‘Let the Soul Dangle’: How Mind-Wandering Spurs Creativity

Detail from The Red Balloon Paul Klee, 1922. Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Wikimedia      By (left-to-right) Dr. Julia Christensen, Dr. Guido Giglioni, and Dr. Manos Tsakiris / 12.05.2017 Christensen: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychology, Newton International Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience, City University, London Giglioni: Cassamarca Lecturer in Neo-Latin Culture and Intellectual History (1400-1700),[…]

To Be a Human Being, Instead of a Human Doing

Pixabay, Creative Commons 11.01.2017 Can you feel the support of the chair?” My Rosen Method therapist asked. “Hmm … no.” Seated across from my therapist in her office, I replied hesitantly after scanning my body for a sense of support. “Try to feel some sense of support or connection,” she urged. At that moment, I[…]

The Age of Disruption

TV control room in Toronto / Photo by Loozrboy, Wikimedia Commons Technology is changing society at breakneck speed but considerations of human impacts lag far behind. Dinyar Godrej sketches out some of the key political battles ahead. By Dinyar Godrej / 11.01.2017 We are always at the threshold of the future. But whereas in the past, the path[…]

How to Grow from Your Pain

By Mark Manson / 11.23.2017 Learning to Transmute Our Sufferings A poor, black female in the segregated South, Johnson didn’t exactly have a bright future to look forward to. She endured the hardships that virtually all African Americans endured during and beyond segregation—second-class citizen status, economic and social exclusion, living in near-constant fear of physical[…]

How to Avoid a Life of Misery

Simple, yet effective, advice for living life to its fullest from Ancient Greek philosopher Epictetus By Zat Rana / 11.15.2017 Could it Really be this Simple? Few who knew Epictetus would have considered him lucky. He was born a slave 2,000 years ago. He lived and died in poverty. He was permanently crippled from a[…]

Do You Have a True Self?

By Dr. Art Markman / 11.02.2017 Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing University of Texas at Austin Chances are you have lots of beliefs about yourself and other people. You use these beliefs to help predict why people do what they do. If someone yells at you, you might forgive them because[…]

What is Your Phone Doing to Your Relationships?

New research is exploring how phubbing—ignoring someone in favor of our mobile phone—hurts our relationships, and what we can do about it. By Dr. Emma Seppälä / 10.10.2017 Lecturer and Director of Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project Yale University Phubbing is the practice of snubbing others in favor of our mobile phones. We’ve all been there, as[…]

Why Your Brain Needs to Dream

Research shows that dreaming is not just a byproduct of sleep, but serves its own important functions in our well-being. By Dr. Matthew P. Walker / 10.24.2017 Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience University of California, Berkeley We often hear stories of people who’ve learned from their dreams or been inspired by them. Think of Paul[…]

How to Use Intuitive Inquiry to Deal with and Help Solve Problems

By Dr. Marjorie Schuman / 10.20.2017 Clinical Psychologist “The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.” – Theodore Isaac Rubin Everyone has problems Everyone has problems: situations or circumstances that are unwelcome and cause perplexity or distress. This universality suggests that problems[…]

The Discontent of Happy Endings

By Beth Lee-Herbert / 10.14.2017 Finding Satisfaction in Dissatisfaction We long for resolution. We long for life to wrap itself in the pretty package of a happy ending. Sometimes we seek fulfillment from material things, sometimes spiritual, sometimes from life itself: Falling in love, finalizing the divorce, having a baby, finishing the degree, finding the perfect job, retiring. We[…]

Why and How to Let Go of Fear

By Dr. Bruce Lipton / 10.03.2017 Stem Cell Biologist The Science behind Collective Awareness Scientists have known for a long time about the ‘biological imperative’, an inherent mechanism that engages the drive to survive. How it’s activated is unclear, but every organism, from a bacterium to the most advanced creature, can read the environment and[…]

Thich Nhat Hanh: The Four Layers of Consciousness

By Thich Nhat Hanh / 09.14.2017 The Inner Workings of Our Minds Abhidharma, Buddhism’s map of the mind, is sometimes treated as a topic of merely intellectual interest. In fact, says Thich Nhat Hanh, identifying the different elements of consciousness, and understanding how they interact, is essential to our practice of meditation. The Vietnamese Zen[…]

Bhutan’s Remarkable Recipe for Happiness

By Azriel ReShel / 09.13.2017 How to Create Global Wellbeing Sandwiched between India, China and Tibet, the tiny mountain kingdom of Bhutan is home to some truly big ideas. Here, happiness is designated by law, and in the 1970s an official policy of ‘Gross National Happiness’ was embraced. Today, nearly 50 years on, Bhutan’s ‘happiness guru’, Saamdu Chetri,[…]