InnerSelf Newsletter: December 10th, 2017

InnerSelf Newsletter: December 10th, 2017

Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

The theme this week is "know thyself". This wise advice goes back centuries and probably millennia. Wikipedia states "Socrates says, as he did in Phaedrus, that people make themselves appear ridiculous when they are trying to know obscure things before they know themselves. Plato also alluded to the fact that understanding 'thyself,' would have a greater yielded factor of understanding the nature of a human being."

Thus this week, since the key to happiness and inner peace lies in knowing who we are, we bring you articles to assist you in this journey of discovery. This week's articles will guide us in knowing our genetics, learning to be authentic, understanding what love means for us, decoding our life story, and looking before we leap. May your path be light and lead you to discovering the treasure that you truly are.

Scroll down below for our featured articles, as well as our numerous additional articles, and of course, Pam's weekly astrological journal.

Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, and loving week.

Marie T. Russell
editor/publisher,
InnerSelf.com
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"


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NEW ARTICLES THIS WEEK

Seeing Through and Decoding Your Life Story

Written by Nauman Naeem MD

Seeing Through and Decoding Your Life Story

Your life story is the accumulation of experi­ences you have had in the physical realm, but it is not who you are in your essence. Who you are is far greater than you can ever imagine. Who you are is...

Article continued here: Seeing Through and Decoding Your Life Story


Attempting To Un­derstand Love and the Mechanisms Leading To Happiness

Written by Armin A. Zadeh 

Attempting To Un­derstand Love and the Mechanisms Leading To Happiness

We all have hopes, dreams, and desires that inspire our lives. We all strive to attain happiness in life. If we agree on this common goal, we may ask our­selves how we can reliably achieve it. We recognize that love is a key factor in realizing happiness, yet we...

Article continued here: Attempting To Un­derstand Love and...


What Does It Mean to Be Authentic?

Written by Ira Israel 

What Does It Mean to Be Authentic?

Colloquially, “being authentic” usually describes someone sincerely speaking his deep inner thoughts, a supposedly honest monologue, one that is often critical about something emotionally stinging or at least sensitive, and marginally beyond the scope of what we consider to be normal, acceptable, or polite everyday conversation.

Article continued here: What Does It Mean to Be Authentic?


Epigenetics: Unraveling and Conquering Your DNA

Written by Elisa Lottor 

Epigenetics: Unraveling and Conquering Your DNA

We are all born with the genes we inherit from our parents, but how and whether our body expresses these genes is gaining increasing attention in the emerging science of epigenetics.

Article continued here: Epigenetics: Unraveling and Conquering Your DNA


Look Before You Leap! Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius

Written by Sarah Varcas 

Look Before You Leap! Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius

Mercury stations retrograde in the final degree of Sagittarius, reminding us that sometimes it really is worth looking back before you leap. This retrograde passage of Mercury augurs a time for reflection on what inspires us to action, what gives our life meaning and how we can go about expressing those values in our every day.

Article continued here: Look Before You Leap! Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius


Does The Right Diet Depend On Your Genes?

Does The Right Diet Depend On Your Genes?

by Texas A&M University

Does One diet may not suit everybody, new research suggests.

Article continued here: Does The Right Diet Depend On Your Genes?


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Monsters In My Closet – How A Geographer Began Mining Myths

by Patrick D. Nunn, University of the Sunshine Coast

So you think the Loch Ness Monster never existed? That the story is a cunningly cobbled-together fiction intended to…

Article continued here: Monsters In My Closet – How A Geographer Began Mining Myths


Why Remote Antarctica Is So Important In A Warming World

Why Remote Antarctica Is So Important In A Warming World

by Chris Fogwill, Keele University; et al

Ever since the ancient Greeks speculated a continent must exist in the south polar regions to balance those in the…

Article continued here: Why Remote Antarctica Is So Important In A Warming World


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How To Avoid Sexual Harassment At The Office Christmas Party

by Philip Hancock and Melissa Tyler, University of Essex

With the Christmas party season upon us, many will be dreading much more than simply the prospect of small talk over…

Article continued here: How To Avoid Sexual Harassment At The Office...


