How to Master Making Good First Impressions

It sounds cliché, but you really only do have once chance to make a first impression. And although you might be sick to death of hearing your parents spout this platitude, the reality is that your network and connections can make or break you in ...

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Holy sacred cow! Why reactions to the exercise and depression trial ...

What do you believe about the effects of exercise and depression – and why do you believe it? Are you personally unenthusiastic about exercising, or are you closer to religious fervor about it? These are critical questions. Because it doesn’t ...

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Counselor Bias: The Real Reason Why Some People Think They're SO Smart

I’ve scanned the literature and so far I haven’t found the name for a bias that deserves one. So I’ll tentatively call it Counselor Bias: It’s the impression that we’re calm reasonable people, gained by giving calm reasoned counsel to ...

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How to Age Well - The importance of letting regrets go

The poem “Maud Muller” by John Greenleaf Whittier aptly ends with the line, “For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’” What if you had gone for the risky investment that you later found out made ...

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Nature or nurture? It may depend on where you live

The extent to which our development is affected by nature or nurture – our genetic make-up or our environment – may differ depending on where we live, according to research funded by the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust. In a ...

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What Drives a Kid to Bully And how to help them stop

Adolescence is when most of us decide to hide the part of ourselves we’re most ashamed of—what Jung called The Shadow. In every adolescent there is a powerful drive to fit in, to conform to the norms of a peer group. In order to do this, the ...

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4 Ways Benign Envy is Good For You

We all know about the destructive forces that envy can unleash because it's a hostile emotion that often prompts aggressive behaviors. Its antagonistic nature is exemplified by the many publicized crimes and intergroup conflicts attributed to it; ...

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Correcting Twisted Thinking with Cognitive Therapy

Cognitive therapy is about changing twisted thinking.There are common errors we make on a regular basis that get us in to trouble in conversations with others.Because every one of us perceives differently, we tend to get hung up on “the ...

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Molecular Imaging Finds Link Between Low Dopamine Levels and ...

Out of control competitive aggression could be a result of a lagging neurotransmitter called dopamine, say researchers presenting a study at the Society of Nuclear Medicine's 2012 Annual Meeting. During a computer game against a putative cheating ...

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How Neuroticism Affects Happiness

New research from the University of Warwick suggests getting more money may not make you happier, especially if you are neurotic. In a working paper, economist Dr Eugenio Proto, from the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy ...

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Testosterone Promotes Agression Automatically

New research suggests that testosterone may make us more aggressive without us consciously feeling any aggression. Testosterone has a lot of roles—some good, some perhaps counterproductive. Now research suggests that testosterone can make people ...

Jun 11

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New Studies Challenge Established Views About Development of Children ...

In a final comment on Regnerus' research, Pennsylvania State University, sociologist and professor Paul Amato points out, "If growing up with gay and lesbian parents were catastrophic for children, even studies based on small convenience samples ...

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The Cognitive Behavioral Miracle – Controlling your Emotions

Most people who have never experienced a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) session, or at least read about it, tend to share the notion that what psychologists do is pretty much listen to your problems, sometimes offer advice and different points ...

Jun 9

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Why Wearing Fakes Makes Us Cheat More

The same principle could also apply to fashion accessories. Carrying a real Prada bag—even if no one else knows it is real—could make us think and act a little differently than if we were carrying a counterfeit one. Which brings us to the ...

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Does Cooperation Require Both Reciprocity and Alike Neighbors?

Evolution by definition is cold and merciless: it selects for success and weeds out failure. It seems only natural to expect that such a process would simply favour genes that help themselves and not others. Yet cooperative behaviour can be observed ...

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