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[…]

Why Overthinkers are Creative Problem-Solvers

By Nick Darlington / 03.22.2017 The Key to Problem Solving Neurotic overthinkers often have negative thoughts and emotions. The mere mention of the word conjures up a host of negative feelings and emotions: anxiety, worry, stress, moodiness, and overthinking. However, psychologists have discovered a hidden gem. Neurotic overthinkers are highly creative. In fact, if you’re[…]

What Words Do You Associate with Happiness?

By Kira M. Newman / 02.27.2017 These days, it seems like everyone has happiness on their mind. But beyond our everyday musings on the topic, we all hold fundamental, underlying beliefs about what happiness is—answers to questions like: Can you change your happiness level? Should you strive to be happy in every situation? How much[…]

The Power of Compassion with Thich Nhat Hanh

“…water the seed of brotherhood, sisterhood, joy, and hope…That is the most noble thing to do.” / Photo by Sharon & Nikki McCutcheon, Creative Commons By Martin Doblmeier / 03.05.2017 The Secret to Creating Peace and Harmony, for Yourself and the World… Thich Nhat Hanh has published nearly 100 books and is one of the[…]

How to Love Mindfully: Just Ask a Dog!

By Douglas Green / 02.29.2016 Psychotherapist The term “mindfulness” can seem confusing. Isn’t the point of meditation to get out of one’s mind? To move past the endless chatter of daytime work-ethic honours-student intellect, and connect with something deeper and higher? Eventually, we grasp the seeming contradiction: the way out is through going within. Our[…]

When Enough is More

By Mark Manson / 03.01.2017 What are You Willing to Trade for Success? Success is often the first step toward disaster. The idea of progress is often the enemy of actual progress. I recently met a guy who, despite having a massively successful business, an amazing lifestyle, a happy relationship, and a great network of[…]

Stoic Advice on Happiness

Marble bust of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, a Stoic philosopher / Louvre Museum, Paris By Jennifer Delgado Suárez / 02.24.2017 Psychologist Imagine for a moment of losing your job. If it’s a job poorly paid where you don’t feel at ease and trust that you will find a better employment, it is likely that this[…]

Mindful Communication – 8 Ways to Master the Art

By Etyane Youssef / 02.25.2017 How Well Do You Communicate? Communication is essential to achieve successful human interactions. However, the type of communication we have highly determines the outcome of our relationships. It all simply boils down to how we are connecting with each other. Jamyang Khyentse once said something intriguing about human communication: We think[…]

Are We a Culture of Addicts?

By Leslie Garrett / 02.22.2017 Is Addiction the Result of Nature or Nurture? If there’s one constant among addicts of all types, it’s shame. It’s what makes us lie and hide. It’s what keeps us from asking for help – though we don’t think we need it because we’re also good at lying to ourselves.[…]

The Wisdom of Anger

By Melvin McCleod / 02.20.2017 Featured image by: Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche The Power of Saying No In its pure, awakened form, when it is not driven by ego, anger brings good to the world. Is anger an empowering and appropriate response to suffering and injustice, or does it only cause more conflict? Is it skillful[…]