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What If Consciousness Is Not What Drives The Human Mind?

by David A Oakley, UCL and Peter Halligan, Cardiff University

Everyone knows what it feels like to have consciousness: it’s that self-evident sense of personal awareness, which…

Article continued here: What If Consciousness Is Not What Drives The Human Mind?


How Home Laundry Fills The Sea With Plastic Pollution

How Home Laundry Fills The Sea With Plastic Pollution

by Natalie Welden, The Open University

After decades of intense observation and campaigning by conservation groups, awareness of microplastic pollution has…

Article continued here: How Home Laundry Fills The Sea With Plastic Pollution


A Guide For Young People To Spot Fake News

A Guide For Young (and Not-So-Young) People To Spot Fake News

by Beth Hewitt, University of Salford

Every time you go online, people are competing for your attention. Friends, strangers, businesses, political…

Article continued here: A Guide For Young (and Not-So-Young) People To Spot Fake News


Is Eating Out Devouring Your Food Budget?

Is Eating Out Devouring Your Food Budget?

by Amit Sharma, Pennsylvania State University

If you were to guess how much you spend on eating out per month, chances are you’ll miss the mark by a quite a bit.

Article continued here: Is Eating Out Devouring Your Food Budget?


9 Signs Your Child May Be Addicted To Screens

9 Signs Your Child May Be Addicted To Screens

by Laura Bailey-University Of Michigan

How young children use screen devices, rather than how much time they spend using the devices, may be the strongest…

Article continued here: 9 Signs Your Child May Be Addicted To Screens


Why Trump's Evangelical Supporters Welcome His Move On Jerusalem

Why Trump's Evangelical Supporters Welcome His Move On Jerusalem

by Julie Ingersoll, University of North Florida

President Trump’s announcement on Wednesday, Dec. 6 that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel…

Article continued here: Why Trump's Evangelical Supporters Welcome His Move On Jerusalem


Thinking Of Taking Opioids For Low Back Pain?

Thinking Of Taking Opioids For Low Back Pain?

by Christine Lin; Christina Abdel Shaheed, and Stephanie Mathieson, University of Sydney

Low back pain is a common problem affecting more than 80% of us at some point in our lives. Recommended treatments…

Article continued here: Thinking Of Taking Opioids For Low Back Pain?


The Horror And Pleasure Of Misused Words

The Horror And Pleasure Of Misused Words

by Roslyn Petelin, The University of Queensland

American film director Judd Apatow once confessed to Stephen Colbert that he’d been mispronouncing his wife's name for…

Article continued here: The Horror And Pleasure Of Misused Words


What Can You Do About Varicose Veins?

What Can You Do About Varicose Veins?

by Caroline Robinson, Charles Sturt University

Varicose veins is a term commonly used to describe visible leg veins. But true varicose veins are dilated and very…

Article continued here: What Can You Do About Varicose Veins?


Is China’s Growing Footprint Threatening To Trample The Natural World?

Is China’s Growing Footprint Threatening To Trample The Natural World?

by Bill Laurance, James Cook University

Many observers of China’s escalating global program of foreign investment and infrastructure development are crossing…

Article continued here: Is China’s Growing Footprint Threatening To Trample The Natural World?


Why Diet Should Be Treated As A Complex Subject

Why Diet Should Be Treated As A Complex Subject

by François Mariotti, Agro ParisTech – Université Paris-Saclay

Are vegetarian diets the key to healthy aging, or could they be a risk to those who adopt them? These questions are a… 

Article continued here: Why Diet Should Be Treated As A Complex Subject


Are We Born Optimistic? Or Is It a Coping Skill We Learn as Adults?

Are We Born Optimistic? Or Is It a Coping Skill We Learn as Adults?

by Lori Markson

There's one brain bias that affects 80% of adults and it has a familiar name you may not expect: optimism. It can be…

Article continued here: Are We Born Optimistic? Or Is It a Coping Skill We Learn as Adults?


