes throughout the day. Mind Wandering naturally occurs at the end of this cycle, as well as after any intense cognitive task. Mind Wandering is our mind’s way of forcing us to give it a rest.

What Makes You Feel Good? A Project for One (Whole) Day

What Makes You Feel Good? A Project for One (Whole) DayThere's a fun thing you could do that would teach you a lot about yourself — a perspective to adopt for an entire day. Fun is the operative word. Take on this project with a lightness of heart, with the bemused eye of the curious scientist bent on discovery.

Can Training Your Working Memory Make You Smarter?

Can Training Your Working Memory Make You Smarter?

We would all like to boost our cognitive ability beyond the limits set by Mother Nature. So it’s no wonder that brain-training programmes

Can Video Gamers Teach Us The Best Way To Practice

 Can Video Gamers Teach Us The Best Way To PracticeWe all know that practice makes us better at things, but scientists are still trying to understand what kinds of practice work best. Data from online video games could hold the answer.

Why Do We Get Butterflies In Our Stomachs?

butterflies 2 20If you have ever been nervous about something that is about to happen, then you may have felt the sensations of nausea and “fluttering” – the recognisable and odd sensation deep in your gut known as having “butterflies in the stomach”.

Why You Are Constantly Searching For Your Keys

Why You Are Constantly Searching For Your KeysImagine that you are searching for your house keys, and you know they could be on either of two desks.

How Authentic Are Photographic Memories?

How Authentic Are Photographic Memories?Since the invention of photography itself, people have used photograph-themed metaphors when thinking and talking about memories and remembering.

You Can Only Learn So Much Before Needing To Snooze

You Can Only Learn So Much Before Needing To SnoozeSleep recalibrates the brain’s memory cells, allowing us to solidify what we’ve learned and use it when next awake, new evidence from mice indicates.

How Do We Remember and Why Do We Forget?

How Do We Remember and Why Do We Forget?Why do so many of us forget where we put our car keys, eyeglasses, or cellphones? How does memory actually work? How and why do we remember some things and forget others? Are they forgotten or just “misplaced”?

Discover and Inspire: Leadership through Relationship

Discover and Inspire: Leadership through RelationshipThe Leader, unlike Dominants who sometimes stir up trouble to gain influ­ence, radiates a compelling, pulling energy, drawing others forward, motivating the herd through inspira­tion and optimism.

Feeling Shy to Join a Group? Five Socializing Tips for Introverts

Feeling Shy to Join a Group? Five Socializing Tips for IntrovertsHere are a few tricks that have worked for me and may help you, as well. Using these tips can make a potentially uncomfortable evening a pleasant one for those of us who are introverted. This stuff is easy and it works, so give it a try.

How People Are Affected By Where An Item Appears In A Sequence

How People Are Affected By Where An Item Appears In A SequenceWe often need to make decisions about sequences of things or people rather than just a single item in isolation. For instance, in an everyday setting, we might choose which smartphone to buy after trying out several.

Connecting With and Claiming Our Wild Woman Voice and Heart

Connecting With and Claiming Our Wild Woman Voice and HeartFor women, especially women who abide in their wild nature, this intuition is a direct link to the soul. Its voice is sure and true. Maybe this very strength, this “right-on-ness,” is what has made it the butt of jokes and the object of sarcasm.

Does Your Smartphone Make You Less Likely To Trust Others?

Does Your Smartphone Make You Less Likely To Trust Others?Imagine you are visiting a new city and get lost on your way to that famous must-see museum. In times of yore – actually just about 10 years ago – you might have had to consult a friendly local to direct you.

Which Of The Five Levels of Awareness Are You Accessing?

Which Of The Five Levels of Awareness Are You Accessing?How you experience this moment is very much like looking through a camera lens. You can look at the world in panorama or zoom in for a close-up. The lens can be focused, showing sharp lines, or unfocused, so that shapes are foggy and blurry.

How An Emotional Hangover Changes Your Brain

How An Emotional Hangover Changes Your BrainEmotional experiences can induce physiological and internal brain states that persist for long periods of time—an emotional “hangover.”

Are You Ready to Emerge from Your Protective Cocoon?

Are You Ready to Emerge from Your Protective Cocoon?The butterfly begins its journey as a caterpillar, and it may or may not be aware of what it is destined to become. But the caterpillar lives on, faithfully following the inner prompts arising within its being. It feels its way through life, naturally following the inner direction with which it was born.

How To Be A Healthy User Of Social Media

How To Be A Healthy User Of Social MediaWe can learn a lot about people through how they use social media. For example, Twitter language can be used to predict the risk of dying from heart disease.

Why Do Powerful Songs Give You Goose Bumps?

Why Do Powerful Songs Give You Goose Bumps?When you have a strong emotional reaction to something—a song, a speech, a beautiful scene—and get goose bumps, experts say it’s simply a biological reaction to adrenaline.

Authenticity: A Lesson for Individuals as well as Corporations

Authenticity: A Lesson for Individuals as well as CorporationsWhen we are authentic, we are living from our essential self; whenever we deny a truth, we are living from the social self—in other words, inauthentically. As Freya Madeline Starke phrased it, "There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do."

Why The Best Problem Solvers Think With Their Hands

Why The Best Problem Solvers Think With Their HandsDuring a lab meeting, one of our PhD researchers recalls how her father would forbid her from using paper to help solve maths homework problems by writing them down.

The Science, Drugs And Tech Pushing Our Brains To New Limits

Does serotonin make you a better person? Xavier Béjar/Flickr, CC BY-SAA recent explosion of neuroscience techniques is driving substantial advances in our understanding of the brain. Combined with developments in engineering, machine learning and computing this flowering has helped us enhance our cognitive abilities and potential.

How To Unlock Your Inner Resilience

How To Unlock Your Inner ResilienceWe can all think of someone in our lives we view as being “resilient”. They are the people we know who impress us with their seemingly endless ability to carry on – no matter what.

Science Achievement Gaps Start Early In Kindergarten

Science Achievement Gaps Start Early In KindergartenThe annual back-to-school season is filled with high hopes for making new friends, meeting new teachers – and, from the view of many policymakers – promoting gains in science achievement. 

We're Actually More Antisocial In A Shared Office Space

We're Actually More Antisocial In A Shared Office SpaceIf we all work side by side in an open-plan office or “hot desk”, moving from place to place, it’s sure to increase collaboration! It turns out that may be wrong. If you don’t have your own space, perhaps you are better off working remotely with your cat for company.

The Joy and The Courage to Ask for Help

The Joy and The Courage to Ask for HelpI have to admit. I have a hard time asking for help. I have that “false pride” thing about being able to do it myself, that if I have to ask for help, it means I’m helpless. It makes me think about the two year old who proclaims, “I can do it myself!”

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