How Gratitude Motivates Us to Become Better People

Image from MTSOfan, Creative Commons By Christina N. Armenta / 05.23.2017 PhD Student University of California, Riverside Gratitude has become a hot topic in recent years. Celebrities from Oprah to James Taylor to Ariana Huffington have promoted an “attitude of gratitude,” and gratitude journals, hashtags, and challenges have become immensely popular. Much of this enthusiasm[…]

How to Make Fear Your Friend

By Simon Yugler / 05.25.2017 Be Cautious, Not Complacent Danger is to adventure what garlic is to spaghetti sauce. Without it, you just end up with stewed tomatoes. – Tom Robbins I’d like to fashion myself an advocate of doing things that scare us. In today’s world of guard-rails, antibacterial soap, and well-meaning regulations, there are[…]

The Dalai Lama on Self-Awareness

By Dalai Lama / 05.19.2017 The Heart of Meditation In the space between two thoughts, there is an easy opportunity for identifying this moment of innermost awareness. I have great interest in the statement by many wise persons in all the orders of Tibetan Buddhism that their systems come down to the same final principle,[…]

Gandhi: How to Change the World

It Begins with US “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.” “If I had[…]

Psychoanalysis and American Sociology

By Dr. Lauren Langman / 06.18.2016 Professor of Sociology Loyola University Chicago Marx and Freud have two things in common, first of all they both revealed what was behind appearances yet was kept from awareness. For Marx capitalism was an economic system that depends on the exploitation of labor and immiseration of the proletariat which[…]

Happiness Requires Wholeness

By Al Jeffery / 05.07.2017 How to Return to Wholeness One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular. ― C.G. Jung I picked a card from my pack of Pema Chödrön’s ‘Compassion Cards’. It said, “Regard all dharmas[…]

The Surprising Secret to Self-Motivation

By Ella Kaplan / 05.03.2017 How to Stop Procrastinating Neuroscience has discovered the remarkably simple source for endless self-motivation. We can do anything we set our minds to. But sometimes it can feel like our brains are working against us when it comes to achieving our goals. Plans to learn a new skill, get in[…]

Illustrations of Madness: James Tilly Matthews and the Air Loom

The “Middle Man” operating the Air Loom: a detail from James Tilly Matthews’ illustration of the Air Loom featured in John Haslam’s Illustrations of Madness (1810) – Source: Wellcome Library, London (CC-BY 4.0) Mike Jay recounts the tragic story of James Tilly Matthews, a former peace activist of the Napoleonic Wars who was confined to[…]

Making Your Wants and Needs Harmonious

By Christopher Chase / 04.23.2017 How to Stop Falling for Fake Wants You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find you get what you need. – The Rolling Stones Right now, millions of people suffer on our planet because what we want distracts us from what we actually[…]

Mindfulness for People Who are Too Busy to Meditate

By Maria Gonzalez / 04.18.2014 Founder and Director, Argonauta Strategic Alliances Consulting Harvard Business Review Mindfulness has become almost a buzz-word. But what is it, really? Mindfulness is, quite simply, the skill of being present and aware, moment by moment, regardless of circumstances. For instance, researchers have found that mindfulness can reprogram the brain to be[…]

Deconditioning Discontentment and Finding Peace

By Sofo Archon / 04.15.2017 How to Create an Attitude of Appreciation To be grateful means to be simple. To be grateful means to be joyful. To be grateful means to be content. Unfortunately, most people have been conditioned to live in discontentment. In our competitive, materialistic, consumption-driven society, we’ve been programmed to always want more[…]

The Story and Mind of Carl Jung

By Dr. Mark Kelland / 11.04.2015 Professor of Psychology Lansing Community College Introduction Carl Jung brought an almost mystical approach to psychodynamic theory. An early associate and follower of Freud, Jung eventually disagreed with Freud on too many aspects of personality theory to remain within a strictly Freudian perspective. Subsequently, Jung developed his own theory,[…]

The Story and Mind of Sigmund Freud

By Dr. Mark Kelland / 11.03.2015 Professor of Psychology Lansing Community College Introduction Sigmund Freud is unquestionably the most famous person in the fields of psychiatry and psychology, and one of the most famous individuals in modern history. He is of particular importance for this subject because he was probably the first person to address[…]

Is Humanity Naturally Good? Exploring Richard Dawkins’s ‘Selfish Gene’

Lecture by Dr. Alistair McGrath at the Museum of London / 04.04.2017 Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion University of Oxford What is the future of humanity? Nobody knows. For a start, we might suffer the same fate that is thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs – an ‘extinction event’ caused by collision[…]

‘Alternative Facts’: A Psychiatrist’s Guide to Twisted Relationships to Truth

Does your nose grow if it’s a falsehood, not a lie? Thomas Hawk By Dr. Ronald W. Pies / 03.01.2017 Lecturer on Bioethics and Humanities, SUNY Upstate Medical University Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine The phrase “alternative facts” has recently made the news in a political context, but psychiatrists like me[…]

Are Fractal Patterns in Nature and Art Aesthetically Pleasing and Stress-Reducing?

A fern repeats its pattern at various scales. Michael, CC BY-NC By Dr. Richard Taylor / 03.30.2017 Professor of Physics Director of the Material Science Institute University of Oregon Humans are visual creatures. Objects we call “beautiful” or “aesthetic” are a crucial part of our humanity. Even the oldest known examples of rock and cave[…]

Momentum isn’t Magic: Vindicating the ‘Hot Hand’ with the Mathematics of Streaks

When a player’s on fire, is it hot hands? / Shutterstock   By Dr. Joshua Miller and Dr. Adam Sanjurjo / 03.26.2017 Miller: Assistant Professor of Economics, Bocconi University Sanjurjo: Assistant Professor of Economics, Universidad de Alicante It’s NCAA basketball tournament season, known for its magical moments and the “March Madness” it can produce. Many[…]