Money Can Buy Happiness If You Know How to Spend It

Money Can Buy Happiness If You Know How to Spend It

by Michael Norton

Do you really need a lot of stuff to be happy? Science says that the opposite is true. But that doesn’t help us…

Article continued here: Money Can Buy Happiness If You Know How to Spend It


How To Conquer Life's Challenges by Looking Inside Yourself

How To Conquer Life's Challenges by Looking Inside Yourself

by Cornel West

Thriving in life requires fortitude. It's a strength that Professor Cornel West refers to as spiritual fortitude. What…

Article continued here: How To Conquer Life's Challenges by Looking Inside Yourself


Your Face Makes the First Impression—What Does It Say?

Your Face Makes the First Impression—What Does It Say?

by Alexander Todorov

So in the early days, including from the time of Aristotle and later in the 16th and 17th century most of physiognomy…

Article continued here: Your Face Makes the First Impression—What Does It Say?


Why Some People Can't See Pictures In Their Imagination

Why Some People Can't See Pictures In Their Imagination

by Rebecca Keogh and Joel Pearson, UNSW

Imagine an apple floating in front of you. Now see if you can rotate it around in your mind. Look at it from the top…

Article continued here: Why Some People Can't See Pictures In Their Imagination


Will Puerto Ricans Return Home After Hurricane María?

Will Puerto Ricans Return Home After Hurricane María?

by Alexis R. Santos-Lozada, Pennsylvania State University

Even before this year’s devastating hurricane season, the team of demographers I work with at Penn State and the Puerto…

Article continued here: Will Puerto Ricans Return Home After Hurricane María?


Voodoo Economics Makes A Comeback In Republican Tax Plan

Voodoo Economics Makes A Comeback In Republican Tax Plan

by Christian Weller, University of Massachusetts Boston

Republicans in Congress recently released more details of their tax plan, which they say would boost economic growth…

Article continued here: Voodoo Economics Makes A Comeback In Republican Tax Plan


How Some Interfaith Families Solve The December Dilemma

How Some Interfaith Families Solve The December Dilemma

by Jarret Bencks-Brandeis University

American families blend a mix of religious identities and traditions today more than ever. These interfaith dynamics...

Article continued here: How Some Interfaith Families Solve The December Dilemma


What Happens In The Brain When It Makes A Decision?

What Happens In The Brain When It Makes A Decision?

by Anne Churchland, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Decisions span a vast range of complexity. There are really simple ones: Do I want an apple or a piece of cake with my…

Article continued here: What Happens In The Brain When It Makes A Decision?


Should You Get Your Prostate Checked?

Should You Get Your Prostate Checked?

by James Dickinson, University of Calgary

As Movember has come to a close, and men flaunt or shave the facial hair they have grown, there is something people…

Article continued here: Should You Get Your Prostate Checked?


The Economic Effects Of Restricting Immigration

The Economic Effects Of Restricting Immigration

by Philipp Ager, University of Southern Denmark and Casper Worm Hansen, University of Copenhagen

The issue of immigration – and whether or not to restrict it – is hotly debated. Promising stricter immigration laws…

Article continued here: The Economic Effects Of Restricting Immigration


Why Three Or Four Cups Of Coffee A Day Does You More Good Than Harm

Why Three Or Four Cups Of Coffee A Day Does You More Good Than Harm

by Robin Poole, University of Southampton

Drinking moderate amounts of coffee – about three or four cups a day – is more likely to benefit our health than harm…

Article continued here: Why Three Or Four Cups Of Coffee A Day Does You More Good Than Harm


How Regular Bedtimes Prevent Children From Getting A Poor Start in Life

How Regular Bedtimes Prevent Children From Getting A Poor Start in Life

by Yvonne Kelly, UCL

What happens in the early years of a person’s life has a profound effect on how they fare later on...

Article continued here: How Regular Bedtimes Prevent Children From Getting A Poor Start in Life


Astrological Journal for the Week

Written by Pam Younghans

InnerSelf Newsletter: December 10th

Pam YounghansThis weekly column (updated every Sunday afternoon) is based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies... Read this week's journal here

It is also highly beneficial to reread the past week's astrological journal as it gives a hindsight view of the events that took place and may provide many "ah-ha" insights. 


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