The Surprising Motivational Power of Self-Compassion

We all have a kind of virtual policeman living inside us. Amongst other things he's the guy that helps us work towards our goals, whether personal or professional. When things go wrong and we stray off the straight and narrow, he reminds us what ...

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Can speaking a second language make you a better leader?

The Economist and Wired highlighted a recent study from the journal Psychological Science, which found that thinking in a foreign language helps people to avoid common cognitive traps. In a series of studies, a group of psychologists found that ...

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Not just a pretty face: Modern men prefer women with brains rather ...

Next time a man throws you an admiring glance, he’s probably just heard the intelligent things you’ve been saying. Many women will find it hard to believe, but new research suggests men increasingly value intellect and character in a ...

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Why Fathers Really Matter

Doctors have been telling men for years that smoking, drinking and recreational drugs can lower the quality of their sperm. What doctors should probably add is that the health of unborn children can be affected by what and how much men eat; the ...

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Active Participation in AA Improves Long-Term Outcomes

A new study finds that active participation in an Alcoholics Anonymous program improves long-term recovery. Researchers found that recovering alcoholics who helped others in the program had better outcomes in terms of time sober, consideration of ...

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Scientists Scan Children’s Brains for Answers to Mental Illness

Tracking the developmental trajectory of mental illness is a critical, overlooked enterprise. Almost three quarters of psychiatric disorders start before age 24 and psychological problems in childhood often portend bona fide, or more severe, ...

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Correcting Creativity: The Struggle for Eminence

Stravinsky is one of seven eminent creators of the 20st century profiled by Harvard professor Howard Gardner in his 1993 book Creating Minds. The others are Pablo Picasso, Sigmund Freud, T.S. Eliot, Martha Graham, Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein. ...

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Placebo Response Occurs at Nonconscious Level: Findings Demonstrate ...

With the discovery that the unconscious mind plays a key role in the placebo effect, researchers have identified a novel mechanism that helps explain the power of placebos and nocebos. Described in the Sept. 10 on-line issue of the Proceedings of ...

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The Trick to Being Satisfied

Questionnaires and daily diary entries showed that fathers in particular expressed greater levels of happiness than men without children, says S. Katherine Nelson, lead study author and a doctoral candidate at University of California, Riverside. ...

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"I knew it!" Hindsight more likely to affect men

When unexpected things happen, people tend to think they actually "knew it all along." This phenomenon is known as hindsight bias, and it occurs when we falsely convince ourselves we predicted something long before it happened. Most commonly seen ...

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Child Abuse and Discipline. What’s the difference?

Using the book, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” as a supplement to her ideas, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing PhD student Grace Ho is attempting to better define the line separating those two by evaluating Chinese-American mothers ...

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How To Live Fearlessly

Does the thought of boarding a plane make your palms sweat? How about starting a new job, or even just speaking up in a meeting? Anxiety plagues all of us in different ways, but new research from the University of California, Los Angeles suggests ...

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Predicting how patients respond to therapy

Social anxiety is usually treated with either cognitive behavioral therapy or medications. However, it is currently impossible to predict which treatment will work best for a particular patient. The team of researchers from MIT, Boston University ...

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We Lie When Time Is Short and Fibbing Feels Justified

New research suggests a little time might make us more honest. A study found that people are most likely to lie when they are under time pressure to give an answer and they can justify the fib to themselves. In the study, a group of ...

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Psychologist Carol Ryff on Wellbeing and Aging

Six key components of well-being seem to capture what it means to function positively. One is positive self-regard, what I call “self-acceptance.” Another is having high-quality relationships with other people – “positive relationships with ...

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